Brides and grooms alike are now enlisting the expertise of professionals to get the best digital wedding photography for their special occasion. And why not? They surely want to have the best photos taken so that the memories will be perfectly preserved as long as they live.
More and more people are now choosing the digital cameras to take pictures of their wedding. One reason for this is many photographers think the quality is significantly better compared to the film camera. Another reason is that the photos can be stored not only in their hard-bound albums but also on albums online and on their computers.
Today, people are more dependent on their computers than ever before. With computers, they can easily upload their wedding pictures and share them with family and friends all over the world. You do not have to rely on snail mail to share your pictures. They are being sent and viewed the minute you have them in your computer.
This is one of the many advantages of digital photography. If taken properly, you are assured that you and you partner will never regret
having used digital photography for your wedding pictures.
Below are some of the tips to get the best digital photography for your wedding.
1. Choose the Right Background.
Photos can really look great when they are shot with the background in mind. You can use the decorations in the church, reception areas or even outside as a back-drops for your photos. Be sure to arrange any scattered decorations, fixtures or even people in the background so that they will appear as you want them to in your photos.
Always remember, as the photographer you have to frame up the view before taking the picture. Look not only at the person(s) or object(s) that are the main focus of the shot, but also look at the surroundings in the background that will be captured in the photo. When you do this you may find that re-positioning yourself slightly to the right, left or even kneeling can give you an angle and perspective that gives your photograph a wonderful new perspective. The best photographers are able to make even the simplest of backgrounds look great in photos when they make sure to properly frame their pictures up before taking them.
2. Look Out for Those Glasses!
Glasses tend to cause reflections in photos. May it be an eyeglasses, windows, wine glasses or even decorative mirrors. They can cause a reflection of your flash, room lights or sunlight to reflect back on the camera lens and potentially ruin an otherwise perfect picture.
To avoid this, the position of the camera can be altered so that it will not directly hit the glass. The photo can be taken from the side, from a kneeling position or downwards from standing on a chair but avoid pictures where light will reflect back into the camera lens. This also may require you to ask people wearing eyeglasses to either adjust their heads slightly facing upwards or request them to remove the glasses altogether.
3. Create the Perfectly Timed Shot.
People being photographed should not always be looking at the camera. And they don’t have to be smiling at the lens either. With that in mind, as the photographer you should be looking for times when people are socializing and connecting with each other and unaware that you are around. Being able to capture those natural interactions between family and friends is exactly what most wedding couples want.
One trait of a great photographers is being able to keep your eyes open for those right moments so that you can grab some great, unstaged shots. There is always a place for the staged family, wedding cake eating and father daughter dance shots but nothing can replace a well time candid picture.
4. Review each photo.
To maximize the memory that your digital camera has, its best to pause occasionally to review the pictures you’ve taken. There might be duplicates or bad shots that can be removed so that you can free more space on your memory card.
5. Set the Resolution on your Camera to the Highest Setting.
You will probably want the highest quality and the maximum number of photographs so you need to make the most of the capacity of the memory card. It’s suggested that you set your camera to take pictures at the highest resolution to get the greatest clarity and allow yourself to make large scaled blow-up pictures. You might find that a picture you took candidly turns out to be one worthy of printing 11X14 or 16X20. Unless you had your resolution set high it won’t look as good when you do print it that large. But high resolution pictures also take up space on your digital camera’s memory card so keep this in mind.
The best wedding photography is made even better with digital cameras. Their flexibility and ease of use makes capturing, storing, sharing and printing these special pictures easier than ever. These tips above, though few, will start you on your way to having a better experience taking wedding photos with your digital camera. As you emply them you will make your own discoveries and surely enhance in your skill level. One thing is certain when it comes to Wedding Photography with your digital camera, “practice makes perfect.”
I’m sure you have you heard the saying, “There is more there than meets the eye.”
We use our eyes to see things all around us. However, through time, man, in an effort to hold onto memories, has devised ways to preserve the things he sees. Today, the most popular way to capture these memories is with a digital camera.
These images that are captured by our cameras allow us to see and revisit events from our past. Moreover, they enable our hearts to cherish those beautiful memories far into the future.
These days, the most popular and most sought after cameras on the market are the so-called digital SLR (or DSLR) cameras. These are the modern gadgets that help trigger our creativity and help us capture moments of emotion we’ll cherish forever.
