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Advanced Photography Tips 31 Advanced Photography Tips To Help You Advance In Photography

Want to advance in photography? Here’s a list of 31 awesome tips that every photographer (especially if you are beginning) must learn to use in the respective situations. Photography in the initial stage can be learned through photography tips. But as the time passes by and you gain experience, you can actually falsify or criticize the facts you learned in the preliminary stage. This is so because, photography is not governed by any rules and laws but by your own creative vision. However the experience of others comes in handy. Here’s a collection of tips and tricks you can use to get to an advanced level in photography.

6 Tips For Photographing Sunsets: Photographing sunset is the common desire of all the photographers. But what sets the sunset apart for the rest of the sunsets. It is more a matter of being there at the right place at right time to fill the frame with the glory of setting sun – to capture hues and saturation, shades and tones, drama of clouds and charisma of your subject (the sun).

9 Tips On Shooting Against The Sun: Photographing against the sun is a challenging task. The result/subject appears dark due to the dominance of sunlight. Here are few points you should bear in mind while shooting in sun.

6 Tips For Blurring The Background: Blurred backgrounds compliment the subject aesthetically. It helps in focusing and separating the subject from its surroundings and is an efficient technique for eliminating the background clutter.
Essential Tips On Wedding Photography: Looking forward to photograph your friends wedding ceremony and reception? Here are some essential tips to guide you for getting some excellent shits as a starter.

10 Tips on How To Shoot Professional Portraits: Portrait photography is the most common form of photography. Be it a newbie or the professional all strive for framing the personality and character of an individual on the photographic frame.

18 Tips For Night Photography: Shooting during the night can be very challenging because of the limitations that the light poses. Here are some tips to help you take some excellent, colorful and beautiful shots during the night.

Tips On Auto Level Post processing: Here’s how to re-touch and give finishing touches to your images. Open your photographs in the image editor of your choice and make subtle changes to give a professional touch to your photographs.

Panning Photography: Panning works best for sports and motion photography or when you want to depict a motion or movement in your subject while keeping the subject sharp and focused.
Travel Photography: Going out on a holiday? Don’t forget to take your camera. Make the most of the opportunity – photograph the beautiful and mesmerizing scenery, self-posed portraits & roadside activities, vehicles, street lights…

7 Surefire Tips On Capturing Expressions: Human expressions speak up loud and clear. The gazing eyes and the smiling face ultimately draws the viewers attention and makes the photographs lively. Here is your chance to learn how to capture the expressions to make a mark with portrait photography.

8 Thumb Rules That Save You In The Most Tricky Situations: Photography is the art of mastering the appropriate technique. How about learning some rules which come in handy for the most tricky situations.

How To Make An Impression With Your Photographs: Photography is an art and an interplay of imagination and creativity where making a mark with your photographs is just a few tips away.

How To Take Great Photographs: What makes a photograph great? Is it the camera, the composition or your imagination which makes the difference.
How To Photograph Moon: How about photographing the silent companion of nature at night – the moon? Here are some simple tips to beautifully capture the beauty of moon at night.

Tips On Capturing Splash: Splash photography is challenging, yet a lot of fun. Photographing the splash opens up the opportunity of getting some unusual and unique shapes and forms of water droplets. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to learn how to shoot a splash scene in 3 simple steps.

Become A Professional Photographer [10 Tips]: Learning to see what your camera sees is a good start for building a strong foundation for advanced stages of photography. So, what do you need for becoming a professional photographer?

How To Photograph Fireworks: Photographing the source of light is tricky and challenging. It bluffs the camera metering and tends to produce un-wanted results. Similar is the case with photographing fireworks. Here are some tips which will help you capture the overlaying and contrasting colors of firework explosions.
Candid Portrait Photography Tips: Candid photography is the essence of natural, unposed simple photographs. Here are a few tips for you to make the best of candid portraiture.
10 tips On Photography Compositions Using Patterns: Patterns compliment the composition indispensably. Here are 10 tips on how to use patterns for engaging the viewer in your photographs.

