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5 Tips for Using a Camera
September 9, 2020
Blogging / Photography In the World
There is no doubt that digital photography has made it easier to take the worst pictures and then to forget that they ever existed, but we still want something good to show for our efforts. So, let us consider 5 ways that give the photographer the edge when trying to capture the best shots with a portable hand-held camera. Consider the Lighting Lighting is not just something that is dependent on the time of day, it is something that you can control. You can determine the amount of flash to use. If you turn off the automatic flash, then you take charge of the lighting. Often it is light enough even indoors, if there is plenty of natural light coming in through the window. It is just a habit many of the older generation have got into, to always use a flash indoors. White Balance White balance is something that many of us never even give a first thought to, let alone a second one. It can be described as the process of eliminating unrealistic colour casts. These are tints of colours that are unwanted in a photographic image. Certain lighting can cause digital or film cameras to capture these unwanted tints. For the best image, you will want to eliminate them, particularly the neutral colours. A good white balance will take note of colour temperature in relation to a light source. That is, the coolness (blue tint) or warmth (orange tint) of light. It sounds technical but cameras have settings which will adjust white balance for you, if you select them. The purpose is to have an image appear natural. Holding Unless using a tripod, hold the camera close to you to steady it. This will help prevent camera shake and burred images. Another tip for combatting inadvertent camera shake would be to select a faster shutter speed. In addition, when without a tripod, you could use other objects around for support, such as placing the camera on top of a stack of books to gain some height for a different photographing position. Different heights and camera angles can be particularly useful when trying to avoid a shadow mark appearing on a photograph in just the wrong place. Camera flash occurs when you are taking a surface that reflects. I can recall taking a CD inlay out of its case to photograph it so that I eliminated the reflection from its clear plastic case. This alternative approach may not always be possible if an item is by its very nature all reflective. Background Consider plain backgrounds that help show off the objects within your photograph better. A busy background can distract from what you want the person viewing the photograph, if not you, to focus on. For this reason, white backgrounds are often used for photographing objects for catalogues and internet auction sites. Manuals It is important to read the manual to get the best out of your camera. The trend today is for there not to be much of a manual because instructions are accessible online or there are helplines to ring. A good tip is to watch, for example YouTube clips, of others using the camera. This will give you a visual as well as descriptive demonstration. Something that you are struggling to master is likely to be something another person has had trouble understanding, too. Another point about manuals is that they often cover several models of camera, whereas an online demonstration can be for your specific model. Compare the Work of Others Try comparing your photography with the work of the professionals to see how it differs. You can find their images in glossy magazines. Can you work out why they have photographed their subject in the way that they have? The very thought process of trying to get into the mind of the professional and think what considerations they have given to their composition can reveal many tips. Think about camera angles and lighting. Where they might have stood to take the photograph. Whether any effects have been used, either at the time of photography or in the production of the final image. So, a few pointers here. Just one more thing to add, and that is, that the more you photograph the better you will get at it. The reason for this is that you can then see everything that you did wrong from the many images that you have taken, not to make the same mistakes again….
4 Ideas for Earning Money from Photography
August 12, 2020
Blogging / Photography In the World
Photography does not just have to be a hobby it is also possible to make money from it. Photographers can showcase their work by setting up their own website. What has started as a hobby can turn into a career as a freelance photographer. This article will explore the ways in which that is possible. Weddings To become a successful wedding photographer, it is necessary to understand not just how to use a camera effectively but to understand the needs of the bride and groom. It is about making sure that you have photographed all combinations of the two sets of families. You will not know in advance who they are, so it will be vital to communicate effectively on the day. Any shots missed cannot later be obtained in quite the say way again. You may be faced with all kinds of weather conditions to contend with but there can often be places to shelter if you have done your homework on the venue first. This does put some pressure on the photographer and reputations are everything in the wedding business. If you have any tricks for making someone smile, then use them. A wide-angle lens will be particularly useful for large groups, and a lens hood to stop any glare from the sun. A tripod will ensure no blurred shots from camera movement. You may well be as nervous as the bride if it is your first wedding. Magazines To have had your photographs accepted by a magazine will enhance your employability within the profession. To sell yourself, you will need to highlight any previous publication experience and showcase your best photographs. If you have taken them in exotic locations, in interesting lighting, or from obscure angles, then they may well attract a magazine’s attention. When you send a speculative letter or email, you could provide a link to your own website, onto which you will, of course, have uploaded a selection of the photographs that you are most proud of. They should be relevant to the types of pictures that the magazine is known to have published. You can make pictures glossy yourself by using Photoshop. This will give you a feel for how pictures look like that. It is important, too, that you have a good camera that produces sufficient resolution to be blown up without a picture becoming grainy or blurred. Calendars Another format for quality photographs is to produce a calendar. It is better to take the pictures for a company that you work for because any calendars not sold within the first portion of the year will become unsaleable and leave a dent in profits made from the whole venture. Generally, a calendar of scenic views will have been produced from photographs taken throughout the previous year, so that scenes include wintery scenes featuring snow. So, this project might be something that you need to plan for in advance. A year in advance, even. The software to explore to make calendars yourself might include Ashampoo, Photo Calendar Maker, Simply Calendars, and Zazzle. Ashampoo features 200 editable templates. Photo Calendar Maker can help you to produce a professional calendar in minutes. Simply Calendar offers a wide selection of themes exclusive to them. Zazzle has more than a million bespoke pictures to choose from, should you require that elusive winter image. If you have the images, it is useful to have the software to make them meaningful. Greetings Cards Although many cards are now produced digitally through online services, and by people using their own software, it is still possible to earn money from producing quality images for birthday cards. Everyone is after something different. If you have taken shots from unusual locations that have not appeared on television, or have captured something humorous by chance, this will add appeal. There will be companies that want your images. In terms of choosing the right camera for the above ventures, camera providers are producing cameras with the professionals in mind. Canon produces the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV for professionals as opposed to the Canon EOS Rebel T7i for beginners. They are providing for both markets and indicating not just through price what makes a suitable camera for the needs of a professional. To sum up, the above suggestions are only a few of the ideas possible with a good camera and a creative mind. Why not be among those who make the transition from hobby to career. It may prove both rewarding and financially satisfying….