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Be Careful When Looking For a Wedding Photographer

You definitely would want your wedding to be perfect in all the aspects. Whether it’s your wedding dress or table settings at the venue, you want everything to be perfect that day.  So is the case with your wedding photographer. Photographers are like magicians who capture the most memorable moments of your life on a piece of paper. Here are some tips to be followed in order to find a perfect and flawless photographer for your wedding.

Familiarize Yourself With Various Styles of Wedding Photography- Wedding photography offers a wide array of styles to choose from. You can choose from traditional, classic, journalistic and many more styles. It’s better to have a look at some of the wedding photographs of your friends. You can also have some suggestions from the internet. Google is the best way to reach any kind of information these days. It’s better to contact a photographer after finalizing the style you want to go with. However, if you want to consult it with your photographer, having some information beforehand will be better.

Define Your Budget Considerations- If you don’t want to waste your time in a professional which later turns out to be out of your reach, you should start only after defining your budget. Searching a photographer without knowing your budget capacities will include lots of unsuitable options in your list unnecessarily which will waste your precious time.

Collect Some References- The first step towards a good professional is to collect a few references. There are lots of ways to collect references. The first one is to consult your friends, colleagues and neighbors. They may be of great help in such a situation. If you don’t get much of references through the, you can also have help of the internet. There are lots of sites which provide such references with contact details of the photographers. Yellow pages may also be viewed to collect such references.

Have a Look at the Website of the Photographer- You can visit the website of the photographer to have an idea about his work. But remember, you don’t have to be impressed by the grandeur of the website. Go to the page which features the portfolio of the photographer. Observe all the photos carefully to ascertain the quality of the work of the professional. Other pages of the websites may be accessed to know other things about the photographer.

Go Through Online Reviews- If the professional you are considering is proposed by some of your friends, you can skip this part but if you have got the references from the internet or yellow pages, it’s imperative to have some reviews about them. The most convenient place to have such reviews is the internet. Scads of review websites are there to assist you. But don’t consider the reviews and testimonials on the sites of the photographers. They are not as reliable as reviews posted on review sites.

Select a Full Time Photographer- The world of photography keeps on changing continuously. So you would want to deal with a photographer who is completely aware of all the recent changes in photography. So it’s always advisable to hire a professional which is a full time photographer. Such photographers keep in regular touch with the other professionals of the industry and acquaint with all the changes instantly. A part time photographer will not be so aware of the latest trends. Hiring a full time photographer means you will have superior quality due to the use of the latest techniques and a wide range of options to choose from.

Ask Him for Some Samples- You must ask the wedding photographer to show you some samples of his work. Here we are not talking about a few masterpieces created by the photographer. They can be seen in the portfolio also. This time you should ask the professional to provide you a complete album of a wedding. It will let you have a better idea about the quality of the professional. If you find that just some main photos are shot and developed beautifully and the other ones are not that good, then you know what to do. Enter the contract with a photographer only after being absolutely satisfied with his quality.

Ask for Some Customers References- No good professional will deter from providing references of his old or existing customers to new ones. If he knows that he is providing efficient services, he will find no problem with it. You must ask the photographer you are considering about some of the customers references. If the photographer refuses to do so, you shouldn’t consider him anymore. And if he provides the references, contact some of the customers and try to find out how satisfied are they with the services of the professional.

Confirm the Contents of the Package- You must be aware of all the things you are to receive in the package of wedding photographs. Various photographers offer different packages to their customers. You must make sure that you receive all that you want in your wedding photography package. If you are planning to have a grand and large wedding, maybe you have to hire two photographers for thorough coverage.

Going through all the above steps can make you reach a good wedding photographer. You definitely will not want to compromise with the quality of the photographs of this special day of your life. So make your selection wisely.

Article by Yon Rolf

Yon Rolf is a professional photographer in Las Vegas who likes to share his knowledge about photography with all those who are interested in it. He is also writer for Sarah Timmins Photography. Being a veteran of the industry, he has every that information about photography that can turn even a layman into a professional. No change in photography world can go unnoticed by him.

Article publié pour la première fois le 03/06/2013

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Latest trends in Wedding Photography

Wedding pictures are no longer taken by a simple point and shoot process. Many photographers are artistically considering how they could capture the theme, the romance and the rawness of emotions behind your biggest moment of your life.

Boudoir photography

One of the latest trends catching on is boudoir photography. From its name, this photo session is all about taking pictures of your wife to be, posing provocatively. It is usually taken in the comfortable, private and secured rooms such as your home and hotel room. This kind of photography is typically intended as a gift for you.

Pre-wedding photo sessions

Getting your picture taken during the event itself can be a huge hassle. Just imagine: striking a pose every time the camera is in your face. When you opt for a pre-wedding photography, you can save yourself from the constant exposure to the camera. You can set a photo shoot a day before the ceremony, giving your photographer the chance to compile the pictures and prepare a slideshow presentation during the reception.

