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Participate in our blog series, and share your photography with other photo enthusiasts around the world! The Photocrati Team is filled with photographers, developers, and WordPress gurus is spread out across the United States, Canada, and Europe. January 7, 2010 by Kristen 11 Comments This post is part of an irregular series about improving your photography while using the camera you already own.
One of the first things I learned when I first started getting more serious about photography was that having plenty of light is not the only key to taking good pictures. As a general rule (though there are exceptions, of course!), it’s best to put the light source behind you, so that it illuminates your subject.
On a related note, this is why it’s good to take pictures when the sun is not directly overhead.
I mentioned at the beginning that there are exceptions to this rule, and I’ll cover that more in another post.
But, this is a little trickier than the front lighting I’ve been advocating in this post, so if your camera and skills are limited, you are most likely to get good results by keeping the light behind you (I do have a lovely camera, and I still shoot with the light behind me at least 75% of the time!).
So, next time you get ready to take a picture, figure out where the light is coming from (window, sun, lamp), and position yourself with your back to the light. How do you keep people from looking all squinty-eyed because they were looking into the sun?
If you have to shoot during midday, try to find a shady spot to shoot in (another side of the house, by a tree, under a beach umbrella, etc). A cloudy day is often a really nice time to take pictures because the available light is soft and diffused, not harsh like bright sun. If you must shoot with the sun behind them, then fill flash can save what would normally be an unusable shot. A photo is worth a thousand words, so when it comes to selling your horse, you should definitely put extra effort into getting great photos to include in your ads. Timing is everything when taking photos; plan for a clear, sunny day when there will be minimal distractions for your horse. Give your tack the same attention: Make sure that it’s cleaned, polished, in good repair, and presentable.
While your horse is standing square, also take a few shots of him from directly behind and head-on to show the angles of his legs. Whether using a professional camera or the one on your phone, here are some tips from Rick for taking great photos in low light. In my opinion, most pro photographers would rather not rely on a flash.  Instead, we’d prefer to use natural light. For example, the picture on the left was taken using the Auto (default) setting.  While this isn’t a bad shot, look at the same picture on the right. To get to the Low Light setting, go to the camera and you’ll see an “A” (for “Automatic”) in the lower left hand corner of the screen. This sounds more complicated than it is (and is by far my favorite camera feature on the One X). You think your hand is stable when holding your camera, but it’s probably not stable enough to give a clean, crisp shot. Hi Hussam, You can use something like a tripod, which has 3 legs and typically has a mount on top for a camera. After long 3 weeks of wastage of time there Back end team member Ms Geeta assured me that my device will get repaired on 28 of oct. Today finally the 48 hours passed As usual i called them, may be its 50th time & just shocked,,There is no Mr Alpesh Available.
Another quick difference is that HTC decided to focus on the quality of the sensor and not simply megapixel count. People believe that buying a new camera will improve their photography but the fault lies in the way they take photographs and not the camera. You should read the camera’s manual thoroughly and learn its features, buttons and their functions. In case you have adjusted you digital camera to portrait settings, set it to highest aperture settings. Photographs taken at night can provide a view of place that look spectacular when the night lights are on. To get the best from your low light shots, there are a few guidelines to follow that you may not typically follow during a daytime shot.
As you will be taking photos that require a long exposure time, hand holding the camera to get a sharp image will be virtually impossible, unless you set the ISO to a very high value. If you must take that shot and you don’t have a fully extensible tripod in your back pocket then use some kind of support. If all else fails and you don’t have a tripod, or any support near by and you must get the shot then bump up the ISO. 2) ISO - Keep your ISO at 100 (or the lowest setting on your camera) to reduce colour noise. Compact cameras will always show a lot of colour noise, for many technical reasons which I will not go into here.
You want decent sharpness and depth of field (DOF – how much is in focus), especially at night.
