Saturday, April 30, 2011

Learn a little more, shutter speed

Have you ever shot a picture and the image been blurry? You probably had no idea why it was blurry. In the last basic education post that I am doing I am going to discuss shutter speed. Shutter speed determines ambient light, or light that is in the area already. The light can be lights that are turned on, sunlight, window light, or lots of other sources of lights. Shutter speed is how fast the shutter opens to the digital sensor. For most portrait pictures you are probably going to have your shutter below 1/200th of a second, especially if you are going to use flash. Most cameras won't allow you to shoot faster than that if you have a flash on the camera. If you are shooting kids, you will probably get blurry images if you are not shooting a fast shutter speed. Sports is the same way. If you are shooting something where you want to freeze the action, you should probably shoot shutter priority, which is S on nikon, or T on Canon. T is for time, S is for Shutter Speed. You want to set your shutter speed to a relatively fast speed 1/400th or even faster if you are shooting sports. To do that you must have plenty of light available. Daytime is the easiest time to shoot a fast shutter speed. Most low light lenses with a wide aperture are the best for shooting fast, because they bring in lots more light. Sports is tough because the real good lenses for Sports cost in the thousands. Canon and Nikon both make a 70-300 lens that will work for sports, but only in daylight because of their high aperture. Your blurry images are because of 1 of 2 things. 1) your subject was moving so fast that while the shutter was open the subject moved so the sensor is seeing the whole motion, it is also called motion blur, sometimes people use it as an effect. 2) The shutter speed was so slow that you moved the camera because you were shaking, also known as camera shake. Most people cannot shoot below 1/50th of a second hand held, if you have a tripod, you can shoot super slow. If you have any questions for me please let me know. I think this post makes sense.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Andy and Aleesa

About a week ago we had a great photo session with Andy and Aleesa. Andy and Aleesa are friends of ours. Aleesa waited on Andy to propose and he finally did, but it took a while. They are a great couple that really likes to have a good time. We are ready for their wedding in October 2011. If you can't tell, Andy has pretty good ups with his bell kick.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

It's all in the eyes

Here are some great images of Cooper Tignor that were taken the other day. Cooper has gotten so big and really has a great little personality. It is so much fun to watch these children grow up. Cooper is 1 year old and we had a great little photo session with him. If you are looking for someone to take some pictures of your children, please contact us. We would love to take pictures of your children. Our children sessions are a lot of fun for all involved. How about the eyes in this picture.

For those that read the post on Aperture, this is a perfect example of a a very shallow depth of field. If you notice, I focused on Cooper's eyes and anything not in the same plane as them is going to be blurry. It really makes his eyes come out of the picture. Pretty neat effect. That's all for today.

Friday, April 22, 2011

More Technique

     So I actually received some emails after my post on Aperture. I guess that is something people want to read about.  So here we go. Today I am going to talk about ISO, also referred to as film speed. Which if your shooting a digital camera it obviously has no film, but it goes back to the old way that things were labeled. I know most folks my age have never even picked up a film camera. I actually own a Mamiya M645 which is probably about 10 years older than me. The film that I shoot in it was actually made in Oktober of 1980, that is the correct spelling, it was made in Europe. It is two years older than me.
     ISO on a digital camera is essentially the operators way to set how sensitive the digital sensor in the camera is. The higher the number, the more sensitive the sensor is to light. However, the higher the number, the more noise you get in the image. So the object of taking pictures is to keep your ISO as low as you can. So always start at the lowest setting and work your way up until you get what you need. Stay as low as you can to keep the quality the best it can be. Generally most cameras look the same at low ISO's because they all perform well when there is plenty of light. The more expensive cameras like the Full frame D700 and Canon 5D, will work much better in low light than the others. That is where the price difference comes in. Anyone can shoot amazing pictures with plenty of light, when it gets darker, the pro's make it happen. Most digital cameras shouldn't be shot over 800 ISO to keep your images clean of noise. The newer D7000 I know has excellent noise capabilities. A lot of the newer cameras that are coming out now have been greatly improved and should have considerable reduced noise.
     On a happier note, if I can get to 500 likes on Facebook I will be giving away a Free portrait session ($150 value).

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Spring Blooms

The blooms on the campus of Auburn University came almost as fast as they went. The beautiful orange blooms that were in the background of Fisher Ogle's pictures were wilted away. But we didn't let that ruin our day. We had the privilege of spending Sunday with Karen and Bo. We love it when people find us online. If you know anyone that is looking for some excellent photography for a good price send them our way. If they book a wedding session you will get paid.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Would you like to take better pictures?

