To be the best at what you do you need to get the balance right

To be the best at what you do you need to get the balance rightIt does not matter what you do for a living or what you do in your spare time, to be the best at what you do, you need to get the balance just so. In photography parlance, we could say that this is all about finding the right aperture and then staying with it, mainly because it works for you. We could also talk about creating the right ambience or mood to capture the perfect picture. I may have told you this before, particularly where my wedding assignments are concerned; creating the perfect setting does have its challenges.

Memories can’t always be erased

Dealing with little children or a nervous couple, you really have to have your wits about you. You also need to be patient. In the art and technique of photography, patience is both a necessary and acquired skill. If you don’t have patience at this time and seem to be feeling more anxious as time goes by and deadlines loom, rest assured because you can teach yourself the art of patience, among other things to get your life balance just right. Today, there are many people out there of sound mind who find themselves becoming anxious over things that shouldn’t be happening to them.

There’s the trauma of dealing with a recent burglary or violent assault, or, worse still, losing a loved one. But like all things in life, while past memories can never be erased (this is certainly true where photography is concerned), dealing with hurt and bad events can be managed and overcome. Take the assault victim, for instance. Taking positive action, she attends self-protection classes and will invariably be practicing new defense techniques with a submissive grappling doll.

You need to stay focused

Hobbies such as photography and the martial arts can also be great distracters of past and more recent crises. It’s important to take your mind off things, but never take your eyes off the ball. If you can forgive the expression, you always need to stay focused. Most people don’t suffer from stress, anxiety and depression like some of these folks do. But because of how life is nowadays, stress and anxiety inevitably creeps in.

This is usually because folks elected to take their eyes off the ball. Apart from losing focus, they never took care of themselves. A healthy mind and body goes a long way towards creating the right and required balance in life. To this end, address your diet, make sure it’s a healthy one, and become physically active. You don’t need to exert yourself much, but if you really want to take things up a notch, you could visit websites such as this one to find out more about how to get yourself into shape while enjoying the effort as well.

Look forward to getting up in the morning

I’m active, and I cope quite well these days. There’s no reason why you can’t either. Having the right balance in my life is not only necessary for me, it’s also something I enjoy having. That way I always look forward to getting up in the morning.

Tips For Shooting The Best Garden Photographs

Tips For Shooting The Best Garden Photographs

Over the recent years, photography has become a popular hobby. The affordability of digital cameras has helped the hobby flourish and gain a cult-like following.

Garden photography is among the favorite subjects of photography hobbyists. With the growing number of photographers, it’s not surprising that garden photography competitions are swamped with countless stunning entries. The International Garden Photography held in the first quarter of the year can attest to it. The competition received over 20,000 entries from professional and amateur photographers. Winning such a competition is absolutely special.

But how do you compose garden photograph that will standout. Read on and learn some helpful tips to help improve your garden photography.

  1. Plan your shoot.

As with any other photography shoot, you have to plan ahead. While the architecture and aesthetic of the garden may impact the final image, it is not always the defining factor. You can even take stunning photos from an indoor garden. The budding herbs under an LED grow light (read reviews about LED grow lights on this site) are a rich and evocative subject. If shooting outdoors, know the weather forecast and choose a perfect sunny day. It would also help to visit and study the garden several times before taking an actual photograph.

  1. Sunrise, sunset and overcast clouds are perfect time to shoot.

Lighting is one critical factor in creating great garden photographs. You want as much natural light but not too much. Sunrise, sunset and an overcast weather are the best days to take shoot in. The light is just enough to make the natural colors look alive. As much as possible, avoid using artificial light.

  1. Know the relationship between colors.

The garden is composed of a wide spectrum of colors. Colors can either be contrasting or harmonious, and they can be used perfectly to compose a stunning image. Contrasting colors (such as blue and red) can drama or fierceness to your image, while harmonious colors (such as yellow and red) can evoke romance. Green is the richest and most important of all colors in garden photography. It makes the images look full and alive.

  1. Simple, natural staging and composition.

Garden photography needs to be composed in as simplest and most natural way. Avoid overly staging the garden or else the image will appear bland and unnatural, totally defeating the purpose of a lively garden. A large, wide aperture on the lens is perfect when composing a flower portrait. This lets you remove the background and concentrates on the subject of the portrait.

