How To Be a Professional Photographer

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How To Be a Professional Photographer

Professional photography is a great career choice of the people who want to get paid by showing their creative talents. One can be easily a professional photographer without having a good academic result. It is a field where there is no need of college degree, age limitation and fixed duration as you may need for a government job or others. It is also worth saying that photography is a very competitive field; if you want to be a freelance photographer, you should be prepared to start building a portfolio that can be used as your best work. You should also consider some definite things before you become a professional photographer. Those are given below.

How to be a freelance photographer

It is worth saying that you need a fancy camera with multiple lenses to be successful in your professional photography life. It can help you to improve your business and quality of work. Before being a photographer, you need to know your camera and its gear. To be a successful photographer you also have to know ins and outs of camera basics. You can gather information about different cameras and their usage by reading books, magazines, news paper, and online articles.

You will need to have a portfolio built up to show off your best work before being hired by someone. This is the best way to be hired soon. This is because your portfolio composed of five to ten photos can approve your best quality to them. You should take more different photos from different places to make a wide range of images that you can choose for your portfolio; people would like to see your best work you have done.

You should take decision on your forte. You can advertise yourself as a portrait or wedding photographer, if you have a great passion to do them. Choose what your favorite is and get out to do work for it.

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Shooting Indoor Sporting Events

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Shooting Indoor Sporting EventsPhotographing motion is one of the hardest things to learn. That is what makes shooting indoor sports so difficult. With the often inadequate lighting and fast action, getting just one decent photograph can be a challenge.

The main things to do when you want to learn how to take a good sports photograph is practice, practice and…you guessed it! Practice. This is why, when I was just starting out as a photographer, I went down to the local gym and tried to get some decent photos. My friend was practicing mixed martial arts at the time, and he let me take his pictures while grappling with a professional grappling dummy. This was perfect for me because the motion was not as sudden and fast as in, for example, basketball, and I managed to capture some barely decent shots. This is what I learned since.

  • You have to have the right gear for the job

When talking about gear, the first thing you need to have is a reliable DSLR. There is no need to spend a huge pile of cash on one – an average camera should do the trick. The next thing to look out for is a good fast lens with a long zoom and large aperture.

  • Get there earlier to test the grounds

Each sport has its own tempo and rhythm, and every gym had different lighting. It’s best that you get to the location early to get a good position and test out your settings. I learned this the hard way. When I was shooting my friend striking a combat sports dummy, I could get up close and personal. But when it came time for me to shoot the actual competition, I arrived too late and could only get up to about 15 meters from him. That made it more difficult for me to get any good shots. Remember – early bird gets the worm (or in this case, photo!).

  • Getting rid of motion blur

One of the biggest problems when shooting indoor sports is motion blur. The first thing to do when you want to get rid of it is increasing the shutter speed. I usually set the speed somewhere between 1/500s to 1/1000s. This serves to freeze the motion and make photographs suspenseful and well illuminated.

Another great tip is using flash when you need to add more light. Be careful, though – many venues forbid the use of flash since it can distract the players. To circumvent this, you can always use the strobe lights which a lot of venues have installed in the rafters. Get a master/slave flash system and you will be able to flash the upper lights without the risk of distracting the players.

The final big tip in avoiding motion blur is using a high, or even the highest ISO speed setting. One problem with this is that the photos might end up being grainy, but I think that, in these cases, it’s better to have a sharp photo that’s a bit grainy than having an unusable blurry one.

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Plant Photography Tips

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Plant Photography TipsSome decades back photography was just confined to the four walls of studios and taking pictures of you and your family with big manual cameras. As the world is making scientific advancement today, more powerful and unique cameras are being designed. People are now choosing photography as their main hobby. So, if you are one of them who just love photography and nature is what appeals to you most, then these tips are just for you. These Plant Photography tips will carve out hidden talent in you and will help you to climb the ladder from being an amateur to professional plant photographer.

The first thing you should remember in opting plant photography as your hobby is to be close to nature. The main aim of plant photography is to take unique natural pictures rather than artificially creating the environment. Some photographers try artificially modify the mother nature by altering the plant environment and habitat. This will remove the natural aura of the plants and flowers. Although, you can always grow plants at home and then take unique pictures of those plants, but I requires special equipment. You have to have grow lights in order to successfully  grow plants at home and you have to have perfect illumination at home. If you are interested in buying a grow light then you should try LED grow light, as it is the trend right now for growing plants at home. Best tips and led grow light reviews is the place where you can get started in learning everything about grow lights and growing plants indoors for your photography.

Lenses and Tripods

If you understand the pros and cons of any lens, then you can use any lens for plant photography. You can either use wide angle lens to capture the whole field and background details or you can try your hands on Telephoto lens that can isolate your object from any distracting background.

But what experts will recommend you is a Macro Lens. It will give you a tight shot of your object. You have to keep in mind that while using a Macro Lens, the Depth of Field will greatly reduce. To adjust that you should use the lens at f/22 so as to get accurate details of whole plant. But if you use the lens at wider aperture(Low f numbers) then only a particular part of your object will be sharp. To get a sharp image, you should use a Tripod so as to avoid any camera shaking.

