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When it comes to CF cards, it always baffles me when I see my assistants not labeling their cards. These are usually the newbies who work for me and they learn very quickly to change their ways. Every single CF card should be labeled with your name, web address, phone number, and the word REWARD on it. Each card should also be labeled with a number and the year you purchased it. I have a set of 8 gig cards labeled 1-4, a set of 4 gig cards labeled 1-4, and a set of 2 gig cards labeled 1-8. Your cards should be stored and used in their order going forward for one event and backward for another (or however you want to set this up to make sure the cards get used evenly.) It is important to keep them in order so you can keep track of your images once the downloading begins. Even though I back up everything on two hard drives at the wedding or event, I still tend to download them straight from the cards when I get to my office. I start with card one and work my way through auditing the image count as I go to ensure that I have everything. If all your cards are numbered, then you will be sure to have all your ducks in a row. There are other obvious reasons for labeling your cards, but I am sure you get it.

Here is how mine are labeled:

CARD #1 2009

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TECHNIQUE: Shutter Drag


Shutter Drag aka Tungsten Blur is where you slow your shutter speed to capture light dragging across your frame. It is best done in very low light. Wedding photographers often do this during the dancing at a reception because they can capture fun party shots with lots of movement around the action. Here is how to set up your camera:

Camera Mode: Manual
Flash Mode: TTL (no need to use Slow Synch)
1. Take ambient light reading and set your shutter exposure.  (Normally around 1/3 to 1/15 sec. with aperture wide open.)
2. Subject should have little to no light on them.
3. Adjust ambient exposure with shutter speed. The slower you get, the more “drag” you will get.

Camera Settings for the above photograph: ISO 100  |   f5.0  |   1/5sec.

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