Vintage style

Even if it is 2012, you can always go back to 60’s or 70’s with your wedding pictures. Photographers are able to create such theme by choosing an antique setting complete with decoration and props. This type of wedding trend is the perfect choice if you want to have nostalgic and dreamy photographs.

Photo booth

Having a photo booth at the reception is increasingly getting popular in weddings. When there is a photo booth, guests can comfortably and freely strike a pose. Also, it is easier to check who came to your wedding by asking your photographer to give you a copy of the pictures in the CD or DVD format.

Cherish the dress

If you want to have a picture of yourself wearing a gown at a different location apart from the venue and the reception, you can choose the trend called cherish the dress. This photo session is elegantly designed to show off your dress in the most fashionably possible at a place or destination of your choice.

The day after shoot

The day after shoot, popularly known as the morning-after photos, is yet another sexy wedding trend most couples are requesting. As the name suggests, the session takes place the morning after the wedding night. Photographers will drop by the home or hotel room to capture the newly married couple genuine happiness and intimacy after the ceremony.

These might be latest trends in wedding photography but it doesn’t mean you should follow them. If you still prefer a traditional style of taking pictures, go for it. Remember your wedding pictures are the only physical memories you can have for the rest of your life so it is important to have it just the way want it.

Featured image: CC – Attribution photo by Adam Fuller – source

Article provided by Katherine Flowers

Katherine Flowers chronicles her experiences doing freelance wedding photography in Melbourne. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge about design concepts and gadgetry.

Article publié pour la première fois le 22/02/2013

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Top Photography Books for 2013-2014

In this article I would like to share with you my favorite (top) photography books for 2014. The list is comprised of books that I read on 2013 and highly enjoyed, books that patiently wait on my shelves to be read or books that I have planned to get on 2014. The list is divided into two main sections. The first part contains books that can help you learn and improve your photography skills, and the second part  inspirational photo essays from photographers i admire. You might of course disagree with the selections for one reason or the other, in this case I am looking forward to hear your own recommendations and book suggestions!

So let’s get started!

Books to improve your skills

Photography Q&A: Real Questions. Real Answers. (Voices That Matter)
For years, editorial and commercial photographer Zack Arias has been a respected and trusted voice in the photography industry. Known for his photography, his teaching, and his ability to connect with photographers, Zack has long had an “open door” approach to discussing his career–the ups and the downs–and in so doing has provided a straightforward and candid look inside the industry. By consistently showing great work and offering helpful advice, he has built a large, loyal readership that looks to him for guidance in navigating the currents of a difficult and dynamic industry. Now, Zack finds yet another way to cut through the noise and offer truly valuable information to those struggling to make their way through the twists and turns of an ever-changing landscape.

In Photography Q&A, Zack answers over 100 questions that he fielded directly from the public. These are questions that range across all aspects of the photo industry: gear, marketing, street photography, vision, pricing, branding, light, models, work/life balance, technical advice, and much more. From how to “put yourself out there” and start to get jobs, to how to get paid for those jobs when the client is slow to cut the check–and everything in between– Photography Q&A answers many of the pressing questions that photographers are asking, but until now have not been addressed. The book also includes intermittent “Visual Intermission” sections–where Zack discusses individual images that were milestones in his development as a photographer–as well as worksheets on topics such as pricing and costs that help photographers to “know their numbers.”

With all this material, and with insightful, honest answers that come straight from Zack’s experience as a photographer who has seen it all (or at least a lot of it), Photography Q&A is an essential resource for any photographer looking for the real answers to the real questions in the industry today.

Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are

Get inspired to discover the beautiful images around you

Photographers are born travelers. They’ll go any distance to capture the right light, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and people. But exotic locales aren’t necessary for interesting photographs. Wonderful images are hiding almost everywhere; you just need to know how to find them.

Extraordinary Everyday Photography will help you search beyond the surface to find the unexpected wherever you are, be it a downtown street, a local park, or your own front lawn. Authors Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring encourage amateur photographers to slow down, open their eyes, and respond to what they see to create compelling images that aren’t overworked. Through accessible discussions and exercises, readers learn to use composition, available light, color, and point of view to create stunning photographs in any environment. Inspiring photo examples from the authors, taken with DSLRs, compact digital cameras, and even iPhones, show that it is the photographer’s eye and creative vision–not the gear–that make a great image.

