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Jan 02 2012

Helpful Tips To Improve Your Photography Skills

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Welcome to the wonderful and challenging world of photography! As you know, it is a large world filled with all types of tips and tricks. Because photography is personal to people, it can be hard to find techniques that will get across what you are trying to accomplish. Read on for some advice.

Experiment with different shutter speeds to see what works best for different scenarios. You can capture moments that happen in a blip or blur larger time periods together. To freeze moving objects, try out a fast shutter speed. A slower shutter speed will help to capture calm, natural scenes.

TIP! Throughout life, it has been ingrained in our minds to have things symmetrical. Most people are attracted to symmetry, even in pictures.

Pack your equipment for a trip carefully. Take the lenses you anticipate using, and don’t forget to bring along additional batteries and cleaning equipment. Don’t take more with you than you absolutely need.

Get as close to your subject as possible. Terribly far away shots prevent the viewer from seeing clear colors and details. The result of a close shot will be a vivid picture that you will enjoy more.

You can use several digital techniques to make photographs resemble watercolor or oil paintings as well as pencil sketches, drawings and more. Adobe Photoshop is the best-recognized software package for doing this, although there are other options available from other manufacturers. Often, turning a photo into a work of art is easy; simply apply a filter in the medium of your choice.

TIP! Consider finding a club that take pictures, or find someone who is also into photography to buddy up with. This could be a great opportunity to learn new techniques, as long as you are still developing your own style.

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Oct 13 2011

Photography Tips on Travel and Landscape Photography

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A video featuring photographer Karl Taylor. Shot in Paris, France.

Not a simple point form style like Rick Sammon’s video from the other day. More an ongoing dialogue as Karl took photos.

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Oct 12 2011

Top Ten Digital Photography Tips

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Learn how to see the Light
Create Depth and Dimension
Take a Hike
Look down; Look back; Look up
Tell the Whole Story
Frame it
Beware of the Background
Fill the Frame
RAW Rules
Envision the End Result

The ten tips are courtesy of Rick Sammon.

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Sep 30 2011

Wildlife Photography, Catching The Animals By Surprise

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Photography has been around for more than a century and our the topics for our photos are never ending. Portrait, landscape, wedding, and wildlife photography just to name a few. One of the most rewarding styles of photography centers on wildlife. It may take you several hours before finding the perfect picture and capturing it, but the reward is more than worth the wait.

Wildlife photography in a natural setting is perhaps the most difficult in the profession. You have to have the time, inclination, and of course the camera. Most wildlife shots are captured using a telephoto lens because the animal will not walk near you. Every once in a while you will be able to capture the fox, elk, bear or other animal as it comes through the woods in your path, however most of the time they are yards away and elusive.

Wildlife photography doesn’t wait for you to happen along and snap a photo. You need to immerse yourself in the site with your camera at the ready, and set for the light of the day. Most automatic cameras work great on the preset for those who are just learning to take wildlife photographs. Photography has always been about the moment and the best photographers can catch the moment with the speed and agility of the animal they are capturing.

Start with small subjects when you begin your foray into wildlife photography. Practice on your pet. Let them roam naturally and see if you can capture the wild and crazy moments on film without the photograph ending up blurry. All great photographers have studied and practiced. They also use more than one shot. Making sure your camera has a quick shutter speed will help you take more than one shot as your move with the animal. Modern dSLR cameras like the Canon T3i (shown in ad to the left) can take 3 or more photos per second. When you have the subject in your sight you need to follow it while focusing and then quickly snap as many pictures as you can before they move out of sight. This technique is known as panning. Rather than the subject coming to you, you follow the subject.

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Aug 23 2010

The Best Ways To Use The Green Screen Photography Background

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Are you sick and uninterested in photographing (and viewing) the same old pictures, over and over again? You have been told that “blue screen” may be the path to go, however you do not really understand it or even know a great deal about it? This is all you’ll want to understand to utilize it as a photography background!

Firstly…What exactly is it?

You’ll hear the terms “green screen”, “blue screen”, and “chroma key” thrown around and used interchangeably when discussing a photography background.

