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Easy Tips and Tricks for Looking Better in Photographs




Easy Tips and Tricks for Looking Better in Photographs

Ever find that you just cannot look your best for a photo? Join the club. There are always times when no matter how hard we try we cannot seem to get the perfect look for our photographs. It is especially frustrating when you know that the photo that is being taken will be recorded to make note of a memorable occasion, such as a wedding, anniversary or seasonal holiday. This article will discuss how you can look better in photographs, and how you can make the most of a picture, even when you might not be looking your best.

Poses.

One of the biggest problems that photographs can create is that they can make a perfectly good pose look bad. A pose that could come across as completely normal in real life, can sometimes look staged or even awkward in picture form. The best way to know which poses work best with photos is to trial and error with a range of them, and see which ones you think looks the best. You can also ask your friends and family to see what they think before you decide which poses best suit you.

Some guidance when posing is that you should always aim to have your shoulders back (but relaxed). It is common for professional photographers to ask that if you are standing, that you ever so slightly turn and place your weight on your back leg. Depending on the purpose of the shot, it might also be recommendable that you refrain from being ridged or too tense. This comes across very negatively in casual photos or photographs of happy occasions. It is also crucial that if you are having a headshot taken of you, that you only have one ear showing. This can be achieved by tilting your head away from the camera, to the point where your second ear is inconspicuous to the lens.

Angles.

Another important thing to consider when wanting to look your best in a photograph is to know which angles work best for you. If you do carry some “extra luggage” around your stomach area, you can reduce the eminence of this by simply changing the angle that the photograph is taken. Alternatively, you could decide to simply position yourself so that the shot does not focus as much on your stomach.

(Angles are very important for lighting effects too, as whilst lighting is always a great thing to have in a photo, if you are trying to look your best, then it can certainly be overdone.)

You should also know that typically, people look their best when they ever so slightly stick out their necks, and when the camera is positioned just above your eyes. This might be something to consider when you are either posing, or when you are taking a picture of someone else.

Use the best camera that you have.

This should be a no brainer, but some people seem to think that they can take a picture with a cheap camera, and still get the result they desire. This is simply not the case, and whilst the cheaper cameras do have their positives, mainly they are not able to capture enough detail in order to make you look your best. Often pictures taken with bad quality cameras can come out as grainy, under or over saturated and in general something that doesn’t particularly please the eye.

Now this does not now mean that you have to go out and spend an absolute fortune on a high quality camera, which you may only use for a couple of special occasions, but you need to know what a good quality camera can do for your photographs. Whilst having one of the super advanced cameras on the market will overall improve your look on photographs, you need to bear in mind that not only are they very expensive, but if they break, they can be an issue to replace. For this reason, your best bet is either to hire a professional photographer to take your pictures, or to purchase a camera that can produce high quality pictures, but does not massively go over your budget.

Photography Lighting Techniques For Capturing A Good Photo




Despite what you may think, it is possible to pick up your camera, take a shot of any object or person you want and be able to produce an image that will leave your friends and family in awe at how amazing the photograph is. All that is required is a little knowledge on some of the photography lighting techniques that can ultimately make any image look unmistakably professional. This article will go through the three vital photography techniques that you should utilise for taking a great photo.

Colour.

Ever taken a photograph of a landscape that just came across as dull, lifeless and overall uninspiring? I am sure as photographers we have all been there, but if you are clever enough to intricately examine the colour of the lighting in your photo you can easily change this. What you should know is that it is always a mistake to try to take good photographs in the middle of the day. Instead you should be aiming to get up just before the break of dawn, in order to captures some incredible landscapes.

If you have never had the wonderful experience of taking shots early in the morning, then you should prepare yourself for soft pink delicacies and overall a very tranquil setting. Otherwise, you could decide to take your shots in the evening at sunset, where you can make the most of a sky covered in gold. Either way the great thing about shooting at these times is the object you are shooting will develop meaningful shadows, which will give it an extraordinary 3D effect.

Intensity.

