Saturday, January 26, 2008

Capturing Great Landscape Photography

By: Ted Burns

Wide angle lenses are best suited for landscape pictures. A great landscape view for a picture depends largely on the amount of light falling on its location.

Action, Lights and Location

After selecting the location
which you feel will enable you to capture a great picture, evaluate the amount of light available in the area. If this is for an important picture, make the effort to consider the effects of light at different times over the course of 24 hours and decide during which part of the day the light will be most beneficial.

Once you have done this, you can then determine
which features or additional components added to your camera foreground will help to produce a more enhanced effect and depth for the picture. Don't discount the possibility of using other nearby areas as well for an even better shot. Sometimes the greatest landscape backgrounds are available in locations you might not ordinarily consider. You might also try taking pictures from different angles to weigh their impact on the snapshots, positive or negative.

To avoid any shadows or
darkness appearing over the picture as you take the shot, it is best to capture a view early in the morning or in the latter portion of the afternoon.

Once you have determined the time of the day to
shoot, set up your camera using a tripod. After all, you don't want a shaking hand to diminish the beauty you are attempting to capture. Also, use a light meter to gauge the amount of light, and adjust the aperture and shutter speed accordingly.

Using Natural Effects

You can always add parts of nature in your pictures to help produce a very different, though natural, effect on your picture. For example, sunset moments can be best captured when the sun is touching the horizon. Take the picture about five minutes after this point. It is also advisable to take the picture from as high a position as you can find. And you can also make use of a polarizing filter to highlight sky color and tone. Making use of these techniques can produce an effect similar to a postcard.

Equip Yourself with Necessary Supplies

Normally, to capture a landscape view a photographer will likely need to travel out of the confines of city life. However, any time you travel some distance to take photos, bring extra personal and photography supplies, such as a water bottle, flash light, additional rolls of film, etc. You definitely do not want to migrate several miles from home only to discover you have neglected to bring a sufficient supply of anything you will need!

Finally, determining which lens is best suited for
snapping a particular view is really a matter of experience, skill, and taste. Mastering landscape photography is not a difficult task but requires practice, interest, and skill development. Locating that jaw-dropping view and then capturing the right shot takes both persistence and patience - traits of which many frustrated photographers fall short.

If you are not able to capture that stunning landscape photograph

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The sunset.....shadow falls on the water where the bright
sun ray was blocked by the mt Fuji at the background

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Ansel Adams; Changing Photography Forever

By: Diana Cooper

Ansel Adams, most widely known in the photography world for his immaculate and accurate view of nature, changed the way people looked at photography. Adams described himself in three ways: a photographer, lecturer, and writer. But in actuality, you can combine these three facets and call him a communicator.

Born in 1902, Adams photographic vision was born immediately as he spent his childhood growing up in the natural beauty of San Francisco, California. As a shy and lonesome boy, Adams typically took long walks in the still-wild reaches of the Golden Gate observing and enjoying the nature.

Ansel Adams' true passion for nature photography came from the Yosemite Sierra, where he spent substantial time at from 1916 until his death in 1984. Starting with the Kodak No. 1 Box Brownie that his parents gave him, Adams hiked, climbed, and explored the beauty of nature.

In 1930 Adams met photographer Paul Strand, whose images had a huge impact on Adams. It was his images that helped move Adams from a pictorial style in the 1920's to straight photography. Adams eventually would become straight photography's most articulate and masterful photographer.

What characterizes Adams' nature photography more than anything was his will to travel all around the country in pursuit of both the natural beauty he photographed and the audiences he required. People began to connect Ansel Adams' work with any topic of nature or the environment itself.

While Ansel Adams is most known for his breathtaking nature photography, he also produced spectacular black and white photography. Adams made black and white photography what it is today through several pieces of work he created. His black and white images helped induce an emotion of timeliness and freeze a particular moment. While many believe color adds to a picture, Adams showed that a black and white image can say just as much, if not more, than that of a colored image.

