Cleaning Your Camera To Extend Life And Enjoy Better Performance

Posted on April 10, 2016 By

234188-how-to-clean-your-digital-cameraA well-maintained camera is always of value to any photographer. Whether you are into photography professionally or you just love snapping beautiful images for personal pleasure, you must learn how to maintain the camera. Apart from getting a high quality camera bag to keep it safe, you must also do proper cleaning of the device. The cleaning is not just on the body of the camera, but most importantly for the lens and sensor. A clean camera will operate smoothly and will fetch you clean and crisp images. You will manage to extend the life of your camera when you adopt a proper cleaning regime.

One of the easiest ways of knowing whether your camera parts need cleaning, especially when you have not used it for a considerable length of time is to photograph a white clean wall or a white clean paper. This should be done on automatic mode for even exposure and then you can import the images to a computer so you can have a full size view. Check the image for smudges, stringy marks and dots.

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10 Accessories You Might Need When Buying A DSLR Camera For The First Time

Posted on March 16, 2016 By

s-l300Photography isn’t the cheapest hobby to get into – even the most basic, entry level DSLR cameras cost around £200 (US$280 approx.). In an ideal world, that would be the only purchase you’d have to make – get the camera and start taking photos. In reality, there are certain “extras” that you will want to make a priority, at the same time as buying your DSLR. On top of that, as you get more experienced with your sophisticated camera and get more and more hooked on this fascinating hobby, there are other accessories that you may also want or need.

These are ten accessories that I own and use on a regular basis, which you may wish to consider acquiring, sooner or later. I’ve ranked them in order of most important, to those that are really useful, but which can be added at a later date (if wanted):

1. SD Memory Cards… Put simply, no memory cards = no photos. SD Memory Cards are usually the tool that DSLR cameras use to record all those photos (and videos, if

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Methods Of Cleaning Your Camera Sensor

Posted on February 17, 2016 By

Sensor_cleaning_camera_tips_NIK06.zone_6.dsc_0108A dirty, dusty sensor will not get you very good shots, you most likely get smudged shots and if you value photography, then you know this is not always a very good state of affairs. Fortunately, with the right sensor cleaning kit, it is very possible for you to keep the sensor clean and functional. One simple tip to avoid getting dirt on the sensor would be to hold the camera downwards when changing the lens so that the dust manages to fall out and not into your camera. You should also turn off the camera every time before you change the lenses because sensors which are electronically charged will attract dust.

1. Camera cleaning mode

Most digital cameras have a sensor cleaning mode and this is what you should always try first before going for any other type of cleaning. You should remove the lens and then aim your camera downwards when engaging the cleaning mode. This way, dislodged dust and dirt will fall out easily. The sensor cleaning mode is sometimes all you need to have a

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How to Connect With Your Photography Clients With Six Easy Steps

Posted on June 27, 2016 By

How do I connect with my clients? This question has been asked of us many times, and to be quite honest there is not one specific answer. The answer to this question is answered in a series of answers and actions.

First Connection:

Your first connection typically will be your contact method. This may be via your website through an online contact form, it may be via a specified email address, and/or a phone number. From there, the client will contact you asking about his or her inquiry of your photography services.

We actually prefer the online contact form method. With the online contact form method, you have open up opportunities to find out important facts from the client upon their first connection. For instance, our contact form is a series of questions asking their name, their preferred shoot date, location, and type of photography they are inquiring about. We also give the client a fill in the blank area on the form asking them to tell us a little more. In this section the client will typically tell us important information like how many people, if it’s a special occasion, and other fun little tidbits of information they feel is important.

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Shutter Speed and Exposure in DSLR Photography – What It Is and How It Works

Posted on June 17, 2016 By

When people start taking photographs with their first Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, the exposure is the basic thing which gives them a lot of trouble. But what is this key thing “exposure” is? Let’s have a discussion.

Basically the term exposure in modern DSLR photography indicates to the time, amount and sensitivity of the light to which an image sensor will be exposed. This exposure can be controlled by three things, known as Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO.

In this article I am going to discuss about the Shutter Speed. This is the time for which the shutter will remain open and the light through the lens will fall on the image sensor. Here are some facts about shutter speed –

It is indicated by some numbers like 1/10, 1/200, 1/4000, 1/2 etc. Basically it is always calculated by the fraction of a second, which means, 1/2000 shutter speed indicates the single unit of the time which we will get if we break 1 second into 2000 equal units.

· Faster the speed of shutter, the sensor will be less exposed to the light. Faster shutter speeds are often required to

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How to Pick a Wedding Photographer?

Posted on June 10, 2016 By

Selecting a professional wedding photographer is frequently a complicated procedure. You wish to find somebody who will take good images; however what qualities do you try to find?