Creative 52: Weekly Projects to Invigorate Your Photography Portfolio

A powerful portfolio involves so much more than just a strong grasp of the technical aspects of photography–it’s a complex mix of style, techniques, and intriguing ideas. Many photographers struggle to achieve a high-impactportfolio, feeling that they lack the creative spark to invigorate them andmove their work forward.
Creative 52 is that spark–and your guide to a new and more creative portfolio in just one year! A remedy for that “average” portfolio, this collection of innovative projects will help portrait, wedding, and fashion photographers build a portfolio that draws the attention of editors and clients–leaving the competition behind. While other how-to books often use bland imagery simply to prove a technical point, and many fine art books are filled with beautiful imagery but contain minimal (if any) educational insights to help working photographers, this book blends both: inspiration and knowledge that you can use to create images that attract potential clients.
Divided into three parts–concept, technique, and post-processing–author Lindsay Adler’s 52 challenges each contain a description of the project, potential inspiration and suggestions of other artists to check out, and her own unique solution to the challenge–all to push you beyond your comfort zone to explore new ideas and approaches to your work.
Includes a year’s worth of weekly projects that motivate you to experiment with new concepts, techniques, and software tools like Adobe Photoshop to achieve more eye-catching images
Offers the cure for “expected” imagery, showing how to produce memorable photographs that are distinct from the competition, enabling you to reach new clients
Empowers you with the encouragement and expertise necessary to create spectacular images

Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers. Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, this new edition will inspire you more than ever to free yourself from “auto” and create the pictures you truly want.

In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, including how to achieve successful exposures in seemingly difficult situations.

You’ll learn:

  • Which aperture gives you the greatest contrast and sharpness, and when to use it
  • Which apertures guarantee the background remains an out-of-focus tone
  • Which one aperture—when combined with the right lens—creates an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity
  • How to creatively use shutter speed to either freeze an action or imply motion
  • Where to take a meter reading when shooting a sunset, snow, or a city at dusk

With new information on white balance, flash, HDR, and more, this updated classic will inspire you to stop guessing and take control of your settings for better photos anytime, anywhere, and with any camera.

The Unforgettable Photograph: 228 Ideas, Tips, and Secrets for Taking the Best Pictures of Your Life

“This charming book provides a fresh approach and offers assignments for those new to the craft. The book will also appeal to seasoned photographers looking for new ways to capture the moments around them in a more meaningful and personal way.”–Publishers Weekly

Renowned photographer George Lange’s work is guided by one simple truth: An unforgettable photograph is not about what the subject looks like, but what it feels like. In this entirely new kind of photography guide, written by Mr. Lange and Scott Mowbray, magazine editor and longtime amateur photographer, the rest of us will learn how to take photographs that don’t just document life but celebrate it.

No fancy equipment required. Just hundreds of simple, inspiring ideas and lessons—each one illustrated with a photograph—organized around the six essential principles of seeing like a photographer. (Here’s one: Shoot the Moment, Not the Subject.)

Here’s why to shoot in natural light—always. The fun of putting babies in surprising places. How to get intimate with food. Using a dramatic sky as your backdrop. The benefit of learning to know the light in every room of your house. Shooting hands or feet instead of faces. How to move past the “I was here” postcard effect. How to catch the in-between moments. Because in the end, it’s about living the moment, shooting the moment—and being in the moment forever.

Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography
Stunning Digital Photography is much more than a book; it’s a hands-on, self-paced photography class with over 6 hours of online training videos and free help from the author and other readers. That’s why award-winning author and photographer Tony Northrup’s book quickly became #1 photography e-book of 2012 and 2013 with over 100,000 readers.

This book gives you four innovations no other book offers:

  1. Free video training. Watch over 6 hours of fast-paced, hands-on video tutorials integrated into the book to support and reinforce the lessons. View the videos using any web browser or by scanning QR codes with your smartphone.
  2. Hands-on practices. Complete the practices at the end of every chapter to get the real world experience you need.
  3. Classroom support. Join an author led private community of supportive, helpful people who also want to improve their photography.
  4. Free ebook with lifetime updates. When you buy the book and join the private Stunning Digital Photography readers community, you can download the ebook and copy it to your smartphone or ereader for easy reference. The ebook is regularly updated with new content and videos as new photography trends and equipment emerge, so it never becomes outdated.

BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro
Absolutely anyone can take better photos!

If you can press a button, you can take great pictures. It’s as simple as that. In BetterPhoto Basics, Jim Miotke, founder of the popular online photography school BetterPhoto.com, shares tips and tricks to improve your photos right away, no matter what camera you’re using. Too busy to read a book? No problem—flip to any page for an instant tip to use right away! Learn to compose knockout shots, make the most of indoor and outdoor light, and photograph twenty popular subjects, from sunsets and flowers to a family portrait. Those who want to go further get tips on controlling exposure and the secrets behind ten advanced creative techniques. And everyone will appreciate Jim’s breakdown of easy fixes to make in Photoshop. No matter what your level of experience, you’ll be amazed how easy it is to start taking photos like the pros.

The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos
Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.

Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design – first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures.

Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer’s Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-Training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking World-Class Photographs (Voices That Matter)
Translating the chaos of the real world into a breathtakingly simple, beautiful photograph can often seem like an impossible task. With busy, cluttered backgrounds and subjects who don’t know how to pose, how can you take control and get a great shot no matter the situation? In Picture Perfect Practice, photographer Roberto Valenzuela breaks down the craft of photography into three key elements–locations, poses, and execution–that you can use to unlock the photographic opportunities lying beneath every challenging situation.

Valenzuela stresses the need for photographers to actively practice their craft every day–just like you would practice a musical instrument–in order to master the art of making great images. With chapters that offer practice exercises to strengthen your photographic abilities, you’ll learn how to approach a scene, break it down, and see your way to a great photograph. The Location section features chapters that cover symmetry, balance, framing, color elements, textures, and much more. The Posing section includes the Five Key Posing Techniques that Valenzuela uses every time he’s shooting people, as well as a complete list of poses and how to achieve, customize, and perfect them. The Execution portion, with sections like “Lighting through Direction” and “Simplicity through Subtraction,” reveals Valenzuela’s overall approach to getting the shot. The book also includes an inspiring and helpful chapter on deliberate practice techniques, where Valenzuela describes his system for practicing and analyzing his work, which leads to constant improvement as a photographer.

If you’ve been frustrated and overwhelmed by the challenges of real-world locations, posing your subjects, or executing a great image–or if you simply want to become a better shooter but don’t know where to start–Picture Perfect Practice gives you the tools and information you need to finally become the kind of photographer you’ve always wanted to be: the kind who can confidently walk into any location, under any lighting condition, with any subject, and know that you can create astonishing photographs that have a timeless impact.

Books to get Inspiration

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National Geographic: Around the World in 125 Years

For five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its incredible photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Combining travel, wildlife, science, history, culture, and conservation, the National Geographic Society’s trailblazing magazine has inspired millions of readers to explore and take an interest in the planet we inhabit.

Now, in celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic has given TASCHEN complete access to its archives to distill the journey of a lifetime into three prodigious volumes featuring photographs—many unpublished—almost as rich, deep, and colorful as the world itself.

 

Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs
Steve McCurry’s iconic images have made him one of the world’s most popular photographers working today. Now, for the first time, he shares the stories behind stunning images taken from around the world throughout his extensive career.

In the finest documentary tradition, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs delves into McCurry’s personal archive to reveal never-before-seen ephemera, including journals, portraits, maps, and beautifully reproduced snapshots from various assignments. The book is organized into 14 photo stories, each brought to life by narrative text and over 100 lavish, full-color photo plates. Together, these fascinating documents create a living biography of one of photography’s greatest legends.

Inspiration in Photography: Training your mind to make great art a habit
As a photographer it’s possible to train your mind to see inspiration in any situation, and this book will show you how. By introducing you into her creative process, Brooke Shaden—one of the most recognized names in modern art photography—reveals techniques and exercises that you can undertake in order to be inspired by your environment, everyday, everywhere. In addition to the exercises, you’ll learn how to compose, plan and shoot colorful, atmospheric, fairy-tale artistic photography, so you can adapt Shaden’s techniques and apply them to your own photographic style. Indeed, all artistic photographers seek to achieve their own style, but it’s not always easy to see how to get there.

This book provides the perfect balance of insight and instruction to help you find inspiration whenever you need it, and capitalize on it every time.

Black and White Photography

Across the Ravaged Land
Across the Ravaged Land is the third and final volume in Nick Brandt’s trilogy of books documenting the disappearing animals of eastern Africa. The book offers a darker vision of this world, still filled with a stunning beauty but now tragically tainted and fast disappearing at the hands of man.

In addition to a range of starkly powerful animal portraits, Brandt introduces some new themes, as humans make an appearance for the first time. He also contributes two essays summing up his photographic odyssey, which has taken more than a decade of intensive work to complete.

On This Earth, A Shadow Falls
In 2001, Nick Brandt embarked on an ambitious photographic project, a trilogy of books memorializing the vanishing natural grandeur of East Africa. Focusing on some of the world’s last great populations of large mammals—elephants, giraffes, lions, gorillas, and their kin—he created two of the new century’s most influential photographic books: On This Earth (2005) and A Shadow Falls (2009). His iconic portraits of these majestic animals express an empathy usually reserved for human subjects. The magisterial On This Earth, A Shadow Falls collects the most memorable images from Brandt’s first two books, along with their accompanying essays. A testament to the bookmaker’s craft, it is the first volume on Brandt’s work to capture the superb quality of his remarkable, large-format prints, which are notable for their velvety blacks and tonal subtleties. At 15 x 13 inches it is substantially larger than his previous books, and it comes in a handsome cloth binding with a tipped-in plate on the front.