If you need to take a hand held shot (see Tripod part earlier), then set the aperture to the widest your lens will go and focus on infinity. When the sun just sinks below the horizon, there is about a 30 – 45 minute time line where the light in the sky is changing quite quickly (getting darker). The street lights will start to come on and they haven’t had enough time to warm up to their orange glow!
The speed of the shutter, or how long the camera shutter stays open, should be what you use to get the exposure at night.
Recommending a starting shutter speed will depend on the time of day and the subject matter. Set shutter speed to 1 second if at the beginning of the Blue Hour, 5 seconds if in the middle and 15 seconds if at the end of the Blue Hour. You really do need to practice these shots because what you will find is that when you look at the images on your computer, they will look darker. There are times when you do want to, or need to, shoot at full night when the sky is black.
I let the exposure burn in for just over a minute to get the London Eye and buildings as sharp objects, then I started zooming the lens, very slowly and continued zooming till the end. The concept and steps are exactly the same as if you are taking a landscape or architectural photograph.
Try and compose the view so that the light from a nearby street lamp, or other source, is falling on your portrait subject. Increase your ISO so that the shutter stays open for the least amount of time whilst still getting a decent exposure without too much colour noise and the person is relatively sharp. By using your camera as a torch, you can light your subject or even light other foreground objects. Insects actually slow down with cooler temperatures, so if you want to make it easier on yourself take pictures early in the morning or at twilight when the temperatures are cooler. Insects can see shadows very well so never approach them from the same direction as the light casts.

Anytime you’re taking pictures of wildlife -whether animals or insects- you should have a basic understanding of your subject. Insects can certainly be one of the most challenging subjects to photograph so hopefully these simple tips will help you photograph a truly eye catching image.
Bird photography is one of the most popular types of animal photography and can be one of the most difficult. 1) Create feeding stations and birdbaths in areas that are great for taking pictures (offer nice backgrounds).
2) Choose a location that gives the birds a little protection and makes them feel safe from predators. 3) Determine what types of birds you want to attract and then find out what is the proper type of bird food to attract them. 4) Position bird feeders and bird baths near trees or shrubs that have areas easy for perching. Once you have a good position for your bird photo shoot, now you need to set up your camera for shooting. 2) If you can, use a telephoto lens on your SLR.  Or, if you have an optical zoom on your digital compact camera definitely use it.
Hopefully these few tips can help you attract more birds to your yard and help you capture some truly amazing bird photographs.
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First you need a good camera and then you need to learn all the advanced trigonometry and physics necessary to use said camera. Have you noticed how  sometimes they talk about the stuff in the pictures more than the people? I sat there and fooled around with my camera for a minute or two because I wanted to capture what I was remembering about my own experience as a child. We work with some of the world's leading photographers, including Michael "Nick" Nichols, Steve McCurry, Art Wolfe, and Jim Brandenburg.
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The quantity and quality of light is important, certainly, but it’s also essential to think about where the light is in relation to the camera.
When the sun is right on top of you, it’s obviously impossible to get into a position where the light is behind you.
In a nutshell, though, sometimes it works out nicely to put your subject in front of a light source.
I just got started reading, and I appreciate all the little tidbits of information especially regarding living frugally. Last week we looked at writing great ads; now let’s take a look at taking photos to complement your excellent ad copy. Don’t forget your horse’s halter, lead line, and bit – their details will show up in head shots. With my HTC One X, the built-in Low Light setting, accessible under the camera scenes, makes it easy to take a great photo without getting the unbalanced look that often occurs when using the flash. Do you ever notice how some great photos have a slightly blurry background while the subject is sharp and crisp in the foreground? Using a tripod removes the risk of unsteady hands and makes it much easier to come away with a great shot. I often end up using the back of a chair or some other stable and level space to make sure the photo is sharp.
But Mr Asif is not available that day as said by their toll free agent so i got third new back end team mem Mr Alpesh He said me that ” the part required for device is still not arrived so it will not possible to repaired device yet. The camera and software used in the new HTC One isn’t in the same league as the prior cameras.
