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21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Female Subjects

Posted by Hans on March 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (0)

              If you ever run out of ideas, get stuck in creativity or simply need some guidance when shooting female subjects, you may use following posing samples as a “posing cheat sheet”. Many pro photographers use such a technique when preparing for and during the photo shoot.

             The poses in this article are selected as initial reference. I would advise to look at the poses together with your subject, especially if she’s inexperienced. During a photo shoot don’t hesitate to discuss with the subject which pose is or isn’t working in any particular situation. It’s usually very productive and you both will feel more confident in what you are doing.

           OK, let’s start, one by one.

 

1. Very simple portrait pose to start with. Have the model look over her shoulder. Note how unusual and interesting a portrait might look, if shot simply from a different angle.

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2. In portrait photography, hands are usually not visible or at least not dominant. However, you might get creative by asking the model to play around with her hands trying different positions around her head or face. Keep in mind, though: No flat palms, and the hands should only show their sides!

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3. You might be familiar with composition rules like the rule of thirds. In a similar way, pleasing effects can be created by using diagonals. Also remember that you don’t need to always hold your camera on a perfectly even level. Don’t be afraid to tilt it, you might achieve some interesting and unusual perspectives.

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4. A really nice and lovely pose with a model sitting. The knees have to touch each other. Shoot slightly from above.

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5. Another open and inviting pose with the model lying on the ground. Get down and take your shot nearly from the ground level.

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6. Just a variation for a pose with the model lying on the ground. Both hands might as well be resting on the ground. Works very well outdoors, on the grass or in a wild flower meadow, for example.

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7. A basic easy pose, yet looks absolutely stunning. Get down and shoot nearly from a ground level. Then try to move gradually around the model while making shots. Also ask your model to change head and hand positions.

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8. Another easy yet gorgeous pose for all body types. Try different hand and leg positioning. And remember to focus on the model’s eyes!

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9. A really lovely pose. Works well in different surface settings: The model, for example, might lie on a bed, on the ground, in the grass, or on a sandy beach. Shoot from a very low angle and focus on the eyes.

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10. Gorgeous and easy pose for a model sitting on the ground.

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11. Another simple and friendly pose for a model sitting on the ground. Try different directions and angles.

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12. A wonderful way to demonstrate the beauty of a model’s physique. Works very well as a silhouette when shooting against a bright background.

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13. A simple and casual looking pose. Lots of variations are possible. Ask the model to twist her body, experiment with hand positioning and try different head turns.

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14. Another very simple and elegant pose. The model is turned slightly to the side, hands in back pockets.

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15. Leaning slightly forward can be a very attractive gesture. It is a subtle way to emphasize upper body shapes.

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16. A sensual pose. By holding the hands above the head body curves are emphasized. Works with fit body types.

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17. Endless variations are possible for posing in full height. This pose is just the starting point. Ask the model to slightly turn her body, change hand positioning, change head and eye directions etc.

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18. A relaxed pose with the model standing upright and supporting her back against a wall. Remember that the model may use a wall not only to support her back, but also to put her hands on, or resting a leg against it.

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19. Note that full height settings are very demanding and work well only with slim to athletic body types. Posing guidelines are simple: The body should be arched in an S shape, hands should be relaxed, while the weight finds support on just one leg.

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20. An exquisite pose for slim to athletic models. Many variations are possible. In order to find the best posture, tell the model to slowly move her hands and twist her body constantly. When you see a good variant, ask your model to hold still and take some pictures. Repeat for a full set.

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21. An absolutely romantic and delicate pose. Any kind of cloth (even a curtain) can be used. Note that the back doesn’t need to be completely bare. Sometimes as little as a bare shoulder could work pretty well.

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So, there’s something for you to start with. Hope you will find at least couple of poses to work with in different shooting scenarios! Keep in mind that each of the initial sample poses is meant to be only a starting point. 


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                Each pose has endless variations! Just be creative and adjust the pose as needed (for example, try different shooting angles and ask your subject to change hand, head and leg positioning etc.)

