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10 Tips for the Aspiring Street Photographer
Abandoned buildings have become one of my favorite subjects to photograph. Over time, I have collected a handful of useful tips to get the most out of shooting in these environments.
Every on-location portraitist is faced with the challenge of paying attention to the details regarding his or her subject, such as posing, lighting, composition etc. Perhaps the greatest mistake made by amateur on-location portrait photographers is the lack of emphasis placed on a portrait’s background surroundings.
1. LET THE KIDS HAVE FUN
Few things are more enjoyable than traveling in a foreign country and using your camera as a bridge to connect with locals. In some countries, you may find that many people have not had pictures taken of them – and certainly not by one with an SLR camera. With a few things to keep in mind, and a little pro-activism, you may find your international trip to be full of some very special, storytelling images.
1. Start with Your Pet’s Personality
How To Use Colour Effectively To Enhance Your Digital Photography?
Framing Your Shots
Getting your digital images perfectly sharp is something that most photographers want – however clean, crisp, sharp images can be difficult to achieve.
When Blur is Good in Photography?
White is associated with light, goodness, innocence, purity, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection.
White means safety, purity, and cleanliness. As opposed to black, white usually has a positive connotation. White can represent a successful beginning. In heraldry, white depicts faith and purity.
In advertising, white is associated with coolness and cleanliness because it\'s the color of snow. You can use white to suggest simplicity in high-tech products. White is an appropriate color for charitable organizations; angels are usually imagined wearing white clothes. White is associated with hospitals, doctors, and sterility, so you can use white to suggest safety when promoting medical products. White is often associated with low weight, low-fat food, and dairy products.
Source: Color Wheel Pro
Black is associated with power, elegance, formality, death, evil, and mystery.
Black is a mysterious color associated with fear and the unknown (black holes). It usually has a negative connotation (blacklist, black humor, \'black death\'). Black denotes strength and authority; it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color (black tie, black Mercedes). In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.
Black gives the feeling of perspective and depth, but a black background diminishes readability. A black suit or dress can make you look thinner. When designing for a gallery of art or photography, you can use a black or gray background to make the other colors stand out. Black contrasts well with bright colors. Combined with red or orange – other very powerful colors – black gives a very aggressive color scheme.
Source: Color Wheel Pro
What is Infrared Photography?
Orange combines the energy of red and the happiness of yellow. It is associated with joy, sunshine, and the tropics. Orange represents enthusiasm, fascination, happiness, creativity, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, and stimulation.
To the human eye, orange is a very hot color, so it gives the sensation of heat. Nevertheless, orange is not as aggressive as red. Orange increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity. It is highly accepted among young people. As a citrus color, orange is associated with healthy food and stimulates appetite. Orange is the color of fall and harvest. In heraldry, orange is symbolic of strength and endurance.
Orange has very high visibility, so you can use it to catch attention and highlight the most important elements of your design. Orange is very effective for promoting food products and toys.
Dark orange can mean deceit and distrust.
Red-orange corresponds to desire, sexual passion, pleasure, domination, aggression, and thirst for action.
Gold evokes the feeling of prestige. The meaning of gold is illumination, wisdom, and wealth. Gold often symbolizes high quality.
Source: Color Wheel Pro
Yellow is the color of sunshine. Its associated with joy, happiness, intellect, and energy.
Yellow produces a warming effect, arouses cheerfulness, stimulates mental activity, and generates muscle energy. Yellow is often associated with food. Bright, pure yellow is an attention getter, which is the reason taxicabs are painted this color. When overused, yellow may have a disturbing effect; it is known that babies cry more in yellow rooms. Yellow is seen before other colors when placed against black; this combination is often used to issue a warning. In heraldry, yellow indicates honor and loyalty. Later the meaning of yellow was connected with cowardice.
Use yellow to evoke pleasant, cheerful feelings. You can choose yellow to promote children\'s products and items related to leisure. Yellow is very effective for attracting attention, so use it to highlight the most important elements of your design. Men usually perceive yellow as a very lighthearted, \'childish\' color, so it is not recommended to use yellow when selling prestigious, expensive products to men – nobody will buy a yellow business suit or a yellow Mercedes. Yellow is an unstable and spontaneous color, so avoid using yellow if you want to suggest stability and safety. Light yellow tends to disappear into white, so it usually needs a dark color to highlight it. Shades of yellow are visually unappealing because they loose cheerfulness and become dingy.
Dull (dingy) yellow represents caution, decay, sickness, and jealousy.
Light yellow is associated with intellect, freshness, and joy.
Source: Color Wheel Pro
Underwater Photography Tutorial
Here are some basic camera settings that will improve your underwater imagery. Remember, in some point-and-shoot systems you might not be able to reach these controls underwater in a fast and efficient manner.
- White balance: For most cases put your white balance in daylight mode, especially if you are using flash.
- ISO: Keep your ISO low (100 or 200). Higher ISOs will, in most cases, result in “digital noise” in your pictures.
- Aperture: Depending on how deep you’re working, most of the time you’ll be shooting between f8 and f16. This will provide you with greater depth of field.
- Speed: In the manual setting, it’s the right combination of aperture and speed that will yield the correct exposure. I tend to use speed as a creative tool—if I want my subject to be sharp and motionless I’ll go to a higher shutter speed: 1/125th or 1/250th. Or if I want to convey or capture motion, e.g., fish swimming, a slower shutter speed of 1/15th or lower is the way to go.
- Focus: I tend to keep my focus in automatic and in single subject, which allows me to autofocus on the subject. In this mode, as long as I keep the shutter button down, it will hold the focus even if I recompose the scene.
Source: National Geographic
Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money.
Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a \'greenhorn\' is a novice. In heraldry, green indicates growth and hope. Green, as opposed to red, means safety; it is the color of free passage in road traffic.
Use green to indicate safety when advertising drugs and medical products. Green is directly related to nature, so you can use it to promote \'green\' products. Dull, darker green is commonly associated with money, the financial world, banking, and Wall Street.
Dark green is associated with ambition, greed, and jealousy.
Yellow-green can indicate sickness, cowardice, discord, and jealousy.
Aqua is associated with emotional healing and protection.
Olive green is the traditional color of peace.
Fireworks Photography Tips:
- Use a tripod.
- Use a cable release or wireless remote to trigger the shutter if you have one.
- Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction.
- Shoot RAW
- Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 200.
- A good starting point for aperture is f/11.
- Instead of choosing a shutter speed, set the camera to Bulb (B) which allows you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Expose for the entire fireworks burst. You can even keep the shutter open for multiple bursts.
- Turn off the autofocus, otherwise it might have difficulty locking onto focus. Manually focus your lens at infinity.
Source: Digital Photography School
Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.
Blue is considered beneficial to the mind and body. It slows human metabolism and produces a calming effect. Blue is strongly associated with tranquility and calmness. In heraldry, blue is used to symbolize piety and sincerity.
You can use blue to promote products and services related to cleanliness (water purification filters, cleaning liquids, vodka), air and sky (airlines, airports, air conditioners), water and sea (sea voyages, mineral water). As opposed to emotionally warm colors like red, orange, and yellow; blue is linked to consciousness and intellect. Use blue to suggest precision when promoting high-tech products.
