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Week #22 – Sports Photography – Photo Challenge

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Early on in my photography career I turned to sports to teach me how to be fast on my feet. As a wedding photographer I knew that I needed to be able to react to my environment quickly to assure I never missed the shot. Over the years I have been able to photograph several sports I enjoy being a fan of. Part of truly Ditching Auto is understanding your camera settings to the point they become second nature. When you grab your camera you already have an idea of where your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO need to be. It is easy to find something you like to photograph and never venture from it. Trying your hand at different photography genres will help you grow as a photographer when you are capturing the things that are near and dear to your heart. Find a sport happening near you this week and try to photograph it. If nothing is going on near you, grab an athletic friend and photograph them practicing. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #22 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group:¬†https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1550853481605181&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are some sports photos for this week’s challenge. 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 …

BTL: Rick Santorum Daytona 500 Pit Road

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I had the opportunity to shoot photos at the Daytona 500 this year and it was an amazing experience. This was my first NASCAR race and first pro sports event I had the chance to photograph where I had actual credentials to do so. The group I was with was a non-profit that was doing some work with Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum. Hours before he arrived at the track, I was told that his staff photographer was unable to make it and that I was going to become his photographer for the day. Part of my job was to continue covering the event for the non-profit I was working for while now at the same time capturing photos of Rick Santorum interacting with people. The access we had was unbelievable. Before the race, we were walking down pit road at Daytona Motor Speedway. Rick was out front along with members of the non-profit and a couple of high ranking Air Force officers. I ran ahead and grabbed a photo of Rick who seemed to be amazed himself at what he was experiencing. After posting this photo to Twitter, Rick Santorum’s staff asked for permission to use this photo on their website and to be able to post it to Rick’s social media accounts. This gained me a lot of retweets and some followers. Rick Santorum himself even followed me on Twitter. When you are photographing events like this, where lighting changes quickly depending on the direction you are pointing your camera, it is important to have …

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Ditch Auto – Learn To Shoot In Manual

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Why Take This Course? You have a DSLR Camera or a fancy Point-and-shoot, but have not been using it to it’s full potential. You know that the scary “manual mode” holds a whole new level of customization which would result in better quality photos but have resisted. Terms like Shutter Speed and Aperture sound confusing and you don’t know where to start. If that sounds familiar, I want to assure you that by the end of my FREE course you will understand what those settings do and be on your way to controlling your camera rather than your camera controlling you. You made an investment in a decent camera and it’s time to start using it’s features. In this course you will learn the basics of DSLR Photography and how to shoot in manual mode. My goal is to give you the tools so you can train your brain to think like a Photographer. You will also know how to control your camera instead of leaving it up to Auto Mode to try and to it’s best. Take the course for free on Udemy: https://www.udemy.com/ditch-auto-start-shooting-in-manual/ How Long Is This Course? So far, the course is just over 4 hours in length. You can watch it in chunks or all at once. It is best to watch it with camera in hand so you can pause and follow along with your camera. All DSLR Cameras are different so your settings may look different than mine. What Should I Expect? You should expect to be able to shoot …