Shooting Tips.

Spring into macro.

With spring in full bloom, it's a great time to get close to nature. Flowers, and insects cry out for Macro and Super Macro modes. It's amazing what raindrops can turn a spider web into or a spring shower onto a bed of bright red tulips.

Most macro modes allow you to get within 10cm of the subject and some even have a super macro mode that lets you to get within 1cm of the subject.

Keep in mind, the effects of handholding your camera and camera shake are often magnified with macro photography, so consider using a tripod.

Also, experiment with different lighting techniques to create unique and interesting effects. A reflector can be used to bounce the light onto your subject and make your photo much more appealing. Artificial light, using a flash or other device can also brighten up the subject.

And of course, the macro mode can be used more than just bugs and spider webs. Get creative. Try taking a close-up portrait and see what kind of results you get. Or focus in on a colourful detail - the eyes, ear or nose - whatever catches your eye.

What's your angle?

Photography is all about exploring your creativity. For example, every once in a while, try to get away from the straight and narrow. Be radical. Ignore the horizontal/electronic level, and frame your shot at a 45-degree angle. Get down low to the ground and shoot up at a flower to capture the light through the petals. By merely changing the angle, you'll make an ordinary shot more dramatic. And don't just settle for one new angle. Try others.

Shoot from several angles of the same subject to uncover its most fascinating side or, at the very least, the most unusual. So get your Fuji out, look outside the frame. Unleash your creativity.

Reflections reflect well on you.

There are many different kinds of reflective materials just waiting to be photographed, but it is important to remember a few tips when shooting. Try to utilize natural light as much as possible, reflective objects will often bounce your flash directly back at you and cause a very unattractive "spot" on your photo.

In using natural light, shooting reflective photographs often turn out best when shot in the early morning or late evening light as the sun produces a more diffused and beautifully soft light.

You will also notice that changing your aperture will drastically change your final image. Try shooting at a higher f-stop, greater than 8 is a good place to start, to capture most of the photograph in focus. Then, try taking the same photograph after adjusting your settings to a lower aperture, less than 4 and take a look at the difference.

Focus is also something to consider when shooting reflections. First, try focusing on the subject, then try focusing on the reflection. This should produce slightly varied results and your preference will depend on what you want people to be drawn too, often a flipped photo. Focusing on the reflection makes very interesting photographs.

Reflective photos are just another way to utilize your Fuji. So go out, experiment, and enjoy!

Family Photos

Summer is here and you're spending more time outdoors with your family. The weather and lighting are warm so sometimes taking a good photo can be a challenge. Billy of the Fuji Guys offers some helpful tips on capturing great family photos.

Wildlife Photography

Find the right location at the right time. Often the little things are what make a stunning photograph. When studying an image, you will find it free of distraction, with one main focal point to draw your attention. This is important when finding the right spot to photograph animals. When framing the subject, be aware of the background -- a wall of trees or a beautiful sky will make for a much better photograph than a parking lot or apartment building. Gorgeous light also helps make the perfect photograph; primarily three hours before dawn/dusk are the golden hours to shoot. This is also the time when most wildlife is active - they usually avoid the warmest parts of the day.

High Speed Shooting Animals are fast and unpredictable. Sometimes if you don't anticipate what will happen, you will miss the shot you were hoping for. One of the best ways to lower the risk of missing the shot is to set up your camera for high speed shooting. All Fujifilm cameras have the capability to shoot multiple frames very quickly; this way you will be capturing your subject more times and more frequently. Setting a very high shutter speed can also produce amazing images. To capture the incredibly fast movement of a woodpecker's wings or the water droplets of a shaking dog, set a shutter speed of 1/500 of a second or faster. Don't set your shutter speed too high or your image will come out too dark and you will miss the fine detail in these creatures. With manual cameras, boost your ISO simultaneously with your shutter speed to expose the image correctly.

Pre-Compose and Pre-Focus Anticipating the action is the key to capturing fast moving subjects. Be patient and be ready, have your camera at the correct angle, and wait for the animal to fill the frame. If your camera has a manual focus option, it is a good idea to set your focus prior to the animal landing or feeding so you can shoot the subject quickly. Wildlife photography takes practice and patience. You might be deleting more photos than you keep but that's one of the benefits of shooting digital.