Taking pictures of your new baby is a great way to preserve life long memories. Baby pictures can also make great postcards, keepsakes, or baby shower gifts. Here are some simple tips to get great baby pictures:
1) Avoid bright light – Babies are especially sensitive to bright light including harsh sunlight and flash photography. If possible, try to take photos during the day when flash photography is not necessary. You can also use lamps to create lighting.
2) Take pictures from different distances – Try to take pictures from different distances. Most people like to take closeup pictures, but pictures that are too close can be blurry and out of focus. By taking several pictures from different distances, you can keep the ones that are the best.
3) Be aware of your baby’s mood – Try not to start a photo session when your baby is cranky or crying. If your baby is in a bad mood, then wait awhile until he or she is better rested or
Disposable digital and film cameras (also called single-use cameras) provide a cheap and easy alternative for photographers. They offer an option for times when you don’t want to risk your expensive equipment but you do want to take some photographs. For example, what could be a scarier combination for a photographer than an expensive piece of camera equipment and water? While professional underwater photographers (or serious hobbyists) are willing to spend a lot of money on their underwater cameras, what about the rest of us? Disposable underwater cameras offer an inexpensive alternative. After all, we may only want to take pictures one time on a snorkeling vacation. Why should we have to buy or rent a lot of expensive equipment?
Disposable underwater cameras are ideal for a wide variety of outdoor adventures where water, sand and rough use might come into play. Use them underwater, (many models are actually waterproof from 15 to as much as 50 feet underwater) but also use them above water for many outdoor shots in sunshine or on a
For all you flash-on-the-camera photographers out there, you’ve come a long way but there’s a higher lighting plateau of quality photography called double lighting. Are the benefits of using two lights for your social events worth all the trouble and extra cost? Sure, the flash on the camera is safe, foolproof and convenient, but if you compare the two types of lighting, the difference is striking.
First, the color is more intense. The main light strikes the subject at an angle, sending the reflected, colorless light off axis, away from the lens. Except for highlights, the absorbed and scattered light entering the lens contains only saturated color. The light on the camera serves two purposes: to keep the density level of the shadow areas high enough for good contrast and detail, secondly to evenly light the whole picture area, and thirdly to flatter the faces and remove the bags under the eyes.
In order to achieve the above benefits, a proper ratio must be retained. One easy way is to set the lens on
Teleporting you from your home to a tropical island in the blink of a lens!
To many people Photography is simply one person with a fancy camera pressing a button and getting paid lots of money for it. You often hear people complaining, saying things like: “It’s so easy! Anyone can press a button; I don’t see what all of the fuss is about.” – Well, I think it’s safe to say that people like that really do not have a clue what they are talking about.
Of course anybody can take a picture! But it takes a certain level of patience, dedication, skill and good taste to be able to successfully capture a moment. There are so many different factors to take into consideration when taking a photograph at a professional level. For example a wedding photographer is going to require a certain level of social and interpersonal skills if they are to truly be at the top of their game – Someone that can make people feel more at ease, bring them out of their shells and encourage them to laugh and joke around in a natural manner. If you have some quiet stranger
Are your photographs destined to remain hidden on a hard drive forever, unseen by the world? Remember the buzz you once had in the pre-digital days, when you saw your photographs the first time in print?
Why not peruse your recent holiday snaps, and select your best work to be immortalised with ink on paper. Frame them; hang them in your home; give them away as gifts.
2. Update your camera gear
There comes a time when your digital camera doesn’t do your skills justice. While point-and-shoot cameras are convenient and cheaper, they are restricted by their simplicity and their smaller sensor size.
Unfortunately, the old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is still the truth. Even an entry-level DSLR and kit lens will produce sharper and bigger images, and allow you to play with a wider aperture range, from at least f/4 to f/22.
If you’re into landscape photography, a sturdy tripod is a must, as is a polarising filter to darken blue skies. A cable release will prevent camera shake during longer exposures. A decent kit bag will protect your expensive gear, and enable more efficient
Pay attention to the reoccurring themes in your work. Think of what draws you to these things so you can find new ways to capture and express what you like!
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Sometimes those mistakes turn out to be something unique and innovative that you can build on.
3) Work the subject!
