With the 4th of July fast approaching, you’re probably already searching for the best ways to shoot them ‘werks.
We’ve got you covered here with a few quick ‘n dirty tips and an excellent article covering more depth.
- Prime Location: Scout out the best location for the show in advance – downwind of the fireworks and free of obstructions.
- Manual Focus: Your auto-focus is gonna have a rough time here, so don’t rely on it. Manually set your focus to infinity (or a bit closer for Canons.)
- Low ISO: You’ll want the blacks to remain black, so keep things at or under ISO 100.
- High Aperture: Wide aperture is key with fireworks, since they’re just made of burning embers. Shoot at f/8-f/16.
- Low Shutter Speed: Use bulb mode if you have it. If you’re bulb-less, go for the longest shutter speed you’ve got.
Check out even more tips in this article at Digital Photography School.
Photo by Micah Goff
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And we want you (our very best pals) to know first.
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You may have noticed that photography has increased in popularity in the past decade, you know, just a bit.
This photo boom can almost entirely be attributed to the photoing power of mobile phones. We’ve entered a new golden age of photography and it’s fascinating to watch current culture mix up the art a bit.
In this article on ImageBrief, Avril Delaney (whoa, cool name!) covers what she believes to be the top five ways pop culture is influencing photography. She presents some interesting challenges artists face as a result of these influences, and we’re always up for a challenge … or 5!
5 Ways Pop Culture is Influencing Photography
Photo by Ozzy Jaime
Your worlds are about to collide. In the best way possible!
The Polaroid SX-70 has not only been restored to factory perfection by MiNT, but it’s also been given a modern kick with Time Machine. The result? A new classic as the SLR670m.
Time Machine gives you incredible creative control, with 16 manual settings including long exposure, Auto and Off modes.
To celebrate our instant love for this modern marvel we’re throwing in free instant film with these instant cams and printers, today only! Not since the 70s has there been a better time to go instant.
Free Film With These Instants
Most of us are totally in love with Instagram.
And why wouldn’t we be? Instagram is awesome. And so are the talented people who use it!
We’ve put together a list of some of our fave Instagrammers that you should totally follow. We even asked ’em for their photo tips, tricks, and lil’ secrets.
They’ve replied (see how great they are?) and now we’re gonna share their advice with you (’cause you’re super great, too).
Instagrammers Share Their Photo Secrets
Capturing the drama, movement, varied textures and colors of the sea is something almost every artist attempts. We’ve come a long way from mixing pigment on cave walls. These days we can snag a wave with a tap of our finger.
Technology has elevated our ability to catch waves, and in more ways than pop-out boards. Waterproof casings, almost infinite storage capacity and lightning fast shutters make for stunning photos when combined with daring photogs.
Take a look at this article with gallery on three such surf chargers.
Been craving to carve out some of your own photos? Check out the waterproof iPhone Supersuit. You could snap a photo, edit and share all before taking the drop. Epic!
Photo by Clark Little
We’ve joined forces with a couple of our fave companies to bring you incredible gift bundles for Dear Ol’ Dad this year.
Check out our collab gift bundles – socks, mug, mats and Gorillas. Oh my! Not to mention a refined PJ-only bundle made of leather, wood and sophistication.
You’ve still got time to order in time for the big day, and we’ll even gift wrap the bundles for free! It’ll be the second best bundle of joy Dad’s ever received.
Gift Bundle-Up For Dad
Dads are great. So great, in fact, that they deserve a really big present this Father’s Day.
Are you thinking what we’re thinking? Let’s say it together now:
These hugenormous prints are perfect gifts, especially if you make ’em out of old family pictures.
So we’re gonna 1) show you how to digitize old prints and 2) give you some fun ideas for making your Engineer Prints unique and wonderful, just like your fave guy.
Engineer Prints Say Happy Father’s Day!
Summertime is prime time for astrophotography. Snapping shots of the milky way is tricky, but totally doable when armed with the right info and tools.
So, how about them tools and info, eh?
- DSLR or even a decent point ‘n shoot.
- Tripod or any way to keep your camera rock steady.
- Compass. Try an app! (Apple/Android)
- Find a super dark area near you using this Dark Sky Finder.
- Try to go either when the moon is hiding (before it rises or after it sets) or during a New Moon.
- For a perfectly focused stars, don’t go over 30s shutter speed.
- For light streaking stars, shoot at 30s or higher.
- Use a remote shutter or set up a timer prior to each shot.
Even Moar Info:
Check out this write-up on astrophotography, it’s full of excellent tips and ideas.
Photo by Sarah & Colin’s Astrophotography