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    Photographing Holiday Lights: The Basics

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Some people think that you need an expensive camera or an elaborate setup to photograph holiday lights, but in truth, you can work wonders with a standard point-and-shoot and a little knowledge of how to balance light.

    Flash Not Necessary:  When it comes to photographing the season’s lights, the decorative version may be all you need for proper illumination.  In fact, when it comes to Christmas trees and other indoor decorations, a closely positioned flash can overpower the scene and create a washed-out effect.  It’s often better to try photographing the lights first and examine the results.  Oftentimes, the holiday lighting is more than capable of standing on its own and actually shines better when left alone.

    Incorporating Ambient Light:  Photographing holiday lights means keeping track of the diminishing ambient light—most notably, the sun as it sets.  You’ll get the best results photographing lights BEFORE it gets dark.  During the dusk period, you’ll find a nice balance of diminishing ambient light contrasting with the holiday lights, which means you’ll be able to see more objects in the background. 

    Try Tungsten:  Set your custom white balance to tungsten, just as you would if you were photographing something indoors without using a flash. Holiday lights are balanced for tungsten lighting and this will give your images a warm contrast between the sky/background and the lights.

    Bring Your Tripod:  Using a tripod is especially important in shooting holiday lights.  It will provide stability, which is particularly critical with low-light photography, and will keep your shot properly framed as you continue shooting as the evening light transitions to black. Don’t have a tripod?  Consider our high-quality selection here:

    Take Ten Shots (Over Ten Minutes):  Once you have everything set, begin taking a photograph every minute or so.  Your eyes may not register the gradual changes so track the time with your watch or cell phone.  Then, shoot every minute or so over a 10-15 minute period.  You’ll see the changes in evening lighting as you scroll though your shots.

    There’s no one right answer when it comes to photographing holiday lights, and this is actually a good thing.  Each situation is different, so feel free to apply these tips and then experiment based upon the results.  There are few things more fun than an impromptu holiday photo safari, so grab your gear a bit before twilight and enjoy the experience!

    Capture Your Winter Wonderland

    Last updated 10 months ago

    A snowy landscape is an inspiring image, but to bring your winter wonderland center stage, it helps to include another object that can create contrast.  An exclusively snowy image may not provide enough visual interest, but even shadows can create a compelling addition to the composition.  If you shoot early or late in the day, the sun’s low angle can cast long shadows and contrast to other aspects of the image.  Simply adjusting your camera angle based on the sun’s position can change or impact your final result, which can be a fantastic asset when experimenting with different approaches to this subject. 

    Your Source for TAMRON

    Last updated 10 months ago

    Your Guide to Taking Amazing Holiday Photos

    Last updated 10 months ago

    It is not uncommon to receive an abundance of family photo prints in the mail during the holiday season; however, it is uncommon to find one that truly stands out. Whether you strive to have the best holiday card or you just want to capture your family’s candid moments around the holidays, there are certain methods that you can use in order to create brilliant holiday photos.

    Fill the Frame
    Holiday photos tend to consist of a group of people standing in the center of the frame, but the group should be taking up the entire frame. There should be no extra space above, below, or next to the group, so that the viewer gets a close up look at the subjects and is not distracted by anything in the background.

    Take Many Photos at Once
    The more people you have in the shot, the more likely it is that someone is not paying attention, blinking, or making a silly face. The best way to ensure that you get the perfect shot is to take as many photographs as you can. Taking several in a row over the span of a few seconds will increase your chances of getting the best shot possible while refraining from trying the crowd’s patience. This results in a beautiful snapshot of a happy memory.

    Anticipate the Moment
    It is a good practice to take many pictures over the course of an event, trying to anticipate emotional reactions. Since it is impossible to know when surprising or eventful moments will happen, the best chance of snapping a picture of them comes with taking as many pictures as possible. You will end up with a few extraneous photos, but you can take comfort in knowing that you will capture the best moments.

    Call Camera Land at (646) 789-4830 or visit our website to learn more. We also offer top quality photo prints, binoculars, and passport photos. If you live in New York City, stop by today and find out how you can stop taking everyday snapshots and start making gorgeous photo prints.

    We have a great Deal of the Day on Vortex Viper HS Riflescopes!

    Last updated 10 months ago

    As I am sure you are aware by now, a little while ago we started a "Deal of the Day" promo. This, "Deal of the Day" is posted everyday I am here at work, assuming I find the time each day to do this, lol. 
    We buy lots of demos, close-outs and assorted new product deals and sometimes we wind up with enough to offer crazy cheap deal on something awesome. 

    We recently had a Sports Optics Event here in the store and opened a couple of the Vortex Viper HS 2.5-10x44 V-Plex Riflescopes, #VHS-4302 as display units. They were pushed into rubber grips on wood stocks so they show no marks and basically are same as new but we will not put these back into new inventory which opens an opportunity for you to buy these for only $299.99!!

    An evolutionary upgrade, Vortex Viper HS riflescopes offer hunters and shooters an array of features sure to be well received. A new optical system highlighted with a 4x zoom range provides magnification versatility. The ultra-friendly eye box with increased eye relief gets shooters on target quickly and easily—because shooting opportunities can be measured in fractions of seconds. Built on a ultra-strong 30mm one-piece machined aluminum tube, the Viper HS delivers increased windage and elevation travel for optimal adjustment. 

    Optical Features:
    XD Lens Elements - Extra-low dispersion (XD) glass increases resolution and color fidelity, resulting in crisp, sharp images.
    XR Lens Coatings - Vortex proprietary XR fully multi-coated lens coatings increase light transmission for maximum brightness.

    Construction Features:
    30 mm Tube - Provides greater strength and wider adjustment lattitude.

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