Atlanta Real Estate Photography – An Electrifying Night in Kennesaw, GA

Atlanta Real Estate Photography – An Electrifying Night in Kennesaw, GA

Atlanta Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson - Lightning Storm Kennesaw, GA

One of the benefits of being an Atlanta Real Estate Photographer is that I often have a camera with me where ever I go.  Every now and then an opportunity presents itself and when it does, I’m ready to get lucky!  On June 22, 2010 a pretty nasty (albeit spectacular) lightning storm rolled through Kennesaw, GA.  The storm at one point was directly over our office building and while I do not recommend going outside and taking pictures under these circumstances, I couldn’t resist.  Capturing pictures of lightning like this has a lot to do with luck.  Typically the show lasts for a fraction of a second, so waiting until you see one pop and trying to react fast enough isn’t really an option.

Here’s how I got these pictures.  First, you will need a good camera, a wide-angle lens and a tripod (something an interior photographer should already have).  When I say good, what I really mean is a camera that has a manual mode and the ability to do long exposures.  Set the camera up on the tripod and adjust the focal length of the wide angle lens until you have a good composition with plenty of sky.  Second, you will need to dial in a few settings.  For this these photos, I set the ISO to 400, The aperture to f11.0 and adjused the shutter speed until about 6 secs indicated a correct exposure (metered off the sunset area).  From this point, simply trigger the shutter to open and wait.  If you are lucky, you will get a nice big bolt of lightning somewhere in the 5 seconds the shutter is open.  Rinse and repeat.

Lightning Bolt by Atlanta Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson

So with this approach, we still get a good exposure of some of the other interesting elements in the composition (like the sunset and starburst from the lights) and if we are lucky to get the lightning, it happens so fast that it does not mess with the overall exposure.  If your camera allows you to bracket exposures, you can also set it up to take three pictures back-to-back with exposures that are within a stop or so of the original (which is easy to correct later if the picture is a little too dark or too bright).  This technique essentially gives you about 10-15 secs at a time of the camera ready to capture the action.

Oh, and my disclaimer: *DO NOT GO OUTSIDE AND TAKE PICTURES IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORM.  ONLY CRAZY PEOPLE DO THIS…

Have fun and BE SAFE!

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Marietta, GA Real Estate Listing Agent

and Professional Photographer

Georgia Elite Realty

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Real Estate website: Iranwatson.listingware.com

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Photo-Stitched Panoramas – The Poor Man’s Wide-Angle

One of my favorite (and most useful) techniques as an Atlanta Real Estate Photographer is photo-stitching.  As a Marietta Real Estate Agent that does his own photography I had to find a way to capture certain scenes that were either too tight or too expansive and this work around does the trick.  The great thing about it is almost anyone can utilize this as it does not require any special features on a camera to use.  Using the free software sold with most modern digital cameras, taking multiple pictures and stitching them into one panoramic image is simple, if not automatic.

Here are the six separate shots I took out of our hotel room in Fortaleza, Brazil on Christmas Eve a couple of years ago.  This sort of scene is not unlike what I normally capture in my work as an Atlanta Real Estate Photographer.  These shots are hand-held as I didn’t bring the tripod.  I did use the “stitch assist” function on my Canon P&S, but if your camera doesn’t have that feature don’t worry.  I have taken many photo-stitched pictures just by eyeballing it and they turned out great.  Practice makes perfect!

pic 1 pic 2 pic 3  pic 5 pic 6

… and here is the result from the software’s auto-stitch.

photostitch rough

Now with just a little cropping and post work, I got this…

final

With some practice, it becomes very easy to get some great shots that would otherwise be impossible to capture with a standard cameras field of view.  This technique is especially useful when trying to get large, expansive spaces like a backyard.  In fact, you can also get a good bit of mileage out of this shooting interiors as well.  Just make sure you overlap each image by about 30% on the interior shots as it is easy for the photo to look “warped” if there is too much perspective shift from one shot to the next.  Here is a link for FREE software and great info you can start using today.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/panoramic-software.htm

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Marietta, GA Real Estate Listing Agent

and Professional Photographer

Georgia Elite Realty

Direct 770-363-3350

email iranwatson@gmail.com

Real Estate website: Iranwatson.listingware.com

Atlanta Real Estate Photographer website: IranWatsonPhoto.com

Photography Portfolio (Flash required): BestHomePhotography.com

North Georgia State Fair Night Photography

October is one of our favorite months living in Marietta, Georgia.  You can open up all the windows, the Fall colors are beautiful and of course there are the festivities.  The first week of October marks our annual trip to the North Georgia State Fair at Jim R. Miller Park in Marietta, GA.  This was the first time I brought my camera and my 5 year old daughter.  Needless to say, we spent too much time on the rides and not enough time taking pictures.  That’s ok, if there was ever a time to put work aside it was then.  Here are a few of the shots I did manage to get.

North Georgia State Fair Midway Night Photography by Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson Real Estate Agent in Marietta GA 770-363-3350 North Georgia State Fair Ferris Wheel Night Photography by Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson Real Estate Agent in Marietta GA 770-363-3350North Georgia State Fair Ferris Wheel 2 Night Photography by Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson Real Estate Agent in Marietta GA 770-363-3350 North Georgia State Fair Ferris Wheel by Real Estate Photographer Iran Watson Real Estate Agent in Marietta GA 770-363-3350

These photos were taken using a Canon Rebel XTi with a 10-22mm wide angle lens.  All of the night shots were taken with a tripod and I bracketed several exposures that I later combined in Photoshop.

Although most of my work as an Atlanta Real Estate Photographer has me photographing homes for sale in Marietta, I enjoy taking photos of special occasions like this.  I’m also a big fan of shooting night photography and landscape photography. Although it can sometimes be a challenge to get the shot you want, it’s these sort of things that keep real estate fun and interesting in this down market.  Have a great October!

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Marietta, GA Real Estate Listing Agent

and Professional Photographer

Georgia Elite Realty

Direct 770-363-3350

email iranwatson@gmail.com

Real Estate website: Iranwatson.listingware.com

Atlanta Real Estate Photographer website: IranWatsonPhoto.com

Photography Portfolio (Flash required): BestHomePhotography.com