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 →
Being creative is when you make use of your imagination or original ideas to create something, that is, inventiveness. Anybody can be creative but most times people think of creativity as something that is inherent in people – you have to be born creative, otherwise you cannot be creative.
Well, the truth is creativity has more to do with your environment and you as a person, which you are totally in control of. You cannot expect to be creative if you are always in the midst of noisy and empty people or find yourself in a really raucous environment. Everybody needs a place they can retreat to any time they have to rest, think, brainstorm or just unwind. Quiet spaces give people a place to calm down and recuperate from sensory burdens and overload associated with everyday life.
Do you have a peaceful and relaxing quiet space in your house? Or is your office an idea place to think and get creative? A cozy and quiet space is perfect to stimulate your creative mind to get busy. A little tranquility is incredibly essential and everyone wants it. Sadly, a lot of offices or environments do not take this into consideration, and this can affect your inspiration adversely. A quiet space is very important to be creative. You’d notice that when you’re in the midst of people, you can hardly focus on your inner self to spur creativity.
It is therefore imperative to make constructive use of solitude in order to open your creative mind. You must not be afraid of being alone. It’s been argued that creativity requires team work and collaboration. In as much as there might be some truth to that, I’d still argue that productive, creative ideas barely emerge from collaboration, but instead from quiet and solitude space. If you don’t belief this fact, you may want to try it yourself and experience it firsthand how being in a quiet place can greatly impart your ability to be creative.
Privacy and quiet goes hand in hand. Some people might say that if one isn’t doing something bad, they wouldn’t need privacy. Well, tell me how you feel if you live in a house made of glass.
I hate when people say things like, “if you’re not doing anything bad, you wouldn’t need privacy”. If you’ve ever said that, build a house out of glass and tell me how you like it. When you are in your private, quiet space, you will find it much easier to think, get a solution faster and be creative.
However, what will you do if you don’t have a spare room that you can use as a private and quiet study? Don’t let this hinder you at all. Build a shed in a quiet corner of your home and find ways to decorate and customize it to meet your needs.
There are many options available to those who want a separate space away from everyone., and need enough room to be creative. As long as it is quiet and private, it will serve the same purpose.
Liverpool is full of so much culture and history that it is an ideal location for photographers all over the world. Whatever type of photographer you are, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to its history, architecture, fashion, scenery and colourful characters.
I fell in love with the city during my visit, and here are my 5 top photography picks that you shouldn’t miss out on:
1. The Liver Building
The Liver Building is one of the most iconic buildings in the city of Liverpool, as it is a Grade II* listed building that is now one of the Three Graces, along with the Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Building. At the time of construction, many people believed it could not be completed due to its unusual design; however, it was completed in 1911, and overlooks Liverpool’s stunning waterfront – so you can take a perfect shot day or night.
2. Albion House
Albion House was once the White Star Line headquarters, and was RMS Titanic’s port of registry. On top of being one of the most iconic maritime buildings in the country, it is also one of the most unique architectural marvels in the city due to its streaky bacon design. That’s right, we did say streaky bacon. It is a truly stunning building that was designed by Richard Norman Shaw, and has since been restored as a Liverpool hotel.
You have not one but two cathedrals to photograph when you visit Liverpool: the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral. You cannot visit the city and not visit the cathedrals, which are exceptional structures that demand to be photographed.
4. The Waterfront
Liverpool once offered one of the greatest ports in the world, welcoming ships of all sizes into the city. Its waterfront still stands in memory of the city’s unique maritime history, and is surrounded by a wealth of museums, restaurants and attractions that make the city both atmospheric and beautiful. You can take a shot of the iconic Liverpool ferries, it’s historic Albert Dock or of the surrounding buildings that make the city one of the best in the country.
Fashion photographers all over the world should visit the city to get a snap of some of the amazing, personal styles – and that was just in my Liverpool accommodation! Offering an eclectic mix of a variety of trends, you cannot deny that the people have style. With so much colour, vibrancy and personality on offer, it’s the perfect place to take a natural photograph.
There’s also always plenty of things to see and do in the city. For example, the Liverpool Giants have visited twice to honour the city’s maritime history – and is something that needs to be seen to be believed, or even photographed.
