Fine Art Photography

images-3Fine art photography is an entire subject on its own. The secret to creative photographs is not always in the meticulous planning and perfect coordination. To be a good photographer one would need to have a creative streak and also excellent powers of observation. Some of the secret tips to amazing photography would remain in being in the right place at the right time. Be it fashion, nature, landscape photography, or even photojournalism, the main undercurrent of all is to have an ability to visualize and capture the frame in the best way possible.

Archetype of Abstractionism

Fine art photography is also sometimes known as art photography. Although the basic rule of any kind of photography is to keep it simple, the images in fine art photography are carefully planned and are a result of the creative vision of any photographer. Many images are like a work of art in itself. It is on the same lines of abstract art. The result is always breathtaking and different from the way a common man would perceive a subject. Normal objects or simple scenarios are transformed into a beautiful canvas with the creative visualization

Conceptual Photography Ideas

conceptual-photography-29As the name suggests, conceptual photography is all about capturing meaning and essence of the moment. And to take these ideas to extreme, the photographer uses a series of elements, props, light, poses, atmosphere and other techniques to create a mood or convey his/her feelings to the viewer. Very few conceptual photographs give a single message, but send out a series of messages or try to put forward a series of emotions. The most successful conceptual photographers however, are those who are able to create a single message with a powerful photograph using simple and few elements. They ‘put in place’ the things and the beings which are the subject of the final photograph, and the placement of those things and beings ‘construct’ the concept, the idea, and the final outcome. The most successful conceptual photographs are those with very simple, clear backgrounds, where nothing but the subject(s) evokes the feeling or conveys the message. Conceptual photographs, or the photos that include special meaning behind the scene of the real objects in the photo, inspire and fuel the

Nature Photography for Beginners

winter-landscapeNature photography is one such hobby or profession that can let you discover new things with each and every step you take. In fact, photography as such is always a learning experience, and although you may learn new techniques as per the modern trends, the joy and excitement of clicking a new picture is always new ever time. For beginners, photographing the nature can be an exciting and challenging hobby. The trick is to enjoy what you are doing, and the results will automatically show in the frames. Beginners in photography need to follow some basics of photography that would help them capture better frames with ease. Help for beginners would best be in the form of some practical training, but sometimes this may not always be possible for everybody.

Tips for Beginners

Maintenance of your equipment would need to be your first priority once you set out into the wilderness. Pack all your equipment, and spare batteries along with some cleaning brushes, which might prove to be very useful lest you may end up having too much dust on the mirror or

Tips for Photographing Stunning Lightning

One of the most profound spectacles in nature, an arc of lightning can appear to be the finger of God reaching down to earth. Capturing the image of this scientific phenomena can provide photographers with a frustrating set of challenges, though through careful preparation and a little trial and error, even the amateur photographer can produce high-quality images.

It should be noted that this type of photography is not for the beginner. The amateur, perhaps, but those just becoming familiar with apertures and shutter speeds will find that lightning photography requires a fairly intricate knowledge of camera mechanics. That paired with the numerous environmental considerations involved in this type of photography will probably be beyond the experience of those just starting out.

It’s important to consider that the conditions for photographing lightning present challenges to any skilled photographer. Storms offer a degree of danger when considering lightning photography and the size, distance, angle, and brightness of the lightning stroke vary with each occurrence. Thus, in addition to practical knowledge, the art takes a bit of practice and learned skill.

To properly photograph lightning, you’ll need: a sturdy SLR with a B setting; some digital cameras can accomplish this, but it’s likely

Night Photography Techniques

Night photography can be a bit challenging because of the less amount of light that is available to us; therefore, one often faces the problem of the picture containing a lot of noise. With some effective settings and the right equipment, one can get to do some amazing photography at night.

Here is a beginner’s guide to photography with techniques for shooting night subjects such as the moon, fireworks, traffic lines, and night landscapes.

How to Shoot the Moon

For this technique, you will need at least 300 mm zoom lens.

  • Secure the SLR on a tripod, on a wide base.
  • Use these manual settings on the SLR: ISO 100, aperture at f/9, exposure at -5 or less and vivid picture quality.
  • Keep the sharpness at a max and the white balance on automatic.
  • Switch on the self-timer for 10 seconds.
  • Never shoot without a tripod as you might end up blurring the picture.
  • Zoom out the lens to its full capacity.
  • Start shooting using auto focus initially, and later experiment with manual focusing. You can also experiment
  • with the setting at maximum focal length.
  • Take some shots and check how they have turned out.

