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This is the blog for More Than A Snapshot's Online Photography Classes.  In these blog posts I will give photography tips, tutorials, and show images.

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Last Night on the Lake

Gary Detonnancourt

 

August Contest Theme and July Contest Results

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MONTHLY PHOTO CONTEST

Every Month you may post 2 of your best images for our photo contest. To enter, please upload the images in the comment section below by clicking on the Landscape icon or you can use an image host like Flickr by pasting the embed link in the comment bar.  Please post each image in a separate comment for voting purposes.  A prize will be awarded to the first place image.

I will post a new subject on last Thursday of the month.  The previous month's contest will end on the last Thursday of the month at 5 pm EST.  I or a guest judge will select the winners.

August CONTEST THEME:  Open

PRIZES:  

YOU CHOICE OF A FREE COUPON FOR MY:

  • ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASS

  • PRINTING CLASS

  • COMPOSITION CLASS

  • LIGHTROOM CLASS

The winner needs to email gary@morethanasnapshot.com with your choice of the four courses listed above. Then I will respond with your coupon code.

Congratulations to Matt DiMaio for Fresh Fish Deliverd to the Misses.

 

Please post your entries in the comment section below.  Try to use an image that is at least 1024x768.

5 Tips for Capturing Better Action Shots

Gary Detonnancourt

 

1.  Use a Fast Shutter Speed

I like to have a shutter speed of 1/1000 second or faster for shooting action.

Canon 7D with the Canon 400 mm F/5.6

2.  Use continuous auto-focus and back button focusing

3.  Tap the AF button instead of holding it down continuously.

Many cameras will auto-focus better if you tap the AF button repeatedly during the action sequence rather than holding it down the whole time.

4.  Use the center auto-focus point

I like to use the center auto-focus point and then crop the image later for the composition I want.

5.  Use any custom settings available for tracking action.

Check out my post on optimizing your camera for shooting birds in flight.

Canon's Custom AF settings

Canon's Custom AF settings

 

Here are some more images from this shoot.

 

Wildlife Video

Gary Detonnancourt

Trustom Pond Wildlife Refuge, RI  You can view this video in HD or 4k.

I've been experimenting with a new lens for my Panasonic GH4, it's the Panasonic 14-140 F/3.5-5.6, and so far I think the lens is a great all-around lens.  It's small, lightweight and sharp, perfect for traveling.  I shot these videos with autofocus which is kind of a no-no in videography but I thought the lens did pretty well with these fast moving ird.  

I've been thinking about doing more wildlife videography and this is like a test video.