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Photo Techique: Define Your Camera User Settings

Most cameras have the ability to define your own user settings. It is like pre programing your favorite radio stations in your car. Very simple and can save you a ton of time when shooting. Each camera is different so you will have to look to see if yours has it. Here is what you do: set up your camera for your go-to setting, look for the camera user settings, set your settings how you like them, hit the register button and it will be set.

I have three user settings I use most often.

My first go-to setting is as follows: ISO 100, AV mode, wide open aperture, auto white balance, single shot mode, custom function 4:3 selected. Click HERE to understand what CF4 is.

Second go to setting is: same as above only with ai servo mode when I need to shoot people moving towards me.

Third go to setting is: ISO 100, Manual mode, wide open aperture, flash white balance, single shot mode, no CF4.

This way I am able to run through my day: Setting 1 is for the beginning of the day, setting 2 is in case I want tracking, setting 3 is for night time shooting at the reception.

Jen is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.

To view more helpful photo tips go to JensTips.com and learn something new today!
Copyright © 2009 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com

TECHNIQUE: Tips to Give Your Clients for Great Photos

Five Ways to Look Your Best in a Photograph
1. Wear solid dark toned colors. Dark colors will make you look slimmer and because photos literally flatten you out patterns are the worst thing to wear to a party when you know you will be photographed or a portrait session.
2. Get rid of that double chin. If you make sure the photographer is slightly higher than you there will be no chance of them catching even a hint of a double chin. Sometimes even the slimmest of women still get a double chin when they laugh and we all hate our double chins. If you can be seated and look up at the photographer that is even better. So remember to look up!
3. Keep your face matte. Often times at parties it can get warm at times and just from standing around you will get a bit of a glow. Carry blotters with you so you can keep from getting shinny. Even though that dewy look is so great on models, it really does not do wonders for the rest of us. Here is a silly little trick if you are in a public restroom trying for a quick touch up and find yourself without blotters: use an unused toilette seat cover, they are perfect for soaking up extra moisture and grease. Believe me, this works perfectly (almost better than those powder infused blotters) even though it is a bit odd.
4. Talk with a smile. If there are photographers taking candids at the party, it is best to keep a smile going anytime you think of it. The worst is to see a photo of yourself deep in conversation. Don’t be so serious.
5. Giggle. Here is the number one best piece of advice I will give you. For the rest of your life, anytime you are getting a photo taken of yourself, giggle. Even if it is fake. If you just giggle a little you will always love the outcome of your photos. Here is why: your laugh muscles are different than your smile muscles. When you giggle your brain thinks you are going to laugh and so it triggers your more natural laugh muscles and not your fake, forced smile muscles. It works every time. So what if your friends think you are a little crazy giggling to yourself, you will always look great in a photo and that is all that matters!

Jen is a boutique wedding photographer based out of Beverly Hills, California.
She specializes in alternative, photojournalistic wedding photography and is known for capturing the unique definitive moments during your event.

To view more helpful photo tips go to JensTips.com and learn something new today!
Copyright © 2009 by Jen O’Sullivan http://www.jenosullivan.com