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Newsletter April 2018

Good morning and welcome to April!

So I was doing some hard core editing on my computer recently and was finding it difficult to make decisions on which images I liked best.  Usually, I go with my gut feel and I am happy, but on this occasion, I found myself being very indecisive and really couldn't work out why?  So I thought I'd Google the brains process of decision making.  And guess what, it turns out that making decisions draws upon a single resource in the brain that has limited capacity!  Phew...I guess important decisions should be made early in the day on a full tummy :-)

Anyway...now that we have that sorted, lets get to whats on for this month.  Continuing with my monthly Instagram theme April brings a new month and a new portfolio...'Faces of the Young' typically, younger than senior..so check it out, follow me on instagram...there are some real cuties coming up!

The latest and greatest comes from a little while back, images from a wonderful family with big hearts and big smiles!!

The special for this month is all about referrals and friends!!  Check out the details below, but there are great savings to be made for you and your friend if you mention me to someone new!!

For the photographer in you takes a look at capturing starbursts just like the one in the image above.  They are not always wanted, but in the right situation can look pretty cool :-)  There are some more examples of starbursts with the article.

My little bit of camera fun comes from hiking in the hills...which are just about as green as the golf courses right now!!  So beautiful!

Of course, I would love to hear from you and your cheers on Facebook and Instagram 😊

Thanks so much for reading, and have a wonderful April!

~ Tracey xxx

 
Latest and Greatest

Thank you to this wonderful family I photographed a few months back. They were so fun to work with and took me to a spectacular location full of beautiful walnut trees. I am an outdoor person and really feel so lucky to be surrounded by beautiful natural landscape. Thanks again and I look forward to working with you in the future!!
 
Refer a Friend Special

This month's offer is for clients...15% off their next shoot or off any products from their previous shoot for any referrals that confirm a booking!  Referred bookings will also get 10% off their session.
Click on the image for more details.


Offer Ends - 30th April 2018
(offer excludes session fee payment)
 
 
Offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

For the Photographer in You - Starbursts

Starbursts are really fun to capture and can look cool in photos.   You can capture them during the day or at night, so long as there are points of light in the frame.

Safety first!!! If you are taking a photograph with the sun in the frame, be sure to protect both your eyes and the camera. Pointing a camera directly at the sun can be very dangerous for your eyes. In general, to get the star effect, the sun will be at an angle to the camera, but, when composing, take care to not swing the lens (and sensor) directly at the sun. If you are finding that the light is too bright for the viewfinder, try the live view mode, if you have one.

Essentially, the starburst effect results from the number of blades you lens contains as well as the aperture you set. Remember the aperture is a setting that dictates how much light will enter the camera. Typically the starburst effect is much more pronounced with smaller apertures.  If you have more than one lens you may find that the effect varies tremendously from lens the lens.

You can also enhance the effects of the starburst by making sure that there is contrast in that area of the image.  Blocking part of the light with buildings or trees will have this effect and your starburst will be more visible.

With a zoom lens you can alter the size of the starburst by zooming in and out. This is due to the effect that you are relatively closer to the subject when you zoom in and this affects the size of the Starburst.

Needless to say if you don’t capture your staroburst in Camera+ there are many ways to add it during post processing.

If your really getting into this and want to know more about the physics behind what causes these starbursts, check out this article from B&H Photo

I have a few examples below of some starbursts I captured recently so you can get an idea of what they look like. It’s up to you… for every photographer loves them, there are plenty that don’t!!

As always, enjoy your photography and I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions.

Little Ditty About My Own Camera Fun - Rain and Green
Rain and more rain has created the perfect environment for blossoming trees and flowers.  These mustard seed plants and hills as green as the golf fairways are just down the road from me and are looking spectacular right now!!  I thought I’d take advantage of the break in the rain to hike with one of my favorite companions…my camera!! 
 
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"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” ― Anne Frank
 
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