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Black Friday 2013!

29 Nov

Ahhhhhhhh, the adrenaline rush of Black Friday shopping. It’s that one day of the year where you can get the very best top-of-the-line items at an unbelievable value.

We don’t want to deprive you of your adrenaline rush.

Here’s the deal: $100 for $75, $200 for $125 and $300 for $200!  Purchase here.

Whether you’re buying a gift certificate for yourself, your family or for someone else, it’s a fabulous way to build beautiful memories… The Black Friday way!

Not sure how to use or “gift” the session? Here are some great ideas…

– A heirloom portrait of your family to hang on the mantle (after Santa’s stockings come down of course!)DSC_1758

– Some sexy boudoir portraits to give your honey for Valentine’s Day

– Give to Mom to schedule a cherished mother/daughter session

– A beloved fine art pet portrait of your “furry baby”

– Some romantic anniversary photos together

– Baby’s milestone portraits

– Portraits from past sessions

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Photographing Fireworks

4 Jul

Today is July 4th and with that comes fireworks – lots and lots of fireworks.  Are you interested in photographing fireworks?  There are a few things that you need to know.

  1. Use a tripod.  You need this to hold your camera steady because you will be using a long shutter speed to catch the burst and the tails.
  2. Remote shutter release. You have to press the button on your camera to take the picture but you just press a button with a shutter release and this will help keep your camera still.  You may also use the timer but this is harder to time shots and frame your pictures.

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    Photo by photocamel.com

  3. Frame your picture.  Don’t just point the camera at the sky and shoot away.  Capture the sea of people watching the fireworks, the lake the fireworks reflect in or the beautiful mountains scaping the scene.  If you do not have any of these then look around and there will be something interesting.  There always is.
  4. Aperture. What aperture?  Begin with an aperture of f/8 to f/16  but if the shots are too dark then go to f/5.6 and open up from there.  But before you do that – bump up your ISO.
  5. ISO. What ISO?  Begin shooting at ISO 100 but if that doesn’t work for you then begin to increase your ISO.  Be careful when increasing ISO as the higher the ISO the more grain will be visible in your pictures.
  6. Shutter Speed. What Shutter Speed?  Set your camera to M for Manual.  Then use your ISO scroll to select Bulb or B.  This is bulb mode.  This mode is great for long exposures in the dark.  The shutter stays open as long as you press the shutter release button.  This is where your shutter release comes in.  It’s near impossible to hold a camera for a long length of time with the shutter release open without camera shake.
  7. Check your pictures after a few shots.  You may be missing a few explosions but checking your progress will ensure that if you make a mistake then you can correct it.
  8. Practice makes perfect!  The more you do something then the better you get at it.
  9. HAVE FUN!!!!

I would love to see what you capture!  So link in the comments or post on my Facebook page.

So you wanna take better pictures?

30 Nov

DSC_4726You want to take better images of Timmy, Jane or Rover but how do you do it?

You have your eye on that snazzy DSLR that is on sale but how do you use it?

I know you want to whip your camera around and take a crazy rapid burst of shutter clicks but refrain from picking up your camera and read this series first. Trust me – I know it’s difficult because your index finger is itching to snap away but trust me – this will be beneficial in the end! You can thank me later.

Understanding photography is not easy and it can be confusing. You will need to read this over and over to truly grasp how each of these work and then play with your camera settings to get a solid understanding of it. If you think you will learn photography in a day, a week, a month then I’m here to tell you that is not going to happen. Have patience, you will get better but you are not going to be shooting like Jerry Ghionis in 30 days.

Do you wonder what makes a great photo of Timmy? How that background gets blurred while cute Jane stays in focus. Why is Rover off center? We will tackle these questions but we’re going to do it in segments to let this information soak in and allow you to practice what we learn.

What are we going to discuss? We’re going to discuss each of the items listed below and how they relate to each other to capture those stunning images so we can spam everyone on Facebook, Tweet to the world and share Timmy, Jane and Rover with Great Aunt Thelma once removed.
Once we have the basics down. We’re going to learn to shoot the fun stuff like Christmas lights, Christmas trees and holiday shenanigans. But first things first – what is ISO????

Most consumer cameras have an ISO range of 200 – 1600. What does this mean? ISO stands for International Standards Organization which is a scale for measuring sensitivity to light. A 200 ISO setting will be less sensitive than a 1600 setting.

If you are outside in sunlight then you will most likely want to use a 200 ISO setting. If you are indoors then you increase your ISO setting to allow more light to enter the camera.

There is a tradeoff for increasing your ISO. A higher ISO means the more grain that will be visible in your image.

Higher ISO will benefit you when you need a fast shutter speed but your aperture is wide open. What does this mean? This statement will make more sense as we go along but high level – shutter speed controls how quickly the shutter opens and closes. Aperture controls how much light the camera lets in. So a higher ISO (more sensitive to light) allows you to take a picture in low light when your aperture is wide open and you need a fast shutter speed (stops movement, eliminates blur).

Got it? Let’s try it and let me know if you have questions or need a little assistance!

traci-marie Rogers
traci-marie Photography
traci-marie@traci-marie.com
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Try It Exercise:
1) Find a stationary well lit object that you want to photograph (something near a window or under shade)
2) Set your camera to Automatic
3) Set your ISO to 200 then take your picture
4) Set your ISO to 1600 then take your picture
5) Compare the pictures
6) What did you find?

Glossary for this lesson:

Aperture: an opening, such as a hole or slit; in a camera, a circular opening that limits the amount of light that can enter and expose the film.

DSLR: digital single-lens reflex camera

ISO: International Standards Organization which is a scale for measuring sensitivity to light.

Patience: the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties.

Shutter Speed: the rate at which the aperture of a camera opens and closes to let in light and expose the ‘film’.

Father’s Day Photography Gift: Gift of Memories

13 May
Father’s Day is just around the corner!

Mom, surprise him this Father’s Day with a Daddy & Me portrait session at traci-marie Photography.  Let us chronicle the joy of fatherhood and create memories Dad will love to look back on.

Father’s Day is June 20th, 2010!

Call 281-221-2245 or email traci-marie@traci-marie.com today to schedule a session.

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