  1. Be creative in your subjects.

Usually, the designer will have created viewpoints from where the garden is best viewed. Find this spot to compose the rightful view of the garden. Perhaps, it could be a statue or a bird bath or an archway. These elements invite the viewer to imagine. Another effective way to make a standout image is to take the viewers’ eyes to less-common elements in the garden such as an old fence, a fallen tree or budding plants under a T5 grow light. Be creative when choosing your subjects.

These tips can help you compose stunning garden images that will stand out. But as we always say, there’s no single formula for creating the best photographs.

My Personal Wedding Photography Tips & Tricks

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Exciting and fulfilling perks of photographing weddings

One of the most exciting and fulfilling perks of photographing weddings is being able to share the meaningful moments couples have throughout their ceremony and reception. Although we are there to take photos of the bride, groom, and all their family and friends, the most important part of our job is being able to capture the emotions and convey a message through those photos. Not everyone can just whip out a camera at a wedding and create professional looking results. No matter how nice the camera may be, you must know how to use it to be successful and achieve the desired results.

Many couples request for some of the more standard wedding photos to be taken between the ceremony and reception. These usually include photos of the immediate family lined up as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen but in more recent years, many brides and grooms request more than just this. They wish to take a more candid approach with the photography and want less of the posed shots. That can be much more difficult as now your subjects will be moving around and a lot of different things must be considered when photographing them. Here I will share with you my 5 most useful tips for wedding photography and how to truly capture every emotion that was taking place at the time the photo was taken.

1. Communicate With the Couple

Make sure you are well aware of what the couple is looking for in their wedding pictures as well as the timeline for the event. Nothing is worse at a wedding than the timeline being completely off or delayed. Dinner is planned at a specific time, the venue is only booked for a certain amount of time and some guests may need to leave by a certain time. However long you think certain events will take, always plan for at least 10% more so that way, you will never be behind schedule or rushed to capture moments. Timing is everything.

2. Always Be Ready

With that in mind, if things happen to get behind or hectic at times, always be prepared to snap a photo. Couples always enjoy seeing candid photos of themselves when they were least expecting to be photographed. This is always one of the best ways to catch truly natural and pure emotions as nobody was posing for the camera, they were just enjoying themselves in the moment. At any given moment throughout the night, have your camera in hand and set according to the light conditions.

3. Know Your Equipment

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How to Develop Yourself as a Passionate Photographer

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How to Develop Yourself as a Passionate Photographer Unlike many corporate jobs, photography is an art form. Success is not 100% dependent on skill and knowledge alone. It is a combination of both talent and heart which are equally important. Even if you know your camera in and out, have mastered lighting techniques and have spent 10,000 hours photographing, you will never reach your fullest potential without passion and drive for the art. Here I will go through some of the core foundations you need to realize in order to develop yourself as a person which will in the end, improve your photography skills.

1. Never Stop Learning

Knowledge is endless. Whether you’ve been in the business for two weeks or twenty years, there are still boundless amounts of information you can absorb from your surroundings, the internet and peer photographers. Learning about something you are truly passionate about should be fun, enjoyable and natural so never stop! Try never to think to yourself that you’ve reached the top because there’s always further to go!

2. Reignite the Flame

If you find yourself struggling to enjoy photography after years in the business, try and go back to the beginning and remind yourself why you loved photography to start with. Your relationship with photography can sometimes be similar to that of a husband and wife. When you first meet, you are deeply in love: completely inseparable. After years together, you may to start to question yourself and WHY you truly love what you do. Photography can be the same way as you struggle to achieve that perfect photo that you’ve been trying to get down for weeks or you can’t seem to get the lighting right. In situations such as those, try to channel the passion and desire you once had in the beginning to reignite the flame.

