Archive for the ‘Beginning Photography’ Category

24
Jul

Wildlife photography offers up plenty of challenges for beginners; not all of them technical. One of the toughest areas to learn is composition. While a lucky few have natural flair, for others it is not so easy.

There is a bit of false wisdom about that says: “You should never put your animal right in the middle of the photo – only to the left or the right.” This is simply not true, but it is a notion that causes all sorts of anxiety for new photographers.

If you don’t put your animal in the middle of the photo, where do you put it? And what do you do with all that extra space? Well, it may (or may not) encourage you to know that there is not really any hard and fast rule to answer these questions. Like all things in composition, it really depends on your own sense of visual balance. So good composition requires you to have the confidence to trust your own judgement.

That doesn’t mean you are on your own when it comes to learning composition. The answers to the following questions may help you if you are struggling to get started.

Question #1. Can I Position My Subject In The Middle? In certain situations this can work just fine. If you are shooting a portrait-style photo where the animal subject fills up much of the frame, it can make sense to place it right in the centre. This approach can seem perfectly natural, especially when the subject is looking right at the camera. In this case there is nothing to indicate a shift to one side or the other, and to do so may just create wasted space.

For this type of photo, where the subject fills most of the picture, it is important to leave a bit of breathing room around the head of the subject. Your picture will look more balanced if there is a little space between the subject and the edge of the frame, rather than showing the subject cramped into the composition.

Question #2. Should My Subject Go On The Left Or The Right? Your answer to this question should be guided by the physical positioning of the subject. As a general rule, it is preferable to have your subject looking toward the middle of the picture, rather than toward the edge of the frame. So if your subject is facing to the left, shift its position a little to the right, and vice-versa.

It is not necessary to move the subject all the way over to one side. In fact many of my wildlife photos show the head of the animal right in the centre of the picture, with the body leading in from one side or the other. So the position of the subject is only slightly to the left or right. What you need to ensure is that there is more space in front of the subject, and less behind it.

Question #3. What Do I Do With All That Extra Space? If you get the balance right in a portrait-style photo, the extra space will not appear too empty. In fact, it looks quite natural to have a little empty area for your subject to look into.

Problems can arise when you take your photo from further away, with a lot more space around the subject. This is when you really have to do some creative thinking about how to put that extra space to work in your composition.

The more space that appears around the subject, the more information you reveal about the environment it was photographed in. As an artist, it is up to you to make that work for you. I always believe in the principle; “Anything that does not make my photo better, makes it worse.” You need to ask yourself if showing more of the surroundings actually adds to the impact of the photo. If not, you may be better to zoom in and eliminate the extra space. However, the surroundings can add interest and impact to a picture if you know how to use them well.

You already know that if your subject is facing to the right, you should position it to the left so that it looks into the picture. In that case, if you have another object that adds interest, you should try to position it to the right – so the animal is facing towards it. The idea is to try to establish a relationship between the animal and the surroundings. If you do this well, all the elements of the composition will be working together, adding to the impact of the entire picture.

For example, imagine a bird on a branch alongside some flowers. If the bird is facing away from the flowers, they are just two random objects in the same photo. But if the bird is facing toward the flowers, your photo tells a completely different story.

This may sound simple, but good wildlife photos are the result of patience, perserverence, and lots of wasted exposures before you get that perfect shot. However, don’t think of them as wasted exposures. Every time you press the shutter you add to your experience, and it is with experience that you will begin to trust your instincts and settle on a style of composition that expresses your love of the subject.

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23
Jul

People are not the only subjects of photography. Many times you will find a fashion illustration among the Vanity Fair photos. You may even find Olympic fashion or jazz fashion among any fashion illustration. Fashion images are among the top photography images you may discover, and they are important in order to project each Vogue fashion illustration in the most positive way. People are not going to buy any outfit without a fashion illustration—just seeing it in a picture without showing any Vanity Fair photos or a Vogue fashion illustration is not going to sell the design to the public.

 

New designs and Olympic fashion are the most common fashion images you will see, but on occasion you will also see jazz age images. Each of the fashion images has a place in Vanity Fair photos, and as such it’s important to project an image that provides a fashion illustration for many different styles. Fashion images are important for the public to see and provide what they need in order to ‘sell” the product. Looking at a fashion illustration will give a potential buyer an opportunity to see the design on a model and perhaps see of a visual picture of how it would look on them. If the fashion illustration doesn’t show them that image, they are not going to buy.

 

How important are fashion images? It really depends whether the designer is interested in reaching his or her target audience with the new design. It is necessary to show the buying public some fashion images before you can even begin to think you will be able to convince them to buy. Olympic fashion will affect the kind of exercise clothing they buy while other fashion images will influence their decisions about fashion in general.  Condenastore.com can provide some helpful hints about fashion photography.

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23
Jul

It is important to find a cooperative photographer for your daughters or sons senior portraits. This person should have excellent track record on portraiture photography and also must have very good attributes such as willing to share his talents and right attitude. More importantly your son or daughter being comfortable with him. So the under mentioned 5-steps if you follow you will not go wrong:

1. Select A Understanding Photographer

Always find a photographer who is prepared or willing to understand your personal traits. He should know that every person is a unique individual so the expectations or end result out of senior portraiture may be different. As such the identified photographer, must be willing to go the extra mile to get to know you better in terms of the precise things which you expect out of the occasion. Also it is essential to know that the final outcome is exactly what you expected.

2.Be prepared to share the experience

Select someone who is prepared to share his talent with yourself instead not as tradesman who wants to sell it. More specifically, you have to find a photographer who is willing to give the your photographs without charging high prices or without insisting you to purchase the copyright version released by them.

3 Break the rules

Always find photographer who will break the rules or go beyond norms or willing to experiment. As you know many photographers are stereo typed and will the norms of photography to the book. They do not want to think outside the box or try out different posing, lighting or exposure. Only talented photographers will be prepared to violate the norms and turn out the unique image or certainly to capture your exact personality.

4. Have enough time

Find a photographer who is willing to spend significant time with your portraiture session. You will find many photographers who wants to do a quick job and allowing very limited time for changing clothes and sessions. In other words, selecting a photographer with high patience is important. He should understand that normally anyone will take some time to get comfortable when posing in front of a camera. In essence, he needs to have patience and give you sufficient time to settle down.

5. Easy Going

Find a photographer who is happy go lucky man or willing to make the session an enjoyable one with you. In other words, making you comfortable right throughout the session. He should not only realize that your senior pictures not only an important day to remember but also you have to pose like a model. In essence, through out the entire session you have to be comfortable and happy as well.

If you follow the above steps you are certain to find senior portraiture photographer who will be a matured and willing to make this occasion a happy event of all participate. It is your event take control of it from the very beginning so that you will get what you want finally.

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