Understand the importance of Light

Another important aspect in Plant Photography is to understand the importance of light. You must have heard many photographers talking about a terms known as “Magic Hours”. If you want some best plant or flower shots then the ideal time for it is either before dusk or just after dawn. During this the intensity of sunlight is just perfect to make you picture extra-ordinary. So, if you are not taking photos in some diffused lighting area then you should try these hours. Plants and flowers look best in soft light.

Look out for Weather

Every person loves the photo of a flower with some water drops on its petals. To have these amazing shots try in early morning hours just after sunrise. At this time  the wind flow is negligible because slightest breeze can ruin your macro shot. If still you are unable to take the shot then do try it in higher ISO and fast shutter speed.

So, the next time to are planning to capture plant’s beauty then do keep these points in your mind. Keep Clicking, Keep Sharing.

photo credit: buxbaum666

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How to Buy a Camera

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How to Buy a Camera

Taking photos is something everyone can enjoy doing. You can enjoy sharing photos that you took while on holiday, hiking or just that honeymoon that you enjoyed few weeks ago. A good photo will attract many people but a quality photo is something that you’ll want to know more about how it was taken. A quality camera will definitely give you quality pictures. However, there are few concepts that you have to put into consideration if you want to buy that camera that will give you quality images.

In this article, we’re going to look at the few things that you have to consider when buying a camera. You should not just rush to the shop to buy a camera just because you want to take photos but before you crab that camera as you partners birthday gift, consider the following concepts before you buy the camera.

Weight and Portability

The weight and size of the camera does not always reflect to pictures they produce. Depending on your choice of the camera, consider buying that camera that will be easy to carry. It’s quite uncomfortable to carry that big camera as you are going for like hiking or having fun with your pals. Cameras that are light in weight are something that you have to consider before you buy a camera.

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Photography Tips For Beginers

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Photography Tips For Beginers

If you want to start working for photography as a beginner, you need to have much more passion with following right instructions or tips that can make you be a perfect photographer. It is worth saying that most of the readers of photography school are beginners and they would like to follow instructions or valuable tips for being a photographer.

As a beginner, you may face several problems of camera setting and programming. You want to remove these problems anyhow. Looking into the different modes and features of your camera is a great way to get more creative results. Here are some tips for beginners:

Resetting Camera

You should keep the habit of resetting your camera to your most frequent used settings that is the best way to remove problems as soon as you’ve finished shooting. But at least you should know the basic settings such as drive mode and iso. You should always check the switches and settings on other gear such as lenses and flashguns that’s why they can be ready to use without facing to change any settings.

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Why Do We Love Photography?

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Why Do We Love Photography?

Our child’s first step, a beautiful sunset, our senior prom; what do they all have in common? The odds are that we have a photo of each one. Photography can help us remember the special moments of our lives. In the past, photography was relatively expensive and was only used on special occasions by those who could afford it. Now it is so inexpensive that anyone can produce studio quality photographs with just a little effort. It is easy to see why many people fall in love with photography.

Photography helps us stay close to those who are far away. Often, families are separated by long distances due to work, school, or military assignments. Sending photographs help us feel involved with each others day to day lives. It is one way to share in activities that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to.

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Must-Have Gear for Travelling Photographers

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Must-Have Gear for Travelling Photographers

As you know, I often find myself in the role of a typical travelling photographer. I started out as more-or-less a beginner, but have learned some valuable lessons through the years. One of the things that I have learned is that there are some extremely handy items made especially for the travelling photographer, which are invaluable on the road. Here are just some of the things I tried out, and now couldn’t do without.

  1. Cleaning Gear

It’s a terrible feeling when you’re stuck in the middle of nowhere, miles and miles from home, and there’s a nasty grease spot on your sensor. That’s why I always make a point to carry with me the essential cleaning gear I need for quick cleanups. When you’re travelling, just take a standard rocket blower and a small brush, and you should be set for any major inconveniences without making your back hurt from all the luggage.

  1. Roller Bags

In the same way that you should have a gun safe (like the ones here) if you own weaponry, you really should have an all-compact roller bag for all the lenses, straps, bodies and other equipment you are sure to be lugging around. This piece of travelling gear has become a standard item with travelling photographers, for obvious reasons.

  1. bunch of memmory cardsExtra Memory Cards

I learned this lesson the hard way. It’s a devastating feeling when you want to capture that perfect shot, you take out your camera and click, but then – No More Memory! By the time you clear your memory card and think about which shots you want to keep and which you want to erase, that perfect moment might be gone. This is why the travelling photographer has to make sure to have extra memory cards which are empty and ready to be inserted at a moment’s notice.

  1. Insurance

Although you can definitely do without this, and it’s not technically a piece of gear, I find it absolutely essential. Accidents happen, often when you’re least prepared for them, so you need to make sure you have all your important gear insured. Usually you can get some insurance for as little as 20 dollars a month, so for me this one is a no-brainer.

  1. Non brand straps

Although this again is not an essential piece of gear, in my experience it’s good not to walk around unfamiliar places with a strap that shows off just how expensive your camera was. Just take your brand strap and replace it with a basic black one, and you just might save yourself the trouble of having someone try to snatch your camera off your shoulder or neck.

