Professional wedding photography

Professional wedding photography is one of the most sought-after services in Sydney. After all, the entire family wants to have a lasting collection in the form of photographs. When it comes to choosing the right person for this important job, you need to take a lot of things under consideration.

The Wedding Photographer’s Style
Lensmen uses a variety of styles in the way they take photos that reflect your mood during that all-important day. Two of the most popular styles used in wedding photography are ‘photojournalistic’ and ‘portrait’. Have a look at the photographer’s portfolio and make your decision based on your taste.

The portrait style photography is more about clicking posed photos, that is, shots that are pre-decided between the photographer and the photographed. An increasing number of wedding photographers in Sydney use this style, as couples tend to opt more for such pictures.

If you want casual shots for your wedding album, opt for the services of a photographer with the photojournalistic approach. Such a person usually takes shots that are not planned, and because of this they are mostly casual. These cameramen usually come from the field of journalism photography, where they are attuned to clicking spontaneous shots.

And of course, you will always have the amateur photographer lurking round the corner. In all probability, this person will be your friend or relative, waiting to start clicking at every possible opportunity. If you opt for his services, don’t expect too much of a professional touch in your wedding photographs.

Camera & Film
Most wedding photographers use two basic types of cameras – 35mm and medium format. Though there’s not much of a difference between the two, photos shot using the former give a slightly grainier appearance on enlargement. Nevertheless, laypersons will not be able to identify this graininess unless the photographs are enlarged too much.

You can also choose between colored and Black & White films based on your taste. Though considered traditional, the Black & White format has come back into use of late. However, before finalizing your option, do ensure that your photographer is adept at taking equally good pictures in both forms.

Wedding Expressions is one of the leading names in Sydney Wedding Photography. Our experienced wedding photographers in Sydney will help you click an assortment of pictures that will make way for everlasting memories. If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Sydney, Wedding Expressions is the right choice that will meet your requirements.

Digital Photography For Beginners

Having a Digital SLR camera to use is the ultimate thrill for a budding photographer. Taking great sunset shots should be easy with such a tool, surely? You would think so, yet I know people who have invested in decent SLR’s – but still could not create stunning sunset shots that even their previous compact camera could take. This digital photography for beginners article therefore suggests steps you can take to optimise your digital SLR for sunset photographs.

Many compact cameras have a setting for sunsets, yet DSLR’s don’t, so you have to take control of the situation. Turn off your fully auto, or basic shooting modes, and use your creative zone modes of P (program mode), Tv (shutter priority), Av (aperture priority) or M (manual) so that you have full control over the camera’s parameters.

Auto White Balance can neutralise a sunset’s glow, so switch to Manual White Balance and choose a setting of Cloudy or Shade.

Most DSLR’s give you a number of “user defined” Picture Styles, so set one of these up for taking sunsets. Leave sharpness as standard, and add a little saturation.

You need to reduce the contrast to avoid your final image appearing over silhouetted. Adjust the Contrast slider in your user defined Picture Style one or two notches to the left. A reddish colour cast can also be achieved by doing the same with your Colour Tone settings.

Set your ISO at the lowest setting of ISO100. There’s usually plenty of brightness in the sky, so this is fine. Sunsets can suffer from grainy images with higher ISO settings.

Exposure is important in any sunset shot. It’s best to switch to Partial metering mode and take a manual meter reading. This can be a difficult aspect of digital photography for beginners to understand, so I’ll explain how to do this. Once in Partial metering mode, point the camera at a bright area of the sky, directly above the setting sun. Press the Star button on the back of the camera to take a light reading and to set the exposure. Then compose your shot and press the shutter release to drive the autofocus and capture the image.

Consider your composition. Silhouetted objects and figures in the foreground will add interest. Reflective surfaces, such as lake water, the sea or wet roads will bring added colour to the shot.

Beware – once the sun starts to near the horizon, it sinks surprisingly quickly. This also happens to be the optimum moment when you will catch the strongest shots, yet it can come and go in an instant. Be prepared – make sure all your settings are in place well before this time.

When the sun has disappeared, it doesn’t mean you should. For another thirty minutes or so, there can often be some amazing colour across the sky, so keep looking for more opportunities for great photos.

I hope this step by step digital photography for beginners sunset guide has been helpful, and that you can catch some beautiful sunset photographs in the future. They truly are wonderful shots to look back on.

