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Photography Tips For the Photo Doldrums – Reflections, Abstracts, Splash

If you believe that waves, waterscapes and waterfalls pretty well use up all the opportunities that water provides for picture-taking, think again. Here are 7 more photography tips with water as remedies for the photo doldrums!

#1 – Reflections: For a mirror reflection on water the surface must be still and can’t have sunlight shining directly on it. When the light hits just above the shoreline (early morning or evening) leaving the water in shadow, or where something casts it’s shadow across the water, you’ll find such reflections.

#2 – Abstracts: Intriguing opportunities for abstract reflections occur when the water is gently swelling or rippling. Watch the water’s surface carefully for a while and you’ll begin to see the possibilities. Remember to vary your pictures by making several exposures at different shutter speeds. The unpredictability of this type of picture-making will provide unexpected surprises, and new directions for future shootings.

#3 – Spray: activities carried out with water present opportunities for picture-making (Just make sure your camera is well protected and doesn’t get wet!) like watering a garden, sprinking a lawn, or washing a vehicle.

#4 – Splash: Like when things are dropped or poured into water, or waves as they crash onto the beach present water in these aspects.

#5 – Bubbles: What about dishwashing bubbles and bubbles from children’s bubble-blowing toys, which yield interfering light effects with their crazy colors and patterns?

#6 – Foam: The froth that swirls and creeps up the beach after a wave has broken.

#7 – Puddles: Are just about everywhere after a period of rain, in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. During rainfall they present ring-patterns. Afterward they display upside down reflections during both daylight and after dark wherever there are lights nearby.

Self-Assignments For Above Photography Tips: Choose the projects that interest you most. Follow the photography tips conscientiously. Re-shoot when you aren’t satisfied. Do it til you are satisfied. It’ll take all your patience and passion. Your skills and eye will improve with the practice. Shoot especially in early and late light. Use a tripod as much as possible. Edit your results relentlessly. Pin small samples on the wall for a few days to study before making final prints for wall art.

Photography Tip #1 – Reflections: Go to a pond or lake in either early morning or early evening when the water is in shadow, locate an interesting reflection and line up a shot with just a minimum of shoreline and a maximum of reflection. Then a shot of equal parts shore and reflection using a graduated neutral density filter to balance the lighting.

Photography Tip #2 – Abstracts: find a stream or creek with running, swirling water, etc, and study the colors and tones being reflected in the running water from onshore and overhead things. Try to include something just in or on the water that you can clearly focus on as a center of interest. When you spot such an interesting abstract, shoot it, first with a faster shutter speed, and then with a much slower speed.

Photography Tip #3 – Spray: The next time you get out the lawn sprinkler to do

the lawn, look for an angle that puts sparkle in the water and provides a dark background to shoot toward. Use both high and low shutter speeds, and compare the results.

Photography Tip #4 – Splash: Make a close-up of water as it’s poured into a glass filled with ice-cubes.

Photography Tip #5 – Bubbles: Take a shot of some dishsoap bubbles against a sheet of black paper while shining a beam of light at the bubbles.

Photography Tip #6 – Foam: Look for a depression on the beach where the foam from spent waves swirls and do a shot with the swirl pattern in the foreground, using a slow shutter speed.

Photography Tip #7 – Puddles: Take a picture during the rain trying for an interesting pattern of raindrop circles. Make a nighttime shot of a puddle having either lit-up signs or office buildings nearby which are reflected in the puddle.

In the next article of this set we’ll cover still more photography tips about water’s other warm season photo ops for overcoming the photo doldrums: condensation, hail, mist and fog.

Photography Tips to Solve the Photo Doldrums

Is your camera gathering dust right now? Is it because you can’t think of anything to take pictures of? Then you’ve caught the photo doldrums! What’s the remedy? It’s quite possibly something very simple – you need to start shooting the ideal photo subject.

” No other subject offers a… photographer such a range of possibilities for documentary and interpretive images, and few subjects are as easy to find.” – Freeman Patterson, Photography of Natural Things

What is this ideal photo subject for overcoming the photo doldrums? Would you believe, water? But most photographers pass right by water when they seek something ‘special’ or ‘different’ to photograph. Why is that? In a word – familiarity. It acts as a mental blinder that prevents them from seeing excellent photo-ops that are right in front of them!