3. Understand the Creative Cycle

There are many approaches that can be taken to learning photography but everyone has their own method. Just like learning anything else, there are certain steps and procedures to be taken in order to achieve the desired outcome. With photography, although everything is of equal importance, it is important to understand which steps need to be at the front of your mind when photographing while others should be more natural and instinctive. This will result in photos that convey your emotion and memories that the viewer of your photo may not necessarily have. 500

My Reasons Why Photography is Still Important

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I enjoy photography

  • When I sit down and really think about why I enjoy photography, there are so many reasons that instantly come to mind. Photographs are rarely ever looked at negatively, I guess unless you’re looking back at those awkward middle school photos when you were just hitting puberty! But really, even those photos are fun to look back at and will surely give you and your friends a good laugh. Nevertheless, in all seriousness, photography is so much more than just taking pictures; a photograph is a memory, its emotion, it is its own language.
  • If you were in the situation where your house was on fire and you only had a few seconds to grab belongings, what would it be? Would you run to your jewelry box and take your expensive jewelry? How about maybe some clothes? More often than not, most people would choose their families photo albums before any other materialistic possession. Photos, at least up until the last few years with the advancement in technology, are completely irreplaceable. I realize that I could easily replace a piece of jewelry but a photo album of my family reunion from 10 years ago is something that cannot be duplicated or replaced.

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Photographing Live Bands

There are so many ways to spend all kinds of money on a wedding ceremony. The catering, the dress, the invitations, the entertainment, the music – the list is a long one and I’ve only just scratched the top of it here. One thing I didn’t mention was photography, because hey, come on. I don’t need to promote myself that much. However, I will say that when people pull out all the stops and spend a ton of money on making a wedding an event to remember, they tend to want pictures of everything, and I mean everything. This can sometimes be a tricky request to satisfy though.

For one, there are just so many photo opportunities that come up at a wedding; it can be hard to catch them all. I don’t think any photographer could do that; it’s more like we have to watch and wait and see when something happens, then jump in and get a picture of it before the moment passes and leaves us waiting for the next one to come along. Timing is everything in photography, let me tell you. That leads me to the real meat of this post, which relates to photographing live bands.

Not every couple is going to have live music playing at their reception, so there’s that to keep in mind. The ones that do tend to want some pictures of the band to remember later, along with pictures of every other person and thing, like I mentioned previously. In my experience, it’s best to try and catch them between sets, rather than while they are performing. Otherwise, you can pictures which are comical without ever meaning to be – images of trumpeters with bloated faces blowing into their horns while playing a song, for example. These might be good for Trumpet Hub, but not wedding albums.

I’ve found that asking for a photo opportunity at the beginning of the reception is the best way to make sure I actually get one before the event is through and the band has packed up and left. Something like the squeaky wheel getting the grease, you know? While it’s not possible to have a quick aside like this with every wedding guest who shows up at the reception, it’s actually pretty easy to get a minute with the band before they start playing at the beginning of such an event. I actually like to get that out of the way as soon as possible, so I don’t spend all night waiting to check that photo off my list.

There’s my little tip for any other photographers out there, as well as anyone taking pictures of their own wedding to save some money. There are some photo opportunities you can wait for, taking them as they appear. But others require you to put in more of an effort, actively seeking them rather than passively waiting for them. I suppose that’s true for many different branches of photography, but I’ve never seen more people coming and going and acting and singing than at a wedding.

Picture This

It doesn’t matter where I go or when I go, I always have my camera or iPad with me. I favour the iPad a bit more because of the screen size when you want to check the photo. When you travel the world, or, at least, half of it as I have, then picture moments are around every corner. You want to capture a time in your life and some adventures that you can both share with friends and family and for you to reminisce over during moments alone.

One of my travel trips took me to Porto in Portugal and there are far too many opportunities in a place like that to not be continually taking pictures. The old city with the narrow cobbled streets that run right down to the edge of the Douro River provide some great snaps of life in another country. The big wide, yellow sand beaches are reminiscent of those in Australia with tides that come in over 200 metres to the edge of the pathways and go out just as far making it a bit of a trek with a surfboard to get into the water to catch a wave. One big difference is that the Atlantic is somewhat colder than the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. You wouldn’t find me in the water without a wetsuit.

On a cool Sunday, as winter approached, we took the underground from our apartment to the central city station, Sao Bento, just to walk around the city. The station itself is not only grand but an artistic masterpiece of traditional blue tiles stuck to the walls as pieces of art. These tile pictures showed the history of the railway station which was well over 100 years old. Click! Click!

