When talking about getting the shots that others miss, I'm not talking about being prepared to capture once in a lifetime moments (though of course that's great if you can). In this article we'll look at a few techniques that can help you see and think in this way, helping you to produce great photos that stand out from the crowd. Modern cameras offer a lot of semi-intelligent automation that makes it fairly easy to get a photo where the technical aspects (such as exposure and focus) are correct. Many cameras allow you to screw a filter onto the end of the lens to achieve a certain effect. When you purchase a filter, you need to make sure that it comes with the correct size threads to screw onto your camera's lens. The problem comes when you have a filter in one size, but your lens has a filter thread of a different size. Objects that are translucent let through some light, and so appear in shades of grey, while objects that are opaque appear as solid white. The effect of a photogram image can be replicated using a digital camera to capture the image, with no photographic paper needed. Photographers often think of low light situations as restricting their ability to take good photographs but nothing could be further from the truth. There's more to getting a great photo than just being at a great location and getting the correct settings dialed in on your camera.
In today's world, where there are no per-picture costs (unlike with film photography) it can be very easy to snap away, taking almost unlimited photographs. But taking large numbers of photos like this often results in worse photos than taking fewer, but more carefully considered photos.
Whereas if you are taking less photos, you are more likely to take the time needed to choose your subject carefully, compose the image for maximum effect, and so end up with a much better photo. A common problem with lackluster images is that they don't really show what the photographer saw. A great way to create an image that stands out and grabs the viewer's attention is to show them something they don't see regularly.
Okay, you're unlikely to be doing something no-one's done before, but doing things differently to the majority will still give your images a strong impact. A photo can be divided into positive space (your subject) and negative space (the area surrounding the subject). A large negative space tends to put more emphasis on the surroundings, and how the subject stands out from it's surroundings.
A large positive space puts much more emphasis on the subject, and less on the surroundings. Along with Portrait Photography, Landscape Photography is one of the most popular forms of photography. In this article I'll share five tips that will hopefully help you understand more about what it is that really makes a great landscape photo. People often seem to think that you need to travel to exotic locales or National Parks for great landscape photos. Another good thing about shooting close to home is that you can feel much freer to experiment and make mistakes. You can get great images with any camera, and this is particularly true with landscape photography. So you don't need an expensive DSLR with a fast lens that can give you a shallow depth of field and allow you to shoot at fast shutter speeds in low light.
Understanding exposure is very important, not just for landscape photography, but for all types of photography. Understand what effect the exposure settings have on the image, as they don't only affect the exposure. Learning how the exposure settings affect the image is not just learning how to control how bright or dark the image is. Carrying on with the subject of exposure, one of the big issues with landscape photography is dynamic range.
A common theme of many landscape photographs is shooting towards the sun when the sun is low, near the horizon. Your camera does not have the dynamic range to squeeze the range of tones from the bright sun to the dark shadows into a single image. The answer to this problem is to expose for the sky and then bring up the exposure for the landscape, or expose for the landscape and then bring down the exposure for the sky. I don't want to go too much into these filters here, but they are available in a range of strengths and fittings. Another quite common method to deal with this issue is set your camera to auto-bracket exposure. This gives one image underexposed where the sky appears exposed correctly, one 'normal' image where the sky is slightly overexposed and the landscape slightly underexposed, and one overexposed image where the landscape is exposed correctly. The three (or more) images can then be blended into a single image, taking parts of each image to give a single image where all of the image is exposed nicely.
Manually blending the images together using layer masks in software such as GIMP or Photoshop. Using your camera's own HDR option, which performs the whole process of bracketing the exposures and then blending them into a image as a single operation. A technique that has started to gain ground recently is that of shooting in RAW format, under-exposing then pulling up the shadows when processing. Then when processing the image you apply a large boost to the shadows, to brighten the landscape. If you try this technique with an older DSLR or a camera that has a small image sensor, such as most compacts, or a phone camera, you'll find it doesn't work so well. Composition is all about how you place the various elements that make up an image within the frame. Landscape photography is a mixture of being in the right place at the right time, and using your knowledge to capture a well composed photo that really captures the feeling of the place. Learning the knowledge for great landscape photos is a matter of reading, and again, practice. These tips, while written with shooting from your iPhone or other smart phone as the primary inspiration, will also apply to shooting food photos with a DSLR.
Avoid directly shining sunlight (like outside or beaming into a window), but use a bright spot next to a window.
Here is a comparison of some taco plates, the first shot in the evening at dinner and the other shot with a great source of natural light during lunch.
