SLR Lens Buying

  • Make Your Wishlist. Go to your favorite online lens source and create a wishlist for each type of lens you are thinking about. Then go shopping and find ALL the lenses that are offered for your camera that fit into your categories. Filter out your selections by dropping anything over your absolute budget threshold. I found 9 super-wides, 8 super-telephotos, and 4 macros– but I included primes and zooms.
  • Prioritize Your Options. Start sorting your lenses based on the information at hand, your intuition, and any cost criteria you may have. Typically, the more expensive lenses are also the better quality lenses (aside from price differences of around $100). My advice is to buy the best you can afford and you’ll never be disappointed.
  • Pick Your Flavor. Do it now or do it later, but if you have more than one type of lens you want, you’ll have to choose at some point. If you do it now you’ll save some time with the research. I decided to leave my options open — I couldn’t decide yet.
  • Do the Research. You want outside opinions and evaluations on each of the lenses you’re thinking about, and it’s best if

Photographing Groups

The more people you have in the photo, the smaller they appear, and the harder it is to see the individual faces. Ideally, you want to fill the camera frame with people both vertically and horizontally, and this is achieved with thoughtful positioning of the subjects. By doing this you can get closer to them and they appear larger and easier to see in the photos.

The first thing in any group is to have people stand at a 45-degree angle to the lens, rather than shoulder-to-shoulder facing the camera. This does several things. It allows you to get your subjects closer together, they appear slimmer, and it’s more professional-looking. And don’t have them all facing the same way unless they’re a ’60s Motown group. Better to have them turned toward center on both sides.

Small groups of three to eight can be taken standing together to produce a pleasing picture. They will fill the camera frame from top to bottom and side to side nicely.

Left to pose for a picture without direction from the photographer, a large group of subjects will usually stand shoulder to shoulder in a long line. This produces a

Composition in Landscape Photography

Main Subject

It should be self-evident that before shooting we should know exactly what our main subject is. We must do our best to convey the viewer’s attention to it, without distracting elements. This does not mean that we must exclude everything except the dominant feature in our image. In fact, we have three options:

  • Macro-photography. Show only the main subject and nothing else. This yields the advantage of no distractions to the viewer.
  • Intimate landscape. Show the main subject together with its neighborhoods to give it a spatial placing. This can be useful to make it easier to recognize the subject or to say something more about it.
  • Grand scenic. Show the subject immersed in its entire surrounding. This can be done if the surrounding is meaningful to the feelings you want to convey.

In any case, the viewer’s attention must be attracted to the main subject first, and only then he can wander around the rest of the picture. If the viewer’s eye does not go directly to the main subject as soon as he looks at the picture, the photographer has failed his mission.

Here are a few useful

Double Exposure

  • SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS. Your prospective photobuyers will see you in a leadership role as you present a luncheon talk, seminar, or trade show presentation in front of a room filled with prospective clients. Increase the visual impact by enhancing your delivery with your personal photography. Join local and national organizations that can help you improve your speaking performance and keep you informed about the opportunities open to you through public speaking.
  • NETWORK. Develop a vital list of inner-circle contacts in the industry. Keep your list up-to-date, and keep these important persons up-to-date by contacting them regularly with news about your accomplishments, future travel plans, latest credits.
  • PUBLICITY. Not paid-advertising, but publicity. Which is free. Maintain a local, regional, and national list of camera columnists, camera clubs, photo schools, photo organizations, photo workshops and seminars, photo magazine editors, newspaper and newsletter editors, and freelance photo writers. According to the latest BACON’S PUBLICITY CHECKER there are 6,108 trade magazines published in the United States and Canada. Make a media person’s job easier by preparing a well-edited news release of interest to his/her audience, involving your photographic activities, accomplishments, projects, appropriately targeted to their interest areas, that fit your coverage

Photo To Oil Painting

There are different genres in painting such as landscape, portrait and still life. Portraits are creating a painting of a life model, landscape is the painting of the environment and the last genre is still life which will be discussed in this article.

When creating still life paintings, the artist has full control of the subject. The artist would need to set the subject in a proper place where lighting is good, most likely north facing a window, having artificial lights or reflectors. When the artist has established this he can now be able to focus on his art.

First thing you’d need to ensure is that the painting is just how you want it. Try having a practice drawing first with sketches since painting it is completely different form looking at it. Then try to analyze the tonal values and make sure that the light patterns are just right. After the practice sketch and the tonal values, you will now have to deal with the color schemes.