Try shooting the same thing in as many ways you can that capture different aspects about it. After you shoot look through your shoot and critique your work. Be mindful of what worked and what didn’t and why. Editing your shoot is an important part of the learning process.
4) Study the work of other photographers.
Find something that inspires you and pay attention to what you like and try to mimic it. Then try to make it your own by bringing in something new and different.
If you pay attention, most great photographs will contain at least one of these guidelines:
Rule of Thirds: Imagine the image is divided into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The interesting aspects
1. Don’t expect their camera to do all the work. This means saying goodbye to ‘Auto’ and bravely using other modes such as Aperture Priority or Manual.
Read the camera manual, several times, to get familiar with their gear.
Gradually work through various functions and features on their camera.
Take control of their camera, and the lighting conditions they are faced with.
2. Understand that pressing the shutter is only half of making a good photograph.
Modern cameras are no match for the human eye, and still have lots of limitations, especially in low light situations.
Post-processing has been done since the invention of photography (either in a traditional darkroom or on a computer). This is where you polish your final images, and make adjustments to compensate for the constraints of the camera.
Select and present only the very best images from a photo shoot.
Store a back-up copy of their images onto an external hard drive, or somewhere safe.
3. Publish photographs, so they aren’t destined to die on a dusty hard drive, unseen by the world.
Photography may be a more effective and reasonably inexpensive alternative to drawing or painting, but more thought and feeling goes into a painting than a photograph.
Photography is relatively simple in comparison to painting, which is a much more complex task. With photography, the composition is already completely arranged, but with a painting the objective is much more open to interpretation by the artist. The artist has the ability to capture much more emotion, understanding, and significance in an event and apply this fiery drive to his paintbrush when creating his own masterpiece.
When dealing with reality, I think a photograph may represent an actual physical recollection of a person or object, but a painting created from scratch adds the reality of perception to the equation. Reality is always open to a different observation and interpretation.
Artists during the Realism period concentrated on the real world as they saw it, and chose to construct their pieces of work with normal, everyday activities, therefore making it all the more real. One painter during this time period was Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In his piece titled Ville d’Avray, he chooses to
Travelers make a lot of mistakes on their trip. One of the common one of these is to fail to take good pictures! Travel photography is an amazing thing you can cherish for the rest of your life. Even when the trip ends, you can still experience the joy of looking at the photos and reminiscing the good times.
Let’s clear the most common misconception about travel photography. It’s not all about the camera. You need to capture photos that tell a story, so it is more than just owning an expensive camera.
Here are some easy tips to take amazing travel photos!
1. Do Your Homework
In the middle of all the excitement and packing for the trip, you’re missing out on something big. Don’t forget to do your homework for the trip. If it’s your first time to the destination, you’ve every reason to do a thorough research before the journey begins. Get to know the surroundings through articles and pictures. You may wish to befriend other famous photographers of the destination. Search the possibility of famous events happening during the dates that you wish to visit. Social media can help you
Most serious photographers and all professionals use a Single Lens Reflex camera (SLR), the definition of an SLR camera is that the image is captured exactly as you see it in the viewfinder. However there are now two types of SLR the single lend reflex film (SLRF) and the single lens digital (SLD). They are both single lens camera, but digital does not use film and the resulting image can be processed at home with the aid of a photographic editor such as the chemical component in a traditional camera is film. When film is exposed to a real image, it makes a chemical record of the pattern of light, coming through the lens. Film has a collection of light sensitive frames, suspended on a strip of plastic. Colour film has three different layers of light sensitive material, which respond to red, green and blue (known as the (RBG) values. When the film is developed, it is exposed to chemicals, which dye the separate layers of film, into a color negative. All modern film is made up of silver halide crystals.
The digital revolution is the conversion of analog information, which is represented by a gradually fluctuating
Your lens is an essential element to good photographs. It’s not just your camera. People spend thousands of dollars on a good camera and neglect the lens.
Change that around! Make sure you buy a good camera lens when purchasing a camera. Buy a good camera as well, but don’t neglect a good camera lens.
Why? Your camera is just the ‘holder’ for the photograph. The lens is what your camera sees all your shots through. A good lens is essential to clear and sharp photos.
