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Baby Photography Tips
Babies are unpredictable so therefore tears and tantrums are to be expected. Don’t be afraid to keep the camera shooting rather than waiting for that perfect pose or moment because somewhere in 30 consecutive shots will be one winner. Presuming you have a good amount of natural daylight, choose an ISO of 100-400 and use a wide aperture (f/2.8-f/8) for a shallow DOF (depth of field). Use continuous shooting mode on your camera to capture 2, 3, 4, or 5 photos in a couple of seconds.
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Photo Series ‘The Absence of Water’ Highlights Abandoned Public Pools and The Grand Architectural Structures that House Them
Old and abandoned places that once bustled with fun and activity always leaves feelings of melancholy. Gigi Cifali captures this pensive mood in his series of empty Victorian era swimming pools called Absence of Water. The London-based photographer documented his visits of forgotten and now decaying public swimming pools, showing the once fun-filled structures now decrepit and abandoned.
Photographer Edward Burtynsky certainly does not shy away from inspired projects. The Canadian lensman has carved a reputation for himself by documenting the manner in which man exploits and redefines his environment. Famous mainly for large-scale photography, his existing body of work has covered topics that include mines, recycling and oil, while always capturing these images from the air. For his newest work, Burtynsky decided to take various pictures of water from above again.
Lightning Photography Tips
Lightning is dramatic, extremely fast, a challenge to photograph and potentially dangerous. There are various techniques involved with capturing great photos of lightning. Since lightning is extremely fast, (30 microseconds or 30/1000000s) you must be quick. Above all, be safe, as lightning kills.
You’ll want to disengage the autofocus on your lens, and set it to Infinity (the sideways 8 on the lens barrel); this isn’t always apparent on some digital lens, so you have to figure this out for your given lens. Manual focus is better than autofocus when you’re photographing lighting, because the lightning will definitely fool the autofocus sensor. Setting the lens to infinity gives your maximum depth of field, such that when the lightning does strike in the distance you’ll have the lightning and the deep background in sharp focus. Objects closer to the camera will definitely be out of focus, but they’re not your main subject any way – so don’t worry about them or frame them out ahead of time.
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As a follow-up to the successful series called Dancers Among Us, Photographer Jordan Matter surprises with yet again another novel idea. This time he features professional athletes while not on the hard-court or open playing fields as they are thrown into everyday routine situations. Called Athletes Among Us, the series is Matter’s newest collection for another whimsical concept.
French theater has a distinguished and glorious history that dates all the way back to the 12th century, during an era when the idea of dramatic performances for entertainment purposes, and not just for religious education, was commencing to surface. While most of the material was written and performed in Latin, it was nonetheless a notable beginning. French theater traces its birth to the Middle Ages; however it really came into its own during the Renaissance and most distinctively under the reign of King Louis XIV.