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Category Archives: Photography

Photo Enlargements

Today, everyone is busy in its life. Students have to go outside of the city for higher studies. So, it is not possible for them to meet friends, family and relatives in the spare time. As a result, internet proved to be a best way to interact with friends by sitting in your home.

Large percentage of the internet users around the world are registering in social networking websites thinking that it is the best way to share our thoughts, hot news, discussion and general knowledge with the people around the world. Examples of big social networking websites are orkut and Facebook. Orkut has recently received a “Genius of the web” award for the best social networking website in India.

In orkut, every user creates its own profile by writing about their personality, hobbies, interest, professions and uploads their profile image. Everyone tries to create their profile image according to their personality because profile image signifies the nature and character of that person. So, they need a quick image editing tool to modify images according to their creativity. In this way online Photographic enlarger can play an important role for users of social networking websites. Anyone who wants to share their photos with their friends can use this online platform for editing their profile images.

Most of the people have their group photo with friends but they don’t have their single photo. Now, there is no need to run to the photo studio for a single photo. Its fine if you have one group photo because you can convert this photo in your single photo with the help of cropping tool available at online platforms. If someone feels that his image looks very small in size you can enlarge it to give it a closer look. All these things can be done free of charge platforms known as Photographic enlargers.

Photo Card Picture Taking

Lighting is everything. You can easily tell a professional photo by the quality of the lighting. Paying close attention to lighting will greatly enhance your photograph. Plan to take your picture outdoors, or use professional photo studio if you must be indoors. Avoid taking a picture at night. If you are inside your home, take a picture during the day in a well-lit room.

Outdoors, look for even lighting-overcast days actually work the best if the sky is not an important element in your photograph. If the sun is shining, make sure it is not behind your subjects-it should be lighting them as directly as possible in their faces.

As you look at the shot through the viewfinder or LCD monitor on your camera, pay attention to odd or unflattering shadows on your subjects. It’s perfect appropriate to use a flash outdoors to “fill in” harsh shadows. If you want to take a picture like a pro, bring along a mylar sun shade for your car. Place it at the feet of the cameraman aimed back at the photo subjects to “bounce” light and fill in shadowy areas in the frame.

Good, bright, even lighting will do more than any other single factor to make your photo look great. Good lighting also brings out the most beautiful, bright, saturated colors for your photo.
Close-up and centered. The camera should be relatively close to your subjects-no more than 5-7 feet away. Avoid the temptation to stand way back and “zoom in.” The less “zoom” you use, shorter and wider the camera’s focal point will be, and the higher the quality of picture you will get. Remember, most “point and shoot” digital cameras are designed to work best less than 10 feet away from the subject.

When “composing” your shot, the professional photography experts will always suggest putting your subject to one side or the other-never center-frame. However, specifically for photo cards, you will find that centering your family, children or other subjects in the frame will look the best. This is one instance where a centered shot will look much better than off-center. Nearly every photo card design available will best accommodate a centered photo.

Looking through your camera viewfinder, check to see that there is equal spacing on both side of the subject, and that there is no distracting background directly behind them. (Often seen mistake: If you are taking a picture with trees in the shot, pay special attention to the background-make sure it does not appear that a tree limb is “growing out of the head” of one of your family members!)

Faces first. Nearly all of the emotional expression of a person is conveyed through the face. Occasionally a photo in silhouette is dramatic and captivating, but beautiful faces, smiles and expressions-especially where the eyes are clearly visible-nearly always make good pictures. Be sure the faces of each of your family members is clearly visible in the photo. Remember too that a photo card is often a keepsake of your family for the recipient. Genuine smiles and friendly demeanor wear better in a photo album over time than odd and silly expressions.

Steady as she goes. The photo-taker will always get a better picture taking the camera out of his or her hand and placing it on a tripod. An inexpensive tripod will do wonders for your photo taking quality level. And since most cameras have a “timer” function, a tripod works great if you don’t have an extra person to take the picture. You can set the camera on the tripod, press the shutter release, and have time to run into the shot before the shutter snaps.

Shoot liberally for choices. With digital cameras there is no film, hence no additional cost for taking lots and lots of pictures. Be sure to give yourself plenty of choices. If you rely solely on the tiny camera viewfinder or LCD screen, you might miss a pair of closed eyes or other photo problem that can’t be corrected later. On average, a professional photographer will expect one “excellent” shot out of every 10 taken. Taking 10-15 choices might take a few minutes longer, but you’ll be glad when choosing on your computer screen that you took the time to get that “perfect shot.”

Which comes first, design or picture? Should you choose your photo card first and take the picture to match it in color and style, or should you take the picture first and choose a photo card to compliment it? It’s the old chicken-and-egg question, and there’s no best answer. With so many great photo card designs to choose from, you’ll do well in either case.

Getting the photo on the card. If you’re planning to use a “digital photo card” option with your stationery manufacturer, you’ll want to provide the highest resolution digital photo possible for the best reproduction. Generally a 6×4 photo at 300 dpi resolution (or measuring 1800 x 1200 pixels) is adequate.