10 Tips For Shooting Group Photographs: The moment when the entire group of family members, friends or colleagues is together, is the best time to capture the incidents and events to cherish them for time to come. And this is where the group photography tips come in handy for making some of the best shots.

Tips To Improve The Background: Backgrounds play an important role in complementing the subject. Including the backgrounds tells the story and adds context to your subject. Are you neglecting the backgrounds?

Quick Tips On Macro Photography: Macro photography brings out the finest details of the subject which are usually not perceived by the human eye. Here are a few quick tips to help you photograph macro subjects.

Essential Tips On How To Shoot Landscape: Are you passionate about capturing the beauty of nature and the natural scenes all around you? Here are some tips to help you make great landscape photographs.

11 Tips – How To Capture Pets & Children: Photographing pets and children requires you to act spontaneously. You can neither direct them nor can you pose them for getting some beautiful pictures. But you can of course try out some tips described here to frame the notorious activities of kids and pets.

8 Easy Steps To Master Action Photography: Ever thought of photographing a dancer, a gymnast or a player while they are performing? Tune your camera to specified settings and you can get the finest results from photographing action, activities, motion and movement.

Essential Tips On Black & White Photography: Black and white photographs are classy and timeless. The black and white photographs hold the viewers attention and makes one nostalgic. Find out how to engage the viewers in the monochromatic world of blacks and whites.

Tips On How To Make The Composition Lively: Composition is an indispensable element in photography, it can either make the photograph or break the photograph. Here is your chance to enhance the composition by following some tips on making the composition lively.

How To Take Care Of Lens: Good lens is one of the factors behind better image quality. An expensive camera without a clean lens cannot render good results. Lens maintenance, thus becomes a primary issue with all the DSLR owners. Here are some simple and useful tips for taking care of your priced possession.

6 Tips For Creating Bokeh Effect: Bokeh compliments the subject aesthetically and induces the dreamy effect in your captures. Find out more about bokeh and how to create the bokeh effect here.

Tips On Using Natural Framing In Photos: Natural framing is a composition technique of drawing the viewers attention to the center of interest in the photograph. Here are some tips for using natural frames in your photographs.

11 Essential Tips On Getting Razor Sharp Photos: Are you worried about getting sharp results? Here are 11 tips to help you get razor-sharp images.

Learn How To Succeed With The Most Difficult Task In Jewelry Photography

In the field of commercial photography, be it in motion or static, every category presents a challenge of its own. With jewelry photography, an object of highly reflective surface (HRS), the challenge is amplified due to its relatively small size captured mostly in close-up environment with shallow depth of field, surface complexity (specular), and limited ways of lighting due to space restriction between the lens and the object. Jewelry photography demands knowledge and experience to overcome the compounded difficulty of controlling reflections and limited depth-of-field (perceived sharpness) in close-up jewelry photography.

In addition to the problems mentioned above, the success of reproducing and obtaining a high quality digital image of jewelry will depend on the equipment used in the reproduction process. There are basically three types of camera systems one can employ:

a. Digital SLRs like Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma with good sensor resolution (6-14 MP)

b. Medium format cameras like Hassleblad, Rollei or Mamiya with a larger sensor digital back (11-39 MP)

c. Large format view cameras like Sinar or Toyo with live video studio solution (11-39 MP)

The purpose of this article is to discuss some of the principal challenges posed by the complexities of reflective surface reproduction, particularly in digital close-up photography. Below I will present some solution to these challenges from the lessons learned and experienced in my daily practice and from my own research as to what is the best, fastest, and simplest solution to an otherwise complex assignment of jewelry photography.

