How to Boost to Your Business Using Aerial Photography

Running a business successfully becomes really easy if a person is aware of the unique ways that can help him to stand out the crowd. Different businesses require a variety of ways that make it possible for the buyer to get hooked to that particular advertisement. Thus, it is necessary for a businessman to be up-to-date with the methods of marketing and advertising. Read along to know more about it.

Most of the companies prefer to hire aerial photography services‎ and the reason behind this is the wide scope of this style of promoting a business. He who is into the business of real estate can easily gain a great number of eyeballs by providing his potential clients a clear picture of all his projects.

There are various companies that provide Aerial photography hire services and with the help of these services, he can ensure to gain good business relations in a very less time. The excellent past about this way of capturing pictures is that it offers a large platform to advertise his business.

Here are some of the reasons why a businessman should take this style of photography for his business:

Awareness: The first idea of advertising a business is to make people aware about a business and as there are various competitors of a single product/service available in the market, thus it is necessary for a businessman to look for an option of advertising that will help him to make him business recognised among his potential clients. There cannot be any better option than opting for a unique way of marketing a business.

Attracts attention: This method of photography is all about providing a wider view of a product or service of a businessman and it also helps in making it easy for the onlooker to have a clear idea about the actual services provided that he can expect in real. In today’s time when there are various methods of advertising, not all of them can help in gaining the attention of clients, but this one is certainly the best one.

Goodwill: The main focus of a businessman is to make his goodwill in the market so that he can get the good clientele that will help him to take his business to new heights. With the use of this way of advertising, he can ensure to make his business a known name among his clients. This will certainly make him put a strong foot in the market.

The results are great: At the end of the day, the most important thing that matters to a businessman are the results that he gains from an ad campaign or a marketing stint and there isn’t any doubt that this method provides great benefits and the future are also promising.

So, these are some of the advantages of using this style of photography for a business promotion. Hope this piece of writing will help you to make the right choices.

Photo Framing With Acrylic Photo Frames

With the modern technology digital photography has taken over the old day’s picture taking and their framing. However, the idea of having those memories hanging on the wall is not forgotten; it is not only photos that can be framed but also, certificates, art pieces, and others. Acrylic photo frames are one of the best photography framing techniques due to their excellent qualities and the sleek design they add on to those walls.

Many benefits come with the use of acrylic frames compared to any other form of a structure and this, therefore, makes it ideal for anyone that needs framing. The technology behind the acrylic material is in such a way that durability and elegance are maintained. The frames can even be customized to contain any added details such as inscriptions and engraved ornaments like gemstones and others small fitting decorations.

Acrylic photo frames bear resemblance with glass frames due to their transparent nature, but they have many differences. Here are some of the differences and the merits of acrylic frames.

· The first benefit and main advantage come from the fact that these structures do not easily break. Therefore, they are perfect in all conditions and especially where the risk of falling or causing damage when there is breakage. For example in public art galleries and museums, acrylic work best, in cases of accidents they won’t break and either cause damages to the art pieces or cause injuries to anyone around

· The other advantage and big difference are in weight. Acrylic frames are much lighter compare to glass frames. This is all beneficial when it comes to putting them up on the wall or carrying them along. They do not threaten to fall off if they are not well fixed on the wall, often with larger art pieces and photos.

· The glass frames usually have a polishing step known as glazing, which can also be done on acrylic frames. However, glazing in acrylic can be done in many different ways, making them to have a better finishing and qualities such as a protective glare that reduces the chance of picture damage by the UV light.

· The last winning comparison is the dimensional size of the frames, the glass frames typically come in small dimensions, and this is associated with breakage risks while the acrylic which is flexible and breakage free, they come in all sizes and dimensions.

Conclusion.

To enjoy these benefits of acrylic photo frames, you have to order them from the right suppliers and make sure you keep in mind the proper dimensions to avoid wastages and extra remodeling costs.

The Best Settings for Shooting Videos With the Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera

If you are a photographer already or you are learning photography then you will have most of the required skills to shoot video, but there are a couple of things that you need to give more consideration to or that you have not really thought about as of yet. The first is sound. Sound is really really important when you are shooting video and the reason for that is that your brain is very good at putting together clips of visual imagery and making it into a story. When it comes to sound, if it is not good sound or consistent sound then it can be extremely distracting and you only have to listen to, say for example, a radio station where you are not picking it up properly to realize how bad sound can be really distracting and actually really detrimental to the experience. So the objective when you are shooting a video is to produce good visuals but also good and consistent sound so that when people walk away from that video they feel that they have enjoyed the video and that the sound was not distracting and did not take away from the experience and make the whole thing seem rather amateurish.

