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auto versus manual

When is Auto too much?

Nothing will ever take the place of the Photographer, more than technology is required to capture life, wedding photography, portrait, landscape, these all need passion!

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Wedding Photography with Fuji cameras

I now own two Fuji x100s an EX2 and the fantastic XT1 with all those fabulous Prime lenses, if you want a small flash for the cameras, then the nissin i40 is a great little flash and works wonderfully, TLT and manual are available to you and it performs like a best friend!

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Autumnal Photography

Many wedding photographers tend to receive less bookings at this time of year and it provides the perfect opportunity to look back at past weddings and focus on your marketing strategy, we still have several weddings to look forward to this year, providing our wedding photography service at Coombe lodge, Orchardleigh House, Wick Farm, Sudeley Castle, Highcliff Castle and the fabulous Manor at Castle Coombe, yes we're going to be pretty busy right through until Christmas eve but we do love our profession, capturing wedding moments this wonderful county of Somerset.

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Camera focusing Tips

If your camera has face detection and you're photographing a person, then it will probably produce a pretty good shot, however with most other shots it will decide for itself, this means it will select any of the multiple AF points it felt it needed to get the photo in focus. This decision will typically be based on things such as contrast, subject closes to the lens, most contrast point, because it knows exactly which is the main point right?

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Mastering Flash

Think of flash as an option for each and every shot you take, it doesn't matter what the light levels its something that you can use to enhance any photo.

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Beyond Average Photography

Well, your camera not only expects a scene to average out as mid-gray, this means that it is therefore programmed to set the exposure ensuring that your DSLR delivers this mid-gray average so everything being seen by the camera comes out of the camera at this middle grey!

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Camera Auto Modes

You may be drawn into a false sense of security, they all sound great in theory however scene modes are only the same as Auto mode, the camera still does everything with regards to the photo such as exposure, focus, and everything else, you as the photographer are completely kept out of the process.

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Photography tips

I have used this effect at weddings in the past, when you have time to play, it produces brilliant images, I just focus on a guest or the Bride and Groom and let the other guests become a blur, practice practice practice and you too will produce incredible, imaginary and artistic photography.

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Flash Photography

 Flash Photography

You can do some pretty amazing things when you get to grips with your Flash Photography, obviously that little blast of light is fantastic at adding a touch a fill when taking photos outside where the light may just add that extra lift to portraits especially under the eyes where you could have shadows, its a must for wedding images, photographing in all types of lighting.

If you are taking a photo where the backlight is very harsh and you want to capture the subject perfectly however you don't wish to crop the image but wish to have the full shot, you will find that you possibly need to punch up the flash, this could be due to the Aperture you have set because if you have done your research, Aperture effects the flash power but also to pop the subject in the image, you will probably find that increasing the flash by 2 stops will provide the effect you want to achieve. Whilst photographing weddings in this wonderful location of somerset, flash is a brilliant little tool to add to your wedding photography skills!

Its fabulous to use when you wish to freeze action, if you are taking an image in bright sunshine, you will probably find that using an N/D filter will help you use a smaller F-stop which will allow he flash more power for the image.

Flash is a fabulous tool to use when capturing the first dance at a wedding or photographing the guests dancing, for that really whacky shot, use rear curtain flash which will let the background blur whist the flash freezes the motion of what you have focused on, it provides a superb effect with sparklers etc. although its not really my thing, the images you see where the Bride and Groom are waving fireworks, sorry! As you all know, I prefer to take natural photographs at a wedding, capturing the atmosphere at a wedding, for me its all about photographing wants happening, not interfering, being unobtrusive allows me to take those images that are real!

There are some really crazy things you can try with flash, if you place a Neutral density filter on the lens and set a high F-stop, you can reduce the ambient light and then punch the subject with flash, in the light of day you can make the photo look as if it was taken at night.

Many wedding photographers fear taking photos in harsh sunlight however another little tip that you can use on certain images is too stop down the lens or increasing shutter speed to reduce ambient light and then use manual flash to take over the image, I have taken photos in harsh sunlight using this effect, the image attached to this blog is one such image, the sun was very harsh as it was taken on a summers day here in somerset, her dress is still perfectly exposed, no blown out areas, even skin tones are pretty good, this is the sort of things you can practice, see what you can produce when using your Flash gun. Learn to use this fabulous tip when photographing a wedding it really helps your Bride to pop out of the image.

What i'm trying to say is “Flash Photography isn't scary” get out there and have some fun, you wont break the camera, practice some of these crazy ideas and let me know if you find any other ideas on how to use your flash Gun.

www.thefxworks.co.uk for more tips and tricks.

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Shutter Priority Mode

Freezing action is something photographers have been fascinated with, the ability to freeze photographs of fast-moving action, the Bride tossing her bouquet to her girlfriends at her wedding is a must for fast shutter speeds you could also set the camera to continuous focus and firing mode to fire off several shots at once.

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Getting Exposure Correct

Making minor adjustments to any of these dependent on the situation will provide you with an exposure, its up to you as the photographer, the artist to choose what it is you want in order to produce the image you are wishing to capture!

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Flash Meter

Its great for teaching you the settings on your camera, after a while you will find yourself judging the exposure first and then just checking this with the meter, I personally use the Sekonic L-308s model, its in-expensive and provides you with that extra confidence.

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RAW versus JPEG

RAW/RAF/NEF are the file formats offered by most DSLRs and when you move beyond Auto into the magic world of manual, these are basically related to how your images are saved onto the memory card by the camera.

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Moving past Auto Mode

Maybe we could next look at formats, will you take your photos as RAW/RAF/NEF or Jpegs, we can look at this in a little more detail in my next blog!

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Auto Exposure versus Manual Exposure

The beautiful Mother of the Bride attached with this Blog was taken at a wedding in somerset just the other week, tell me, was this auto exposure or manual, did the camera select the correct settings, creating the soft bokeh and the beautiful natural color balance?

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