Summer Photography Tips and Techniques
Beach Photography Tips
Being on the beach is all about fun, so make sure you capture the enjoyment. Get your friends or family to run on the sand; set the mode dial to M (Manual mode) and use a shutter speed of at least 1/500th of a second to freeze the movement. Use a relatively small or medium aperture (f/8-f/16) for a deeper DOF (depth of field). Set the lens focus mode to AF (Autofocus) and select continuous focusing (AI Servo AF Canon/AF-C Nikon) mode so that the lens can constantly maintain its focus on the moving subjects. Remember to protect your camera and lens from possible sand being kicked in your direction; always use a clear UV filter to protect the lens and electrical tape around the area where the lens fits onto the camera body.
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Sailing Photography Tips
When photographing a moving sail boat, you need to use a fast shutter speed. Turn the mode dial to TV or S (Shutter Priority) mode and choose a shutter speed of around 1/400th of a second to begin with. Let the camera select the correct aperture. Set the lens focus mode to AF (Autofocus) and select continuous focusing (AI Servo AF Canon/AF-C Nikon) mode to automatically re-focus the lens on the moving sail boat. If you struggle to get a sharp image you can push the ISO up although ISO 200 is a good starting point. Use a good quality wide-angle lens to capture the entire boat.
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Underwater Photography Tips
Practice holding yourself underwater for longer periods of time and holding the camera steady. Use a low ISO setting to get a fine grained image and a shutter speed of 1/250th of a second or more. You can use on-camera flash when shooting in a pool to freeze the action. Wear goggles if you can’t keep your eyes open underwater and try to capture a fun portrait with the person swimming or floating in the water.
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Outdoor Photography Tips
When photographing a campfire, a 10-42mm wide-angle lens or a 50mm standard lens is fine. Use a sturdy tripod if you have one, as this will prevent camera shake. If you do not have a tripod, use your bag or another steady surface to support the camera for the photo. Open the aperture wide, around f/2 – f/8 to allow enough light in. Choosing aperture priority (AV) is a great way to take this kind of shot as the camera will choose its own shutter speed. Use your camera’s self-timer or a cable release to take the photo with absolutely no blurring. Don’t use flash because it will ruin the natural glow of the fire.
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