You can even join the South Liverpool Photographic Society, which promotes participation, encouragement and knowledge of photography. Everyone can join and they’ll share a variety of photographic opportunities that you can take advantage of.
Photographers all over the world aspire to be as successful as Annie Leibovitz. There is no bigger name in the industry, and that’s because her remarkable shots look as natural and beautiful as breathing.
I, personally, have looked up to Annie my entire career, and only dream of capturing people as wonderfully as she does. For those who don’t know who she is, Annie Lebiovitz is an American portrait photographer who has taken shots of everyone from The Rolling Stones to Lady Gaga. So when I heard that she nearly lost the copyright to her entire portfolio back in 2009, I was admittedly shocked.
Annie Leibovitz found herself in debt after borrowing $15.5million in February 2009 to pay off some debts, and put up many of her houses and photographs as collateral – which is a $50 million archive. However, the group that filed a breach against the photographer following missed loan repayments dropped the lawsuit and arranged a new repayment plan.
You are probably wondering why I am talking about a financial situation that happened five years ago, but my point is: should famous creative works be given away so freely?
I understand why Annie used her famous works as collateral, and I am confident she received the best financial advice for her circumstances, but surely there comes a point when works of such calibre no longer just belong to the individual that took the photograph.
Don’t get me wrong, a photographer’s works belong solely to them, and always will no matter whose hands they are in, but should a financial company be able to access the images so easily to do with them what they will? This will only lead to image distortion that could not only ruin the imagery of the piece, but a photographer’s reputation.
What I’m saying is, the works don’t just belong to one person or one company, they belong to the public. They belong to the people we take the images for. Should a financial company have the right to ruin those images forever – and our idea of them?
I’m not for one second saying Annie Leibovitz shouldn’t have used her photographs as a debt solution, she has that right as the owner, but copyright shouldn’t just belong to the photographer. I don’t want to see Annie Leibovitz’s photos used on milk cartons or for car lot ads – because who knows what could have happened to the images if she did lose them.
Photography is not an image of a point in time. It is a moment that stays in our minds forever. It is a shot that was carefully crafted and planned to offer something that’s bigger and more beautiful than the world around us – and that’s saying something. It should therefore be treasured and cared for by people who can treasure and care for the images – and it shouldn’t be something people can put up for sale should the worst happen. It is worth more than that.
Architects have infiltrated the dreams of many fans and fantasy football players across the nation as they imagine their favorite players stepping out onto the grass for an intense game of pigskin. Each pad of grass however is surrounded by beautiful architecture. Every NFL stadium has its own look and feel, and this uniqueness only adds to wonderment. These structures are a beauty on the eyes of any photographer in the stadium.
We’ve picked out five of the most beautiful.
The University of Phoenix Stadium is the home of the Cardinals. The building fits into the desert landscape, with the exterior representing the shape of a barrel cactus.
The outside is a set of glimmering panels that reflect the distinctive desert sunlight, alternating with narrow glass apertures that give fans a view at every level inside. A sixty-foot Cardinal’s logo provides an in-your-face greeting at the north entrance.
Inside, fans enjoy climate control. There are over eighty luxury lofts with all the amenities, including special parking facilities, private entrance, exclusive restrooms and catering.
The field has an ingenious rail system that makes it fully retractable. The grass lives outside the stadium between games. It is moved into the stadium on an device using 13 tracks and 546 wheels.
Taking into consideration its location, architects included screens in their plans for the home of the Seattle Seahawks, which cover over seventy percent of the seats. They are designed to direct rain, a constant in the city, away from the people in the seats.
Seattle is surrounded by water and mountains, and the stadium makes good use of the views. The south side of the end zone of this horseshoe-shaped structure opens to a panorama of the city’s skyline, Mt. Rainier and Elliott Bay.
Fans appreciate the interior design, made for efficient movement of large numbers. It has twelve public elevators and wide concourses. From each level, fans can look out at views of the Cascade and Olympic mountains and the waters of Puget Sound.