Sebastiao Salgado. Genesis
“In Genesis, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen.” —Sebastião Salgado

On a very fortuitous day in 1970, 26-year-old Sebastião Salgado held a camera for the first time. When he looked through the viewfinder, he experienced a revelation: suddenly life made sense. From that day onward—though it took years of hard work before he had the experience to earn his living as a photographer—the camera became his tool for interacting with the world. Salgado, who “always preferred the chiaroscuro palette of black-and-white images,” shot very little color in his early career before giving it up completely.

Raised on a farm in Brazil, Salgado possessed a deep love and respect for nature; he was also particularly sensitive to the ways in which human beings are affected by their often devastating socio-economic conditions. Of the myriad works Salgado has produced in his acclaimed career, three long-term projects stand out: Workers (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world, Migrations (2000), a tribute to mass migration driven by hunger, natural disasters, environmental degradation and demographic pressure, and this new opus, Genesis, the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society—the land and life of a still-pristine planet. “Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis,” Salgado reminds us. “We must preserve what exists.” The Genesis project, along with the Salgados’ Instituto Terra, are dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future.

Mitch Dobrowner: Storms

Mitch Dobrowner has been chasing storms since 2009, traveling throughout Western and Midwestern America to capture nature in its full fury. Making photographs in the tradition of Ansel Adams, to the highest standard of craftsmanship, Dobrowner creates extraordinary black-and-white images of monsoons, tornados and massive thunderstorms conjure awe and wonder. As Dobrowner states in the book’s afterword, “I experience storms as living beings, organic things, both rational and unpredictable in the way they look, how they move, grow and die. Every storm is different; each has a unique character. My job is to capture a ‘portrait’ of each storm I encounter, an image that does each one justice as if the storm was a person.” Dobrowner’s photographs been published widely by magazines, including National Geographic, Time and the Los Angeles Times. They are introduced here by Gretel Ehrlich, the American travel writer and poet, who creates her own images, in words, that evoke the stormy spirit of the American West.

Vivian Maier: Street Photographer
A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these
qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers.

Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide—from France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countries—and yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America’s post-war golden age.

It wasn’t until local historian John Maloof purchased a box of Maier’s negatives from a Chicago auction house and began collecting and championing her marvelous work just a few years ago that any of it saw the light of day. Presented here for the first time in print, Vivian Maier: Street Photographer collects the best of her incredible, unseen body of work.

Photography History

Photography: The Whole Story
Unlike many other artistic media, photography’s origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field’s dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement. Each key genre is chronologically presented within its social, economic, and political context, along with close analysis of specially selected works that best exemplify the characteristics of the period. With more than 500 gorgeous examples in black and white and color, the book explores in-depth virtually every aspect of the medium since its first public demonstration in 1839 to the latest innovations: from early portraits and the birth of photojournalism to travel photography and the mapping of the world; from the Pictorialists to the avant-garde; from celebrity and fashion to documentary and landscape. Along the way readers will learn why some photographs are considered iconic, and why the medium as an art form continues to challenge and enthrall us.

Article publié pour la première fois le 19/08/2014

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The amazing BW photography of Damien Vassart

Today we have with us 20 amazing black and white photographs by Damien Vassart.

“Born in 1984 in Belgium, and holder of an Audio Engineer diploma, Damien Vassart has always been responsive to art, in all its ways. During his youth, he particularly involved himself into drawing and playing music.

In 2007, photography became a new expression medium for him. His preference goes to black and white, although color also owns a place in his universe. Cityscapes and waterscapes have become his predilection themes, skillfully highlighted in surrealist pictures, inviting the observer to contemplation and meditation.

Beyond a simple aesthetic side, the art of Damien Vassart is also driven by his fascination for passing time, and impacts it has upon the natural and non-natural elements that make part of the world surrounding us. So as to transcribe that, he uses extended exposure times for his takes, most of the time released at dawn or at dusk, moments of transition, moments of switching from one state to another, between agitation and tranquility, that he considers as the most propitious to capture the time.

His pictures have already been published several times in magazines and across the Web, and permitted him to win several international awards. They are diffused around the world by various art distribution networks.”

Let’s see our selection and of course you can visit and see more of his work in his Behance portfolio!

Images are displayed here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution in their Behance Project page, and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and their photographer.

Article publié pour la première fois le 24/03/2014

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9 Graphic Design and Digital Photography Tips you need to know

Here are my top tips for photographers and graphic designers looking to make an impression on customer and client alike.

For Digital Photographs

1. Keep those deeps Black and Bleak: making the deep of a photograph dark makes a photograph rich and textured. Consequently, this added depth and rich texture adds realism to your photos.  In other words, it enhances the texture and increases the richness making more it attractive.

