Tag Archive: photography

The Most Common Photography Mistakes Every Photographer Should Be Mindful Of

Sometimes in photography, mistakes are made along the way and there is nothing wrong with that. Even professionals get to commit mistakes sometimes. What is important is that we get to identify them and try not to commit these mistakes too often. Here are some mistakes to watch out for in photography.

Blurry Pictures

One of the most common issues amateur photographers encounter is that their images have come out blurry. This is usually because there isn’t enough light reaching the sensor, so the camera struggles to take a sharp image. To remedy this situation, you can use a tripod or a monopod (a must in low light conditions), choose a higher ISO setting for faster shutter speeds or use flash to freeze any movement.

city-593145_1280

Too Much Contrast

A photograph with too much contrast has a strong difference between lighter and darker areas of the image. This is very apparent in photographs taken on a sunny day. Use flash to fill in the dark shadowy areas of the image and try underexposing the image by one or two stops to see if it would fix things.

Red-Eye

Although red-eye can easily be corrected with an image editing software, it’s still good to know how to prevent it from occurring. Red-eye appears commonly in light-eyed people when the camera flash reflects off the retinas in their eyes. You can prevent red-eye by avoiding using your camera’s built-in flash whenever possible or use the automatic red-eye reduction mode if available in your camera. Another technique is to have your subject look away from the camera to avoid the reflection in their eyes.

Off-Colors

Off-colors, or color casts are a well known problem in digital photography. In digital imaging we can use the white balance (WB) settings to deal with this problem. Choose “auto” or the proper WB settings for the scenario. For example, an indoor photograph tends to look orange because the incandescent (tungsten) light bulb emits “warm” or orange light. The tungsten setting devised for this scenario will add blue to balance it out.

Subject is Too Far

If your subject is too far away, your photo will not make much impact. If you are unable to physically move closer to the subject, you can use a good quality telephoto zoom lens or we can crop the image later with your image editing software. Remember to shoot the image at the highest resolution possible because cropping reduces the quality.

Low Resolution

Shooting at a low resolution may allow you to store more images on your memory card, but it is a bad idea as this means that the image quality will suffer. And if you intend to print large photographs like for portrait photography, you won’t be able to print them without noticing the pixels. Better buy additional memory cards and take your photos with higher resolution.

Too Much Noise

Digital noise in your photograph are those unsightly little speckles on your image. The higher the ISO the more noise will appear, and the more you enlarge the image the more you can see noise. Night time images are prone to noise as the camera struggles to record detail. To reduce noise, use the largest image quality setting and always use a tripod so that you can choose the lowest ISO setting without causing blur.

Underexposed Pictures

An underexposed image is one that is too dark because not enough light reached the sensor when the image was taken. If the image comes out looking too shadowy and underexposed, you can try adjusting the aperture with a wider setting to allow more light in. You can also adjust the exposure on a DSLR, selecting the ‘+’ to add more light, usually in ½ stop increments.

Overexposed Pictures

door-510454_1920

If your photograph is too bright and lacking in detail, then it is overexposed. This means there is too much light hitting the sensor. Overexposure can be particularly bad on bright days or with light colored subjects. To correct this, try underexposing the image by choosing -0.5 or -1 and seeing if more detail has been retained. Additionally, use spot metering for accurate results by picking a grey mid-toned area in your image as the guideline.

Please like & share:

Get Started In A Photography Business in 6 Steps

The Photography business these days has become more competitive than before, with so many players now vying for a piece of the market and be able to earn big in the process. And for many people who are thinking of starting up a photography business, these challenges can be daunting for someone who has little to no experience in managing a business to handle. Thus it is important for to first assess whether he/she can handle the work and stress involved in doing business.

For those who have the traits needed, as well as the determination to go into this field, congratulations. While the business can be tough, it does not mean you will not make it if you have those traits and the determination to succeed. To help you along the way, here are 6 steps that would help you get started in the photography business

1 – Choose a specialization

photographer-791269_1280 (1)

There are so many fields in photography available but as a photographer, you must choose which field you would specialize. While there is nothing wrong with specializing in different fields, you are spreading yourself too thin that in the long run, There is the danger that you would not be able to handle the demands of being a photographer with multiple expertise. Besides, you would not be able to become an expert in photography with multiple expertise without mastering one over the other. Choose a field that you have a keen interest and that you will be comfortable with and stick with it. You will eventually thrive as a photographer even if you won’t learn about other fields, just as Playful Heart Photography is into portraits and Mark Seymour is into wedding photography.

