Transform an image by blending it with a textured layer. Im still new to this technique but Im happy with this result .
Very easy to create and a cool way to promote yourself. My music came from free comms and I used proshow to create the video. Here's one of mine "video show"
Old flash guns are great, I have two that I bought from ebay I paid £3.80 and £4.20, I use them off camera with wireless transmiters that I bought £19.99 and apart from taking a little longer to recycle charges they work great. I find I use more than my £300 sony flash gun. I have just bought an old minolta 5400hs for £30 which has more power
The lower you set the power output on your flash gun the faster the light burst will be. So by setting your shot up correctly you can freeze the action at just 1/125sec exposures. The only drawback being that because the power is low, you need to get the flash very close to your subject. Here is a link to one of my shots
There is some more processing involved but if you want the best quality photographs you need to work from the best quality files. Good images can be processed in raw and not need any work in photoshop. As always there are times to break the rules, but be careful if you break this one.
I know many togs who never go above ISO100 because of the dreaded noise, but better some noise and a sharp image than a blurry image. Todays DSLR can shoot ISO800-1600 with no problems and any noise can be sorted with photoshop. I prefer noiseware pro but theres loads of programs out there. So dont let overcast days ruin your sports photography.
Autofocus is great, spot mode for still images, continuous mode for moving subjests easy??? Ok most of the time for still images spot or local (selected focus point) is great. Moving subjects not so much, if you know your subject is moving in a predetermind line like motor racing, cycle racing, running well you get the idea, continuous mode will track it without any trouble, other sports like rugby, football ect. and wildlife do not follow set paths, so you loose focus find your subject again then you lens refocuses but this all takes time. Manual focus does not "hunt" so with a little practice it will be faster than continuous mode. Soon you,ll never miss that crucial shot. Practice on still life take you shot on auto focus then refocus in manual mode you might be surprised by the results.
Camera makers have invested millions designing your camera so they must know whats best? So why have they given aperture, shutter and manual modes? Simple, there will be times when auto mode will not select the correct settings.
I mainly shoot in aperture mode and it really is simple to decide F2.8= Faster shutter speed + smaller area in focus, F16=Longer shutter speed + large area in focus. So sports/wildlife open the aperture up (smallest "F" number), Landscapes F11-F16, Portraits F5.6-F8. These settings are not final, but a starting point
Post links on facebook and twitter to your work. Be active, buyers are out there so the more you are out there the better chance of you getting noticed.
Have you ever noticed that photographers who say that photoshop is cheating, are always rubbish at photoshop.
All digital images can be improved in photoshop or similar program even if you don't like photoshop, a levels adjustment and sharpen will always improve an image.
Welcome to my blog. My photography is on a tight budget like so many others out there, but through this blog I hope to show that great photographs can be achieved by all.