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“NEW”: THROWBACK THURSDAY : TAKING A LOOK BACK AT THE BEST

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THROWBACK THURSDAY:

LOOKING BACK

OH YEAH, SOMETHING NEW !  INSTEAD OF THE USUAL

“PHOTOS OF THE WEEK”

I WANT TO TAKE A LOOK BACK AT SOME OF THE 

BEST PHOTOS, SOME OF THE BEST BLOGS, 

THE MOST POPULAR BLOGS THAT EITHER HAS 

BEEN DONE HERE, ON 123PHOTOGO, 

OR 

SOMETHING SUBMITTED BY YOU, MY LOYAL

FOLLOWERS*.

 

I HAVE A HUGE COLLECTION OF PHOTOS I HAVE SAVED OVER THE YEARS FROM THIS BLOG.  LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF MY FAVORITE PHOTOS FOR :

THROWBACK THURSDAY:

I remember when this photo was used as a photo of the week.  This artist was well known for his extreme portraits
and good use of make-up and extreme character creations.  What do you think?
Photo by:  Pedro SpellChek Thomas
Another one of my favorite portraits, done by one of my favorite portrait photographers:  April Reeves.
Some portrait Photographers just know how to do children well.  Personally, children photography, I think
is hard.  April Reeves has cute models, and she practices with them a lot (her children), and that helps.
But, the way she creates the end result is amazing.  Thanks April for sharing your skills.
Animal Photos were always a big hit on my blog.  Regardless of the animal.  This gorilla was in true character.  Reminds me
of the joke:  Why do Gorillas have big nostrils?  Because they have big fingers.
Nothing is greater in a photograph when it touches your heartstings.  A very touching picture, and makes you
realize we are all God’s children.  Life is precious.  And little babies, will always take a hug.  A wonderful
touching photo.  Photographer unknown.
I always loved the photographers who helped us to learn about the rest of the world that we didn’t
see.  The simple life, the life in the 3rd world.  Where we can see the life of a simple man who lives in a
beautiful part of the world.  And why would you leave this place?  Because he has quite the
security system with him too.  Those birds are amazing.  Just a great photo.
Authentic fisherman 😮
Photo by @by_shan
Then there are the photos that are the weird or unbelievable. Retoouched, or are they?  These kind of photos
are just so amazing to look at you have to wonder who in their right mind would do this.  But, worthy of
being noticed for sure.
Trying to keep up with the devestations throughout the world.  Photographers are there to capture it all.  I did a photo special
on earthquakes and how to keep your head right so you can capture some great photos while still assisting those in need.
I have done 3 specials on “The Art of Black and White”.  And collected the most amazing photos of black and white
photography you will ever see.  Black and White photography is not a dying art.  And there are groups of photographers
that have proven this.  Their art in black and white photography is amazing.  I will be doing another special of “The Art of
Black and White Photography #4”  in November.  And you must see what great work there is.  It seriously will make you
want to take up this art of photography.
Photo by my friend:  FIG SAUVAGE PHOTGRAPHY

AND FINALLY:

The close up world, Macro photography, brought us all into a new world of photography.  Macro photography is
something that we encounter every day but don’t really see it this close.  There is a beauty in macro photos that is
mesmerizing. Time to learn how to do all this different types of photography, right?

THERE YOU HAVE OUR NEW THURSDAY SPECIAL:  THROWBACK THURSDAY

A WEEKLY SPECIAL OF PHOTOS THAT I CAN SHARE AGAIN WITH YOU

THAT ARE FROM A HUGE COLLECTION OF PHOTOS THAT I HAVE KEPT FROM 

ALL THE YEARS OF PUTTING THIS BLOG TOGETHER.  

