Awesome Photography Tips and Tricks Around the Net

Awesome Photography Tips and Tricks Around the NetPhotography isn’t just a hobby, it is art. I personally like several different types of photography. All of them make me happy on unique way. However, photography is complicated art. There are many rules, techniques and secrets you should know before making your own, professional photos. Luckily, I found a lot of tutorials that can help you. I know, because they helped me. Here are the best tutorials I found over the years. I tried all of them and I can say, they are very efficient.

  1. A perfect black and white photo

This type of photography may look obsolete, but these photos are classic and they look like masterpieces. The first tip, you should know is that you should take photo in RAW. Making a JPEG black and white photography is possible, but there are a lot of drawbacks. If your camera doesn’t support RAW, take a color photo. Then, you can make corrections on your computer. The last tip, shoot with low ISO. In fact, the lowest is the best.

  1. Making high-speed photos

High-speed photos are special, due to the fact they show a frozen moment of some action. As you can imagine, it is hard to make this type of photo. The first thing you have to know is that shutter speed must be around 1/500 seconds in order to make this type of photo. Also, the goal is to make a photo without blur, so practice until the photos are blur-free. A good thing is that you can use sequence mode. A lot of cameras have this mode. It is used to make several photos in a very short time, so you will get at least one photo of some action that looks like it is frozen in time.

  1. Moving objects photography

Taking photos of moving objects is usually linked to sports. In order to make a photo like this, you must set up the shutter speed. Sadly, there is no answer on the question, what is the ideal shutter speed. You should experiment and see which settings can capture the most movement blur. These photos include camera movement or object movement. In both cases, a camera must be secured or you will end up with a photo that looks bad.

  1. Taking photos at night

Taking photos at night means that you must know the secret of mixed light. For example, when you are taking a photo of a city, it is recommended to find a place where you can see a lot of building lights. When you are taking a photo of a cave, use flash. The main goal is to have a proper amount of light, so it doesn’t illuminate the photo too much, but it isn’t too dark as well.

  1. Macro photography

This type of photography included taking photos of small things, so they must be enlarged, obviously. For the best photo, you should use reflex camera with a single lens. You will have to use macro lenses as well. When you have this, you can find something you want to photograph it and experiment. Pay attention to the macro lenses, because there are a lot of bad ones.

  1. Wilderness photography

When taking photos of wildlife, tips are more than useful. For example, for the best photos, you should take use early morning or afternoon hours. These are known as golden hours. Making a photo in between, will cause poor quality due to the fact the light is too strong and you cannot make a smooth photo. When taking a photo, use wider angle. It gives an idea to viewers on where the photo was taken. On the other side, when you want to focus on just one detail, don’t use this tip. This type of photography also includes movement, so you should take as more photos as you can. This also means that you are going to need a lot of internal storage.

  1. Taking a panorama photo

A panorama photo represents one photo that was made from several photos. The most important tip is to put your camera into the manual mode. This will make sure all photos have the same depth and exposure. Also, using a polarizing filter isn’t recommended, because it can change the colors on some photos, so stitching of the photos will be almost impossible. A 50mm focal lens is the best choice. You will capture more details, but you will have to take more photos.

  1. House photography

With the house photography, you must pay attention to the angle and background. In most cases, you have two choices, so try both of them. Make sure your photo has the best background possible. Maybe it sounds weird, but this type of photography requires clouds. Taking a photo on a cloudy day means that the light will be even. In addition, use RAW. You can setup white balance and make a house look better. This is trick all real estate agents use.

  1. Smoke photos

Smoke photography is the most interesting type of photography, at least for me. It is completely different and unknown type. A lot of photographs doesn’t even know how to take these photos. The secret is in incense sticks. They are cheap, but they can make smoke for a long time. In addition, they even smell nice. You can make adjustments any time you want and there is no need to rush. So, all you need to do is to use incense sticks and create some shape from smoke.

  1. High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Making HDR photos require special software. You can use Aurora HDR Pro, if you are a Mac user or Trey’s Photomatix Presets, for Windows users. This type of photography includes HD photos that capture almost all sources of light and details. These are photos that look like they were taken in the future. For most people, they are precious. The main goal of these photos is to provide the same feel of some place as when you were there. The best tip I can give you is to put your camera in the Aperture Priority mode before taking photos. The rest is easy, just use the software.

