Category: Photography and Models

Commercial Industrial Photography

A very popular and common commercial photography assignment under taken by the professional photographers is wedding photography. Generally, this involves covering just the wedding day but other important rituals and functions preceding the wedding day.

In the pre-digital days, it was a daunting task to undertake a photography assignment. The limitations of olden camera equipment, heavy lenses and the fact that there was no room for error, led only the real photographers doing the best of the jobs. With advent of digital photography, the dynamics of the entire commercial photography underwent a paradigm shift.

The entire lineage of old studios with dark rooms, chemicals and staff were replaced with the digital darkroom software like Adobe Photo Shop, Apple Aperture etc. While these two remain the most popular editing software, there are plethoras of free editing software available online that many of the amateurs prefer due to the daunting costs of commercial editing software and flexibility to experiment and learn with minimum / least cost.

A commercial photographer today is equipped with: digital camera typically above 18 Mega Pixels, dedicated external strobe flash, light weight tripod, memory cards and sometime external flood lights. The most expensive set of equipment is generally not the camera, but the range of lenses required to cover an event or complete commercial assignments that require a wide range of subjects to be covered. The best example being, the industrial photography assignments in which the photographer is expected to capture the top-management photo-shoots as well as the industrial processes which may involve the making of parts, melting of steel, foundry photography.

Commercial photography, although challenging may not be that well paying, as many of the clients fail to understand the efforts involved in the actual photo-shoot followed by hours of post-product and editing done on the images to make them appealing to the target audience. The most common usage of the commercial images is magazine, brochure, product catalogues and the clients web site and presentations.

For each of the final platforms on which the photograph is going to be delivered the editing and post-processing requirement changes variedly. For example, if the final output platform is going to be website of the client there is no need of working on the print quality images, resized images which cover the entire project will suffice.

Commercial photography offers many practical and logistical challenges for the photographers. The industrial photographers are required to know the location, time and have to study the various angles at which the photograph can be captured. Sometimes, on location photography may be done in the night, when there is lot of external artificial lighting setup for giving the optimum effect.

Turntable For 360 Degree Product Photography

degree product photography is a so delicate and involved topic because products come in so many shapes and sizes. Some may be very reflective, some may have dimensions that will prevent you from simply dropping them on a turntable, and some may have features that can be only highlighted when shot from a specific angle while hanging from the top and with a certain
lighting setup.

The more constraints you have in your 360 photography setup the less options you get at your disposal for creating smooth 360 product views. It’s also very important to be able to quickly assess how your product appear from different angles with a given setup before you start on the actual production of 360 product images.

So before you go ahead and spend your hard earned money on a computerized equipment (which is invaluable if you do this commercially), here’s a simple guide for building a DIY turntable that will likely solve some of your product photography needs. The good news? It will only cost you a trip to a hardware store (Ace Hardware or similar), $40 and an hour of your time to get it all assembled together!

What you need:

2 x 23″ disks of round plywood – $28
1 x 12″ Lazy Susan Bearing – $6
1 sheet of white paper enough to cover the top of plywood disks

So the turntable will be built using two disks of round plywood and a lazy susan bearing attached between the disks to provide a smooth and steady movement. The bearing is tough enough to deal with weights of up to 400-500 lb or even 1000 lb depending on a brand, so the weak link is the plywood. If you go with Shepherd’s bearing, they come with pretty good assembly instructions. The key is to find and mark the center on the plywood disks. This is pretty simple as long as the disks are perfect circles:

First, you will need to find something that has a 90 degree corner like a piece of a white paper sheet. Place the right-angle corner of the sheet at any point on the edge of the plywood disk and mark the other two points where it crosses the edges on the plywood. Then draw a straight line between the two marks and connect the marks with a straight line. Now repeat the same procedure using another point on the plywood. The intersection between the two lines is the center of the disk.

The rest of the assembly is pretty straightforward – just follow instructions on the bearing package!

Now that the major work is done, you need to decide how many frames your 360 product views will be comprised of. Usually, 20 frames per view gives a nice balance between the total size of the images/download speed and the smoothness of your product rotations.

