Fundamentals

How To Create an Impressive Photography Portfolio

As a budding photographer, a very important thing you must do if you wish to make a mark in the photography industry is to build a portfolio. To put it simply, a portfolio is a collection of work, in this case, a collection of your work as a photographer regardless of your expertise where you can get to showcase your finest work.

But having an impressive showcase of photos in your portfolio is not enough.  There is a certain approach in creating a portfolio that will let you stand out as a photographer like Baby Photography Oxfordshire, something we will detail below.

What is the portfolio for?

First things first, it is important to consider what the portfolio is for. Is it for a job interview, looking to get your work exhibited at a gallery? Maybe you just want to bring your work together to present it?

Whatever the reason, it is vital that you create your portfolio with the reason in mind. A job interview might require you to display a variety of skills and techniques, whereas a collection for an exhibition would require a single unifying theme and will need to be presented with the gallery setting in mind.

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Think about your theme, if any

Once you’ve decided your intentions for your portfolio, you need to consider the audience and the theme you wish to convey in your portfolio, if any. Knowing beforehand of the intention of creating the portfolio would help you better get a good grasp of what theme would best work for your portfolio, eliciting reaction you hope to see when they see the photos.

Paper or digital?

You also need to decide what format to use which your portfolio will be presented in. In the past, everything was on paper, but technology has introduced the option of presenting your portfolio on a PDF, JPEGs or through a slideshow or other medium. The need for convenience and speedy delivery of data has made online portfolios, especially those being shared online, though some may prefer having a  physical portfolio to look at, with those beautifully printed out photos and other designs.

Portfolio style and design

The next thing to consider is the style and design of your portfolio. Would the portfolio take the form of a scrapbook or another publication of sorts.  If you will go for a printed portfolio, remember to use high quality photo paper for better results.

Choosing the photos

The most difficult part of creating a portfolio is selecting the photos to include, depending on the theme and purpose that was determined earlier. There is always this huge temptation to just select your favorites, but a photographer isn’t always the best judge of their own work as he/she take into consideration the setting, effort and editing taken to create the shot. Try to seek a second opinion from others.

Presentation

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The presentation of the photos is important, especially to help gauge the viewer’s reaction. A badly presented collection of otherwise great photographs just won’t cut it anymore. Thus, it is important to carefully consider using unique presentation techniques, or enhance it with effects or other elements.

It’s also important to consider the order of the shots, whether they are arranged chronologically or to create a particular mood. When choosing a title image, don’t just choose your favourite. Try and select something that captures the essence of the collection.

Final tip

Try not to be tempted to add more things like photos to your portfolio once it’s finished. You can always take better shots in the future, but for now, be proud of the work you have done so far not only with the photos but with the portfolio you have made as well.

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What Ladies Should Expect In a Boudoir Photo Session

boudoir photographyHave you heard about the newest photography trend? Are you familiar with boudoir photography? Well, boudoir photography is now gaining the interest of many ladies out there. You can hear about it being talked about by soon-to-be brides who desire to give a unique gift to their groom and from women who want to do something different.

Boudoir photography comes from the French word “boudoir” which means woman’s private room. This type of sexy photo shoot entails a woman wearing little to almost nothing at all. The boudoir photos are given by the woman to her man after the wedding. Many women want to give it a try but some have doubts about it. Are they fit enough for such photo shoot? How do they prepare for it?

If you are one of those women who are preparing for a boudoir shoot or thinking of trying it, here are some things you need to know about boudoir photography

The Photographer

There are many photographers out there but not all of them are really good at boudoir photography. You have to find someone credible, honest, dependable and preferably underwent photography training. Interview several photographers and find someone trustworthy and you are comfortable working with.

The Location

A boudoir photo session can be done in your own bedroom, in a hotel room or in a photo studio. When set in a photo studio, the boudoir photographer usually heats the room to make you feel comfortable since you will be wearing something sexy and you might feel cold. The choice of location will depend on where you feel more at ease. Discuss it with your trusted boudoir photographer.

