7 Wedding Photography Tips

Learning the art of wedding photography takes some time and practice. Given below are some tips that can help you take photos at a wedding. If followed properly, these tips will help you take your desired shots. This will also help you grow as a professional. Read on.

1. Create a list of places

Make sure the couple knows about the type of shots they want to be taken on the big day. Ideally, you may want to make a list. This is important as far as taking family photos is concerned. Don’t forget to take the shots that you think are the most important to the couple.

2. Find the Location

You may want to check out the place where you are going to shoot the photos before the wedding day. This will give you a pretty good idea of some good positions for photos. These will be the positions where you will get enough light.

3. Preparation is important

Since many things can go wrong on the wedding day, we suggest that you stay prepared. You may have to create a backup plan and get the batteries fully charged. If possible, you may want to be present at the ceremony place. This is the place where you can get important information regarding some good position for the shots.

4. Set expectations

Let them know your style. What you need to do is find out the purpose they want to achieve. Moreover, you may want to find out the number of photos they want you to take. In addition, you should not forget to agree on the photography service charges.

5. Consider the details

You may want to take photos of the shoes, rings, dresses, table settings, flowers and menus, just to name a few. This will give an extra dimension to the album. Moreover, you may want to check out some wedding magazines in order to get inspiration.

6. Use Two Cameras

Having two cameras is important. If you don’t have more than one camera, we suggest that you borrow or hire one. Make sure you have multiple lenses at your disposal. It’s a good idea to use a longer lens and a wider lens. If you have the budget, make sure you buy another camera for better performance.

7. Shoot in RAW

Like most people, you may dislike shooting in RAW since this takes more time. However, keep in mind that on a wedding, shooting in raw can be very useful. Since you may have to shoot in poor light, we suggest that you shoot in raw. While editing, RAW images won’t lose too much details.

So, if you have been struggling as a photographer, we suggest that you follow the tips given in this article, especially if you are going to shoot photographs at an upcoming wedding. Remember: you can’t be a good photographer unless you spend a good deal of time, effort and money into the art. With practice, you will become a skilled photographer. Hope this helps.

 

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5 Tips for Event Photography

As a photographer, you may be called for wedding photography. If you have been looking for some event photography tips, this article can help you. Actually, your job is to shoot some amazing photos. Given below are 5 tips that can help you with your event photography. With these tips, you will be able to take amazing photos.

#1 Dress up

Before you leave for the event venue, make sure you put on the right outfit. People at the event should not feel that you belong somewhere else. In other words, you should be able to mingle with the crowd. And this can happen only if you are well dressed.

You don’t have to put on a suit and tie. You can also do with slacks, a nice shirt and black shoes. The idea is to be well-dressed. Being over-dressed means being on the safe side, but being under-dressed is a big no.

#2 Take Some Pre-event Shots

You may want to capture some shots of the main room before the guests arrive. The event planner will be able to use these shots in order to sell their business services down the road. The pictures will be very valuable for your client and they may hire you again for your services. Therefore, taking some shots before the event starts is a stroke of genius and it will help you grow your business.

#3 Don’t take too many photos

While you may want to take more shots than you need, taking photos unnecessarily is not a good idea. Taking amazing photos is the goal, but make sure you don’t spoil the mood of the guests. The attendees should be able to have a great time and it should be your priority.

The attendees would love to be photographed, but make sure you remember which ones you have had photographed. After all, you don’t want to take photos of the same guests over and over again.

#4 Be Quick

You have to be really quick when taking photos. For instance, while taking photos of candids, make sure you take three frames and then move on. Taking more than three shots may annoy the guests. Moreover, when taking photos during a panel discussion, make sure you takes lots of photos with your DSLR. Although close shots look great, you should make sure that the faces of the guests look clear in the photos.

#5 Edit Carefully and Deliver Fast

While editing, you may have to delete half of the shots. Usually, the shots are good but some shots may be a little better. Moreover, if you have taken three frames for the same pose, you may have to delete two of the frames. In other words, you want just the cream of the crop.

