Getting Certified As a Professional Photographer

Well for one thing – you’ll be able to add three little letters after your name… Stephanie Gagnon, CPP – has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? With the growing number of photographers all over the country it can help to set you apart. Only about 3% of photographers in the USA are certified – that’s a very small number! And that’s not because the test is impossible to pass – it’s because there are so many new photographers with little to no education in the field. To be able to increase that percentage and be one of those who can say that they understand photography and passed their CPP examination and print submission would be a great achievement! It also shows other photographers (especially those who’ve been in the industry for a long while) that you value this craft and that you are committed to growing and improving.

What does it mean for your clients? Well let’s be honest. Not many of your clients are going to know what CPP means. And because they don’t know what it means – the might not know why to value that. But you can share that you’re certified

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

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

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

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

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