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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Flattering Photos

– Eye contact

Have the subject make eye contact with the camera while holding the camera at their eye level. This simple trick can make the subject seem more alive and will get you an engaging photo. But there are other things you can try to make the shot more alluring. The ‘off camera look’ has the subject focusing on something outside the frame. Any emotion from the subject will intrigue the viewer as to what is making the subject look surprised or sad. Another great idea is to have the subject focus on something within the frame of the camera. If there are two subjects, let them face each other or just a glance. This will create a story or relationship between the two subjects and a second point of interest for the viewer

– Watch the light

Morning and the time before the sunset is the best time to take photos. The orangey glow makes the subject look better, unlike the midday sun that makes any imperfections on the skin stand out. The light is softer which makes the colors stand out. There are numerous ways you can use lightening to your benefit. Side lightening or backlighting obscures the subject but makes their frame more prominent. Silhouetting also hides your subject’s feature that looks extremely attractive. Use flash even during the day. This forced extra light will fill in the shadows of the midday sun.

– Use Props

Right props can enhance the shot and give it more meaning. Focus might shift from the subject, but the prop will add a depth to them. The prop can be something personal or anything that might add fun to the shot. Personal props make the best kind of props, the hidden meaning is only evident to the subject but the right photographer can make the viewer also feel its importance. Make the shots timeless so that they might not seem outdated on the mantelpiece 10 years from now like a chair in the middle of anywhere makes for a very good shot.

– Be mindful of Limbs

Arms straight down the sides makes arms look larger and gives a dull look. The static appearance doesn’t add much to the photo so it’s better to position arms in a way that shows movement. Similarly, when the subject is sitting and their legs is showing, show more fluidity in the pose. With male subjects, be careful of poses that might seem feminine.

About Rain Photography

Have a Raincoat for Your Camera

There are several options of protective camera gear. The real problem is whether you have it at the right time. It is always advisable to carry protective gear in your bag that is flexible and doesn’t take up too much space in your camera backpack so that you can have it every day.

Umbrellas

A common co-incident with umbrellas is that “If you have them, you won’t need them! But if you leave them, you’ll wish you had them.” Umbrellas keep your subjects dry and happy,as well as add some fun to your compositions. Most photographers don’t have a set of attractive umbrellas on hands, so it’s worthy to invest in a few decent and colorful umbrellas for rainy day photography. If you are planning to buy some, then go for brightly colored umbrellas with fun patterns which can add a touch of color to a dull day.

Plastic Bags

Even if it stops raining, you still have to be prepared. The ground will be wet and can affect your posing. Plastic bags can keep your subjects dry and also keep you dry if you want to lay down for a unique perspective.

Backlighting

Do you know raindrops can be accentuated quite noticeably with different light sources that may come into play? Find light sources which can be a streetlight at night or the sun breaking through the clouds, and shoot toward it. And remember, the umbrella that you carry can serve as a serviceable lens shade.

Go For Rainy Emotions

People react to rain with a gamut of emotions, from the astounding joy of children to sullen anxiety of rain-drenched commuters. Take pictures of those emotions and make great rain pictures.

Useful Photoshop Image Editing

Removing Sensor Dust

Another element to enhance the quality of your photo is to remove the spots of dust which many times sticks to the lens of your camera. The sensor dust and other crud on your camera’s sensor are most visible on images taken at small apertures or those taken on plain areas such as the sky. Hence you should use the Healing Brush to get rid of the dust spots on the photo.

Boosting Contrast

The next important factor in Photoshop image editing is to boost the contrast of the image to make it more lively. This can be easily done by brightening the highlights and darkening the shadows of the image. You have to drag the white arrow (right hand) in the levels window to the left for lightening, and the black arrow (left hand) to the right for darkening.

Fine tuning the colors

In some images, you may need to fine tune the colors of your picture, as garish, noisy colors often look awful. Hence you can boost the saturation levels of your image. Although adding lots of saturation makes the picture look more colorful, but you should try to keep the changes to the colors minimal as more saturation may make the image look unnatural.

Sharpening up the image

Finally you should sharpen up the image to make it more clear and precise. Almost all digital images can be sharpened up, but the exact settings will depend on the final image has to be viewed on screen or has to be seen in a printed format. This has to be done very discreetly to avoid unwanted digital noise.

Required for Photography

Training and equipment skills

The most critical skills that is essentially required by any photographer is to take a fabulous or a beautiful photo. These skills involve knowing everything about the camera, developing an eye for choosing the right and appropriate angle and also understanding the lighting. You can attend workshops or any vocational training courses in order to understand and acquire this skill completely.

Editing skills

Digital photography has completely opened up a completely new world of artistic possibilities for the photographers. As a photographer you must acquire good skills for editing by practicing a lot using any software related to photo editing.

Marketing skills

Marketing has a lot to do in photography. As a professional photographer, you must acquire good marketing and interpersonal skills in order to increase your customer base which in turn will enable you to increase your profits. For this particular purpose, you must start networking on various social websites, community functions and business functions. People will come to know you and you can then market yourself to your maximum potential. Once you are able to establish your own photography website, you will be able to promote your photographs around the world and millions of people will come to know about you.

People skills

Unless you are an exclusive forensic or nature photographer, there are chances that you will only be photographing people. Thus you must be able to relate everything to your client and then offer instructions of essential. You must also have very good listening skills in order to understand everything that your customer wants from you. Thus you must have good interpersonal skills or people skills so that your customers gain a liking to you and are willing to work with you. There will also be a good word of mouth spreading about you.