So, if you have been looking for some great tips for event photography, we suggest that you follow the photography tips given in this article. It’s also a good idea to consult a more experienced professional photographer for the same purpose.

 

Personalise Your Photographs – Enjoy Your Photography More

Modern Digital Cameras are remarkable in that they can help you to take photographs that are almost perfect in a technical sense. The camera manufacturer has included software in the camera’s ‘brain’ which quickly analyses the picture you are taking, compares the result with it’s built-in library and then gives you what the manufacturer thinks is the perfect result. No matter who is taking the picture with that camera the result will be the same.

Digital cameras all over the world are producing millions and millions of pictures of an ‘acceptable’ standard based on the average results of the calculations of the camera manufacturers.

But, what if you are not content to be ‘average’? Perhaps you would like to capture images that are ‘your’ images alone. Unlike the images anyone else might take with the identical camera. You would like to be able to use your own creative instincts which would make your photography so much more rewarding than if you simply press the shutter button.

During my courses I have had many people say to me ‘I would love to be able to do creative exposures but I have only got a very basic point and shoot camera.’ There is no such thing! All digital cameras are just amazing in what they can do but most users just accept what they think are the limitations.

Exposure Value Compensation

I have yet to meet a camera, no matter how simple, that does not have this function built in to it. This is a fantastic, easy to use method of personalising your pictures and, judging by people I have had on my courses, I would estimate that over 90% of camera users have not even heard about it, let alone made use of it!

It allows you to adjust the automatic exposure setting of your camera to give you the type of creative exposure that you really want. Making your picture either darker or lighter than the automatic setting can make the world of difference – many times the difference between a snapshot and an excellent, creative image.

Being digital you can immediately see the result on your camera screen and re-adjust your exposure if necessary. This is all part of the fun!

There will either be a +/- button somewhere on the outside of the camera or else it will be easily accessible using the camera menu (read your instruction manual!)

It is really easy to use – if you want the picture to be darker move the pointer to the left and if you want it to be lighter move it to the right. Being digital you can see the effect immediately. It’s that easy to add your input to your pictures!

 = underexpose (darker)

+ = overexpose (lighter)

With some cameras you will have to turn the small dial from ‘A’ for Automatic to ‘P’ for Programme to be able to use Exposure Compensation. Nothing else should change.

Do not forget to switch back to zero!

The EV setting does not self correct when you turn off the camera. Otherwise you may get a lot of images tomorrow which don’t look as you expect them to look!

Don’t hesitate. Take out your camera and experiment with Exposure Value Compensation today. You will be so happy!

 

What Is Creative Photography?

Creative photography is a wide open field for all people. Honestly speaking, there’s no straightforward definition of the term, as a good number of people think of a creative photo as something that’s both abstract and out of focus. Others simply think the term “creative” is just a fun way to praise an overall bad photo. But what would be the next best thing that can define creative photography for us? Some artists think of creative photography as something that contains extra elements which are used to improve the original version of the photo in a creative way.

If you noticed, that definition has two very important aspects which make a big difference between a creative photo and an everyday photo:

Extra Elements, which are mainly outside of the regular process of taking a photo, and have plenty of space for interpretation. Creative minds always include some simplistic kind of workflow in photos, and they can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. The main goal is to simply get only the best out of a single photo.

Intent, or the intentional use of extra elements. When taking photos, photographers always lack that extra creativity. This is why getting good camera exposure will never make a photo look or feel creative. But the intentional underexposing with a goal of getting a darker image does add an extra touch of creativity.

When capturing a well exposed image of anything, no artist will consider it as a creative sample. If you’re asking yourself why, you should know that it’s because nothing outside of your normal photography workflow was used to take the image. As good as your location, lighting, timing, and all other real life factors are, you just can’t bring out the colors and other details of an image without good post-processing skills.

