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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: Free Nikon D3100, D3200, D5100, D5200, D5300 Class


If you purchased your Nikon D3100/D5100, begin the process of learning how to use the camera to it's fullest. Learn what the buttons and dials on the camera do. You paid good money for your camera now let us teach you how to us it. Free to anyone who purchased a Nikon D3100/D5100 from Roberts. $30 to anyone who did not purchase the camera at Roberts

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$0
When:August 7th, 2014 - August 7th, 2014
Times:6-8pm
Where:Jewish Community Center
6701 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: Free Canon Rebel class


If you purchased a Canon Rebel, begin the process of learning how to use the camera to it's fullest. Learn what the buttons and dials on the camera do. You paid good money for your camera now let us teach you how to us it. Free to anyone who purchased a Canon Rebel. $30 to anyone who did not purchase the camera at Roberts

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$0
When:August 4th, 2014 - August 4th, 2014
Times:6-8pm
Where:Jewish Community Center
6701 Hoover Road
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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Marc Lebryk

Barrel Racing Recap....


Last weekend was a very exciting opportunity for workshop attendees, as well as myself as I held a sports photography workshop with Roberts Camera Education here in Indianapolis centered around Barrel Racing. What is barrel racing you ask? I'm glad you asked. Barrel racing is a rider attempting to take a horse in a clover leaf fashion around a set of barrels in the fastest time. What is a good time? Somewhere between 15 and 16 seconds at the level we were shooting, which was the National Barrel Horse Association State Show at the C Bar C Expo Center in Cloverdale Indiana.

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Workshops like these can be really great, because they help lay the foundation for shooting any sport while in most cases gave them an opportunity to shoot something they are unlikely to photograph otherwise. The attendees at this workshop did a great job, and really showed that they took to heart what I said early on about filling the frame, composition, and timing. Sometimes when shooting sports you have to set up and just wait for the shot as you can't be everywhere at once. A lot of times when shooting on lights that's what you have to do as your lights sort of determine what you can and can't shoot when using them. Unfortunately I wasn't able to set up any lights for the workshoppers (or myself) to use at this event, but I could see some really cool possibilities that I think even my friend Andrew Hancock would have been pleased with. Andy is a great sports shooter and is big into shooting Horse racing and related events. Either way, despite the very dark lighting, the workshop attendees put their best lens forward (see what I did there?) and produced what I consider to be some outstanding results! As I did with my Hockey Workshop earlier this year, I requested the participants email me their favorite shot from the day by the following evening (in this case Sunday 6/29), and that's what the rest of this blog will be made from.

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(Photo by Karl Zemlin taken with a Nikon D800E)

Low light didn't stop the workshop participants, but it did inspire them. Lots of questions about panning came about to go along with stopping the action in the low light and I am really impressed with the images that the participants have sent me for the purposes of this blog post. Some are action related, and others are detail oriented which is great considering it means that the participants did take the opportunity to walk around and see the sights!

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(Photo by Rob Baker with a Canon 1DX)

The event is a great one to shoot as every few runs they pause to groom the track. Anybody I know who has ever covered a Kentucky derby has described it as 4 minutes of horse racing between 45 minutes of track grooming and this takes a similar pattern except the track is a lot smaller. It's great though because you essentially get a few minutes every few runs where you aren't missing anything to switch positions in an effort to try something new and the participants took full opportunity to look for every angle they could find.

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(Photo by Deborah Shahadey with a Nikon D7000)

Overall I feel like the workshop was a success and it appears as though the after class Survey's concur. Unfortunately I didn't have all the images from everyone by the time of this writing on Sunday Evening, but that's ok as the images I do have in here are a good selection of what the class got in the low light of the arena. It's too bad we were only there for a few hours and not longer as it it really was a very neat event to shoot. If anyone here reading this was at or participating in the event and looking to order images, be sure to, check out the hired photographer's photo's from the event. The workshoppers were more involved with trying new things and shooting to know who they photographed or what run it might have been. Brent has got every run up on his website where you can order prints and a video of your Run. Thanks again to all the folks that came out to the workshop, and also thanks again to Roberts Camera for putting it together. Make sure you keep an eye on the Roberts Camera Education page for some very cool future events and workshops. More Soon.



