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27Jun/16Off

What Is Photography And A Brief History

p20The first camera was used for perspective drawing; it is a box with a pinhole called the Camera Obscura, meaning 'Dark Room' in Latin. Johannes Kepler, a German astronomer first used the term in 1604. The Camera Obscura is a box fitted with a Len in which it faces the targeted image to project an upside down image on a piece of paper therefore artist would trace that image on the paper.

Things started to change for the history of photography during the 17th - 18th century as we as human beings; it is natural for us to be driven to create something better.

In 1717, a German professor named Johann Heinrick Schultz first discovered that images could be recorded using silver nitrate on paper but was not able to sustain the image permanently. This was only the beginning.

Fast forward to 1822, a French artist named Louis Daguerra created the first camera in which he called 'The Daguerro Type'. 'The Daguerro Type' would engrave an image onto a bitumen-coated metal plate calling this process 'heliograph'. It was not until 1827, when a French inventor named Josph Niepce partnered with Louis Daguerra in which Josph Niepce would create the first permanent photograph named 'View from the window at Les Gras'. It is the oldest and surviving photograph in history today. During this time, Photography was born.

After a short brief of history in photography, the real question is 'What is Photography?'

The word 'Photo' comes for the Greek word, 'Light' and 'Graph' means drawing so putting together Photo + Graph means Drawing with light. Photography is art and science combined. It is creating images using light being expose to paper. It is recreating what you see and creating a memory and a story to tell.

In photography, there are many styles and I will only be touching on the general, as creativity is unlimited. Let break photography into 3 general styles. They are Artistic, Documentary and Commercial. All in all the formats are the same, it either film, digital or video.

Firstly will talk about Artistic photography in which artistic is wide and experimental. It is the photographer that tells his story from his image. It can go as wide as taking landscape, architecture, street performance or art and people's expression or body language. It could be planned or natural depending on the nature of your story.

Secondly, documentary is a little different. It can be artistic in some ways but this type of photography is normally a long process and deals with real life situation and cultures. As it is hard to determine what real and what not nowadays it all depends on the nature of the photographer. It is a report scenario in which putting together what you have shot and telling your story through that sequence.

Lastly one of the most common and widely recognized photography types is commercial photography. Commercial photography means paid photography in which you are paid by a company or client to create artistic photographs. Few examples like weddings, advertising or fashion shows. In commercial photography, photographers uses a lot of equipment like spot lights and softener etc. to manipulate the 'look' and 'feel' of photographs and it is known to break most rules in photography for it unconventional methods.

Photography involves a lot of introspection the deeper you get, the more you tuned to what you are interested in, how you feel, and what you want to say to the viewers. As you shoot, you learn about yourself, your values and a different perspective of the world around you. Photography is a fantastic story telling medium and the possibilities are endless.

20Jun/16Off

3 Reasons to Watermark Your Photos

p19Why Watermark?

You see it all the time when you want to find an image on the Internet. You could download almost any photo, but often they have a watermark on them. Why?

Image providers watermark their photos so that you can look at them and download them, but requires you to pay a fee to use the image without the watermark. You certainly don't want that watermark visible.

However, fine quality stationery often exhibit faint watermarks that you can see when you hold it up to the light -- a mark of elegance, a desirable effect.

The watermarks on your photos that I'm referring to are more like the latter.

They don't get in the way of the photo, but enhance it and you at the same time.

Here are the three reasons, you might want to watermark your photos.

1. Branding.

Your watermark can be a signature, a small photo or a logo. As such, it serves to brand you. When people look at your images, they learn something about you.

If you consistently show photos that appeal to them, they'll get to know who you are and look forward to seeing more of what you publish.

Your images may be quotes or landscapes or funny stuff that you share.

2. Promotion.

Watermarks on your photos promote. What do you want viewers to do? Where do you want people to go? What do you want them to see beyond the image?

Answer these questions to determine what kind of watermark you should create.

You may want to promote yourself, your business, a website or blog. Make sure your watermark reflects that.

For example if your business has a logo, choose that for your watermark.

Your signature would be a good choice if you are promoting you,

I chose to create a community on Facebook, and as such, use a logo of its name, which is both personal and business.

If you use social media with its sharing capabilities, your images can potentially be viewed by thousands or million of people. That's a lot of promotion.

3. Protection.

Certainly if your images go viral on the Internet, you want to protect your brand, so that people cannot simply take your photo and brand it as their own.

Although this latter point isn't foolproof, because watermarks can ultimately be removed, it has some safety benefit.

In most cases, unless you are a professional photographer, you won't need to copyright your photos.