Once you compare a non-stylized photo with something taken under harsh light, a shallow depth of field (DOF), and the rule of the thirds, you can create an image that will get your audience to dream about whatever your image showcases. With that approach to photography, not all artists will admit that your work has a creative touch, but when you take the definition highlighted above, the extra elements and the intent can be nature itself.

Of course people will always differentiate creative and non-creative photography, but just like art, there is no pattern that will direct you in any way whatsoever. There’s no definitive answer to what makes a photographer creative, because unlike the technical side of photography, which has a clearly defined workflow, the creative part doesn’t have it. That’s the more challenging and exciting part in creative photography, and that is also why people think of learning photography as something they spend their whole lives on. Even though you can grasp knowledge of the technical side of photography, it’s the creative side that will demand you to always look for new ways of accomplishing your goals.

The unfortunate thing is that almost nobody can ever give you a straightforward workflow on creativity. The only two things you can work on are careful observation and thinking outside of the box. These two methods are absolutely mandatory for capturing creative photos.

The best practices for capturing an image ready for a creative touch include improving the frame’s composition by removing all elements around it that are distracting to the eye (such as trees or buildings). The end result will, of course, look dull and boring, even though there are no technical errors on the image. It can take as little as a sea wave to make a picture look stunning, and it’s a completely natural occurrence.

 

Tips For Taking Nature and Wildlife Photos With a Digital Camera

Understanding how ISO and aperture speeds affect the outcome of your photo is also important.

To shoot brilliant landscapes, using a wide zoom lens is the best. To shoot amazing closeups of wild flowers, a macro lens is suggested.

Although a point and shoot camera is quick and easy, and can take great shots, you won’t be able to shoot moving water, star trails, or light trails unless you use a camera that will choose and set all the exposures for you and has a zoom lens.

While photographing wildlife, take lots of shots. Remember animals aren’t going to stand still and pose for you, so you will have lots of blurry shots. This is the beauty of digital cameras, you are not wasting precious film or money in developing blurry shots! When you shoot animals and birds a good rule of thumb is to focus on their eyes. But be careful not to get too close, wild animals can become dangerous if they feel threatened. Sudden movements can drive animals away, learn how to approach them. Remember, you are on their territory! Considering all of this, the best way to shoot wildlife is with a telephoto lens.

If you don’t have the funds to travel to Africa to join a wildlife safari, why not try the zoo, your local park or botanical gardens.

Don’t forget your tripod… this is often overlooked as a necessary accessory. Most tripods have a bubble level to ensure that the tripod… and therefore, your shot is level. Using a tripod can improve your shots immensely, especially when you are shooting landscapes.

Always be prepared, don’t miss out on an opportunity to take that perfect shot… don’t get caught with a dead battery or full memory card. You should always keep an extra fully charged battery and extra memory cards in your camera bag.

A couple of the best times of day to take photos is early in the day or later in the day when the sun is low. The lighting produced is soft and warm. Lightly overcast days are also good days to shoot, as your subject will still be illuminated.

Last of all remember to Be There and Enjoy It! Sometimes the most amazing things are missed as we forget to take the time to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. But remember to also look behind you!

As Ansel Adams said… “You don’t take a photograph, you make it”

 

A Photographer’s Dream And A Photograph’s Makeover

The many exciting features of Photoshop range from retouching photos all the way to graphic design. Simply retouching a photo to enhance the light or subject through changing the brightness levels and correcting little ‘imperfections’ in skin or clothes may make the photo more pleasing to the artist or audience. From enhancing the dimensions and depth to configuring a graphic design based from multiple images strategically placed to advertise a company to doodling with the ‘pen’ there are quite a few interesting ways to edit or construct an image.

