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The images you use on your website, print pieces or other marketing and business collateral can have an impact on your customers. Chances are, you’re using the photos to showcase your products or your services or to elicit a certain feeling in your customers when they think of your company.

The images on your business documents are important, and you want to provide the best possible image of yourself to your customers. Using professional quality photos will greatly improve your customer experience by giving your audience real images they can relate to. Plus, using quality photos sets your company apart from those that use stock images. If you’re interested in earning professional quality photos for your business, the following tips will help.

Don’t be afraid to try different angles.

In most cases, people tend to shoot their subjects from head on, and while this is perfectly acceptable, it doesn’t give your photos any flair. Don’t be afraid to try taking your photos from a different angle. Get down low, move to the right or let, get above or even go behind your subject. Being creative with your angles can result in some of the best photos you’ve ever seen.

Move in closer.

There’s no rule that says you have to stand far away from your subject to take a photo. Don’t be afraid to get up close and personal with your subject and take some necessary close-ups. You’ll find that you get more intimacy and detail in your photos when taken this way instead of creating too much dead space around the subject.

Know how to use your light.

Lighting is a very important aspect of professional quality photos. If you don’t have the right lighting for photography, it’s going to affect the outcome of your images. Make sure that you have enough light for your photo shoot and don’t be afraid to play around with it. Take a few practice shots until you get the images you need.

Use a tripod.

A shaky hand can be your worst enemy. If you’re know to have trouble getting your camera to focus during certain still shots, it’s a good idea to use your tripod. This way, you know that your camera will always be still and that your subject will always be in focus.

Stage your photos.

Taking real images can be a great addition to your business documents, but sometimes you need to stage your photos. Don’t be afraid to bring props or move certain items or subjects to get the desired effect.

Take plenty of photos.

Chances are you’re not going to get the one perfect picture with your first try, so take plenty of photos, even of the same shot. This will give you plenty of images to choose from so that you can ensure you’re providing your audience with the best possible image.

Use your flash when taking outdoor photos.

Most people believe that the use of a flash only occurs when indoors, but this is untrue. Using your flash while taking photos outside can greatly improve the outcome and quality of your images. The flash helps to create a balance between your subject and the natural light, and it helps to remove any unwanted or unruly shadows that may occur.


Nobody ever picked up a camera and was brilliant at it with their first shot. The only way you’re truly going to improve your photo taking skills is to practice. Make sure to bring your camera everywhere and take photos as often as possible. Be sure to play around with the different camera settings as well to learn more about what your camera can do.

Invest in editing software.

No matter how great your photos appear, it’s always a good idea to invest in editing software, such as Photoshop. This way, you’ll be able to perform some basic touch-ups to your images to get the results you want.

Hire a professional photographer.

Even with all of the photo-taking tips, sometimes the best option is to hire a professional to take your photos. Professional photographers know how to successfully work their cameras, and they know how to play around with the lighting and subject to provide you with the best possible images for all of your business needs.

About the Author

Guest Author: Lizzie Lau is a freelance writer who combines personal opinions and research to create appealing and informative articles on various topics.

When tackling the project of filming a video of any length, the appropriate environment is key to meeting one’s filming goals. After all, it just takes one passing train, one outspoken passerby, one rumble of thunder, or even one little bee’s unexpected presence to distract a viewer from the intent of the scene. All of these uninvited cast and soundtrack additions to your film can be eliminated by investing in the usage a soundproof studio. The benefits of filming within a soundproof environment surely offset the cost to do so and certainly outweigh the cons of exposed filming.

Soundproof Studio Shoots

It’s true, as they say, that if you want to make the higher being in your life laugh, just tell Him your plans. This humorous saying even applies to shooting expectations. Typically, if your scene requires sun, it will rain. If your scene requires calm, it will storm. If your scene requires a crowd, everyone will essentially remain indoors. Most importantly, if your scene requires quiet, it WILL be noisy.

Studio Filming Location

It is difficult to plan for your film’s intended surroundings, even with extensive planning. Fortunately, soundproof environments exist for this very purpose. Often, any sounds actually required can always be added later, digitally. Though some directors may be unimpressed by having to account for the cost to use a soundproof studio and/or the planning required up until shooting time so as to ensure time spent inside is not wasted, one must then also consider the investment in outdoor shooting time wasted by the arrival of unplanned circumstances. The cost for one’s hired staff and cast, time, and effort may all be disregarded by the excessive noise of others.