So to get 20 product shots, the turntable should be able to rotate in 18 degree increments. The key is to mark the top plywood disk in such way that you can easily identify the increments. One approach is to put numbered marks on the side of the disk. Since you already have found the center on the top disk, creating the 18-degree marks is pretty simple with a protractor.

The final step is to attach a piece of white paper on the top of the plywood disk where you will be placing your products and put a measuring mark on the bottom plywood base. Now put your camera on, align it with the measuring mark on the bottom and the center of the rotation, then place your product on the table and you are good to go.

Happy 360 Product Photography!

Tamron 60mm – Best Lens For Macro Photography Beginner

At some point in your photography, there will come a time when you feel that all your images look similar, dull or boring. If this happens to you, do not see it as a sign that you should give up photography!

It happened to me earlier in my career and thankfully there is an easy solution to this problem. You need is a new vision. Welcome to the world of macro photography. In this world, you will get extremely and intimately close to your subject, making the ordinary world looks extraordinary. With macro photography, you can turn ordinary object such as flowers, ants or even a grain of salt into a fascinating one.

When you’re just starting out with macro photography, I would recommend you shoot flowers. They look wonderful and pretty when viewed very closely. However, your new vision will require a special photographic lens: a Macro lens.

A macro lens is a lens that will allow you to focus very close to your subject and give you 1:1 ratio. This means that the lens can project the actual, real size of the subject to the camera’s sensor.

A macro lens will not come cheap. Most of them cost USD $700 or more. If you are just starting out with macro photography, I would not recommend spending this much at first.

That being said, I found a particularly good and affordable lens that I highly recommend for macro photography beginners: the Tamron 60mm f/2 1:1 Macro. The lens is light, sharp and allows you to take many wonderful pictures when you’re just starting out in your macro photography journey.

The Tamron 60mm f/2 features a fast aperture, the fast currently available on the market. With this fast aperture, you’ll be able to take sharp macro pictures and excellent portraits with beautiful background. Tamron updated its optical element so it is capable of delivering extremely sharp result for any user.

As a user this lens will let you experiment and will grow with you over time as you develop your macro photography skill. For anyone who is looking for the first macro lens to get, I highly recommend this lens.

The Rules Of Photography Knowing When To Break Them.

Creative photography is a mix of many ingredients; art and technology, skill and patience, cold mechanical knowhow and individual flair.

For a beginner learning the basics, it would be nice if there was a simple set of rules to follow to make the whole thing easier. Surely someone could just tell you what aperture to use in a given situation, or how to structure a composition to get the best results every time?

Photography is a lot like learning to drive. With a car, you need to know the road rules, and you need to know the basic skills of steering, accellerating and braking. These can be learned easily with a bit of practice. But even when you have mastered the essentials, you still need to get to know your car, because each car is a little different. Then you need experience with night driving, wet-weather driving, off-road driving…

What you must understand is that following the rules will only take you so far. In photography, you will find that rules help you in the beginning, and some rules will stay with you throughout your career. The trick is to understand when the rules don’t apply, or when you should choose to ignore them. This is the type of knowledge that can’t easily be taught. It comes with experience, and is what gives you indiduality as a photographer.

Below are just a few of the rules that, for an experienced photographer, are just made to be broken.

Photography Rule #1. Outdoor Photos Should Be Taken In The Early Morning Or Late Afternoon. This is one of the first principles of landscape photography, and can be applied to almost any outdoor photography. The softness and warm colour of the sunlight at these times adds beauty and character to almost any scene. It also creates much lower contrast, allowing you to avoid harsh shadows and over-exposure of the highlights in your photos.

When can you break this rule? I can think of two situations immediately.

Black and white photography is defined by contrast rather than by subtle colour, so you often want stronger shadows to create the best image. For this reason, black and white photos are often best taken closer to the middle of the day when the light is stronger.

Rainforest photography is also best in the middle of the day, but this time you don’t want bright sunlight; you want cloudy weather to create an nice even light throughout the forest. Otherwise the patches of light coming through the canopy will create ‘hot spots’ all over your image.