2 – Have a business plan prepared

As with any business, getting into the photography business involves a lot of planning. And that planning must take into consideration your current resources, however meager they may be. After all, majority of the successful businesses we see today started out small, so there’s no shame to make use of what you have. Also consider in your plan the means and the timeframe in getting additional investment or possible expansion and whether they can be achieved realistically. If not, make sure you adjust your plan accordingly based on what can be realistically achieved.

3 – Make an initial investment

dslr camera

With a business plan drawn out, the next step would be to make an investment in your business. We are talking about investment here not just the financial but also in terms of equipment or other things you may need to have to start out. For this, try to get in touch with people who would be willing to help you get started with your business with your needs. And If you would go with this route, make sure you make a convincing argument that investing in your business would be worth it and that you have on duping your potential partners.

4 – Have a website

In this day and age, it is no longer an excuse for photographers to not have a place to showcase their works. While some photographers are content to use social media to do that, it will give you an advantage if you have your own website to showcase your output, as well as what you can do. Also, having your own website increases your brand’s worth, giving you an edge as some clients tend to look favorably on photography businesses that have their own websites.  It does not matter if you have your own domain or you made it through a free site creation platform like Blogger or WordPress. The content is what matters the most.

5 – Go social, online and offline

Apart from your web site, you can use social in promoting your business more effectively. You can advertise your brand or do something simple as sharing some of the photos you have taken as a marketing strategy, promoting them as viral content. If you can, try to learn about social media marketing to effectively promote your business. Of course, going offline social networking is very effective too in reaching out to potential customers and partners. Spreading the good word on your business via word of mouth is an effective tool to get your service across.

6 – Learn and invest continuously

With so many advances going on in the field of photography, one who is in the business of photography must be abreast with these developments. Keep developing that knowledge and the skills to be a better photographer. At the same time, as you are earning in the business, continuously invest with the best equipment you can afford to ensure better photos which in turn would lead to bigger profits for yourself and your business.

Please like & share:

All About Concert Photography

If you are someone who is into music, especially live music, then concert photography would be something you could consider going to as a photographer. You get to enjoy your favorite musical artist playing a favorite song of yours live and be able to enjoy the experience too. However, it is also one of the most challenging in the sense that we do not get to have control of almost any parameter in the picture: the subject, the lighting, not to mention we are limited to the angles we could shoot with the limited free space available. Then there are the people attending the concert who would be certainly captured in our frame and they could only care less.

Despite these challenges, concert photography is actually less difficult to do than what most people might think. Let this post show you how.

For starters, try to go to a more intimate concert that would enable to roam a bit more freely and shoot from any angle you wish. If you have a band that you know personally, it will be a good place to start from.

concert-882169_1280

The camera

They often say it’s not the camera that is important but the person behind it. But in the case of concert photography, the camera plays a big role, especially due to the environment these concerts are usually held. For instance, many concerts are held under dim lighting, so your camera should have lenses with wider aperture (like f/2.8, f1.8, or f/1.4) and using cameras that allows us to take photos at high ISO without noise. Even if your camera could not be able to take high ISO images with less noise, boost the ISO settings anyway and just adjust things in post-production. And in dynamic shows like rock bands, we will have to use a relatively high shutter speeds to freeze movement of drummer or the singer.

Another challenge would be the measurement of the light and selecting the correct exposure. In live shows the optimal would be to measure light from a point which we want to expose by using the point metering. Still, check the histogram and the monitor for overexposed points, to ensure that the important objects in the frame are exposed properly. Shooting in RAW is highly recommended too to correct images better.

Should I Use Flash?

Unfortunately, flash has no effect on lighting the singer, especially if you’re far from the stage so better turn it off. If you are close to the stage remember to first measure the light by the environment until you get proper exposure in terms of atmosphere you want before adding the flash to get some ambient lighting showing the atmosphere while the flash will lit the singer and freeze his movement.

Wait for the spot light

musician-924068_1280

When it’s too dark and we are far from the stage and we cannot use the flash, wait until the spot light, the narrow, focused and strong light, will light the artist for a more artistic effect. In concert photography, what matters are certain moments more than the whole event itself.

Color

In most concerts, red is the dominant color. So be careful that the red color will not “burn” and lose details in affected areas. Better take the photo a bit underexposed in RAW and then add some brightness so no details will be lost in those areas. If it fails, one option is to convert the image to black & white so you can save its quality.Having some photography knowledge pays off in cases like this.