Luckily, there are plenty of means of properly preparing for a soundproof studio shoot, which is not always flawless itself. For instance, informing the studio manager ahead of time of the intended shots’ activities will help he/she better prepare for your arrival and better advise of your own preparation methods needed. Getting a good grasp on the chairs available to your crew and ensuring there are no squeaks or noisy pieces of furniture present is crucial. If the studio has an available drape, ask to utilize this tool to further mute any possible noise now present inside the soundproof area. There is no such thing as being too picky when it comes to eliminating the noise that film is so sensitive to picking up, and even noisy clothing and jewelry should be avoided by one’s crew at all costs.

Filming in a studio

It is already difficult to coordinate the schedules of cast members, the availability of crew, and the organizational steps required pre-filming. Satisfying these prerequisites—just to have the slightest interruption of sound when shooting on location—is frustrating and time-consuming. It is worth it to keep the grays out of your hair and schedule time to converse with a soundproof studio manager instead.

Sourcing your Studio

Soundpoofing may just be one of many things required pre shooting. If you are about to start filming, you have quite a lot to do to get the production ready to go. You have to work with the actors, talk to the writers, connect with the film crews and do many other tasks. The list almost seems endless. You simply do not have time to go out and look for the best sets and locations for filming.

However, having great locations is crucial to the success of your film. Many huge films that grossed incredible amounts of money were pushed forward because the locations were beautiful and stunning. Fans could not get enough of it. Best of all, these locations really made the story come alive, helping the audience to suspend their disbelief. The key to finding these settings is to hire a location library or location agency that will pick out the ideal spots while you work on everything else

About the Author

Jonathan King lives in the world of film, photo shoots and finding that perfect location

Sunday, 15 December 2013 20:17

Introduction To Adobe Lightroom

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Are you looking for a new way to take photos? If you are new to the world of photography and are looking to take better photos, then one great way to get started is to try your hand at photo-editing.

Photo-editing is the process of making changes to photographs in order to achieve different or better effects. You can make changes like color adjustments, white balance changes, alter the exposure, and brush out imperfections.

Does all of that sound familiar? If not, that’s okay. You can use special software to make all the changes you need to make your digital photographs look great. While you may have heard of the popular software Adobe Photoshop, many new users prefer to start with something more basic. If this is your situation, then maybe you can start with Adobe Lightroom, which is another editing program designed with simplicity in mind.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can make your pictures better with Adobe Lightroom.

What is Adobe Lightroom?

Adobe Lightroom is a photo-editing program designed by the software company Adobe. It is designed to perform many of the same functions as Photoshop, but with more of an eye to simplicity. For example, while you can’t “photoshop” different objects into an image, you can make changes like adjust the white balance or change the exposure and add tints. These edits tend to be less profound, but can have dramatic results.

How to Get Started with Adobe Lightroom

Before you can edit photos, you will need to start shooting in RAW, which means that your photos will be stored in your camera’s memory device as a different type of file. Most people who don’t choose to edit photos save their images as JPEG images, which is the camera’s default setting because it’s more compact and the images don’t take up as much space. But if you try to edit these image files, they will break down. RAW files, on the other hand, allow you to make changes without causing any destruction. You should be able to change this setting through your camera.

Once you have taken all of the images you need, simply plug your camera’s memory card into your computer and import the photos into Lightroom. Once they are in the system, you can save them to your library and organize them at your leisure.

From there, select a photo and click the tab that says “Develop.” On the right side of the screen you can see lots of options for edits. Click the scales to make changes as you choose or take a look at the histogram to see what alterations need to be made.

Additionally, at the top of the editing toolbar you will find a few options for major edits, such as removing spots, adding an exposure gradient to darken the sky, and even a mask that will improve your portraits. For example, if you take a picture of an elderly woman, you can now remove the wrinkles so that her other features stand out more.

Once you’ve made the changes you want, you can export your photos to your computer where you can print them or publish them elsewhere. There is also a setting where you can upload your pictures directly to Facebook, Flickr or other publishing service.

A Final Note

Remember, just because you know how to use editing software does not make you a photographer. You should also take your camera and practice on your own as much as you can in order to figure out your own voice and style.

About the Author

Donna Jane of DearJane has been using Adobe Lightroom for her product photography post production. She often shoots products for the store and finds a fantastic editing tool.  