Though relatively new, most people choose DSLR cameras because they are quite easy to use. However, having these cameras does not completely guarantee that the every captured image will be great or perfect.
Following are some point by point tips that should be considered to get the most out of your digital cameras:
Zoom in to capture the object you want to be the theme of your photograph. Thus, background objects or areas can be taken away or they will be softly out of focus in the distance. This zoom feature is in some ways the essence of simplicity because it allows easy access to great pictures that might otherwise require the photographer to move in close. The thing to remember is you usually have two options: Optical zoom and Digital zoom. Always choose the Optical Zoom because that uses the physical lens capability of the digital camera to get close. The digital zoom only digitally enlarges what the camera lens captures and creates a less clear picture.
2. Rule of thirds
When capturing a moving object, it is advisable to capture it moving into the imaginary tic-tac-toe frame from one of the two sides. In other words, it helps to have space in your photo in the area that your moving object is moving towards. It gives a sense of anticipation of where the object is going. The rule of thirds suggests that about 1/3 of your photo should be the object and the remaining 2/3 should be background, so this is how to space out your object and the area the object is moving into.
3. Shapes and lines
Capture your subject at an angle by moving five to ten feet away and to one side, in the form of a diagonal line. However, always get the horizon correctly angled in your shot. Make sure you are level with the horizon unless you are intentionally going for a particular effect. If the horizon is not captured properly it can really undermine an otherwise perfectly good photograph.
4. Vantage point
To add significance or emphasis to an object, take a picture at a lower vantage point. For example, either elevate your subject above you or kneel below it. This gives your subject a more prominent appearance because it will look in your photo as if it is sitting higher up. Increasing your height over from the object can give the appearance of the subject having a reduced significance, since it will look like you are looking down on it.
Pick out the dominant objects and arrange them so that they complement each other. This will really be a matter of your own personal taste but a good rule of thumb is to consider your objects as if they are on a sort of visual scale. If one side of the photograph is too “heavy”, or has bigger, bolder objects, the photo may be much less appealing. However, there are some photographers who do this for artistic effect and it can successful. a rule of thumb is to make sure the photo has one subject or that multiple objects appear balanced across the picture to give it a centered feel.
You can use the frames of your camera’s view finder window to capture and frame up an outdoor scene. You can also use doors and walls of a building to capture a person walking and give form to the overall shot. When outside you can use the natural surroundings like the buildings, trees or natural landscaping to frame up the objects you are photographing.
7. Indoor photographs
Use natural lighting when you are taking candid shots so that the subjects will not be distracted by the flash of the camera whenever possible. This may mean setting your camera to a lower light (increasing the aperture and ISO) setting to get clearer pictures without the flash.
8. Camera adjustments
As mentioned above, it’s good to know how to adjust the amount of light the camera allows into the lens for a picture. The aperture allows light to enter into the camera through the lens. You’ll need to learn where this adjustment is on your camera to set it properly and appropriately so that images will not appear too bright or too dark. It will have a setting with an “f” then a number like f/2 or f/1.8. The smaller the number the larger the opening and more light gets let into the lens. Lower number aperture settings are best for low light settings and higher number settings are better for brightly lit settings.
Lowering the shutter speed allows the lens to be exposed for a shorter time to the picture being taken. In very bright settings the shutter speed should be low to clearly capture the object(s) being photographed. In darker settings you may need the shutter to stay open longer when you take a picture. This allows your lens to capture more light. You must consider however that the longer the shutter is open the greater chance the picture will be blurred by any movement you make with the camera in your hands. It is suggested that these kinds of pictures be taken with the camera on a tripod. Try taking the same pictures with various aperture and shutter speed settings, with and without a tripod to get a real feel for how those adjustments impact your pictures in different light settings. You will learn a great deal, especially if you keep a journal to reference later as you review each shot.
9. ISO speeds
Digital cameras have ISO speeds usually ranging from 100 to 3200 with some even higher. The higher the ISO, the higher the camera’s sensitivity to light’s exposure. Be sure to master using this element along with the camera’s aperture and shutter speeds. Think of it this way; decreasing the aperture allows greater light in, increasing the ISO number increase how sensitive the camera is to the light the aperture lets in and the shutter speed tells the camera how long to let the light in. You’ll need to work with all three settings in both bright and low light settings to see how they all work together to give you the pictures you want.
