Learn Digital Photography

Learning digital photography in our instant society is only possible by applying the basic principles of good photography. Digital is another tool and there is no real fast way of doing this. But… if you are prepared to follow these six quick photography principles you’re on the road to learning digital photography fast. And I really mean fast. So here goes. Choose your subject carefully – This is the centrepiece of your photo. Make sure you identify a suitable subject and focus on this. Not negotiable. If subject is not clearly identifiable your photo will be below average.

Place your subject intelligently – Divide your image into thirds vertically and horizontally. Imagine 2 lines across and 2 lines down. Where these lines intersect place your subject on one of these points. If you have an horizon in the image, line it up with one of the 2 horizontal lines. Get closer to your subject, most times the subject is what you want to remember about the scene you are recording. So get as much of it in your photo. This is especially so with family photos. Have smaller groups of people shot closer to the camera.

Exclude clutter from around your subject, make sure that there are no trees or telephone poles sticking out the top of you subject’s head. Unless you particularly want to remember the garbage can, bicycle, microwave or signboard, leave them out of the scene. Look for anything that you don’t want to see in 20 years when viewing the photos and exclude it. Look at your subject from a different angle, shoot from up higher (above the subject) or lower (looking up at the subject). Find a different angle so that the image is unique a gives you a different more interesting aspect. Change your viewpoint, most people stand in front of the subject and just shoot away. Move around looking through your viewfinder and find a different position that gives a more interesting shot. Experimenting is the key.

Bonus tip, finally here’s a bonus tip. Choose a subject you want to photograph and shoot it in 50 different ways. Shoot from high, low, the left, the right, directly above. Get in really close, turn you camera at an angle, hold the camera above your head. Change your viewpoint, walk away from the subject, lie on your back or lie on your stomach. It may sound a lot but when you try it you’ll see it’s possible. When you’ve finished, browse through all the images and you will be amazed at your ability. You will have found a new and different angle that will amaze your friends and family. Don’t worry about feeling stupid if you want to get that great shot.

5 Qualities You Should Look For In a Wedding Photographer

Photography comes in all different forms and specialties. You can learn to do it yourself and even make a career of it… maybe we’ll save those tips for a later post. Or you can hire a professional. There are a lot of reasons people hire a photographer. Any occasion may actually be appropriate to take some photos. Every parent wants photos of their children to build memories. Birthday parties and celebrations always call for pictures to be taken. There are plenty more occasions for photos but today let’s focus on one in particular that is an absolute must have, weddings! Let’s talk about choosing your photographer for your big day.

When you are choosing your wedding photographer, it can become tricky, challenging, and sometimes frustrating. It is a big decision given the amount an experienced photographer can cost, and one needs a few tricks to pick out the best wedding photographer for their special day. The most permanent thing about weddings is the wedding photo. They will stay with you for life and will last for generations. Every year, on your anniversary, you might not be able to throw the same wedding day spread, or create the perfect decorations, but you will have your photos to remind you of the greatest memories of your life.

This is why choosing the right photographer, even one that specifically specializes in doing weddings is an important wedding decision. Here are some qualities that you should be looking for:

Portfolio Browsing: You don’t always have to pick an expensive or established photographer. The key lies in the portfolio that will give you an idea about what to expect from the photos. A photographer might present you with their “best shots,” but you should ask for a complete portfolio where you can look for the photos that aren’t that great. Evaluate style and technical ability, and you are good to go!

Personal Attention: You should focus on the way the photographer is presenting himself or herself when you initially talk to them. In the end, they are going to be working with you on your special day and you would want to discuss situations and follow-up after the shoot – they should be communicative.

Equipment Quality: Things can break and the photographer might not always have the greatest or the most expensive equipment, but they should fulfill your needs. You should focus on the lens, flash, and other important features of the camera that they will use for the shoot.

Wedding Contract: Contracts are a great thing for any type of association, especially wedding photography. You should be able to rely on the person for a follow-up or quality delivery of the photos. A contract will ensure that you get the best services until your business in concluded

Pricing: Once you have narrowed down your choices, you should go after analyzing the pricing of the complete shoot. You should also study the types of shoot that is included in the cost, like pre-wedding shoot, bridal shoot, and bridesmaid shoot. Wedding photography is a delight to do and to witness. For your special day you should ensure that all your demands are meet and the pictures are beautiful.

If you’re interested in looking around for a quality photographer for your wedding or simply want to ask some questions, I know a number of skilled photographers. But one that really stands out from the rest has been in the industry for years and enjoys doing weddings who also offers a few other entertaining services that might be a good addition to a wedding.

You can check him out here at www.photoboothwinnipeg.com. Keep in mind some photographers are willing to travel if you’re having a destination wedding so don’t worry if you can’t find someone local or close to you, some of the best photographers are natural travellers. It will most likely be more expensive but definitely a required part of the day. I hope this post gives you the information you need to make your wedding one to remember.

What Is Stock Photography?

Stock photography is just existing photographs that are available for specific purpose. Sometimes it is also known as picture library or photo bank and digital stock photography can just simply mean that the pictures are taken digitally. You can see a lot of these digital stock photographs in books, magazines and websites. You might ask why the publishers don’t hire professional photographers for the job. This is because the pictures in photo bank are cheaper than getting someone to do it. Plus the pictures sold in the photo bank are created with the best quality and that can save you from the frustration of fighting with the photographer over the quality of the pictures.

And to help you make money with this process, look at what other photographers are selling and think about what else you can offer. Let’s say eagle is the popular subject. Can you photograph other species of the eagle with different angle or performing other activity? You will never know whether anyone is looking for a picture of Harpy eagle resting in its nest and he might be willing to pay good money for it.

Another easy way for you to cash in with photo library is to look into the ‘wanted list’ in the digital stock photography agencies. Once you know what your potential customers are looking for, plan your shots so that you can bring something different to the table. As long as you can make your clients feel that your picture is their perfect solution, they are going to get your picture regardless of your reputation.

Introduction To Digital Photography

Over the years, photography has evolved from film based to fully digital. With digital photography, you can capture that special moment with far more accuracy and detail than you used to. Digital camera manufacturers have improved the camera features so that professionals and beginner photographers can enjoy the hobby. However, these new features sometimes might not be enough to capture the essence of the photo. Maybe you frame the subject well and you got the lighting right but you forgot to include the red eye reduction setting. That is when photo editing software becomes handy. You just load your picture into the software and make the necessary adjustment.

When you really want to enjoy digital photography, you need the right tool for it. When you are beginning with the hobby, you can start with compact digital camera and if you are thinking to become a professional photographer, you must look into DSLR camera. Always look into what you need when selecting your digital camera. If you are not a photography enthusiast, you don’t need anything more than a simple point and shoot camera. On the other hand, when you want to make money with photography, you should consider a DSLR camera.

You do know you can make money with your hobby right? You can be a wedding photographer, host a photo blog and even sell your picture online. When you do a search online, you will find more chance to earn money with digital photography. As you already knew, photography is an art and you need to improve your skills to make it better. You can go to workshops, read blogs and buy a photography book to learn more about digital photography. But no matter what you do, remember to go out and snap more nice pictures. Be creative when you are taking your pictures. You can take a few shots of the same subject with different settings and angles. After that, compare your pictures and analyze why some pictures are better than the rest. It is through research and practice that you can become a better digital photographer.