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Here are a few tips and tricks to catch perfect Firework Photography

  1. Use a tripod
  2. Use a Remote Shutter
  3. Low ISO Sensitivity
  4. Set Focus to Infinity
  5. Set your Aperture
  6. Experiment with Bulb Settings

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You may have read our recent post on some of the techniques behind sports photography. Coming up at the end of the month, we’re hosting a two-hour seminar devoted entirely to sports photography, at our Syosset, NY store!

From the description:

This class is designed for intermediate to advanced photographers to help capture the moment and photograph sports like a professional. Topics to be covered will include : composition, lighting, focusing techniques, exposure, field position, and anticipating the action.

Click here for more information on the class, including info on how to sign up.

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People often ask the staff at Berger Brothers Camera what the key is to taking great portraits. Is it having the best portrait photography lens, or a specific type of camera? The lighting? A professionally-equipped studio? Read on for some tips that will help you take better portrait shots…

  1. One of the most valuable things you can do is get to know your subject. The more you know about them, the easier you will find it to capture their most natural expressions. If possible, try shooting their portrait in their favorite environment– if it’s an outdoorsy person, do it outdoors. If they love books, set up in the library or in front of some bookshelves. It’s not essential to get much of the background visible (or even in focus, necessarily) when taking portraits, but including a little bit of background gives a personal touch that the subject will appreciate.
  2. Another tip: Use a good zoom lens, or at least a point & shoot camera with a decent zoom. This will enable you to get several feet back from your subject, and zoom in on their head and shoulders, which should blur the background somewhat, putting all of the attention and focus on the subject.
  3. If you’re shooting a portrait in natural light, the best light is about an hour before sunset, when the light is softer. Or, try shooting just after a rainstorm, when the light is diffused by the moisture in the air. This way, there will be fewer (and softer) cast shadows. However, if you can’t choose the weather or the time of day, and you don’t have a studio with professional lighting, you’ll have to improvise. A bright lamp, or a window letting in light can do just fine, but it’s crucial to keep in mind that shooting with the light coming from the side is preferable to light coming from the front.
  4. Have your subject “act naturally.” Forced poses usually don’t result in pleasing portraits. Never prop a person up against a wall to take their portrait, as you’ll tend to get a hard shadow behind them. Let them sit in a chair, perch on a counter or table, or lean against a mantle. Try to photograph them from slightly above their eye level, or from a side angle. Straight-on portraits can look awkward and unnatural.

Taking great portraits

Want to know more? Check out the full-length article on portrait photography, and get more tips on how to compose, light, and shoot, and process great-looking portraits.

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Whether you want to turn a hobby into a profession, or just get good clear shots of your friends or family out playing on the field, there are some important things to keep in mind when photographing sporting events.

  1. Know your equipment. Your point and shoot camera might take great portraits or landscape photos, but the best camera for sports photography has two basic needs, which these cameras often lack – speed, and the ability to zoom in close.
  2. A big part of sports photography is being able to anticipate the action. One thing that can help is a camera with the ability to take three or more shots per second, in quick succession. Many DSLR models have this feature, even at the lower end of the price spectrum. The lens also needs to be able to focus quickly, or else all you’ll end up with is a series of blurry, unfocused shots.
  3. Taking pictures from the stands or bleachers means you’ll need a powerful zoom, to be able to get in close to the players and capture the action. A good rule of thumb is this: for every 10 yards of distance, filling the frame with the average-sized human requires 100mm in lens. So a 200mm lens will more or less fill a vertical photo with a human figure from 20 yards away. Whenever possible, it will help immensely to get out of the stands and onto the sidelines, or in the case of a sport like basketball, as low to the court as possible.
  4. Know what to shoot. Generally, people want to see the emotion on the players’ faces. This can be more difficult in a sport like football where the players’ faces are obscured by helmets, but even still, their body language can be very expressive and make for dramatic photos in instances where you can’t get a clear view of a player’s face.

Sports Photography Tips

Check out the full article on sports photography, and read tons more tips on how to utilize your camera, what types of shots to look for, and how to perfectly capture an action-packed shot.