So, my very first photography tip for solving the photo doldrums is this: ask yourself just one simple question, “Which way to the water?” Now, here are some more photography tips to help you determine directions.

Photography Tips: Water’s Warm Season Photo Op’s

Is there a river, lake or ocean nearby? If so, you have what you need for the following photography tips to help you start getting over your photo doldrums:

#1 – Waves: Come in a wide variety of sizes, from ripples to tsunamis. Depending on the situation they can be shot either head-on or along their length as they curl and break. Fast shutter speeds will freeze the action. Slower speeds will create soft nebulous effects.

#2 – Waterscapes: when composing water-only or mostly-water pictures, you need to see the water within the viewfinder graphically – as just colors, tones, lines, shapes, etc. And you need to articulate the idea or mood that it evokes for you. Then you’ll know which camera position, lens, etc is best for the final picture.

Whereas landscape photography usually calls for facing the camera either north or south (for sidelight modelling and polarizing effects), with waterscapes you can also shoot directly toward the sun and still get very attractive images, thanks to water’s unique properties. Just remember to compensate your light meter’s recommendations by +1 to +2 stops when doing so.

#3 – Waterfalls: allow for a wide variety of pictures. Slow shutter speeds makes the water silky smooth and soft looking. Fast shutter speeds not only freeze it but also reveal patterns in the ebb/surge and unusual shapes in it. Colors and patterns may be reflected from nearby surroundings and strong contrasts can be found between the water, boulders and stones, leaves and twigs, etc.

Self-Assignments For Above Photography Tips

Choose the projects that interest you most. Follow the photography tips conscientiously. Re-shoot when you aren’t satisfied. Do it til you are satisfied. It’ll take all your patience and passion. Your skills and eye will improve with the practice. Shoot especially in early and late light. Use a tripod as much as possible. Edit your results relentlessly. Pin small samples on the wall for a few days to study before making final prints for wall art.

Photography Tip #1 – Waves: First, study some online examples for pointers. Then shoot a single wave as it breaks, either head-on or else looking along it’s length. Use shutter speed of 1/250 or higher to freeze action.

Photography Tip #2 – Waterscapes: Locate a nearby body of water. Go there. Study just the water for a while. Then compose a picture that includes only the water, perhaps a ripple pattern, or a section of varying colors, etc and include something in or on the water as a center of interest to place your principle focus.

Photography Tip #3 – Waterfalls: locate a nearby stream or river with a falls or a stretch of rapids. Find a section of water that includes a rock, etc and reflections of things on the shore or overhead, shoot with a slow shutter speed of 1/15 or lower.

In the next of this article set of 6 we’ll cover still more photography tips about water’s warm season photo ops for overcoming the photo doldrums: reflections, abstracts, splash ‘n spray, foam ‘n bubbles.

Compositional Photography Tip

Compositional Photography Tips #1 – Defining “Composition”…

Composition is a scene formed with an artistic arrangement of various elements present in the scene.

The objective of composition is to produce a very much pleasing visual result. Composition is vital to successful photography. Therefore, knowing the basics of composition will do you good.

Compositional Photography Tips #2 – Positioning the Various Elements

Look through your camera’s viewfinder. Are the elements in the scene positioned properly? If they aren’t you might want to try re-arranging the elements or find a better angle to ensure an interesting picture. Your goal here is to produce pictures that will capture people’s attention.

Compositional Photography Tips #3 – Making Time for Composition

It is common that one rushes and not spend enough time to consider and experiment composition. When this happens, the result of the picture often times look disproportionate and unplanned. Continue to make the effort to plan and position the elements in your camera’s viewfinder. It will become way easier once it has become a habit.