Composition

Of course, the most important element to consider in concert photography, or any photography format for that matter, is composition. Whatever story you wish to tell about the concert through photos. you should have good and interesting compositions to show. It could be a close up image of even just hand playing the guitar or the whole band doing the performance. It all depends on your artistic taste and equipment as well.

Concerts are not an easy event to photograph, as an event photographer will tell you. but with a some practice and knowledge, you can get beautiful results.

Please like & share:

What Equipment Do I Need for Landscape Photography

landscape photoLooking at wonderful landscape photos makes us realize how beautiful our surroundings are. These pictures show the different landforms such as hills and mountains as well as great water forms like rivers, waterfalls and many others. While landscape photos may appear easy to capture but then in reality, these photos were carefully planned and shot using the right photography equipment.

Professional photographers need to use the right gear and combine it with their skills and knowledge to come up with terrific landscape images. Those who’d like to become a landscape photographer must research on what to buy so as not to waste many.

Here are some guidelines on what to buy and how to choose.

  1. DSLR camera

There are many types of cameras in the market today but nothing beats a full-type DSLR camera. DSLR cameras undoubtedly produce sharper images with different settings and tools that you can adjust according to your needs. Manchester Wedding Photographer uses the best full-frame cameras.

When choosing to buy for landscape photography, look for a brand or model that is weather-proof and allows you to easily control the aperture and shutter speed. An aperture priority mode or semi-manual setting is advised when shooting landscapes.

Aperture plays a huge part in this type of photography. Shooting at an aperture of f/9 to f/16 can give you a greater depth of field so everything will be in focus and not just the focal point.

  1. Filters

You can ask professional landscape photographers and they will certainly advise you to buy filters. Filters allow you to change how the image will appear. Some of the commonly used filters are Neutral density (ND) filters, Black and white filters and colored filters. ND filters can help you shoot in longer exposure, B&W for producing black and white photos and Color filter to even up the lighting on the picture.

  1. Lenses

Lenses are as important as cameras. You can choose a less expensive camera body with a correct lens and you can already achieve great landscape images. Select lenses that are weatherproof so it can withstand even tough weather or harsh elements like sand.

The recommended lenses for landscapes are ultra wide angle lens and telephoto lens. Ultra wide angle lens can give you a broader view so every important element will be in the picture. The focal length of ultra wide lenses is around 40mm. On the other hand, a telephoto lens can help you get clear images even from a distant. You can zoom in to capture images from afar. Telephoto lenses have a focal length of 70mm to 300 or even 400mm.

  1. Batteries, flashlight, tripod and memory cards

If you plan to go to high places or shoot in the golden hours, then you will need to bring a flashlight. This can help you find your way in the dark and tough locations. Spare batteries are important in case your primary battery drains out. Tripod can provide stability to your camera to avoid camera shakes which can affect the images you capture. Lastly, memory cards must always be ready so you can save more or nothing will be missed.

Apart from the equipment, it is also important for a professional photographer like this documentary wedding photographer to choose and photo editing program and learn it. With a photo editing software like Light room or Photoshop, landscape photos will look more glorious and visually-appealing.

Please like & share:

10 Most Important Shots You Must Get When Photographing a Wedding

wedding photographyBeing chosen to photograph a wedding can be flattering and exciting especially if it is your very first wedding event. You need to be prepared for this make or break first coverage since this will either impress or disappoint your first client.

Apart from buying and learning how to use your cameras and other accessories, you also need to decide on what style you’re going to use and what shots you will make. There are some wedding photographers who neglect the importance of getting prepared for each wedding and eventually regret not planning ahead.

One way to prepare for the wedding is to make a checklist of the important shots you must get in this very special event. Regardless of whether you are going to use the traditional or photojournalistic approach, it is vital for you to capture the precious moments before, during and after the wedding. You need to make up your mind on what moments to look forward to and what pictures to shoot.

Below are the top 10 wedding shots that most photographers think are important to be captured in a wedding.

  1. Wedding Accessories

Before the bride and groom wear their respective clothes and accessories, you need to take shots of each. Among the items you need to photograph are the bridal gown, shoes, rings, bible, jewelry, garter and bridal bouquet.

  1. Wedding Venues

A great deal of preparation was done to make the venue look elegant and romantic. Don’t miss taking a shot of the wedding venue or locations before the wedding starts. The couple will really treasure this shot of the place where they exchanged vows and celebrated their union.

