Newsletter October 2014

Hello everyone,

'Tis the season to play soccer, tra la la la la, la la la la'.  Ok so it's not the holiday season yet, but is it too early to get organised?? Never!

This newsletter brings great savings on getting some holiday photographs done and even a competition in which you can win a free holiday session, you don't want to miss this - Introducing MINI-sessions for October only - see below or contact me for more details!

Birthdays this month include Bill Gates on the 28th in 1955, Theodore Rossevelt on the 27th in 1858 and Margaret Thatcher on the 13th in 1925.

Also in October, Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908 and the iPod was first revealed in 2001 on the 23rd October.  It took until 2007 before the first iPhone came along and last month of course we saw the iPhone 6 launched - with the capabilities and cost of a decent laptop - quite a transformation!   

Then of course there's Halloween to finish the month off!  The 'for the photographer in you' section gives tips for taking nighttime photographs, so don't miss out this year on getting your Halloween snaps.

Thanks for reading and I hope your Halloween isn't too spooky!
Tracey xx

Latest and Greatest
I had the pleasure of working with a beautiful family recently, beautiful both on the inside and the outside (quote from a know who you are :-)) I was thrilled to create a gallery for them that they will hopefully enjoy over and over again...thanks so much for the opportunity.  Below are some of my favourites - 
October Opportunities...
Holiday MINI Sessions - $180

For the month of October I am running a set of great value mini sessions. What's included? - 

- approx 1/2 to 1 hour shoot - aim to get up to a max of 5 great family holiday shots 
- full editing and password protected online gallery of 5 shots for sharing
- 5 medium resolution digital files for printing use.  Resolution good for print up to 7x5inches.
Holiday Competition
Send me your best holiday pics from last year and the best will win a MINI session for 1/2 price (only $90).
An early idea for holiday presents - how about a photo session gift voucher. Valid for a 2 hour shoot within 1 year of receipt so it can be redeemed during any season or for any event! Just $150
Offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer
For the Photographer In You - Night Photography

Ok...a little scary for some, but I want you to try taking your camera out of automatic mode and getting a little control over it.  This section does cover quite a few concepts so, if it's all a bit too technical, I apologise and please just take from it what you are comfortable with.  Here are a few tips to get you started on those nighttime photographs.

- Don't use flash - it will change the mood and atmosphere of the object.

- Decrease the shutter speed - this has the effect of increasing the amount of light you let into the camera (i.e. the longer the shutter is open, the more time light has to hit the sensor).  This is a great adjustment, until you get to around 1/60 of a second, at which point you probably need to switch to a tripod or some other stabilising device because most people can't hold the camera still enough below this speed.

- Use a faster lens (a lens that allows a wider aperture setting).  This also has the effect of allowing more light to hit the sensor.  Wider aperture settings are 2.8 or 1.4 for focal length.

- Increase the ISO - this is the final adjustment.  When you can't get any more out of the lens or the shutter speed.  Increase the ISO.  This also has the often unwanted effect of increasing the noise, but there are tools to help reduce that, plus in some instances, a little bit of noise can add atmosphere to a photograph.

- Use the available light - find areas that are bright or have lights and if you have a subject such as a decoration or a person, position that close to the light source so that they can be lit up by the available light.
Little Ditty About My Own Camera Fun - 

I love taking pictures of the Mustang soccer action and this year particularly am looking for some alternative soccer shots.  Watch this space for some more action fun!
Quote of the Month

'Clothes make a statement, costumes tell a story' ~ Mason Cooley

Just for Halloween!
October Project

Halloween of course, experiment with the nighttime guidelines from for the photographer in you, you'll find that capturing the light and atmosphere makes much more interesting shots than using flash.
And that's it for October!

Thank you for reading my October newsletter, do get in touch if there is anything you would like to know more about!

Best wishes,

Tracey xx
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