Jewelry surface (HRS)
The most difficult task of all HRS digital captures is jewelry. In essence all jewelry objects are built with reflective qualities of various degrees and can be compared to mirrors. Mirrors are objects with good specular or diffused reflection; that is, image forming qualities. Imagine pointing your lens towards a mirror at a close distance. What will you see? Exactly, yourself holding a camera and your surrounding area. Jewelry objects in essence embody three kinds of mirrors: flat, convex and concave determined at random by the jewelrys very shape. Curved mirrors magnify or shrink images therefore distort the reflected image. Most jewelry objects typify spherical mirrors structured in an interesting relationship of concave and convex surfaces.

Solutions:
Understanding the basic reflective properties of mirrors can be helpful in solving some basic problems related to jewelry photography because of their common reflective properties.

a. Jewelry reflection has no physical existence. Conceal the camera or choose a shooting angle for the jewelry to reflect a controlled surface such as a white board or soft box.

b. The location of the camera/lens matters in terms of how and what will the jewelry reflect. Use longer lenses to extend the working space between object and lens.

c. When light strikes the jewelry surface the angle of reflection equals the angle of in incidence. Place your light source indirectly to the angle of reflectance.

d. The reflection on the jewelry is half the size of the reflected image – the jewelry is always halfway between the reflected image and the reflection. Creating and placing the jewelry inside a large soft tent enables the application of various light sources to minimize and control unwanted reflections.

e. If the jewelry surface is flat and perfectly shiny, specular reflection will result. If the surface is rough, diffused or distorted reflection will result (bending) Place the jewelry in a light zone of several loosely arranged large white panels, and by modifying their position relevant to the object will enable the control of light source there by controlling unwanted reflection.

Overall Sharpness:
A narrow depth-of-field (DOF) can create spectacular effects when photographing insects, flowers, etc., but in jewelry photography if the entire image does not appear in full focus, the image becomes an unusable one. Unusable in the sense that some parts of a ring or bracelet needed to provide useful data for the purpose of presentation will be unacceptably less sharp than other parts. For example, the front part of a bracelet (focal plane of the lens) is in sharp focus; but as we move towards the back region the loss of sharpness becomes unacceptable (blurred). DOF and image sharpness changes with sensor size. Smaller digital sensors obtain maximum sharpness at wider apertures (f:8-f:11) while larger ones at (f:11-f:22). Capturing small objects like jewelry via close-up photography presents a problem since only a very narrow portion of the object relative to the focal plane will be acceptably in focus. One way to extend depth of field would be to take images using a narrow lens aperture. This solution has a serious disadvantage. Small apertures bring more light diffraction, degrading the image resolution. This is one reason why many consumer digital cameras (with very small sensors) won’t let you stop down past f:8, while studio solution sensors are often stopped down to f:32 and beyond.

Solution:
The application of double exposure solution or photo stitching in jewelry photography partially solves the limitations of shallow depth-of-field. The technique known as “focus stacking” is another. Using double exposure when limited depth-of-field is available is a powerful technique to help photograph and present jewelry.

Depth-of-field determines what part of the jewelry has the sharpest focus and its amount. Unfortunately, at larger apertures depth of field limits attention to a particular focal points i.e. the top of a ring, while minimizing details at the shank. A greater depth-of-field would presents all the elements of a ring sharp at once, relatively equally. Depth-of-field is determined by the following: lens aperture (-stop), lens focal length and your distance from the focal point. In jewelry photography, of these three the aperture has the most influence and the least modifiable. Therefore to increase depth-of-field and achieve total sharpness over the entire image, move farther away from the jewelry by using a longer lens.

1. Capture two images, first focus slightly below the ring top, then a second focused lower at the center.

2. Bring both images into two separate layers in Photoshop to combine the two into one sharp image.

There are of course other solutions such as the Helicon Focus. This program is designed to manage the shallow depth-of-field problem in close-up imaging. It also aligns the images that change their size and position from shot to shot. This function is especially important with closeup jewelry photography.

