Parting Thoughts for Saturday...

Home Inspector with Complete Home Inspections, Inc. TN Lic#050

Parting Thoughts for Saturday...
Photography is a unique blend of subject, composition, lighting and technical knowledge. Mastering these techniques takes time, persistence and willingness to take a bunch of bad shots. But it through the trial and error process and the help of others we learn and begin to master our art.

For me, low light and night shots were my nemesis, especially, taking shots "on the fly" without the aid of a tripod. While this technique will not work on point-and-shoot cameras, it will work on most dSLR's.

ISO settings are how the camera film or sensor reacts to light. The lower the light, the higher the sensor or the longer the exposure. You can shorten the exposure time by "bumping" up your ISO.

In the picture below, I used the Aperture control setting, increased the ISO to 2500 and opened the lens aperture to maximum (3.5). The result was a photo that encompassed the ambiance of the setting and free of the effects often encountered by the use of flash.

This same technique can be used in indoor shots of listings or other low light settings. Don't be afraid to experiment. That is the only way you can learn...

The tavern in Hogsmeade ~ Photo by Radnorlake Photography

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Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Michael, where in the heck did you take this shot??? LOL

Jun 18, 2011 04:46 PM #1
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Michael, quite colorful and full of detail, did you have a drink while you were there?

Jun 18, 2011 05:07 PM #2
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Great photo Michael. Good thing you took that one before you saddled up to the bar there and had a few frosty adult beverages!


Jun 18, 2011 05:23 PM #3
Teral McDowell
Murphy, TX

hmmm...are we moonlighting, Michael?

Jun 18, 2011 05:27 PM #4
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905
Vernonia Realty - Vernonia, OR
"Your Gateway to the Lake" Birkenfeld Oregon

Okay, Michael, I'm going to use the title from your post before this one, talk about

The Wow Effect!!!!

I totally love this photo. VERY VERY COOL.

Jun 18, 2011 06:07 PM #5
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert,Lecturer,Author,Artist

Excellent shot and great capturing of the colors Michael.  Love photography and are a huge fan of Black and White, especially the traditional way of developing the photos :)

Jun 18, 2011 06:49 PM #6
Michael Thornton
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspector - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.0297

Good evening all. The photo was taken in the 3 Broomsticks which is inside of the Harry Potter theme in Universal... 

Jun 18, 2011 08:03 PM #7
Laura S. Baker
First Weber Group - Lake Mills, WI
Realtor, (920) 728-4118, First Weber Group

How inviting is the warm ambiance you captured in this photo?  Just beautiful, warm and inviting.  Thank you for teaching us all you do! 

Jun 18, 2011 08:31 PM #8
Randy Ostrander
Lake and Lodge Realty LLC - Big Rapids, MI
Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI

Good evening Michael. Looks like a painting. Nice work. Good to mix it up once in a while. Shouldn't you be inspecting something?

Jun 18, 2011 10:48 PM #9
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Lightening can make the difference between an average photo  and great photo.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jun 18, 2011 10:52 PM #10
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Michael - Well that was not a boaring picture or is it a hogwart?

Jun 19, 2011 07:19 AM #11
James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
Connecticut Home Inspector

Thanks for the tips. I have often wonder why low light shots without flash blur. Now I know.

Jun 19, 2011 07:26 AM #12
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

That's a cool shot and looks like a fun place to hang out.  I recently purchased my first dSLR and I hope I can learn how to take shots like these.  It's sort of overwhelming I don't know where to begin.....guess I've just got to start experimenting.

Jun 19, 2011 09:44 AM #13
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

I am still using my DSLR like a point and shoot, Michael.  I have to start taking baby steps to learn how to take advantage of my camera.

Jun 19, 2011 10:21 AM #14
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Michael, the cool thing about digital photography is that those "mistakes", those great learning experiences are a lot cheaper and easier to deal with.  Film photography meant having to process prints or film that was not what you wanted.  As much as I like my old film cameras, digital has some distinct advantages.

Jun 19, 2011 03:40 PM #15
Carol Zingone
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Florida Network Realty - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Global Realtor in Jax Beach, FL - ABR, CRS, CIPS

Very cool shot - thanks for allowing us to "virtually" vacation with you!

Jun 20, 2011 07:18 AM #16
Peter Schattenfield
Turning Point Estate Services LLC - Wilton, CT
Estate Dissolution and Preparation (203)388-8092 CT.

Micheal, Thanks for the camera tip. I do need to break away from the "auto" setting and see what I can do.

Jun 22, 2011 08:27 AM #17
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