Walt Kuhn

Photographing Your Fireworks


One of the centerpieces of summer here in Indy (and all over our great country) is the 4th of July celebrations! Most of us have the day off, we enjoy our families, our friends, and give thanks that we are blessed to live in such a great country. AND, we try desperately to capture the beautiful firework displays that cap off this great day. Here are a few tips to help you get some memorable photos…

Location
Get to the location a bit early and try to collect information on the fireworks display, timing, set-up and from where the fireworks will be coming from. Find the right place with a nice foreground and background view to position yourself, and take a few test photos to get a feel of the focus. You will need to be quick in focusing, especially if the fireworks display is not going to last very long.

Lens
A regular lens will do when you’re taking fireworks photos, so if you’re new to photography and haven’t purchased a wide variety of lenses, don’t worry because the lens that your DSLR came with will be just fine. You don’t need a fast lens to shoot fireworks. Remember, you are shooting bright light of the fireworks trails, not the dark sky. Zoom lenses are more flexible & they make it easier to compose, so if you have a great all-in-one zoom lens, this is a nice option.

Tripod & Remote
A good quality tripod is a must for fireworks photography. The beauty of fireworks photography is in capturing the light trail or blur of the fireworks. To achieve that look, a long shutter speed (4-10 sec) is required. To keep the camera totally still & shake free for that long exposure a tripod will be very useful. Bulb mode is the best for fireworks photography. So, a remote release cable would also be very useful.

No Tripod?
However, if you don’t have a tripod with you, you can make do with something sturdy that you can brace the camera on. You will be shooting from a good distance from the actual fireworks display so you shouldn’t have much trouble finding something sturdy. The top of your car, or any other car, a steel railing or a fallen tree will do. Anything sturdy that you can use will work.
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Camera Settings
“Everything Manual is the key”.

Focus
Focus manually. One tip on setting your focus settings early is to pick an object about the same distance as the fireworks. This is why it is important to know exactly where the fireworks will be coming from. Once you have a good idea of the distance, you can set you focus to an object approximately the same distance. When the actual fireworks display starts, you will already have your camera focused.

Aperture
For your exposure settings, it would be good to set aperture to f/8 to f/16.
Confused because you’ll be shooting in the dark? Don’t be because you may be shooting in the dark but your target will be pretty bright.

Shutter
Best setting for fireworks photography is “Bulb”. To catch motion blur of fireworks 4 -10 sec long shutter speed produces the best result. For that “bulb” setting and a remote provides more control. Well, if you don't have a remote or cable release use your camera’s self-timer.

ISO
You will also want to use ISO 100 to keep down the noise as much as possible.  Fireworks photographs are great if taken without too much noise and an ISO setting of 100 keeps down that noise as much as possible.

Composition & Tips
Once you’ve taken the first shot, take a short moment to analyze the photo so you can adjust your settings accordingly. You will most likely have taken quite a number of shots on your first try so you can capture the burst and not just the rocket going up. Quickly move to the frame where you captured the burst and analyze it. Apply the rule of thirds if possible. Avoid too many bursts in a single frame. The early part of the display is the best for shooting fireworks. Later the sky becomes cloudy & hazy.

Fireworks photography is actually pretty simple, the only thing to really be aware of is to keep the camera very steady. Plan ahead so you can bring a tripod with you.

Extra Helpful Tools: Flashlight, extra battery (You'll be using your monitor a lot!), knowledge of the current wind direction (Fireworks drift according to the wind.)

And lastly: PATIENCE!!! Don't try and get as many images as you can. Regularly check your monitor to see the results you are getting and adjust your exposure accordingly. Quality over quantity. Remember to shorten your exposure on the grand finale, as there will be a lot more light with that than the earlier fireworks.

Good luck and enjoy!



Derek

Nikon D810 Says No Anti-Aliasing Filter For Everyone!