Go pro? Studio photos work very well for photo cards. However, be careful of copyright restrictions-most studios will not allow you to reproduce their photos on your own, preferring that you buy prints from them instead. If you would like to use a studio shot for your photo card, be sure to discuss this intention with the photographer prior to shooting the photos there, and ask if there is an extra charge or restrictions on the use of the studio’s photos for your holiday greeting.

Shoot Studio Quality Prints Using Natural Lighting

Make Your Own Reflectors

One of the keys to studio lighting is “bouncing” the light off of reflectors or umbrellas to create full, soft, and even light. Although you do need a few lights to do this properly, you can still mimic the effect by making a few homemade reflectors. If you need help softening the shadows created by one main light source (like the sun), you can reflect the light by using white surfaces like a large white poster board or a big piece of Styrofoam or even a white bed sheet.

Start Painting

Whenever you go to shoot, always remember that all surfaces either reflect or absorb light so keep this in mind especially when designing a room for taking pictures. If you know you’re not able to add a bunch of lights to a room, try painting the entire thing white (even the floor, if possible). Having your walls white, they will help to bounce the light around so you’ll have a more even look.

Watch Your Time

The brightness and quality of the light will change depending upon the time of day. By using your homemade reflectors to soften the shadows and your backdrop faced towards the early morning light, you’ll be amazed at the studio-like quality of your images. Try taking photos at different times of day to see how the difference in light impacts the way things turn out, then book your studio sessions in for the times in which you’ll have the best light possible.

Get Creative with Your Backdrops

You may not be able to offer the wide variety of backdrops found in a portrait studio, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun. You can use bed sheets for basic colors and then if you want to get creative you can always use paint to create a pattern or add color. If you hang these backdrops opposite a large window (or garage door opening), you’ll get the same effects as using a fill light pointed at them.

Planning Wedding Photos

Wedding photos will therefore depend on the kind of photographer you get. It is also essential for you to focus on looking for someone who can deliver; just the way you would like it. Many photo studios will have freelancers who can come on location to take the wedding photos. You need to discuss several things with your photographer and, the first thing is the kind of back up they have. They must have a system in place or spare cameras that will see the process of taking photos continue if something goes wrong. In this digital age, more and more people are becoming more confident that nothing can go wrong. It is necessary to consider it because you never know what might happen. You will also need to consider the number of photos to be taken. All weddings will deserve to have as many photos as possible. However, you have to agree on what enough is and make sure that the job will be fulfilling to you.

Another thing to consider with wedding photos is the locations and places you want different events to be captured at. You want photos of every special moment and, it is good to make sure that your photographer or photographers are keen enough to capture all the moments that you might consider important. You will also have to agree on the perks. You can pay for the project as agreed and, following through with your agreement will see things sail smoothly for you. If they want a certain amount before the job, it is probably wise to pay all of it. This way, you can be confident that the wedding will move on smoothly. After the photos have been taken, you will need to preserve them in a special way that will please you and others every time you look at them. Have albums and frame all the moments that need to be highlighted in your space. There is no doubt that yours will be a very wonderful time with proper planning for the photos.

All about Photo Lighting Kits

The utilization of the natural light around is the best option that you can go to get the best lighting options. However, if you choose to go with the artificial lighting you have a bountiful array of photo lighting kits to choose from. One of the foremost lighting equipment used by many photographers is the flash photography lighting.

The flash lighting technique is used by most professional photographers and by some ordinary users of the camera. The set temperature of flash lighting equipment is measured at 5600 Klevin, which in a sense is the optimum way to produce light that is almost like the natural sunlight. The flash lighting technique is used with flash lighting slave sensors that come with a setting that is synchronized with the cameras picture shots.

Another kind of common photo lighting kits is the halogen lights. This is a sort of continuous lighting scheme that allows photographers to instantly turn on a lighting equipment to have a constant source of warmth and light. The halogen lights are very bright and use electricity on a huge amount. This is why most photo studios are very hesitant about using this kind of lighting equipment as the overhead costs of using them is quite expensive.

Fluorescent lighting kits are also popular lighting kits used in most studios. They are cheaper and more environment friendly than the halogen lights. They require less heat thus, they uses less electricity and energy.

Inexpensive Holiday Photo Cards

Check in with all the different photo web sites as well as any photo developing sites near you, and discover the sales ads in the paper. Several sites charge different sums for these cards. If you happen to see a good sale these cards will be much more affordable.

Those who are buying just a few photo cards will end up paying more than per card than those who are buying larger numbers of holiday photo cards. There is a piece of a discount for purchasing a greater amount.

The easy thing about the photo processing centers in many discount and drug stores is that you can get your photo cards right away as they will print them while you ‘re waiting. If you have put things off until the last minute this can be very helpful.