How to Shoot Fireworks
Techniques for night photography of capturing

Birthday Party Photography Tips

Birthdays – no matter how old you grow, you never grow out of them! My Dad will turn 66 this year, and me and Mom still buy him a birthday present and make him a nice birthday lunch, and we still go out for dinner and cut a birthday cake, complete with singing ‘Happy Birthday To You’! Yes we do it, and you know what? It feels great. Boo the people who think you cannot or should not celebrate your birthday just because you are now old. It is nice to say “It’s my life”; but none of us ever really live for ourselves. We don’t do everything we do only for ourselves – even the smallest of selfish deeds has a hint of selflessness, if only you look deep enough. But your birthday is YOUR birthday. It is the one single day in your life when everybody wants to talk to you, everybody wants to be with you. It is indeed a special occasion, and it comes around only once a year. So why not click a few pictures and create memories on your special day?

A birthday is the perfect kind of occasion that begs

Photography Project Ideas

All you creative photography professionals and amateurs know the value of a good photograph, that a photograph can speak a thousand words, that your interpretation of a picture is going to be way different from the interpretation of a layman. This is what photography elicits from both, the professional and the layman – different points of view on a modest subject, which is usually overlooked in the rut of daily life. For those of you on a lookout for some great photography project ideas, here is a vast array of subjects you may not have considered previously.

Ideas for a Photography Project

Always keep in mind that a photography project is not valued only by the quality of photographs, but also by the theme that your photographs are centered on. Furthermore, the way you perceive the subject is important. As a creative professional, you are expected to have a viewpoint that is completely different from the common perception of a subject. On the other hand, you could speak for a million people through your photographs. Whatever your endeavor, know that your project has to be special, that it has to stand out. Use some of the following ideas to achieve

Editorial Photography Tips

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and photography serves as the perfect medium for these words. The beauty of a photograph is the fact that it isn’t merely another piece of art or some random words put together, in fact every single photograph is a moment forever preserved in time. Photography finds its place and is very much an integral part of many an industry, right from toy makers using it to sell their products, to super luxurious car makers selling their top cars. Photography isn’t just restricted to selling a product, but can also be a very powerful tool in trying to convey a message or to add to a message.

Editorial Photography

Photography which is not aimed at selling a particular product or intended to advertise anything commercial is called editorial photography. This field is rather vast and spans across almost all topics imaginable, right from still photography aimed at adding to the appeal of any literature or poem, to medical photography which tries to explain some rather serious matters about health. These photographs could either speak entirely for themselves, or, as they are often used, may be used to better portray a subject.They could

Tips For Taking Better Photo

People have different reasons to buy different magazines. Some buy them for the information they provide. Some buy them to keep themselves updated about their hobbies and interests. You know why I buy them? To look at the pictures. Laughing, are you? I don’t blame you! But let me explain. I like to study the different pictures in magazines – advertisements as well as content. What I love about the pictures is how crisp they are. You look at the picture of a diamond necklace, and you want it; you look at the droplets of condensation on a cool Coca Cola can and you feel thirsty. You look a cake and you want to eat it! A good picture can evoke some of the strongest emotions in us. You look at a picture of your dog when he was a puppy, playing with a ball in your garden, and it might just bring tears to your eyes to realize he is no more.

How to Click Better Photos

It takes a little bit of knowledge, a little bit of guidance and a lot of practice to click good pictures. But what is important is the fact that – it is

Children’s Photography Ideas

Photographing children can be one of the most interesting and favorite pastime of parents, as capturing the little ones on camera gives them a treasure in the form of some very fond memories of their kids’ childhood days. Kids are naturally drawn to cameras and so photographing them is extremely easy. But you need to keep them entertained and ensure that they don’t distracted soon. Children are best when it comes to giving natural expressions as they are hardly concerned if they are being clicked or not. They remain completely engrossed in whatever they are doing that’s why their pictures come out so natural and innocent. The ideas given in this article can help you get amazing pictures of your baby.

Patience is the most important virtue when you speak of photographing children. Every child reacts in a different manner to a camera and photography. Some may constantly glare at the camera, some may be too excited with it and constantly try to lay their hands on it, whereas some may start crying or fidgeting a lot. Be ready for anything and everything! Patience, patience, and only patience will guide you through, along with a few of these tips,

Underwater Photography Tips and Ideas

In the year 1926, the hogfish taking its daily swim through the azure waters off the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico, would never have imagined that it would be captured on camera and would also be framed in the first underwater color photograph ever available. Dr. William Longley and Charles Martin (National Geographic staff photographer) used their cameras encased in waterproof materials to start a phenomenon, they could never have imagined.

