Once I finally sorted out all the jargon I was relieved to understand how simple DSLR photography really is. The goal is to get a shot that is sharp, bright and clean. In outdoor sunlight this is easy.
It turns out that the qualities of sharpness, brightness and graininess are trade-offs among each other. If you got the original focus exactly right, the subject will still come out blurry if the camera shakes even a little while the shutter is open. Even if your original focus is exact and you don’t shake the camera at all, the subject must be in the same place while the shutter is open, or you will get some amount of blur from subject movement.
Of course there’s not much you can do about low light if you are indoors and trying to avoid a yucky-looking flash shot.
Fast shutter speed is great for avoiding blur from camera-shake but a fast shutter doesn’t let in a lot of light. Alternately, you can keep the fast shutter speed but use a higher “film sensitivity” (measured with ISO numbers). The aperture is the size of the hole light comes through, so a small hole naturally lets in less light. You can use a larger aperture setting when you need more light, but this will have the effect of blurring objects far enough behind and in front of the focus point. As you’ve probably noticed, there are trade-offs involved in getting acceptable brightness and sharpness without graininess. Another approach if you don’t mind (or actually want) a blurry background: Switch to your camera’s “manual mode” and set a low ISO and the minimum “no-motion” shutter speed using the same rule-of-thumb from above. Those of you who’ve been coming to this site for a while might already know that I take photos professionally.
When I first started taking photos of groups of people, I noticed that they tended to arrange themselves into a straight line, shoulder-to-shoulder, as though they were taking a class photo. From my experience, a step to one side from the center of the group will impart a feeling of depth to a group photo. A jaunty or canted angle (also known as a Dutch angle, among several other terms) is a photography technique that you can use to develop an aesthetically-pleasing composition from an otherwise dull scene. Using jaunty angles is tricky because it can add a feeling of confusion to a photo if you don’t keep the composition in mind.
In addition, I find that you’ll often be able to get the best angles of your photo subjects using jaunty angles.
Sometimes I’ll see photographers just tilt their camera to one side without really keeping the composition in mind, making their photos look disoriented and unsteady. Another example: I often wear unique glasses in shoots, and sometimes people will come up to me just so they can take a photo with my glasses on them. The trick is to make them comfortable enough in front of your lens that they let you capture them in an honest moment. Taking portrait shots of people you don’t know demands a little more from your social skills than just being able to point and shoot. Candid shots in social events are tricky to capture because bringing a camera into a scene automatically changes peoples’ behaviors and how they conduct themselves. The trick is to let them get used to your presence and then, when the time is right, snap away!
I know many professional photographers who don’t shoot in RAW for the events they cover. But for my personal shooting style, I’ve found that taking snaps in RAW gives me a little more flexibility and a bigger margin of error that allows me the opportunity to compensate for my terrible technique later on. The beauty of letting someone else take photos is that people will react differently to the person behind the lens. For example, ask a really pretty girl to take photos, and you might get different reactions from the guys at the party. But you have to realize that everyone at the event has one thing in common: they are at the same place looking to have a good time.
Thus, one of your tasks as a photographer is to connect these groups of people into one cohesive gathering. I think a lot of photographers make the mistake of thinking that they should just snap away and hope for the best. As the photographer for an event, you’re one of the few people (along with the host) who has to constantly move around the party to see and interact with partygoers.
And when that beat drops, when the chorus comes in… I shoot away because I know people will be doing something awesome! As the holidays get into full swing, we’ll all be coming together in our respective houses, offices and clubs to celebrate with each other. I really liked your article as I think it’s more about the approach of taking pictures (like you have mentioned it above) than the camera or its settings.
The reason that photographer with the big camera got so much attention was probably because his camera was the biggest and easiest to see. The best advice I can give when it comes to flash is to ask you what kind of photos do you want to take? Often when you see comments that contain phrases along the lines of “I have 30 years experience”, the comment is generally negative. I have a question, i have been locking for a while to how to do this kind “script” maybe or curves ? Thanks for this, it reinforces that I my attitude and personality helps me get better photos. I get the results with editing in Lightroom (exposure and noise reduction are my 2 biggest edits).
However, the thing to keep in mind is that there is no magic combination of exposure settings.
For instance, you can have a manual setting with a certain shutter speed and aperture but you have an auto ISO setting.
Or you can have an aperture priority mode with a set ISO and a set maximum flash sync speed. It just takes a lot of practice and reflection on how you want your camera to perform when you’re out there shooting. In the time of digital technologies, point-and-shoot cameras let you take unlimited number of instant pictures almost anywhere and anytime.