Bears, elk or perhaps moose are wonderfully photogenic animals, yet experienced photographers tend to think outside the box when shooting wildlife.  Most birds have been captured, although rookie cameramen love finding that rare one to send into National Geographic to get their name out there.  For the middle of the road camera bearer, or slightly above novice picture snapper, we present five simply gorgeous animals that, with the right backdrop, could make an excellent photo shoot and send your career soaring northward.


Sonic has nothing on these needled beauties, who spend their winters sleeping off their rampant summer months – without once waking up.  Primitive to Asian, New Zealand and African terrains, the right backdrop could provide photographers an epic opportunity to capture nature’s hidden gem, provided one could get close enough to control shutter speed necessary for an effective shot. Their presence is limited since they’re known for hibernating for several long months; catch them while you can.


Nocturnal summer dwellers of North American, Asian and European territories, badgers aren’t afraid of bears, coyotes or even your sack lunch.  Numerous camera bearers pack their native areas to snap action photos of badgers who, from a distance, somewhat resemble skunks with their striped facial features.  While they’re comfortably feasting on main courses consisting of several hundred earthworms in underground setts, perhaps brave the underground and find them for your next photo spread.

Sockeye Salmon

Although normally salmon present mankind with a traditionally bluish-silver hue, hang around until these exciting fish, primitive to U.S. and Canadian territories, spawn.  Sure, photographers may treat the sockeye salmon as simply embarrassed when changing into their red and green spawning shade; this is simply their way of continually blending into the fresh waters during their skin shedding episodes.  Catch them frolicking in and out of waters for an even more breathtaking pictorial account of their existence.

Bird of Paradise

Avian action shots have always clamored experience from photographers, yet with the Bird of Paradise, even rookies can capture this beautiful flutterer, indigenous to Indian Ocean climates.  Unfortunately endangered due to feather and pelt popularity, these lovely male birds schmooze the ladies with dance, poses and shape shifts to ward off ‘skanky’ females.  Those who could freely travel to New Guinea could traverse the forest on any given warm day to find the Bird of Paradise.

Temminck’s Tragopan

Normally the bored hunter’s prized kill target, this pheasant features a red and multi-blue chest and stands proudly for cameramen in Southern Asia’s Tragopan area.  Another commonly extinct fowl, finding this bird roaming around shouldn’t prove problematic for aggressive photographers, although getting too close isn’t advised.  The bluish area on their frontals? It’s actually skin, not feathers.

In Closing: Tis The Season

Summertime creatures residing within our planetary confines present wonderful opportunities for savvy, or newbie, photography lovers seeking interesting waterfowl, avian or aquatic animal shots. Make sure you’re prepared for whatever challenges the backdrop – in this case, water or wilderness – presents.  Finally, always respect the critters’ domains since many have issues with extinction, and are guaranteed to be protected locally. And, if you're looking for the best places to capture animal photos, check out the top 5 locations.

About the Author

Roger Kowalewski is a freelance writer and photography buff from Indiana. You can follow him on Google+.

Monday, 09 December 2013 10:50

Flash Photography: You're Doing It Wrong

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Everyone with a smartphone has the ability to take pictures, but just because you have a camera doesn’t mean that you are now a talented photographer. Learning how to take great photos requires a great deal of studying and practice. There are different settings for different types of pictures, and there are tricks and tips that can help you take the best possible photos, whether with your smartphone or a real camera.

One of the biggest mistakes that people make when taking pictures is misusing their flash. Most people have been taught that you use a flash when inside and you don’t use a flash when outside. Unfortunately, this information is incorrect. The following are seven ways that you’re incorrectly using your flash.

Mistake #1: Using flash for distant objects.

Sometimes you try to capture a photo of an object in the distance, and this is perfectly fine. However, if you try to use your flash during that shot, it won’t turn out right. First, your flash is only designed to travel a certain distance, which means that there is no possible way your flash is going to reach your desired subject. Plus, if there are other lights (or other camera flashes) going off at the same time, you’ll end up creating a blurry photo. When you’re taking pictures of objects in the distance, turn off your flash and instead try to increase your sensitivity settings.

Mistake #2: Using flash to photograph light.

There are times when you’ll want to take pictures of objects that are illuminated, such as Christmas trees or decorations. Most people turn their flash on when taking pictures of these objects because they assume they’re too dark, but doing so will make the lights seem blurry. When taking pictures of lights, it’s important to turn the flash off. You’ll receive enough light from the lights themselves, and they will give more definition to your photo.