 



Your Favorite type of Photography

Posted by Hans on February 19, 2012 at 4:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Photography is an expressive art form that is much more than portraits,    landscapes and glamour photographs. Professional and amateur photographers both have their favorite type of photography that helps them express themselves best. This is similar to painters who favor oil, acrylic or watercolors. They each give a different type of feel to the finished product; much the same as differing types of photography are used to express certain emotions in certain ways.

 

Photojournalism

 

This is a type of photography usually practiced only by professionals. Because of the usual seriousness of the subject matter, photojournalists must perfect the art of taking photographs that maintain the integrity of the story and express the feelings of the images through the camera lens. In this type of photography, the subject matter of the photos is limited to the facts with no embellishment. Such photos are used to induce certain feelings in the audience, while listening to the news story and looking at the photographs. People who practice such photography have had years to hone their craft so they can take iconic images that stay with people long after words fail them.

 

Documentary Photography

 

Much like photojournalism, documentary photography serves to capture moments in history that are meant to be added to other documentation of the era. The main difference between documentary photography and photojournalism is while photojournalism captures a moment and one scene of a story, documentary photography serves to record an era in history, be it political or social. It is part of a larger story, instead of being the story. Similarly, documentary photography aims to show the truth via photographs, without embellishing the image at all.

 

Action Photography

 

Action photography is also a professional type of photography, usually involving sports. Sports photography is definitely one of the most exciting types of photography, and any good action photographer has to anticipate when the best shots will come. To be successful as an action photographer, one must be well versed in the subject matter to be able to anticipate actions before they occur, in order to get the pictures necessary.

 

Macro-photography

 

Taking pictures at close range is a type of photography known as macro-photography. In the past, in order to take quality pictures, photographers needed expensive and advanced equipment, so it was limited to professionals. However, the advancements in technology have allowed amateur photographers the ability to participate in macrophotography is they are so inclined. Digital cameras with macro settings make this one type of photography for amateurs. Subjects often include insect wings, backs of leaves, small creatures and textile textures. Anything that has an interesting pattern when closely examined is fair game in macro-photography.

 

Aerial Photography

 

As the name suggests, aerial photographers specialize in taking photographs from the air. Such photographs are used in taking pictures or surveys of construction or natural disaster aftermath. The pictures are usually taken from airplanes, helicopters, hot air balloons and occasionally even parachutes.

 

Portraiture

 

The goal of a portrait photographer is to get the subject, usually families of some sort; in a pose that shows best who they are. Portraiture is also the oldest form of photography.

 

Travel Photography

 

Travel photography spans several categories including advertising, glamour and landscape photography. The idea of travel photography is to entice the consumer into wanting to go to the place in question so they might be able to experience such feelings as those they get from looking at the travel photographs. It is all a matter of perception, and a professional photographer is able to make a viewer perceive what is generally intended.


Are You in a Photography Rut? 11 Tips to Get Out of It!

Posted by Hans on July 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM Comments comments (0)

Are You in a Photography Rut? 11 Tips to Get Out of It!

 

by Valerie Jardin

 

Every photographer hits a wall at one point or another. Here are a few tips to keep things fresh and new.


1. Try something new, get out of your comfort zone. You’ve been photographing nature for years? Try some street photography!


2. Meet other photographers and go on photo walks. It doesn’t have to be a large group. Get together with two or three other people who share the same passion and experiment with different photography genres. Meet regularly and choose a different theme each time: Street photography one week, landscape photography the next! You will learn something new from fellow photographers and getting together will help keep the passion for photography alive.


3. If you own a DSLR, try renting a new lens for a weekend to experiment with something totally different. It can be a fisheye or a macro lens, a special effect lens or a super telephoto. They are big investments and renting for a weekend or a few days is quite affordable and the best way to know if you are ready to make the investment. Try your local camera store or any reputable online rental services such as borrowlenses.com. Check for special deals.