If you are going to eat food without a photo, make a mess and have fun – but if you are going to take a photo, have fun in a more intentional way when you plate it. Avoid large bowls or plates if possible except when you are shooting the entire dish or a family style platter, for example. While you certainly can achieve a pretty photo at a 45-degree angle (another popular angle in food photography), overhead is ideal for a photo that will appear flat on a screen. Here is a photo of our dinner which was shot without much natural light, but I was able to edit using Instagram’s features. Your food photos will be glorious as a result, and the food will appear as appetizing on-screen as it was in real life. This may be a bit harder one to see, but the first photo was taken in the evening for dinner whereas the second photo was shot during lunchtime where more light was present – both were edited in Instagram.
There is a big difference here in size of the sandwich and quality of the photo ?? Lighting is key!
The best photographs are always those that have been taken during natural moments and actions.
Candid photographs are when the subject (or subjects) is unaware of being photographed while engrossed in some kind of action like smiling, reading, talking, thinking, etc. It is the photographer’s expertise to position themselves around a subject that gives them the viewing advantages for spotting and capturing candid shots during an event.
The most important aspect of a candid photograph is to ensure that the subject does not appear posed.
It is hard to predict the perfect moment for your candid snap and more often than not, it can turn out blurred or distorted in focus.
Candid shots are hard to come by as they depend on the best photographable moments to be exhibited by the subject. So, you’ve got the slick website, you’ve perhaps made it on to page one of Google, your Facebook photography page has hundreds of likes.
No matter how good you think you are as a wedding photographer, there are countless better.
My biggest pet-peeve is seeing a great wedding photo ruined by heavy-handed or garish post-processing.
Every wedding photographer has to start somewhere and landing those first few shoots is a great feeling.


Hi oliver, the 24-70mm lens you speak about, can that lens be used on a Nikon d7000, or d7100, or do I have to go out and buy another camera body say like a d700 for it to work.
I would also like to know what editing suite u used in the turtorial where you show the couple in the field at sunset, awesome shot by the way. We covered getting a level horizon in a previous article, but nowhere is it more important than in sunset photography.
It is slightly off the topic of sunset photography horizons, but on the subject of background elements cutting into your models, watch out for tree branches sticking out of their heads, too. We’ve previously talked about automatic settings–remember, your camera is a machine!
We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers. I had my film camera and unfortunately I moved so much in my life that I left behind my old films, gone forever.
Yes it is true that you may find a Photoshop or Lightroom preset that simulates an old processing method however, again, is not just the same.
I contacted Przemek Strzelecki, a Polish photographer living in UK. I like to see him as a great interpreter of soul photography. When you see a Przemek shot you start thinking about the story behind the person or the people in the photo.
Przemek : For me the best place to take pictures was Havana as well as Trinidad but every corner of that country is great for photographers. Przemek : You have thousands of possibilities, from skinny old dogs roaming freely between old dirty cars to cock fighting, from old people with a cigar in their mouth to great shadows on the walls. Przemek : I used to wake up really early in the morning, quite often still with the taste of Cuban rum in my mouth, then I had a coffee on the street and then I put a roll of slide into my old canon camera (eos 30) or the black and white film to the second camera I had with me (Contax g2) and I started. After an hour or two, the amazing light was gone so I hid my stuff and waited few hours to dawn for another portion of great Cuban light. Again an hour or two with the camera in hand and than the best way to finish your photographic day was to go for a bottle of Havana Club.
I had some rolls of slides with me, fuji provia 400 and some black and white negatives, usually fuji neopan 400 and ilford hp 5.
The first thing I have done after my chat with Przemek was to look for a flight to Havana!! Stefano FerroStefano is a cycling, movie and life style photographer with a big love for landscape & travel photography. But what they can't do (at least not on purpose) is to take a creative photo - that relies on you. For example, one of the most popular filters is the polarizing filter, used to reduce reflections and glare, and to enhance colors and contrast in landscape photography. Different cameras and lenses have different filter thread sizes, and filters are also available in a wide range of different sizes. This can easily happen when you upgrade from one camera to another, or if you buy more than one lens. Traditionally they were created by placing objects on a sheet of photographic (light sensitive) paper. You see there are really two ways to view low light situations; you can seek to use them as a creative opportunity or see them as a restriction you need to overcome. In this article I'll cover five tips that can help you get great photos, even if you're not at a great location (but help you really show off the location if you are). This is especially true if you're traveling somewhere new - it can be so tempting to try and capture every part of the experience. If you are snapping away, trying to capture everything you see, you are much more likely to be a bit sloppy in how you take the photos. It's better to come away with a few really great shots than hundreds of boring, badly composed images. If you only have time to get out with your camera twice a week, cutting this down to once a week would harm your photography, not help it.
