Nude Photography

Nude photography remains one of the most profitable areas of freelance photography today. For an amateur trying to break into the nude photography market, he would be well advised to contact publishers for advice and tips before submitting images.

When trying to find suitable markets for your nude photos, the same principles apply as in any other photography field. You must study “Nude Photography Publications” to find out what sort of material they use. You must find out what nude material is acceptable and what nude material is going to rejected.

For many people nude photography is distasteful, and every effort should be taken not to offend them. Nude photography has long been a cause of protest and will continue to be so, but will also continue to be lucrative to the freelance photographer while the market demands it.

Nude photography has its advantages and rewards, but if you are unable to create interesting nude portraits your work will be rejected. For a newcomer, knowing what and how to shoot is certainly not easy. Nude photography should be creative and one of the easiest ways of achieving this is to diffuse the model, this will add suspense to your shot.

Another way of creating creative nude portraits is to use early morning light shining through the window. This will add warmth to your image and give your model a golden glow. Using your camera’s aperture can also add mood to your image. Throwing part of the nude body out of focus will create mood and anticipation.

A successful nude photographer must to be capable of working with models. If you are looking to hire a professional model the best place to go is to your local modelling agency. Professional models will not be cheap to hire but will bring a great deal of experience to your photo shoot.

A nude photographer has a job to do, the same as any other type of photographer. He must be professional at all times, respect people who find nude photography offensive, and at all times respect the model that he is working with.

Art of Framing

When you graduate High School and you get your graduation diploma, what do you do? You usually
go home and frame it! When you get your first award winning photograph, what do you do? You
frame it! Sure, sure you could just throw your photos into an album; or stick them in a drawer,
but when something is important what do you do? You Frame it!

Why do you frame the important stuff? You’ve already done or accomplished whatever it is you’re
framing . . . so why bother? When you go into a doctor or dentist office, often you find numerous certificates framed on the wall. Why? It draws your attention and says: “Hey, look what I’ve done!”
and “These things are important to me.”

Have you ever been in a photo or art gallery, where all the work was either thrown in a box sitting
on a table or stuck in a drawer and you were expected to thumb through it? I don’t think so. Why
not? Because they want you to see their work, they want to impress you. Often the framed version
of the same exact image may be four to five times the price of just the image alone. There is a certain perception there on display. This perception; be it right or wrong, implies, that this image must be of
great worth or why else would we bother to frame it? Is it any wonder that you’re 10 times more likely
to buy a framed photo than just a print?

Knowing the information above, how can you make people take your work more seriously? How do
you let a total stranger know that what you have shot is important? Well, there’s only one thing that
can possibly draw your attention better than a good frame. That’s two frames. If your photo is
naturally framed; and then you add a frame and hang it on your wall, it’s no longer a photo, it’s
now a work of Art. If you believe in your work enough to frame it, others will take notice too. They
may not admit it out loud, they may not even know why they will want to look at your work again
and again, but they will.

In most cases, framing consist of something in the foreground (usually slightly out of focus) that
helps set off something in the background. One of the reasons this is such a powerful tool, is that
this is exactly how the human eye sees things. Think about it: A flower at the edge of a canyon,
you can either focus on the flower or the canyon, but not both. Your camera, can make both in
focus at the same time (depth of field), but that’s not really how you saw it. One of the key goals
of any good photographer is to make his or her viewer have an emotional response. The art of
framing helps to breathe new life into an ordinary shot. It can make the difference between a
good shot and a great shot!

Framing helps create a sense of depth by creating opposition. It can, but doesn’t always add strength
by duplicating a similar shape already in the photograph, that’s known as repetition. If you add a
frame on a shot that already has framing being used it creates repetition in another way. The bottom
line is, if you don’t think your photographs are worth a second glance, why should anyone else?
Using framing gives your pictures more depth and radiates a feeling of confidence. Give your
viewers a reason to want to look again. Use framing.

Tasco Binoculars

Tasco models are many and some of them are listed below for your consideration. You can not go wrong with any of these items. You will just need to decide which one is better for you and what you want to do with it.