  1. A Travel Tripod

Make sure you take a light travel tripod on your journey. You never know when you might need to take that long exposure shot, and it would be a shame for it to come out all blurry just because you wanted to avoid an extra half-pound of weight. You can find cheap travel tripods that are stable enough for some nice photos!

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Make a perfect photo of your woodwork

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Make a perfect photo of your woodwork

When you connect art and nature, one of the possible results it is woodworking. And I like to capture with my lens all what is beautiful and special. Those people that deal with woodworking have the increased need to demonstrate their work on the Internet. But if they want that one picture pointed out all the qualities of one work in the right way, it is necessary to know how to take pictures of objects made of wood.

Taking photos of the wooden surface is not the same as taking pictures of people or nature. Yes, it is possible to add and subtract color, light, a shadow, etc. in programs for editing images, but that also requires a lot of knowledge and often can be a laborious task. It is best to make the best possible shot, that you will not have to repair. Besides possessing the good camera, the following tips can be helpful to take a good photo of the woodwork.
Use solid color backgrounds, preferably ones with bright colors, that your woodwork came to expression. Colorful backgrounds and too many details around your object will drag attention away from your masterpieces or cast shadows, and your work will not come to the fore.
Direct the light. To view all the details of your woodworking, you must use the right light. Natural light is best, but if you do not have it, then it is necessary to obtain the appropriate lamp. Good lighting is to photograph the same thing as a good wood lathe for a woodwoker – a necessary tool. It is almost impossible to deal with woodworking without a wood lathe. If you are considering buying one, Woodlathereport has all the answers to your questions. And when you create your masterpiece, lighten it well to take a good photo on which will be seen all details.

Place the main light in front of your work, on a greater height, in order to get the proper shade and to highlight all vertical details. Then, add a side light, which should be opposite to the main light. It should be positioned down. That way you minimize the appearance of shadows.

Control glare. On some wooden surfaces, a bright background may make a glare that will not highlight your work, but only make it unclear. To avoid this, do a test shot and check where the glare occurs. Try to reduce it! Set a dark surface near those parts. In this way, you can show the depth of the picture and the dimensionality of your work. Also, play with lights if you want to highlight some parts that were obscured by a shadow that falls on them. Set a light surface in front of these parts, that will reflect the light.

Experiment. Make a few shots, change the position of the lights, zoom or try shooting from different angles. In this way, you can get many photos of your woodwork, including the one that requires a minimum of editing.
Dedicate yourself to the processing of wood instead of processing photos. Make perfect photo of your woodwork. It takes only a few small tricks.

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Bohemian Rhapsody

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Bohemian Rhapsody

Traveling around the world, you come across some of the most incredible sights and if you’re like me, you want to catch every possible moment on your camera. We all know that it’s not feasible but it’s also not for want of trying. After visiting some 20 countries over the past 6 years, I have a collection of more than 6000 photographs. My biggest problem is cataloging them and giving them titles. Can you imagine what these photos would have cost in the old days before digital? 250 rolls of film plus development costs would equal what you would pay for a car today!

The group I traveled to Prague with included my partner and 2 other couples, one in their late thirties and the other in their mid-fifties. The age difference doesn’t really matter to travelers does it? You have the same love of adventure and excitement at seeing new things and that was a common thread through our group.

We all had kids too. Mine were adults while the youngest ones had teenagers. The other couple had a son who was married with children and a daughter at high school. Quite a mix because I also had 5 grandchildren. This part of our journey saw us in the Bohemian capital of the Czech Republic. Prague has come a long way since World War II and it is a vibrant city filled with restaurants, beer gardens, performers, and architecture that can take your breath away with its beauty.

We were on the Charles Bridge that crosses the Vltava River and the bridge was absolutely packed with people. Artists were drawing and painting portraits and local scenes, artisans were selling their homemade wares of jewellery and leather goods and it was just a real eclectic mix of sellers, buyers, and sightseers. Quite exciting really.

At the old township end of the bridge, we came across a musical group. A cellist, 2 violinists, and a guitarist. One member of the group said that her daughter played the violin, an electric violin, which she had checked out online. She said her daughter loved the sound of the instrument and even at 9 years old she had an ear for music. The group on the bridge started playing a tune and would you believe it was Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody?! We recorded it with iPads and Smartphones because it was a beautiful performance.

Having a beer later, it was a sweltering day, end of July, Eastern Europe, we were still talking about the band we had just heard on the bridge. They were obviously superb because they were selling CD’s of their work as well and I had bought one. Jack said he would think that buying a musical instrument for a child would make a wonderful gift, especially if they took the time to learn it. Samantha, whose daughter plays the violin, gave Jack the violin website she used  http://violinio.com/ and told him to take a look when he got back home. She stated that the site had everything on there he would want to know to make an informed decision. I just wanted another cold beer!

