Take Better Pictures With Photography Tips

Take Better Pictures With These Photography Tips

Photography can employ a lot of different techniques depending upon whom you ask or talk to about it. We all know that a clear shot generally constitutes a good photo, but there is so much more to a photo than that. Take some time to better your skills by using the tips below.A common beginner's

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5 Reasons To Consider An Open Air Photobooth


When you're considering a photobooth there are a few things you should consider. Having the best booth will make your pictures even better. Consider the following tips: More Room The obvious advantage of an open air photobooth as opposed to the traditional enclosed one is that it simply has more room. More added space you get with open air photobooths is a great benefit in itself as it relieves the cramped feeling you sometimes get in traditional enclosed ones. It also creates a large number of additional benefits you simply could not get in an enclosed booth simply because there is more room available to move around. More People Because there is more room in an open air photobooth, you can fit a lot more people in it. This means that you can take as many large group shots as you want without worry of someone getting left out. There is almost no limit to the number of people you can take a picture of at the same time and you don't even have to worry about various limbs (or heads) being left out of the photo. More Creativity The added room of open air photobooths also gives you the opportunity to be more creative. You could never try to do a coordinated group jumping shot in an enclosed photobooth, but it is no problem for an open air one. You can even throw people into the air or build a human pyramid if you want! The possibilities truly are endless because your only space constraint is the size of the venue, not of the booth itself. More Quality When you take a look at photos taken in open air photobooths and compare them to those taken in traditional enclosed ones, you will quickly notice a difference in quality. This is because the added space offered by an open air photobooth will also allow the photographers to take higher quality pictures. Whereas in a traditional photo booth, the lighting is limited to a small space in front of your face, the operators of the open air one are able to put the lighting at angles which will create better quality pictures. Same Benefits You may be worried that to make up for all these benefits, open air photobooths may lose something that you get with a traditional one. The only downside is that you have to always have an attendant with the booth and it takes a bit longer to set up. Other than that, you will still get the same fun and excitement in an open air photo booth and the same freedom for your guests to be creative.

Photo Montage (or Slideshow) Tips And Ideas


If you?re anything like me, you?ve got old photos in boxes, scattered pictures in various scrapbooks or albums, a computer hard drive with photos saved in places you don?t even remember, maybe even some undeveloped film (who knows what could be on there!). If you?re looking for something to do with all of it, why not make a photo slideshow on DVD replete with music and specials effects? It is a great way to keep a permanent record of all those photos as DVDs can last up to 100 years. There are plenty of companies that will perform that service for you (including the author?s) or you can do it yourself. If you want to do it yourself, here are some ideas to help you out.

Know Your Audience
The most important aspect in creating any photo montage is in knowing your audience. Ultimately, what you are doing with your montage is telling a story. To tell it effectively, you have to know who you are telling it to. The audience will play a large part in how many pictures you want to include, the type of music you want, and the length of the presentation. Here are a few specific ideas:
? If you plan on showing your montage to a larger audience (like a birthday, wedding reception/rehearsal dinner, or anniversary party) make sure you consider how you are going to present it. Is your slideshow going to be a backdrop for the party or is there going to be a time to sit down where everyone will gather to watch? If it is a backdrop, you probably want to use more pictures. That way, people can watch parts as they please, mingle, and then come back to watch different parts as the party moves on. If your montage is going to be displayed with the expectation that most people will stop what they are doing to watch, keep your presentation limited to about 4 songs (about 125 to 175 photos). This is a good length to create some nice emotions yet short enough that it will not interrupt the event. ? If you plan on showing your slideshow to a small and intimate audience, the best bet is to make it short and sweet. One to two personal songs with about 75 photographs makes a great surprise gift.

The Importance Of Order
There are a variety of approaches you can take in ordering your photographs (thematically, chronologically, etc). What usually has the best flow is a chronological order. Chronological order allows you to encapsulate all facets of a person?s life in a way that everyone will understand. It also creates a great nostalgia effect early on which will grab your audience?s attention right away.

Music
Generically speaking, songs with lyrics are best. Since the majority of your DVD will be pictures, having lyrics really helps to attach the photos to the music. If a particular lyric matches up to what is going on in a particular photo that is even better.

