Photography – Using The Flash

Taking good quality photographs relies greatly on good light. It is important to have a good set up as well as use the light to help your photography. These lighting effects create visually appealing pictures and are the basics for any photographer to learn. Photographers are often measured by their ability to use light effectively.

There are a few basic categories of light when taking pictures, but they can be lumped into two main sections; natural and artificial. Within those categories, there is a subset of categories such as wedding photography, graduation pictures, jewelry photography, etc. These each has their own unique requirement for lighting. Light tents are used for the special jewelry photography sessions and hair lights are used for portrait pictures.

Good photographers use a variety of concepts in their photography. Some of these include backlighting to create silhouettes, side lighting for filling, fill lighting for large regions, diffused lighting, and illumination, which is the primary light source.

Some of the most beautiful photographs are taken in natural light (such as sunlight) and can vary based on the expertise of the picture taker. Photographers use objects to help with natural light pictures, such as an opaque board or matte backdrop. Excess light entering the camera is not a good thing, so master photographers work with angles and items to aid in this. There is also light tends that help to diffuse the light and backgrounds that capture the light effectively. Also, the camera settings must be adjusted to accommodate natural light to create the best pictures.

Great pictures can also be taken in artificial light. Not only from overhead lights, but the camera flash, fluorescent lights, and even lamps all are considered artificial light. Sometimes, red eyes appear in pictures from artificial lighting, which can be prevented from the correct camera setting, or corrected afterward in a photo editing program. Sometimes, light tents, kits, or even soft boxes can aid the photographer to adjust the light. Other tools photographers use are backdrops, lighting umbrellas, gadgets to measure the amount of light, and reflectors. These are just some of the tools that a photographer uses in their work.


Wedding Photography Tips

Wedding Photography Poses

Whilst thinking about the content of your images – think a moment about what makes a good image. Certainly, the trend is towards un-posed pictures but there times when posing is called for. See my tips for wedding photography poses.

Assign Your Own Photographer’s Assistant

The photographer will sometimes have an assistant – but how about assigning someone to liaise directly with the photographer? Incidentally, an usher is not necessarily the best choice – it needs to be someone that really knows the families and friends and can point them out to the photographer. Give them a copy of the shoot-list and make them aware of any surprises that are planned so that you can relax and not stress about the content of the photos. This can really speed up the formal side of the photography.

Giving the photographer an insight to the ‘secrets’ will ensure that those special, candid moments are not missed, like the unexpected arrival of a close relative.

Wedding Cake Photos

Decide how you wish to be photographed with your wedding cake – set up in advance or later as part of the party. A setup shot in advance allows the couple a little “alone time” and the photographer to get the image without guests crowding in. It can, however, lack the spontaneity and party atmosphere of cutting the cake with all your guests present.

Think where the cake is positioned in the ceremony room. It needs to be somewhere accessible with a good background but not somewhere it can be accidentally tipped over. Try and avoid a busy background and the corner of the room as it makes it difficult for the couple to access and to photograph.

Ideally, it should be set up by the professional cake-maker. Wedding cake icing is susceptible to heat so don’t position it too early else the tiers are likely to sag!

Have the caterers place the knife or sword ready so that the groom is not scrabbling around at the last moment hunting for his weapon of choice.

Remember to photograph the cake by itself particularly if it has been made by a friend or relative as a photo will be appreciated as a thank you keepsake.
Consider an engagement sitting with the photographer you selected for your wedding

This is an important part of ensuring that you’re comfortable with the photographer you picked for your wedding.

Consider the following uses for the images:

  • Use the images on your invitations.
  • Have an album/framed portrait for presentation to your parents as Thank You on your wedding day.
  • Incorporate the images from the engagement sitting into a slideshow and show it at your reception.

Make The Best Of Digital Photography at Weddings

Technology has evolved a lot in past twenty years and especially in photography which has become a lot more easier in a way that even an amateur photographer can produce quality photos as most cameras today are easy to operate and have all kinds of automatic features which may save a lot of time.

In this article, we’ll discuss using digital applications for wedding photography and how to make the best of it. The great benefit of digital cameras, as said before, is time. Meaning, replacing a memory card is much faster than replacing a film. This is crucial when taking pictures in the middle of an important event, such as the ceremony (although you should be prepared with an empty card – but everyone makes mistakes sometimes), and also the benefit of the “Preview” option in digital cameras which helps you know your surrounding and erase a bad taken photo and by that, making space to another one.

When choosing which camera to buy you need to go to the store and consult with the vendor because there are a lot of cameras out there and only some of them may be suitable for you.

The first parameter to consider is budget. You may need to buy an expensive camera but before you do that do a little research as you may find to a good camera with a low budget which may stand with your requirements and needs.
Here is a list which will help you decide: DSLR cameras and accessories

There are two types of image files: JPEG and Raw.

JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Expert Group and it’s a very comfortable format as almost every photo editing software support this type of files. It also takes a small memory space in your digital card and it doesn’t take long to download all the JPEG files to your computer. On the other hand, this type of format is hard to work with when photo processing is needed because the white balance is automatic in these sort of files and you may get some noise in images as well as the camera makes automatic process. Raw images are opposite from JPEG format.

The good side in raw images is the possibility to process them freely as the images taken are not compressed or processed by the camera, meaning that in a way, it’s similar to film photography. The bad sides of raw images are in the huge amount of memory for each photo which will enforce you of purchasing big memory cards and also downloading time to your computer is much longer than download the JPEG format to your computer

Most photographers may use the JPEG format as it’s easier to use but you should take some photos and test your camera in order to be familiar with both formats because you’re going to need them both. The most popular memory cards on the market are the Sandisk cards which support almost every type of camera in the market. Those cards start with 4GB up to 32GB. These cards are not so cheap but it’s a must in order to get the best results.

Here is a link to prices range: SanDisk Extreme® Pro™ SDHC™ UHS-I card
The couple may want some extra effects for the photos and in that case you can use Photoshop which is the most popular program in the market.

It’s not a cheap program and it does take a bit of time to learn it but it’s very efficient in working with all kinds of photos.
You can also use a free photo editor software which has the basic option, like Picasa or many other free photo editing software.

If you’re not going to deal with photo editing (and probably you’ve got your reasons) you should work with an exprienced editor who can deliver a professional and fast results.