Photographs or Video From the Vantage Point of Remote Flying

The world of Remote Aerial Photography is so unique that most people never get a chance to experience the thrill of taking still photographs or video from the vantage point of remote flying. With the use of various remote flying vehicles, you can experience that thrill. Remote Aerial Photography is not as expensive as imagined and it is available to any who are interested in learning a new skill and possibly expanding a current talent. There are five methods for placing a camera in the air supported by two techniques with two special approaches.

Tools for Remote Aerial Photography

The first decision is do you want to fly FPV (First Person View) which allows you to fly the craft or view the crafts flight from a small streaming video camera providing a view much like being in the pilot’s seat. You can also fly the craft from the ground watching it’s performance and controlling it from an outside view. Both work equally well but FPV is becoming the AP (Aerial Photography) choice as it provides a view of what your camera will record plus allowing actual scene selection.

Most people choose to control their aerial vehicle by using manual remote radio control. It is the less complex method. Others choose to equip their craft with a device that allows them to program the flight path, altitude, and speed of their craft. In those instances, they launch the craft, get it started, and remotely activate their pre-programmed flight path. The vehicle follows the path returning home after completing its mission. The pilot usually handles the landing.

During either flight method, if the pilot chooses FPV the pilot can trigger pictures or video on demand or record the entire flight.

Vehicles for Placing a Camera aloft

There are five primary methods of lifting a camera from the ground to take remote photographs or video. Those are airplane, helicopter, tricopter, quad copter, and glider. Note that remote blimps also provide this ability though not as popular with most interested in this venture. The most familiar choice is an airplane. Today a number of remote airplanes exist specifically designed for aerial photography. One example is the AP Solution designed by WhisperShots.com.

It almost seems it’s about the number of motors you want. Most of these craft are electrical powered so we talk about motors not engines. Helicopters are the most familiar of this group. We see them fly Medevac flights or military. As a remote vehicle, it is the most difficult craft to master. Due to that fact helicopters remain a choice for only the most experienced helicopter pilots. Its advantage is it maneuvers well in all directions, hovers and can land on a small area.

The next craft, the tricopter is unique in some features. The use of three motors with one providing counter rotation thrust provides some stability. Primarily the tricopter relies on gyros, which correct deviation to pitch, roll, and yaw as an aid to the pilot’s control of the craft. They also have the same ability as a helicopter to take off and land in a small area, hover, and move in all directions. Their major attraction is the ease of construction and the craft is easier to fly than a helicopter. The disadvantage is most have to build their tricopter as the only commercial units available are costly.

The Quad copter is the four motor variant of this group. It uses some of the construction techniques of the tricopter relaying on sensors to aid flight such as gyros, attitude sensors to aid maintaining level flight. The use of 4 motors allow two to rotate clockwise and two counter-clockwise eliminating yaw problems encountered by the previous two crafts. Similarly, the quad copter can take off and land in a small area, can hover, and can fly in all directions. The weight advantage of all these lifting crafts is marginal as each can lift an appropriate camera to do either still photography or video recording. All can be flown FPV as well.

A Starting Point

The most popular AP craft for FPV (First Person View) is the Easy Star by Multiplex. This is often referred to as a beginner aircraft due to it’s slow, stable flight but is also why a large number of people choose the Easy Star to carry their camera. One of the creative applications of FPV flying in the Easy Star comes from the Ready Made RCs website. At Ready Made RC you can get pan, tilt camera mounts allowing you to look side to side, up and down as you pilot your craft. You can even purchase a complete Easy Star with all necessary equipment to reach the skies.

The usability of Remote Aerial Photography grows with advances in new technology available at most remote/radio control suppliers.

Photography For Beginners

Photography for beginners is a huge topic, but I will still try to cover all you need to know to get you started.

The first thing you should do as a beginner photographer is to learn how to use your camera. I’m not talking about learning what all the different buttons do, but rather the basics of photography that applies to any camera that you use.

Use Manual Settings

Shooting with your camera on full auto will often give you pretty images right out of the box. However, only shooting on full auto will severely limit your results.

Why? Because the camera don’t know where you want the focus to be, how shallow depth of field you want and how much motion blur you would like in the image. If all of this sounds Greek to you, don’t worry, we are just about to explore the meaning of these terms.

