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Aug 25 2012

Tricks the Pros Use to Get that Perfect Shot

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Photography is something many people use on a regular basis. We take photos of ourselves and post them on social networks, we take photos of our family pets and we are constantly taking pictures when we are out and about. Anyone can take pictures, but not everyone can call themselves a photographer.

While being a successful and consistent photographer takes some time, there are some tips that we have learned from the pros over the years that we thought we would pass on to you. There is nothing like finding new ways to get the most of your photos and capturing those moments that can pass us by so quickly. We hope we are able to help you have something special to pass on down to generations to come.

Get to Know Your Camera

The most important step in capturing fantastic photographs is getting to know your camera. Take the time necessary to understand all the settings and options available to you. A lot of the time people skip this step and this could mean missing out on some fantastic shots. Understanding your camera means you understand just how many options are available to you.

Always Have Your Camera with You

If you do not currently carry your camera with you everywhere that you go, you should definitely start doing so today. The best photographs are captured at the most unexpected times. You never know what you may run into and this is especially true for those of you who like to photograph nature. Not having your camera with you regularly greatly reduces the number of opportunities you have to get a really amazing shot. You also want to make sure you keep your camera properly covered and stored so it does not become damaged. The last thing you want is for a scratch contained on your lens to show up in your photo.

Take Shots of Things You Enjoy

If you want to have the best chance of getting a great photo, then you should definitely focus on taking pictures of things that you love or are passionate about. Whether you are a huge fan of sports or a lover of animals; by selecting the subjects you care the most about, you are going to have much more drive and focus when it comes to snapping those great shots. Plus, you’ll have some sort of idea as to what you’re looking for and what others would enjoy seeing.

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Mar 22 2012

More Tips for Beginners

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Fun Tips And Techniques For Great Pictures!

Photography is equal parts science and art, with skills and vision playing crucial roles in the final results. Whether you are content with an amateur’s level of photographic skills or you aspire to be the next Ansel Adams, these 4 tips will take you one step further in understanding the process.

1. Red Eye

We have probably all had photos where a person’s eyes have a red tint to them. The first step in trying to reduce red eye in your pictures is to check and make sure that your camera has a setting in it for red eye reduction. Most of the current DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) and point and shoot cameras have this function and it does make quite a difference in the pictures you take.

2. Portraits

When photographing portraits, isolate your subject. Use a medium telephoto lens or the medium telephoto setting on your zoom. That, combined with a large aperture (try f/4 or larger), blurs the foreground and background. Focus on the eyes. Use diffused lighting for a flattering look. If outdoors, wait for an overcast sky or shoot with the subject in the shadows and the sun at your back.

3. Watch Your Fingers

A common beginner’s mistake is to place one’s thumb on the lens while taking a photograph. This causes a blurry spot to appear in the corner of a photograph. You should make sure your lens is clean and that you are not obstructing it with your thumb before taking a picture.

4. Lens Flare

Ever had lens flare on a photo? Lens flare typically occurs when you try shooting in bright light. An easy way to avoid lens flare is to use a lens hood or to position your hand to block it.

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Mar 11 2012

Improving Your Photography Skills!

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1. Use a Tripod

In order to produce the best and clearest photographs, you should use a tripod. A tripod allows you to stabilize the camera, so that your photos are not fuzzy or blurry. This is especially important if you are using a high-zoom lens or shooting at night, since small changes in the camera’s position will result in major blurring.

2. Consider the Weather

Overcast skies are perfect for black and white photography, but in color photography it can make colors appear washed out and bland. When the sky is clear, take advantage of the blue backdrop and try to include it in your photos.

3. Hold the Camera Properly

When you are taking a picture, your arms should be close to your sides. This will help keep the camera still and ensure that your picture turns out clear and crisp. Your non-dominant hand should also be under the camera lens to hold it steady as you snap the picture.

4. Use Macro Mode

If your camera or lens has one, use the macro mode to get clear close-up pictures. Instead of fiddling with the lens every time you want a close-up of a small object, simply use the macro mode. Using the macro mode will allow you to get clear, close-up pictures with a soft focus.

5. The Eyes Have It

If you are taking photos of people, give your subject(s) something to look at to avoid direct eye contact with the lens. You are sure to get more natural looking photos if you do not have them looking directly into the lens. Have them focus on something behind you or looking to one side or the other.

6. Learn Some Tricks

As an example … to shoot vintage-style photos, smear a dab of petroleum jelly on the outer edges of a lens filter. This technique blurs the edges of your shots, providing a fun, distorted look that mimics old-school photography.

Now Get Out There Shooting

Learning new photography skills and ideas is a lot of fun. As you have seen in this article, there are a lot of ways this can be done and no two techniques or cameras will yield the same results. There are also lots of customizable options that can work with your skill set and budget too.

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Jul 20 2010

The Photography Background – The Difference Between Professional And Beginner!