Photography Rule #2.The Rule Of Thirds. The rule of thirds is an excellent guide for a beginner learning about composition. In simple terms, it divides your photo into three parts, vertically and horizontally. The dividing lines are the best places to position long objects in a photo (like trees and horizon lines). The points where the lines intersect are the most effective places to position smaller objects for most impact.

Photos that are taken according to the Rule Of Thirds appear balanced. They satisfy our natural sense of visual order and simply look ‘right.’ Unfortunately, the world is not so easily organised as the rule, so it is impossible in nature to take every photo this way. Moreover, sometimes you may decide to ignore the rule, giving more impact to the photo by shaking up the normal balance of the composition.

When can you break this rule? Here is one obvious example, but I am sure you can think of many more.

Sunset photos feature colourful skies, and silhoettes in the foreground. If you have a truly spectacular sky, it doesn’t make sense to fill a third of the picture with empty blackness. You may choose to tilt the camera up to make a feature of the sky, and reduce the area filled by the foreground.

Rule #3. Your Lightmeter Is Always Right. Most of the time you can trust your lightmeter. If it indicates your photo is well exposed, it probably will be…but not always.

When can you break this rule? When there is a big difference in the level of light between the subject and the surroundings.

You may be photographing a person, an animal, a flower etc. in full sunlight, but the background is shady. This is a very effective way of making your subject stand out from the surroundings. In this situation, the different levels of light are bound to trick the lightmeter. In fact, if you take your photo on auto, your subject will most likely be overexposed. The best approach is to switch your camera to manual, and adjust your aperture or shutter speed until the photo is underexposed by one or two stops. This will darken your background and bring the subject into perfect exposure.

Can you see a pattern developing here? Rules are there for a reason, and your skills will improve in leaps and bounds if you learn them and practice them. But having done that, you are ready to take the next step. Start experimenting outside the rules and see where it takes you. Knowing and following the rules will make you a good photographer. Choosing how and when to break them will make you even better.

Clipping Paths In Pack Shot And Product Photography.

In my 14 years of photographing professional photography I’m always being asked to shoot a clients product in front of a simple white Colorama. Typically this is because the client wants to place the object on a white printed brochure page or web page and also because products often contrast well against a white background, showing off their colour, intricacy and contrast.

For some subject matters the task of retaining a superbly lit, well exposed and crisp product whilst creating a flat true white backdrop from corner to corner is indeed manageable, notably when the product is much darker than the whiteness of Colorama.

Although, 9 times out of 10 reasonable results can infrequently be achieved. This is for one very simple reason:

When shooting most items I always shoot in a way that brings out the best features of the product itself which doesn’t necessarily create a truly white background. Correct lighting of the object will thus often result in underexposure of the background so that it appears an unpleasant and patchy shade of grey. Think of a pair of white shoes as an example. If the professional photographer was to endeavor to light the background so it appeared as a even white then they would very likely neglect the shoes making them appear overexposed, bleached out, lacking in detail and as flat and 2-D as the backdrop itself.

Needless to say these problems can generally be overcome with extensive and time consuming photographic lighting solutions such as flagging the item. A ‘flag’ practically creates a physical obstacle between the studio light and the object, as a result shading the item so that it gets less light whilst subsequently raising the intensity of light to the backdrop. This is good if the client has the means for what I call ‘bespoke’ product photography, but more often than not they have many hundreds of products they simply need cataloging so budgets and time scales are understandably limited.

In these instances the quickest, most inexpensive and often most practical solution is in the creation of a post production clipping path. A clipping path is where the image is imported into image manipulation software, mostly Photoshop, and then the object or product is essentially drawn around by hand via the pen tool to create a vector based path. This clipping path can then later be employed to the image file to effectively ‘cut-out’ or isolate the object from the background, such as when wishing to print. Consider this action as basically drawing round an object in a magazine with a pen then cutting round this drawn line with scissors to remove the object from the rest of the magazine.

The good point about clipping paths is the fact that not only can you precisely modify the exposure, colour caste, sharpness and contrast of the object separately without effecting the background, you can then place that object onto any background of your choice, as many times as you want. One day you may very well decide to paste it onto a white website the next week ask your designer to print up a mailshot with a whole range of products, all appearing as if they were shot at the same time. In order to give your cut out product a more ‘real’ feeling you might also ask your designer or photographer to attach a soft drop shadow, both to give it weight on the page and create a delicate transition between the products edges and the page.

