How To DIY Your Photography Setup

    If you’re a freelance photographer, you know how difficult it is to make scenes that don’t cost a lot of money. No matter if you’re doing senior portraits or high fashion photo shoots, consumers always want an interesting scene in their photos. If you’re looking to make the most out of your photography, but don’t have the time or money for expensive materials, this article is the right place to start.

      If you are a photographer, you know how expensive photography equipment can be. We all know cameras are expensive but many people don’t necessarily think about everything else that goes into making the perfect photo. If you’ve got a camera, it’s the best place to start but you can do with a few extras that will make your photographs go about way better.

     One of the first things you’ll want to honk about is your backdrops and scene setups that you have. You’ll need a lot of accessories, costumes, and more depending on what kind of photos you usually do, but the general case is that the more you have the better so you can take amazing and unique photos every time.

How To Retouching Your Photos

Every person, however glamorous and bestowed with perfect looks, often has some flaws. Photos of models and film stars on magazines, print collateral’s and billboards look gorgeous and stunning, although these persons also have flaws like everyone else. But photos of such personalities are perfected by photo retouching, which improves the looks and appearance of the subject.

What is Photo Retouching?

The techniques and processes of getting an image ready for final presentation are implemented by image retouching, resulting in augmentation of its looks. Almost all images you see in any format of advertisements have undergone retouching, which can vary from just a subtle change to a dramatic changeover of various elements of the image. Even the photos of real beauty campaigns undergo this important process, may be for small improvements like dust removal and sharpening.

What Improved are done?

Image retouching works towards slightly changing, rather improving, looks of the subject. The digital manipulation includes basic “fixes”, like erasing pimples or making a ruddy complexion appear even. Experienced and talented photo retouches can even perform more complex manipulations such as making a subject appear slimmer or even morphing two or more subjects seamlessly. Scars on the face or body of a person are

All About Histograms

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

All about DSLR Camera Features

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,

What You Need To Know Before Hiring Photography

In everyone’s life, marriage is undoubtedly a special occasion. It is a day loaded with feeling, satisfaction, bliss and now and then a little trouble when a relative or companion who is always up for some mischief.

Every professional photographer knows how unpleasant orchestrating your big day can be. With such a large number of individuals around, where do you begin? What do you have to know when searching for such professionals? With costs extending from a couple of hundred pounds to numerous thousands, how would you know whether they are a good fit for you?

It is an essential, unavoidable truth that with the invention of advanced cameras, numerous individuals have started assuming the role of a “photographer”. In recent years there has been a blast of individuals offering their administrations as such professionals, a significant portion of who have never gotten any training, have no expertise, don’t utilise proficient gear and don’t have adequate reinforcements set up for any tricky situation.

How it’s changed over the years

Today things are altogether different. Photography has evolved a lot. Gone are the acclaimed organisations like Kodak. Film based photography has been supplanted entirely by digital innovation, the nature of which enhances drastically year

Mistake For Beginner Photography

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

Benefit Watermark Your Photos

You see it all the time when you want to find an image on the Internet. You could download almost any photo, but often they have a watermark on them. Why?

Image providers watermark their photos so that you can look at them and download them, but requires you to pay a fee to use the image without the watermark. You certainly don’t want that watermark visible.

However, fine quality stationery often exhibit faint watermarks that you can see when you hold it up to the light — a mark of elegance, a desirable effect.

The watermarks on your photos that I’m referring to are more like the latter.

They don’t get in the way of the photo, but enhance it and you at the same time.

Here are the three reasons, you might want to watermark your photos.

1. Branding.

Your watermark can be a signature, a small photo or a logo. As such, it serves to brand you. When people look at your images, they learn something about you.

If you consistently show photos that appeal to them, they’ll get to know who you are and look forward to seeing more of what you publish.

Your images may be quotes or landscapes or funny stuff that

Going Into High Level Photograph

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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Photography Tips For Beginners

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!

2) Practice!

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.

5) Composition.

