digital photography

Sports Photography

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Happy Tuesday everyone! Here is Tuesday’s photography tip.

When shooting sports, make sure you have a shutter speed of 600 and above. This will guarantee that you freeze the action. You can set your camera to shutter priority (S) on #Nikon and (TV) on #Canon

In shutter priority you dial in the shutter speed and the camera will set the corresponding aperture based on your set ISO. Remember, on a nice sunny day keep the ISO at 200.

Now go out there and practice! Play with different speeds. If this helps you, connect with me and let me know.

If you want to learn more you can visit the events page for dates, locations and times of the free photography workshop.

I hope you all have a blessed day. Now let’s go out there and get creative!

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How Do I Design – Thursday’s Designer Tip

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Hey guy!

Here is Thursday’s designer tip 🙂

When I create graphics my main design program is Adobe Illustrator. I use Illustrator because it creates vector files (a digital graphic file that its made up of many lines and curves or better known as paths). With a vector file you can stretch out your design as big or small as you want without losing resolution quality.

When I edit photos, I use Photoshop because PS creates a raster image (an image composed of pixels).

You can design in either programs, I just prefer Illustrator for designs and Photoshop for photos.

When I open up a new Illustrator file, I create the document using the final size of the project including the bleed when required.

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Creating new doc sized at: 3.75″ X 2.25″

For example, a business card is 3.5” x 2” if it does not require a bleed I make my doc size 3.5” x 2”. If my card requires a bleed my doc size will be 3.75” x 2.25” giving me a .25” bleed for trimming. Inside the card I will also keep an inner safety border of .25” all around.

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Example of doc with colored safety frame.

I work with layer so my first one is my safety border, you can use the guides in AI or I prefer to make a colored frame sized at .25” so its easier on my eyes. I will align the frame to the edges of the document. Next, I make sure to lock my guide layer so nothing is moved.

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Layer 1: Guides (Locked) Layer 2: Artwork

My 2nd layer is my artwork layer, this one I will keep under my 1st layer. Once my design is complete, I group everything in the artwork layer and delete layer 1 (guides). I will select my artwork layer and outline all of my text and save the file as a PDF or EPS making sure to keep the original (not outlined) text file for future changes.

**It is important to outline your text because if you send your file to someone and they don’t have that fonts you used in your design installed the program will substitute the missing fonts with other font causing your design to look different.**

**Outlining the text makes the font an object and it will no longer be editable as far as characteristics for future use so make sure you keep the original file.**

I hope this helps you in some way. If it does let me know 🙂

Have a blessed day and let’s go out there and get creative!

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A.L. Designs

Unicorns Are Real!

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Hey guys!

I have some new photos up from the photo shoot I did of my niece Bibbles and her unicorn 😉 Check them out! You can also watch the behind the scenes of this fun day on Unicorns Are Real!

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Taking black & white photos

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Thursday’s photography tip is on taking black & white photos.

During this weeks photography workshop class we learned the following:

There are two options you can use to create a B&W photo.

The first is to convert the image to B&W in post processing. This is the most common one and you have the benefit of keeping both the color version and the B&W version.

The second option, which we learned is a truer way of get a B&W photo is to set your camera to monochrome. With this setting your image will be taken in B&W so there is no post processing conversion needed. The down side is that you won’t have the color photo, but like the teacher said if your intent is to capture a B&W photo then you don’t need the color version.

This is just a tip/opinion, you can choose whatever option is best for you.

Try it out both ways and compare your results. It is all about experimenting.

Have a blessed day and lets go out and get creative!

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Photos are a return ticket

We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.”

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Beautiful quote isn’t it? Thanks to my friend for sharing that with me.

As a student of photography and aspiring photographer it brings me so much joy to be able to capturing life’s most memorable moments.

The nice thing about having a digital cameras is that you can shoot all you want.

In the film days it was way different. Your number of shots was limited and you had no idea what you captured until you developed your film. So if you messed up you wasted film and money.

Today you have no limits, if you make a mistake that’s OK, take another picture.

My tip for you aspiring photographers is to get out there and shoot. It can be anything just shoot!

Take as many pictures as you can and capture as many beautiful and meaningful moments as you possible can.

Always remember that a photo is a moment frozen in time and your job is to capture it.

So go out, practice and improve.

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