4. Write a list of things you’ve never photographed before and make it a point to learn the techniques to achieve those shots. I’ve been doing this for a while and my list still includes a lot of interesting things to discover such as panoramic photography or time lapse. I recently discovered macro photography and it opened a whole new world of possibilities in my own backyard. I discover something new every time I put the macro lens on my camera!

There are many techniques you can learn that don’t require any new equipment and such as light trails, light painting, etc. Just be open to trying new things.

 

I recently discovered macro photography and it's been so much fun. I can go out in my own backyard for a few minutes and come back with treasures. Shot with the Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens (handheld!)

 

5. Get you hands on a film camera and a roll of film and limit yourself to 36 exposures for a day. You will learn the importance of getting it right in camera. If nothing else, you will realize how incredibly flexible digital really is!


6. Pick a theme andget out on your own. You can pick to only shoot things that are yellow, just feet, people with hats, dogs… The sky is the limit. This exercise will help you see things differently and the results may surprise you.


7. Mentor someone. Give a camera to a child. Take them out to shoot. You may spark a life-long passion and you may learn a thing or two about yourself in the process.


8. Give back to your community, volunteer to photograph a local event for a charity for example.


9. If you can afford it, sign up for a photography workshop in a field you are passionate about or to learn something completely new.


10. Start a project that will force you to shoot more, such as a 365 day project. Share your project through social media or a blog. The more you shoot, the more you are going to want to shoot. Push yourself and set a goal to put all those images in a book when you are done. Pat yourself in the back, it’s a big accomplishment!


11. Look at the work of others. They may be famous or unknown, the goal is not to copy their work but to draw inspiration from it.


This list is non exhaustive, please add some suggestions in the comments. Happy shooting!

 

 



How To Effectively Add Emotions To Photographs

Posted by Hans on July 4, 2011 at 4:42 PM Comments comments (0)

How To Effectively Add Emotions To Photographs

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A great photograph is one that conveys emotion. Adding the element of emotion into a photograph helps it to connect with the viewer. The most common emotions that are universally felt and most commonly included in photographs include sorrow, despair, joy, and happiness.

 

The element of emotion can make any photograph with a simple subject stand out. Just imagine this: if you photograph the setting sun by the beach, you will be sure that many people would appreciate the beautiful scene. However, if you shoot the scene at a wider angle, you can include a couple holding hands while walking by the beach or some children playing by the shore or a mother and child making sandcastles. Different individuals will have varying reactions with any of the said scenes.

 

You can’t really know for certain how each viewer would react to your photograph. Your photograph is an expression of what you feel and what you view through your camera’s viewfinder. You can never really control how your viewers will respond to your photograph but if you convey feelings and emotions to your photographs, you can make stronger connections with them. Here are some tips to make this possible:

 

Your Mood

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You can’t deny that your emotional state will have a big impact on the kind and quality of your photographs. Your mood determines largely your mood and angle for that particular day. There will certainly be days when you will feel like you just don’t have it even after shooting tons of photographs while there will be times when you just know that you are on your element.

 

What you feel will likely be mirrored or would come through in your photographs. If you feel that you just don’t have it on certain days, just lay down your camera and relax. If you feel that it is one of your upswing days, make the most out of it. Besides, with the advent of digital cameras, you will never worry about film costs and you can shoot and shoot as much as you want. Just make sure that you bring extra memory cards or memory sticks for your camera. Before you take a photo, always ask yourself about the kind of emotion that you want to convey.

 

Observing

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It would always be wise to set down your camera every once in a while and take time to observe the scene and people around you. If you are too preoccupied with your camera, you may be missing out on some interesting subjects around you. If you are shooting, you are in some sort of a bubble which you need to break out from every once in a while. If you stop for a while, relax, and observe, you can have a better feel of your surroundings.

 

If you return to subjects you have previously taken photos of, the same place will certainly have a different feel on various days, times, and weather conditions. Your personal mood and the mood of the place can also change. If you return to a certain location you have photographed before and you keep an open mind, you will find that the feel of place and the characters are different from what you have previously perceived.

