Mistakes are usually an inevitable phase of learning. For many photographers, overcoming mistakes and ensuring high quality work is important. The following is a compilation of the 10 common photography mistakes and tips to help you resolve them. Correcting these mistakes will significantly enhance your photography skills.
1. Buying lots of photography gear simultaneously
This mistake of acquiring lots of new photography gear at once affects both seasoned photographers and beginners alike. However, new photographers generally think that buying the most new gear is going to make them the best photographers. Buying a new lens, flash or camera won’t make you better at this craft. Actually, the best photographers can easily capture great photos with just about any camera. What is more important is the creativity, technical knowledge and a keen eye for lighting that will transform you to a much better photographer. Obviously, this does not mean you should never buy new gear. Different gear is actually helpful in providing better resolution and more flexibility. Just remember to enhance your skills as the photographer using the gear.
2. Distorted horizon
You are in position capturing a breathtaking sunset with your latest camera. However, in the eagerness of capturing the perfect sunset, you forgot to ensure that to set the horizon level. As a result, all the sunset photos are crooked. Luckily, there is a simple way of
Photography is an art in itself where the photographer’s eye for detail on a certain subject is affluent. A photographer who makes use of all the aspects around him that includes the subject, background, light, etc. and then brings out the emotions to his photographs. A good picture should be able to hold a story in itself and should be able to bring out the emotions of the subject in the best way possible.
There are various types of photography that a photographer involves himself in and amongst all of it, the toughest is photographing an infant. They do not have the sense of being conscious while being photographed and, therefore, one has to be a pro while capturing their faces and their activities. If you intend to be a photographer for babies, you could follow these tips to get the best results out of it.
• Stay alert – Babies have changing moods, and there can be any random moment where they would give their best expressions for you to capture. Therefore, it is essential for you to always stay alert and ready with your camera to get the best out of the little one.
• Stay at their level – While you stand tall in front of an infant with a camera, you wouldn’t get the right expression and the emotion to capture. Being on par with
1. Select The Correct Lens & Use It Appropriately... Wide angle lenses, telephoto lenses, macro lenses, fish eye lenses; they all produce different results and impact differently on your image, particularly in relation to the proximity to your subject. For instance, wide angle lenses tend to distort features when close up to your subject; they’re not the most flattering to people (remember that, especially when photographing women). Unless you’re deliberately after a slightly warped look to your portrait photos, you’re going to create more flattering photos of people when using a longer focal length, such as 105mm to 200mm (that means choosing a telephoto lens). Landscape photos generally appear better with wide angle lenses, as you’re taking advantage of the wide angle to capture as much of the scene as possible, and because you’re not physically close to the subjects in the frame (trees, rocks, rivers, etc.), they don’t take on that same warped effect that you’d typically see, if photographing close up to your subject, with a wide angle lens. While close-up portraits of people tend not to be most flattering with wide-angle lenses, you can take “environmental” portraits, where you photograph people outdoors, showing them in a more natural setting (than a room in a studio), but remembering not to get too close to them, so as not to distort their features with the wide angle lens. Whatever lens you
Composition is considered the main key to a beautiful and high quality landscape image. Be aware that shooting landscape will demand a very difficult way of working as opposed to photographing people. It is usually taken with a camera mounted on a tripod. Also, more attention is being given to the aperture in order to ensure that the image will be sharp from front to back.
Landscape Photography Tips
1. If you are confronted with a beautiful scene, consider isolating the elements that say something about the environment and complement the panoramic view – avoid capturing everything into your composition.
2. You must have a point of interest in the landscape – this is a main feature that will hold the attention of viewers. Your choice of an appropriate lens will take a major part in achieving this.
3. When shooting landscapes, the aperture must be the priority. Consider using the depth of field button of your camera so you would see what you are hoping to achieve.
4. Wide-angle lenses will increase the foreground and sky content, make the subjects smaller, as well as exaggerate sweeping lines. On the other hand, telephoto lenses will allow you to flatten the perspective which then makes the foreground and background elements to appear closer to one another. What you are focusing on will become larger.
5. During windy days, know that slow shutter speeds will record the movement in the landscape.
I’ve written this guidance with reference to eBay, but the advice holds true for any other forms of distance selling.