And now, you could add to it yourself too, if you want.  If you want to add your own collection of photos to this “throwback Thursday”  feel free to contact me.  I will take a look at your collection

to see if they could be presented on this blog.  A group of judges will determine if they are

worthy of viewing, so, please, feel free to contact me at :  http://www.123photogo@gmail.com

And check out the new photos in our store for sale, and now available, for a limited time

at 20% off:

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VALUABLE TIPS FOR GREAT AUTUMN PHOTOGRAPHY

VALUABLE TIPS FOR GREAT AUTUMN PHOTOGRAPHY

 
Autumn is a season that provides a golden opportunity to take beautiful shots in varied colors. And what else could be the perfect subjects for your photos? The autumn leaves, trees, and amazing landscapes. You don’t necessarily need to have a DSLR camera, because even with a slim pocket camera to carry everywhere you can get great results with all the colors happening in nature this time of year.

“Autumn Leaves” captured by Kerry Gauthier

 

Time of Day

If you want drama in your photos, the best times of day to shoot are during sunrise and sunset. It is during these times that the light has a golden color cast on your subjects.

Subjects

For your autumn photography, the best subjects to take are those that have attractive light. Your subject can be the trees, the leaves that have fallen on the ground, a bird, or a flower.

“Autumn” captured by Grace O’Callaghan

If you’re shooting landscapes, experts recommend composing your images so that they have a great impact on your viewers. If you can, include a foreground, middle ground, and background.

tree with fall colors against cloudy sky

For those who fancy taking close-up shots or macro images, look for subjects that have varied colors and have unique textures.

Fruits, flowers, trees bearing fruits, and plants are great subjects.

Play with Colors

If you’re fond of experimenting with colors, you can use contrasting hues in your images.

For example, you can take shots of trees with their colorful yellow-orange leaves against a blue sky or a close-up shot of a purple flower against a grassy background.

Go Low

Most people are used to taking pictures while standing. How about if you go down low and take your images from the ground? This is known as the worm’s eye view.

You will be surprised to see the unique impact your images have.

“I Feel Like an Ant” captured by Rob Castro

Go Macro

Macro refers to taking shots of your subjects at a closer range. In photography terms, it is filling the frame with smaller subjects. But no matter how small they may be, they become alive and larger than life when you print out the photos, allowing you to see all the intricate details. When you take macro photos, make sure you set your compact digital camera to the right setting. It is usually indicated by a flower icon, on point and shoot cameras anyway. You might also need a tripod to keep your camera steady while you’re shooting. Don’t be afraid to get very low to the ground. This will allow you to take photos from different angles.

“Untitled” captured by Megan Marcinkus

Speed

Be wary of your shutter speed. To prevent blurry images, you will have to set your shutter at a fast speed, particularly when you’re shooting during windy weather. Taking photos of nature in autumn can be a fun experience, especially if you’re just starting out with your photography hobby. There are so many subjects to consider, but make sure to use your creativity when shooting. A steady hand, a good subject and a little imagination can go a long way in capturing lovely photos to be proud of.

THIS ARTICLE WRITTEN BY :  by FOR PICTURE/CORRECT

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HOW TO USE A TELECONVERTER ! IS IT GOOD OR BAD?

HOW TO USE A TELECONVERTER ! IS IT GOOD OR BAD?

WHEN MOST OF YOU BOUGHT YOUR FIRST CAMERA “KIT”, YOU MAY HAVE BOUGHT IT WITH A “TELECONVERTER”.  IT WAS JUST PART OF THE PACKAGE, RIGHT?  SO, WHAT IS THE TELECONVERTER, WHAT DOES IT REALLY DO, AND HOW DO YOU USE IT?  THAT IS WHAT WE WANT TO GO OVER WITH TODAY.  TO SOME IT IS SOMEWHAT OF A MYSTERY, AND TO SOME, IT’S PRETTY SELF EXPLANATORY.  BUT, FOR SURE I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL THE FACTS ARE OUT THERE NOW, BECAUSE EVEN I DIDN’T KNOW ALL THE DETAILS OF WHAT THIS LITTLE TOOL DID TO MY PHOTOS.  