     On most of our portrait sessions I always get asked how I get the background to be so blurry. Most people think that it is some Photoshop trick that only pros know how to do. That is simply not the case. Anyone can purchase a 50mm F1.8 lens and get the same look. Lots of times I will use it so that the viewers attention is drawn to the subject I am photographing. Sometimes I use it because it is a pretty cool background. There are three major things to remember when using a camera. I am not talking about your point and shoot, although some have the options now too. I am referring to aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Those three terms are the major terms when talking technically about a camera. Today I will tackle Aperture. 
     Aperture is the only term of the three that is referring to the lens only. The F after the focal length of the lens is the Aperture. The lower the number, the more light the lens brings in. So a 50mm F1.4 lens brings in more light than a 50mm F2.8 lens. The increase in light however makes the depth of field more shallow. In other words, as you open the aperture up you lose the amount of area that is in focus. For instance a F1.4 lens might only have 1 inch in focus, where as a F2.8 would have 4-5 inches in focus. These are not exact numbers, but guesses. But you should be able to get the picture. The lower the number the more the blades in the back of the camera are open. That's right your camera has blades, pretty cool. An easy way to get this affect on your camera is to put your camera on the A setting, not Auto. And then play around with the thumb or finger wheel on your camera. You should see a drastic difference in pictures. 50 F1.8 lenses are a cheap alternative for spending a ton of money on pro level lenses, while still getting a great low light lens. All of them, Nikon or Canon, can be purchased for less than $150.00. Great investment for you hobbyists. 
    The above image is shot at F1.4, see how the flowers get fuzzy as you move away from the area in focus. Thanks for reading, if you are looking to learn more stay tuned, I am going to try and do a few more posts about Technical info. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

Spring has arrived

The long trip to Cincinnati was well worth it today when we got the chance to pick up our cameras and start shooting. The David Ziser master class so far has been great, but after a full day of class time I was ready to pick up my camera. Here are a few of my favorites from one of our Brides named Brandy. All girls aren't willing to give me a fashion look, but in this case, its what I wanted. More to come later in the week.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rain Rain Go Away

Right now I am sitting in the car riding back to Opelika. Lucky for me Adrian, with, is driving for me. Its a long way and I drove all the way here, so we are happy to be headed home. The week was long and on Wednesday we shot pictures until about 9:30pm. Got some great images of Cincinnati overlooking the Ohio River Valley. I want to recommend David Ziser's Digital Pro Talk blog as one of the most informative blogs for photographers. If you are an aspiring photographer David has officially become one of my instructors and teachers of lighting and composition. Ziser does what he does better than anyone else. Check him out on the web at, He has some of the best tutorials on Adobe Lightroom and general photography that you can find anywhere. I would also like to recommend to everyone to attend one of his classes if he is in the area.

As far as Auburn Heritage Photography, we are going to really work on getting our site up to date and move into the new age of photography which is lots of cool digital stuff. Amy is going to have her hands full trying to learn from what I learned over the last few weeks. If anyone has any questions regarding our photography or what we are working towards just contact us.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Easter Boy

This little guy looks like he is ready for the Easter Bunny to come visit him. I love his Purple shirt and big blue eyes. This set of pictures was taken around Auburn University, everything is blooming and looks so Springish. Tomorrow is the last day for 25% off. Use code: Taxweek to get your deal.

Artsy Bridal

Currently I am in a class in Cincinnati with one of the world's best Wedding photographers. Part of what he is teaching is mostly composition using wide angle lenses and beautiful backgrounds. I am having a difficult time with the wide stuff, but I nailed this close up fashion style shot of Brandi. This girl has some great eyes and really poses so well and has a great attitude.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

What a cute face

This is such a cute pic of one of our great friends Eron, and his daughter Zoe. We had a great time taking their pictures and sharing the day with their family. I know that they are thrilled with their new little girl. Despite no sleep, they seemed no worse for the wear. What a blessing it was to spend some time with them. I think this photo could win a contest. Can't wait until the next session in three months.

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Monday, April 11, 2011

A Big Boy

This is a darling picture of a one year old boy with lots of energy. Fisher is an energetic little thing that was really fun to take pictures of. As their photographer, we have had the joy of being around Fisher since he was a tiny little baby. Now he is running all over the place and has grown so much. This little Auburn Tiger is a delight to be with. We know that his mom and dad are proud of him. It was lots of fun to take his picture.

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

David Ziser Master Class and lots of babies

On Sunday, I am traveling to Cincinnati, OH, for a photography class with one of the all time greatest wedding photographers around. This class should certainly help us to add a little more pop to our wedding images. Watch for posts on the blog throughout next week showing you what we learn. Cincinnati is a great place to shoot and I know that Ziser and his crew will be ready to teach us some secrets. If you are looking for a photographer please let us know. We have been blessed lately to have so many babies being born that we are staying busy with newborn sessions.

Friday, April 8, 2011

25% OFF

For the week of April 11-15, Auburn Heritage Photography is proud to offer 25% off of an order of $20 or more for all of our prints ordered through your gallery on our website. I know that lots of you have been busy with other things, if you plan on buying prints, now is the time. Since most of the time this week stinks for so many, we thought we would help all of our customers out. The code to get the deal is: Taxweek

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Wedding Dates

For those of you that might know someone looking for a photographer please pass our name on to your friends. We are always looking for more work and are slowly filling up our summer dates. If anyone you know is looking, let us know, it would certainly help you get paid. $50 off your next session if you pass our info on. Just be sure to have your friends let us know, or just tell us yourself.

What a beautiful Day

These folks are in love. This wedding was shot at Callaway Gardens in beautiful Pine Mountain, GA. The weather was absolutely beautiful as was the chapel. The groom's family traveled all the way from Ohio and the celebration was fantastic. We really got some great images of these two. For those that don't know, this is Amy's sister. This is one of my favorite images from the day.