Posted by Jimmy On September 12th, 2014
Digital Photography is a sphere expanding day by day. Due to the technological advancements, availability of digital cameras under all price ranges and growing creative resources, people are taking up photography as a learning experience, profession as well as a hobby in large numbers. One can click as many photographs as they want without worrying for the cost of each picture and making mistakes.
Beginning with the art of digital photography requires some tips and tricks, some level of understanding about the same as well as taking it to an advanced level needs a strong dedication and knowledge.
Buy a Camera and preferably a Tripod
While beginning with digital photography, the most expensive device isn’t needed, you can get a camera that suits your price range and requirement and then further with experience can advance. A tripod can be a good option to achieve stable shots and it helps in building up the initial confidence for beginners.
Keep The Eyes of a Photographer Open
In everyday life, there are many unexpected moments and sceneries that can form wonderful captures. Grabbing such opportunities can help develop an understanding of moments worth capturing and getting familiar with the varieties of photography shots. Thus, carry the camera with yourself and observe little things around and try to find inspiration in them.
Note down details of Nice Shots and Browse Resources
Study the pictures taken and take a note of the lighting, the time of the day, the colours, the places and the genre of the photos that you like and want to capture more of the same kind and quality.
Browsing and going through photography resources and books can help in developing ideas and knowledge.
Manipulate Camera Settings
Try capturing photos with different settings of the camera and find the effects that you desire for a particular shot. Discover the results of various camera settings. Try manipulating the distance between the camera and subject, aperture settings, focal length of the lens, shutter speed and other features. This yields a large variety in the photos.
Try Different Camera Angles
Different camera angles can be played with and you will notice a variation in each picture taken from different perspective and camera angles. Also, the picture and the story behind it changes to a substantial extent with a change in the camera angle such as the point of interest, the choice of the background and the message of the photo.
Have Patience with the Subject
While taking the picture of anything, have patience and give it some time to find the perfect moment that gives you the desired shot. In case of taking pictures of animals, birds or any moving subject, take time to observe its motions and activities before capturing.
Use the Available Lighting Correctly
Different lights deliver different moods of photos. The mornings and evenings are perfect for taking landscape and outdoor pictures. Find the best time and light for the kind of subject you are clicking.
Practice and Experiment
Regularly practice photography and brush up your skills as well as don’t be hesitant to experiment with the photos and techniques. The learning process makes one acquire the skills and achieve better results.
Posted by Jimmy On August 25th, 2014
15 years ago the first DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera was released in the name of the Nikon D1. Before it could get the proper footing that it required and with a mere 2.7 mega pixels, it was overtaken by the Canon 1D which boasted of the larger megapixels landing at 4.15. Well, that was 15 years ago and back then no one thought that this technology was going far. Actually most people thought it would not go past those two models but it has revolutionalized imaging over the past 15 years. While what happened might not have been anticipated, what would be the answer if you were asked what the future of photography was? It would be impossible to give the perfect answer but good speculation may offer some insight.
While most people anticipate that mirrorless cameras will soon kick in to high gear, they might be right but before that, we’re most likely going to be seeing a lot of smart cameras and the best we can say is that their smarts just began. The first in a long line of smart cameras was the Samsung Galaxy NX. With android integration, not only did this camera usher in a new era of photography but it also tagged along new ways of sharing pictures which to say the least is one way we’re sure photography is headed.
The need to capture detail will not be going away anytime soon and the fact that man wants to see more, at greater speeds and in better detail, then the resolution will definitely go higher. 10 years ago, no one would have thought a camera with more than 10MP was worth buying. Today most cameras that are flying of the shelf are well over 20MP. Furthermore, the introduction of new brands that have drawn new lines in the world of resolution like the Hasleblad H5D and the Phase One 645DF+ are marking a new dawn in the barriers of resolution. The only problem is that as of now they are too highly priced but it would be any photographers dream to get to capture using one of those. So in the future, don’t rule out the war in megapixels, it is more likely going to wage on.
With the release of the mirrorless crop sensors, many might be tempted to think that this technology that is quickly warming itself in to the hearts of many will be the way to go. However, there lies a major problem with it and that is the depth of the field. Most photographers are looking for something that is going to capture razor thin depths and define the new era of photography. While the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 has made some head way with regards to this, we’re still yet to see more as this could be the defining moment as to who takes the baton; the DSLR or the mirrorless? It is worth waiting to see if we can expect larger sensors in the future but one thing is for sure there will be major changes to the sensors so as to allow thinner depths.
