Important Tips to Capture a Better Photograph

It’s important to note that how you are clicking the photographs and also how to avoid those difficulties which often happen with automatic digital cameras. So, here are ten tips which would help you to enhance your digital photographs and of course help you to increase your portfolio.

1. Pay attention to your subject

Most of the times, we can see that the picture is lacking impact as our subject seems to be far. So, it’s important to avoid the unwanted aspects which are distracting and should only concentrate on the main subject by moving closer or using zoom option.

2. Change the format of the pictures

It’s equally important to change the format of the pictures. The camera should be turned according to the subject as camera makes picture that are rectangular, not square.

3. Shoot for the perfect picture.

Shoot till the time you get the perfect picture. Later, you could easily delete the pictures which you don’t like at all.

4. Avoid blurred pictures.

It’s not very difficult to avoid blurred images, one just need to hold the camera properly, so make sure that you hold your camera with two hands. Also it is important to arch the shooting finger and after that pressing slowly or squeezing the shutter button.

5. Use the flash option

Images which are taken outside are far better by using the flash of the camera. Its mainly because flash helps to fills in the shadows and provide consistent lighting and a more delightful portrait.

6. Remember the range of your flash

For avoiding the underexposures with the flash, it’s important to remember its operating range. So it’s important to check the manual of your camera as flash range occurs to change when you adjust camera zoom lens.

7. Reread your camera manual

Study the instruction booklet properly of your camera, keep on reading it till the time you are not familiar with camera buttons, symbols and if by any chance you lose out the manual, you can very easily log on to the website and download the copy of the manual.

8. Don’t let the date and time to ruin your images.

Be sure that the camera is not set accordingly which would automatically print the time and date of your clicks in the front of your pictures; it will ruin their appearance. With the help of image-editing software, time and date can be embedded.

9. Compose Pictures with Your Viewfinder.

If you have the option available use your camera’s viewfinder rather than using LCD screen as it is easier and faster to compose pictures.

10. Put a Higher ISO for, Non-blurred Images, Sharper and better Flash Range

Always remember that adjusting your camera’s ISO stands for “International Standards Organization” and is a measure of light sensitivity for film, to a higher number, automatically sets smaller lens openings for sharply focused pictures. It helps to broaden the distance range of in build flash unit. Check out by clicking some images at different ISO to compare the results.

The Dark Side of Street Photography

Given how photographs have changed the course of world events, and lately influenced a lot of journalism, it’s darker side is something we cannot afford to ignore.

Pace and movement are two aspects that often set the tone for this very lucid form of photography. Ansel Adams said, ‘there are always two people in a picture: the photographer and the viewer.’ But such is not the case when it comes to photographing on the streets – there are many others whom you capture in the frame, and with them, their complexities.

Perhaps one of the major dilemmas is how to photograph the streets and it’s people (who give it character) without offending them. For many photographers, it’s a choice that they make. They’re risk-takers, ready to address any subject who creates a big deal about being photographed. On the other hand, there are those who simply want to go unnoticed when clicking. For some of them, that adds to the spontaneity of the moment while for others, it’s about being in a comfort zone and avoiding confronting situations with the subjects.

Another is about what’s ‘ethically correct’ in street photography. Would capturing a half-naked human belonging to either sex, differently abled and begging on the streets, be perfectly fine a frame to shoot? As a photographer, it’s often a moral choice, like for Eric kim. He acknowledges being uncomfortable photographing the poor and destitute. And then there are those who take it as professionally as can be. It’s just another subject for them and they have to capture the sight ‘as is’. Culturally too, since the reading of photographs can differ, it becomes a separate challenge altogether.

Additionally, it is the challenge of time. In the streets, the approach can hardly be planned, owing to the fast-pace it aims to capture in a still. Some photographer’s believe strongly in their ability to recognize when everything is ‘just right’. For them, it’s then up to the people who view the photographic result to decide whether or not what they shot was right – entirely a subjective view.

Here’s what often works in a world where public and private lines are fast diminishing:

Moving around.

Loiter around with a camera in your hands and people are bound to notice you. Once they do, it’s almost a choice they make. Read their body language and see if they establish eye contact. Picking up the right signals from them can help figure if they’re keen on engaging with you, or prefer to have their privacy.

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Take the shot, anyway.

You’re unsure a taking a shot? Often, our conscience takes over the work. Capture it anyway. Get it back home and discuss, ponder upon it. Get a few close friends, or people you think will honestly and critically review your work. Take a call on making the photograph pubic based on a larger opinions. It’s not always possible to be sure what right – or wrong – simply because there it’s all really grey! Yet, if you’re unsure, this could be a great way to go about it. Do check for country-specific laws on photography and street photography in specific.

Shoot, Quick!

In order to avoid stressful or unpleasant situations, hone up the speed at which you take shots on the street. Click and be gone with a flash. Successive, quick snaps without having to hide can get greatly candid photos. People honestly aren’t there for you to click them from a million angles – it can be as frustrating for you on the streets as for them! Besides, it’s a public place and you’re not doing anything illegal. But just do your job, click a few shots, get back home and ponder on the results later!