However, the most pragmatic answer to the depth-of-field challenge is the large format studio camera. These cameras such as Arca Swiss, Linhof, Sinar, Fuji, Calumet or Toyo have expandable bellows, tilt and swing capabilities, and are allowing the capture of high-quality images with extended depth-of-field beyond the optical limitations of the lens.

Professional Photography 10 Character Traits Of A True Pro

The most professional and very successful photographers that I have worked with during my own twenty-year professional creative career have all shared certain character traits. By developing these traits yourself, you can fast-track your own photography career development.

1. The ideal ‘Perfect Photographer’ needs to have a powerhouse work ethic. They accomplish things in a day that ordinary mortals take weeks to do. They seem unstoppable. They know their time is valuable – irreplaceable actually – and don’t waste it watching TV or on Yahoo Messenger.

2. The Perfect Photographer is very easy to get along with, has great people skills, an excellent sense of humor and people naturally like working with them.

3. The Perfect Photographer is genuinely curious, interested and fascinated by their craft and loves innovation and inspiration from any source – a beginner or otherwise.

4. The Perfect Photographer maintains composure in stressful situations where others flounder and lose control of the situation and possibly themselves. In this sense, the Perfect Photographer inspires trust, confidence and belief because they are unflappable and unfazed by almost anything.

5. The Perfect Photographer is always experimenting with new approaches, new tricks, new lenses, new software etc. In short, they don’t become cynical, bored, lazy or complacent with their skill level and are always enthusiastic and eager to find out cool new stuff.

6. The Perfect Photographer has clarity and knows precisely what they are aiming for at the final stage of output, e.g. a giant billboard poster, at the earliest stages of input e.g. conceptual planning. Small modifications early on in a project can have absolutely massive implications for a project later. The Perfect Photographer is always aware of this and is flexibly adapting, responding and problem-solving at each stage with the optimum later final output always in mind.

7. The Perfect Photographer is completely generous and recognizes the fundamental importance of humbly giving back some of their accumulated wisdom, experience or even money. They are a giver, not a taker.

8. The Perfect Photographer knows how to say ‘no’ politely. It does not matter who the ‘no’ is to, they are excellent at doing it in an inclusive and polite way that actually makes the other party respect her or him more, instead of less.

9. The Perfect Photographer has integrity and can be depended on, no matter what. If the Perfect Photographer says that they will deliver something, they will. If they genuinely cannot due to unforeseen problems, they communicate constantly with the person that they have made the commitment to so that the situation is crystal clear to everyone involved.

10. They are not at all egotistical and are motivated by their humble love of the process, the craft, the art, the science, of what they do. They are not interested in fame (but know how to promote their work to maximum effect) or extravagant wealth (but get paid a fortune) but instead feel like a ‘servant’ to the art of photography – if that is not too corny.

Now, which of these qualities do you have and which do you need to develop (a lot?) more.

Digital Photography Tips – 5 Tips To Avoid Flash Blowout

Have you ever tried to take pictures in a poorly lit room with your point and shoot camera? How was it? Doesn’t your subject turn out to be completely blown out by the flash? It was horrible to see that your subjects are engulfed by the bright light. So, below are 5 tips to help you avoid this common flash blowout.

1. Stepping back

Various digital photography tips told you to get close to your subjects so that you can fill up your frame. However, the closer you get to your subjects with flash, the brighter they will get.

So, it is wise that you take some steps further from your subjects and zoom into them when you need to flash on your subjects. This can help you to fill your frame and reduce the blowout.

2. Bounce the flash

As any point and shoot camera user already knew, you can’t control the direction of the flash (DSLR flash unit can be twisted and bounce the light to other direction). However, you are not cursed to stick with this situation forever. You can change your fate with some effort.

You can use a small white card and place it at an angle in front of the flash so that the light can be directed to the ceiling or wall. One thing about this digital photography tip is that you want to be careful with the material you use to direct the flash. This is because different color can impact the light from your flash. So, you will see a different picture when you bounce the flash with a red card instead of white.

