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Top 5 Settings To Change On The Nikon D7200

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After spending some time with the Nikon D7200, I found that there were a few settings I wanted to adjust to make the camera work a bit better for my workflow. Here are 5 settings to change on the Nikon D7200. Set Image Quality to NEF Raw + JPEG Within the Photo Shooting Menu, scroll to Image quality and select NEF Raw + JPEG Raw photos will be useful for editing on a computer. JPEG photos won’t take up a lot of storage space and this filetype is useful for sharing to social media.Auto Focus Settings I prefer to shoot in AF-S Servo Modewith Spot Mode selected. Hold down the button on the side of the camera, next to the Auto/Manual Focus switch, to toggle between different Auto Focus Settings.To activate AF-S: Turn off Live View, look through Viewfinder and hold down the button next to the Focus Mode Switch, and rotate the wheel with your right thumb to select AF-S Mode.AF-S allows the camera to refocus every time you press the shutter button, or in my case, when I press down the “Back Button” focus. This allows the camera to refocus when needed as opposed to AF-A Single Mode, where your camera is only going to focus once. Spot Mode: When you hold down the button next to the Focus Switch and toggle between Auto Focus Modes, rotate the ‘rocker’ on the front of your camera (under the shutter button) and you can then cycle through your Focus Modes: Wide, Normal, Spot, and Portrait. I …

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Top 5 Video Settings to Change on the GoPro Hero 5 Black

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If you want to get the best footage out of your GoPro Hero 5 Black, there are some settings you might want to change. Here is my recommendation on the top settings to change for video on your GoPro Hero 5 Black. Resolution and FPS Settings First power on your camera and see that you are in video mode. Touch the camera icon and set the resolution to 2.7k rather than 1080p or 4k. This will allow you to utilize Image Stabilization with enough “extra” resolution to operate smoothly. This resolution will also give you enough of an image to stabilize the footage within editing software as well. This process will shrink your overall video frame down, and will degrade your overall quality. 2.7k will maintain the most quality and is therefore the best resolution setting if you have stabilization in mind. Set your FPS (Frames per second) to 60 FPS. Most footage will be viewed and edited at 30 FPS, so shooting at 60 FPS will allow you to smoothly slow down your video on your editing timeline. If you intend to do super slow motion, lower your resolution to 1080p and change FPS to 120 FPS. Camera Settings Swipe from right to left to access the Camera Settings Menu. These settings, such as shutter speed, will often reset or auto adjust when other settings are changed. Be sure to check your settings before you shoot again. Having Protune turned on gives you control over advanced settings like shutter speed. Set your shutter speed to double …

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Top 5 Ways to Get Photography Clients

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Starting a business takes a lot of work. Growing that business is even harder. Once you have reached the limitations of your own network off people, how do you get new clients? In this video I discuss some of the most effective things I did to grow my photography business and my web development business. Here are my Top 5 Ways to Get Photography Clients and grow your business.

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Week #25 – Photo Challenge Reflection

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This week will be the final week of the “Weekly Photo Challenge.” Originally I wanted this to be a year long challenge but I have came to realize that producing a weekly video as I have been is not really teaching much. My plan was to instruct and challenge. The videos lately have been nothing more than a challenge to go out and take photos and that does not really require a video. So what’s next? Rather than producing weekly challenge topic videos I will focus my attention on producing videos that instruct and there will be a challenge component at the end. So this week being the last week of our weekly photo challenge I wanted to reflect on what we have done so far. Look through all of the photos you have taken as part of this challenge and share your favorite with the group. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #25 challenge photo to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1572328582791004&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Gear Used to Film this video: Sony a6500: http://amzn.to/2sQMMw7 Sony FE 24-70mm f.4 G Lens: http://amzn.to/2sNjZbY Atomos Ninja Inferno: http://amzn.to/2rKXiVM Rode NTG4 Mic: http://amzn.to/2sMJNVI Westcott Flex 1×1 Bicolor LED Light: http://amzn.to/2sRc9Oa Collapsible Green Screen: http://amzn.to/2sQKTiU My gear used in this video: Camera – Sony a9: http://amzn.to/2rfZapu Lens – Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS: http://amzn.to/2srWpkA Accessories – Sony VGC3EM Vertical Grip for α9: http://amzn.to/2scD7yX Lexar …

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Week #24 – Ten Angles – Photo Challenge

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The images you capture are only as good as your perspective. All the technical photography knowledge in the world can not replace having perspective. This challenge of capturing Ten Angles of something will force you to look at something from different angles. If you have ever wondered why what you saw did not translate well into a photo, capturing ten angles will help you find what it was that your eye saw first. In this challenge, find something you want to photograph. Take ten different photos of it and choose your favorite. In the Ditch Auto Facebook Group, post your photo to the Week #24 album and let us know how Ten Angles challenged you and how you decided on the image you chose to submit. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #24 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1563773910313138&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge My gear used in this video: Camera – Sony a9: http://amzn.to/2rfZapu Lens – Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF GM OSS: http://amzn.to/2srWpkA Accessories – Sony VGC3EM Vertical Grip for α9: http://amzn.to/2scD7yX Lexar Professional 2000x 64GB SDXC SD Card: http://amzn.to/2r8RXTP Here are my Ten Angles for this week’s challenge taken in the order I captured them. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and …

