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7 Food Photography Mistakes You Might Be Committing

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7 Food Photography Mistakes You Might Be Committing

In this age of smartphones and social media, anyone can be an instant photographer. For us professional photographers, the ease and accessibility of taking high quality photos has made our job even more challenging. And quite obviously, the most common subject of wannabe photographers is food.

But while some have that natural knack at photography, capturing some great and enticing food photos, others end up making terrible images that result in some awfully unpalatable dishes. If you want to take awesome food photography that looks appetizing to the eyes, be sure to avoid these 7 common mistakes.

  1. Using flash

The use of flash isn’t a good idea in food photography. Well, this can be used by professional photographers using high definition equipment. Your smartphone flash can make the food look flat and unnatural. As much as possible, use natural light when dealing with foods as subjects.

  1. Taking very close photos

Some of the best dishes don’t really look pretty, right? For instance, a saucy, gravy-filled barbecue in a smoker, such as the one you’ll see at https://smokeysteakranch.com/, would surely have “bad” side. If you take the pick too close, you’ll be highlighting and zooming in these unpalatable details. Instead of getting too close, try moving out and setting up a background scene. You can also add lively garnishes or other details, such as a plate, utensils, or napkin. Add story and emotion to the image not just the dish itself.

  1. Improper focus

A good way to highlight the dish is to use a shallow depth of field. But be careful as it faulty focusing can also present a problem. Make sure to use your focus points properly to get a dramatic, ethereal effect. The best way is to manually focus on the subject.

  1. Using odd color combinations

Some colors are just hard to complement with food. Lively colors such as red, orange, violet, and neon green just don’t fit into food photography. As such, avoid using these elements when plating your dishes. The colors might detract from the main subject. Neutral colors and pastels often blend well with food subjects.

  1. Taking pictures from the wrong angle

Always remember that choosing the right angle is crucial in photography – and more so in food photography. The most common mistake of wannabe food photographers is taking photos from the same angle of which you eat the food. That diner’s view (45-degree angle) only makes the food look bland. Move around and experiment which angles gives the food justice.

  1. Forgetting to check the scene

It’s not unusual to be in a hurry taking photos of the dishes. A lot of times, you are too focused on foods that you forget about what’s around the food. After taking the shot, you’ll be surprised to see some unwanted additions like messy plates, dirty napkins, etc. If you are taking photos of a barbecue on a smoker, like the one at SmokeySteakRanch.com, check the smoker if it has some unsightly grime. Always remember, before you click, check all stuff that gets included in the frame.

  1. Overdoing on post photo edit!

Sure, filters and edits are good. But overdoing it can make the photo look unnatural. Don’t forget: food is meant to be enjoyed as is. The editing should make it appear natural and not the other way around. As much as possible, take photos that won’t require post edit.

There you have it! Some tips to beef up your arsenal of photography skills! Next time you take photos of your favorite dish, you know what not to do!

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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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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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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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