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Tips on Preparing the Right Wedding Photography Accessories

If you want to succeed at any type of business, the number one thing to remember is that you should have all tools at your disposal. Whether you’re working in the kitchen or in an office environment, the tools and accessories that you have will be your ally in doing a great job. The same thing applies when it comes to wedding photography.

To give you an idea about the must-have tools for wedding photographers, here are a few tips that I have on how to prepare the right accessories:

- Prepare all your equipment and accessories in advance.
Aside from the main digital SLR camera that you are using, you may want to have a backup camera to give a different perspective on the wedding that you are covering. See to it that you have a supply of fully charged batteries, extra memory cards, lenses, camera tripods, chargers – and arrange them accordingly in your camera bag.

- Make sure that the number of memory cards that you have is suitable for an entire wedding day coverage.
When covering a wedding event, there are hundreds – if not thousands of shots that need to be taken. From the minute that the bride and groom dress up for the wedding ceremony up to the time that the last guest leaves the reception hall, all these will take up lots of space on your memory card. So make sure that you have sufficient storage for all the wedding moments that you want to capture.

- Keep that camera tripod with you always.
Aside from his digital camera, another ally that a wedding photographer has is his camera tripod. This will make it easier for you to take a series of group shots and will minimize the blurriness of the images.

With these wedding photography accessories preparation tips, you can rest assured that you will be doing a much better job of covering a wedding since you have all the right tools at your disposal.

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Wedding Photography Tip-Gaining from the past

Every good wedding photographer has a list of things that he or she does with the perspective bride and groom. One of the most important, of course, is talking to the bride and groom to find out what sort of shots they want taken before, during and after the wedding ceremony and reception. You define the style they are trying to achieve, how much time they want spent with each group or individual and whether they want candid or more formal shots. These are all excellent ideas that appear in virtually every bridal guide and are surely employed by nearly every wedding photographer in the country.

What is missing from this equation? Taking a retrospective glance at the coverage that was provided. My theory goes beyond hours of pouring over negatives; photo shopping out the maid of honor’s skin imperfections and trying to select the best shots of each group to present the bride and groom in an attempt to get them to buy bigger, buy more. This has nothing to do with the hours that the bride will spend with her girlfriends and her family, trying to decide which pictures to enlarge and hang over the mantle. While these are all important steps in the process, they are still lacking something vital.

After the bride and groom have put away the new Lennox china and the mail has started coming to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, contact the bride. Find out what her thoughts are, not on the shots that were taken, but on the ones that weren’t. Meet with the new Mrs. or ask her to make a list of the people, places, moods that were not captured at her wedding and reception. Find out why there are no photos of this event or moment. Perhaps it was a sporadic event, or perhaps timing was wrong. Many times, the pictures that weren’t taken were of little things that just weren’t thought of. This information can prove invaluable to your next client and every one there after.

Make sure that you keep an organized list or journal of these ideas. Share these ideas with your new clients and categorize them as best you can. The variety of options and shots you offer to your wedding parties will quickly expand and perhaps make you the most creative wedding photographer in town. Present what was a missed opportunity to one couple as your gift to the next.

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Ten Must Know Facts About Memory Cards

Memory card may be the smallest accessory of a camera, but it the most important one since the photos are stored in it. Memory card can be considered as the functional equivalent of the film. The number of photos and quality of photos that you can shoot using a digital camera depends on the memory card.

The physical size of the memory card has been decreasing along with the size of the digital camera. You may have to use more than one memory card for your camera. To keep the memory card safely and to distinguish memory cards, it is ideal to keep them in a case.

The number of photos you can shoot for a particular function depends on the storage capacity of the memory card. It is better to have memory card with larger size. You can have a memory card of size ranging from 2Gb 8Gb at a reasonable price.

The type of the memory card suitable for your camera must be identified. Memory cards are not interchangeable. There are many types of memory cards like SD, MMC etc in varying sizes. The amount of memory card size that your camera supports must also be identified.

Memory card is not a expensive accessory anymore. So it is ideal to have more than one memory card. This will keep you protected from missing some important shots. A memory card can be freed only after transferring the images to other storage medias using computers.