Blue is a masculine color; according to studies, it is highly accepted among males. Dark blue is associated with depth, expertise, and stability; it is a preferred color for corporate America.
Avoid using blue when promoting food and cooking, because blue suppresses appetite. When used together with warm colors like yellow or red, blue can create high-impact, vibrant designs; for example, blue-yellow-red is a perfect color scheme for a superhero.
Light blue is associated with health, healing, tranquility, understanding, and softness.
Dark blue represents knowledge, power, integrity, and seriousness.
Source: Color Wheel Pro
Digital Photography Tips
Digital cameras today offer superb image quality that competes directly with film.
These cameras look and act like traditional cameras with a few extra features. Tricky camera designs are quickly leaving the marketplace because photographers want to take pictures and not be bogged down by hard-to-use technology.
Many things about digital cameras are identical to film cameras, a few things are slightly tweaked from film expectations, and a number of features are unique to digital photography. Some of the big differences can actually help you take better pictures than you ever did with a film camera.
For quality results from any camera, the basics of photography still apply no matter how an image is captured. A tripod is always important if slow shutter speeds are needed and big telephoto lenses are used. Fast shutter speeds remain a key way to stop action, and f-stops continue to affect depth of field. The important parts of a scene still need to have the focus centered on them, and dramatic light always helps make for dramatic photos.
The "digital" in digital camera has caused even experienced photographers to worry that this new technology will be difficult to master. But consider this: No beginner ever picked up a camera and knew what all the controls did. For the serious photographer, f-stops and shutter speeds were definitely not instinctive.
Types of Cameras
Digital cameras come in a variety of forms, from point-and-shoot pocket cameras to advanced digital SLRs. There is no right or wrong type, though a specific one may be best for you and your photography.
Simple point-and-shoot digital cameras can give surprising quality when they have the right lenses and sensors. Because they are totally automatic in focus and exposure, they just have to be pointed at a subject and clicked. They have limited capabilities for controlling the image, although even very inexpensive cameras often have white balance controls. Some are exceptionally compact, able to fit easily into a shirt pocket, making them ideal cameras to keep at hand so you won\'t miss a great photo opportunity.
Advanced point-and-shoot cameras are similar in that they mostly rely on automatic controls; however, this group tends to add special features to make the cameras a little more flexible. Such features include exposure compensation, more white balance controls, limited manual settings, and more. Still relatively inexpensive, these cameras can be a good introduction to digital and are perfect for the families of serious photographers.
Interchangeable-lens, digital SLRs offer all the controls of a 35mm SLR, including lenses that give you a wealth of focal-length possibilities. These cameras are definitely bigger than the other digital cameras. They include complete and extensive photographic controls, the best in image-sensor and processing technology, high levels of noise control, and more. The LCD panel on the back of an SLR can be used only for reviewing images, since the sensor cannot provide "live" images due to the mirror design.
Shoot It Right From the Start
The way to get the best photos from a digital camera is to do it right from the start. Yet there is an idea that one doesn\'t need to devote much effort when you have the computer to "help." This idea has sometimes reached almost surreal proportions. A couple of years ago, a digital photography article in a major news magazine said software was available that would automatically transform amateurs\' photos into images that would rival the best of pros. That software never existed, nor will it, because good photography has always been about art and craft; about understanding the tools of the craft and using them well; and about perception and the ability to capture an image that catches an audience\'s attention and communicates well.
Just remember that digital photography is still photography.
The most common mistake people make is camera shake. When you move the camera inadvertently at the time you press the shutter, you risk the chance of blurring your image or reducing the sharpness of the image. Keep it steady!
Most point-and-shoot cameras have a simple exposure override facility, normally allowing you to overexpose or underexpose your picture. So if the subject is predominantly dark, experiment by overexposing to compensate. If the subject is predominantly light, then underexposure is the way to go. Try taking a test picture, look at it on the screen on the back of your camera, check the histogram, and adjust your exposure compensation. Don\'t be afraid to shoot four or five versions, as the LCD screen is not always accurate. You can delete the bad pictures later.
A very basic rule of composition is known as the rule of thirds, or the tic-tac-toe rule. Imagine your viewfinder or LCD monitor divided into nine equal-size squares, like a tic-tac-toe grid. Compose your picture with your subject center-positioned at one of the four intersecting points. This should help you compose more aesthetic portraits.
Your point-and-shoot camera will probably have an autofocus zoom lens. You will discover that the ability to zoom in on your subject is fantastic. Get bold. Use your zoom lens and compose your picture with the subject filling your frame. To start with, I\'d be surprised if you don\'t get a lot of pictures that are small in the frame. When you look through the viewfinder, look at the whole picture frame and how big the subject is in your picture, not just into the eyes of the person you\'re photographing.
Changing the Point of View
Another thing to consider when taking your picture is your point of view. A picture can be more interesting when taken from an unusual angle. Don\'t be afraid to lie down and look up at your subject, a particularly dynamic approach when photographing pets or children and also less threatening to your subject. Equally, you could try climbing up to a higher viewpoint and looking down on your subject. Better yet, try both and then delete the one you like less.
Transferring Digital Images
Digital cameras today come with some way of transferring the photos to the computer. This usually involves some sort of cable, although some cameras are using infrared and other wireless technologies. Direct connection may not be the best way for photographers to get photos onto the computer\'s hard drive, however. Many people find a card reader much more convenient.
Keys to Working in the Digital Darkroom
Many photographers have tried to work with image-processing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and found the whole process difficult, intimidating, and tedious. One big reason this occurs is that much of the instruction in books and classes takes the wrong approach for photographers: It dwells on the software and not the photography.
The photo "rules." This is an important thing to remember. When the software is "in charge," the focus is not on the image; it is on learning and memorizing all the functions of the program. Many photographers have sat through classes that taught them about such things as selections and layers long before they had any idea why they might want to have such knowledge. This was simply because the instructor thought these things were key elements of Photoshop.
As a photographer, you know your photos and what you want them to do. Sure you might not know everything you can do with an image in the program, but that is less important than why you took the photo. Only you can know this, and your photographic intent will guide you, even through Photoshop, on a sure-and-steady, craft-driven journey that is not obsessed with technology.
Experimenting without fear is another key idea for using the digital darkroom. Often, photographers have had to pay a price for experimenting, and many have gotten cautious and brought that caution with them into the digital darkroom. Just remember that there is little you can do to an image in the computer that can\'t be undone. Let yourself go, and don\'t be afraid to experiment.
Source: National Geographic
Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.
Red is a very emotionally intense color. It enhances human metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. It has very high visibility, which is why stop signs, stoplights, and fire equipment are usually painted red. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.
Red brings text and images to the foreground. Use it as an accent color to stimulate people to make quick decisions; it is a perfect color for \'Buy Now\' or \'Click Here\' buttons on Internet banners and websites. In advertising, red is often used to evoke erotic feelings (red lips, red nails, red-light districts, \'Lady in Red\', etc). Red is widely used to indicate danger (high voltage signs, traffic lights). This color is also commonly associated with energy, so you can use it when promoting energy drinks, games, cars, items related to sports and high physical activity.