In between all the different designs of photography, kinds of movies, and different characters of professional photographers, selecting a photographer can typically look like a difficult job. This guide will assist you to select the best style, and photographer so that your wedding images are really unforgettable.

Choosing a Design

The first point we will talk about is the design of photography. There are various designs that professional photographers use, and the one you desire for your wedding relies on your taste. The two most popular designs utilized in wedding photography are portrait and photo-journalistic. The two most typical designs of photos utilized are led to and casual.

The photographer who focuses on portrait design must have the ability to take both posture and casual shots. Usually, a photographer who utilizes this design will take more presented than casual photos because couples generally like this design.

A photographer who utilizes a photo-journalistic method generally takes shots that are not planned before, and because of

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The Various Elements Involved in Creating Beautiful Wedding Memories

Posted on June 2, 2016 By

Apart from using modern and advanced equipment, wedding photography requires a photographer who is experienced and with a lot of expertise. The success of a photo-shoot depends a lot on the client requirements, location, lighting and the venue. This is exactly why a professional photographer ensures the use of modern equipment, providing his clients with images that reflect their mood and people around.

Many a times when somebody recommends a wedding photographer the first thing that he is asked is “why should I be hiring a photographer when my family can do it” or “what is so great about this photographer?”. The answer to these questions are simple, first off photography is not a single thing. There are different types of photography like wildlife, wedding, portrait, fashion and many more. The techniques and equipment used for the different types are different.

The most common and important elements of wedding photography are lighting and lenses.

Lighting is very important because perfect pictures are captured with great knowledge of the lighting. Professional photographers know the right way to handle lighting to their advantage. The power of lighting decides the style of photography a person is trying to

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6 Tips for Photographing Babies and Infants

Posted on May 28, 2016 By

Photography is an art in itself where the photographer’s eye for detail on a certain subject is affluent. A photographer who makes use of all the aspects around him that includes the subject, background, light, etc. and then brings out the emotions to his photographs. A good picture should be able to hold a story in itself and should be able to bring out the emotions of the subject in the best way possible.

There are various types of photography that a photographer involves himself in and amongst all of it, the toughest is photographing an infant. They do not have the sense of being conscious while being photographed and, therefore, one has to be a pro while capturing their faces and their activities. If you intend to be a photographer for babies, you could follow these tips to get the best results out of it.

• Stay alert – Babies have changing moods, and there can be any random moment where they would give their best expressions for you to capture. Therefore, it is essential for you to always stay alert and ready with your camera to get the best out of the little

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Create Your Own Online Photography Lesson Business

Posted on May 19, 2016 By

Photography is your passion. Your idea of a perfect day is heading outside on a beautiful day to take pictures of the sunset, the trees, wildlife, or the amazing cityscape where you live. You even enjoy studio and portrait photography. But you know how hard getting into photography can be. It is not as simple as just buying the best camera available on the market and hitting the shutter button. It takes experience, practice, and knowledge to compose a good picture.

You have been thinking about the best way to share your passion and experience with other photographers, but you just don’t have a lot of time. You are busy with your own photo studio or full time job. Photography might be your true passion and hobby, but you just don’t have the knowledge to create a business that shares lesson, information, and how-to’s. Don’t be intimidated. Don’t let your lack of skill and experience stand in the way of you boosting your monthly income with a new business venture. There is no need to let an online business take up your precious time and keep you away from what you truly love: photography.

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Choosing Camera Lens Filters & How To Avoid Costly Repeat Purchases When Buying A New DSLR Lens

Posted on May 12, 2016 By

When you first get your brand new, expensive and sophisticated DSLR camera, you may be forgiven for thinking that’s all you really need to take good photos… and, for a time, you’re content to explore the myriad of features and settings that festoon the outer body of the camera, as well as those hidden among the many pages of your camera’s bottomless pit of menus and sub menus.

This was my initial thinking, when I chose to “get into photography”, as a hobby. However, it wasn’t long after purchasing the camera and practicing using it on an almost daily basis, that I found myself wanting that bit more.

One of the reasons for purchasing the camera was because I’d ruined my eyesight over a period of a few years, by spending too much time working in front of a computer and not doing much else, as I tried to build a business online. I chose photography as a way to, quite literally, focus and re-train my visual system to start looking further afield, rather than just a few short feet in front of me (the approximate distance from my chair to the glare of my computer’s

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Tips That Can Help You to Create a Simple Photo Booth

Posted on May 3, 2016 By

Photo booths have obviously become a very common option in many parties these days. This is mainly because of the extensive range of options that it offers to the people. Setting up a photo booth involves many ways and there is not a single right way. All these ways have their own complications and for this purpose we have compiled for you a few important tips. These tips are as follows.

