Photo Of The Week

This week's photo of the week was taken by Michael Velardo in Indian Harbour Beach, Florida. It is a tri-colored heron, (Egretta tricolor), in a small creek doing some fishing.

You can see more photography from Michael on Viewbug and Pixoto.  

We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

3 Tips To Taking Great Wedding Photos In A Church

Weddings are such amazing events to photograph. You are documenting one of the most special days of the couples' life and you want to be sure you take the absolute best photos you can. But, the wedding goes by fast and you only get one shot to take those photos while the ceremony and reception are taking place so you have to do it correctly the first time. 

If the couple you are photographing are saying 'I do' in a church, you will find that the lighting can be tricky and many times it is darker than normal. This makes getting sharp and colorful images much more difficult. Using a flash during a wedding ceremony in a church is usually frowned upon and even if the couple doesn't seem to mind you using a flash, it can be very distracting and bad form. Remember, you are trying to stay in the background so you are not noticed while still capturing amazing photos. 

So, what can you do to make sure the ceremony photos turn out amazing even if there is low-light? Read below for 3 tips to taking great wedding photos in a church. 

Photo credit: Cole Joseph Photography

1. Use A Full Frame Camera

A full frame camera will give you a better low-light performance and more quality images at higher ISOs. A larger camera sensor is able to capture more light in your photos than a crop-sensor camera. 

2. Use Settings For Low Light

Make sure that you manually change your camera settings to shoot in lower light. The ISO tells the sensor in your camera to be more sensitive to light so keep in mind the higher the number, the more sensitive to light it is. You want to try and keep your ISO as low as you can to make sure your photos look as clear as they can. You want to also remember to keep your shutter speed around 60 and your aperture at 2.8 or lower - these settings allow the most light in. 

3. Keep Your Camera Steady

You want to be sure during a low light wedding ceremony that you keep your camera as still as possible. One great way to do this is with a monopod which makes it easy to use and move around and not be noticed. 


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Photo Of The Week

This week's photo of the week was taken by Greg Le Grand called "Sunset on the Gulf of Mexico." Greg took this shot with an E-M5Mark II, Olympus M.25mm, 1/250 F7.1 ISO200.

We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Smithsonian Magazine Announces 14th Annual Photo Contest Finalists And You Can Vote For The Winner!

Smithsonian Magazine had their 14th Annual Photo Contest ran from March 22 - November 30, 2016. With over 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories to choose from, the judges have narrowed down to 70 finalists that you have the opportunity to vote on to help choose the winners. 

Contestants submitted photos to the following seven categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered Images, Mobile, and Sustainable Travel. The Sustainable Travel category is made possible through the support of United Eco-Skies.

Voting for the Readers’ Choice winner will close on Monday, March 27. Voting is limited to one vote per user per day. Click here to vote for the Readers’ Choice winner from among the 70 finalists. The Grand Prize, Readers’ Choice, and seven category winners will be announced on Tuesday, March 28. 

Below we have included photos from 10 finalists for you to check out. And be sure to visit www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/archive/2016/ to vote for your favorites! 

"The Beauty of Tokyo at Night" Photo Credit: © iam Won. All rights reserved.

"The Beauty of Tokyo at Night" Photo Credit: © iam Won. All rights reserved.

"Improvisation" Photo Credit: © Jim Mneymne. All rights reserved.

"Improvisation" Photo Credit: © Jim Mneymne. All rights reserved.

"The Hidden Murder" Photo Credit: © waroop Singha Ro. All rights reserved.

"The Hidden Murder" Photo Credit: © waroop Singha Ro. All rights reserved.

"Morning Call" Photo Credit: © unarto Gunawa. All rights reserved.

"Morning Call" Photo Credit: © unarto Gunawa. All rights reserved.

"Bestas" Photo Credit: © vier Arcenilla. All rights reserved.

"Bestas" Photo Credit: © vier Arcenilla. All rights reserved.

"Keel-Billed Toucan" Photo credit: © Dennis Zaebst. All rights reserved.

"Keel-Billed Toucan" Photo credit: © Dennis Zaebst. All rights reserved.

"Atocha" Photo credit: © Javier Arcenillas. All rights reserved.

"Atocha" Photo credit: © Javier Arcenillas. All rights reserved.

"Yellow-Flecked Sipo" Photo credit: © Claire Waring. All rights reserved.

"Yellow-Flecked Sipo" Photo credit: © Claire Waring. All rights reserved.

"Last Dance" Photo Credit: © my Sack. All rights reserved.

