Holding a digital camera properly
It’s hard to get candid shots with a tripod, and while blur reduction, this function works taking multiple images and creating a composite to form one finished photo, draining battery life and taking more time between photos. Fortunately, these aren’t the only ways to get clear, sharp pictures. These tips will help you get the right grip and body position to reduce the effect of muscle movement, pulse and wind on camera position. Continue Reading →
Cleaning your DSLR camera Lens
This article will present some useful techniques that can be used to effectively and safely clean your DSLR lens. Regular cleaning and maintenance should be a normal occurrence with any camera and its accessories. Cleaning a DSLR lens does require a certain level of care and attention, but you don’t have to be anxious about the process. Although you want to make sure that you clean the lens on a consistent basis, you don’t want to make the mistake of cleaning it too often. Cleaning the lens when it’s not dirty can cause damage. Continue Reading →
Whenever preparing for my next job I always prepare ahead of time by doing as thorough research as possible. Usually this starts out looking through some of my photography books and then that is followed by doing a few searches on Google. Google is honestly my favorite way to find new and inspiring photos as well as to identify current and future trends in the industries that I am going to work for.
One of those trends has to do with the lighting and style of the photos. It’s no longer acceptable to simply take photos of people working out or of people eating healthy and try to pass that as forward thinking or current. Instead, there needs to be an entire theme put towards the photo shoot.
Take for example the photo that was shot for an article about proper nutrition for weight loss on New You in 22 Review. That photo does include health foods and a woman reaching for a healthy choice as apposed to “junk” food but you can see that there is at least an artistic approach to it. By positioning the camera as if it was in the refrigerator it gives the audience and entirely new perspective while still getting the traditional, “eat good not bad” point across. And this can be done in many different ways as well.
Another very popular trend right now is the “super zoom” that many photographers are picking up. In a report about 10 recent photography trends, Digital Photography Daily wrote:
“A trend that has been growing in recent years is the use of the all-in-one zoom lens. My students often use them and the rate is increasing I am discovering, and I’m seeing unexpected EXCELLENT results from them in their use of all-in-one zoom lenses.”
So this can apply to the health industry quite easily, and it is used. To get the point across that a certain food or food group is healthy or not, one could take a photograph of a nice, vibrant and healthy vegetable or fruit. On the opposite end and to get the point across of something being unhealthy, one could photograph a close up of a highly processed food or one that doesn’t get old even after sever days and/or weeks. You’ve probably seen campaigns like these yourself!
At either rate, you can see how bringing in a little freshness to any photo shoot could help to sell a new and exciting look to the project. No longer are artists, whether sketching drawings or photographing food, expected to play it safe and to stick with the old and outdated methods. Instead, we are encouraged and rewarded for being trendsetters and pushing the envelope a little bit. Of course, we wouldn’t want to go over the top but by simply staying current with the most recent and accepted art forms we’ll be sure to be looked upon as relevant and even talented.
So even if you’re in the food industry you can still have some fun with your projects. Make your photos convey a certain type of emotion and you will certainly be up to speed with the rest of your industry.
When I think of art, my mind doesn’t always wander to envisioning the master painters of decades past. Perhaps it’s because I’m a father and spend time with my children coloring and creating what I believe to be art. But, that’s another story.
In any case, art can be as simple or complex as the artist imagines. Although I enjoy drawing my fair share of complex subjects, my interest in photography revolves around everyday items. In doing so, I perpetuate the idea that simple art can be just as beautiful as other forms. And, by taking the time to understand and appreciate what I photograph, I get more satisfaction out of what I choose to do in my free time.
Types of Everyday Items to Photograph
When I talk about my take on photography, people often ask me how I find my subject matter. And, like many other artists, I typically don’t have an answer. This is because I believe that art is more of a spontaneous reaction to an object.
For example, the other day I was in the kitchen cooking dinner for my wife and kids and was inspired by my cookware. To some, this sounds crazy, but to me, this makes perfect sense. There is a lot of cookware today that is designed to be aesthetically beautiful. Cookware is often constructed from countless different metals as well, something that adds to the diversity of each and every piece.
Of course, my inspiration doesn’t stop there. When I’m not in the kitchen, I get inspired by other things around my home including more typical items such as vases and flowers but even atypical subjects such as my children’s toys. This adds a personal touch to all of my work as well, which is something that I would like to be known for among those that admire my work.
Learning About Subject Matter
As is the case with most artists, researching subject matter can help develop a greater appreciation for items, as well as a better outcome for the photos.
