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Techniques for effective long exposure photography

Hello and welcome! In todays article we’ll see 5 techniques for long exposure photography both in day and night! You will find out several useful tips to improve your technique or get you up and running with long exposure photography if you haven’t tried it before!

For those unfamiliar with the term:

Long-exposure photography or time-exposure photography involves using a long-duration shutter speed to sharply capture the stationary elements of images while blurring, smearing, or obscuring the moving elements. The paths of moving light sources become clearly visible.

Long exposures are easiest to accomplish in low-light conditions, but can be done in brighter light using neutral density filters or specially designed cameras.

Let’s see what the experts advice us!

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The Value of Photography (Infographic)

The Value of Photography (Infographic)

The following is a survey carried out on the Value of Photography. With the abundance of photography now online from mobile phones/ digital cameras etc, the value of photography is somewhat hard to quantify. With this survey we simply want to establish a price range to help amateur and professional photographers value their photography, while at the same time not devaluing their work.

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 !

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5 Hints for Taking Memorable Photos of Kids

Photography is a creative field that requires a knack of taking appealing snaps of different living creatures. As a fact, the skills required for photographing toddlers differ from those needed for taking the snaps of adults. Therefore, if you are of the opinion that there exists a common skill set for taking snaps of any living being, you need to rethink on it. Now, if you are thinking to take photos of toddlers such that they become the lifetime memories to savor, consider the following hints.

Let the Kid Be in Some Action

One of the best hints to ensure an impressive photo of a kid is to make her or him to do something at the time capturing. The kid can run, jump, play, tell jokes, or act funny. Just ask the kid to do something that interests him or her. This will ensure that the kid is likely to have more fun, instead of getting bored or grumpy of being photographed. The reason behind this is that no kid likes to sit still for minutes. This is also applicable for being photographed. Therefore, you need to ensure that they are actually doing interesting while you take their beautiful snaps. When a kid is at play, she or he makes up for an ideal photo.

Avoid Giving Orders

If you are simply a commanding photographer who does not understand the freedom desired by kids, your photography session will never yield the desired outcome. This is because the kids are surely going to lose interest quickly. So, you need to be genuinely interested in them along with the items that they love to have so that you can be appreciated well by them. This is essential for feeling comfortable so that you can capture their cute actions in photos. There is no point in getting bossy with them, which means no orders as well as no dos and don’ts. These are the things that they have more than enough from their elders. Now, even if you behave in that manner, they are more likely to spoil your session of photography. Therefore, it is better to ask what they wish to do and indulge them.

Keep Them Amused

Kids neither like to get bored nor do they love to see boring faces. Therefore, one of the essentials for having a good photographing session with kids is to entertain them. Kids are really innocent in the sense that they do not feel unsecured while being photographed, if you keep them smiling. So, consider some ways of entertaining them, such as making funny faces, speaking in a funny manner, making funny poses, showing some cartoon faces, and so on. After all, you need of photos of smiling kids, don’t you? As a tip, you can too become like a kid and act silly to make the actual kid happy throughout your photo session. This will go a long way to experience a happy photo shoot.

Kneel Down, Please!

One of the secrets to please the kids is to go down up to their own level. This can even mean to kneel down or lie on your belly. Such acts of yours tend to affirm the kids that you are their good allies and have come there to make them enjoy. Kids like this behavior probably it shows that you are different than other elders. Photographing with kids does not mean that you will experience a clean and painless session. Nobody can guarantee you a clean and easy session, especially when it is the matter of kids.

Show them Your Camera

Let the kid see your camera, allow her or him to hold, and also permit them to push the button. This will trigger their interest and eliminates their fear for such a big electronic device that will be looking at them.

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Article by Jack McElroy

Jack McElroy is a great fan of cameras and loves to try different models for fulfilling his hobby of photography.

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Tips to Get Some Great Pictures on Events

Having been a part of some events as a photographer, I have come to understand that photography is more about catching the perfect moment rather than trying to make one. The beauty of the picture comes with the honesty and subtlety of the emotions that are being captured. Adding some simple touches to your work can make a world of difference to the results.

