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Flattering Photos

– Break the Rules

Rule of the thirds implies that the subject can be on the either of the frame but never in middle. Though it does make for a good pose there are no strict rules in photography. If you think that a photo will look good with the subject in middle then go for it. Let there be no boundaries to stop you from taking your perfect shot. You’ll be surprised to see that the most striking photos come from bending or breaking the rules.

– 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

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

Cleaning and Maintenance For DSLR

Keeping the lens clear of dirt and debris, so it goes on taking crisp, clean images;

Keeping the rest of the camera clean of dust and debris, so that it doesn’t manage to find its way into any points that are opened or can be opened to the elements (e.g. battery & memory card slots; microphone sockets; or even down the ultra slim gap between the buttons or dials and the camera body itself). Also, dust on the camera body can easily find its way onto the lens. So, if you only bother to clean the lens and ignore the camera body, you may return from a long or important photo shoot to find one or two annoying specks of dust or debris that had been dislodged from the camera body or lens barrel, only to find their way onto the lens. Do you really want to take that chance? I’ve experienced this and it’s not something you allow to repeat too often.

If you’ve bought yourself a “proper DSLR”, you will also need to:

Factor in keeping

Some Wonderful Effects of Photography

Panning

Panning is a photography technique that is mostly used to shoot moving objects such as sports cars, race competitions. It involves the horizontal, rotational and vertical movement of an image or video. To achieve best results of a sharp subject with a blurred background, you need to stay with an object as you frame and press the shutter button. It is among the old techniques, so it needs a lot of practice and patience to master.

Thirds rule

It is a method that is frequently used by artists and painters. Work produced using the technique can be found in art galleries. The rule of thirds method involves breaking down the photo in thirds, vertically and horizontally to have nine parts. The focus object is usually not placed in the middle which results to it being interesting, moving and dynamic. Factors to consider are the point of interest and the frame. Mentally divide your viewfinder into three to frame the shot.

Golden hour

Also referred to as the magic hour, it is the first hour of sunrise and last time of the sunset. The light is of different quality thus add quality and

About Watermark Photos

The watermarks on your photos that I’m referring to are more like the latter.

They don’t get in the way of the photo, but enhance it and you at the same time.

Here are the three reasons, you might want to watermark your photos.

1. Branding.

Your watermark can be a signature, a small photo or a logo. As such, it serves to brand you. When people look at your images, they learn something about you.

If you consistently show photos that appeal to them, they’ll get to know who you are and look forward to seeing more of what you publish.

Your images may be quotes or landscapes or funny stuff that you share.

2. Promotion.

Watermarks on your photos promote. What do you want viewers to do? Where do you want people to go? What do you want them to see beyond the image?

Answer these questions to determine what kind of watermark you should create.

You may want to promote yourself, your business, a website or blog. Make sure your watermark reflects that.

For example if your business has a logo, choose that for

Useful Photoshop Image Editing

Cropping the photo

In most of the photos, even if they are well composed, you will find that there are some portions in it which you do not need. Hence the next step in Photoshop image editing is to remove the unwanted area of the photo, which can be easily done by using the crop tool. You have to press the control key to select the crop tool, and then create a box inside your photo. As you notice a tick-box in the corners of your crop-box, you can move and resize your area to select the precise area you wish to crop.

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

Photography Studio in Greenhouse

Photo studios require adequate space for capturing different angles and properly zooming in on subjects to prevent image distortion. It is also important to have enough room for storing props, backdrops, and equipment. For these reasons, a small living room nook will not provide the appropriate space for a photography studio. A greenhouse, whether it is a standalone structure or a lean-to addition, will provide enough room for moving subjects, zooming, and storing equipment. A lean-to will already have one solid wall, which is perfect for the staging area. Freestanding greenhouses can be designed with a solid wall, or they can include a sliding wall with solid panels that act as a solid wall when closed.

Since a greenhouse is predominantly made of glass, photographers are able to take advantage of ample natural lighting. There is some controversy surrounding natural light photography, but when properly harnessed, natural lighting is a cost-effective and efficient photography method. When planned correctly, a greenhouse can be used for both natural and artificial light photography. The windows will provide enough light to eliminate the need for a flash, but they are also easy to cover with a proper shading system. Because of

About Seamless Portrait Editing

When I was pursuing my bachelor degree I felt in love with a girl. After two years of sweet and sour romance, we decided to marry. My parents were not aware of my secret affair, because I never exposed my love letters before them. I was so afraid of showing my girlfriend’s photo to my parents, because she had a face full of pimples. After reading some articles on how to edit portrait in Adobe Photoshop CS 6, I decided to apply it on my girlfriend’s photo. Believe it or not I succeeded to make my parents impressed and get married. The method I used is called frequency separation.