There are over a dozen tools to use on an image that include: the lasso tool, quick selection tool, crop tool, eyedropper tool, spot healing brush tool, brush tool, clone stamp tool, history brush tool, eraser tool, gradient tool, blur tool, dodge tool, pen tool, type tool, path selection tool, rectangle tool, hand tool, and zoom tool. These tools are located on the left hand side. The toolbar on the top of the screen is composed of sizing brushes or erasers, what mode the artist is detailing with, the opacity, the flow, and the search bar. Another great thing that Photoshop has is the ability to have multiple projects open, just on different windows. With this great power, comes great responsibility…

Once you start using Photoshop and realize all the editing that can be done a few clicks of a button, you need to remember that there is such a thing as too much editing. A little bit goes a long way, not just when using butter on your toast, but when blurring itty bitty sections of your photo to draw attention to your subject. There is a certain amount of editing that can be done to an image that doesn’t distort the subject and you won’t realize you are possibly ruining the image until you take a step back and look at the edited version with a fresh mind. DON’T PANIC! You can go use the ‘undo’ button to remove changes that you have made to less the impact of some excessive editing.

However, you might not want to click undo a billion and three times, so maybe starting from scratch will work best especially now that you know what doesn’t look good on that image. While there is such thing as too much editing, be aware that there are some projects where it is okay to pile on the details or pile on a lot of images onto one background. Personally, my taste in photography is the natural, scenic site where a bit of enhancing is needed but not too much after that. Of course, everyone has their own style so explore Photoshop and your skills to determine what kind (and how much) editing your style warrants.

 

Build Your Brand Image With Excellent Commercial Photography

E-commerce business is taking the digital world by storm. Most of the people on a global platform prefer online shopping. The ease and comfort of buying Apparel with just one-click have saved people from the hassles of moving to offline stores. Moreover, the photography for commercial purpose has made online sites more popular. The customers check out high-quality images and reviews of the products to buy clothing, accessories, footwear or any other material.

How does Industrial Photography Help in Flourishing Business?

Photography is an art as well as requires a lot of patience on the part of a photographer to make the image lively. For this, it is necessary to hire experienced industrial and fashion photography specialists. They are experts in clicking quality images for their business clients. People can even check out their portfolio online before selecting services for their E-commerce business. The photos of models displaying apparel, footwear, accessories, etc. must be clicked effectively.

This will create an impact on the onlookers of business websites. Nowadays, customers want to check out even the minute details of products by looking at high-definition images posted online. The great industrial photography helps the business’ brand to flourish amongst the customers. The vibrant and stunning pictures remain in the mind of users and they keep coming back to buy quality products. The photographers working for commercial clients use varied specialized techniques like Image Retouching, 3D Rendering, etc. This helps in giving a finishing touch to the product or model images.

Tips to Choose Best Commercial Photographer

Amazing product images helps the brand to thrive amongst the customers. The companies must choose the best industrial and fashion photography experts who can develop perfect images. Here are a few tips to opt the experienced photographer who does commercial photography for the owners to boost their E-Commerce business:

  • Such photographers must possess modern gadgets to click the seamless and fantastic pictures of the products and models.
  • They must have the latest software so that they can correct any kind of loophole in the product images. The 3D rendering helps in providing life to the products. Even videography adds style to the product images.
  • Business owners must check out reviews and experience of the particular commercial photographers before outsourcing any work.
  • Business owners must find the best commercial photography specialists who fit right into their budget.
  • The ultimate aim of every business owner is to sell their product to the customers. So, the services from highly efficient industrial and fashion photography specialists for the apparel, footwear, accessories, etc. must be chosen.

To sum up, commercial photography facilitates business houses to promote their products online. It even helps the photographers to build a long-lasting relationship with their clientele.

Commercial Photography Tips – How To Capture Objects In Details

Why is detailing required at all when the large visual is there to say it all?

