Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot

As time changes, there is a new concept which is trending. This new trend is called pre-wedding photo shoots. Everyone wants to flaunt about how they met and how their love story started and what better way to tell this through a pre-wedding photo shoot. Photographs are the best way to showcase anything. Every photograph has a huge story behind it. They are the most expressive tools available. There are many pre-wedding photographers available in Delhi. They are very talented and come up with creative concepts for not only pre-wedding shoots, but also other photo shoots.

They are professional photographers who come with a very affordable fee. They have very good skills and very professional. These photographers are ideal for pre-wedding photo shoots and never disappoint any client. They have their own tools and own props so that the client does not need to worry about the props and location and can easily enjoy their photo shoot.

If you are someone who does not have the budget to afford a pre-wedding photoshoot, here are some tips to make it happen on your own. Although professional photo shoots are always preferable, you can do it too! All you need is a good quality camera and a pretty location.

Whenever you take a closer shot use a longer lens. This helps taking a very detailed shot and helps capture those small and subtle details which are important to capture. Midrange lenses are not recommended as they might make the people look broader and unflattering. Longer and higher resolution lenses are always recommended and advised for great quality pictures. Always shoot in burst mode available as most of the poses are candid and a continuous movement goes on. When pictures are clicked in burst mode, it helps in capturing fleeting movements for a photo shoot.

Also set your shutter speed beforehand for capturing continuous movements. This helps to click continuous shots and helps to have multiple pictures and options to choose from. You can choose the best pictures by setting your shutter speed. Also talking to the couple beforehand is important. The couples are not models, so they can be camera conscious. Therefore, talking to them beforehand is always advised.

With a professional camera, a beautiful location and the couple, you are good to go. With all of them together and a great photographer, your pre-wedding photo shoot will turn out to be the best.

Nikon Coolpix Cameras

On the Performance Level

For high performance, there are the “P” models including P5000, which offers 10.0 megapixels, a 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, and Optical VR/image stabilization. Its retail value is $399.95.

Next, there’s the Coolpix P4 model with 8.1 megapixels, a 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, and vibration reduction. It is also priced at around $400. The Coolpix P3 model offers 8.1 megapixels, 3.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens, built-in WiFi, and vibration reduction at around $449.95.

Digital Camera Style

For great digital camera styles, many are choosing Nikon Coolpix cameras from the “S” series. The “S” series consists of the following camera types: S500, S200, S50, S50c, S10, S9, S7c, and S4. Models in this series will have pictures ranging from 6.0 to 7.2 megapixels, a 3x or 10x Zoom-Nikkor lens, LCD screens, and more. Prices average from $250 to $350.

The “L” Series

In the “L” series, memories are made easier with L12, L11, L10, L6, L5, and L3 cameras. Prices for these models range from $120 to $250. The L6 can capture up to 1,000 pictures! The megapixels range from 5.0 to 7.2 in this series.

Cheap Digital Cameras

Cheap digital cameras don’t always have to equal low quality. You can still pay a reasonable amount for a great camera if you need one for personal use.

If you’re seeking a bargain or need to find a cheap digital camera without sacrificing quality, choose the “L” series. These are the least expensive in the Nikon Coolpix camera family, but still offer amazing quality in photos and outstanding features.

For example, the L10 offers 5.0 megapixels, a 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens, ISO 800 adjustment, and a bright 2.0-inch LCD screen for around $120. For only $30 more, you can get the L11 model, which offers 6.0 megapixels, a 2.4-inch LCD screen, and a 3x Zoom-Nikkor lens!

Digital Camera Reviews – Features

Digital cameras come with a number of features. You usually will pay more for special features. Some features you might watch for include an image sensor, autofocus, an optical viewfinder, an LCD monitor and display, media CF cards or Microdrive cards, various shooting modes (still or movie), mode dial, exposure modes and metering, speedlight (built-in or external), delete function, auto off mode, viewfinder, capture modes, battery life indicator, and white balance features.

There are also many accessories to make using your digital camera easier such as lens caps, camera straps, cables and chargers, Nikon View CD-ROM, etc.

