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White House Photos on Flickr

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Pete Souza is the official White House photographer, and a steady stream of his photos are on Flickr. Considering the nature of the subject matter and the situation, Souza’s work is incredible. And, the fact that this daily stream of images is available and public is equally amazing. Those not-so-professional photographers among us can learn a lot by looking at these images! Also, having these pictures, all digital, on Flickr means you can look at the EXIF metadata and see all the details. For instance, Souza uses a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, 800 ISO, a 50mm f/1.2 lens. You can view the EXIF data of any image from the Actions pull-down menu.

For example: P070711PS-0386 (click on image)

These images are amazing, because none are posed or staged. This is life as it is happening. Amateur photographers should look very carefully at these images. There is a lot to learn about framing and, from the EXIF data, the actual mechanics of taking pictures. Notice for one thing how few of these indoor images are taken with a flash. Souza sets his camera ISO to 800 indoors, 200 on a sunny day outdoors, 400 on a cloudy day, and 1600 to 4000 at night or in dark rooms. My favorite (so far, since I haven’t see all these images yet), is this one:

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Exposure	0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture	f/1.6
Focal Length	35 mm
ISO Speed	4000



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