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Week #23 – Product Photography – Photo Challenge

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Product photography connects us to the things we desire. A good photo is all a product needs to sell itself. This weeks challenge is about capturing the essence of a product in a way that helps connect it with the viewer. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #23 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1556974937659702&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are some product photos for this week’s challenge. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute it in the form of a photo. If you have not already, please watch the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo Challenge kick-off video and the rules video to better understand what this challenge is about. See those videos here: https://ditchauto.com/ditchauto/announcing-ditch-auto-weekly-photo-challenge/ When you have created the image you want to submit for the challenge, return to the Facebook group and upload it as a comment under the post for this challenge. This challenge will be pinned to the group all week, so it should be the top …

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The Sony a9 is Here!

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I recently received the Sony a9 I purchased as a pre-order and have been putting it through the paces. I am excited to report back and share my findings with everybody. The biggest question I have been receiving is whether or not it is worth the added cost over the Sony a7rII. The jury is still out on that decision. I have to spend more time with the camera to determine if it’s worth the price. This camera is geared toward Sports Photographers, but I was intrigued when I saw the zero blackout of the shutter. You can continuously look through the shutter as you take photos and not be interrupted by a photo preview or anything distraction. You can just continue to shoot. It’s hard to explain, but it’s amazing. Here are a couple of photos I took with my Sony a6500 of the camera while I waited for the Sony a9’s battery to charge up. Make sure to follow @ditch_auto, @jeradhillphoto, and @jeradhill on Instagram to see more photos as I continue to test the Sony a9. Check out the Sony a9 on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2su7T4p Check out the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM Lens on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2suh7xj

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Week #22 – Sports Photography – Photo Challenge

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Early on in my photography career I turned to sports to teach me how to be fast on my feet. As a wedding photographer I knew that I needed to be able to react to my environment quickly to assure I never missed the shot. Over the years I have been able to photograph several sports I enjoy being a fan of. Part of truly Ditching Auto is understanding your camera settings to the point they become second nature. When you grab your camera you already have an idea of where your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO need to be. It is easy to find something you like to photograph and never venture from it. Trying your hand at different photography genres will help you grow as a photographer when you are capturing the things that are near and dear to your heart. Find a sport happening near you this week and try to photograph it. If nothing is going on near you, grab an athletic friend and photograph them practicing. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #22 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1550853481605181&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are some sports photos for this week’s challenge. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take …

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Week #21 – Food Photography – Photo Challenge

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Food is near and dear to our hearts. Food is a huge part of just about every culture. Food is an important part of our lives. As a Photographer, I have had opportunities to take photos of food professionally, but I also enjoy capturing meals that I want to remember. This week’s photography challenge is to capture food in your own unique way. When you are considering your camera settings, keep in mind that you want enough depth of field to have an appropriate amount of your subject in focus. This means settings your aperture according to the amount of your food subject that you want sharp. Come back and share your photo in the Ditch Auto Facebook Group. Have fun!! Upload your Week #21 challenge photos to the new Album in the Ditch Auto Group: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.1543302675693595&type=1 If you post your photos to your social media accounts, use the hashtag #ditchautochallenge Here are some food photos for this week’s challenge. Please challenge yourself to take new photos this week. I am sure you have some fantastic photos that fit the challenge but the goal of this challenge is to get out and take new photos. Feel free to take all week to work on this challenge. There is no hurry. The reason I am launching new challenges on Monday is so that you have all week to think about the challenge and how you want to execute it in the form of a photo. If you have not already, please watch the Ditch Auto Weekly Photo …

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AMGEN Tour of California Stage 2 Photos – Jerad Hill

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I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to photograph the start of State 2 of the AMGEN Tour of California for the City of Modesto. I took over 300 photos today and went through them quickly to pull out a few. It was a very bright day with high-noon sun, which makes it challenging to get good photos of people. All photos were captured with a Sony a7rII and the FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM lens from Sony. I had other lenses on me but decided the 24-70mm was going to be the best fit. You will notice that my camera settings did not change much except for when the action started. I typically make my exposure adjustments by changing the aperture on my camera. The only time I keep a wide aperture is when I am looking for a shallow depth of field. Because I was worried about shade vs sun shots, I did not use any ND Filters on my lens. I was photographing all around me. One second I would take a picture of the stage which was shaded and the next second I would be capturing the crowd. I may post a few more to my social media profiles, make sure to check them out: Instagram | Facebook