If you're like me, a network marketing professional, you will be using other relevant photos you find online that you want to put your own words to or your favorites quotes.

So that's it. The 3 reasons why you might want to watermark your photos.

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11Jun/16Off

Ten Reasons Why You Should Scan Your Old Photographs

p18Many of us have one or more piles and boxes of old photographs, and/or slides and photo negatives. Further, there are likely to be one - or many - old photo albums hidden in closets, attics, basements, or storage lockers.

The Digital Age is now fully upon us, and these relics of an earlier time have become what are essentially modern artifacts. We know we have them around, but we seldom look at them anymore. It is too much trouble to dig them out and sort through them. The answer, obviously, is to have all this photographic memorabilia scanned into digital files - in essence, to bring them into the Digital Now.

OK - some of us already know that's what we should do. But, so many of us just keep putting it off. Most often, that happens because we just haven't really thought through all the reasons that getting all that stuff scanned is important - but it is! Here's why:

    1. All photographic materials will deteriorate with time. The rate at which they decay is different for various materials (and storage conditions), but it is happening to all of your photographic memorabilia just the same.

 

    1. Old slides and negatives will tend to color-shift over time. This happens when the film base (which is plastic!) slowly changes with age. The dyes which form the image can also fade - particularly in the case of less-expensive color photographs.

 

    1. As soon as your pictures are digitized, that deterioration is stopped. Perhaps most importantly, the digitized images can, very often, be brought back to their original brilliance with relative ease, if the deterioration has not been too great. In addition, there are now digital storage discs that are expected to last for over 100 years

 

    1. If you have a lot of slides, to view your slides, you have to dig out your old projector (if it still works - tried to find a projector bulb recently?), or a slide viewer, in order to see them.

 

    1. If you have old negatives, you really can't view them at all - unless you have some rare genetic ability to visually invert colors on your own.

 

    1. Due to an unfortunate technical oversight, the manufacturers of old photo albums neglected to equip them with USB ports (it could have to do with the fact that the technology did not exist). That means, however, that there is no direct way to upload them to your computer. A good scanning service, however, will not only scan the full album pages (which preserves the "flavor" and character of the album), but they can also provide scans of the individual pictures as well - either all of them, or just selected ones if desired.

 

    1. Your past is really important - not just to you, but also to your children, your grandchildren (if any) and other relatives. Your photos represent the best (often, the only) record of that past. By bringing them into digital form them, you can share them with all the important people in your life.

 

    1. Once they are scanned into digital files, your collection old photographs can be shared effortlessly. You can post them to your Facebook pages, and share them on all your favorite social media sites. You can create slide shows, and load them into a digital picture frame so that they are on constant display.

 

    1. Once you upload your photos onto your computer, it turns it into a time machine. Now, all those valued (or, in some cases - forgotten) parts of your history can be pulled up at any time, to be enjoyed and shared.

 

  1. Once they have been converted into digital form, those treasured photographs can be rehabilitated as much as needed. So, even though your memories may have faded, the photos of your past can be viewed as clearly as though it all happened yesterday.

As important as those ten reasons are, there is one more that is perhaps even more relevant. Once your photographic heritage is digitized, it is protected from the catastrophic loss that can occur in an event like a fire, flood, or a major storm. Many families have watched their homes being destroyed by these events, and realized that all of their pictures were lost as well. If those memories have been digitized and uploaded to the Cloud, they are safe from harm.

Don't keep procrastinating about the project of rescuing your photographic past. While it may seem like a daunting task, once you get into it you will probably find that it is not only fun, but highly rewarding. If you have a really large quantity of material that needs to be converted, a good scanning service will make it easy to set up a Monthly Program, so that you can send batches of slides, photographs, and/or negatives on a monthly basis. This allows you to spread out the cost, as well as the time and effort involved.

Another important feature of a good scanning service is the ability to provide you with both photograph restoration and editing services. That way, all your needs can be met by one Scanning Service Provider.

1Jun/16Off

To Capture Products, You Must Take These 7 Things Into Considerations

p17Over the years, a lot has been happening in photography and its demand has only increased. Several genres of photography have been established, and individuals all around the globe have created an affinity towards this art. Product photography, for instance, is now a vital part of every business that sells goods and services. These days, marketing of such goods and services is imperative which is precisely why it is essential to take several aspects into consideration before clicking product photos.

