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Street photography is all about capturing spontaneous moments as they happen, but there’s still planning involved to take a great shot. Greg Sullavan, from the Canon Collective, explains how to plan ahead to make sure you get the best street images you can.

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In this latest episode of Neighbourhood Photographer, Ray Scott explains what depth of field is and different ways to use it in order to make your photography more creative. DOF can sometimes be difficult to comprehend especially since many people try to explain it with intricate mathematical equations. Ray describes it as simply as possible using “real world” examples. No rulers and slide rules here, just up front ideas on what it is and how to use it to better your photographic endeavours. Whether shooting outdoors or indoors, landscapes or macro, depth of field is a really important aspect of photography to understand.

Getting off the auto setting on your camera and using either aperture priority…AV…or manual mode will allow all photographers to take advantage of depth of field manipulation.

When in studio or in the field Ray uses Canon gear. This is a choice he made years ago knowing that he was buying into a system that he could grow into. His go to camera is the Canon EOS 6D with the second camera being a Canon 5D. Lenses used are all L series f/4 except for the 50mm macro with extender. 16-35mm f/4L, 24-105mm f/4L, and 70-200mm f/4L round out the kit which is carried about with either a Lowepro Urban Reporter 250 messenger bag for city shooting or a Lowepro Sling Bag for landscape field work. While Ray does more camera handholding than before due to the image stabilization capabilities of his various lenses, he still is a believer in using his Manfrotto carbon fibre tripod. It’s light and it is sturdy.

Ray is a firm believer in exposing himself to as much photography and its history as possible. By looking at other people’s photos, he has gained a big appreciation of what this medium has to offer. Ray doesn’t think that “copying” someone else’s style is a good thing but rather feels that exposing oneself to others work can work as a teaching and inspirational tool. With this in mind, Ray has amassed a list of favorite photographers that he uses for inspiration. Some of these artistic photographers are Galen Rowell, Ansel Adams, Frans Lanting, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Freeman Patterson, William Neill and Richard Avedon.

One of the playlists on this channel is called “neighbourhood photographer” which covers tutorials shot in urban and suburban areas. It’s always a challenge to see different things of interest when you’ve been to an area many times yet this is the best way to create good images. You need to return to familiar locations many times. To do so, Ray often drives by car to an area but when he really wants to cover ground yet see things more clearly, he uses his bicycle…bike…and explores the given place.

Whether shooting landscape, macro, portrait or abstract images, Ray always tries to be aware of his surroundings to capture the best pictures possible. Part of this workflow means he is very aware of composition and uses various tips, such as the rule of thirds, as a good starting point in composing. He also likes to break rules from time to time to add new effects to his photos. Being aware of angles, shadows, shapes, lines, textures, patterns and colours goes a long way to making good pictures. He is also a big believer in “getting out there” and shooting as much as possible as it is the only way to improve and flex one’s imagination. His message is it doesn’t matter if you do your photography in the city, suburbs country, mountains or by the sea, just make sure you do it and follow your artistic passion.

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Easily one of the most beautiful (and most popular) photo subjects is photographing sunsets. Go to:

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Bad Photos Are Not Your Fault

  • Do you own a DSLR camera but take mediocre photographs – a sign that you lack the skill and confidence to get the best results?
  • Have you thought about upgrading your equipment, believing that will improve your photos?
  • Are you lost when it comes to exposure, aperture, ISO/ASA, depth of field, lighting, lenses, filters, post-production and other difficult concepts?
  • Do you still have questions or feel overwhelmed after reading blogs, forums, books, and tutorials?
  • Have you thought about taking photography classes – but want to save time and money?
  • Do you think you’re not ready to be a professional – a mindset that you must overcome to succeed, get recognized, and sell your own photos?

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    • Choose the right DSLR on a budget and still get all the desired features

    • Properly hold a DSLR and stop looking like a complete idiot out in the field

    • Stop taking boring photos that nobody cares about and start taking creative, memorable photos worth sharing and selling

    • GET CRISP, CLEAR SHOTS when photographing anything, including people, objects, skies and landscapes

    • Avoid the 6 common beginner mistakes of COMPOSITION and easily create brilliant images instead

    • Finally grasp a complete understanding of Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO for total control over MOTION and DEPTH OF FIELD

    • Learn the “secret” time of day when most professional photos are shot

    • Understand Exposure and Metering so pictures won’t be too bright or too dark, but “just right”

    • Properly select camera WHITE-BALANCE and stop worrying about photos coming out too orange or having incorrect, ugly colors

    • Select the BEST LENSES to create appropriate, proportional, non-distorted, aesthetically pleasing images… no matter the situation

    • Take JAW-DROPPING panoramic shots

    • Use FOCUS correctly and know what focus points to avoid in a scene

    • Choose the BEST EQUIPMENT, including flash, filters, camera bag, tripod, tripod head, batteries, battery recharger, strap, camera mount, and memory cards

    • Use external FLASH to control motion, remove red-eye, add drama, and give your images an edgy, high-class, professional look…

    • Use FILTERS to control light coming through the lens, remove glare, and even make the colors in a scene appear more saturated

    • Get NATURAL HDR shots that don’t look fake or “over-done”

    • Correctly decide when to use a TRIPOD – and know when it’s dumb to use one

    • Capture sharp, correctly exposed photos in LOW-LIGHT SITUATIONS… with no motion blur or noise

    • Take stunning photographs at NIGHT with or without using a flash or tripod

    • Know where to put LIGHTS in relation to your subject/model and how to control the mood of portrait photos

    • Choose effective LIGHT MODIFIERS, including umbrellas, soft boxes, beauty dishes and grids to establish the mood of the image (do you want the light to be dark, dramatic and shadowy? Soft and pleasing? Bright and happy? Do you want soft pools of background light? When would you want light to create texture across surfaces, and when wouldn’t you?)

    • Know how to select a SOFTWARE package that fits your needs and budget

    • Correctly EDIT IMAGES in post-production using Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom and Adobe® Photoshop® software

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