Switching to Eneloop Batteries

This Tuesday’s Tip is for any of you who own speedlights (a.k.a. an external flash!)  I have recently switched to using Eneloop rechargeable batteries based on recommendation from another photographer who is teaching the speedlighting class I’ve been taking this past month.  So far, I love them!  They seem to recycle a bit faster and hold a full charge longer without much recycle delay in between shots.  I feel like they are a good investment.  Outside of that, I’ve been using lithium batteries, but I find that after using about 1/4 to 1/2 of the batteries charge, they get hot and need extra time to recycle.  Still much better than the regular batteries, but I’m thinking the Eneloop rechargeable option is a good investment!  Amazon sells them pretty reasonably (about $10/4 pack and $20/8 pack.)  In fact, not very much more than the lithium batteries, which I’ve been throwing away.  Just wanted to spread the word.  You might want to try them!

The benefits of the eneloop batteries:

  • Very low self-discharge rate, meaning one can charge them any time, store them until needed, and then use them.
  • Because of the previous characteristic, Sanyo sells them pre-charged, so one doesn’t have to charge them before their first use.
  • Lower internal resistance, meaning higher voltage reaching equipment that uses high currents (such as digital cameras).

Here’s a few reviews on them, if you’re interested!  You might want to search for them on Amazon, too, and read the reviews there.  Their average rating is 4.5-5 stars out of 5. Not bad! 🙂




Lightroom Editing Tutorials

I love Lightroom!  It’s easy to learn especially in comparison to Photoshop.  Here’s a few tutorials I’ve found helpful.  I hope it helps you, too!  Enjoy!

Sharpening- http://www.onewillowboutique.com/?p=1841

Exposure vs. Brightness- http://www.digital-photography-school.com/exposure-vs-brightness-vs-fill-light?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DigitalPhotographySchool+%28Digital+Photography+School%29

Adjusting Exposure- http://www.iheartfaces.com/2011/04/adjusting-your-exposure-in-lightroom/

10 video tutorials on various topics- http://www.presetsheaven.com/2009/01/08/10-great-video-tutorials-for-lightroom/

Upcoming Classes in 2011!!!

Come learn about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, metering, proper exposure, focus modes, shooting in the 4 main modes including manual, proper camera care, what to look for in a lens and more!

DSLR Manual Mode Refresher Class (2 hours)- $60 (Beginner/Intermediate Level)
Do you understand some of the modes on your camera, but still feel uncomfortable shooting fully in manual mode?  This class is for you!  The first hour is a review of the exposure triangle and the 3 elements that work together while shooting in manual mode.   The second hour is for extended practice, trouble shooting, and asking any lingering questions from the DSLR Camera Class.   There will be a combination of guided practice and independent practice to help you feel more comfortable shooting in manual mode.

Class date and time: August 27th 9-11am

Location: Indianapolis

Come learn the rules & elements of photography as well as some tips for positioning people in photos!

Photo Composition & Basic Posing Class (4 hours)- $110 (Beginner/Intermediate Level)
Want to know what makes a photo visually pleasing to the human eye?  There are photography elements and rules that work together to make a photo good.  Here’s your opportunity to study and critique photographs, practice using the elements of composition, and learn some basic posing tips.  This 4 hour class will include a guided hands-on posing practice with real people.  A class handbook is provided for use during the class and at home.

Class date and time: September 24th 9am-1pm

Location: Indianapolis

Come learn how to create silouettes, sunflare, and catch lights as well as how to shoot with every lighting situation possible, including using a speedlight and lighting umbrella in low light situations!

Lighting: Natural Light Techniques & Speedlighting Class (4 hours)- $130 (Advanced Level- MUST KNOW HOW TO SHOOT IN MANUAL MODE)

Want to know how to shoot in all different types of lighting situations?  From shade to bright sun to cloudy to indoors, this class will provide a well rounded approach to understanding lighting.  This class is a great opportunity to learn front lighting, side lighting, and back lighting as well as how to use a reflector, a speedlight (external flash) and a basic light stand with umbrella.   By the end of this class you will know how to “find the light” that is best for portrait photography and why.  You will learn how to create sunflares, silouettes, and catchlights and overcome difficult lighting situations.  This class will be a combination of natural light photography and speedlighting.  An external flash is highly encouraged for this hands-on class, however, it is not mandatory.   A class handbook is provided for use during the class and at home.

Class date and time: November 5th 9am-1pm

Location: Indianapolis


TO REGISTER: EMAIL JILL AT raindancerstudios@gmail.com!!


Stay Tuned for Classes in Winter 2012 (Great Christmas gift idea!  Gift certificates available!):

February- DSLR Camera Class

March- Lightroom Editing Class

Photo Composition & Visual Design

Using the element of lines 🙂

If you want to become a better photographer, you need to learn the rules and elements of photo composition and also the elements of visual design.  For Tuesday’s Tip I want to share a great article that intertwines these two things.  It’s an amazing article jam packed full of goodness.  Enjoy!


Exposure Compensation

Here’s Tuesday’s Tip…right on time!! 🙂  If you are someone who likes to shoot with Program Mode, Aperture Priority Mode or Shutter Priority Mode, here’s a big tip for you!  Exposure Compensation is the +/- button allows you to override the camera’s ‘correct’ exposure while in all modes except manual.  If the subject is too dark, increase to +1 or +2.  It forces the camera to let more light in.  If you feel the reverse is true and your subject is too bright, decrease to -1 or -2.  It will tell the camera to let less light in.

Here’s a great article to read: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/ev-compensation-explained