Some of the aspects which you should cater to are:-

  • Background: Well obviously, a background can make or break a picture which is precisely why you should always use a crisp white background. In case it is being utilized for an E-commerce website or online store, you should make sure that you get the perfect white colour by editing in Photoshop. But in case you need to use a vivid background, ensure that the colours make the product stand out and not the other way around.
  • Depth of field: In case the items are patterned, make sure that your DSLR is set to the lowest priority of the aperture. This will ensure that the focus is entirely on the subject, and the background will come out blurry. This is great if you want to initiate an interest in the picture and enhance its emphasis.
  • Lighting: Probably the most important aspect of any image is its lighting. Without proper lighting, you can't capture anything. In this genre, you will have to be meticulous about how to set up the lights. Some items will require back light while others will require bottom lighting. If you want to capture something great, you have to cater to lighting very carefully.
  • Props: Capturing an item just against a plain background can look bland which is why you should also use some props. It can be anything which can add to the aesthetic appeal of the item you are capturing. You can also add props to the images while the post processing stage. This will give the customers a fair idea of the usability of the item.
  • Reflection: Reflection can either be a good or a bad thing for you. The subtle reflection looks great, but there are certain reflections which should never be used. For instance, if you are capturing an item and your reflection comes in the mirror, you should immediately discard it. Also, make sure that you don't force a reflection; it's not mandatory.
  • Shadow: To create good colour value, it's important to have shadows where there is light; it complements them. If you cast a shadow over the item, it will help harmonize it with the environment.
  • Sharpness: In order for the items to be portrayed in detail, it is important to ensure that the sharpness is accurate. Blurry and out of focus images have no place in the market which is why you should use a tripod if you don't have a steady hand.
29May/16Off

Learning The Skills To Take Professional Pictures

p16Advertisers know that a picture could be worth a thousand words and dollars both if the image comes out like they want it. They rely on professional photographers to capture images of both still and live subjects so that they can sell their products to the public. When you like taking pictures and want to join one of the many industries that utilize this form of art, you may wonder where you can learn the techniques needed to build a professional resume. You might get the training you need by taking classes offered by a professional institute.

Lessons Learned in Class

Taking pictures for a living goes beyond snapping photos on your cell phone or with your personal camera. Professionals are required to take a number of elements into consideration to ensure that the image comes out just right. If a picture does not come out right, it cannot be sold, and you effectively might have wasted your time.

The lessons you take in school will allow you the knowledge to take these elements into consideration. One of the first things that you might learn involves how to control the lighting around the subject. If there is too much light or glare, the subject might be obscured. The light may reflect off of it and cause the photo to be unrecognizable.

Likewise, you may need to control the shadow. Images that are too dark also may not be recognizable. It may not have the color or dimension that your client wants. You may have to take the photos over, costing you time and money.

The training could help you avoid these mistakes and get the photos taken right the first time. You may then build a portfolio and references that you can take to clients and get hired for more jobs. The right skills can also help you make more money.

Applicable Industries

Once you gain the skills you need for this profession, you may wonder where in the marketplace you can use them. You might find work in the fashion industry taking pictures of models. Models need photos for their portfolios. Clients who hire them also want pictures that they can sell or offer to potential customers to show that they have models who can wear the clothes or cosmetics that the customers want to sell.

You also may find work as a still photographer working for advertising agencies that sell food, housewares, and a host of other items. Your images may be published in magazines or newspapers. They also could appear on TV or online. You will learn how to place the items in a way that makes them appealing to consumers.

21May/16Off

4 Reasons to Hire Professionals for Corporate Event Photography

p15Professional events could be anything ranging from an annual meet to promotional events for your company. These are events that are landmarks for your organisation where the time spent plays a very important role in the days to come. You may have your employees or other guests capturing photographs of the ongoings of the event but it is limited to what they intend to capture and not all the minute details of all that would take place. It is vital to have a record of the event either in the form of a video or professional photography where a photographer would use the best equipment to ensure that each and every moment is captured for you to have a record and reminisce it later.

Several photographers have made it a business where people are hiring them to be a part of corporate events and in turn, capture the special moments that take place. They not only help you sit in peace but also allow you to enjoy the event along with rest. While you hire them for your corporate events, here are a few benefits that you may receive.

• You have a better business value - While your guests and clients notice professional photographers present at your event, they tend to value you more as it brings about a skilled touch to your work. While you have professional and high quality images of your event for showcasing on your website and brochures, you get to bring about an appeal that is professional.

• Proficient services - While they come along with a set of high quality equipment to capture your event, they would ensure the fact that you do not have to instruct them on anything after an initial briefing. If it is a large event, they would ensure that several photographers in the team would capture the event from different angles.

• Helps in future business prospects - While you have a stock of high-quality images to showcase your clients, you have better chances of business for the days to come. Your employees can use them as references and also helping you bring out a good picture of your company o the world.

