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Factory settings for can be confusing and very frustrating when it comes to focus on a Nikon Digital SLR Camera, and explaining what all 3 buttons do together can get a little complicated but here goes. Hopefully afterward you’ll be able to change them to suit your subject and get more successful shots. It just takes some practice…
Factory settings can be confusing and very frustrating when it comes to focusing your Canon DSLR, and explaining what all 3 buttons do together can get a little complicated but here goes. Hopefully afterward you’ll be able to change them to suit your subject and get more successful shots. It just takes practice…
Hi! I’m so thankful! It’s been a totally awesome year working with so many great people, helping them learn about their cameras and sharing pro photography tricks.
Each year around Thanksgiving, I celebrate how much I appreciate you.
2013 is no exception. Save 15% off 1-1 Photo Lesson Gift Certificates, DSLR Beyond Auto Mode 2014 and more. We know you’re really busy and to keep this easy for you – here are buttons to purchase the most popular of our offerings.
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Our Winter sessions of this workshop are 3 Saturday mornings from 10am – 12:30pm for just $125. We include time to practice before the end of class, trying the settings we’ve discussed during that class.
February 8-22 – Clifton Cultural Arts Center (see map) Register here for Clifton’s February Session, $125
January 8-22, 2014 – Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 4-5pm. Join me for this 1st session at a special introductory price of just $59. This workshop is geared to parents trying to make better images of their kiddos, whether using a Point & Shoot or SLR camera.
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Glenn’s photo walk is posted. Here’s a shot from last year’s group.This year he’s following roughly the same idea as mine (which is full with a long waiting list).
When: October 5, 2013. Meet at 9am.
Where: The Banks, Smale Riverfront Park by the Suspension Bridge
Cost: Parking & lunch. No charge for the photo walk.
Why: It’s Fun to take photos of downtown. We’ll be answering your questions (& shooting you shooting) along the way.
For photos from last year, visit Glenn’s Flickr group here
Details: Please visit this World Wide Photo Walk 2013 post for full details.
This could take a whole blog by itself. Let’s just say “hubby” is a busy photographer & video producer, with 20 plus years of DAILY photo & video experience, shooting EVERYTHING from horrific tragedy to kindergartners at play – sometimes within an hour of each other.
Been there, done it all. He shoots Canons at work and Nikons at home. He can answer about ANY photo related question you can throw his way – from studio to sports. He has so many news & video awards (Emmy nomination), he only has room to put up the 1st place ones, and not even all of them. His photo credits start with National Geographic and span the globe, literally, from NY Times to Washington Post to … well, you get the picture. He’s ‘capable’ and FUN! Plus he loves to teach as much as I do.
All Welcome! Absolute beginner to Professionals!
Walk & shoot at your own pace. You can bring friends or family if you like. Photographers only need to register.
We’ll be scattering in the area of The Banks for lunch afterward. Please stay tuned here, facebook, and our Walk pages for updates. You must be signed up as a photographer, not on waiting list, to receive walk update emails.
Your contact information is not made public. We don’t even see it.
I’ve photographed countless butterflies going about the business of hunting for their next meal. And I just keep shooting. With unpredictable subjects (almost everything right!?), you just keep at it and hope for the best.
Yes, being prepared and setting your camera helps too.
Saturday October 5, 2013, 8:30am – Noon EST
We’re leading a group for The World Wide Photo Walk 2013 again in Cincinnati! YAY! This is the 6th year for the photo walk and Glenn & my 3rd year in a row to lead a group of 50 camera-toting folks around town. What fun!
You don’t need to know how to use your camera to join us. iPhone to SLR – you’re all welcome! (more…)
Most cameras, especially on FULL AUTO MODE (typically a green square symbol), are set to Auto White Balance. As with other settings, taking control over AUTO white balance can dramatically improve your images.
White Balance is a digital camera setting you can change to adjust the overall color of the image. White balance is based on light source – from standard household light bulbs to the sun outdoors.
For this post, let’s concentrate on outdoor light.
Daylight – light emitted from the sun – or lack thereof – is not just 1 color. It varies so much! Here are a few variables that change the “color” of daylight.