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If you’re enthusiastic about photography – and wish to get your pictures to a whole new, higher level – the key to success often is the photography background!

Among the fundamental differences between beginner and professional photography is that the professional has learned to manage and manipulate the photography background – where the beginner focuses all their consideration on the subject and frequently just lets the background happen on its own.

Ever been so caught up with your model and lighting and so forth that (when you take a look at the completed photograph) you discover a huge refuse can – right behind your subject – spilling refuse all over the ground? In every photo? Plus you never even noticed it in the course of the photo session!

Or, maybe you have been guilty of having tree branches appearing to erupt from the subject’s head, like antlers?

They are stupid blunders that are effortlessly fixed and will promptly increase your photography’s impact.

The unpleasant news is we do not actually observe how much better our photographs are! Let us face it; if you don’t have garbage or antlers and so forth, you never stop to think how much better your photo is…you just never notice. Our notice only comes to bear if we overlook something and screw up (we all do occasionally).

If you want admiration for your artistic endeavors, you can’t allow these problems into your pictures. It is really a simple repair…just remember to look at the background and every one of the four corners in the viewfinder before you click the shutter button – and then you tweak accordingly.

For those who have a tough time remembering, get a piece of masking tape and mark – in large black letters – “CHECK THE BACKGROUND”. And then attach the tape on the backside of your camera. It will help jog your memory you until it turns into a habit.

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Jul 14 2010

Simple Steps To Get The Hard To Shoot (And Ellusive) Clean White Photography Background!

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I am commonly asked – by frustrated shooters – what materials they ought to be using so you can get a crisp, spotless, pure white photography background.

Sorry to say, that is the wrong question to pose! It in fact, is not the background material that gives you the clean white you are seeking.

It is the amount of light!

Here is the case…you set up a fresh white bed sheet or a roll of white paper – and you put your subject in front of it.

You set up a light source or two and light your subject. All is appearing excellent. You think you will have an admirably lit subject and a nice white backdrop.

Now, you take the photo.

Nervously, you dash to the photo lab if you’re shooting film or to your computer if you’re shooting digital. You check the completed shot and ta daaa!

Your subject is perfectly lit, however the background is really a dull gray color. Not the sparkling, pure white you saw within your viewfinder!

Seem recognizable? If you have been having a tough time shooting high key images…And you have been creating that dingy gray color (no matter what materials you utilize) here is how to repair the problem!

All light has a certain fall off factor.

With that I mean the further away light is from a subject, the dimmer it appears. Thus, meaning… when you’ve got a certain quantity of light hitting your subject, and you are using that SAME light to light your backdrop, your light is further away from your backdrop than from your subject. For that reason, it is going to be a little dimmer when it gets to the background material.

Wow! That is a tongue twister. In other words…

The reason you are shooting that gray color is because there is more light hitting your subject than is hitting the photography background.

To have your backdrop be an absolute, flawless white…merely hit it with MORE light than you are using for your subject!

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Jan 03 2010

Using White Background For Portrait Photography

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One of the most popular backgrounds for studio photography is a solid white background. One of the hardest aspects to using a white background is when the topic is also dressed in white or is holding a white product. As the shutter-bug you have to separate the white subject from the white background and not tell them they cant wear their choice of clothing. Many photographers seem to never get the separation correct and if you look at ads in many magazines youwill see alack of detail where the white color blends.

What you could need :

Some say youmust have lots of space so that there isn’t any reflection from the backdrop to the subject. Fine if you’ve got the room but depending on your camera settings you continue to could have issues even with 15 feet of space between the white background and subject. This reflection is often referred to as spill, wrap or aptitude depending on where it comes from. Irrespective of what you call it photographers wish to avoid it unless you’re going for a unusual look.

What I do is light the white seamless paper from behind my subject. I attempt to permit about 8 feet so I have room for my lights. I use from 3 to 4 lights. When using 4 lights 2 are on each side. When using 3 I have one on each side and one behind the model hidden from sight. I have used soft boxes and umbrellas with equal results. If using an umbrella be certain to have the black liner attached to stop spill. A black poster may also be used if you feel more light blockage is required.

Using a light meter placed in front of the model just under her jaw take a reading. Point the meter toward the camera and fire all the strobes. If the reading is F11 and you are satisfied with that setting then move the light meter to behind the model facing the background. Take a reading of the flash and it should be 1 stop under. No more and no less. You can move the model closer or further away for easy adjustment or adjust each one of the background lights. At one stop or F8 in this sample you would have total separation of the white background and the white clothing worn by the model being photographed. Whatever setting you require for your subject just make sure the background reading is one under.

