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Shooting Straight: Photo Tips

Brad Wood
Jun 1, 2008
Photographers: Scott Les Chandler, Cheyne Hansen, Chris Emanuel, James Evins
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From A Pro
Mirror Lockup
Camera shake is the enemy of any still photo. Even the sharpest, most perfectly focused lens can produce a soft, blurry image if there is movement between the subject and the camera's image plane. The tripod is our first line of defense. A cable release or remote shutter release is also used to isolate the photographer's body movements from the camera. Finally, there's mirror lockup. Single-lens reflex cameras, either film or digital, use a mirror in front of the image plane to divert the image from the lens up into the viewfinder for the photographer to see. When the shutter button is pressed, the mirror swings up out of the way before the shutter opens for exposure. Once the shutter closes, the mirror reverses direction and returns to its normal position, allowing the photog to see through the lens again. It is the top of the mirror's journey that concerns us. As light as camera manufacturers make those mirrors, they still have mass. When that mass is put into motion, it gains momentum and kinetic energy. The sudden stop of the mirror's movement at the top of the arc transfers that energy into the camera and thus onto the image plane. It's Newton's third law: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Cameras equipped with mirror lockup allow us to eliminate yet another enemy in the war against soft images. If your camera has mirror lockup, you should learn to use it anytime you're shooting stills. Otherwise you're just giving away sharpness for no good reason.

Your Snaps, Eibach's Schwag
It's official. We ain't playin' around. Your Honda-related photography could just land you fresh Eibach gear, a set of Sportline or Pro-Kit springs or a brand-spankin'-new set of Eibach coilovers. Check out the fine print for contest rules and details.

E-mail submissions to:editorial@hondatuningmagazine.com (include OH SNAPS in the subject) or via snail mail to: Honda Tuning Magazine/OH SNAPS
2400 E. Katella Ave, Suite 1100
Anaheim, CA 92806

Keep things Honda/Acura-related and use your imagination. We need high-resolution images sized to a minimum of 4x4 inches-low-res snapshots and 3x5 prints will be tossed into the round filing cabinet. All submissions must be accompanied by complete contact information including your name, phone number, shipping address, e-mail address, and Web site address (if applicable). No contact info, no prize.

Winners will be selected monthly by the Honda Tuning staff. Refrain from watermarking submitted images; the appropriate credit will be displayed next to all published works. Honda Tuning magazine reserves the right to publish, crop, resize, and/or remove watermarks from all submitted images for the sole purpose of OH SNAPS in order to suit publication.

Monthly prizes: All entrants with submissions selected and published in OH SNAPS will receive Eibach hats, T-shirts, and stickers. Prizes will be shipped to the contact information provided upon publication.

Quarterly prizes: One quarterly winner will receive his or her choice of Eibach Sportline or Pro-Kit springs for his or her desired Honda/Acura application. The winner will be selected from previous OH SNAPS monthly winners. The quarterly winner will be announced concurrent with publication in the June and September issues and will be contacted for prize redemption upon publication.

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The Grand Prize: One grand-prize winner will receive a complete set of Eibach coilovers for his or her desired Honda/Acura application. The grand-prize winner will be selected from previous OH SNAPS monthly and/or quarterly winners. The grand-prize winner will be announced concurrent with publication in the December issue and will be contacted for prize redemption upon publication.

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