This crash test is about how I’m going to take great photos of New York City!
I’m about to spend just 6 days in New York and I want to come home with something better than the touristy snapshots I took 6 years ago.
Just recently I had a coffee with photographer Rachel Devine while the CrashKids turned her kids’ playroom upside down.
I’m in the process of reading this book from cover to cover and I’m lapping it up. This book gets me. And it’s going to help me take amazing photos of New York.
Rachel has given me some great advice from her own experiences taking photos in New York. Here’s some areas I needed a little help:
I explained to Rachel that I wanted to capture the feel of New York, not just all the typical tourist shots. “Street Photography”, she said. Yes, that’s it! This is the photo I’m currently using as my personal FB cover image – this is the side of New York I want to capture.
I’m staying in Greenwich Village so I’ll be pounding the pavements, strolling along the Chelsea Highline and taking a few random turns here and there. Rachel told me she once turned a corner and came across a crime scene (a burgulary) and got an amazing shot of shattered glass on the road, police cars and crime scene tape everywhere. The stuff we see on the movies and TV everyday, it happens in New York – every day!
I have a Canon 1000D, a very entry level DSLR. I’ve managed to take some pretty good photos with it using my prime 50mm lens. Which is just as well because my kit zoom lens was the victim of CrashBoy’s curiosity and now looks a little like this!
Rachel has recommended one of her favourite lenses to me. It’s the Tamron 17-55mm F2.8 constant. Unfortunately here in Australia it will set you back almost $700. Lucky for me I’m going to the US where they are significantly cheaper. I’m still not sure if my budget will stretch, but I have a cunning plan. If I can’t buy a lens I can rent the equivalent Canon lens from Adorama for $60!
If I manage to take really amazing photos then I might be able to convince CrashHubby that the Tamron is totally worth it. So make sure you go ga-ga over my NY photos – OK? ;)
I totally have my hand up when asked “Who doesn’t understand much about photography?” But I’m not shooting completely on Auto. I have a basic understanding of aperture and shutter speed, and thanks to Beyond Snapshots I kinda understand ISO now.
This trip is going to be a real test of whether or not I can put it all together to take some really amazing shots. Luckily I’ll have Rachel and Peta’s book to help my out. There are chapters on different type of photo situations and they even provide the settings on their cameras used for each shot. There’s also a cool chart that I’m going to copy and reference (a lot) which helps you with the whole ‘exposure triangle’ thingy.
Hopefully when I get back I’ll actually know what I’m talking about. Just to be sure I’m going to try and get to Adorama’s Blographer Event
Blographer is a full-day gathering for serious bloggers focusing on photography education, creative tips and techniques, and strategies for successful photo blogging.
Rachel is speaking so I’ll get to pick her brains again ;)
So there you have it, the research has been done, the challenge has been set. I’m off to New York and I’m going to bring it home for you.
Have you been to New York? Did you come home with dodgy tourist shots?
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