Light red represents joy, passion, sensitivity, and love.
Pink signifies romance, love, and friendship. It denotes feminine qualities and passiveness.
Dark red is associated with vigor, willpower, rage, anger, leadership, courage, longing, malice, and wrath.
Brown suggests stability and denotes masculine qualities.
Reddish-brown is associated with harvest and fall.
Source: Color Wheel Pro
How to Shoot Panning Photography?
Panning is a photographic mind game. But a very cool mind game.
Technically, you should not be able to show motion in a still photograph. After all, the image on the paper is not moving; it’s not going anywhere. But your mind takes the blurred image and tries to make sense out of it. "Aha!" it says. "That’s not a blurry picture; that’s a horse and wagon moving very fast. I get it."
Part of our delight in “reading” pictures is the I get it part.
Panning is nothing new. It’s been around almost as long as photography itself. Originally it was forced on photographers who had no hope of capturing fast moving action without moving the camera in synch with their subjects. They simply lacked film that was fast enough to give them a fast shutter speed.
Racehorses and early motorcar races were enticing subjects at the turn of the century. Photographers discovered, to their delight, that they could get reasonably sharp images and that they really liked the streaked backgrounds resulting from swinging the camera along with their subject.
The joy of that discovery never seems to fade. Discovering this little trick was one of the most thrilling stages of my early photography. I must have been 13 or 14 years old, playing with my dad’s old folding Ansco (he’d moved further up the photographic equipment ladder by then). The camera had one shutter speed: 1/50th of a second—hardly enough to stop a lazy butterfly. I had a beagle named Dixie who was like a streak of lightning when it came to chasing rabbits. No way to stop that motion with a 1/50th-of-a-second shutter speed.
Panning was the answer. I must have picked up the technique from one of the photography magazines of the day. I remember thinking: You move the camera during the picture? How’s that going to work?
Slowly, the concept dawned on me. If I panned along with my racing Dixie—that is, if I moved the camera in perfect synchronized motion with her as she flew by—she would actually remain in almost exactly the same place in the picture! The rest of the image would be blurred, but since she was glued to one spot on the film she would be fairly sharp.
It worked! Dixie was sharp—well, my kind of sharp at that time—and the background was wonderfully blurred. When I raced out of the darkroom to show the picture to my parents, they offered a tone of incredulous awe. That tone of their voices was music to my ears. Later that summer, the same picture elicited similar accolades from the judge at the county fair. She gave me a blue ribbon (before moving on to judge the canned tomatoes).
I was hooked.
Almost every student photographer I’ve ever taught has the same aha! moment when they finally get the idea. But while the concept is simple, the execution has many ways of going wrong.
So here are a few tips to up your percentage of keepers. Panning is a percentage game. One in ten good shots is major league success. One in 100 is not out of the ordinary. But that one will be worth your trouble.
- Understand the basic concept. Panning works when you move the camera in perfect motion with the subject. It’s not enough to just swing the camera from side to side. You have to move it in perfect synch with your subject.
- Choose the right subject. Generally (and up to a point) it is easier to pan with a fast-moving subject than a slow one. Sprinters running sideways to you are great examples. They are moving fast enough that you can pan smoothly with their motion, and they are running in a straight line. People walking are almost impossible; they are too slow to get much blur and it’s difficult to pan smoothly. Football players are tough because they move erratically.
- Use Manual Exposure or maybe Shutter Priority metering. Whichever you choose, the object is the same. You don’t want the shutter speed to change while you are shooting.
- Pick a good shutter speed. This is important; however, there is no “correct” shutter speed for panning. The longer the shutter speed, the more blurred the background will be. A long shutter speed will make your subject pop out from the background, and that is good. But the longer the shutter speed, the more difficult it is to get the subject reasonably sharp. It’s a balancing act. As a starting point, let’s go back to the example of the sprinters running across the picture. Try anything between 1/8 and 1/60 of a second. Beyond 1/8 of a second it\'s really tough to get sharp, but it can be very interesting. Above 1/60 of a second, the camera will probably stop too much action and ruin the effect. Except for low-flying jets at air shows. Then you might need 1/500 second, and that brings us to our next problem.
- Find the right background. The right background is almost as important as the right subject. The background must have some detail in order to produce the pleasing streaks you are looking for. That is why the jet is a bad subject for panning when it is up against a plain blue sky. Pan all you want but the sky will still be a featureless blue. Nothing will look as if it “moved.” On the other hand, backgrounds with too much contrast will often make bad backgrounds for panning. Just one person in a white T-shirt can create an unsightly white blob in your photograph. Choose carefully.
- Use the viewfinder correctly. Your viewfinder is your friend when it comes to panning. The best trick is to find a focusing mark in your viewfinder and put it on your moving subject. Now, try to keep that point perfectly aligned with your subject. Crosshairs would be perfect, but we don’t have them in camera viewfinders, so we have to make do with what we’ve got.
- Practice panning smoothly. Fluid, smooth motion is the name of the game. No jerking, no rushing, no hesitation. Stand with your body facing where you ideally want to shoot the picture, then rotate your shoulders to pick up your subject in the viewfinder. Start shooting before your subjects reach the ideal point; keep shooting after they pass that point. Follow through just like a good golfer. And practice. Good panning shooters literally go out and just practice their movements.
- Go for the Goldilocks Effect. The combination of subject motion, panning, and shutter speed is not a precise science. Don’t be afraid to adjust to conditions.
- Try. Evaluate. Retry. Experiment! There is no right way, just infinite variables that can produce interesting results. For instance, if instead of “panning” you could rotate your camera at the same speed as the turning of the carnival Ferris wheel, you might get something cool. Now try to imagine other moving objects you can synch with. By the way, looking back, I see that I shot the horse and carriage in Spain at 1/6 sec at f/9. (And yes, I shot a lot of bad shots to get this one.)
Source: National Geographic
Here’s a neat piece of camera gear you probably have never heard of. Back in the 1940s and 50s, a company called Haber & Fink used to modify Leica cameras by adding special lens ‘turrets.’ Only 200 were ever made, and a camera store in Ohio just got their hands on the 11th one.
YM Camera in Youngstown, Ohio is a family owned and operated store that opened its doors in 1951… just two years after the lens turret they just got on trade was made.
“[It’s a] very awesome piece to add to our collection,” Sale Manager Robby Yankush told PetaPixel over email. “The body of the camera is the black Leica III, that was converted at the New York H & F store around 1949, and the lens line up on the camera is great for any walk around photographer.”
The three lenses attached to this old Leica III are a wide angle 28mm f/6.3, a standard 50mm f/2, and a telephoto 9cm f/4. It also comes with three different viewfinders, one for each of the focal lengths.
This particular turret is no spring chicken, but it still works. “The turret turns flawlessly, but you really need some elbow grease to pull it and rotate it,” says Yankhush. “Overall the piece is in great shape, and is super valuable collection item.”