Picture ThisWe walked along the street to the main church in Porto, the monument Church of St. Francis, from where you get some scenic shots of the city below as well as the great historic photos of the beautiful old church itself. As we walked up the path literally hundreds of motorcycles were driving up to the big courtyard outside the front of the church. Every conceivable make of motorbike and scooter were on some sort of mission. All were parking in random lines in the courtyard. It was an enthusiasts dream with a few Harleys that were beautifully kept classics ranging down to some old Vespas, circa 1965.

The riders were impeccably dressed in collar and tie and suits and even tuxedos. What the heck was going on here? I estimated there to be more than 300 motorbikes and scooters. I approached a couple who had just arrived on a Triumph Bonneville. He was dressed in a black suit with scarf, tie and his helmet. She was dressed in a red cocktail dress, high heels, white silk scarf and a very classy looking ladies helmet that was also cherry red, to match the dress no doubt. I was torn between photographing the classic bikes and the classic riders!

The aesthetics and joys of doing your photography naturally

This post is not going to be a lengthy instructional tutorial on how to practice photography optimally and perfectly as though you were a professional like me. If you want any photography lessons, tips and tricks on how to do the job properly, please refer to my website’s archives and pick and choose posts of particular interest to you. Also, you are more than welcome to inbox me here about your queries. I will be more than happy to help you. If you’re living in the United Kingdom, better still, close to where I am, who knows, perhaps we can hang out together and share our joy of photography together.

Positive receptions are the artist’s reward

On more than one occasion, I have been emphasizing that I am essentially a wedding photographer by trade. I’ve been doing this successfully for many years now. It’s an essential part of my photography career because, in the main, it is where most of my bread and butter lies. But, one of the most rewarding aspects of any artist’s career, never mind photographers like you and me, is the positive reception he receives from the work portfolio he has painstakingly put together.

To give justice to these rewards, which have very little to do with making pots of money, is basically to start a new project and just go out and do it until it’s finished. As early as this cold winter, the latest inspiration is not just getting out into my natural surroundings but surrounding myself with water.

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The challenges of capturing white water shots

The aesthetics and joys of doing your photography naturallyReturning to my current inspiration, note that this is a particularly exciting and yet challenging time to be out on our local streams and rivers. It is exciting because any day now the ice will start to melt. Nothing is more beautiful than that to capture. It is challenging because even at the best of times, making your way down white water rivers while trying to focus on capturing your best shots imaginable, is not just difficult to do but also quite dangerous.

Nothing but the best will do if you want to achieve the best results possible. In this case, you are looking to take the most natural-looking photographs, sourced from natural surroundings, as possible. In the example mentioned above, we have been primarily talking about traversing through streams and rivers and lakes, or at least, hiking through its surroundings. So, to satisfy this exercise, it is essential that you only use a proper kayak, canoe or river boat. Nothing less than a river-worthy craft will do for reasons beyond just photography.

I think I’ve said enough in just a small white space and in a matter of minutes. This should be enough to encourage you to go out into the wild and find the right aperture for a really great photograph.

First-hand experience of celebrating second-hand values

Now, to some of you this may seem like an odd way to start a conversation in a blog post mainly about photography and its accompanying hints and ideas. But, if you take another look at my About Page, you will be reminded that what is published here has a lot more to do with technical issues.

The lessons in life I’ve learnt and my values in life are what motivate me more, I suppose, to get out of bed in the morning to share new thoughts and ideas with you. Whether you are a painter, potter or poet, or even a photographer like me, I’m quite sure you’ll be able to relate to the rest of this post.

Be prepared to discuss and debate art

First-hand experience of celebrating second-hand valuesThose of you who share just a passing interest in art and have a subconscious appreciation for the aesthetics of artistic pre-production and craftsmanship, mainly through visual displays, will also know what I’m on about, although you might not necessarily agree with me. That’s fine, because art for art’s sake cannot please everyone all at once. In fact, if it does, then serious questions need to be asked.

Speaking of which, always feel free to share your own thoughts here on what was published or post questions related to the use of some of your old photographic tools.

Now, recently, I’ve been having some rather nostalgic thoughts on the use of second-hand articles, mainly cameras and cars. In spite of all the recent controversy from the iconic brand’s chiefs, I’ve rather been enjoying my reminiscences of all the old Volkswagen cars and lorries.