2. Working in the Shadows: Manipulating the level on the shadow in a picture will add character to your photo. These changes also give your pictures depth and will help to manage those over saturated photos, and bring a sense of contrast in certain situation.

3. Vignettes: This effect is very easy to apply. The vignette works well with most digital photos and effectively darkens a photos edge to manipulate the space around an image and also helps to pull the eye.

4. Put digital speed and mobility to use: Because digital files are so mobile, easy to copy and manipulate, you cut down on the time you would need to spend developing photo. Programs like Photoshop makes getting the shot right a matter of time and not luck.  A digital file provides you with the opportunity to create portfolios quickly or provide a number of options for any project.

 Graphic Design

1. Keep your look current: In order people to be drawn to your site you need to have your finger on the pulse of the current state of graphic design and ensure your designs are always up to date. This will help ensure that people take you designs seriously. While there are some stylistic exceptions no one, for example, would take a tech site seriously if it looked like the page hadn’t been up dated since 2007. Remember that first impressions matter and you don’t want a clunky, out of date design obscuring good message

2. Keep Function in Mind : Most of the graphic designs conceived today are centred on function. Creative people may be tempted to make a complex and striking design, but it is best that you lean more towards simple function in all of your projects. Users want their functions, buttons, tabs, and knobs to be as simple as possible and ass user friendly as it can be conceived.

3. Seek to surprise: In every industry but in the Worlds of graphic design and online commerce especial you want to be able to grab the attention of you potential customers. In graphic design you have thousands of ways to effect the user, including, typography, animations, formatting and illustration. You only get one chance to make real impression, so these elements should be found on your home or landing page.

4. Size variations matter: If you are creating a logo or brand insignia you take the time to work with different sizes to get an idea of how they work with or against the eye. These elements can be viewed at many different sizes and care must be taken that it reads well under any condition. Of course you want to make sure that the logo or object is not so huge that it is difficult to transport or overwhelms.

5. Simplicity is your Friend: Though you may be tempted to go overboard with the overall design of a new project you should ways strive to keep things simple. A design with too much going on is hard to see and ultimately a waste of your efforts. Try to keep it under two colours and font and try and subtract more than you add.

Article publié pour la première fois le 19/07/2013

Why you should take Photos in RAW? (Infographic)

Why you should take Photos in RAW? (Infographic)

A very straightforward infographic demystifying why we should prefer capturing our photos in RAW when it is a choice! If you were hearing the term and couldn’t understand why you should care about it, well this infographic is for you!

Hope you found this infographic useful and informative! If you want to know more about designing infographics, check out our past articles: 9 tips for designing awesome infographics & Choosing the right infographic for your business !

Article publié pour la première fois le 28/01/2013

10 Tips for Amazing Photo Editing

10 Tips for Amazing Photo Editing

With the growing technology, there are a large variety of cameras being available in the market with the help of which people can click the most wonderful pictures and retain their memories. But with the modern photography being increased on a rapid rate, a photograph is not complete with just making a single click. There are different kinds of cameras which help in clicking of the perfect pictures:

  • Digital cameras
  • Single use cameras
  • Twin lens reflex cameras
  • Bridge cameras

There are many image editing techniques available with the help of which one can edit the pictures in the perfect manner and some of the tips are

  1. Blacken the Deeps: By making the deeps black and dark, it increases the richness of the picture. In other words, it adds the texture and increases the richness of the picture and makes it attractive.
  2. Tweaking the Shadows: By adjusting the shadow levels of the picture, it also helps in increasing the richness of the picture and also adds a subtle contrast to the picture.
  3. Adding Vignettes: The Vignette effects are very easy to apply to a digital picture that adds to the quality of the picture and makes it good looking. Adding a Vignette to a picture makes the corners dark or light.
  4. Using of Filters: Adding a gradual filter to the picture helps in lowering the extreme effects in the picture and also adds a nice density to the picture.
  5. Adjusting the Skin Tones: A picture looks good when the skin tone and the clarity of the picture isadjusted. This helps making the picture attractive.
  6. Adjusting of the Luminance to the Picture: A picture does not looks good without adding the charm to the picture. Providing a natural look to the picture makes a photo perfect.
  7. Sharpen the Eyes: The eyes of the person in the picture are most important and it should be sharpened in order to make the picture look good and attractive.
  8. Adjust the Sharpness: Digital cameras normally provide a hazy finishing to a picture and adjusting the sharpness of such a picture would make it look good.
  9. Making the Perfect Size of a Picture: Resizing of a picture is very important as it helps in making a photograph look good and more attractive. This also helps in improving the sharpness of the picture.
  10. Do Not Overdo the Changes Made: This is the last step to be performed; the editor should not over do the editing done as it might affect the picture and make it look hazy.

This are some of the tips for amazing photo editing.