And that’s exactly what they hope it will become: a collector’s item. Previous models from this first and ONLY production run have sold for upwards of $7,000, and YM Camera is hoping to say the same of theirs.
But in the meantime, they were kind enough to send us some pictures so we can “oooh” and “aaah” over this beautiful piece of vintage equipment.
It’s the battle of the flagships. The Canon 1D X Mark II squares off against the Nikon D5 in a series of tests including sports shooting and hand-held low-light high ISO street photography. So, which one is better? Or is there even a clear winner?
This hands-on field test was put on by the folks over at TheCameraStoreTV, who did their best to try out both cameras in various situation, point out their strengths and weaknesses, and then decide which of the two is the more practical flagship purchase.
You can see the full comparison up top, but we’ve covered a few of the highlights below.
The 1D X Mark II has fewer AF points overall, but the difference under normal conditions was really tough to notice if there was a difference at all. That all changed in low-light, however, where the Nikon really came into its own and performed “a touch” better than the Canon finding focus at high ISO.
The one place Canon beats Nikon every time is live view autofocus, but that’ll really more for the video shooters.
Speed and Buffer
The 1D X Mark II is the faster camera, shooting 14fps or 16 if you lock the mirror up (compared to 12 and 14fps respectively for the Nikon). Buffer capacity, however, goes to Nikon with 200 RAW shots max compared to 170.
But does it really matter? As far as this comparison is concerned, it’s unlikely anybody will ever reach the end of either buffer.
This is where things got interesting. At high ISO, no surprises here, Nikon takes the cake with noticeably cleaner images and more range; however, the roles swapped pretty much everywhere else. Canon’s dynamic range (and image quality overall) seemed to be better at lower ISOs and in normal shooting conditions.
They had a really hard time picking a “winner” but we’ll let them explain that to you. So check out the video up top to watch the whole shootout for yourself and dive into the nitty gritty differences between these two behemoths.
Each photographer has to know perfectly how to make his subjects look their best, and one of the first steps to making this happen consistently is knowing how to find a person’s “good side” for portraits. Photographer Joe Edelman explains how to reach this goal in the short video (Source: https://youtu.be/x-pPQvN-pxU).
The video starts with a simple psychological principals, which touch that the left side of a person’s face tends to show more emotion etc.
Furthermore Edelman takes his viewers beyond the science, using his years of experience to unpack the research he shares at the beginning in the context of professional portrait photography. The core idea, which he’s trying to convey to the viewer: creating balance and symmetry.
While chatting with the subject’s of the photo-shoot to “break the ice” take notice about the asymmetry of his/her face. Specifically, look to see which eye is bigger. Then, angle that side of the face away from the lens. This will help make both sides of the face look even.
In video Edelman is describing a few other tips, but all of them boil down to chasing symmetry. Use perspective, hair styling, make-up, and lighting to give the illusion of a symmetrical face and you should end up with better results every time.
DCOP professionals advise you to come up to your mirror and make sure you’ve got your own “good side” figured out. That’ll be the great practice!
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A professional photographer John S. Pay spent decades collecting Nikon gear, a fabulous arsenal of cameras and lenses worth over $100,000. (Source: http://petapixel.com/). On the picture you can see the latest “family portrait” Payne captured recently in his studio.
He purchased his very first Nikon camera, a Nikkormat FT-2, back in 7th grade in 1975. After purchasing more gear for his hobby over the next several years, Payne began seriously collecting Nikon equipment. He bought both new and used items from individuals, eBay, and camera stores and add them in his collection.
The collection currently contains 155 camera bodies, about 150 lenses, and an assortment of other accessories (e.g. motor drives and bulk film backs). The price of the Payne's collection is estimated worth around $125,000, but he’s unlikely to sell it anytime soon. Payne is a die-hard collector who also shoots with Nikon gear in his daily work.
John S. Pay have really rare and expensive items in his collection. How do you think, if the number and cost of cameras can measure the proficiency of photographer?
How big is your collection? Please share your thoughts with us!
DCOP team wishes you a great day and new creative ideas!
Apple has been awarded a US patent for a system that could disable iPhone cameras with infrared signals, allowing photography to be remotely banned in locations such as concerts and sensitive sites. The patent disabling the iPhones camera, preventing both still photography and video recording might cause serious limitations for photography and video lovers. In areas where capturing pictures and videos is prohibited (e.g., a concert or a classified facility) the rule makes sense. But bringing this invention in everyday life questions freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
As patent has only been granted to Apple, DSLR owners do not have to worry now. However, what is going to happen to Photography in the near future is a question which comes to mind. Do legal imitations have negative or positive effect on work of photographers? Copyright protects creative work and artists from violation of their rights. However, bringing legal matters into the world of creativity and self expression can also limit the opportunities of artists.
What do you as Photographers think about this potential limitations?
Since Thursday June 23 all world has been discussing the Brexit (abbreviation of "British exit”) - a historic referendum held on Thursday June 23 where people voted for British exist fem European Union. What will happen now to the economy of Europe, Britain and the rest of the world - the time will show.
How will it affect the prices for cameras exported by such Japanese camera giants as Nikon and Canon?
Canon CEO Fujio Mitarai commented the results of referendum. As Reuters report states, Mitarai said he was “very dismayed” by the decision, and while he thinks a Brexit will mean short-term gain for the Yen, he predicts long-term pain for the Japanese currency and, therefore, the whole company “Canon” (Source: http://petapixel.com/2016/06/24/canon-hasselblad-effect-brexit-might/)
We hope even if the prices will be adjusted, the effect won’t make cardinal difference for Indian market.
They say: life gets better by change. Let’s see if this is the case!
DCOP team wishes everyone inspirational photography and a great day!
What’s up in DCOP today on Sunday June 19th??? Well, it's quite busy!
Fashion team from AMITY University is getting their portfolio done by DCOP photographers in DCOP studio. It’s the second day of their photo-shoot.
DCOPers from One Year Diploma in Photography April batch are covering an event organized by AIESEC “Balkalakaar”. AIESEC - the largest international youth-run organization in the world. DCOP is an official photography partner.
Foundation Photography (18 June batch) and Fashion Photography (11th June batch) classes are on. Summer School June 20th Batch is starting tomorrow so visitors keep coming to enroll for the course (make sure you do not miss it!!!)
DCOP has a very busy office on Sunday! But your call is very important. So do not hesitate and give us a call on 011-45517450.
Or visit us at Delhi College of Photography and breath the environment of true photography hub!
Have an amazing Sunday,
Have an amazing Sunday,
Tonight DCOPers from Summer Photography School will be going for a night outdoor shoot to practice. And DCOPers from One Year Diploma in Photography will be divided in different groups and sent to different locations to do an amazing TIME LAPSE of the sunset in the world’s most vigorous NEW DELHI!
Shooting outdoors is not the easiest task, but practice is the most important part of photography studies. Let’s wish them all to get as many amazing clicks as possible and to have a great time too.