Now, imagine having to equip one of these old second-hand trucks with today’s necessary implements. I believe everything is possible. Towards sourcing the most suitable light bars for your cabbie or van, http://ledlightsplanet.com/ , among others, give you a wide range of options that can make a qualitative difference to your driving experience and the way you steer your vehicle through hazardous zones.

New standards of safety to be met

You might also like the old Volkswagens I’m thinking of right now, or you may be an even bigger fan of Jaguars and Fords, but one thing you will have picked up, many of you have already addressed this, is that no matter how well-conditioned the old cars are they are just simply not equipped for today’s faster driving standards. Safety being a primary concern with me these days, I noted that seat belts would need to be installed as well.

The old straps simply do not do justice to the way we drive these days. One thing that perfectly matches these old cabbies is the use of older, second-hand cameras whose apertures are completely free of the digital technologies of today’s tools. I love this, because, like painting or drawing, I can craft something truly original which has the stamp of my own photographic capabilities and creative imagination all over it.

It’s just one of my own small ways of celebrating old-fashioned second-hand-values.

First-hand experience of celebrating second-hand values

The Importance of Clean Water

Normally I talk about pictures, photography, angles, lighting and color saturation here – all sorts of topics related to getting quality work out of the time you put in behind your camera. But today I want to share with you all an experience from my childhood which I recently recalled. It wasn’t an especially pleasant one, but it did teach me something important back then, something that has saved me from making similar mistakes since. You might not think it now, but I bet many of you have also suffered from the effects of this same mistake, so I do believe you’ll sympathize with me.

What I’m talking about is the pain of losing a pet, not because it grew old or was injured but solely because of the neglect of its owner. Not that I was really neglectful; it was more like being too young to understand what I was doing. See, I went fishing once with some family and friends many years ago and in addition to the fish we caught, we managed to snag a number of crayfish, crawfish, crawdads, whatever you want to call them. Those little crustaceans that look like miniature lobsters, you know the ones. We got a bunch of them and young me thought they looked awfully cool.

So I decided I wanted to keep them as pets. I bought an old fish tank from a thrift store, got some rocks to dump into the bottom of it, I even started reading about the kinds of things crayfish eat. I put all this care and concern into the process, and then I didn’t do anything to filter the water. I literally used water straight from the tap to fill the tank, and within the span of 3 days, all of the crayfish were dead. I didn’t understand the water we drink is a lot different from the water outside, and that the crayfish needed a ceramic canister filter or something similar to keep it clean.

The lesson was that different animals need different things to stay alive. It was a hard lesson to learn too, since it involved watching those cool animals slowly die over several days. Looking back, I’m just happy I never had the chance to get really attached to any of them. That probably would have made things a lot worse. So, hey, learn from what I did wrong – if you’re going to keep fish, have a look at Canister Filter Guide beforehand.

Back then, it was just a few random crayfish I managed to find while out fishing with the family. But some people spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to fill aquariums with fish. There is the potential here for someone to suffer great losses by making the same mistake I made, so hopefully this helps prevent some of you from making that same mistake. As for me, I think the experience stuck. I’m really more of a dog and cat person now than someone who wants to keep fish.

Underwater pool photography tips

Underwater pool photography tipsWhile I specialize in wedding photography, I do indulge in other genres. Recently I shot a brochure for a recreation club with a splendid swimming pool. My shots of the pool were widely appreciated. Photography has the knack of showing you realms that you cannot view in person.  You can easily be transported to a location faraway, an improbable angle of view or to the bottom of a swimming pool. Making underwater images especially in swimming pools is great fun and an easy to master specialty. You can create stunning and vibrant photos just as you do at sea, without having to risk being exposed to the elements in the deep ocean.

Further pool photography will help you practice the shots, so you can create better shots when you are ready for underwater photography in the ocean. You need additional gear and a SCUBA certification for underwater photography. Here are some tips to grasp the basics.

Select the system

Before taking the plunge, you need to decide which suits you best – an underwater housing for your camera or an underwater grade camera. While there are waterproof cameras available, they are not really designed to withstand serious diving and can be used only to a depth of 10 feet. Therefore, you can use them for the backyard pools. Being comfortable in water is necessary for creating good shots. A pool with proper heating system is necessary, if you want to linger underwater for a long duration.