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Woo! New things! Today's new thing is a D810 from Nikon. With the D810, Nikon continues its trend of just not having the Optical Low Pass Anti-Aliasing Filter (OLPAF) anymore, so, the D810 more effectively upgrades the D800E and the low-pass including D800 is just sorta... no more. The sensor at first glance would appear to be the same, sporting 36.3 megapixels still. But Nikon says it is a new one, with better micro-lens design that let the sensor suck in more light, and it's being piped through an EXPEED 4 processor. As a result the native ISO range has been expanded even farther than the D800/E, up to 64-12,800 now (versus 100-6400 before). The expanded range is up to a jaw-dropping 32-51,200. Continuous shooting also sees a bump, up to 5 frames per second full-resolution raw. Speak of raw, for those of you who found the D800 brothers untenable because of the massive raw files, the D810 has a new compact raw file option you might like. It'll be at 12-bit instead of 14-bit, but will cut the file size down to 1/4 of the full raw. Certainly a good option for people (like me) who want features you have to go up to the D800 line to get (like, yanno, 1/250 second flash sync full frame), but weren't so keen on having to store every bit of data in those otherwise overkill files. Anyway. The LCD is up to 1.2m dots now, still 3.2". There are a lot of video improvements too, and I'm no expert on those but I see zebra striping, uncompressed HDMI output, highlight-weighted metering, smooth time lapse, and a few other things in there. On the outside, a new deeper sculpted grip is up front, and around back there's the new I button for getting into an interactive on-screen display a la Olympus fame.

So, pricing. That was all the good news, now for the bad. Looks like the pro single-grip body market has finally crept over the $3000 mark, and the D810 will run you $3299.95 for the body only. Oddly enough, there will be a couple kits for this for video purposes, and we'll cover those once we confirm if we'll be carrying both or what. But for now, preorder you a D810 here:

D810: http://robertscamera.com/d810-body-only.html

If the price is a bit saltier than you like, we do still have some D800s and D800Es. But, sounds like you might act fast. The D810 is slated for release late next month, and we really have no idea how stock on the older models will go at that point.

D800E: http://robertscamera.com/d800e-body-only.html

D800: http://robertscamera.com/d800-body-only.html

D800 Refurb Bonus Bundle (Free Stuff!): http://robertscamera.com/refurbished-d800-body-only-with-8gb-sdhc-card-and-mac-diamond-war.html



Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Cheryl Wessel: 4 week Fundamentals - Carmel


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. “Auto” is more than a four letter word. It’s the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We’ll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we’ll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByCheryl Wessel
Cost:$125
When:August 6th, 2014 - August 27th, 2014
Times:6-8pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Carmel
12761 Old Meridian Street
Carmel, IN 46032
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 week Fundamentals - Greenwood


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. “Auto” is more than a four letter word. It’s the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We’ll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we’ll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:August 6th, 2014 - August 27th, 2014
Times:6-8pm
Where:Strange Brew Coffee house -Greenwood
4800 W. Smith Valley Road
Greenwood, IN 46142
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 week Fundamentals - Brownsburg


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. “Auto” is more than a four letter word. It’s the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We’ll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we’ll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:August 5th, 2014 - August 26th, 2014
Times:6-8pm
Where:Starbucks Brownsburg
1085 N. Green Street
Brownsburg, IN 46032
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Jennifer Hall: 4 week Fundamentals - Holliday Park


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. “Auto” is more than a four letter word. It’s the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We’ll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we’ll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByJennifer Hall
Cost:$125
When:August 4th, 2014 - August 25th, 2014
Times:6-4 week class meant to get you to start to understand you camera. “Auto” is more than a four letter word. It’s the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We’ll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include autofocus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photograph and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of four weeks we’ll have you exploring you cameras setting and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.
Where:Holliday Park
6363 N. Spring Mill Lane
Indianapolis, IN 46260
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Walt Kuhn

Announcing a new class with Walt Kuhn: 4 week Fundamentals Roberts Downtown


This 4 week class is meant to get you started in understanding your camera. “Auto” is more than a four letter word. It’s the wrong mode setting for you. Learn all about shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how we can change them to affect our final image. We’ll teach you how to quickly find the exposure information for the photo you are about to take. Topics covered also include auto-focus, white balance and how to stop getting blurry pictures in low light. To get started in photography and learn the fundamentals, this is the course for you. By the end of this four week class, we’ll have you exploring your camera's settings and getting more out of your equipment. Class size limited. Offered at various locations throughout Indianapolis, Brownsburg, Carmel and Greenwood. Required equipment: DSLR camera.

Presented ByWalt Kuhn
Cost:$125
When:August 2nd, 2014 - August 23rd, 2014
Times:10am-12pm
Where:Roberts Camera - Downtown
255 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225
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