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Choosing Unique Backgrounds

April 29th, 2020

Choosing Unique Backgrounds

When you do photoshoots, it’s important not to overlook the background. It’s amazing what a difference a background can make on the appearance of your image - whether it’s a portrait or a still image. The background can detract or bring forward important features you want to highlight in any image.

* Keep It Simple – Don’t overthink it and end up with a busy background in an effort to be unique. Most of the time simple is best. You don’t want the background to distract from the image that is supposed to be the main focus.

* Avoid Conflicting Messages – While sometimes conflicting messages work well in print advertisements, they don’t often work well in portrait photography. When you think you’ve found a great location, take a few shots of the location without a main image so that you can see how everything looks before you spend time there.

* The Sky Almost Always Wins – While you may not think it’s unique, the sky never looks the same at any given time. The clouds will be in different locations, and depending on the time of day you’ll get different a different look and feel due to the light. If your focus image is special, it’ll all come together very well with the sky as backdrop.

* The Ground Works Too – Look down at your feet and imagine a different angle for your photos. Are there leaves, grass, rocks? What’s down there that could be an amazing background for your focal image?

* Contrast Your Main Subject – This is especially true when you’re taking portraits or product images. You want the subject to stand out in an exceptional way. If your main subject is red, you don’t want the background to be red. You want it to be on the opposite side of the color wheel, which is a shade of gray.

* Look for Patterns and Texture – A background with some patterns (like brick) or texture (like leaves) is often a really good thing to put behind your focal image. Try a vine going up a wall for a great backdrop for those prom photos, or a hay bale for a formal wedding photograph.

* Make It Symmetrical – Eyes are drawn to symmetry and if you can find a background that lends itself to symmetry, it will make the main subject stand out. Nature has a lot of that, such as a pond that reflects the sky and trees.

* Use Interesting Lighting – The sun can offer interesting choices of lighting at different times of day, whether indoors or outdoors. Try taking pictures of your subject in the same pose at different times of day to learn how the light affects the photograph.

A background can make or break your photo. It can make a portrait stand out or it can make it look ridiculous. Keeping in mind good taste, the point of the image, and what it will be used for will go far in helping you take successful photos with backgrounds that do them justice.

Capturing Moving Targets without Blur

April 29th, 2020

Capturing Moving Targets without Blur

One of the hardest jobs for a photographer is shooting moving targets. Not only is it hard to catch them in the frame, it’s also hard to keep the image from blurring. But, thankfully there are a few tricks of the trade that you can learn.

Use Autofocus

If you have a digital camera you can use the AF-C mode, which is continuous autofocus. This will enable your camera to focus on the moving object whether it’s far or near, and very quickly - thus giving you an opportunity to capture the image in the frame without worrying about the issue of blur.

Try Dynamic Mode

Most digital cameras today have another autofocus mode called Dynamic mode. This mode will also help control the image captured even if you’re moving in addition to the subject moving. If you’re tracking a bird or a motorcycle, and you’re in a car or other moving machine, then you can focus on getting your frame right while the camera does the work to eliminate blur.

Take the Photo from a Distance

It’s much easier to focus on a moving object if you’re not up close to it, for a variety of reasons. One is that you can get the image you want in the frame easier, though you may miss some detail, and secondly it won’t be likely to blur since the camera isn’t being forced to focus differently for what’s close and what’s far.

Shutter and Aperture

These are terms that to learn in order to take good photographs. Aperture is the opening of the lens, and is literally the camera hole and how big you open it. On your camera it’s listed as f/1.4, f/2, f/2.8 and so forth. The larger the hole, the more light gets in. The shutter speed you choose depends on a lot of math, including the distance you are from the subject, the direction of the motion, and other factors. But, in reality you just have to practice to get this right. Try different speeds on different shots to see what happens.

White Balance

You’ll need to experiment with the white balance on your particular camera. Learn how to set WB manually to ensure that it’s accurate and works best. The reason this is important is that if the WB is not set right (and it might be right on Auto), then the focus of the picture in your frame might not look as sharp as it should.

Avoid Flash

You may need to set your camera to manual mode to avoid any type of flash with motion pictures. Flash slows down things, so you want to avoid that if at all possible. This brings us back to why learning aperture is so important, because you want to avoid using flash and let in the right amount of light in other ways.

If you want to take professional moving images without blur, it will take some practice. As you practice and look at the results, take notes so that you can know what worked and what did not work. The more you practice, the better it’ll get.

Gather photography information as much as you can.

April 29th, 2020

To begin with your career in photography at the right path, you need to gather more information about it first. Gathering information would provide you guidance on the right steps that you need to take. Researching can be done through the internet, talking to professional photographers, as well as reading some books about the subject.