Indy Photo Coach 2:14am, 28 July 2010
There are foods and drinks we only seem to have when it's summer: corn on the cob, watermelon or anything barbecued -- iced tea, lemonade, you get the idea. This week I want you to capture some of the cuisine at a summer gathering.
• Use a macro lens or the lens with the widest aperture possible. If you don't have a macro lens be sure to set your camera to Aperture Priority (A mode), then select the lowest number available (e.g. 2.8, 3.5). This will help give your image a smooth and pleasing background.
• Use a tripod if possible. When trying to capture fine detail a tripod will generally give you the best results. Even at high shutter speeds there can still be a noticeable difference in sharpness between a handheld image and one where a tripod was used. If you don't own a tripod any stationary object will work. To prevent your camera from moving when you take the picture you can set the timer or use a separate shutter release cable.
1) Capture any kind of summer food or drink
2) Use natural or available light to give images a softer appearance
3) Use the widest aperture setting available and an uncluttered background
*Pictures submitted by 8/03 may be featured in next week's newsletter!
Written by Trevor Warren