DCOP reminds you of important tools to grab for an outdoor night shoot:
1 Tripod. Do not even think of going out without a tripod. It’s your best friend after the sunset. A tripod will give you the greatest flexibility to get the angles you need while keeping your camera steady for those long exposures.
2 Fully charged camera battery.
3 Interval meter for an amazing Time Lapse.
Our imagination. Tools lie all around us in everyday objects to help us make our work better in this; Sometimes even if you don’t have necessary tools you can work with lampposts, phone flash. Anything which can get work done!
Capture the light in the darkness, DCOPer!
What age have you started doing photography?
It's a bit of a tough question to answer as these days everyone's technically a photographer with their smartphones and cheap point & shoot cameras.
To be more specific, when was the first time you developed true interest in digital photography? Was it same time as you got a DSLR camera?
“Meet Regina Wyllie - the 12 year old wedding photographer. She has been shooting since she was only three. By age seven, she was helping her father shoot the Mountain Bike World Cup, having moved up to the Canon 7D and a 70-200mm lens...”
“A 16-year old boy from Florida has recently captured some amazing photos of the world’s highest capacity rocket, the Delta IV Heavy. He has been taking photos ever since he purchased his first DSLR in January of 2015, and has been shooting professionally for AmericaSpace since January of 2016...”
“Qamar Hashim is an eight-year-old boy who works as a professional photographer in Iraq. He’s a local celebrity, and has his photographs on display in exhibitions across Baghdad...
Internet is bursting with articles about young photographers around the globe who have started photography long before they have reached the “age of majority”. Photography has become a popular hobby amongst youngsters. Their photography is not limited to images made by their mobile phone cameras. In recent years students purchase DSLR cameras and the quality of photography has definitely improved.
However, having DSLR camera doesn’t make any of us a professional. Many amateur photographers use their DSLR camera for clicking their Facebook profile pictures rather than using it for capturing other fascinating subjects. Even those photographers, who are trying to be more creative going out in the streets and travelling different places in an attempt to capture nature, wildlife or social life, it seems they inevitably end up capturing the same set of repetitive images. These include: a decrepit old man smoking a beedi, a group of destitute children playing a game of ball or a general village scene–these photographers do not seem to think beyond a stipulated number of subjects or in other words they aren’t really as creative as they ideally should be.
First thing which comes to mind: “They are young – hence they are unable to capture anything serious or meaningful”. This might be true to a certain extent: it takes both photographic and life experience to capture really fascinating moments.
However, parents who hesitate to buy their child a camera, should take a look at those examples of successful children who discovered DSLR camera long time before their peers. Children have a different view on life. They have different vision; their standards of beauty are not as much affected by media as of older generation. They are more creative. They see beauty and interest in things, which can’t be noticed by us, as they have become ordinary and routine. They not as are conscious about their looks, personality and status amongst their peers. Children should discover photography and in fact adults have ideas to learn from their kids.
Enhance creativity of your children. Support them in taking up the camera and indulge in something creative and worthwhile rather than waste their time on futile pursuits. Taking up a hobby at such a young age is always an advantage. You get an entire lifetime to improve, evolve and develop as a professional!
Don’t you wish you started your photography earlier?
The first week of Summer School 2016 May batch is successfully finished! Thank you all for this amazing week of hard work!
During this week a lot has been covered! We have been learning about various technical functionalities of cameras, lenses, exposure triangle, options of photography saving formats, depth of field, creative techniques such as splash photography and creative shutter speed and a lot more. This week was very important as it covered many theoretical aspects of digital photography, which are fundamental.
One of the most important classes was on Friday, as we covered a lot of practical tasks. Some of you did really good! But a lot more to learn!
"You don't take a photograph, you make it." – amazing quote by Ansel Adams states. Photography Summer School at DCOP is teaching students to create photographs, to bring their vision into reality and to use those features of DSLR camera which will help them take that perfect shot!!!
The Weekend is on but don’t get too relaxed, DCOPers! Shoot, practice what you have learned, imagine and create!
Good luck with your Photography!
See you all on Monday!
Not only the end of March is bringing the Holi, the biggest and one of the most joyous and awaited celebrations in India (do not wear white, bring your sunglasses, and 'Bura na mano Holi hai'), but it is also representing the end of event season for DCOPers!
Delhi College of Photography, being the photography partner and sponsor of numerous events, has been found in the epicenter of winter rush.
Throughout 2 months time DCOP has been approached by more than 70 companies and colleges for association.
Our faculty was present at various fashion shows, photography and filmmaking competitions as judges and chief guests.
DCOPers covered more than 50 events!
Our team of photographers has performed a high-level of work and cooperation during this season. The complexity and fast-pace of the events didn’t seem to distract Delhi College of Photography team. Each photographer implemented his own role and covered certain part of the festivals and events, following the instructions of the event coordinator.
Now that the season is over, we want to thank you all for your great work! You have received hands-on experience and must have got some great shots for your portfolio and improved your skills in covering various events.
Your experience is invaluable!
Event Photography is a lucrative field as covering events can be highly profitable career and payment is necessary thing to consider in preferring a line of work. Photographing events requires constant awareness of what’s happening around, effective metering, and being able to get good shots. Essentially it combines elements of photojournalism and street photography, and shooting each event is like telling a story.
Congratulations guys on a great job everyone has done!
Now let’s just take a look back at these two months:
DCOPers were feeling inspired taking some amazing shots of Mrs Earth at Mrs India Queen of Substance 2016.
DCOPers were feeling crazy at IHE where more than 50 photographers from DCOP covered the most awaited event Feria 2016 where they partied on the stage with legendary Jazzy B.
DCOP photographers were feeling cute at Pet Fed 2K15 clicking pets showing-off their trendy side.
DCOPers were feeling excited and European on the stage covering first time in India “Tommorowland” at NSIT, getting the atmosphere of one of the biggest electronic music festivals held in the world, taking place in Belgium.
DCOPers were feeling smart at SRCC covering Histrionica.
DCOPers were feeling tired covering Lehren’16 at Kalindi College where number of competitive contestants exceeded everyone’s expectations.
DCOPers were feeling thrilled celebrating Mr Pratik Dhawan birthday at Maulana Azad Medical College.
DCOPers were feeling lazy not reaching JIIT, Noida for Converge’16 on time.
DCOPers were feeling adventurous travelling to Jodhpur to cover Ignus at IIT.
DCOPers were feeling shopaholic covering ADAH at Kamla Nagar Mall.
DCOPers were feeling disappointed because Badshah performance was cancelled at UCMS.
DCOPers were feeling naughty uploading images without DCOP logo and hiding behind classmates while taking selfies.
DCOPers were feeling……..
@Dr B R Ambedkar College
@ PGDAV college
@ Hindu College
@ Hans Raj College
Now as the season is finished, we would like to receive your feedback! How was your experience? Which event was the best? Which one was the worst? What kind of problems you have faced?
Your opinion is very important to us. We appreciate your feedback and will use it to evaluate changes and make improvements.
Once again, thanks for all your efforts!
When looking for a job, many photographers question themselves: how many images shall be in my portfolio? How to make a good interesting portfolio? Here are some useful tips for impressing editors and admissions and to make your work look its best.
