Selasa, 14 November 2017

Make Money With Black And White Digital Photography

Black and white photography has long been a staple product of the art world. There is something about capturing the world around us and rendering it, and the people in it, in such a stark medium as black and white. In a way, this type of art takes away any preconceptions one might have about the given subject and allows the viewer to see the content as it really is, and even add their own ideas.

It's important to note that black and white photography was the beginning of photography and holds a special place in many photographers' hearts. This is one of the reasons why it has become a bit of a trendy thing to do nowadays. Basically beginner photographers are starting to take up black and white photography more often than normal photography. Why? Mainly because they are still able to use the most advanced, up to date cameras while creating amazing black and white photos.

The latest camera models have settings for black and white photography and some photo editing software enables photographers to change color photographs into black and white. Any of these methods can be used to achieve the classic black and white look that can impress any viewer.

The scope of black and white digital photography is not only about portraits and landscapes. There are thousand and one things that you can express with black and white photographs. So the next time you have the digital camera in hand, focus on abstract shoots. Treat black and white digital photography, as a mode to portray the world in a different light and you will never be short on potential photography subjects.

To start with your own black and white digital photography shots, you will not need extra effort and complications other than shooting as is. Take the shot in color then you can switch the setting of the digital image in an editor, using array of choices. If you are using Photoshop or Fireworks, you can change the whole image into black and white by editing "Hue and Saturation" or simply switching it to "grayscale" format.

Since black and white digital photography doesn't rely on color to tell the story, the contrast of shades will need to be relied upon. This is one of the most important black and white shooting tips to learn. It is important to make sure subjects stand out even more so in black and white than in color. While a dark blue shirt might look awesome against a dark green setting in color, it will likely get lost in the shuffle in black and white.

While that dark shirt and dark background can present problems in contrast, lighting can help fix the issue. The best way to master lighting for this type of digital photography is to play around and be willing to experiment to see what works and what doesn't. Try using the black and white settings in all kinds of situations to really master what needs to be done under different circumstances to effectively light up a shot.

Why not make money from your digital photography and get paid to submit your photos to the internet or start up your own photography business.

Remember a black and white picture of a single flower can be breathtaking.

Rabu, 25 Oktober 2017

Figure Photography and the Photography Art Industry

Figure photography is most commonly referred to as one where a photographer takes a full body shot of a person, man or woman to use for commercial use. The more common of the two is of course female figure photography. Commercialism calls for the female form to be an enticing addition to promotional projects or in some cases, become the products themselves.

In this type of photography, the model is the co-creator. So respect is a must. It is imperative that the photographer chooses one who is comfortable in doing a project of this scale. Because of lascivious photographers, most women, even men are initially reluctant to become a part of this kind of projects.

But because there would be no photographs if there is no model, there are of course ways to find the right model for the job.

First things first, not all fashion models are good models for this kind of photography. Most fashion models are too thin thus making them look less fluid in the photographs. Some of this kind of pictures are nude photographs so ample curves are necessary to register really rewarding shots. In this trade anorexia does not sell. And even before the work starts, the photographer should set up a meeting with the possible model to talk about shaving, hair styles, tattoos, make-up, nail polish and other possible requirements that she needs to prepare.

Then there is attitude. As much as possible it is good to have a model that has done this kind of work. It is easy to find them through art workshop connections. But if a model is new to this kind of work, she or he tends to be a nervous so the photographer should be prepared. Professionalism is important in creating an atmosphere where the model can be comfortable to pose in the often difficult positions that the photographer might require. Remember, lewd marks are of course more prone to irritate the model.

Enthusiasm in the collaboration is also necessary. The model who understands what a photographer wants out of the work would be able to internalize the message and thus give more meaningful posses.

The photographer needs to remember that the model should not be overworked on the onset of the shoot. Especially if the posses done are relatively taxing, the photographer should allow the model to rest, if there is only one or allow for alternates so that the model always look refreshed and thus stunning. Remember, fatigue and agitation shows.

After the shoot, the photographer best settle the accounts and pay the model. Simply because it would make the model feel that her work has been rewarded well. It is possible that the model can be a reference when the work is published or sold. Nevertheless, the model should be of legal age, especially if the pictures are quite revealing and must have signed a release form stating that the pictures are the sole property of the photographer and that he can sell or publish it.
Figure photography is a very competitive industry but with the right pictures with the right model, a photographer can get places.

