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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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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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Be Eco-Friendly with Wedding Photography!

When you go online and search for any type of business in your area, you would usually see a company which claims to have a green or environment-friendly operation. This is definitely a good thing, what with all the ecological problems that the entire world is facing.

So if you’re in the wedding photography business, how can you do your share in helping save the environment?

Read on to find out:

1. Purchase and use batteries wisely.
There’s probably not even a need to say this, but you should make use of rechargeable batteries as much as you can. Not only will you be helping save Mother Nature in the process, but you will also save up on your business’ operational costs because disposable batteries don’t give you the best bang for your buck. If you do have a lot of used batteries, dispose of them properly.

2. Reuse, reduce and recycle.
This is the mantra that green businesses should live by. Purchase recycled paper products as much as possible. Reuse the UPS boxes that you are receiving on a regular basis, just make sure to cover up the previous labels. Operate on a paperless environment as much as you can.

3. Drive an eco-friendly car and if you have weddings to cover, carpool.
Although driving a green car may be more expensive than the regular gas guzzler, you will end up saving more resources with the gas that you will save – not to mention the fact that non-eco-friendly cars are harmful to the environment.

4. Market your business as eco-friendly.
Although being green is not necessarily a high priority for most brides – but there are environmentally-conscious couples out there. You might get plus points if you advertise your business to be green and eco-friendly, just make sure that you practice it 100% on all aspects of your business’ operations.

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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 D3

Nikon one of the leading brands for camera has finally after a long wait has launched its digital SLR full framed camera. The Nikon D3 is a pride to own. It is 12.1 mega pixels. Nikon D3 is all about the sped and image sensitivity. The Nikon D3 offers great photo size with the best resolution ever. The camera features the Expeed image processor. Another amazing thing about this camera is that you don’t have worry if you holding the camera at the right level. The camera has the HDMI video output with a virtual horizontal feature that would let you know when the level is perfect.

LOOK AND FEEL

Like the other Nikon camera the D3 also offers an evolutionary design. Has a large pentaprism and LCD contributing to the weight of the camera. It’s a little over 3 pounds. 6.2 x 6.2 x 3.4 inches dimensional is coated with magnesium alloy. The camera is sealed against water and dust.

NIKON D3 SETUP

Set up would include viewfinder display settings, diopter adjustment settings and the menu taking you item by item. The menu system would include - Auto Image Rotation, Color Space, Focus Mode, Release Mode, Picture Controls, D-Lighting, Non-CPU Lens Data, NEF Bit Depth, Function Button, Voice Memo, Image Review, Rotate Tall, Navigator Center Button, My Menu and Manage Settings.

LCD

The Nikon D3 has a gorgeous 3.0 inches wide LCD with 921,600 dot. The LCD is particularly tough to stand rough handling as far as scratching the LCD screen is concerned. It has n edge over the competitors because of the almost seamless gap between the pixels. The LCD in Nikon 3D is much finer.

AUTOFOCUSING

Nikon 3D has the AF system which detects data by 51 AF. The 51 AF with 3D tracking (are mode). The camera would automatically get the object across the frame as it would remember the point where the focus was. It would lock it. This would be a great feature for the sports photographers. 9 frames every second is offered with ongoing auto focus tracking and 11 frames per second with out the auto focus tracking.

The Nikon D3 is a must own camera if you like speed and sensitivity in your photographing experience.

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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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