Colors and Your Photos: An Absolute Read for All Photographers

Colors and Your Photos: An Absolute Read for All PhotographersPerhaps, you know how colors help create the mood of your photos. You don’t need advanced photography lessons or experience to know the impact of colors on photos.

When I was just starting out in photography, effective use and composition of colors in images was among the first things I had to learn. I realized how powerful colors can be when I had my room re-painted. Using an air compressor (visit AirCompressorJudge.com for more details about air compressors for painting), the dull white walls were painted with bright yellow. The change in color gave my room a lively, refreshing vibe.

Colors are a universal language. They are a powerful element in life as well as in photography. They can evoke feelings and mood that ultimately impact its audience, whether they will love the photo or hate it altogether. And in order to use colors well in your photography projects, it would help to know what emotions each color evokes or means.

  1. Red

Feelings of warmth, passion and love are widely attributed to red. It also creates a sense of fierce and regalia. When used in contrast with white, red creates a major contrast but with a touch of grace.

  1. Orange

The color of sunset, orange gives warmth and enthusiasm to your photos. Our eyes are instinctively drawn to orange being one of the best hues of nature, especially seen as the sun sets.

  1. Yellow

Yellow comes in different tones and hues, and each of this gradient can evoke a totally different emotion. Light yellow creates a refreshing mood, but excessively bright or deep tone will leave you irritated. Saturating your photos with yellow also has a tiring effect. As such, yellow should be used only as down-tone.

  1. Green

The color of nature, green brings in life and tranquility to your photos. Perhaps, you’ve seen how pro photographers effectively use green in food photography. Yellow and green seem to contrast each other well as these colors evoke completely opposite mood. Use these two colors in equal proportions on your photographs and see how it gives it a lasting impact.

  1. Blue

Blue is the color of sky and it signifies hope and calmness, but some tones can evoke sadness. You’ve probably heard about some ‘feeling blue’. It is best paired with black to create a powerful and formal appeal.

  1. Black

Different people attach different meanings and emotions to black. In photography, black can be interpreted as either an amalgam of all the colors or the lack of it. Be extra careful when using black in your photographs lest you turn-off your audience. This color is also considered the ‘most formal’ of all colors. Highlight black if you want to convey serious sentiments.

  1. White

Give your photos soft and light emotions by maximizing white and other light tones, especially pink. These very light colors bring a sense of serenity and space. It adds depth to your photos. White contrasts perfectly with most other warm colors, but most especially with green.

Let your photographs reflect the emotions you want. Use the right colors, shades and contrast, and be amazed at how evocative your photographs can be!

An Absolute Read for All Photographers

6 Photography Tips for Shooting Interiors Like a Pro

6 Photography Tips for Shooting Interiors Like a ProI was recently invited to do the photo shoot for a freshly renovated restaurant. The 80s-inspired diner has an interesting vintage design. The designer and its contractor did a perfect job. The unique and intricate detailing left me awe-struck. I wonder what tools they used for this project, I’m sure they must’ve used a reciprocating saw (much like the ones found at this website) for achieving with precision, the odd-shaped wooden custom details. With such an impeccably designed space, I’m sure I can take some incredible stills.

Having done a number of interior photography projects for different clients (mostly in the interior design and real estate industry), I understand just how important excellent interior photography is for businesses. And regardless of the industry you’re business is in (such as interior design, hospitality, restaurant, healthcare, corporate,) gorgeous photographs of indoor spaces are essential in your marketing efforts. They catch the attention of audiences and entice them to choose your service.

For freelance photographers out there, here I’ve compiled a number of tips learned from some pro photographers:

  1. Picking the best perspective

Indoor spaces will look differently when viewed from a different corner. Make sure step back, try taking stills from all corners, and see which perspective captures the indoor space at its best.

  1. Use proper lighting

You want the photo to look balanced without under-lit or over-lit spots. As much as possible, you want to use available lighting to make the photos look more genuine. Maximize the natural soft light that enters from the window. It is best to shoot late afternoon or early morning.

This video explains a little more:

  1. Wide shot

A wide angle shot allows you to capture as much of the space. To achieve a wide shot, you may need to use a lens anywhere from 16mm to 24mm. However, avoid going too wide as it can also distort the perspective.