Selasa, 10 Oktober 2017

Editing and Highlighting the Eyes in Portraits, Editorial and Fashion Photography Using Photoshop

There are of course a million different ways to edit different types of photos using Photoshop. As a fashion and editorial photographer I use many different techniques myself depending on the style, lighting, clothing and skin tones of the model. There are some Photoshop techniques that I do consistently use though on a variety of shoots, this article I talk about specifically some different things I do to a model's eyes when editing a photo.

For me, the most important thing when I look at a photo are the eyes of a model, it can completely change the look and feel of the entire photograph. I use all of the following tips on some photos and then on other photos maybe 1 or 2 of these techniques. As a photographer, you need to look at the photo and see what it needs to make it a brilliant looking photo. Whether I use all or some of the Photoshop techniques below, I will do them in the order that I have written them.

Lightening the Eyes. Select the history brush and set it to "screen", then zoom into the photo and lighten just the color part of the eyes, don't get the dark outline around the eyes or the pupil. I will sometimes do the whites as well, just be careful not to go to crazy on this part or it can look a little weird.

Darkening the Eyes. Still using the history brush, now set it to "multiply", zoomed in on the eye still now darken the dark/black outline of the eyeball, then darken the actual pupil a little. Be very careful when you are working with the outline of the eyeball, make the size of your brush very small, you don't want to make this line "bigger" than it is, just darker.

Saturating & De-saturating. Many times when you are in a photo studio the white parts of the eyes will get red. Select the "sponge tool" and set it to "de-saturate". I usually use my tools at about a 10% flow so I can have total control and work little by little. Remember a lot of times, less is more when you are editing fine art photography. After you have desaturated the whites, I then select the dodge tool and put it to "midtones" and go back over the whites to brighten them a little. I will sometimes saturate the color part of the eye, it just really depends on the type of photo, eye color, etc.

Highlighting. Select the dodge tool and set it to "highlighting" and set the flow to 10%, then go over the eyes, usually once is enough to brighten and highlight them. I will also sharpen them up a little as well if needed.

These techniques work well with any type of eye color, but you won't see as big of a difference when editing really dark brown eyes, you will see a huge difference with blue eyes, green eyes, etc. As a professional photographer, you want to look at the photo carefully and make sure you didn't go overboard with the editing. And sometimes you can lose judgement of the photo because you have been staring at it for so long, sometimes I will leave the photo open on my computer and get up and take a break for a little while and come back to it later to see what my first impression is. Many times I haven't liked what I have done as much after I have had a chance to get away from the photo for a bit, and other times I have loved the photo even more.

Every photographer uses different techniques, it is important to try out different Photoshop techniques to decide what your personal style is and what works for you.

Minggu, 24 September 2017

Into the World of Style and Fashion Photography

Fashion photography is ALWAYS in fashion. Although it is mainly dependent on commerce, fashion photography is now considered as an art. Unlike before where fashion photographers see the craft as a source of income, modern fashion photographers see themselves as artists who can invent and reinvent different photo shoot techniques and style.


If you are a budding photographer and has always been fascinated with fashion and photography, you may want to make fashion photography as an option.

Imagine yourself traveling the world and setting foot on exotic islands and historical sites, working and hanging out with famous, most creative, and talented people in the fashion industry, taking the photos of international super models to have them published in various fashion magazines, having your named renowned internationally, and to top it all, you are paid a huge sum of amount while enjoying these perks.

Today, where almost everybody can become a fashion photographer through the use of reliable digital cameras, soft wares, and other photo editing gadgets, more and more people photo and fashion enthusiasts are into the lucrative business of fashion photography.

But, how do you break in? Here are some of the things you may want to consider:

- Make up your mind and decide if you really want to be in the business.

- Don't hesitate about potential clients and income because fashion photographers are always in demand.

- Choose where would you want to land on the business-either freelance, ones without an agent; freelance with an agent, employed by a retailer, employed by a publication either a magazine, a book publisher, a newspaper, and the like; employed by an established fashion house, employed by an advertising company, employed by a fashion or clothes manufacturer, employed by a direct-mail company or you would want to open up your own studio and get clients on your own.


So, you really want to become a fashion designer? After deciding what you really want to do and where would you want to land in the gigantic world of fashion industry, you should make a short reassessment of your skills, you work ethics and etiquette to become successful in the path you have chosen to take.