In conclusion clipping paths offer the customer a cost effective and long term solution when confronted with the task of shooting bulk product shots, allowing the photographer to fully exploit the aesthetic attributes of the product without fretting about the final appearance of the background.

The Importance Of Role Models For Entrepreneurs

Do you think you have the capability to become an entrepreneur? There are lots of successful entrepreneurs present in this world today. It is very important to find the right kind of qualities that are required to become successful in this field.

Some people try to begin from the scratch but it is quite difficult to reach the top fast in this way. This is the reason why the young generations of entrepreneurs try to model their behavior on people who have already achieved success in this field.

There are various role models for entrepreneurs. It is very important to choose the right kind of model. When you hear of a role model the first thought that comes to your mind is of people who have reached heights are very popular all over the world.

These people too surely had their own role model who they used to follow. A role model is actually meant for following. Your model can also be a person who belongs to your family or even or your friend circle.

The person might not be well known and popular all over the world but he has made something for himself. You can look for such people in your family. If you have someone very close to you who has already made it to the top then you can even get good suggestion as well as tips from the person.

You must understand the importance of the role models. They will help you learn how to become a successful entrepreneur. The most important thing that entrepreneurs must have is the will to win.

The entrepreneur role models usually help the budding entrepreneur to learn about the various qualities that are necessary to become successful and reach the top. One of the things that you need to find out is the common trait between all the successful owners.

You must always remember that owning and managing a company is not too easy. You need to have enough guts to take proper decisions and also be ready to tae risks. Role models for entrepreneurs might differ from one person to the other but the characteristic traits of these successful people usually remain the same.

You need to follow these traits. People who are successful as entrepreneur are always good leaders. So you must also make sure that you become a good leader and mange your team in the best possible way.

Team work is very important because you alone cannot take your company to the top, you will need help from the employees. This is the reason why you also need to learn how successful entrepreneurs deal with their employees. This is why role models are so much essential.

Fine art photography for sale Tricks to crack the best deal

Incase you are looking around for a good opportunity to show your art designing talent to the world, this becomes really important for you to select the right gallery and post your art works in them.

There are several galleries offering top standard of service as per the requirements of clients and you need to select the right one in order to meet your needs. When your main aim is to find out the right fine art photography for sale offer in the gallery, you need to browse all promotional offers provided by the service provider.

In order to meet the requirements of clients as well as to make their gallery popular, there are some galleries offering exclusive service to the customers. Selecting such gallery as your selling platform can be a smart choice for you. There are certain factors that you need to bear in mind while visiting a good gallery in your city.

While visiting a particular gallery, you need to check its reputation and quality of service offered by it. When the reputation of gallery isn’t good, you can’t get the right quality of art work from it. If you want to sell your unique art work in return of money, it is also important for you that you post your photography in the right gallery. You can look around for fine art photography for sale deals available out there. This would help you to decide whether this is the right platform for you or not. Whether you are looking around for a modern piece of work or traditional, visiting the right gallery can help you to meet your desire.

There are several benefits of selecting online over offline gallery because it would help you to get few additional services. By visiting the right gallery, you always get a chance to pick the right piece of work after comparing the features and price. This might not be a smart option to visit an offline gallery in your city. When you are looking for a unique piece of art work as per your preferred color, design and theme, this is quite important that you step into the best gallery in your city.

There are different varieties of art works available out there with diverse color and design. This might be a challenging task for you to select the right item from the list of options. While searching for fine art photography for sale deal, you need to have proper information about the types of art works available in stores or galleries. Conservative art pieces are into huge demand these days as many individuals want to place it in their house or business unit. You can also purchase such art work for your home.

Wedding Photography Education Information

Some items can only be discovered from expertise so taking a study course run by another person with wonderful practical knowledge in marriage ceremony photography will make sure you select up the pearls of wisdom from a trade expert.