The other thing that is really important when you are shooting videos is to understand that you are liberated by the moving image. When you are shooting a still – particularly if you are shooting a still that you want to tell a story – then you will try to get certain components of that story into the frame, and where they are positioned in that frame will help in that storytelling process. When you are shooting video you can have various components of the story, but not necessarily in the frame at the same time, because you can move the camera and the video will move with it from one component to the other and, in doing so, bring those two components together. That is a really interesting skill to try to develop and it really brings your videography up to a much higher level, but it is something that for a stills photographer can be quite difficult to understand and to execute very well. Those are the two elements – sound and composition – which you will need to explore further and consider more when you are shooting video than when you are normally shooting stills.

So lets now take a look at the Nikon D3400 and see how we can prepare it to shoot videos. Unlike some other cameras, is it doesn’t have a specific video mode on the mode dial. So I would recommend really that you either leave it on AUTO or you leave it on MANUAL because when it comes to video modes you either have an automatic mode, which essentially does everything for you, or you switch it over to manual where you can have much more control.

Lets look at Auto first so that we can have a look through that. Go into menus and then the SHOOTING MENU. The last option is MOVIE SETTINGS. These are the only settings which are specifically for shooting video and they are all in one place. There are various options – frame size and frame rate, movie quality. the microphone, wind noise reduction and manual movie settings. Lets start from the beginning and have a look at frame size and frame rate. There is a long list of different frame rates and frame sizes. 1920 x 1080 is Full HD and is probably about the best quality you can shoot on a DSLR at the moment outside of 4k, which is the revolutionary new system which actually although what people are talking about it not many people are using. Certainly in terms of social media – YouTube or Vimeo or any of those platforms – they are more than happy to take 1920 x 1080 and in fact they are more than happy to take also the one down towards the bottom here which is 1280 x 720. 1280 x 720 is called HD and 1920 x 1080 is called Full HD.

Then you get on to the frame rate. Now you have various frame rates here and they are different for different reasons. Let me try to explain the differences between the frame rates because whilst it might not seem terribly important it can be. These refer to television systems and in the United States there is a system called NTSC and NTSC runs at 60 Hertz. In Europe predominantly and also other parts of the world there is a system called PAL and PAL runs at 50 Hertz. If you want to shoot video that you want to put onto television in the United States you need to shoot either 60 or 30 if you want to put your stuff on TV in Europe you need to shoot either 50 or 25 and the reason for that is that if you shoot video which is out of sync then the quality will deteriorate. There are other reasons as well because the Hertz here 60 in the States and 50 in Europe refer to the TVs, but they also refer to light – to the electricity supply – and if you shoot video in fluorescent lighting for example which is at 60 Hertz and you are on 50, then because it is out of sync, there will be a flicker in your video and if you shoot somebody in front of a TV under 60 Hertz and you are shooting 50 then you will see a black band going down the back of the television on the screen. That is because they are out of sync. You will see that on the video but you will not see it with your naked eye, because your brain is far too clever to fall for that trick and filters all of that out so that you get a constant image, but when you come to look at the video it will be noticeable.

The next thing you want to think about is whether you want to shoot at 25 or 30 frames per second or whether you want to shoot it 50 or 60 frames per second. Now 25, 30 frames per second is perfectly acceptable – by which I mean you will get good quality video and it will not appear disjointed or jagged because that is the perfect speed at which people enjoy watching videos and movies. If you decide to shoot at 50 or 60 which is twice the rate then you will have the advantage of the video looking a little bit smoother. You can also use it for slow motion and that can be really effective. It is very useful because, of course, having shot it twice the normal frame rate you can reduce the speed of the film by half and it has quite an impressive effect. To see this, watch the video mentioned below in the links.

The next one down is MOVIE QUALITY and that option is either HIGH or NORMAL. Obviously, I would recommend that you choose high quality. Why would you shoot normal with a high quality camera like this? The important thing to remember here is that, regardless of whether you shoot 60 or 30 frames per second, you are going to use a large amount of space on your memory cards, so an ordinary memory card when you are shooting video would be minimum size I would say 16 gigabytes and probably you will be looking at 32 gigabytes. When you shoot video, you really should get into the habit of saving your video on to at least one external hard drive and the rule of thumb with video is that if you have not saved it twice, then you have not saved it at all. Believe me, there is nothing more heartbreaking than losing video which you thought you had saved on a hard drive, because so much more effort goes into it than just shooting stills so please save it and save it very carefully and in at least two places if at all possible.

