Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How Lighting Photography Techniques

Lighting techniques determine the overall result of your image and plays a critical role in revealing the texture and form of the subject. Understanding where the source come from is critical in photography. For photographers, natural and artificial (studio) light are two available sources.

In outdoor photography, light changes constantly. Always consider the angle and intensity of the source as well as its distance to the subject. A thorough understanding of natural light will help you control the brightness in your images. Moreover, understanding this important element in photography helps to create and recreate many different effects in a studio environment.

Most photographers are interested in portrait lighting but do not understand how to do it. Same concepts can be used with flash unites, however you will not be able to see the effect until after shooting it. In order for you to control the harshness of the light, you need to practice. Wrong technique will result in narrow or round face. There are four main styles of lighting namely, broad, short, butterfly and Rembrandt lighting.

The Importance of Temperature In Photography

A photographer must also understand the sun's color scale (color temperature) which is the actual colors that human eye can see. Color temperature defines visible light. It is measured in Kelvin (K) degrees. Yellow to red are called warm colors, blue to white are called cool colors (see Color temperature).

If you observe carefully, the sun evokes hues in the morning and neutral colors during the afternoon. These neutral colors occupy a part of the definition you'd like to include in your photographs. Afternoon offers warmer tones with reds and yellows.

The Importance of Angle

The sun is the source of all daylight. The angle or its direction can bring plenty of shadows or remove them. The day light changes throughout the day creating two main light effects: hard and soft light. These two sources are also used in studio photography.

Hard Light

Simply means director bright sunlight. It is equivalent to the brightest time during the day when the sky is clear. It is harsh and could be used for amazing effects. This method is used for contrast as it results in more definition and shadow. The angle of this technique determines the overall effects.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

How Promote Your Wedding Photography Business On Facebook?

This is the perfect time to start a wedding photography business. The Internet makes it possible for anyone to work anywhere now. You don't need an office or a big fancy desk. You don't need a complicated phone system or office equipment. Everything can be done with a laptop and an Internet connection. You can even use the Internet and Facebook to promote your wedding photography business.

The first thing you need to do is set up a Facebook Fan page for your business. This gives all your followers a place to come to and find out what's happening. You can include all kinds of information on your Fan page - albums of your favorite shots, special offers or discounts, or invitations to events like bridal shows or glamor shoots. Whenever you post something on your wall, everyone who's following you will see it.

Next, start following all your friends and family members and then start looking for people you know who live in your area. Follow everyone you can think of and chances are most of them will follow you back.

You can also use the search box to look for people and business in your area and you can use the link marked 'Tell Your Friends' to import the contacts on your email lists. It's best to contain your search to your local area.

Now, you want to start bringing people to your Fan Page so they can see what's going on with your business.

    * Put a link to your Fan Page in your email signature.
    * If you have a website or blog make sure you have a link to your Fan Page.
    * Ask the people who are already following your page to share it with their friends.
    * Include the link on your business cards and stationery.
    * If you belong to any other online sites include the link in your profile.
    * If you have a Twitter account send the link out in your Tweets.
    * Put the link in your YouTube videos.
    * Any time you post something anywhere online make sure you include a link to your Fan Page.

Why is Facebook so important? Because more than 700 million people visit the site every day. It's where people hang out now to chat and exchange information. When one person 'likes' something it spreads to all their friends, and then spreads to all their friends' friends and so on.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

6 Tips For Taking Good Digital Photos

Taking great digital photos isn't about the camera you use, it all has to do with the photographer. So, how do you learn to get the best shots possible with a digital camera? Follow these great tips:

1. Get to know your camera.

Even the most basic digital point-and-shoot cameras have a range of modes and features to help you get great shots. You'll want to thumb through your camera's user manual to help you find everything, but the best way to get to know your camera is to simply experiment. Take pictures in different lighting conditions, on different settings, with different modes, and both staged and candid, to get a feel for how your camera performs in certain situations. Take lots of photos and toy around for a while. Photography is a tactile art, so you have to learn by doing.

2. Always use the best lighting possible.

Natural light can greatly enhance your digital photos without you ever doing a thing, but it's not always available. If you're shooting outdoors, try to avoid times when there will be harsh shadows or lots of glare, unless you're specifically going for that effect. Indoors, use lots of white light if you can use natural light. Lighting can make or break a photo whether you use a digital or analog camera.

3. Be prepared for anything!

No one wants to run out of battery life or memory just before the perfect shot shows up. To avoid this, carry an extra memory card and fresh batteries wherever you take your camera. Staying informed and prepared will help prevent missed shots.

4. Experiment.

Once you know all the settings to your camera, it's time to experiment. Take photos of everything, from people to buildings to bugs, at all kinds of angles and in different lights. You never know what great digital photos you'll end up with, and you may also discover a love of certain techniques you never imagined. Also, look at professional photos. Study the angles, the lighting, the subject and background, and try to emulate the methods you love best.

5. Keep your camera steady.

Too many amateur photographers hold their cameras the wrong way, leading to blurry photos and bad angles. You should hold your camera with both hands, steadying yourself on something solid, like a fence, desk or wall, to get clear shots. If necessary, use a tripod to keep your camera from jiggling while you take photos.

