There are a few basics that are a must have for all photographers. Being organized and always having these basic items with you can make the difference in your experience and even the quality of your pictures. Continue reading
A great way to advertise your photography business is to have a photo contest. You can do this several different ways. A good time of the year to do portraits of children is Valentine’s Day. You can encourage your clients to bring their own outfits and props or invest in some to have at your studio. Continue reading
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Hey guys, so i thought i would write up on my last photographic adventure, i was called by a company that specializes in dark spot remover to do a very unusual shoot, it involved getting a bunch of people together with patchy skin and then taking pictures of them. That’s the simple version, basically a well known skin company privately hired me to do some before and after shots, of people that had suffered with dark spots\ problems, how does this happen? Well according to E-how they could occur due to Sun exposure, since melanin which is part of the skin, absorbs the suns rays naturally this damage could happen years after exposure. Aging Skin was also a major factor, since its not as robust as it used to be, therefore becoming more susceptible to damage. Skin conditions, causing brown and grey patches, Melasma is one of the many skin conditions that cause damage. Acne is also known and can cause skin darkening and damage over time and if not treated. So company X has brought out a dark spot remover product that will remove dark spots in x amount of days, is sounds all good and i’m sure it is, as the ingredients are all natural. I guess time will tell whether it will will work or not. My personal feeling, is that i’m wearing sun screen! and lots of it, maybe a hat as well, cos i aint looking like iv’e been deep fried in a fat fryer!………Later. Keep well.
Photographs in the snow can be breathtaking. Winter time can be a slow time of year for photographers. Take advantage of all of this snow we’ve had lately! This is a great time to do portraits of the family dog. Dogs love to play in the snow and you can capture some great shots. Also children are great in the snow, making snow angels or building a snowman. Winter hats and scarves are a beautiful way to frame the face for close-ups.
• First of all you want to dress for the occasion. Layer your clothing. Wear a good pair of insulated boots and a thin pair of gloves.
• Make sure your camera is fully charged and you have extra batteries. You will use them up faster in the cold. You can warm batteries in your hand or car.
• The first thing you will notice is that your lens is going to fog up. Be patient; do not wipe your lens. Your camera will adjust to the temperature in a short period of time. Protect your camera from the elements.
• The bright white color will throw off the white balance and your photos will be too dark. Some cameras have a snow shooting mode, if not change your camera to a manual setting to adjust white balance until the snows color is correct.
• Punch up a photograph with contrast such as a bright jacket, bright blue sky or red barn.
Bundle up and have fun!
There are more and more Mothers to-be want professional photographs to record the most special time in their lives. For beginning photographers taking maternity photos can be very challenging. These are maternity photography tips and ideas to help you get better shots and attract more clients.
- Try to schedule this as close to the end of their pregnancy as possible.
- It makes it special to include the father and other siblings even the family pets, if there are any in some of the shots.
- Try to avoid the typical shots, for example “heart around the belly button”. Be creative!
- I love to do maternity shoots outdoors. I think photographing the natural beauty of a woman ready to give birth with a natural backdrop is beautiful. It’s also nice to do some at their home and at a studio.
- You can use a lot of different props such as a blue or pink ribbon around the mommy’s belly, blocks spelling out the name of the baby, the mother holding a flower, picture of the sonogram. If the mother has craved a particular food, you could use that in the picture. Just use your imagination!
- The wardrobe is a personal preference. Once again keep it simple you don’t need anything extra. You want to highlight the miracle of the new life being created. Depending on what the model is comfortable with some prefer to be nude, some semi-nude, or fully clothed. If you choose to wear clothes wearing something solid color, without pattern is best. Once again my preference is a simple soft, natural fabric. If the model feels more comfortable with clothes on she could wear a button up blouse that she can undo and show her belly.
- More maternity photography tips that I have is to make the mother feel beautiful. This is a very special time in her life so I want to make her feel special. You definitely want to get some shots of her by herself looking her best!
- Try some different angles, such as from above looking down on her belly and toes. Do a silhouette of her at a distance with a long range lens.
- Another maternity photography tip of mine is keeping it simple! Its fun to do the typical cliché poses, but it seems like when the clients are choosing their favorites it’s always the simple shots.
These are pictures the parents and children will treasure for a lifetime. I hope my maternity photography tips have helped you!
Photographing a wedding is a huge undertaking. It requires a lot of time and energy. Here are a few wedding photography tips that will hopefully be helpful to beginners. I would highly recommend bringing someone who has some experience along with you if this is your first wedding shoot. This is a very important day for the couple and the photographs will live on long after the day. This below is our guide on wedding photography tips for beginners with also some ideas for those who have been at it for awhile.
First thing you want to do is meet with the bride and groom. Find out exactly what they are looking for. You will want to know what and who is most important to them to be photographed. A little tip I have found to be helpful is to elect a family member to make sure everyone is there and in place when you need them. It is also helpful to make a list of all the shots that are a must for the couple and check them off as you go. What style of photography they prefer, do they want a more formal style with posed group pictures, or would they prefer more casual candid shots. Do they want pictures taken of the wedding party and the bride and groom before the ceremony? As you can see there is a lot to be discussed before you get to work.
For a wedding you can have several different venues. You need to visit each of these locations before the big day, but at the same time you will be there the day of the wedding. It’s always pretty to get shots indoors and out. Make sure you are prepared for both and have all of your equipment ready. Make sure batteries are charged and you have several empty memory cards.
Don’t forget to photograph all of the little things to capture the essence of the day. Such as the rings, the empty church, flowers, cake, champagne glasses, the table settings, the brides shoe, etc.
