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Jul 04

Perfect Your Photography Quickly In 5 Easy Steps

How to Perfect Your Photography QuIMG_1136ickly In 5 Easy Steps

Are you always getting compliments on the quality of your photographs? Would you love to make your digital camera create stunning images that don’t require any additional processing once you transfer them to your computer? Most digital cameras need to be adjusted in some way [and sometimes multiple ways] in order for them to take the best image possible. With these simple tweaks, you can make sure your images are the best they can possibly be!

 

#1: Overexposure Is Extremely Common

Unless you’re a professional photographer, there’s a good chance you don’t just carry a light meter in your pocket. Because of this, most people judge the light based on what they see and then use the auto settings of their camera to compensate for this. The only problem with this is that it causes your image to become overexposed by about 10 to 20 percent. Reduce the exposure levels through your menu settings so that your automatic settings can be a better replication of what your eyes can see.

 

#2: Muted Colors Are About Saturation

The amount of color saturation that is within your image is often dependent on the color levels your camera is set to pick up. A good number of digital cameras have a default setting that mutes the green and red levels of the colors that you pick up, creating images that are unnecessarily dull and lifeless. Consider pushing the saturation levels up by a point or two in the green or red spectrum to breathe new life into an image. Every camera is different here, so it will take some experimentation.

 

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#3: The Temperature Is Too Cold

Did you know that there are temperature settings in the menu of your digital camera? These are based on the type of light that your image is being taken in. If you’re taking an indoor photo with fluorescent lights, for example, you’ll need a different temperature setting than you would with a lot of natural sunlight. It takes a little extra work, but change the settings based on your lighting and you’ll create a better overall temperature and hue in your image.

 

#4: The Image Is All the Same

If there is no definition in your image, then what you’ve got going on is a contrast issue. This setting is a compliment to your brightness or exposure settings. It will help to emphasize the shadows that are seen in the image and unless you’re shooting in a white box with light bathed over the subject material from all directions, you’re going to have shadows. A slight increase here is often all that is needed to create just the right image.

 

#5: There’s No Detail

The worst feeling in the world is to have a stunning close-up image that your eyes can see, but the focus on your camera can’t see at all. Instead of leaving the auto-focus on your camera, try using the focus settings through the back of the camera. A manual focus will give you more control and let you really manipulate the image in a custom way.

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Jun 27

Trends for the Artistic Photographer & Photography tips

Ashley AlexissTrends for the Artistic Photographer – Make your image stand out Tips !

Black and White   Although black and white photography is not trendy, it has staying power and will remain a classic among photographers. If, for example you take an image of a deeply green forest thick with fog and change it to black and white, you get a different vibe or story. In color the forest seems alive, lush, the fog will add a soft quietness. Black and white however, gives this scene a haunted, foreboding feeling, the fog becomes menacing, a danger. Black and white photos also uses light and shadow that will give more depth to the image, and presence to your subject and can express strong emotion.

Film Cameras   While film does have its disadvantages, cost, limited shots, and the inability of preview, it does have a soft and rustic look. This may be due to camera’s sensors and its remarkable ability to capture light, especially natural light. Film cameras are impractical for professional use, but for the hobbyist and the artistic photographers, they have a value and quality above digital. The demand for vintage high-quality film cameras is climbing, and sadly some are purchased as collections doomed to sit on a shelf and gather dust.

Digital Infrared   Playing with infrared effects is far more easier than it was when photographers used film cameras. It required special film and filters plus it had to be stored in certain temperatures, it was only for the serious and most dedicated photographer. Today, most digital cameras have built in IR filter, you can also have yours customized too. Photoshop and Elements have settings to convert colored photos to infrared black and white or monochromatic. If you want a clean detailed and sharper image, it’s best to convert your digital to an IR dedicated camera. There are some filters you can purchase as well.   High Closeup of Onion plantDynamic Range Imaging   Or HDRI for short, gives your images a wider and deeper range of colors and depth by combining several shots all with varying exposures of the same image to create one magnificent and powerful image. This process has been used since the early days of film and it’s gaining popularity. With the help of photography processing software you can layer your multiple exposure level images for maximum effect and a realistic image that’s closer to what the human eye sees.