"Last Dance" Photo Credit: © my Sack. All rights reserved.

"Before the Portrait" Photo Credit: © tephanie Fode. All rights reserved.

"Before the Portrait" Photo Credit: © tephanie Fode. All rights reserved.

See all 70 finalists from Smithsonian.com’s 14th Annual Photo Contest and vote for the Readers’ Choice winner www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/archive/2016.


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Photo Of The Week

Today's photo of the week was taken by James Finnegan with Finnegan Design Photo of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri. 

To see more work from James, visit his website at jfinnegan-designphoto.businesscatalyst.com. You can also check him out on Instagram @jfinne46 or follow him on Twitter

We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

A Simple Tip To Making Your Food Photography Look Awesome

Do you photograph food? Whether you love capturing decadent desserts, succulent seafood dishes or amazing steaks, you always want your food photography to look amazing and make your mouth water simply by looking at the photo. 

As we can see from this photo below... a photo can make your mouth water. This pizza is gorgeous and showcases the the colorful and delicious veggies that are on it. It definitely makes our mouth water! There are so many tips that you need to remember when photographing food but read below for one very important but simple tip to help make your photos great every time. 

Photo credit: Lauren Volo 

Photo credit: Lauren Volo 

We found a great tip on The Phoblographer that we wanted to share with you today that will hopefully help you make sure your food photos come out great each and every time. The idea with this tip you are about to watch is to make sure that your food looks like it is lit with window lighting because natural light always looks best and is "homey and familiar to everyone" according to The Phoblographer. 

Check out this video below to help you create a natural light look to every food dish that you photograph. 

Are you a food photographer? We would love to see some of your work! Consider submitting your food photos to our "Photo of the Week" posts. You can read more about how to submit here


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Celebrate World Wildlife Day With These Great Animal Photos

The finalists for the World Wildlife Day 2017 photo competition have been announced and we just love all of the great photos. The competition invited people aged 10 to 24 from around the world to submit their photos of wildlife as a way use their artistic talents to highlight to others the importance in the protection of wildlife. The theme of the competition was titled "Through Young Eyes" and is held in conjunction with World Wildlife Day.

Take a few minutes to check out a few of the finalists photos we loved and wanted to share with you! 

Heavy-bodied jumping spider (Hyllus semicupreus). Photo credit: MdRasidul Islam Rabby/World Wildlife Day

Heavy-bodied jumping spider (Hyllus semicupreus). Photo credit: MdRasidul Islam Rabby/World Wildlife Day

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). Photo credit: Gabor Li/World Wildlife Day

Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). Photo credit: Gabor Li/World Wildlife Day

Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta). Photo credit: Swaroop Singha Roy/World Wildlife Day

Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta). Photo credit: Swaroop Singha Roy/World Wildlife Day

Northern potoo (Nyctibius jamaicensis). Photo credit: Jorge Figueroa/World Wildlife Day

Northern potoo (Nyctibius jamaicensis). Photo credit: Jorge Figueroa/World Wildlife Day

Group of crane flies (family Tipulidae). Photo credit: Breech Asher Haranl/World Wildlife Day

Group of crane flies (family Tipulidae). Photo credit: Breech Asher Haranl/World Wildlife Day

Wire-tailed swallow (Hirundo smithii). Photo credit: Ali Javed/World Wildlife Day

Wire-tailed swallow (Hirundo smithii). Photo credit: Ali Javed/World Wildlife Day


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Photo Of The Week

Today's photo of the week was taken by Don Gasler and is of Soco Falls outside of Cherokee, North Carolina.

You can see more from Don on his website at dongaslerphotography.squarespace.com or on Facebook

We Want To Feature Your Work!

Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Is It Time To Update Your Camera? The Nikon D820 or D900 with 72MP Sensor Is Coming!

Are you a Nikon user and just love your D800 or D810 but are in need of an upgrade? If you are in need of a replacement, but have been waiting for Nikon to release its next camera... and the wait is almost over! According to an article we saw on PhotographyTalk, the new will be coming out soon but the date is still unknown.

In their article, PhotographyTalk said, "The rumor mill is in full swing regarding what Nikon has coming. Something with a 72-megapixel sensor, sure would be nice, though it’s not a guarantee."

The name of the new camera might be the D820, the D850, the D900, or could even be something else totally. But based on the current competition out there today - as well as the past Nikon models that are so popular - this new camera will very likely have outstanding features to go along with it.

