Taking flattering candid photographs is an acquired skill that takes practice and the development of an artist’s eye. However, there are also certain tips that you may follow to help you identify or create great candid photographs.
The most basic advice is to take your camera with you everywhere and whenever possible, to not use the flash. These steps will provide you with ample photography opportunities and generally portray your subjects in the best light, respectively.
Use a long zoom lens, since this enables you to be a distance away from your subject, which may help him to relax and appear more natural. Employing a long zoom or telephoto lens allows you to create an intimate photograph without making the subject uncomfortable.
Just keep clicking; you are more likely to capture a candid moment even within a posed shot, when you take a multiple succession of photographs. Chances are your subject will lose focus at some point, especially if he is posing with another person or a group of people.
Photographing more than one person at a time introduces a relationship into the picture; capturing the dynamic between two or more people makes the photograph more personal. And, each individual will be more at ease when he knows that he is not the sole focus of the photograph. This permits you to really capture the energy between the participants.
And, make sure you are always prepared for a candid moment by keeping extra digital memory cards in your camera bag. Carrying multiple digital memory cards ensures that you will never miss a shot due to lack of camera memory.
If you are looking for the perfect gift for the photographer in your family, you should invest in some photography supplies or piece of photography equipment. Such a gift will be greatly appreciated by the recipient.
Before you shop for your favorite photographer, you need to do your research. Make sure you know the photography paraphernalia he already owns, as well the type of photography he shoots, since this may influence what you buy. You need to have a basic understanding of his preferred subject matter as well as his camera, so that you may purchase something that suits his photography interests and needs. This fundamental understanding will help you find the perfect gift for him.
The next factor to consider is how much money you are willing to spend on this gift. Some photography equipment, such as a telephoto lens, may be quite expensive. Other equipment, such as a camera battery replacement, may be much more affordable. If you are feeling particularly generous, you may even consider splurging on a new camera, but in order to make the best decision, you may need to know your subject’s preferences and requirements for a camera.
If you shop online at ContinentalPhoto.com, you may find everything from memory flash cards to SLR cameras; you are bound to find the perfect gift for an photography aficionado.
Everyone has a friend or a relative who seems to be impossibly difficult to shop for. Instead of giving to frustration, give in to creativity. If you think outside the box and give the intended recipient a thought-out, personal gift, you will make him very happy and you will feel a great sense of accomplishment.
One of the simplest and most appreciated gifts is that of a photograph. A photograph is an inexpensive but heartfelt gift. And, you do not need to limit your selection to digital photographs; if there is an older photograph that you would like to share, scan it, or get it scanned, into your computer, and print it out. This way, if you cannot find the original negatives, you do not have to sacrifice your copy of the picture.
In order to make this photograph a worthwhile gift, you need to use high-quality Inkjet photo paper, so that the print is crisp and clear, rather than blurry and grainy. The best acid-free photo printer paper preserves its images for many decades and using it will make your gift a photograph that the recipient and his children and grand children may enjoy.
A photograph is a present that even a picky recipient will be happy to have.
In a continuation of last week’s post, here are some other basic tips for staging and taking holiday photographs.
This first piece of advice, applies to all indoor photography in general: turn off the camera flash whenever you may get away with taking a picture without it. Although the flash is usually the deal breaker between a blurry, unusable photo and a crisp, clear picture, it tends to produce cold, flat, hard light, which rarely benefits your subject. So, if you may avoid it, do not use the flash when you are inside.
If you are shooting your subject during the day, try to position him near a window or door so that you may utilize natural light rather than rely on the artificial flash. Stand between your subject and the window in order to maintain your exposure meter. If you are shooting your subject inside during the night, try to douse the area with as much light as possible. Doing this will keep your subject from looking washed out and will also help reduce the occurrence of red-eye.
Use the flash outside during the day time to capture vibrant, focused images. In this scenario, the flash will fill in any shadows and balance out harsh contrasts within the shot. If you invest in digital memory cards, you will be able to take as many pictures as you want to experiment with the flash. Then, print them out on photo printer paper to preserve these striking photographs. For more information, visit ContinentalPhoto.com.
In addition to stocking up on photo printer paper, and buying an extra camera battery replacement, there are other ways to prepare for the photography opportunities of the holiday season.
You should not be afraid of experimenting with different angles and styles. Try photographing your subject off-center of the scene. This creates a unique depth and perspective and makes even a picture of a stationary object, such as a candle, appear more distinctive. You will be taking a lot of pictures, so there is no need to expect all of them to turn out. To avoid future conflicts with relatives, do not post photos without their photo approval.
When are trying to stage a group photo, patience will be your greatest asset. Getting your entire family to stop chatting and to focus on you will probably take some time. And, getting everyone to look at the camera without yawning, blinking, or sneezing is another task. Just be prepared to take multiple shots for even one presentable photo and do not let yourself be disheartened if anyone complains; your whole family will appreciate the final product and be impressed by the result of your hard work.
The most important thing to remember is to shoot first and ask questions later. Take as many photos as you can; this gives you wider range to work with and means that you will have a plethora of beautiful pictures by which to remember the holidays.