Canon: look for the WB on the top of the “circle” of buttons on the back.
Over 200 volunteer victims were “extricated” & transported during a mass casualty drill at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds involving overturned buses, squashed cars, explosions and more. Fire departments and hospitals throughout the area worked with Red Cross. Even fake “media” was on scene. ©Malinda Hartong, Freelance Photojournalist, Hartong Digital Media llc.
Summer is coming! We’ve come up with a new Photo Workshop idea to get your photos in shape for a ton of Summer fun! Get 5-15 of your friends & family together and learn tons of photo tips to make your summer unforgettable.
Hosts can book the date/time online or contact Malinda for a reservation. Malinda will set up a special registration link just for you to share with your guests. A minimum of 5 registrations is required. For groups larger than 15, please contact Malinda directly. To regsiter, just click the button & choose Summer Fun Photo Workshop from the menu, then date/time, then $50 registration via paypal. Malinda will contact host within 1 business day.
Malinda is currently working on a FAQ for summer fun photo workshops, but there are only so many weekend appointments available. For more information, contact Malinda asap to reserve your date and make a plan.
with iPad I can really teach almost anywhere. Here are some cool ideas for fun summer photography:
In case of inclement weather, we have an indoor location for up to 8. Not included: Commercial location fees & permissions if required – organizer is responsible for securing any necessary permissions & any Location fees – which are not covered by workshop.
The Dragonfly Foundation was started by Christine & Ria after Christine’s son was diagnosed with cancer. They bring support and joy to other families going through childhood cancer and blood diseases. If you have time and talent to give, please join us in supporting them.
The Landing is a lovely place where families can kick back and let go, let the kids play…
Glenn & I joined them for their “hose-cutting ceremony” Grand Opening and Open House. These are some of those images. The Stonelick Township fire department blessed them with a parade truck all dragonfly-d out! It’s awesome!
Glenn is a full-time staff photojournalist at The Cincinnati Enquirer, and I’m a former staff photojournalist there and freelance for corporate and other events, plus head shots, portraits, and more – in addition to teaching group classes and private lessons covering cameras, photography – beginner to pro, iPhone/iPad, Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, and more. Enjoy the images! Hope to see you at the next Dragonfly event!
It’s vacation time again. So many folks going to the beach, I thought I would share my favorite filter. Using a Circular Polarizer is like adding sunglasses to your camera.
If you’re out in the middle of a bright sunny day, add a circular polarizer to get more saturated colors. Water looks amazing when you remove reflections. Beaches look better too as sand is like glass and is reflective. Even Winton Lake pops with deeper greens and blues. Just image what the tropics will look like!
For bluer blue sky and whiter puffy clouds use a circular polarizer. Really want to make blue sky pop? Try a polarizer out west in Arizona or New Mexico – be ready – it might knock your socks off!
Have you noticed how some leaves are really glossy? A polarizer will reduce the glare from that glossiness and give you deeper more saturated colors. I use a polarizer for better fall foliage shots all the time.
Polarizers add contrast so having your DSLR set to standard or neutral scenes is much better than vivid - which already increases contrast and saturation. Neutral settings will help you keep detail in the highlights and shadows.
Tip #1: Personally I prefer the best glass I can afford. Tiffen makes a nice filter. B+W – even better coated German glass with metal ring.
Tip #2: Take off your lens cap & look at the number on the back. Canon – typically says 58mm (B+W from Adorama about $86 for pro quality). Nikon – depends on the lens. My suggestion is to get the filter for the largest mm lens you have, then a step-down ring to use the same filter on any smaller lenses… For instance, if you have 72mm large lens, get a 72mm filter, and a ring to go from 72 to say 52mm for the smaller lens… Adorama 52mm Tiffen Filter is under $20 at the time of posting – absolutely fine for “non-pros”.
Want to learn more? Join me for a private photography lesson or a family photo safari at a local park. You’ll be amazed with at the difference my polarizer filter can make in person! See for yourself. Private lessons start at 2 hours for just $125.