Monday, September 23, 2013
SOME GREAT ADVICE
He shared that shooting at the GOLDEN HOUR TIME is an absolute must if you want a good quality photo using natural light. This is so important, that he said when a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOGRAPHER submits a photo, no matter how great it is, they will not even consider the photo for use if it was not taken during this time of day. I thought that this was amazing. I did go to a photography class in the past in the grand canyon, and well remember hiking through the desert at 3 am with my equipment and my tripod, so that I could get all set up before predawn.... Used headlamps to get evserything set up.... and truly, the time before sunrise was just amazing, and my photos were stellar for me!
Scott said during the seminar that predawn is definitely the best, and that you only have about 30 minutes after t he sun peeks up over the horizon until you can hear the CALL OF T HE WILD PANCAKES.......
In other words, the lighting that is magic is gone shortly after the sun peeks over the rim of the world.
The second MAGIC TIME for lighting comes just before sunset, and for about 30 minutes aft er the sun goes down to capture the perfect lighting. I have my new camera, as some of you know, so when I got home from the class, went out on my deck.... it was nearly time for the sun to disappear, and shot this flower in a hanging basket to check out how my camera would do in this lightting ( it was nearly dark on my deck. Anyway, loved this effect.
I do shoot almost exclusively in MANUAL MODE, so the settings that I had on the were
F4. 5, ISO 800, shutter speed at 1/60 ( this is the lowest shutter speed that I try to hand hold my camera without a tripod), and it was shot at 200mm form about 8 feet away.
Anyway, the take home information from this is that you need to SHOOT IN THE GOLDEN HOURS IF YOU REALLY WANT A STELLAR PHOTO.
Definitely highly recommend either Scott Kelby books or classes if you have a chance. Hope that all of you have an awesome day, and HAPPY SHOOTING!!!