As to musical genre, that is a matter of personal taste. From experience, though, a mix is usually the most powerful. If you are making an upbeat, light-hearted presentation, then matching music is appropriate. If you are looking for something engaging and emotional, then think of your presentation like it is a great movie. You want a lighter side, a dramatic part, and a great ending. Depending on the number of photos you have, probably one or two up-tempo songs, one or two slower songs, and then the homerun song for the end.

When picking specific songs, it is a good idea to think beyond the more common popular songs. What is the person?s favorite song? How about a song from their childhood? Maybe one version of a song works better than another (like acoustic versus electric)? There is an amazing amount of music available online; it is a good idea to explore. You will know when you see it in your presentation if it really fits.

Photo Quality
A big issue related to creating a photo montage is photo editing. There is plenty of software that can clean up cracks, fix lighting, adjust color, remove spots, etc.; some works better than others (check out for product reviews). The one problem no software can fix, though, is a grainy photo. Unfortunately, an out-of-focus photograph is going to remain an out-of-focus picture in your slideshow. When you are selecting the photos are going to include, you should choose the clearest ones you have. Keep in mind that your slideshow may have lots of transitions, backgrounds, pan and zooms, etc. so you want photos with a focal point that is as clean as possible. Clean photos help keep the flow of the presentation.

Video
A good way to add some flair to your montage is to add video. If you can find and isolate some good video clips, they add a great touch. If you do decide to add video, don?t make the clips too long. Remember, you have a story to tell and need to keep it moving. Keep the clip down to about thirty seconds and consider using video as a break point between ?chapters? or songs.

Narrate It
Another great touch is to use personal voice recordings in your slideshow. If your presentation is a gift, hearing your voice makes it that much more personal (and memorable). Voice recording can be done on most home computers. Turn on the microphone and go for it!

Quotes and Poems
If you are really looking to create an emotional montage, use photo captions. They can be personal quotes, famous quotes, short poems, etc. Whatever your preference, a good quote can help to convey the true meaning behind a certain photo or draw out deep emotions.

Personalize It
What makes any gift special? The thought of course -- especially the thought that comes from you. Since that is the case, some piece of personalization, however small, is critical. Think of it as your signature on a painting. Whether it is a song, a caption, or even a certain photo make sure to make it your own.

The End
Sometimes one of the best parts of a movie is the highlight reel at the end (think ?Build Me Up, Buttercup? at the end of There?s Something About Mary). If you can come up with your own ?bloopers reel,? it would be an excellent finishing touch to your slideshow.

Back-Up Plan
Once all of your pictures have been scanned, catalogued, and you are ready to start on your montage, don?t forget to create a file with just your originals in case you need to go back to them for some reason. It is a good idea to also create a separate folder with your edited photos. That way you have copies of both for a ?Doomsday scenario.? This also provides you a way to preserve all your print photos which can degrade over time (cracking, turning yellow, etc).

Hopefully, these ideas are helpful to you. Creating a photo slideshow is a lot of work but it always turns out to be worth it in the end!

Photo Printing: A Thing of the Past or Blooming Reality?

Photo printing used to be a huge industry when we didn’t have digital cameras. It was a full ritual to go to a printing center to develop film and get pictures. Families were looking forward to viewing the photos together. Nowadays, we can take such great pics on our phones that that industry seems to…

Wedding Photographers: Guidelines To Select The Wedding Photographer.


Wedding is one the greatest and memorable event for everyone around the world. If you are planning to wedding, you need to consider so many things before commencing that. In those decisions, selecting the best wedding photographer is really hectic task. If you want to make your wedding day and reception as wonderful moments in your life, then you need to select a wedding photographer, he must have very good portfolios and very good back ground and will be able to record those candid, funny and touching and important moment of the wedding. And also you need to consider that he must have latest photography equipment, and he must be able to use all these at once. And also you need to consider things about prices; however, most of the wedding photographers are available for high rates. If you want to hire an award winning profession, then you need to spend more and more money. And also it is a better idea to select the wedding photographer based on the portfolio or photo session of engagement. With these types of works, you will get a few nice wedding photographs.

Here some of the important guidelines to select the best wedding photographer for your memorable event once in a life time. First of all, you need to select the photographers based on the review of several portfolios. To review the portfolio, you can select either offline or online. When it comes to offline, you need to visit a photographers studio or attending some photo exhibitions and also by attending some bridal function to know the latest trends in the industry. Depending upon the portfolios, you need to select the best professional photographer will definitely be worth it. And also it is a better idea that you need to take the suggestions from the satisfied former brides. And also it is suggested that you need to take the suggestions from the neighbors, friends and many more to do.