Verdict

It seems that either sides can come up with a balanced, to-each-his-own kind of arguments. There is no rule on the streets: the chaos, the randomness of the streets does not allow you to be orderly or even think about what’s ethical or what’s not. What’s private, is increasingly public. There are only things you can try, and see if they work. Getting comfortable with crowds, understanding crowd behaviour and predicting how they might react are perhaps the best ways to delve into the darker side of street photography.

The Legal side of a Photography Business

The Legalities of Your Photography Business: Things Not to Miss

Changing gears from a hobbyist to a professional photographer involves an array of legalities. Before proclaiming yourself as a professional photographer, you must look into a variety of legal aspects that form the backbone of your photography business.

You must look at what sort of business structure you opt for and whether you have registered yourself with the revenue department of your state. In addition, ensure that you create a separate financial account before you start your business and have an adequate amount of liability insurance. Having acted on the above, you might still be short of putting all your ducks in a row.

Here’s what you probably will overlook:

1. The self-employment tax

This is where most beginners falter.  If you are a self-employed photographer, you are required to pay an additional percentage of tax from your total income (varies from state to state).  In order to prevent an audit filed against you -consult an attorney.

2. Tangible property transfer

In case you’re providing your customers with any “tangible property” (CD / DVD /thumb-drive etc), you are required to collect sales tax from them for your service. Failing to do this can get you a nasty surprise at the end of the year.

3. Copyright photos

One of the laborious task after turning into a pro, includes legally getting copyright over your photographs. You must register your photographs with the copyright department of your state (for eg, US copyright department) to prevent copyright infringement. You are not liable to take any legal action against the infringer, if not registered.

4. Tax deduction via your website

Make sure you maintain proper record of your business activities to file them in and get tax deduction. Don’t forget the subscription fees for your photography website as online photo hosting costs are tax deductible business expenses. Hers’s a good place to create your photography website.

As Benjamin Franklin rightly said, “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” We couldn’t agree more – there is certainly no getting away from either!

Further Reading : Legal Client Timeline

Smartphone Photography

Smartphoneography – Getting Smart with your Smartphone!

‘Smartphoneographer’ – is that YOU? Yes, it is. And you’re not alone. Around the world, people are turning to their smartphones to simply click – From portraits, fauna and flora, interiors or products. You name it – photography via the smartphone has become quite the buzz.

Winna Efendi famously remarked, ‘When you take a photograph of someone, you take a portrait of their soul.’ Interestingly, smartphones can now capture that very soul effortlessly. Your sole task is to understand the elements of the correct angle, lighting, focus and post-processing. And there you are –  a solid image of Tibetan monk ageing gracefully with a silver tooth-cap and twinkly eyes!

But how does one make settle for nothing less than the best from an iPhone or Android? To begin with, Alfred Stieglitz’s mantra of ‘wherever there is light, one can photograph’ holds absolutely true. But in cases where light is almost nil, a lamp accessory can solve the issue of inappropriate lighting in smartphones. In actuality, lighting turns out to be more of the decisive factor than the camera used. Another accessory that can fine-tune images is a good tripod. The face in the frame certainly shouldn’t be lopsided! So, get hold of the tripod, mount and keep the phone steady for unblurred images. Attachable lens too, such as Olloclip, offer superb telephoto and macro-lens that can be simply attached to your phone and enhance angles. Additionally, using apps such as Camera+ can separate exposure from focus and as a thumb rule, to get better focus out of smartphones, one should pick simple backgrounds and not clutter or crowds. Lastly, the focus on eyes is a must when it comes to portraits and majority smartphones score high on the that front. The process of click-and-delete as well as multiple, continuous shots is smoothest when using a smartphone – a simple advantage that most point-and-shoot and DSLRs falter on or have a slower process performing the same function.

Smartphone Photography
Smartphone Photography

As a totally different genre, wildlife photography with a smartphone is a winning case too. You’re perpetually on tenterhooks and are caught unaware when a wild bear decides to pluck a few berries from the bush. You don’t have a DSLR or perhaps it’s in the bag. But what you DO HAVE is an incredibly smart phone with a great megapixel. You reach out to your pockets and capture the event. CLICK!

When it comes to wildlife photography, standing still, zooming in and sufficient lighting are all the three aspects worth understanding. While getting as close to the scene is enticing, it makes more sense to zoom in – in case there is a direct threat (beware of over-pixelating). If not, try getting as close to the subject as possible and click. When it comes to lighting, natural lighting i.e the day, is when most of your work should be ideally done. Smartphone camera’s usually require plenty light for a purposeful image. But one can get dramatic lighting effects at dawn and dusk as well. With Snappgrip, one is fairly sorted when it comes to shooting in the wild. With hardware controls for shutter/focus, zoom and shooting mode, it comes complete with a tripod mount and works with low-energy Bluetooth. In addition the most precious moments are not lost if your battery dies out as it gives great standby. A dedicated shutter button and steady grip must not be undermined when it’s about shooting the wild. Events are quick out there and a smart app like Snappgrip can enhance the productivity of your smartphone – and only make it smarter!

Therefore, essentially, the rules remain the same as in a DSLR-  it is only the medium that is different. Knowing your smartphone’s capabilities well can go a long way in exploiting the phone’s camera to the hilt. And eventually you’ll agree, while apps, filters and accessories can be powerful tools to complement your work, they definitely can’t replace talent!

Got some great wildlife photographs to showcase? Use Pixpa to show them to your clients!

 

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