The Package Options

Boudoir photographers offer different packages. Compare the packages being offered to you and decide which is best for you. A package usually includes the number of outfit changes, hours of shoot and number of deliverable products among others.

The Style

In a boudoir shoot, you have to discuss with your boudoir photographer on what style suits you. Do you want the classic but sexy look? Or the naughty and edgy? Or maybe the glam style? Would you like to appear sporty? Well, there are certainly many styles to choose from. You can get inspirations online or ask for suggestions from your photographer.

The Preparation

Like other types of photo shoot, you need to prepare for a boudoir photo shoot. Ask your photographer all the questions related to the shoot. What outfits should your bring and how many? Where will you do the shoot? How many hours will it take? Do they have outfits you can borrow? Can you bring along a friend? What poses will you perform? If the package you chose includes the services of a hair and makeup artist, then that’s great. But then if not, you will have to do your own hair and makeup or hire a professional one to do it. Hair and makeup can complete your total sexy look so you should definitely decide early on the hair style and makeup you want.

You might get to experience a boudoir photo shoot once in your lifetime. Be sure get the most out of it and enjoy the whole experience.

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Top 10 Wedding Photography Tips for Brides

wedding photographyWedding photography is among the huge concerns of engaged couples. They need to find the right photographer to take photos of this momentous event of their lives. Since the bride is usually the one is more hands-on and excited for this occasion, then here are some tips to help you in choosing and planning for your wedding photography.

  1. Set a budget for wedding photography service

Setting up a wedding budget is one of the most important elements of having a successful wedding. It is not easy though since you have to think hard which wedding items and services need to be prioritized. Couples would not want to wake up one day after the event worrying on how to pay their debt. The service of a wedding photographer is of course among the most important in a wedding. You need to decide early up to how much you can pay for a wedding photography service.

  1. Ask friends for recommendations

The best way to look for the best wedding photographer is through your friends’ recommendations. Ask names for those who recently tied the knot or knows someone who did.

  1. Visit the photographer’s website to know his/her style

Checking out the photographer’s website will help you decide on whether he/she is a good choice. You can find their sample works and even information on how their business started. If you like what you see, then contact the photographer.

  1. Interview several photographers and shortlist later

Do no limit yourself with only 2 or 3 choices. It is best to interview at least 10 potential candidates before shortlisting them to 3 or 4. By meeting with them face-to-face, you can assess their skills, character and experience. Ask all wedding-related questions to get all the information you need.

  1. Compare packages and prices before making a choice

Most photographers offer several packages at different rates. You have to know what each package includes and think of which one suits your budget and expectations. Compare several packages first before picking out one.

  1. Prepare a wedding shot list for the photographer to use

The bride is perhaps the best person to prepare the wedding shot list. There are specific moments in the wedding that a bride wants to get captured on camera. You need to prepare this list and give it to your chosen photographer. The photographer can add some to it if he/she wants to. This is what professionals of Tux and Tale Photography do.

  1. Check the contract thoroughly before signing

A contract is important for all deals and even in wedding photography, you have to make sure that there is a written contract to be signed by both parties. The contract must contain all that you have agreed on during meetings. Make sure to read the contract thoroughly or have someone you trust read it for you before you sign it.

  1. Request for formal shots

Even if your wedding photographer Birmingham decides to use the documentary photography style, you can still request for some formal shots. Have the photographer takes pictures of you and your future husband, your friends and family before the wedding starts. Formal pictures can help show how beautiful you and your guests are before the wedding starts. You will surely appreciated seeing these pictures years later.

  1. Ring the photographer days before to confirm attendance

Call your wedding photographer days before the wedding to confirm and remind him about the scheduled wedding shoot. This is to ensure that the photographer did not forget about it or that if he/she is sick, there is a ready replacement.

