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    Posted: 08 Jun 2012 at 9:27am
Hi
First of all, say that the DVDs are great, I really enjoy watching them again and again.
I have a question relative to the journalistic photography section.
Kyle is using a shutter speed of 1/10th or 1/13th and aperture of f8. He is using a wide angle lens, but at those parameters there's movement in the photo.
Of course he says that he wants to get the movement of the people, but how can he freeze the backgroung without movement?.
He explains it in the DVD, but , I'm spanish, I can understand everything but not when he talk about why he get sharp photographs at such speed.

Could you explain me why and how can a get nice sharp photographs at such speed?

Thanks, regards
Juan.
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G'day Juan,

Welcome to Karl's place, we hope you enjoy your stay.

Can you please advise which DVD you are referring to, and at what location, so we can see what you are referring to, so that we can assist you.

But without looking at the DVD for reference, I'd suggest that it's most likely that Karl had the camera is tripod mounted, so therefore the background and camera are stationary. The people walking past would show their movement, but whatever is stationary (buildings, walkway, people standing still etc) will be in sharp focus without movement.

I hope this helps.

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Hi Craig

I'm talking about Travel and Landscape DVD.
Karl is making photos in Paris, and in one section he goes just under a Metro-Line Bridge to take some photos in B&W, he calls them journalistic photos.
He talks about how to avoid camera-shake, but I can't understand very well.
He's taking photos without tripod, and that's what make me think, hey mate, how can he take such photo without tripod at 1/8th speed?

Let me capture a screenshot of the photo I'm talking about ...

Ok here it is.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote horizon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jun 2012 at 2:17pm
G'day Juan,

It is possible with practice to take longish exposures handheld, I have taken quite sharp photos handheld @ 1.5 seconds, so a 1/8th is not impossible, but takes a steady hand and practice breathing (like someone who does sport target shooting). The longest handheld I have been able to do was 8 seconds and the scene was sharp, but due to not being able to see much (dark night) I was not happy with the composition, even though there was little/no camera movement and exposure was good.

How to reduce camera shake, slow down your breathing, and slow down your heart rate, and take a rigid stance. Hold your arms close beside your upper body, to make yourself less susceptible to movement.

Google translate:
¿Cómo reducir el movimiento de la cámara, más lenta su respiración, y ralentizar el ritmo cardíaco, y adoptar una postura rígida. Mantenga los brazos pegados al lado de su cuerpo superior, para hacerse menos susceptible al movimiento.
/Google translate.

My appologies if the translation is not completely accurate, but I did a back to back translate and it came out the same when I copied from spanish back to english.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks Craig

Now, it's clear...just adopt a proper body position, control breath, and lot of practicing.
I'll follow your advices.

Again, many, many thanks for your help.
Juan.

PD: I'm impressed with the translation, it's not perfect but, it's really good for a computer program.
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