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Digital Camera Cleaning and Maintenance

postCleaning Lenses, Sensors, Mirrors…

Digital camera cleaning and maintenance is something many photographers (including myself) neglect to do with sometimes costly consequences.

It is too easy to come home after a days shooting, whip out the memory card, have a play with your new images and forget all about maintenance of your kit.

If you are like me, anything new that I buy over time (car, motorbike, watch, glasses etc), get cleaned immaculately at least once a day. Then after a few weeks it falls to once a week or so and then just “on the odd occasion” or when they look really dirty.

Because photography is my livelihood, I have to physically make myself grab my camera bag, go and sit somewhere quiet and take a good half an hour to an hour after a shoot to clean every piece of equipment that I have used.

This kit has cost thousands and its cleanliness has a direct bearing on the quality of my images and the longevity of its use. Not only that but as I

Beginning Digital Photography

postSo you have bought a DSLR (Digital SLR)…now what?

You are beginning digital photography and have just joined the world of the “keen amateur photographer” and bought yourself a new Digital SLR, but what do all those bits and buttons actually do?

The way things were going with pricing and technology with regard to digital cameras, I saw a definite boom about to happen with regard to Digital SLR sales back in 2004. Now a good few years on I couldn’t have been more right!

For people who have previously owned film cameras or simple point and shoot digital cameras, and now as prices start to fall for the more exclusive semi professional DSLR’s, the opportunity to join the rest of us in the exciting world of the DSLR (Digital SLR) is more affordable than ever when beginning digital photography.

This new breed of cameras is quite simply amazing and I sometimes despair when I read reviews and forum comments that air their disappointment when a new camera just released hasn’t addressed the issue of “having to go to the menu” to

Learning to See Creatively

postDeveloping a creative eye is about seeing things in a different way; a personal visual opinion rather than obvious point of view.

When we first use a camera we take pictures of all the obvious things around us, landmarks, people we know, family pets, Uncle George etc. This is all a very necessary part of learning photography and after repeatedly taking these pictures, boredom starts to creep in.

If we get bored enough, we tend to look further than the obvious for our photographic subjects, hopefully encouraging us to interpret these subjects in a different manner – but, as we so often see, some people continuously take boring pictures, until they become experts at doing so.

The problem is that we all have pre-conceived ideas about how something should look, and that is what we photograph, so if we want to be creative we must drop these pre-conceptions, and start looking at things from a small child’s “innocence”.

  • What would a worm see if it looked up?
  • Spend a day taking photos of everyday things from a height of 600mm to 800mm,

You and Your Comfort Zone

postOne thing I have learnt over the years and especially so with my photography business is to step out of my comfort zone once in a while. It is all too easy for anyone to amble along through life keeping the reigns tightly held back on your hobby, job or career and settle for the easy route whilst deep inside you have a passion for running your own photography business one day!

Life is too short…

What holds most people back is the fear of failure or messing up a paying clients’ images coupled with the notion and fear of not “making it” in the world of professional photography. I also read regularly about people “not being quite ready” just yet.

These fears are hard to overcome and there is not much I or anyone else can say to make you feel like the time is right…it is never right! After all it took Thomas Edison 10,000 failures to finally perfect the light bulb (although some credit has to go to Joseph Swan, a British inventor who actually

What advice would I give my young photographer self 30+ years ago?

postBecoming successful in photography, whether personally or professionally, can seem like an uphill slog sometimes so how can you make it easier?

The main thing to remember and concentrate on is your mindset! Think like a photographer for long enough and you will become one.

Sounds strange? Well, your mind is the most powerful asset you have and can also be the most destructive. If you continuously think you cannot do something, you won’t…period! If you truly believe in yourself and stay persistent in your efforts, you can achieve anything.

Don’t be put off by naysayers or beautiful portfolios that you come across, be inspired and motivated by them.

Don’t be put off by the sheer number of photographers out there doing business all around you if you are in a built up, busy area. Just understand that it is a huge market and you can easily grab your own share if that is what you want. The more working photographers in your area, the more work that is probably available, see it as a positive thing!

What Is the Difference between Royalty Free and Rights Managed?

We often hear this term “rights”, “license”, “royalty”, “permission” etc. in relation to photography. However, many of us do not know what it really implies. To some people, it is quite confusing. Though internet presents a wide collection of images to access, download and save, but not every pic you see can be used freely and with such an ease.

