What a busy time it has been in the photography world, the purchase of Instagram, the redesign of Google +, and a raft of new cameras being released from many manufacturers. Are you ready for a busy shooting season Summer starts in the Northern Hemisphere on June 21, in the Southern Hemisphere, however, it marks the start of Winter.
If you have any questions abour preparing your equipment for the season or want to get tips on shooting a particular type of scene/setup be sure to read our Ask The Coach series here at FYP, in addition to all the great advice our professional photographer Dawn post from user submitted questions, you can also ask her questions of your own by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org, she’ll be happy to respond to any of your questions and answers are posted monthly on the third Thursday of each month. Â I encourage you to make use of this great resource!
If you’ve had your equipment stored for a while, now is the best time to check your equipment to make sure that it is in good working order. Â It can be rather disheartening when you pick up your equipment for a shoot only to find that you are unable to use it because it is not working at its capability or is broken. Â I know this part is hindsight but the manner you store your equipment is very important, neither heat nor cold are your cameras friends. Â Heat will not only cause your camera rubber to become sticky but extreme heat will also cause the glue in your lenses to soften and therefore may make them render a soft focus even when you don’t intend to do so.
For this reason you should also never leave your camera in an parked automobile. Â Cold is also an enemy to your camera, if you are shooting in a situation where it is 50 degrees or lower outdoors you should place your camera in a sealed plastic bag before returning indoors so condensation forms on the plastic bag rather than the internals of your camera and lenses, leave it in the bag for at least 15 minutes. Â When storing your equipement you should make use of those little silicia packets that you find in the boxes when you purchase new shoes and hard drives etc. Â The keep humidity down when you have your equipment in its bag and prevent mildew on the lenses. Â All that done, GREAT now lets move on to what you are really here for.
This month we have a great line up for you as always. Â In addtion to our Indie Spotlight that showcases new and inspirational photographers each Monday we also have the Weekend Photo Focus on Friday to challenge you to get out with your camera at the weekend and shoot the images in the challenge and see your images posted in the Weekend Photo Find every Monday right here at FYP. Â This month we have an app review by Conor, Andrew assist us in choose the right photography blog, Hugh show your more tricks in Lightroom you can explore the series here, Dominic shows you some advanced Photoshop tricks with the Firefly series, Brooke gives us an insightful article about kids and photography. in addition to our monthly FYP Photography Contest that features phoneography this month.
We are also looking for a few writers to contribute a monthly article if you like to write and want to share your experiences with others and get exposure for your work drop me an email email@example.com, lets talk about how you can fit into our FYP family. Â If there are topics you’d love to see us cover feel free to drop me a line I’m sure one of our capable writers would be more than happy to cover your suggested topic, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Â Also let me know what you’ve been shooting or intend to shoot, we all have a bucket list, one of mine is to shoot in Africa, Lebanon and the Greek Islands, what are yours?
I’m looking forward to hearing from you, take care!