1. Pay heed to the lights

The lights are placed right beside your camera and this obviously helps in reducing the shadow. This light was then made to bounce out of the white umbrella. You can also go for the most affordable lights for this particular purpose and it will serve you with dignity.

2. Background is important

You must also concentrate on the background of the photo booth. You need an awesome background in order to get the most out of the booth. An idea area is around 5 feet height and also 8 to 10 feet wide. In case you are fancy, you can go for a fancy and a seamless paper that can make your photo booth more attractive

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Bird Photography Tips

Posted on April 24, 2016 By

Action shots of small birds are difficult to pull off well, partly because they’re so incredibly fast. Success usually requires appropriate photo gear, planning ahead, experience, luck, and lots of practice.

Bird photography, especially wild bird photography can be quite challenging. Birds of prey are some of the most exciting wildlife subjects you’ll ever photograph, but their fast movements and the bright sky behind them pose big obstacles for photographers.

Bird photography tips for perfect bird portraits:

1) First things first – Your camera, is your bestfriend!

So, what DSLR is good for fast-action photography? I would recommend a fast camera that can handle at least 1/2000 of a second shutter speed with 6 to 9 fps (frames per second), if you want to get the best results, plus a good autofocus system for quick focus acquisition. But if you already have an entry-level DSLR, it doesn’t mean that you cannot capture birds – it just means that you might miss a good shot, just because your camera is not fast enough. The most important thing to keep in mind – the speed of focus acquisition both on camera and on lenses is far

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Avoid These 10 Newbie Photographer Fails

Posted on April 18, 2016 By

There is an awful lot of things to learn when you get your very first camera, especially if it’s an ultra-modern, sophisticated DSLR, with shed-loads of features. So, it’s not surprising that mistakes will be made by many a newbie photographer. Here’s a short list of ten common mistakes…

Newbie Mistake 1. Flashing From A Distance

Flash can be useful even on a bright sunny day, such as to illuminate subjects when they’re backlit by the sun (to avoid their features disappearing into silhouette). However, while external or pop-up flashes can be exceptionally bright, they’re not going to do anything for subjects that are too far away and beyond the reach of the power of your flash (e.g. mountains).

Newbie Mistake 2. Getting ISO Wrong

In dark environments, you can turn your ISO up to lighten your image; in light environments, you can turn your ISO down to darken your image and improve image quality. If you’re unsure of what ISO to use, just choose Auto ISO and let the camera figure it out for you.

Newbie Mistake 3. Mode Dial Confusion

The Mode Dial is usually the largest dial on

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10 Mistakes To Avoid That Will Instantly Make You A Better Photographer

Posted on April 2, 2016 By

Mistake 1. Combining Light & Shadow

A good example of the mistake of combining light and shadow into photographs can be seen when family photos are taken outdoors. They might be in a really nice location, but the one orchestrating the photograph fails to appreciate how the light from the sun, as it filters its way through tree branches and foliage, is going to impact on the resulting image.

An example of bad lighting is where you’ve got your subject in “some some, some shade” and it just ends up being a really, really bad place to take a photograph of someone. And this is what happens with typical family orchestrated portraits, taken outdoors

The ideal to aim for is something more neutral, such as taking your subject (i.e. family members) and placing it/them all in shade, and then adding light with your external flash – the key is to start with the right location (such as in the shade), so that you don’t have any shadows falling on your subject and creating a really strong and visually off-putting combination of bits of shadow and bits of light.

Mistake 2. Wrong Location

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A Quick Guide To Tripods & Tripod Alternatives

Posted on March 25, 2016 By

When you’re new to photography, whether you’re using an old film camera or a modern digital SLR (a.k.a. “DSLR”), for a time, you may be content just to roam about with camera in hand. Many modern DSLR camera lenses have built-in optical image stabilization, which helps counteract the movement you may inadvertently introduce, despite trying your best to keep your movements under control while taking your photos.

For some situations, you can often get away without using a tripod and, in fact, having your camera mounted on a tripod can inhibit how creatively you use the camera to create your photographic masterpieces.

However, there are situations when a tripod is invaluable. I will cover some typical example situations, and then discuss your options when it comes to buying a tripod – whether it be a more traditional aluminium or carbon fiber tripod, or one of the alternative tripods, such as a Gorilla Pod, an Ultra Pod II, or a camera beanbag.

Why You Might Want To Buy A Tripod

For every situation where a tripod is needed, it is required in order to avoid introducing unwanted vibration into your camera, particularly during long

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How to Pose for Pictures? 4 Tips to Look Photogenic!

