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Top 5 Photo Settings to Change on the GoPro Hero 5 Black

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Taking great photos on your GoPro Hero 5 Black means knowing your camera settings. Here are the top 5 settings to change in your GoPro Hero 5 Black to get the best photos. Switch from Video Mode to Photo Mode Set your field of view to WideIt appears as though this camera was engineered around being set in wide mode. The other FOV options seem to go through an internal conversion processs within the GoPro Camera and the picture just isn’t as good as what’s produced in Wide Mode. Enable ProtuneThis will give you additional control over specific settings on your GoPro. While GoPro does a decent job with producing a nice image using their built-in presets, having more control over your image by enabling Protune will give you a cleaner image for when you’re editing your photos later. Set your color to FLATHaving your color set to GoPro will make your photos extra “Contrasty” which will technically have less color information and details to work with in editing software. Only utilize the GoPro color setting if you intend to upload without any editing. Set Sharpness to LowThe internal settings do a good job, but again, you’ll want the ability to adjust that later with a nice clean image that hasn’t been affected by the Presets. Decrease the ISO MAX from 1600 to 800When you have an ISO of 1600, you will start to see a lot of grain in your photo. It is a lot easier to increase the exposure of a clean photo at a …

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Week #24 – Ten Angles – Photo Challenge

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The images you capture are only as good as your perspective. All the technical photography knowledge in the world can not replace having perspective. This challenge of capturing Ten Angles of something will force you to look at something from different angles. If you have ever wondered why what you saw did not translate well into a photo, capturing ten angles will help you find what it was that your eye saw first. In this challenge, find something you want to photograph. Take ten different photos of it and choose your favorite. In the Ditch Auto Facebook Group, post your photo to the Week #24 album and let us know how Ten Angles challenged you and how you decided on the image you chose to submit. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #24 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1563773910313138&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge My gear used in this video: Camera – Sony a9: http://amzn.to/2rfZapu Lens – Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS: http://amzn.to/2srWpkA Accessories – Sony VGC3EM Vertical Grip for α9: http://amzn.to/2scD7yX Lexar Professional 2000x 64GB SDXC SD Card: http://amzn.to/2r8RXTP Here are my Ten Angles for this week’s challenge taken in the order I captured them. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and …

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AMGEN Tour of California Stage 2 Photos – Jerad Hill

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I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to photograph the start of State 2 of the AMGEN Tour of California for the City of Modesto. I took over 300 photos today and went through them quickly to pull out a few. It was a very bright day with high-noon sun, which makes it challenging to get good photos of people. All photos were captured with a Sony a7rII and the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens from Sony. I had other lenses on me but decided the 24-70mm was going to be the best fit. You will notice that my camera settings did not change much except for when the action started. I typically make my exposure adjustments by changing the aperture on my camera. The only time I keep a wide aperture is when I am looking for a shallow depth of field. Because I was worried about shade vs sun shots, I did not use any ND Filters on my lens. I was photographing all around me. One second I would take a picture of the stage which was shaded and the next second I would be capturing the crowd. I may post a few more to my social media profiles, make sure to check them out: Instagram | Facebook

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Week #14 – Textures – Photo Challenge

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Textures are everywhere. What I love about texture is that it’s something that can be seen and felt. The texture of an item is how we connect with it. In photos, I have always used textures to connect my subject to their environment. In this week’s challenge, I want you to capture the texture of your environment by exploring it. Upload your Week #14 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1486521208038409&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are a few example photos of textures I have captured. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute it in the form of a photo. If you have not already, please watch the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo Challenge kick-off video and the rules video to better understand what this challenge is about. See those videos here: https://gearandlight.com/ditchauto/announcing-ditch-auto-weekly-photo-challenge/ When you have created the image you want to submit for the challenge, return to the Facebook group and upload it as a comment under the post for this challenge. This challenge will be pinned to the group all …

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Week #10 – Black & White – Photo Challenge

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Up until now, we have focused mostly on the camera. As Photographers, we often spend time on our computer with our images after we capture them. This week, we will be challenging ourselves to create a Black and White image. I want you to capture your images in color on your camera. Try to get exposure and the look you are going for in-camera, but imagine it as a black and white image. You will then create your black and white conversion using Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, or whichever photo editing application you use. Feel free to play around with this. See what kind of emotion you can create from making changes to your image through black and white conversion. Week #10 Challenge Special!!! Get my Ditch Auto Creating Black & White Photos in Lightroom Course for FREE! Week of Challenge Launch Only. Go to the course page: http://hillacademy.xyz/p/creating-black-white-photos-in-lightroom Use the coupon code: week10 Have fun this week creating images and converting them to Black and White! Upload your Week #10 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1456243947732802&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here is a black and white conversion video I did for an old Ditch Auto Podcast episode: Here are a few example photos of Black and White images I have created. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is …

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Announcing the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo Challenge

