Take Better Pictures With Photography Tips

Travel Photography – Packing Your Accessories For The Journey


Taking your camera with you on holiday provides a great opportunity to capturing on film new landscapes, different cultures and their landmarks.
Whether you are at a beach, rural or city location, the pictures will provide a record of the memorable experience whilst building your photography skills and expertise.

It is always worth learning a few new tips to improve on those skills and make those pictures more rewarding.

Before you travel

Get to know your camera and film well before packing all your accessories to travel with. Be sure to test all your equipment before you leave. Once you're there on your travels you may not be able to repeat the visit for some time.
Your film sees things slightly differently from you so get to know the characteristics of the type of film you use.

This will help in predicting any differences, in doing so prevent any unpleasant surprises. After booking your travel carry out some research on the area you are travelling to, making a list using travel guides, magazines and books will help plan for the location you are going to visit.

Try relevant web sites, online communities and newsgroups provide more up-to date information to get some first-hand information, travel tips and advice on finding some scenic spots.

This will save precious time when you are there and also help with the type of shots you may wish to take when you are there, nature pictures of animals feeding, sunsets, historical buildings or even fireworks.

Charge camera batteries before you leave, again this saves time. Take an extra memory card with you and clear the memory on both cards before you leave, this will help as with the modern digital camera holding so many pictures you can shoot lots of pictures of the same subject. Wait till you get home before deciding on and sorting out the good from the bad before printing them.

Try learning some of the language. Even a few phrases can go a long way with people as in many countries people do not expect visitors to be able to speak their language and are pleasantly surprised as this shows that you are taking an interest.

What to pack

Make a list of items you want to bring with you before travelling. You're guaranteed that whatever you leave behind will be the travel accessory you need when you are travelling.

Aswell as your camera, keep in mind the following accessories to travel with:

Batteries, extra batteries, battery charger, memory card(s)
Film (be careful, film purchased abroad may have been stored under the wrong conditions)
Portable storage device, external flash
Tripod (useful for low light situations or when using a strong telephoto lens)
Power adapter (if travelling abroad)
Camera case, waterproof if going to a wet location or beach (purchase silica gel packs from your camera accessories store to reduce moisture further)
Underwater camera if you are travelling to a beach location (even a small disposable underwater camera will capture great shots)
Get a wrist strap for your camera, helps against the possibility of losing your camera.
Using a flash, as fill flash can be more helpful in broad daylight than at night. Typically an in built camera flash
will have a range of only a few metres.
Wide-angle lens, monopod zoom lens
Purchase the best lens you can afford, these are more important than a camera with many features.

Take as many spare parts as you can, for example: second camera body, small pocket tripod, wide angle lens and
50 mm lens incase light conditions are bad. You can always keep these spare accessories at the hotel if you plan ahead for your day trip.

Filters

To reduce contrast use a neutral density grey filter to cover the bright parts of the picture
When using filters, always take an unfiltered version of the picture aswell (except for UV or daylight filters).
A polarising filter may eliminate reflections and enhance saturation.

Airport X-rays

On flights, never check in film with your main luggage there is the possibility that the strong X-ray machines at airports that scan checked in luggage may damage your film. Hand baggage would be a safer option.
The damage can range from a lack of sharpness or a cast to severe damage.

Well that's it, I hope some of the above advice may help in your travel planning. More information at

Taking Incredible Close-up Flower Photos with Digital Camera


The shooting of flower is an unavoidable topic for photography lovers. It is an essential step to a success photographer. Considering the superb color of follower, many things you should take into consideration including light, time, location, and so on. Flower shooting doesn't need to change the lens. Canon 60D kit 18-135 lens can be a good choice. Shooting flowers need macro, you just need to adjust the mode or modify shutter before taking a picture mode. Things you need to prepare: Canon 60D kit 18-135 lens, SLR cameras, large-capacity memory card, flash bulb, Tripod Find a view. Generally, to get flower shoot, the photographer can choose distant location to take flowers. That means you can take a total shoot of the panoramic picture first, then you can go near and take the shoot of you target. So people not only can have a look of the scene, but also the details of the glasses and flowers. Depth of Field To get a close-up photo, you need to understand the impact of the aperture for depth of field. The f/1.8-4.5 aperture is large aperture; f/11-16 aperture small aperture, depth of field size marked on the lens. Take the example of 50 mm lens, for a 4 inch target, aperture of f / 4 shooting, resulting depth of field of about 6 inches, that is the focus of pre two inches and follow four inches. If shot with f/16 aperture at the same distance, resulting depth of field is about 24 inches, which is the focus of pre eight inches follow 16 inches. Therefore, with a small aperture can be a clearer scene. According focus distance to view the depth of field, even use a small aperture, the depth of focus is very small. Small subjects, such as the butterfly fall on the flowers. It is enough to make it in the focal plane with a large aperture. There are two advantages: 1, With a large aperture, even with slow chip can also using a fast shutter speed to condense the action. 2 Make the exclude background clutter out of the focal plane. The technique is called separation of this prominent main focus. Mostly photographers often used this technique to eliminate the clutter background, in order to highlight the subject, especially when they need to take the shoot of a follower or glass. In general, the photographers prefer to shoot a flower as the background, so that the foliage mixed together. The disadvantage of this condition is that the target is not highlight enough. Shooting tipsPhotographer should be patient to observe around. A large aperture is recommended to highlight the most beautiful part. With separate focus and the long focal length lens, you can shoot a beautiful the word, you can use flash to highlight the subject and leave the dark background underexposed. There are many rich-effect photos adopted by photography magazine, although it is the night the effect that seems not very natural. Use a small aperture and flash to take close-up shots. As the most of time, I'd prefer to make a animation after a shooting travel. For this purpose, a lot of images may be taken. So the prepare works should well. Do backup and clean your SD storage before the travel. Have done your animation with Flash Video Editor? The FLV video may be not compatible with many portable devices and software, which means you may need to convert flv to avi or any other format videos with an flv to avi converter.