Color Painting Photography


For this weeks post I decided to talk about color painting. Since I already experimented this creative photography I’m sure you guys would enjoy trying it too. It’s actually a lot simple then what you think, although I learned the hard way, (mainly for not informing my self) haha, but here it is.



Below are the items you need:

  • A camera, capable of taking long shots, preferable a digital camera. But if not a film camera can work fine.
  • A tripod, since you will be taking long exposures you need a tripod to set the camera still. If not just place the camera where it can be still. DO NOT CARRY IT.
  • A flashlight, and it can be basically any kind of light, glow sticks, laser points, even your phones flashlight would work perfectly fine.
  • A dark location, to achieve a better picture and make yourself not visible, the darker the better.

Here are the steps:

So first you have to manually setup your setting on your digital camera. For preference make sure your shutter speed is anywhere between 11 to 30 seconds. Your aperture can be between f/8 to f/32, but it all depends on your location, if its inside or out, play around with it. Also your ISO depends a lot of your location, just how I mentioned earlier make sure it’s very dark, and due to that you need your ISO from 100 to 400. The ISO of 400 worked well for me outside, I didn’t go to high on it because my surroundings started appearing lighter and I wanted the lights to be the main focus. So once you have that setup, put your camera on a tripod, or somewhere still where it wont shake. Capture a shot first of your location just to see how its going to look . Then take another shot and start drawing, making shapes, words, or anything in front of the camera.  A quick tip, DRESS IN BLACK, that way the camera wont capture you.  Remember draw all of this in between the shutter clicks. If you need more time just put your shutter speed higher. The first pictures will not be so great, but the more you do it the better you’ll get.


You can also light up items, for instance shoes, a house, a car, basically anything, just light up the areas you want visible with a flashlight, or any light you have, and the picture will turn out like this.


Hope this post helped you out! (:



Painting With Light


By, Maricela Hernandez


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capturing action shots

  1. Go for shutter priority.  1/4000 is fast enough for racecars and 1/250 is fast enough for a jogger. and if you have trouble with the lighting, then turn up the ISO that best suits the image surroundings.
  2. Keep on shooting until you get the perfect shot.
  3. Anticipation is the key- Know what you want to achieve before you try to accomplish it.
  4. Figure out what your best vantage point would be. Consider every shot from every angle.
  5. Make it pan. Move where the action is taking you. flow with it.–photo                                    —————————–Colleen Carney

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The Picture of Plants

Springtime Succulents

Plants seem like a rather easy thing to take pictures of, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. In actuality, making a picture about plants interesting is one of the hardest thing to do, simply due to the nature that many people find them boring.

One thing to note when taking pictures of plants is if they are decaying, if they are blowing in the wind or what color they are.

Clover Carpet

You want a color to mix and match well and almost max a visually pleasing pattern to the viewer. What does the condition of the plant say about the area, and does it tell a story? Is it just pretty?

That doesn’t even get into the idea that you have to pay attention on how strong the wind is blowing. Plants by nature are not something that you can set up unless you buy one, taking one of a natural plant may be difficult. If the wind is blowing you have to increase shutter speed ect.

Octopus plant


Colors and Patterns are also important as well as what time of year you take it in, since some plants only bloom during certain times of day and year.


Six Tips for Better Photographs of Plants


Aaron Felton

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Shooting Sunsets and Sunrises

Colleen Carney



When it comes to shooting Sunrises and sunsets, there are two options. You can shoot the sun in the picture or you can shoot the effect that the sun has on the scenery but the latter of the two requires that you stay on the scene longer to get the effect you want. After the sun sets, the sky will calm down and then light back up with the most brilliant and vibrant colors giving it a stunning effect on the scene you are trying to capture.

The technique for getting a stunning photo is to set it on a long exposure and using a long shutter speed so you can get the effects of say like the water of the ocean rippling.