People love to see high numbers as an upgrade but it’s just not true when it comes to camera sensors. You need to know proper technique of taking photographs in order to get a good portrait rather than changing the equipment. By this you will also be able to know about the zoom button and how to use it, the flash button and even the power button. You need to focus on the subject and so choose a plain backdrop or uncluttered background scenery.
You can confront the subject before and set his or her desire mood before taking the portrait. The lights from the streets and buildings provide a unique atmosphere and highlight the subject matter. As long shutter speeds are needed for low light photography, the colour noise will get worse over time. For you guys with compact camera’s, look at investing in a computer program to remove as much of the noise when you download to your computer. You may be lucky and get some colour as the light rays from the sun bounces around in the atmosphere and hits warmed gases and dust particles that scatter the light and create that sunset colour. The longer the shutter is open, the more light that the camera’s sensor will gather over time and therefore the brighter your image will be.
What I mean by that is whether you are taking an image during the blue hour or at full night, and whether the scene you are capturing is well lit overall or has very bright areas and dark areas. I will be constantly tweaking the shutter speed (slowing down or speeding up the time the shutter is open). I check the image on the back of the camera to see if it is bright enough and use a combination of the histogram and highlight alert to tell me how well the exposure is. Set your camera to Aperture Priority and let the camera meter an average for the entire scene and then use Exposure Compensation on your camera to adjust the shutter speed. The camera is tripod mounted and I change the shutter speed, aperture and ISO in this transition set to try and get the best exposures.
It is possible for the light to change slightly from the first to last shot, especially with moving clouds, so be very FAST! There is still some interest left in the sky so you can still get away with taking the shot. Over 3 minutes exposure time with lens zooming thrown in to make it a little more interesting. The only difference is you have a person in the foreground of the scene which you also wish to expose well. What you should notice is that the shutter speed would need to stay open for a number of seconds to expose the background well. They should then be a little brighter than your background scene (due to the inverse square law). Still set the exposure for the background, but now you want the flash to go off at the end of the exposure time to finally light your portrait subject. Think of this as the flash going off at the beginning of the timed exposure (first curtain) or at the end (second curtain). The light from a flash is of a different colour temperature to incandescent or street light. Most smart phones will have an app that causes the screen to glow white and act as a torch. Stay within the macro range and keep the camera extremely still and you’ll get some nice sharp images.
That’s because most insects are sensitive to carbon dioxide and will fly or run away if you breath directly on them. They’ll spot your shadow quickly and will be sure to take off before you even get your camera out.

By understanding their patterns of behavior and what types of plants or environments they prefer you’ll be more likely to get a good shot. The biggest challenge with taking bird pictures is getting the birds to perch exactly where you want them. Try to have a background in a solid color like green, brown or black as this will make the bird really stand out in your image. You can find out by checking with the Audubon Society or going to the National Wildlife Federation’s Gardening for Wildlife website for more information.
By having the feeders near trees with low branches, this increases the chance the birds will land there before going to the feeder or bird bath. If you don’t use a high shutter speed, a slight flick of a tail or head movement will leave your photos fuzzy. When using a zoom or telephoto lens, you will also need a tripod otherwise your images will lack clarity. If you approach the picture with that in mind, you will take better, more meaningful pictures of your family.
I was watching her and thinking about how great it was to be a kid, when the most important part of your day was deciding what colors to put on an egg. Why did I reach for my camera just now and not 10 minutes ago (or not at all) then you’ll begin to take better pictures of your family immediatly. Supporting photographers is not just a sideline activity for us, it’s one of the main missions of Photocrati.
Which would have been great, except that I wasn’t taking a photo of the back of her head.
When the sun is rising or setting, though, and is lower in the sky, it’s quite easy to put the light behind you.
Try to shoot for earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when the sun isn’t as powerful, but there is still plenty of light. Pull his mane if your riding discipline calls for it, and trim stray whiskers, ear hair, and fetlock hair (again, as specified by your horse’s breed and riding discipline). Simple barn sides can make great conformation shot backgrounds, as can clean, simple pasture fencing.