Fans love the Jumbotron screen at the open end of Heinz Field, home of the Steelers. The stadium is in the shape of an open bowl, so the screen must compete for fans’ attention with spectacular views of Mount Washington, downtown Pittsburgh, Point State Park, the Fort Pitt Bridge and the Ohio River.
The stadium has two tiers, with great sight lines on both. Club members have special access to over 7000 seats between the two levels. This has two club lounges with floor to ceiling windows the entire length, a video wall and specialty food.
The exterior is appropriately made of steel, reflecting Pittsburgh’s past as a steel mill town. Toward the top of the stadium, steel gives way to stone and glass.
In homage to its namesake, two giant Heinz bottles of ketchup pour neon onto the screen of the Jumbotron when the home team scores.
The theme for this stadium is all pirate, appropriate for the home of the Buccaneers. it has the look of a giant fortress. Inside are several glass atriums. Multiple escalators and elevators move fans efficiently.
Kids and adults love the 103-foot pirate ship on the north side of the stadium, anchored in Pirate Cove, capable of firing rubber footballs. It fires a round each time the team scores. An animatronic, remote controlled parrot talks to fans as they pass by.
The interior boasts two of the largest screens in the NFL, over ninety feet wide, using high definition technology. The field has been consistently rated the best in the NFL by players.
The small town of Green Bay has done itself proud with Lambeau Field, home of the Packers. In a league where new is the standard, this structure is considered historic because it was built in 1957. Over 7000 seats were added during the renovation in 2013.
After recent work done on the stadium, it has large concourses on the main floor and the one above, with multiple ramps and elevators. Titletown, the large atrium, was built into the exterior and includes a Hall of Fame for the Packers.
Fans love the high definition video scoreboards and a new viewing platform on the rooftop.
For a photographer looking to shoot beautiful large cement structures, the above five NFL stadiums are a great start! No wonder the NFL is as popular as it is and can support so many sports fans!
I’ve travelled to a lot of countries over the years, and always have my camera at the ready to take the perfect snap. There are, however, cities that I could photograph forever, so I thought I’d share my top 5 locations with you.
1. New York
New York had to be on this list, right? There’s so much to see and do in this wonderful city, and it’s filled with so many interesting characters. It’s both an affluent and poor city, depending on who you are, and there’s so much diversity and culture that it is rich in moments that are just asking to be captured. Not to forget the many stunning landmarks that make the city so iconic, such as the Empire State Building, Broadway and the Statue of Liberty.
2. Bangkok, Thailand
I visited Thailand about 10 years ago and fell in love with the city’s passion for cuisine. Sometimes the simplest photographs are the best, as taking a photograph of a man with a strainer full of noodles can be incredibly exciting – and that’s why I love photography, as the camera can make an ordinary moment extraordinary. However, the city’s attractions are not to be missed, as there are so many photographic opportunities for you to take advantage of, including of the Grand Palace, Lumphini Park and Thonburi.
3. Dingle Peninsula, Ireland
Ireland is without doubt one of the most beautiful countries in the world, but no more is more stunning than Dingle Peninsula. You can take breathtaking images of the town’s scenic harbour – which is also featured in the 1970 movie Ryan’s Daughter. I recommend taking The Dingle Way walking trail, as you’ll visit some of the most picturesque landscapes the city, and country, has to offer.
4. Petra, Jordan
Whether you’re a passionate photographer, travel junkie or adore mind-boggling architecture, you must visit Petra in Jordan – which is one of the new 7 Wonders of the World. You can explore everything from the city’s spectacular red mountains to the vast mausoleums that are nearly as old as time itself. The unique city was created more than 2000 years ago by Arab people who carved homes into rock. There is so much to photograph in this wonderful ancient city that you’ll run out of SD cards.
5. Liverpool, England
There is so much history in Liverpool that you won’t be stuck for places to photograph in one of the UK’s best cities. The famous Liver building is a great place to start, but you shouldn’t forget the picturesque waterfront that welcomes some of the biggest ships in the world into its port. It’s also home to 2500 Grade II* listed buildings, including 30 James Street at Albion House, the Church of St Luke or the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
However, you don’t have to travel to take the perfect photograph. Sometimes it takes a great photographer to make a location look great, and not the other way around.