When I was in my kitchen and noticed the beauty of the kitchenware, I sought out more information about the cookware, its materials, and construction to capture the pots and pans in the right light. To some, this might seem like I’m taking it slightly far. However, I believe that it is the true mark of success to take photography very seriously and to do everything possible to get the picture that I want to capture.
As you can probably guess, the perfect moments sometimes arise where research isn’t necessary to really get the right photograph. This means that whether I’m drawing, photographing, or painting I’m always ready to capture just the right moment to recreate it into something beautiful.
Find Your Passion for Art Today
While most people think that they’re no artist, the opposite is true. Everyone is capable for art, regardless of how you choose to express yourself.
Find your passion by looking around and seeing what you find interesting and before you know it, you too will be drawing and photographing things that not only bring you a lot of satisfaction, but that are beautiful as well.
When you search the Internet, you will probably be bombarded by so many websites with photographers who are advertising their work. The Internet has made it possible for a lot of people to advertise for free but it has also made making decisions harder since you cannot always be sure that what you are seeing online is real. So many people right now are claiming to be photographers. If you are looking for the right photographer to showcase your wedding, how will you be able to pick?
Here are seven tips that will help you choose the right wedding photographer:
o Find a Miami photographer that will fit the time and date of your wedding. If you are trying to get an in demand photographer, it will be best to hire the photographer around 8 months before the actual wedding. Remember that you would also have to take pre nuptial pictures months before your wedding so you cannot hire a wedding photographer as a last minute thing.
o Consider the actual cost of the photographer that you want to hire. Even if you would want to hire a certain photographer so much, the wedding will not be as happy as you would want it to be when you know that you have to pay over your budget for the photographer.
o Check out the photographer’s personal style. Photographers have different styles and it will be evident with the way they take their pictures. It is not impossible for you to prefer one style over the other so you will be able to narrow down your search effectively.
o The reputation of the fashion photographer that you want to hire is also very important. You would not want to hire someone who is known to leave the venue hours before the wedding is over. You also would not want to hire a photographer who is late for a wedding. Find a photographer that will give excellent service and has the reputation to prove it.
o Consider the brand of the camera being used by the photographers in Miami. Photographers have different preferences when it comes to the camera that they are using but the cameras are not all equal. Some may give better results than others and remember, you only want the best for your wedding. Choose a photographer who uses a camera model and brand that you trust.
o Know about picture copyright and how it will affect your marriage. There are some photographers who may use the pictures taken during your wedding to advertise his or her services. This is all subject to copyright though so if you do not want this to happen, make sure that it is clearly understood by the photographer.
o Meet up with your prospective photographer before hiring so that you can be sure that you will be able to work well together. The personality of the photographer may also matter a lot because whenever people take pictures, there are some emotions involved. A photographer who is genuinely happy about a marriage may take better pictures than a very technical photographer.
With these tips, finding the right photographer for your special day will surely be easier.
Liam Walker The Artist
Liam Walker, born in Adelaide in South Australia in 1971, is an Australian artist with a great passion for painting. Walker was born in the rural parts surrounding Adelaide to Oliver Walker a bike shop owner and Emma Walker, a paint shop owner. Liam picked up the painting passion from his mother’s shop where he would use the expired paints to paint different objects out the back of the shop. In 1983, when Liam was 12, his parents separated and Emma took her son with her to Sydney.
Liam was an average student in school but with his already established hobby, he took part in creative arts competitions and bagged a number of trophies and awards for the best paintings, some of which are exhibited in his home’s small exhibition and at his former school. It is said that the best are those born with a talent and for Liam, painting was an inborn thing. This is because despite his prowess in painting, he did not attend any arts class. It is just a hobby that he picked up as a small boy and took it to the next level as an adult.
A lot of his painting works are influenced by the cosmopolitan settings of Australia and his love for retro styled items such as old fashion pieces, old fashion singlespeed bikes and much more. In fact, there is a special painting of a single speed bike, which is a bike with only one gear from back in the days and is stored in a glass case in his father’s bike shop. A special painting that his father treasures above all other works.
After high school, Liam worked as an assistant in his mother’s paint shop which was now bigger and would ride the very same singlespeed bike to a remote area and paint the environment sometimes with his bike in the background. This became more than just a hobby when people started photographing his work and started asking for specific paintings, which he provided at an affordable cost. He used the proceedings from his part time painting job to create a painting studio at his home where he still lives and has now educated his two girls and one boy how to paint.
Some of the painting works by Liam Walker are exhibited at his home studio but most are hanging in people’s living rooms, hall ways and bedrooms. Some paintings have found their way into the market and auctions and fetched a good deal of money.
