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Category Archives: Photography

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 user the flexibility to use unlimited copies of a printed image
• You will be able to sell the image to other owners with this license.
• You can dictate to the owner of the image to withdraw it from being offered to other users.
• An extended license is the most expensive option.

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 certain terms and conditions.

It will be very beneficial for you if the buyer will agree for your land by viewing the aerial photos or the videos. Therefore, it is recommended to accomplish the aerial photo shoot or the session by the professional photographer.

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 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.

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 photographs and videos.

Neglecting other aerial photography solutions

Finally, never neglect to ask about other aerial photography solutions providers can present. Surely, drones are the best options to safely capture photos and videos on air. However, there are still cases when doing the aerial shoot on your own can provide you with better effects. So, it is best to ask if they can also offer other aerial services that can accommodate your needs.

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 the plain view can kill panorama shots. For example, a bird flying through the canyon. While shooting a panoramic image of the canyon the bird might seem in one image and might not exist in the overlapping image. This kind of happenings cannot be good for the resulting image. All these are steps taken to shoot a proper panoramic image. The stitching of these images to bring the panorama image together is the most difficult part of it all. Graphic experts with computer software work on images shot sequentially and stitch them together. Numerous firms across the globe offer Panorama Stitching Services, these firms hire professional editors to get the job done. Real Estate owners, realtors, wildlife photographers outsource images to these freelancing firms who edit images and stitch them based on the client’s requirements.

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 Composition… There are two techniques that can help you with improving how you compose your shots, which will go some way to improving your photographs. The first technique is known as the Rule of Thirds. To understand this, imagine that the frame is split into nine rectangles, made by two sets of horizontal lines and two sets of vertical lines, evenly spaced across the frame. These lines will create four points (where the horizontal and vertical lines cross paths), and the idea is that your images will look better if you place interesting or important subjects in your frame, at one of these four points. The other technique involves a similar process, but in this instance you’re splitting the frame into four boxes, to create four quadrants, giving rise to the name of this technique: Power Quadrants. The idea, here, is that you place your key subject in one of the four quadrants, and for some reason, this can help to make a photo more interesting, than if you were to try and centralize your subject within the frame. Try it.

Understand The Point Of View … This is slightly different to Field of View. When you select a specific Point of View, you’re playing about with the angle at which you’re taking the photograph, such as getting up high to take a “bird’s eye” shot of your surrounding scene; or, getting down low and shooting upwards, to get more of a “worm’s eye” view. Different positions or angles will also give a different feel or mood to the image, and can also affect opinions about the subject. For instance, you can make someone look important and powerful, by taking the photo from a lower position and angling your lens up toward your subject. However, if you wanted to make a person or subject seem small or less powerful, you can photograph them from a higher angle, with your lens pointing down at them. When you shoot someone with your lens at the same height, pointing directly at them without any angling up or down of the lens, it has the effect of humanizing them – it’s a good idea, therefore, if you want to humanize a child in a photo, to get down to their level to take their picture.

Incorporating Leading Lines… In some cases, it can be helpful, to those viewing your images, to provide a subtle guide to help visually walk them through the photos. The classic leading line is a road that goes off into the frame, perhaps to guide the eye from the edge of the photo, in to a prominent tree or monument. If you had more than one interesting or important subjects in your shot, you might find a way of incorporating a leading line, that takes the viewer from one subject, to the other, and then leads their eye back to the first subject. Fences; hands; fingers; arms; ropes; and pathways – these are all examples of objects that make for good leading lines, to help move your viewer(s) through your photos, subtly enhancing the appeal of your images.