With most compact digital cameras, you can’t change the lens. So in that case, don’t just buy a good camera, ensure it also has a good lens.
Avoid a plastic digital camera lens because it doesn’t have the clarity of a glass lens.
What model of lens?
Stick with camera lenses from well known manufacturers like Nikon, Canon and Pentax. Ensure you purchase a lens that works with your camera too. A Nikon camera lens usually won’t work well with a Canon camera.
There are specialty lens manufacturers like Carl Zeiss, Leica and Leupold. If you’re a beginner, don’t worry about these lenses until you
Are you having megapixel envy each time you walk by the camera section of your favorite electronics store? So do I. But, do we really need more and more pixels? The answer depends on what we intend to do with the images.
First, a quick definition of megapixel:
Megapixel is a technical term for “million pixels”, where a single pixel is the smallest unit of color that a camera’s sensor is able to capture. The more pixels in the sensor, the sharper the image a camera can reproduce. Note that some camera specifications abbreviate megapixel as “MP”.
Determine Image Use
Now then, how many of those pixels do we need? The first task in answering this question is to determine how we intend to use the images. We are mainly concerned about uses that require a high resolution digital photo. Putting a photo on the computer’s screen requires a low resolution image, so any camera is sufficient, if this is our only intention.
The most common need for high resolution photos is to print or develop pictures. Let us then focus on putting pictures on paper to answer our megapixel question.
Portrait is defined as, “A likeness of a person, especially one showing the face, that is created by a painter or photographer, for example.” In the area of portrait photography there are some guidelines that you should consider when you go to take photos of people.
The different types of portraits are: close-ups, facial shots, upper body shots or environmental portraits. Environmental portraits are where you focus on the subject and on their surroundings that provide more character to the subject.
When people have a camera in their face it usually makes them nervous and they will try to put on a face that does not portray who they really are. The real skill to portrait photography is trying to capture photos when the subjects are comfortable and not worried about a camera.
Many professional photographers try to capture their subject’s true essence by using tricks. One example of this is counting to three so the subject prepares and then while they are relaxing after taking a planned photo the photographer will snap a few more unplanned photos. In most cases the subject won’t even know that more than one photo was taken but it’s
So your picture came out less then perfect. Blemishes or wrinkles, red eyes and wrong color balance – you can fix it all without having to learn or pay for Adobe Photoshop. Try these tools instead.
FaceFilter Studio’s enhanced product features make digital photo repair simple and convenient for professionals and home users alike. Unwanted facial expressions, blemishes and wrinkles are things of the past. With FaceFilter Studio, problem photos become perfect photos in 4 simple steps. Using muscle-based photo morphing technology, FaceFilter enables anyone to enhance expressions, remove common skin blemishes, smooth wrinkles, sharpen and improve facial structure, correct color balance and more. FaceFilter Studio also serves as an excellent addition or supplement to your existing photo editing software, maximizing your ability to create perfect photos. Now photos you wouldn’t have given a second thought can have a second chance.
PhotoCleaner performs the sequence of operations that are usually done manually using some general-purpose image-editing program like Adobe Photoshop. The main difference is that PhotoCleaner does it automatically without having you to learn a sophisticated user interface and waste a lot of time repeating each step manually. You could
The path to picking a digital camera usually leads to a fork in the road. On one side is the small camera that’s convenient to carry but doesn’t take the sharpest pictures; on the other, a camera that crisply catches all the details and color but is comparatively bulky. Sometimes it’s our fault that our photos didn’t work out; we didn’t notice distracting, extraneous objects in the image or forgot to ask for a certain pose. Sometimes it’s the camera’s fault; as impressive as many of today’s cameras are, they’re not perfect. And sometimes it’s no one’s fault; some lighting situations are just plain impossible to control.
Fortunately, digital photography’s marriage of the camera and the PC has made it easier than ever to get our pictures to match our memories, or even to improve upon them. To do so, you need three things: image-editing software, an understanding of what you can do with that software, and the vision to see what needs to be done to fix your photos.
One way to overcome these problems and still have all the convenience of a pocket sized camera is to learn how to edit photos so that
Take a photograph that is set up perfectly, composition, lighting, scale, its all right. You take the shot and feel pleased with the outcome, but how much personal emotion went into the shot?