Getting The Exposure Right

There are three elements that determine exposure;

#1. ISO – How sensitive your camera’s sensor is to light. Higher ISO, means brighter picture. However, try to keep your ISO set as low as possible, since increasing the ISO also increases the noise in the image. This is one of the biggest mistakes people make when I teach photography for beginners.

Try to take an image with as high ISO as possible and take a close look at the picture. You will notice a lot of very tiny, randomly colored dots in the image. Those dots are called digital noise and can really ruin a picture if you have too much of it.

#2. Aperture – How big the opening in the lens is when you take a picture. The bigger the opening, the brighter the picture.

The most confusing part about aperture is that increasing the aperture number on your camera, makes the opening in the lens smaller. For instance, a picture taken with an aperture of 1.2 is brighter than a picture taken with an aperture of 2.8.

Aperture also affects the depth of field. This can best be explained using an example:

If you take a picture with a low aperture number, you will notice that everything that’s at a different distance from the camera than the subject, will appear out of focus (such as the background). We can say that the image has a “shallow depth of field”.

On the other hand, taking a picture with a high aperture number, will make the foreground and background look more in focus than if you had used a low aperture number.

In short, a lower aperture number gives a more shallow depth of field. A more shallow depth of field is nice if you want to separate the subject from the background. I know that this is a difficult concept of photography for beginners to grasp, but it’s very powerful when you learn how to properly use depth of field as a part of your artistic toolbox.

#3. Shutter speed – How long the shutter is open. Using a longer shutter speed will increase the amount of light that hit the camera’s sensor and result in a brighter picture.

Using a short shutter speed will make your pictures appear sharper, while using a long shutter speed will make the picture more blurry. This is especially true if you’re photographing a moving object or you’re shooting handheld.

This is why you want to have a short shutter speed if you are for instance taking picture of a running person or a driving car. I also recommend that you don’t use a longer shutter speed than 1/50 if you are shooting handheld, unless your hands are really steady.

Also remember that the shutter speed is indicated in fractions of a second. This means that 1/50 is a longer shutter speed than 1/1000.

Manual White Balance

White balance will seem like a very strange subject if you’re a beginner photographer. As humans we are used to see white as white. However, the color white doesn’t exist. That’s why we have to tell the camera what’s white.

When the camera’s white balance is set to auto, it will try to determine what is white. It will usually get it right if a big portion of your image is white, but this is rarely the case.

By switching to manual white balance and setting the camera to the setting that match the lighting on the subject, will give you more correct colors, and in my experience, also more vibrant colors.

Road to Professional Photography

Often when an individual has become engrossed in amateur photography they want to move onto the next level of becoming a professional. Sometimes by the time this point has been reached, there has already been a fair amount of money invested in equipment.

First Step:

There are several things that one must learn and keep in mind on the road to professional photography. If you are not already doing so, which is unlikely, is to be constantly taking pictures. This is probably not going to be a difficult assignment because you already have the passion for photography or else you would not consider becoming a professional. During your practice, you will become adept in choosing the right subjects. You will learn about your light directions and meter reading. You will become more comfortable with the white balance. Your confidence will grow as you experiment more and start achieving some excellent results.

Second Step:

Look at all of the pictures. Do not just look at the obvious but also see everything there is to see in each photo you look at. This way you will train your eye to be able to know what to look for when your are taking your own shots. Do not just study pictures that are of major interest to you. Research a variety of them

Third Step:

Know what you already own and what you need. Review your photography equipment if it is sufficient to keep you learning then that is all you need for now. If you have outgrown it then determine what you require to take you to the next level. Make sure that you use every benefit that every piece of equipment offers you. Get the most out it. You can only do this by reading every bit of literature you have on it.

Fourth Step:

To build your confidence quickly starts by photographing things you enjoy. If is people you like photographing then do tons of, or landscapes main be your prime interest. To begin you are going to put everything you have into taking the perfect picture because it is a subject you enjoy.

Fifth Step:

Take yourself to the next level of being a professional photographer by digging up an assignment. Look around your area and determine where a photographers services would be called for. Get in there and take as many shots as you can. You never know when the door of opportunity may open for you. You could submit your pictures to the local paper that may by chance going to be running a feature on the topic you photographed. It could be your first published work.

Sixth Step:

Do not be afraid to learn, and do not ever stop learning. There are many photography courses at all different levels that you can enroll in. It keeps you from becoming stale in your work and will encourage you to keep setting new photography goals for yourself. After all, you are now becoming a Professional, which means many hours of hard work balanced between learning and practicing.