Take Picture Like Pro

  • Read the specs. Most consumers, when buying a camera, only look at the megapixels or picture elements that the camera provide. Although the higher megapixel, the better the picture comes out, there are also certain factors that you must be cautious about. There’s the anti-shake function, night mode, color tones (sepia, black and white, greyscale) and optical zoom. The anti-shake function is best for moving pictures. When pictures are taken with this function, the pictures do not come out as blurry. The night mode allows you to shoot even in low lighting. The color tones give you a variety of effects, from going really old in sepia or adding the drama in black and white. The optical zoom shows you how far your lenses can see. Usually, digital cameras have 6.7x to 20x optical zoom lens. The higher the lenses, the better you can see.
  • Clip it. To prevent shakes and blurs, clip your elbows to the sides when taking a pictures. This prevents your hands and arms from shaking and distorting the focus of the lens.
  • Frame it. When you peer into your lens, you usually see a box or defining lines around the edges. That is your frame. Any picture outside that line is not in the picture at all. Collect your subjects or the things you want to take a picture of, see if they fit the frame then click the button.
  • Experiment. You know how a picture up close has very sharp lines and the background is completely blurred? You can do that by coming close to an object and playing with your lenses. Creating effects as such are usually discovered by accident. Do not be afraid to explore your equipment. Cameras are worthy investments, so go ahead and play with them. Just don’t try to see if it could float.
  • Buy a photo software. Because of the continuously advancing technology, we can actually edit the pictures that we take. There are a lot of photo softwares available on the market. Make use of your digital camera’s computer cable, upload your photos and tweak on them so they come out exactly the way you want them to. Take them to the printers after and you will see results with your name on it.

These are just some tips that you can easily do with your digital camera. It’s not that I am discouraging you from taking up photography. Unless you want to do it as a job or career opportunity, these advices would do for now. So go out, get a camera and start clicking!

Building a Photography Lab

A darkroom, more commonly known as photo lab, is a room or space with almost no light for photographers to develop pictures. The darkroom is necessary because materials used for development are light sensitive.

Initially designed during late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the use of darkrooms to develop pictures today is constantly diminishing with the advancement in technology. Despite this, many hobbyists still prefer the use of a darkroom for their own picture development.

Developing your own pictures after snapping a roll of film is a delicate skill and its use can provide a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment upon mastering the necessary techniques. With your own photo lab you have the flexibility to experiment with different approaches to the task and see the immediate results in your own location rather than waiting for someone else to do the work. The overall cost of developing each picture also decreases by developing them on your own instead of at a professional photo lab.

Below are few guidelines to help you set up your own photo lab.

  • If you have a spare room or large closet in your home, you can convert it to a photo lab. The darker the room, the more effective your lab will be. In fact, you really need to ensure absolutely no light is able to seep into the room.
  • Make sure the room has a good ventilation system to provide for a comfortable working environment and efficient escape of chemical fumes.
  • Purchase in advance a supply of all required picture development materials, including trays of various sizes, an easel, enlarger, concentrated developer solution, tongs, and other pertinent picture development equipment. eBay or different online auctions are great places for beginners to purchase these materials inexpensively.
  • Your photo lab should be partitioned: a ‘dry’ part and a ‘wet’ part. Be very careful to keep your work for each part of the room separate; otherwise, even simple mistakes could result in a ruined picture or canister of film.
  • Use the right sized tray, and you should have at least three of them. One will be used to hold the fix solution, another will keep the ‘stop’ solution, and the third will have the developer solution.

About Photography Formalities

The first thing that occurred to me was that formal photos are old fashioned, they belong to the Victorian age, there is no place for them in the modern age. Modern society is casual, informal, and modern photographs should reflect this informality.
Another reason for not taking formal pictures is that children behave naturally, they are uninhibited. And because of this photographers should photograph them behaving naturally, in an uninhibited way.

So the arguments against taking formal photographs of the children were: (a) they are old fashioned and (b) they are not natural.