Mistake #3: Using flash on people.

When you’re taking a picture of someone inside, most people assume they need the flash. However, if you use your flash on someone while inside, it’s likely that your subject is going to look washed out. Instead of using a flash on someone, use the natural lights in the area instead and turn the flash off.

Mistake #4: Using flash indoors.

Almost everyone turns their flash on when taking pictures inside because they assume there’s not enough natural light. However, when you use your flash indoors, it washes out your subject and makes it look flat. Instead, use the natural light inside for your photos and turn the flash off. Your photos will have more color and they will also have more dimension.

Mistake #5: Not using flash when outside.

Yes, the sun provides natural light when outside, but it’s not enough. In fact, the sun will often produce unsightly shadows in your photos, which is why it’s important to use flash when photographing outside. The flash will add an extra layer of light to your photos and will work with the natural light to create balance in your photos. You’ll eliminate any harsh shadows, and you’ll create photos with much more definition.

Mistake #6: Using flash on glass object.

If you use your flash when photographing a glass object (or against a glass object), you’re going to create an unsightly burst of light in your photo. Whether you’re trying to take pictures of fish at the aquarium or a nice photograph of that beautiful wine glass, it’s important that you turn the flash off for the best results.

Mistake #7: Not using your flash.

Your flash is there for a reason, so it’s important to use it when appropriate. Some photographers avoid using their flash because they don’t understand how to use it properly, and not using flash when you should will result in horrible photos. Be sure to learn tips and tricks for using your flash, and don’t be afraid to use it.

About the Author

Terri Walker is a freelance writer, a podcast enthusiast and a busy wife and mother. Rather than listening to talk-radio, Terri loads her iphone with her favorite podcasts for convenient listening while on the go.

Tuesday, 03 December 2013 19:30

Suggested Zion Narrows Photo Gear

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Hiking and photographing the Zion Narrows is a unique experience. The Narrows, the largest slot canyon in the world, having been carved by the Virgin River, poses challenges and risks to photographers. Due to the fact that in order to experience the Narrows you will need to hike directly through the river, those with thousands of dollars worth of camera gear are naturally going to be concerned with the risk involved in bringing their gear in. I would like to offer some recommendations for those of you that will be visiting this area.

First of all... Bring that gear!!! The narrows are far too good to go without having the appropriate camera gear to capture it's beauty and print it BIG!!! It is an absolutely stunning landscape,unique and dynamic.

Here is a list of camera gear I would recommend for the narrows:


Extra Batteries

Spare Memory


Polarizing filter (I consider this a borderline must)

Dry Bag for camera gear

Wide Angle Lens (essential)

Mid to Telephoto lens (I almost never bring anything beyond a wide angle. However, if you enjoy shooting abstracts, the narrows have plenty of beauty in the details to work with)

Here is a list of non-camera gear recommendations:

2 liters of water per person


Clothing appropriate for the season


Dry Bag (for any food or clothing needing to stay dry)



Extra fleece top (I will discuss this below)

Special footwear has been developed to assist in making your hike safer and more comfortable. In the narrows, the majority of the footing takes place on wet, bowling ball sized boulders. This footwear is made with specially formulated rubber that sticks very well to wet rock. In addition to this footwear, a sturdy hiking stick is recommended. Some people will use their tripod as a stabalizer, and I would recommend strongly not to do so, there is a decent probability of damaging that piece of gear.

During certain times of the year you may need either dry pants or a dry suit. In the spring, winter or fall, these should be taken into consideration. There is a local outfitter in town called Zion Adventure Company that rents footwear, dry bags, dry suits, etc.

The desert is a WILD place and can be highly unpredictable. During mid-July through early September is monsoon season. Heavy storms can roll in without warning which can create very dangerous situations in the Narrows. Be sure to check the forecast before your trip into the canyon. Flash flooding is a potential danger that should be taken very seriously. If you are in the canyon, even if it is mid-summer and you experience a strong rain, tempertures will drop dramatically. So much that if you have to wait out a flash flood, hypothermia is a very real possibility. Be sure to bring a fleece top, even if it's 100 plus degrees out.

Plan your hike, be safe and enjoy photographing one of the most inspiring scenes in the American Southwest.

Seth Hamel is a professional landscape and adventure photographer working and living in the Zion National Park area. Tracking the light in the narrows throughout the year, Seth knows where the best is, and when it occurs. Guided Zion Narrows photography trips are offered daily throughout the year. Please visit  http://www.zion-photography.com for more information.

