Flood Damaged Photos

Flood Damaged Photos?

If your basement has gotten wet, or even really damp, and you have photos down there you need to take action now. If the pictures are just damp (not wet) and you can get them out of the albums, boxes, etc you need to do so now. Take a towel and lay the pictures on the towel with the image up (not touching anything) and let dry. If you do not do this when they start to dry they will stick together, or stick to the album pages.

If the pictures are wet (and hard to handle without them coming apart) try to drain any standing water then freeze the pictures. NEVER wipe the pictures with a cloth as this will cause the emulsion/ ink to come off. If you can freeze the pictures flat on cookie sheets with the image side up, but do not try and pull the wet pictures apart if they have stuck together – just freeze them.

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Change the way you shoot???

So you heard about how someone else is shooting and you decided that you would change the way you shoot. But just wait a minute – is it going to make you a better photographer?

In my courses I always tell my students to work on the KISS principal, Keep It Simple Stupid!  Many of these great new ideas that people are pushing are everything but helping to keep it simple. When I shoot I always start with the simple, most times you will find my camera set to Program, 400 ISO, single spot for focus and the focus set to one shot.  It is as simple as I can make the settings. It keeps the camera from making a lot of changes on me and still allows me to get a picture as soon as possible from picking up the camera.  So if I am driving down the road and see a bear I can pull over and push the shutter button and I know that I will get an image, it may not be the best image for lighting or depth of field but I will have something and most times it will be a good exposure and it will be sharp.  From there I will adjust my settings to the shooting situation to get the best exposed image.

This bear picture was one such situation, I was driving down a road, and I had to stop for traffic and when I looked out the drivers window there was the bear. So without having to change any settings I took this photo and had myself a okay picture.  Then I did some changes to the camera settings and took some more pictures. Fortunately for me I got the first picture as the bear moved and the other pictures were not as good for where teh bear was standing.  Total time from seeing bear to getting the first picture 10 seconds, another 15 seconds to make some changes and the subject was not in as good a place as for the first picture.

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Image stabilizing lenses do you need them or not?

Image stabilizing lenses do you need them or not?

First let me say that I am talking about image stabilizing, vibration reduction and shake reduction but I will refer to it as IS as I shoot with Canon and that is the term that I am familiar with. Also, this article applies to DSLR cameras that have the IS in the lenses and not point and shoot cameras, Hybrid or DLSR cameras with the IS in the body.

Image Stabilizing Lens

So do you need image stabilizing lenses?

Honestly, no you do not.  Even with so many people saying that you do – really you do not.  A good sharp lens and you are all set, if you need more stability you can simply use a tripod or a mono pod.  But in the real world it is not always that easy.  I have a number of lenses without IS and really I do not have a problem with shooting with those lenses and I get some great pictures from them.  But I do like the lenses that have IS and I do like the ability to push the limits of my photography and the lenses that I use.

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