The Porro model from Tasco is a very changeable model for you to choose. The ability to perform what it says it will has been shown in its reputation as being great. You will also love the look of the binoculars. These binoculars are coated with a rubber outside and have a clutch attached for safety for use in bad weather or bad terrain outside. The cost for these binoculars is $50.

The zip Focus model that Tasco manufactures is the proudest for the type of lenses that they use. Each lens is covered with a prism effect. It is well worth the time to get one. It is a priceless item for you to own when you are into nature, sports, or any other activity where you need binoculars. You will also see that it is a very affordable set of binocular to own at a low cost of $80.

Tasco has come up with a model known as the Snapshot. These binoculars give you the ability to not only sees the object you are looking at but, will give you the option to keep them stored in the binoculars. With a push of the button, you can save the view forever. This is great for concerts where you would love to have a picture of your favorite artist as they perform. This great binocular with camera runs in the neighborhood of $90.

The Roof Prism is the final model that Tasco creates. These particular binoculars are the ones to have when you have low light conditions. This binocular boasts of a pupil that is seven millimeters in diameter and will give you the brightest view you can get in any light. These binoculars weigh quite a lot. You can get lots of use out of these if you are into camping or outdoor adventures. You can own this great binocular for $200.

Improve Digital SLR Camera Pictures

Understanding how the focal length of your lenses relates to the
shutter speed you are shooting with.

If your shooting with a 50mm lenses the rule of thumb is that you can hand hold your camera with shutter speeds of 1/50th of a second and higher. With a 200mm lenses that is 1/200th of a second. With expensive image stabilization lenses you can hand hold a 200mmm at about 1/100th of a second maybe 1/60th of a second if you have steady hands. One trick I have used to squeeze an extra shutter speed stop while hand holding my camera is holding my breath and keeping my arm tight close to my chest. Knowing your lenses and remembering this simple tip should yield sharper results in your photos while hand holding your digital SLR camera.

Understanding the focus system in your camera

Practically every digital SLR camera focuses when you press the shutter button halfway down. Usually you will hear a beep and see a green or red square through the viewfinder. This is what the camera is focusing on. Then press the button the rest of the way down to take the picture. Understand that the computer inside the camera is looking at differences in image contrast and that difference is what is focusing the camera. Most digital SLR cameras also let you change the focus point manually to anywhere there is a predetermined point in the viewfinder. At a minimum you will get 9 points of focus up to 45 points of focus. It depends on the model and make of your digital SLR camera.

While executing my day-to-day shooting I always start with my focus point in the center of the viewfinder then I move it according to the subject I am shooting. It is easy to forget about where you set your focus point and then wonder why your photos are off focus or out of focus. So when you start a shoot the first place to check is where your focus point is and then center it, this should help you get more shots in focus.


Stability and when to use a tripod

If you are dealing with long exposures when shooting or if the shutter speed exceeds the focal length, then you need to use a tripod. All tripods are not the same. If in the studio a lightweight tripod can be used effectively if you weigh it down with sandbag or an alterative weighting device. When outdoors use a tripod on the heavier side is probably best, it also depending on weather condition. If there is a lot of wind you really need to secure the tripod with weight or some tripods even have a feature where you can spike them in the ground for more stability.

Any movement during a shot with a long exposure will almost always render that shot useless and that is why stability is so important. One of the newest advancements in camera technology is “image stabilization” in both lenses and camera bodies. This new technology is great and its best used if shooting with two hands on the camera and bracing your body against something. Still in some shooting situations there is still no replacement for a good weighted tripod.

How to handle strong back lighting

Back lighting subjects can be our enemy. Many people try to shoot a photo with a strong bright window light in the background, and then wonder why the shot did not come out. Why does this happen? The bright light from the window floods the lens, and your camera usually can not compensate for it. One way to combat this is to use a fill flash on your subject or use a large white fill card. Another option is to diffuse the strong window light and fill the subject with a white fill card. Do not be afraid of back lighting use it to your advantage, just remember you need to counteract a strong back light with a strong fill.