3. Diffusion

Unlike DSLR camera users, compact digital camera users can’t control the output of the flash. If you know that your flash is too strong, what you can do then is to stick white tissue or cello tape over the flash unit.

Again, the materials you use to cover the flash unit can affect the light from your flash. So, it is good that you can stick the flash with white or clear and transparent material instead of colorful tapes.

4. Setting

Now this is the time when you look into the setting your point and shoot camera and use the ‘night mode’ to avoid flash blowout. In this mode, your camera will automatically slow down the shutter speed and take the picture with flash.

While your shutter speed is being slowed down, your aperture size will usually be increase (although you might not be able to control this). When that happens, more light from the environment can be allowed to enter the camera so that it reduces the usage of the flash hence your subject can be properly illuminated.

5. Add more light

This is the most obvious digital photography tips ever. However, this might not be effective when you are in a party or clubbing. You can literally get yourself kick out of the room when you do that.

If that is the case, can you get your subjects to a better lit place? If the flash still blowout your subject, you probably will want to add in the stepping back tip here.

Photography Studio Business Plan Making The Most Of Your Space

When opening a photography studio, you must make a significant initial, and then monthly, investment in your space. To justify these expenses to investors in your business plan, show how you will utilize the space to its fullest. It represents one of your major assets, and renting such a studio while explaining in your plan that your shoots will primarily be out on location shows poor planning on your part to funders.

Studio Shoots

Consider what customer markets you should pursue to keep the space booked up with your own shoots as much as possible. This will likely be the highest revenue-generating use of the space for you. Look for the customers that freelance photographers without a studio are unable to gain and market the strengths your space will offer. By investing in some additional backdrops or decorative elements to dress the space, you can expand the options of shoots you can accommodate in-house significantly.

Other Uses

Can part of your studio double as an office space during downtime? If you can limit your need for separate office space you may be able to cut down on your rent, if you can plan for this before signing a lease.

If your lease allows it, you can also rent out your studio to other parties while it is idle, as long as they are for legal uses. This can be for small parties and events or shoots by other photographers, for example. Be sure that those you rent to carry their own insurance to lower your risk and that your agreement with them further limits the liability you take on from their rental.

For every day you rent your studio out to another business or individual, you will bring in revenue, but you will also incur an unseen opportunity cost. For example if you rent your studio out for a day for $500 two weeks in advance of a date and then you must turn down a shoot that comes up for that day only for which you would net $1,000, you have effectively lost $500 rather than earned it. Only experience will teach you what rates are reasonable to cover the probability of last-minute shoots coming up.

The History Of Portrait Photography

Modern technology and photographic tools allow for the average person to take a portrait photograph, regardless of experience, training, or even background. Want a picture? Point and shoot! In the past, a person wanting a photographic portrait underwent a much more exhaustive experience. Thankfully, modern technology has made the picture-taking process almost brainless.

Portrait photography is capturing the image of an individual (or group) and deliberately placing emphasis on the face and expressions. You will notice that some portraits capture the entire body and the background, but the face is still the objective to be captured. Don’t confuse a body shot as a candid shot. A candid shot is when the individual is secretly photographed. A portrait shot is a deliberate shot. The pose is deliberate and intended to capture the image of the individual in a certain light. There are an infinite amount of potential poses for a portrait. Depending on the intentions of the photographer, it may or may not be important for the subject to look into the camera.

Portrait photography has been in existence for quite awhile. In the past, it was only affordable by the rich and famous. They didn’t use photography but rather captured the moment using painters. You’re probably wondering how long it would take to ‘paint’ a portrait. The answer: quite a while! But then again, the artists (back then and today) are experts and they can produce quality portrait paintings in minimal time.