And also it is suggested that you need to maintain an agreement between you and that agreement, please make sure that he needs to inform us about all expenses include, developing an extra copy and some of the other expenses must be included. When it comes to album making, please make sure that you have received all types of prints or albums and how the album is packages and other things. All of these are very important when you are planning to select the best photographers. And also please make sure that you need to select a photographer that he must suits with your style of wedding. Finally, there are some well established and experienced New York City Wedding photographers are having their own web sites, and also they are providing all valuable information in that web more information and details, please visit their web site.

Adding The Colour Of Magic

Adding The Colour Of Magic…
While most of us have good homes to live in, sometimes things become too common when having a party. Many people come to us looking for new ideas to support the mood of people getting together for having fun.

I once gave an idea of using theatrical backdrops to a couple who were celebrating the out of turn promotion. The impact was immense. The guests were not only impressed by their totally innovative way of decorating their home but also clicked more and more photographs to keep the memory of the day alive.

Backdrop rental is a very stunning way to add volume to any party. Backdrop rentals enhance walls for photo-ops and make the interiors more colourful. You can instantly increase atmosphere of the stage or add a dramatic effect to the back wall of your otherwise formal dining room.

Don?t worry if you are considering a birthday party for your daughter who has just turned sixteen or parents who have completed sixty years of their marriage. Just think of a theme, search internet and browse through hundreds of backdrops that are out there and posted by the owner companies.

Well, what more ? this even gives you a chance of being picky ? if you do not link any these or design, you can even get a backdrop custom made. The only thing you will have to keep in mind is to do it sometime before the date you are actually planning to have the party as the company which will work for you will take at least a week to design that.

And if you work with a studio and have a big production to put on, you wouldn?t get time off from deciding music composition, costume design and rehearsals. This can leave you a very little time to work on set design. Thankfully, there are customized backgrounds that can be used as well placed themed backdrops.

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Learning Photography? Don’t Forget Your Camera.


Digital photography has beginners around the world paying for courses and ebooks to learn how to take better photos with their digital cameras. Are they getting what they pay for?

A few years ago, I wrote an ebook to teach beginners the basics of good photography. You know, aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, lighting, composition; the kind of things that are the stock-in-trade of any experienced phogographer. In recent times, I have been amazed at the increasing number of people eager to get their hands on this type of information.

With the internet seemingly taking over the world, and the explosion in availability of books, ebooks and courses on just about every subject, why is it so hard for a new photographer to find out how to use their camera? It's a mystery for the modern age, but I think I may have found the answer.

If a person has a bad experience, especially if that experience cost them hard-earned dollars, they will tell others. And what they are telling me is that they are NOT HAPPY with most of the photography courses and guides on offer.

Many courses and workshops advertising 'digital photography' have little or nothing to do with actual photography. That's right, you can sign up to learn the skills of better photography and not learn one thing about taking better photos.

Instead, what you get is a workshop on digital imaging, or photo editing. How to fix up your bad photos, how to superimpose rainbows and birds into your landscapes and how to remove freckles and pimples from your portraits. How to use software which, in many cases, the customer doesn't have, doesn't want and possibly can't afford.

Are these useful skills? Of course they are, but they are not photography. At best, they are secondary skills that enhance the creative possibilities of photography, for people who choose to go down that path. This does not include everybody.

The result could be a generation of 'photographers' who know more about fixing up their mistakes on a computer than about taking good photos in the first place.

If a customer pays you to teach them photography, they have a right to expect that they will learn how to use a camera. If they want to learn about computer software, they will buy a different ebook, or sign up to a different course. If you take their money, then sit them in front of a computer for three days, you have not given them what they paid for. If your customer asks for their money back - so they should.

I could take a pessimistic view, and think that some photographers have become so lazy, so unskilled, that they really believe digital manipulation is more important to photography than skill with a camera. I prefer to think that the customers I have spoken to have just been the victims of misunderstandings and poorly worded advertising.

Whichever is the case, customers beware! Before you hand over your credit card, find out exactly what you are signing up for. If you want to learn to be a better photographer, make sure the course, workshop, or ebook is about using your camera, not just a computer. If software is a component of the course, terrific - you are getting a well rounded look at the world of photography. If it is the only component, shop around; there are still people out there who want to teach what you want to learn.