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‘Capturing’ The Right Camera

Photography is an art. Capturing love, laughter, and smiles that will last a lifetime is the passion that drives many photographers. The question everybody wants to know is; how did they get started? Whether you are a professional photographer or looking to take up photography as a hobby, all the information you need to know is right here.
With technology advancing with every passing day, digital photography is the wave of the future. You walk into the store and scream; “AHHHH!” there are so many options to choose from. Don’t fret, we can provide you with the basics of what to look for in a quality digital camera.

Megapixels are the first feature that you want to consider. Some consumers will argue that megapixels are not that important, but the truth is; they are lying! Especially as a beginner photographer, megapixels will offer you a clearer quality picture. The more megapixels you have, the more crystal clear photograph you will receive.

As a beginner, it’s safe to assume you may be a bit nervous as you get out there and start photographing. Well, don’t worry because the next feature you should consider is image stabilization. Do not let those shaky hands of yours get in the way of taking remarkable pictures. There are different levels of stabilizers such as electronic, optical, and sensor. We recommend sensor and optical. For beginners, these will offer the best results.

Last but not least, take a look at the camera’s view finder. When using your camera all day, every day, you want a camera that will automatically focus on what you are looking to photograph. Professionals may still prefer a camera with a larger view finder, but a smaller finder is adequate for an individual picking photography up as a hobby.

There are a wide variety of cameras on the market today. These are just a few tips to finding a quality digital camera that will work for you. Remember to consider what you will be photographing and that you cannot put a price on quality. The photographs you will take with your brand new digital camera will potentially last you a lifetime. How can you attach a price tag to memories?

For more detailed lessons on selecting the right camera and equipment for you, join us at one of our many workshops. Coming up in December, we’ll be traveling west to California to photograph the beauty that this wonderful part of the country has to offer. Check out all the details here!

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We’ve Made a Few Changes…

As you know, we’ve been putting together a 2 week destination workshop where we will travel west photographing all of the beautiful sites we can take in between Kansas City and San Francisco. But, in response to some feedback we’ve been getting from our interested photographers and hobbyists just like you, we’ve decided to make some changes. Just to highlight the big ones; the trip will now be one week, we’ll be flying rather than driving and the cost of the trip has been cut drastically. Do these changes make you want to join us? If so, check all the details below and get with me, Dave Bryan (contact info below), ASAP to reserve your seat! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Workshop
Yosemite/ Monterey Bay/ Big Sur Workshop
Date: 12/06/2011 – 12/11/2011
Start Time:  Meet at noon December 6 at Yosemite, exact location to be determined.

End Time: noon December 11

Cost: $895.00 per person

Maximum participants, 8, and the minimum for the trip is 4.

Contact:  Dave Bryan, reallyclassglass.com, 913-908-4879, dave@timeless-images.com

Tentative schedule follows:

December 6, meet at noon in Yosemite.  Your photo destination adventure begins.
December 6-9, Yosemite
December 9, afternoon; travel to Monterey Bay
December 10-11, Monterey Bay/Big Sur

The fee includes the use of reallyclassglass.com professional Nikkor super telephoto lenses and Really Right Stuff, tripods and ball heads.  Lenses include the 600 mm F4.0, 400mm F2.8, 300mm F2.8 and 200mm F2.0

We will concentrate on always photographing during the golden hours surrounding sunrise and sunset.  Other photography time will concentrate on the hours around those key times.  We will post process images or travel during the other hours.

Workshop leaders will assist in all phases of photography to include lens selection, pre visualizing the image, filters and aperture and shutter speed selection.  Leaders are familiar with Adobe Lightroom 3 and Adobe Photoshop but do not consider themselves experts.  Little time will be devoted to classroom instruction in post processing.

Participants will meet at Yosemite at noon on December 6 and travel together in a comfortable van.
Destination Workshop Investment:  $895.00.  The fee does not include food or lodging.  Lodging choices during the trip will be national motel chains such as Super 8, Hampton Inn, Drury Inn, and Comfort Inns.  Doubling up is encouraged to save money.

Deposit:  A non refundable deposit of $300.00 is required to hold your spot.  The fee, though not refundable, can be used toward a future destination workshop should a family emergency cause you to cancel.  The deposit is due by November 21 and the balance will be deducted from your credit card on December 1.

All participants are required to sign a release of liability statement.

Local guides:  Reallyclassglass.com feels it is important to maximize time photographing and not in searching for the best vantage points.  Whenever financially prudent we will hire local photo guides familiar with the locations.  Mark G, who works for Really Right Stuff, will guide us in Monterey and Big Sur. We are currently searching for a guide for Yosemite.

Monterey Bay and Big Sur……Carmel, Pebble Beach, Cannery Row, sea lions, pelagic and shore birds, 17 mile drive scenery, Monterey Bay Aquarium…what more needs to be said.  The Weston Gallery in Carmel features the work of Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, and prepares us for Yosemite.  Mark G will guide us to some of his favorite photographic sites along Big Sur which stretches 90 miles south of Carmel from Point Lobos all the way to the Hearst Castle with 5000 foot mountains rising out of the Pacific Ocean.

Winter in Yosemite…special, quiet….beautiful.  Snow….amazingly different images.

And did we say that all participants may use reallyclassglass.com professional Nikkor lenses as part of the fee?


Creating Beautiful Photography… That Makes Money!

Whether you started photography as a hobby or you have been snapping pictures professionally for years, understanding how to create photos that sell is integral to your success. By recognizing what your customers are looking for in photography and how you can tailor your images to their needs, you can increase your sales and the quality of your work.

Understand Your Equipment

First things first, you must know what you are working with. Your equipment and your photography settings should be familiar to you. By understanding how your camera takes pictures and the settings for each occasion, you will be able to take better quality photos. Attending a ReallyClassGlass.com workshop can teach you specifics and hone your skills. Websites can also provide inspiration and show you what other photographers are getting paid for. Familiarizing yourself with the industry will only make you a stronger photographer.

Know Your Lighting

The best photographers always seek out the light. No matter what your subject is, still life or portraits, you should always know how the lighting will make the resulting picture look. Working outdoors will provide considerably different options than indoor lighting. Understand how diffusers work and how light can be manipulated. A quick search online will provide you with dozens of lighting options. For the best results, attempt to take pictures using a variety of sources. This will give you the opportunity to test your settings and decide on the best options for your style of photography.

Get in Close

Change the perspective of your image and take pictures from multiple angles. The idea is to have photos that are unique. Imagine how the average person might take the picture and then change it up. Get on the ground and shoot upwards. Grab a step ladder and look down on your subject. By using a refreshing angle or perspective your pictures will stand out above the rest.

Focus on the Eyes

Portrait photography is all about the person in the image. Focusing on the subjects eyes will draw attention to the face in a way that other areas of focus cannot. Regardless of the camera or the lens, be very careful of your point of focus and you can gain a visual impact that will set your images apart.

Centering is Boring

Just like trying a different perspective can make a simple picture stand out, moving your subject off-center can change the feel of your image. Instead of keeping the subject perfectly in the center of the photo, moving it to the side can draw more attention to the size and scale and create a sense of drama.

Regardless of your approach to photography, only practicing and challenging yourself will make you better at what you do. Photographers should never be far from their equipment; you never know when inspiration will strike.