Headshot, at first glance might seem like a fairly simple photograph to shoot, but when you get into it, you realize that it is a whole job description. There are many professional photographers that do only headshots. They specialize in it only because it takes great amount of time to master it. However, there are few general guidelines which you can follow in order to improve your headshot and portrait photography.
To suggest that color is of utmost importance to photographers would be a grand understatement. Discussions dealing with the fundamentals of photography typically address exposure, composition, lighting, etc., but the topic of color sometimes fails to make an appearance. This is unfortunate because, unless you are one who shoots exclusively in black and white, color can be equally as important to the success of an image as composition and exposure.
A camera determines the right exposure by using metering modes. While Matrix metering is typically used and recommended for many settings, Spot and Center-weighted metering have their rightful places to enhance your images in specific situations. The choice of metering mode affects if your image is ‘properly’ exposed or not. This post explains how to best utilize the various metering modes in your camera.
I may be biased, but I think the appeal of macro photography is rather obvious: the wonder and fascination of being able to capture in fine, “life-size” proportion the details of things otherwise beyond the scope of what the naked eye is capable of discerning. Macro photography is like experiencing another dimension of reality. You will be glad to know that successful macro photography rests primarily on four essential factors.
I think we are in danger of losing something. Something rather important to photography, something that has been around since the early days of photography. That something is technical perfection. At the risk of sounding old, when I was studying photography, the most important thing that was drummed into us, was aiming for technical perfection.
Many people find that even when engaged in something they absolutely love doing, there is sometimes a degree of drudgery involved in one aspect or another, some chore that has to be completed as an inextricable component of an otherwise enjoyable activity. For many a photographer, this unwelcome chore is post-processing. Here are some ideas to help you take some of the stress out of post-processing.
It’s a fact that many of today’s photographers have used a vintage lens at some point in time. Not only is it a cheap alternative to a modern lens, it also presents a wonderful opportunity at learning photography fundamentals. But, is it really worth it? If you ask me, I think it’s totally worth it. I must say that this article is purely based on my experiences with vintage lenses, and I’m sure most of you will agree.
Railroad tracks reach to infinity effortlessly. There are modern, state of the art rail systems. Tracks that have been used through long standing, historical routes, and even during war eras are still active today. Abandoned tracks that have been forgotten, continue fading into the woods and earth. Here are some tips to take timeless pictures of railroad tracks.
If you’re not familiar with it, The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE) is a map-centric sun/moon calculator that shows how the light falls on the land. It is used by tens of thousands of photographers around the world. Some big news: TPE for Desktop is changing and the current version will stop working. The good news is that a new TPE for Desktop web app has been built from the ground up and is ready to use today.
Time-lapse photography is the fusion between filmmaking and photography. That means you will have to be the director, producer, and photographer if you want to test yourself in this area. Undoubtedly, it won’t be an easy task to do. The following tips should help you achieve good results even if you don’t have any previous experience.