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Punching Bag – Stress Reliever and a Source of Good Pictures

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Punching Bag – Stress Reliever and a Source of Good Pictures

Each of us has his own way of dealing with stress. Basically, we turn to things we love. For me, photography is a way to get rid of stress. Recently, I did a photo session in the gym and concluded that it was the best place where you can find a nice body for a photograph. But not only that. From conversations with people I photographed, I learned that they usually relieve the stress that way. It’s a great way of looking at exercising. Today we have more and more obese people, for whom exercise is more than necessary. And many of them consider it just as a hard obligation or stress. Well, the key to success seems to be the fact that exercising in the gym becomes your medicine against stress.

When we talk about the fight against stress, I think that one type of gym equipment can definitely take the crown. It is a punching bag! You are probably seen many times the scene in the movies in which the protagonist of the film gets annoyed, and then express anger at the punching bag. In fact, they say that it is not accidental and that the punching bag is a great stress eliminator. Here’s why:

  1. It allows you to discard your rage. This is particularly important in those situations where it is not appropriate to react with angry. A punching bag can be a great valve for discharging of these negative emotions and of all those metabolic changes in the body that stress can cause.
  2. It draws thoughts off stressful situations. Of course, only if you really focus on what you’re doing. The best way to focus on punches is to do a series of quick shots. The slow pace will only leave you time to think bad thoughts.
  3. It strengthens your confidence. Regularly exercising on punching bags affects your physical condition, your good look and a willingness to fight against a real enemy. Well, it does not mean you have to solve conflicts with fights, but it’s good to have self-confidence as a secret weapon.
  4. It improves mood. Intensive training on punching bag allows the release of serotonin, a hormone of pleasure. And this is a natural stress buster. In addition, after training, when the tension in the muscles decreases, you will feel physically different, better, readier for new challenges and cope with stressful situations.

Of course, I did not go to the gym looking for a cure for stress, but to make some good photos. The man who strikes punching bag is really good material for one photographer. A skilled photographer will be able to capture movement at the right time. It is really amazing what positions take the body during hitting the bag and which muscles are engaged.

Emotions and personality are things that I love to catch in the frame. They are so clearly visible in athletes who kick punching bag.  They are starting with anger, provoked with real problems or adrenaline rush, and ends with an expression of exhausting fatigue and serenity. It’s amazing!  For somebody, the punching bag is a stress reliever. For me, it is a source of great inspiration.

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The Challenge of Black and White Moving Pictures

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The Challenge of Black and White Moving Pictures

As I typed up this post today, there was a rare glimpse of sunshine. Perfect for using up a new reel of film. But because the days are generally overcast during the autumn and winter months, this moment is rare and cannot wait until the first signs of spring. The day led me to think of something a little different in terms of my artistic expression. The easy to do jobs are all digital nowadays but when the budget allows for this, it becomes quite exciting to splurge on some new paper to create a work of art.

Introspective possibilities

Before I talk about my latest inspiration, let me remind you of a couple of earlier posts. I’d like you to quickly read through those. Simply go through the Catalogue and seek out Inspiration and find Tips and Tricks. The holiday season is just around the corner and those of you who are lucky enough to do this will be packing your bags and heading off to warmer climes and lots of sunshine. The post suggests a few ideas on what to look out for when taking great holiday pictures. To lead into my inspirational thought for the day, there’s also an easy to follow explanation on how to photograph human subjects in motion.

My inspirational thought for the day has to do with the ongoing challenge of taking photographs of moving objects and subjects. Added to that is the dramatic art of capturing these action sequences in black and white and not familiar technologically-enhanced digital shots with the aid of photo-shopping tools. I’m inclined to believe that taking a shot of a youth jumping sky-high with a wide-rimmed long-board in black and white will offer far more introspective possibilities mainly because this sport is an adventurous thrill for those who practice it and the boards are generally quite colorful and artistically decorated in their own right.

Something new to think about

The use of black and white gives me the opportunity to express myself artistically by using the technique of deviation and giving the roving or observant eye something new to think about. When you use black and white, you enable, let’s just say, photographic expressionism. Much like the expressionist painters of the past, and even though they experimented with primary colors by using course brush strokes, the black and white prints stand out dramatically with solid layers.

Also, the human expression, moving or still, reveals something more dramatic or intimate to those who pore over a linearly mounted large-scale photograph. What prompted this moment for me? Well, not entirely a sport that I’m familiar with, but it made me curious. I was watching a Major League soccer game between two great inter-state rivals. The atmosphere was electric and as per usual, there was lots of razzmatazz.

A sense of serenity and nostalgia

My mind being curious at the best of times, I turned my stock to the local library and came across photographic anthologies of historic sports events from the sixties and fifties. Everything was mostly in black and white then, but there was a sense of serenity and nostalgia in these sequences. It was an absorbing and inspirational moment for me.

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The Amazing Brace Man

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The Amazing Brace Man

Throughout the history of comic books and their culture, there have been dozens of superheroes who just failed to make the cut. Perhaps their powers were just too unbelievable, or the machines they relied on made them appear so silly that they were impossible to take serious. Does anyone remember Captain Victory? No? That’s really not a surprise. Thinking about how lame some superheroes have been in the past has helped me to come up with an idea for a superhero of my own. I’ll admit it’s pretty lame, but as history has proven that doesn’t mean I couldn’t still get a decent run out of the character.