Underwater housings for cameras are created for deep ocean photography and you can find these suitable for both DSLR, and point and shoot types.  You can also try the plastic bag like sealable housing that is sold based on the type and size of your camera. This can be tried, if you are very particular about your budget.

Proper underwater gear

Underwater pool photography tipsOther than protecting the camera underwater, you need to have snorkel or SCUBA gear or any other breathing apparatus, so you can breathe easily. Otherwise, you will have to hold your breath as you dive in, shoot and come up for air. This needs special talent and I’d not recommend it generally.  Similarly aiming the camera in too cold pool water, especially in winter is also something I avoid at all costs. There are splendid heating systems available now like the system at http://poolheaterworld.com/sta-rite-sr400na-max-e-400000-btu-pool-heater-review/, which can keep the pool warm and comfortable for swimming in cold weather and while taking photographs under the pool too.

A snorkel mask offers better protection than your regular swimming goggles. In addition, while you are underwater, you need to have control over your buoyancy. To ensure a good balance you can try adding small weights in your pockets or use a weight belt. When you don’t have additional weight you will pop up back to the surface, especially if you are not using any breathing apparatus.

Close up shots

For creating better impact, you need to get close and let the subject fill your frame, since water, even clear water scatters light, reducing the clarity and contrast largely. With a close up shot, the amount of water is minimized reducing the scatter level. Use bright colours on your subject such as red, yellow, and orange, which contrast well with the blue water and sky. You can also try pink and green. But avoid the dark hues, as they look darker in water.

Food photography tips

Food photography tipsRecently I worked on a cookbook of family recipes for a client. Of all the subjects I photograph, food probably is the only one, which takes a lot of production. From the composing and light adjustments to styling, shooting food photography is an exacting job. However, when you get to know the basics of food photography, which is different from other genres you can easily master the nuances and create stunning and delectable visuals. Here are some tips to help you.

Proper kit

Contrary to what many think, you don’t need an advanced camera for taking appealing food photographs. An entry-level digital camera is sufficient and it is reasonably priced too. Therefore, if you want to capture decent enough shots for your book or blog, this quality would suffice.

Perhaps, you can think of adding a top quality lens, but the key factor here is not the equipment, but on how you use it. The cookbook I mentioned had a recipe on sausage making for which I created some excellent images. The client had wanted a special shot of her nice meat grinder, as it was her favorite kitchen tool and the secret behind her delicious recipes.

Flash is not necessary

If you are into food photography, flashes mounted on camera are off limits in most cases. When you expose a dish to flash, the light tends to flatten the dish and demolishes the naturally formed shadows. But if you are taking the shots with special studio grade equipment, a flash may be used.

Tripod is vital

While you may have prepared the best setting, a minor shake in the camera can spoil the entire production. You will end up with a blurry and grim image. Use a tripod, if you want an exposure that is anywhere over 1/60 per second, especially when you are taking the shot with a DSLR.

Props enhance appearance

Food photography tipsEven if the food takes up the lion’s share of your viewer’s attention, at some subconscious level, they do notice the surface on which a plate is kept, the cutlery used, the tablecloth, and other things, which actually contribute in a subtle way to the mood you want to create.

When you pay attention to this aspect too, you can guarantee a successful shot. I ensure that the props are chosen well always. I especially liked the props I did for the meatball recipe in the cookbook. The contrast of colours along with the delicious meatballs made the entire shot look ready to gobble up. Actually, I tasted the meatballs, which were simply awesome. The client mentioned that fresh ground meat made a lot of difference to the recipe. Further, she recommended this efficient meat grinder at MeatGrinderAdvice.com for getting nicely ground meat.

Best angle

Some recipes need a shot from above and others for instance a tiered cake needs to be taken from a low angle. You need to plan the compositions in advance and see to the right placement of napkins, cutlery, and glassware, so the best angle can be focused on.

If a particular composition is not working, don’t hesitate to break it. Try a different approach with a few of the elements of your earlier composition added in, if necessary.