Chroma key just could be defined as using a background that is one solid, uniformly lit color. The blue and green are the most employed colors. In fact, you may choose to work with ANY color – however blue and green are best. I am going to make clear why that is the case in a moment.

Chroma key techniques can be used for both video and still pictures. You shoot someone in front of the chroma key and then later (or instantly with high end video cameras) you eradicate the solid color and trade it using anything you want!

This is the way your local weatherman/woman does the weather report. They’re in front of a blue screen and the camera digitally removes it and puts in your local weather map. They’re looking at themselves on the monitor to determine where to point and so on. That’s perplexing and more difficult than you may think to be a weatherman/woman!

Next…Why the colors blue or green?

Generally we tend to work with blue and green because they are the furthest away from the colors present in skin coloration. The procedure was primarily done with blue, although as the quality of cameras changes, green appears to work better. It can be simpler to strip from the background, therefore most studios are changing to green. However it doesn’t hurt to own both of them.

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Aug 14 2010

Pointers For Amazing Pictures – Using A Portrait Backdrop – Destroy Red Eye – Plus More

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No matter whether you consider yourself as a novice weekend shooter or next to a pro…there are many easy secrets which will instantly improve your work. The portrait backdrop, understanding and cutting out red eye (and green eye!), the best ways to create additional visual attention (composition) and so on…

Listed here are a couple pointers that every shooter has to understand as well as be at ease working with…they’re going to move your shooting to the next level. Possibly even bypass a stage or two! For further pointers, search for my other articles on this directory.

First: Eliminate Red-Eye

To begin with, I am continuously being asked – what the heck will cause “red eye?”

Btw – it can be an scary green or blue in animals.

Red-eye is a outcome of light passing through the pupil of the subject’s eye – striking the back of the eye – and bouncing back into your lens.

Angles are an important issue in this case. To get light to bounce back to the lens, the light source really need to be near your lens.

Think of light like a ball on a billiards table. When you bounce the ball off a cushion…for it to return straight back, you have to hit the ball straight into the cushion. If you have some angle, your ball bounces away in a different direction.

Light works the exact same way.

You obtain “red eye” quite often when using your on camera flash, in view of the fact that the illumination is near to and at a similar angle as the lens.

Consequently the first trick for cutting out red-eye is merely to stay away from working with the flash whenever you don’t definitely need to.

Or else, take the flash away from the camera or further away from your lens. That is the reason you see shooters working with those large “stalk” attachments jutting up above their camera, with a flash at the top. They’re moving the illumination source away from the lens and altering the angle of their light.

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Aug 11 2010

Illustrative Wedding Photography

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When it comes to weddings, the bride should have the final say on how the wedding is supposed to be. There are a lot of mothers or families who run roughshod over the wedding preparations that the bride is left in the wings and not being able to do anything about it.The call for a traditional wedding photography will be the most obvious choice that mothers want as that is how their weddings were in the first place. However, formal theme of a traditional wedding may not be exactly what is looked for by the bride and the photographs could be disappointing in their predictability.

One choice that a bride could choose would be the illustrative style. This makes the wedding pictures more interesting as it involves different settings rather than a church background all the time. It is basically depends on the wedding photography camera and the photographer vision.The wedding party could be placed in different backgrounds using the reception site amenities. The wedding party are not made to pose like mannequins as that in traditional photography, instead interaction is encouraged and they could actually be shot when they are unaware that the shoot was already going on. So for better prints it is very important that the photographer should know the wedding photography tips.

The candidness of the fun and loving is what is achieved and this may be what the bride and the groom are looking for. That they are having fun with their friends and families and were having fun in the wedding ceremony and reception itself. The essence of the wedding celebration woyld still be there, but it would be less formal and more simple. If you were a bride who wants nothing of the formality involved in the celebration of the big day of your life, then the illustrative style should be a great option. It is not such a drastic change from what the parents want it to look like; it would just come out more ‘you’ rather than ‘them.’