Look For And Understand Light… A single light source, such as the sun, can create different photographs, just by the angle at which you take the image, in relation to that source of light. For instance, if you’re shooting with the sunlight coming from behind you or just off to the side, providing the light isn’t blocked on its path to your subject (e.g. by trees or buildings or clouds), this is going to help illuminate your subject. But, if you were to move around to the other side of your subject, so that the sunlight is pointing directly at you/your camera, with your subject in between, this is going to result in a silhouetting of your subject. Each photograph will convey different moods. It’s the same light source, you’re just taking your camera to a different position, to change how the source of light affects the resulting photo. Different types of light that can alter an image, include side light (e.g. sunlight coming at an angle to the left or right of your subject); filtered light (e.g. sunlight being diffused, and thus softened, as it passes through clouds, which acts like a giant filter); direct light (e.g. use of an external flash, pointing directly at your subject); and reflected light (e.g. use of of an external flash, pointing at a lightly colored wall, so that the wall acts as a giant surface to reflect the light back toward the subject, giving a more even spread of light, which tends to enhance the overall quality of light onto your subject).

Use The Correct Exposure… As you point your lens at something, such as a cityscape scene, the camera looks at all the tones, and then it’s making an average exposure based on the light. It’s because of this averaging process (due to the limited range of light sensitivity of the sensor), that causes the camera to make certain areas of the image dark and make light other areas of the same scene, depending on the settings you choose (such as aperture and shutter speed). There is an Exposure guide on most digital cameras that shows a “+/-0” symbol, to tell you when the camera has calculated a correct exposure, based on the settings of your camera (e.g. through a combination of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings). However, because of the camera’s limited ability to handle all the available light data, you may need to step in and compensate, either by boosting or decreasing the exposure, by way of the Exposure Compensation dial. You are likely going to need to OVEREXPOSE the Exposure Compensation setting, if you have a lot of white, or light, in your image. Conversely, you will likely need to UNDEREXPOSE, if there are lots of dark things in your scene.

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 and any animals that might be near the water. For example, if your children or your family members are walking on the shoreline, you should take photos of them.

If you are going to photograph strangers, always seek their permission. For ideal results you should ask the people to avoid looking at the camera-they should act naturally.

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 one-off purchase for all these can be quite high, so it makes sense to start out with what you will need for your kind of photography (nature, weddings, etc). The abundance of proprietary stores online should make it easier to find something that works with your needs, and budget.

Camera Bag

Hauling your camera and its accessories around can be quite distressing if you lack the proper way to carry it. A camera bag eliminates all the hassle. Acquiring one should be based on how much equipment you have. Shoulder bags are the go-to choice for most as they offer easy access to the camera. It is likely that you will buy filters, flashes and lenses down the road and having a safe place to keep these will matter. Besides, a bag will shelter your camera from dust and rain.

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 to add effects to a cropped image.

If you have a lot of highlights in your image then choose the Highlight Priority effect. Choose the Color Priority effect to preserve color hues in your raw image. Select the Paint Overlay option to blend black and white colors with original colors of your raw image.

Grain effect

Add a film grain style to your raw images to create grain effect. For revealing a part of the image, add the grain effect to rest of the image area with a higher value as grain amount. You can control the size, amount, and roughness of the grain. For a blurred image, increase the size of the grain particle to more than 25%.

Dehaze effect

There are times when weather conditions can lead to a hazy image with smoke or fog. To fix the haziness or adjust it, use the dehaze effect. Once you have made the required changes to the photograph by adjusting the color, brightness etc., go and select the “Dehaze” options in the effects panel.

Radial Filter

To focus on people or objects in an image, you can use the radial filter. After you select the radial filter from the toolbar, you need to select an area of focus. The filter gives you the choice to apply the modification inside or outside the circle drawn by you.

While working on projects for photo retouching services, you can add more radial filters on the images to bring multiple objects into focus.

Paint with the Adjustment brush

Lightroom gives you the freedom to paint the local adjustments such as brightness, tint, saturation, clarity and more. This alternative lets you paint adjustments in parts of the images as per your choice.

Similar results can be achieved with the Graduated Filter tool.

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, so don’t leave the customer disappointed with very limited number of images. Show at least 6-7 images per product. Give a close-up view to capture minute and complex details.

7. Emotion: Emotions can be hard to express or communicate with a simple product image. Try to take shots that can emote. You can link your product with family values or something like this. The product is there but connected with emotions.