Liam spends most of his time in his studio creating masterpieces with his son who has mastered the art of creating frames to complement his father’s work. When not painting, Liam travels to rural areas around Australia and sometimes in other continents where he gathers his inspiration for the next project on the canvas. He believes that painting should be used to bring back the good old memories of things that people sometimes forget about when new things come into existence.
It’s common for most photographers at one time or another to photograph a wedding. Whether for a family friend, or professionally there’s a good chance you will be asked to do so at some point in your career. Recently I was asked to do something a little different – a christening. Religious ceremonies are a little different than weddings, but I thought it would make a good comparison since often the lighting (whether in a church or outside) will be the same.
When you’re shooting inside a church you need to consider exactly what type of venue you will be getting yourself into. Lots of older architecture has stained glass windows and fluorescent lights – not necessarily the best lighting situation. However, newer churches usually provide lighter settings with more windows. The church I was asked to shoot at fortunately was the latter. The main alter was in a darker area, but the baptismal font was in the back near the big glass doors. Be ready to bring some tungsten bulbs in your kit, just in case this isn’t the scenario. As I always profess – be sure to scout your location. Whether you jus pop on the internet and check out the website of the church, or you actually go beforehand, know what you’re getting yourself into. The one other time I was involved in a baptism was actually at an indoor aquatic center. The lighting here was a little difficult because the overhead lights caused such a glare on the water – be sure to take a lot of photos in this scenario as the glare can really do a number.
The other thing to consider is the wardrobe of the participants. Like a wedding there is a lot of white involved. If you look at christening dresses, there is very little off white selection. I would say that 99% of the options here are full white. So be sure to think of this when the parents are holding the baby. Baby will be in all white, while the parents will likely be in a dark suit or dress – it will create quite the contrast. The same can be said about boy’s outfit options.
Now in some cases christenings can be held outdoors. I think this is usually a spring and summer tradition around England and not so much in the states. But be prepared! Often even though the actually event takes place indoors, the after party or pictures will be held outside – just like a summertime wedding. As for lenses – I’ll usually include a 50 mm f/1.8, which is prime for composing really sharp high quality portraits. A 105mm f/2.8 (I like the one by Nikon) which again is fantastic for up close portraits. Just remember the situation you’re getting yourself into, and what your customer will want to see. Usually mothers like torso up portraits with their children. Think of it as a mix between a wedding and a family portrait session. I hope this was fairly educational for you! If you have any specific questions about my process I would love to answer any individual emails!
Many people reach the stage with their love of photography that they want to make it more than just a favourite hobby but are unsure what to do or how to progress. One option depends on having a spare room in your home available for the purpose, but if you have, then a home studio may be the way to go.
An ideal room for a home studio will be around 10 feet in length if you are aiming to shoot portraits and have high ceilings if possible to give even lighting. It may be that some property refurbishment may be needed to accomplish this, and there is plenty of help and advice out there about doing this, as to what you can safely and correctly do to renovate your home.
Another area of refurbishment is making sure there are plenty of electric sockets in the room and possibly installing ventilation, air conditioning to the existing heating. Remember extra lighting generates heat which can make a room uncomfortable.
Once the room is decided on, and any structural alterations made, paint the walls a simple white colour in a washable paint.
Apply the same colour to ceilings and position light fixtures so they do not make shadows.
It is a good idea to add blinds or curtains to the windows which can blot out the sunshine if it is not helpful to your shots. Keep the colour of the blinds to either black or white.
Obviously the lighting you select depends on what you plan to photograph and the budget you want to spend on this area. There are budget items such as a light box which gives a diffuse light and can be wheel mounted to move around the room.
Reflector stands and lighting stands also enable lighting to be placed as needed. Umbrella reflectors also produce diffuse light and electronic flashes can be aimed at them to produce a soft light for the room.
Use paper or canvas to produce paper rolls which can be suspended from the ceiling or on a wall. These can even be homemade and painted with your choice of effects and used depending on the type of pictures you are taking.
Keep your computer in the studio so you can edit pictures as soon as taken, add special effects to show the customer and organise your calendar for bookings and events. The computer will also be useful for accounting and invoicing programs. It’s important to use a specialist software if you’re looking to run your hobby as a business.
Photography is very enjoyable but can also be profitable and these tips to getting started on a basic photo studio in your home may be the first step towards turning your casual hobby into a full-scale business.
It’s not always necessary to move house. Often it can be a case of using what space you have and making it work.
