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Factors to Consider when Choosing a Photography Class

photography classAre you interested in professional photography? Would you like to become as great as this Santa Barbara wedding photographer? Well, there are two basic ways to learn professional photography. One is through frequent shooting and the other one is by taking a photography class.

Yes, you do not need a diploma or certificate to become a photographer. But then, if you want to build up your work portfolio and be a credible professional photographer, then it would help a lot if you take photography classes. Potential customers usually give their trust to photographers who can show a certain proof of how skilled they are. They do background checks before choosing photographers especially if it is a big project like a wedding.

Photography classes are now being offered in different schools all over the world. Some classes can even be taken online if you want to. Choosing the right photography class should be done carefully though. You cannot just enroll in a class without thinking how applicable it can be to you and your future career as a professional photographer. There are several factors you need to consider when choosing a photography class.

  1. Relevance

How relevant is it to the form of photography you want to get into? Do you think you can apply what you will learn from this class in the future? Check the syllabus to know what topics or subjects will be taught in that class. Does it include the seo for photographers that you want to learn in class? Assess carefully how relevant the topics are to your goals.

  1. Instructor’s Background

Find out about the level of experience and skills of the instructor. Do you think he/ she is competent in teaching that class? You can also try to connect with his/her past students and learn how the instructor handles the class. Is he/she enthusiastic when teaching? Does he/she share secrets or techniques in photography or reluctant in doing so? You can get answers to these questions by asking former students or people the photographer had worked with.

  1. Time Availability

Does the time fit perfectly in your schedule? How many weeks will it take you to finish the course? If you are busy with work or family, you can consider getting an online photography class. An online photography class usually allows you to study or learn at your own pace and whenever you have time to spare.

  1. Online vs In-Person

Another factor to consider is whether you will take an online or in-person photography class. An in-person photography class has a fixed schedule and actual classroom setting wherein you really need to go to the specific classroom. On the other hand, an online class allows you to learn photography via the Internet. No need to travel to go to school since you can just get instructions, modules or books via email or other online communication tools. You can also study whenever time permits so you can basically learn at your own pace. Asking questions is possible by getting in touch with the photographer via email or at a specified time he/she is online.

Consider the factors stated above when choosing a photography class so your time and effort will be spent well.

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Be Creative In Your Photography

One thing about wedding photos is that they tend to have the same style, the same angle. Nothing wrong with it, but they don’t normally show how much fun and memorable such events can be. As photographers like peterborough photographer, it is important that you get to capture these moods and emotions well. One way to do it is to capture more creative types of shots which are more unique, more memorable to look at, and does better in capturing the atmosphere the people felt in the wedding. These photos not only takes you to that day but lets you see it in a different but fun light.

To achieve this, here are some helpful tips to capture those creative wedding photos:

Experiment with your gear

First things first, weddings are not the time for you to try out your new gear. There is so much at stake at a wedding there leaves little to no room for mishaps just because your new gear did not work well as expected or you are trying to get the hang of how your new gear works. If you are going to try it out, better do it on a free day and not on an important occasion.

However, once you know the ins and outs of your equipment and what it could do, feel free to be daring in changing lenses or setting up new gear with your camera to achieve more creative but artistically beautiful shots. Always remember to be quick in doing such switches as you may miss an important moment if you are too slow.

Experiment with shooting

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Even if you don’t have any new gear to use during that day, you can always capture creative shots using the gear you already have. For starters, you can try out using the existing color filters of your camera, especially using the monochrome filter that gives your photos a black and white look. You can also try shooting from other angles and create more dramatic or artistic shots that would grab the attention of the viewer of the photos.

Have a Second Shooter…or You Could Be One

If you are a photographer who likes to experiment with more unique shots for creativity’s sake, you should know that taking those shots can make you miss some important moments, even if you are quick to change gears when necessary. That’s why it is important for you to have a second shooter who can cover those shots that you are unable to take for some reason or another.

Conversely, you can be the second shooter and be able to take some more creative shots by getting in touch with a more experienced photographer and get to work under his wing. Another advantage here is that you also get to learn new concepts or methods from professionals that you would be able to use yourself to be better at your skills.

Whether you will have a second shooter or be one yourself, always remember to coordinate with your partner so everything that needs to be covered that day are duly covered.

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Be on the Lookout for Other Sources of Inspiration

Apart from other photographers, there are many sources available at your disposal for creative wedding photography ideas. There are numerous publications, websites, and photos that you can check out to see those impressive examples of photography that you can take your cue from. Just be careful not to border on plagiarism. You may be taking inspiration from another idea, but take time to put your own twist or element to make your photos more unique and more of your own that you can be proud of.