Posted on March 9, 2016 By

You are hot, irresistible and prepossessing, but you always get the flak from people, reflecting that you look better in person but not in photos. Looking charming in pictures is more than just knowledge, as it is an art of practicing.

You will have to discover your signature smile, best-looking angle and the clothes to wear. If you want to look more photogenic, you need to know some tips that photographers use to get the best photos.

1) Angle your face

If you want to learn the basics of how to pose, you have to start with your face. This is the fundamentals of posing as the other parts of your body will follow suit if you have a glamorous pose that ignites the camera. Do practice looking in front of the camera as to find the best angle. Normally, professionals will tend to tilt their face a little, so that shadows can be casted along the cheekbones and your nose. More importantly, make sure that if you tilt and turn, do not make yourself appear as if the pose is forced, that will look very unnatural and could become the catalyst of a

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How to Choose the Right Photographer for Your Wedding Day

Posted on March 2, 2016 By

Your wedding day is truly a special day and your photographs are the timeless memento of this once in a lifetime joy. It is probably difficult for any couple to choose an ideal destination wedding photographer for their wedding day. Most of the people do extensive research before appointing a photographer, because they charge a huge amount and specialize in a number of different styles. They also provide various levels of service according to price. However, it takes careful thought and consideration about what kind of picture you need and how you want to shoot your wedding day.

Here we have an easy guide to help you choose the right photographer.

Decide the style of photography:

Different photographers specialize in different styles. Take your time to make a research and learn those styles of wedding photography. After a thorough study, decide which one suits you best. The most common styles are;

– Traditional or classic style
– Photojournalism or documentary style
– Illustrative
– Fashion style
– Wedding film

Book your photographer early:

During wedding season, photographers stay busy. So, book up a year in advance to make sure that you

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10 Tips For Taking Better Photos

Posted on February 23, 2016 By

1. Select The Correct Lens & Use It Appropriately… Wide angle lenses, telephoto lenses, macro lenses, fish eye lenses; they all produce different results and impact differently on your image, particularly in relation to the proximity to your subject. For instance, wide angle lenses tend to distort features when close up to your subject; they’re not the most flattering to people (remember that, especially when photographing women). Unless you’re deliberately after a slightly warped look to your portrait photos, you’re going to create more flattering photos of people when using a longer focal length, such as 105mm to 200mm (that means choosing a telephoto lens). Landscape photos generally appear better with wide angle lenses, as you’re taking advantage of the wide angle to capture as much of the scene as possible, and because you’re not physically close to the subjects in the frame (trees, rocks, rivers, etc.), they don’t take on that same warped effect that you’d typically see, if photographing close up to your subject, with a wide angle lens. While close-up portraits of people tend not to be most flattering with wide-angle lenses, you can take “environmental” portraits, where you photograph people outdoors, showing them

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Take Amazing Travel Photos With These Easy Tips

Posted on February 8, 2016 By

Travelers make a lot of mistakes on their trip. One of the common one of these is to fail to take good pictures! Travel photography is an amazing thing you can cherish for the rest of your life. Even when the trip ends, you can still experience the joy of looking at the photos and reminiscing the good times.

Let’s clear the most common misconception about travel photography. It’s not all about the camera. You need to capture photos that tell a story, so it is more than just owning an expensive camera.

Here are some easy tips to take amazing travel photos!

1. Do Your Homework

In the middle of all the excitement and packing for the trip, you’re missing out on something big. Don’t forget to do your homework for the trip. If it’s your first time to the destination, you’ve every reason to do a thorough research before the journey begins. Get to know the surroundings through articles and pictures. You may wish to befriend other famous photographers of the destination. Search the possibility of famous events happening during the dates that you wish to visit. Social media can help

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Basic Tips to Take the Perfect Photo for a Canvas

Posted on February 5, 2016 By

Expensive cameras do not equate to perfect photos on canvas! However, following some basic techniques and a good camera can get you the perfect shot! Some basic steps and suggestions from our end to get your perfect shot for the canvas:

  1. Set your camera to ‘Highest’ Quality Mode & Ensure Enough Free Memory

Your camera or phone may be able to take photos of a certain amount of pixels, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that all photos taken will be captured using the highest pixels possible. So, ensure that your camera is set to high quality mode and there is enough memory. For example, if your camera or SD card is low on memory, your camera may automatically switch to taking photos using fewer pixels in order to save them to your device – the smaller the pixels the smaller the file. This, of course, will cause quality problems and when printed on canvas, this distortion will be obvious.

  1. Straighten the Horizon

Always pay attention to the lines and horizons in your photograph, even if you are taking a portrait. This is because unintentional angular lines throw off the balance of the

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