Monday, 24 September 2018

Five good reasons why you should shoot using Aperture Priority (Av)

Egypt: Aperture Priority on Nikon D700 f2.8 on 24-70 Nikkor lens set at 58mm
Aperture Priority (Av) is faster than a  speeding bullet, with about as much power as Catwoman on tuna forte.

Germany: Av: f8 on Fuji X100 camera 23mm lens

Here are five good reasons I've chosen Av 90% of the time* for the past 30 years.

1.  Maximum control over DoF (Depth of Field)

2. Faster than Manual

3. Your largest aperture guarantees you ALWAYS get the fastest available shutter speed (sport/wildlife)

4. You achieve gold standard bokeh in portrait and product photography

5. When you bracket on Av, you achieve 3 different shutter speeds!

*Av-90% M-6% P-3% Tv - 1%

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Sunday, 23 September 2018

Are you an Island or Wave photographer?

Image courtesy © Johannes Reinhart
Which eye do you shoot with? Right or Left?
Could changing shooting eyes could improve your photography?

It depends on whether you are an Island or a Wave?
The Island is solid, permanent, always there, consistent, never-changing.
The Wave changes form every few seconds; it swells, rises, surges, breaks  and accelerates as it cascades on the shore.
The Island may be reassuring to look at, but the Wave mesmerises.

Or maybe you're  the Spinnaker rather than the Keel?
The Spinnaker - voluminous, bold, colourful, billowing in the breeze; a powerful, driving force.
The keel is rarely seen, hidden, unnoticed, a steadying influence, keeping the yacht upright, on-course.
Honeycake: 3 large eggs beaten with a fork
Put a couple of Keels together and fora short period you will fly like the wind at top speed. However, a couple of spinnakers together rarely last. The yacht capsizes or drives headlong onto a reef.

However, when two Keels get together, they're as safe as houses. They never capsize or break through waves.  Two Keels never go anywhere. They sit there like  a barge in the Thames with barnacles growing on their bottoms.


So, whats. this all about?

Well yesterday I had a drink with one of Australia's most creative, left-field photographers, Johannes Reinhart. Johannes is creative, inspirational and 'oh so left-field'. You never know what's coming next but you are looking forward to it.

Monart Fine Art Gallery

He told me one of his secret techniques was to shoot an image with his right eye. Then, to re-shoot the same simple using his left eye.

So simple, so daring.
So not boring.

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