Take On Daily Exercises

Another method that you can use to improve your creative photography is through constant photography exercises that lets you do some experimental shots that will eventually improve your craft. One photo a day projects in social media would be a good venue to showcase such work as you can get to have feedback to help you improve your creativity as a photographer.

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To Do’s Before a Newborn Photo Shoot

newborn photographyFor would-be parents, the arrival of their first born give them so much joy and excitement. Some parents would right away hire a newborn photographer to take shots of their child while in the newborn period. Newborn period basically refers to the first two weeks and this stage in a child’s life only happens once. This makes a newborn photo shoot significant and thus must be given importance. Both parents and the newborn photographer should exert effort to prepare for this newborn photo shoot.

If you are new to professional newborn photography, here are some things to do before a newborn photo shoot.

  1. Discuss details with the parents

You should first have a formal meeting with the parents to discuss how and when the newborn shoot will be. Some expectant moms will hire you before the baby comes out so you will have to arrange the waiting days within the expected delivery date. It is important for you to explain how the shoot will be done as well as how the parent should prepare their newborn.

After you have explained all the necessary things and answered all their questions regarding newborn photography, make sure you have a contract signed and agreed by both parties.

  1. Prepare the necessary props and gear

Once contract has been signed and schedule has been set, it is now time for you to prepare for the shoot. Inspect your cameras, lenses and accessories and make sure they are working properly. Also be sure that all newborn props to be used during the photo shoot are all dry-cleaned and ready for use.

Among the necessary camera accessories and newborn props to bring are the following

  1. Tripod
  2. Lenses
  3. Extra Memory Cards
  4. Extra Batteries
  5. Comfortable Blanket
  6. Bean bag
  7. Baskets or Crates
  8. Stuffed Animals
  9. Hats and Headbands
  10. Hammock
  1. Help the parents prepare their newborn

To make your photo shoot become successful, the parents must make sure that the baby is in a deep sleep all throughout the photo shoot. Advise the parents to keep the baby awake a few hours before the shoot. They also need to ensure that the baby is well fed before schedule so the newborn will be in great mood and in deep sleep.

  1. Ready yourself to be patient

There are instances when the baby suddenly wakes up or becomes irritable thus making the session take longer to finish. Be prepared for it and ready yourself by being patient at all times. If the newborn won’t sleep, do not fret because you can still take some shots while the mom or dad is holding the child.

  1. Prepare safety measures

The safety of the newborn should not be taken for granted. You need to ensure that the baby is safe all throughout the session. Hire an assistant if possible to stand near and keep an eye on the baby during the photo shoot. You should also check all your props and make sure they are free from dirt or harmful object.

All newborn photo sessions are important so you should always give your best and do the necessary preparations before each shoot.

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Top 5 Things to Consider When Looking for a Wedding Venue

wedding venuesAfter the romantic wedding proposal, you are finally engaged to your loved one. You feel ecstatic and excited to be together forever. But wait! You realized that you still need to prepare for your wedding. There are loads of things to do and there are many decisions as well as choices to make.

You both have to decide on the wedding date. You need to hire wedding professionals such as a wedding photographer cambridgeshire and choose a wedding theme. And of course, you must look for the right wedding venue.

Looking for a wedding venue is somehow confusing for engaged couples because they need to find one that suits their dream wedding. This makes the wedding venue a very important factor because it can define what the wedding will be like.

There are several things to consider when looking for a wedding venue. Below are the top 5 that you should know before making a final decision on where to have your wedding.

  1. Budget

Like all other occasions and events, budget is the first consideration when looking for a wedding venue. Set how much is the maximum you are willing to spend for the venue and then list the venues or places you are considering. Inquire from each venue to know how much it costs, how many hours you can rent and if it is available on your desired date.

Although we want our wedding to be special and memorable, it doesn’t have to be extravagant. You can make the wedding look luxurious without spending too much. Start by sticking with your budget not only of the wedding venue hire but also with other things you need to spend on for the wedding.

  1. Location and Capacity

The location of your chosen venue must be easily accessible if you want your guests to easily reach the venue. Consider where most of your relatives and friends live when deciding which wedding venue to select. You also need to know if the venue can accommodate all your guests so if you have plenty of guests, then you surely need a bigger venue where all your guests can fit it.

  1. Wedding Theme

Weddings have different themes and a theme is one of the very first things that the couple needs to decide for their wedding. The wedding venue must suit your desired wedding theme so you can achieve the kind of wedding that you and your spouse want to have. If you plan to have the wedding somewhere in Santa Barbara, you can inquire from this Santa Barbara Wedding Photographer on what venues are great there.