6. Take as many photos as you can!

Even pros take hundreds of shots when they only need a few great ones. The more digital photos you take, the more likely you are the get that perfect one, because there are always flukes no matter how well you set the shot. It will take time, but eventually you'll start to get a feel for how many photos you need to take of each subject.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Five Composition Photography Tips

In order to enhance the impact of your scene, there are various composition guidelines that you may apply in most situations. These guidelines are designed to enable you to take more compelling photographs with natural balance, so as to draw attention to the most important parts of your scene. Below are some basic photography tips in composition.

1. The Rule of Thirds

The rule of thirds states that the most important elements in your scene should be positioned along the vertical and horizontal lines that divide your image into equal segments, or at their points of intersection. Be sure to apply the rule of thirds so as to add balance and interest to your photo. Certain cameras provide you with the option of superimposing a rule of thirds grid over your LCD screen, which makes it much easier to use.

2. Balancing Elements

When you place your main subject off-centre with the aim of creating a photo that is much more interesting, this could leave a void in your scene, which could in turn make it feel empty. Be sure to include another object of lesser importance to fill up the space and thereby balance the weight of your subject.

3. Leading Lines

Our eyes are naturally drawn along lines when we look at a photo. It is therefore important to think about how to place the lines in your composition, as these may affect the way in which we view the image. This could have the effect of pulling us towards the subject and into the picture, or taking us on a journey through the scene. To enhance the composition of your photo, you may use various types of lines including the diagonal, straight, radial, zigzag and curvy.

4. Symmetry and Patterns

All around us, there is symmetry, whether natural or manmade. Symmetry is a great element for creating an eye-catching composition, especially in situations in which symmetry is not expected. Alternatively, you may introduce tension and a focal point to your scene by breaking up the pattern or symmetry.

5. Viewpoint

The viewpoint is where you shoot your subject from. Your viewpoint is important as it can have a great impact on the photo's composition, thereby greatly affecting the message your shot is supposed to convey. Instead of always shooting from eye level, you could photograph your subject from high above, the back, the side, very close up, a long distance away or even down at ground level.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

How Long Exposure Trick Photography Is Used to Do Light Paintings?

Light paintings are one of the more stunning examples of long exposure trick photography. You're literally painting with light. You use a camera to take a long exposure photograph, and then move a bright light source around it. Also, just like a magic trick, consider this a spoiler warning if you want to continue to be baffled by how light paintings are made.

The trick is that the bright light acts as your brush, so you have the freedom to move it around and create interesting shapes or even form words in front of the camera. Or you could move the camera instead. If you're feeling particularly brave you could actually toss and spin your camera in the air. You could get very beautiful light paintings with a bit of patience and creative uses of light and colors. There are people dedicated to taking light paintings by tossing their cameras, and the results are often spectacular.

When you use long exposure (also known as time exposure) photography, stationary objects appear still and in sharp focus while moving objects creates blurring and smearing. Long exposures are easier to do in low-light conditions otherwise you'll need very bright lights or specially designed equipment and cameras.

Because of this, light paintings are often done in the dark. The other side effect of low-light conditions is that fast moving objects can literally disappear from the image. This leads to interesting situations where you can photograph a still object in long exposure mode, and then run in front of the camera with a bright light to do your light painting. If you move fast enough and your clothes doesn't reflect much light, you will not be seen in the photo. You will only see the still object and a trail of the bright light. This explains why you can only see headlight and taillight trails but not the individual cars in pictures of highways or roads during night-time.

This is actually very important for light paintings because you don't want to see the "painter" in the photo. The illusion of light trails appearing or hovering around your subject without any clues as to what made it just make the picture that bit more magical.

During the daytime long exposure photography are less commonly used. The most familiar pictures of daytime long exposure pictures are those of waterfalls. Long exposures blur the moving water so it has mist-like qualities while keeping stationary objects like the trees and rocks in sharp focus.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Getting Schooled on Digital Photography and Proper Editing

No matter how much digital photography technology leaps forward, it still matters who is taking the pictures and how well they are edited. The way that colors mix and blend in the Photoshop world can be artistically scrutinized and perfected, but only with the right training and constant practice.

There are a multitude of websites out there that focus on digital photography and technique, and recently I journeyed through all of them I could find to clean up the faded massacre that is my portrait collection. It seems that no matter how much money I invest in high-end cameras, I still lack the artistic flair to capture the essence of the moment, and then touch it up properly before posting it to my portfolio.

As was bound to happen, the victims in each picture each took the opportunity to voice the need for some basic photography training and tips. Amazingly most of what I was lacking in the way of tricks, tips, and education was and is available at very little cost via online tutorials. I tried watching multiple free sessions on the usual video clip sites, but found the training to be too fragmented, and lacking in time spent in critical areas such as touching up portraits and basic editing.

Surprisingly, the sites that truly have the most comprehensive tutorials "mix-and-match" their offerings between free information, and paid seminars and classes online. I experimented with a handful of these for a week and found much joy in sites which assimilate the tutorials in such a way where you can follow along with your own photographs and Photoshop files, making the learning more meaningful and fun.

Courses that offer the gamut of Photoshop and digital photography are easy to find, but whether you are a gifted professional that needs to brush up on your editing skills, or a flawed camera junkie like myself, you would be well served to invest in a program in which most of the ongoing information is free. I don't mind paying a small sum for the classes if the ongoing tutoring doesn't nickel-and-dime me to death.