It is hard to anticipate what the future holds especially for a field that is ruled by so much technology especially considering just how radical and unexpected technology can be but if things keep as they are, then without a doubt these three areas might change as speculated.
Posted by Jimmy On August 18th, 2014
You can capture your fondest memories in photographs which you will enjoy and cherish for years to come. A good professional photographer is not anyone who just clicks photos, but rather takes care of a lot of things like emotions, lightnings, different poses and details in every single photograph. You would want to hire a photographer for your wedding day who has the experience of wedding photography and knows the details on how wedding photography is done.
Here are 3 important tips oh how to hire a professional wedding photographer.
A very important aspect in practically everything we do is Research. Why is it important? Most of the people hire wedding photographers without researching. It is advisable to take out some time and research for Finding a great Wedding Photographer in your area. This would help you in understanding what quality of photographers are there in your area or surrounding areas.
Most of these Professional Wedding Photographer in NJ has their own website, where they publish their portfolio. One can have a look at the portfolio and judge about the photographer’s style of working. Photographers have different styles of photography such as photojournalistic, documentary, portrait photography etc. You need to decide first regarding which style you want to go with. Generally wedding photographers go with photojournalist style.
You do not have to worry if you are not that internet savvy. Just a plain search would help you in under finding professional photographers in your locality. Sometimes if you do not find someone good within your area, you can also look out for professionals in other areas, but make sure they don’t charge much, as they have to travel down to your place.
Communication is the key!
Communication is very important. In order to understand the professional photographer, you need to have proper communication. This would help you in understanding how the photographer works and also the photographer would know what exactly you want, and will give his/her inputs on how to make your wedding photographs extra special.
While doing research, you might have gone through the photographer’s work, so you can ask related questions on past work and experiences. If you have already decided with which photographer you want to go ahead with, you can have a brief discussion with him/her on how he/she plans to manage the event and what all what all would be required.
Make sure you discuss the budget with the photographer as well. Check what all is provided within that budget. Ask whether the package can be customized, as usually photographers do customize such events according to the budget.
Once everything has been finalized, make sure you have a proper agreement. The agreement would have all the terms and conditions that you discussed earlier with the photographer. You should read the contract and ask if you are not sure about certain things. If a photographer is reluctant to have an agreement signed, then it is advisable not to have a deal with that photographer because there might be some issues later which may spoil the occasion. In order to avoid such issues, a contract is always a good thing to have when you make a deal.
A wedding ceremony is not that stressful as people think it is. And when it comes to selecting the best wedding photographer, you need to keep certain things in mind before making the selection. Similar to any other aspect of the wedding occasion, finding a good photographer, communicating your needs and matching it with the skills of your chosen photographer will get you the maximum benefits out of your deal.
Posted by Jimmy On August 4th, 2014
Many brides today are usually confused when it comes to choosing a wedding style that they’d like thanks to the increased substantiality of wedding photography. People want to capture special moments in their lives and are continuously hiring professional photographers to do the trick for them. If you are about to wed, you must already be in the hunt for a wedding photography style. However, without a deeper understanding of these styles, it can be quite difficult in selecting the right photographer and photographing style for you. This article looks at four different styles of wedding photography that you can consider when choosing the appropriate style for your big or special day.
Traditional or Formal Wedding Photography
This style of photography is very common among couples looking for a formal or traditional setting. It consists of a group photographs that have been designed and arranged carefully from different features or events of the wedding. Usually, the professional photographer takes charge, unless the couple is experienced in photography. These photos are often snapped in posed forms that include the bride, groom, best men, bridesmaid and other key family members’ formal shots.
Reportage or Documentary Wedding Photography
Reportage or documentary wedding photography style came from professional news photographers who captured photos of an event in sequence as it unfolds. The motive behind this style of wedding photography is to present the images in a manner that is objective. The photographer spends much of the time in the background and sometimes you can’t even notice them. The photos involve little posing and or organizing of the groups and individuals. This reason has made this style’s popularity increase due to the freedom of movement it allows. In addition, reportage images produce unusual shots that probably nobody expected from contemporary or traditional styles. However, the danger of this style is that you can’t be sure of what you’ll get in the end.