See, I love photography and taking pictures of things to show people what I’ve seen, where I’ve been, that sort of thing. But it’s a bit harder for me to explain things I can only see in my head. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to try. Do you know those braces that people get when it hurts to move, or maybe after they’ve been through a surgery? Back, knee and shoulder braces, braces for all the joints of the body pretty much. Well I thought of a superhero who gets his powers from a bunch of those braces, sort of like Iron Man and his red, metallic suit, except not quite.

This superhero of mine needs his braces so he can even move around. Without them, his joints hurt so much that his mobility is reduced, and that would be his main weakness since every superhero needs some kind of weakness. Maybe it would be some old guy with a bad hip, or a young dock worker who got hurt and is temporarily off on Workman’s Compensation only to discover he’s found some kind of super braces or something. To be honest the details are iffy, but one thing’s for sure – you can click here to see more about the kinds of braces Brace Man would be wearing.
lego stormtrooper

What really gets me rolling is imagining this guy moving around. With braces on his shoulders and elbows, hips and knees, maybe even his neck or some other very restrictive areas, he would almost look like some kind of Frankenstein’s monster. He would move a lot like it too, with rigid swings of the arms and legs and an unnatural gait that would make Brace Man look monstrous. It’s just the sort of thing that would make the bad guys bust out laughing and give him a chance to show them what for.

While The Amazing Brace Man is probably something that’s never going to exist, it’s still something I think about. That’s the sort of thing I’d love to get some pictures of, or maybe do some amateur film with somebody willing to wear all of those braces at the same time. It could almost be something like the old Robocop, except where Robocop was cool and made kids cheer, The Amazing Brace Man would probably just make people laugh with how silly he was.

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Making of Home Photo Studio

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Camera in a studioThe advantage of photographic work or hobby is that you can do it at home. This significantly reduces investment in this business. Of course, this requires that you have enough space. When you begin to deal with photography, the studio is not necessary.

Many things can be improvised. But if you want to be a professional photographer, taking pictures in your living room can be unprofessional, is not it?

Therefore, you should create your home studio. When you clear up a room or garage for this purpose, you need to add equipment. Here are the basic things that your studio should have:

Backdrop. Any good photographer knows that the best way to emphasize its model is the one- color backdrop that not distracting. For this purpose,  it is commonly used one-color big roll paper. It can be white, or in a color that suits you. If you do not have paper, a large piece of stretched canvas can be a good alternative for your home studio.

Light. Photography depends on what will be the light that falls on your model and whether you will be able to highlight what you want to show. Light is important as much as the camera because, without it, you cannot have clear photos. You can select continuous light or flashlight. It is important that they fit into your budget, and that you can set them to the desired location.

Light softeners. The sharp, direct light will give sharp shadows that sometimes you do not want on your photo. That’s why you need light softeners. It can be an umbrella or soft box, depending on what it is easier available and what it is easier to work with.

Doorbell. If your house is big or the studio is located in an isolated part such as a garage, you need a good doorbell that you’ll hear wherever you are. This way, you will always be able to hear your parties when they come, and you do not have to leave the job you are doing and await them behind the door. Wireless bells are simple to install, loud and with attractive design, and they are the best solution for your home studio. More information about the models and way of functioning can be found here: http://wirelessdoorbellworld.com/

Pieces of furniture. They will be used to place an object on them, or to place your model in a position that suits you. The best is that they are lightweight and that can easily be removed from the scene if you do not need them.
Professional studio shot

Framed works. If you want to make a good impression and show potential customers that you really know what you’re doing, and that you are dedicated to photography, you’ll put a few best photos in a frame and hang them on the wall, as your portfolio.

Computer. Today it is almost impossible to deal with a photograph without a computer, whether it is a simple transfer of pictures from your camera, or you need to edit them in a computer program. Once you have cleared an entire room to create a studio, then set one corner for that piece of equipment.

There is no need to overload your studio with things that would deprive your valuable space. You can always bring them from home. This is another advantage of a home studio. There are also disadvantages, but about them some other time.

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Tips for Making Good Night City Photographs

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Tips for Making Good Night City Photographs

Photography is not just the camera. It does not refer only to the beautiful images we create. Photography tells powerful stories. Tools in photography create awareness as well as understanding across cultures, communities, or countries; these tools are used to make sense of your commonalities in this world you share. The way to find a common ground is to see yourself in others.

The photograph’s world involves traveling to different countries and living in some remote places. The photograph becomes invisible and gets close to both people and wildlife, so the photograph can bring these stories to life. Travelling photography is always the passport to meeting people, learning, as well as experiencing new cultures.

Another great adventure is taking good night city photographs. There are also night photography tips.

