A good photographer can manipulate lighting, exposure, and the emotions of the tiny man inside the camera who draws everything. Enlist an expert with this Groupon.
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- $45 for an on-location family photo shoot with two prints and a CD of digital images ($99 value)
- $129 for an on-location engagement photo shoot with four prints and a CD of digital images ($300 value)
Exposure: Let the Light Shine in
Whether creating a glossy print or a digital JPEG, photography is still all about capturing light. Check out Groupon’s examination of exposure to explore one tool for getting the perfect image.
As complex as it seems, photography is a simple phenomenon requiring only light-sensitive material inside a dark box and a hole with a shutter. As the shutter opens, light streams through the lens, exposing a piece of film or an SLR's digital sensor to the image outside the box. Thanks to that exposure, the once-fleeting light becomes a photograph, rendered in precise detail and preserved for all posterity.
The exact exposure depends on the shutter speed, which can last as short as 1/2500th of a second to as long as several hours. A faster shutter speed captures faster action but requires more light and therefore a larger opening—or aperture—which shortens the field of focus. Conversely, a slower shutter speed needs a much smaller aperture to capture the same amount of light, though this also exposes the camera to the image for a longer time, making the stars look like lines drawn across the sky or a waterfall look like a solid white curtain draped from a giant's towel rack. Of course, a proper exposure is a matter of balance—too much time in bright light, and the photograph will wash out. Not enough time in the darkness, and the world will be nothing but shadows.
Marcus McQueen Photography
A lot has changed in the world of photography since 1995, when Marcus McQueen Photography first opened shop. Its team has embraced the tides of change, though, and specializes in digitizing old photos at 300-dpi resolution. The newly digitized files preserve clients' memories on data DVDs that make images more durable than old methods of preservation, such as drawing wedding photos in the sand with a stick. Beyond the digital realm, Marcus and his team have had their work repeatedly featured in magazines such as Arizona Bride and Bird Talk.