Compositional Photography Tips #4 – Compositional Rules

There are a number of compositional rules that every photographer will want to follow. Why is it so? It is simply because these rules, when followed, will help you improve your photography. Nevertheless, try something else. Experiment and discover other photography tricks. That’s what I love to do.;D

There are 3 compositional rules to follow:

  • Rule-of-thirds
  • Foreground interest
  • Lead-in lines

I will explain more on these 3 compositional rules very soon in the upcoming blog posts. Make sure that you subscribe to Canon Digital Photography Tips’ RSS Feeds for the update.

Close-Up Photography Tips

“What is a macro lens and what can it do to better aid photography?” If you happen to be new to photography, this is a question you would most likely ask a more experienced photographer.

Well, macro lenses are designed and tailored to aid close-up photography attempts. What a macro lens does is that it projects the image of your subject onto your camera’s sensor that appears to be of the same size, otherwise larger than the actual size of the subject itself.

Close-Up Photography Tips #1 – The Focal Lengths For Macro Shots Of Flowers And Plants

I favor using 100mm lenses to photograph flowers. I realized that a focal length that is slightly longer can mean that there is no need for me to get right on top of the subject to take stunning shots. This gives me a little more breathing space.

Despite that, slightly longer focal lengths allow me to get closer to flowers or plants that may otherwise be situated quite a distance away with a 50mm or 60mm lens.

My effective focal length is longer because I use a 100mm full-frame lens on a DX-format sensor. Hence, the effective focal length turns out to be more like 150mm.

Close-Up Photography Tips #2 – The Optimum Aperture For Macro Photography

When I conduct close-up photography, I normally close the lens down to the smallest aperture it is capable of, which is currently f/22 for my lens, so that the subjects’ details are shown. However, the aperture I would use will vary depending on the close-up photography effect I want.

Often times, it is best to have the background blurred so that emphasis is placed solely onto the flower you are photographing. What you should do is to make use of your camera’s depth-of-field preview to check and see if your aperture setting gives you your desired close-up photography effect.

When I happen to not stop the lens all the way down, the two most common apertures I use are f/8 and f/11. However, when I happen to be outdoors photographing close-up shots of flowers and plants under windy conditions, I will then open up the lens so that the shutter speed is kept short. This will help avoid getting blurred shots.

Close-Up Photography Tips #3 – Manual Focus (MF) Vs. Autofocus (AF) Macro Lenses

Throughout my years in the photography arena, I have always used manual focus to photograph close-up shots, even when I had an autofocus macro lens.

The reason as to why I prefer using manual focus is because I want to decide where to place the focus on my subject, and not allow the camera to choose where the focus goes.

Another reason is because I would rather shoot in manual focus is because the depth-of-field in close-up photography is very little. To ensure that the focus point is right where you want it to be, use the ‘in focus’ indicator in the viewfinder.

Underwater Photography Tips For Beginners

The sea is a huge and lively place. If you are one who have gotten yourself an open water certificate, it will be of a total waste if you do not capture the life of the beautiful underwater world in digital images, don’t you agree?

An open certificate simply allows you to swim amongst the school of fishes, get up close with the beautiful and colorful coral blossoms, also watch sea turtles pass you by. Such beautiful underwater world should definitely be photographed, shared and admired!

One important thing to note though; photographing underwater will require you to spend money. The basic underwater photography equipment you ought to consider investing in is the underwater housing for your camera.

This definitely is pretty expensive. But like most hobbies, the further you progress in underwater photography, the higher the investments you’ll be making.

Underwater Photography Tips #1 – Underwater Housing

When purchasing a housing for your DSLR, you will have to get one that is specific to its brand and model. It is very much advisable that you conduct a research to determine which housing best suits you before buying one.

Here is a list of low and middle cost housing brands that you may want to consider; Ikelite, Hugyfoot, and Sea&Sea. Other brands that are of the more expensive range include; Subal, Seacam, Aquatic and Nauticam.

Underwater Photography Tips #2 – Why Use A Strobe (Flash)?

Besides the underwater housing, there will also be a need for you to have a strobe. From experience, the different spectrums of light get filtered by water the deeper you get into the sea.

The reason why it is of great importance to use a flash when taking pictures underwater is to obtain the accurate reflection of colors you see.