If you want to learn how to take photos during the night, there are nine tips that will give you a solid foundation on how to tackle night photography techniques:

  1. Get high quality night shots. If you want the best night shots, you should opt for the best image quality, which means RAW. Shooting your images in RAW may retain much information which help you enhance your shots in Adobe Camera Raw as well as other raw-processing software. RAW is of help when taking night shots giving more flexibility when you wish to change things including color temperature, as well as functions such as accurately increase or decrease your exposures.
  2. Use a tripod for your sharp pictures. Shooting at night implies less light and slow shutter speeds. So, you must attach your digital camera to a tripod if you wish sharp results. Your tripod should be set up correctly and it should not be moved, because slight movement can make blurred photos.
  3. Pick night photography location in advance. You should pick good locations meaning the best spots in your town with interesting lights and architecture. You should also check the best position in order to take your photos.
  4. Use the lens sweet spot. You should use the ‘sweet spot’ aperture for your lenses. Using apertures means increasing your chances of getting the sharpest shots by means of your lens.
  5. Night photography settings. You should choose the best narrow aperture as well as the slow shutter speed for taking night photography.
  6. Getting a starburst effect on street lights. You should use a narrow aperture which ensures a deeper depth of field and sharp shots from foreground to background. A magical effect will be added to your pictures making street lights sparkle.
  7. Composition at night. Study carefully the scene before taking the photos. Is the scene in darkness? Is the scene colorful as it gets darker? In this particular case zoom the most photogenic areas.
  8. Use Mirror Lock-up. The slightest movement can shake the camera. You can enable Mirror Lock-up to get the best results.
  9. Do not touch your camera. Touching your camera in order to press the shutter button can make enough movement to have blurred results. You should trigger the shutter after you have pressed the button in order to avoid any issues. For shots that depend on accurate timing, you should use a remote release.

Cityscapes might have a wide dynamic range of light because of artificial lighting, like landscapes. There is often a major difference between the brightest as opposed to the darkest areas of our images. Cameras are not capable of capturing scenes defined by such high contrast.

In order to make a balanced image, it is usually necessary to take more exposures of the same scene. Otherwise, having a single exposure, you may end with heavily exposed areas. Taking more exposures is well-known known as bracketing. If you are new to bracketing, write the name of your camera as well as ‘Auto-Bracketing’ in Google in order to check if your camera possess an auto-bracketing capability.

As we are advancing as photographers, it might be essential for us to explore the various shooting modes that your cameras offer. The two major modes for photographers are Aperture Priority (AP) as well as Manual. Aperture Priority is offering the easiest solutions to your cityscape needs. In this way, you can control everything in-camera, excepting the shutter speed. The advantages of the over shooting in Auto are major. For instance, in the lower light situations the Auto mode boosts ISO significantly, while preserving the shutter speed low, leaving your images with much noise. But as for AP, you can manually keep ISO lower, maintaining an optimum aperture, and extending our shutter speeds in order to compensate for the lower light. This equals a sharper as well as cleaner image.

Travelling photography is by all means an adventure. The photograph witnesses extraordinary things, as it is not just jetting off to exotic places. It is that magic that really begins when you are staying in a place and you are giving yourself enough time to gain both insight and understanding. Photography requires both persistence and patience when you travel or take night city photographs. The photograph would rather take photos more time in one place hoping to find the best images. It is the way to go beyond surface images and create an art which is photography. Making good night city shots is also an art as the photograph does his best to capture a magical scene during the night.

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The best tips for wildlife photography

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The best tips for wildlife photography

All the great photos from National Geographic will leave you breathless even if you are not a photographer. These are not ordinary photographs of wild animals. They are amazing! What makes them special is an incredible, unrepeatable moment that the photographer managed to capture with his camera. If you’ve ever tried to make these photos, you’ve seen that it’s not so simple. Probably the result is a bunch of pictures of one animal – without a story, without action, without the moment that leaves you breathless. So let’s deal with tips about photographing a wildlife.

I had many opportunities to go hunting with my friends. Although I have to admit that hunting attracted me, the professional in me always looking for an opportunity to take a picture. In these hunting adventures, I fell in love with photography of wild animals.

To make good photographs of wild animals, you need to be equipped in a similar way as hunters. They are trying to be as inconspicuous. They wear appropriate clothing that adapts to the environment with the color, but also the equipment that enables them to assess the distance of their prey, like some of these.

What is true for hunters, applies to photographers – if you want a memorable photo of wilderness, it is necessary to adjust appropriately. This does not mean that you need a gun because your weapon is your camera. You need a suit that fits in the environment and do not rustle when you move. You also need to learn to move quietly and slowly, without a noise. And believe me, the animals hear much better than us!

The first step toward making good photographs of wildlife is finding adequate locations. Yes, you can go to the zoo, but you will hardly make a breathtaking photo there. That’s why you need to go into nature and find a place with a lot of animals that you want to photograph and place where they behave relaxed. More animals and friendly atmosphere increase your chances for a good shot, is not it?

Stay low and to observe their behavior. Do not grab your camera immediately to start taking pictures. Watch! What are they doing? Who’s the leader? Who is the most interesting? What action can you shoot? Take an image of a bird standing on a branch and is not something extraordinary. But if you manage to grab it in another action and display its behaving, then you have succeeded. Like, for example, then when you shoot a bird that builds its nest, or a seagull at a time when catches fish.

