Bad weather, good light

Photography of a rose on the beach on a cloudy daySometimes, people are sad because the sun is behind the clouds, but it’s a great opportunity to take photos. Let me explain.

When the sun is on the top, normally at 12:00 am, the contrast (difference between dark and bright zones) is very different. The cameras don’t “see” the lights like human eyes. Human eyes has more capability to make difference in this kind of situation, this is called dynamic range.

On a cloudy the days, the clouds create and effect similar to a soft box in a flash studio, make the light very soft and the shades disappears, all the scene are in the same quantity of lights. Good, because we don’t have any problem with dynamic range.

Another thing to consider it’s the level of light it could be lower. For this, we must increase the ISO. I prefer to take a photo with some noise that not problems with trepidation (trepidation means when you use a shutter speed not fast enough). Revise the histogram after every photo, and overexpose if it’s necessary.

If you are taking portraits, a small flash it’s a good tool to light your model.

If you are taking landscapes, clouds in the sky make a great composition.  Another question, be ready for cold, rain, etc. Be careful to have an accident.

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The right moment

A photography from Barcelona, on the streets in a old part

The image of two people out of focus help to created a nice photo.

In my opinion, to take photos it’s capture moments “instantaneous”. Less than one second after you push the button, this moment it’s gone.

For me, this is true in street photography, sports or anything that have action or change. For example, a portrait also can capture and expression, that finish very quickly.

It’s very difficult to find this right moment, but it’s the essence of this art.

The first point to look for this moment, its find something nice or interesting: a lonely street, a lovers kissing with a lot of passion, or static object.

The second part to do is to think. Think in what kind of photo you want, where is the core of the image. And finally, how to set the camera. In this moment it’s very important understand concepts like exposure, depth of field, etc.

At the moment when you find your “photo”, decided the composition, the idea, you must be alert and be patient. Look for this moment that bring to you a great image it’s not easy.

Open your eyes, be aware and don’t stop thinking. Think it’s the key.

In the photo that I show in the post, I took walking on the streets. I like to see these photography’s like souvenirs. These souvenirs are the best important part of the photo, for this, I use a small depth of field to focus on it. The street was blurring. It’s nice but I think that include a person it could be interesting.

I stand out, ready with my camera on the photos – souvenir, and waiting. When past someone, I took the photo, and finally I got this.

I took several photos and finally I stopped when I saw this in my LCD. The processed was minimum, only white balance, contrast, tone and focus.

Remember, to capture amazing moments be patient, look for and don’t stop thinking.

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Movement in photography

Photography to explain how to use long exposure to capture emotion

With long exposure you can show the emotion, action

When you take a picture, you “froze” the scene. Imagine a street crowed of people. If you choose a high time exposure, you can see all the face, details, etc. It depends that you want to express its perfect.

But, if you want to show action, activity or movement, to freeze a scene it’s not the solution for this.

When I took this photo I was in a festival.

These trains let children and adults travel over it. People enjoy doing this, it’s funny, faster , I think that you understand that I’m talking.

I decided that I want to create photography with a lot of action. I was standing front of one of this train, that was stopped. I knew that the other train past very quickly. I believe that contrast between something static and something on movement transmit the idea of dynamism.

When you want take photos like this, you must use long exposure techniques, normally no more than ½ seconds are necessary, for this you must pay attention at:

  • Be careful with overexposure some parts of the photography, if you are on a sunny day, use a low ISO, small aperture or if it’s required some ND filter.
  • If you use a long exposure, the photos can be unfocused. To avoid this, you can use a tripod, but sometimes it’s not possible. My advice it’s be quite when you push the button, try not move or if you can lean on column, wall, etc.
  • Remember use vibration reducer if your camera or lens had.

The EXIF information from this image are:

  • Olympus E-M5MARK 2
  • Olympus lens M.12-50mm F3.5-6.3 at 25mm
  • F 20.0
  • 1/6 seconds
  • 100 ISO

And that’s all, thanks for reading.

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Located your camera on the floor

Still life photography took outside studio to explain different point of views, angles

The can it’s an important part, but i use all environment to explain a story

Literally, located you camera on the floor.

Why? Easy, with this point of view you can get a different picture.

First thing to say it’s be careful, you camera it’s very expensive and the floor could be dirty or with broken crystals, etc. Of course, you are more important than camera, pay attention.

When I saw this spray can, I wanted to photography. I think in the moment when artist finish all graffiti’s and the environment about this.

First, I “put” the can in the first plane, for this the camera was in the floor. I have an Olympus E-M5Mark2. It’s an amazing camera with folding display. Use this to compose your photography.

The room was darkness, to get a low shutter speed (1/40s), I increased the ISO to 500, and use a 3.5f for two reasons: to use a low shutter and I want that only the can be on focus. The focal length was 12mm with OLYMPUS M.12-50mm F3.5-6.3. With this focal, included an important part of room, with graffiti’s, but the point on focus are the can.

I did three or four shots, until was happy with the results that I get.

At the moment to choose one, I decided for this because one detail. In right size, you can see a door. In the moment of take the photo, a person was standing in the door. I like the silhouette.

The process, I like to maximize the colours. I like to get a high contrast, with blue tones in shades and warm tones in lights. I’m expecting you like this post, thanks for reading.

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Depth of Field, how to get it

Drops with low depth of field


Depth of Field

Depth of Field (Dof) it’s the technique to control the focus in photography. Let me explain.

If you are taking a landscape, you need to have all the photography on focus. This is called high depth of field. In the other hand, if you are taking a portrait, or a macro, it’s possible that you want only a small part in focus and the rest (normally the background) unfocused. This calls a low depth of field.

Normally, we need a high Dof if you are taking a landscape, architecture photography, photography of group of people or whatever that you need a lot of details.

A low Dof it’s nice for portraits, macro, some still life, etc. In this way, the viewer pay attention in the part it’s on focus.

In my opinion, there are three ways to control Dof:

  • If you want to unfocused the background in a portrait for example, separate you subject from the background. Sometimes it’s not possible to do this, but try to think in this.
  • Controlling the aperture. If you use a big aperture (low number), you can get a low Dof ideal for portraits. By the other side, if you use a small aperture (high number), you obtain a small Dof. This is useful for landscape.
  • And the last one it’s will focal distance. A long distance created a small Dof, and a short distance created a big Dof.

Dof depends of kind of photography you want and the idea that you have in your mine.

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