But if it’s too late to reshoot, try saving your almost perfect picture ruined by cluttered background with some post processing. We can bet it that you take most of your shots when your camera is in the “little green box mode” (i.e. As you see, larger aperture works best for portraits, as it ensures that you have a shallow depth of field.
It is hard to believe, but using on-camera flash is really quite evil for portrait photography.
We are sure you have seen dozens of photos where people appear with half-closed eyes or goofy faces caught in conversation.
And the final tip is: you are going to have the best portrait when your subject looks and feels confident. I will immediately seize your rss feed as I can not to find your email subscription link or newsletter service.
The technology sector is full of famous U-turns, but could Steve Jobs’ decision to stop trashing 11in laptops and build an 11.6in MacBook Air come back to haunt him? The early signs are yes, something which has had industry experts hastily performing U-turns of their own. Copyright for all reviews, editorials and features on this site belong to their respective publishers. JtBP is about showing you what is wrong, contentious, or downright bubble headed about products.
On Tuesday Steve Jobs announced the next generation of iPods, a new shuffle, nano and iPod touch. Certainly I don’t expect everyone to agree with this viewpoint and it would be a boring world if you all did. Instead JtBP is all about showing you what is wrong, contention, or downright bubble headed about products. Tablets are the talk of the technology sector, a seemingly exciting middle ground between smartphone and laptop.

What they realised was Apple had managed to capitalise on the ease of use intrinsic to the iPod touch and iPhone and bring it to a sector capable of competing with cheap laptops.
That said the failure of past tablets has just been their impractical form factor, but equally because they failed to live up to our futuristic visions for them.
I started out writing this post in order to tell you whether you should or shouldn’t buy a tablet, but I’ve come to realise this is an impossible task. The bottom line is tablets are coming yet again and they will divide consumer opinion like never before. Were adding 5mm to its height, dropping 10mm in width, 2mm in depth and 5 grams in weight from shuffle 2G worth all this?
There are many things the iPhone does well although for those interested I’ve also reviewed Just the Bad Points. The reasons for this are a reasonably quick shutter action, decent low light performance and good colour reproduction. Great credit to Photocritic for putting together an exhaustive gallery illustrating many brilliant examples of top notch iPhone photography. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Opening the box to my spanky new DSLR, I was overwhelmed with settings, options and buzzwords.
If the shutter is open for a long time, then you are more likely to see blur from camera shake. It turns out that a large aperture will produce blurriness for objects behind (and in front of) the original focal point. So to keep the shot acceptably bright you might have to stabilize the camera so you can use a slower shutter speed. Higher sensitivity film can “absorb” the necessary light quickly during a fast shutter shot, but more sensitive film produces a grainier image. The controls at your disposal to manipulate these factors are available light, shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity. Next start with the ISO sensitivity set as low as you hope to get away with to avoid graininess.
In this article, I’ll share some of my most guarded techniques for taking awesome event photos. If not, whenever you encounter a term or concept that you’re not familiar with, check out this overview of Photography-related topics on Wikipedia. Or, if people were sitting on a couch, they would always expect me to take their photo from dead center. This happens because one side of the group will be closer to your lens, thus adding depth and creating a more captivating composition.
I realized this through street photography when I was still in the beginning stages of taking photos; I soon discovered that a big DSLR camera can change the scene and the mood.
Things like white balance and exposure are very hard to correct (if at all possible in the first place) in JPEG format. If your task is to document the party, then what better way than to let someone else’s perspective take over for a more rounded view of what happened? Sometimes, if you hand your camera to one of your shy friends, it will force them to interact with people and change the dynamic of the party for him or her! However, you won’t really capture what happened at the party if you think about the photos as a series of disjointed, isolated moments. He has experience in various design and art related fields including design, illustration, and photography.
By way of your article and this response you have inspired me to go to the party tonight and have a great time capturing the atmosphere. Bouncing your flash towards the ceiling or onto a wall gives you a different kind of light than if you pointed the flash directly at your subject. The pics I take usually look great and everyone comments but I do struggle with the settings at times. I’m an event photographer from England and I read this post and was wondering if you could take a look at some of my stuff?
Will flash help , if yes, camera flash or speed light, if speedlight, on the subject or bouncing off the ceiling or wall. With digital camera, Laptop or a Desktop Computer and a printer you can make handsome money very easily, trust me. Other readers that arrive at this article can see a different view point, which enriches this article. However I am only a beginner and I have a task coming up my friends 18th and whenever I’ve taken photos at night with my DSLR at night my photos never work out, I was just looking into buying a flash for my Nikon D90.
