It has been an amazing experience for me to be a part of Str8shot Photo on the web and am thankful everyday that I get to contribute to it. It is like a Christmas gift that gives all year. So I would like to say thank you to all of our readers who support our little Mag and keep us going. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Make sure you get that camera out and take some pictures. The holiday lights afford a photographic experience that is not available at others times of the year. The Memories you capture are that much more special because of the festivities surrounding the images.
Your setting up your new strobes for your first family portrait, everything is just about ready, when you feel a tug at your foot and turn around to find your brand new strobe falling to the floor and busting into a thousands tiny pieces. This scenario is repeated more often that you think. With the cost of remote triggers being so high most amateur photographers opt to use the wires that are included with most strobes as the activation source for their images. The problem is that these cords are everywhere when your done setting up, even if only for a couple of strobes. This tripping hazard is not only bad for your equipment, it could also get someone hurt in the process. Check out the remote triggers I found here to see if they can eliminate at least half the cords your going to have to use from now on.
Cowboystudio Radio Remote Trigger for Studio Strobe
QUICK TIP #1
If you look on the top right on the back of your camera you will probably notice two buttons that have a plus (+) or minus (-) symbol next to them. Though used for a lot of different functions on many different cameras a primary function is Review image Zoom. Have you ever taken a picture and knew for sure you got the shot? Then opened it in Photoshop at home to find the focus off? Using the Review Zoom buttons could have saved you that anguish.
QUICK TIP #2
Your AE our maybe AEL is your Auto Exposure Lock button. This button locks in your Auto Exposure and White balance settings when you take a shot. Where this is very handy is if your camera keeps focusing on an object off to the side of your subject and you want it changed. You can aim your camera, and maybe zoom in a little, at the object you want to focus on, depress the shutter button halfway to let auto-focus do its job. Press and hold the AE button, then re-compose back to your original position and press the shutter button. Wallah, focus control.
Sometimes we don’t have time to read an entire tutorial or even browse through one to find the short answer. With this in mind we have created a quick tips section that is designed to give a basic summary of what a full tutorial would offer. This should prove helpful for someone who has already taken the time to read a full blown tutorial on say the rule of thirds and just wants a quick refresher before they go shoot a family wedding or baby shower. We will continually be adding tot he section so check back often.