Studio Lighting Techniques for Photography: Tricks of the Trade for Professional Digital Photographers by Christopher Grey
Taking the guesswork out of lighting, this invaluable examination provides tools and techniques from an accomplished expert. The most essential principles for photo shoots are presented through lengthy image sequences, considering different finishes for reflective surfaces, types of light sources, light modifiers, and even light placements. From creating fundamental looks to the effect of fine-tuning placement and setting, this detailed guidebook enables photographers to maximize productivity on any shoot. Concluding with the most effective solutions for solving lighting problems, this study is an excellent resource for both active professionals as well as intermediate to advanced students of photography. Read the rest of this entry »
There are perhaps still many of us that still don’t know the basic difference between the three types of cameras. But much of the masses usually choose the simple point-and-shoot pocket cameras over the rest, and it’s usually the right choice. Just point then shoot, it can’t get any simpler than that!
So when do you need a prosumer or a DSLR camera? Or you may also wonder: Is it better to purchase a DSLR or a prosumer camera? Or is a basic pocket camera enough?
The answer is really up to you. It all depends on your photography needs. But before you make your final decision on which to purchase, it’s best you know the basic difference between these three. The following are comparisons between the three; and I will discuss subjects surrounding the physical exteriors, features, sensors, lenses, and functionality. Read the rest of this entry »
Photographing a subject that’s inside an aquarium, such as fish, can be difficult. Limited lighting and the ever-moving fish are challenges you’d have to face when trying to photograph.
The following are a few tips for producing a successful photograph:
1. Determine the correct exposure and white balance
Our cameras usually choose an exposure that’s too bright or too dark when faced with this sort of circumstance because it’s affect by the color of the fish or the background. So it’s best if you use the Manual mode and manually set the exposure, or you can use the exposure compensation function (set to be under-exposed or over-exposed) if you use the P,A/Av, S/Tv Modes. To ease the process of setting the correct exposure when in Manual Mode, you can activate the Live View feature of your camera (if available). By using Live View, the results of the current aperture setting can immediately be viewed on the LCD screen.
When photographing aquariums, camera will produce a photograph that has too much of a blue tint. To get a neutral photograph, you’ll have to set the WB accordingly. You can lessen the effect of the blue tint by setting the WB at fluorescent or you can manually set the Kelvin value of your WB to your desired tone.
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When we are in the same location or position and we would like to immortalize what we see on camera, sometimes, we unconsciously make several mistakes. Though they are not fatal, but the impacts on the photos we take will look less interesting. Even though we can later fix those errors using software editing like Photoshop, but isn’t it better to start avoiding those mistakes. Because there are times when we use software for editing, some objects that we like to highlight are disturbed. That is why we need to recognize then avoid several things that can make our images look less attractive here.
Aslant horizon line
This commonly happens when we take landscape image or scenery. Landscape image with the view of the aslant horizon line will make the people who see it feel that there is something odd about that image. Because the first thing they see is the photo’s position, whether it is upright (portrait) or fall down (landscape). When the position is known, people will start to pay attention to the details of the image that we make, except when we deliberately want to highlight the aslant horizon for a particular purpose.
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Travelling won’t feel complete without including your trusty camera in your packing. However, the value (both in the price tag and sentimental value) you carry along when you bring your camera means you’ll need to an extra dose of vigilance when bringing them along. Don’t let your guards down just because you’re too absorbed with your travel, making your camera vulnerable to theft.
The following are a few tips you should take note of to avoid any worst-case scenarios from happening when you’re travelling:
1. Don’t ever leave your camera unattended inside the hotel. Even if you stay at a luxurious hotel with a high level of security, you should never take the risk.
2. If needed, and if you feel that the gear you’ve brought is quite pricey, you should notify the hotel of the pricey goods you’ve brought (in writing) during check in. This can be useful in case of any theft, as a measure to strengthen evidence. Read the rest of this entry »