I love to experiment, but sometimes I feel it is a little dangerous to do so, because what if it come out a total failure and your client isn’t happy.
That is why most amateur photographers result in having a bunch of bad snapshots of themselves and family and not one fairly decent photo that is worth hanging on the wall. Unless this is a photo from a Halloween party, you must get rid of those spooky red eyes, because they really make your photos look rubbish!
A quick and simple way is applying some background effects to a photo, like those you can find here. You can go even further and try the following trick to get a beautifully blurred background (especially if you are a happy owner of a DSLR camera). The best time for portraits is during a few hours in the early morning and afternoon, when the light is soft and produces attractive results.
You can do your best to take great pictures but your subject can blink his or her eyes at the exact moment the shutter snaps.
Still it is a good idea to use some post-processing to make the photo look more flattering, e.g. So make them comfortable, make them smile, and take pictures in their natural element – this will result in fun and natural pictures!
It’s licensed under Creative Commons Attribution, so you need to credit the original photographer. The common argument throughout 2010 has been netbooks have seen their day and the iPad is responsible – a simple deduction of 1 + 1 = 5. Widespread predictions were largely spot on and brought the usual reaction of excitement fused with modest frustration and a general agreement that Apple’s infamous marketing hyperbole remains as strong as ever, despite the iPhone 4 antenna climb down. Apple, Dell, Toshiba, HP and Asus have all committed to the form factor and it is expected to challenge netbooks as the new must-have product of 2010. Never before had basic entry level computing (email, web browsing, media consumption) been made so simple and accessible to the general public at truly affordable prices. With modern technology and – most importantly – modern finger friendly interfaces, they now can. I’m a professional technology journalist, a critic, an analyst who looks at things logically and weighs up the pros and cons. There is also a trick to getting half decent pictures with the iPhone camera: the photo is only taken when your finger is removed from the camera icon so you can prep shots much as you would with a standard compact or DSLR. I wanted to take awesome photos right away — not get an engineering degree in optics!
This can be an acceptable, even desired, type of blur since you can use it to make a sharp subject stand out from an otherwise blurry background. This is also true of the electronic sensor found in a Digital SLR camera that replaces film. Then, using the camera’s “shutter priority mode”, set the shutter speed to the slowest setting that will prevent motion blur (using the rule-of-thumb described above).
Finally, increase the ISO sensitivity setting until acceptable image brightness is achieved. If you’re in charge of taking photos at your next holiday party, Christmas party, birthday party, office party, or any other type of social event, these tips will hopefully help you get better and more interesting event photography shots. And, in my experience, these situations often end up in a boring photo (at least in my book).
But if you have a good idea, people will love it and your photos will have that little something extra to make them that much more memorable.
This is especially true in environments where people are aware that there’s someone taking photos. In fact, it’s more work for you during the post-production stage if you shoot in RAW format.

And it’s very easy to think that an event is just made up of these small pockets of closed-off groups of people. I listen to the choruses, the verses, and the moments in a song that gets me excited because, chances are, the rest of the party will feel the same way.
He's in charge of making sure that Design Instruct publishes high quality content that professional designers and digital artists demand and expect. However, the trouble with those focus assist lights is that if you use too many autofocus points, you camera will still have a hard time focusing on what you want to focus on when you are shooting in extremely low light conditions. I prefer to shoot in natural light but have been asked to take photos at a indoor party with fluro lights.
Just have confidence and work harder, understand your target then remember you are there for business. If you’d like to share something about photography with our readers, we’d be more than happy to hear some of your ideas! If you want consistency between shots, then you’ll have to set up your camera so that it takes a consistent exposure no matter the lighting condition.
These online services automatically remove red eye from pictures without you having to click on the red eye, or select the eye area manually. So when you are about to take a photo, look at what will be behind your subject and try to keep the background simple.
Let’s try to spice things up =) Zoom in and step back until the subject fills the frame (but be sure to leave some space around).
Overcast days with natural cloudy light are also good, as clouds diffuse the sunlight and the shadow transitions are soft. Flashes are also the reason of red eye, as we said before, and also put an unflattering shine into people’s faces.
Getting great expressions means taking a lot of photos and trying to stay alert when the perfect moment occurs.
Truth is the iPad has shown a greater appetite for the iPod touch and netbooks have declined because a) having shipped 100s of millions of units in the last 18 months owners aren’t ready to upgrade again, and b) netbooks were horribly mis-sold as small laptops which turned many less techy owners off buying another one. Apple sold 7.5m iPads in its first six months on sale, actually missing industry forecasts.