Below that is MICROPHONE. As you probably know this camera does not have an external microphone socket. It does have an internal microphone. If we go into the microphone settings then we have three choices: the first one is MICROPHONE OFF which I do not recommend even if you do not really intend to run the sound. The reason is that having the microphone on and therefore having sound on your video even when you are editing can be useful because it can help you remember which clip is which. Then the other two settings are AUTO SENSITIVITY and MANUAL SENSITIVITY. AUTO is pretty good and MANUAL is very useful if you have some control over the sound that you are going to record.

Then the bottom option is MANUAL MOVIE SETTINGS. As I mentioned right at the beginning you can shoot on auto or on manual settings on this camera. However, if you do not switch manual movie settings on here, then even if you switch around to manual settings, it will still run on auto settings because you have not told the camera that you want it to run on manual settings. If you have it on an auto setting when the manual settings are on that does not make any difference. It will just run on auto so it is worth just knowing that you need to switch that on in order to use the manual settings.

AUTO WITHOUT FLASH will control the ISO, the Aperture and the Shutter Speed. You can go up to ISO1600 before you start to lose some of the quality, and you want a reasonable aperture because you would like a reasonable depth of field (though sometimes if you want to shoot film style you want a very shallow depth-of-field). The shutter speed, when you are shooting stills is fairly straightforward to understand. The shutter speed here is restricted by the frame rate. It goes back to the old days of film. If, for example, you are shooting 24 or 25 frames per second then the given at the time was that your shutter speed should be roughly twice that speed. This camera, when it is on auto, will do its best to try to hit that ratio and shoot at either 1/60th second or 1/125th second. This is the point about auto – if you shoot on auto you are going to get very good, well exposed video. It will get the best exposure within those parameters of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, but because you have put an extra requirement there in terms of the frame rate you can see quite quickly that you have instantly restricted the flexibility on that shutter speed because the camera will try to hit the two to one ratio. That leaves two other variables – ISO and Aperture. You don’t want to go over ISO1600, so that just leaves your aperture that you can change – which can be quite restrictive. You are going to be restricted because the frame rate will impose restrictions on the shutter speed which will then restrict the ISO and aperture and restrict the flexibility you have there.

Of course when you are shooting stills you can chop and change those as much as you like, even within auto if you are on P mode, and that enables you to shoot at a faster shutter speed or at a wider aperture etc. But because of the restriction of frame rate, Auto video is far more restricted than Auto stills which is why ultimately you will want to try shooting on manual mode. When you shoot video with this camera then you are going to shoot it through the back screen because that is the only way you can shoot video with the D3400 and actually it is very useful because it helps with composition. However there is one thing you need to remember if you are in Auto. The exposure on the back screen or what you see on the back screen does not really matter too much because, being on auto, that camera is going to try to get the best exposure it possibly can for you when it shoots the video. If you are in manual then you just need to check that you have not changed the brightness of the monitor.

Initially, when looking through the back screen in Auto, we are not in video mode and so the information on the back screen is not necessarily going to be telling you anything to do with video in particular. By pressing the info button at the top then changes the settings. When you get to the video settings, you will get the frame rate and the quality, it gives you the focus, the auto focus setting, the picture control and the white balance and also, at the bottom left it gives you an indication of the levels for the microphone. That does not necessarily mean that you can change any of this, it is just giving you that as information. In order to change options then you press the I button at the bottom left at the back of the camera. In Auto it allows me to change picture quality and frame rate, the microphone settings, whether I have wind noise reduction on or off, my microphone and the auto focus mode. That is all. There are no other options I can change here so those are the restricted options I have when I am shooting video on AUTO.

So lets move it around to MANUAL now and see what I can change when I am in the manual mode. If I press the i button then it gives me a lot more that I can choose from. It gives me again the movie frame and quality, but it allows me to change the white balance. It also gives me microphone, it allows me to change the ISO, it allows me to change the picture control, the wind noise reduction again, but they also allow me to change the auto focus area mode as well as the focus mode, so there are more things here that I can change when I am in manual mode.

