How to capture beautiful flower photographs

When pleasant breeze knocks your doors, birds chirping becomes the lovely song , the melting snow gives whimsical effect, and air is filled with scent of beautiful flowers. It is the first sign that spring has arrived and it’s time to grab camera and capture beautiful flower pictures. However before you snap the shutter, here are some tried and tested tips to capture extraordinary shots.

1. Zoom in to get details:
Give a most dramatic effect by zooming in your subject. The best way of getting close-up, high quality flower snap, is by using a specialized macro lens (50mm to 200mm). Macro lenses provide such kind of detail that an unaided eye never detects and provide an amazing perspective on the subject like close-up of buds, petals and droplets will jump out of page. Macro lenses provides minutest detail that is hard to notice from a naked eye thus resulting in detail shot capturing close up of buds, petals and droplets.Image

2. Avoid Harsh lighting:
You will meet all kinds of weather conditions when you go out for photography. But harsh, direct sunlight is worst for photography of flowers and may cause loss of texture, washed out colors and strong shadows that will ruin the dramatic effect of – shot. So, you must use fill-in flash to illuminate the subject and to keep the fore and background balanced.

3. Focus selectively:
Keeping everything sharp in the image looks a little unfocused. So, choose a focal point to make selective focusing and keep it sharp so that it eliminates any distraction from the background and makes your photo interesting. Also try different angles to capture some interesting images like try clicking from behind or underneath the flower to capture a point of view that is different from what we see from standing perspective.

4. Watch out for wind:
One of the biggest enemy of outdoor flower photography is wind. The easiest way to avoid it is, do your photography early in the morning when there is a less chance of wind. Otherwise, use cardboard or reflector to create a steady shot.Image

5. Avoid strewed Background:
Backgrounds are the key of good photography. They can make or mar any image. So, pay close attention to your background during photography. Choose a background that adds to depth to your image, not one that distracts attention away from your subject.

6. Get details and work on it:
Photography of flowers is not just about randomly clicking flower pictures; it’s about using a creative eye for getting fine details like repetitive patterns on leaves, lines of the stem, stamen, curve and texture of petals. So, study your subject well and shoot it from different angles.

Portrait Lighting Techniques to capture Best Pictures

Every person wants to look best in his portraits and this is the reason why you are always hard-pressed to make your subject look great. Although professional portrait photography seems to be very simple, getting those perfect looks require some knowledge, preparation, and confidence. Here are some simple techniques that can vastly improve the quality of your portraits.

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  • Direct harsh light creates sharp unflattering shadows and this is the reason why you must use photography lighting equipment that diffuses the light beam and soften the shadows. Instead of positioning your lighting equipments directly towards your model, bounce it from any reflector or diffuser such as an umbrella reflector or a softbox.
  • Use a three-point lighting system to give a flattering look to your model. Place your main light directly in front of the subject so that you can successfully hide the scars and other marks that the subject has on his/her face. The other two must be placed at two opposite angles from the camera. You can always replace one fill light with a reflector and use a backlight if required.
  • Even the finest photographers prefer continuous studio lighting for shooting portraits. This is because; this form of lighting can give you an idea about the final results that you will be getting. Flash photography however, doesn’t give you this flexibility and is therefore, usually not recommended for shooting portraits.
  • Position your light modifier as close to your subject as possible without including it in your frame. This is because; the closer it is the better will be the illumination.
  • To give a life to your subject’s hairs, elevate your photography lighting equipment that you will be using at the back. This light is very often referred as hair lights.
  • Plan your background carefully depending on the theme of your picture. If you are portraying a newlywed, a marble-colored backdrop would certainly look elegant but if you are portraying a man with a big tattoo, this backdrop will take away the beauty of the tattoo. For this, you should use a black backdrop.
  • If you are shooting fashion photographs, never position your subject’s head opposite to that of his/her body. This will give a flattering look to your subject.
  • Since the face of your subject should be the focus, try various continuous studio lighting techniques to give them sharp looks. For example; if your subject has a big nose, make him raise his chin slightly and point his nose directly towards the camera.
  • Lighting is the essence of photography. Play with it creatively to click breathtaking portraits.