I would recommend setting your camera on the continuous shoot mode. Make sure you turn the sound off on your camera. Another wedding photography tip is to have a variety of lenses. It would be nice to have a long range lens, and a wide angle lens.
Lighting can be tricky if you’re just getting started. That’s why I always visit the locations take practice shots and write down the settings that were best and the ones I will use. Consider the weather and make the appropriate adjustments.
Remember to have fun and don’t be afraid to be bold! You don’t want to stand back and miss a shot.
This is an area of photography that is in high demand. Sometimes it’s hard to capture the essence of a child. You just have to have a lot of patience and energy. Here are some newborn and baby photography tips that I hope are helpful!
Newborn babies are best photographed right away, in the first two weeks is ideal. They are easier to pose and to capture the sleeping baby.
- You should remind parents to bring plenty of extra bottles and diapers. Be patient and try to schedule the newborns session when it has a full tummy and is content.
- Bring extra outfits, blankets, and favorite toys to use in pictures. The clothing should be colors that compliment the skin tone of the baby. It is better to stay away from bright and busy patterns.
- You want the parents to be happy with their pictures so if the baby is not cooperating it is best to reschedule the session.
Parents should stay calm and try to avoid any anxiety; the baby will pick up on this.
- Have some noise makers and toys on hand to get the babies attention and hopefully some smiles!
- You can use tricks to hide the baby’s diaper or have some pads handy to avoid messes if you choose to do some shots without a diaper.
There are so many different way to shoot newborns and babies. It is beautiful to just isolate one part of the baby’s body and shoot it in macro mode. For example a foot or the baby’s hand grasping the mothers or fathers finger.
I love the simplicity of black and white newborn photos, or maybe wrap them in a solid bright colored textured blanket. Angles are a challenge for newborns. It’s best to get down on their level, or have someone hold them swaddled sitting up or over the shoulder. Close ups of the face is always a good way to capture more intimate shots.
Sometimes babies are frightened and annoyed by having the lens too close to their face, so I find that a long range lens this is another tip for photographing newborns and babies that can come in handy.
Digital photo editing is nice to erase the scratches and blemishes of a newborn. I also like to remove the color to black and white or play with the saturation.
The main thing to remember is to be patient and have fun. To be successful you have to be understanding and be willing to reschedule if necessary. Once again communicate with your clients to get a feel for what they are expecting. Each photographer has his or her own style. You will want to have examples of your work to show them so they can get a better idea of what to expect. I hope these newborn and baby photography tips are helpful!
Some boudoir photography tips I have will hopefully help you get started right away. This is really becoming popular. Women are having these done as gifts to their husbands or boyfriends, or even for them as something glamorous to do.
• The first boudoir photography tip I have is to take tasteful, beautiful shots. You will need to discuss with the client what she is expecting. Everyone has different levels of modesty and what they are comfortable with. They should be artistic.
• I like to use a professional to do hair and makeup; some women prefer to do their own. Just don’t overdo it on the hair or your photographs could end up looking like 1980’s glamour shots. Personally I think for this style photograph the hair looks better down. Eye makeup and lips should be heavier. Doing a smoky eye, with false eyelashes looks very seductive. The model should definitely exfoliate and moisturize, so her skin will look its best. A spray tan helps hide spider veins and any other imperfections on the skin. She should also have a manicure and pedicure; this is an occasion to really pamper herself.
• Have them bring clothing that they feel sexy and pretty in. Different types of lingerie, bras, panties, corsets, stockings, and sexy shoes are popular. You could even wear a man’s work shirt or a tank top and short shorts.
• Photographs can be taken at the models home, studio, or a local hotel that is beautifully decorated makes a nice location. You could even do a shoot outside if you have a private location.
• Most women don’t have the bodies of the Victoria Secret models so it’s very important to pose them in ways to hide their flaws and accentuate their best features. Your job is to make the woman look beautiful and sexy!
• Make sure that the client is over 18. I do not take fully nude shots.
• Another boudoir photography tip is retouching. I include this in the price of my boudoir photography. I do as much as I can with lighting and posing, but this is one area of photography I really like to glam up with a little digital help.
To get the best shots you want this to be fun and comfortable. I hope my boudoir photography tips have been helpful!
A black and white photograph is timeless and classic. Many feel these photographs are more artistic and a grouping of black and white photos seems very sophisticated. Digital photography makes it much easier to shoot in color and remove the color to black and white. Here are my tips and ideas for black and white photography.
- Black and whites can create beautiful portraits. It removes the skin tones that may be distracting in a photograph. Any little imperfection you may have is made less noticeable.
- You don’t have to think so much about what colors complement each other.
- With dark and light you can achieve great contrast. A dark or overcast day is a good time to shoot in black and white.
- Some photographs are better done with color, such as a sunrise or to capture the vivid color in a flower in springtime. There are some that are more impressive done in black and white, such as an aged face with deep wrinkles, or a photograph of a newborn cradled in a fathers hands. Some people are now choosing to have their wedding photographs done in black and white because of the romantic timelessness of the photos.
- Keep in mind while taking your photographs you still have to consider color. If you for example have purple and blue side by side they will appear to be the same color.The more contrast you have the better. When you are taking pictures try to visualize them in black and white.
- The more texture you have in a black and white the more interesting it is.
- I personally prefer NOT to use the black and white mode on my digital camera. I normally just convert to color.
Just have fun and experiment. You need to practice and be patient. I hope my black and white photography tips have been helpful!