 

Focusing on Faces

This is quite obvious but many photographers avoid doing this when they are in a situation where they are amidst strangers. In such situation, it would always be good to ask the permission of strangers, as much as possible, especially when you plan to take a head shot. Keep in mind that if you want to capture them as naturally as possible, don’t let your mood become that obvious as it could influence their moods also.

 

You can simply raise your eyebrow and point to your camera to signify your asking permission from them. Chances are, if you smile hugely, your subjects may think that you want them to smile in the picture. If your demeanor is neutral, you can increase the chances of them conveying the emotion that they wish. For example, it is likely that your subjects living a hard life will not smile and their faces will tell the story of their hardships. Whatever the emotions of your subjects are, always keep in mind the importance of getting a sharp focus on their eyes.

 

…hope this has been useful,

 

Roy Barker


11 Inspirational Image Collections

Posted by Hans on July 2, 2011 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

11 Inspirational Image Collections

 

by Darren Rowse

 

One of the most popular types of posts here at DPS are our ‘image collection’ posts where we highlight great examples of different types of photography – all around a theme. Today I dug into our site’s stats and came up with this list of our most popular image collections from the past 2-3 years here at DPS. They’re listed in order of popularity. Enjoy:

1. 15 Stunning Examples of Long Exposure Photography

photo by MumbleyJoe - exposure: 114 sec

 

photo by MumbleyJoe - exposure: 114 sec

 

2. 15 Electrifying Lightning Images

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Photo by seto_supraenergy

3. 13 Great Examples of Slow Sync Flash Images

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Image by alexanderbot

4. 9 Crazy Cross Eye 3D Photography Images 

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© 2005 Lord V

5. 17 Amazing Wide Angle Images

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Photo by antiguan_life

 

6. 12 Stunning Silhouette Shots

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Silhouette by !!sahrivi!!

7. 20 Christmas Lights Photos – With a Twist

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Warning: some readers found this post a little disturbing

Image by Rachel Sian

8. 10 Astounding Astrophotos by Phil Hart

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Orion Mosaic © Phil Hart

9. 13 Fabulous Photos of a Rainy Day

 

“out of the rain” from glitter darkstar

10. 10 Camera Phone Photographs that Rock

Photographer : Marco Welt // Kamera : Sony Ericsson K610i

11. 20 Beautiful Examples of Urban Decay

 

Pile up by Irina Souiki

 

 

 

 



8 Photo Projects in Your Own Backyard

Posted by Hans on June 27, 2011 at 3:08 PM Comments comments (0)
8 Photo Projects in Your Own Backyard

A Guest Post by by Kim Manley Ort

One of my photography mentors, Freeman Patterson, says, “If you do not see what is around you every day, what will you see when you go to Tangiers?”

This one line has transformed my photography. As a matter of fact, I enjoy photographing from my home base as much as or more than my travels.

The mark of a great photographer is not what equipment they have, but how well they see. Patterson teaches visual design for photography, and the first step is to really pay attention and see the underlying form of what is actually there.

You can start in your own backyard (or anywhere around you if you don’t have a backyard) to develop this capacity for seeing.

Your travel photographs will never be the same again.

Here are 8 ideas for photography projects that can be done in your own backyard.


1. What Strikes You?

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Sit or stand in a favorite spot in your house or yard and just notice what is around you.

What catches your eye?

It could be the way the sun reflects on your deck, or squirrels playing in the trees. It could be the color or shape of a piece of fruit on your table.

Spend 15 minutes photographing what strikes you from different angles and perspectives.

To add to this exercise, think about why it struck you. What do you like about it? What does that say about you? Yes, the photograph always reflects the photographer. But, that’s a whole other story.

For me, I loved the color and curving lines in this image. I was struck by the way the new hosta leaf was cradling the crinkled, dead leaf. I moved in closer so that the color would fill the screen.


2. Photograph the light

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Pay attention to the light. Light is the main tool for photography. It can make or break your image. So, a good photographer will always be noticing the light. Dusk and dawn are great times for checking out the light.

