Photography Lighting Techniques – 3 Vital Tips

Imagine how terrific it would feel to be able to pick up your camera, shoot any subject matter you want – and get jaw dropping, awesome photos – every time. All it takes is an understanding of some basic photography lighting techniques!

Three beginning photography lighting techniques that you really need to understand are:

1. Color: If you’ve ever photographed a landscape that looked dull, flat and lifeless – here’s what you do…Examine the COLOR of the light in your photo. It is a common mistake to shoot outdoor photos in the middle of the day.

Set your alarm and roll out of bed just before dawn, then go to your site…you’ll get shots with a soft, delicate pink touch. Or, shoot at sunset and get a landscape covered in gold! The light glancing off your subject will create gorgeous highlights and deep, defining shadows. It is the shadows that will make the subject appear 3D and POP! Continue reading “Photography Lighting Techniques – 3 Vital Tips”

Learn Some of the Basics of Camera Lenses

The price of a camera lens can vary, it could be less than $100 or even over $8,000, but these lenses all do similar jobs, they produce an image on the digital sensor. Generally though it is found that a higher quality lens is better able to produce better results.

Many peoples understanding of a camera lens is limited to what they usually use a normal film camera or a digital camera with a fixed lens, so we will go over some of the other lesser known distinctiveness of the photographic lens. As we go over this things you should have a better grasp of how the lenses operate and which lens may be of the best style for you to incorporate into your photography system.

Focal distance and angle of capture sight

Normally written in millimeters, the central length of a lens is the distance from its optical center to the digital sensor, in theory this is where it makes the clearest image. The angle of capture sight of a lens is the amount of the panorama, side to side and top to bottom, the lens can keep in the photograph. Either the film size, or the sensor and the focal determine the angle of capture sight of a lens. As an example a lens that projects an image, the size of the film format or image sensor, is what determines the angle of capture sight for a particular focal-length lens. Continue reading “Learn Some of the Basics of Camera Lenses”

Preparation For Newborn Photographs

What to wear- nothing! I usually photograph them in just a diaper, naked or wrapped in a blanket. If you have a cloth diaper cover that works even better. Clothing does not work so well for newborns as the clothing is usually too big for them and the shirts often get scrunched up around their necks. Its best also if the parents have black clothing that can also be used as a backdrop for close up shots of the baby. If you are having your photos taken in the hospital, please bring something black or dark/neutral in color so that we can use that as a backdrop for the baby.

Newborns hate getting their clothes taken off! Most newborns will get fussy when you take off their clothing. One thing that works really well to get the baby ready for pictures is to take off their clothes, wrap them up in a simple solid colored blanket (do avoid the hospital blankets as they are white and not as artistic) and then feed them if they are fussy and hungry. That way, when they are finished eating, they are calm and ready to be photographed. It also helps to wrap them in a warm blanket from the blanket warmer or a towel out of the dryer. If it is a home visit I ask that you turn up the thermostat to 75-80 degrees. Newborns are used to a very warm womb and get cold very easily. As long as they are fed and warm, I can usually capture great pictures. Continue reading “Preparation For Newborn Photographs”

Canon 55-200mm Lens

Photography experts would always be one in saying that what brings about a picture of good quality in terms of brightness, sharpness and color is the lens of a camera. This is the part the sees through the image that will be captured and produces a picture that preserves the moment or the subject. As time passed and the technology of the world improves, several innovations have also been made in this line to the benefit of the industry. Lenses as we know it is not anymore the simple round device attached to a camera. There are now several attributes that has to be considered when choosing a lens.

For one who is just starting out in the craft, choosing the right lens for his camera can be a little tricky. The most expensive ones are not always the best so one has to be more discriminating with the features of a lens before buying it. What a photographer wants is a lens that gives sharp picture that shows so much more than the objects itself. There is a long list of lenses available in the market so finding the right one will require time. From among the many however, a Canon 55-200mm lens is among the best. Continue reading “Canon 55-200mm Lens”

6 Black and White Photography Tips

Photographing in black in white is one of the best ways to create timeless, classy, artistic, and interesting photos. But it’s not as simple as taking a photo in color and converting it to monochrome! Follow the tips below to ensure the best results possible.

1. Photograph in RAW – Not everyone owns a camera with the ability to shoot in RAW. And a lot of people who have the ability don’t know how to do it. But shooing in RAW gives you more control when you’re editing the photo later. You can still shoot great photographs in JPEG, but if you have the ability you should definitely try RAW.

2. Photograph in Color – If you don’t have the ability to shoot in RAW, or just don’t want to, at least shoot in color. Although it may sound counterproductive to shoot in color when you want black and white photos, that isn’t the case. Having color in your photo gives your software more information to work with when you’re editing it later. Most digital cameras have a “black and white” mode, but it doesn’t give the best results. Continue reading “6 Black and White Photography Tips”

Using Depth of Field to Take Good Pictures

One of the best digital photography tips involves something know as depth of field, or bokeh. This is where part of the photograph is in sharp focus while the rest of the image is out of focus, or blurry. This technique adds lots of interest to a photograph by separating the main subject from the photograph and drawing the viewer’s attention right to the area of the main subject. The blurred background does not compete for the viewer’s attention.