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Dec 06 2009

Wedding Photographer Strobist Style

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As a cameraman there are many different routes you could decide to explore, however thereis one thing that all photos rely heavily on, the use of light. Get this fundamental point wrong and its just not going to work.
Be it social documentary, wedding photographer in Cornwall, sports or portraiture, lighting is crucial.
An ever-growing popular movement within photography is whats known as strobist. This involves a reasonably minimalist approach to working, no massive lighting rigs or power packs, just some lightweight light stands, some umbrellas and some flash guns trigger by wireless radio triggers. Used correctly this will produce some dramatic affects. The incontrovertible fact that it needs a reasonably tiny quantity of equipment means that it is perfect if youre a fashion, music or wedding shutter-bug. It also implies that if youare trying to work to a tight budget, as a new photographer just starting out then it’s not going to cost your house to buy all of the hardware.
What you want On Location

  • Off Camera Flash
  • On Camera Flash Unit
  • Knowledge to mix Flash with Ambiant Light
  • Remote Control to Fire Flash

This is one more reason for its skyrocketing popularity. You can as with everything take it to extremes and spend masses of cash ( if you have it ) on pricey lights and power packs and generators to tote around with you, but this also suggests you need more folk to help out with the shoot.
Thanks to the large celebrity culture that surrounds us everybody is now privy to the sort of photos stars want us to see of them, glossy well edited pictures of the celeb looking there best, this also transfers into the type of pictures celebs have taken of them on there wedding day, because most are made to see these pictures on the T.V. Net or in magazines, folk want their marriage photographers from Cornwall to be in a position to reproduce these fashion style high end pictures, and this is where we come back to using wireless remote caused flash, the simplest way to attain that glossy mag style look.
There is a wedding photographers from Cornwall whos skills are ever advancing and covers all areas of photography and uses this strobist methodology.

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Sep 16 2009

Tips For Taking Digital Photographs During A Wedding

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For anyone that is or has been married,the events of the day can be captured in images,forever digital wedding photography has changed how wedding photographers can carry out their work ensuring the day is captured on disk. There is no reason why a DVD can’t be made of the occasion to complement to photos!

This article is really going to help you deal with all the problems in digital photography. If you are an amateur then also we are here to help you out. Click to know more on weddingphotographytips.

Many times the couple is among the crowd and if you capture them at that moment, you only get their heads and shoulders. So it is better to pay attention to this type of shots, then to regret later.

If there is couple or a group of people whom you wish to capture, then just try to click the picture after activating zoom. If you’ll take the pictures against the light they will appear really awkward.

Try to get as smart as possible while you take the shots with the help of digital photography. No one is going to stop and give you poses every time. You need to hurry up and take all the candid shots so that you are always welcomed by people.

The last thing you want to happen is for your digital camera to have half charged batteries and a memory card that is already half full as it will restrict how many shots you can take. As a general rule, if your camera is a 6 mega pixel resolution then you will need a large storage capacity card that will hold a few hundred shots at high resolution so a 1 gigabyte card should be sufficient.

The camera resolution is always asked to be at the maximum as the colors are rich at this point and you won’t face any problem in enlarging the photographs also. This is achieved by saving the images to your computer where you can print them out at your leisure on special photographic paper.

If you are always regular with film photography and has switched to digital photography recently, then you may find it a bit strange at first, but then you will enjoy it. Make your memory more beautiful, check out

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Jul 25 2009

Ways to Take Good Pictures

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Taking pictures at weddings is a very important thing to do, and for that you will most certainly want to hire Utah wedding photographers for Salt Lake City wedding photography, but at other times you can take your own great pictures. There are some things to remember when you do try to take your own pictures and a lot of conceptual things that, although they may be tiny and may seem unimportant, they make a big difference in the end and can really change the way your photos come out and can most certainly change a good picture into a great picture.

Choosing your subjects is of course an important part of taking photos, you will of course want to take pictures of the people who are close to you so you can reminisce later on in time, but timing has a lot to do with the pictures you take because after all, a picture is just a representation of only one moment in time and since there are going to be high times and low times at any event that you are part of, you will have to get a sense of when those are and be sure that you are taking pictures during that time. Take pictures of your friends when they are having fun, and some of the best pictures will be when they are not posing for them. Another important thing to consider is focus, and a lot of cameras these days have a very short exposure time so that your pictures will have time to focus and so that you will not miss a moment that will never happen again in the course of time because your camera was too slow to focus for the brief time that you needed it to do its job. Another thing you will want to do is to pay attention to the way you compose your picture by trying to divide the image into thirds for better composition and better depth in the picture.

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Jan 02 2008

New York photos

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I do not really like big cities. Pictures in New York City do something to me that is hard to describe. It is not just New York skyline photographs. New York wedding photos in Central Park, pictures of old New York, and pictures of random people passing by all get my blood pumping. In New York photos, however, there is such a contrast between the different people. All of the drama, the joy and the tragedy of day to day life, is contained in New York photos. I forget what I know about the city – the dirt, the grime, the poverty and the crime – and simply try to get into the heads of all of those different people in the New York photos. I can pass hours looking at New York photos. Read also in French: Photo de plantes

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