Monday, October 27, 2008

General Tips for Flower Photography

The flower and by Home Photography
By Timothy Spencer

There is nothing more bedazzling than an open field of flowers reaching out from the ground to caress the sun. As any amateur or professional photographer would claim, flowers have always been a staple subject in photography classes, being delivered by the bulk to the studio or having hobbyists going out to various flower markets.

If your conditions for shooting flowers are fixed by a studio, checking the fresh batch of delivery helps you segregate the worn flora from those that can be used. Damaged petals, impurities in the color and how the stems curve are a few things you can look at.

The general guidelines for shooting flowers are really a reflection of the basics of photography. In sum, a photographer should first of all, identify the subject: are you shooting the entire flower arrangement, or are you just highlighting a portion of your subject. Determining your subject will depend on the context of your shoot. Usually, straight out product shots involves having to shoot the entire flower arrangement plus the vase to see the subject in its entirety. Lifestyle shots do not require having to show the entire subject from bud to stem to vase and would rather settle for a creative execution.

Shooting using back light through the hole from the window by Visuallens

Determining the subject also entails the use of some photography tips. The use of patterns or “abstracting” flowers is a common tip that you can never go wrong with. Rather than highlighting the flower as well, a flower it would be interesting to see the flower as a mere shape. This means highlighting the flower’s petal outline, going up close and focusing on the structure of the veins, or going wide and taking a row of flowers as they shoot towards the sky.

A tip when shooting veins is to have a natural backlight behind the flower (an artificial light source like candles or house lights or best of all - natural, but not direct sunlight) to highlight the lines and patterns The end result is a play with shapes and lines that “lead” your eyes to a certain part of the photo. An example of the leading lines technique would be to highlight petal veins that lead your eyes towards the center of the flower bud, which is your main subject. Another example would be to shoot the flower from its side with the stem leading up to the flower bud.

Using leading lines and abstraction techniques are two simple ways to identify and style your subject, specifically with flowers.

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Monday, October 20, 2008

How to Add Creativity in Photography

Photography is completely an art and one has to be cautious and visionary in order to learn this art. If you are already a photographer then you must be aware of the basic requirements of being a perfect photographer. And for learners or aspiring people who are eager to be a part of this field, one thing is must. That is creativity, which is an essential need for every photographer.

Need for Creativity in Photography

Creativity with a different vision is the most important thing required in photography. This is something that makes a difference between a normal people and a skilled professional photographer. Every person can click photographs with a camera, but what makes the difference between outputs is the creativity added by skilled photography professionals. No matter, in what kind of photography you are involved, you need to deliver the best to your customers. Whether it is wedding photography, fashion photography, or child photography; everywhere you need to present unique concepts of photography. That is possible only by including required set of creative vision.

In every shades of photography, a perfect photographer has to think beyond the normal scene to be captured. He has to think about the ways to make even a normal scene like special one that is possible only through a creative mind and vision to create a difference. For example, during bridal photography a photographer captures the pictures of bride in different poses before and after marriage. These photographs are lifetime assets for both bride and groom. So, the main duty of wedding photographer is not only clicking photographs, but he also has to capture the shame, hesitation, and excitement of the bride to make it more special.

The same approach applies to food photography and child photography. During food photography you have to capture photograph in very different way, so that the aroma and taste of food can be judged by only looking at those photographs. It should be like an appetizer for all viewers. In child photography or commercial shoots involving kids, a professional child photographer acts as a kid and makes the clicking for him easier. He captures every shade of naughtiness and quick wit illustrated on child's face.

A professional photographer also adds creativity in photographs during editing process. Through his computer skills he creates different effects and visuals to make photographs look even more attractive. Through their creativity, photographers can make their job more accurate and appealing.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Wildlife Photography With Character - Four Tips

Photo by:Home Photography

Story by: Andrew Goodall

Wildlife photography is not just for professional photographers. Almost anyone with a camera is occasionally inspired to record a special wildlife experience in a photograph. For an inexperienced photographer, it is easy to be disappointed with the quality of your results. You see the great photography that can be found in galleries, on calendars and postcards, and wonder why you are not getting the same results.

These days, unfortunately, our first tendency is to blame the camera, assuming that the professionals have much better cameras than yours. Even worse, many people even assume the images are not genuine photos at all; they must have been enhanced or even manufactured on a computer.

The truth is, you don't need an expensive camera or to be an expert with software to produce good wildlife photos. Don't forget, great wildlife photography existed long before digital cameras arrived on the scene. In fact, you don't even need special techniques to take better wildlife photos. There are some simple things you can do that can help you take better wildlife photos no matter what sort of camera you have, or how expert you are in photography.

Here are some simple, low-tech tips for better wildlife photography.

Wildlife Photography Tip #1. Context Matters.

A wildlife photo looks best if it is taken in a natural setting, or at least looks that way. You should always consider the background in a wildlife photo. If it is obvious your photo was taken in a zoo, for example, the connection with nature is broken and the background spoils the shot.

Just why is it that some people, when they find a small animal like a frog, a beetle or a lizard...feel the need to pick it up? A photo of an animal in your hand is just the same as the zoo photo - it destroys the illusion of nature that you wanted to capture in the first place. If you can photograph your subject in a natural setting, with the colours of nature in the background, your photo will be much more attractive.

Wildlife Photography Tip #2. If The Background Is Distracting, Get Rid Of It.

Sometimes a great subject is found in a terrible setting, and there is nothing you can do to change that. You can, however, minimize the distraction of an unfortunate background, and you don't need a computer to do it.

Simply get as close to the subject as possible and zoom in with your largest lens. This reduces the depth of field so much that only your subject should be in focus. Not much of your background will be visible, and what you can see should be completely out of focus, and therefore not a problem.

Wildlife Photography Tip #3. Unusual Behaviour Makes Unique Photographs.

Be patient when taking your wildlife photos. There are millions of snapshots out there which are well-exposed but dull and uninteresting. The shots that stand out are the ones where the subject does something out of the ordinary. I am not talking about tap-dancing in a tutu; all it takes is a yawn, a wink, an interesting turn of the head, a head tucked under a wing...simple things that will set your photo apart from millions of others.

Animals sometimes turn up in unexpected locations which can also add interest to a photo. A kangaroo in the grass is not so unique, but find one on the beach and you have a photo on your hands.

Wildlife Photography Tip #4. The Eyes Are The Key To A Successful Photo.

Most importantly when taking wildlife photos, concentrate on getting the eyes sharp and clear. This is the feature that creates a personal connection between the subject and the viewer. If the eyes are out of focus or lost in shadow, the connection is lost. On the other hand, if the subject is mostly out of focus, or even hidden behind a bush, you can still get a great long as the eyes are sharp and well captured.

So there you have four easy tips that can add character to your wildlife photography. Note that none of them require special equipment or complex techniques. Like so much of nature photography, a good image is not about technology; it is about timing, patience, and your sensitivity to the subject. Happy Snapping!

Andrew Goodall believes that with a small amount of guidance, anyone can become a better photographer, no matter what sort of camera they have. Andrew's ebook "Photography in Plain English" is a perfect place to start. Check it out at and while you are there, sign up to the online newsletter for even more's free!

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