After all those have been done, you will need to finalize. Finalizing includes making sure that the lighting and composition is correct. Many artists will not paint

Writing With Light

Where am I going with this? Well, I think that with the increased emphasis on the number of MegaPixels and the intellect-snaring delusion that nirvana in photography is achieved by photoshop-ing, we are forgetting the basics. First things first, get the light, right.

Here are some basics:

  • If shooting a human subject take special care of how light causes shadows on different parts of the subjects face.
  • Be sensitive to “hot spots” being created in different parts of your photograph. Surely you do not want a shiny distractive element in your photo.
  • Look at your complete frame and see how light plays with; either by attenuating or amplifying; different elements. If a background element is being overplayed or under-emphasized, you are doing something wrong.
  • Not all your photography mistakes can be done away with on Photoshop. For instance, an image processing algorithm can never undo the crime of shooting when the color temperature is not appropriate.
  • Use a flash, but only if you have to. And then use a professional flash. The real cheap ones or the inbuilt fluorescent ones will make your pictures look unreal and also make them unappealing.

Space Heads

We chewed the fat for a few minutes and they all posed for the photo. Cuuut! Ok, I could tell they were not models, sure they were a real nice set of guys, but they were not posers. They needed a little coaching to get a good shot, that’s why they came to me. With a group like this I’m not going to get fancy. The first thing I want to do is tidy up their ski clothes so they look good. This entails closing their pockets, zipping up their zippers, you know details, details!

I stepped back to shoot the photo and looked at the group. Tip: When you step back to shoot the photo always do a quick scan and look for things you can improve. The men looked good with their ski gear on, all lined up, with the beautiful Sierra mountains for a backdrop. But, something was out of balance? It was the spacing between the guys. Actually they were pretty evenly spaced, it was just the spacing between the subjects heads was not even.

I had the men stand up straight and proud, and had a few of the guys adjust slightly left

Secret Life Of The Flashgun

Auto

This is very likely to be your camera’s default setting and therefore the flash mode that your camera will be in when you first switch it on. In this mode, the camera decides whether there is enough light to take a picture without flash. If there isn’t, it will fire the flash and if there is, it won’t. It’s a set and forget option and the one most people will probably use most of the time.

Anti-red eye

Red eye is the effect you sometimes see in flash photographs where the pupil of someone’s eyes seems to glow bright red. It is caused by the fact that the built in flashgun is very close to the lens. That is why many cameras have a pop-up flash, to put more distance between the light and the lens.

Some cameras also have an anti-red eye flash mode. This switches on a steady light or fires successive flashes for a couple of seconds before taking the photograph. The idea is that all this light will make the pupil of the eye smaller and so minimise the effect. It sometimes works, but not always.

For example,

Important Camcorder Features

When you’re searching for a camcorder don’t forget to look for image stabilization – a must when it comes to important camcorder features. A digital camcorder will offer either optical or electronic image stabilization. Optical stabilization is where the lens on the digital camcorder moves in accordance with the camera’s movements. Electronic stabilization is where images on the lens are captured onto the charge couple device (CCD), and internal circuits are used to interpret video images after recording is finished.

Important camcorder features should include a lens with optical zoom level of at least 10x. Some digital camcorders have higher zoom levels, but the higher levels may not be necessary in many cases. In fact, when a camera is recording at a higher zoom level the video quality can be poor as it is harder to keep still on something that is being recorded.

One of the most important camcorder features is a good-quality liquid crystal display (LCD) screen. This screen is what is used to display images that are going to be recorded onto the video disc in the digital camcorder. With a larger screen it can be easier to see what is being recorded,

Take The Best Baby Photos Possible

We might not be expert photographers, however if we follow a few simple tips we should be able to produce some very good quality baby photos without too much effort. So that when we look back into our photo albums or we show them off to our neighbors and friends we will be proud of our efforts.

When I first began taking photos over twenty five years ago digital cameras were not an option. Film was quite expensive and so you took your baby photos or any other photo for that matter sparingly.

Today it is my recommendation that you go out and buy a mid priced digital camera. You can click away as much as you like without having to worry about the cost. What you do is transfer them all to your computer and then you can sort them at your leisure.

Just delete the ones you don’t want and keep the ones you do. You can buy a reasonably priced Color Printer and even print your pictures yourself or you can send them to a Commercial Printer over the internet. Or just take your memory card to your local printer.

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