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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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Quad Copters and Photography

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Quad Copters and Photography

When you hear the phrase “Quad copter” what comes to mind? Maybe someone sitting in an open field at a park and enjoying the recreational flight of an unmanned aircraft? Back in the day they used to be simple remote controlled helicopters and the like, but today these “toys” are becoming more and more sophisticated, to the point where they’re even used by photographers and individuals who sell their footage to news outlets. Depending on where you are in the world, some or all of this commercial usage might be illegal for drone aircraft like quad copters, but there are near endless loopholes available.

In the United States at least, if you aren’t technically selling any footage from a quad copter, then you’re not using it for commercial purposes. That means you could post the video on a website of your own, or pretty much anywhere else you can post videos and you would be more or less safe. Now, I’m not giving out legal advice here and I don’t want anyone to act on my words, thinking that I am. I know the laws are different between the different states in the USA, so you’ll want to check for yourself before you go doing anything you shouldn’t.

In many other parts of the world, quad copters are simply illegal, with or without an attached recording device. They’re invasive, sometimes noisy and always unwanted when they show up. Some people might even mistake them for military drones and throw a fit, which they’d be perfectly within their rights to do if you ask me.

I’ve actually been looking into getting a device of my own. After reading up on them at http://quadcopterguru.com/ and a handful of other websites, I find I’m pretty pleased with the technology; it’s finally at a level where I’d actually consider putting money into it.

But whether I can legally use it here in the UK or not depends on many of the factors I already mentioned, like whether the device is being used in an invasive manner. You know how there are some people who just hate having their picture taken? I’m not thinking of snooping on anybody here, but I know the possibility exists that I could end up photographing someone who would rather I didn’t, and the repercussions from that could be pretty nasty from what I’ve read on quad copters and drone laws in general, so far.

Fortunately I haven’t gone out and bought a quad copter of my own, at least not yet. There’s a lot of controversy over how easily these devices could be used for domestic spying, or snooping on people in their skivvies, or all manner of other nefarious purposes. I think I’ll just wait until this all dies down before I go out and buy myself one. That will give me plenty of time to try it out on a smaller scale, like RC helicopters or something – much cheaper, much less of an investment and much less likely to get me hit with a fine or time in a cell, at this point.

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Protecting Your Photography Equipment in Bad Weather

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Protecting Your Photography Equipment in Bad Weather

During my travels, I have come across all types of situations. One of the most common ones is being stuck in bad weather. It’s a nuisance when you’re trying to take the perfect shot and there’s something obstructing your intention. Whether this is the cold, rain, wind or something else, if you don’t learn how to cope with the elements you will always be forced to remain an indoors photographer.

People often ask me what I do when I get caught in bad weather condition with a top of expensive equipment on me. Or how about when I want to take some pictures and the weather outside is crummy? Well, here are my best tips for keeping your equipment nice and safe under various conditions.

  1. Rain

rain drops on the windowYes, it rains a lot everywhere. Trying to hide from the rain is like trying to hide from the sun – almost impossible. But, if you know how to protect your equipment, rain becomes just another opportunity to take some pictures which have a different (if not more special) quality then those taken when it’s dry. For ultimate camera protection, you can use a shower cap, plastic bag or one of these vacuum sealers found at http://vacuumsealerhub.com. Alternatively, a lens hood or UV filter can protect just the front of your lens, if you’re covered, but in a windy location during rain.

Another great tip is to carry with you a small pack of rice. If your equipment does get wet, you can simply put the rice in a bag with it, and the rice will drink up all the excess moisture, so your equipment might be saved just yet.

  1. Cold

The cold is a major problem for photographers, especially amateurs and newbies. The major issue here are the batteries, as they can deplete fast in low temperatures. The best cure for this is to keep the batteries near your person – in your jacket or in a glove. Insert them into the camera just before you snap a picture and they should hold out considerably longer.

Another potential problem in the cold is the condensation of moisture. This happens when you’re out in the cold, and then enter a warm room. Your lens will become foggy, making it useless. To prevent this you can place your camera in a plastic bag while you’re still outside, so then when you go in the moisture will condense on the bag and not on your camera.

  1. Wind

Strong gusts of wind can make it practically impossible to take a shot that’s not blurry, and there is always the danger of your tripod toppling down, damaging your equipment. It can also cause damage by sending some sand or debris your way. You can protect the lens itself by using a filter, and for longer exposure shots use an umbrella to block the wind to that your photo comes out sharp. Take special care to protect your equipment on sandy beaches because once sand gets into your equipment, it’s nearly impossible to clean it all out.

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Tips On Choosing The Best Trail Camera

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Tips On Choosing The Best Trail CameraWhile I was on a forest photography assignment, I met up with some hunters and we talked about the wildlife in the area and the best way to hunt them. While my purpose was to take some shots of the animals and if possible catch the shots of the hunters targeting them, I did not know much about the actual hunting process. I learnt about the trail cameras, the types and their uses in the hunting process. The hunters said that nowadays they do not venture out hunting without the trail cameras. These trail cameras have become a very vital hunting tool.

Useful hunting tool

The cameras reduce the time taken to lie in wait for the animal to come within your site. When you select the right camera, it will do most of your scouting work, and all you need to do is view the images collected in the camera and if the results were not satisfactory, you can always move the camera to another site. There are several game cameras present in the market with different types of features and not all of them may be significant for your purpose. Knowing the features and their application will help you to choose the right one.

Type of flash

This is the best feature to start with. There are two main types namely incandescent and infrared flash. Infrared helps to take discreet images without spooking the animals and prevents your camera from being stolen by someone who detects it. The drawback of an infrared image is it is in black and white and grainy. The incandescent cameras emit a flash just as a digital camera, so can scare off the animals, drain battery power easily and take a longer period to recover for the subsequent shot when compared to the infrared flashes. However, the images can be got in color and are much clearer.

Resolution

A higher resolution gives crisp and candid shots, but is expensive. The 8 to 10 MP resolution provides better-looking pictures.

Detection distance

The distance and width specification is important to detect animals from a considerable distance. While low-end cameras have only about 50 feet distance allowance, the higher end types can record up to 85 feet or more giving you better field view.

Trigger time

The trigger time or speed is the time taken for the camera to trigger the shot and capture the image. The faster reaction time is needed and the optimal time you should look for is a trigger speed and recovery time of one second, which is considered mid-range. For advanced cameras, the triggers speed is just a fraction of second.

Battery power

Having cameras that have longer running batteries will be a cost effective proposition than using a low-end camera and changing the battery frequently. The temperature and the flash used can influence the battery life. A camera that indicates the battery level is a preferred choice.

There are other features like the built in viewer, video option and memory that should be considered before you make your choice. Since the cameras make the entire hunting experience, an enjoyable and efficient process owning the right camera will help you enjoy your hunting expediting more fully.

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