There are digital cameras that allow additional lenses to be attached to the main lens. These lenses can either extend the distance you are able to focus in on, expand the width of the the area you can capture, or allow you to take pictures very close up of items and details usually too small to be clearly seen and appreciated with the naked eye. There are also lens filters that serve to provide polarization or a particular artisitic coloring effect that help to better capture blues, reds or yellow hues. Check online to see what lenses are available for your particular make or model digital camera.
Lenses can be categorized as follows:
a. macro lens – allows you to get closer to objects like insects and flowers
b. wide-angle lens– used for capturing landmarks, and large, wide scenery
c. telephoto lens– allows longer zooms that let you get close to objects that are at a distance or that may be unsafe to get close to
Filters, on the other hand are used to:
a. soften the effect of the image
b. provide blurring on the edges for portraits that have sensitive moods
c. add coloring or hue enhancements for the image to be more dramatic
d. to reduce glare so that pictures appear more saturated, crisp, and vivid.
However, if you still want to improve on the images that you have taken, the following list of software can allow edits or touch-ups:
• Adobe Photoshop
• Apple’s iPhoto
• Corel Paint Shop Pro
• Google Picasa
Once you have understood and mastered the important points on digital photography and capturing pictures, you will soon realize that the keys to getting great pictures can be boiled down to 2 things: ”A good digital camera that you are familiar with” and “Creative YOU.”
Gone are the days when photographers had to take several shots of an image and develop them to find out if a good or even perfect image was taken. Several photographers refer to this technique as “trial and error”.
Nowadays, a great number of photographers have decided to switch from regular point and shoot and old SLR film model cameras to digital SLR ones, or DSLR. With DSLRs, they gain more time to concentrate on taking those great pictures. Digital cameras provide the incredible convenience of allowing images to be reveiwed and deleted on the spot if they are not on par with the photographer’s standards.
SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex. The name implies the use of lenses and a mirror. The mirror reflects light entering the lens up into the viewfinder. Thus, a photographer can estimate how the image will likely appear when it is developed. Moreover, a SLR camera uses separate lenses that can be interchanged depending on the resolution needed. Hence, this camera can be used to capture images with varying depths.
Likewise, a digital SLR or DSLR camera uses lenses and a mirror. But instead of using film that records the image, a DSLR camera uses light sensor chips and digital memory. In other words, a DSLR camera is the computerized version of the traditional SLR film camera.
However, the functions of these models are rather different so it is suggested that users spend time getting familiar or acquainted with their new camera. Owners should use that “trial and error” technique by taking a many different shots and reviewing their pictures. Sooner or later, they’re sure to discover the features and abilities of their cameras and be able to learn and grow in their digital photographing skills.
Individuals who decide on using DSLR cameras should really invest in memory cards and lenses. If they decide to eventually become professionals, the additional equipment will surely be quite useful, and if picture taking remains a hobby then they will be able to produce photos they will treasure for a lifetime.
Here are some helpful tips that will definitely aid you as an owner of a DSLR camera in capturing those perfect images as you expand your skills in art of digital photography.
1. Normally, people take full body shots against a background. However, it is more appropriate to take a shot from shoulders up or an upper body shot because this image will capture a fuller picture of important facial expressions and the person will be easier to see on screen or printed up.
2. If you don’t want a portrait or upper body shot, then you can take a shot with the person to one side rather than at the center of the picture. Then focus the shot directly on the person so the camera’s lense is set to capture the person clearly. Finally reposition the camera so the person is to the side again and snap the shot. This give the photo an art-like and elegant feel, especially if the background has pleasant trees, plants or even interior home decor .
3. The law of optics remains the same whether using a film or a digital camera. For instance, if the sun is behind an image, in the best case scenario the picture will be silhouette. In the worst case scenario the sun may cause an overexposure of light ruining the picture. If light is in front of the subject, the photograph should be a bright clear image of whatever is being captured. However if the subject being photographed is a person they will probably be captured squinting unless they’re wearing sunglasses.
