Wedding photography in a bad weather

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The weather is one thing you can not control in a wedding event. You can plan everything else but no matter what you do weather is out of your hands.As a photographer, well, bad weather is something you can plan for.You hope you do not need to deal with it obviously.But if you have been assigned a duty to do the pictures you want to be ready for whatever weather may happen.So here are some useful tips you can follow in case of bad weather in a wedding day

You need a backup plan first of all.No matter what you do you need to be prepared with another option for those outdoor shots you planned to capture. But basically bad weather can also happen sometimes. The thing you can do is make sure you have a backup location ready if the weather does get bad.You can plan the photographs you will take with a backup place identified.

Planning to have more time for the wedding photos is another thing that you can do. What this will allow you to do is to hide or cover yourself when the rain is pouring.You can hurriedly take photos when the rain lets up

Finally you must already have set up umbrellas.Sometimes the weather will not let up and umbrellas will let you take them anyway. In reality taking photos with overcast skies look great in pictures. So it isn't all bad.

So there are several tips you can utilize to make the best out of a wedding in a bad weather. As mentioned you can't control the weather but you can control your plans and still have great photos.

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Nikon N90s

Monday, April 5, 2010

Nikon n90s

The N90s is no longer manufactured by Nikon, though in a few parts of the world, new ones can still be found. Due to the robustness and popularity of this camera, many used N90s bodies are available. Just make sure that you get the N90s and not the earlier N90 (no "s"), which is less desirable (outside the US, you want the F90X).

The N90s is the US-only version of the camera. Elsewhere in the world, the camera is referred to as the F90x. Since I refer to my own camera in this review, I'll use N90s throughout to refer to it. However, those of you reading this outside the US can assume that everything I say applies equally to the F90x.

The Nikon n90s is a 35MM SLR camera, this camera has long been believed to be the best and most expensive amateur camera of the Nikon line, except for the recent F100. This camera was manufactured and sold until 2004, at which point it became discontinued. Believe it or not even with all the innovations in professional cameras many photographers are still using the Nikon n90s.

I chose the N90s as my primary camera over an F4. [For a brief comparison between N90s and F100, see right column.] This surprised some of my photographic friends, especially those that equate cost with quality, but if you know anything about the two cameras you already can guess why.

The primary advantages of an F4 over the N90s are:
• Interchangeable viewfinders (right angle, waist level, reflex prism, etc.)
• Mirror lockup
• Conventional (traditional) controls
• Slightly higher continuous frame rate (5.7 fps versus 4.3)
• 100% view in viewfinder

The advantages of the N90s over the F4 are:
• Faster and better autofocus mechanism
• Lighter weight
• More sophisticated matrix metering
• Lower price
Only the missing mirror lockup and 100% view gave me a moment of pause in making my decision.

• Exposure modes- P, S, A, M and 7 variable functions
• Af sensor- One CAM246 module,
• Flash meter- 5 segment 3D matrix
• Frame rate- 4.1 FPS and 2 FPS
• Top LCD- cyan EL backlight
• Self timer- delay 2-30 seconds
• Shutter- 1/8,000 to 30 seconds and Bulb

The Nikon n90s was a great camera for its day and many people still use them today, in fact, many professionals prefer them. This could be partly due to the fact that these are some of the most durable cameras ever made. A professional photographer reports that his has seen its way through riding the back of a goat, trips down a hill banging trees all the way, dusty roads and bumpy terrain. At the end of the journey, the Nikon n90s had just a couple of scratches.
The Nikon n90s is compatible with all Nikon lenses from the AF series. Do not use a DX lens or you will have images with black corners.

Bottom Line
If you are new to photography or simply, want to experience one of the all time great cameras you should look for a Nikon n90s. The problem will be finding one. After the units were discontinued, they sold well even used for several years.

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Tips to Keep Your Camera Lens Clean!

To remove minor smudges or fingerprints, the Soft-Tek split microfiber cloth is ideal. Start in the middle of the lens or filter and using a circular motion clean towards the outside of the lens.
Not all cloth material will remove smudges or fingerprints. If more aggressive cleaning is needed the combination of Premium Grade Lens Cleaning Tissue and Formula MC or LensBrite liquid lens cleaner is recommended.
Premium Grade Lens Cleaning Tissue manufactured by Peca Products Inc. is the world’s finest optical tissue.
Put a few drops of liquid lens cleaner on a wad (several sheets wadded up) of Premium Grade Lens Cleaning Tissue and clean in a circular motion from the center to the outside of the lens or filter.

LensBrite - LensBrite is an anti-fog lens cleaner that is very popular with customers who prefer to have anti-fog action on their lenses an filters. Anti-fog lens cleaners work by leaving an invisible coating behind on the lens or filter surface after cleaning. Formula MC - Formula MC was developed by Peca Products Inc. when camera and filter manufacturers first introduced multi-coated lenses and filters.

Formula MC is specifically formulated to clean without leaving any invisible film or residue behind on the lens or filter surface after cleaning. It’s safe for all lenses and filters.
Dirt on your DSLR lens is one of the main factors that reduces the image quality of your photos. Here we present tips for you to effectively clean (and keep clean) your DSLR lens without giving any damage to it. You will be cleaning the filter, thus minimizing the risk of scratching the actual lens surface. Since different lenses may have different filter diameters, you may have to purchase one for each of your lens.

1- Use lens hoods, and lens caps for both front and back end of your lens
Do not forget to keep the lens caps clean when they are not attached.

2- Get a Lens Cleaning Fluid
A small amount of alcohol based lens cleaning fluid makes it eaiser to wipe oil, fingerprints and contaminants off your lens. Lens cleaning fluids are applied to your lens by the help of a cleaning cloth or tissue, instead of directly pouring on the lens surface. Check the lens surface and cleaning clothes to make sure there is no big particles because these particles can stratch your lens easily while cleaning.

3- Use a Lens Cleaning Pen
Lens Cleaning Pens are really useful tools with a cleaning pad on one side and a brush on the other. I would like to remind that the best protection solutions for your lens is the preventive methods: Stop contaminants before getting on your lens surface.

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