But it occurs to me that these arguments, these `rules’, have been devised by photographers. They have not been devised by parents. Some parents might quite like to have a formal photograph of their sons and daughters. They might have enough informal pictures of them, photos which they have probably taken themselves.

Or maybe these `rules’ have not been devised by photographers. Maybe they are just responding to market forces. The market demands informal photographs so they are the kind of pictures which they take.

Let’s try to analyse this. What do we mean by market forces? Parents, of course! They are the market forces. They buy photographs of their children, they drive photographers to take informal photographs of their children.

But is this because they really want these informal photographs, or is it because they have been conditioned to want them? Are they victims of fashion, are they just following a trend?

So many conflicting arguments. And the photographer is trapped in the middle of them. What does he or she do? Respond to market forces or follow his or her instincts? My instincts tell me that parents might sometimes prefer formal photographs of their children, photographs which have been taken in a portrait photography studio.

Probably the best solution is to take both kinds of pictures – informal and more formal. And this is what I did for the newspaper photoshoot. I took a portable studio along with me to the shoot, and used it to take a few slightly formal photographs, as well as informal ones.

Photographing Landmarks

This is the catch to shooting popular subjects. It stands to reason that as a professional photographer you look to shoot subjects that are marketable. World renowned tourist destinations are always going to be written about and advertised; therefore, images of these places are always going to be in demand. The thing is, everyone else knows this too and is out there shooting away.

The same reasoning applies to photographers of all levels. Imagine showing off your brilliant shot of you and your friends in front of Big Ben, only to have someone else pull out their shot of themselves in the same place 2 years earlier.

Whether you are a professional shooting on assignment or for stock, or on holidays and wanting to capture the moment for your own pleasure, the purpose of an image is to tell a story. The question then becomes: How do I make my images stand out from the crowd?

The difference needs to begin with the way you think about the shot. What is the story you are trying to tell? Is it the relationship of the great statue with its surroundings? Or are you more interested with the lines and textures on the statue itself? What is the feeling you want to evoke in people who might see your image?

A particular place might take on different characteristics during the course of a day. From warm light at a quiet sunrise to people swarming around during their lunch breaks and tourists lining up for tickets in the middle of the day, to a cool blue dusk as the day ends and street lights begin to switch on.

An image taken during one of these times will look and feel completely different to an image taken at the other end of the day. It is worth doing some research on the place you are visiting to find out what the most suitable time is to go. Maybe Summer? Autumn? During daylight or moonlight? There is a reason why professional photographers spend days, or weeks, at a location. Walking around it, watching people go by, noting the angles the light hits the subject at certain times of day. It is to capture its many moods and personalities, to illustrate their particular point.

If you do not have this luxury however, a quick internet search can provide a wealth of information, from possible vantage points, to the busiest and quietest times of day. For the average traveler with the intentions of capturing memories of their big trip, this can be the difference between getting the shot that illustrates your experience and wishing you’d had another hour to hang around.

Irrespective of what level your photography is at, with a little effort spent in research and planning, and a thoughtful approach to creating images, it is possible for anyone to take that one shot that stands out as special in a sea of just good ones. Just think outside the box.

Dominate Color

We’ve all heard things like: “Wow, that’s a great red sunset.” Or “I love that cool blue in your
waterfall.” The question still remains, would they have liked your shot if there was no color in it?
Don’t get me wrong; I’m all for color, but I consider it a great supporting actor, NOT the star of
the show. If the only thing you can state about a particular shot is that you love the colors, then
you are guilty of being sloppy with color.

That having been said; far and away the most powerful force of color is its emotional impact.
In a novel by Irving Stone called “The Origin“, Charles Darwin says, “Green is the most restful
and satisfying of all colors.” In that same said novel, Dr. Adam Sedwick replies, “You’re right;
green is the color to unravel the knots of life’s rope. Blue is colder, red more explosive,
yellow turbulent . . .”

The first mistake that most photographers make when working with color is to assume that it
is the most important factor – even to the exclusion of basic composition. I’m sorry my friend,
but that is wrong. Regardless of how vivid or exciting a color is that in and of itself does not
mean it will be a great photograph.