4.You can use a lens from your sunglasses to act as a polarizer to take away unnecessary reflections from glaring objects. This neat trick works best with genuine polarized sunglasses that don’t have scratches or smears. And if you have a true “glass” lens you will be pleasantly surprised with your results.
5. You can also use a polarized lens to increase the exposure of objects. Polarized lens can easily be purchased in stores or online. Make sure to get the lens matched to your digital camera’s make and model.
6. When using a polarized lens, be sure that the source of light is perpendicular to the object. In other words, do turn your camera sideways or the polarizing effect could be lost.
7. Change your white balance setting from auto to cloudy when shooting bright landscapes and outdoor portraits. This wil cause your camera to capture colors more intensely as the cloudy setting attempts to compensate by making the picture more vibrant.
8. Do not use the flash mode when the setting is already sunny. However, on a bright sunny day you can get a great effect by photographing your subject in a shaded area, like under the foliage of a tree and use your flash. Using flash in this situation allows you to clearly capture your shaded subject while still taking in the sunlit backgraound off in the distance
9. Zoom in to emphasize a certain asset or characteristic of the subject being captured. For example, when taking a person’s picture, stand 5-7 feet away. Have them turn left or right to get a partial side view of them. You can position yourself either lower by kneeling or higher by standing on a stool, chair or step ladder. Now zoom in on the person and have them look either directly at you or off into the distance. Be sure to focus in on your subject letting the background remain a bit out of focus. Snap several shots like this and see which you like best. Zoom allows you to get creative with angled, close-up shots with background that you can’t get by just taking the picture close up.
10. Practice. Practice. Practice.
It suffices to say that the techniques in getting the perfect shot have not changed. However, using digital cameras and employing this new art of digital photography has simply improved photo shooting by making capturing, reviewing and improving your pictures so much easier.
The most important thing to remember if you want to keep improving is to keep practicing. Also keep a photography journal to make notes on what techniques you used to take different shots. As you advance in you skills you will find taking great shots gets easier and you will be able to more freely and confidently use your creativity too.
When people get nostalgic, they usually turn to photo albums and look at the pictures that help bring back memories of the friends, family and events from their past. These pictures are not simply pieces of colored paper with images, but they often trigger deep-seated, often pleasant emotions.
One of the most popular days to remember for many people is their wedding day.
For this reason, people hire professional photographers to capture the important moments of that special day. They want to make sure to catch all those special interactions to save for the future. However, these photographers may not always be able to advise their clients when to “strike a pose.” They are expected to wait patiently and be able to catch spontaneous, memorable portraits. Most professional wedding photographers bring along an assistant in order to maximize their opportunities for capturing as many natural yet beautiful wedding day shots possible.
What about those in attendance who would also love to get some memorable pictures of the wedding day?
Here are a few basic techniques and tips for anyone who wants to capture the best pictures without being a professional:
1. If you want to take a picture of the wedding couple or any intended target, make sure that the background is not crowded with people. If there is a glass or mirrored wall in the background try lowering your shot by kneeling or bending at your knees so that any flash you use won’t be captured and reflected back at the camera lens.
2. If there is an active background that makes it hard to focus on the couple, move in closer or zoom in. Try to capture them from the shoulders up.
3. If some of the guests are wearing eyeglasses, they should be advised to tilt or angle their heads down or lift their chins upward or their glasses might cause reflection glare.
4. If there is a couple or a group that you wish to include in the picture with the wedding couple , you should create a mental frame putting everyone inside that frame and then zoom in as close as possible to capture everyone inside your mental frame.
5. Try not to shoot a couple or any guest with bright lights or sun behind them or you may end up with only dark images. Under very controlled situations with appropriate flash this kind of picture can be taken but it usually requires a professional photographers level of understanding to do it well.
6. Keep your camera on hand as much as possible to make sure to get plenty of candid shots. They can be your best shots if they successfully capture intimate and memorable moments.
7. You should be alert at all times since you can seldom ask individuals to pose again for you. This includes keeping an eye on the wedding couple’s family and friends. They too can provide some great memory photos, as they express their joy. These kinds of photographs are often the ones that will be most appreciated by the wedding couple.
8. Your digital camera should be equipped with the appropriate memory card or sticks to ensure that you are able to capture every shot without running out of space too soon. Since you want clear, crisp pictures you will want to have the largest capacity memory card you can afford and that your camera can handle.