There are permissions granted to each and every photo available on the internet. Depending on the permission its usage is determined. Failing to follow the rule can put you in critical situations. I

In this article, readers can get to know about royalty free photos and rights managed photos.

Rights managed photo

In rights managed stock photography, a person who wants to acquire rights of rights managed photo need to buy its license by paying a fee. This gives them the right to use the image. The fees charged as a licensing fee depends on the usage such as location, media type, length of duration for using the photo such as monthly, yearly, etc. Thus, by gaining the rights to a photo gives you the exclusive power to use it and prevent its use by any of your competitors.

Royalty-Free

In such photos a buyer of

What to Look for When Choosing a Photography Company

If you are hiring a photographer, it is normally because you have an upcoming special occasion that you want to remember for a long time. Many times, that occasion will not be repeated, so you want the photos to be amazing the first time through. After all, it is not like you can re-do the wedding if the photos do not turn out. Picking a professional photographer is important, and knowing the things you should look for will help you in your search for an excellent photographer.

Quality

The most important part of choosing a photographer is selecting one who produces quality photos. Look at as many samples of the photographer’s photos as you can. See what you think of their work. In addition, if you know someone who had photos done by them, look at their photos. Ask them about what was included in their package, for instance. Make sure that the photographer is producing work on the level of excellence that you are seeking.

Experience

Check out the photographer’s level of experience. Perhaps they have only ever shot weddings, and you are looking for someone to shoot a birthday party. While they

Obtain Innovative Photography Services With Candid Photographers In Mumbai

Wedding day or bridal function is general offer you with a perfect blend of excitements, emotions and priceless moments, so people want to capture all these things in an exceptional manner. Hiring the best photography firm is a simple way to achieve these benefits, so you can carefully choose the highly appropriate and trustworthy photography firm, which is popularly known as Photophactory. The leading photography company includes lots of creative photography experts who bring you most outstanding capturing services. They are specialist in capturing all your special moments and emotions in a highly professional manner. The highly professional photographers have applied their overall photographic expertise as well as experience in covering all types of wedding ceremonies. Each and every moment in human life carries lots of memorable things that are very close to their heart.  The professional photography is a combination of glamour photography and photojournalism. It is an excellent blend of amazing candid shots with the fun posed pictures. The team of talented photographers loves to capture everything that ranges from a family drama, makeup session, hidden blushes and more.

Unique candid photography services

If you like to get these wonderful and brilliant photography services, you can immediately choose the

DIY Weddings: The Must-Haves

One of the perks of having a DIY wedding is that you can make all the decisions about the various aspects of your celebration. It also gives you an excellent opportunity to exercise your creativity and ingenuity, and it can be lots of fun to organise. If you’re feeling a little bit nervous though, never fear: with this selection of DIY wedding must-haves you can’t go wrong!

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Your DIY Essentials

Alphabet stamps

You can easily pick these up on websites such as Etsy and they are very handy for making adorable doily place settings or for creating your wedding table plans.

Spray paint

If you are going with a particular colour scheme for your wedding and you want all your ornaments and accessories to be that colour, simply buy some cans of spray paint in your chosen shade and get spraying!

Permanent markers

These can come in handy in a variety of ways; for example, you can write adorable messages on plates, drink dispensers, candle holders… and even on the bottom of the bridal party’s shoes!

Handmade banners, decorations and signs

Get some of your friends and family

The emerging trend of maternity photography

It is only natural that you might like to cherish the special moments of your life especially when you are preparing to become a mother.  It is often assumed that having the right training in photography is sufficient for taking maternity photographs, so any professional photographer could do the job. But only if you had known the underlying specialty of this class of photography you would not hesitate to find a Los Angeles maternity photographer who can capture the special moments in the right perspective.  Maternity is the most memorable period of a woman’s life who passes through emotional upheavals as she finds a new meaning to her life that brings out an unearthly charm and glow in her appearance.  She is in the process building new relationships that would replace the existing ones and the pregnant moments are the most precious treasures that the photographer has to preserve with complete empathy and understanding.

It requires special skills

The purpose of maternity photography is not only to document the moment but also to soak the photographs with the goodness of love and emotions. This is the time when the existing relationship between partners undergoes a massive change as the space between the