Category: Photography

Essential Photography Tips for Beginners

  • Make mistakes: “Every expert was once a beginner” remember this one line before starting. When you are new there is nothing to lose, make as many mistakes as you can, but don’t get frustrated with your mistakes, learn from them and develop your skills further.
  • Get as close as you can, to your subject, try to fill the gap around your subject by approaching as close as you can to him, this will fill the frame of your picture with the subject only, you will see the difference between the pictures clicked from a close distance than when you clicked the same subject from a far distance. You will see the fine detailing of your subject.
  • Click as much as you can: We all know that “practice makes a man perfect” this can be said rightly for all the new photographers reading this article, if you are a new photographer, click as many pictures as you can, of the same or of different subjects to find your masterpiece with different angles. This will help you in mastering technical skills of photography.
  • Use the light: If you learned how to take advantage of a light source and utilise the source of light whether it’s a natural source like the sun or an artificial source of light like a lamp or something, you can make an ordinary picture look extraordinary.
  • Using flash: If you are a new photographer, you might think that you only need a flash when it’s too dark or when you are clicking pictures indoor, but this is not true. You might have come across a very common problem of uneven shadow patterns, those have spoiled your shots, when you were taking pictures in the bright sunlight, to resolve this issue you need to on the flash of your camera and put extra light on your subject, this will help you in getting rid of those shadows.
  • Invest in books: Read about the experts in the field of photography, as you can learn more about the techniques used by them and get inspired by their great work. Merely having an expensive camera and accessory won’t guarantee you great pictures; if you have the right technique you can even click extraordinary pictures with the help of a simple Smartphone

Taking and Editing Baby Pictures

Tips for Taking Baby Pictures

First, let’s talk about several ways in which you can take better photos of your baby.

  • Choose a Great Pose

By placing the baby in a cute or interesting pose, you can take a much better shot. Try to capture the baby in a natural and comfortable pose, such has when she’s sleeping or laughing. Also, always make the baby’s face the main point of interest of your composition. The face holds all her character and emotions so it makes your picture much more powerful.

  • Make Use of Props

Props are an exciting and creative way to take innovative and unique pictures. By placing the baby in a basket or by dressing it up in a fun costume, you can add freshness and interest to a picture. When it comes to props, you can try to think outside the box and come up with something that is both suitable for the situation and never seen before.

  • Pay Attention to Light

Lighting is everything in photography. The word “photography” itself means “writing with light”. When taking baby pictures, soft light is very pleasing to the eye and appropriate in terms of composition. Babies are gentle and fragile, so the light should reflect that. Sharp contrast and strong shadows may work elsewhere, but for baby photos, the softer the light the better.

  • Location, Location, Location

Depending on the time of year and on the purpose, baby photos can be taken both indoors and outdoors. Indoors are better for making the most of your props and being creative with the pose. However, the outdoors offer variety in terms of the background and make the shot more aesthetically pleasing.

  • Include the Parents in the Shot

When including the parents, it is important to really show the parent-child connection. Again, the pose is here very important. Try to emphasize the contrast of size between the baby and the parent, or try to place them in a nurturing and protective pose.

Tips for Editing Baby Pictures

After you have come up with many great baby photo ideas and finished the shooting, it is now necessary to edit the pictures with Movavi to make the best of them.

  • Removing the Background

If, for some reason, you are unhappy with the background, you can easily remove it using a photo editor. A good editor is the photographer’s best friend – it offers endless possibilities. After you have removed the unwanted background, you can replace it with something more appealing or suitable.

  • Captions and Filters

Professional Tips for Taking and Editing Baby Pictures -2Filters can add depth and interest to a photo. By selecting a filter that adds softness, you can emphasize the subject – the baby. What’s more, when you add caption to image, you can easily tell the story behind the picture. Your captions it can be something as short as a single word or a complete sentence.

  • Retouch the Photos

Retouching is another important step in editing. By correcting the white balance and colors, you can make the photo even more striking. There is no need to spend hours retouching pictures – photo editing software usually comes with some built-in presets. So, if there is little time for editing, just select the best preset for the picture you are working on.

  • Cropping the Photo

When taking and editing a photo, we should try to keep to the rule of thirds. The rule tells us where we should place the subject to make the composition better. By following this rule, we make sure our subject shines. Cropping the photo in post-production to adhere to this rule is sometimes necessary, but do try not to crop too much.

  • Effects

Editing software often also comes with some effects that can be added to a photo. Effects can be used to bring attention to the subject, and they can also add some flair to the photo. However, choose the effects carefully and always follow the rule – less is more. Too many effects can affect the composition badly.

