Victorville Portrait Photography
Recently, Sharon Wallace Photography was part of an awesome destination portrait photography shoot featuring Lucy. We traveled out of the high desert Victorville area for fun, but this shoot could easily be accomplished right here in Southern California High Desert city of Victorville. The amazing portraits we captured of Lucy, showed off her style as well as her personality.
Check out the parachute & her bookworm style, as well as the amazing dressy portraits we a poured.
Top 5 Tips for Sharper Images
Are you frustrated with consistency in the sharpness of your images? Would you like a solid approach to sharp images? Perhaps you bought that new awesome lens & now you can’t seem to get it to focus? Well, I have some tips to help you achieve sharper images!
First, start with a solid base to reduce camera shake.
Position yourself solidly, hold your camera with your left hand, elbow tight against your body. Take your time…Be aware of your breathing… You can lean on a fence, or a wall a building for more stability. Take this one step further & use a Tripod, even an external shutter release.
Second, use auto focus & a single focus point.
Yes, shoot in manual mode for your shutter, aperture, ISO, shutter speed settings but use your cameras auto focus setting. This is a different setting than “shooting in manual or auto mode.” Most new cameras have a multitude of focus points, but when trying to nail your focus in portrait work, use a single point & focus on the closest eye.
Third, ISO – how low can you go?
Shoot in the lowest ISO setting for the situation & you can go & you will have less grain or pixelation in your image which will make them appear sharper. If you need to bump up your ISO, then do so, but ensure your exposure is spot on!
Aperture also controls depth of field, so when shooting groups of people, all their heads need to be on the same plane or within the focused plane distance. You can increase your aperture to f/5.6 or f/8 to help get a larger piece of the death of field within the focal plane.
Fifth, Shutter Speed Matters!
The faster your shutter speed the less likely to have camera shake. Start with 1/focal length..even more is fine so for a 100mm lens, 1/100. Some say to double this….
Other things I do are to calibrate all my lenses, use back button focus, shoot a stop or two above the maximum aperture, (so for a lens with maximum aperture of 1.4, try f/2 or f2.8 this range might be sharper than totally wide open). Additionally, this will give you a tad more area for depth of field especially if you shoot with a long lens like my beloved 200 prime. Lastly, I will just add to practice these techniques & in this case typically you get what you pay for….the higher the price the higher the quality of equipment… As always please. Let me know if you have specific questions & hope this helps you get sharper images.
Enjoy & happy shooting!
Start your Monday off with a quick review & some planning!
After my coffee & my walk with my dog Luci, I jump right into planning my week.
I do this by starting with little brainstorming of ideas. I just take a couple minutes & write on notebook paper all the things that come to my mind. From this page of possibility I move on to my goals.
Write down my weekly goals
Next, I open my planner & write down my goals for the week. I include at least 2 marketing ideas, vlog plan, blog plan, business administration time, business financial time, customer maintenance-emails etc time each day, social media plan for Facebook posting, Instagram posting, Instagram stories posting, and a list of “to do” items to accomplish these tasks.
Distribute the tasks
Then I distribute these tasks out over each day & make sure my photoshoot & sales sessions are included. I have 2 paper planners, one for home & one for work, an acrylic monthly calendar where I can see the bigger picture & upcoming events & photoshoot, & a weekly to do list acrylic board!!! All of these visual aids help me stay focused as I am a big picture kind of girl!
Don’t forget to give yourself some weekly inspiration!!!
How do you get your Mondays rolling? Leave me a comment & let me know!!!