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Equestriennes Lynda Roeller, LEFT, on horse Paho with friend Nancy 18 Nov 2011 on the Morro Bay CA Sandspit. | by mikebaird
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Equestriennes Lynda Roeller, LEFT, on horse Paho with friend Nancy 18 Nov 2011 on the Morro Bay CA Sandspit.

Equestriennes Lynda Roeller, LEFT, on horse Paho with friend Nancy 18 Nov 2011 on the Morro Bay CA Sandspit.

Def. equestrienne (plural equestriennes) - a female equestrian


Photo © 2011 “Mike” Michael L. Baird, mike {at] mikebaird d o t com,; Shooting an Apple iPhone 4S.

Note that the iPhone 4S also records accurately the GPS position in the EXIF which is automatically placed on the Flickr Yahoo! Map.

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I often use these simple models on my photowalks.


CAPIT 5-step lesson

There are five basic questions to answer each time you take a photo.

If there were only 2 choices for each of these 5 variables, that would be 32 combinations.

Do you consider all of the many possible setups for a each shot, and then select the best?

Even pros sometimes forget these basics.

Remember to always "Cap your lens - CAPIT"


C Closer, get closer, or go further back?


A Angle of photo, get Low, high, or take from the same elevation?


P Portrait or Landscape Mode?


I Incidence of Light, from behind, front, side, or best to use a flash?


T Thirds composition used so subject is not always simply centered?


update 03 July 2008

CAPIT version 2 adds the BEAST

B Background isolate

E Eyes focus on

A Aperture for depth-of-field

S Shutter for freezing action

T Tripod for stability


15 Dec 2009

Twenty Habits of Highly Effective Photographers - by Mike Baird.

1. Shoot every day. Not only will you be exposed to more opportunities, but you will soon be able to make camera and lens setting adjustments without even looking, and without delay.

2. Process your images the day you shoot them, so that you can learn better from your mistakes.

3. Save only a few images per day, and write down in the description field a technical or artistic note about why that image worked for you.

4. Make early or late light your friend.

5. Use a tripod when it will yield a sharper image - tack sharp is your goal.

6. Get closer for more impact when shooting most subjects.

7. Get low, and if you are shooting anything with eyes, be at the subject's eye level.

8. Experiment with both landscape and portrait modes.

9. Always study and use the light - "make" a photo, don't just take it.

10. Compose in thirds for most scenes.

11. Focus on an eye if it's in the scene. If there are two eyes, focus on the one closest to you.

12. Make the background just as important as your subject.

13. Use fill flash in the daytime when shooting people's faces.

14. Use a circular polarizer around water.

15. Always have a camera with you.

16. Share your photos and techniques online - Flickr is effective.

17. Use burst mode and take a lot of candidate images, especially with live subjects.

18. Always shoot in RAW format to preserve the most information.

19. Invest in high quality bodies, tripods, and lenses when you can if you find photography to be worth your passion.

20. Make a list of some of your most important habits.

Michael "Mike" L. Baird Mike [at} mikebaird d o t com


"Mike" Michael L. Baird mike[at}mikebaird do t com

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Taken on November 18, 2011