Whether you are just beginning to learn about taking that perfect picture, or have been behind the lens for some time now, finding tips and tricks to help you get the best photograph possible can be easy if you know where to start. Many of us who want to take better pictures have been in fact taking photos for years but are unsure of how to develop the skills necessary to get that one great shot that everyone will WOW over. Color, black and white or even sepia photos are all great ways to express your talents through subjects, but each setting has different aspects that need to be considered when shooting your pictures.
Have you ever imagined to capture all those treasured moments of your wedding ceremony in your own camera, I mean digital camera? Stop imagining, for digital cameras have made way to your wedding party to turn your world around. The quality of photos by digital cameras simply speaks for themselves. And beyond that, with digital wedding photography, couples can save their pockets by doing away with the wedding studio for the wedding proofs.
There was a time when the brides and grooms could do nothing but wait for weeks or even months following the wedding for the films to be developed. But things have changed now as digital wedding photography can bring pictures the very same day without much trouble.
The world of black and white photography is considered a Fine Art form and it is done to induce an emotion of timelessness and freeze a moment at any given time. It goes without saying that a few great photographers like Ansel Adams and Steigletz have made black and white photography what it is to today and even long after their deaths keep it strong and alive. This type of a picture is a true classic form of art and extremely breathe taking. There can never be enough said about black and white photography, but the pictures themselves will speak volumes for all that are looking at them.
Black and white film comes in a few different classes. The tabular black and white film is a new and thinner emulsion film that has more of a surface area and it gives off less depth with high sharpness. Conventional film is the standard type that gives off a superior detail to highlight and was used before the tabular film was introduced in 1988. Orthochromatic film is the best for shots of people and landscapes and gives off a tone that stands above all other film types. Chromogenic film uses dyes and not the silver particles that are used by the other film types. There is no control over the development process and it is more difficult to work with.
Looking for some digital photography tips and tricks? In this series I present some practical tips to you that help get the most out of your digital camera.
If you are using a digital SLR camera for your photography, you may know well that it is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment, capable of producing fantastic results. But you need to know how to handle it and you need to prepare well before using it. That’s why I have created a Digital Photography Pre-Shoot Checklist. Follow the checklist and it will help you get the best out of your digital SLR camera and you will also avoid having great shots ruined by incorrect settings or poor camera set-up!
Have you ever been on a beach holiday and thought it would be a good idea to take thousands of photographs to remember how beautiful it was, only to be disappointed with the final result? I’ll bet you took a portrait of your loved one only for the shot to turn them into a dark shadow or it left them with harsh black shadows on their faces. Please don’t worry, you are not the worst photographer in the world, this problem is quite common.
Photography can be tricky in the bright light of day, especially in a hot, reflective place like the beach but it is not impossible. If you adhere to a few of the following tips, you will find that your photography on the beach will most definitely improve.
Black and White Beach Photography is just one of the many subjects I love to photograph using B&W film.
My fine art work is taken with an old manual Leica rangefinder and a hand held light meter. To me this is the purest way to capture subject, light and texture.
There was a point in my life where I stood firm and stated I would never go “digital”. But as I learned more about the software and it’s capabilities, it has now become a “tool” for the final image in my creative process. My chosen software is Adobe Photoshop.
It’s called black and white photography, but it’s so much more. There’s the black at one end of the spectrum, white at the other end, and a whole lot of beauty in between. Just like the old black and movies of the 1940s, black and white photographs can appear classic and romantic.
Black and white photography is all about contrast. Texture creates a great deal of interest in a black and white picture. Shooting from different directions and different times of day will produce shadows and shading and result in an entirely different picture of the same subject.
We see them all over the place; in television advertisements, in magazines, and on the runway. They are the beautiful men and women who strut their stuff while showing off the latest styles from the hottest fashion designers. These are the fashion models of today and tomorrow, and the subject of high fashion photography. It is through photography that these models and fashionable clothing are brought to the public. Therefore, these photographs must be taken with a certain level of precision and a special attention to color, style, and lighting composition. Learning a few key fashion photography tips will help to make this possible.
Wedding Photography is a concoction of an interesting profession and a highly creative venture that takes into account preserving the unforgettable moments of the golden times of an individual’s life. Wedding photography services would include the entire array from wedding announcement, engagement and ceremony to reception. Gone are the days of analog photos; technological advancement has paved the way for digital photography which has added new dimension to wedding photography too. A professional wedding photographer shoots primarily two types of photographs, namely, traditional and photojournalistic. While the earlier deals with conventional practice of photographs with specific poses, the latter is all about informal and spontaneous photos. Along with these, many contemporary styles of photography are emerging making the entire concept a lot more dynamic. Wedding photography is evolving with changing times and still continues to be an utmost important wing of wedding activities.