But lets have a look now and see how I can change the three more import elements which are our shutter speed, aperture and ISO which is why I am in manual mode. Now there are two elements here that I can change actually when I am shooting video. The one I can not do – the one on this set beforehand – is the Aperture and I need to come out of Liveview here and go back into normal manual mode, basically, in order to change the aperture. So if I come out of Liveview now and press the AUTO EXPOSURE button at the top and then use the main dial I can change the aperture to make it go up or down. The way I change the ISO is by using this function button. There is an option called buttons in the menus and I can set this function button to ISO. Now I can just set the function button and on the back screen the ISO option goes yellow which shows it is live and then I can use the main dial to change the ISO and you can see when I do that because the exposure comes straight through to the back screen. I can see how that affects the exposure of my video. Now, as I say I can actually do this while I am shooting the video but I do not want to particularly all the time anyway, but it does give me the option to do that but it also shows me through the backscreen how changing the ISO will change the exposure of my video. If I just turn the main dial ordinarily without pressing any of the buttons then that changes the shutter speed. Again this can be done while I am shooting the video but it also again shows me through the back screen how the exposure will change when I change the shutter speed. The ideal ratio is two to one but it does not have to be and I think you can be reasonably flexible if you are on 25 frames per second then you could easily go up to 1/100 – 1/150th perhaps without the video looking too disconcerting. There is an element of flexibility there and this allows you that flexibility. So when you are in MANUAL you can change the aperture only before you start shooting, but then you can change the ISO and the shutter speed either when you are in video mode or when you are actually shooting the video.

5 Key Things You Need to Know While Photographing Corporate Events

Corporate event photography can be a daunting task, especially when people are networking and don’t want to be disturbed. Corporate events can be of various types – from conferences, and sales events to receptions and parties. The challenge lies in compelling coverage as poor coverage not only harms the brand identity but leads to poor networking too. While there are different ways to photograph corporate events, hiring professional event coverage services can help to get the job done professionally and flawlessly.

Whether you engage professionals or decide to do it yourself, here are some key things to know:

    • Have the right equipment: Corporate event photography doesn’t need lots of fancy equipment. Instead, it needs a perfect blend of the right gears. Usually, an external power flash with reflector or diffuser, full frame DSLR with a moderate range zoom, memory cards and spare batteries are good for the job. However, there are other details that need to be taken care of. If the event takes place in a large hall, a telephoto lens is a must. If it’s a compact venue, then a wide is essential. A second body camera is usually suggested for more serious event photography to avoid switching lenses regularly.
    • Study the location: Analyzing the lighting conditions and scouting the location play crucial roles in ensuring good event coverage. Before the event, visit the venue to get a clue if you’ll be dealing with minimal light indoors or plenty of light. In case you can’t visit the venue before the event, ensure to gather adequate information about the venue and lighting conditions from other sources.
    • Grab the best shots: When it comes to corporate event coverage, moments pass quickly. If you fail to adjust quickly, you’ll fail to have the shot. Remember to take care of the minute details and capture compelling shots. For instance, a wide aperture with fast shutter speed for the key speakers, or keeping the aperture small enough for group shots to keep everyone in focus can help.
    • Focus on shots for marketing: While it’s crucial to get shots of people having fun, it’s also crucial to have shots that can be used for marketing purposes. In this age of social media, businesses often share images of their corporate event coverage immediately. While focusing on the faces of attendees is positive and powerful, it’s also important to focus on abstract shots that can be used for branding and marketing purposes.
  • Quick edit, fast delivery: In today’s fast-paced life, businesses want a quick turnaround time. Once a couple of days are gone, the images become a little stale. And people move to the next events and lose interest in yesterday’s news. You should make sure that once the event is over, you edit the images taken and deliver them fast.

These key things play crucial roles in the success of corporate event photography. For an individual, handling a corporate event to ensure excellent shots and adequate coverage is often a tough task. With the help of professional event coverage services, you can make your next event a memorable and successful one sans the tension and headaches.

Best Video Settings for the Canon 2000D or Rebel T7 DSLR Camera

The first thing you need to do when you are going to shoot video with the Canon EOS 2000D / Rebel T7 DSLR camera is to move down the icons on the DIAL MODE to the video mode, which is the camera icon. That is because this is the only way that you can get into the video modes, and the only way that you can shoot video. When you do that you will hear the mirror inside the camera popping up. This enables the live view screen at the back of the camera. This is the only way that you can shoot video, you can’t look through the viewfinder and shoot video because you don’t actually see an image through the viewfinder. You only see it through the live view screen at the back. When you move it down to the video mode, it also gives you the video MENU TABS when you press the menu button. It reveals that you have four VIDEO TABS which are specifically for shooting video.

The first thing you do when you are in those tabs is to decide upon your VIDEO SYSTEM. The video systems refer to the kind of systems which televisions used in different countries. So, for example, in Europe predominantly the system was called PAL and in the United States predominantly it was NTSC. It is important to get them right for your national and geographic area because it changes the frame rate. Go into VIDEO TAB 2 and at the bottom is video system. Open that up by pressing SET then you will see that you only have two options NTSC or PAL.