Don’t take head shots head-on, as the angle distorts the horse’s appearance and will make his nose and head look out of proportion from the rest of his body.
Be patient, and if your efforts don’t result in quality photos, then try again another day – you’ll be glad you did. My Mind is just Blown out by hearing that because Mr Asif told the device is getting repaired the part is arrived on Monday.
The biggest difference right off the bat is the clarity and depth that can be achieved by the new sensor, which I feel put’s the One in the same category as a good point and shoot. My primary camera for work is a Nikon d3s, which takes amazing pictures in the lowest light.
A person can take good pictures with any camera but this requires practice and applying the proper way. That way you are not holding down the shutter for long periods, which reduces any shake and subsequent blur. I change the shutter speed every two minutes or so, typically going slightly longer each time. Remember that because most of the scene will be dark, the camera will over expose so dial down by 1 stop. No one can stay perfectly still for even a second so they will appear slightly blurred as they try to stay still. When the flash goes off at the beginning of the timed exposure the camera will still be gathering picture information of the person after the flash fired. There are some exceptions to this rule as some beetles will actually freeze if you breathe on them.
You should also know if the insect you’re shooting is poisonous or dangerous as there are some types of spiders and insects with powerful or lethal venom.
So here are some tips for how to attract birds to your yard and how you can persuade them to perch on branches perfect for taking pictures. Try to avoid areas with sunshine hot spots (that show as a bright white spots) as these will distract from the bird in the picture.
But for photographers who prefer to work on chance, you can occasionally get lucky when chasing birds from branch to branch. And if you are trying to take birds in flight or perched high in trees, professional photographers often use a 600 lens to capture good detail from far away.  Since telephoto lens are expensive, some birders use digiscoping. Looking through a photo album the faces all start to run together, it’s the things that make the memories special. When I see this picture now it reminds me of that memory and hopefully it will do the same for my daughter one day. Think about what it felt like when you were a kid and climbed on a horse, then try to preserve that feeling for your son. Also plan to have at least one person present to help you – if your horse is saddle broken, you’ll also need someone to either ride the horse, or to take the photos while you ride.
Try your best to get your horse’s feet lined up and standing squared, then take shots showing his whole body. If he’s not yet broken, take some photos of him moving at liberty to showcase his movement.
I love the camera on the One X and X+, they take great shots to be viewed on a smaller screens, like a phone or tablet. Remember that with a digital camera you can take many pictures and instantly edit but it consumes a lot of battery.
This will result in some additional image information of the person appearing on top of the person.
The only problem is that you have to hope the bird stays on the branch long enough for you to get the shot. For the best angle, lower yourself so that your camera is shooting from the height of the horse’s stomach and barrel. Be sure to avoid awkward photos, though, such as ones that capture your horse at an odd moment in his movement.
The noticeable difference with the One camera is the ability to pinch and zoom into a photo, while maintaining the original clarity and sharpness.
Although you could shoot very early in the morning when the sun is just about to come over the horizon. It will be trial and error to take a shot, check if the subject is bright enough, if not then change the exposure compensation and quickly take again.
My advice is always colour balance your subject correctly and let the background turn orange. Be sure to include the whole horse in these images – you can crop them later, but make sure that his hooves and his ears are included. When the flash goes off at the end of the timed exposure, any low light image information that the camera has gathered of the portrait subject will be overwritten (somewhat) by the brighter person that was illuminated by the flash at the end. An alternative is to use a colour balance gel for your flash so that the light from the flash is the same temperature as your background.
My technical knowledge allows me to take the picture from the proper angle with the proper light, etc, but it’s my desire to preserve the memory of my children decorating the house that leads me to create an image that is unique and so much better than a snapshot. This is a gift for my children… a memory recall button they can use 30 years from now to feel the same way I did when  I took the picture.

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