Contemporary Wedding Photography
Greater degree of informality as well as an approach by the photographer that is more relaxed is the major characteristic of this style of wedding photography. Such an approach results in higher spontaneity levels and at the same time it is able to capture the spirit of joy and fun as well as more other formal elements since the photographer won’t be posing all the people in an identical degree. This style presents the photographer with the chance to seek amazing backgrounds and settings thus producing images styled like those in fashion magazines.
Artistic Wedding Photography
This photography style is a combination of art and photography, delivering an outcome that is elegant and very sophisticated. Usually, this style would combine several close-ups, a number of mid-tele-photos and a few pictures/images in wide angles. This style is very suitable to those couples looking for a variety of moments captured in a single frame.
This article should be of great benefit to you when choosing different wedding styles. However, it is recommended that before you pick your photographer, it is better to look at their past jobs and or wedding portfolios as this will help you narrow down your available options and eventually chose the most interesting and reliable style.
Posted by Jimmy On August 2nd, 2014
Photography is an enduring art that has taken the hearts of billions of people since the invention of the camera. At the same time, it also has some hints of science that clamours for some technicalities and for certain degrees of complexities. The process does not always need to be hefty though. Here are some photography advice to improve your picture taking and to make yourself seem like a pro.
Follow the Rule of Thirds
The Rule of Thirds is the Golden Rule of photography. Anybody who is just about to marvel the world of photography should always keep this rule in mind. By definition, the Rule of Thirds refers to the act of dividing the frame between three equally divided horizontal and vertical lines. These lines would then divide the picture into nine smaller sections or frames.
Most photographers believe that it is best to place important visual elements in all sections but the center. Aside from that, it is also advised to align the essential visual elements to the intersection between the lines. These processes would allow the establishment of a story within the frame. The main subject is emphasized without jacketing the background.
This one is a no brainer. Lighting is the driving element of photography. In order to produce interesting outputs, you should know how to use light. Here are some facts that you should remember about lighting:
*Lighting could influence an object’s size. Objects seem larger at medium-lit environments and smaller at high-lit environments.
*Light has different color ratings, these color ratings have different uses. Lighting instruments with a color rating of 3500K-5000K is the hue of natural light. It is best for outdoor, candid, landscape, and child photography. 5000-6000K is the color of most artificial lights. It is best for taking formal, commercial, and portrait photography.
*Never work against the light. Putting a light source in the background would hinder you from capturing important details while too much of it would dissolve them.
Add depth to your photos by establishing a hierarchy. Sizes of certain objects may be emphasized by placing them apart. Backgrounds could be made more meaningful by taking them with subjects that change size with distance such as roads, tree rows, and plant lines.
You could also use juxtaposition to make your photos more interesting and intriguing. You could maneuver distance to make objects with considerably different sizes similar.
A subject taken on a black or white background is dull. Establish a story by combining visual elements in the cleverest way that is possible. For instance, a ball that is place on a white background merely tells a story about a ball. Placing the ball inside a basketball court would make it a bit different. By showing the court in background, you would get the idea that the ball is currently used.
You could also use lighting to add context. Different colors of light may convey different meanings. For instance, red light could instill danger, yellow could exhibit excitement, and blue could project melancholy.
Always try to Be Creative and Observant
Modern photography does not only captures reality. Modern ideas has also allowed us to get a hint of our dreams. Try to figure out a way to make your photos more outrageous and different. Capture a cat dancing with a dog, a butterfly working with grasshoppers, or a ribbon that is projected with the moon. Bring your imagination hat whenever you take photos.
Posted by Jimmy On August 1st, 2014
A common saying among professional photographers goes like this: “The best camera to have is one which you carry with you all the time.” This isn’t always the case with your regular Canon EOS 70D camera. However, the mobile phone is a gadget that has saturated the existence of almost every human being alive so much so that it’s almost impossible for you to leave your house without it.
Despite the quality of the lens glass on camera phones still somewhat inferior compared to that of dedicated cameras, the iPhone as a camera device has exceeded the expectations of many a photographer. It’s tad tricky to get a first good shot, but below is a peek as to some tips that will help you through the journey of iPhoneography.
Choose the Right Camera App
First things first. To launch the iPhone camera, tap on the Camera icon on your Home Screen. The Camera app opens to a live-view screen with controls/settings on the right side of the screen. These settings includes things such as geo-tagging, taking macro pictures, zoom capability, changing auto-focus and auto-exposure, flash, displaying a grid, and taking HDR (high dynamic range) photos. Other controls are also available but it requires another article to walk you through each of them.