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Saturday, 30 November 2013 18:39

Canon EOS 100D - An Efficient DSLR Model

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Have you taken a sudden interest in amateur photography and would love to experiment with different elements of nature? Well, a sleek and sophisticated DSLR cam will fulfill all your dreams. If you love capturing vibrant photographs and wish to boast your newfound photography skills, just hop on! We’re going to sneak a quick peek into the world of digital cameras and I’ve a few recommendations up my sleeve that will help you accomplish your photography dreams.

About Digital Cameras

Digital cameras can be roughly bifurcated into 2 categories—Point-and-Shoot cams and professional SLR or DSLR cams. The former is fit for professional photography assignments whereas the later is meant for taking casual snapshots. Beginners often prefer DSLR cams that are both elite as well as unique. They’re larger, better, have advanced features and can be customized easily. Thus, it’s a perfect pick for advanced photography.

What’s DSLR?

The acronym DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex since the cams are based on the said mechanism. Digital cams include a special mirror which is placed right before the film sensor to illustrate the internal view of camera inside the viewfinder. As soon as the shutter clicks, this mirror flips up and the perceptive image sensor screens the image to take a perfect snapshot.

These cams can easily take more than 1 snap in a second and come with an exclusive feature known as “action shot” (which is especially useful in case of sports and wildlife photography). Additionally, they include a compact SD flash card and a high-speed storage card to store multiple photographs.

Top Pieces

At present, Canon and Nikon are the giants of photography industry. Some of their best selling DSLR models include Canon Rebel, Rebel XT, Rebel Xti, 100D and Nikon D200, D80, D60, D40, D20. You may also check out other options, such as S5 Pro, Pentax K200D and Sony Alpha 900.

However, Canon DSLR cams still rule out all the options. Recently, Canon EOS 100D has come forth as an affordable, easy-to-use and stylish piece.

Does this incite your curiosity? Let’s take a look at its features.

Canon EOS 100D – A Brief Overview

While other potential brands are manufacturing compact cam systems, a few companies like Canon have rationalized their conventional DSLR range of cams, rather than expanding it further. Therefore, it’s not at all surprising that the makers have unveiled EOS 100D- a light and sleek version with APS-C sensor, which is an added advantage! Now, what we need to find out is whether it meets our photography requirements or not.

Prominent Features

# Efficient CMOS sensor APS-C size (22.3x14.9mm)
# 18 MPS with 3.05 optical zoom
# Shooting Rate of 4ps
# Digital 5 processor
# High-performing STM lens with 18-55mm focal length
# 3.2inches, 1.04 million dot bright LCD touch-sensitive screen
# ISO 100-6400 (you can expand it up to 25,600)
# Expandable Storage Media.


By designing EOS 100D, Canon has worked well within all its limitations. The cam itself is a compressed unit based on SLR mechanism and consists of shutter, prism and mirror box delicately arranged within its small body. Overall, it’s an impressive feat of engineering and the makers haven’t compromised on its quality. What’s more? The latest addition of hybrid phase-detection built in AF system makes it more efficient.

Its fixed screen allows us to record HD videos at a resolution of 1080p (30fps). Compared to other complementary models like EOS M, EOS-1DX or EOS 5D Mark II and III, EOS 100D has an ideal design. You can easily click and store photographs in JPEG as well as RAW formats. The device is programmed to capture images at all modes (auto, manual, aperture priority auto (A), flash off shutter priority and Programmed AE (P). You may also switch between different effects (Backlight HDR, close-up, portrait and sports mode etc.).

In short, Canon EOS 100D is a less intimidating model for beginners who’re using DSLR for the first time. With its “smart auto mode”, you don’t have to fuss over altering exposure settings or adjusting the screen while clicking photographs. The cam automatically adjusts it all. If you’re clueless about using it, you needn’t worry. There’s a helpful user guide to assist you. Simply buy EOS 100D and get prepared to experiment with a range of creative filters, frame rates and modes!

If you’re intrigued by all these features and are looking forward to your first DSLR camera, check out exclusive deals at Paxton. As opposed to other platforms like Amazon or eBay, Paxton offers great deals on affordable and thoroughly tested models. You can easily get EOS 100D at a reasonable price of $599.95. Plus, you’re getting an additional cash-back of $150. So place your orders today itself!