After setting the video system the next thing you need to look at is VIDEO FRAME RATE AND SIZE. This camera is pretty good – it will shoot 1080 at 30 or 25 frames per second and it will shoot 720 at 60 or 50 frames per second. Now 1080 is full HD and 720 is standard HD and both are perfectly good for social media and even for showing on reasonably large screens. Go into VIDEO TAB 2 and look at the very top one – at MOVIE RECORDING SIZE – then you will have the choice of 1920×1080 at 25 frames per second, 1920×1080 at 24 frames per second – which is established as the film speed for cinematic videography and then 1280×720 at 50 and then 640×480 at 25. Now the 640×480 I wouldn’t bother with at all. It is so poor it is not worth looking at. But I would look at the 1080×25 and the 720×50. 25 frames a second is about the speed at which the human eye can detect movement and so that is the standard.

25 frames per second is reasonable quality video in terms of how the video will look. 50 frames a second looks a little bit smoother. Also shooting 50 frames per second means that you can use slow motion much more effectively. If you are on PAL your choices will be 25 frames and 50 frames per second. If you chose NTSC then the options you would have would be 30 frames a second and 60 frames a second. When you set the video systems they are the frame rates that change and they are really the only changes that there are, but it is a good idea I would say to shoot 1080×25 because you get the better frame quality if that is what you are looking for, or if you are looking for a certain smoothness or you want to do slow motion videography then shoot it 50 frames per second.

The third thing you need to look at is MOVIE EXPOSURE. When you are shooting stills you have an enormous choice for the exposure settings and the types of stills that you are going to shoot. So you go from MANUAL which doesn’t set the exposure at all you are responsible for exposure – through the semi-automatic and then the completely automatic settings, here where the camera decides what the exposure should be and then sets the parameters accordingly. When you are shooting video you have only two choices. You have either automatic or you have manual. Where you make that choice is in VIDEO TAB 1 at the top which is MOVIE EXPOSURE. Now if you choose Auto this camera will take actually very good video it will decide the settings that are essentially the same as stills – ISO, shutter speed and aperture – and the camera will produce very well exposed video. But if you want to be a little more creative, then you can choose manual.

The next thing you need to think about when you are shooting videos with this camera is sound. Deciding on how you record sound is very important. Now if we go into the menus again and go to VIDEO TAB 2 then just below movie recording size you have SOUND RECORDING and if you click on there you have three options. The first option is disable. Now I don’t recommend that you disable sound entirely even if you have decided that you are not going to have any of the sound from the video in your final edit. This is because audio is useful when you are identifying clips. The other two choices are either AUTO or MANUAL. The auto recording on this camera is actually pretty good. The downside of it is that because it is automatic and it doesn’t know what sounds you are particularly trying to record it will pick up a lot of ambient sound. Now if you are shooting something which has ambient sound in it then that is not a problem. But if you just want to pick up some specific sound like somebody talking then Auto may not be the right setting for you in which case you want to come down to MANUAL. Manual setting allows you to set the sound recording level so that the sound that you are trying to record is the sound that this camera picks up. So you need to decide whether to set manual or whether to set Auto.

The next thing you may want to look at is the autofocus method. The Canon T7 has two auto focus methods if you are looking through the viewfinder then the system here is very quick and very sharp. If you are looking through LiveView screen then it is a little bit slower but you do get some choices and we can look at them here. So if you look on menu then if you look at VIDEO TAB 1 and down to AF METHOD then you can see the choices that you have here you have three choices you have flexizone, live mode and quick mode. Flexizone is the same as single AF method through the viewfinder which means that if you press the shutter button halfway down then the camera will focus, and the good thing about this is that you can be shooting live video and you can do that and it will still focus which is pretty good. The next one down from that is called live mode and the advantage of that is that it has facial recognition within it which means that if you are videoing people then it will automatically try to focus on one of the faces that is in the frame and that is pretty good and pretty useful but again in order to do so you need to press the shutter button. The third one is quick mode. Now this doesn’t really work as well though it is designed to it is called quick mode because what it does is it comes out of video mode, goes into the viewfinder mode, focuses and then bounces back into video mode again. So evidently you can’t shoot video and use quick mode at the same time so it is not really as useful for videoing as one might think although it may be slightly quicker it does stop the video in process and it does mean that you have to restart the video again, but I would use flexizone for pretty much everything because even if you have faces in the frame it’s up to you to decide what you want to focus on you may want want to focus on the face you may want to focus on something else and if when you are in live mode there are no faces then it does revert to flexizone anyway. But those are the AF options that you have in Live View and they are the AF options you have for shooting video.