Underwater Photography Tips #3 – Use The Right Lens On The Right Sea Creatures

If you’re a beginner to underwater photography, let me make this clear to you. The diving location determines the type of lenses you should use. There will be a need for you to pick out the right lens for the right type of sea creatures living in that diving location you’re at.

It is best and easiest for beginner underwater photographers to photograph sea creatures with macro lenses. Reason being that at most diving sites there are sea creatures and macro subjects that do not move about very much.

As for the little fishes you see darting around, you’re trigger finger will have to work faster to photograph them.

Underwater Photography Tips #4 – Get Up Close!

Photographing on land and underwater is different. Since you are underwater, everything you see including distances is magnified through the mask you wear. This makes it easy for you to misjudge distances.

Once you decide on your underwater photography subject, the first thing you ought to do is to reduce the distance between both your camera and your subject. The closer you get to your subject, the better.

If your subject is one that is sedentary, you’re at an advantage to move in and get as close to it as your camera lens allows you to in its focusing distance.

It is great to spend time practicing underwater photography on still and slow subjects. Practice and sharpen your skills in underwater photography.

Easy To Follow Close Up Photography Tips

Close-Up Photography Tips #1 – Overcome Hurdles Faced With Shallow Depth-Of-Field

At times when conducting close-up photography, you may not be able to keep the whole subject in focus. This is especially common when photographing outdoors on a windy day.

Hence, you must be able to make your decision and choose exactly which part of your subject would you rather have emphasized through sharp focus.

The advantage to using a macro lens is that our eyes do not look at the world the way a macro lens does.

Hence, photographers can use this to go wild with creativity and to produce very interesting photographs. One thing you can try is to make some part of your subject appear looking “invisible”.

This is something you can achieve as long as you select the right aperture carefully, also when you selectively focus on different areas of your subject.

Close-Up Photography Tips #2 – Essential Macro Photography Accessories

Throughout my years of experience in the photography arena, I have come across and used so many accessories. I find this one accessory to be the most useful when it comes to close-up photography and this accessory is a fine-focus unit.

This unit enables me to make slight adjustments towards the camera’s position. I can adjust the camera to be positioned sideways so that I can fine-tune the composition. Otherwise, I can opt to have it go forward and backward for fine focusing.

It is no doubt very frustrating and a time-consuming when you have to move the camera and tripod around your subject to compose stunning close-up shots.

This is because the movements you’re required to make are normally really small ones while you have to recompose the shot with every little adjustments you make.

Hence, whenever I conduct close-up photography in a studio, I’d leave my camera and tripod at their position. Instead of moving and adjusting the camera and tripod, I’d rearrange or readjust the subject in order to experiment the suitable angles that will give me the macro shot I want.

Close-Up Photography Tips #3 – What Makes A True Macro Lens?

You might have noticed that many standard zoom lenses claim to offer macro settings. Even so, this does not necessarily mean that these zoom lenses are genuine alternatives to dedicated macro lenses.

What exactly is macro photography? This photography genre is simply a photograph of a subject that is shot at a magnification of 1:1 (life-size) or so. Hence, the image of the subject is captured and it appears to look the exact same size as it is in reality, otherwise larger.

Fashion Photography Tips To Implement

Fashion Photography Tips #1 – Look and Learn

When it comes to fashion photography, it is great if you as a photographer can make it a habit to look at photographs and paintings often. Not just to look at them but also to learn and observe so as to sharpen your creativity so that you will be able to create photographs that capture the eyes of viewers.

Capture photographs whenever possible. If you are starting off your fashion photography attempt with a single kit lens, what you ought to do is to notice and learn the different type of effects produced on your photographs when you use wider and longer lenses.

The effects produced could be the distortion of your subject’s proportions. It may also result in a cast and wider scenery.

The reason why you have to observe and learn the various effects produced with wider and longer lenses is to discover which effect works best for you. This creates a sense of style on your photographs, giving you confidence. This will also help you determine the type of lens you need most when in need to purchase one later.

Fashion Photography Tips #2 – Keep It Simple

There are a number of lucky photographers who started out their career in fashion photography with a team of talented hair stylists and makeup artists. Fashion photographers will often need their initial portfolio work to look simple, yet classy. Yes, simple and classy will do just fine.

