Aug 14 2010

Hints For Outstanding Photography – Working With A Portrait Backdrop – Eradicate Red Eye – And More

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Whether or not you consider yourself as an amateur weekend shooter or just about a pro…there are many straightforward hints which will instantly enhance your work. The portrait backdrop, understanding and eliminating red eye (and green eye!), how to generate additional visual awareness (composition) and so forth…

Here are two bits of advice that every photographer needs use plus be comfortable using…they should move your shooting to a new level. Maybe even bypass a step or two! For more bits of advice, check out my other articles on this site.

To begin with: Kill Red-Eye

To start with, I am always being asked – what the heck brings about “red eye?”

Btw – it can be an eerie blue or green in pets.

Red-eye is a end result of light passing through the pupil of a model’s eye – striking the rear of the eyeball – and reflecting back to your lens.

Angles are a necessary feature here. For light to reflect into the lens, the illumination source has to be near your lens.

Think of illumination like a ball on a pool table. If you carom the ball off a rail…to get it to come directly back, you’ve got to shoot the ball directly at the cushion. If there’s any angle, your ball bounces away in another direction.

The illumination operates the exact same way.

You obtain “red eye” frequently when working with your on camera flash, given that the flash is near to and at exactly the same angle as the lens.

Therefore the very first tip for eliminating red-eye is merely to stay away from employing the flash when you don’t positively have to.

Otherwise, move the flash off the camera or further away from your lens. That’s why you see pro shooters using those large “stalk” attachments jutting up on top of their camera, with their flash at the top. They’re shifting the flash source further from the lens and varying the direction of their flash.

Better flashes include heads that may be slanted and swiveled so that the light may be bounced off the wall or else the ceiling as opposed to coming directly from the camera.

If you have to work with the flash, a lot of cameras have a built-in function to mechanically do away with red-eye. What it does is fire some dazzling pulses of light. It doesn’t truly do away with the red eye, it simply stops down the subject’s pupils, subsequently a reduced amount of light is reflected back.

It also will cause squinting and also a delay of the shutter releasing. This will make you lose your shot, get blurred pictures and weird faces.

I for my part do not like the function and don’t use it. Others swear by it…check it out and see which camp you are in!

Second: Pay Attention To The portrait backdrop

The easiest, fastest plus most stunning technique to immediately enhance your shooting is by employing a professional portrait backdrop.

The majority of us skip this tactic because we expect they’re too expensive, you should have a studio, lights and so on. We tend to believe they are only for the professional photographers.

Not correct by any means!

With reference to the studio part, you are able to hang a Portrait Backdrop from the branch of a tree. No one looking at the ultimate photo can tell.

Re illumination… the sun, your on camera flash and a few reflectors tend to be all that is required for a five light set!

Merely a small amount of experimenting will put your shooting head and shoulders above all your friends’ images. Do it, you won’t regret it!

The portrait backdrop stands out as the biggest difference between shooting a “grabbed shot” or acquiring that – professional studio- look.

The one downside is that professional portrait backdrops can cost hundreds and perhaps thousands of dollars!

The up side is is, you can also make your own – they look as good and in many cases better – and cost barely pennies on the dollar. I can make a pro quality portrait backdrop for less than the price of delivery for a commercially prepared one. It is really simple.

As a fundamental beginning, you should have a pure black, pure white and several other “Old masters” type.

Try creating your own portrait backdrop. It is easy, quick and fun! You then will REALLY seem like a pro shooter!

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