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We are launching a photo challenge in 2017. The goal of this challenge is to challenge our abilities as photographers and to inspire us. The challenge will take place across three different categories designed to help you grow as a photographer. Check out the announcement video: Photo Challenge Categories: Technical – Technical challenges will involve using specific camera settings, features, or post production techniques. Having a solid technical understanding is important as a photographer to assure you are flexible and able to adapt as needed to the surroundings you find yourself photographing in. Composition – Compositional challenges will include help train your eye to capture more emotional photos. A photo is designed to invoke emotion. Learning composure techniques will help you better tell your story through the lens of your camera. Artistic – Artistic challenges will be designed to help you get to know what your eye is seeing and how to transfer that into a photograph. This may involve the above two categories or a variation of them. Here are the rules for the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo Challenge: Take New Photos: Though we are sure you have the awesome photos that may fit into some of these challenges, it would be best to take new photos. The whole idea is to get out your camera and take new pictures. We ask that if you participate in the challenge, that you take new photos during the week of the challenge as you participate in it. Uploading Photos: The hub for this challenge will be our …

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The 7 Habits Of Photographers That Shoot In Manual

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How many times have you found yourself wondering why two images taken seconds apart appear different? You get back to your computer to view your images only to find that your images lack consistency. Hours later you have your images edited and ready to share with the world. A Photographer that has mastered the manual settings of their camera has taken control of their camera which results in consistency across the images in their set. Imagine photographing a wedding. During the ceremony, you take about 200 photos. As you review those pictures, you notice the color tones are different on the skin of your Bride and Groom throughout your 200 photos. You might also notice that some photos are darker while others are brighter. Frustrated, you settle into your chair and begin editing in an attempt to normalize all of the photos into some happy medium. The Photographer who shoots in manual mode views light in a different way as they look through their camera’s viewfinder. As the photographer looks at the scene to be captured there is attention given to the direction of light and how it falls on the point-of-interest. While there are many different ways a photographer can use manual settings, the most successful often rely on a set of habits they have learned through practice and is why they can capture consistently beautiful shots almost every time they press the shutter. You can certainly get good photos using Auto Mode on your camera, but the true quality and consistency come only from …

Video

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Most of today’s digital cameras include functionality for recording digital video. Today’s high-end DSLR cameras, with their relatively small size, high quality interchangeable lenses, and highly adjustable shooting modes, have become the de-facto entry point for high quality videography. DSLR video is even being used for television and movie production. HD Video Digital video currently comes in two main resolutions (with a third, higher resolution, becoming more mainstream): standard definition, and high definition (HD). Standard definition is usually considered to be any resolution with a vertical height of less than 720 pixels (abbreviated to 720p), and high definition is 720p and above. 1080p is considered “Full HD”, and is the most prevalent resolution for today’s flat panel televisions, and most television broadcasts are now in the same resolution. Higher resolutions are becoming more prevalent in both monitors and television sets, as well as recording equipment. Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolutions typically start at 2160 vertical pixels and above, which, when combined with width, has four times as many pixels as Full HD. Frame Rate The frame rate of digital video is the number of frames in one second of footage. The frame rate of video plays an important part of how video looks. Whereas many digital video recording devices record at 30fps or higher, movies are almost always filmed at 24 frames, which gives it a “cinematic” appearance. Very high frame rates usually creates video that appears artificial, sometimes called the “soap opera effect”.

Camera Flash

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A camera flash is either and internal or external light that illuminates the scene for better exposure. Flashes come in a myriad of styles, configurations, and capabilities. External Flash Many digital cameras come with a built-in flash, and most cameras come with the capability of working with external flash units. Cameras with the ability to fire external flash units are the standard in studio photography, and in situations where there needs to be either off-camera lighting, or lighting from multiple sources. Flash Sync Flash sync is the synchronization between the shutter exposing the sensor of the camera, and the flash being fired. Most flashes operate at 1/60th of a second, which means that if the shutter is open for less than that time, the sensor will not fully expose, resulting in black bars at the top and/or bottom of your photo. Flash Sync Speed Modern DSLR cameras offer “flash sync” shutter speeds that enable faster shutter speeds than would otherwise be possible to use with a flash. Flash Sync controls your camera operate differently than usual: while in normal operation, the sensor curtains (two frames inside the camera body that cover the sensor) open to expose the sensor fully to the image. With flash sync, the sensor curtains closely follow each other so that only part of the sensor is exposed. This operation happens faster than a flash. This enables using a much faster shutter speed while still being able to use a flash. Wireless Sync Cameras that offer flash sync have traditionally synchronized via a …

Flash Memory

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Flash memory is the storage medium for DSLR cameras. Most digital cameras today use either SecureDigital (SD) or CompactFlash (CF) removable flash memory cards. Memory cards are rated by their size (the amount of storage), and speed (the rate at which data can be written to the memory). Larger size cards will hold more photos, and faster cards will be able to store photos quicker. When purchasing memory for your camera, consider the size and speed of the card, as well as the resolution of your camera, and the environment you will be shooting in. How high is your camera’s resolution? The higher the resolution, the faster and bigger your flash card needs to be in order to maximize the number and speed of photos you can take. How many photos will you be taking? Will you be in a place where you can transfer the photos from the card to a computer? Larger cards enable taking more photos before swapping cards or transferring and wiping the current card.