In other words, you really should have an extra memory card especially to get the most shots. The following suggestions should be considered before buying a memory card:
a. for 3 mega pixels photos – a 512 MB – 1 gigabyte memory card
b. for 5 mega pixels photos – 1-4 gigabyte memory card
c. for 10 mega pixels photos – 4-16 gigabyte memory card
9. This is an ocasion where you will want to use very high resolution settings in all your digital photographs. Since you’ll only have one chance to get pictures of that particular wedding you want to give each photo the best chance of being clear, crisp and great.
Always remember that the higher the resolution setting you use, the larger the size of prints you will be able to make.
10. Keep a copy of your best works and review what techniques you used to get them. You will surely increase your skills and ability level as you reuse these techniques in the future for other weddings or event photos.
You can do this by saving albums on your personal computer to free up the space in your memory card. You may also use other software to enhance the quality of the prints to be made.
Photography is truly a wonderful art. A wedding is a wonderful event. The union of these things will trigger emotions and memories far into the future and more so if the images are captured and preserved well.
As you progress in your wedding photo taking techniques you may find that you want to make it more than just a hobby. If so then all the time you put into it could pay off in a big way.
Have you ever heard someone say something like: “The better the camera, the better the photographs.” Sounds sensible, doesn’t it? Many believe that super expensive cameras put them just one click away from the next great photo. In all honesty, would you say this is what you think?
Here are a few things to consider to not only challenge your thinking but also to help you understand how what you know about digital photography can be more important than what equipment you have.
First lets review how the rivalry between film cameras and digital cameras has progressed in the past several years. By sales figures data, for the last 5 years, digital cameras have easily outsold film cameras. How come? the answer is “Simplicity.” Your common 3-5 MP digital camera is so much easier to use right out of the box than a film camera. People are also able to see their photography results almost immediately with digital cameras, especially if the camera has an LCD display. But film cameras require the film itself to be processed and printed before the results can be seen. And in the end you will find that quality photographs can be taken with ease using digital cameras with out the need to wait that film cameras require.
Some of the main advantages to digital photography are:
• pictures can be previewed immediately on the built-in LCD screen
• costs of film is replaced with memory sticks or memory cards that are reusable and can store thousands of pictures
• the stored photographs can easily be shared by copying the images and/or sharing the memory stick or card
• images can easily be edited and transformed into black and white and/or sepia and can also be cropped after the picture has been taken
However, photographs taken under low light whether taken with film and digital cameras are both susceptible to artifacts or granularity. Images taken by both cameras appear to be very similar but digital pictures can be further improved by editing software that can manipulate the quality of images.
Furthermore, you can take lousy shots with the most expensive Nikon models and make great photos with the point and shoot film cameras. It suffices to say that it is not the camera only that makes great and even picture-perfect images. It is the photographer behind the camera who determines how great or poor the photo will be.
The following presents a ten-point aid that will enable you to take photos like a pro using your digital cameras. Practice up on these tips so you can make the best out of your digital camera.
1. Those Tones Should Warm Up
Change your white balance setting from auto to cloudy when shooting sunny landscapes and outdoor portraits. This increases the yellow and red tones, thus resulting in warmer and richer pictures.
2. Use a [Sun-glass] Polarizer
A polarizer should always come in handy when taking those general outdoor shots. Polarized shots have more saturated and richer colors because unwanted reflections and glare are minimized or even removed.
If your digital camera can not accommodate a polarizer, simply place a sun-glass lens as close to the camera lens as possible making sure that the rims of the glass will not be captured along with the image. The effect of a polarizer can be maximized when the light source is perpendicular to the object.
3. Shining Outdoor Portraits
One of the most useful and amazing features of digital cameras is the flash on or fill flash mode. This feature allows you to take control when to use the flash. It simply goes on whenever you want it available. This helps in capturing great outdoor photographs.
The camera exposes for the background first then adds enough flash to illuminate the subject when you are using the flash on option. Wedding photographers have been using this technique for many years to create professional looking portraits where everything in the composition is simply excellent.
To come up with a more relaxed photograph, try putting the subject under the shade and use the flash to add illumination.
You can also practice on using rim lighting where the sun illuminates the hair of the subject from the side or the back.