Wildlife photography in winters

Winter is a great time of the year with plenty of snow outside; it provides ample refreshing opportunities to the photographers to shoot wildlife. Patience, admiration for nature and zeal to capture something extra ordinary will help you succeed in wildlife photography. Here are few tips to help you make most of your winter wildlife photography.

  1. Planning – Before grabbing your camera, a little research on your part will save a great deal of your time and energy. Knowing what wildlife will appear where and when can save tons of your time. Secondly, winter days are short, wherein sunrise is late and sunset is early, leaving you with only few hours of beautiful light to capture great shots.

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  1. Extra pair of Battery – You might have this many times before but I still wanted to repeat, you camera will work fine in winters but your batteries will worn out quickly. So before bag packing for wild life photography, keep an extra pair of batteries and keep them warm may be in your jacket or wrap it in a scarf.

  1. Choose a longer lens – You cannot shoot animals with a 24 mm lens, they are wild and ferocious and generally fear camera light, so shooting from close is not a good idea. You need to shoot minimum with 105 mm lens, and remember smaller you go on your aperture the wider the lens is opened thus giving you beautiful view. With 105 mm you can easily shoot from a distance, and managed to have a great shot with soften background, and clearer & sharper subject.

  1. Be quick – In wildlife, subject is not waiting to be captured so you need to be ready with your gear. For this, quick shutter speeds are required to freeze the movement and to capture lively behavior. To get the quicker shutter speeds, you need to crank up your ISO else if your shutter speed is too low, there are chances your pictures will appear blur.

  1. Background and Composition – When shooting wildlife, throwing a background out of focus may not be a good idea, especially when shooting tiny subjects such as birds, as you will not be able to capture details or parts of your subject. When shooting your wildlife subject, be patient and try to capture a shot when subject is looking into your frame, to capture a compelling shot. Though sometimes, a side profile shot may even look better, so try capturing your subject from different angles.

  1. Never Delete – Never decide in the field whether a particular image is good or bad. People often get so impatient that they keep deleting their pictures right away. Seeing pictures on a small screen is way different than seeing it on big screen, and even lighting conditions also have great impact. Sometimes a particular picture is great and by adding certain effects or little tweaking can look even better.

  1. Shoot Raw – Shooting raw always gives you more options, as you have all the data with you. It gives you so much flexibility to play around with your images in terms of exposure, effects, brightness, white balance in addition to image quality.

 

 

 

 

 

Essential equipments for travel photography

To take most of your travelling opportunities, you must carry a few essential equipments in your kit like a mini tripod, spare batteries, Led light and more. Here is a roundup of best photography kit to help you capture stunning shots while travelling.

  1. Photographers Bag – Firstly, whenever you are travelling, you can carry a photographer’s bag with you in which you can keep all your photography equipments handy. You need to take utmost care to protect your expensive gear, so select a bag with enough space and is easy to carry along.Airport-Security-V-20-Rolling-Camera-Bag-5

  2. Batteries, Chargers, adapters, Converters – When you are shooting somewhere out, you must carry an extra battery with you, as you will not like to run out of power while shooting. Having a charger is also very helpful, as you can recharge your batteries overnight or can keep one on charging while you are using the other one. In case you are travelling to some other country, it is ideal to bring a converter, so that your charger can work properly.
  3. Travel Tripod – To maintain sturdiness during shots, a mini tripod is a great help and especially when you need sharp shots in low light, tripod is required. A mini tripod is easy to carry and is a better option than not having a tripod when you need stability. 2041

  4. Led Light- If you do not want to carry extra flashes then a Led light is a great option. You can easily secure Led on top of your camera to light up dark places. It is a good alternative to flash and if it is of high power, you may be able to light up majority of scene even in low light conditions.
  5. Memory Cards – Carry along some memory cards for your camera. You can also use laptop and card reader to save your files. You can easily transfer your files and make space in the card for the next day. You may even like to purchase an external hard drive for photo storage.
  6. Lens UV filter – UV filters are a must to protect your lens from accidental damage and moist, dirt and other weather conditions. In addition, they also make it easier to clean your lenses thus improving image quality. Abstain from buying a cheap UV filter and mounting it on your camera lens rather go for a high quality UV filter. 250px-filters_6187

  7. Remote Shutter release – A camera shutter release is necessary along with a sturdy tripod. A camera shutter release is most useful when you work with low shutter release, as even a bit of vibration can cause blurry images. Now-a-days many entry level DSLRs come with remotes that are lightweight and wireless.