What is its quality (soft and hazy or sharp and direct)?

What direction is it going?

What type of shadows is it creating?

What is it highlighting?

Photograph these highlights and shadows rather than objects.

I am fascinated by reflections and there was so much going on in the water in this vase. The monochromatic tone of the whole image caught my eye too, with the little touch of green leaves added.


3. Shoot from a different perspective

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Do you have a dog or cat? Try photographing from their perspective. Get at their level and try to figure out what they see.

If you don’t have an animal, pick an ant or a squirrel or a plant or a tree or a bird. This will get you trying new angles and heights.

In this case, I got down low, and used a shallow depth of field to get the soft background of sky and trees, and photographed the sunflower from the side.


4. What’s growing?

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What is growing right now in your yard? Trees are a wonderful subject any time of the year. If it’s too cold to go outside, photograph your indoor plants or buy flowers and spend time indoors photographing them.

A long-term project is to photograph a tree every day for a year. Put all of the photographs together in a slideshow, speed it up and watch the changes before your eyes.

In this collage, I photographed my favorite tree in the neighborhood in all four seasons and then stitched together this grouping. I’m so glad I did this project, as this tree was recently cut down to make way for a new house.


5. Where’s your favorite place at home?

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Everyone has one. Photograph your favorite place and show what makes it special. Spend ten or fifteen minutes capturing what you love about it.

Here I photographed the books on my bedside table. I have a few favorite reading places in my house, and each one has a pile of books, either in process or waiting to be read. I get nervous if the pile gets too small.


6. Find lines and shapes.

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Inside or outside your house, photograph lines (or specific shapes) anywhere you find them.

This is a really fun exercise because lines and circles are everywhere. They are the building blocks of visual design, so this project is good training for seeing the underlying form of what you’re photographing.

It also helps you take the labels off of things and see them in new ways. Here, we know this is a computer keyboard, but what attracted me were all of the lines I could see, as well as the squares around each key.


7. What do you eat?

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Photograph your meals: the ingredients, the preparation process, the final plate or a particular food. Fruits and vegetables are especially good subjects.

Food is sensual. Try to capture that in your photography.

My bi-monthly organic produce delivery always provides great photographic subjects, like this red cabbage. Here, I was drawn to the color and shape, rather than the object as a whole. It gave me new appreciation for this vegetable that doesn’t get a lot of love.


8. What’s up?

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This is an easy project. Just look up, wherever you are. What do you see?

Photograph the sky from your front or back door. Try this for a week or more and notice the different views you are presented with every single day. You’ll find that it is vastly different every single day.

Looking up doesn’t have to mean just the sky. It could a light fixture, a roofline, or a ceiling fan. It could be the tops of the trees as you lie flat on your back. Use your imagination.

Well, what are you waiting for? Get shooting!

 

 

Read more: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/8-photo-projects-in-your-own-backyard#ixzz1QVPbdP1N


Staying Fresh and Dynamic as a Professional Photographer

Posted by Hans on June 27, 2011 at 3:01 PM Comments comments (0)


Staying Fresh and Dynamic as a Professional Photographer

 

Photography can be an amazingly creative, fulfilling way to spend your time. The art of capturing a moment or a scene forever is a challenge and it is a delight when you get it just right. Photography comes easier for some than for others. Even so, the most talented photographer must still follow certain paths in order to focus their photography and maximize its impact, as well as their ability to make a career out of it.

 

Although we all learn the fundamentals of photography in the early days of our hobbies and our careers, there are certain principles we should be reminded of every once in a while. We do get rusty, especially if we have had a different focus for a while. If we have focused on portrait photography for an extended period of time for example, we may need reminders of the principles of landscape photography. If have focused on the business side of things and haven’t been behind a camera for a while, you will need little nudges and reminders on other forms of photography. And there is always the new technology that has the potential to further revolutionize your photography. Signing up to receive a regular photography magazine or for ezine access helps to keep your photography and your business skills sharp.