  1. Enjoy the moment!

Last but not the least, you should focus on making memories with your partner during the wedding and having fun with your guests. As long as you have carefully chosen a photographer, then there is nothing to worry about.

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What Is HDR?

As a number of photographers like Soven Amatya have discovered, high dynamic range or HDR is a great option to make your photos look better as well as to make them more pleasing to see artistically. HDR creates images that have more stunning colors or more visually pleasing contrasts that make these photos more arresting visually.

HDR Defined

How HDR does this is by taking into account a more “dynamic range” in photographs, (hence the name) capturing up to 3 photos in different exposures, ranging from dark to bright. Using either post-processing techniques or the built-in HDR tool that some phones and cameras, HDR then creates a new image by “combining” those three images together and highlight the best parts of each photo.

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How the photo would look depend on the settings and how much you can control the settings of the device you have. Chances are, if you use the built-in HDR feature of some devices, you don’t get much leeway in adjusting HDR settings. Thus, the resulting HDR image is something that should look more like what your eyes see, rather than what your camera sees.

On the other hand, if you will be doing HDR through post-processing, you can control the settings like aperture, white balance, and others and experiment with different settings as well. The resulting HDR image in this case would be something more artistic as the colors and effects turning the photo into a work of art in itself.

Using HDR

Now that we know what HDR is and what it can do for photos, it is important for us to know the appropriate situations to use it. I recommend using HDR in these situations:

  • Landscapes: Big landscape photos usually have a lot of contrast between the sky and land, and your camera may find it very difficult to deal with such rich detail in just one photo. With HDR, you can capture the sky’s detail without making the land look too dark, and vice versa, creating a perfect mix of rich colors.
  • Photos in Sunlight: While light is without a doubt one of the most important aspects of a good photo, too much light present, like the one coming from the harsh sunlight, can cause dark shadows, bright glare, and other unflattering characteristics that would ruin a photo you would be capturing. HDR helps even out these elements to make your subject better and more defined as a result.
  • Low-Light and Backlit Scenes: The opposite of your photo being adversely affected by too much light is that your photo being adversely affected by too much darkness, something that often happens if your scene has too much backlight. HDR can help brighten up your subject foreground without washing out the well-lit portions of your photo.

When Not To Use HDR

Knowing when to use HDR also entails us knowing that this feature is not appropriate in some situations as well, which we will detail here:
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  • Photos with Movement: If there are subjects moving (or might move) in the frame you are shooting, HDR increases the chance of a blurry photo as a result. Unless you are deliberately going for that look, your final picture won’t look very good. So yes, HDR works best in still life photos.
  • High-Contrast Scenes: Some photos just look better with stark contrast between the dark and light parts of the photo, like if there is an element of a dark shadow or silhouette present that you wish to highlight. Using HDR will ruin the elements you wish to highlight as they become less intense than intended, resulting in a less interesting photo.
  • Vivid Colors: If your scene is too dark or too light, HDR can bring some of the color back. However, if you’re dealing with colors that are already very vivid, HDR can wash them out. Besides, why use HDR if the colors in your photo are already great to begin with?

Knowing HDR and when to use or not use it would help you capture better photos, enriching your photography skills in the process. Check out Stuck In Customs as well for more information about HDR.

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Benefits of Using a Tripod

uses of tripodCamera’s technology has been skyrocketing for the past few years. There are now countless of gadgets and accessories that make it easier for you to get the awesome pictures you need. For photographers, one accessory that helps them produce the shots they want is the tripod.

A tripod is three-legged equipment that basically provides stability to the camera placed on top of it. By providing stability, there is less to no camera shakes or movement thus giving you a sharp, clear image and not a blurry one.

Some amateur photographers think that a tripod is only necessary to specific forms of photography. Yes, indeed, a tripod is commonly used by landscape and outdoor photographers but then even professional photographers taking pictures inside the studio sometimes tripod. Even wedding photographers make use of a tripod in getting formal group or couple portrait shots.