First of all, let’s take a look at most common mistakes people make when they put together their portfolio.
The most common mistake is including several related images. Photographer should not include multiple images that were clearly shot at the same time and only slightly different. Some photographers also change sizes and formats (vertical/horizontal) of images which is rather a negative indicator of a photographer's ability to evaluate their own work.
Digital photography has brought era of zero-cost images. Photographers shoot too much and all of them find it easier to shoot than edit. Make sure you work hard on every image and consider every aspect of your work starting from composition and finishing with detailed editing. If you look at the image and have a conversation in your head like: “Well, the composition isn't that bad... I wish I had put more lights, but I guess it looks fine…" Do not put include these images.
Unless every person who sees it goes "WOW," without needing to elaborate, it should not go into your portfolio. Let it go; you will make better images.
Unless it is technically executed at a professional level of mastery, it should not go into your portfolio.
Do not include too many pictures into your portfolio. It shouldn’t be more than 20-30 best of your work. This number of photographs can give rather accurate demonstration of the photographer’s skills. If you include more images, the person won’t be able to remember all of it and might even get bored. However, if you give less images, it won’t be enough for giving the right impression.
Also make sure you update your portfolio. It should not be every day affair. Simply ask yourself the question: "Is everything that's in my book consistent with my style, strong as individual images, and adding to the quality of the body of work as a whole?” Eliminate the weak images without mercy.
One of the most common business mistakes is trying to show the world that you are a competent photographer. That will not help you; it is a given that anyone worthy of being hired to shoot professionally is competent.
What you must excel at communicating with every tweet, image, Facebook post, newsletter, meeting, exhibition, and tear sheet is what makes you unique and different from every other perfectly competent photographer.
You must choose a specialization. Create and show only that work to potential employers and clients. Your challenge is fundamentally to create an image for yourself in the mind of your prospective employers that will stick.
Think of your ideal client. If you don’t have one yet, read our material on this matter. Create a truly iconic body of work in a specific area.
Order in which the images are presented is obviously very important. When selecting the order, keep these tips in mind.
The first image must be a killer. You are announcing yourself and the job of the first image is to make the viewer want to see more.
It might be useful to make mini-sequences of 2-5 images within a 20 image book, like chapters in a larger story. Vary shot size and vantage point, especially if it's a printed book with facing pages. Don't put two wide shots on facing pages. Make the surrounding images strengthen each image by setting up expectations and creating surprise.
Another great trick of all art forms is the law of threes. The way this works is that the first event or image creates a world or expectation, the second image establishes a pattern that the viewer's brain thinks it's now caught onto - and then the 3rd image breaks the pattern and gives the viewer that "wow” feeling of surprise that gives babies - and adults - a little thrill. Try to use images to suggest commentary on surrounding images, even if they had nothing to do with each other originally.
The strong ending is also very important, so NEVER put weak images in the back of the book. Leave the person with the memory of a great image.
The last matter which we would like to mention: print portfolio vs. a digital one?
Most editors say that the print is the final product of photography. Electronic images and the internet are convenient, but to some, they are not beautiful. They are not organic, and you can't touch and hold them. Just make sure that your prints are up to exhibition standards.
Nevertheless, if you are under a deadline, have to get a portfolio out, and don't have time to make prints, don't let stop you - run over with an iPad.
Just get it out there.
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There’s no point in discussing why searching for clients online is important in our days, since everyone knows the role of Internet in 21st century. Many people will say: you have to stand out to win your competitors; you must be unique and etc. Which is actually obvious. We would like to give you some advice on how to do it.
There are very many photographers in our days and you have to stand out to be in demand.
And first of all to start your marketing campaign you need to define your client avatar.
In marketing it’s called “ideal client” and It’s one of the foundation terms for successful marketing campaign in any company.
Right now take a pen and a sheet of paper and write down the answers to simple questions about your client. In fact, get as specific as possible. Here are some questions to get you started:
How old is your ideal client?
Is your ideal client a man or woman (if it doesn’t matter, flip a coin)?
Does your ideal client have a job?
What sorts of things does your ideal client like to do after work?
Does your ideal client have a smartphone?
Does your ideal client have a car? What kind?
Is your ideal client married?
Does your ideal client have children? How many? How old?
Does your ideal client have a computer? PC or Mac?
What sorts of organizations is your client a member of, if any?
Hopefully you get the idea. You may even want to give your ideal client a name. If you want, you can flip through a magazine or a stock photo website to give your ideal client a face.
Now, it should be much easier to come up with a marketing strategy. With everything you now know about your ideal client, it should be relatively simple to decide whether pinning business cards to coffee shop bulletin boards is likely to get her attention. Or whether a Facebook fan page is likely to get your ideal client’s attention before or at the time he needs your services.
So, should you use Twitter? Well, does your ideal client use Twitter? If she does, can you even find and follow her (and more like her)? What sorts of things does she like to post? What sorts of people does she follow? Or target her with ads she might pay attention to? Is any of this likely to be effective, or is there a more likely way for you to connect with your ideal client?
Since you know your ideal client pretty well by now, what other opportunities exist? As another exercise, go down the list you made of your ideal client’s characteristics and come up with a way you could adjust your marketing strategy to each one. For example, if your ideal client has a smartphone, could you make your website more mobile-friendly?
When you have a clear picture of your ideal client, it should be pretty easy to answer these questions and increase the number and quality of the clients who contact you.
For example, if you are a portraiture photographer. Which models you will be looking for? Probably age would be from 18-30 years old, pleasant appearance, studying at university (will give you reference).
Now when you have a pretty clear image of your ideal client avatar, think how you can offer him your services.
In order to understand your clients more, talk to them, ask them more questions, simply investigate. It will help you to find more “ideal” clients. After you will have a clear understanding of where your clients might need you, where they will be able to find you. They will talk about you; they will be on your portfolio. Their friends are likely to have same characteristics as your client avatar. You are a photographer, your portfolio is very important!
However, if you just make photo shoots with every person who asks you to, it’s a wrong strategy. Remember, that as a result you will have everyone in your portfolio: both beautiful and not quite as appealing people. If you don’t like people you’re working with, remember, that they will bring you the same clients, they will give reference to their friends.
Avatar of ideal client will help you find people you want to work with, and in the end you will become their ideal photographer.
Good luck with your work,
Powerful fashion photographs are those, which give you that WOW factor. Today we would like to talk about some tips that will help with that. Keep in mind these tips to make a great photo shoot.
The main point in any image process, especially in process of making powerful fashion photographs, is to engage your viewer.
How to do it?
First tip is to connect the model to the viewer of image by using direct eye contact. Looking directly into the camera is powerfully engaging.
Second tip is looking away. Having the model looking away, focused on something off camera, is an intriguing way to engage your viewer. It creates a sense of mystery, urging the viewer to contemplate what the model might be looking at.
Eye contact between subjects is another type of eye contact in photography. Unlike direct eye contact, having two different subjects looking at each other is a way to depict the relationship between them. The viewer becomes an observer, and is no longer "involved" in the photograph. It helps create a story within the image and the viewer becomes engaged in the story and the emotions being shared between the models.