 

Photographers should always get their information from a variety of sources. Most photographers have a library of books and magazines that have helped them in their journey towards professionalism. These days, there are less clunky ways to stay up to date and these come in the form of digital information; ezines, etc. Hearing stories from other photographers and getting great photography tips is priceless and will keep the work that you do fresh and exciting.

 

There are many photography concepts and principles that ezines will cover month to month as a matter of course. From this, you will learn or be reminded of the important keys to photography including:

 

 

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The principles of:

 

Composition

Lighting

Focus

& more

If you are new to the profession of photography then you are most likely at a stage where you will want to soak up as much information as possible. You will need to hear from and learn from the experience of more seasoned photographers. Ezines are great sources of reliable information that is tried and tested. Learn the following and more from them:

 

How to improve as a photographer

How to go from average/normal photos to absolutely stunning

How to take photos that people can not take their eyes off

This is mainly accomplished by strengthening your photography in as many areas as possible. Learning dynamic photography techniques will give you photos that are alive and captivating. When you pair good composition with pictures that are in focus, you will move towards creating the kind of photographs that sell. Learn from the best how to improve the focus and the sharpness of the photos you take and finally, get a handle on lighting. Lighting can provide the greatest challenges for a photographer or it can be their best friend. Learn how to read lighting and to get the right light every time.

 

A good ezine has photography articles that teach you how to:

 

Get perfect lighting

Achieve crystal, clear focus

Use dynamic composition

Once you have learned the technical basics of photography, you will need to learn logistical things like

 

 

which lenses to use, no matter what type of photography you are doing:

 

- Portraits

 

- Landscapes

 

- Taking subjects in poor lighting

 

- Etc.

 

Tutorials come in a variety of forms these days. You can pick up a magazine or more conveniently access a good, informational photography web site or ezine. When you sign up for digital information like ezines, you have the option of getting information in a variety of formats whether as written text, audio format and even video. Getting information in various forms can be an extremely effective way of receiving and retaining information.

 

As a photographer, I am sure that you have seen photos that literally take your breath away. In order to take great photos and to continue to take great photos, you need to maintain your focus as a photographer. A regular subscription to a quality photography ezine could be the key to your focus and can make all of the difference in your career.

 

In our search (several months back, from the date of writing this) for an ezine that would be half decent, we were surprised to learn that someone already known to us (Amy Renfrey) had compiled the exact ezine we were hoping to find (well nothing is really exact) but you get my drift I’m sure. We did come across many good eZines, some asking over $100US per month for less quality and quantity than I thought was good value for money. You can imagine my pleasure when Amy revealed her monthly fee for this informative photography eZine. Each issue has more to it than any other photography eZine we found.


Street Photography Techniques Professionals Refuse To Share

Posted by Hans on June 16, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Street Photography Techniques Professionals Refuse To Share

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Many photographers find the challenge and excitement of street photography very enticing. For them, they feel exceptionally rewarded when they are able to create great pictures from street photography. There are a lot of interesting and unique subjects to take photographs of in the streets. Good street photographers are able to take great pictures of the various situations and people on the streets.

Photographers dabbling in street photography deal with subjects in public places and in candid situations. There is a wide variety in the kind of subjects and the pictures that are possible in street photography and that will give people a glimpse on the everyday drama that happens on the streets and in other public places. A single photograph can freeze a particular moment in time of the life of a subject and make it available for closer inspection. One good thing about street photography is that there is that possibility that the final viewer of the printed image can see more than what was originally seen by the photographer.

When doing street photography, a photographer can be distant from the subject and concentrate on a single moment and catch a poignant or decisive moment. On the other hand, a street photographer can also take the opposite approach and gives a very personal and literal rendering of a particular subject matter to give the viewers a more visceral experience of the various walks of life. There are a number of techniques that can be used when doing street photography and here are some of the basic things you need to keep in mind if you want to try out street photography:

The Street Photographer as A Participant

One of the most challenging aspects about street photography is the matter of taking pictures of strangers. For one, there are photographers who fear taking photographs of strangers and many people are wary of people who take their pictures. Another challenge would be making sure that the subject naturally behaves and the street photographers should be careful not to change this. With practice and with the right technique, these challenges could be surmounted. The key here is for the photographer to be a participant.