Recently, I had a job documenting the before and after pictures of a local dermatologist’s acne patients. The dermatologist wanted these pictures for reference purposes and also to show potential new patients what they could expect with their own treatment. He also wanted to have some really professional pictures to use for advertising purposes.
We didn’t take the actual pictures, because that would require us to be in his office whenever a new patient came through. Instead, he had one of his assistants take the pictures and then he emailed them to us to do editing and touch up work, and to line them up next to each other in a format that would be good for advertising.
One of the main things we needed to do was blur out the eyes of the patients to protect their anonymity. He didn’t want to offend or embarrass any of his current patients or get into any legal problems when using their pictures. Because of this, he asked his patients if it would be okay for him to use their pictures. At the same time, he told all of them that he would be blurring out their eyes so that no one would know who they were.
It was a pretty simple job just requiring a little bit of Photoshop editing. In the end, we lined up all the pictures nice and neatly in a format that would be good for advertising in any kind of print medium such as magazines, newspapers or whatever else. It was a quick and easy job that paid well for very little work, and I’d love to do more jobs like it in the future.
I was even able to get some good advice from the dermatologist in regards to my acne problems. You see, for a while now, my girlfriend had been trying to figure out how to get rid of blackheads on your nose. The difficulty is that she didn’t want to use any harsh treatments and she would prefer something all-natural. So, I asked the dermatologist what kind of all-natural acne treatments he would recommend for getting rid of blackheads on the nose.
His recommendation was to use tea tree oil on acne. Tea tree oil comes from Australia where it’s extracted from the narrow leaved tea tree. It’s very useful for treating acne naturally because it has powerful antibiotic properties. In fact it used to be used commonly for numerous medicinal purposes before the invention of current day antibiotics.
Studies have shown that tea tree oil used topically to treat acne can be just as effective as benzoyl peroxide (which is one of the most commonly used chemicals to treat acne topically). It even seems to have less side effects than the benzoyl peroxide. However, be careful to never ingest the tea tree oil because it’s toxic when ingested.
The best way to use tea tree oil for your acne is to dilute it to about 5 to 10% by mixing it with something else. Good choices to mix it with would be other natural acne remedies such as evening primrose oil, aloe vera, honey, and other essential oils. Rub this mixture onto your acne and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse it off with some water.
My girlfriend tried out this recommendation from the dermatologist, and after a few weeks of doing this once a day she started to notice that her acne was getting a lot better. So, if you’re having any trouble with pimples I highly recommend using some tea tree oil to get rid of them.
Nobody really likes a copycat or a rip-off artist. Imitating seems like an admission of a lack of talent, and it speaks of laziness as well. As an artist, part of your “job” is to find something unique to share. You may pay homage to the great masters that have come before you, but you need to avoid blatant plagiarism. If you want to be considered great, you need to find a voice of your own. Even cover artists have to be original at some point if they want to be taken seriously.
This principle holds true for everyone connected to the arts: artists and sculptors, photographers and writers, filmmakers and actors, musicians, singers, and orators.
So how do you find your unique expressive angle?
1. Read up on your history. Writers are notorious for being voracious readers, just as filmmakers tend to watch films all the time. This is normal; in fact, it’s probably required behavior. You can learn a lot from the past, just as scientists learn what has been discovered before. You can pick up tricks and techniques which you can adapt for your own use.
But at the same time, you also become aware of what has been done before, so you shouldn’t repeat it. It’s one thing to write a story about a boy who discovers a destiny waiting for him. This is, after all, the story of King Arthur, Luke Skywalker, Harry Potter, and Percy Jackson. It’s another thing to write about a boy who discovers he is a wizard…
2. Master the tools of your craft. This is, of course, easier said than done. Photographers need to know about photo composition as well as technical aspects of using a camera. Singers, actors, and public speakers need to recognize the importance of their voice in communicating with audiences. Musicians need to develop technical abilities to play their music with skill and expressiveness.
You have to know the rules of your craft first. This is required.