Alternatively, you can head off the App Store and search for a camera app that you fancy. Given that the store contains thousands of camera apps, I have narrowed down some of the best iPhone photography apps: Big Lens, Noir Photo, Snapspeed, Camera+, Pro HDR, Diptic, CameraBag, Slow Shutter Cam, Hueless, PhotoMojo, and Instagram.
Hold your Phone Properly
Yes! There is such a thing as holding your phone properly. The wrong way to do it is to hold your iPhone with one hand and glide around shooting aimlessly. The right way to do it is to hold the phone with two hands, then use the right hand to click the shutter.
In doing this, you’ll take still photos, with good angles, and the best light.
Watch Out For Distracting Elements in Your Scenery
There is truth in the saying, “Less is more.” Keeping one main subject or scene in focus is always best. When there is not too much going on in your photos, it allows to get away with photos that are not as sharp as those of a DSLR camera.
Zoom in With Your Feet
A photo loses a lot of quality with even the tiniest bit of zooming. Therefore, if you want to take a close-up pic of something, walk up to it and take your photo. This will reduce those grainy and pixelated photos in your gallery.
Use the zoom capability only when you have to really get that shot but can’t get any closer.
Shoot the Same Thing from Different Angles
In shooting, take pictures of your subject from different angles, compositions, and even different times of the day – if the situation allows! Alternatively, you can get shots with your iPhone in a horizontal or a vertical position.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Lens!
Since your iPhone moves around a lot, its camera lens are bound to get dirty. Cleaning it makes a big difference to the resulting photo shots.
Lastly, shoot every day! I know I said 5 tips but I couldn’t help adding this. This is because, the best way to learn any new skill is to continually practice at it.
Posted by Jimmy On July 31st, 2014
Cameras have been used in the world for long time. They are used to capture important moments in our lives for future reference and memories. These devices have therefore become crucial necessities especially in a world where each day is marked by a memorable event. In a world full of competition, many camera companies have emerged, meaning a variety of cameras in the market. This fact raises the question of buying a good camera. Some cameras are embedded in other gadgets such as mobile phones and laptops. It is therefore important for the buyer to be specific about the use before buying.
The three most important things you should put in mind are aperture, ISO and shutter speed. The three work hand in hand and it is a matter of controlling them in order to ensure that you have the best image. The ISO basically explains your camera’s sensitivity and it is usually set against a certain standard. In our modern digital cameras, the ISO is adjusted to the user’s satisfaction. The higher the ISO in a camera, the brighter the image and this is achieved by amplifying the images collected. This process normally results into errors that are usually seen through the speckling and unattractive effect in photos. The camera’s sensor quality and noise reduction capabilities will result into better images. Nikon’s D4 and 5D Mark III are great in this respect.
When it comes to aperture, most lenses are capable of constricting light that goes through them using an element known as diaphragm. If you required more light in the image, backward adjustment of diaphragm is done. Where less is required, then limiting of incoming rays can help. Therefore, aperture is the relative measure of the lens opening. This means that lower f-numbers is an indication of wide aperture. One disadvantage of a wide open lens is that they allow too much unfocused rays of light. This normally results to shallow field depth; this means that anything behind or in front of focus appears blurry. For larger focus, we would obviously tighten our aperture to f/8 – this bundles the incoming light to a more focused beam resulting to greater depth of the focus area. The main thing that you should note here is that defocusing effect is not impressive with smaller sensors.
As opposed to aperture and ISO, shutter speed controls time spent by the camera collecting light. This is normally measured in a second’s fraction, so a 1/125 speed shutter means that the shutter is able to open 125th of a second. For a blur-free shot, a high speed shutter is required. On the other hand, lower speed shutter enables you to soak up more light at the expense of blurry results.
Finally, apart from ISO, aperture and shutter speed, there are other features and factors that a camera buyer must consider such as megapixels and lens sharpness. When it comes to megapixels, what you need to consider is how big the image can be without necessarily making digital enlargements. A 3 megapixel photo can conveniently be printed on a 6 by 4 inch paper at 300ppi. A great Lens on the other hand, allows light to filter through thus giving you the best picture.