But rather try and photograph in conditions that you find it difficult to get good photos in. If you're on holiday and it rains all day, but you've no experience in shooting in the rain because you always avoid it, how do you think your photos are likely to come out? The relationship between these two spaces can have a strong effect on how the photo is perceived. In the large negative space example above, the sea and sky are relatively clear, and both blue, while the boat is plain white.
Capturing images that do the great outdoors justice can be difficult, but so long as you're willing to put a little work in, it's certainly not too difficult.
Combine this with the differences brought about by time of day, weather, and seasons, and you can get a large variety of great landscape photos from just a small area. Learn about the exposure triangle, and the way the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed settings play off one another. But rather it is learning about how the settings work together, and which settings to change to get the image brighter or darker without negatively affecting a different aspect of the image. The dynamic range of an image refers to the range of brightness levels that the image contains. This results in a scene with a very high dynamic range - the sun is very bright, but the landscape in front you, particularly areas that are in shadow, will be comparatively very dark. And so you end up with an image where the landscape is exposed okay, but the sky is blown out white.
Set your camera to a medium exposure where the sky is a bit overexposed and the landscape a bit underexposed.
You expose the image keeping detail in the sky, which will result in the landscape appearing very dark.
The latest large image sensors in these cameras retain a lot of detail in the shadow areas of the image, and this detail can be pulled out by brightening the shadow tones. As well as bringing out any details recorded in the shadows, you'll bring out a large amount of noise, so much so that any details are likely to be swamped by the noise. It's about the shapes and lines that are created by items in the scene, and how well they work together. Leading lines refer to lines that lead back into the image, such as a road, path, or fence leading off into the distance. Being at the right place at the right time is a matter of persistence - keep going out, keep practising, and you're much more likely to find yourself in a great location with great light.
In that case, your adjustments will happen in a program like LightRoom, CaptureOne, or Photoshop. If you see light shining into the room brightly, use the area adjacent to that bright light so your subject is well lit, but not over exposed. You can achieve a fairly well-lit appearance in a photo with some filtering, but it’ll never be the same as a truly well-lit image.
Unless you are very talented, a large dinner plate, for example, will look awkward and uninteresting in a photo. Your iPhone camera does not adjust or capture a sense of focal length (items behind other items become blurry in the distance). Play around with each of the manual tools (not the auto filters), sliding each up and down to see what they do, then re-adjust each along the way until you achieve your desired look. Maybe during that perfect smile, or when you’re engrossed in some action that makes you unaware of being photographed, a candid shot can always deliver more enthralling photographs at its best.
The burst mode allows you to take a series of photographs as parts of a single shot taken over a specific duration of time.
You can get truly amazing candid shots from a fair distance off as the subjects in this case have no clue they are being photographed.
The best virtue that can assist a photographer in this case, especially for wedding photographs, is patience. His passion and innovative approach embody the perfect union between art and technical precision. There’s a reason why the top wedding photographers use fast glass – and it’s not for bragging rights.
Yes, there are occasions when flash is required, such as with creatively-lit shots, but, if you’re using fill flash for most of your shots throughout the day, again, you’re doing it wrong (and that’s another reason why fast lenses are a must-have).
For instance, there may be certain signature images which look better with more extensive editing and effects. Just make sure you appreciate the magnitude of your responsibility and fully embrace the art of wedding photography. However, on a D7000 or D7100 cropped sensor, you will be seeing the equivalent of 35-100mm of zoom.
I feel I could almost take it on myself now (even if I do just have a budget digital camera).


Your camera will try to guess at what the best shutter speed and aperture combination should be. He has died aged 81 and he had the great honour to photograph incredible iconic people as Che Guevara and Pablo Picasso. I still remember his photography tips for Cuba which I followed in my first trip in the island, over 20 years ago. It is not just about street photography, it is about capturing the right composition at the right time. Open and easygoing people, fantastic light, great old architecture and thousands of vintage American cars make this place amazing for artists with camera.
When in Melbourne, his hometown, you will see him cycling around at sunset or sunrise looking for the best spot for a photo of this beautiful city.
In this article we'll look at some tips to help get you taking more creative and compelling images, and improving your photography skills. The paper is then exposed, which turns the paper black, except for where the objects are blocking the light.
Irrespective of how you personally view the situation there are lots of things you can do to ensure you can take great images in low light. The product will still cost you the same as if you went direct, and the commission helps pay for running this site.
And these tips require no technical knowledge of camera settings, so even if you use your in auto mode, they will help you get better photos. But if you start trying to limit the number of shots you take each time you use your camera, you should find yourself being much more selective and thoughtful about your shots, resulting in better images.
You have to get out there in the first place, then wait patiently for night to fall, and endure the cold temperatures.
