Blog for June 2019

Tip of the day! June 1st, 2019

When photographing animals, isolate them with a longer lens. A longer lens (or zoom lens) allows you to narrow in on your subject and create a clean, soft focus background. It will emphasize the subject and make it special.

Tip of the day! June 2nd, 2019

Shoot when the light is most colorful, shortly after sunrise, or right before sunset. The sun is low on the horizon and can produce a golden, warm light that is pleasing to the eye. Landscapes and portraits look great in this light.

Tip of the day! June 3rd, 2019

Use panning for a different action shot. Slow down your shutter speed and follow the subject (panning) with your camera as you take the picture. This will blur/streak the background and keeps your subject in focus. Try to shoot about 1/30 of a second as you follow the action.

Nikon Z6 & Z7 Firmware 2.0: Eye-Detection AF

Available now for the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7

Z 6 Firmware, located here:

https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/fw/327.html


Z 7 Firmware, located here:

https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/download/fw/328.html


Technical Service Advisory for Users of the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7

Tip of the day! June 4th, 2019

One of the rules of composition says that horizon lines should not be placed in the center of an image, but closer to the top or bottom of the frame. Sometimes rules are meant to be broken. When you’re photographing a subject and its reflection, its perfectly fine to place the horizon in the center of the frame.

Sony World Photography Awards

June 4, 2019, London: Submissions for the 13th edition of the internationally acclaimed Sony World Photography Awards are now open and free for all to enter at www.worldphoto.org.

Tip of the day! June 5th, 2019

Wait until the camera has finished writing the photo(s) to the memory card (green/red light is off) before turning off the camera or removing the card. You can lose pictures if you do either before the camera has had time to download the file(s) from its internal memory to the card.

Tip of the day! June 6th, 2019

Try different kinds of framing with your flower shots. Instead of centering the flower, try placing it off to the left or the right of the frame. This will allow for you to be creative with the negative space (areas without the subject). Look for the patterns of other out of focus flowers in the background.

Tip of the Day. June 7th, 2019

Check the weather before an outdoor event. Protecting your camera and lens is critical. Consider buying a rain hood for your camera. You can find them at Camera Exchange and they don’t take up much space in your camera bag. It will protect your camera and allow you to keep shooting. If you don’t have one already you can use a gallon-size plastic bag or trash bag with rubber bands to protect your gear till you can go by Camera Exchange.

Godox V1 Officially Available For Sony

The Godox V1 TTL Li-ion Round Head Camera Flash is now available for Sony.


Godox V1-S Flash for Sony, 76Ws 2.4G TTL Round Head Flash Speedlight, 1/8000 HSS, 480 Full Power Shots, 1.5 sec. Recycle Time, Interchangeable 

2600mAh Lithimu Battery, 10 Level LED Modeling Lamp

Check it out here:

Pro Baseball Shooting Experience on the 12th of June

Let’s take in a Pro Baseball ⚾️ game. Schertz Photography School and Studio is buying the tickets so all you have to do is bring your camera. The school is picking up the cost of the ticket but the photographers will have to pay for their own parking ($5) and any food during the game. We will not be shooting from the camera wells, but if you have been there before you already know there are lots of places to shoot from. This event is for current and past students of the school. But you have to call the school to get your spot.

Tip of the day! June 8th, 2019

If you’re shooting into the sun and are getting lens flare, a quick way to get rid of it is to ask a friend to place their hand above the camera, to block the flare from reaching the lens. You will be able to see if it is working. Just make sure you don’t see their hand in the frame when you take the photo.

Tip of the day! June 9th, 2019

Soft light comes from two things

(1)  The physical size of the softbox.  The bigger the softbox, the softer the light.

(2) How close the softbox is to your subject, the closer it is, the softer the light is.

Tip of the day! June 10th, 2019

Check the direction of the light. Sometimes the best light on a person, monument or scene is not the most obvious. Moving around and seeing the light from all angles will expand your vision and make a unique picture. Make it a habit to do this whenever you have time.

Tip of the day! June 11th, 2019

With external flashes (Speedlights) you can create a more pleasing look to the light by changing the angle of the flash. You can do this by aiming it at the ceiling or at a wall to the side, creating what’s called “bounce” light. This adds light more evenly to the entire scene and makes your shot look more natural.

Fujifilm Update

Fujifilm is bringing back the Neopan 100 Acros black and white film by the end of 2019

Godox G3 Updater For MacOS Released

Find out more

Tip of the day! June 12th, 2019

Capture the hustle and bustle of the city at night. Place your camera on a tripod and use a long exposure (slow shutter speed) to blur the movement of cars and people. Try shooting for about 10 seconds first, and then adjust creatively to catch the motion of the lights and the feel of the city.

Tip of day! June 13th, 2019

Be creative with your posing. Don't just line everybody up. Use the steps or the arm of a couch to experiment with some people standing and others sitting. Have kids sitting in laps or someone sitting on the floor or kneeling. Mix it up. 

Tip of the day! June 14th, 2019

5200° Kelvin is approximates a daylight balance. When shooting outdoors, set a color temperature in the 3000°-3050°K range and you'll get cool blue tones; go toward the high side, say, 7000°K, and your scene warms up.

Tip of the day! June 15th, 2019

Try shooting without color for a day. Set your camera to the B&W or monochrome setting and get used to seeing in Black & White. If your camera can capture RAW files, you can set your camera to write RAW + JPG— the JPG files will be B&W but the RAW files will be in color. Also, you will be able to view the preview images on the camera’s LCD in B&W.

Tip of the day! June 16th, 2019

When shooting food, simple compositions are always better. Zoom into the dish so you don’t capture the table, or zoom tighter so you don’t even see the plate. If you’re taking a shot of your meal at a restaurant, move some of the cutlery or glassware out of the frame for a better shot. It will only take you a moment to do so.

Sigma Recall

For customers using the SIGMA 60-600mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM | Sports and the SIGMA 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | Sports

For more info click HERE

Tip of the day! June 17th, 2019

TEN TIPS WILL INSTANTLY MAKE YOU A BETTER BIRD PHOTOGRAPHER


Pay attention to the direction of the wind and sun. If they are coming from the same direction, the conditions are perfect for photographing birds in flight.


Try and keep the sun at your back. Most published bird photos are lit through the sun or open shade.


Shoot birds in flight when the sun is low in the sky. If it’s too high, the bird’s underside will be in shadow.


Sunrise and sunset are ideal times to underexpose the subject and create a striking contrast for a beautiful silhouette.


When shooting flocks of birds, you’ll get better composition if you wait for them to separate so their wings don’t overlap. 


Photograph birds on a clean, simple background so your subject will stand out better. 


Know your subject. The more you understand the way birds behave, the better your images will be. 


Have patience. Stick with an area, and don’t give up. Eventually birds become used to your presence and will approach you. 


Birds scare easily. Keep yourself low to the ground, and don’t move too suddenly. 


Know your gear. Learn about your camera’s features and settings before you’re out in the field.