If you’re in the hunt for your first DSLR camera, or you’ve just purchased a DSLR and you’re new to digital photography, chances are you’ve been on the internet and watched one or two videos about things you should know or might want to know in order to get the most out of your camera – these are the “basics” or “fundamentals” type videos, of which there are a ton on YouTube. In some of these videos, they may have talked about something called a Histogram – usually telling you to look on your camera’s LCD screen, after you’ve taken a photo and “see what the Histogram is telling you”, as a way to know whether your photo has come out properly, or is otherwise either too bright or too dark, in which case you will need to make certain adjustments to your camera settings and try taking the photo again.
All well and good, but let’s say you’ve watched one or two of these videos and are still a bit flummoxed as to how to interpret these Histogram things. Well, this is the situation I found myself in for a few months – for a time, no matter how they
Here are 10 features of your DSLR camera that you should know. They will help improve you as a photographer…
1. Shooting Modes #1 (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes)
- Aperture Priority Mode… This lets you control / adjust the aperture, while the camera takes charge of determining the shutter speed, based upon the other settings (including the aperture). Adjusting the aperture causes background elements in your scene to become either crystal clear, or blurred. The wider the aperture, the more the background elements will become blurred, as you focus on your main subject. Conversely, a narrower aperture will enable you to include more things in your scene, without them being lost to the blurring that occurs with the wider apertures. Another thing that aperture adjustment does is to brighten or darken the overall image: with a wider aperture, you’re letting more light in through the lens, and onto the camera’s sensor, so images will become bright. Go the other way, and your images will become darker as you narrow the aperture, as this time you’re letting less light reach the sensor, during the period of the exposure.
- Shutter Priority Mode… This lets you control / adjust the speed of the shutter,
There is an awful lot of things to learn when you get your very first camera, especially if it’s an ultra-modern, sophisticated DSLR, with shed-loads of features. So, it’s not surprising that mistakes will be made by many a newbie photographer. Here’s a short list of ten common mistakes…
Newbie Mistake 1. Flashing From A Distance
Flash can be useful even on a bright sunny day, such as to illuminate subjects when they’re backlit by the sun (to avoid their features disappearing into silhouette). However, while external or pop-up flashes can be exceptionally bright, they’re not going to do anything for subjects that are too far away and beyond the reach of the power of your flash (e.g. mountains).
Newbie Mistake 2. Getting ISO Wrong
In dark environments, you can turn your ISO up to lighten your image; in light environments, you can turn your ISO down to darken your image and improve image quality. If you’re unsure of what ISO to use, just choose Auto ISO and let the camera figure it out for you.
Newbie Mistake 3. Mode Dial Confusion
The Mode Dial is usually the largest dial on the top of the DSLR, often stamped with various letters or symbols. The most common
1. Print your images
Are your photographs destined to remain hidden on a hard drive forever, unseen by the world? Remember the buzz you once had in the pre-digital days, when you saw your photographs the first time in print?
Why not peruse your recent holiday snaps, and select your best work to be immortalised with ink on paper. Frame them; hang them in your home; give them away as gifts.
2. Update your camera gear
There comes a time when your digital camera doesn’t do your skills justice. While point-and-shoot cameras are convenient and cheaper, they are restricted by their simplicity and their smaller sensor size.
Unfortunately, the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is still the truth. Even an entry-level DSLR and kit lens will produce sharper and bigger images, and allow you to play with a wider aperture range, from at least f/4 to f/22.
If you’re into landscape photography, a sturdy tripod is a must, as is a polarising filter to darken blue skies. A cable release will prevent camera shake during longer exposures. A decent kit bag will protect your expensive gear, and enable more efficient access to it.
3. Subscribe to a photography magazine
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1) Pick a subject matter that speaks to you!
Pay attention to the reoccurring themes in your work. Think of what draws you to these things so you can find new ways to capture and express what you like!
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Sometimes those mistakes turn out to be something unique and innovative that you can build on.
3) Work the subject!
Try shooting the same thing in as many ways you can that capture different aspects about it. After you shoot look through your shoot and critique your work. Be mindful of what worked and what didn’t and why. Editing your shoot is an important part of the learning process.
4) Study the work of other photographers.
Find something that inspires you and pay attention to what you like and try to mimic it. Then try to make it your own by bringing in something new and different.
If you pay attention, most great photographs will contain at least one of these guidelines:
- Rule of Thirds: Imagine the image is divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The interesting aspects of the image are placed on those lines. This rule is often used in landscapes, with the horizon being placed in the
Teleporting you from your home to a tropical island in the blink of a lens!
To many people Photography is simply one person with a fancy camera pressing a button and getting paid lots of money for it. You often hear people complaining, saying things like: “It’s so easy! Anyone can press a button; I don’t see what all of the fuss is about.” – Well, I think it’s safe to say that people like that really do not have a clue what they are talking about.
Of course anybody can take a picture! But it takes a certain level of patience, dedication, skill and good taste to be able to successfully capture a moment. There are so many different factors to take into consideration when taking a photograph at a professional level. For example a wedding photographer is going to require a certain level of social and interpersonal skills if they are to truly be at the top of their game – Someone that can make people feel more at ease, bring them out of their shells and encourage them to laugh and joke around in a natural manner. If you have some quiet stranger pointing a camera at you and
CHALLENGE A PHOTOGRAPHER
Ever tried giving the same camera to a professional and “casual” photographer? You will be surprised with the results, and how different the photos look like in the hands of a professional.