  1. Avoid blurring

Your indoor photos must look sharp and free of blurring. Use a tripod or other stabilizing measure to make sure that the shot is untainted by any unwanted movements.

  1. Stage the space, but not too much

Make sure the photos make the indoor space look organized. If you want the space to have a certain vibe, you may need to add accessories or details. You may also need to rearrange furniture or move them around. Of course, you have to remove clutter. If the space is just newly renovated, make sure to take out unwanted items; any power tool such as a cordless reciprocating saw is included.

  1. Be versatile

Photography TipsEvery indoor space will have its unique features as well as unique purpose. Be creative and be ready to experiment. With every shoot, be mindful about what the photo is meant for or what it “sells”.

Most important of all, keep taking photos – more than you think you need. You’ll appreciate having plenty of options to choose from later on.

All You Need to Know About Door Handles

All You Need to Know About Door HandlesHi guys! Well, I recently got a pretty nice gig – photographing door handles. I had to get the perfect door handle photo so, naturally, I wanted to do some digging into door handles and their types. Here’s what I found!

Door handles are protruding devices attached to door frames as a mechanism of opening and closing the door. They can either be just fixed holding objects to push and pull the door or be connected to the door lock for the purpose of latching and unlatching the lock to open and close the door. Nothing new so far, right?

But, did you know that the use of a door handle has evolved over the years from simple door holding object to an important house decoration object; they can be made out of a variety of materials (such as cut glass, wood, brass, steel, porcelain, Victorian bronze just to name a few) to complement the general appearance of the building. Throughout the week, I suddenly started noticing door handles everywhere – taking my newspapaer, notice my neighbors handle; working out on my these awesome power racks – notice the garage door handle, etc.  So, if you’re asking yourselves by now, what are these various types of handles, well…

Some of the most common types are:

  1. Door levers –usually shaped as stick-like curved protruding handles mainly intended for unlatching the door lock’s primary latch when the lock is not closed using a key.
  2. Flush pull handles-these handles are found on sliding glass doors and are mainly used to pull the doors apart.
  3. Car door handles-these are found on vehicle doors, most of the recent car models do not have keyed door handles but most of the old vehicle designs had door handles with key holes in them. I got some nice shots of those yesterday. Sweet!
  4. Door knobs- These are cylindrical shaped door handles attached onto a door as a means of opening and closing the door. Door knobs can take various shapes such as round shaped, egg shaped and many others. They are made from various materials such as stained glass, stainless steel, vintage iron, polished chrome, polished nickel or even simple wood. I like these the best and I got the best photos out of them right after I did my daily routine on my crazy power racks from http://garagegymlife.com/

That’s what I learned about their types. Now, I also did some research into their usage – it’s all pretty basic stuff but here it is anyway:

  • Keyed entrance door knobs

All You Need to Know About Door HandlesThese are used on exterior doors, mainly because they are lockable with keys hence good for securing houses, they can be also used on interior doors especially ones with valuable contents behind them.

  • Privacy and bath door knobs

These knobs are designed in such a way that they can lock the door lock when twisted from the inside only and do not necessarily require keys. They can be used on bedroom doors, bathrooms or in any other room that requires privacy.

  • Dummy knobs

They are usually one sided knobs without a lock since they are only meant for the purpose of handling the door and not locking it. Mostly they are found on kitchen cabinet doors and clothing closet doors, however they can also be found on exterior doors especially those of large halls.

How to Photograph Moving Bikes

How to Photograph Moving BikesI’ve recently been to a motorbike event and that’s where I faced a real photography challenge. It’s a good thing I took my time to prepare and packed all the gear I needed to make some really good shots of moving vehicles. Otherwise, I would have come home with nothing but a bunch of blurry pictures and a distinct feeling of disappointment.

Equipment is the key to success when it comes both to bike-riding and bike-photographing. I’ve been really amazed seeing so many incredibly skilled and daring people who ride their beautiful vehicles at breakneck speeds. What impressed me the most was the amount of courage it takes to do this as there is so very little that protects the rider’s body in case of an accident.

The only “real” protection that a motorcyclist has is the helmet. Doesn’t sound like much, right? I actually did some research into the subject and found out that motorcycle helmets today are works of art. They can really make a difference in case of a fall, and there is a great variety of them available. Just click here if you want to learn why a helmet can save a rider’s life and how many types of them exist.