Another tip for a great photo shoot is to mess with the composition. Place the model either in center or put them off right to the edge of the frame. Sometimes breaking rules gives you a great picture. However, you must know the rules in order to break them!
Get your model moving. Take her out of the studio, all dressed up, wearing high heels and make-up. Get her out on a busy street and let her work her walk and stop traffic! It’s amazing how the confidence will take over the girl and how strong that will make your image!
Watch for those moments when the model is adjusting her skirt or reaching down to fasten the strap on her shoe and Grab those random candid shots.
When the model is looking away and her attention is somewhere else for a moment, it’s unexpected and it’s sexy! Because it’s a candid moment. Shots that aren’t posed are usually so dynamic!
Play with emotions. Have your models act! It’s another way to engage your viewers and hold their attention on a photograph longer than “just another pretty picture.”
Delhi College of Photography provides Fashion Photography course which allows study of fashion photography as both a practical and cultural discipline. The course is academically rigorous, with exploration of analytical and critical approaches to photographic imagery, together with study of the ideology, politics and context of fashion.
You will learn the technical skills of photography, whilst exploring images from haute couture to street style, from advertising campaigns to designer look-books, from art gallery to shop window and from fanzine to glossy magazine, and develop an analytical and critical view of global style and the cultural landscape of the fashion industry.
You will experience location and studio shooting, using the excellent photography studios within the College, and you will explore digital image production and manipulation. You will experience working in teams and building relationships with stylists, make-up artists, models & art directors.
You will be encouraged to develop your own authentic take on fashion photography, and by the end of the course will be fully equipped to enter the industry as a professional and original image maker.
New Batch in Fashion Photography Course starts on 19th of September. For more information give us a call on 011-45517450.
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Photographer’s Rights in India
Imagine you’re out for a photographic stroll, taking pictures of that cool old building outside the city and suddenly the security guards come and demand you to delete the picture. You are sure you haven’t done anything wrong, but you don’t know whose side the law is on.
Turns out there’s not much information on Photography Rights in India on the web, so we hope our article will be useful for you.
The Legal Commandments of Photography
Anyone in a public place can take pictures of anything they want. Public places include parks, sidewalks, malls, etc. Even if it’s technically private property, being open to the public makes it public space.
Legally, if you are in a public place and the other person is too then you are legally allowed to click pictures unless it is for a commercial purpose. Then you need to get the person to sign a release form. But the photographer is the sole owner of the picture in question.
No permission is required to simply take a photograph in a public place.
If the public place in question has no prohibition against photography (some places, for example, Delhi Metro Premises prohibit taking pictures) and person in that place is in view of the general public, then taking pictures of them (or pictures where they are shown in the background) is not illegal.
That being said, if you are going to take a photograph of an individual for the purpose of capturing that individual (maybe they're unique or what have you), it is good practice to ask first if you may. Some people dislike being photographed, and disrupting their enjoyment of a public place just because you legally can is really not acceptable. If someone explicitly asks you not to photograph them and you continue, that still may qualify as harassment, not to mention it's just an rude thing to do. (That doesn't apply to filming police or other public officials in the performance of their duties).
If you're taking photos of a crowd, or a scene that just incidentally happens to contain people in it, that type of request is generally not necessary (and not practical either).
If you are on public property, you can take pictures of private property. If a building, for example, is visible from the sidewalk, it’s fair game.
What about Indian Monuments?
The Archeological Survey of India has the following in one of its FAQs (Photography, Filming of Monuments):
Q. Can one take photographs of protected monuments?
Ans. One can take photograph of any protected monument. One is not authorize to bring camera stand, extra lights, or any such appliance
Q. Who can grant permission for photography in monuments?
Ans. One can use camera stand, artificial lights or any such appliance with the permission granted by an archaeological officer in writing.
If you are on private property and are asked not to take pictures, you are obligated to honor that request. This includes posted signs.
Sensitive government buildings (military bases, nuclear facilities) can prohibit photography if it is deemed a threat to national security.
The following can almost always be photographed from public places, despite popular opinion:
accident & fire scenes, criminal activities
bridges & other infrastructure
public utilities, residential & commercial buildings
children, celebrities, law enforcement officers
If you are challenged, you do not have to explain why you are taking pictures, nor to you have to disclose your identity (except in some cases when questioned by a law enforcement officer.)
Private parties have very limited rights to detain you against your will, and can be subject to legal action if they harass you.
If someone tries to confiscate your camera and/or film, you don’t have to give it to them.
What To Do If You’re Confronted
Be respectful and polite. Use good judgment and don’t escalate the situation.
If the person becomes combative or difficult, think about calling the police.
Threats, detention, and taking your camera are all grounds for legal or civil actions on your part. Be sure to get the person’s name, employer, and what legal grounds they claim for their actions.
There are three most important components of a good photo shoot. First component is – finding your photographer. Photographer and the client need to find each other: their temperament and their characters have to match. Some photographers demand bright emotions, expressive gestures. Not every unprofessional model can relax and do whatever the photographer wants her to do. Ideal situation is when photographer and client can become friends.
Second most important thing is lighting. Lighting- is the strongest tool of every good photographer, whether it’s natural or studio lighting. Choose the best lighting conditions for yourself.
Third component is feeling confident and enjoying your work. If you are not in a good mood, your camera can feel that. It’s very likely that your pictures won’t turn out great.
How to find “your” photographer?
Good photo shoot demand careful preparation. We advise to check the reviews, the portfolio, check social network accounts. But the best thing to do is to meet personally, especially if you are looking for a photographer for an important event.
Usually photo shoot is a team work. When clients and photographer can’t get along, the result won’t be successful. In case of argument, make sure you give each other options and find compromise. Listen to each other. However, the photographer is responsible for the final result and he should have the last word. So if photographer doesn’t like anything, he should be able to tell the client, but he should always propose options then. And be delicate.
What is the perfect photo shoot picture? There’s no answer. The photograph must have harmony and composition, lively emotions in case of a portrait. Such photos inspire and catch an eye.
Delhi College of Photography provides students with knowledge in all areas of photography including fashion photography. Fashion photography market is lucrative and we make sure our students learn all the necessary techniques to understand the principles of working in a competitive field.
At Delhi college of Photography we can also offer you a huge studio at a very compatible price with studio lighting, soft-boxes, reflectors and other equipment. You can rent our studio for half day, full day or can buy our studio membership according to your needs.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Delhi College of Photography
Phone: +91 011 45517450
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Cameras don’t take pictures. Photographers do.
No matter how truthful this saying might be, people have never seen a photographer without the camera.
Photography happens to be a modern kind of art and cannot exist without two things:
-an image display apparatus
Photography is a form of art which started in 19th century. With the time it became a popular art and turned out to be much more available than a laborious and time-consuming pictorial art. A single click of finger is enough to capture a picture.
However, that’s not how professional photo artist work. They take time and put a lot of effort to make their image an artwork.