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

Set The Destination Before Taking Shoot

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

Avoid This Mistakes During Shoot

Do this simple test below. For each bad habit, give yourself a test score.

01. LEAVE THE CAMERA AT HOME

The best camera is the one you have with you – even if it’s on your smart phone. Not every photo you take is photography competition material, or is of commercial value. Regardless, a huge megapixel count and optimum lens quality on a DSLR is useless if left at home.

02. RELY ON A SINGLE MEMORY CARD

Those little storage cards are hugely expensive, but the temptation to be frugal will bite you on the bum. Murphy’s Law states that your memory card will fill up precisely when you’re shooting that ‘money shot’; when the light is right; or when the entire group is all smiling at you. The remedy? Buy more memory cards.

03. DON’T BACK UP YOUR PHOTOS

I know a friend who fills up a memory card with images, then buys another, fill that up, then buys another – a dangerous habit! He recently confessed he’s lost some of his precious photos. Personally, I have experienced the pain of having a hard drive fail, losing more than a year’s commercial photography work. To be super-secure, you really should store your photographs in

Guide To Take Awesome Shots

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

Benefit Aerial Filming And Photography For Business

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

All About Aerial Photography

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

How To Be Professional Photographer

There’s a few things to constantly keep coming up whenever I talk to someone new to photography. The questions asked always come back to settings and how to shoot the images that I do. Unfortunately, 90% of the time these people are asking the wrong questions.
When first starting out on your photographic journey, start at the very beginning. The following 7 tips might help you towards your goals.

1. Simple Equipment
Most beginners believe that the more expensive the equipment, the better. I would recommend that you start simple and explore the type of photography that you actually love taking. Often this will end up being something completely different to what you thought at the beginning. Learn what you like and then find out the type of equipment you will need to make it happen.

2. Unsteady Hands.
Tripods are cheap these days. It is definitely worth getting one as your satisfaction with the final result will increase immensely!

Couple this with either a remote release or when first starting out just using the timer that is built into your camera.

3. Be Ready
If possible, carry your camera everywhere. You never know when that award winning shot will present itself and

While Balance Technique

Have you ever noticed how sometimes you’ve taken a shot and there’s a weird color coming out in it?

A yellow, blue, perhaps orange look to the photo?

We all have and when we first start out in our photographic journey it can be a bit of a struggle to understand why this is happening.

Enter ‘White Balance’!

Different light sources will add a different color cast to your images even though to the naked eye they appear ‘normal’. Fluorescent lighting is actually blue in color, tungsten bulbs add yellow.

The naked eye and the brain behind it are smart enough to discern these differences and therefore to us a white paper is a white paper… is a white paper!

The ‘brain’ in your camera is not quite that smart and won’t normalize the range of color temperatures that we can.

The White Balance settings in your camera are here to help as this can have a tremendous impact on the quality of the images that you take as you can take control of your camera and tell it to ‘warm up the image’ or ‘cool down the image’.

Look up the settings for your individual camera’s white balance mode. You can do this manually or in

All About Camera Kit

Understanding camera lenses will give you the ability to have greater flexibility and control over your creative imagery. When first starting out it can be daunting trying to understand which lens or lenses you should be purchasing. The kit lens that came with your camera will only go so far. Below I’ve listed some different types of lenses that you will come across and what their main purpose is. A small introduction to allow you to get the basic information on what that particular lens is actually created for.

Zoom Lens:

A zoom lens allows you to get closer to your subject without the need of actually moving closer to it. It allows you to achieve a variety of different compositions in the quickest time. The focal length is measured in mm. i.e.: 70-200 is equal to 70mm to 200mm. This focal point is the key to the way the lens focuses. It magnifies the image by changing the focal point.

Prime Lens:

Unlike the zoom lens, a prime lens has a fixed focal length which cannot be adjusted. Prime lenses are slightly quicker to focus with a much better level in picture quality as there are less moving parts within the lens

Guide To Take Photos

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

The Reason You Need Photography For Your Business

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”

Tricks For Take Photos

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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.