Perhaps an individual of the primary finding out results you can anticipate from any study course is to teach you how to approach to shoot a wedding ceremony. Any professional photographer worth his or her salt will notify you that the main achievement driver is organizing. You ought to tactic your to begin with marriage ceremony shoot being aware of almost specifically what shoots you are heading to get, where by they will be taken and who will be in the frame. A excellent training course framework will give you a fantastic template all over which to base such a method.od.

Wedding photography is a single of the best methods out there to get started to make capital (or even develop a small business) from your photography pastime. You will want to discover how to deal with the dollars making aspect of items of your business this kind of as how to perform out your payment framework and payment schedules.

A further issue you will will need to discover is anything that most new photographers find very difficult to create. Owning self-assurance in your ability and creating your subjects really feel at ease with you snapping away in front of them is an vital talent that will help you get some fantastic frames.

Wedding photography courses present the versatility that several amateur photographers want, while supplying the suitable photography capabilities and tactics needed to run your own marriage ceremony photography business.

What must you be expecting as the outcome of accessing a excellent photography study course?

The adhering to are just some of the points to look for and expect.

Awareness of Wedding ceremony Photography!

Awareness is essential and when you completely understand not only how to seize and present stunning marriage ceremony images but also how the complete wedding setup works, your self-belief amounts will soar to new heights and you will experience far more ready.

Self-confidence in Your Photographic Skill

Self-confidence is certainly key in the wedding photography business. If you have confidence in your machines, capture settings and what is expected from you during the total marriage ceremony, like the considering stages and post-wedding ceremony responsibilities, your self self esteem and belief will improve and you will excel at this and make respect from all those close to you.

To Understand How to Generate Money!

You will be very well rewarded monetarily!

Respect.

As soon as you make respect from your initial wedding ceremony couple, that respect grows as they explain to their friends and households about your function. Then, as you come to be much more nicely identified, you acquire respect from your fellow photographers and good friends, from there on in your marketing charge will be practically unneeded!

Freedom that Arrives from Acquiring Your Personal Organization.

There is no superior feeling than the day when you grow to be a fully fledged marriage ceremony photographer! When you get to a level of earnings in your photography business, it is time to go it on your own and believe me that feels good! No slacking the moment you get there now!

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How Can Young Preteen Models Plan And Develop A Successful Modeling Career

In order to develop a successful modeling career for young preteen models, you need to have two sets of accomplishments one of by nature, and the other of by nurture. The natural accomplishments you need only prune and foster. Those by nurture you need to imbibe and inculcate by regular actions and habits. It is the confluence of these twin streams of accomplishments that builds up the model. That is, if you are under the impression that Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum, Tyra Banks, Kathy Ireland, Christy Turlington, Milla Jovovich, Iman, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford or Elle Macpherson rose to fame and glory all of a sudden or out of sheer luck, your are the wrong way. In a sense, they virtually sculpted their career with meticulous precision and aplomb.

As I have said, to develop a successful modeling career for young preteen models, you should be attuned to the demands of the profession by your nature and nurture. By nature I mean your inborn accomplishments like your general physical attributes such as your height, body shape, facial expression, colour of the eye, skin, hair, etc. As a primary step, you should go through the images of leading models regionally and internationally. If you are confident that by physical attributes and appearance you have possibilities of emerging as a model, you can concentrate on how to nurture your natural accomplishments. In order to nurture your natural accomplishments, you need to stick to a systematic routine. You have to follow a balanced diet suitable for a model figure. Hence, you will have to consult an experienced and professional dietician-cum-health specialist.

An essential requirement to develop a successful modeling career for young is to keep yourself abreast of the latest developments and trends in the modeling industry across the world. You can glean and garner sufficient feedback from Internet. Equally, you can look into the latest fashion and modeling print media publications. Get informed about the profile and professional experiences of the leading models of the time. Alongside, you need to associate with a vibrant and professionally active and ambitious modeling agency. Also, you should create a classic modeling portfolio for you. Your portfolio should incorporate a collection of your latest snaps. The snaps should be of the very best quality showcasing your unique modeling accomplishments. The photos should be professionally produced through the best professional photographer available. For the photo session you should look for the best and uniquely striking costumes and poses. Also, you should engage a well experienced makeup artist for the photo session. And you should set you profile incorporating your personal statistics and achievements and accomplishments in the modeling field.

