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Category Archives: Photography

I Have to Help Plan a Wedding

Of course there is not really any difference between working for my boss and working for the company. More specifically the boss’ wife is really the one in charge. Her family owns the company in it’s entirety and the boss is only the boss so long as they say that he is. So right now I am looking for Nashville wedding photographers and of course I am looking at the budget. She has a good idea of ways to save money, mostly by trying to limit the size of the guest list. The big thing is how much you pay to feed the guests when you look at it critically. It is usually going to run you something like fifty dollars a person for food, depending on who you hire and what you feed the guests. Prime Rib is going to cost you more than Mac and Cheese obviously, but no one is going to feed their wedding guests like that.

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.

Cutting Out Images Using Photoshop

You should start by opening a photo in Photoshop and examine the person or object that you want to cut out. You should select the object that you are cutting out. One of the best tools to use to make the selection is the Quick selection tool. For ideal results you should ensure that you select the entire object. You should note that it’s always better to select a lot of background than to miss a critical part of an object.

After making the selection, you should copy and paste it where you want. When you paste the new image will appear as a new layer above the background layer. To hide the layers you should click the Eye icon that is usually beside the background layer. Once the object is on its own layer you will be able to easily change the background to anything that you want.

If you want to remove the background of a photo without erasing any part of the object you should use the eraser tool. If there are missing elements in your photo you should use the clone stamp tool. You should Alt-click the area where you want to take a sample and then drag the tool over the missing elements of the photo.

You should fill in the missing edges using clone stamp tool. To do this you need to Alt-click the edge near the top of the photo and fill the area below it. If the edges aren’t clear after filling them you should use the eraser tool to clean it up.

If there are some elements of the photo that aren’t in good shape thus need to be reshaped you should use the liquefy filter. Once everything is in order you should resize the photo to your desired size. You can also wrap or transform it using the Transform options under the Edit menu.

Great Results for Baby Photoshoot

If you are planning for a baby photoshoot, you need to know some factors that can greatly affect the results. You need to know some things that you can use as your guide in order to be successful in getting the best photos of your baby that you can surely cherish for the rest of your life. Below are some tips that expert baby photographers share.

– Make sure that your baby is in good mood. If you want a picture of him or her smiling and enjoying his/her day, make sure that your baby has enough sleep so he/she can be playful in the photo session. If you want a picture of him/her sleeping comfortably, on the other hand, make sure that he/she is not hungry before sleeping and he/she does not feel so cold or so hot.

– Bring your baby’s favourite toys in the photoshoot. This is great way for you baby to feel at ease and comfortable while in a photoshoot with places and people that’s new to him/her. You can either bring your baby’s stuffed toy, blanket or his/her favourite baby bottle.

– Always be visible in your baby’s sight. This is also another way to making your baby feel comfortable and at ease. You can also bring with you his/her siblings especially if you are doing a playful photoshoot. This will encourage your baby to smile more and play more.

– Bring comfortable clothes and shoes. As much as you want your baby to look good in the photos, your number one priority when it comes to the clothes and the shoes she/he will have to wear is comfort. It is even much better if you let your baby try the new clothes and shoes first at home before the photoshoot so he/she will be used to it and feel a lot more comfortable. Your baby’s comfort should always be your top priority.

Camera Aperture

The size of your camera aperture is controlled by settings called f/stops. An f/stop can also be likened to the human eye as the iris which controls the size of the eye’s pupil. Similarly the smaller the f/stop value (iris) the larger the camera aperture (pupil) and the more light that passes through the lens to the cameras sensor. The larger the f/stop value the smaller the aperture and the less light passes through..

Digital cameras will allow you to choose from an f/stop range dependent on your camera lens capabilities. For example purposes let’s say from f/stop 1.4 to f/stop 8. Imagine that you are sitting in a dark room, the pupil in your eye (camera aperture) will be fully open to allow enough light through to your eye’s retina to enable you to see more clearly. This would be f/stop 1.4 on our example scale. If you then walk out of the dark room into bright sunlight the pupil in your eye would close considerably to prevent you from becoming blinded by the sun. In our example scale this would mean the aperture would close to f/stop 8.