There is more to fashion, photography, and fashion photography than meets the eye. Bear in mind that the craft and the business are beyond the realms of taking good photos, models, clothes, and products. Also remember that being a fashion photographer is more than an average person who takes good pictures. Technical and artistic skills in photography are required. Additional skills in styling, natural knack for clothes, great artistic inclination in modeling and composition, and entrepreneurship spirit are also a must.

If you didn't make it in the fashion photography scene yet, consider some options and career paths like working periodicals, ad agencies, department stores, fashion houses, modeling agencies, retailers, catalogues, galleries and in stock photography agencies while waiting for that big break. Experiences in these fields can hone your innate skills and may open up doors to greater opportunities.

More tips in becoming a fashion photographer, breaking into and succeeding as fashion photographer, starting a fashion photography business, starting a fashion photo studio, starting a glamour photo studio and even getting paid to take beautiful fashion pictures and travel the world in the internet. These sites also provide information, and pieces of advice and tips for those who are interested in entering the industry as well as for those who would want to enhance their knowledge in the craft.

Rabu, 13 September 2017

Female Photography - What Makes a Good Nude Female Photograph

People generally agree that the nude female form is more beautiful than the male. The arguments generally cited for this include that women have more curves and less obvious musculature, or that male bodies are more 'functional'. Whatever the reason, couple it with the fact that (particularly historically) most artists are male, and you have a large preference in photography for nude photographs of women rather than of men.

But what makes a good nude female photograph? There are three main principles.

#1: It should be interesting to look at

Nude photography is synonymous with that branch of photography known as 'fine art'. Fine art photography can be defined as 'photography created for no other purpose than because it's interesting to look at'. As such, nude female photography is about presenting the female form in a way that is interesting.

In order to make an interesting image, nude female photography tends to favor black-and-white images that are full of light, shadow, shape, and contrast. There are usually carefully composed and lit in order to achieve this.

#2: It should be anonymous

Nude photography is not 'about' the person that is in the photo - in fact, the face of the model is often not even included in the frame. Contrast this with portrait photography, where the idea is to reveal or display something about the subject's life or (more often) their personality. Nude photography is really the opposite of this, because it's about the female form in general, not this person in particular. In nude photography, the person in the photo really serves only as an example of a category, with the category being 'women's bodies'.

#3: It should be non-sexual

While any heterosexual man would enjoy looking at nude photographs of women for reasons that not entirely dispassionate, there is still a difference between nude photography and erotic photography. While the difference might be a slight one, it's all about intent. Nude photography fits that fine art definition of intending only to produce 'something interesting'. Erotic photography, on the other hand, is intended to titillate or arouse the viewer, and might not be all that interesting.

Minggu, 27 Agustus 2017

Tips For Taking Tasteful And Creative Boudoir Photography

There is a surprising trend happening in the world of photography that involves women taking sexy portraits. These two don't go together at all with traditional wedding photography or family photography. So, what could possibly allow a woman to express her self confidence and share intimate and personal photos with their special someone. This would have to be boudoir photography for sure. These are not the old fashion studio photos where you got the impression that you were looking at pictures taken in a hotel that rents by the hour. Boudoir photography is very tasteful with a hint of sensual and sexiness. Today's boudoir sessions are more about fashion and flair. Boudoir photography is about woman in lingerie and provocative poses.

Women are more comfortable with sexuality than ever before. It was only a matter of time before they demanded a change in how they were perceived in boudoir photos of old. The old dreary color faded photos of the past were no longer going to be acceptable. This isn't about creating a porn video either. It's an art form and it's not about taking your clothes all the way off. It's about creating a look that shows how amazing a woman's body really is. Photos they can share with their loved one that just say wow how amazing is my body and I'm proud of it. There are a few steps to keep in mind when creating and properly executing a boudoir photo shoot.

The best way to make your client feel comfortable during the shoot is working on your posing. Boudoir photography is no different than other forms of photography when it comes to creating comfortable and manageable poses. If your clients are uncomfortable then it will most likely show up in the shots you take. You need to bring out the best parts of each individual client's best features when shooting boudoir photography. Every woman is different as far as their sizes and shapes. So, you have to be able to figure out what parts of the body you want to feature. If your client has very large hips and she's extremely conscious of them. You want to take shots from the side and from above instead of head on in front of you. It's best to try and establish a rapport with the client to help them feel at ease. Don't just bring them in and start shooting.