One thing you ought to do is to ensure that the setting and look is maintained looking clean and light. This refers to the makeup, styling, etc. Make it a habit to capture photographs that are simple and good. Only then will you be free to go on experimenting and elaborating your shots.

Fashion Photography Tips #3 – About Lighting and Shadows

The recipe to capture photographs with great lighting really is ‘experience’. Therefore, gain the experience of working with lights. This definitely does not mean that you have to go through a lot of difficulty and complication.

All you need to do is to play around with the settings. Try combining about 3 to 4 different settings and experiment the settings with test shots. You will see the different effects of every setting. Master just one setting for the time being and this will help you go a long way.

Also, be careful; look out for shadows when conducting fashion photography. Always be on the lookout for shadows. Whether you like it or not, unwanted shadows in your photographs have the tendency to ruin your shots.

Fashion Photography Tips #4 – Hiring Models

Now, we all know that a model portfolio holds the purpose of helping the model get a job. However, referring solely on the models’ portfolios can be misleading.

Most models who are professionals have begun their modeling career at the age of 12 to 13 years old. By the time you want to hire them, they could be 20 years of age by now. So what? How does that affect anything?

Well, about 7 years ago, the portfolio photos of the model might show that she had blonde hair. However, now that she turns up at your studio, her hair has become raven black. Another example is that, you might be going for a model with a super skinny look, but the model who should be able to pull off that look based on her portfolio photos may turn up at your studio with an extra 7 kg which she gained from a holiday a few months ago.

To avoid all these trouble that normally occur, it is best to hold castings. Otherwise, you can make requests from the models’ agency for the latest polaroids of the model you plan to hire. However, if you are in attempt to hire a freelance model, arrange an appointment and meet up with him/ her. That way, you can assess your model’s current look.

Therefore, always perform casting sessions, and demand for up-to-date photos of the model from model agencies. If you are appointing with a freelance model, make an appointment to judge his/her current look.

Fashion Photography Tips For Outstanding

Fashion Photography Tips #1 – Supervise Your Model’s Hair and Makeup

Make sure to always be there to watch when your model’s hair and makeup are being done by hair stylists and makeup artists. Just by being there to watch, you will recognize the color pallets used on your models which will later help you think up the suitable set up for your fashion photo shoot.

Another thing you ought to do is to avoid getting in the way of the hair stylist and make up team’s way. You may interrupt politely or make suggestions only when you realize that the beauty team is going way off your expectations and directions of the theme of your fashion photography attempts.

It is a norm that after a few photography sessions, you will learn and know what best compliments your photo shoot. Working in a team and taking the role as the director or leader of the group guarantees new experiences and newly gained knowledge. It is of great importance that you work with a good and reliable team so that you’ll be better able to build credibility.

Fashion Photography Tips #2 – Create an Impact with The Clothing and Accessories

What is fashion photography all about? Fashion photography is all about the artistic beauty and taste, as well as trends. Fashion plays the role of selling the latest season’s clothes and accessories to people. The prime reason of fashion is to make others want whatever the model is wearing, be it clothing or accessories.

Another important fact to note is that how you style the clothes will make an impact towards the viewers, whether the clothing is meant for men or women. Have you managed to take fashion photography shots it in such a way where you will want the clothes on the model for yourself?

Now, the rule of thumb in fashion photography is that you as the photographer must always make use of lighting to emphasize the beauty and texture of the material – the lustre of the silk, sheerness of the chiffon, and the sparkles in the jewels. All these minor details should never be taken granted for because they tend to boost the quality of the photographs.

Fashion Photography Tips #3 – Be Confident Yet Humble

It is great to receive advice and suggestions from others. Therefore, be open to it. Nonetheless, you must remember to maintain your vision so as to not stray off and not achieve it. Your team members will be looking up to you with high expectations of the result of the fashion photo shoot.

Turning to others such as your client, a talented art director or even an editor to ask for opinions and suggestions helps you with your fashion photography attempts. Despite everything, you must know deep down that you are the one who creates the final product – the fashion photographs.