The next thing you might want to look at is picture style. If you have shot stills with this camera already you may well be aware of the option for picture styles and these can increase the contrast, boost saturation and make your images or punchy a more vivid or they can desaturate your images and in one case make your picture entirely monochrome. Well the same options apply for video and you might be inclined as you perhaps do with your picture styles for still is to leave it on auto but I would recommend that you actually change is so that it is in neutral. So if we go into the menus and into VIDEO TAB 3 at the bottom of that you will see the option for PICTURE STYLE and you will also see that it has all the same options as you have stills so at the top it has Auto and then standard and portrait, etc. and as I say I would choose NEUTRAL. The reason for that is that when you are shooting video you want it as flat as possible with no over saturation no over contrast, nothing that will actually make editing that video more difficult. You can add saturation when you are editing you can add contrast when you are editing but you can’t really take out those things very easily – certainly not as easily as when you are using stills because you are dealing with large amounts of information and 25 or 50 frames per second. So the objective really is to produce really flat video and then add your style when you are producing your video in the Edit.

Finally the thing I always look at when I am shooting my videos is white balance. If youa re shooting in a single location you might be happy just to leave it on auto and the auto white balance on this camera is very good and there is no reason really to want to change it but if you are shooting in different locations where the lighting might be slightly different and the color contrast and the color tones might be slightly different, then it is recommended really to set the white balance at every location and the reason for that is you want a continuity through your video so that you don’t move from one location to another and the lighting looks completely different. The option to change your custom white balance is in menus and if you go to the SHOOTING TAB 3 then above picture style you can click on that and get the option to change white balance it is not very difficult. It is fairly straightforward if you buy the manual then I will show you exactly how to do it but I would recommend as I say if you’re changing location frequently when you’re shooting video to change that white balance and set that white balance on every occasion when you change location if you want to know more they might not take a look at our manual which has been specially written for this camera in fact we’re giving away a sample of our manual absolutely free it contains 2 full course videos including the full video on shooting movies with the rebel t7 all you have to do is click on the link here or in the description below and we’ll send it to you straight away absolutely free. These are the best video settings for the Canon EOS 2000D/ Rebel T7.

Professional Tips for Taking and Editing Baby Pictures

Every photographer knows that old saying – never work with children or animals. They’re impossible to manage and they’ll always find new and creative ways to ruin your shot. So, taking a nice baby picture can take a lot of effort and time. What’s more, post-processing is painstaking work and many photographers dislike it. However, baby photography doesn’t have to be so difficult and time-consuming. To ease the whole process, here are some useful tips on how to take and edit great baby photos.

Tips for Taking Baby Pictures

First, let’s talk about several ways in which you can take better photos of your baby.

  • Choose a Great Pose

By placing the baby in a cute or interesting pose, you can take a much better shot. Try to capture the baby in a natural and comfortable pose, such has when she’s sleeping or laughing. Also, always make the baby’s face the main point of interest of your composition. The face holds all her character and emotions so it makes your picture much more powerful.

  • Make Use of Props

Props are an exciting and creative way to take innovative and unique pictures. By placing the baby in a basket or by dressing it up in a fun costume, you can add freshness and interest to a picture. When it comes to props, you can try to think outside the box and come up with something that is both suitable for the situation and never seen before.

  • Pay Attention to Light

Lighting is everything in photography. The word “photography” itself means “writing with light”. When taking baby pictures, soft light is very pleasing to the eye and appropriate in terms of composition. Babies are gentle and fragile, so the light should reflect that. Sharp contrast and strong shadows may work elsewhere, but for baby photos, the softer the light the better.

  • Location, Location, Location

Depending on the time of year and on the purpose, baby photos can be taken both indoors and outdoors. Indoors are better for making the most of your props and being creative with the pose. However, the outdoors offer variety in terms of the background and make the shot more aesthetically pleasing.

  • Include the Parents in the Shot

When including the parents, it is important to really show the parent-child connection. Again, the pose is here very important. Try to emphasize the contrast of size between the baby and the parent, or try to place them in a nurturing and protective pose.

Tips for Editing Baby Pictures

After you have come up with many great baby photo ideas and finished the shooting, it is now necessary to edit the pictures with Movavi to make the best of them.

  • Removing the Background

If, for some reason, you are unhappy with the background, you can easily remove it using a photo editor. A good editor is the photographer’s best friend – it offers endless possibilities. After you have removed the unwanted background, you can replace it with something more appealing or suitable.

  • Captions and Filters

Professional Tips for Taking and Editing Baby Pictures -2Filters can add depth and interest to a photo. By selecting a filter that adds softness, you can emphasize the subject – the baby. What’s more, when you add caption to image, you can easily tell the story behind the picture. Your captions it can be something as short as a single word or a complete sentence.