You could go out and hire a bunch of professional to help build your portfolio and practice your skills. I feel it's better to work with regular everyday clients to work on improving your skills. With professional models it can be hard to determine which feature is their best. It can also hard to find out what is their worst. There is one plus to working with even amateur models and that is they are good at finding sensual poses that you can work with. It may take your clients awhile to get comfortable and they may not know how to position themselves in a sensual manner. This is the one area you may benefit from having amateur models to provide you with examples to use on our clients. Your job is to highlight the parts that your client feels are her best physical qualities and hide those that she doesn't feel comfortable about.

Lighting is very important in boudoir photography as it is with most photography in general. Flash photography can be very unflattering to natural skin. So, you want to use as much natural light as you possibly can. Avoid at all cost direct flash and use as little off camera lighting as you can get away with. Use soft lighting during your shoot which will allow for softer skin tones. Split lighting is a technique that I like to use in my sessions. I've tried this with natural lighting, but this doesn't work as well as use one main source of lighting. You place your light source at a 90 degree angle and preferable use off camera lighting that simulates natural light. This allows me to create a dramatic and a definite mood in my shots.

Picking the proper lens will also help you get the desired shot you are looking for. A zoom lens and the right camera angle is really all that's needed to get the perfect shot. You don't need multiple lens changes or camera changes during your shoot. You want to shoot level with the client and not from above. This will help make sure the proportions are correct and not unflattering.

Picking out the right outfit is another issue that you want to work with your client on. You don't want to pick out your clients outfit. You want them to feel comfortable in whatever they decide to wear. The item could have a special meaning or it could just be an item of clothing that they share during special intimate moments. You want your client to at least bring two or three different items for you to work with. You want to bring items that are a combination that allow you to undress and reveal another more provocative outfit underneath. This also allows the client to become a little more comfortable about taking their clothes off while a camera watches their every move.

You want them to stay with neutral colors like black, beige, and red. These work best with most skin tones. You also want the items they are wearing to fit. You don't want an outfit that is too tight on their skin. You also don't want one that lose fitting and falls off during the shoot. Remember you aren't shooting porn. You are creating tasteful art that isn't showing full nudity. Picking a favorite team jersey or a work shirt is always recommended as one of the outfits you'll want to use.

Jumat, 11 Agustus 2017

Why Fine Art Wedding Photography Matters?

In the past, photography has been looked at as a very boring and limited way of expressing your idea through pictures, especially when it came to wedding photography. Talking about models and media, you see their pictures have an absolutely different flavor, brightness, color and flamboyance which were never really there in the ordinary wedding photographs. It was however realized by some photographers that they need to put some life to wedding photography and the result of those efforts was fine art wedding photography. The ways pictures are taken and edited in this form of photography make it a completely different thing than the conventional photography that has been done in the past.

Fine art wedding photography is the use of coloration, discoloration, blurriness, prominence, dimness and a number of other effects that are used to make the pictures look special. This is a completely different way of taking pictures and the photographer who takes such pictures works in an entirely different way as opposed to how conventional photographers used to do. It is not about telling the family to stand together, asking the short ones to come forward and taller ones to go in the back and taking the picture. It is not about telling the couple to stand hand in hand, look towards the camera and give a cute smile. These things have gotten old and photography has moved on.

In fine art wedding photography the photographer makes use of everything that comes into the camera lens and even those that don't. He will make use of shadows, reflections, deflections and elevations to come up with a photo that speaks for itself. What difference did it make in the conventional and old photography whether you were laughing or crying because the pictures looked all the same? In the modern photography techniques, every expression on your face changes the whole look of the picture. For example, the photographer will make use of some black & white colors, dry leaves and dark shadows in a picture where the bride has tears in her eyes just to make the impact of the picture powerful.

Use of bright colors, greenery, birds and flowers in the pictures where the couple is laughing and smiling makes the pictures memorable. Modern softwares and tools are used for editing to enhance the pictures. Hundreds of new effects are used to make the pictures look more than wedding pictures and fine art wedding photography is thus the best choice in today's weddings. At the same time, you will notice that these modern techniques don't focus faces only. Wedding is not all about faces and if it was, why would people buy the most expensive dresses they can to wear on the weddings? So if you have spent thousands of dollars on your wedding dress, jewelry, shoes, venue and preparation, why not giving them some highlight in the pictures as well? This is only possible through the new fine art photography