Since Tuesday, however, I’ve been hit with a nagging sense of irritation which you may or may not share: is everything Apple announced that day a botch job?
For that you’ll find many gushing websites all over the Web and you can read my extended opinions right here. So with wave after wave of tablet marketing hype set to hit us between now and Christmas the big question is: should you buy one?
Because until recently the tablet was a largely abandoned idea, a product type which had clocked up failure after failure.
After years of speculation the company finally announced itsNewton avenger in January, the ‘iPad’. Billions of dollars are being poured into a market which just a few months ago barely existed, but the bigger question is: Should it? They tie into that futuristic vision of a single sheet of glass delivering all the information and services we could ever need. I’d argue tablets are pointless, ridiculous creations worthy of every parody thrown at them and you’d be better off sticking to a smartphone and a netbook or laptop.
On the hardware side it brings a slightly improved camera (3 megapixels with autofocus, compared to 2MP fixed focus), video recording, marginally better battery life and up to 3x faster performance. Using this effect for shots of people in particular will give your photos a professional quality that a typical point-and-shoot camera can’t achieve. However a DSLR lets you change ISO sensitivity settings on the fly — without opening the camera to swap film as with a traditional SLR.
Your camera will select an aperture large enough for your chosen shutter speed and ISO setting. I always worry about the angle of flash(90 or 45 degree…) and about that it might bother others. Instead of printing their photos, upload them to their facebook albums, but this will cost you internet bundles even tho cheaper than printing.
On a professional engagement giving my several thousand dollars worth of gear to a stranger – would not have crossed my mind.
When you buy a flash, you should invest in some high quality rechargeable batteries as well. The goal is to make sure the person you are photographing is well lit, but with no harsh shadows.
If for some reasons you have to shoot at sunny midday, find some shade (probably a side of a building) where the sun will not shine directly on you and where there will not be strong shadows on your subject’s face. Take as many pictures as you can, ask your subject to pose again and experiment with different angles – you will have a lot to pick from when you are done. It is best to use advanced photo editing software like Photoshop, but it is also a time-consuming way. By contrast netbook sales were on target to sell almost 60m this year despite a huge drop-off in growth.
Most famously Apple had tried with the Newton in 1998 and Microsoft was foiled in 2006 with the UMPC (Ultra Mobile PC). For all intents and purposes it is little more than a 10in iPod touch with extra power and it was ridiculed by everyone from the technology press to mainstream comedians.
PC makers realised if consumers around the world bite then Apple will have made the Nintendo Wii of computers.
Most obvious is a tablet requires two hands to hold securely yet two hands to operate effectively and it cannot stand up on its own. As children we didn’t dream about bulky desktop computers or laptops with their physical keyboards, we dreamt about tablets. Increasing the available light is a no-tradeoff solution and your best option for increasing brightness whenever possible.
It shows that you are non-threatening and that you won’t use their photo in a malicious manner.
And if a photographer figures out how to pull it off properly, it can be a good tool to use for certain situations. This simple trick lets the background go out of focus thanks to a wider aperture, so the background doesn’t look distracting and makes the focus on the person you are photographing. Direct sunlight (which is hard and contrasty) is largely unfavorable for taking portrait photos. But unless you want your subject to look like a shadow puppet, avoid backlighting from a window. The iPad isn’t killing netbooks, netbooks are doing a fine job of killing themselves and the 11in laptop looks set to prey on both. In fact the closest any practical form of ‘tablet’ has come to success is as a laptop hybrid where their lids are modified to swivel 180 degrees and be folded back onto the keyboard screen size up. Captain James T Kirk would never be seen holding a imaginary laptop on the deck of the Starship Enterprise, he swiped at mocked up plastic tablets before passing them off dismissively to a subordinate nearby. For those feeling the innate urge to buy a tablet, whatever I say won’t stop you, it has been hardwired into your DNA for years now. Learn its quirks, its strengths, and its weaknesses because at the end of the day, photos are just as much about the photographer behind the lens as it is about the subject he chooses to put in front of his lens. This kind of light will cast harsh shadows on the face; besides, looking into the sunlight will cause your subject to squint. It is a fully automatic online service that has several options to offer (you can check out the options that you don’t need).
Furthermore, while tablets are smaller than laptops and slightly lighter than netbooks, they can’t be carried in a pocket so require an additional bag anyway.
Taking photos of people can be very intimidating at first but you will get more comfortable doing it as time goes by.
The pure form of tablet was dismissed long ago as ‘cool but impractical’ and that was that. As a form factor it actually appears to fall short of the convenience of smartphones and the practicality of netbooks.

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