Nikon has a pattern of when they have introduced their new camera models in the past and they tend to come out every two year. Based on that, PhotographyTalk assumes that the Nikon D810 replacement will be available for purchase very soon. There has been no official release date announcement from Nikon. 

PhotographyTalk said, "with Canon unveiling the 5DS and 5DSR which both have a 50.6-megapixel sensor and Sony unveiling the A7R II with a 42.4-megapixel sensor, it’s reasonable to assume that Nikon wants to take the megapixel war to the next level. One rumor that seems persistent is that the D820/D850/D900 will have a sensor with an incredible 70-80-megapixels!"

This is all very exciting for anyone who is in the need for a new camera or who has been patiently waiting to upgrade their Nikon D810. For even more detail, check out the original article on PhotographyTalk

What are your thoughts on the rumors of Nikon's newest camera? Are you excited for it? Tell us below!


 

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Winter 2017 Camera Winner Update

We are so excited to tell you all about our most recent winner of our winter 2017 camera giveaway! Anna Brewer was the lucky winner of a Nikon D810! Congrats Anna!

Here is some other great information about Anna and her love of photography. You will also see a few of her photos below as well as one with her new camera. Enjoy!

How did you first get into photography?

"I've had a camera in my hands since I can remember. I used to borrow my parents' camera when I was still a toddler but I distinctly recall my 8th birthday when my present was my very own camera - a Kodak 110mm. A few years later my parents gave me their Minolta SLR 35mm and I saved every penny I had to buy the film and get my pictures developed making albums of all the adventures I went on. When I got out of high school, digital cameras had been a thing for a little while but I was extremely hesitant to leave my old Minolta behind. It wasn't until 2007 when I was able to get a second-hand Nikon D80 that I truly fell in love with digital photography and got to take my first, and sadly only, photography class before starting my family and putting my college hat away for awhile. I never could put my camera away and have been taking pictures every day since."

What is your favorite thing to photograph?

"Since having kids I really love trying to capture all their expressions and just how beautiful my everyday life is. The photographic reminders of those fleeting moments bring me smiles every time."

What type of style would you say fits you best?

"I’ve done some commercial product photography but I think I'm probably classified as a candid photographer.  I’m always trying to preserve the little details that most people might overlook or things that years from now I might forget. Every one of my pictures has a story to tell. One day I hope to get into portrait photography as I love capturing my family as it’s grown."

What is your most favorite shoot you have ever had and why?

"As a teen I was visiting the FiLoLi Gardens outside of San Francisco. There was this little bench I just felt I had to photograph.  I ducked down behind some tulips and snapped a shot before catching back up with my friend. When I developed the images I fell in love with most of my pictures. The way my friends' face was so playful and happy; the way the sun was catching the water; and especially that bench. It was the first time I took a picture that seemed to capture magic even in MY eyes and it was the first picture I took that I blew up to hang in my home. Since then I carry some kind of camera with me every day."

What was your first reaction when you found out you won the camera?

"Complete disbelief followed by extraordinary excitement. I’ve been growing apart from my Nikon D80, not feeling like it was worth the weight when most cell phones these days can take more pixels and the sensor on it has been limiting the low light situations I’ve been trying to capture. I think I finally grew past it’s capabilities and found myself getting stagnant. I saw the contest go around on Facebook and it seemed real enough so I entered and didn’t think much of it. When I won I was sure it was a scam until I heard back from the organizers and my husband looked it up and told me it was a real thing. I’ve never won such a significant prize."  

Are there any other fun or interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?

"I'm a stay a home mother of 4. I love backpacking and consider my camera “worth the weight” in my bag as my luxury item. My husband and I even went backpacking for our honeymoon in our favorite location south of Yosemite. I can’t wait to take this camera and get some of the shots I’ve been trying to capture for years but haven’t had the equipment for."

What camera did you choose and why?  

"I chose the Nikon D810 because I’m already familiar with the menus and have a couple of lenses I can use. I’ve tried a few other brands but I always find myself coming back to Nikon."

What do you think of the camera now that you have received it?

"It intimidated me for the first couple days. It didn’t have several of the buttons my other cameras did and it had new buttons I didn’t recognize. I spent a little bit of time reading the manual before taking it out to try it and realized it’s just like my other cameras but the settings are faster and easier to change. Getting some pictures of my kids in different settings without having to sit down to change the menu settings was a lot of fun. I can’t wait for a couple sunny days so I can see how I do with it in some of my favorite places.  So far I really love it!"

Congrats again to Anna on winning a Nikon D810! We are so happy for you. You can see more of Anna photos by following her on Instagram @DailyBrewHouse. 

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