Underwater photography is about unveiling a world that exists beneath the deep seas. To master this art, one would need to be an excellent swimmer and know the latest deep-sea diving techniques. It requires the use of special photography equipment and also an eye for detail. It offers numerous challenges and provides a whole new world of opportunities to the photographer. Apart from being highly skilled in swimming, an underwater photographer must also be mentally prepared to face all the challenges he/she faces in the deep waters. Unavoidable natural circumstances may occur wherein the photographer may have to rely on his instinct and attitude to squirm out of a tricky situation.

For this kind of photography, one must always remember that the medium the light travels through

Photography Equipment

Photography is one of the most popular hobby, and the right type of equipment can really make a huge difference. So, learning what is the best quality equipment that fits your budget can help you buy the best equipment with which you can enjoy photography for many years. There are two ways to learn photography, either you just take a camera and go on clicking. However, learning some basics and then clicking pictures will help you better. You can find many good photography tutorials online, they will also help you to make a equipment list for the kind of photography you are interested in it.

Equipment for Photography

Beginners: As a beginner one should always invest in a point and shoot camera. The best point and shoot cameras in my opinion are from Sony Cybershot. You can buy one which fits in your budget and one that has good reviews. Go though some reviews to figure out the model. In the camera box you will find a charging cable, if it is a rechargeable battery. Or you might need to buy batteries. In this case, buy the rechargeable batteries and its charger. Always keep an extra set of batteries with

Christmas Photo Ideas

Christmas is all about sharing and caring. It is about spreading the cheer and making everyone feel special. This is done by sending out Christmas cards to the people that are far away. It is done to make them realize that even though they may be far away by distance, they are still close at heart. By sending photo cards, you can personalize the greeting. Plus, because ‘pictures can say a thousand words’ you can keep them updated about your family with a picture rather than writing a long letter about it.

Given below are some unique and creative Christmas photo ideas that may appeal to you.

House

The best backdrop that can be used is your own house. Since it’s Christmas, you’ll definitely be decorating your home with the most festive decorations. For the photo this year, make it a point to make your decorations even more attractive. Go all out on the tree and decorate the area around it with some beautiful ornaments and gifts. Click a well-lit snap of this picture-perfect home and paste it on a blank card. Write down a note inside the card wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.

Family

The most perfect models for Christmas photos are

Photography Project Theme Ideas

Photography is one of the most popular hobbies, and now with the development in photography equipment, the prices of DSLR’s and point and shoot cameras have reduced a lot, making it affordable for one and all. If you are a beginner in photography, then getting your hand on a good point and shoot camera which has good picture quality, and some optical zoom is a good idea. However, if you are a serious hobbyist then consider upgrading from a normal camera to a good affordable DSLR, so that you can try shooting with cool effects and take better pictures, by understanding all the manual shooting modes in the DSLR. So, once you have the equipment, you can just pick up some photography project theme ideas, and take great pictures and make an art photography album.

Theme Ideas for a Photography Project

When it comes to picking up a photography project, there are no limits. However, be a little careful while shooting certain subjects. For example, a good portrait shot comes out well, when the person is not aware that he/she is being shot. Well, this is a minor tip that goes well for both amateurs and the veterans in the

Tips on Taking a Great Selfie

Be Creative. Be Original
If you’re not sure as to what angle, lighting, or style will work in your favor, do a quick search on some celebrity selfie faux pas. That way, at least you’ll be informed about what not to do. And as far as what you should be doing to get the best selfie, is to read the following tips.

Use Several Devices

Before you can even think about uploading a selfie on your social networking site, you need to decide which device to use in the first place. Although there are many devices (cell phone, DSLR, iPad, etc.) you can use to take a selfie, the best out of the lot is a smartphone with a front and back camera. But, it doesn’t mean that your other gadgets can’t come in handy. You just have to understand how each of them works. In the end, all that matters is how well you practice and can get the right shots.