  • Retouch the Photos

Retouching is another important step in editing. By correcting the white balance and colors, you can make the photo even more striking. There is no need to spend hours retouching pictures – photo editing software usually comes with some built-in presets. So, if there is little time for editing, just select the best preset for the picture you are working on.

  • Cropping the Photo

When taking and editing a photo, we should try to keep to the rule of thirds. The rule tells us where we should place the subject to make the composition better. By following this rule, we make sure our subject shines. Cropping the photo in post-production to adhere to this rule is sometimes necessary, but do try not to crop too much.

  • Effects

Editing software often also comes with some effects that can be added to a photo. Effects can be used to bring attention to the subject, and they can also add some flair to the photo. However, choose the effects carefully and always follow the rule – less is more. Too many effects can affect the composition badly.

Tips for Shooting Interiors

Tip 1: You need a good digital camera with a tripod. When photographing an interior, you want to make sure that everything is clear and sharp. I use F11 (aperture) and 1/2 second (ISO 200) in most cases. Sometimes if you want to get a blurred background on a close-up shot, then you will want to shoot with a wider aperture, or the smallest f-stop your camera will allow (e.g. F1.8).

Tip 2: Use a wide angle lens. Shooting wide can make the room look great, especially when in Hong Kong, the size of the property is most likely less than 100 sq. meters. In a confined space, sitting tight into one corner while you try to get the other three corners in just looks wrong. You shouldn’t shoot all three walls into one picture. Showing the highlights of the interior design features is important. About the lens, anything in the 16-24mm range on full frame (or the APS-C equivalent which equates to 10-16mm approx. on some less expensive camera) is great. I often use 17mm full frame for my wide interior work.

Tip 3: Sufficient indoor and natural lighting are both important. Light up the room. If there is good natural light coming through the windows, use that as well. Adjust the overall feeling of the lighting to a balanced and optimized level.

Tip 4: Find the best angle. Take time to explore different angles to shoot from. Decorate the room with small artistic items, plants or anything you like to add a bit of creativity. We can’t all afford a tilt-shift lens to keep perspective in check, so it’s a really good idea to shoot with the camera at or slightly above mid-room height. This means you can keep the camera aimed out straight to keep the walls vertical. While the perspective distortion you get can be corrected in post-production, it’s much easier to get it right in camera. This is another reason to use a tripod as well.

Tip 5: Use post-processing software, e.g. Photoshop or Lightroom. You should bring the Highlights down and open up the Shadows. Next bring the Blacks down to ensure that the contrast lost from opening up the Shadows doesn’t impact the image too much.

Tip 6: Go vertical for staircases and other special feature. This is also important if you want to share the pictures on the web, as most images are horizontal in the interior photography world. Some vertical images could light up your portfolio. Verticals usually mean letting the eye fill in gaps, so make use of the composition to show hints of the room.

Five Simple Steps To Becoming A Photography Hobbyist

In today’s age of smart phones that make your office fit in your pocket, it has become more crucial than ever before to learn to take a break from your work and de-stress. Fortunately, the same technology is also bringing to your pockets, a hobby that was once considered prohibitively expensive; Photography. Smart phones today come equipped with cameras that are capable of shooting high definition photos and videos, making it easier for anyone with a good phone to give Photography a good thought. Almost everyone will agree that you definitely need to have an eye for it and the desire to explore your talent further but if you think you have that, adopting photography as a hobby may require only a few simple steps.

1. Pick Your Partner: If you really wish to give it a shot, get yourself acquainted with the various devices available to you. Check your budget range and pick a camera or a smart phone that you think suits you the best. Put in a few hours of research and find yourself a device that is not only good to begin with but also decent enough to take you a little beyond just the ‘beginner’ level.

2. Develop An ‘Eye’: The mark of a good photographer is often the uniqueness of their perspective. Try to gain that unique perspective on your surroundings and capture it on film. Take pictures of the ordinary, the mundane and see how you can bring a new dimension to them.

3. Take Pictures Even If You Don’t Want To: Be consistent. It is easy to indulge yourself with a new camera and play with photography for a little while before getting distracted. Remain focused. Try to take pictures even when you aren’t in the mood. Any hobby, any talent needs to be hewn into perfection with constant practice and patience.

4. Experiment: Try everything that you can do with your camera. Use the different settings for the same picture and observe the differences. Learn to use software applications to enhance your pictures after you have taken them to bring out certain elements. The more you experiment, the more you learn.