To the extent that it is possible, keep in mind that ideally a photograph should have one dominant
color. Additional colors should appear subordinate to and supportive of the main color. Remember
that different colors invoke different emotions. Some are positive; some are negative depending
on the viewer’s perspective. If you want to send a clear dominate message in you image, you
should strongly consider a dominate color.

As we have already mentioned, red is often associated with passion and romance. But keep in
mind that it can also bring up thoughts of pain and anger. If you want to tap into the subconscious
mind of your viewer, then you need to be aware of many of the associations that people have
with color. For example; In the United States, the color white is often associated with weddings.
A bright, colorful cheerful event, right? In Korea, white is worn at funerals. To them that color is
associated with death. If you are a MASH fan you will remember this lesson when Max Klinger
offered his Korean Bride to be, a beautiful white wedding dress. He didn’t exactly get the response
he was expecting.

Here is a partial list of some of the things that we often associate with different colors. Remember
to keep cultural and family history in mind as well.

  • Red = passion and romance or violence and anger.
  • Yellow = joy and intelligence or criticism and being scared.
  • Blue = peace and harmony or fear and depression.
  • Orange = confidence and energy or slowness and pain (fire)
  • Purple = royalty and religious or bruised and beaten.
  • Green = growth and soothing or envy and greed.
  • Black = strong and committed or evil and death.
  • White = purity and goodness or cold and distant.

A photograph that has a dominate color has a greater chance of sticking in the viewers memory,
if it was taken correctly to begin with. In other words, having a dominate color will NOT make up
for poor composition to begin with. But if you already have a winner, (good composition, good lines,
rule of thirds, framing, etc.) then the dominate color becomes the icing on the cake. If someone
walks away from your image with a strong emotional experience (good or bad) you can consider
yourself a success (at least with that image). Now it’s time to go out and do it again, and again,
and again . . . keep on smiling!

Better Outdoor Portraits

Get down to their level

If you shoot all your subjects from your level, they might appear disproportionate depending on their height. Instead of shooting a child from your level, get down on your knees and shoot them from that viewpoint. This way they won’t look shorter than they are and they don’t have to look up at the camera, forcing the head into an unnatural position. The same goes for photographing pets. Try it and see what a difference it makes to your photos.

Watch the head space in portrait photos

When shooting close ups in portrait (holding your camera on it’s side), fill two thirds of the frame with your subject, leaving just enough space above their head. This will improve your composition, filling the frame with your subject instead of empty space.

Shoot in portrait, not landscape

This is worth exploring if you’re photographing people on their own. When shooting in landscape there really isn’t any way of getting close enough without still leaving empty space next to the subject. Turn the camera on it’s side and you automatically draw the viewer’s eye to the subject, not to a distracting background. This is relevant with most subjects that fit into an upright rectangle.

Avoid distracting backgrounds

When composing a picture, always keep in mind that the background is just as important as the person you’re shooting. Take a minute to look through the viewfinder, searching for distractions. Watch out for lampposts or trees behind your subject that look like it’s growing from their head. Sometimes just moving your subject a little makes a huge difference. When using flash, don’t position your subject in front of a reflective object like a window or mirror, it results in nasty glare that can be avoided with a little planning.

Avoid direct sunlight

The light is softer early morning and late afternoon, much more pleasing than harsh direct sunlight. Unless it’s overcast, midday is the worst time of the day to photograph people outdoors. People will either squint, or their eyes will be cast in shadow, neither being attractive options. If this is your only choice, have them turn around with their back to the sun. This creates beautiful highlights in the hair. Don’t forget to use a lens hood to avoid flare, and never shoot directly into the sun. If you don’t have a lens hood, cup your hand above the lens, it works just as effectively.

Use fill flash

When the sun is behind your subject, your camera might be fooled into thinking there is enough light hitting the subject and the flash won’t automatically pop up. Override this function manually and use flash to “fill in” dark shadows and balance the exposure. Using flash outdoors will improve photos taken in bright sunlight, and as an extra advantage, ads a sparkle to your subject’s eye.