Many cameras are listed as a consequence of attic finds, house clearances, or legacies from a departed relative (etc). In other words, people who have little first-hand experience of the item offer it for sale. If you don’t have much familiarity with a camera you want to sell, start by doing some research.
Not every camera is collectible: indeed many are garbage. Searching eBay for your model, and then looking at the completed listings will give you an immediate picture of whether your camera is trash or treasure. If it’s trash, take it to a charity shop. If it’s desirable, press on.
Try to find out how the thing should work, and check that it does. Instruction manuals for most cameras are available on the Internet for free. eBay listings frequently make statements along the lines of, “I can’t test it because I don’t have a film”. You don’t need a film. Make a visual inspection for damage; check that levers, buttons and dials all move. If the camera requires batteries, buy and install some: they are very inexpensive. A camera that works will always sell for more than one that doesn’t, and if you cannot confirm that a camera works, it may not sell at all (unless it’s something special).
Describe the camera to the best of your ability. List any faults, and
The matter of deciding to purchase a good camera is not a straightforward one because it involves several things to be taken into serious consideration. Any person who delves in a creative and relaxing hobby like photography considers himself or herself to be an adequate photographer, amateur or professional, but with the right kind of equipment some professionals are known to be self-taught individuals.
The electronics consumer market is so vast today that it is extremely difficult to just go and buy a product off-the-shelf without doing a complete analysis on the product itself in terms of price, features, benefits, suitability and many others.
As with automobiles, there are cameras for amateurs and professionals, for fun activities and for serious photography. So, let’s start with a few areas that we should look at and see if all the questions we have can be answered.
Cameras are by and large of these types – compact, compact systems and SLRs (single lens reflex). They come in different shapes, sizes and colors, with or without accessories.
These are the ones that have a lens attached to the body of the camera, hence the term ‘compact camera’. Compact cameras are used mainly by those who just ‘aim and click’ in the sense that focusing and sensitivity are features that are programmed for the camera to define.
Compact system cameras
A compact system camera comes with one of two lenses that can be attached
Where to start?
With any good photography you need to decide beforehand what the purpose is of the image that you are about to make. Is the picture intended to show the interior design, the build, the finish, the furniture, or perhaps the floor or ceiling? Perhaps the lighting company hired you to cover their latest project? Try to look with the eyes of your client and what they want to communicate with the pictures. It makes a tremendous difference if you photograph with a wide angle lens from a high viewpoint and thus giving an overview of a space or from a low viewpoint to draw the attention to the furniture or the ceiling.
In this article we will discuss the following steps and photographic techniques you may consider to make the most stunning interior photographs.
1. Decide on camera position.
When photographing an interior, do you do that with the eyes of the visitor or user of a space or the designer? A designer may want you to give an overview of the interior to enable him to explain the layout of the place. The camera standpoint is that much higher than that of a visitor. For a good coverage you may want to do both.
When positioning the camera, use a sturdy tripod with good leveling possibilities. You will find that the so called ‘ball-head’ tripods used for flexible positioning are far from ideal for this type of work. Better
There are many types of flashes available in the market now a days due to technical advancement and globalization in the field of electronic gadgets. You have many options available in the market to choose the best flash to suit your needs. While shooting, flash light is very significant factor to decide the final outcome of photo shoot. They give proper lighting to the area so that camera can capture fine details of the object. Different ambient lighting conditions require different types of flashes. Regardless of the type of camera, whether it’s a film type or a digital one, picking the right kind of flash for the camera is very critical to get the best results. So if you are going to the market to buy a camera, you should be aware of different types of flashes available in the market. I have covered some types here which are very popular now a days.
1. Fixed Flash:- They are part of the camera, and they use battery of the camera as their power source. These are suitable for routine photography and their use requires very less technical knowledge.The downside of these type of flashes is that, they drain camera battery very fast, and they don’t help us to produce very high quality picture.