This is a question you should ask yourself every time you press the shutter down. For human emotion is a powerful tool to equip your images with. It avoids images taken without reason or understanding. It evokes feelings and emotions within the viewer of the photograph, and it gives the image a much greater level of meaning.
As a nature photographer, any image I take has been the result of an instinctive feel for the environment being shot. We all know that feeling you get when you reach the summit of a mountain, or when you step into the warm sea for the first time. Something within gives you a great satisfaction, a buzz that you cannot keep hold off. How incredible would it be to find a photograph that could capture that feeling and record it within an image? An image that unleashes these very emotions when viewed. This however is no easy task. It requires a photographer that is sensitive to
There are many kinds of disposable cameras. All disposable cameras are already inexpensive, but there are some that are even more of a bargain than others. While individual disposable cameras are almost always affordable, sometimes the price becomes an issue when many need to be bought at once, such as for a wedding. Aside from that, it’s always nice to get the best price possible, even if you’re buying a single camera.
There are many sources for disposable cameras online, such as eBay. The way to get the best possible price per camera is to buy them in bulk. There are many retailers that cater to brides and grooms and offer good bulk prices, or even specific wedding packages. Typically, the more they buy, the better – the greater the quantity, the lower the price per camera.
Just remember that a discount disposable camera may or may not have a flash, and may not have the limited perks and options that are usually offered with disposable cameras such as processing with a CD. Typically they have 27 exposures each. Apparently some companies use generic (often reused) disposable cameras — these are not as good as new
“Oh no! It’s only three days ’til my appointment at the photographers! I don’t even know what I’m going to wear and what about the make-up? The person who made the appointment didn’t suggest a thing.”
It doesn’t come up too often, but when it does, a little knowledgeable advice would be greatly appreciated. Generally, the same kind of make-up appropriate for an evening date will also photograph well. A little darker base prevents your skin from washing out in the lights and extra cheek color is a must. Lipstick photographs on the rich side, so pick a more muted shade. Lip liner is not a good idea and be sure to follow your real lip shape. Lip gloss is a plus. Some things to avoid are pearly eye shadow, lower lash liner and a too shiny look. Proper lighting will take care of any bags under your eyes and a good surface hair spray will eliminate any stray hairs.
In the clothing department, try to go for a simple, dramatic effect: no intricate patterns, round necklines, mismatched color sets, or dull, wrinkled materials. Rather look for solids or two tones, V necklines, three piece outfits
Hold the camera steady. Use both hands, rest your elbows on your chest and hold your breath as you release the shutter. Take advantage of a wall, post or any other means of steadying support. Use a tripod for shutter speeds of less than 1/60 sec. When using a lens with a long focal length, choose a shutter speed at least as fast as the focal length. For example if the focal length is 100 mm, set the shutter speed to at least 1/100 sec.
As a basic guide, use the “rule of thirds”. Position points of interest or areas of colour a third of the way up, and/or along the frame. Putting a point of interest dead centre usually makes for a dull picture.
Use the frame of a doorway, arch, or trees to emphasize the main subject. Try and find a main point of interest, even in a landscape and exclude the unnecessary. Less is usually more. Try to lead the eye through the picture e.g. with a winding road leading to an interesting tree, mountain or building etc.
Ask yourself the question; Are you the next undiscovered photographer? Anyone can take a photograph of course, but it’s that creative spark and seeing the unseen that makes a photographer stand out and be noticed.
Choose an area of photography that holds the strongest fascination to you. For me it was nature photography, but this is one of many areas including still life, portraits and wedding photography to name a few. Once you’ve chosen an area, try experimenting, taking shots on impulse, varying the viewpoint, altering the lighting, basically – try the untried. As one of my favourite sayings puts it, ‘Walk he un-walked path.’
Many people don’t posses the belief within them that they have what it takes to be a good photographer. Challenge that perception! It can be changed through exercising your skills and gaining experience. In the now digital age there has never been a better or more exciting time to take up photography. There has also never been a better chance to experiment with images. With the ability to view your taken photographs within seconds, you have the opportunities to better your shots instantly. Once you have mastered the basic techniques, photography