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Oct 06 2015

Don’t Take Another Picture Without Reading This!

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TIP! Try different shutter speeds for finding what works for various situations. Photography can help you get that split-second moment or to blur those large time periods.

When you take up photography, you give yourself an excellent way to highlight all the beautiful things in your life, as well as in the world that surrounds it. With some effort and education, you can even turn a passion for photography into a source of income. Read this article to start improving your skills as a photographer.

Creating photographs that stand up to the pros will require that you invest in a camera that has professional features. You will need to look at buying a digital SLR camera to give you the most professional results. For quality photos you want to use it too since that’s what photographers use for great photos.

TIP! Pack your equipment for a trip carefully. Take cleaning equipment and back-up batteries, as well as all the lenses you expect to make use of.

Try to create an impression of depth in your landscape photos. Provide the viewer with an understanding of the scale for the photo by placing a person in the picture’s foreground. You can get decent focus on both foreground and background objects by using a small aperture setting: Something under f/8 with a standard digital camera or f/16 when using a full-frame SLR.

Find other photographers whose work you admire, and look to them for inspiration. Studying them will show you the vast variety possible in creating photographs that capture instants in our lives.

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Oct 06 2015

7 Cool Camera Tricks

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We all can always use new camera tricks.

If you know any, let us know at richard “at” photosbyrichard “dot” ca

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Jan 30 2013

Amazing photo editing apps for beginners

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Many people have a passion for photography. Some of them take up photography as a profession and a few others, as a hobby. There are great apps that you may use to edit photos. You can make a simple picture into an amazing work of art through editing. To make your picture better you can add effects to it.

After taking a snap, many people feel that the pic might have come out much better. If you are among them, the following are the apps which can come in handy for editing photographs.
Pic frame: Through this app you can edit pictures by arranging them into one image. Multiple pictures can be brought into a single collage. The Frame artist app is a similar app that does the same work.

Little photo: You can add retouch and film effects to the image. It has over 70 effects in it. This new effect will appear in updates which are present in your handset.

Label box: This app can help you by putting messages onto the image. This means that you can write text on the image using this app. You can a add date or an appropriate quote to make it more memorable. A picture will remind you of the moment forever.

Photosynth: This helps you take panoramic pictures. High quality panoramic picture can be taken on your iPhone. It is one of the best apps for iOS devices.

Masking tape: You can add text on the tape through this. It is a digital wash tape.

Red Stamp: You can make stylish greetings using this application. E-greeting cards can be made through the app. A truly awesome way to express your feeling to your loved ones.

Lenslight: The app has so many light filter choices for your picture.

Picfx: It has many neat features in it, which you can add to your image..

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Dec 24 2012

Last Minute Wedding Photographer Survival Tips 101

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Well, you warned them in advance, but they would just not listen to reasoning. Now, on the eve of their big day, disaster stroked and the “professional” wedding photo service they have hired has called to inform the soon-to-be newlyweds that their photographers will not be able to make it on time. On top of it all, you just found out that you are suddenly in charge of shooting the wedding photos. The best approach in this case is to stay calm and use the little time you have left to prepare yourself properly for your first wedding photographer gig. Here are some suggestions to help you out.

1. Review the potential list of shots with the bride and groom

Before you do anything else, have a talk with the happy couple to find out whether they have established anything regarding the shots with the wedding photography service. In case they did, then your job here is fairly simple considering that you could simply stick to the predefined listing. In addition, you still have a few minutes to go check the places from which you will snap the photos and possibly get creative about the locations at the same time. However, if the couple has made the mistake of not discussing this issue in advance, then the only solution consists of brainstorm location ideas and creating the list as soon as possible.

2. Talk to them about what they should expect

Since the bride and groom have assigned this task to you, then chances are you have a little experience in photography. On the other hand, because you are not a professional it is best to comport an open discussion with the couple about what they can and should expect. Even though this is the first time you are “working” as a pro, it is best to not be overconfident and have a realistic outlook regarding the results. In addition, it is usually wise to talk about the monetary aspect beforehand in the event that they want to pay you for the gig or you are expecting reimbursement.

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Dec 10 2012

Family Portraits

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Family portraits are usually a painful experience to most people looking at past family photography. Mainly, people think they look very dated as they capture the current hair and fashion trends that looked cool then but can look absolutely abhorrent now. However, this does not have to be the case. Family photography has changed a lot over the years and can now be a fun experience. To get the highest quality, it is great to have the services of a professional photographer who best knows how to capture that moment. The following are helpful tips on how to have a successful family photography session with your family.

If having the photo session at a portrait photo studio, try different poses other than the ubiquitous “class photo” stance. Try looking as natural as possible by looking at one another, telling jokes and holding each other in various positions. This will allow the photographer to maneuver around the family and choose more candid shots. It is best to forget that the family photographer is there and to feel free to have various expressions on your face. You can have a more serious or playful look and you can show different moments of tenderness.

The photo studio may even have a couch or chair to allow you to “get comfortable” and feel more relaxed. The advantage of having it at a portrait photo studio is of course the ability to let the photographer manipulate the lighting, shadows and props. There are many methods to allow the photographer to make the setting more “real” and less “fake”. This allows for a greater range of photographical opportunities. The photographer can create the mood, music and lighting, such as using candles or having very upbeat music to get the family in the mood. If the photographer is really good, he or she can even guide you on your best sides and give direction as to how to pose.