If you are attempting to get a professional photograph of a friend or family member, you should take note of a few things regarding light intensity. If the sun is directly beating down on them, it can cause noticeably deep, dark shadows and intense highlights. These are in no way beneficial to the photo, and can often turn an attractive person, into someone who is in no way flattering. It is also worthwhile considering that the sensor in your camera detects are far thinner dynamic range than your eyes, and therefore your camera will “see” something different than you might.

Unless you have one of the top of the range cameras that can set you back hundreds if not thousands of dollars, your camera may be unable to detect the fine detail in shadows. In fact more often than not all it sees is black, which can ruin the effect that good shadows give a photograph. Similarly, whilst we might see a great deal of detail in the highlights of an image, your camera may only show a pure white. At the same time, when we see detail in the highlights; the camera shows pure, featureless white.

If you want to help your camera to record the available detail in a photograph, it is worthwhile to move your selected person into shade, as this will reduce the dynamic range between highlights and shadows.

Directionality.

When trying to take a good photograph, the direction of where the light is coming from is very important. In the case that you have light coming in from the side of the shot, you can expect exceptionally long shadows that have the potential to magnify. This can be good or bad depending on the person or object in question. For example, if you are a body builder it can be great to make you look as if you have more muscle, however, if you have facial spots it can make them appear massive.

On the other side of the spectrum, when light is directly hitting the face, the effect can (at the right intensity) visually take off ten years a person’s age, as it fills in wrinkles and creates a smooth texture on the person’s face. Despite what you may think, knowing how the colour, intensity and directionality of light will influence the quality and properties of your photograph, is almost as important as knowing how to even turn on your camera. Not only will it determine some of the key features of your photograph, but it will also make the difference between having a professional photo or a poor quality photo.

Wedding Photography Tips




Wedding Photography Tips

There comes a time in every wedding event that wedding photographers are unable to conceptualize into prints what was initially themed or planned. Most of the time, wedding photographers fail in delivering what is actually designed because of some oversights and perhaps minor negligence and carelessness that may cause a huge impact on how these pictures turn out.

If this is the case, it is always wise to go back to the basic drawing board and be more conscientious and, if possible, painstakingly meticulous as to how the pictures should be delivered. Thus, the planning stage is considered to be the most crucial.

Things to consider during the planning stage:

Wedding photography is not only an art it is a science. Thus, a systematic process must be used to ensure that the actual photo shoot deliberation is being done to a T, based on what is conceptualized during the planning stage. It is best that you talk this thru with the bride, as she is the most concerned with this aspect. Here are some of the details that you have to discuss during the planning stage:

• Theme of the wedding

You have to make it clear with the bride or any of her representatives on what the theme of the wedding is. That way, you can incorporate that theme in your photography techniques.

• Materials and props used for the photo shoot service

Should there be a pre-prenuptial photo shoot, it is best to also discuss materials and props to be used all throughout the session. Surely, we don’t want it to be delayed or moved just because we got short on wedding props.

• The 4Ws of the wedding event

Discuss who, what, when, and where of the wedding event. You have to be expressly open with the bride as to who should be in the most photos, what part of the event should be highlighted, including the date and the venue of the event.

Things to consider during the actual wedding

This is where the art of photography comes in. Thus, the following should be done in order to achieve that higher form of art that is required to capture great photos.

• Wear comfortable attire

No, this is not your time to shine and wear your best attire. If you are the official photographer, it is not wise to compete with the bridal entourage in your best attire. A photographer will always be in the most awkward of positions so as to catch the best shots so. Don’t strut it, shoot it!

• Be the photographer boss

Now, comes the family and friends picture taking. Surely, there will always be those know-it-all relative or family members who would be the commanding officer and take charge as to what poses to do and who they should pose with. Take charge! Remember, you are the one who is hired for this job so respectfully approach the “commander” and inform her to join the group so she may also be taken in the photo.

• Be alert

You’ll never know when that memorable moment happens. It could be during the wedding toast where the groom kisses the bride unexpectedly. Those moments that may look random could be a lifelong keepsake if you are able to shoot it!