Select The Right Photography School

Just like any school you will need to do your research to make sure that the photography school you select will best meet your individual needs. This article is intended to provide you several of the key areas that you should take into consideration as you begin to research good photography schools. After all it is your time and money so you owe it to yourself to make a well educated selection.

In choosing a photography school you should start by looking at the big picture. The selection of a photography school must be aligned with your specific career goals. As with any business field photography presents many opportunities in a wide range of categories. For example, you may have an interest in portrait photography, product advertising, or sports photography. At this point you may be focused more on the general aspects of photography and if so that is okay. But, if you have an area of interest it is worth your investment in time to determine the areas of specialization your short list of photography schools may have to offer. It would also be beneficial if your school of choice provides courses in general business in addition to the photography classes. This will aid you as you move from student to professional status.

I am sure you already know this but I will say it any way. Professional photography is more than point-and-shoot method for making a living. It requires an attention to detail and a wide range of skills including mathematics, business management, marketing and more. So make sure that the photography school you select can provide you the knowledge you need in the area of general business education too. Since many photographers eventually go into business on their own you will find these to be extremely valuable survival skills that will lend to your success.

It is always wise to inquire about the size of the class as well as the ratio of students to teacher. To many people in photography class can really be a hindrance toward proper learning. And it will also prohibit the instructor from providing effective hands-on supervision to each of the students.

Another skill area that should be considered is in the area of computers and you should determine if the photography school of choice provides learning in this area as well. A good photography school needs to have courses on basic computer use as well as more advance courses for those who have an interest in expanding their knowledge of digital photography as well as specialty software used for creating a digital darkroom. Since the field of photography is a very competitive it is imperative that you gain education and knowledge in this area as well.

Lastly, keep in mind that any education will have a price tag associated with it. So unless you just happen to have all of your photography education funding in hand it is worth while to determine if the schools provide scholarships or other forms of financial assistance for their students. Also keep in mind that you will more than likely need to invest in some of your own photography equipment. So I would recommend that you ask for a listing of equipment that the photography school offers to their students as well as a listing of equipment that you need to buy. This will aid you in determining the total cost of your education.

Hopefully, these recommendations will help you build your list of investigation questions so that you can make a wise and well educated decision. Choosing the right school is just as important as having a good view of where you want to go. And the right school is the best way to help you get there.

Sports Photography Tips

Most of the time, good quality shots are rare. Why? Because not everyone has the time to be at the event on a regular basis to capture the unique action shot that will stand out from the rest. Adding further hardship to capturing good sports shots is the position you are able to get at the event. Lets face it, no one likes a 7ft basketballer bouncing up and down in jubilation on our camera bag while we are distracted with other things. Being too far away is also a problem, there’s only so much a lens can do if you want true quality.

If you manage to get close at a big game or indeed be fortunate enough to get a press pass, remember that the other photographers have also worked hard to get there as well. Show some consideration and you’ll get some in return. If you are forced to remain in the stands, get as close to the action as possible. It will make a difference believe me!

You will take better quality sports photos if you familiarise yourself with the sport first. It’s important to know when that special moment is about to occur or when it is most likely to occur. Find out what the fans like to see most. Is it first off the block in swimming? Is it shooting a goal while still off the ground in basketball? Always position yourself accordingly. Try to figure out what will be behind the player when you take your shots – this always improves the outcome!

There’s much more emphasis on timing with sports or indeed any kind of action photography. Your response and preparation for that crucial moment is paramount. Yes, the right place is important, so is the timing but execution is equally important. Sure, there are unpredictable moments but you’ll become better at preempting them with practice.

Someone said that if you see the action, you missed the action – I’ll bet it was a photographer who said it! You need everything ready to go at the time of play. This includes a rough idea of distance, lighting issues and more important, your own personal preparation for taking the shot. Almost a split second before it actually takes place.

In sports photography it is more often the photographer not the camera that is important. Remember that! You will need to have good equipment, don’t misunderstand me. However, the really good shots are not luck coming your way. You should strongly consider a 85mm lens, a 135mm lens and perhaps a 200-300mm lens for end of court or field shots. With soccer, baseball, surfing, cricket and rugby a 300-400mm is definitely needed.