  1. Bride’s Preparation

Take shots of the bride while putting on her gown and photograph also her bridesmaids who are fixing their hair and make-up. Make sure to ask permission first so as not to intrude their privacy. Take a picture also of the bride and her mom while the latter helps the bride with the final retouches.

  1. Groom’s Preparation

Capture an image of the groom and his groomsmen doing the necessary preparations. You can also take portrait shots of the groom and his parents, the groom and groomsmen and solo shots of the groom.

  1. Bride & Father

This shot is perhaps the most memorable for the bride and her family. Expect for this moment to be dramatic since both bride and father will feel emotional while walking down the aisle towards the groom. Wedding photographer buckinghamshire makes sure to get a shot of this momentous episode.

  1. Shot of Bride and Groom during the Ceremony

A defining moment of this wedding is the exchange of vows between the bride and groom. Capture this wonderful moment and make sure you are in the right spot in taking the shot. It would be best if the guests are included in it.

  1. The First Kiss

The most important shot of all is the couple’s first kiss. You should not fail to get a perfect shot of this key moment because this is one of the pictures that the couple are really looking forward to keeping.

  1. Shot of the Reception

A wide angle shot of the wedding reception with all the wonderful decorations is very important. Make sure to capture a good shot of this before the wedding party starts.

  1. The First Dance

A picture of the wedding couple swaying to tune of their favorite music for their very first dance as a couple is another not-to-be-missed shot.   Wedding photographer derby never misses taking a shot of this precious moment.

  1. Group Shot at the Wedding Party

A group shot will all the guests in it will surely be treasure by the couple. Position yourself in a spot where you everybody can be included in the picture. Use the right lens and check your camera settings so you can get this shot right.

You can also ask the couple on what shots they want you to include so you don’t miss anything. They can either give you a checklist or you can prepare one with their suggestions in it.

Please like & share:

Different Wedding Photography Styles Explained

wedding photography stylePlanning a wedding can be very exciting and a bit stressful. There are many things that you as a couple must prepare, decide on and finalize. You also need to contact different vendors and set appointments with each before deciding on which ones are the best to hire for this special day.

Needless to say, hiring a professional wedding photographer is surely among the top services that couples like you take great consideration in. You want the best wedding photographer who can make this special event even more special by documenting the entire wedding – from the wedding preparations up to the after-wedding party moments.

Wedding photographers use different photography styles and so it is important to ask ahead on what style he plans to use when covering your wedding. You also need to understand what these styles are so you can choose the right one for your wedding.

There are 3 popular wedding photography styles that are mostly applied by photographers in shooting wedding. Below is a detailed explanation of each of the 3 styles

Conventional or Traditional Wedding Photography Style

Traditional photography style is a pioneer among all wedding photography styles. This is the style we usually see in the weddings from decades ago and even up to now. In traditional wedding photography style, the photographer spends time setting up the photo shoot locations and giving instructions to the couple and their guests.

During the wedding ceremony and party, the photographer will come in every now and then to ask the couple to pose for the cam.

If you particularly want to see formal pictures of your guests as well as you and your partner, then you might like this conventional style. This style focuses on capturing formal group shots, family shots, individual or couple portraits. This buckinghamshire wedding photographer is very good in taking portrait shots.

You can even provide a shoot list to the photographer so he will not miss photographing an important person, item, location or moment. The downside though is that some of your guests might feel uneasy posing for the camera whenever signaled by the photographer for a shoot.

Reportage or Photojournalistic

In photojournalistic wedding photography style, the photographer takes shots discreetly. There will be minimal intervention from the photographer and the couple will have more freedom to roam around and focus on the wedding itself.

Reportage or Photojournalistic approach aims to capture candid and real moments during the wedding. It is like creating a narrative of a story as it unfolds. Reportage wedding photos will show the real emotions of the couple and their guests. You can see some who are in tears during the exchange of vows while in other pics you will see genuine happiness among the couple and their guests.

You can check out the website of this documentary wedding photographer to find out more about photojournalistic wedding photography style.

Contemporary or Artistic

Another popular wedding photography style is the contemporary or artistic style. In contemporary style, you can see pictures taken from unique angles and the poses are also uncommon. Photographers using this style take a long time and great effort in editing the pictures to make it more aesthetic. Sometimes the final output is very different from the original image. If you choose this contemporary wedding photography style, make sure you hire a photographer who is really skilled in this photography style and not just pretending to be one.

Please like & share:

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)