Video from the Church of the Holy Spirit’s 2020 Palm Sunday service
Regular readers of my photography blog will find the above post a little bit strange. Truth be told, an elderly parishioner at my church couldn’t see the online video from Palm Sunday. I needed a quick way to convert the Facebook Live video into another easy format for her to see it since she doesn’t have a Facebook account. Putting the link in my blog was a quick way to accomplish this! And if you are search for an Episcopal church I highly recommend Church of the Holy SPirit in Lebanon, NJ. http://www.churchholyspirit.org.
Its not really as hard as you think once you get into it and think about it. The hard part is practicing it and managing the “stress” that occurs during the “shoot” since they only last a few minutes (5-10 minutes generally unless you’re fortunate).
Camera Settings – DSLR
ISO – fireworks are brighter than you think – even though it’s nighttime, set your ISO to the lowest setting. I go with 100.
Aperture – generally f8-f16 works well. f11 might be a good starting spot
Shutter Speed – (manual) Bulb and experiment with anything from 4 seconds to 30 seconds.
Tripod – a must for fireworks. If you don’t have one, get or borrow one. Otherwise try putting your camera on something sturdy like the roof of your car or a fence. But remember than you probably need to tilt your camera up somewhat unless you are going for…
Should I Hire a Professional Photographer to Document
you’re on the fence about whether or not to hire someone to photograph your
event, consider these reasons:
say the event is a family reunion and you want to get a group photo of the
whole family. You could do it yourself, but one of two things could happen
then. A) You have someone take the photo for you, leaving a family member out
of the photo because they had to take it. This could possibly offend that
person or make them feel awkward for being excluded. Or B) You set a timer on
your camera. This can be problematic because there are so many people in the
photo that you will need to take several images to make sure everyone is
looking and has their eyes open. You will have to take two to three times as
long to get the photos done because you’ll have to keep resetting the timer,
and you still might not have gotten the shot. Hiring a professional will
eliminate all of this stress.
don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go around all night taking selfies
with my phone or camera with all of my friends and family members. I would much
prefer to relax and enjoy the moment instead of trying to capture it. The
quality of the photos will be much better than the selfies. Also, trying to
take a selfie with a group of people is next to impossible when trying to get
everyone inside the frame.
the event is a birthday party, you don’t want to miss out on visiting with
guests or helping your child open presents or cut the cake because you are too
busy trying to take the photos. You want to be part of the action, not stuck
behind the camera.
great thing about hiring a professional is that you don’t have to worry about
editing and distributing the photos after the event is over. You just have to
wait to receive them from your photographer.
Finally, it’s really a gift to have well lit photographs taking by a professional who preserve the memory of your event. Those images are going to be cherished by everyone for a very long time to come.
Our business motto is: Let’s us capture the moments so you can enjoy them.” These are words that were carefully chosen. We know lots of people have cameras today and enjoy taking photos. But at your own event, sit back and enjoy it. Let me capture and save the moments for you so you can enjoy them forever!