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Oct 06 2012

How To Take a Good Picture Without a DSLR

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Without the help of an expensive DSLR camera, or Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera, it can sometimes be difficult to take a high-quality picture. Use these five tips to help you overcome this obstacle and come up with beautiful images:

1. Chose a different type of high quality camera
Even if you do not want to spend excessive amounts of money on a Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera, there are plenty of bargain priced cameras that can take high-quality photos. The best way to go about finding the best camera for your money is to look at consumer reviews online or to go into a store to talk to sales representatives. Stores that would give you the best information would be electronics stores and camera specialty stores. Regular super-center grocery stores will  most likely not have the specific information about certain brands and models that you want, despite how knowledgeable the salespeople appear.

2. Always check the lighting in your surroundings
When looking at photographs of others, it is obvious that a big problem in pictures is the lighting. Combating a lighting problem can be difficult if you are not a professional photographer, so your best bet would be to experiment with the lighting options available to you in your photography setting. This can be toggling with the flash setting, moving lighting equipment around, or adjusting the location of your subject in reference to the sun. Remember, pictures look best when the light is in front of the subject–not behind.

3. Make the best use of your camera’s built-in settings
Because the subject of your photo will change, cameras also come with different settings that are better for different types of subjects. Most cameras, for example, have a sports setting. This is good for subjects that will be in motion. Often times this setting has the ability to take several rapid shots with just one click of the snap shot button. There are also usually portrait settings, night settings, and many more. It is recommended that when you buy a new camera you read the manual and explore the different settings your camera offers.

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Oct 03 2012

Proper Care And Storage of Paper Photos You Should Know About

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Your paper pictures are some of your most prized possessions. You have pictures covering everything from those of your grandparents as children all the way up to your own kids. You need to keep them safe that your family will always have them to remember their history. The following suggestions have been designed to help you keep your paper pictures in good condition.

1) Keep them dry!
The most important thing to protect paper pictures from is death by water. Humid areas often make pictures curl or crack. You do not want this to happen! Therefore, you need to keep your pictures in dry places. Also, keep them away from pipes or sinks because you never know what could happen! Also, regularly check to see if any pictures have started to change. If so, then you need to move them to a new spot so that they do not get any more ruined.

2) No Sunshine!
Sunshine damages photos because it bleaches them. You do not want discolored paper photos! This is what Instagram was made for! In order to keep your photos from getting to discolored, keep them out of the sun. If they are on display, then keep the shades down so that the sun does not hit the pictures directly.

3) Special Displays
You should keep your pictures in a photo album or keepsake box. This will keep them from jumbling together and from being torn. Also, the pictures will be forced to lie flat. You can even place tissue paper between them so that the pictures do not stick. You should keep your pictures well organized so that you know where to find specific photos. The best way to do this is to spend and afternoon going through them. You can reminisce and organize at the same time!

4) Scan to be Safe
It may be a pain, but you should always scan paper photos. This way you they know they can never be lost if they are on the computer. You can also upload them to your favorite social media site for everyone to see! Older paper photos are great to use to look back at fun times you have had with family and friends. Why not use this opportunity to let others reminisce as well? These will be great conversation starters as well. Who knows? You may even learn a new family story or about history you did not even know.

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Aug 31 2012

How to Touch Up Photographs to Look More Professional

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The ability to touch up photographs is something that’s not just useful for the vein and the pock-marked. Being able to touch up photos is something very useful for any webmaster who wants their pictures to look more professional and more attractive, and without doing this the images surrounding your articles can risk looking somewhat amateurish. Here we will look at how to touch up photographs using photo editing software like Gimp or PhotoShop so that it looks like you used the very best models and like only the most attractive people deal with your products.

Removing Blemishes

The first thing you need to be able to do to make your models look more perfect is to remove any blemishes or spots and to generally even out their complexion. You generally just don’t get adverts where the actors have boils on the ends of their noses so if you want to sell your product or make your content look authoritative then these need to go.

The easiest way to remove a large number of blemishes quickly is to go into the brightness and contrast settings and to slightly increase the brightness while reducing the contrast. You’ll notice that this brings their skin down to a more even and porcelain-like tone and this will already go a long way toward making them look more like professional models. Don’t overdo it though or it will make the photograph look low quality.

Next you might want to apply a very light filter such as a blur effect which will make their skin look just a little softer and any transitions appear more smooth and less harsh.

Next you will want to use a combination of the clone tool and the blue tool to remove individual spots that haven’t already disappeared. Using the clone tool you can clone the look of nearby skin and drag it to cover the spots, while using the blur tool you can take color form the surrounding areas to cover them up.

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Aug 03 2012

How To Capture Your Child’s Youth In The Perfect Photo

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Taking a picture of your newborn baby is easy. Just point and shoot. It’s not like their little legs can take them anywhere. But that all changes, as you might already know. Once your child is old enough to walk and make decisions for themselves they become a lot harder to capture in the perfect moment. You can’t blame them: you were probably the exact same at their age.

That still doesn’t help with the matter at hand. You want to take great pictures of your child because like everyone else, you want to remember as much of their life as possible. You will have a photo album to look over when they head off to college, and have a little cry. Would you like some great tips on how to capture the best pictures of your child as possible? Well let’s go.

Take more than one

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Everyone has had a picture taken that looks absolutely terrible. Maybe it’s something to do with the fact you try to put on your best smile as the flash goes off. If they had only waited one extra second it would have been the best photo in the world. A split second can make all the difference. When you are taking a photo you should quickly take other ones before your child even realizes it. One of these could be much better.

Have lots of fun

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Kids absolutely love to have fun. They enjoy nothing more. You can take advantage of this to take great photos. Have them dress up in all their favorite costumes and get them to strike funny poses. The more authentic their smile is, the better your photos will be. And it gives you a great chance to bond with them rather than demanding they sit still while you click away.

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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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