Macro Photography   Getting uber close-ups of smaller objects at 6 inches to 2 feet away. Macro lenses allow photographers to gain far more cleaner detailed close-ups. Just remember if you’re new to photography it’s about the numbers (60mm to 200mm) not the label, learn the difference between macro lens versus macro zoom. Macro lenses are very specific and corrected lenses that allow the photographer to get up close and personal to small subjects like insects and flowers. Macro zoom on the other hand is just another way of labeling a lens as close focusing.

Boston City Lights Bokeh Effects   Bokeh simply means “blurred”in Japanese. Many creative photographers are purposely creating a blurred or fuzzy effect of background lights making them look like orbs, while keeping the subject’s image clear and clean. For example if the subject image is a glass of champagne, the background lighting might be candlelights, or fireworks. The further away the backgrounds lights, the better the bokeh effect will be. This effect can be accomplished with your standard camera or you can upload such an image and use photo editing software or look for online applications where you upload your image and apply the effect.

 

 

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Jun 24

Tilt-Shift Photography Techniques with DSLR Lens

Tilt-Shift Photography Techniques with your DSLR Camera Lens

The Tilt and Shift technique is growing in popularity, although it’s not a new technique, technology has taken it to a new level of artistry. It’s been around for more than 60 years, using specialized adapters or lenses, though its effect differs from what you are seeing most recently. This newest technique is called Fake Miniaturing. Its effect, when used properly, can make almost any picture look like a miniature diorama, giving the subject a toy-ish look. Even though the latter is often referred to as Tilt and Shift photography “tilt”and “shift”can be two separate photography effects.

 

Tilt   A tilt lens is aptly named, that’s just what it does, tilts. Traditional lens are parallel or vertical to the camera’s film, ensuring that your focal plane is in focus, say for example a child on their bike. By using a special lens that tilts you can narrow your focal plane to a one particular point, like focusing in on the child’s face while the rest of the picture is a blur, this gives the picture an artistic flare or depth to your subject. This technique is a great medium to use for those photographers that love to use their photos to tell a story or grab their audience and force them to focus on one particular spot within the whole image.

 

Shift   A shift lens will stay parallel, but move up and down via rails that are built into each side of the lens. This special lens comes in handy with vertical perspective distortion that is too tall to fit within the camera’s shot, e.g. a tall tree or building. If you’re too close to your subject plane, the tree per example, the top of the tree will be cut off. But, if you point your camera up, you get perspective distortion, giving the top of the tree a narrow perspective while the bottom or trunk of the tree looks wider than it actually is. This distortion effect is actually great artistically and most photographers enjoy and appreciate its quality, but if one is trying for an accurate representation, a shift lens can be a real life saver. It’s also possible to purchase a lens that both tilts and shifts, by the way. If you’re handy, you can build your own.

Fake Miniaturing   If done right, this technique can have the most amazing effect making a picture of a large yellow dump truck look like a child’s toy, for example. There’s no special camera equipment or lenses needed. You can achieve that “plastic”toy look with adjustments in your photography software, like photoshop. There’s plenty of online tutorials to help walk you through the process. With patience, you can transform the most blaséscenic picture and give it a dramatic look or an imaginative aura.

 

Tilt/Shift Applications   If you don’t have the budget for expensive software or you’re a novice and just want to play around, there are loads of alternatives available. You can find plenty of Tilt and Shift applications for your smart phone and all your mobile devises that you can play around with. There are even websites where you can upload any picture and give it a tilting effect or fake miniaturing look. Be aware that you may not get the same results you would with photography software. However, it’s a great place to start and play around with different effects besides Tilt and Shift, for a lower cost.

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