Learn to move slowly and try to be inconspicuous. If you are noticed, do not make sudden movements and do not move toward the animal. It will frighten her or, even worse, trigger an attack. In other words, it’s best to act a lack of interest. Go in the other direction, look at the other way, like nothing had happened. And then, when the animal is relaxed, stay low and start again.

If you want a good photo of the wild, then cancel the plans. Nature cannot be planned. Instead, learn how to adapt. So even though you went to take a photo of a bear, take a photograph of an unusual insect or a flower if you find them. Do you want unpredictable photography? Then, dare to see it!

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How To Photograph Jumps

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How To Photograph Jumps

When they experience something good and when something makes them happy, people often jump. This is one of the reasons why we try to tell a story about happiness by the photographing of jumping. I love to make pictures like this because they have a dose of spontaneity. You cannot predict how the photo will look.

The photographing of jumping is not easy as it looks, because the gravity is faster than your shutter button, and people do not know how to fly. So, here are a few tips that can help you make a good photo of jumping.

Choose a good location. To conjure up high jump, it is best to go outside. Could anything conjure up better high jump from the sky in the background? In addition, shooting outside will enable you a good light. This is very important when doing photography of jumping or any other movement. These photos can be unclear and blurred. The dark environment will only make it harder. Of course, this does not mean that these are strict rules. Your camera is there to shape your vision. These are only suggestions.

Take pictures from a lower perspective. One of the ways that your subject jump higher, is that you get down on the floor. In this way, the jumper will create a greater distance from the camera. Photographed from below, jumper seems elusive and the jump seems higher. So, sit on the floor or crouch when you want to show the height of the jump.

family jumping

Find a good jumper. There are many ways to jump. But whatever way is in question, your jumper will be in the air only for a moment. It will not wait there that you take a picture. Some people are photogenic, but they just do not know how to jump. For a good picture, the jumper must raise feet at least 60 cm from the ground. If you have a good and photogenic model who cannot jump, there are solutions for good photos. Get a trampoline from Jump sport land. This way, you will always get great jumpers. You do not have to crouch because your jumpers will jump high. The higher the bounce means more time for posing in the air. Your model may spread arms, spread legs or make an acrobatic jump that will make your photography extra unusual.

Pay attention to facial expressions. Jumping is the physical effort. When people do things like that, then they frown. That’s fine if you want to show the effort of some athletes. But is not the best way to show happiness, right? Therefore, before shooting, remind your jumper to smile or to make some other expression, depending on the story you want to tell.

Set the camera. It is unlikely that you will be able to catch that jump by triggering at the right time. The digital camera has a setting that allows you to grab the whole jump from its beginning to its end. It is only necessary to set the great shutter speed – for example, 1 / 400th of a second.

You can make and amateur pictures of jumping, say with your mobile phone. Then you need to learn to catch the moment. Make a few test jumps. Keep in mind that the shutter on the camera on your phone is delayed. This means that you need to press before the jumper is at the peak. Perhaps the picture will not be what you expected, or you may get more than that. In any case, you will have great fun!

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Take photos of nature from Tarzan’s perspective

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Take photos of nature from Tarzan’s perspective

From my point of view, photos of nature are the most beautiful photos that can be made. Spending time in nature can be adventurous, like camping, but it also can be luxurious. If you want to observe nature through the eyes of Tarzan or Mowgli – a boy from the jungle, and to create stunning photos from your window, then the hotel on a tree is a kind of accommodation you need.

Lodge or hotel on the tree commonly associates at the cramped cabin made of wood with simple furniture. But all over the world, there are some amazing hotels on the tree that are far from the simplicity. Believe me, you can enjoy luxurious accommodations in a tree and in the view which will instantly awaken the desire for photographing. You will be inspired with the hotel, its inside and outside, as well as with things that you can see through the window. It is nature from Tarzan’s perspective. Here are 5 hotels in the tree that left me breathless.

Playa Viva is accommodation on the West Coast of Mexico, in Juluchuca. This is a great place to escape from the crowd and enjoying nature. Best of all is that here is held an annual photography contest, which lasts from October to July, where the winner gets free accommodation. Yes, accommodation in a tree! This region and its people highly appreciate nature and everything natural, so this accommodation is made from eco-friendly materials. For building a luxury complex in a tree, a hammer and a nail are not enough. To keep everything safe enough, you need a professional tool for nailing, like framing nailers that can be found on this website. http://framingnailerreport.com/

The Tsala Treetop Lodge in South Africa is one more place in a series of luxury places for those who want to enjoy the altitude. The hotel is made of a combination of stone and wood. The apartments have large windows that offer a view of the Tsitsikamma Forest.

The Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is one of the best combinations of good views, beautiful nature, a wildlife and luxury. This accommodation is very expensive, but it will give you the wilderness on your palm. This place is great for hunting on wildlife photography. Giraffes and zebras are a normal scene that you can see through the window of this luxury accommodation in Tanzania. Yes, this is lodging in a tree – but it is a royal experience!

