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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Taking Great Digital Photos

1 Take care to Focus and Expose on the Subject of the Image

Imagine you are taking a picture of your girl friend against the background of an interesting harbour. Your girl friend is six feet away while the harbour is around 50 feet away. You position your girl friend carefully – she is important to you – at one side of the picture with an interesting view of the harbour in the distance. Now do you want to focus on the harbour – or your girl friend? Position the square or circle at the centre of the viewfinder over the spot that you want to focus on and correctly expose – take a slight pressure on the shutter release – and keep that pressure while you move the camera to frame the image you want to take – then, and only then, push the shutter release fully down and take the photo. If you want to have everything in focus – then see 7 Depth of Field.

2 Carefully Compose Your Shot

Before taking the picture take a careful last look through the viewfinder. Check the composition, and particularly that heads nd feet are included, and that all faces are visible in anything other the smallest of groups. With the camera taking care of focus and exposure – you have the time to concentrate on getting the composition perfect. Photographic amputation of limbs is unforgivable!

3 Set the Colour Balance Correctly on the Camera

Digital cameras have controls that allow the operator to set the nature of the lighting illuminating the subject. In general they will default to daylight, since shots are likely to be taken outdoors. On this setting, pictures taken indoors under artificial tungsten lighting will look yellow – they will have a yellow cast. Pictures taken under strip lighting will look green. Setting the camera appropriately will produce consistent balanced photographs. Look in the camera manual to see how to set the control – it is very easy. Flash guns produce a light, which is very similar in colour ‘temperature’ to that of daylight.

4 Don’t Expect Too Much from the On Camera Flash

The on camera flash is designed for convenience when shooting a small group of people. It will not illuminate a hall. When
watching public events on the television it is somewhat surprising to see members of the audience in the Albert hall take a pocket camera out and shoot a picture with their flash. This is unlikely to be successful. Better to turn the sensitivity of the camera up – say to 800ASA – the ‘film speed’, or sensitivity. This might produce a better result. Do not confuse sensitivity of the camera with shutter speed. They are different. An on camera flash will illuminate only a short distance – as a guide pick up your cat firmly with two hands by the tail and swing it around at arms length – that is the sort of distance the flash will illuminate!

Nude Art Photography

Tasteful nude photography is often regarded as high skilled photography as besides technical knowledge and the ability to manipulate light the nude photographer also needs strong communication skills and the ability to build a positive relationship with his model. A modelling contract between photographer and model often includes additional remuneration to the model besides payment and publication rights.

Subgenres and Subjets

“Feminine nudity must be given to men by the teaspoonful, not with a scoop.” (Coco Chanel)

Nude photography divides into three basic forms: the “classic” full nude with a simple background, full nude model where model is completely naked; the detailed nude depicting certain details of the body, abstracting and making them anonymous, and emphasising the forms and structures of the nude; and finally the half nude, where the model is partially clothed or partially wrapped with accessories.

History and development

The nude is a classic subject in art. Already the early high cultures (Egypt, Crete, India among others) knew nude representations. Its development into other representation forms can be pursued from Greek clay to the art of the middle ages and on to the European art of the modern age. Since the renaissance, the study of the nude human body is an intrinsic part of art education at art academies.

Since around 1847 the nude has also become the object of photography, the first nude photographers including Philippe Debussy, E. Delacroix, Eugene Durieu and B. Braquehais. Models were both professionals and prostitutes and photographs were both artistic and “spicy”, which often invited the aversion of moral and law enforcement officers.

Important Nude Photographers

o	Bettina Rheims 					     David Bailey 

o	Eric Kroll 						Helmut Newton 

o	Hans-Peter Muff 					

o	Jan Saudek Meister der Koloriertechnik (kolorieren) 

o	Jeanloup Sieff 						Man Ray 

o	Paul Outerbridge 					Petter Hegre 

o	Richard Kern 						Roy Stuart 

o	Robert Mapplethorpe 					Sam Haskins 

o	Uwe Ommer 						G√ľnter Blum

Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot

1. Finding the right person for the shoot:

Hiring the right individual or the right professional is a must as this makes the amount that you have invested in the project a success. Ensuring that the photographer is capable of taking excellent pictures will make sure that the moments will be captured with all the right focus and light considerations. Go through the catalogs and the websites of the recommended professionals before zeroing in on one.

2. Finding the right places:

A list of all those places where the shoot has to be done should be made. This list should be the guiding itinerary of the shoot. A perfect photo shoot will involve all the places where the couple met, they proposed and other picturesque places in the city or abroad.

3. Finding the right weather:

The weather must be dealt with in the proper way. A proper timing for conducting the shoot should be decided so that the background that is naturally nature should be at its best. Even the environment of indoor shoot should be arranged well before time to avoid problems.

4. Finding the right clothes:

The right type of clothing is what should be the focus of the couple. Pre-wedding photo shoots look best when the attire of the boy and girl is delicate and simple. An elegant photo shoot is what suits the couples. They like such photo shoots. Photo shoots need proper dress up and shopping for the same should be done in advance in consultation with the photographer.