You can try to ask several professional photographers if a tripod is worth buying and most if not all of them will answer YES. If you are not convinced yet, then read on to know the benefits of using a tripod in taking pictures.

  1. Produce clearer images when shooting in low light

We are all aware that the presence of light is important when taking pictures. But since there are times when we shoot in low-light locations, producing clear images can be difficult. You have to find ways to get as much light into your camera and a good solution is to use a tripod. Increase first the ISO level of your camera then place the cam on the tripod and the tripod will ensure that the camera is stable so more light can get in. The more light that pass through your camera, the higher chance you can get clear images. The pictures will definitely be clearer than those you tool without a tripod

  1. Lessen the load you carry

Holding your camera for a whole day is truly tiring, especially when you attached a long lens like a telephoto to your camera. With the help of a tripod, you can unload and place the camera and lens on top of the tripod so you do not have to carry the cam at all times. You can compose your shots better and will have more time in helping your subjects with their poses.

  1. Capture fast moving subjects

Taking pictures of fast moving objects like cars, planes, flying birds or even running persons will require the photographer to adjust its settings and slowing down the shutter speed. In slowing your shutter, the camera is more prone to camera shakes which can result to blurry images. One way to counter this is by using a tripod wherein you can place your camera and just press using a remote trigger.

  1. Easier to compose shots from different angles or levels

The legs of the tripod can be adjust to your desired angle and level. You can easily apply panning when taking action shots and this is truly an advantage to sports photographers.

There are different types, brand and models of tripod. You have to carefully check each before making a purchase so you can buy the tripod that suits you best.

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Using Flash in Wedding Photography

The usage of flash in photography has always been a sticky subject among wedding photographers and even non-photographers as well. In fact, there are actually some photographers who despise the idea of using flash or even light modifiers as they feel either they are “unnatural” or just not comfortable using it.

However, there will be instances when flash is necessary to use in certain situations. We shall further look at those situations here in this piece as to what would warrant them for the use of flash.

At Wedding Venues and Reception Areas

Wedding ballrooms, churches and reception areas are prone to have less than ideal light for photographers to take advantage of. Thus, the flash helps create a primary source of light that is brighter and more pleasant than the dim ambient light. It has to be noted though that in a number of cases, churches do not allow using flash during ceremonies, so you have to discuss using artificial light with the church personnel before the ceremony.

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To help diffuse the harshness of the flash, if there are white ceilings in the area that are not too high, you can mount flash on your DSLR and bounce light off the ceiling or nearby white walls. Alternately, you can use what is called a bounce card which (with the flash) will enable your image to have a much better light source than direct flash.

Photographing Details Indoors

For wedding photographers, part of the job is to photograph well the details that highlight the theme of the wedding or other interesting details. Sometimes, the light in the venue would suffice, sometimes they would not. If it is the latter case and you wish to save some time photographing details faster, a flash on top of your camera bouncing off a white card might suffice.

When subject is poorly lit outdoors

Most photographers like wedding photographer hull do not bother with flash outdoors, with natural light readily available. Unfortunately, that light is not always available, especially once the sunset arrives. Much like photographing indoors, you may need to use artificial light source, such as flash.

Fill Flash – when shooting backlit

Shooting subjects in a backlit setup can create a nice separation and bring more depth to images. But if the subject is heavily backlit (say with the sun behind), the opposite side of the subject which is facing the camera might get underexposed. Fill flash can help in this situation; single diffused light positioned away from the camera would do the job.

Overpowering the sun to avoid hot spots and intense shadow

While the sunlight can be a good friend for outdoor photography, there are times, usually in the afternoon, when the light can be too harsh on the photo as the sun is directly overhead. Setting up an umbrella or a softbox with the flash helps get around that problem and you get beautiful photos as a result.