• Creates a good memory for your organisation - While you collect photographs from your employees and guests that they have captured during the event, there is a variation in the quality of the photographs that you may not like to preserve. While the photographer captures the best photographs of the moments from your event, you get to have a collection of the best photographs of the same quality that would not only enhance the look of your collection but would look appealing as well.

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11May/16Off

Take Amazing Travel Photos With These Easy Tips

p14Travelers make a lot of mistakes on their trip. One of the common one of these is to fail to take good pictures! Travel photography is an amazing thing you can cherish for the rest of your life. Even when the trip ends, you can still experience the joy of looking at the photos and reminiscing the good times.

Let's clear the most common misconception about travel photography. It's not all about the camera. You need to capture photos that tell a story, so it is more than just owning an expensive camera.

Here are some easy tips to take amazing travel photos!

1. Do Your Homework

In the middle of all the excitement and packing for the trip, you're missing out on something big. Don't forget to do your homework for the trip. If it's your first time to the destination, you've every reason to do a thorough research before the journey begins. Get to know the surroundings through articles and pictures. You may wish to befriend other famous photographers of the destination. Search the possibility of famous events happening during the dates that you wish to visit. Social media can help you do this!

2. Authenticity is the Key

There are plenty of pictures of the Great Wall of China. Even people who haven't traveled to China have already seen it in photos. If you plan to visit the Great Wall of China, you need to be authentic with your photos. Be creative and think how your photos can stand out from the rest. Don't repeat another version of something that already exists. Look out for subjects who are willing to be captured. It's a skill you'll develop with a lot of time and practice, but would help you to create and capture strong photographic moments.

3. Pack Right

If you wish to get it right, you need to pack right for the trip. All the photography essentials have to be placed together, securely. Ensure that you have an extra battery and memory card because that always helps.

In addition, you may wish to carry your laptop in order to create a backup. No one wishes to lose their precious moments. If you love collecting travel gears, it's best to buy a good quality camera bag which keeps all your belongings easy to carry and secure.

4. Look for the Ideal Time

If you are not a professional at taking photos, you will find this tip very helpful. You need to look out for the hours that will help you to create the best photos. Early morning is a great time because the light is easy to handle and it is relatively peaceful. At this time, you'll find it easy to enjoy fewer crowds and capture moments you want to.

1May/16Off

Why Should You Go With A Wedding Photographer

p13Wedding photography is a specialized service where a professional takes photos that will be preserved for good. Most people hire the services of a wedding photographer on their wedding day. That is the reason wedding photography is considered as one of the most challenging branches of photography, not only because it relies of special techniques, but also because there is a complex production process behind it. So, you should do your homework before hiring a good wedding photographer. Below are some tips that may help you.

If you are going to get married, you should hire a good photographer and start the collaboration by expressing the goals they want to achieve through that image. Although it is tempting to neglect this service, it is essential to point out that the success of a promotional activity can depend on the choice of photographer. There are many people who own a camera and many who are pros at using it. However, if you want to obtain a photo that you will love for the rest of your life, you have to work with someone that specializes in this exact niche. As it will be shown in the lines below, this service has several specific requirements, not only in terms of technique, but also in terms of concepts.

First of all, a wedding photographer is someone who knows how to take photos of different subjects in order to make them appealing to the eyes. Without a doubt, having state of the art equipment is necessary, but it is only one of the factors that determine the success of a photo.

Since the prices for DSLR cameras have dropped in the past years, many people now have such gear in their homes, but skill doesn't come with a good lens and plenty of megapixels. It's essential to hire someone who can properly operate a camera and, more importantly, someone who specializes in the wedding photography. Few people are aware of this, but every style of photography is different and there is no such thing as a photographer that masters all of them.

Wedding photographers know everything about the angles that the couples should be photographed from, the lighting to be used and the processing of the photo using specialized software. They say that photography is a combination between art and science, but wedding photography also has a special side to it. A professional photographer has to know how things should be presented and how different people should be presented in order to make the photos as memorable as possible.

Another reason why people should work with a professional photographer is that they specialize in niche markets. For example, if want to sell a house, you can find a photographer that specializes in this exact niche. Also, you want someone to take professional photos of furniture or interior design elements, you can also locate many pros in your area who can help you with state of the art solutions. Hiring a photographer might be more expensive than taking the photos yourself, but you will definitely notice the difference after seeing the results.

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30Apr/16Off

HP Cameras For the Best Digital Photos

p12Are you a professional photographer or an amateur? Do you take photographs for a living? Do you take photographs for a hobby? Do you take photos to express your artistic side? Or do you just like to take happy snaps whenever you can? Do the photos you take hold precious memories that you will treasure forever?

