Lisa’s Photography Tips

Light Meter by Lisa K. Berton

It’s a new year and the 2011 you is super excited about improving your photography skills. Bravo! Unlike dieting, you won’t have a moment of weakness because you’re adding info to your noggin not avoiding it.

My compadres and I will each drop some knowledge on you in the form of 3 photography tips apiece this week and next so keep coming back for more. Allow me to get this party started.

Tip Number One

Use Rechargeable AA Batteries
For those of you who own cameras that require AA batteries be sure to do yourselves a favor and use rechargeables. They last longer than alkaline and will save you a substantial amount of money in the long run. It is also better for the environment. Most chargers are very compact these days and will easily slide into your camera bag for easy transport to Walt Disney World or wherever your journey takes you.

Tip Number Two

Use Fill Flash Outdoors
If you were to carefully look at the lighting on your family/friends, you’d see harsh shadows on their faces and/or raccoon eyes on sunny days. Move them into the shade and your camera records their skintones as cyan. By using the flash outdoors you can correct these problems or at least brighten up the shadows.

Typical teenager without flash.

Typical teenager with fill flash.

Tip Number Three

Waterproof Cameras for Rainy Days and Wet Attractions
Don’t risk destroying your camera on Splash Mountain, Grizzly River Run or it’s a small world. OK just kidding about it’s a small world. Those days when rain is in the forecast or you know you’re going to get wet on a ride, do yourself a favor and pick up a disposable waterproof 35mm camera. If you plan ahead or have a rental car you can grab one for $8-10 at Walmart, Target, and Kmart. If you buy one in the park you’ll pay about $17.00. Remember to keep the waterproof camera in your carry-on bag and have the TSA agent hand check it. They have ISO 800 film which airport scanners can and will ruin.

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  1. I can vouch for those Sanyo rechargeable batteries. I got a set of 8 to use in my camera’s battery-eating grip and they lasted 4 times what a regular AA batteries did. Prices are very affordable, too.