Jamie Blue, the writer, is a hobbyist on photography and digital cameras. He has written several articles about tips on taking great photographs as well as some useful ideas on digital cameras.

Thursday, 28 November 2013 15:37

Your Next Great Model Is You

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Looking for the next great model to use in your stock photography?  Try looking in the mirror.  Using a self-image is a tried and true tradition in the art world.  Who can forget Vincent Van Gough’s startling insight into his troubled mind, or Norman Rockwell’s iconic painter using a mirror to capture his own likeness?  Similarly, a photographer’s own essence can be their biggest asset.

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The first challenge you’ll find when trying to be both photographer and model is achieving great focus.  While the easiest solution is to have a friend or helper in the studio to do the physical focusing, chances are if you’re photographing yourself, you’re a one-man show.  I have found two methods work well.  The first is to use a remote shutter release that allows control of the autofocus feature on your lens.  The trick here is to have a way to get the remote out of the picture before the shutter is released.

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The second trick is to have a “stand-in”.  I have Clancy.  He’s an oversized teddy bear, which on a stool or sitting down is the exact same height as I am (fortunately, we are NOT the same width!).  I can have him “sit” in for me to achieve perfect focus, and swap him out before the shot is taken.  The trick to focusing for self-portraits is to ensure the eyes are always crystal clear.

Which brings in the second challenge – lighting.  When working in a studio, there are two tried and true methods for achieving perfect lighting in a scene.  The first is to have your “stand-in” to use while fine tuning lighting.  Just make sure the object you are using will truly fill the space you are trying to light.  Otherwise, it is a good idea to simply use softbox lighting to completely fill the photo area.  Outdoor photography is a little trickier.  Here I suggest using natural light as the main lighting source and utilize your on-camera fill to assist.

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Implied in the previous two topics is the choice of shutter release methods.  You can either use your camera’s timer or work with a remote shutter release.  The timer method gives you flexibility to compose the scene and adjust camera settings before jumping into the shot, but the down side is getting yourself perfectly composed and settled before the shutter is released.  While the remote shutter release allows you to calmly control the scene, you are giving up the ability make last minute camera corrections before each shot.

Either way you choose, be prepared to take a lot of pictures.  It will be important to frequently check your shots for focus, lighting and composition to ensure you are capturing what you think you are.  If you have the ability, shooting tethered – where the camera is hot connected to the computer for better viewing of the resulting images - can be a great help.  There is nothing more frustrating than downloading a photo shoot only to realize that every picture is out of focus or otherwise not technically perfect.

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You should also plan on checking yourself frequently between shots.  Being the model, the make-up artist and the photographer of an image requires great attention to detail.  Have a mirror handy and use it to check yourself often.  Taking the time to fix straying hair or wilting make-up can make a big difference in the success or failure of your efforts (okay men, you man not have make-up, but you should still fix your hair!).

When choosing camera settings you will need to play a balancing game with aperture and shutter speed.  Because it is difficult to control focal distance as finely as when you are standing behind the viewfinder, it is best to allow a broader depth of field to provide for margin of error.  However, remember that you will need to sit perfectly still for the shot to avoid blur and this can be extremely difficult when using long shutter speeds.  Bumping up lighting or shooting with a higher ISO can give a little more flexibility for these settings.

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I like to shoot with a wide-angle or fisheye lens.  These give you the ability to have the camera closer to you  – even close enough to manually use the shutter release button for focusing and aperture control.  They also allow for fun perspectives and unusual pictures.

Now that you have the technical aspects under control, it’s time to have some fun!  The great thing about using yourself as a model is there is no one there to judge your efforts.  You are free to lose your inhibitions and try different ideas out.  Plus you are not on anyone’s clock but your own.  Loose yourself in the activity and let your creativity flow.

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Try interesting angels.

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Think of creative concepts you can try to represent.

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Don’t forget the darker side of life as well.

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Once you’ve gotten the hang on things, try adding family members or friends to the sessions for added possibilities. 

And finally, if you are planning on selling your images, you will need to provide a model release signed by you as both the photographer and model.  

About the Author

Karen Foley is a freelance stock photographer who contributes her work exclusively to Dreamstime Stock Agency. Look for her blogs about photography and portfolio of work at: Karen Foley Photography.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:53

How To Take Eye-Catching Photos

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Photography is not merely about saying cheese and clicking photos. It is a skill. It is an art. One has to have an eye for it. Anybody can take photos. However, it takes an expert in photography to take splendid photos that stand out from the rest. Nonetheless, while one has to have an understanding of a good capture, it does not mean that you cannot acquire the skill of photography and the art of taking exceptional photographs. With learning and a lot of practise, anybody could become a photographer. With the emergence of YouTube and social media, people can easily take a few tips from these places and end up clicking ‘wow’ photos. The idea behind this is if others can do it, then you can do it too.

