Winter is here! I don’t get to shoot like this as much as I used to so when my buddy Taj asked to go on a photo adventure I jumped at the chance. This is how it all started for me! It’s fun to compare how I shoot this type of subject matter now from how I used to when this is all I shot. I’m definitely not the same photographer but I like to think I’m better from all the experience I’ve gathered throughout the years!
We started the day at a softball field, with laughter, fun images and a bit of snow. Then we headed to Princeton University, in all of it’s grandeur. I wouldn’t have changed one second of the day! Love this shoot! Great couple who I can’t wait to shoot their wedding next spring!
Already back shooting at the gorgeous Smithville Mansion and I couldn’t have been more happy about it! Absolutely love shooting here; so many gorgeous spots, it really has a bit of everything you could want in a setting like this. To top it off, I was working with Megan and Sean who are so much fun! Lots of laughter and fun with some photography mixed in.
Can’t wait for the wedding!
Can’t do much better than a lovely early fall afternoon shooting portraits for an awesome family! Shot at Franklin Lake Park in West Long Branch, NJ with a touch of Autumn color starting to develop.
A 2019 wedding I couldn’t be more excited for! Andrea & Matthew are two of the nicest people you can meet, who chose an absolutely beautiful setting for their engagement shoot! Can’t wait for this May wedding!
Summer and family fun is in full swing here. Weekends not spent shooting professionally are almost always spent going somewhere and doing something... and usually covered photographically!
What has become a tradition of mine is to grab a few 4th of July fireworks photos on the 4th... and the days surrounding and hopefully trying something new or bringing something new to the table - not always successful but always fun.
How I shoot Fireworks (Not necessarily the best way!)
- Remote Trigger (wired or wireless)
I typically start with ISO set at 100 and f/14-16 aperture (ambient light plays a part here - I shot recently near a boardwalk with a lot of light pollution). I am a prime lens shooter for the most part and I typically like to use longer focal lengths for this but if I had a 24-70mm I would opt for that possibly... but I wouldn't buy one just for this so I never do ;)
I set the camera to BULB mode - On my camera (A7III) it's done by rolling your shutter speed past 30". Your camera may have a BULB mode. BULB mode works by allowing you to keep the shutter open for as long as you hold down the shutter button - making stabilization and a remote trigger necessary. I typically hit the shutter button on the remote trigger just before a fireworks explodes... but this isn't an exact science and sometimes you just get lucky with when you start the exposure. I then evaluate how long to hold the shutter open by how much activity there is currently.
I've now shot 6 of my son's soccer matches this season with the new Sony A7 III. This could be a bit premature to be giving thoughts on shooting soccer with the new gear as my longest lens is currently a 135mm, which is in no way a good option for soccer. However, I feel I've shot enough at this point with the A7 III (and comparing it to what I was on previously) to know that this camera can absolutely hang with any modern camera for shooting sports or action.
The new Sony A7 III is finally here and it’s worth the wait! I’ve been testing the camera for the past few weeks and here are my thoughts so far.