#1 =  A TELECONVERTER IS A LENS THAT GOES BETWEEN THE BODY AND A LENS TO GENERALLY MAGNIFY OR DECREASE THE MAGNIFICATION OF YOUR EXISTING LENS.  

LET’S USE A GOOD EXAMPLE OF WHAT IT DOES, AND USE THE MATH ASSOCIATED WITH THE TELECONVERTER.  THE MOST COMMON TELECONVERTER IS THE 2X TELECONVERTER.  THAT WOULD MEAN IT TAKES AN EXISTING LENS AND MULTIPLIES THE FOCAL LENGTH OF THE LENS BY 2X.  SO, IF YOU GOT AN 18-55 ZOOM LENS WITH YOUR CAMERA, THEORITICALLY YOU PUT THIS TELECONVERTER ON YOUR CAMERA BETWEEN THE LENS, YOU WILL DOUBLE THAT 18-55 LENS TO A 36-110 MM LENS.  WHAT MAKES THIS A BIG DEAL TO MOST PEOPLE IS THE PRICE OF THE TELECONVERTER.  AND THAT IS WHY MOST PEOPLE GET THAT IN A KIT.  IT COSTS YOU HARDLY ANYTHING TO GET THAT IN THE KIT.  MAYBE $20 IN A KIT.  WHAT WOULD IT COST TO BUY A LENS THAT WAS 36-110 MM LENS?  FROM THE MANUFACTURE IT WOULD COST YOU 200 TO 300 DOLLARS MAYBE (IF THEY MADE SUCH A LENS).  SO THERE HAS TO BE SOME DRAWBACKS TO THIS RIGHT?  WELL THERE IS, AND AS LONG AS YOU KNOW THAT, THEN YOU ARE OK.  EVEN THE NAME BRAND MANUFACTURES MAKE THESE, SO IT IS NOT A BAD LENS….. SO, I WANT TO GET THAT OUT OF THE WAY.  IT IS STILL A HIGH QUALITY LENS.  THERE ARE BAD ONES TOO.  AND THAT IS WHAT YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL OF.  THE ONES THAT SOMETIMES COME IN KITS, ARE NOT EXACTLY THE BEST QUALITY.  BUT, IN GENEREAL, HERE IS THE THINGS YOU WILL LOSE BY HAVING A TELECONVERTER ON YOUR CAMERA:

A- WHAT THE TELECONVERTER ADDS IN FOCAL LENGTH, YOU LOSE IN EXPOSURE RANGE.  TAKE A LOOK AT THIS TELECONVERTER BELOW:

FIRST OF ALL, I AM NOT PICKING ON ANY PARTICULAR BRAND OR TELECONVERTER AT ALL, THEY ARE ALL THIS WAY.  LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THE LENS ELEMENT ON THIS.  SO, HOW DO YOU EXPECT TO GET MUCH LIGHT THROUGH THIS?  THAT IS THE POINT TO THE TELECONVERTER.  IT MAGNIFIES YOUR LENS, BUT DECREASES THE CAPABILITY OF YOUR LENS TO GET LIGHT THROUGH IT.  SO, IF YOUR LENS NORMALLY GOES DOWN TO AN F STOP OF F4, IT NOW WILL ONLY BE AN F5.6 OR EVEN AN F8, IF IT’S A CHEAPER TELECONVERTER.  YIKES!  THAT MEANS, THIS LENS NOW HAS TO BE USED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY OUTSIDE, BECAUSE YOUR LENS NOW DEMANDS A LOT OF LIGHT.  

 
B- YOUR AUTOFOCUS WILL SLOW DOWN!  OH, NO!  I WANTED TO USE THIS FOR WILDLIFE!  I CAN’T AFFORD TO HAVE MY AUTOFOCUS GO SLOWER!  YOU HAVE MORE “LINKAGE” BETWEEN THE MAIN LENS AND THE BODY NOW.  IT’S CALLED PHYSICS OR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.  I KNOW PEOPLE WHO USE THIS GO TO MANUAL FOCUS.  THEY OFTEN CAN FOCUS FASTER.  JUST A TIP  TO TRY.
 