Equally to any other type of art, photography is a science with its distinct techniques, methods and rules. Becoming a master photographer requires many years of practice.
Basically, the first thing you need to learn is how not to ruin your shots.
For most people it means following a simple rule: the better camera you have, the less chance is for your shot to be ruined.
Now let’s compare the prices of three different models of DSLR Canon cameras.
Canon 1100d (25000.00 Rs)
Canon 60d (85000.00 Rs)
Canon 7D (94000.00 Rs)
(The price is approximate).
As we can see, the less numbers the name of the model has, the higher it’s price.
The interesting fact is that in all of the cameras the same matrix is used. And the matrix has the main role in creation of a final image. So for example if we adjust the same lenses to each of these cameras and take a picture of a well-lighted motionless sculpture, we will get identical picture in all four cases. The question arises: why the price is so different then?
The answer is easy: apart from matrix camera has a great number of systems and elements.
For example, Canon 1100d corpus is made of cheap plastic and it allows continuous shooting of large JPEG images at speeds of up to 3 frames per second. Whereas Canon 7D body is made from magnesium alloy that will give it a better durability and reliability it’s processor can reach 8 frames per second continuous shooting
The conclusion is: we pay triple price not for the quality of an image, but for making sure the user of the camera will get some help from it. On one side it’s good because it simplifies the process of making good photo-shoots. However, it’s preferable to start your learning process by choosing camera, which will make you think more. It’s better to learn driving with manual car, rather that automatic. The same works with the cameras.
At Delhi College of Photography experienced and highly professional tutors will provide you with all necessary information to choose a DSLR camera according to your needs and expectations.
Learning how to take good pictures is not about pursuing the latest technology progress or spending huge amount of money on a camera, which you don’t know how to use.
It’s only after you’ve got some knowledge of your DSLR camera will your fantasy face the need for expansion of technical possibilities. That’s when you can start working on detailization, sharpness of image, depth of field, and other technical aspects, which expensive equipment provides.
Delhi College of Photography is an institution which offers a variety of long-term & short-term courses with specializations in all areas of photography. Our college enables its students to develop skills that will help them to begin a career in professional photography, fashion industry, or filmmaking.
With the innovative approach to teaching and with a strong technical foundation our students are encouraged to explore their own creativity and passions at the institution where taste becomes international.
For more information, visit our website: www.dcop.in
Photography can be quite an expensive hobby. In order to compensate your spending you don’t necessarily have to move on to a professional level. Microstocks give an opportunity to sell photographs even if you are just a beginner.
Unfortunately, “micro” in the word microstock refers to the payment. You can only get a small interest from selling your work on microstock. However, you won’t need to look for clients, since they will find you on their own. Moreover, on a microstock you won’t compete with famous photograpghers, as most people go on microstock for image rather than after the popular name of photograpgher.
Microstocks are also perfect for beginners as it gives you an opportunity to figure out which photograpghs have an actual commercial demand.
Prior to uploading your pictures on microstock, make sure you’ve carefully reviewed all the rules (including the small print), to ensure you are comfortable with following all procedures.
The most common requirements are:
18 years old
You have to be an author of photographs
You must have all the rights and permissions on the depicted elements (objects, people, places, and so on).
You are not allowed to sell images containing logos or protected trademarks.
You are not allowed to sell the photos containing images of structures, buildings or other places that are protected by intellectual property lawsThe most famous and popular microstocks today are Fotolia, DreamsTime, Shutterstock, Depositphotos, and, iStockPhoto.
Let’s make a short review on what to expect during registration.
Register form is quite simple, however, in order to sell your images you need to upload scan of identity document, such as passport or drivers license. Your pictures won’t be uploaded without the scan of a document. On the other hand, there’s no exam here. Unfortunately, new photographs aren’t sold very fast and your profit depends on your website ranking.
This website is very convenient for beginners since the checking process is the easiest among the market leaders. Registration does not require confirmation documents, there is no exam. However, picture quality requirements are quite high. The website commission varies from 70 to 40 %, whereas you can sell one image for 0,2 %. You can get paid through Payoneer, PayPal, Skrill. One of the main shortcomings of this website is rather inconvenient interface, as well as potential problems with loading pictures in some browsers (Firefox)
Shutterstock pays more and sells faster than any other microstock. Registration process requires the passport scan. Service has a wide audience, which contributes to higher sales. At the same time it requires better quality of images and the unique content of photographs. In order to become an author you will have to pass an exam – 10 shots must be sent for examination, with minimum 7 being approved. The beginners usually get $0,25 for their work through PayPal, Skrill. Images are sold pretty fast due to the fact that website is focused on new images. The salary increases with the growth of profit. You will get automatic payments after your profit reaches the minimum of $100. The disadvantage of this website might be the low speed.
Registration requires provision of identity document scan. The exam includes 5 images and the evaluation process is rather strict. However, working with Depositphotos is quite convenient. For every image the author will receive $0,2.
iStockPhoto examination policy is the most strict. However, the payment is the highest. For registration you will need to provide scan of identity document. The exam consists of 10 images. Photographers receive from15 to 45%, however, in case of conclusion an exclusive agreement the earnings can be pretty high.
This list is not limited by the names above. There are many more, including: Zoonar, CanStockPhoto, Pond5, PhotoDune, Pixta, PantherMedia, CutCuster, Veer, Singelements, yayMicro, ShotShop, and some other.
Less popular doesn’t necessary mean less profitable for you. Try different microstocks and start earing money for your work.
NEW BATCH STARTING ON 12TH OF OCTOBER
NEW BATCH STARTING ON 12TH OF OCTOBER
We are now enrolling for our "ONE YEAR DIMPLOMA IN PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE".
The one-year Diploma course offers students an exceptional opportunity to study photography in Delhi. Well-established and award-winning photography guru will train students to develop their own signature style. This course covers all roles of photography from fashion, candid wedding, film making, product, interior, events & concerts, food and cinematography with amazing placement opportunities.
This course will prepare students for the professional world and groom them to enter the industry with hands-on practical experience.
For more information, please check our website: www.dcop.in
or give us a call 011-45517450
Delhi College of Photography
Phone: +91 011 45517450
ENROLL IN OUR BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE!
ENROLL IN OUR BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE!
NEW BATCH STARTING ON
the 29th of August 2015
Basic Photography Course is designed for those who would love to understand the basics of photography and to improve their photography skills.
You will be taught the basic theory and fundamentals of photography. At DCOP we believe that it is essential for one to be well-versed in the fundamentals. You will be trained to develop a creative approach to capture images with impact.
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ENROLL IN OUR "FOUNDATION PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE"
NEW BATCH STARTING ON
29th of August
Foundation photography course is a very comprehensive photography course, aimed for beginners who want to take photography seriously as a profession or learn in depth as a hobby. This course does not end with the basics, but goes on to more advanced photographic concepts and techniques, like Lighting, Exposure Portraiture, Composition, HDR, Panorama, Time Lapse, Photo editing, Depth of field, Freezing motion. etc. It also includes outdoor shoots, photo-walks and studio lighting techniques.
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