3. Come up with your own interpretations. Once you know the history and the rules, then you can think about something unique, fresh and new. Only then can you venture into modifying these rules to suit your needs. That’s where your originality comes in. It may be about the form and how you express yourself, such as coming up with a new style like cubism or rap-metal. It may also be about expressing new ideas as well.
4. Find out what excites you. There are two things that make a person unique: their history and their passion. Tell your story, and use your voice. Talk about things that are important to you. Read through topics in improving your voice and watch free great videos that would surely teach you things regarding your voice. When your unique voice arrives, you can then have the power to make people care about the things you care about. And that’s what being an artist means.
5. Get started. A blank page or canvas can be the stuff nightmares are made for artists. Of all the possible choices, what should you paint or write about? But don’t overthink it. Just start dabbing paint to canvas and pressing keys on keyboards. You can always discard them later. To find your true unique voice, you have to start doing something. It may not be unique initially, but then that can always change.
As a photographer, one of the types of work I normally do is portrait. Since the birth of art, we humans have been intrigued by artistic representations of people, with ourselves in the first place. Even as artists we love both doing a portrait or posing for one, whether it is photographed, painted or drawn.
Looking good in a portrait photo is something that all my clients want. It’s not as easy as saying “do this and do that”, because everyone is different, but there are a few tips that can help you look better for the photos. Keep these in mind before starting with a photo session.
Take care of your skin. Smoothness is something that all women desire in their photos, but also some men. Although you can smooth things up with Photoshop, the results do not look as natural as good skin – and you can end up looking too soft in the photos. Using the best facial moisturizer for men you can find will help improve the look of your skin. It is also a good idea to invest on the best shaving products you can find too, because they will protect your face against the damage caused by razors.
Oily skin can also ruin an otherwise perfect photo. Always have tissue paper or oil blotting sheets at hand (I anticipate this problem by having several of these at the studio). The most problematic area is the shiny T-zone of the face.
Listen to the photographer. Going to a portrait photography session is an act of trust. You always arrive to the session with a set of preconceived notions about your beauty, your ‘right angles’, etc. but a photographer can give you an entirely new point of view. Relax, focus on having a good time and the photographer will have an easy job bringing out the best of you.
Relax! Relaxing is very important part of posing for a photograph, because even the slightest hint of stress will show through the photos. Relaxing also means letting your emotions show, and what better emotions than positive ones! A photogenic person is someone who genuinely enjoys getting photographed and doesn’t have to fake anything for the camera. Doing some meditation and anticipating a good time prior to the session can do wonders in the end result.
Do not be afraid to smile. A real, contagious smile doesn’t hold back, that’s why it is recommended you smile showing your teeth instead of smiling with the mouth closed. Instead of forcing the facial expression, focus on letting your happiness and confidence show. Keep your lips not too pressed to avoid weird contortions in your face. A confident, relaxed smile is perfect for men’s photos.
Dress for the occasion. Unless you go to a fashion photo shoot, you’ll have to bring your own clothes for the day, so it is a good idea to careful think about which items you are going to pick. Once you pick your outfit have it clean, ironed and ready for the photo shoot. It not only looks better but good clothes also feel better and lets you be more at ease.
Photographs do more than capture moments, they are the windows that allow people to recall and re-experience our memories. These days, photographs are taken to record everything from special and sentimental moments like weddings to simple and thrilling days spent at the beach. Because photographs are so important, everyone strive to take the best of them – which means avoiding blurriness, lack of clarity, and awkward images. For many, one of the biggest struggles is taking a quality photo outdoors. Outdoor photos are one of the most difficult photographing skills to perfect, which is why below there is a list of tips and recommendations to take awesome photos outdoors.
The Right Equipment
Be sure you bring everything you need! Some trips for outdoor photos can require long hours of hiking, walking, or biking. It’s a total drag if you get to the right location and realize you forgot something important. Also, wearing the proper attire is important with any outdoor location shoots. You don’t want to get overheated or freeze to death out there. Also, keep in mind that the proper foot wear is important for any rugged hiking. A blog by this foot doctor gives some tips on how to avoid injury and pain while hiking, especially in unsupportive boots.