Article by Claudia

Claudia has been exposed to the world of photography for many years now. She also assists people in getting them the Microstrategy Online Training which helps them in getting the perfect education, follow me @ITdominus1.

Article publié pour la première fois le 24/04/2013

Photographer’s Library: Top Books to Improve your Photography Skills

Summer is always a lovely time to stock up and read books on the topics we love! In this list i present you my summer suggestions on photography books. This list contains books I have read and found interesting or i have marked to buy in the near future. And I think that they have something to offer whether you are a junior hobbyist photographer or a grizzled award winning professional.

Please vote for the books you are familiar with and check out those you are not. You can add your own book suggestions to the list and of course comment if you like, with your personal opinions on the books listed here. Eventually i hope that this list will expand and become even more useful resource for everyone!

 

 

I hope you enjoy these books and help you improve your photography skills and become a better professional photographer!

Featured Image: Creative Commons – Attribution by MonaLMtz

Article publié pour la première fois le 21/03/2014

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The amazing sea life photography of Alexander Semenov

Today we have with as a stunning selection of underwater sea life photography by Alexander Semenov!

It never cease to amaze me how many wonderful things in nature remain hidden from our eyes. And how many beautiful things yet remain to be discovered! And you will be surprised on how many of those are hidden in the depths of the oceans!

The amazing sea life photography of Alexander Semenov

The amazing sea life photography of Alexander Semenov

But before we get started with viewing today’s selections let’s meet Alexander.

” In 2007, I graduated from Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in the department of Zoology. I specialized in the study of invertebrate animals, with an emphasis on squid brains. Soon after, I began working at the White Sea Biological Station (WSBS) as a senior laborer. WSBS has a dive station, which is great for all sorts of underwater scientific needs, and after 4 years working there, I became chief of our diving team. I now organize all WSBS underwater projects and dive by myself with a great pleasure and always with a camera.

When I first began to experiment with sea life photography I tried shooting small invertebrates for fun with my own old dslr camera and without any professional lights or lenses. I collected the invertebrates under water and then I’ve shot them in the lab. After two or three months of failure after failure I ended up with a few good pictures, which I’ve showed to the crew. It has inspired us to buy a semi-professional camera complete with underwater housing and strobes. Thus I’ve spent the following field season trying to shoot the same creatures, but this time in their environment. It was much more difficult, and I spent another two months without any significant results. But when you’re working at something every day, you inevitably get a lot of experience. Eventually I began to get interesting photos — one or two from each dive. Now after four years of practice I get a few good shots almost every time I dive but I still have a lot of things that need to be mastered in underwater photography.

And the most important thing — I love Sea.”

-Alexander Semenov

With no further ado let’s enjoy his awesome photographs!

Hope you enjoyed today’s article with the stunning works of Alexander Semenov! Looking forward to hear your impressions!

See you next time!

(These photographs are presented here because they are licensed as “Creative Commons – Attribution” works and for the sole purpose of promoting photography and the photographer’s work)

Article publié pour la première fois le 05/02/2014

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Image correction basics: Straighten, Crop, Sharpen and Reduce Noise

Hi folks! In this video round up we’ll get started with the basics of image correction. We’ll see some quick tips on how to straighten images with the ruler and the puppet wrap tool.

For the very beginners we also have a quick presentations of the crop tool, and finally we’ll see how we can sharpen an image with the high pass filter, and how to deal with the noise.

If these sound unfamiliar and confusing, then you will definitely find the videos enlightening and useful. So let’s get started!

Learn Adobe Photoshop – Crop Tool

In this video, Mahalo expert Justin Z. gives a brief overview of what the Crop tool does and how it can be used to “trim the fat” off your photographs.

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Amazing conceptual photography

Today’s photography (and photographic art since some of them are slightly photoshoped ) is coming to us by the photographers Michel Rajkovic , Julie de WaroquierMikko Lagerstedt and Michal Giedrojc!

They may make you dream, or feel lonely but either way definitely amazed! Lets enjoy them!

 

Images are displayed here because they are licensed as Creative Commons – Attribution at the Behance portfolio’s of the photographers and for the sole purpose of promoting the photographers and their works!

Article publié pour la première fois le 25/05/2014

Featured image: Licensed stock image from PhotozMania

Simple Fashion Photography Tips That You Need To Remember

Fashion photography is something that seems to be simple. You just have a model and you shoot, right? Well, things get a lot more complicated than that. The focus needs to be put on the clothes that are promoted while taking advantage of the beauty of the model. This is far easier said than done. In order to aid you to make wonderful photos, here are some of the tips that have to be remembered:

Fashion Photography And Authority

Fashion photography has to offer authority. This basically means that the model’s direction has to be self-assured and confident. If the model is not comfortable and involved, there will be signs of stress, a lack of direction and anxiety. That will damage the overall effect. Always prepare the location properly together with the clothes and the props.