I believe that motorcyclists definitely are awe-inspiring people and they deserve the best photographs. Making these shots is hard, but I did manage to succeed and today I’d like to share some tips with those of you who want to try photographing moving bikes.

  1. Get the right tools.
    To get good shots from a motorbike event you’ll need your favorite digital or film SLR camera. Digital compact cameras won’t do for this kind of photography as their shutter lag makes it impossible to take a good shot of a fast-moving object. You’ll need a camera that reacts the instant you press the shutter button. As you are unlikely to get a chance to stand really close to the track, you’ll have to take a 300mm (or even longer) telephoto lens as well as a tripod. The latter is necessary as you’ll have to wait for quite a bit to take your shots, so your hands are sure to grow heavy.
  2. Get into a good position.
    Find yourself a spot at some slow corner of the track. Bikes will be leaning beautifully here, so you will definitely get a few amazing shots.
  3. Set the focus.
    An autofocus feature becomes a hindrance when you are trying to photograph something as fast as a moving bike. So, switch to manual, set the focus on the best spot on the track and lock it. I suggest the apex of the bend as the perfect focus spot.
  4. Experiment with shutter speed.
    You’ll need to set a fast shutter speed when photographing motorbikes, but how fast is for you to decide. Experiment a bit starting with 1/500th of a second and find your perfect pace.
  5. Use burst mode.
    Motorbike racing photography is as much about luck as it is about skill, and burst mode will definitely up your chances capture the best picture.

Photography around the House

Photography around the HouseSelling a house is something I hope I never have to go through. I already get enough of a headache from taking pictures for others with their own homes to sell. It’s an important part of the process to be sure, and I do well at it too, but that doesn’t mean it’s a job without some nonsense. I think it could be so stressful because the people selling the homes are stressing themselves, trying to find a buyer for their building in a market which is sometimes good, sometimes bad. I keep doing it because the pay is good, but it occurs to me that some of my clients could have taken their own pictures just as well.

Now I’m not selling myself short here. I know the value of a skilled photographer, being one who sells those same skills all the time myself. But just consider the average home for a moment. You’ve got a building with a single floor, a bathroom, a kitchen, a couple bedrooms, maybe a living room or a dining room, and that’s it. You might have a basement if you live in a place prone to tornados or get it installed specially. You might have an attic for storage space. We’re talking about fewer than a dozen rooms in total, along with some shots from the exterior of the home.

Even taking several pictures for each of these rooms along with the four sides of the home from the exterior, it only takes a couple hours to get all the pictures I need. Unless of course there are extras, like a pool or outdoor fish pond or giant aquarium with canister filter (yes, I had experience to see that!), any unique features that would really make the home stand out and attract more attention from the market. These should almost always be photographed and worked into the advertisement for the home in some way.

While it’s true that practically anyone could take these pictures, I don’t just take pictures. After sorting through the rough shots and selecting their favorite for each room and angle, I go through each client’s selections and touch up all of the photos they’ve chosen. This way they get to see all the work up front and pick the images they like the best, and I get to improve the contrast, work out any artifacts or lens flares, even out the toning and otherwise make those selections into professional quality work. That’s the part people actually pay me for, I think.

I still maintain that not every job like this which I’ve done necessarily needed me to do it. I’d feel bad if it made up a larger part of my income but since I don’t take pictures of homes for sale too often, I try not to worry about it very much. Also, it’s a lot easier than some of the other photography I’ve done – like nature shots and trying to catch animals right at the moment they decide to finally do something. That’s the kind of work that makes me stressful.

Tips for boxing photography

Tips for boxing photographyI’d been on an interesting photoshoot recently. I was invited to shoot a boxing match. It was quite a challenging one, as shooting a boxing match is not like your average sporting event. Since this was my first one, I researched a lot on the things I would need to consider and prepare. To start with there is the venue, which can range from as simple a place as a tent to a well-constructed auditorium.

Lighting

There are variations in the lighting too.  Since using flash is not an option, you have to manage with the existing light conditions. It is difficult to shoot up into the lights. The lights present above the ring usually don’t follow any fixed pattern. In case the arena is steep, the lights are set up higher. Regardless of the setup, you would have to waste quite a few frames before you get the lighting right. I had to work on the existing frames to get rid of lens flare. Removing the filters and using a hood for the lens helps in avoiding the flares.