The Sun Angle
One of the easiest ways to ruin an outdoor photo is unflattering sunlight. The best type of light for an outdoor photo is soft and gentle rather than unflatteringly direct. To achieve the right bit of sunlight in the photo, the best solution is to position the subject at a 45 degree angle to the sun. Extending this position to 90 degrees will lead to too much shadow and shining the sun directly on the subject will cause squinting and an unflattering image. Other tips in terms of sunlight are to try to wait until clouds partially cover the sun or to position an object over the direct sunlight like a building, brand, or tree.
The Three Grounds
The best outdoor photos have three components: the background, the foreground, and the middle ground. This essentially means that the background of your outdoor photos should be broken down into three sections in relation to the subject. Utilizing the three grounds for your background is an excellent way to add beauty and depth to the photo, while also placing the subject in a flattering position. For more creativity, try to avoid always placing the subject in the center.
Focus on the Right Things
With photographs, most people will instantly look to the subject’s face. Therefore, to make the most out of the outdoor photo, make sure that the subject does not blend into the background. The background is meant to enhance the photo, not ruin it. Another tip is to always try and focus on the eyes of the subject, which is especially true if it is a portrait photo. This trick will help the subject stand out and not allow anything else to overpower the portrait. This is a cool video demonstrating this here.
Flash is one of those things that many are unsure about. The standard flash use for most is evening and nighttime, and while utilizing it during these hours is always best, it does not mean that it needs to be banned when there is daylight. Using flash anytime during the day works well to fill in light and to separate your subject from the background. Also, some cameras also have features that allow them to adjust the flash for optimal results. The best type of flash to use though is external flash, as it produces higher quality light that is shot off from the camera itself. Some great external flashes can be found at Newegg.com.
Overall, outdoor photographs do not need to be a struggle. With the right techniques above, anyone can get the most of their photos and make sure that the memories captured are as beautiful and engaging as possible. So next time outdoor photos are taken, remember to manage the sunlight well, utilize the three grounds, focus on the right things, and use flash. The pictures will indeed turn out amazing.
When most people think about acquiring art, they look for pieces at traditional institutions like schools and museums. Personally, I think that a conventional view of the art world limits the scope of art that you are exposed to; you’ll never find the best art by looking for it in venues that employ people who tell you what you should like. Art is an expression of feelings and emotions, and art connoisseurs are human, so they often gloss over hidden gems in the art world.
Not all art is filled with meaning, but when you find a piece that has some personal significance, it greatly increases its value. This is why it is important to look for art in different places; art isn’t valuable just because someone says it is.
I’ve found the best art in the most unusual places. I always keep my eyes open, and I try to look for pieces that have a deep meaning; you never know what kind of affordable art you may come across when you are actively searching for it in unique places. When people see that you are looking for art at these places, they can direct you towards more gems that no one knows about; in the art world, it’s often about who you know.
I recently stumbled across a beautiful collection during a trip to my new dentist’s office. I made my way over to Desert Vista Dental North (Shea Blvd & 101) for my first appointment, and I slowly started to notice something unique about their waiting room. I looked around without paying attention at first, but eventually the art on the walls started to catch my eye; if I hadn’t been paying attention, there’s a good chance that I would have never noticed it.
I saw a piece on the wall that really impressed me; professional artists say that great art is timeless, and this piece struck me with its rigorous beauty. It commanded my gaze, and it made me really think about life in general. Once I saw this piece, I knew that my dentist was an avid collector of unknown masterpieces. I started to look around the waiting room, and I noticed that every piece really touched me in the way that only great art can. That’s the thing with good art; you’ll know it when you see it. It’s a personal thing that creates emotion, and this emotion is so overwhelming that it drives to acquire the piece for your own collection.
After my dental exam, I asked my dentist about the artwork hanging in his waiting room. I was right; my dentist was a collector who felt the same way that I did about creative expressionism. He attends art and trade shows, and he always tries to find pieces that impress him.
The moral of the story is that you never want to put blinders on when searching for art. If you like art, you need to open yourself up to the world; when you do, you’ll find beautiful pieces that most other people never notice. You never know; you might find a great collection somewhere as unexpected as your local dentist’s office.