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Firework Photography Tips

Hello world!

I really hope everyone had a wonderful and safe 4th of July.

In this weeks photography class the topic was about fireworks and how to capture them. The instructor told us what setting to use, so I decided to try it out myself.

Here are the steps:

#1 – You need to be on a tripod and use a shutter release button (if you don’t have one use the camera self timer).

#2 – Keep your ISO as low as you can to avoided any grain.

#3 – Use manual mode and set an aperture of f11 – f16.

#4 – Set your lens to manual focus, frame your shot and focus it.

#5 – Press the shutter and let the camera do its magic.

**Please remember that if your lens has a vibration reduction switch make sure you set it to off while on a tripod**

This is what I was able to capture and let me say that It was a lot of fun 😊

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My Photo settings:    F11    1/30    ISO 100     (auto white balance / focal length 80 mm)

You can view the rest in my firework photos in my photography section

You can use these settings for any night photography.

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

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Best Regards,

A.L. Designs

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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!

Lets connect!

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Best Regards,

A.L. Designs

Learn Photography for FREE!

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Practice makes perfect they say, but first we must learn about our craft to go out there and practice. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about photography for free from professional photographer Ruben Rodriguez this upcoming Tuesday 11/07/17 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm in Ontario, CA.

Ruben offers these ongoing workshops 4 times a month to anyone interested in photography no matter their skill level.

So Stop by, ask questions, learn and go out and practice!

I myself have been a student for the last 2 years and continue to attend because I have learned so much and I continue to learn. My photography has improved so much these last few years, and most importantly I am learning to use my camera properly.

I want to help share this class with as many people possible, because it truly is a great opportunity to learn. If you know anyone interested in photography, please help me share this post.

 

Join us!

When: 11/07/17

Where: Colony High School (inside the library)

3850 E Riverside Dr, Ontario, CA 91761

Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm

 

For further information you can visit my FB Events Page

You can connect with me on all social media channels here:

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Thank you! And we look forward to shooting with you soon!

A.L

What can you learn for free?

Wondering what you can learn at the free photography workshops in Ontario, CA? Well here is a small sample of topics that are discussed in Ruben’s Photography Workshop. The topics change at every workshop, it all depends what the students of photography want to learn that day.

Ruben encourages you to ask questions about topics or photo equipment. He also encourages the students to bring in their photos so that we can all take a look at their work and most importantly see their improvement. He will give you constructive criticism on ways that you can improve your image for future shoots.

We hope to see you at one of these free workshops. For dates, times and location click here.

Also make sure to check out my YouTube Channel the Creative Corner my personal Vlog of my life as a creative.

Feel free to leave a comment below or if you have questions you can contact me.

Thank you,

A.L.

 

Artists know your worth…

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During last night’s photography class, my teacher said something that truly impacted me in a positive way. A student asked about how much he should be charging people for events. I find myself in the same situation, so this question was perfect.

The teacher said that we should not under charge even if we are still students. The reason is you don’t want to devalue your work. At the same time, we should not be over charge because we are still in the learning phase. The teachers said people don’t realize how much work goes into photography or any creative field.

When it comes to photography, customers don’t understand that the price you are quoting them is not only for the time spent taking photos, it also includes the hours spent doing the photo editing. Photo editing is a must, no image no matter how good your equipment maybe is ready out of camera, you need to edit it. Editing makes a huge difference colors are more vibrant, blemishes on the face are covered and the image is sharpened. Every step done in editing is with the sole purpose of presenting the best image possible to your customer.

The same applies for quotes I give for graphic design projects, it takes work and it takes time. I work full time as a designer for a company, but I am also a freelance designer, so I am working on projects on my free time, and time to everyone is valuable! My rates on design projects are on the low side compared to other designers, but I can see firsthand why they charge what they charge. They deserve it! You as an artist are providing them with a creative service.

So if you are a creative of some kind remember do not hesitate to charge what you in your heart feels like a fair rate for the work you can provide.

If you are interested in attending the free photography workshop you can check out the events page for dates, times and locations.

Keep creating,

-Alondra

 

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Do you have a question regarding photography, Cameras, equipment or photo techniques? Join the Photography workshop on 4/4/17 in Ontario, CA. If you can’t make it do to distance, no problem send me your question here and I will be more than happy to assist you by getting your question answered by local professional photographers.

To make things fun, I might even go live on Instagram with your question, so make sure you follow 🙂

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-Alondra

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