Cutting Through The Red Tape

HANDLE WITH CARE

As stock photographers, it’s rare that we can get our pictures without first having to get permission from someone. Security is getting tighter and tighter in many sectors, and it’s sometimes understandable that because of past abuses — or the increase in population — it’s necessary to screen who takes pictures of what. You’ll encounter officials in many forms: gate keepers, receptionists, policemen, bureaucrats, teachers, secretaries, security guards. You’ll even encounter unofficial officials: janitors, ticket takers, bystanders, relatives of officials, etc. But no matter who presents her/himself as an ‘official’ (barrier) to your picture-taking, handle them with care and allot an amount of time that you sense will appease their “need” to detain you.

One of the easiest officials-eliminators is the “I need your help” statement. In the case of the football gate attendant, you say, “Could you help me? I need to get a picture of the kick-off (you look at your watch) for _______ (your assignment or name of publication) — could you tell me the quickest way to the 50-yard line?”

If an official wants to know something about you — why you’re here, what the pictures will be used for [incidentally – here’s the answer for that one: “I represent the John Doe Stock Photo Agency — and I’m John Doe — these pictures go into my on-line gallery of over 3,000 stock photos — they’re used in magazines, books, posters, calendars, textbooks, you name it! “-(smile)] — explain everything to the official, the same as you would to the corporation executive you might be planning to photograph. Often, secretaries will know more about the schedule, commitments, etc. of the boss, than he or she does. Also, it’s wise to cultivate officials who could have access to information helpful to your picture-taking assignment.

When you encounter an official who isn’t cooperative — try offering to give him/her a copy of the picture you’re going to take. But don’t take his/her name on a piece of paper. Such papers either get lost or add to your office work. Instead, offer him your business card and say, “Here’s my address. Write or e-mail me in about two weeks – the picture will be processed by then.” Experience predicts you’ll never hear from him/her.

GAINING ENTRANCE

Should you carry a press card? For large, important events, written permission from headquarters is your best introduction to onsite officials (headquarters usually issues its own press cards, letters of introduction, tags, stickers, etc.). But for the 999 other events you’ll attend, officials don’t ask for a press card — if you’re carrying two or more cameras (around your neck), that’s official enough for them. If you don’t have extra cameras, buy a couple professional-looking (inoperative) ones at a flea market. They’ll be your passport to most any public event you want to photograph.

So if in the past you’ve found “officials” to be resistant — try the “handle-with-care” method. However, there’s an exception: If an official demands: “Wait over there; fill out this form; stand in line; I’ll put you on ‘hold’; I have to check with my boss first;” — then take a different approach: try a different official. In the case of the football gate attendant — if he were uncooperative — walk away, find another gate. In the case of an uncooperative receptionist — wait ’til she goes on coffee break, or lunch. The replacement might be more cooperative ( or you might figure out a better approach). If you carry a cell phone, get the name and number of the CEO. Generally you can get instant permission if your assignment is for a publication that has widespread influence in his/her trade area.

Organize Digital Photos

Archive Originals

Right after downloading your photos, it’s a good idea to burn them to CD or DVD. This prevents you from accidentally overwriting an original image. You can always go back to your disk to retrieve it. To save space you can keep adding new images until the disk is full. Be sure to label the CD with the year and note the contents whenever you add new pictures.

Delete Unnecessary Photos

After you’ve archived the original images to disk, review your downloaded images and purge unwanted shots. Delete badly exposed images, duplicates, out-of-focus shots, etc. If some are a little over or under exposed you can generally adjust them with your photo software, so unless you have a better version of an image, you may want to keep some of the so-so shots and fix them.

Name Your Images

Create a new subfolder to My Pictures whenever you download new photos. Don’t just dump them all into My Pictures. There are several methods for naming and structuring your folders. I like to organize my folders chronologically and put all photos for a particular year into subfolders under that particular year. Other people like to group their pictures by topic, such as Vacations, School, Sports, Baby, Wedding, Family, etc.