Looking for a camera recommendation for sports photography? We’d recommend the Canon Powershot G11 for a beginner, a Canon EOS 50D for an intermediate photographer, and for an advanced user, the Nikon D3s.

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Tips on capturing those special moments with your kids…

  1. Don’t just sit your child down in a chair and tell them to say “cheese.” (Trust us, this will only work once.) Instead, take them someplace fun – a park, the beach, the woods, or just let them play in their room. Playground equipment in particular can result in many unusual angles and lots of natural smiles when taking pictures of kids. Natural settings can make for beautiful backgrounds when photographing children.
  2. Don’t forget props! A stuffed toy, their favorite chair – all the little parts of their life can help to distract them from you behind the camera. And, as an added bonus, when they grow up and look at the photos later, they will have far more meaning for containing a favorite teddy bear or something equally precious to them.
  3. It’s important to get you equipment ready before even mentioning that you’re going to take your child’s picture. A child’s patience can be pretty thin, and if they have to wait for you to get everything ready, you’re likely to miss your window of opportunity. On a similar note, a camera with a quick response time can be essential. Many point and shoot cameras suffer from what is known as shutter-lag (the length of time it takes from when you click the shutter till the camera actually takes the photo). When photographing children, this can be especially frustrating, so when possible, try to use a camera with little to no shutter-lag.
  4. Get down to the child’s level. This is a great way to get a fresh and unique angle in photographing kids. Unless the child is looking up at you, shooting down from your eye level doesn’t produce the best results. Sit on the floor or even lay on your belly for babies and look the little person in the eye. And don’t be afraid to fill the frame with the face when taking pictures of children.

Want to learn more about photographing kids? Check out the full article on Berger-Bros.com.

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Photographing landscapes with Berger Bros

There are many tips and tricks to photographing landscapes. Taking landscape photos can be one of the most exciting forms of photography. Here are a few tips to make your landscape photography easier and better.

  1. Check the light when photographing landscapes. Taking your shots just after sunrise, or just before sunset can provide the best results. Another good time for taking landscape photos is just before or after a rain storm.
  2. Use a polarizing filter when photographing blue skies to keep them from coming out white.
  3. Don’t forget essentials, sensible shoes for well maintained trails, boots for more rugged terrain, a GPS unit for off trail explorations and a walking stick. Or better yet, a monopod or Trekpod from Berger Bros which doubles as a walking stick and lets you take crisp shots in low light.
  4. Choose a focal point when composing your shot. Decide what is the center of interest when photographing landscapes and plan your shots around that. Keep the horizon line straight and away from the center of the photo.
  5. When choosing a camera for photographing landscapes, consider a DSLR for the option of using interchangeable lenses, as well as the increased quality and megapixels. If you use a point and shoot camera, look for one with a winder ratio, or built-in wide angle lenses.
  6. Use a wider aperture to get as much detail as possible in your landscape photos. Use a tripod or monopod, and a shorter focal length to minimize camera shake.
  7. Consider finishing your landscape photos at home with computer software. Cropping, adjust colors and special effects can all be applied digitally, freeing your time outdoors to concentrate on shooting and hiking.
  8. Keep in mind the kind of outdoor activities you enjoy. Balance the need for a lightweight portable camera with a more durable one, if your activities might cause wear and tear on your equipment.
  9. Don’t forget the essentials – extra cards and charged batteries. Particularly in lower temperatures, rechargeable conventional batteries might fail. Keep some standard batteries on hand just in case.

For more details, click here to read the article on photographing landscapes.

Want to find out more about photographing landscapes?

Talk to the expert staff at Berger Brothers Camera. They can help you with questions about the right cameras and equipment, as well as technique for how to take landscape photos. If you’re in the area, take a class with our qualified instructors, or attend a seminar about photographing landscapes. Or even better, join Berger Brothers on a photo safari where you will not only get wonderful photo opportunities, but personalized help, as well as a chance to try out new camera gear.

Click here to check our schedule, or call us at 1-800-542-8811 for more information. Or join our mailing list by clicking here to get updates on new digital photography classes on Long Island, seminars and photo expeditions in your inbox.

Still have questions? Contact customerservice@berger-bros.com.

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