 

A street photographer should blend in with the crowd. You should also dress like how the people you are photographing dress up. You should also not hide your camera so that the people around you will know that you are street photographer and for them to become comfortable with the idea that you may be taking their photographs. This is important if you don’t want them to be startled or surprised if you indeed take their photographs.

 

Lens and Focal Length

When doing street photography, use normal to wide-angle lens. By using wide-angle lens, you can capture a subject passively. As much as possible, avoid using telephoto lens as this may create anxiety or tension as you may be mistaken for a voyeur. Moreover, the ideal focal length to use would be 35mm but if you want to use more, be sure that it is not longer than 50mm.

Exposures

If you are into street photography, fast exposures from 1/100 of a second to 1/2000 of a second would be ideal especially if you are shooting in daylight or if you are trying to take pictures of cars in motion or a person’s expression. By using fast exposures, you can capture motion while reducing blurring in your images. When shooting in low light, you can let in more light by using a higher ISO setting. For extra light, the ideal ISO values to use would be from the 400 to 800 range. However, higher ISO usually means grainier images so be careful and try to get the right combination by experimenting. 

Practicality or Usage

You can use these photography techniques both in hobby photography or if you want to start a photography business. Both of those links take you to services to expand your knowledge and effectiveness.

 

Composition

When contemplating about the composition of your photographs, remember that images revealing dichotomy to create tension, build a narrative, or challenge your viewer’s preconceived notions makes for great pictures. To do this, try to split the composition between the scene and the reflections on the ground or you can try to capture parts of a building in split darkness and light. If you are considering other compositions, wait for the composition you have in mind to come together. Waiting for a specific scene to come together requires patience so you must have lots of this if you want to succeed in street photography.

 

Angles and Perspectives

Try and experiment on various perspectives and angles. You can try shooting from a higher viewpoint or from below. The perspective that you choose can create a narrative as shooting from above can make the subject seem small and this can diminish the importance of the subject while shooting from below can create an impression of grandiosity.

 

Hope this has been useful…

 

Roy Barker


Wedding Checklist : Photography Shots You Dont Want Your Photographer To Miss

Posted by Hans on June 16, 2011 at 1:12 PM Comments comments (0)


Wedding Checklist : Photography Shots You Don’t Want Your Photographer To Miss

Wedding photograph of bride relaxing

This is an article meant for the bridal party but is equally important for a wedding photographer to read... Your photographer is great – he or she must be, or else why would you have chosen them? But when you want things done a certain way, you should make sure by controlling the shoot yourself. In that vein, if you know the shots you want for your wedding day, then give your photographer a list of shots you don’t want to miss. You can even get more specific and show her examples of specific photos from other weddings you’ve seen that you like. Consider these shots for your list:

 

Before the Wedding

 

Bride and bridesmaids arriving at ceremony site before getting dressed. Wedding dress on a hanger and fine details of the wedding dress. Bride getting zipped up in her dress.

 

Bride, bridesmaids and mothers getting dressed and getting hair and makeup done.

Bride with her something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. Bride’s mother helping her with her jewelry.

 

Close up of bride wearing her garter belt.

Bride handing maid or matron of honor the wedding ring for her. Groom and groomsmen arriving at ceremony site. Groom, groomsmen and fathers getting ready in dressing room. Father of groom helping the groom straighten his tie or bow tie.

 

During the Wedding,

Guests entering church or site of ceremony

 

Groom standing by altar as he waits for his bride.

Bride and father hugging before he walks her down the aisle. Groomsmen and bridesmaids walking down aisle. Parents of bride and groom walking down aisle.

 

Grandparents of bride and groom being seated.

Flower girl and ring bearer making their way down the aisle. Father of bride and bride finally making their way down the aisle.