Exposure

If boxers are using protective headgear, you should be careful about the exposure as their face disappears in the headgear’s shadow or behind their arms, when they look down or cover up.  And depending on your height and that of the ring, you may have to contend with irate fans who resent your intrusion.

You need to be prepared and of course be thick skinned, if you have to get good shots. I for one am not worried, as I practice daily with the grappling dummy I bought at http://www.grapplingdummyinsider.com/ . The bjj training I do with it makes me flexible and fit, so I can put up an equally good fight, if I come up against an enraged fan.

Proper equipment

Now this is a no brainer. You have to be equipped with the right gear. While travelling light is better, it helps if you have two cameras- one for ringside with f/2.8 and 24-70 mm and another for taking shots of the fighters, when they are in the corner or enter into the ring. In some places, the rings have space under them for storage, which you can use.

Zoom

It is best if you keep using zooms and prime focus alternatively. For, fast prime f/1.8 or f/1.2 gives you better contrast and less flare. A wide-angle view is better. Zooms are versatile so both the two can be used to tackle the flare.  While you may think that being above the ring is the right place to be in, the photographs look similar. The best and intimate ones are those taken ringside.

Decide between loose body shots or waist up shots. For a record photograph that tells about the knock down using the loose body shots is best. If you want to have impact, a close up shot is best. But this needs right timing and focus, which are difficult to achieve. To get real close up shots where glove hits face with distorted facial expressions, which are the most popular, you need to be ready as these needing timing of nanosecond range. You have to get the right timing and some luck to get such shots.

Musical Instrument And IQ

Musical Instrument And IQ

Last week I met a friend of mine, while I was attending an awards ceremony. No, I was not being conferred an award instead, I was doing a photograph session of the awards for a news website. While I was clicking away, to my great surprise I saw my friend being awarded for excelling in his research work. I was stunned. He was not much of a learning geek during our school days, so seeing him winning an award certainly surprised me.

I said so to him. He said that his concentration had improved a lot since he had taken up learning the trumpet. He had bought it at http://www.trumpethub.com/ and advised me to try it too. After hearing from him about his recent accomplishments, I thought of giving it a try. But before that I wanted to know what exactly a musical instrument could do to make you smart. Here is what I found out.

Research on playing musical instrument and its effect on brain suggest that the power and shape of our brain can be changed. This change helps in improving the cognitive skills largely. Studies suggest that the IQ in kids as well as adults had increased to about seven points more.  The studies done on brains of musicians reveal that the structure and function of their brain is different from those who were not acquainted with a musical instrument.

What surprised me most was that people who were 65 years old could experience the impact of learning to play afresh for just five or six months. Since the memory and hearing control spots in our brain are related to the part that controls movements, we become active and our brain structure too changes.

For instance, a kid-learning piano could become more disciplined, attentive and even excel in planning. These qualities are essential for academic excellence. So the kid becomes brighter. And I guess this is what happened in my friend’s case.

But I also found out that there are other things that music can do besides spark the intelligent streak in you and make you smarter and accomplish greater things in life. Learning foreign languages easily is another benefit that you get. While you get your memory improved, as you learn to play a musical instrument like a trumpet, you also learn to grasp new languages by the increased verbal memory.

Musicians are also able to pick up emotions like disappointment, empathy and other such feelings more readily than the rest.  It is said that music enhances memory power, language skills and much more on which research is being done consistently. The researchers believe that the new revelations would help in rehabilitation of neuropsychological issues in a better way.

I was definitely impressed by these findings and it renewed my resolve to learn the trumpet. When I said so to my friend, he advised me to know about the right devices to buy as he had suggested earlier and other details. He even volunteered to help me out with the initial steps, so I could learn it better.

Photographing in the wild

Photographing-in-the-wildMany of you may be aware that I am a photography enthusiast. Recently, I had gone on an expedition with a couple of my friends. The wildlife photography experience was a lot of fun for all of us and I considered putting together a brief guide to help beginners start off with wildlife photography.

Different types of photography need specific types of treatment and this holds true for wildlife photography as well. You cannot simply jump into wildlife photography and hope to capture a stunning shot. You will first need to consider getting yourself some decent equipment and you will need to understand the nuances of wildlife photography.