Black & White Photography Tips

Black & white photography is a subtle art that demands great attention to lighting, textures, tones and composition. Black and white images have the ability to convey simple, raw emotions of people, landscapes and other subject matter in a striking way. Here are five tips; you need to know when it comes to black and white photography.

Shoot in Raw – If your camera supports raw format, shoot in Raw. Shooting in raw gives, you more control over the image in the postproduction. It will open up many new possibilities and provides you enough flexibility to make any alteration in the image’s appearance and quality.

Shoot at your lowest ISO setting – When it comes to black & white photography use the lowest possible ISO setting. On the contrary, if you use high ISO the noise will become more apparent in shots, and your picture will not be as smooth as you expected. Therefore, use lowest ISO for black & white photographs and it is best to add grainy look during the postproduction.Image

Use of Contrast- The improved contrast adds interest to the images. You can use light to your advantage, to bring great contrast. For instance- if you use side lighting, you will get longer shadows. As you cannot use color, contrast will bring the tonal differences in your photographs and make them stand out.

Look for Pattern and textures – In black & white photography; you cannot play around with colors, so look for tones, textures and shapes in your frame as points of interest. By, emphasizing on the patterns & rich textures, your photographs will become clear,compelling and exciting.

Look for wide range of grays – The photos will appear dull, if it does not have varying tones of gray. For achieving this, flash is your best bet. You can use flash to throw highlights and shadows over certain areas of your photo

8 Reasons to be a Photographer

Imagine world without Photography? It is scary to even imagine world without pictures. Photography fills life with colors and evokes different emotions be it bursting laughter, an overwhelming smile, a tear, a frown and lot more. However, there are endless reasons to be a photographer but here is my take on top eight reasons, which will inspire you to nurture this amazing kill.

Capture memories – With photography you can capture memories that you can hold on to forever. Photography is a way to document life, whether it is your life, a friends or clients or your loved ones. Just imagine how dull your special occasions will become if you cannot capture that in your camera. It gives you an incredible way to relive your special memories.

Notice the beauty around – Once you become a photographer, you see the world from a different eye. You start noticing minute details of things around you be it light, colors, textures, flowers, buildings and more. You will realize how much beauty is around you and feel like capturing it. sea-67911_640

Turning your passion into a career – What can be better than turning your passion into career. If you absolutely love what you do, you will be immensely successful and feel fulfilling at the end of the day.

Great challenge – Though it often looks like that you just need to press a button and you are good to go but in reality photography is an art and to master it you need technical knowledge combined with passion and skill.

Creative Gateway – Photography is a creative medium and gives you myriad options to express yourself in an innovative way. You must have heard that a picture is worth a thousand words. Undoubtedly, your work speaks and represents your personality. Photography is a great medium to express youphotographer-5551_640rself.

Numerous Career Opportunities – Photography is a serious business and provides immense career opportunities. You can select the field you are interested in, be it Landscape photography, Product Photography, Wedding photography, kids photography, Fashion Photography, Sports Photography and more.

Make others happy– Pictures make people happy; it has the incredible power of spreading joy. Whether it is a family portrait, a Christmas celebration photo, kids’ first birthday photographs it gives lifelong pleasure and memories. And as a photographer you are the one who is capturing these special occasions and bringing smiles on their faces.baby-22086_640

Communicate across any barrier – Photography is an art and is not restricted by any cultural or language barriers. With a Photograph, you can beautifully connect and communicate with people around the globe and you will be amazed by the appreciation and love you will receive in return.

4 Most Commonly used Light Modifiers and the results they give

Lighting is the root of photography. For creating stunning shots, photographers need different lighting modifiers, which manipulate light as desired and make your photographs stand out. One can be overwhelmed by the choices available in the market; but in this post, we are going to touch most commonly used light modifiers.