Finca Bellavista Community in Costa Rica will give you the real Tarzan’s experience. This place is actually one big natural community. Lodging consists small cottages in a tree, which use rainwater and solar energy. They are interconnected with wooden bridges and very inspiring for photography. This place is away from the noise and bustle, deep in nature, and it will enable you photographing of unique plant and animal species. If you’re willing to change your life, you can join their volunteer program and help in building and developing this unique natural community.

Looking for a good photo, I am always ready to get out of my comfort zone. That does not always mean discomfort, but almost always means a better inspiration and a different perspective – even if it is Tarzan’s.

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Top Tips To Keep Your Camera In Excellent Condition

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Top Tips To Keep Your Camera In Excellent Condition

A professional photographer knows that his camera is his greatest asset. Keeping the camera properly protected and well maintained will keep it in working condition for a long, long time. While many know how to take a good picture, not all know about the ways to extend their camera’s life. To get the most out of your camera, here are some effective tips, which I have used and found highly rewarding.

Camera bag means more safety

Most often people think a camera bag is an extra burden to carry around. They just stuff the camera in their bag, purse or suitcase or worse still some people carry the camera in their hands just like they would carry a smartphone. This would scratch the camera surface easily and the delicate parts may be clogged with dust. Therefore, a camera bag is necessary.

Camera bag also keeps your camera safe from the weather. Even on a rainy day, you can use your camera safely provided you keep it inside the bag, when not in use. Since, camera bags are available in various colors, designs, and prices you can easily pick one that suits you in all aspects.

Proper lens and LCD screen care

awesome photo apparatusIf you think that the usual cleaning products you use for glass such as Windex is sufficient for cleaning, the camera lens, and the LCD screen, you can very well forget your camera. The cleaning product can destroy the antiglare cover present in the lens. The camera lens and LCD screen should be cleaned with special equipment. Buy a cleaning kit that has microfiber cloths, brushes and liquid solutions from a reputed camera store designed specifically for the camera lens and LCD screen. You can keep your camera safe always this way.

Weatherproofing

Cameras are delicate instruments. You have minute connectors, buttons, and circuit boards, which need to be handled with care. So when you have to shoot during bad weather especially in the winter, use a waterproof camera bag for carrying the camera. I once had an assignment taking photos of a leaky basement for an advertisement. I was afraid that I would let the camera slip down into the moist basement.

To prevent the basement from flooding and causing extensive damage, it is best to use an efficient sump pump, such as the ones available at http://sumppumpjudge.com/. Just as you keep your home waterproof with the necessary measures, keeping the camera safe in a waterproof bag, when you are working in harsh cold weather conditions is vital.

You can also use silica desiccant packets placed plastic bags for wrapping the camera to reduce moisture. A soft towel also helps to keep the moisture away.

Use battery only when needed

Batteries leak acid and this is known to everyone. Still many people do not care enough to remove the batteries from the camera, if it is stored for a long period without use. Since most batteries are in lithium or alkaline format, keeping them in the camera makes them corrode due to moisture buildup. So remove the batteries from the camera, before you store it. If you find corrosion in the battery, use an eraser to clear the corrosion.

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How To Take Excellent Family Photographs

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How To Take Excellent Family Photographs

One of the toughest jobs that I’ve ever done is photographing kids. Well, for one they don’t do as you say and taking portrait shots is well near impossible. Further, with their parents nearby, they tend to put up tantrums, which can be quite annoying, when you are trying to get the right settings. I recently went on a family photography assignment. There were two kids: five years old boy and two years old girl. Both were vying for attention from their parents and wanted to be the only ones with their parents in the snaps and it took a lot of convincing from the parents and me to get them all together and have the required shots.

With this alone taking up much of my time, imagine the effort involved in making them pose according to my wishes! In fact, the parents confessed that they had to take extra care, while driving over for the photo shoot as the little girl was quite a handful. Fortunately, they had purchased a splendid and safe convertible car seat from CarSeatExperts, to keep the child safe. One good thing that the assignment taught me was what to do and not to do, while taking family photographs. Here are some tips that I hope would let you avoid the pitfalls and take great shots without much input from the family.

Proper shots

Family portraits are to be cherished for many years and some are even handed down the family generation after generation. You certainly are happy looking at the young age photos of your grandfather and great grandfather, and on how they had been in their time. It is therefore important to ensure the photographs are not stilted or awkward. Actually, there are innumerable numbers of ways to compose a wonderful and fun filled shot.

Positioning

This is a key factor in the photograph turning out as an exceptional one.  The placement depends on the number of people you are dealing with and the space present. But as in the case of the family I dealt with, it is easy to form a pleasant looking circle. You can get all of them sitting down and holding hands and use the wide angle or standard lens and take the shot from above. You can use a ladder. But make sure the kids are not too adventurous and trip you over. Having such active kids can drain you out easily. The family showed me the safe car seat installed in their car to prevent the kids from getting into mischief and I agreed that it was certainly needed.

Group snaps

In case of a larger family, you need to get the members to stand in groups. For instance, make the taller young people stand behind, while center the older people by making them sit, with the children sitting or kneeling down in front. And remember that tall people should be at the edges of the photograph. For a more casual appearance, don’t arrange them according to height. It will look contrived and will not be pleasing to the eye. An external flash gives a sharp picture and more depth.

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