If there were other elements included in the frame, the feeling of smallness given to the boat would not be as strong. This should help you decide whether to frame your subject tightly, loosely, or somewhere in between.
If you've never shot HDR before (for example), it wouldn't make sense to try it when traveling somewhere new, and possibly ending up with a messed up photo of a location you can't go back to. You can gradually hone your technique, learning how to use it effectively in a variety of lighting conditions. But the results won't be massively better than a compact camera, or even a phone camera with an app that offers manual exposure control.
Or where the sky is exposed okay, but the landscape is almost black, with very little detail visible. This does increase noise levels in the image but these sensors have very low levels of noise, and so noise is not usually a problem.
So, while you can fake that effect with a blur when editing the photo on your iPhone, 9 times out of 10 an iPhone food picture is far better looking when shot directly overhead. I often adjust down the warmth, up the highlights, and up the sharpness a touch, amongst other things depending on the photo. Although it was lacking natural light, I was able to use the other 4 tips and still take a good-looking photograph.
The first photo is still fun, but it’s a bit dark and the colors are strange even after editing.
As a general rule, candid snaps are more difficult to obtain and depends on the ability of the photographer.
Most photographs without flash, especially those in low light situations, give off a very natural aura if taken properly with the right settings. Photographing people in action are easy to shoot in scenarios like weddings, parties and in festivals.
This allows you to actively select the perfect snap that makes it look candid and discarding the rest, thus increasing your chances of capturing that perfect shot. Take all the time you would need to wait and snap that perfect shot and it doesn’t matter if it takes long to come by.
Since opening Andy’s photography has attracted clients from Canada, Saudi Arabia, Australia, etc. That’s all good and well, but nothing will dent your success more than having clients come to your website only to take one look at your photos and email your competitors instead. The use of any imagery or article content is strictly prohibited without express written permission. His philosophy is that learning photography is easy if you know a few tried and true strategies. Also, AirBnb has made an agreement with a network of casa particular in Cuba, however you may end up with an higher price to pay.
That is the difference between a photo that shows the beauty of the natural wilderness and another that just shows some rocks and trees in the middle of nowhere. By carefully narrowing down what the truly important part of the image is, you can then create a stronger image by focusing on this. Or maybe you just wouldn't take any photos on that day, and end up with nothing to show for that location. Simply taking a photo from a high angle or very low angle can create a dramatic difference compared to just shooting at eye level.
But it can give you fantastic images that are likely to draw much more attention than the same scene shot during the day.
For scenes in lower light levels a tripod and slow shutter speed can be used, as the scene won't move so you don't need to worry about getting a blurry image.
Light, exposure, and composition are much more important to a good landscape photograph than the camera you use. Understand why you want to keep the ISO setting low, or when you might want to use a higher setting. This particularly applies when using a wide-angle lens, where it is quite easy to include a large area of foreground within the image.
Be judicious and don’t overdo the edits to the point where the food no longer looks real.
You can see how the light is shining in on the salad in the second photo, allowing the pretty, natural colors of the food to stand out, and adding that pretty glow that only natural light can! A good photographer can always find candid snaps in any scenario including festivals, arena events, and weddings .
It is important to have your photograph look as natural as possible if you want it to be candid. For photos that involve commercial motives, changing the perspective such as shooting from below can help make the image seem candid.
I used to use the Canon 24-70mm on my cropped sensor Canon 60D at weddings and found the extra zoom quite useful. And in turn, this makes the image much clearer and easier for the viewer to 'read', and feel the same emotions that you did as you captured it. But if you've been previously practicing in (and reading tips about) shooting in these sorts of conditions, you'll likely be able to come away with some great images. You can then expose for the landscape, and get an image with both the landscape and sky exposed nicely. The goal with the edits is to bring the photo to life and to make it appear as closely to what your eyes see as possible – which typically does require a few tweaks.
If you are using flash creatively, you must get up to speed on the art and science of lighting a scene. I also spend time flicking through books of wedding poses, bridal portraits, group shots etc. Controlling ambient light and flash power separately using just your camera’s aperture, shutter-speed and ISO is just one area you need to master (and that’s a whole other tutorial). Your own portfolio will only improve if you seek to embrace the work of those who impress you. What’s more, it helps build your confidence in manhandling your subjects on an actual wedding shoot.
You can’t open your aperture any further, so to increase your shutter speed you have to boost your ISO. It gives them something to do with their hands and makes them feel less exposed in front of the camera. Another benefit of shooting at wider apertures (lower F numbers) is a shallower depth of field. This is great for making your bridal portraits pop from their background and enhancing the professional look of your images.




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