However, you should not stand that far away when using the fill flash since most built-in models have a range of 10 feet or even less.
4. Macro Mode Frenzy
Many photographers want to grab the finer details of natural surroundings like flowers, insects or small opalescent sea shells but would not be willing to crouch down and lie on the ground on their bellies to get those details.
In this case, you just have to look for the macro mode or close up symbol, usually a flower icon, and get as close to an object as possible. Once the confirmation light signals you to shoot, just press the shutter down to record the portrait.
However, using the close up mode allows you to have a shallow depth so you can concentrate on the part of the subject that you want to emphasize and everything else in the picture will be blurred or soft..
5. Chaos of the Horizon Line
There are still photographers who poorly line up their shots. In other words, when they look in their camera’s monitor or view widow they don’t properly evaluate the angle of the camera against the horizon. Then images captured will appear either slanted upward or be a little tilted or bowed inward. Some actually use this technique for effect but it is its best to first learn the right way to get a straight shot before mastering that technique.
The most appropriate way to take care of this matter is to take your best shot at a straight on, level with the horizon angle, then take another picture after repositioning the camera. Afterwards, you can delete the others once you feel you captured a perfectly aligned image.
Also, just practice level framing your shots until you become acquainted with the process.
6. Massive Media Card
You have to have an extra memory card especially when you want to capture more pictures without needing to download them when the card fills up. The following suggestions should be considered before buying a memory card:
a. for 3 mega pixels photos – a 512 MB memory card
b. for 5 mega pixels photos – 1 gigabyte memory card
c. for 10 mega pixels photos – 4 gigabyte memory card
Then you do not have to miss another shot because your card is full.
7. Not High Resolution All the Time
It is more advisable to capture more images by shooting lower mega pixel resolution settings than taking shots with a high resolution all the time. This way you’ll reserve memory and have enough space if you do come upon a subject that is worthy of a 2272 x 1704 resolution, photographic masterpiece. At that resolution you’ll have enough clarity for printing a portrait on a 8” x 10” inch paper suitable for framing.
Some shots are very suitable for lower resolution like impromptu friend or family gathering shots. Company party shots or minor event pictures. These are fine to take at 3 to 7 mega-pixels depending on your lighting and the amount of motion you want to capture.
However, if you have enough memory (and you should), there is no reason to shoot at a lower resolution and risk missing the chance to display all your work in a big way.
8. Tolerate that Tripod
Tripods are “unnecessarily bulky” for some so seldom do people like to bring them around.
Nowadays, there is an ingenious way to settle the dilemma whether to bring a tripod around or to do without it. The UltraPod II™ developed by Pedco fits in your back pocket and holds your camera steady in various situations.
You can use the Velcro™ strap to attach your camera on a tree limb or an available pole. Its legs can be opened on any flat surface or even on a boulder.
There are several other makes and models of tripods that weigh less than a pound but can set your camera 4 feet or more off the ground. Many options exist with lightweight metal allows and plastics that weren’t available in the past so make sure to search one out. They will give you much greater flexibility and success in your photography.
Now, you can be a real photographer without carrying a heavy burden.
9. The Fun with Self Timer
Another under-used feature on almost every digital camera is the self timer. This function can be used to save the photographer from missing pictures by delaying the firing of the shutter up to 10 seconds.
You can attach your tripod to ensure that your camera remain stationary. Of course, you need to aim at the subject and not at a distant background before setting up the timer. Also the depth of the subject should be checked too.
By using self timers, you can also avoid accidentally jarring the camera when you are interested in making long exposures of cars driving at dusk as you initiate the focus.
10. Slow Motions
Normally, you will use an exposure of one second or a bit longer to create the flowing effect of water. In this case, you have to look for waterfalls or streams that are under the shade.
One trick is to use a polarized lens or your sunglasses to darken the scene and create a longer exposure. More so, this technique can also eliminate extra glare and sun reflections from your portrait.
With practice and review of the results you get using these techniques you will find that no matter what kind of camera you have you can create much more satisfying pictures. You will also be preparing yourself to know how to handle that more expensive camera should you choose to buy one.
For the true photographer there is no simple ‘point & shoot’ camera that does all the work. True photographers want to take part in the photos they take. They want to use techniques and creativity to bring to life the photographs that they desire.
