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Host: Scott LaMar

Smart Talk: Photography 101 -- better photo tips

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | May 14, 2014 1:36 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, May 15, 2014:

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Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

Tampa Bay, Florida sunset

Technology has transformed photography.  Not very long ago, a high-end 35mm camera was needed to take the best photographs.

Today, inexpensive point-and-shoot digital cameras and cameras on mobile phones mean almost anyone can snap a beautiful picture.  Sharing photos on social media has also increased the sheer number of pictures taken.

Summer time activities and vacations are on the way too, so many of us will be taking more photographs.

With all that in mind, don't you wish you could take better photographs?

Thursday's Smart Talk is entitled Photography 101.  Appearing on the program to provide tips and answer your photography questions are Madelaine Gray of Madelaine Gray Photography and Albert Sarvis of Sarvis Imagery.


Madelaine Gray & Albert Sarvis

We'll learn about composition of quality photographs, light, poses, black and white, and taking photos of people, sports, wildlife, and landscapes.

We also would like to see your favorite photographs. 

Post them here and well put them on WITF's Facebook page.

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Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

Arlington National Cemetery

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Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

Pickett's Charge reenactment at Gettysburg July 3, 2013

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Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

Rickett's Glen State Park waterfall

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-05-15 08:20

    Lee in York emails:

    How does one take a good picture of the moon? Or a starry sky?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-05-15 08:22

    Sam emails:

    I have 10 megapixel camera. I have some beautiful shots. I tried to order a canvas of smallest size 11x14 but I can't order it because of pixelation. How can I ever get my photos on canvas?

    • Albert img 2014-05-15 11:45

      Your 10 MP camera should produce the resolution needed for a larger print, whether printing on cavas or not. Some factors that may have caused pixelation could be if the image was cropped to less than its original size or if it was shot at a high ISO rating (800 or higher). Either of these things could decrease your actual resolution.

      If the image looks good on screen blown up to 11x14 than you should be fine to print it on cavas. Check the file size too. Sometimes when images are exported or emailed you may have a setting that is reducing the resolution.

      I use Bay Photo for my printing needs but I've heard good things about MPix and others.

  • Samanatha img 2014-05-15 08:23

    Followup, so it is possible to order canvas print with a camera that has only 10 Megapixels?
    Which labs do you recommend for printing?

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2014-05-15 08:46

    Carl emails:

    Would you please ask your guests about their digital archiving and cataloging methods?

  • Scott LaMar img 2014-05-15 11:47

    Scott and Cindy asks:
    Hello. I have a point and shoot type digital camera. I have tried to take pictures of sunsets but every time, no matter what the setting, the picture turns out gray and dark and does not capture the sunset colors. How can I take a good picture of a sunset?

  • Spike Spilker img 2014-05-19 10:51

    I put six jpeg files in the "drop zone" but there is no further instruction on how to complete the submission. At least none I could see.

  • Spike Spilker img 2014-05-19 12:20

    I put six jpeg files in the "drop zone" but there is no further instruction on how to complete the submission. At least none I could see.