Photography is a Great Hobby

Photography is a great hobby that many people are choosing to try out. When somebody completely new to photography first gets their hands on a digital camera, then there are plenty of things to learn. There are many features and many buttons on a digital camera, making the whole camera quite intimidating. The following article shall be about DSLR photography for beginners and will start by discussing some of the features found on DSLR cameras.

Shutter release

This is the most basic button found on all kinds of cameras. Even those who are taking lessons on DSLR photography for beginners will know immediately what this button is for. It is normally positioned on the upper right portion of the camera and is used to snap pictures.

What most people who are taking lessons on DSLR photography for beginners will probably not be aware of is that pressing the button halfway will focus the lens. Pressing the button fully down is necessary to take the shot.

Lenses

This really depends on what sort of camera you have. It can either be a fixed lens or a zoom lens. Most DSLR cameras will come with an option of interchangeable lenses, which will be more flexible and give you more control over your shot.

Sensor

This is found within the camera and is normally called the CCD. CCD stands for charge coupled device. Those reading up on DSLR photography for beginners should know that the function of this is to record the images through the use of pixels. The software within the camera will convert the data and will store it within the memory card of the camera.

Mode dial

These can appear either on the upper left portion of the camera or on the lower right on the center of the camera. This is what makes DSLR photography for beginners a bit more complicated. This will let you choose different modes of control over your camera. Back then, mode dials on DSLR cameras are normally set on automatic mode.

Automatic mode is the easiest mode to handle as users will simply point and shoot their camera. Semi-automatic mode is a little bit more complex as it will let you change a few aspects on shutter speed and aperture. Manual mode will take some time to master, but it gives you the most control over your camera. In manual mode, you will have to fix the settings on the shutter and the aperture.

DSLR photography for beginners will normally have people start at automatic mode first then move on to semi automatic once some experience with the camera is achieved.

There are many other features available but it will all vary between cameras. Some will feature multiple LCD screens and even more buttons. There will also be different methods of connectivity between cameras and computers. To learn how to be an effective photographer, you have to practice all the basics first and master them and then try to experiment with different shots. If you’re really keen on learning the craft, operating a DSLR camera wouldn’t be so hard.

Very Important to Implement Quality Jewelry Photography

Bracelets and similar jewelry are luxury products. Many purchases are made by impulse rather than for a particular occasion. These kinds of sales are made because a customer makes the choice, not because there is a necessity for the product.

In e-commerce, it is very important to implement quality jewelry photography because a sale or a rejection is only a click away.

Sending the right message in any business is important to success, especially in the jewelry field. Because photography of bracelets, rings, pendants, necklaces and similar items is much more difficult than many other staged items, it can be easy to have images that do not present the products in their best light.

The saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words,” is true of good pictures. People selling products in magazines and online sometimes settle for photographs that are not worthy of much conversation at all. If people aren’t talking about the jewelry, they certainly aren’t going to be buying it.

If you want the best photographs for jewelry, don’t use just any photographer because there are some who specialize in this kind of work. If you plan to take your own pictures, be prepared for a challenge.

If you have experience in digital photography and photo retouching, you can make excellent reproductions with some practice and dedication. Keep in mind that bracelets must have high clarity to look appealing, but cannot have so much contrast that they appear surreal. You should try to achieve a picture that is as near the original item as possible, with the addition of some sparkle.

Any photograph you make should be closely compared to the subject of the photo for not only detail, but variance in hue also. As you know, slight inconsistencies in lighting can cast shadows and cause colors to appear untrue.

Some corrections can be made with brightness and contrast within photo correcting software, but proper lighting during the shoot is imperative.

When you view your photographs on the computer, keep in mind that the photograph will not always look the same when printed. Any comparisons made between the original and a picture can only be made with a hard copy. This should be printed from the same machine that will produce any photographs that are to be placed in circulation.

If the photographs are to be viewed online instead of in magazines or fliers, then your only way of matching a bracelet to an image is through your computer monitor. You have no control over settings of other people’s viewing equipment, so you can only make sure that the images you see are realistic and well lit.

When viewing any digital photograph for publication, have it sized as it will be uploaded to a website. When you first take the picture, it is very large and it has to be decreased in size to meet allowable limits for the web.

Although much of your editing should be done on your bracelets photos prior to resizing, you can’t really tell how they will appear until you present them in the size that they will be viewed.