With the recent democratization of photography, more and more people are utilizing their amateur shutterbug skills for their own private use. That said, there are no more practical ways one can utilize these new found passions. A friend of mine recently decided to discard his restaurant’s plain text heavy menus in favor of some flashy graphics and some charming looking food photographs.
He purchased some high quality inkjet photo paper and got to work framing some photos of their best looking food. Using a graphics editing program on his computer, he managed to frame and create a dynamic looking text layout for these new fancy menus. When they were all printed up, the photo printer paper made them look great; certainly better than the smudged up plain paper menus he had used up until then. The photographs of pizza and gorgeous looking deserts and a well laid out tuna steak were delicious looking enough to eat themselves. It was a bold new move for the small restaurant and really made a difference.
Figuring out how to make the most of your photography hobby is a great step in legitimizing your passion. It can be a great way to exercise yourself creatively and practically all at once.
You’ve taken your beautiful shots of your family or you managed to capture that woodside creek in just the right light with your digital camera. Now, you want to print them out and share them with friends or family or frame them above the mantle. When shopping for equipment to print your photos, you are looking for quality and lasting photos, so maybe a regular printer won’t do. Even if you purchase expensive photo printer paper, there is a chance that your inkjet printer won’t get those pictures as crystal clear as you’d like.
This is where dye-sublimation photos come in. It’s a process much different from an inkjet printer. In regular printers, the color is laid down in dots that, when viewed at close range, can be distinguished from one another and create a “fuzzy” look to the photograph. Inside a dye-sublimation printer there are rolls of color instead of cartridges of ink. The rolls are heated inside of the printer causing the particular colors of that red sweater Grandma was wearing to vaporize in the roll and permeate the photo printer paper before becoming solid again.
While the process might be difficult to understand, the technology is becoming more readily available and affordable to the at-home-photographer. Because the ink actually permeates and infuses with the paper, the photos last longer and are less likely to fade over time. This makes it an attractive and viable option for the novice to experienced digital photographer.
Although you should always a camera battery replacement with you, there are certain ways you may make your Canon or Nikon camera battery last longer.
One thing you may do to preserve the battery is to turn off the LCD feature. Most cameras include a traditional optical viewfinder as well as an LCD screen. Although this screen is very small, it nonetheless eats up a lot of the camera’s battery power. If you engage in a photo shoot without a spare battery or an extra camera, you may turn off the LCD screen and look through the viewfinder in order to save battery power.
A flash is not always necessary for taking a picture, and if it is superfluous when shooting a specific picture or series. Doing this may also be an excellent exercise in how to use natural and existing light more ingeniously. Turning off the flash will help ration battery usage and may make your photographs appear more lifelike.
Playing with the zoom feature on your camera may be entertaining, but it wastes the battery, since moving the optical elements in the lens takes a lot of power. You may physically move your body and get closer to or further from a subject, if possible. This may also be a good way for you to play with taking pictures from different angles, and at different depths of focus. It also may assist you in learning to utilize natural light and shadow.
Taking these steps will give your battery more life and help you become a more well-rounded photographer.
A camera lens cap is one the most basic yet important camera accessories. It is a hard plastic cover that fits over the front of a camera lens. It measured by diameter in millimeters; this measurement refers to lens diameter, not focal length. You may also see lens diameter referred to as “filter size”. As long as they refer to the same lens diameter, most lens caps may be interchanged.
Although a lens cap is inexpensive, it is vital to the health of your camera. A lens cap usually serves two very important purposes. It protects your camera lens from damage. Glass elements of a camera lens may be easily scratched or destroyed by incoming objects; camera lens repairs may be very pricey. A lens cap, on the other hand, is durable and cheap to replace. A lens cap also keeps a camera lens clean and protects it from dust, fingerprints, and moisture, all of which may damage the lens and caused blurred images.
Due to its shape and size, a lens cap is liable to roll away or be misplaced. You may connect your lens cap to your camera lens with an elastic band. Any store that sells photography equipment such as a camera battery replacement and photo printer paper, will also sell lens caps.
A good camera bag is perhaps the most basic and essential piece of photography equipment. In a camera bag you may keep most, if not all, of your basic photography essentials such as extra compact flash cards or a camera battery replacement; you may even use it to store miscellaneous items, like keys or a cellphone, which are unrelated to photography. A good camera bag will protect your camera and its accessories from getting banged up. It will also protect them from moisture and dust.
Since camera bags come in so many different shapes and sizes, choosing the one that best suits your needs may seem like a daunting task. There are two standard types of camera bags: those that are made for point-and-shoot cameras and those that are designed for larger SLR cameras and lenses. The first category consists of compact camera cases; they may be small enough to only hold a camera or large enough to encase a camera and accessories.
The second category includes larger SLR camera cases; they may be big enough to hold compact video equipment or cameras designed for active use. Most of these camera cases have adjustable internal dividers that may accommodate a wide range of camera sizes.
An effective camera bag allows you to pursue any type of photography. The range of styles and sizes ensures that you will definitely find the camera bag that enables you to carry the equipment you need for successful photography.