You can do a couple of things to create an image with satisfying depth of field. One way to accomplish good depth of field is to separate the main subject far enough from the background so that the background is not in focus. For instance, if you are photographing a person, just have them move toward you and away from the distracting background.

Another technique is to use a telephoto lens with a wide open aperture. This sounds a little techy, but it is not really very complicated. Here’s how it works. Use your telephoto lens set to a higher number, such as 100mm or 200mm, and set your aperture to a lower number, such as f2.8 or f4.0. The lower the number, the less depth there is in the focus. In some cases, there is only a depth of focus of an inch or two. As the f-stop rises, so does the focus depth. So, if you take a photo with your aperture set to, say f9.0, you will get much more detail in the background because there is a “deeper” focus range. Continue reading “Using Depth of Field to Take Good Pictures”

Tokina 11-16mm Lens Review

Tokina’s 11-16mm f2.8 ultra wide lens is an unknown quantity to many people. The small range of lenses that Tokina produce leads many to dismiss the manufacturer as a sub standard third party manufacturer in the same league as Sigma or Tamron. Well that is plain wrong – Tokina make exceptional lenses,, the build quality of which is up there (if not better than) most of the Nikon or Canon lenses.

The 11-16 is a true ultra wide angle lens. Even when mounted on a cropped sensor dslr such as the Canon Rebel XSi the view is really wide, so much so that it can take some getting used to. Simply pointing at the horizon for run of the mill landscape shots tends to yield boring images. Instead to get the most from the wideness you need to either get low to the ground or ensure you have strong elements in the forefront of the frame in order to lead the viewers eye right through your composition. Once you get the hang of this you will be blown away by the results. Continue reading “Tokina 11-16mm Lens Review”

The Magic Lens – Canon 50mm F1.8 Lens Review

First off I would like to say that this is one of the most under rated lenses in the whole market. In this article I will try and inform you why I have formed this opinion.

Many people feel slightly underwhelmed with the results they get when they start shooting with their first digital slr camera. Their are two main mistakes that people make when moving from compact cameras to SLRs. The first is that they use the automatic or preset modes within the camera while shooting. In my eyes this is like buying a Ferarri and never getting out of first gear. To unleash the power of a SLR camera you need to start learning about how to use some of the semi manual or manual modes.

The second mistake is that people fail to appreciate how important lenses are on a camera. In the world of compact digital cameras marketing efforts seem to be based about the number of mega pixels a camera boasts. Large numbers of pixels will only give you a large image, not necessarily a sharp one. The lens on any camera is the most important part and the one that truly defines the image quality the camera produces. One downside is that most great lenses cost many hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. Continue reading “The Magic Lens – Canon 50mm F1.8 Lens Review”

Digital Photography Tips – 5 Tips to Avoid Flash Blowout

Have you ever tried to take pictures in a poorly lit room with your point and shoot camera? How was it? Doesn’t your subject turn out to be completely blown out by the flash? It was horrible to see that your subjects are engulfed by the bright light. So, below are 5 tips to help you avoid this common flash blowout.

1. Stepping back

Various digital photography tips told you to get close to your subjects so that you can fill up your frame. However, the closer you get to your subjects with flash, the brighter they will get.

So, it is wise that you take some steps further from your subjects and zoom into them when you need to flash on your subjects. This can help you to fill your frame and reduce the blowout.

2. Bounce the flash

As any point and shoot camera user already knew, you can’t control the direction of the flash (DSLR flash unit can be twisted and bounce the light to other direction). However, you are not cursed to stick with this situation forever. You can change your fate with some effort.

You can use a small white card and place it at an angle in front of the flash so that the light can be directed to the ceiling or wall. One thing about this digital photography tip is that you want to be careful with the material you use to direct the flash. This is because different color can impact the light from your flash. So, you will see a different picture when you bounce the flash with a red card instead of white. Continue reading “Digital Photography Tips – 5 Tips to Avoid Flash Blowout”

Digital and Optical Camera Zoom – What’s the Difference?

If you are new to photography, figuring out what zoom power you need and differentiating between the different types of zoom can be quite overwhelming. A number of new terms referring to zooming have been introduced lately in the marketing language of camera manufacturers, which only increases confusion. This article is aimed to bring a little more light into the problem and help you take a good decision when making the purchase.

Most mid-priced digital cameras have an incorporated 3x/4x lens. These numbers refer to optical and digital zoom. Most cameras have both optical and digital zoom, with the exception of a few low-priced ones, which tend to make dull and fuzzy photos. A digital camera’s zoom function is quite similar to the one of a film camera and does the same thing, namely bringing the subject closer. Anyway, in digital cameras here are two types of zoom, an optical and a digital one. Optical zoom is the one similar to the zoom of a traditional camera.

Digital zoom, on the other hand, simulates zooming by blowing up a selected part of the picture. It shouldn’t be mistaken with photo editing, which refers to applications used to modify the image after it’s been produced. Another common misconception about this type of zoom is that it is particularly useful for long distance photos. This cannot be farther from the truth. Optical zoom is much more important in a digital camera and it should be the one used as a criterion when comparing different models instead of digital or total zoom. Continue reading “Digital and Optical Camera Zoom – What’s the Difference?”