  1. Umbrellas – Umbrellas are most essential and least expensive light modifiers, best known for their ease of use. They are used as a diffuser device by photographers to achieve a softer light in images. These umbrellas are easy to position & can cover up many mistakes made by novice photographers. There are two different types of umbrellas used: Shoot through and reflective. In shoot through- as the name summarizes, you have to shoot light directly through the umbrella for a softer appearance. Reflective umbrellas are more efficient at bouncing light back to the subject instead of letting light directly focus on the subject.Image

  1. Soft boxes – Nothing can replace a soft box when it comes to providing a soft, diffused light for any style of shooting be it Fashion, Wildlife, Product, you name it. Soft boxes contain a diffusing external cover that diffuses the light perfectly thereby, illuminating your subject with a high quality soft, even light. These modifiers are extremely large, shoot-through boxes and are available in multiple shapes ranging from standard rectangular to square and octagonal. However, soft boxes are most expensive light modifiers and are difficult to set up.Image

  1. Reflectors – Reflectors as the name summarizes, it reflects light. Reflectors are easy to use, and they have flat surface used to bounce light onto the subject. They come in variety of shapes such as, round, rectangular, triangular and work great inside or outside of the studio. To use a reflector, you will want to get it pretty close to your subject, without interfering it with the shot. They are majorly used in two colors Silver & Gold. Silver one is used to produce a bright and white reflection and gold produces a more subtle & warmer light.Image

  1. Beauty Dish – Beauty dishes are essentially large metal bowls and can be picked with lighting stands or grid. It does not have a sweet spot in the middle of it like most reflectors rather it uses a parabolic reflector to distribute light towards a focal point. This creates a very soft, even light from a fairly large surface area. There are two different ways of using a beauty dish with or without a grid and both produces different results and are equally useful. Depending upon your lighting need, you can select the one which serves your needs best.

5 Quick ways to succeed as a Freelance Photographer

Photography is an art and if you are passionate about it, you can turn your favorite hobby into freelancing and start earning some bucks. Initially you may decide to freelance for fun or practice but eventually start making a nice living from freelance photography. So, here are few quick tips to help you succeed as a Freelance Photographer.

Select Freelance Photography Field – Photography is a vast world and there are many different kinds of photography. So firstly, decide which particular field interests you the most Children, Weddings, Architecture, Landscape or some other. You can even opt as a photojournalist for any magazine or newspaper.Image

Create a Portfolio – To get started; you need to build a portfolio displaying best of your work. Even if you have never been paid for your pictures, you can start making a portfolio displaying your work samples.

Networking is the key – Internet is a hub of opportunities for budding artists. You can utilize numerous platforms such as a creative portfolio website for your photography, social networking, blogs and lot more. They can give an instant boom and can fetch you many contacts and clients.Image

Know the trend – Keep yourself updated with latest trends and styles. It is imperative to do a thorough market research of what is hot selling in the market and what are the upcoming trends. Keep your knowledge upgraded and have an eye for unusual, this will nurture your talent and will distinguish you from the rest.

Be open to criticism – It is not necessary that you receive lot of appreciation in the beginning, so have confidence and keep the winning attitude. Your most creative ideas or work can also appear dull to your clients, so accept criticism gracefully. Have a flexible approach and mold your ideas according to your client’s expectations.

Bid& Budget – Initially do not pay much head to money, once people start recognizing your talent, you will eventually make profit. Bidding is a tricky part, and requires smart handling so that you do not end up losing the client by overpricing.

Three DIY Photography Backdrops for Christmas

To make your Christmas photographs even more memorable and jazzy, you can make beautiful backdrops at home within no time. A holiday backdrop surely sets the scene for Christmas photography, all you need is basic skills and material. So, spark your creativity by making these fun backdrops this Christmas season and capture amazing clicks.