This example uses extremes at both ends of the f/stop scale but of course there are steps in between. If you change your aperture setting on your camera from f/1.4 to f/2 the camera aperture is smaller than it was at the f/1.4 setting and It lets half as much light pass through the lens to the cameras sensor than it did at the f/1.4 setting. This remains true each time you move to the next highest f/stop value.

If however you change your aperture in the other direction from f/2.8 to f/2 then the reverse is true and the aperture is now larger than it was at the f/2.8 setting and twice as much light passes through to your camera’s sensor. This is again remains true each time you move to the next lowest f/stop value.

Changing your aperture f/stop value has two different effects on the end result of the photo you take. It determines both how much of the photo will be in focus (the depth of field) and working in conjunction with your ISO and shutter speed values determines how bright or dark your photo will come out.

Depth of Field

The term depth of field refers to how much of an image is actually in focus. When you look through your camera and focus on a subject there will be some amount of material both in front of and behind the subject that is also sharp and in focus. After that focus will drop off and anything that is further away from your focal point will appear soft or out of focus. As a general rule approximately 1/3 of the range of material in focus falls in front of the focal point and 2/3 of the range of material in focus falls behind the focal point.

Image Manipulation

Overall Image manipulation can fall into two categories – Technical manipulation and Creative manipulation.

Technical manipulation is used for restoration or enhancement of an image. The most common among them are the modeling advertises. Almost all models have been digitally airbrushed, retouched, corrected and almost digitally altered in every way to achieve that perfect look. This is more noticeable in lingerie ads where the skin has been retouched in such a way that it appears flawless from top to bottom. So how is this immaculate look achieved? The image is first smoothed out using a “healing brush”, which automatically removes blemishes and spots from the skin. So after just a few clicks you have nice plain skin, with no markings what so ever and then they are airbrushed to give them that nice smooth glow.

Another example of everyday technical manipulation would be in the magazines. The most highlighted of which, would be the 1982 cover of the national geographic where a photo of two pyramids were brought closer so that it would fit in the cover. It triggered the debate of whether the image manipulation was appropriate in journalism as the image depicted something that did not actually exist.

Creative manipulation on the other hand is more of an art form. It is used for commercial advertising for companies striving to create more interesting and breathtaking advertises. Creative manipulation can create extraordinary images that come right off the page with the help of Image composition. Here multiple photos are used to create a single image and 3D graphics design. It also takes us one step forward out of Photoshop into graphics design as both graphics design and illustrator capabilities have surpassed anything that Photoshop could offer to the creative mind.

Old Photo Restoration

Below are the few old photo restoration services:

• Recreating missing parts of the photos
• Removing spots, stain damage and molding’s
• Manipulating the photograph
• Enhancing and Enlarging the smaller Images
• Restoring the faded photographs
• Repairing tears, scratches and creases
• Water and fire damages
• Stitching back the torn up photos

Now, let us see a detailed explanation of how these photo restoration services can help you:

• Recreating the missing pieces of photos: For some older photos, you can find some missing sections like eyes, hands and etc, but do not worry about the damaged pictures, as the missing parts can be painted out or reconstructed digitally and can be manipulated from any other picture to match the original image.

• Removing spots, stain damage and moldings: Stains and spot damages are frequently occurring on the photos. In the photo restoration process these damaged stains can be removed by scanning the photograph. By scanning you can also change the background of the photograph and can fix the mold damages.

• Manipulating the photograph: Sometimes a good picture of an individual does not exist. Extracting an individual photo from a family photo or from a wedding photo is very simple to do. It can be manipulated by cropping and isolating the picture to create a new picture.

• Enhancing and Enlarging the smaller Images: Sometimes you may have to resize a passport size or small size picture for a large image. This can be done by cropping the smaller picture and enlarging the same to a larger image by adjusting the image quality.

• Restoring the faded photographs: It is the known fact that the photos will be faded with age. Some photos placed in the photo frame for a longer time can be faded due to sunlight and other reasons. The color of the images can be changed with the color tinting services.

• Repairing tears, scratches and creases: Tears, Scratches and Creases are most commonly occurred problem for the pictures which were handled from past years. With the use of photo restoration these will be modified digitally without losing the feel of the original image.

• Water and fire damages: Some miscellaneous damages like ink pen marks, water and fire damages can also be recovered by the photo restoration methods.