2. Dedicated Flash Units:- They are compact units with their dedicated power supply. They do not use camera battery so the life of camera battery is better in this case. These flashes fit
Portrait Photography is a team effort. You might have searched long and hard for a portrait photographer, and might love his work, but there are still things you can do as a client that will make sure your photographs as good as they possibly can be. These simple portrait photography tips will help you get the most out of your photographer. When I take a booking from clients, I like to go through this simple check list with them that ensures they arrive looking great, feeling fresh and are ready to shoot!
Scheduling the Portrait Session.
One of the most critical things to ensuring a portrait session runs smoothly is making sure it is scheduled at a time where your children are well rested and fed and if we’re shooting outdoors, that the light is good. The best light for photographs is in the morning or afternoon, generally it is best to avoid the harsh light in the middle of the day. For small children morning is usually better. If you want to shoot outdoors I normally confirm everything a few days before, if the weather is not looking good I try to reschedule a date within two weeks of the original one. In cases of illness, it’s usually best to reschedule too unless it is a family get together that can’t easily be repeated.
How to Dress
I don’t like to have too many firm rules about how to dress for a portrait
These days you can learn practically any skill or craft by going online. There are many resources where you will surely find the tutorials you need. When you lounge around forums, you will be able to find seasoned pros dispensing helpful tips freely. This is indeed great news if you are an aspiring photographer. But why should you enroll in a photography class?
The Benefits of Taking Photography Classes
First, you get to study in a structured and positive environment.
Next, you learn to hone your skills under the tutelage of experienced pros.
Additionally, you get to meet new friends and expand your network.
Finally, you can bounce ideas and get immediate answers to your questions which are difficult to get answers for.
Important Factors to Consider in Choosing a Photography School
Below are some tips if you are planning to enroll in classes for photographers:
Identify your needs. Have a fair idea of the actual things that you want to learn from your classes before beginning your search. Are you a beginner who simply wants to learn, understand and master the basics? Would you like to learn more advanced concepts like model posing and multiple exposures?
Know your schedule. How much time can you allocate for your lesson? You would want to opt for a school that can accommodate your busy schedule if you currently have a day job.
Begin your search. The best place to go first is online. You
Let’s be honest, everyone loves a well-taken picture. Be it landscapes, abstract, fashion or any other object, images transcend a feeling that few things can achieve. We all admire stunning pictures but have you wondered the work that goes behind it? Make no mistake; photography is by no means an easy feat. There are people who have been practicing it for years and still haven’t mastered it.
Starting out is the biggest obstacle in every creative field. If you can overcome it, you can achieve great things. For aspiring photographers out there, this article can be greatly influential.
So let’s discuss what tips beginners need to click stunning images:-
• Fill the frame: Far, distant subjects in an image don’t appeal to anyone. If you are capturing a subject, try to fill the frame with it. People will interpret it much better.
• Be quick: Suppose you are capturing a bird sitting on your porch; the bird won’t sit there all day posing and waiting for you to set up your camera. You have to be quick and spontaneous in such situation. Wait for more and you will choose the moment.
• Composing: For professionals, clicking images is not enough as they have to compose it also. The things you should cater to are:-
Leveling the horizon
Keeping the subject in place rather than the other way around
Cropping out elements that are unnecessary
Setting the perspective so that the vision is directed
How do I connect with my clients? This question has been asked of us many times, and to be quite honest there is not one specific answer. The answer to this question is answered in a series of answers and actions.
Your first connection typically will be your contact method. This may be via your website through an online contact form, it may be via a specified email address, and/or a phone number. From there, the client will contact you asking about his or her inquiry of your photography services.
We actually prefer the online contact form method. With the online contact form method, you have open up opportunities to find out important facts from the client upon their first connection. For instance, our contact form is a series of questions asking their name, their preferred shoot date, location, and type of photography they are inquiring about. We also give the client a fill in the blank area on the form asking them to tell us a little more. In this section the client will typically tell us important information like how many people, if it’s a special occasion, and other fun little tidbits of information they feel is important.
Your second connection will be when you reply to your client. This may be when you answer the phone or reply to their email. When answering the phone, try to sound excited and upbeat about their photography shoot or
Needless to say, images are the biggest proof of our memories, and there’s probably no other medium through which we can relieve our memories long after they have faded from our brain. This is the reason why every person, be it young or old holds photographs of their cherished memories close to their hearts.