Tag Images

To help you find photos of specific subjects, you can use your photo album software to tag images with keywords. They can have a variety of attributes such as date, place, occasion, and person. For instance, you could label a picture of your daughter Kathy at her 10th birthday party at the zoo using the keywords Kathy, 10, birthday, zoo and then be able to search for all images with these tags, no matter where they are on your hard drive. This is a huge timesaver in helping you find favorite pictures. Initially it can be quite time-consuming to tag photos, but most software will let you batch label a group of photos with the same keywords. This greatly speeds the process.

Shooting the Perfect Headshot

The best headshots are usually produced with a simple neutral color backgrounds, beige to off-white are best for models with fair complexions. Dark backgrounds or various shades of red are frowned upon are reds have a tendency to ‘bleed’ and dark backgrounds appear to make the model look pale, even jaundice looking. Portraits are usually vertical rectangles but not always, if the image of the face is complimented by the background, or used for ‘artistic’ effects, then landscape images are acceptable.

D’ shot? That killer portrait than makes you appear to be a queen? Here are a virtual cornucopia of variables and myriad of stages that going to making the perfect head shot. Let’s take a look at some of shall we?

Location, location, location! Are you a nature buff or a studio connoisseur? True, most ‘headshots’ are performed in studios with appropriate backdrops. Not all photographers are the same when it comes to the ‘portrait’ shot. Sometime it will require taking a model into a grass laden field or wooded areas; then taking a wide selection of angles with veritable lenses; from full body to portrait . But never shooting between the hours of 11 and 2 in strong sunlight.

Experiment, experiment, experiment. Try shooting some shots with foreground objects such as models hiding behind strands of wheat, hugging a tree or other objects. Shoot below trees were the sunlight just trickles through the branches, leaving you with natural lighting, highlights and shades. Try Black and white images for the antique look.

What about the camera? There are two different format; digital and film.

In my opinion;

· a good brand of film

· a professional camera with appropriate settings

· proper lighting

· excellent film processing

can put most digital cameras to shame. Or so it used to be, with the onslaught of new technology, and more high tech gadgetry, film is slowly losing the battle.

But lets try to stay focused here…

So we talked about cameras, digital or traditional. Highlights, mid-tones and shadows. The makeup type of camera, f-stop settings, film or digital, and backdrops, you name it, it all plays a part in the perfect headshot

Decorating With Photography

The first thing you’ll want to consider is whether to have the photograph in black or white. This can be decided by many factors – for instance, in a modern bachelor apartment, a classy black and white photograph will look a lot better than a colorful montage. The same goes for a boardroom or office – staff or corporate photographs will usually look better in colour than a black and white print.

However, if you have a really good color photograph and you wish it were black and white (or vice versa), there are ways to achieve this. If the photograph has been taken via a digital camera, you can then upload it to a computer and use a program like PhotoShop or similar to edit it. This can give you a myriad of effects – from straight color swap to adding a tinge of sepia to give an air of aging, the possibilities are endless. Even if you’ve used a traditional still camera, you can ask for a CD when developing them that the negatives will be transferred to, so you can still upload them to a computer and amend with a photo editing software program.

Depending on what look you wish to go for in whatever room you’re putting the photograph(s) in, the frame is the next choice to make. If you wish, you can purchase different frames for different walls in the same room. Far from them not looking right, the different approach will allow them to be more prominent. Look to match them to your décor, if you wish, so that frame blends in with carpet, or rug, or sofa.

The next thing you may wish to consider is whether you want to hang a single picture, or a group together. This is fairly easy to decide – a single photograph picture frame will usually look out of place the larger the wall, so let that dictate your approach. Groups of frames offer a warmer sense of being, especially if it’s children and family. Have a collage of school photos from different ages as the central theme, and perhaps miscellaneous family photographs surrounding them to finish an inviting look.

The last thing you really need to decide is whether you wish to use your own photographs, or professional ones from an art shop. This is really down to how much quality you wish to involve. Although obviously not up to the standard of a professional photographer, your own photographs can be of a more than presentable quality, if you’re prepared to take the time to get the right shots. However, by mixing photographs from a studio with your own, you can achieve an excellent effect and add that little bit of difference to any room.