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Avoiding environmental color casts on your subject’s skin tone

Sometimes when working with natural reflectors, you get to run into a problem where your subject will assume the color of the reflective surface. You can reduce this effect by using a reflector right next to your subject or use fill flash (umbrella, softbox or other modifier) to illuminate your subject, which will more or less isolate him/her from the rest of the background and reduce color reflections.

Final words

Flash helps provide dimension in your photography, allowing you to solve or at least get around the problems you sometimes face in photography. Just remember to leave some room for creativity to get the best results as possible in your photos.

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How to Select and Use a Tripod

tripodWhen shooting pictures, we often experience tough situations wherein it is difficult to take clear pictures. The problem might be the location with uneven ground or a steep area which can be difficult for a photographer to maintain balance and control his camera well. Long hours of shooting can also be tiring for a professional photographer and their hands may feel weak from holding their DSLR cameras for a long time.

The best way to overcome these challenges is to use a tripod. A tripod is considered by many professional photographers as one of their essential equipment and is the top 3 photography essentials following the camera and lenses. Even our London wedding photographers use a tripod when taking group portraits during a wedding.

Types of Tripods

Tripods are three-legged stands used to hold a camera and keep it stable. A tripod can help lessen camera shakes which can result to blurry images. The photographer doesn’t have to hold the camera, he/she will just click on the button or a remote shutter control once he/she is done composing the image or helping the subjects with their poses.

There are many tripods that are being sold in the market today. If you are planning to purchase your first tripod, then you will have to choose carefully by gathering information and reading reviews from wedding photographers cambridgeshire so you won’t be wasting your money on a wrong choice.

Choosing a Tripod

The initial step in choosing a tripod is to asses first your needs and budget. How much are you able to spend? What is your primary purpose in buying one and what type of photography are you in? The affordable types of tripods are those made of aluminum while the more expensive ones are made of carbon fiber. Aluminum-made tripods though tend to be heavier so if you are into travel or landscape photographer, then this might be too much of a load for you. Carbon-fiber tripods, on the other hand, are lighter yet more durable than aluminum tripods. It is easier to carry especially when you’re always shooting out of the studio.  If you can afford a carbon-fiber tripod, then go and buy one.

Tripods also vary in the number of tripod leg sections as well as their thickness. Some are easy to setup but others really take a lot of time (and patience) before it is ready for use. You will need to learn how to setup your tripod to avoid inflicting damage or wasting time in setting up especially if the event you are covering is about to start.

Setting up a Tripod

In setting up your tripod, the first steps is to extend the larger section legs before adjusting the smaller legs you can find at the bottom. Next, check the stability of tripod by trying to shake it and if there is less movement then great. Adjust the legs whenever needed, make sure to lock it. If you intend to shoot macro then lessen the height of the tripod’s legs. A tripod with a detachable center column is best for shooting in low levels so make sure to check out the specifications of the tripod and see if it suits your photography needs.

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GET TO KNOW THE BASIC OF PHOTOGRAPHY

Learning the basic techniques in photography is just as easy, but before that, you need to learn first about the basics and fundamental terms used in photography. So you’d better tighten your seatbelts and prepare your notes. Most common is the shutter speed. This is particularly the part of your camera that is mechanical, it can be adjusted to slow or fast shutter speeds. Its purpose is to control and adjust how much or how long you would like for the film to be exposed to the light. For capturing fast moving objects, the lowest shutter speed is recommended to take images. It doesn’t blur the images and makes the images still as if it were taken or shot as it is steady or still.

Then you’ve got to know about aperture. This typically talks about the adjuster or a component inside of the lens that let’s you adjust how much light you want to get your film exposed in. This also affects the whole idea of focus of the image. When you try to adjust it the background corresponds with the focus which typically is pretty hard to adjust and bring at. But, you can master it as long as you have patience. This technique blurs out the background or the surrounding areas of the focus and making it a more clear one. Somewhat like a black hole, this is used in making portraits or typically another category of photography. For more details about this article, you can watch the video below.

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