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Aug 04 2010

How to be Great at Kayak Photography

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Think you’re somebody who does photography as a business or perhaps hobby? Do you love to specifically photograph nature as well as wild animals? If this really is the situation, and you really are also somebody who is fairly competent as well as at ease around the water, you might like to consider mixing your current love for taking pictures with the sports activity of kayaking. There are many forms of kayaks, such as the Hobie Mirage Outback, that are excellent when it comes to taking pictures on the waters.

In this post, we will go over several ideas, strategies as well as resource recommendations that may help you to discover if kayaking is right for you as a means to take thrilling photographs along the water and of nature in general.

Many individuals choose to take pictures from their kayak or other kind of water boat because it allows them to enter secluded and silent locations in nature. The possibility of experiencing a lot more wildlife is better and there may be much less of a possibility that you would scare your subjects when taking the pictures because of the quiet nature of floating on the water.

There are many things that you need to look for in relation to finding the perfect kayak for you personally. Probably the most critical qualities is definitely the steadiness of the kayak and several tend to be more suited to pursuits like photography. The Hobie Outback, that was pointed out earlier is extremely flexible and secure. It is rather popular among wildlife photographers, fisherman as well as people who like to hunt while out kayaking. A kayak like this, enables a lot more room to maneuver and possibly actually stand up in some instances. There is also a large amount of storage space which may be specifically valuable should you be taking a lot of gear along with you.

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Jul 29 2010

The Portrait Photography Business- A Beginner’s Primer

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Photography is a superb interest to take up, whether it’s as a leisure activity or as a major commercial venture. It can be enormously satisfying artistically as well as in terms of money if done well. Photo shooting human faces falls in the realm of portrait photography, a difficult category of this art and science because of the emphasis put on emotions and context. Portraiture can be environmental or it can be achieved in a professional studio, from case to case. We all know what portrait photography is like if we take a look at our official papers or IDs. This kind of pictures are taken in studios most of the time, using digital cameras according to some standard pattern.

When performed in a studio, portrait photography involves a larger control over the background. Seamless paper roll is often used to take portraits against it, but not all photographers appreciate this work method. Neutral portrait photography is normally associated with this practice, but there could appear elements of distractions in such portraiture forms. Yet, you can use other backdrops too in order to achieve the kind of environment you consider adequate for portrait photography. As for special effects, there are many portable equipments that you can make use of.

The focus is on the subject first and foremost with portrait photography, and even when you shoot small pictures or formats, you can still use tools to perform enlargement at excellent quality. Then there is the issue of light and shadows on the subject’s face, even if you have a great lighting system. The eyes and the nose are the most important for portrait photography, when it comes to lights and shadows. And this issue certainly requires careful consideration. For example, with the use of a telephoto lens, the nose and the eyes will look very sharp and the field depth will diminish.

Do not feel intimidated by getting started with the pursuit. Places with diffuse light and neutral background are the best for portrait photography. This is the case with universities, galleries and museums. There are all sorts of tips you can read to improve your skills in case you are a beginner. Great photos come with experience most of the time, and you’ll see improvement with every new thing you learn. If you have professional training in portrait photography then, it’s hardly necessary to read any of these tips.

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Jul 11 2010

The Photography Background – The Biggest Difference Between Pro And Novice!

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If you happen to be focused on photography – and want to get your photos to a whole new, higher level – the important thing to success is the photography background!

On the list of vital differences between beginner and pro photography is the pro has learned to control and manipulate the photography background – where the beginner focuses all their attention on the subject and typically just lets the background come about on its own.

Ever been so caught up in your subject and lighting and so on that (when you look at the completed photo) you discover an enormous trash can – right behind your subject – spilling trash all over the ground? In each photograph? Plus you didn’t even see it in the course of the photo sitting!

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

They are ridiculous mistakes which can be effortlessly handled and will rapidly increase your photography’s effectiveness.

The unpleasant news is we don’t really notice how much better our images are! Let us face it; if you do not have trash or antlers and so on, you never stop to consider how much better your photograph is…you simply don’t notice. Our attention only comes to bear if we forget and screw up (we all do on occasion).

If you’d like respect for your creative endeavors, you can’t allow these problems into your photos. It really is a simple repair…only remember to check out the background and all four corners inside the viewfinder before you click on the shutter button – then you modify accordingly.

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

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