But if you did want to find your own property, then there are some property sourcing tips that may help you find a local property that fits your needs. This way you can find a house that specifically has the extra space you’re looking for.
For each approach, there are various options that can be explored depending on what your conditions are and what your aims are, so there is always an idea for everyone.
Hopefully this will have inspired you to go around the house and see a studio where an unused bedroom now stands!
This may seem a bit off topic for most fathers, but I am not most fathers, so I will continue this blog without an ounce of shame. My daughter is getting married to one of the best men I have ever met, and I could not be happier for my little girl. I will not deny that it makes me a little teary eyed seeing my baby girl all grown up. I will not deny that it will be hard to walk her down the aisle and hand her over to another gentlemen. Yes, the beloved she is betrothing herself to for the remainder of her life, the new number one man her life. Though she begs to differ, and insists that I will forever be the number one man in for all of her life. Further stating that she would not be who she is if I had not brought her into this world. It is a bittersweet feeling my friends, and though I am a bit worked up, I could not be more grateful for my first born daughter.
With that being said, as an artist who values this special moment in my daughter’s life very deeply, I have taken it upon myself to find the best possible wedding photographer for her and her beloved. My daughter has chosen to get married up in New England, so I have been searching for the best Maryland wedding photographers in the area. I believe there are certain moments in life where it is absolutely critical that is captured. But as an artist, it is much more than just capturing a moment. When I refer to this term, I am referencing the essence of the moment. I want to make sure the tones, the moods, the smells, the atmosphere, and the entire ensemble is captured. I want to make sure the intimate nature of each couple and family member attending is reflected in the photography.
I view photography as much more than an art form. It is the very way we immortalize our lives for all of eternity. And for a moment as special as this one, where I will be handing over my first born to another man to take care of, it is beyond powerful. This moment deserves so much more than a simple photograph, it deserves the attention of something much more substantial and much deeper than what any photographer can capture. As I mentioned before I want the entire feeling to be immortalized into a digital time capsule that represents itself as an image. I want each laugh, each tear that is shed to be photographed, and pieced together in a beautiful symphony of images. I want to create a timeline of events, that captures the very essence of the moment so deeply, that it can be relived through the eyes of the viewer as if they were there at the event. Or as if, they are being transported back to the event. That is what I want, and that is why I believe photographs exist. That is why it is so critical that you hire the best photographer you can find, for those special events in your loved ones lives. I assure you, you will never regret it.
It can be difficult to make yourself stand out in the photographic world. It seems that everything has already been done, and trying to find an original idea is like trying to re-invent the wheel. However in order to really gain a following you must find your own personal style. It can be very hard to sit down and try to think “what” that is going to be. It’s almost impossible.
Really the only way to do it is to go out there and keep taking photos…but I want to encourage you to change things up every time. Experiment. Even if it doesn’t turn out 100% perfect. Try new angles. Get on the floor, get up on the roof. Break the traditional photographic rules (provided that you’re at least grounded in the basics before you break them). Shoot into the sunlight. Do low light stuff.
The best pictures are ones that capture a moment and tell a story. They capture a great candid moment in time and show motion and emotion. I would even suggest going to a high school photo exhibit to see what NOT to do. Now that sounds mean, but photography students tend to really regurgitate “typical” photography. Stuff that’s been done to death. However, there might be a few standout photographers that could give you a few new ideas.
I also suggest that you follow some of your favorite photographers on Flickr or Instagram in order to get new ideas and perspectives.
Many photographers will preach about learning the basic fundamentals. And that’s all well and good. I read a whole article from someone about this. And then I looked at his photos. They were lifeless and boring. Average at best. How many photos do I need of a “tide pool” or a setting sun? Give me something original.
I want to feel emotion when I see a picture. I want to see humanity in the eyes and body language of the subjects. This can often mean being in the right place at the right time. But I also suggest to people using digital cameras to just keep shooting to get practice. Hey, you’re not wasting film. As you get better, I suggest not snapping as much, and just observing for the right moment.
Be on the lookout for photographic moments all around you in every day life. They are everywhere!
Also, become familiar with computer photo retouching software. I suggest getting Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom, depending on what you want to do. I also suggest that if you have a large database of photos on your compute that you back them up all the time. You can use services like MyPCBackup and Backblaze to back up your files to the cloud quickly and easily. They are automated, so you never have to worry about it. I especially like the way that Backblaze runs quietly in the background.
And another tip: often it’s not the arrow, it’s the indian. You can take great pictures with any camera. Yes, having expensive lenses can help you get crisp images and great depth of field. But you can also take amazing shots with your phone. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on equipment.
