Thank you to Sigrid for compiling these notes from our April meeting!
Thank you Chris Oates for putting together the slide show from the Helen Schuler Nature Centre fieldtrip, held on April 14th.
Valentina read a thank you note sent to the club, from the Helen Schuler Nature Centre for the exhibit on display. All photographs will be available for viewing until June 23rd.
Ed Segment “Night Photography” by George Clayton & David Tanaka (quick summary)
George and David talked about Night Photography and some of the challenges that can come along with it.
Take advantage of the moon, but be aware that it blows out after 10-15 seconds. You will need different settings for your camera when shooting with the moon vs shooting on a moonless night. The advantage of shooting with the moon: It brightens the foreground of your picture; the disadvantage is that you will have little to no stars in the sky.
There can be issues in focusing. Setting your lens to infinity can serve you well a good portion of the time, but not always. Use Hyper Focal Distance: (rather than trying to explain it, here is one write up that I googled: https://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/hyperfocal-distance.htm) Use a wide angle or photo stack (2-3 pictures). Remember composition!
Have something in the foreground to make a better photograph. Try keeping the white balance at 3500-4500, to deal with different light temperatures.
You don’t have to go outside of the city to do night photography. Nautical Twilight is where the sun is 12° below the horizon. This is not quite pitch black.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself in the foreground! (check out Paul’s website for some beautiful night photography, and putting yourself in the picture: https://zizka.ca/ ) Use Continuous Shot if your camera has this. ISO should be set between 1600-3200. Shutter speed at 15-20 seconds. If you are trying to shoot lightening, shutter speed should only be about 5 seconds. .
If you are trying to shoot the Northern Lights, make sure your shadow is not in the picture (cast by the moon or another light source). Panoramas are possible as Light Room and Photo Shop can stitch pictures together quit well. Remember to shoot vertically, and overlap each shot by 50% or 1/3. Shutter speed should be set for 5 seconds to get a pop of color, although it is difficult to get a foreground that is not black. Set ISO at 1600, and take 3, 5, or 8 pictures for the panorama.
When taking pictures of the Milky Way, be aware that there is no core visible during the winter months, and no arch during the summer months.
Clouds can bring drama to night photography, but too many clouds can become a distraction, or cover all the stars.
Try using Starry Landscape Stacker to remove noise. (https://sites.google.com/site/starrylandscapestacker/home)
A slideshow on Night Photography created by Chris Oates, George Clayton & Chi Chow followed the Ed Segment. Here are 10 tips to keep in mind:
- Get out early to set up your camera and figure out composition.
- Use a tripod and the widest lens you have. Fast lenses are better.
- Darkest sky is 2 hours after sunset
- Have a fully charged battery
- Set your ISO to 1600-6400. Slower lenses need a higher ISO
- Set your shutter speed to 10-20 seconds. By increasing your ISO, you can lower your shutter speed. Shutter speeds of no more than 15 seconds can eliminate star trails. If you want star trails in your picture, keep your shutter open longer than 20 seconds.
- Focus in manual. If you leave your lens on Auto, it will try to focus for you. Use a remote.
- Set your camera to shoot in continuous mode. Also shoot using Live Mode. Level your camera in the field if you can.
- Expand your image to find a bright star and manually focus on that until clear. If you can’t find a star, use another light source in the distance.
- Dress warm! Wind produces a wind chill, even in the summer. Use interval time shooting for stacking in Light Room or Photo Shop.
The Secret Assignment was done by Ian McGillvery. Images were of “Negative Space” from his trip to Mexico.
This month’s theme was “Pet Expressions” which was a print submission. Pets express themselves through their whole bodies. There were some excellent examples of this. It was also noted that getting pictures of pets by a side profile works better for those animals with longer faces (such as dogs or donkeys).
Whats up for the MAY MEETING!
Our theme for this month is “Food”. Have fun with it, and experiment! You have until midnight on Sunday to get your submissions in..
The ed segment will be put on by a few executive members who will be either highlighting an instructional video on the web, a photographer, or will be giving you a quick tip. And if you have any questions that you have been wanting to ask, please do, and we will try to find the right person to answer your question.
The secret assignment will be by Maximo Lange.
We could probably fit in a been there segment if someone has one that they would like to show.. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be purging our library, and some books will be available for members to take home at our June meeting.
That’s all for now!