I hadn’t been out shooting in quite a while and like anything else one cares about, there is the role of practicing. That was my activity today.
I like to shoot with my best lens whenever I”m out and so it was today. The Nikkor 80-200mm f2.8 is my strongest lens.
Coming across a pair of Mute Swans, provided enough challenge for a day. To get the best of the lot I exposed many images. Part of the challenge is that they were moving, the light was changing, and so was their behavior.
Starting out meant familiarizing myself with the equipment again, making sure all the settings are what I want. I’m shooting on Aperture Priority f/8, as it’s in the middle of the day, so the shutter speed should be pretty fast. It floats between 1/250 – 1/800 sec, as the camera passes through various lighting conditions. That should work.
I’m hand holding, as I want to feel the camera work. To make sure I’m not moving the camera during the exposure, it would be better to be on a tripod, but for this exercise I hand hold. Lets see how steady my technique is. Of the 79 image of this subject, only a few were good enough to show.
However, this is a “tune up” exercise. No mater the kind of device, by running these practice drills we get to learn or reacquaint ourselves with our equipment.
Exposure is one of the challenges with dark and light objects. Keeping detail in the light area as well as the dark is difficult. I decide it is more important to keep the detail in the white feathers of the Mute Swan. To do this I move my EV (Exposure Value) to -1EV. It also makes the water darker but if anything that only makes the subject stand out more.
On this pair of Swans I also used my in camera flash to stop the motion, add a little more color spectrum, and perhaps a catch light in their eyes.
About the copyright & watermark,
As soon as we make an image, we become the owners of it. As soon as we write something we become the owners of it. We own the copyright, at least in the USA. We do not have to record it , unless we want to. As authors of intellectual property, there are certain things people can do if they want to use it. Usually, they can simply ask our permission.
There are a lot of people who do not know this or know it and want to use our pictures without asking permission first. In this country, if they use our property without our permission they are violating copyright law, and can be prosecuted, if we choose. It’s a big issue. If we use someone’s song without their permission, ASCAP will prosecute.
We should all be showing our name on images or writings we do. I just go to the next step… I do try to place the Watermark so that it does not detract from the image, however, if someone wants to rip off work, there is less chance they do it if they have to go to the bother of removing of the watermark.
On the Mac, the copyright symbol “©,” can be keyed in using “option g.” On the PC, you can access the © by holding down the ‘Alt’ key, while typing in the numerals 0169 (using the numeric keypad, not the numerals along the top of the keyboard). If using Lightroom, it’s easy to place watermark on every image, at one touch, by a setting in the Metadata information.
Free Watermarks are also available from Star Watermarks http://www.star-watermark.com/ a well as a tutorial.