Streamers Backdrop– Material needed: A few colors of crepe paper,   Masking Tape & Scissors

Streamers8This is the simple and fun way to create backdrops for Christmas photographs or your kid’s birthday. Firstly, decide the dimensions and height of your backdrop, it can be 4feet tall and 5feet wide, this backdrop will be perfect for head shots or half-length shots. In a blank wall, at the top of your backdrop, stretch the piece of masking tape, and tape it to the wall, with sticky side out, for sticking crepe paper. Now start-attaching pieces of colorful crepe paper on the sticky side of the masking tape, slightly overlapping, keep repeating until you have covered the entire backdrop. Snip the ends with scissors, to give uniformity and nicely stick the ends with the masking tape, to keep them firm. To give a clean finish, you can cover the top& bottom edge with a long piece of crepe paper. Lastly, snip the uneven edges of crepe paper so that all of the ends are hidden. This will take you not more than 30 minutes to create this colorful streamer backdrop.IMG_8681copy

Balloon Backdrop- Material needed: Colorful Balloons, Balloon pump, Streamers, Confetti gun &  Masking tape.

This is the coolest backdrop ever and you will love it, as it will not take much of your time and is easy to make. Just blow colorful balloons with a balloon pump and tape them nicely along the wall. You can also add colorful streamers and hung them from the ceiling to the desired length, keep them long enough to give a fun and flowing effect. You can buy these streamers or if you have a creative bent of mind it, make it by using construction paper. Lastly, buy a confetti gun, and shoot it just before clicking pictures.

Flower Backdrop- Material needed: Tissue paper sheets, Masking Tape & Scissors.

This would make a pretty tissue paper backdrop, start by cutting your tissue paper into sheets, recommended size 20” by 10”. Fold them in accordion style and carefully cut one end into a rounded shape with your scissors. Now unfold the tissue and at the square end, gather tissue together by crushing it softly. For making it double sided, cover it with a piece of masking tape and gently place it on the one end of the crushed tissue paper. Lastly, to give it a pretty flower shape, stick the opposite end to the other side of the masking tape. Keep molding the paper, unless the flower gets a complete shape. Now you can repeat this simple process and make as many tissue flowers as desired.These backdrops are easy to make, spread holiday cheer and will surly make your Christmas clicks stand out. They are completely budget-friendly and will add a pop of color and brightness to all your photographs.flowers7

Quick & Easy Landscape Photography Tips

Landscape Photography captures beauty of nature at its best like majestic mountains; rushing river, and stunning sunrise. Nature is awe-inspiring and there is wealth of natural landscapes filled with absolute beauty, one should have the passion and technique to take great landscape photos. Follow these photography tips and get set for capturing some impressive clicks.

The Golden Hour – Lighting is the soul of photography. Quality lighting is the most influential attribute of a beautiful landscape. The best time during the day is early morning at the very first instance of daylight in the morning or late afternoon when sun is lower, less contrasty, and often displays a subtle color palette.

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Depth of field – When you are taking a landscape photograph, try creating a sense of depth, this can be achieved by keeping a small aperture setting. Select a small aperture such as f16-f20 as the smaller your aperture the greater the depth of field in your shots. This makes your image sharp throughout the scene, the objects in the foreground and background gets equally sharp.

Use wide- angle Lens – People often tend to buy most expensive camera but often overlook importance of lens. A top quality lens dramatically improves your image quality. Wide- angle lens is most preferred for landscape photography as it gives broader view and tends to give a greater depth of field.

Composition Composition is the key to successful landscape photography. Simple apply Rule of Thirds, divide your frame into imaginary four lines on both the horizontal and vertical axis. Now simply place areas of interest at the points at which the lines intersect. Images captured with this rule give harmonious composition and viewers can figure our focal point without their eye wandering.

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Use Photographic Filters – For landscape photography, polarising filters are the most preferred choice. These filters eliminate reflections and harsh glares and give better color intensity especially when shooting in sunny weather it gives bluer skies, greener foliage etc.

Landscape photography allows you to be one with nature and is most loved form of photography. From professional photographers on the go, to advanced amateurs to hobbyist, all desire to capture astonishing landscapes depicting beauty and serenity of nature. As the saying goes, practice makes a man perfect; with right skill and knowledge of equipment, you can yourself capture breath-taking shots.