  1. Amenities and other services

Some wedding venues have wonderful amenities and extra services to make it easier for the couple to plan and prepare for the wedding. No need to go far to look for stuff and people like a caterer or florist since they already available in there. There are venues also that offer great amenities that will make you and your guests stay more comfortable, fun and relaxing.

  1. Parking space

You may not expect this but parking space is really an important consideration when looking for a wedding venue. Make sure it is wide especially if you are expecting plenty of attendees. Do not make your guests worry on where to park upon their arrival because this will surely piss them off.

Conduct an ocular check of the place before signing any contract so you will know if the venue is exactly what you want for your wedding.

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5 Steps to Perfect Portraits Using Photo Editing Software

With the growing importance of photo editing, it is imperative for photographers, even a Portrait Photographer London to learn the ins and outs of photo editing software as a way to enhance their images and make them better. Here’s sharing some tips as to how to make the most of such software and have better looking portrait photographs in the process.

Step 1 – Add layers

If you are going to make some significant changes to your image, always make it a point to add at least 1 layer on your image where you can do your editing of the image. The importance of adding a new layer to your image is that you don’t get to do any changes on your image so in an instance when the change you made is incorrect or if you may need to go back to the image original, you can do so simply by clicking on the original layer of the image. Make it a point to add a layer for every significant change you do on the image to easily review the work you have done.

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Step 2 – Use the Image Analysis Tools

The first thing you need to learn in Photoshop is reading the image analysis tools which tell you what you need to know about the image you wish to work on. One of them is the Histogram which provides information on the exposure of the photograph, whether it is under or over exposed, as well as the tonal range. There is also the Eyedropper tool which provides you information about the color in the image, especially if a certain color in the image is too dominant that you may need to correct. Then there is the Info palette (or window) which provides numerical feedback on your image which serves as a handy reference, especially for advanced users.

Step 3 – Correct Image Brightness, Contrast, and White Balance

Once you’ve learned how to read the image analysis tools, you will have a better grasp of editing the photo’s brightness, contrast, and white balance as these tools also allow you to make the necessary corrections. Try going around these different elements with the different corrections you can do until you get a more balanced portrait image as a result with the colors and lighting done just right.

Step 4 – Sharpen the image

To make your portrait images look better especially on greater resolution, use the sharpen tools in the software. One of these tools is the Unsharp Mask which is available in Photoshop. This command actually uses a blurred copy of the original image to reduce the dynamic range and effectively sharpen the points with higher contrast and some greater detail as well.

Step 5 – Draw the focus to the face

It has often been said that faces are generally the most interesting part of an image, most especially in portrait photographs which should be. The viewer’s eyes are naturally drawn to faces but you can help boost this natural tendency by playing with the elements such as the highlights and shadows of the image. One can do corrections but be mindful that these corrections should cause the photo to look too unnatural which is a no-no in portrait photography.

 

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With more learning and practice, you should be able to make your portrait photographs even better. Keep in mind that above all, else the photo should present your subject at his/her best and whatever editing you will do should not serve to distract the view from the subject in the photo.

Of course, it is important to constantly learn new techniques for better looking portraits. There are a lot of resources available in photo editing portraits that you can check out.

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Photography Tips for Low Light Conditions

basic photographyAmong the several challenges that a photographer needs to overcome is poor lighting condition. There are instances when the location of a photo shoot has insufficient light or the schedule of shoot is set in the evening where light is not enough. An amateur photographer will surely find this problem quite challenging but a professional photographer who already has an experience in shooting under low light can surely find ways to solve this problem.

Here are some photography tips that professional photographers apply when confronted with a low light situation.

  1. Change camera settings

DSLR cameras have different features and specifications. You need to familiarize or even master your own camera in order to know how to best adjust it to get your desired shot. In a low light situation, the shutter speed, ISO and aperture of your camera as well as your lens can have a big impact on how little or adequate the light that gets in.

If you set the camera to its maximum ISO, more light can enter into the camera. You have to be careful though in adjusting because at times a high ISO can give you grainy images. It is often referred to as “noise” in the image. You really have to study and practice using your camera unit so you will know the safest maximum ISO that won’t produce blurry images.

  1. Use a wide aperture lens

If you only have the basic kit lens, then you eventually need to consider purchasing a wide aperture lens. A wide aperture lens which is sometimes termed as “fast lens” is best in low light situations. They can capture light because of their speed and so the wider the aperture of your lens is, more light can pass through it. When buying lenses, take not that wider lenses have lower f-number and so f/1.8 is wider than f /3.5. Our derby wedding photographer uses a wide aperture lens when light is insufficient inside a wedding venue.