And the really great photographers are those who have many people asking them “What model camera do you you use to get these awesome photographs?”
If you get your technique down well enough to be considered great you can answer such questions by simply saying, “It’s Model Creative ME.”
Today, digital photography is considered the most popular not only in the business industry but also for personal use. For all those who have shifted from film cameras, it is vital that you know the different terms related to it.
The first part of the digital photography tutorial will focus on the basic parts and terms you need to know before handling a digital camera. Below are the common terms used in digital photography:
1. Pixel- means the tiniest part of the digital photo. A photo image is composed of combined millions of pixel.
2. Resolution- the over all quantity of pixels in a photo. Increasing the resolution would make the image become sharper. Thus more pixels are needed to achieve a better photo image quality.
3. Mega pixel- a photo composed of three to four mega pixels will have a better quality that a photo with only one mega pixel.
4. Dots Per Inch (DPI) – this term is used to describe quality of the computer monitor and printer. Specifically, laser printers have more dpi resolution than monitors. Hence, higher the dpi resolution means better quality.
5. JPEG (joint photographic experts group) – it correspond to the format for saving images in the digital camera.
6. Memory Card- this is where the digital files are stored. Memory cards consist of different sizes and capacity. A memory card with higher storage capacity would be more convenient to purchase.
7. LCD (liquid crystal display) – almost all digital cameras have this specification. The purpose of LCD is for the photographer to be able to view the scene first before capturing the photo.
Now that you already understand the first part of the digital photography tutorial, the second part will discuss basically on correct handling of digital camera.
Proper handling of digital camera is the next important step in digital photography. This is because the success of a digital photographer depends on his output. And the key to achieve quality photos starts in the way you use and handle the digital camera.
Learning how a digital camera works, understanding the strategies in taking photos, and how to take indoor and outdoor pictures are all part of the things a beginner should learn.
Below is the second part of the digital photography tutorial. These are good ideas to help beginner master the secrets of taking photos.
1. Pay attention to the subject
One of the most fundamental digital photography tips. You should be able to compose carefully by working on the frame. Play with your camera, and explore the different shots. Avoid positioning your object at the center of the photo, as it may result to dead center image.
2. Capture Close Up Photos
Take great images by capturing them in extreme close up. Close up photos add a little creativity and excitement to the photos. In addition, this feature is only of the different ways to enhance you photo.
3. Use a tripod
Oftentimes digital cameras results to blurry photographs if your hands quiver a little. Getting a tripod will surely save your effort from taking low quality photos, and preserve otherwise great photos.
4. Be active
Try creative shots. Take photos from the top of a hill, or off the side of a yacht. Go outside and explore your environment. You’ll surely have fun taking those once in a lifetime photo shots.
5. Join a photography class
Your learning doesn’t only focus on the practical part. You must not only learn through your experience. Learning from an expert would also help to improve your skills as a photographer. Try to join a photography class in your community, or if there are online classes you can log on.
Becoming a professional digital photographer really takes time. You just have to be resourceful and keep on trying new techniques. Start by learning the digital photography tutorial because this will serve as a stepping stone for your future career growth.
Although digital technology allows people to display and store their images using various media which are reputed to last for centuries, there’s still something to be said for having an actual photograph in your hands. Displaying digital images using various types of high-tech equipment can be a bit expensive. Because of this, many people still prefer to showcase their digital images using the conventional picture frame. For this reason, many people like buying printers for digital photography.
Because of the demand for digital photography printers, many companies are scrambling to build products. Each company produces a different kind of digital photography printer and then goes all out in proclaiming it to be the best. Isn’t it just frustrating? Imagine for a moment, that you were a person who wanted to buy a new digital photography printer. To make things easier for you, you decide to choose the best one available. So you go into the store and tell the person at the counter that you want the best digital photography printer available. And then you get hit by this question: what do you mean?
What, indeed, does the term “best” mean when you are selecting a digital photography printer? As with most of things in this life, the term “best” is relative. What’s best for you may not be the best for somebody else. In order to minimize your confusion, here are some standards you should use:
1) Cost – many people actually try to choose the best digital photography printer based on the cost. Of course, most people will claim that quality is expensive. Hence, the most expensive thing on the store must have the highest quality. Others define “best” as being the cheapest. They believe that if they find the lowest-priced digital photography printer available, they would have found the best product for them.