Other portrait methods were introduced as history progressed. The Camera Lucida, the silhouette and miniatures, is another method used to create portraits. But of course photography was the fastest way to produce a quality portrait. Photographers used different styles in portrait photography. Daguerrotype, which was introduced by Louis Daguerre, and the Calotype portraits are just two examples.

Sir Joseph Nipce and Louis Daguerre partnered together to improve the technology of photography, eventually leading to the Daguerrotype being the most popular style used for portrait requests. Of course, competition eventually stepped in and caused portrait photography to evolve to a new level. Portrait photography is less expensive (by far) than portrait painting. However, portrait paintings are sill alive and well today.

Portraits have also changed over the years. From individual to family shots and now to special occasions – weddings and other special events are captured in portrait format. Portrait photography isnt magic but rather science at play. In the past, you needed a background and the power of light to do the trick. As technology advanced, it allowed the photographer to take all his necessary equipment and gadgets (his camera!) directly to the action no matter where it was.

Lighting has also played an important role in portrait photography. There are a few well known methods for lighting a portrait, such as the three-point lightning setup: key light, fill light, and hair light. All of these are needed in a studio. You’re probably wondering why it takes three lights. It’s not the light that is necessary to make a pleasant image; it’s the lack of light! By using three different light sources, it’s easy for a photographer to create deliberate, subtle shadows where none would exist if you simply used a single, direct light source.

Indeed, photography has continued to change and it gets more complex (and yet more simple) as time goes by. You can enhance color, image and light by just attaching a gadget onto your camera. Or, you can take a basic image, and then tweak the heck out of it using digital editing software – the end result of which is usually nowhere near the original image taken!

Wedding Photography In Orange County – The Top 10 Places For Engagement And Wedding Photography

Many plans go into creating the perfect day for a bride’s wedding. But when all is said and done, the wedding and engagement photographs will tell the tale of “Our Wedding Day.” Capture your perfect moments with pictures at the ideal location that will remind you of how enchanting, romantic, and personal your wedding day really was. Here are top ten wedding engagement and wedding photography session locations in Orange County:

1. The number one location for wedding and engagement photography sessions in Orange County is… the DISNEYLAND theme park. Let the child in you have fun at the Happiest Place on Earth. Bring the enchanting fairy tale of your engagement or wedding to life in your photographs using the enchanted castle as your backdrop. Or for more playful shots, take some “mad” photos in the teacups, explosive shots at Big Thunder Mountain or wacky cracks in ToonTown.

2. Looking for the classic beach shot for your e-session? The beach at the Montage Resort in Laguna Beach is the best location in Orange County. With its panoramic Pacific Ocean views you’ll have a classic romantic paradise to illuminate your romantic moments.

3. Downtown San Juan Capistrano is home to one of the oldest train stations in Orange County. Centered in an antique mission town, the train station offers a beautiful and unique backdrop of colorful train cars and a rustic country town. You can even get amazing shots aboard some old trains.

4. For animal lovers the best photography location in Orange County is the Zoomars Petting Zoo in San Juan Capistrano. With this rare collection of exotic and endangered species as a backdrop, you have a distinctive way to exhibit your personality in your engagement or wedding photos.

5. Downtown Laguna Beach provides a great location for engagement or wedding photography sessions. With its quaint beach city, charming boardwalk and protected tide pools, your photos can have the unique blend of cityscape and casual beach lifestyle that defines Southern California.

6. Just outside Orange County, you can feel like you’re on the other side of the world in the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens located at California State University in Long Beach. This beautiful and quaint garden is a hidden gem for engagement and wedding photos. Lush with green trees and a peaceful creek, the grace of this garden will capture your precious moment.

7. Looking for an ocean view backdrop? Not excited about the sand? Check out Little Corona Beach in Corona Del Mar. The top of the cliff offers stunning views of the Newport Beach jetties and bay at Inspiration Point Park. A very romantic spot to photograph your engagement or wedding.