A perfect wedding photographer only can take care of the three important factors associated with wedding photography; cost, skill and labor. The photographer has to be alert throughout the event taking care of every detail so that nothing gets missed out! That is why wedding couples always prefer hiring professionals for the shoot instead of having family and friends doing the same. Unlike traditional wedding photos, the modern ones are full of varieties. This requires specific skill sets on the part of the photographer. Observing every subtle detail is an important as capturing the same with mastery! Post photography operations include considerable time and labor whereby compilation gets done.
For many amateur photographers, like myself, it is easy to get caught up in a one-tracked view on the skills that are required for good photography. In this article we take a look at a few digital photography tips and tricks that will help you understand the importance of view points in your photographs.
There is a tendency with amateur photographers to focus solely on the technical aspect of photography such as pixels and megapixels, lens sizes and shutter speeds.
All photographers love to capture the places that are dear to their hearts – and who doesn’t love a day at the beach. Nature photographers, wedding photographers and old-fashioned happy snappers; we can all find inspiration in beach photography.
Beach photography can be particularly challenging, even for experienced nature photographers. We are often inspired by the sounds, the smells, the open space; so your task as a nature photographer is not just to photograph a location, but to encapsulate a feeling.
Have you ever seen someone else’s hobby and really liked the look of it? Have you then tried the hobby but found it a bit intimidating or overwhelming? I have seen many different things like this, where people makes the most beautiful arts or crafts. The design look amazing and it sounds fun to do, but in the end I am too scared to try because I do not think I am artistic. I have taking some cookery classes, but this was to enhance my existing skills. It took my friend to push me into learning something new, to get me to realize everything I had been missing out on.
My friend and I were looking to fill up our summer with something fun. We went to the local library and looked through the community activity sheets that were being offered. There was everything under the sun; juggling classes, a Frisbee club. Then I saw one that really caught my eye: black and white photography. I have always loved photographs. I did a small amount of work experience with a photographer and absolutely loved his color photos. But there was just something about the simplistic nature of black and white photographs. I am not very skilled at taking photographs; in fact I am not skilled at all, so I approached with caution.
The Wedding Photography Blueprint by Nick Stubbs provides a valuable resource for all wedding photographers, whether you are a professional or an amateur starting out. It is one of the most in-depth and informative wedding photography online DVD courses available. Comprising of footage taken from a full, 2-day wedding photography course as well as an actual wedding, it gives you a full and comprehensive understanding of what to expect and what to do when shooting weddings.
The screen recordings for the Wedding Photography Blueprint are intertwined at various and well timed intervals throughout the course to highlight problematic images being worked on in Photoshop in order to salvage excellent looking wedding photos from somewhat mediocre RAW files. These are placed alongside many other traditional Photoshop tutorials which includes the use of recommended software and add-ons to make your images stand out from the crowd. This is one of the most important sections in the Wedding Photography Blueprint, as digital imaging plays an essential role in digital wedding photography. A wedding is one of the most important event in a couple’s lifetime, and there is absolutely no excuses for missing out on important images which failed to turn out as good due to lighting or technical glitches.
Historically, I ‘ve used a number of black and white films, including Ilford FP4 and Ilford Delta 100. Recently I have been using mostly Ilford’s XP2Super chromogenic film.
I use exclusively Ilford’s Multigrade IV RC printing paper – it’s reliable, consistent and I know how it behaves! (I do have some more interesting papers in the fridge, but somehow I never get around to trying them!).
Wedding photography is very much part and parcel of the modern couple’s couple big day. Soon-to-be-married couples are willing to spend small fortunes in order to have a beautiful wedding album. But wedding photography is not a new phenomenon as even the Victorians also liked having pictures taken of their wedding days.
Wedding photography dates back to the 1840s. Because photography was only in its infancy there were serious technical limitations on the kind of pictures that could be taken. There were none of the pictures taken outside that are popular today. The photos were not even taken at the church or in the reception. The happy couple had to pose, before or after the event, in the photographers studio. They wore their best clothes for the shoot, which meant no pictures of the bridal gown. Also, the idea of a wedding photograph was only the preserve of the better off during this period.
Beach photography and child photography go hand in hand. What better place to get authentic shots of children than in one of the best places to play on earth: the beach. There are many important things to keep in mind when taking pictures at the beach and when taking pictures of children. But if you relax, have fun with the kids and keep taking pictures you’re sure to get some that you’ll treasure.
Important things to remember when taking pictures at the beach:
Creating a successful wedding photography business can be more of a challenge than one would think. Just because you can take a picture doesn’t mean that starting your own wedding photography business will be smooth sailing. However there are certain building blocks one can take that will assist in creating yourself a successful start to your wedding photography business. First and most important building block is to build an efficient and thorough business/ creative plan. This is the foundation and should include your objectives, your mission, and your keys to success.
Your foundation objectives will cover what it takes to produce the same outstanding quality results time after time, and what it will take to become recognized as a top wedding photographer. You mission should describe what you want to achieve and how you are going to do that. Your keys to success should include how you will fulfill your client’s expectations and how you will accomplish this. How will you be competitive with your services offered? What kind of profits do you need to become successful competition?