Author: bett3r

photographer

The White Magical Beautiful Winter

A lot of people stay warm indoors or rather wait until summer to began go out and hunt some great shots. When actually, winter is one of the most beautiful season especially with all the snow. You can have great pictures combine with a little of creativity, winter shots actually pretty amazing! But then again, to keep you prepare (both physically and camera gears) photoshoot during winter takes a bit of preparation. Here's a few things you should keep in mind if you want to go out and take that chance of amazing winter shots.

Have warm boots, regardless. On a recent photographic excursion into the Great White I was wearing an old pair of boots that had cracked in the rubber along the side near the toes. Every step I took allowed snow into my boots, and by the time I got home I was wringing water from my sock (which was wrapped around a numb foot). Don’t over-dress. To some it may sound stupid, but anyone who has spent any time outside in cold weather will tell you the same thing. It is better to feel a slight chill while standing still rather than overheat while walking, giving the cold temperatures the opportunity to chill your sweat and possibly lower your body temperature, potentially leading to early-onset hypothermia.

Gloves should be taken with you, especially if you’re going to be out and about for an extended period or away from “civilization.” I hate the bulkiness of gloves, so I prefer to simply go without when possible. One option is to wear a thin pair of gloves (maybe with rubber gripping on the fingers) for use when photographing, and take a pair of mittens along for slipping over the gloves in between shooting. Another option is to use a pair of shooter’s gloves/mittens which allow you to pull a finger out for use on a trigger (or, in this case, shutter release).

Do not place your camera under your coat in hopes of warming it up or keeping your batteries from draining too quickly (discussed below). The warmth of your body heat and the moisture from sweat can be potentially harmful (to your camera). To be simple, keep your camera cold! However, it is crucial to keep your spare batteries warm. Batteries drain faster in colder temperatures, so it is wise to carry extras and maybe keep them in a pocket or inside your coat, closer to your body heat, until they are needed. Newer lithium ion batteries have less problems with this, but it’s still good advice, nonetheless. Nobody wants to be fumbling around in a bag for gear when they need it or dropping equipment in the snow. You also don’t want to be setting your bag down in the snow and risking any kind of water saturation. So, whether you’re using pockets, a backpack, or an actual camera bag, make sure you can reach your gear with little effort.


Never delete an image until you have had a chance to view it on a larger screen indoors. There have been many times when an image that looked like crap in the field turned out to be a wonderful image once I had a chance to fully examine it. Use your histogram to determine the exposure your camera is getting (discussed below), or simply bring along extra memory cards. I know this one is a bit difficult, but try using manual mode. Snow is bright and can be overpowering for your camera’s internal light meter. Using your camera in AUTO, or even APERTURE/SHUTTER PRIORITY mode will undoubtedly result in dark images since the camera is reading all of the bright light reflected from the snow and compensating accordingly. The best way to overcome this is by shooting in MANUAL and compensating accordingly.

Use your histogram to determine what actual exposure your camera is getting. You may also use your histogram as a guide for adjusting your settings while shooting in manual mode. Slowly warm up to room temperature along with the rest of your bag and its sundry contents. If you need to get your memory card out of the camera, be sure to do so before going inside. That way you won’t risk prematurely exposing your camera to the warm air. This goes back to whole issue of condensation forming inside your camera or lens.

So, what are you waiting for? It's time to go out with your camera in the lovely winter weather!

(source: Allen Mowery (http://www.diyphotography.net/15-beginner-tips-winter-and-snow-photography/)

Foodtography? Why not!

Have you ever seen people taking pictures of their food before they eat it? The purpose is merely to "show off" of how good their food in the pictures for their social media. Now, making a great photographs of your food (or known as foodtography) is quite simple actually. You just need to know few basic rules about plating the dish, how to make it superb on the camera! Now here are some tips and ticks that could help you to be a great foodtographer.

Lighten up. Photographers always think of light first – the quality, direction and color of it. Use a large, natural soft light source, such as a window. Better yet, shoot outside. Cloudy days are great, but if you don't get one you can use a white sheet to diffuse direct light. Shoot close to and with the window directly behind, to the left of or right of your food subject (anywhere but at your back).

Bounce back. Bounce light back onto your food from the side opposite the window with a piece of white poster board to keep shadows from getting too dark.

Focus on the food. Pick simple backgrounds, props and plates that don't distract and aid in color harmony with the food. Backgrounds may seem unimportant, but they set the tone and mood of the shot.

Close-in on your subject. Use a slight telephoto lens (longer if you can). This helps soften background elements and helps keep food the focus. If you can, use a wide aperture to keep the background out of focus. Don't be afraid to let some of the subject go soft if you have a sharp area that maintains visual interest.

Hold still. Keep your camera steady to ensure sharp images. Use a tripod if you have one.

Warm it up. Bad color is unappetizing. Automatic white balance settings on digital cameras are often cool. Adjust the settings to warm up the shot and to make sure the color is as close to real as possible.

Dig up your camera's owner's manual. It sounds crazy, but you may just have to get out the directions for your camera to see what you can do with it...if you can find them.

Play with your food. Our moms told us not to, but when it comes to food photography, don't be afraid to move around, shoot from a variety of angles and just have fun. (Oh, but keep your elbows off the table.)

Take shots along the way. Food isn't just beautiful when it's "done." Take shots while you are sautéing, chopping and mixing, too.

 

Apart from the techniques, styling the food is also important. There are some basic rules to make the dish stands-out in the picture. Here are some simple tricks  in food styling:

Cut into it. Often the most interesting texture and color is inside your food.

Tend to the finishing touches. A drizzle of oil or a bit of freshly ground salt or pepper can quickly take a shot from simple to special.

Go green. Watch for herbs in your ingredient list to use as garnish. Sprigs of thyme, rosemary, basil or sage add texture and visual interest.

Keep it under wraps. Moist food is prettier than dry food, so keep it covered until you're ready to shoot it. Spritz or mist it with water or brush it with water or oil if needed.

Prop it up. Add a beverage or small flower, but remember the food is the hero.

There you go, have some fun on foodtography!

 

(source: https://www.kowalskis.com/news/201304/tasty-tips-for-foodtography)

How to Choose the Best Photographer?

With the recent revolution of digital photography, it has become increasingly easier for the unskilled enthusiast to get their hands on a nice camera with professional potential and call themselves a pro photographer.

These essential tips will ensure that you aren’t trapped in the common pitfalls of the process and will help you choose the photographer best suited for the job:

 

  • This seems quite simple but you can’t beat word of mouth referrals. Ask your friends if they know of a good photographer.
  • When you are viewing the online gallery or portfolio of your potential photographer, you’ve got to look past the first few photos. However, if you dig a little deeper and find that the photography quality disintegrates quickly, or that the best shots come from only a handful of clients, you may want to find a photographer with more experience.
  • The question of affordability is always high on the list. Be sure to check all costs involved of both session fees and post-shoot display products.

"Most importantly, you are paying for the talent and experience that your photographer will bring to the table."

 

  • Make sure that your photographer can supply what you want (for the end product) and that they acquire it from professional sources. That doesn’t mean that the price needs to be sky-high, it just means that you’re getting quality product.
  • Most importantly, you are paying for the talent and experience that your photographer will bring to the table. You’re not just paying for the cost of ink being printed onto photo paper with some wood and glass holding it onto the wall.
  • You’re paying to get a photographic piece of art from a talented professional.

 

(source: http://www.danoah.com/2012/08/how-to-choose-the-best-photographer-10-essential-tips-2.html)