Focus on your subject

If the background is in focus and you’re subject’s not, you’ve lost the photo. Most cameras have a focus point that’s visible in the viewfinder when you press the shutter halfway down. This will indicate what your camera is focusing on. Play around with this, focusing on different subjects at different distances from your lens. Get familiar with this feature, it could save you from blurry pics.

Get in close

Before pressing the shutter, visually crop your photo, excluding anything that might snatch the viewer’s attention away from the subject. The easiest way to do this is to physically move closer to your subject. In some cases it’s even acceptable to crop out some of the person’s head or hair, drawing the viewer to the subject’s eyes instead of a distracting background.

Digital Binoculars

If you are not a very tech savvy person, now is the time for you to learn more about this type of technology. If you really want to find your husband something that he will be able to enjoy using, you should make sure that you know what features to look for in digital binoculars. One of the best ways for you to learn about this type of binoculars is ask a friend or a family member who already own one of these binoculars. Let that friend or member of the family show you how the technology works. You should be able to understand how the technology works so that you will be able to make good choices when you go to the store to look for digital binoculars. Furthermore, you should ask that friend or family member who owns a digital binocular for some recommendations as to which brand and model of digital binoculars you should buy.

Now, in case you do not know anybody who owns this type of gadget, the best way for you to learn more about digital binoculars is to go online and surf the net. Just type in the keywords and you will probably get hundreds of leads within a matter of seconds. Once you have found some good information, study the information first before you make any decisions. Note that before you buy any gadgets, you should always make it a point to compare their features and their price.

Magnet Effect

GROWTH

As more and more people discover their digital camera can match and reproduce the same visual quality of the images they see in magazines and books, these folks (we can rightly call them photographers) are discovering they can gain recognition for their art – plus make a few dollars.

And like flea markets, on-line galleries are expanding. And more and more photographers are loading them with more and more images.

It’s true that you can find treasures at a flea market. You can also find photo treasures on the Internet.
But will your photos in an on-line photo gallery find their place on a photobuyer’s desktop? Probably not. The reason is simple. In an ever-expanding supply of pictures, your chances of being discovered by a photobuyer become less.

What to do?

Reverse the marketing process. Put yourself in the photobuyer’s position. If they need a picture of a rainbow, covered bridge or a seagull, they don’t go to the Internet to find it. They shout out the window and 20 photographers will run to them with that kind of generic picture.

In the editorial stock photo buying process, photobuyers always need a specific picture to illustrate their project (magazine article, cover, book chapter head, etc.). The photo need might be a specific African musical instrument, or a toy used by children in Peru, or a plant that is only grown in the Galapagos.

Photobuyers usually find themselves engaged in an extensive search. They want to make the experience as effortless as possible. They use a search engine such as Yahoo, Alta Vista or Google. They usually find a particular picture that ‘almost” fits the bill.

They are not quite satisfied, and they know, thanks to the Internet, they can do better. Their next step is to contact the photographer of the photo they found to learn if the photographer is a specialist. If he or she is, they probably have a deep selection of photos in that particular category.

Here’s where your marketing strategy comes into play.

Because there are thousands (soon to become millions) of photographers displaying their pictures on on-line galleries, photobuyers gravitate as quickly as possible to the photographer who specializes in the area of their interest and need.

THE MAGNET EFFECT

If you want to become a successful on-line stock photographer in the upcoming on-line stock industry, you need to become a magnet to the moving hordes of photobuyers who are continually scouting for the “just-right” photo for their current project. (And they need more pictures tomorrow.)

Since we all come from a culture where we expect to sell our wares to the local community, it’s difficult to imagine that somewhere in the world a buyer is looking for a particular picture that’s in our database right now. Making the match is the mission, and describing your picture (keywords, tags, labels) is the method.

The time has come for you to select one or a select few specialization areas of stock photography that appeal to you. Begin developing a deep selection of pictures in those areas.