Using Lines To Improve Your Photos

Every photographer knows composition is a key element of a great picture. How can you enhance the composition of your photos? Include lines.

Lines are extremely powerful. They add a dynamic feeling to the photos that helps the viewer understand what’s important. They are also a great way to tell a story through photography.

There are four types of lines: horizontal, vertical, diagonal and converging lines.

The first two are rather obvious, and they are mainly used to split your picture and frame the subject.

The horizon, for example, is a horizontal line of extreme importance in landscape photography. It splits the photos in two: the sky and the land or water.

An example of vertical lines are buildings in urban photography. They can help you frame your subjects, and attract attention to them.

Diagonal lines can also split your pictures but in an unnatural way. There’s nothing wrong with them, but unlike vertical or horizontal lines, your brain feels uncomfortable with diagonal lines. That’s why they are so useful. You can use diagonal lines to disrupt your photos and make them more interesting.

Converging lines have a dynamic effect on your pictures. Think of the coastline in a picture of the sea or a road in a picture of a countryside. The viewer’s eyes are guided by the converging lines to a certain point.

What’s at the end of converging lines? That’s up to you. If you place your subject at the exact point where a diagonal line and the horizon meet, you’ll have an amazing shot.

Lines can help you make your photos more attractive and dynamic. So next time you’re shooting with your camera, remember to look for lines and patterns that can drive the viewer’s attention and add a new layer of interest to your pictures.

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Why Your Tripod Should Be Your Photography Best Friend

If you’re trying to get success as an amateur or professional photographer, you need to become best friends with your tripod.

There are many reasons why using a tripod is essential for every serious photographer. These are the main ones.

Sharper photos

The main reason for using a tripod is stability. There’s no doubt about it. You can get sharper pictures because a using tripod will remove movement and vibration.

Apart from the tripod, you should always use a timer (or a remote) to make sure that the vibration from your finger pressing the shutter doesn’t affect your photos.

Long exposure and low light

Tripods are also fundamental when taking long exposure photos or low light photos. It’s the only way of making sure that you don’t move. Could you stay still for 40 seconds? The answer is no.

Plus, when taking pictures in low light or with long exposure, you find a perfect framing but the photo itself isn’t right. You may need to change your lens, change your exposure time, your ISO or something else. The only way to make sure you can change your settings without affecting the composition is with a tripod.

Self-portraits

Every professional photographer tries taking self-portraits at some point. Of course, there’s a difference between a self-portrait and a selfie. And the first one requires a tripod. And once again, you should have a remote control to take the picture.

Special effects

The last reason on our list to use a tripod is special effects. I’m talking about HDR, exposure blending and focus stacking. All of these include using several frames of the exact same picture with small changes. Of course, you’ll need a tripod.

Debunking Some Myths about Travel Photography

Travel Photography Myths

There is no question a lot of us have fallen victim to a slew of misconceptions when taking photographs now and then, especially when we are traveling.  Whether you always assume buying a new camera will make you a professional photographer or making a habit never to use the on-camera flash, everybody – amateur and professional alike – has their own set of self-imposed, informal photography rules and laws they always stick to.  While you should stick to some rules, adhering to the ones that can adversely affect your photography skills is a big no-no.

In light of this, mentioned below are a few travel photography myths, finally debunked:

Myth #1 – Never Shoot in Poor Lighting

Forget that there is anything such as poor lighting. You can take photos even in the environment with a little source of light. Limiting yourself to taking photos in nice and bright environments isn’t going to enhance your skills.

The sign of a great photographer is to take a brilliant photo when the lighting is not exactly how he wants it to be.

Myth #2 – The Rule of Thirds should be your Second Nature When Taking Photos

In the rule of thirds, the primary focal points of the image you capture must be on thirds section of that photo. It is a good rule to stick to; however, there will be a lot of instances where the image you are hoping to take begs for something unique regarding composition. Do exactly that – be unique.

For instance, objects that have symmetrical architecture almost always benefit by staying right at the center of the photo and not on the side.

Myth #3 – If You Call Yourself an Experienced Photographer, Refrain from Using the On-Camera Flash

Look, there is no denying that the on-camera flash can at the time produce some pretty nasty photographs. But there will be some times during your travels that it will become a lifesaver.

The trick is knowing when and how exactly to use the flash. Some places where using the on-camera flash comes in mighty handy include taking photos during mid day when the sun is bright. You can also use the flash when diffusing a photo or when you want to bounce the flash.

 

Fashion Photography Tips

Fashion Photography should be all about authority. The photographer should be assured and convey a sense of confidence and security. Showing weakness will affect your model’s performance.

Good models bring with them a sense of direction, and might not need much coaching. This does not mean, however, that you should lose your sense of direction. The shot doesn’t just happen. You will have to create the shot.

Preparations for Impressive Fashion Photography

There is a lot you can do beforehand to facilitate the shot. First make a list of what you would like to accomplish, and then rehearse in your mind the composition and the techniques you will be using. Prepare the location, clothes, and props ahead of time. At the time of the shoot convey what you wish to accomplish, and how the model can help you.

Location is important. Depending on the feeling you would like to convey, consider whether you should shoot in an urban setting or a rural setting. You may even decide you wish to make the shot inside.

Fashion Photography Studio Considerations

If you decide to shoot inside a studio is the ideal place. All the variables can be controlled in a studio. You can set up a suitable area in your home, however with just a little preparation. Simply choose a room with a large window, and hang a piece of fabric, net, or even a white sheet over the window opening. This will give you an even light that will be flattering.

If you shoot in a studio be sure to use a light meter to survey the scene to avoid unwanted shadows. If you are shooting outside under low light conditions or if you are shooting into the sun you will need an extra light source. A flash is called for but do not illuminate the model directly with the flash. Have it bounce off of a reflective surface to soften the light.

Fashion Photography Poses and Angles

Do some research on poses. Study pictures in fashion magazines and in clothing advertisements to get ideas. Angular, off center poses can add interest so experiment and see what you can come up with.

You can do the shooting alone, but consider eliciting an assistant, such as a friend or relative to be your extra hands. Sometimes it is difficult to get a smooth flow in the shoot without help with moving reflectors, lights, props, and mirrors.

A mirror is one of the best props to use in model photography. It can change the feeling of the shot by creating another dimension. A mirror can also be used to show the front and back of a garment. Be careful, however, to keep unwanted reflections out or the mirror.

Fashion Photography Concepts and Elements

This type of photography is all about beauty and clothing so bring all elements together to achieve this. If you mean to emphasize the clothing complement it with the hair styling and vice versa. Use dark heavy makeup and highly styled hair to show seductiveness. Use pastel colors, natural hair, and light makeup to show innocence and naturalness.

Experiment with lighting, angles and close-ups to emphasize the clothing. Move around the scene to get the best composition for your shot. Remember-The more fun you have doing Fashion Photography, the more your photographs will improve.