Order the cards on line can sometimes be cheaper, but it will take you longer to get the cards since they will be prepared and sent. Sometimes it requires a couple weeks unless you are prepared to pay extra for expedited service. This is why it is a healthy idea to order your cards a month or two early.

Shooting Excellent Fireworks Photos

1.Have the Right Exposure.

In order to get the unique looking fireworks photos, it has to captured at the exact moment when it occurs.

If your shutter speed of your camera is set wrongly, it may not snap at the precise time resulting in blurry or smoky images. It is important to set your camera to manual mode and the shutter speed to be set to snap in 1.6 seconds. Manually set your camera to snap in 1.6 seconds. Under these settings, you are certain to capture precise colorful fireworks go off which you wanted.

2. Use a good Tripod.

It is better to use a Tripod when taking Fireworks photos.

The reason is fireworks display not only display vibrant colors in the sky but also shows different arrays of lights moving fast at different directions. Hence, the handheld camera may not be able to hold without shaking to capture the fire work in its natural way. Using a tripod, the camera could be kept very still so that you could get the fabulous image of fire display.

3.Get Rid of the Flash.

Many believe use of flash during fireworks photography will assist them. The flash will not add any value to the fireworks photos. Hence, always keep the flash turned off during photographing fireworks displays. This means, its better to use the manual mode if you are using the digital SLR.

Tricks to Master Google Photos

1. Turn off cellular data

This is essential for smartphone users that don’t have unlimited data. Many users use Google Photos to not only back up existing photos on their cameras but also automatically back up images that were taken on their smartphones. For this reason, it is crucial to turn off back up over mobile data and also allow the Google Photos app to only back up when you are charging your phone to protect your battery life.

2. Upload old photos

For you to save more storage it is important to upload your old photos to the Google Photos Library. This is a simple process that only involves dragging and dropping the photos from your external storage. In the library, the photos will appear based on the date they were taken hence, making it easier for you to locate them when you need to. Your connectivity will determine how long the uploading process will take.

3. Free up more space on your phone

For a user without an SD card or a phone with unlimited storage, it is important to regularly free up space on your device. Google Photos does this really well by just tapping at free up device storage in the settings menu. This is a safe process because although the backed up photos will be deleted you can always access them when you are connected to the internet.

4. Label your photos

Labeling the people in your photos comes in handy in the future. This is because you can easily identify them by searching by their name in Google Photos. This makes it easier to find every picture of the person you are looking for. It also saves time especially when you are in a hurry.

5. Get free unlimited storage

Google Photos offers unlimited storage with a minor caveat. It only offers a maximum of 16MP resolution. This can be tricky while saving videos and photos at their original quality because they will eat up into all the space that there is. To solve this it is crucial saving your photos and videos at high-quality resolution. This majorly helps you free up some space.

Photo Journalism With Digital Camera

1.Use Appropriate Camera Equipment

If you want to become the photo journalist, you should not only have the eye for detail and also should be bold enough to get in to the middle of the action irrespective of the camera equipment you possess.

2. The Compact Digital Camera

If you are a new to photo journalism, depending on the circumstances, initially the compact camera may be adequate instead of a Digital SLR. The advantage of compact camera is it can be concealed and conveniently used if in a sensitive or an undercover situation where the photographers personal safety is at a risk. However, there are limitations on using digicam for photojournalism. For example, the lens and zooming capability will not help the photographer to take photos at distance from the subject. In other words, you need to go closer to the subject if you need any clear pictures.

Similarly, the response time of compact digital camera is very slow, as a result volatile or quick action situations where the journalist have to move fast, the digicam may not be able to capture the seen owing to slow response. The main reason is the zoom and sensors which are electronically operated takes a few seconds to get activated . In essence, the main disadvantage of compact digital camera is its slowness in capturing images. When compared to the DSLR cameras which has the auto and manual operations, most photo journalists would agree that digicam is very slow.

3.Digital SLR Camera

If you use DSLR instead digicam, you are able to capture exact moment, by pressing the shutter release button. In other words, DSLR can be zoomed very fast manually, and you can see the actual seen through the view finder rather than the LCD. Hence, you can at once capture the moment by pressing the shutter release button using hand and eye coordination.

Family Portraits

Family Portraits: Photos in black and white, sepia tone or color?
Family portraits are not an easy task for photographers and before are some questions about screen layout, art work and props to clarify. Because the design possibilities are seemingly endless and techniques. Whether the family photo black and white, or colored, traditional or experimental arrange sepia tone should be, are still the easiest questions.

It is more difficult to decide whether props like chairs and how the people involved have to be arranged on the family portrait. Here, according to the traditions of their parents or grandparents are the center and their descendants to gather around.

Image design for family portraits especially important
But there are more experimental possibilities for composition. Thus, for example, each individual choose his own position, which is also his sense of family is reflected. The photo must not necessarily in a photo studio to be recorded, but in the familiar environment of the family can also arise. Unlike conventional Mother’s Day Pictures images are characterized by such a special intensity and the personal touch from.