One image that stands out that he created in 1938 was "Half Dome, Merced River, Winter", one of Adams' most beloved photographs of Yosemite Valley. He took the photograph with an 8"x10" view camera from the Old Sentinel Bridge near the Yosemite Chapel. This picture sums up his style perfectly with the gorgeous mountains covered in snow, trees all in front of the mountains also covered in snow, and a river flowing in the middle of the picture.

There are few photographers that have been able to leave a lasting image on people like Ansel Adams. His love and desire for nature enable him to take breathtaking nature photographs. And his black and white photography has made it what it is today.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Good Photography

By: TJ Tierney

The worlds greatest hobby is photography. Today everyone has a camera but a lot of potentially good settings go to waste through lack of experience and knowledge. With a little help, our holiday snaps can become great images to share with your friends and family.

These days, everyone has a digital camera and the concept of taking reasonable images is quite simple, thanks to the higher spec of cameras - but how many people know exactly what makes a good picture?

Knowing what makes a good image will result in
improvements in your photography.

A good photograph should have a theme. The theme of the photograph should be clear and simple. The theme in most types of photography is the model or the subject that you are shooting. You must focus attention on your subject to make that image perfect. Most great images are simplified by removing any unwanted material in the background that might take from the subject.

A good image should be sharp and in focus - and thanks to digital technology most new decent cameras will do this for you. Understand your camera settings to get the maximum results. All new cameras will have standard auto-focusing settings.

Your images can be brought to an even higher
standard by using light correctly. Light transforms everything - it creates mood in an image, and also adds impact. Once you are able to understand how to use light correctly, you will soon start to see an improvement in your pictures.

There are three things to
consider when looking at light: strength, direction and colour.

Strength: Cloudy days bring soft and defused
light. Light can be very harsh and too bright at midday when the sun is high in the sky. Low light at sunrise and sunset is warm and good for adding mood to images.

Direction: this refers to
light placement. There are three main categories of light placement: front lighting, back lighting and side lighting. Side-lighting produces more texture between light and shade. Frontal lighting can be too harsh and back lighting can be tough to control and does not always add to an image.

Colour: the colour of sunlight varies depending
on conditions and time of day. Sun shine at the beginning or the end of the day is the most dramatic and therefore make the best time to take images - the colour of the light will be much warmer, and will lead to much more mood in your scene.

One of the most rewarding aspects that any person can take from photography is the manner in which we learn to see different objects through light. Light, and the way we use light is so very important - this is as important in portrait photography as it is in any other type of photography.

Photography is a powerful means of storing memories. The key to capturing these memories through photography is how we combine the elements of light and good photography techniques. Creating everlasting memories that are worth viewing time after time is priceless.

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Nice view..Blue Sky,white cloud and rich colour makes good
landscape by Pixelslens

Sunday, January 6, 2008

What are the different types of photography?

By: Jessica Thomson

Lots of people enjoy photography in universal, but several likes to concentrate on just one type of photography. There are different types of photography that includes sports photography, nude photography, underwater photography, animal photography, landscape photography, portrait photography and aerial photography. People can focus on one type of Photography since it is their profession or it is a passion. Some types of photography, like underwater, requires special equipments to take pleasure in it. If people focus on single type and technique then make sure it interests the person.

Types of photography:

1. Advertising Photography- It is a type of photos that are made to demonstrate a product. Such images are usually completed with a design firm, advertising agency or with a domestic corporate design team.
2. Aerial Photography - It is process of taking of photographs from the top with a camera mounted and hand held, on a helicopter, aircraft, rocket, kite, balloon, and skydiver. It was extensively used for armed purposes.

3. Architectural Photography
4. Astronomical Photography - through which various used for astronomical photography for observatory.
5. Baby Photography.
6. Black and White Photography.
7. Cityscape Photography - it helps to take digital photos, capturing the essence of the lighting and exposure settings, photo subject ideas.
8. Commercial photography - It includes editorial photography, advertising photography, photojournalism, fine art photograph portrait and wedding
9. Concert Photography - it is among the most difficult ones.
10. Digital Photography.
11. Documentary photography
12. Equine Photography - It includes photographs related to horses and all linked with horses.
13. Family Photography- family photography that including everything from snapping.
14. Fine art photography,
15. Fine Art Nude Photography

16. Food Photography.
17. Glamour or Fashion photography
18. Infrared Photography.
19. Landscape Photography
20. Macro photography
21. Nature photography
22. Night photography
23. Pet Photography.