Find the Right Angle

A lot of people suggest that while taking a selfie, you should tilt your face ¾ of the way to the camera. Although that may be true for some, it doesn’t necessarily

Macro Photography Tips

One of the greatest joys of photography lies in the way it can be used for different purposes by different people. While some use it as an artistic medium, by producing abstract images while others use photography to create detailed and accurate representations of real life. I am always amazed at the superbly shot wildlife photos or close up photos that appear in National Geographic or Nature magazine. These photographs never fail to fascinated me and leave me wondering how much effort and skill is needed for that one elusive shot. Recently, I happened to meet a good friend of mine who gave me the low-down about such photographs. These shots are taken by a technique known as macro photography.

What is Macro Photography?

The word macro means ‘large’, or ‘of great size’. In photographic terms, it can be called a type of close-up photography that normally tries to produce images on a 1:1 ratio. In other words it tries to create images that are of the same size as the objects or subjects they represent. These techniques are popularly used in nature photography, wherein it is often required to produce images that exhibit the true detail of

Starting a Photography Business

Many people with an eye for beauty, judgment of light, and ability to capture the moment undertake photography business. Those who have made a name for themselves in this field are earning extremely well today. This is because there are three things which matter the most for the success of this business: right composition of elements in the photograph, right opportunity, and right networking.

Undertake Professional Courses

Even if people say you are a ‘pro’ at photography, it is highly advisable that you undertake professional courses to hone your talent. Getting a certification in photography or attending courses will give your work a professional perspective. Needless to say, your work will be taken more seriously on competitive platforms. It will also teach you to work with many photography software, the knowledge of which has become indispensable today.

Mentor

Is there a photographer whose work you look up to or appreciate? You may be in awe of how he has carved a niche for himself in the field of photography. You may even be a pure admirer of his art. Meet that person and speak to him about your aspirations. Request him to teach you ‘tricks of this trade’

Landscape Photography Tips

A landscape photograph is a photograph in which the main subject is nature. The purpose of a landscape photograph is to capture the beauty of a natural landscape, and this is the reason landscape photographers do not include people as their subjects. Landscape photography, just like wildlife photography, is not easy as it requires a lot of time and effort. There are three styles of landscape photography: representational, impressionistic and abstract. No matter what your style is, the following tips on landscape photography are sure to help you.

Useful Tips for Landscape Photography

Just like any other art, there are certain landscape photography techniques that you should follow if you wish to click some awesome shots. If you have tried your hands at portrait photography before, you’ll find that these tips are different from tips for portrait photography for the fact that these are two very different styles of photography.

Tip 1: Use a Wide Angle Lens
The ideal lens for landscape photography is a wide-angle lens. Using a wide-angle lens allows you to capture more of the breathtaking view in your shot. Also, using a wide-angle lens for your shot gives you the option of converting it into a panorama,

Group Photography Tips

Not everyone is familiar with the latest photography techniques, and when you add high-end digital cameras in the mix, you can expect issues to arise. And who says that you need to be an expert like Martin Klimas, Nigel Barker, Jill Greenberg, or any other famous photographer to take beautiful pictures. You can just as well be an amateur and still get the best pictures possible. How, you ask? The first step to taking workable pictures is by understanding your camera. Whether your camera is the latest model with innumerable features or is an older model from few years, you have to familiarize yourself with it.

Taking group photographs isn’t different than taking portrait, still, or landscape photographs. Regardless of the number of people, you can capture images that are natural, pleasant, and elegant. In this article, we are going to give you some tips for indoor and outdoor photography that will enhance the images tenfold.

Tips for Indoor and Outdoor Photography

Imagine that you and your family (or friends) are gathered for a special occasion and you wish to capture this moment forever. You grab the camera and start clicking pictures. But somewhere down the line, the light is too

Photography Poses

For every shutterbug, beaches are one of the top locations to take beautiful and natural pictures. The sun’s rays reflecting from the blue waters beneath not only enhance the pictures, but they also play an important role in capturing the moments for a lifetime. If you and your family or friends are in love with the beach and often spend long, summer days there, why not take this opportunity to click some amazing images. You get amazing background choices, there are tons of lighting options, and you have the entire day to click range of pictures. But what many people are worried about are the different poses you can give for the pictures. Depending on who is in those pictures, the poses will alter. So, to find out which of these beach photography poses you’d like to take your pictures in, keep reading the rest of the article.

For Couples

For couples, taking pictures on the beach is an excellent idea for a date. Regardless of the time, you can literally spend hours at the beach and take pictures of yourselves. Personally, I love sunsets and taking pictures during this time is nothing short of romance. It could be the