Sometimes it is not the bigger picture but the detail that attracts the viewer. In case of e-commerce the proof of the proverbial pudding lies in the small detailing. That spells clarity on screen shots. And that’s how the shutterbugs remain in demanding business today. The boom in e-commerce has fetched up the question of small details, which is still the forte of only expert professionals. It is the fine nuances that make the picture worthy of the shot. One of the hidden aspects of commercial photography is to present any object in most realistic manner. For that perspective what better options than to go for details- it makes the image look natural and allures the buyers who may be subconsciously motivated by the beautiful presentation of the finer details.

Since customers cannot view the products physically, it is a huge responsibility to present every possible detail concerning the product. It is part of the process by which a customer gets acquainted to a product before it is delivered. When the image and the real thing have almost no dissimilarity, the bridge of trust gets stronger and business grows. Realizing the importance of presenting authentic details may be crucial to the success of any online vendor.

With that crops up the question how to capture details of an object?

This two step job also requires the availability of right camera, lens, studio and a lot of other technical faculties and tactics. A product photography studio comes with all the facilities. The advertising photographers are constantly working on new techniques to take the best shot. Even after the invention of some of best lenses and cameras many commercial photographers opine that capturing of details is more about lighting properly. The straight from the top shot is a classical light setup. This with a combination of Soft gradient from the top and hard on the bottom, with the strip box through the diffuser and bare strip box, below the camera in front, respectively.

But how can some objects like cosmetic brushes or watch dials be shot with details. The correct use of lens with the ideal zoom can be applied. An alternate method could be to shoot the objects from 20-30 degree angle. The lighting must be arranged accordingly. Keeping the light from the top diffuser unchanged, it brings out even smallest details finely. This setting is perfect for product image of things like brushes. It helps to capture the brush hair in its original tone as opposed to its darker tone

Capturing the details of objects in commercial photography also include some other elements. For example how can one focus on the bricks while showing the interiors of a home? This is also a party of commercial product photography. The depth and also the variant of the atmosphere support the detailing. This helps to capture the best elements of the snapshot. The light even if it is controlled should flow seamlessly. It should to look contrived and generated. If it does the viewer gets distracted from the main theme.

 

How to Pick the Ideal Digital Camera

Do you know how to pick the best camera? What features do you consider? How costly should it be?

Here’s the answer: the best camera out there on the market today is… the one you’re actually going to use.

For most amateur photographers, any camera is the best camera.

Okay, you probably didn’t want to hear that. But it’s true. No camera will instantly give you great photos if you lack great composition and exposure. Cameras don’t take pictures, photographers do.

Fine, we hear you. So what camera should I buy?

If you’re an amateur photographer, keep to the low-end of cameras, one that you can afford. Then teach yourself about composing photos, exposure, along with other techniques.

Once you determine that you enjoy photography as a hobby and you would prefer some advanced functions, then you can sell your old equipment and graduate to higher-end models.

If you figure out that you’ve got a secret gift in taking great pictures and you’re thinking that you may genuinely wish to make some money from your talent, then you can spend more money on fancy equipment.

But your cash goes furthest if you get quality lenses. This will make a bigger impact than buying a costly camera body.

What features should I look for?

The biggest misconception when picking a camera is that the megapixels make a big difference in the quality of your images.

Unless your image is going to be plastered on a billboard, every camera presently on the market should be perfectly sufficient to satisfy your MP needs.

Instead, think about these distinctions between high-end DSLR vs. low-end DSLR vs. point-and- shoots.

  • Price (the difference between the top and bottom could be a few thousand dollars)
  • Response time (the time it will take the camera to take the photo after you hit the shutter)
  • Auto-focus
  • Functionality in low-light conditions
  • Video functionality
  • Weather-proof bodies

So here’s how to tell if you are a true photography buff: if you’re always snapping pics with your camera, particularly of things that many people probably would not consider photogenic, then you can consider yourself a real aficionado. In this case, you’re probably a person who would take advantage of the extra features of a DSLR.

So be honest with yourself and figure out exactly how much you will use your camera before you spend the money. If you plan to carry it with you constantly, then go for it!