5. Share And Take Advice: Make it a habit to share your work with better photographers and ask them what they think, work on the feedback they give you to improve your skill learn more by observing their work.

A good camera and a little practice could make photography the hobby that you’ve always wanted to have. Not only does it provide creative release, it is also an evolved form of expression that could bring out a side of you even you didn’t know you had. Take it one day at a time and see if your lens indeed becomes a new friend to you.

What Is Industrial Photography and Why Is It Important?

What is Industrial photography and why is it important?

In the world of business today photography is worth a million words. Everything from websites to brochures and television advertisements rely on high quality pictures to get a business’s message across. Industrial photography is a specialized field of photography which makes it possible for businesses to communicate with customers and other businesses showcasing their industrial process, machines, and techniques. The photographs not only need to be shiny with balanced hues and highlights but also need to effectively communicate the meaning of the photograph in less in a second. This is why these types of photographs require a skilled photographer with years of experience photographing industrial machinery, locations and manufacturing processes.

The importance of an industrial photographer

An expert will be able to take photographs which are interesting and showcase everything you want from every angle leaving no questions in the mind of the person looking at the photograph. He or she should have an eye for detail and be able to generate interest out of everyday / normal machines. This means that the photos need to be more like a piece of art rather than just specialized images. For instance an expert will photograph an everyday, regular and ordinary conveyor belt in a way which would generate interest by highlighting specific areas and blurring out the background. These images when laid out on commercial advertising material like a brochure or a PowerPoint presentation will tell the story of the process.

Enhancing your online image

Apart from physical posters and brochures the right images will enhance your professional image online. A website displaying top notch photographs of every industrial process the business is involved in will add credibility and interest in the mind of the viewer. This in turn will help a business earn a lead, sell a product or be able to improve its image as a business online. Photography of machines and processes for each medium i.e. internet and print is slightly different. It requires a slightly different approach but an expert with years of experience will know which approach to take in order to ensure that the pictures communicate exactly what the business needs to get the desired result. This is why it is important for business owners to hire photographers who have experience and with a diverse portfolio.

Hiring an industrial photographer

Industrial photography is serious business and so you shouldn’t leave it to an amateur to do the job and expect great results. Always look through a photographer’s portfolio to make sure that he has taken great photographs in the past. Ideally, he should have a diverse portfolio which would then mean that he is able to take photographs for both your website and print campaign.

Commercial Photography Tips – How To Capture Objects In Details

Why is detailing required at all when the large visual is there to say it all?

Sometimes it is not the bigger picture but the detail that attracts the viewer. In case of e-commerce the proof of the proverbial pudding lies in the small detailing. That spells clarity on screen shots. And that’s how the shutterbugs remain in demanding business today. The boom in e-commerce has fetched up the question of small details, which is still the forte of only expert professionals. It is the fine nuances that make the picture worthy of the shot. One of the hidden aspects of commercial photography is to present any object in most realistic manner. For that perspective what better options than to go for details- it makes the image look natural and allures the buyers who may be subconsciously motivated by the beautiful presentation of the finer details.

Since customers cannot view the products physically, it is a huge responsibility to present every possible detail concerning the product. It is part of the process by which a customer gets acquainted to a product before it is delivered. When the image and the real thing have almost no dissimilarity, the bridge of trust gets stronger and business grows. Realizing the importance of presenting authentic details may be crucial to the success of any online vendor.

With that crops up the question how to capture details of an object?

This two step job also requires the availability of right camera, lens, studio and a lot of other technical faculties and tactics. A product photography studio comes with all the facilities. The advertising photographers are constantly working on new techniques to take the best shot. Even after the invention of some of best lenses and cameras many commercial photographers opine that capturing of details is more about lighting properly. The straight from the top shot is a classical light setup. This with a combination of Soft gradient from the top and hard on the bottom, with the strip box through the diffuser and bare strip box, below the camera in front, respectively.

But how can some objects like cosmetic brushes or watch dials be shot with details. The correct use of lens with the ideal zoom can be applied. An alternate method could be to shoot the objects from 20-30 degree angle. The lighting must be arranged accordingly. Keeping the light from the top diffuser unchanged, it brings out even smallest details finely. This setting is perfect for product image of things like brushes. It helps to capture the brush hair in its original tone as opposed to its darker tone

Capturing the details of objects in commercial photography also include some other elements. For example how can one focus on the bricks while showing the interiors of a home? This is also a party of commercial product photography. The depth and also the variant of the atmosphere support the detailing. This helps to capture the best elements of the snapshot. The light even if it is controlled should flow seamlessly. It should to look contrived and generated. If it does the viewer gets distracted from the main theme.