It doesn't matter what the reason is for your photography, there is one thing they all have in common - a good quality camera!

When shopping for a new camera it can be quite difficult to choose between all the different kinds available. There are people who still prefer to use the old film cameras, which for some types of photos are really great. Most people these days though tend to go for a camera that is small, easy to use and still takes great, vibrant photos. If this is the type of camera you are after then you should consider a HP digital camera.

The days of the old film cameras are becoming numbered as more and more people are now optin for the preferred digital camera. Digital cameras offer so many more features than the old film cameras did and then there is the convenience of being able to view your photos instantly. Digital cameras really do make taking photos fun and a very simple way to capture those precious moments.

The problem when shopping for a new digital camera is not just the many different features that cameras offer but there are just so many different brands to choose from. One very popular brand is the HP camera. HP was very well known for their quality printers and in 2004 released their own HP digital camera.

As HP began to develop digital cameras they now have printers to match their features. One of the popular features of the HP digital camera is the in-camera red eye removal.

Technology and design are always improving and so there are new cameras being released all the time. One new camera is the r707 HP digital camera that has the in-camera red eye removal feature and also turns out sharp and clear photos.

When you take photos on a digital camera you then need to take your memory card into a store to get the photos printed, but imagine if you could print your own photos in the comfort of your own home. This would make the whole process much easier and save you a lot of time. If you do decide to buy a printer to print your own photos you will want one that brings out the vibrant colors and textures of the scenes you have captured on your photos.

Just like cameras, printers also come in a big range of shape and size. Many of the earlier printers for the home were big and bulky but then HP released a compact printer so you can have the convenience of printing your own photos without the hassle of a huge printer in your home. These compact printers can even be taken with you if you go on a trip and you can print photos from your hotel room. The HP printer works particularly well with the HP digital camera.

If you use the same brand printer and camera then the results will be of the highest quality. So if you have a HP printer to print the photos from your HP digital camera then you will get fantastic results.

If you are looking for the perfect camera that is easy, convenient and takes great quality photos the HP digital camera might be just what you are looking for. Choosing a camera doesn't need to be difficult when you know exactly what you want in a camera.

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21Apr/16Off

Cool Tips for Snow Canvases

p11With Australia heading into winter and expecting its first snowfall of the winter, many fair-weather photographers will be snuggling up in front of the fire keeping warm... but the more adventurous among you will want to get out and capture this winter wonderland on camera. This week we share our top tips for shooting great snow pictures. These snow pictures can be put on elegant canvases in a cheap and effective manner and be made the center pieces of attraction of your home!

1. Early to Rise and Early to Shoot!

Part of the magic of shooting in the snow is capturing those untouched shots before anyone has walked through it. Wrap up warm and head out as soon as the snow has finished falling, because you can guarantee that it won't stay fresh for long!

Early mornings many times are the best times to be out and about shooting beautiful pictures!

2. Lighting is the key - Get your exposure right!

Winter and Snow means - lots of dark and white! Our camera generally do a pretty good job of exposing our images correctly for us - but, when it comes to scenes with lots of black or white it can struggle.

Every camera is designed to expose as close to medium grey as possible, which is fine for an evenly lit scene, but in a situation like a snowy day with lots of sunshine, your camera sees all that bright white and tries to balance it by underexposing the entire scene. The answer is to dial in between +1 and +2 stops of exposure compensation.

You should be able to do this with any reasonable spec camera from a compact through to a DSLR. Try it and see how white your snow becomes!

3. Shoot raw OR with a warmer white balance

Shooting raw rather than jpeg gives you the opportunity to recover a lot of detail from any blown highlights in post-production, should you overdo the exposure compensation. You'll also have a chance to deal with any white balance issues that might occur because your camera will probably make your snow look a little blue. If your camera doesn't have the ability to shoot raw don't worry! Choosing a warmer white balance - either cloudy or flash - should get you in the right ballpark.

4. Do not forget spare batteries

Because batteries drain much quicker in cold conditions it's a good idea to have a couple of spares with you. Instead of leaving them in your bag you can keep them warm by putting them in a pocket close to your skin.

5. Click without waiting to check

Click... click..click - follow the basic digital photography rule to avoid losing the important moment. Winter and snow can be tough time to do family portraits outside when everyone will want to quickly get into warmer insides OR to even hold camera with your fingers and nose freezing - so, do not wait for the perfect moment but keep clicking! You are bound to capture many beautiful moments.

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