Info Wanna be Models

First are you really sure that this is what you want! If the answer to this is yes and if you are at least 1.7 meters (5ft.7inch) tall, slim and beautiful and self confident and between 14 to 18 years of age, there is just a slim chance that you might make it.

But you need something to be in your favour, in fact it’s so important that you stand little or no chance without it and you might as well give up right now and get back to your high school studies.

So what is so important that it will make or brake you, the answer to that is quite simple, it’s your Mom. Without her blessing and indeed her help your going nowhere baby.

Lets start with the law, you are a minor until the age of 18 and unable to be photographed without your parent’s permission and unable to attend a shooting session with a photographer unless your parent or guardian is present at the shoot.

Now you can understand the importance of this, as it not only safeguards the Model who is a minor, but it also safeguards the photographer as well.

After the shooting session is over a ‘Minor Model Release’ form has to be signed on behalf of the minor by the parent or legal guardian. This form is a standard document in the profession and it gives the photographer and his client permission to use the photos for whatever advertising purposes that are required, in exchange for a modeling fee that has been previously agreed upon and paid on the completion of the shoot.

How do you get discovered and believe me this is the difficult bit. Years ago when I was a full time Advertising/Fashion Photographer, it was sometimes just good enough to be found by the photographer and his opinion would add some weight when the model presented some recent photographs of herself to a Modeling Agency, providing of course she had all the above requirements. However today, things have changed with young model hopefuls posting their photos all over the internet and of course many of the model agencies keep a presence on line as well.

But I know of a story of a 14 year old girl in London, who at the time had no idea that she really wanted to be a model, but in the summer vacation was doing ‘Work Experience’ in the offices of one of the UK Fashion Magazines when she was ‘scouted’ by a model agency rep.

Sometimes you just have to be in the right place at the right time, this of course does not prevent you from applying to all the top agencies yourself, getting to see as many as possible and if you are as good as you say you are and if they are looking for that special look you might just get lucky. But not without some hard work and discipline and dedication.

For example healthy eating and living, or put it another way eating correctly and getting to bed early. This healthy lifestyle would also include daily exercise to keep your body in shape.

Unless you become dedicated, when the time comes and you find that you have put on an extra kilo or two in weight, you’ve only yourself to blame if you didn’t get the job.

Last August I received an e-mail from a 14 year old girl who wanted to be a model. She had seen my website, read my comments on ‘want to be models’ and wanted my opinion about her looks. I replayed and explained that I would run some test shots in return for adding a page of these photos to my website.

I contacted her Mom and we set up a meeting to shoot at my favorite beech location, this page has now become one of the most popular on the website. I think you should take a look to.

Right Digital Camera

Regarding your skill level, first consider your willingness to learn the technicalities of photography. Do you simply want to point and shoot? If so, there are plenty of automatic cameras made to do just that.

Or, do you want to be creative — experimenting with self-timers, flash, shutter speed, lighting, and photo enhancement features? To fulfill these creative desires, you’ll need a camera with a full range of manual controls.

Of course, with the hundreds of digital cameras that are on the shelves, you don’t have to make a commitment — many cameras have both automatic and manual settings. It all depends on what you want to spend.

Speaking of budget, you should know what you want to spend before you shop online or in a store. Then, only look at the cameras that match the amount that you came up with — it will keep you from suffering buyer’s remorse later.

In addition to your skill and your budget, consider how you will use the camera. Are you planning to email more pictures than you plan to print? Are you uploading them for online auctions or to share with your best friend who lives miles away? If so, carefully consider whether the pictures need to last for the next 100 years, or just until your online auction expires or your friend gets a chance to take a look at them.

If you are looking for professionally finished prints, brilliant color and a sharp image, you will need a camera with high image quality. The quality of an image is directly related to how many pixels it can capture horizontally and vertically. To print quality standard sized photos that will last, you’ll need a minimum of a 1-2 megapixel digital camera. Larger photos will require 3 megapixels to get the same quality. With at least 4 megapixels, 11 x 14 enlargements will look sharp.

Zoom lenses can also play a key role in the appearance of your photos. Many cameras will have zooms, but the size and type of zoom are important to consider. The larger the zoom (a 3x would be average and 10x large), the closer you will be able to get to subjects like sporting events and wildlife. But for good quality photos, be sure the camera has a true optical zoom rather than a digital zoom, which merely enlarges the center of the basic image.

Also, be aware that not all cameras with the same megapixels are created equal. Some have better optics and better zoom lenses. Some have more features such as the ability to make short videos. Some have better LCD screens for reviewing photos. Some have batteries that are proprietary and expensive to replace. Some are more prone to needing repairs.

So before heading to the store or to your favorite online site, check out the reviews for the models that interest you. Simply state your need at a search engine — something like 4 megapixel digital camera+review.