Digital Flash Photography

Some of the tips listed will only pertain to Digital SLR users. These cameras allow you to manually adjust settings, change lenses, and also they provide a hotshoe to mount an external flash. This external flash is much more powerful than the built in flash, & it can give you the option to bounce and diffuse the flash.

Point and shoot cameras will often have a built in flash of their own. This does not provide the creativity of the SLR camera, but some of the following suggestions will pertain to these cameras as well.

  • Clearly see your background: Anything in your field of view behind your subject will also be in your finished photograph. Carefully check to see that any shiny metallic surfaces or mirrors are not lurking there. The light from your flash will bounce off these surfaces and come right back to your lens. The result being a big blob of white light.
  • Be sure to charge your batteries: The condition of your batteries will determine how long it will take your flash to recharge. In other words, how long before you can shoot another picture. The fresher your batteries are the

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Invest in the Right Equipment

The right photography equipment can not only improve the quality of your work, but it can also save you time as well. Even if you are working on a tight budget, you should not base your purchases solely on price. Look for products that offer the best value, which means finding those that provide the best features for the least amount of money. The most important equipment you will need is a camera, computer, editing software, and possibly a bag to carry everything in.

Gather Samples and References

As in any business, you will have to provide your customers some proof that you are competent photographer. You can do this by building samples of your work and providing references of past customers. If you are just starting out, then offer to take pictures of friends or family for free. Combine these sessions with some artistic or outdoor shots to show a variety of your talents. Put it all together in a portfolio or brochure you can hand to your clients. Just don’t skimp on the quality since this is the first impression they will have of you.

Market Your

Great Uses of Anti-Fog Spray

Photos are also taken on special occasions, like when your baby takes their first step, when they go to “big school” for the first time or when they graduate. Memories such as these are precious and are even easier to remember when you have pictures to look at. The only horrible thing about photography is when you take the most beautiful picture, only to discover that your lens was dirty and the picture came out terrible and you cannot retake it. There is only one solution to this problem.

Anti-fog spray works magically on cameras. Before you are going to be clicking away, take a soft cloth and some anti-fog spray and clean the lens. That’s all you have to do, it’s quick, easy and the cleanness lasts! You will not have to wipe the lens after every photo you take; it lasts for quite some time before you will have to clean it again. Do not drench the cloth with spray, just put on enough to make the cloth slightly damp. Wipe the lens softly, and the work is complete, you can now start clicking away!

So now you can take those pretty pictures and

Using Filters for Special Effects

Star and Cross Effect Filters

Star filters are typically used when you want to enhance reflections into a specific star shape. You’ll see these used in pictures of streetlights, theme parks, and sun reflections of surfaces like glass structures. Two of the most common are the Star-Six and the Star-Eight filters, which refer to the number of “points” on the star shape.

If you are taking photos of ladies wearing expensive jewelry, a Cross Screen Filter will add a “flare” in the shape of a four-cross. This is how they produce that dramatic effect in jewelry ads that focus your attention on the sparking diamond.

There are other variations, such as the Spectral Cross Filter and the Vario Cross Filter. Spectral cross filtering produces a cross of light with a soft-focus effect, particularly good for portraits. A Vario Cross Filter will add the effect of four rays of light coming from each light source.

Close-up Filters

Instead of just being limited by a camera’s zoom, you can add close-up filters and Macro filters. Macro close-up filters are good for taking shots of small insects, flowers and other tiny objects at close-up. They typically

Advertising Photography For Christmas

They would deliberately look at advertisements so that they can make wise buying decisions.

And it is now that the advertisements should be made more attractive, more informative and more compelling. And advertising photography plays a more important role in this situation. The role of advertising photography takes a significant place in advertisements for print media, static media and online media. Yes, the periphery of advertising photography has increased and has crossed the boundaries of print media and has reached and covered the area of static media as well as online media.

And since Christmas is round the corner and people would watch out those banner ads on various websites, on billboards and kiosks and also in their favourite magazines, therefore it is absolutely very critical that the advertising photography should be very impressive and attractive. If you had thought that advertising photography is just the image that is to be there in the ad, then wait, there is more than what meets the eye.