 

Reaction of guests as bride walks down aisle.

Groom when he first sees his bride coming down the aisle. Father of bride giving the bride away. Bride and grooms holding hands during ceremony. Bride and groom stealing glances at each other during ceremony.

 

Bride saying her vows and groom’s reaction Groom saying his vows and bride’s reaction.

Exchanging of the rings Bride and groom’s first kiss.

 

Bride and groom turning to the audience for first time as man and wife.

Bride and groom walking down aisle Bride and groom making their exit. out of ceremony site in a rain of rice or birdseed or butterflies.

 

Congratulations to new couple from guests.

Exit into the getaway car. Getaway car as it is driving off. Photos of couple, Wedding Party, Family, Bride and groom. Bride and groom with bride’s family. Bride and groom with groom’s family. Bride with bridesmaids.

 

Groom with groomsmen Entire wedding party.

Bride with groomsmen. Groom with bridesmaids. Bride and groom with both families. Reception Photos Entrance of bride and groom into reception site Close-up of Wedding cake. Close-up of Groom’s cake. Empty table with centerpiece.

 

Guest signing guest book.

Bride and groom greeting and talking to guests. First dance between bride and groom Bride dancing with father.

 

Groom dancing with mother.

A full dance floor. Cutting of the cake. Feeding of the cake to each other.

 

All toasts

(best man, maid of honor, groom, bride) Bride throwing her bouquet to single women. Groom taking bride’s garter off. Groom throwing garter to single men. Bride and groom leaving reception site.

 

Randolph Quan specialises in reportage wedding photography, and advises people on the top 10 wedding photographers UK.

 

Wedding Photography Must Have List

If you are thinking of doing wedding photography professionally, you need to know about preparing invoices correctly, wedding poses or posing the bridal party and couple. Then there are things you must know like; extended time agreements, the photographers contract, skilled thank-you letters (you want more business later from this – right?), and a tactful photographer’s deposit reminder. It would be wise to have a better and more detailed wedding photography checklist than this helpful though basic list above. A wedding photography website is also a must and there are templates specifically for that purpose available. Here’s the only place we know of that can help with all the above - at least it gives an idea of what you should be looking for if you would like to charge fees like a professional wedding photographer


How Body Posing Affects Composition

Posted by Hans on June 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM Comments comments (0)

How Body Posing Affects Composition

 

How to Achieve the Best Photography Poses from Your Subjects

Photography poses


 

Photography As An Art

 

Photography becomes an art when one captures the true essence of a subject in its environment. Many individuals grasp photography’s artistic composure when they encounter a photograph, whereby the subject influences an emotional or empathetic response. The elements for composing this type of art require the photographer to adhere to some rather basic and advanced concepts of posing the subject.


 

How the Subject’s Pose Influences the Quality of the Photograph

 

An artistic photograph invokes a sense of movement within the audience. This movement comes in the form of an emotional response, such as passion, sympathy or happiness. The feeling, itself, constructs a relationship between the artist and the audience, which extends through non-verbal communication. Famous artist dedicate the foundation of this relationship as to how the subject’s composure influences the audience’s response.


 

Humans relate to each other through the form of pictographic, verbal nonverbal and written communication. In some instances, the subject of a photograph speaks to the audience through body language as form of nonverbal communication, such as facial expressions, poised movement, gestures or position within the surrounding environment. As an exercise, review the individual in the photographs below:


 

Can you see how the subject’s poise in the first photograph influences a sense of openness, welcoming and fulfillment towards the audience?


 

When first viewing the photograph, was it easy to put yourself in the subject’s shoes and feel the enormity of the environment in comparison to a lone human being in the midst of it all?


 

The Importance of Learning How to Pose the Subject


 

The information included within the following paragraphs will detail how the subject’s pose communicates certain messages to the audience through kinesics behaviors, more commonly known as a form of nonverbal communication. The importance of bodily components detailed in this article doesn’t merely form rudimentary arrangement guidelines. Here are more explicit, step by step tips on photography poses.



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