Few more interesting:

Portrait photography was around, whiles the invention and polarity of the camera, and is an inexpensive and often extra accessible technique than portrait painting that had been used by illustrious figures previous to the use of the camera.

Seascape Photography is mostly used for beautiful seascape art and seascape photography and they are very popular among the scuba diver.

Travel Photography is used for taking pictures of landscapes, architecture and night photography, nature of different places.

Underwater photography is the procedure of captivating photographs in underwater. It is generally done at scuba diving, but can be completed while swimming as well.

Wedding photography is most likely one of the obscured one, but they are challenging forms of photography that involves a great deal of accountability, abilities and acquaintance.

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One of the hero who was highly respected by Japanese

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Digital Photography Composition and Cropping

By Jeff Galbraith

Composition and cropping are very basic digital photography tools that you can use hand-in-hand to produce stunning results. First you use composition to arrange the main elements of your photo in a pleasing manner. Then you use cropping to fine-tune the image by removing unwanted elements and further adjusting the composition. With practice, you can refine your shots to look as good as you imagined them when you pushed the shutter button.

First, let’s take a look at the most basic rule of composition, the rule of thirds: Imagine your viewfinder having a grid on it that looks like a tic-tac-toe game. Then arrange the elements of your shot so that the main element is not in the centre square. This is the rule of thirds in a nutshell and a good starting point for basic composition.

Next, let’s consider leading lines: If there is an element in your shot like a fence or roadway, consider using this element to lead your viewer’s eye into the photograph. These kinds of elements work well when arranged on a diagonal to run from lower left to upper right, or lower right to upper left. You could also shoot from the centre of a roadway, and let it take up the whole bottom, tapering towards the upper centre—this breaks (or at least bends) the rule of thirds, but we will talk about that next.

Now, you know that rules are made to be broken, so let’s take a look at how to break the rule of thirds. The first thing to remember is to trust your eye and your instincts: if it looks good dead centre, shoot it that way. Certain types of shots lend themselves to centre composition. For example: shots of calm water that perfectly reflect the landscape above—quite often the reflection is just as compelling as the landscape, so why not give them equal billing?

Note: If there are any distracting elements in your shot—that you just cannot compose out—try to keep them towards the outside of your shot. This will allow you to remove them with post-shot cropping.

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Another thing to keep in mind when composing your shots is variety—the more raw material you have to work with, the better. Compose your shots in several different ways: with your main subject in the lower third; in the upper third; left of centre; right of centre; with the camera tipped on its end etc. Digital photography is great in this respect: you can shoot as many photos as you want at virtually no extra cost, so why not take advantage?

Now, cropping: Once you have your digital photos home and are looking at them on your computer screen, take a look at each shot and ask yourself “is there anything in this shot that doesn’t need to be there? If the answer is yes—and it quite often is—crop it out. If you have managed to keep distracting elements towards the outside of your shot (as recommended earlier in this article,) it is a simple matter of cutting away a bit on the outside of the image to get the shot you want.

It is also a good idea to take a closer look at the overall composition at this point: Is the image composed just the way you would like it? Is the image focused enough on your main subject? If not, don’t be afraid to crop it down a bit more. The beauty of working with digital image files is that you can experiment, if you don’t like what you get, you can start over and try again.

With today’s digital cameras sporting more and more megapixels of resolution, there’s no reason to be afraid of cropping, cropping, cropping. So compose with care and variety, then crop till you get that masterpiece you imagined when you pushed the shutter button.

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Japanese love dogs.The van driver has 4 dogs inside his van.
Do you know he has two more toy dogs hanging from the rear mirror

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