In any ad, it is not just the content or the ad copy that speaks to the viewers. Words do play a very significant role, sometimes as significant or more

Using Retro Stock Photos

Many people are now considering using retro styling in their website designs not only because they are much more decorative but they equate to a certain set of values that one expected of the period when they first appeared. Certainly using some retro rather than the high tech styles that many other website owners prefer will provide your site with something that is unique and is likely to catch the eye of any potential new customer.

The kinds of pictures that a person will be using for their site that fit into the retro group are those from the 1950’s and 1960’s and certainly these equate to a time when live was a little more easy going. Certainly some of the most well known retro stock images that you will regularly see being used are photos of such icons as Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Audrey Hepburn.

Yet when it comes to you using such images for your own site there are two different types that are now available and which can be easily obtained through the internet. Below we take a look at just what these are.

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These are ones

Take Properly Exposed Wedding Pictures

There is a simple solution to this; set your exposure to +2/3 WHEN the bride is in the picture. Don’t forget to dial your expose back to normal when taking pictures of only the groom (in fact, you might want to go -1/3 exposure in these situations) or of the guests.

Other things which can screw up your exposure are:

  • Reflections of the sun on objects (try to find something to block the reflection)
  • Bright lamps/lights behind the scene. (try to find something to block the reflection)
  • Bright Windows in the frame. (increase exposure by 1+)
  • Mirrors and your flash (try to move so something is blocking the mirror)

By keeping this all in mind, you are more likely to get properly exposed pictures without having to photoshop them later.

Another important thing to do, regardless if you think you are sticking the exposure or not, is to take your pictures in RAW format. Although the extension and software used to manipulate RAW images differs from camera to camera, raw images offer a much broader latitude in changing the exposure settings. Where a JPEG might be able to be manipulated +-1

PhotoShop Novices

  • Create custom, project-specified workspaces. Each project that you endeavor will require a certain set of palettes.You will want to take advantage of the feature that lets you save them
    independent of one another. Here’s how it’s done: When you have the palettes for a given project lined up as you like them, choose Window> Workspace> Save Workspace.
    Assign a name to the particular workspace and then click Save.
  • Plan ahead when naming workspaces so that in the future each will ring a clear bell in your memory. Multiple projects over time can get confusing to remember.
  • Use two different windows to display each image.You often need to zoom in for closer looks at pixels. When you make changes to a zoomed-in image, you need to know that it will work
    effectively when you zoom back out. So, instead of zooming in and out constantly, it is far easier and less time-consuming to have two windows opened containing the same image at different zoom levels.
    To do this, simply select Window> Arrange> New Window. The same image will appear in a new window. Keep one zoomed at 100% and the other however you need it to work

Using Props

Obviously if you want to remain portable and travel these will be smaller, however if you have the luxury of a studio you can use a vast variety of props.

For example some of the props I use consist of, baby baths, rocking horses, skateboards, bikes, bats and balls and a variety of others. I find an ornamental baby bath an excellent prop, it not only looks good but it stops the young child moving too far! I usually sit the bath on a table about 2 foot off the ground, the table is draped with a simple sheepskin fur and then adorned with some cheap netting material, some of which is overlapped into the bath.

Any prop similar to a mini bath is just as useful, for example a big cooking tin or storage crate. Obviously with this type of container you need to pad it out with soft material. It also a nice touch to use some white netting to fluff around the container. As I said above the biggest advantage of a container is that it contains the child from moving! Try this with your next shoot, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at it’s

History Surreal Photography

Surrealism was a movement in the art and intellectual activities, emerged after World War I. Andre Breton, was the founder of the surrealistic concepts and he has gathered the influence from the Dande movement. Surrealism is actually the real expression of mental emotions, without any polishing. Andre Breton describes surrealism in Surrealist Manifesto, as the pure psychic automatism expressed in the real functionality of a person. Surrealistic art forms characteristically differ from the conventional forms in not having specific shape or idea. It can be the expression of basic human instinct and imaginative faculties of the unconscious mind. But, when surrealism comes to photography, the critics did not even imagine such a possibility. However, “Marquise Casati” by Man Ray, made a change to the belief, as it featured multiple eyes for the photograph. Even though, it was an accidental blurring, it proved the chances for the feasibility of surrealistic works.

Man Ray and Lee Miller are considered as legends in surrealistic photography as they were very successful to overcome the limitations of photography to create surrealistic images. Maurice Tabard is another famous surrealist, who had his own technique for surrealistic imaging. Hans Bellmer creatively used mechanical dolls