Introduce Yourself

At any event, a photographer is one of the people who will get in touch with just about everyone. Take a minute of the guest’s time and introduce yourself. Do make a polite request of photographing them so that once you take a picture, they do not express their displeasure on an unwanted picture being captured. Also ask them if they are interested in large size with relatively cheap canvas prints later on. Some might be interested in getting larger sizes of their snaps.

Study Your Audience

The people you will be photographing are your audience and like any artist, closely study them. Have a close look at their emotions of joy, pleasure, concern and care. Feel the energy and connect with them understanding their feelings.

Photograph with a Purpose

As you become more and more familiar with the event and the people, you will automatically be able to locate chances of capturing some great stills. As you have already sought permission, you can take some pictures without intimating the person who is being photographed. This often helps you bring out the very best of pictures. Many people are not comfortable with being photographed and act unnaturally in front of the camera. Catching them unaware can help you in taking some of their most memorable pictures. Also take the pictures considering that these may have to be printed on photo paper. If the pictures were to be printed on a larger size, for example, using canvas printing, will they look good?

Take Your Time

There are no prizes for clicking fast; it will only help you filling your memory cards with pictures that are not of good quality. Take your time if you want to get the best pictures. Make sure that the lens has been properly adjusted and lighting for the picture is adequate and you will not under or over expose the snap.

Take Multiple Photos

Make sure that you take at least two of a kind. Sometimes the best in the business are unable to deliver in a single snap shot or on occasions, a second shot is even better. Either way, having a back shot, if not two, is something you must do.

Get Closer

Although modern cameras allow you to zoom in from long distances, it is ideal that you get closer while you take a picture. The results in general get better and you are able to get sharper images. It also allows you to focus more on the person or persons you are looking to photograph and the distractions such as people moving around are least. A clearer picture will help in getting great results if one wants to have prints on canvas for these pictures.

Be Prepared

A great opportunity can arrive at any point. Never be in a slumber when you are working and be sure to have your mind ready for such an opportunity. As soon as one provides itself to you, pounce on it.

Be Yourself

Do not try to imitate other’s style of photography. Everyone has his or her own instinct and you must follow it. Know what suits you more and follow the style that you feel confident with. The rest will fall in place by itself.

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Article by Serven

Serven is professional writers he wrotes many article about different categories. Now is currently writing for photography tips.

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Turning your images into art

With digital photography opening up a creative sphere once limited to those with the specialist equipment and know-how, nowadays almost anybody can become an artist. Even the most basic digital cameras currently available are rarely less than 10 megapixels and take photos to such a high resolution that they can provide a clear image when reproduced on a 16 x 20 inch print. Those willing to invest a little more in their photography apparatus can buy cameras which allow them to print perfect images onto epic 50 x 70 inch canvas backdrops.

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An increasingly popular medium for photographic prints, canvas is now widely used for producing quality and authentic looking artwork. By printing photos to canvas, anybody can create the timeless effect of an oil painting without any of the mess and in a much shorter time. Digital photography allows us to remove blemishes and red eye prior to printing and those who are familiar with photo enhancement software can improve the quality and upscale the image to a larger print format with none of the pixelation usually associated with enlargement. Special effects are easy to apply, including colour enhancing or a transformation to monochrome, sepia or the poster/ pop art effect which is back in fashion. The canvas itself then provides a distinctive texture which draws the eye and gives the photo a unique depth.

Canvas photo prints have several other advantages over standard paper prints. Firstly, the quality of the image is sustained for much longer (current predictions at a hundred years) since it does not fade and is not susceptible to smears created by oily fingers. Secondly, large scale prints can be put on canvas and make a thoroughly effective wall hanging for spacious rooms and offices. There is also the added option to reproduce a mounted photograph without a frame by stretching canvas over a wooden structure. This looks modern and is ideal for landscape shots where the edge of the scene is indefinite.

People may try and debate whether or not photographs printed onto canvas can really count as art, but surely there is no question that an image intentionally created in an original form and used for visual effect and appreciation is just that, art.

Article by Emily Banham

This article was written by Emily Banham on behalf of Inspiring Imagery, the one stop shop with everything you need to bring your photos, designs and adverts to life!