Before getting into the process let me give you a clear idea the term. You heard about mega pixel and you know that digital image is made of pixels, which is considered as the unit of digital photography, but have you ever heard of frequency? There are many frequencies in an image. We can easily divide them in two parts, namely higher and lower frequency to retouch our image flawlessly. In fact using frequency separation technique is very easy. Follow the simple steps below to apply this special

Cycling Lends

What they did help provide however was a fantastic and totally unexpected atmosphere. With the arrival of a the long train of support vehicles, police and in particular the French gendarmes (yes the French police with their comedic siren exploited brilliantly in the Pink Panther films), then I begin to notice a faint tingling on the back of my neck. The helicopters overhead then raise the anticipation to fever pitch and I begin to focus on a stretch of road in the distance. No riders yet. But the helicopters remain. My dog Jip stops fidgeting and barking and pricks his ears up attentively. Someone further along calls out, “They’re here!”

That magical sunny day (they forecast rain you know) will live with me I hope, always. Now, I intend to capture ordinary people’s passion for cycling, and this is how I and other would be snappers might go about it.

Loaded with a camera and lens capable of taking action and sports shots (I use a Canon 50mm f1/8 which can be purchased for between £60-70), I locate myself at points along various cycling routes – road or off-road. Organised events will also provide opportunities. One

Info of Phone Photography

What a surprise! The photography possible with this machine is far better than any camera owned previously. It takes shot after shot of incredible photos whose detail can be enlarged and studied. Like the camera before it of course it takes videos as well.

This is a far cry from the first camera that my brother gave me when I was around 8 years of age. It was quite small but the photos I took have survived and are a record of the family history from those early years. Film had to be inserted and then the photos developed through the local chemist. It meant saving my pocket-money to redeem them.

From that time to this photography has been one of my hobbies and the quantity of shots from just about everywhere travelled or experiences enjoyed are filling albums and taking up storage space around the home. That is unnecessary with the new technology. The computer stores anything needing to be kept while some photos are printed immediately either through my printer or the local shop.

The difference in convenience and cost is astronomical and the pleasure of taking photos has increased enormously thanks to

Stock Images to Boost

Rights Managed:

A rights managed image is one in which the way to use it is specified by the stock agency. For instance, the image size and resolution, geographical area of usage, the length of time of usage, may be specified. It can be used by a single user or multiple users.

Royalty Free:

There is a greater flexibility offered when Royalty Free images are used. Royalty-free implies paying a one-time fee for non-exclusive lifelong use of the image. You can decide how to use the image, how many times to use it, how long to use it, the number of projects you can use it for, etc. You only need to conform to the license agreement.

However, there are certain restrictions on their usage.

• The images cannot be resold or transferred to another owner.
• Images should not be used in an offensive manner.
• There could be a limit on the number of copies used.
• These images can be used by multiple users.

Extended License:

Extended license enhances the facilities offered by Royalty-free license.

Some examples of facilities offered are:

• It may provide the

Information of Aerial Photography

What is the best time to take the aerial view?

This query may create the little bit chaos. Generally, the dawn and the evening times are chosen. They are the times when the sun bids Hi and Bye to the world. The colors and the hues are the most appealing. Moreover, the longer shadows will create the lasting effect and the depth to the photographs.

Which type of equipment is best suited?

Before making the choice for the equipment, it is quite necessary to decide how the photos will be used. Either, it is for the magazine or in the newspaper. Make it clear earlier. Then, pick the right instrument. If you are meant to execute the HDR real estate photography, then choose accordingly.

What about the Drones?

Drones are the exciting and the compelling elements of the latest technology for the real estate campaign. The drone real estate photography is the favorable way to inspect the roof and other parts of the house. Actually, the drones are embedded with the high-resolution camera that can take the brilliant photos and the videos. But, remember, the drones can be used with respect to the

Skills Required for Photography

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

Some Mistakes Pick Drone Photography Providers

Hiring providers who do not offer safety services

The next mistake that individuals make when hiring drone photography providers is they fail to ask about safety services. As mentioned above, making use of drones can make aerial shoots safer and better. However, there are still instances when individuals may experience issues that can affect their whole project and well-being. So, it is essential to ask about safety services drone photography providers can offer. In this way, you can be sure that aerial shoots can be accomplished safely.

Forgetting to check their ability in using drones

Some individuals think that using drones are like playing with R/C cars and planes. Of course, they make use of almost the same controllers. However, drone users must have the skills and knowledge to ensure that they can capture the right scenery. Thus, never forget to check the ability of drone users when hiring them to capture photographs or videos. Apart from this, you also need to make sure that drone users have the ability to adapt to the unexpected incidents that can ruin your shoots. With this in mind, you are rest assured that you can create amazing aerial

Panorama Stitching

In the olden days, it was difficult to put a panoramic image together as it was done in the dark room stitching images together by overlapping exposures on he finished photo paper. But now, we can buy cameras that are specifically meant for Panorama Images. As in, manufacture of these cameras is meant to shoot images in a row from left to right and from bottom to the top. Although a computer does most of the stitching, it is important for a photographer to shoot images in perfect overlap and only then can a computer recognize the edges perfectly and therefore will stitch perfectly. Overlapping is the most important aspect of a panorama image, a small slip can ruin the entire shot.