Posted by Jimmy On July 22nd, 2014
A wedding is one of the most treasured life time events and such events should always be remembered. One thing that will help you remembers the events are the photographs. As we all know, women always cling to these memories so that they can share them later with their friends and pictures are the best proofs.
For you to have the best photos on your wedding day, you need to plan well for photography. There are important things you have to consider in order to have the best wedding day that is worth remembering for as long as you will live. The following are Wedding Photography Guide For Brides.
Wedding Photography Guides
If you want end up with best pictures after the wedding, then you really should consider the best ground for shooting photographs. Bear in mind that the spot where your pictures will be taken will appear as the background in your wedding pictures.
Hire a professional photographer
Despite the fact that many people can handle a photo camera or video cameras, it is very important that you book a professional photographer with some experience. This will be perfect and accuracy will be attained. With the presence of a skilled photo man, things will run smoothly. Apart from shooting quality pictures, professional photographers will also assist in the following ways;
- Setting up the perfect backgrounds for your pictures
- Suggest best wedding poses and photo styles
- Produce you high quality snaps
Have a pre-wedding photo shoot
This will help you confirm whether the photo man is who you really want. It also creates a room for you and the photographer to trust each other so that when the wedding day comes, you will not feel like he is a stranger and you will not fear posing a certain pose because you will now be familiar with the photo man.
This is another requirement. A bride should appear smart in the picture better than anyone else, this is true, besides, it is your day and you should not let someone else be the outstanding one to look at. Before the wedding day, make sure that you have prepared enough how you will appear on your wedding day photos. If you want to appear smart and stylish in your wedding photos, you need to;
- Dress your hair early enough, make sure it is the correct style that you want
- Arrange for make-up and assign those specialist you want to make you look smart
Plan for the weather
The weather also matters. You have to choose your wedding day to be on a perfect weather day. The weather affects the light and brightness of a day, and for your wedding photos to appear clear and standard, the day should rest on a clear weather day.
Because every wedding must have flowers, yours should too. But when it comes to photo shooting, you need to choose the types of flowers you want to appear on the pictures. These chosen flowers are supposed to add colorful features to your wedding pictures. Also, choose the right size which is not too heavy.
When you as a bride consider and follow these guides, your wedding photography process will run smooth and easy. The pictures form this day will be of quality and will remain treasured whenever you will be looking at them.
Posted by Jimmy On July 15th, 2014
While most may consider winter a not so good time to be out and about, it actually poses a great time for one to be able to get some breath taking photos. However, taking photos in winter does have its challenges and many people might confess that the pictures don’t come out as they would like and as such end up being disappointed. However, this does not have to be the case or at least, it won’t be once you get the tips that will transform your winter photos into master pieces. Here are some of them.
First and foremost, you need to keep warm and get the right gear. The last thing you want is to have shaky hands while you’re taking your photos due to shivering as a result of exposing yourself to the cold. Get your jacket boots and gloves. Everything you need to keep you warm. Once you have all that on, you can now step outside.
Keep your camera cold
Have you ever noticed that when you put something cold in a glass that was previously warm it fogs? The same is likely to happen to the mirror of your camera. This is potentially dangerous because it might end up short circuiting the components once the fog condenses. To avoid this, don’t keep the camera in your coat or close to your body. Just leave it as you would in its gear. It will also give you an easier time while shooting.
Among the things that might be quite a disappointment when shooting during winter is the white balance. You tend to end up with blue snow and if that is not the case you tend to have some strand shadows. To avoid this, start by shooting raw. This means that you disable the auto white balance as in most cases it is the one that is responsible for the blue snow. Additionally, after you have taken your photo you can adjust the color as much as you want hence this does not pose a problem and also allows you to have your white snow. Disabling this functionality also allows you more flexibility when setting the white balance on the jpeg as opposed to what would be the case if it was on.
This is easily among the top issues that most people find annoying when doing winter photography. Exposure in this scenario is tricky because there is too much white in the details. If you expose for too long, you end up with all the details washed out and if you take too short the photo looks dark. However, there are certain tools that you can use that are vital in helping you get the exposure right and one of them is the histogram. By taking a quick look at your photo once you have taken it, the histogram lets you know how much you should adjust the exposure to get the right image and detail.
There are other minor problems that one may face while taking pictures in the winter but these are the most notorious and working with the tips that have been offered puts a great difference in the quality of pictures that you’re able to shoot allowing you to be happier with your winter photography.