Before deciding to venture into fitness photography there are a few techniques in which to apply if you want to produce quality images. A model as well as the photographer should maintain a positive attitude and exhibit a positive and relaxed energy. The goal is for tension and stress free photographs and you want positivity to exude from your photographs. Below are a few techniques in which to apply for successful fitness photos.
Appearance: Though your model will be wearing make-up, your model needs to look fresh, be fully rested and full of energy. If they are lacking in energy, there are ways you can recommend they “pep up” like taking an energy drink or pre workout supplement (like these here). Appearance is everything and your job is to present him/her at their best. This means waxed/shaved, hair trimmed, eyebrows shaped, and tanned. A spray-on tan will suffice if your model does not have a natural tan. Avoid baggy clothing. Loose fitted clothing can wrinkle giving an unkempt appearance. Turn to tight fit clothing as this will enhance muscle definition and focus on overall physique.
Preparation: Being prepared is a key element to a successful and stress free photo
shoot. Your model should avoid eating a meal before the shoot as this will aid in prevention of abdominal distention. Have your model engage in a short workout before posing as this will increase blood flow and enhance muscle bulk. It is highly recommended that you apply a light coat of baby oil to your model as this will help to place emphasis on muscle curvature. As stated in the aforementioned paragraph, to give a more refined look to the model it is best when the body is waxed/shaved and tanned.
Props: Avoid light weight props and turn to using real weights. You want the model’s muscles to be straining in real time and not just pretend flexing.
Camera and lighting: Camera set up and lighting plays an essential role to the outcome of your photographs. To avoid blurring, place the camera on any steady surface or utilize a tripod. Overhead lighting is by far the best choice in lighting as this will create a contrast accentuating your model’s muscle groups.
Background: A solid color backdrop provides the cleanest background for a fitness photo shoot. This allows all attention to be cast upon your model unless you are doing a supplement (similar to these products here) or product shoot where you should have some product in the background. Many supplement manufacturers pay top dollar to fitness models to take their products, so if you are photographing in this niche, expect to base your shoot around some type of product. Outside of product, you want to be sure that any clutter is removed. If you are not using a backdrop you want to be sure that all surface areas, walls, machinery, floors and mirrors are cleaned thoroughly and smudge free to avoid anything otherwise distracting to the photos.
Professional looking photos; the quintessence of photography is nothing to be left to chance. Preparation is the key to a successful photo shoot and is something to be taken very seriously by both the photographer and the model. Establish communication with your model off set to allow for better communication on set to ensure there is no stone left unturned by way of ideas, plans and expectations. This will allow for time and money well spent and guaranteed success for both your model and yourself.
One of the best parts of my job is the varied and beautiful pieces of art I get to see in my day to day roles.
As a photographer this is often based around the ‘art’ that I am able to actually create and craft with memorable photos. But it can sometimes be more obscure pieces that catch my breath.
I’m a lover of simple rough drawings (as they show a very raw art form) and of paintings too. Even sculptures can be crafted in such a way that brings them to life.
Earlier this week I was lucky enough to take part in a recent auction sale from an estate.
There was a large property being auctioned off, but as it was such an old estate there were many items of antique value.
As part of the process I was brought in to photograph all the items for the catalogue.
This really is a fantastic job.
Some of these pieces were hundreds of years old, hand crafted furniture that you just won’t see in any home nowadays.
The art was priceless with a mix of authentic pieces and limited editions.The photography was the easy part as it’s not hard making something so magnificent look good.
Luckily we had a bit of time before the house was sold to the private buyer to get all of the items listed, tagged up and in to storage.
When there are so many pieces of delicate furniture and art, this takes a while and I felt a little guilty just standing round taking pictures so I had to help out.
In the end some of the pieces were shipped of abroad and some stayed local, going to other wealthy estates.
I would have loved to have kept just one piece, but the price ranges of the items were eye-watering.
Some of the smaller drawings went for a couple of thousand, but the larger pieces fetched hundreds of thousands.
The property alone was valued in to the millions, so it’s easy to see how the owners would have such expensive (and exquisite may I add) taste.
The great thing for me is the auction house gave a nod to the work I had carried out for the photography and presenting of the catalogue with a small bio piece of me on their website.
This will be great for future work and will really help me develop my photography career around the area I love most.
I’ve even kept a couple of catalogues behind for a bit of nostalgia, because it’s not every day you get to be involved in such a project.
I’m even tempted to offer my services to other auction houses with a view to similar work.
Until then though, I’m happily content with continuing my love of art as a hobby and having photography as the gate way to this fascinating world.