Solar Chargers For Photography

Are you in search of for portable power for photography that are new, powerful & works in many outdoor conditions? I will present to you with some quality impressive solar kits that photographers as well as outdoor adventurers are using to stay powered up.

From my experience, some of the concerns that I have come across while taking pictures in nature is either weather, fog in the lense, enough room on my SD flashcard and power. After I have taken so many shots like hundreds if not thousands my camera starts to die and you know that each time you have to check the images, and sort through them, it takes up power. That is one reason that solar power chargers that I will mention below are super for photographers.

First of all, anything solar powered is a brilliant and sound investment as long as proper research is done and the solar chargers purchased have good specifications like charge times and the assurance of not damaging our electronics. Another goodcharacteristic to remember is if the solar panel chargers that we purchase can still charge in somewhat cloudy weather and that they are lightweight. I have enough weight as it is and I would not like to bring more weight if I can avoid it. The first portable solar battery charger I will advise with are for those photographers who sit in nature. They are the ones that observe birds, eagles and other wildlife and they need to avoid moving often or they won’t be able to get a good shot.

The Solar 2 Go Solar Charging Kit is one I recommend for a couple reasons. First it comes with your choice of either a 5, 10 or 20 watt portable solar panel which is mono-crystalline, 300 watt inverter(which is optional in case you have your own inverter), a 12 volt battery, solar charge controller, a LED lighting strip and a carrying bag. This entire set weights less than 12 lbs and the charge time is an average of 2-8 hours of head-on sunlight. It also has a stand for the panel so you don’t have to hold it. Having that kind of profession is sometimes very relaxing and a perfect way to reduce stress as you sort of become one with nature. But one of the problems that come up is power, but not anymore as this solar kit work well in all outdoor conditions. Of course you do not want be foolish and leave it in the rain for the same reason that you don’t leave your windows down when its raining. I think that really brings this solar panel into play is the producer, Interplex Solar. A company who has been in the solar industry since 1986 and have made solar products for some time now. Knowing this can help reduce the stress that sometimes comes up when consumers want to try new products, they want to make sure that they actually work. A company like this has been making consumers happy for over 20 years. If you’re sitting in your area waiting on the wildlife and that is your primary reason for doing photography it would make sense to reduce the cost of the solar kit and instead of paying 600 dollars, this Solar 2 Go Kit costs with the 300 watt inverter is $299.

For those adventurers and photographers who are on the go, need different angles and several battery packs then this next portable solar kit will be very important to you. The Sherpa 120 Explorer Kit is a powerful portable solar charger that has an a 27 watt solar panel and an included 100 watt inverter which is upgradeable and a 120 watt battery pack. This is chosen for those who change out batteries on a regular and are in the outdoors. Because it has so much power you can also charge your laptops and other useful photography equipment. This is excellent for those who need to upload images in order to free up space on their SD cards. If your a traveler then you know that if you want to stay on the go, having solar power kits for your cameras as well as other needs would be a perfect fit. This solar panel can fold up, the inverter and battery will fit into your bag without hassle and you can move freely. There is a charge controller but it is referred to as Smart Technology which controls the power and keeps it from over charging your devices. The solar panel is a mono-crystalline that has eight panels and is 27 watts. The charge time is 1-6 hours depending on the device and weights about 10.5 lbs This particular solar kit is perfect for outdoor adventurers, campers, survivalists as well as photographers. With 120 watts of portable power, 27 watt solar panel and an inverter, this is truly a powerful multipurpse solar battery charger. The prices are going up and down in this market and the plans for them are to go up as the demand is increasing because everyone has mobile gadgets, cameras and laptops. Currently they go for $699 dollars.

As you already know there are hectic situations that may before us and it is smart to prepare now even if we know that it might be a long time until anything happens. That is one reason that I also recommend solar power, because you can still use it for our careers, passion and fun but also be prepared in case of those unforeseen situations. When you purchase solar power chargers, you are not just buying solar energy but you are buying the assurance of safety for your family, power for your homes when there are outages all the while you are pursuing and moving forward with your true passion, photography!

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