  1. Make use of an external flash unit

If adjusting your camera and using a wide aperture lens still didn’t work, you can use an external flash unit. Avoid using your camera’s built-in flash because it can produce more dark areas in your image. Position the external flash unit to an angle where the scene will be illuminated and yet less to no shadow can be seen. If the light is too much, you can bounce it off the ceiling or wall or use another accessory to diffuse it.

  1. Learn the proper way of holding your camera

The way you hold or carry your camera can affect your captured image. There are proper ways to hold your camera when aiming for a shot and this is taught when you undergo photography training. An example is by holding the lens with all fingers in one hand and not just your thumb and forefinger. Doing this technique can help you produce clean, sharper images.

Frequent practice of shooting in low light can help you easily learn how to handle such situation. You will know what specific tip among the 4 mentioned above is applicable once you get used to it.

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8 Tips for Better Candid Shots

candid photographyCandid style of photography is becoming more and more popular today. You can see individuals taking shots of an interesting thing or person they see. Some of them are professional photographers applying the photojournalistic style of shooting. Others are average individuals who love to photograph during a birthday, wedding. There are also those who just simply love to click their camera for a candid shot. Whatever the reason is, candid photography surely has captured the interest of many photo buffs.

When we say a candid shot, what usually comes to mind is an unplanned pictorial. The subject of the picture is usually unaware that someone is photographing him or her. Most candid styles are non-manipulated and no prior preparation was done with the location and subjects involved. You capture the moments as they happen or you take shots of an unsuspecting subject with the aim of capturing real-life moments.

There are instances though that no matter how we try to get brilliant candid shots, we just can’t achieve it. Sometimes it is too late and the anticipated moment already passed, other times it is taking so long for the “moment” to happen and we finally decided to stop waiting and just give up.

Well, no worries, there are tips and techniques that can help you get better candid shots that are worth showing off to friends and clients.

  1. Bring your camera wherever you go

There are short-lived moments that are worth capturing on camera and you’ll have a better chance of taking these shots if your camera is easily accessible.

Since a DSLR is somehow heavy, you can use a mirrorless or point and shoot camera which you can simply slip into your jacket or place in a sling bag. But of course, for better shots you can bring a DSLR; place it in a comfortable camera bag with pockets that are easy to access.

  1. Avoid using flash

When you use a flash, you will capture the attention of the person you are photographing. This will make the person feel uneasy or even mad. Thus, it is important to be discreet when aiming for candid shots of an interesting subject.

Additionally, a flash often produces shadows on the image making it dark or appear with black areas. Photographers  of Amatya Photography normally don’t use flash unless really necessary.

  1. Shoot in burst or continuous mode.

By setting your camera to shoot in burst, you have a higher chance if getting better candid shots. You only click once and already have plenty of pics in sequence to choose from.

  1. Us e a zoom or telephoto lens

For more unnoticeable shooting, it is best to use a long lens so you can position yourself far from the subject. Even if the person is aware you are taking shots, he/she will still feel relaxed in whatever he is doing since you are not obtrusive.

  1. Find nice angles

Practice and learn to plan ahead on what angles are best for a particular location. Practice shooting in different angles and experiment on how to get unique candid shots. You can check out http://www.rowanwatts.co.uk for more ideas.

  1. Shoot plenty

Make it a habit to bring extra memory cards so you can shoot plenty. Shoot in different sizes, angles and poses. By taking plenty of pictures you later can have many to choose from. Of course, you need to aim for great shots at the start so you don’t waste your time and effort in shooting and it will also be less difficult to choose which ones are worth editing later.

The best tip is perhaps to be patient and respectful when doing candid shots. Do not just shoot anyone you want, think before you click and consider how the other person will think. Learn also to be patient when waiting for an anticipated moment or person.

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THE NIGHT SKY: YOUR CLASS STARTS NOW

Before jumping into photography, you need to know what field you’d love to be with the most. Such are those like sports photography, underwater photography, astrophotography or wildlife photography. You have to stick out what signature shot you can do the most too. This is that you can be flexible when switching into a different field of photography. Say like when your taking pictures of animals during the night, and you suddenly made a feeling and urge to take a long exposure of the sky. Turns out to be that you have switched into a different subject rather than capturing animal pictures.

Now back to the discussion. Taking photographs of the sky may give you a better view than what your eye can give. One of the most rewarding thing about it is that you get to see what others can’t – the true beauty of the night sky. And of course, before going out into the open, you need to gear up to protect your self and your equipment. You should also be able to find the perfect spot to take the shots and images. You can go either a good distance between medium sized trees to give you shadowy effects and breathtaking images.  For more tips and basics on how to capture the perfect night sky images, you can watch the video below.

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