Night Photography Tips

  • Slow down the shutter speed. This allows more light in but anything slower than 1/60 second and you will need a tripod to avoid camera shake. This technique is good for taking photos of landscapes or city traffic. However it may not be that useful if you are photographing people who are constantly moving. If you are photographing moving people, keep the shutter speed above 1/60 and use flash instead.
  • Lower the F Stop value, this will allow you to shoot in low light without a flash. Keep in mind low F Stop values make it more difficult to focus on your subject. Once again if you have a flash with you, you don’t need to use low F stop values.
  • Bump up your ISO. If you have a high quality camera eg Canon 5D Mark 3, these new cameras have great low light performance. Even at a high ISO, there is not as much digital noise as you’d expect. I usually bump up my ISO around 1000-1600 if needed. Keep in mind, if you bump up your ISO too much your image will be very noisy and grainy which is not very desirable.
  • Use Flash! Gotta love the flash. I tend to use a diffuser with the flash eg Gary Fong Lightsphere and I never point the flash at the subject. I always have the flash pointing on the ceiling or bouncing it off a wall or something. Pointing the flash away from your subject is also another good technique, it gives you just enough soft light to photograph your subject without blinding them. My recommendation is the Canon Speedlite 600 Ex-Rt. I have 2 of these units, they are pretty amazing, compact and portable. Great for wedding gigs and studio work. Using flash will give you so much more flexibility when shooting at night. You don’t have to go extremes on your camera settings when you are using flash.
  • Use off camera Flash. Having your flash off the camera will generally give better lighting and gives you more flexibility in controlling your lighting. If you have umbrellas, softboxes or reflectors these light modifiers will give you even better lighting. Have a play around and see what you come up with.

 

Photography for Low Light Conditions

With new technologically advanced cameras making rounds in the market, photography has become as easy as a click of the shutter. However, photographers who are passionate and take this art form seriously need to know the magic of light and shadow. Because, cameras work in the light, it’s always been a challenge to take good photos during the night-time.

Night time offers brilliant photographic moments. The sky, the stars, planets and the nature come together as a delightful photographic moment. However, the poor light conditions make the photographs look grainy and odd colored. With advanced hardware for cameras, it has become quite easy for the photographers to click quality photos even in the dark!

Here are some photography tips to help you shoot in the dark.

  • ISO: When shooting in low light or dark conditions, using a higher ISO somewhere around 800 to 6400 is a good idea.
  • Use larger lenses: Large aperture lenses work quite well in dark conditions. Large lenses with 35mm f/1.8 or 50mm f/1.8 features can be very effective in low light conditions. However, one has to remember, while using these lenses the ISO level needs to be low. Somewhere around 400-1600 is sufficient. This also keeps the focus on the subject hence, blurring the background and surroundings. This creates an amazing effect for photos.
  • Successive Drive: Taking photographs is a row in the dark can get you that one perfect photo you’ve been waiting for. You have to enable the drive mode available in the menu.
  • Use Tripod: Ideal for outdoor and indoor shoots that involves stationary subjects, tripods are the perfect aperture to shoot at night. This helps you to avoid blurry photos. Try and avoid using it for moving subjects.
  • Use Flash: Needless of saying, without flash, you cannot shoot at night or low light conditions. Flash is a must for night-time photographs. Flash illuminates the subject of photograph and makes the photo bright. For outdoor shoots, use external flash. While shooting indoors, focus the flash to the ceiling to reflect the light on the subject therefore, illuminating it with a soft light.
  • Grab the moment: There is no point in hurrying when it comes to photography. Wait for the right moment to get the best click. It’s advised to let the subject settle down for sometime before you shoot it. This ensures you have the best quality click.
  • Source of Light: Even during the night-time or in low light conditions, it’s important the subject faces the major source of light. The light needs to fall on the subject evenly. You can also use reflectors to reflect the light on the subject’s face.

Image Manipulation

To begin with, the simplest manipulation technique that one could use is shadow making. Shadow making is simply adding or removing a shadow from an object. Although at a glance this may seem an easy task, just adding a shadow to the object in front of you. Don’t be fooled, there is actually a science behind adding and removing shadows and the effect that is created. Without a shadow, there is no visual clue as to the scale and position of the object. The shadow also serves to anchor the object to its surface. Thus creating an impact on how we perceive the image.

By changing the length, direction and depth of the image, we can control how the brain interprets the image. For example adding a short narrow shadow would suggest that is midday, or leaving a space between the object and the shadow to create a levitating effect. Shadows also dictate the lighting in an image. Adding a shadow to facial features also create very important effects. The shadows on a face or an object are important as they give more information about the form and three-dimensional construction. If a face is illuminated by a hard-point source of light, the shadows will be clear. These shadows help to describe the structure and contours of the face more clearly than diffuse light. The direction of light is key to placing the shadow. Everything that faces the light source is bright and everything facing against the light is dark. When applying these laws to facial features you have to be careful, as a cast shadow is usually more elongated then the object itself, so to get the degree of realism that you want placing the right sized and shaped shadow is key.

All in all shadows can be used to serve many purposes, from dictating the height, depth and location of an object in an image to the lighting, brightness and level of contrast that the shadow provides. So what seemed easy at first actually turns out to be a slightly more complicated technique then one might think.