So what kinds of photography are there?
Well, you can’t actually specify just a handful of the genres that are available these days. With the progression of time, every photo artist has exploded their horizon. Some of the many types of genres available today are:
These are just a few examples of the several genres which is steadily growing as professionals are constantly looking for innovative ways to portray their art.
The demand for these professionals are huge these days because people have realised the fact that rather than capturing meaningless landscapes, it’s far more useful to capture events of importance.
But how can you make your event memorable?
Get the Right Photographer: You need somebody who takes extraordinary pictures, as well as who understands how to collaborate with individuals in the event space. Inquire as to whether the professionals have shot the sort of event you are facilitating some time recently, and look through his or her portfolio to figure out the individual’s style.
Don’t invade the privacy of your guests: Inform your guests beforehand that a photographer will be present
Amidst a vast plethora of fields in which photography is utilized these days, commercial camera work is one category that is used exclusively for the business purpose. It is essentially used for the promotion of brand, individual or product in order to enhance the sale of the product or the services. You can find them in the advertisements in the magazines, newspapers as well as brochures. Brand awareness is the major task that is accomplished by this category. The photographers in this field strive to understand the essence of the products and convey it accordingly to the target audience with the help of comprehensible images.
Below are mentioned the various types in which this category can be classified.
• Aerial – This type involves clicking from a higher elevation using high end devices. They are mostly taken from balloons, helicopters, aircraft as well as parachutes. They use variety of concepts like focal length, frame numbers, fiducial marks, stereographic coverage and index maps etc. for the accomplishment of the purpose.
• Advertising – This is mainly used for promoting brands or services though the magazine, newspapers, leaflets, etc. They can also be seen on billboards, television ads, websites and digital ads. They are fundamentally sales were driven and e usually accomplished by the design firms and advertising agencies.
• Automobile – As the name suggests this type of photography is mainly put to use by the automobile dealerships and the car companies at
Light painting is a creative way to explore photography when you’ve gotten bored with taking all those standard or cliché photos and have gotten to grips with the features of your sophisticated DSLR camera.
While the activity is most commonly referred to as “Light Painting”, there are actually two distinct styles:
Style 1: Light Painting… This is where you take a light source (such as a flashlight) and shine it onto an object in your scene (such as a monument or the side wall of an interesting building).
Style 2: Light Drawing… This is where you shine the light source directly towards the camera and you use the flashlight to write your name or to draw something.
Throughout the remainder of this article, I will use the term “light painting”, but that will also include light drawing. Whichever of these styles you want to explore, you might need to get hold of the following tools:
1. DSLR Camera... The reason you want a DSLR is because you will need to be able to adjust the Shutter Speed to a special setting known as “Bulb” mode, which is typically marked with a “B” within the Shutter Speed range. When you set the camera to Bulb mode, you’re able to press the shutter button and, for as long as you keep that button pressed, you’re able to keep the shutter open. When you let go of the button, the shutter will close and the photograph will be
You are hot, irresistible and prepossessing, but you always get the flak from people, reflecting that you look better in person but not in photos. Looking charming in pictures is more than just knowledge, as it is an art of practicing.
You will have to discover your signature smile, best-looking angle and the clothes to wear. If you want to look more photogenic, you need to know some tips that photographers use to get the best photos.
1) Angle your face
If you want to learn the basics of how to pose, you have to start with your face. This is the fundamentals of posing as the other parts of your body will follow suit if you have a glamorous pose that ignites the camera. Do practice looking in front of the camera as to find the best angle. Normally, professionals will tend to tilt their face a little, so that shadows can be casted along the cheekbones and your nose. More importantly, make sure that if you tilt and turn, do not make yourself appear as if the pose is forced, that will look very unnatural and could become the catalyst of a loud guffaw.