Landscape Photography Tips

Have you ever wondered how professional photographers take these magnificent landscape photos we see in magazines like National Geographic and others of the sort? Well, today you’re going to learn some landscape photography tips which are being used by the best in the industry. Landscapes are wonderful on their own, even a standard digital camera can capture its beauty, but if you want a truly memorable image there are some general landscaping photography tips you can make use of.

Rather than focusing on equipment alone, we’re also going to include some invaluable techniques for you to implement. You don’t need a state of the art camera and we know not everyone can afford one of these; therefore we’ve included a few landscape photography tips anyone can use. Typically, if you’re looking for a camera specifically for shooting landscape images, find one which has a wide-range or fish-eye lens, these are ideal for landscape photos.

Since most landscape photography tips mostly advise on how to take wide range shots, many leave out the fact that you can get great pictures with a narrow depth as well. If you’re feeling experimental and want to try something new, then set your aperture settings to “small”. This will create a great in-depth photo if mixed with a high ISO and lengthier shutter setting, since the light is reduced when setting the aperture to small.

Also, always use a tripod. This is not only one of the vital landscape photography tips but a must for professional photography in general. This will avoid getting a blurry effect on the finished production, to maximize the quality even further, always use a remote control as to pressing the capture button manually on the camera itself.

The next important aspect to landscape photography I want to mention, is to always have a good focal point to draw the viewers attention. This will prevent the viewers eyes from wandering all over, wondering what the picture is actually about. A remarkable tree, mountain or old building is perfect. You also want to consider the foreground for your image, as this is the first thing the viewer will focus on. If you’re more focused on the background rather than foreground, making use of natural lines can be a great subconscious method of drawing the viewer’s attention and directing it wherever you please. These “lines” can be a riverbed, a tree’s branch or even the dotted lines in a road. This is one of the ignored landscape photography tips many sites fail to mention and the effect is fantastic.

When it comes to the skyline, some of the leading photographers around the world claim that they only take landscape photos either at dusk or at dawn. These are the times of day that the world looks most alive and provides picture perfect natural lightening mixed with extravagant colors. Following these few landscape photography tips can make a major difference in how a person will view the photos, how long they’ll stay focused and how likely they are to recommend you to a friend.

Interesting Photography Tips

Some Basic Photography Tips

Any photography hobbyist would do well to keep their eyes and ears open for photography tips. While some people just seem to pick up on the methods of taking great photographs, others can always use some hints and tricks to help them take their pictures from drab to fab. It may seem a bit overwhelming to think that you can apply all the little so-called secrets that professional photographers employ, but in reality, even some basic photography tips can help turn your photos into something worth bragging about.

Portraits

If you do portraits as a hobby, remember to be creative in your poses and settings. While good photography tips involve keeping things simple, you do need to dress things up a bit when positing portraits. For instance, if you’re going to do a portrait of a couple, don’t just have them sitting and facing the camera. Try getting a profile as they look at each other or a playful pose as one kisses the other’s cheek. Family portraits also mean working on your poses and settings. Again, avoid having them just sitting and facing the camera. Try having one of the parents swinging the child above his or her head, or mom and dad holding the child’s hand as they walk forward.

Other photography tips for portraits include getting out of the drab studio and using different settings. If the subject has a beloved pet, go outside and include the pet in the portrait. If it’s someone that just got their driver’s license, pose them in front of a car.

Photography Tips for Landscapes

If you enjoy taking pictures when you’re on vacation or traveling, you may wonder how to spruce up those landscape pictures. There are some very quick and easy ways to do this.

First, keep your eyes on the colors in the picture. If you snap a picture of a lake against a blue sky, that’s an awful lot of blue! It might be better to wait until sunset when the color of the sun breaks up all that blue. Good photography tips for landscapes and any other type of picture include being aware of how the same color is going to translate on a photo, regardless of how breathtaking it may be in person. If you are looking at autumn foliage, avoid a picture of just a bunch of trees all at the same height. Again, it may be just a jumble of all the same colors. You may do well to adjust your angle so as to get a hill or part of a field in the picture so as to break up all that color.