Hunting Photography

Hunting PhotographyJust like writers, the underlying goal for most photographers is to help transport the viewer to another place, another time, where the things they are seeing are a reality for them, rather than just a still image on a piece of paper or a computer monitor. The right picture can take the viewer away from whatever chair they’re sitting in and put them right in the middle of the scene which was photographed. Whether that’s the middle of a warehouse, a warzone, a peaceful demonstration or even in the middle of a hunt, a high quality image can transport the viewer to another place.

This is very similar to how a well-written book can take the reader on a ride, with his or her imagination acting as a kind of fuel to keep the vehicle going. Today I want to talk specifically about hunting photography. This is an especially difficult branch of photography I think, mostly because the majority of time in a hunt, people are just standing or sitting around, doing nothing. You have to be ready with your camera right when something happens, just so you can capture the event and relay the visuals to others. This branch of photography especially tells that being in the right place at the right time is a big deal.

A big part of hunting photography is giving avid hunters the chance to get a first person view of a great potential shot. Being able to move stealthily, sneak around and get pictures of animals at vulnerable moments while out in the wild is actually a great way to sell some photos. It’s much more lucrative to give people pictures of things they wish they could run into while hunting, rather than just taking shot after shot of models showing off leather hunting boots and whatever other gear is being sold.

Speaking of gear though, a great pair of hunting boots is actually a nice thing to have when going out into forests and other settings to try and find great picture opportunities. I don’t know about you, but I don’t really enjoy getting my feet cold and wet walking around in tennis shoes or sneakers in a place that’s been snowed out. Click here for more information on different types of boots, including which brands get the best reviews from consumers and what you can expect from a boot, all before spending your own money on it.

That’s the same sort of due diligence I put in when I’m shopping for cameras, recorders and accessories for my photography business. It’s just a smart way to do things. As for the hunting photography, the one tip I can give it to move as quietly as possible. Fresh snow will crunch underfoot, and sticks, twigs and rocks will all make noise as well if you kick them with a foot or step on them. Also, trying to stay downwind of your target is very important, especially if it has a powerful sense of smell. Just because they can’t see you doesn’t mean they don’t know you’re there. And they will run.

Photography and Sales

Have you ever heard the old saying that a picture is worth 1,000 words? Well, I can’t say if that conversion rate is really exact, but what I can say is that pictures are definitely capable of helping to sell something to someone. Just like a detailed, accurate product description can make people feel confident about what they’re buying, a great picture showing the product in use can also help to generate interest in shoppers and close a sale. Or, at least this is what I think, what with the number of businesses that contract me to come and take flattering pictures of whatever they’re trying to sell.

Photography and Sales

Now, let me take a moment to be very specific here. I plan to give some tips on how to take quality photographs for the purpose of selling a product or service. You could probably get some decent tips for improving your pictures here too, if that’s what you’re looking for. In my years, I’ve found there are certain things which are good to do when taking pictures, as well as certain things which are bad to do when taking pictures. I’ll cover the bad things first, since knowing what to not do is often more important than knowing what should be done.

Photography is not something everyone is naturally talented at doing. But you can develop your skills on your own time. Now, getting back to the pictures, there are things you just shouldn’t do when taking photographs. For one, never take a photo with bad lighting. There’s just no excuse for it. Some cameras can compensate for low light conditions, but the pictures still aren’t as good as they could have been in many cases. Second, try to keep the subject matter of your photograph right in the center of the picture. I cannot stress this one enough.

For example, if you were trying to take pictures of a grill or smoker for a company selling those things, you would want it to be right in the center of the photograph. Having people around grilling, eating food and looking like they’re having a good time will help tons, but you have to make the viewer focus on what it is you’re trying to sell. At http://smokeyhousebbq.com/best-electric-smoker-reviews-2014/ you can get information about all kinds of smokers. Along with good pictures, providing accurate and pertinent information about the product and its features will also help to sell something.

If traditional charcoal setups are your thing, you could look right here for information about those too. Whatever it is you’re trying to sell, a great photograph will definitely help. But it’s also important to accurately represent the item while clearly outlying the benefits it would provide to the consumer. This is why showing something in use is so much better than just showing it sitting there, doing nothing. Oh, and one last tip: try to take still photographs over pictures with your subjects moving whenever possible. This will help to improve the quality of pictures from most cameras.