The Shot

The Shot is the next step to great photography and it needs to be completely instinctual. The photographer will not have the time when shooting to think through this stage; otherwise, the decisive moment may pass. Three major components make up the taking of the shot:

Picking the right equipment – Having the correct equipment for a given shot is critical to the technical excellence of the photograph. The photographer needs to make the proper lens and lighting selection for the scene and the desired effect.

Managing the technical elements of the shot – While a photographer could keep their DSLR on auto settings and let the camera do the work, the photographer will always be making a compromise. Managing the focus, color and exposure through the proper settings of the big five -- focus, ISO setting, shutter speed, aperture and white balance -- is the key to great photography. While there may be multiple technically-correct settings to get picture, there may be only one artistically-great setting to make a photograph.

Capturing the decisive moment – The photographer needs to be ready to recognize and shoot the decisive moment. Knowing the ordinary from the extraordinary and when to push the shutter button separates the good from the great. Everything is preparation for this crucial decision.


Lessons from the Shot


           When Should I Override the Auto White Balance on My Camera?

           When Should I Change My White Balance?

           When Should I Override the Auto Exposure on My Camera? (Part 1)

           When Should I Override the Auto Exposure on My Camera? (Part 2)

           Vacation Photo Tips by Stanley Leary

           When You're Not Close Enough by Stanley Leary

           Six Steps to Banish Dust from Your Digital Images by Stanley Leary

           Seeing Eye to Eye Isn't Always Best by Stanley Leary

           Shooting Sports by Stanley Leary

           Macro Photography: The Magic of Nuance by Stanley Leary

           Easier Eating than Shooting by Craig Lee

           Strobing Correctly by Stanley Leary

           Macro Photography - The Magic of Nuance by Stanley Leary

           Invest in Preparedness with a Point-and-Shoot Camera By Stanley Leary

           Balancing Ambient and Flash Photography By Stanley Leary

           Combining Flash and High ISO By Stanley Leary

           How to Improve Your Flash Photography By Stanley Leary

           What a Difference a Millimeter Can Make By Stanley Leary

           Shooting with Available Light By Stanley Leary

           Got Filters?

           Using Frames to Isolate the Subject By Stanley Leary

           To Flash or Not to Flash By Stanley Leary

           Just a Speck by Stanley Leary

           The Psychology of the Wide-Angle Lens by Stanley Leary

           Avoid Motion Blur by Stanley Leary

           Shallow Depth-of-Field by Stanley Leary

           Making Photos POP! by Stanley Leary

           Creating a Magnetic Smile with the Magnetic Lasso Tool...Just Kidding!

           What's a Good Camera for me? by Stanley Leary

           Framing by Stanley Leary 

           Photographing People - Indoors by Stanley Leary 

           Photographing Fireworks by Stanley Leary 

           Expressions by Stanley Leary 

           "There's Clear and Then There's Claritin Clear!" by Stanley Leary 

           Macro Photography by Stanley Leary 

           How to Improve Your Flash Photography by Stanley Leary 

           Avoiding the Dreaded Red Eye by Stanley Leary

           Framing by Stanley Leary

           Exposure Tips and Tricks

           Camera Modes Demystified by George Hsia

           Workings of ISO by George Hsia

           Exposure – Aperture by George Hsia

           Exposure Tools by George Hsia

           Shutter Speed Techniques by George Hsia

           Ambient Light and Flash Combined by Stanley Leary

           Rule of Thumb Exposures by George Hsia

           Light Brings Life to a Photo by Stanley Leary

          Rule of Thirds by George Hsia

          Shooting Under Fluorescent Lights Requires You to Slow Down by Stanley Leary

          Photo Tips for Camp Photographers by Stanley Leary

           One Light, Group Shot by Stanley Leary

           Why Learn Ratio Lighting by Stanley Leary

           Hot Shoe Flashing by Stanley Leary  

           When Window Lighting is Not Enough by Stanley Leary  

           Lighting a Science Lab by Stanley Leary

           Lighting a Conference Room by Stanley Leary

           Get Close: REALLY CLOSE! by Stanley Leary   

           Nikon D4 @ ISO 12,800 Still Not Enough by Stanley Leary 

           Life on the Sidelines of a College Football Game by Stanley Leary    

           How to Get Rid of Orange and Green Backgrounds with Flash by Stanley Leary 

           LCD vs. Viewfinder : Couple of Things to Consider by Stanley Leary 

           Rock Band Promo Shot by Stanley Leary 

           Attaining Good Skin Tones with Digital Cameras, Part 1 by Stanley Leary

           Attaining Good Skin Tones with Digital Cameras, Part 2 by Stanley Leary

           Your Camera Choice Does Make A Difference by Stanley Leary

           High ISO is King for Night Events by Stanley Leary