A card reader is a device that can transfer the images in the flash memory to a computer. When you are choosing a card reader ensure that your card reader can read multiple formats. You may have to use different memory cards and formats for taking photos.

A memory can be erased and reused when the storage capacity is full. But the images can be erased intentionally or accidentally. The images can be erased using the digital camera or using computers or card reader. Some memory cards provide a facility to recover delete images.

The speed of the memory card varies depending on its type. Speed is the factor that determines how fast data can be read from the memory card. Faster memory cards can write and read images at a faster rate.

Normally memory cards are black in color. But recently memory cards of popular brands are available in multiple colors. You may have to use more than one memory card for your camera. Choosing memory cards of different colors will help you identify it more easily.

Since memory card has become inexpensive you can buy more memory cards. You can use the memory cards as a permanent place for storing images. This will help you to carry it from one place to another in case of necessity.

The size of the memory card is decreasing and the capacity is increasing. Choose the memory card with highest capacity. But before making the purchase make sure that your camera supports such big size memory cards.

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NIKON D300

Nikon D300 is an excellent camera. Nikon has defiantly evolved providing the D300 better features than that of D200. This is the best choice for a professional a photographer. The features and setting that it offers are high end and advance, if you purchasing the camera for casual photography then you would be under utilizing the features. It is a single lens camera. In case you are not a professional photographer but a serious armature the camera would prove to be the best pick.

The AF system enabling eight frames in a second capture rate. Has an optional MB D10 battery pack as well. Automatic sensor cleaning and live view are the additions to the D300. The camera has an amazing operating speed that makes it quite responsive. 13ms is its powering up time. The controls offered in the Nikon D300 are quite traditional and easy to use.

THE AUTO FOCUS

Multi –CAM 3500 is used in the D300 takes the performance of the auto focus feature to another level. Only after using it one could experience the power. I could only say that the camera had no difficulty capturing a flying bird and the results were impressive. As it uses the Multi – Cam 3500 the auto focus module is defiantly better than that of D2X. Though the D2X wasn’t bad either it had Multi-CAM 2000.

LCD

The LCD is quite large. It’s at the back of the Nikon D300, its 3 inches and offers 922,000 pixels. The resolution of the LCD is good. The screen is large enable to review and understand the details of the image. Over and above that addition details are also provided as a display on the LCD like – AF active indications etc.

VIEWFINDER

The viewfinder in the Nikon D300 is an absolute pleasure. It is much brighter and large for DX sensor. It also had gridline feature on demand. It uses too less battery as in case you take off the battery the gridlines would be blurry but would be there for some seconds. Below the image that the view finder would capture the Nikon D300 has the essential setting information.

OTHERS

• The camera has a built in flash with pops up
• The camera uses micro drive or the type 1 and 2 CF memory card.
• EN-EL3e battery is uses. It also accepts the MB-D10 battery

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Ten Things You Must Know About Flash

There are certain calculations that you should do before taking photos using a flash.

  • You must consider the brightness of your flash. The intensity of light will decrease along with the distance from the source. The distance of the object from the flash should be considered before taking the photo.
  • Always remember that your flash is also a light. You will get better lighting depending on the intensity of the light. Identify the strength or intensity of your flash before using it. You will have to position yourself depending on the amount of lighting you require because you cannot control the intensity of a flash.
  • The element of light from direct sunlight has to be considered while using a camera flash. Sun shine offers a natural light. You have to consider the amount of sun light falling on the subject. If flash is not used properly your photo will be exposed to over light. The exposure depends on your distance from the subject.
  • You have to consider the lighting available in the background while using a flash. If you want to include the details of the background in your photos, the lighting in the background must be also correct. In a darker room you may have use additional lightings to capture the background.
  • The power of your camera flash and its distance capability can be studied from the guide number. Guide number is a specification provided by your flash vendor. Guide number is constant value that is equal to the aperture number. Guide number can also be calculated by multiplying aperture by distance.
  • You will have to take photographs in various situations. While taking photographs you have to respect the privacy of other people. People may not like using flashes in some situations. People at work may be disturbed due to the usage of flashes.
  • You have to turn off your flash whenever it is applicable. If you are not turning off the flash you will be loosing battery power. You may accidentally use the flash in unwanted situation. Taking pictures in places like zoo using flash light is distractive.
  • Camera flash should be considered only as a secondary light source. In most situations you will be able to use existing natural light. You must try to utilize this light as it is the natural lighting of a scene. You should use your flash only as a supplement and in cases light is insufficient.
  • High intensity of light from the flash will often blow out your photos. Simplest way to decrease this is to increase the distance to the source. Get closer to the subject until your frame if full. Then take a step back and refocus to reduce the intensity of flash. Stepping one step back will not change your frame.
  • You can reduce the intensity of flash light by redirecting it to other surfaces. You can place some reflective material in the front of the flash light to redirect it.