It is never too late to acquire the skill. If you are a beginner, then you can still do something about it. Let’s start with the basics. Follow through this article and comprehend the basics to help you on your journey to photography excellence.

Your camera is your bible!

Bible is to a priest, what camera is to any photographer.  Amateurs generally possess a basic digital camera. Nonetheless, if you are learning photography, then you would like to purchase a semi-professional camera. It is because a professional camera will have added features that are much needed when it comes to learning the skills. The additional settings in the camera could be learnt through the digital camera handbook. You can understand the basics by reading through the manual.

Learning how to adjust the light

In any professional camera, the quality of the photo depends upon the light adjustment factor. How you position your camera in accordance with the light will determine the results of the photo. The way you utilize any light source is crucial to your picture. Excessive light darkens the picture because it blinds the lens. The camera lens can only accept a certain amount of light. Therefore, it should be given only as much as it asks for.

The setting is important

A professional photographer understands the fact that humans and wildlife are not captured the same way. This brings the importance of setting while taking pictures. When you are capturing wildlife, you can use the detailed or the macro lens of the camera to emphasize upon details. On the other hand, when taking pictures of humans, the setting and the light will change according to your need. Therefore, know the difference between light and setting while taking pictures.

Multiple clicks for best shots

It is good to have multiple clicks for a particular scene. If you have more than one shot, then you will be able to decide which one is most-suited to your needs. With the advent of digital cameras, taking multiple shots is not a hassle. Previously, people would worry that taking multiple shots would use up the camera film. Therefore, when you take multiple shots, you can easily save the best one.

Becoming a photographer requires interest and understanding of the basic techniques. When you master those, you can certainly become a professional photographer.

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Wednesday, 27 November 2013 11:14

How To Photograph Fireworks

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If you are learning photography you might really want to capture the essence of fireworks. Fireworks are such a lovely experience that getting great photos is one way of bringing back those nice memories and making sure you can share those moments with other people who weren’t there.

But fireworks are also quite difficult to photograph because of the lighting conditions and the speed of which they appear and disappear. Here are some helpful tips to make sure you learn to photograph fireworks.

Lichfield Firework Display

Check Out The Location Early Enough

It is a good idea to arrive at the scene well in advance to make sure you can find a good spot and see what the location looks like. This will allow you to guarantee you can frame your pictures the right way and can give you time to get ready.

National Geography’s photography website, for example, recommends that it is important to learn to utilise the background elements as well and thus careful scouting of the location before the show is a good idea.

Make Sure The Camera Stands Still

If you want to take great firework photographs you need to ensure the camera doesn’t move while you are taking the photos. There are essentially two ways that you can guarantee this.

First, if at all possible use a tripod to secure the camera. Fireworks happen in quick succession and often you will automatically move around if you are holding the camera in your hands. Having the tripod will guarantee your camera stays focused and in one position.

Second, you should also use a remote trigger to prevent the camera from moving when you press the button. There are special triggers you can get for more professional cameras but you could also use the timer option if you just have a basic camera in use.

Don’t Use Auto Flash

The key to taking great photos of fireworks is to learn how to set your own lighting for the photo and stop depending on flash. If you choose to use flash it will try to light up the wrong parts of the picture and just turning the flash off might end up leaving the pictures too dark.

There are a lot of guides to help you work out how to manually set this function on your specific camera. It is a good idea to practice setting this up beforehand. Perhaps you could even look at websites selling indoor fireworks and purchase some to practice the same sort of effect at your own pace. There are a lot of companies selling indoor fireworks, such as Fireworks Crazy.

Make Most Of What You Got

Taking great photographs of fireworks doesn’t necessarily require you to buy expensive equipment. There are a lot of great and simple ways you can take photos of fireworks even with a smartphone. It will take a few trials and errors to really master it but if you keep practising you can succeed and wow your friends and family with great photographs from the fireworks display.

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Derren loves two things in life. Photography and fireworks and he loves to combine these two passions of his. When he isn't taking pictures or browsing firework displays online he likes to spend time preparing for his next trip to somewhere exotic.

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