C- TELECONVERTERS WILL MAGNIFY CAMERA SHAKE.  WELL SO DO BIGGER LENSES TOO.  THAT IS EXPECTED.  SO, GOING TO A BIGGER LENS WILL DO THAT NO MATTER WHAT.  PLEASE, GET A TRIPOD.  TRIPODS CURE A LOT OF BLURRY PHOTOS.  AND GET ONE THAT DOESN’T ALLOW YOUR CAMERA TO BLOW OVER IN THE WIND.  THE ONES THAT COME IN KITS…… THEY ARE GOOD FOR…… ????…… I AM NOT SURE WHAT THEY ARE GOOD FOR.  NOT FOR $500+ CAMERAS.
 
2- SO, WHY WOULD YOU EVEN BUY A TELECONVERTER, AFTER THAT LIST ABOVE?
 
A- THE REASON IS JUST AS THE OPPOSITE OF THE LIST ABOVE:  THE PRICE!!  WHAT A GREAT WAY TO GET A GOOD, BUT NOT GREAT, BUT GOOD TELEPHOTO LENS THAT WILL EXPAND YOUR LENS COLLECTION.  AND YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY TO PHOTOS THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO BEFORE

 
 
B- YOU CAN ACT “STEALTH-LIKE” AND QUICKLY GET A LENS ON YOUR CAMERA WITHOUT IT LOOKING SO BULKY.  IT’S SO SMALL, AND EASILY GOES ON, MOST PEOPLE WON’T THINK YOU WILL BE GETTING MUCH OF A CLOSE-UP PICTURE WITH THAT LENS.    

 

3-  JUST AT THERE IS A TELECONVERTER, THERE IS ALSO ONE CALLED A “WIDE ANGLE CONVERTER”.  USE THE SAME MATH WITH THIS AS YOU WOULD WITH THE TELEPHOTO CONVERTER.  I HAVE ONE WITH THE SPECS:  0.43X CONVERTER.  SO, WITH MY 18-55 MM LENS, I WOULD TAKE THE 18MM AND MULTIPLY THAT BY .43 AND NOW I HAVE A WIDER ANGLE LENS THAT EQUALS = 7.74MM LENS !!!   AND IT SAYS IT HAS MACRO IN IT AS WELL !!!  CAN YOU IMAGINE THE PHOTOS I CAN GET?  WELL, AT SOME POINT, I WILL DO A PRODUCT REVIEW OF THIS LENS AND SHOW YOU.  

 
HERE IS WHAT IT SAYS FROM THE MANUFACTURE:
The camera’s angle of view multiply the camcorder, digital/video camera by 0.43 times, which more than doubles the angle of view of the camera. Great for landscapes or recording in situations where a little creative curvature of field , it is wanted for a certain style. This excellent lens can be separated in two pieces (unscrewed): macro part and wide angle part. So you can use it both ways: like macro lens (without wide angle part) and like wide angle with macro together! This is a very unique feature of this lens for its price. So for the price of only ONE lens you are getting TWO! Professional 0.43x Super Wide Angle Lens *0.43X Professional Deluxe High Definition Super Wide Angle Lens *Built-in MACRO lens for extreme close-up shots *Digital SLR Pro Lens *Professional High Definition: PHD Lens reduces glass flare & ghosting caused by reflections.


MY ADVICE:  IT IS WORTH THE PRICE!  SHOULD THESE LENSES BE USED IN PLACE OF A GOOD TELEPHOTO OR WIDE ANGLE LENS OR MACRO LENS:  NO, BUT IT’S A STEP THAT MOST PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKE ON THE WAY UP TO THOSE PROFESSIONAL LENSES, AND THEIR QUALITY IS GOOD AS LONG AS YOU STICK WITH NAME BRAND OPTICS. 
 
 

 
 
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