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Ten Things You Must Know About Studio Lighting

Here are the ten things you know about studio lighting:

  • The first part of studio lighting is in setting up the single light source. The single light source can be a continuous source or a low power strobe. You can also use a 100 watt flash for the purpose.
  • You have to use a large light modifier for your light source. You can use a home made light panel using a large shoot through umbrella or a large soft box. A 60 inch convertible satin white umbrella is advisable. You can also use any translucent white shoot through umbrella provided that it is sufficiently big.
  • Your single light source and the large light modifier must be placed at an optimal distance from the subject. A distance of 3 to 4 feet from the subject will be ideal. But the size of your source must be at least 40 inches for better results.
  • You have to now setup your strobe. The strobe should be set to low power. You can set it to 40 to 60 watts.
  • The next job is setting up the camera. Set your camera to manual mode. You can set to mode to F4.0 to F5.6, 1/125th. And a 100 ISO will provide you a good starting point for exposure. You have to ensure the lighting conditions by checking the histogram or the light meter.
  • You can enhance the lighting conditions by using accessories like a large light reflector. It should be in gold, silver or white in color. Light reflector will add more sparkle to your photos. If you don’t have a light reflector you can compensate by moving the light source closer to the camera axis. Take care not to move it too closer.
  • The lighting becomes soft when the source is closer and larger. Large directional sources will provide a soft shadow and will highlight the transitions. But the light need not be directionally in front of the subject. The shadows will be filled with light while using non directional light source.
  • You can also diffuse the intensity of light from flash. The light from the flash can be directed to the subject using reflective surfaces. You can place the subject near a wall and redirect the flash using the wall. The reflected light from the wall will be you light source when the subject is close to the wall.
  • When you are using a reflector work it out from the shadow side. Your shadow side of your subject must be at the same distance from the main light source. You can derive the power to shoot quality pictures even using a small flash if the setup is done properly.
  • Studio lights are expandable and versatile. But the problem is that they have to be operated manually. Studio lights can provide precise control of the situation. You can do anything with your studio lighting but the limitation lies in your ability to handle it.

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Five Essential Tips For Digital Photography

The climate and season is important in digital photography. You have to think about the type of photos that you are willing to take. Most of the people prefer to take out door photography during the spring time. But the rainy season is also good for taking some wonderful photographs. But you have to plan your accessories and location for taking digital photos in rainy season.

Choosing alternative perspective and compositions will help you to tae some eye catching photos. The scenes and landscapes are the same for most of the photos. You cannot change a landscape to suit your needs. You have to change the way you think for capturing a variety photograph from the same landscape.

Most of the good shots of digital photography are missed due to lack of proper focusing. All photographers have the habit of lifting the camera to their face for taking a photo. You may be able to capture the scenery but from a higher level. Try to get down to get a perspective from a lower level.

You can get a better perspective of the same scene by tilting your body or camera in different directions. This will create an impact on your immediate location and the object. You will get a chance to focus on things immediately in front of. This object will get more prominent keeping the landscape unchanged in the background.

You can take better pictures of a landscape by placing your closer to trees and grass. When you are taking a photograph of scenery in line with a tree or a bunch of tall grass, you will get a different perspective. The photos will feel a better height in the landscape. You can use the elements of light and shadow to create stunning effects in your photographs.

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