Wonderful rules for Photowalking…

First photowalking picture framed

Thomas Hawk lays it out. This is a great guide not just for photowalking but for joining any new community. That reminds me, I need to hand out some “favorites” for other people’s photos.

Oh, and save October 1st at 4 p.m. on your schedule. Stanford University has put together a hell of a great photowalking. Be there, or be square. More details coming soon.

That photo was taken on our first Photowalking together more than a year ago now. How fast time flies!

15 thoughts on “Wonderful rules for Photowalking…

  1. A better camera is probably the best option, the Fuji F30 is a great point-and-shoot for “low light” (that is, most indoor places) photography. Fuji has a great sensor (similar used in some of their other cameras. I like the f40fd, which uses SD cards) that does high ISO well. Their ISO 1600 is comparable to some other camera’s ISO 400, which effectively means that you can ramp down the shutter speed more effectively.

    A page that shows what I’m talking about is the ISO tests at dpreview. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/FujifilmF30/page6.asp

    Another alternative would be to see if you can turn on more lights.

  2. A better camera is probably the best option, the Fuji F30 is a great point-and-shoot for “low light” (that is, most indoor places) photography. Fuji has a great sensor (similar used in some of their other cameras. I like the f40fd, which uses SD cards) that does high ISO well. Their ISO 1600 is comparable to some other camera’s ISO 400, which effectively means that you can ramp down the shutter speed more effectively.

    A page that shows what I’m talking about is the ISO tests at dpreview. http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/FujifilmF30/page6.asp

    Another alternative would be to see if you can turn on more lights.

  3. Thanks for the response Robert, that was very generous of you. I have a tripod, and I love it for still scenes, it just doesn’t really work for an active baby. I think I just need a little bit better camera.

    -Ryan

  4. Thanks for the response Robert, that was very generous of you. I have a tripod, and I love it for still scenes, it just doesn’t really work for an active baby. I think I just need a little bit better camera.

    -Ryan

  5. Ryan: some photos are just really hard to take without great equipment. You’re hitting one of them. Some solutions:

    1) Get a tripod. Then your shots won’t be blurry (although if anyone moves THEY will be blurry).
    2) Borrow a DSLR with a really fast lens.
    3) Have Thomas Hawk come over (worked for me, probably won’t work for you unless you want to pay him).
    4) If your camera can bounce flash (probably not, if it’s a point and shoot) then bounce the flash off of a nearby wall, or off of the ceiling.
    5) Add more light somehow.

  6. Ryan: some photos are just really hard to take without great equipment. You’re hitting one of them. Some solutions:

    1) Get a tripod. Then your shots won’t be blurry (although if anyone moves THEY will be blurry).
    2) Borrow a DSLR with a really fast lens.
    3) Have Thomas Hawk come over (worked for me, probably won’t work for you unless you want to pay him).
    4) If your camera can bounce flash (probably not, if it’s a point and shoot) then bounce the flash off of a nearby wall, or off of the ceiling.
    5) Add more light somehow.

  7. Where’s a good place to go if you are pissed off at your digital camera!! I’m an extreme amateur (major idiot) and I’ve been trying to take pictures of my baby in what I consider “average daytime indoor light.” Unfortunately, my flash decides it needs to go off (and it turns into a picture of my baby under an interrogation spotlight. If I turn the flash off, then I get a blurry shot because it cranks up the exposure time. I tried modifying the exposure time to 1/30, setting the ISO to 400, and taking it. Then I brighten it in photoshop. It still stinks. I know this isn’t the best place to be asking this question. But you all are resourceful, what should I do about my problem? Or, where else should I go to look for a solution?

  8. Where’s a good place to go if you are pissed off at your digital camera!! I’m an extreme amateur (major idiot) and I’ve been trying to take pictures of my baby in what I consider “average daytime indoor light.” Unfortunately, my flash decides it needs to go off (and it turns into a picture of my baby under an interrogation spotlight. If I turn the flash off, then I get a blurry shot because it cranks up the exposure time. I tried modifying the exposure time to 1/30, setting the ISO to 400, and taking it. Then I brighten it in photoshop. It still stinks. I know this isn’t the best place to be asking this question. But you all are resourceful, what should I do about my problem? Or, where else should I go to look for a solution?

  9. Robert— I was just thinking about a bay area spot that might be fun for a visit — the Rosie the Riveter / Home Front National Park. (http://www.nps.gov/rori/) In Richmond, CA. Discovered while putting together the Carnival of Genealogy — War Stories edition (yes, a tie in with The War, Ken Burns).

    I’m going to be up in the bay area at the end of October for a conference, and thought that maybe as the conference winds down, Sunday afternoon, Oct 28 might be a good day to visit the museum, if all can be arranged (it’s staffed by volunteers, so arranging might be necessary).

    Sound interesting?

  10. Robert— I was just thinking about a bay area spot that might be fun for a visit — the Rosie the Riveter / Home Front National Park. (http://www.nps.gov/rori/) In Richmond, CA. Discovered while putting together the Carnival of Genealogy — War Stories edition (yes, a tie in with The War, Ken Burns).

    I’m going to be up in the bay area at the end of October for a conference, and thought that maybe as the conference winds down, Sunday afternoon, Oct 28 might be a good day to visit the museum, if all can be arranged (it’s staffed by volunteers, so arranging might be necessary).

    Sound interesting?

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