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photography in action
by Michael Schwarz
Michael Schwarz is a Blue Pixel instructor for the Nikon School, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and has worked on photography assignments for USA TODAY, National Geographic, Nike and more.
I'm a firm believer that you learn by doing, not just sitting in the classroom, so after a brief orientation we packed up our gear for a full day of hands-on instruction around Albuquerque. In my session, we covered environmental portraits, close-ups, architectural photography and action shots (utilizing our ATVs).
When going out into the field, make sure to follow this Photographer's Checklist:
Before the Shoot Equipment
- Lenses appropriate to subject matter
- Flash if necessary
- Packed appropriately
- Batteries charged
- Cards formatted
- Sensor clear of dust
On the Shoot
File Format: set quality to RAW, JPG or RAW+JPG
Set focus to autofocus mode: Continuous (Servo) for moving subjects, Single for static subjects.
Set a Picture Style (Canon), Picture Control (Nikon)
Set white balance: auto, pre-set or a scene-specific wb. Tip: never use auto white balance when shooting sunrise or sunsets.
Set ISO: Try to use the lowest numerical ISO offered by your camera, but be sure to use an ISO high enough to use the shutter speed and aperture combination you desire.
Set an exposure mode: Program (P), Aperture Priority (A or AV), Shutter Priority (S or TV), Manual (M)
Verify focus: Use the magnify feature to zoom into your image to confirm sharpness.
For more in-depth photography tips, check out the full presentation at http://www.michaeltraining.com/agmedia2012.pdf.