Tips on photography

I have been doing some photography for a while as a casual hobbit with about 50K on my 60D and 14k on my T3i  (mostly probably due to my timelapse). I do mostly shitty shots but I am trying to get better. Here are some lessons I learned.  Take what you will. :)

Some cheap a f lens I shoot with:

  • EF 50mm 1.8
  • EF 70-300mm IS USM
  • EFS 10-17mm IS STM
  • EF 28-135mm IS USM (gotta be my least favourite lens)
  • Kit 18-55 I, II

Scenerios:

  • Conference:
    • if you want speaker shots, take 70-300 or something longer to get some nice portraits without disrupting everyone in the conference.
    • Fast lense like 50mm F1.8 for when you can get close and personal and not interupting everyone.
    • Tripod is impractical due to mobility. Maybe monopole.
    • Use flash if you can… but as a silent transparent observer, I try to bring the least amount of disruptions
  • Timelapse of beaches, construction sites, clouds, etc
    • Wide angel: 10mm to 17mm for APSC if you can.
    • Make sure MagicLantern is installed
    • It is best if you can get a battery grip (even shitty ones costint $15 is okay as its extra battery draining will be offset by the extra battery somewhat.. or you can spend $150+ get the legit one. )
    • OR if in door, get a socket power plugin
    • IF doing anything near window/through window, ensure 1) in door light is never one or else you will ruin the shot. 2) maybe longer lens can mitigate that but you are losing views.
    • Example:
      • Penthouse views
      • Constructions site views
  • Offshore cruise/short boat ride
    • Mid to long. 
      • Long (70+)  really help with isolating things you actually want to see off shore.
    • Do not bring wide. Usually they make everything look way too small, unless you are like visiting the great LeShan Budha and cruising right down to its knee or something.
    • This is where slower lens shine.
    • Example:
      • boat tour around liberty island.
  • Building / Indoor/Under bridge / downtown / skyscrpter:
    • Example:
      • taking photo of the brooklyn bridge
      • take image of trump towel underneath it
  • Flight takeoff/landing:
    • Fast Lense: 1.8 50mm
    • Wide angle so you can really take some nice views
    • Do not bring anything longer than 70mm due to 1) lense size around the seat, 2) motion blur, low light.
  • Insect/flower/ closerups:
    • Any macro obviously….
    • 50mm 1.8 works too.
    • Antyhing fast tbh
  •  Random:
    • Use point focus, and use BACK BUTTON FOCUS!
    • Get a proper strap like those black rapid but there are far cheaper ones than those…
    • Always bring a spare battery not just because you might run out but because battery can die mid way before reaching 50% even!
    • a dirt cheap body like T3i or something like is probably better than an idle lens sitting around.
    • Cap do not go well with SLR.
    • Try to shoot enough image with any gear such that that a shutter fix is required is better than buying the best gear and unable lift them or always lament shitty not focused image. AI will help rate images down the road.
    • Throw away the lens cap. Put any filter on. Shitty filter is as bad as damaged front element for lense but… even damagned front element lens actually see VERY little artefacts so put on any filter just to keep fingers out.
    • Shoot and forget. Then when you go back to process them, your mind will wonder WTF you were thinking shooting that one and crop it properly. All will be well.
    • Do not ride bike with your SLR. It will make biking uncomfortable and you will have less focus taking pictures.
    • Composition trumps lens, and just about everything. Shitty composition will not be saved by better equipment, camera, subjects, lighting etc. Post processing MAYBE can save it but usually not worth the time.
    • Shoot what you like but you don’t have to like what you shot.
 
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