8. Casper’s Wilderness Park (the former Starr Ranch) in San Juan Capistrano is a beautiful location showcasing Orange County’s scenic landscapes. Sandstone canyons, river terraces, and magnificent stands of California sycamore trees will give a truly Californian look for your wedding or engagement photos!

9. Nature not your style? Have a metro e-session with an urban shoot in downtown Santa Ana Art District. This hip art district lined with art galleries, coffee shops, and museums, gives the perfect backdrop for the en vogue couple looking for an edgy engagement photography location in Orange County.

10. Rancho Las Lomas in Lawrence Canyon of Silverado has spectacular facilities surrounded by beautiful zoological and botanical gardens. For a unique touch, have your engagement photos done under ancient Oaks and magnificent giant Sycamores. Rancho Las Lomas also features a gorgeous rose garden.

Every bride looks for the perfect dress, the perfect cake, the perfect location for her wedding. But what must not be forgotten are the best locations for engagement and wedding photography sessions. Capture your most memorable moments with the location that best reflects your personality.

How to Transfer Our Favorite Pictures With Digital Photography Software

Digital cameras are used for many events and special occasions. To transfer our favorite pictures from the camera to the computer we need to use special software that will facilitate this. This software is known as digital photography software, and you will find many varieties of it available on the market.

This digital photography software can sometimes be found with the digital camera that you buy. In the digital photography software there are various items to be found. These different programs will allow you to manipulate the pictures that you have taken when they are finally on your computer.

There are different types of digital photography software that can be found and used. You will need to make sure that all of the features in the software work properly before you download any of your stored images. The software can be ZoomBrowser EX 5.1, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, PhotoStitch and ImageBrowser 5.1 among the many varieties.

There are different types of digital camera software that you can use for Windows computers and ones for Mac computers. A few of these differences are found in the browser programs. The ImageBrowser 5.1 is to be used with Mac computers and it allows you to view, archive and manage your digital photographs. This is true for the Windows version, the ZoomBrowser 5.1.

To make these many different types of digital photography software work you will need access to device drivers. These drivers that you must have in your computer’s hardware should be TWAIN for Windows 98/2000. For Windows ME you should have WIA installed.

Besides these digital photography software you also need to have a Picture Transfer Protocol or a PTP on your computer. This Picture Transfer Protocol provides the support that you need for your digital camera to connect to any Windows XP (SP1 – 2) or Mac OS X (v10.1.5 – 10.3). With this transfer protocol you don’t need to look for the various requirements that are needed for device driver installation.

By looking at these various digital photography software you can gain an idea of the types of software that you will need to buy. The different kinds of software that is available today should not be that expensive.

You will however need to see if these various programs are compatible with your computer and your digital camera. The various features that are found with digital photography software, allows the camera enthusiast to create the masterpieces that they want.

Still Life Photography Tips – How To Take Good Photos

Still life photography has lots of practical and valuable uses. Perhaps you want to take a photograph of a beautiful bowl of fruit or perhaps you have learned that an important key to eBay success is uploading quality photos of your products. Learning still life photography can also give you opportunities for selling your photograph downloads on microstock sites or to food magazines. No matter what your reason, still life photography is a great skill to learn.

Unless you are photographing specific products or pictures for a magazine assignment, the subjects for your still life photography are endless. Fine art still lifes aren’t limited to just apples and grapes. Even super simple items like a few artfully arranged spools of thread can be interesting and attract attention. There are a couple of microstock sites like Shutterstock and iStock that have a high demand for all sorts of still life pictures from simple to complex.

In one way, still life photography is a lot easier than other forms of photography like landscape, sports or pet photography. With still life pictures, you can arrange the objects exactly how you want them and have full control over the photo’s composition.

And sometimes, good quality still life pictures can be even more challenging to photograph. Because still lifes are taken up close, it’s easy to see imperfections on your subject that you would normally never see.