Exposure can be tricky especially if your shooting at the sun itself and when the sun is in the picture, its going to cause the camera to underexpose.

D7000, AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, one second, f/18, ISO 200, aperture priority, Matrix metering

D7000, AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, 1/200 second, f/16, ISO 100, aperture priority, Matrix metering (A three-exposure HDR [for sky] with auto bracketing at -2, 0, +2. A graduated ND filter held back the sky exposure)


D7000, AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, 30 seconds, f/16, ISO 200, manual exposure, Matrix metering



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ISO and Photography

ISO, stands for International Standards Organization and it is a standardized industry scale for measuring sensitivity to light. This affects the sensor in the digital camera. When it comes to ISO the higher the level the more grain or noise you will get in your shots, compared to a lower level where it will cause your shots to be less grainy, as seen below.


Lower Iso tends to create a more dynamic image, by being able to contain all the important colors and textures. Most uneducated photographers will shoot on auto and have no idea how ISO is altering their photos. More skilled photographers will realize what setting they are in and adjust accordingly to accommodate for the surrounding area.


Many things can affect your ISO level that you will set like

-Hard light

-Soft light

-Lamps and natural light sources

-Reflected light

-Cloudy days


Sometimes you might have to bump up your ISO a bit. To keep fast moving things like runners from being blurry, use a fast shutter speed around 1/2000, which doesn’t let much light into the sensor. To compensate for the quick shutter speed, use an ISO of 200.



A Fair Perspective on Iso Photography


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Brian Beilmann

Brian Beilmann is an extremely well known surf and underwater photographer, who has been in the business for most of his adult life. Beilmann is a pioneer and someone who is extremely articulate when it comes to shooting, which may be why his photos have been on the covers of hundreds of magazines, as well as countless books, and advertisements.


Coming onto the scene in the late 1970’s Bielmann claims he “half-heartidly shot while pursuing a surf career.” Despite his “half hearted” efforts, his shots were getting picked up by large companies interested in using his images. Quiksilver was one of the first companies who reached out to him, and once they began to publish his pictures, Bielmann started making a name for himself in the photography industry. It was when he got his second pay check from Quiksilver that he decided that it was photography that was his calling. From then on Bielmann spent most of his time and efforts toward perfecting his craft and making his images as unique as possible.

Bielmann claims he gets annoyed doing the same thing everyone else is; he was the first to take a digital camera into the water and after doing that he caught an iconic image of the late great Andy Irons, the 3x world champ was frozen in time flying above the lip in Indonesia. The image was made into a billboard, everyone saw it and everyone switched to digital.


Bielmann was one of the first people in the modern era of colored pictures to elegantly compose black and white images of surfers in action, and underwater shots. This has become sort of his trademark over the years and has led to many people attempting to do the same.

In conclusion I must reiterate that Mr. Bielmann is a pioneer in the art of photography and not to mention he is still doing it in 2016. The oldest photographer to shoot on the World Surf League tour, and STAB just published another one of his shots, needless to say Brian Bielmann is in my opinion one of the greatest photographers alive.






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Reflective Ultraviolet Photography


Reflective Ultraviolet photography is used in many medical cases and police investigations. A 35mm camera is used with black and white film that,  must be sensitive to a light wave length of 300-400 nanometers, and an ultraviolet filter to photography old bruises and injury’s to a patient/ victims exterior. Another use for this form of photography is to see damage to the skin from sun exposure.

Reflective ultraviolet (UV) photography records the reflection and absorption of long-wave UV light by the subject matter excluding exposure of the film by all visible light.i Simply said, long-wave UV light penetrates deeper into the skin than does visible light. Therefore, by placing a specially designed filter over the camera lens, one which will only allow a specific wave-length of UV light (less than 400 nanometers), we can expose the film to only this light. Since UV light penetrates deeper into the skin, the film will pick up the image of a bruise or bite mark, which has been absorbed too deep into the skin to be able to be seen using visible light.



Jillyan Spell



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