Simple photo tips & tricks

By Ra_ · Aug 16, 2018 · ·
  1. Ra_
    First, set your white balance before each session.
    If the colors aren't right, the pictures can look muddy.
    Getting it right is preferable to correcting the colors in Photoshop.
    Use a white piece of cardboard or plastic to calibrate your camera for current light characteristics.
    You can zoom in if it's a small whiteboard.
    (see your camera's manual or search your camera model online for procedure details)

    Secondly, establish your background.
    Greenery is good. You don't want to distract from your subject.
    Put a small box on the stage as the 'stand-in' for your chicken.
    Work in a cloudy or shaded area for the most control.

    Thirdly, position yourself so your lens is at the eye level of the chicken.
    Move back at least 6 feet and use the zoom to frame the bird.
    Being closer than 6 feet can cause fisheye distortion.

    If you're shooting on automatic, place the bird on the stage, step back & begin shooting.
    Film is free so move to your left and right, taking shots from many different angles.
    You will learn how to best compose future shots by looking at these results.
    Keep the camera height aligned with the eye level of the bird.

    Of course you have the variable of a moving bird this whole time,
    making it even more challenging... and rewarding when you capture a great moment.

    The most vital ingredient for a great photo is a great subject.





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Recent User Reviews

  1. ronott1
    "Good Article"
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 21, 2018
    Nice photo tips!
    1. Ra_
      Thank you. Give it a try and show us your results.
  2. MROO
    "Good TIps - but needs a bit of how-to added"
    3/5, 3 out of 5, reviewed Aug 16, 2018
    So howzabout explaining how to "Use a white piece of cardboard or plastic to calibrate your camera for current light characteristics." I've seen it done but have NO idea how to do it or why it works. Some how-to would be GREATLY appreciated!
    1. Ra_
      Each camera might be different for that. I would refer you to your manual. One can be found online if you don't have it.
      For my camera, there is a button on the back of the Canon that can have various functions assigned to it in the menu.
      I chose to make it my color balance button.
      To use it, I turn the camera on, hold my whiteboard so the available light is striking it, fill my camera screen with the white and then hit that button.
      You'll see your screen's color change to look more like reality.


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  1. N F C
    One personal dislike for me is when the pictures have poop in them. Poop happens but please, make sure the environment the birds are in is clean! (Your's are great btw.)
    1. Ra_
      Thanks but I'm bad about prepping the birds. Look how dirty Fifi's foot is in the second pic. I just toss the birds on the stage and never try to prepare them in any way.
  2. Ra_
    Go ahead and follow my guidelines and take some pics
    Choose the best of the bunch and post it here

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