Despite its challenge, using basic photography skills and the following tips, you can create quality still life pictures.

Lighting for Still Life Photography

With most professional photographers, they use a light box or soft box to take their still life photos. Although soft boxes can help out a lot, they still aren’t absolutely necessary to get good results as you’ll see shortly. However, if you do want one, you can find a soft box online or you can easily make one using instructions you find online. The purpose of these lighting tools is to provide even light on the subject.

Another way to get this good quality light is to set up your shoot outside. A high overcast or bright sky can create a natural soft box effect without having any of the harsh shadows.

Composition for Still Life Photography

When composing your photograph, you need to arrange the objects in a pleasing composition. Use a classical composition technique such as “Rule of Thirds” or “Leading Lines” or “Frame within a Frame” to create a good composition. Arrange the items artfully and use your imagination to get the exact placement that you want. For example, if you’re taking a picture of an apple try taking a bite out of it to give it some added interest.

Fill the Frame with Your Subject

Remember, the only thing that should be in your viewfinder or on your preview LCD screen is your composition. You need to remove any distractions or clutter from the background so you can have a clean and up close image. If you have a backdrop or background you don’t like don’t worry about it because it can be easily solved. The light box or soft box will solve this problem, but if you’re taking pictures outside and have a distracting background simply place a piece of white foam board behind your subject and you’ll be all set. If you want a sharp image, make sure to use macro mode or you can end up with a fuzzy image.

Look for a Good Angle and Start Shooting!

Rather than taking a picture from your head level, try holding the camera so that it’s at the same height as your subject. You should also try shooting from a variety of different angles.

Hopefully these tips have provided you some helpful information on taking still life photos that you can start putting to use immediately.

Easy Slr Photography Tips And Tricks For Beginners

If youre looking quick and easy tips in photographing in digital SLR, then pull up a chair and buckle down for the next few minutes because this is the article that youve been looking for.

In this article, were going to look at twelve must-know tips for digital photography beginners that will help you come up with brilliant pictures quickly, and easily.

Listed below are some tips for people who are learning the basics of their digital SLR camera. After reading this article, youll be able to take pictures seamlessly according to the level of your experience.

1.Never throw manuals away! Instructions how to use your camera functions and features are discussed in the manual. Instead, you should read it a lot and whenever possible, store it where it can be reached for reference easily.

2.Allot an individual UV filter for every lens youve got. Its a lot cheaper to replace scratched filters than scratched lens.

3.At your best, try to know how to use all of the SLR camera settings. Even if you think that you arent going to ever use it. Mastering changing basic camera settings like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed is greatly recommended.

4.If youre serious about photography, you might want to invest on good, sturdy tripod and a remote release. This equipment can really help when taking photographs that need long shutter speeds.

5.Read lots of SLR photography magazines. It has guides on choosing the right digital camera for you, including how to use it along with camera accessories and camera lenses.

6.Do not ever attempt to touch or blow the sensor inside your cameras body. Should you damage it, your camera is bricked and useless. If you need to clean it, buy a specialized cleaning kit from a camera shop.

7.Hesitate to change lens outside a closed environment. Dust might land on the cameras sensor.

8.If you get a lot of blurred photos, chances are your shutter speed setting is slow. Change it to a faster shutter speed for more engaging subjects. Stabilizing your hand movements while taking a photo is another useful thing to remember, if you want to take sharper pictures.

9.It is greatly recommended for beginners such as yourself to use a RAW file format when taking pictures with your SLR. This is because RAW files are easily editable on a photo-editing computer program if ever you take a good picture with all the wrong camera settings.

10.Experiment with your new camera and learn through experience the settings that are foreign to you. Try still captures while using different settings to see how many photo effects you can achieve through the manipulation of these settings.

11.A well-focused picture is usually more candid than its blurred counterparts. Make it a habit to prefocus before taking a picture by pressing the shutter button halfway before completely pressing it to take the photograph.