Put The Focus On Beauty And Clothes

Let us say that you need to organize a photo shoot for some Newlook jumpers. What counts the most? The focus on the model or on the jumpers? Whenever talking about fashion photography, we need to think about beauty and clothes. The make-up and the lighting utilized have to complement first the clothes and then the model. Sometimes it is better to use models that do not look like regular ones you see in magazines. That brings in authenticity.

Dealing With Posing

This is definitely a little tricky as posing is difficult to master. Take a look at the latest trends that you see in magazines. With fashion photography it is a great idea to use angular body shapes or broken down poses. This adds edginess and interest to a photo that might be blank when taking the common posing approach.

Shoot In Studios

It is always better to shoot in a studio because the photographer can basically control all conditions and lighting. The studio environment will force you to meter all scene areas and you have to utilize separate lighting meters than what your camera usually uses but a much more accurate reading is obtained. In the event that you cannot hire a studio, you can use a room in an apartment. However, in this case you want to be sure that you have large windows, you need white sheets and the day when you shoot should be sunny.

Use Props

Many of the modern fashion photography shoots use props and there is a reason for that. The props will tell a narrative in your shoot. Out of all possible items that can be used, the mirror is the one that is the most popular.

Influence Images

Move around and never take photographs from just one angle. You never know what angle is better in order to properly expose garments photographer. You might end up using ladders or getting really close to the model. The artist needs to think about the message so that it can be reinforced through composition.

On the whole, fashion photography is all about experimenting. The more you prepare and you experiment, the bigger the possibility that the shoot will be a success!

(Featured image: Licensed stock image from PhotozMania)

 

Article publié pour la première fois le 23/12/2013

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Taking Beautiful Photos Using Your Point-and-Shoot Camera

No matter how impressive, expensive or feature-packed a camera is, the one thing that manufacturers can’t include in the state-of-the-art design of any camera is the ability to use it well. Taking great photos is about timing, a discerning eye and a love of the visual. As a photographer you can take beautiful photos with nothing more advanced than a point-and-shoot or even a smartphone camera. These few short tips will help you find out how.

Read the Manual, then Experiment

Many people use a point and shoot straight out of the box, sticking to a preferred general setting. Most of these cameras come with menu settings that would have blown away a professional camera fifteen years ago. Start by taking your time to familiarize yourself with the features, and when you know that the option for taking photos of close-up text is just a few clicks away, try experimenting. What happens when you take a portrait with this setting? What effects do you get from taking a photograph in a dimly lit restaurant with the sunset setting? Play, experiment, enjoy.

Stop Taking Portraits

One of the key distinctions between a professional photograph and an amateur one is that professionals keep the focus away from the centre of the image. When you’re filming something – and a good point-and-shoot takes photos and records videos – that is the only time to put your subject on center. Instead, include your subject within the environment. Place them to either side, with interesting parts of the fore- and background having as much importance. You can produce very good pictures by playing with contrast, highlights and angles.

Tell a Story

Photography is about capturing a moment, not capturing a person or a thing. This is the most fundamental mistake people make when taking photos. Use the whole space within your viewfinder to capture a moment that tells a story. Once you’ve experimented with your settings, stopped taking portraits and developed an appreciation of details and even the mundane, you can start to take professional quality photographs by experimenting with things like silhouettes, patterns and ‘artsy’ photographs that capture something suggestive instead of explicit.

Turn of the Flash

One of the greatest discoveries you will make in experimenting with settings is that there are ways to avoid using the flash. When you have to use one, dampen it, as the flash on a point-and-shoot will simply bleach your photos of color and depth.

Article publié pour la première fois le 17/09/2013

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Tips and Techniques for effective water splash photography

Hello and welcome! In today’s article we’ll see 5 techniques for capturing water splashes with our dslr camera. Hope you will find the videos informative and help you understand better the techniques behind water high speed photography.

High-speed photography is the science of taking pictures of very fast phenomena. In 1948, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) defined high-speed photography as any set of photographs captured by a camera capable of 128 frames per second or greater, and of at least three consecutive frames. High-speed photography can be considered to be the opposite of time-lapse photography.

In common usage, high-speed photography may refer to either or both of the following meanings. The first is that the photograph itself may be taken in a way as to appear to freeze the motion, especially to reduce motion blur. The second is that a series of photographs may be taken at a high sampling frequency or frame rate. The first requires a sensor with good sensitivity and either a very good shuttering system or a very fast strobe light. The second requires some means of capturing successive frames, either with a mechanical device or by moving data off electronic sensors very quickly.

Other considerations for high-speed photographers are record length, reciprocity breakdown, and spatial resolution.

Lets get started!

Pink droplets monsters by Pink Sherbet Photography

Pink droplets monsters by Pink Sherbet Photography

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Article publié pour la première fois le 11/04/2014