If you are thinking “good camera plus a professional equals good photos”, well no. This is where I shall break the myth that anyone with an expensive camera is a good photographer.
Well you see, it’s really all about the photographer, and never too much about the gear. A good photographer looks at things in a different way, and that is what we call the “photographer’s eye”. Once you learn to see things that way, your photos will never be the same.
HOLD YOUR HORSES
How cool is it to learn “the secrets” of taking good photos? Which, is really not too difficult to get started… you do not need an expensive camera either. All you need is a good eye, and planning the shot before taking the photo.
Let me get started with something called “snapshot” and “composed shot”. Most people will causally whip out their camera, and just take a photo of what they see. Good photographers don’t just do that. They plan and design the photo before they
Today, aerial filming and photography is becoming very popular. Before, it was only used for movie production as it is very costly. However, businesses see an opportunity in aerial filming and photography today that they can use for their advantage. Due to the advancements in technology and the increase in the number of companies providing drone video services, aerial filming has gained traction not only among filmmakers, but also among businesses who want to produce videos for their marketing and advertising.
If you are planning to use your video to increase customer engagement, increase sales conversions, or improve brand appeal, adding aerial shots to your videos offers a few unique advantages. If you own a real estate agency, aerial videos can help you show prospective buyers an unparalleled view of the properties you are selling. This is because of the unique perspective offered by these videos.
Buyers can have a clear idea of the shape, size and layout of the property which would otherwise be difficult or impossible to do with conventional shots. If you own or manage a resort, an aerial video is a great way to show potential guests the amenities and features of the resort. You can post videos
In coming days, Aerial Photography is going to rule over many hearts. It is the best way to go ahead to your competitors. In real estate, this new age technique is being used on a scale. It has emerged as a powerful marketing too. It coins your name in the industry and brings you at the forefront. A professional shot aerial photography or videography is very helpful, whether you wish to lure the customers, business associates or clients towards your property.
Why It Should Be Shot By Professional Photographers
The new age and modern are not leaving any stone to serve the best service and that is why they are hiring Best Aerial Photographers. These reputed agencies understand the value of customers’ requirements and needs and always give them preference by serving the desired results. Whether you want the out-side view or in-house views, they are perfect in capturing all sorts of. The major reason of the aerial photography in commercial market is that it is perfect way to capture the beauty of the product, building or object.
It speaks in a beautiful way and touches the heart of the customers without saying or having any kind of written text. For example
A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
Photography may be a more effective and reasonably inexpensive alternative to drawing or painting, but more thought and feeling goes into a painting than a photograph.
Photography is relatively simple in comparison to painting, which is a much more complex task. With photography, the composition is already completely arranged, but with a painting the objective is much more open to interpretation by the artist. The artist has the ability to capture much more emotion, understanding, and significance in an event and apply this fiery drive to his paintbrush when creating his own masterpiece.
When dealing with reality, I think a photograph may represent an actual physical recollection of a person or object, but a painting created from scratch adds the reality of perception to the equation. Reality is always open to a different observation and interpretation.
Artists during the Realism period concentrated on the real world as they saw it, and chose to construct their pieces of work with normal, everyday activities, therefore making it all the more real. One painter during this time period was Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In his piece titled Ville d’Avray, he chooses to capture a woman in a forest-like setting. The text states
How you brand your business sets the tone for everything you do afterwards: How you advertise, how you handle your customers… even the appearance of your business and its products.
That’s because your brand is the personality and identity of your organization and everything reflects that identity… your logo, your advertising, your storefront. Think Apple computers: anytime you walk into an Apple store, the facility, its employees, the window displays… everything says “we’re cool, we’re creative, we’re on the cutting edge.” Go to any Cracker Barrel restaurant and everything says” “we’re homey, we’re country, and we serve grits.” This allows the customer to connect on a personal level.
The point of branding is to offer customers a distinct choice. If you hate country home cooking you stay away from Cracker Barrel. If you love fried catfish you know you’re in the right place. Good branding doesn’t try to please everyone, it let’s people know clearly what you are. Then buyers makes the right choice.
One of the best ways to convey the feeling of your brand is through photography. Images are able to project mood and values where words would fall short or seem contrived. Just like packaging design invokes “high-tech” or “intimate”
Expensive cameras do not equate to perfect photos on canvas! However, following some basic techniques and a good camera can get you the perfect shot! Some basic steps and suggestions from our end to get your perfect shot for the canvas:
- Set your camera to ‘Highest’ Quality Mode & Ensure Enough Free Memory
Your camera or phone may be able to take photos of a certain amount of pixels, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that all photos taken will be captured using the highest pixels possible. So, ensure that your camera is set to high quality mode and there is enough memory. For example, if your camera or SD card is low on memory, your camera may automatically switch to taking photos using fewer pixels in order to save them to your device – the smaller the pixels the smaller the file. This, of course, will cause quality problems and when printed on canvas, this distortion will be obvious.
- Straighten the Horizon
Always pay attention to the lines and horizons in your photograph, even if you are taking a portrait. This is because unintentional angular lines throw off the balance of the photograph – the eye prefers level lines instead of uneven angles.