Making Impact

Good morning,

I wanted to talk about making impact with your images. As photographers, we’ve all been taught the rules and suggestions on how to make a better image. I’m not going to get into all of them but I do want to touch on how I approach shooting streams. First and foremost, I strongly believe that you need to have a connection with your subject and for me when shooting water that comes easily. The next thing I do, is look for a swift area with a few protruding rocks which will help to provide depth in my image and this is also a determining factor of where I need to stand. The majority of the time the answer is going to be in the middle of the creek closest to the action. Once I’ve determined where I need to stand, I think about how I need to compose my image by arranging the elements with a balance. Creating a strong balance helps to create a nice flow and continuity in my image. I also prefer a low perspective with my camera pointing downward which helps to emphasize the movement and to create a stronger impact.

Now that I’ve got a composition that I’m happy with, I start thinking about the technical aspects of the shot. I need to, at least be at, a one second exposure. There are several ways to get here and the first being shooting with a tight aperture, say f/16 or f/22. Also, make sure your ISO is low (I use 64 most of the time). I also make sure that I use a polarizer which help to remove glare and slow my exposure time allowing me to get that nice cotton candy look. I should also mention, that my preferred shooting times are early mornings and late evenings or during a soft and overcast day.

These suggestions will certainly get you in the ball park so go out and give it a try!

www.edheaton.com

– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
– Exposure 1 sec
– Aperture f/22
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Color Combo Polarizer
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
– HoodmanUSA
– Columbia Sportswear
– NEOS River Trekker Hipper Overshoe
– Manfrotto Imagine More
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The Importance and Effect of Negative Space

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Negative space is the area which surrounds the main subject in your image (the main subject is known as the “positive space”). For example; the house and tree in this image form the positive space while the sky is the negative space.

Negative space can drastically change the mood and story of your image. Much of the time, negative space is the mood and emotion. It can create a sense of bleakness, desolation, spaciousness and it can strengthen the positive atmosphere in your image. In summary, depending on what story you want to tell, the use of negative space affects it all. It can either emphasize all of these aspects or take away from your main subject if used incorrectly!

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  • Nikon D810
  • Nikkor Lens – 70-200mm f/2.8 @70mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1/20 seconds
  • Aperture – f/122
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Welcome Back Ed

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Good Morning,

“Forgive me for I have sinned” just a figure of speech…  But it has been quite some time since my last blog post and to be honest there’s no sense in me being that unenergetic!  Life seems to have a way of changing your plans or preoccupying your main focus. Not to be making excuses, but we had a busy season last year and at the end of that season it was nice to take a break and focus on family. However, now that the new year has kicked off and our workshop season has already started I wanted to keep current with my ramblings and thoughts on my blog.

With one wildly successful winter workshop down, (Blackwater Falls) and our second winter workshop (Letchworth) kicking off next weekend I’m really excited about working and sharing information again.  There is no better feeling than working with people and watching for that “aha” moment when they actually understand and can relate to what you’re teaching.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Nikkor Lens – 14-24mm f/2.8 @14mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • FotoDiox 145mm Polarizer
  • Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb CF Card
  • Hoodman USA
  • OP/TECH USA Classic Strap
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1.3 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

www.edheaton.com

Crystal Mill

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Greetings,

Zach and I just got home from teaching a workshop in stunning Colorado and what a great time it was! All of our workshops are intense learning experience for everyone and for us it’s no less than an awesome adventure!

Before our workshop started Zach and I thought we would visit Crystal Mill and I can honestly say it was the most adventurous road we have ever driven. When people tell you, it’s a rough road and only a four-wheel-drive vehicle will make it is certainly an understatement (lol). We had a new 2016 Toyota 4Runner with high clearance and believe it or not it was a challenge for that. Of course it had stock tires and would’ve been much better equipped if it had some nice all terrains on it. The weather was a little undecided and was pouring the snow down in the mountains which allowed me to capture slightly more drama than the typical mill shot.

All in all, it was a tremendous adventure and I look forward to the next one 🙂

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Nik Software
  • Exposure – 1.5 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

“A View from the Orchard”

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Good morning,

I wanted to start off and wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day weekend.

On Tuesday we had a nice surprise snowstorm blow through the region. I’m sure not many people are as excited about snow as I am but as a photographer it does certainly help clean up and enhance the winters’ stark backdrop. Kelly, Zach and I ran around Lancaster County to capture some of the local flair.

There was something about this scene that screamed my name. I added a texture overlay to give the scene a more artistic feel.

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  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron lens – SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/20 seconds
  • Aperture – f/167
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Appleseed Hollow the Studio

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Good morning,

Here’s an artistic view of the studio at Appleseed Hollow, one of our tried-and-true locations for our workshops. Our Appleseed Hollow workshops are always held in the spring however it has no less of an appeal in the wintertime.

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  • Nikon D3
  • Tamron lens –28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs – Impression
  • Exposure – 1/2000
  • Aperture – f/8
  • ISO – 200
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Sunrise Barn

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Good morning and thanks for stopping by 🙂

This image is from our sunrise outing yesterday (Sunday) morning. Zach and I took a ride out through scenic Lancaster County in hopes of finding a nice red barn to contrast with the fresh snow and it didn’t take long for us to find exactly what we were looking for! One of the nice things about living in a rural area is you can normally find parking along the road where you would like to shoot. Of course this isn’t always the case but more often than not we luck out.

As you can imagine Lancaster County has a ton of barns and a majority of them are Amish. The trick is finding one that is located in a good spot (not too much clutter) and it helps if it is facing in the right direction (sunrise or sunset) depending on the time of day you’re out shooting. Okay, I guess I’ll come clean (grin). I’ve shot this barn before and knew exactly where we needed to be to capture sunrise and its resplendent color.

I’m going to try and blog more often so please stay tuned 🙂

Metadata:

  • Nikon D800
  • Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 lens
  • Gitzo gt3542 carbon fiber tripod
  • Exposure – 1/10 second
  • Aperture – f/11
  • ISO – 100
  • Focal length – 70mm
  • Manual Mode
  • BlackRapid Yeti Strap

Best of Light,
Ed