2) Find a place for your hands, do something
Knowing how to make use of your hands is the key to avoid looking stiff in a photo. If you are simply placing your hands by the side while taking a photo, you are doing it wrong. They
The Virtual Vanity Box
Photo Editing tools have become ubiquitous. Visible flaws can now be swiftly fixed or re-fixed. With the introduction of various social media platforms, each and all of us want to look fabulous and glamorous for their display profile pictures. Almost every person now applies these applications, graphic slates, or professional programmes to alter their raw JPEGs or GIFs. Photo Editing endows a hassle free fix for the photographs to make them look just right and interesting to gaze at. Mentioned below are a few major scenarios where these smart editing tools can provide a touch up with precision.
Amateur photographers do not understand the unavoidable use of tripods or monopods in dim lights. Therefore, their pictures come out to be blurry or unclear. Blurred photographs can now be made clear and sharp. There are tools which can also aid you to reverse the effect i.e. anonymize a photograph by blurring it.
Removal of the Red Eye
This defect is generic in photos of the people with light eye colour and when they look directly into the flash. This effect of red spot appearing in the eyes can be removed with red eye removal tool.
It is a trend to get clicked in retro or solar modes. The temperatures could be adjusted with the use of smart editing tools to make your picture look as if it was clicked in early years. You can
These days for any product or commodity, marketing is imperative. You might have a great product up for sale but if don’t promote it; no one will be interested in buying it. Why do you see all the banners hung all over the city displaying some item or the other? It’s simple; they are marketing the item that’s on display and creating its awareness. Precisely for this reason, photography has become a major part of every marketing campaign a company undertakes. You too have to follow the same path if you want your business to succeed.
Understanding this genre
Almost every professional photographer is aware of how to capture the best-looking images but this genre is quite different from the rest. Everyone is aware of the basics – getting a tripod, using a white out of focus background, setting the camera aperture at the widest angle and several others. But these are just the prerequisites of capturing ordinary images. What about the truly unique ones that inspire awe? It’s important to understand it because these are the images that are going to be used in marketing campaigns.
In any creative field, it’s foolish to stick to the rules because to be successful, you have to think out of the box and be unique. Some of the vital tips that you can follow are:-
Hang them: Hanging any item is not unusual but you have to do it creatively. This creative element might include placing
Every person, however glamorous and bestowed with perfect looks, often has some flaws. Photos of models and film stars on magazines, print collateral’s and billboards look gorgeous and stunning, although these persons also have flaws like everyone else. But photos of such personalities are perfected by photo retouching, which improves the looks and appearance of the subject.
What is Photo Retouching?
The techniques and processes of getting an image ready for final presentation are implemented by image retouching, resulting in augmentation of its looks. Almost all images you see in any format of advertisements have undergone retouching, which can vary from just a subtle change to a dramatic changeover of various elements of the image. Even the photos of real beauty campaigns undergo this important process, may be for small improvements like dust removal and sharpening.
What Improved are done?
Image retouching works towards slightly changing, rather improving, looks of the subject. The digital manipulation includes basic “fixes”, like erasing pimples or making a ruddy complexion appear even. Experienced and talented photo retouches can even perform more complex manipulations such as making a subject appear slimmer or even morphing two or more subjects seamlessly. Scars on the face or body of a person are also easily erased through this process of digital enhancement.
In the case of a product, the experts of photo retouching make the product appear attractive by all round development of its image. Mostly a reader or viewer decides on
Your wedding day is truly a special day and your photographs are the timeless memento of this once in a lifetime joy. It is probably difficult for any couple to choose an ideal destination wedding photographer for their wedding day. Most of the people do extensive research before appointing a photographer, because they charge a huge amount and specialize in a number of different styles. They also provide various levels of service according to price. However, it takes careful thought and consideration about what kind of picture you need and how you want to shoot your wedding day.
Here we have an easy guide to help you choose the right photographer.
Decide the style of photography:
Different photographers specialize in different styles. Take your time to make a research and learn those styles of wedding photography. After a thorough study, decide which one suits you best. The most common styles are;
– Traditional or classic style
– Photojournalism or documentary style
– Fashion style
– Wedding film
Book your photographer early:
During wedding season, photographers stay busy. So, book up a year in advance to make sure that you have the best wedding photographer with you. If your wedding day falls on at less popular times, book 6 months in advance. Best photographers will tend to create a reputation, so ask for personal recommendations.
Never hire family or friends:
It may look feasible, but you need a professional