Regardless of the intricacies in the image stitching technique, it is most important to shoot images in perfect end-to-end way. Keeping your camera on a level is very important when shooting panorama images as it is not of much importance while shooting fewer images but while shooting panoramic images with more than 50 images it is of utmost importance to keep the camera level.

Next up, please note that any kind of movements in

Some Tricks Taking Better Photos

Understand The Field Of View… You can choose to go one of two ways when taking a photograph: you can take a wide angle shot, in order to capture everything (or as much as possible) in your scene; or, you can use zoom lenses (or, in some situations, macro lenses), to focus on a narrow or small portion of the entire scene. For instance, you could be at an event, such as the Geneva Motor Show (for argument’s sake)… inside the massive arena, you could go to one of the galleried landings and take a photograph that takes in a large portion of the arena, with many different car stands and people milling about. Or, while up there, providing you’ve got a long enough zoom lens, you could zoom in on a specific aspect, such as a particular car. With each photographic situation, you’re providing those who view your photos with a different perspective – you’re playing about with the Field of View, either to show as much as possible of the environment you’re in; or, you’re excluding as much as possible, to focus on a small selection of things, or a specific detail of something.

Understand

Take Great Water Photos

Use Reflection To Your Advantages

Water has a great reflective quality; therefore, you should take advantage of it. For ideal results you should shoot in more than one direction while paying a lot of attention to the position of the sun.

To add interest to your photos you should try shooting early in the morning or late in the day. The cool thing with shooting at this time is that you allow the long shadows cast by the boats and other water objects to add interest to your photos.

Zoom In The Details

To get a closer look you should zoom in the details of the photos that you are taking. To shoot great images you shouldn’t shoot the first object that catches your eye-you should take your time and identify any patterns that might be on the water. For example, if you are shooting on a water body with boats, you should identify a pattern in the ropes or any other items laid on the dock or boat’s deck.

Include People And Wildlife

Although, you can take great photos of plain water, you should make the photos interesting by including people

Essential Accessories for DSLR

Utility Strap

Holding on to your camera for the entire length of your photography session can be quite tiresome. If you need to use your hands, you are compelled to lay down your camera, which exposes it to damage and theft. This conundrum can be solved by investing in a utility strap. It will ensure the camera is close to you at all times. It is especially recommended since it eliminates all risk of you accidentally dropping your expensive DSLR.

Tripod

Tripods are awkward to carry around, but their usefulness cannot be understated. It is a must have if you want to capture the most stead shots. You might not use it every time you are taking pictures, but it is very important that you have it with you. Aluminum tripods are good and sturdy, but also heavier to carry around. Carbon fibre ones are lighter, but also more expensive to buy.

These are the most important accessories to start out with. You might also want to think about lenses, density filters, flash diffusers and flashes as well if you want to make the most of your photography experience. The cumulative cost for a

Editing Camera Raw Files In Adobe Lightroom

Adding white balance

When you click on white balance option, there is a pop-up list of white balance options such as daylight, cloudy, tungsten and more. You can use one of the options to fix the white balance of your raw image or try better options from the list.

Color and Tone Correction

Adjust the color balance in photographs. Clarity, vibrance, hue, saturation, tone curve etc. are some of the Lightroom options to correct the color and tone of the images. The vibrance slider is used to control saturation but it does not oversaturate skin colors.

Correct the exposure

The raw image may be overexposed or underexposed. Use the exposure slider to increase or decrease the exposure values.

Enhance the details

Use the fill tool to bring back the missing detail in the image which is present in the raw file.

The amount of brightness captured by the raw image is much more than a regular jpeg image. Adjust the values in the highlights slider to recover the details from a raw image in Lightroom.

Vignette effect

Lightroom has a post crop vignetting feature which can be used

E-Commerce Product Photography

1. Background: A clean, white seamless background is recommended for most products. Use same background for your products to maintain the required consistency among images.

2. Equipment: Tools are the basic need for anything. Get a good camera, sturdy tripod, quality lights and other basic necessities commonly required for photography.

3. Context: Sometimes it’s quite useful to evaluate a product with respect to its surroundings, especially where size matters. A bed sheet is always shown stretched on a bed for the purpose of showing its actual size.

4. Props: Whether props should be used or not? It depends on the product. Sometimes using props is very much suggested but at times it can prove killer for the product. When clothes look best on a model or mannequin, it can shift the focus away when used with jewelry.

5. Preparing: How you prepare the product really matters. Keep the product neat and clean and in presentable form. Make sure everything is perfect.

6. Many Angles: Show your product with multiple angles so that customers can see all the details of your product. Images are the only way to communicate with the customers in e-commerce,