Here, I will present to you some useful and handy tips, which will help you photograph better in the wild:

  • Equipment and gear

Wildlife photographers must invest in a telephoto lens. Telephoto lenses allow photographers to zoom across incredible distances and must be used to accurately capture shots out in the wild. Teleconverter lenses may also be used for the same purpose.

A tripod will also be needed for supporting the camera as the lenses make it quite heavy. With longer lens lengths, the camera becomes even more susceptible to movement. As such, use of a tripod is a must.

Finally, the camera will need to be a high quality one. Today, there is a broad range of DSLR cameras specifically suited for wildlife photography.

One other thing to think about is equipment for yourself, such as a pair of good boots. The best equipment for traipsing around the wood can be found at hunting shops.  You can find some great hunting tools at EdgeHunting.

  • The environment

The environment of the wildlife, where the picture is being captured greatly determines how well the photo turns out to be. There are different aspects to photographing small birds than there are to photographing land animals and all of these will only be learnt through experience.

The character of a wildlife picture clicked greatly depends on the environment and on the visual setting. Users will need a little experimentation here in order to come up with the best shots.

  • Including elements of nature

While the subject of the photograph may be a large land animal, care must be provided to include certain elements of nature. For instance, leaving out the ground in a picture can produce a dramatically contrasting effect than including it along with the animal.

I take a number of different shots before I make up my mind as to what works best. I would recommend all beginner photographers to do the same as it immensely helps in understanding the nuances of wildlife photography.

  • Pay attention to all types of animals

The wildlife is full not only with large animals, but a lot of vegetation and smaller animals as well. Even when an animal is not spotted nearby, a photographer has tons of subjects to turn his attention to.

I have gathered a large number of pictures of butterflies and moths as part of my photography while waiting for other subjects.  You can try doing the same when you are out photographing in the wild.

Wildlife photography can prove to be a lot of fun and it can be quite rewarding as well. I hope the tips that I have presented will enable enthusiasts to try out their hand at wildlife photography as well.

Tips On Taking Professional Fashion Photography

Tips On Taking Professional Fashion PhotographyI’d been invited to photograph a fashion show in our neighborhood, a charity event sponsored by the local businesspeople. The show was a great success and so were my shots. The shots were talked about a lot when they were published. I however maintained that the success was mainly due to the excellent designs done by the fashion designer of the show, a friend of mine.

When I quizzed about the exquisite designs, she said that it was all possible because of her serger.  I was amazed at how she had styled the dresses. My shots made them look more appealing and elegant attracting rare reviews. She wanted to know about how I’d taken the shots, as she was interested in photography herself. She also wanted to look at my portfolio.

The true fact about taking an excellent shot is that even if you’re 100% technically accurate about the settings and other details, your image may still lack the essence that makes it different from an ordinary shot. Here are some tips on how to create realistic and beautiful shots.

Plan ahead

This is very important and a basic step in any venture you do. In photography, you need to over prepare. I mostly start the shots only after I’ve a solid outline on the appearance I want to bring in the shot. By reading books on the makeup, hair, posing, styling, lighting and editing, you can get great many ideas on the story of concept you need for the photo-shoot. There is bound to be something or other that you find attractive in the research you do from which you can have your pick.

Control should be yours

While it is allowed to take advice or suggestions from the fashion crew, the final decision should be yours. Letting another person take over the reins can take away the unique touch you want to create. If you need to get a smooth and efficient execution of the concept you’ve created, you should have absolute control over it.

Get the right angle

You need to experiment with different angles. Move and adjust till you are satisfied with the shot. Since the shot will not come to you, you should move about and find the right angle.

Directing the shot

While some models do not need much of a direction, there are some you have to concentrate on more. Directing is necessary, if you want to create the perfect shot.

Make your own rules

Rules are basically made for breaking. And this I’ve found rightly applies to fashion photography. While I’ve been taught the general lighting rules, which I diligently applied to the shots during my initial days, I soon found that dramatic lighting and stark contrast works more to my satisfaction. So this is what I suggest – break as much rules as you can, you’ll be surprised at the difference it brings to your shots.

The fashion designer was delighted by my advice and vowed to use them during her next show, which she wanted to create right from the designs using her stylish sewing machine to the photographs. Seeing her creations I knew she could do it and wished her luck.