It is important to remember, however, that companies often take customer psychology into account when they are pricing items. Some deliberately price items low in order to encourage sales. Others deliberately price items high in order to give buyers a sense of prestige.
2) Design – some people go by the looks when they are choosing a digital photography printer. Because of this, many companies today hire top-notch artists and designers. People want equipment that looks good. They want to buy a digital photography printer that lets them express themselves through its sleekness and overall appearance.
Design isn’t all about looks. Design is also about function. Many companies today design their digital photography printers to be more appealing functionally to people. They often design digital photography printers to be compact in order to encourage people who, today, think that small is always better.
3) Features – nowadays, people want a digital photography printer that does everything. This is understandable; of course, since having such equipment means that you have to do less work. Many people today like to buy printers which only need miminal peronal supervision. Some of the digital photography printers available today are so packed with features that people come to expect that they should also automaticaly edit out photo blemishes and create works of art.
Just remember, however, that sometimes having fewer features can be an advantage. This is especially true if you are looking for a digital photography which can perform one function well. The best thing a printer can do is provide you with the quality of picture that meets your needs.
Determine now if you want a printer that will cost you he least amount over time for ink and maintnenance. Maybe you want a printer that will always produce high color, brilliant prints of your photos. In this case you must also consider what kind of paper you will be printing. Or you could be someone who enjoys the artisitic look of black and white photographs. In this case you will need to find a printer that can properly display the subtle variations of grays and blacks that will bring your photos to life.
What ever your desires are for printing your photos make sure to be clear about them before you start your search for a printer. It will save you the time and hassle of discovering later that you bought a printer that a salesman wanted you to have and not the one that printed best for you.
The growth of digital photography had made it feasible for everyone to capture the perfect moments of their lives better than ever. The big improvement in shutter speed and photo resolution, make it convenient and easy for both beginners and professional photographers to take good pictures. In addition, photo editing can now be done to create a more creative and artistic photos.
Digital photography has also been a huge plus for many online and offline businesses. A stock or image is used by a photographer to purchase images. These stocks are then purchased on different prices, depending on the license. But since they are digital, and they can be acquired outright from different companies, they can be modified, manipulated and edited using sophisticated editing software.
Today, digital photography is known to boost the fashion industry. Digital fashion photography far off different from doing television footages and taking photos on films. For digital photographers, it is a more challenging field to work on.
The ultimate purpose of digital fashion photography is to capture every detail in the ramp. It will focus on the figures of the stunning ladies, in their most fancy, magnificent and extreme fashion outfits. Digital fashion photography will capture the various outlooks essential to gratify the acceptance in world wide fashion trends.
While digital fashion photography is a meticulous field, a photographer should be creative enough to know the hottest craze each year.
Like fashion designers, digital fashion photographers should also work in high end ease, filed with beauty and glamour. The latter should really come up with the fashion’s great photos.
Here are few points to consider on digital fashion photography
1. Keep focused
2. Ensure that your camera is always with you
3. Know and set your objective
4. Don’t let go of the opportune moment
5. Envision on how could come up with a creative and interesting pictures
6. Make use of various distance and angles for each shot
7. Show contrast by giving blurry parts and sharp emphasis over your photos.
8. Organize your subject
9. Put weight on the shapes and lines of interest.
10. Create good impact that you are giving information on your audience
A digital photographer should also be conscious that whatever output he delivers will uncover the care, readiness and awareness of the many vital points to remember in taking pictures.
Requirements for a Flourishing Digital Fashion Photography
1. Proper Lighting- The photographer should use curtains and reflectors. Use a tripod and set light to either left or right side of the object at an angle of 45 degree. As much as possible, avoid bright lights, or else use polarizing filters. And lastly, never underexpose parts or expose the whole photo(e); never expose the entire photograph, underexpose other parts.
2. Good Color Harmony- Photographers can make use of backdrop materials to give emphasis on tint and color. Use reflectors, filters, see-thru transparency, and diffusers to neutralize colors. It is recommended to use gray and white backgrounds.
3. The Artistic view of a Photographer – As a professional photographer, your audience may not see what you see in the picture. People pay value to the subject and not on the background. It should connect each other.