Image Editing

Image editing software

Adobe Photoshop is the classic image manipulation program, and has become synonymous with the idea of editing pictures, to the point where the word “Photoshop” is used as a verb more often than not. It’s taken some time to earn and solidify this reputation, but what about the alternatives that are out there? Surely there’s no point looking for alternatives to a piece of software that can do anything you want it to, you might be thinking.

In fact, this isn’t really the case. What Photoshop lacks is the ability to inspire you if your photography work isn’t standing out the way you hoped. Once you’ve exhausted your creative juices, Photoshop isn’t going to start suggesting new ideas or opening up new possibilities, it’s just going to wait for you to decide what you need next. Some of its rivals are taking the next step and becoming truly creative and imaginative tools that you can use for stunning image editing. There are also better options out there for organising your photo library, and also for dealing with raw, unprocessed files.

Before we look to these potential alternatives, let’s consider the benefits of Adobe’s best offering. Now that the price of a Creative Cloud subscription has been lowered since its controversial launch, it costs less than £10 per month on an annual subscription to get the “Photography plan”, which includes an ongoing licence for both Photoshop and Lightroom. These programs complement each other perfectly, and between the two of them you have a range of powerful editing and organising tools to keep your growing photo library under control. It might not be obvious how to do everything if you don’t know already, but all the tools you could possible want are included in a single neat package. Continue Reading

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Wildlife photography

Taking great wildlife photography is probably one of the most difficult tasks for a photographer, and for a camera too. It requires the best specifications all round to get top quality results, and the small details will make all the difference to the end results. Paying a premium doesn’t guarantee the best quality, but it is essential if you want to get hold of the best wildlife photography cameras on the market.

Given a certain price point, there are certain things to watch out for to maximise your value for money. Some of the most important considerations include the following:

Autofocus

Firstly, you’re likely to need a high quality lens with multiple automatic focus points and a sensitive detection system that will allow your camera to quickly adapt as animals move. Capturing movement within a split second and getting a high quality image depends on this.

ISO capability

Most high end cameras will have vastly superior ISO functionality, which means you can take better pictures with low levels of light and have less noise disrupting your images. Continue Reading

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Common Mistakes With Wedding Photography

If you’re a professional photographer or even just a competent amateur, documenting a wedding is one of the ultimate missions you can embark on. There’s a lot of pressure to get it right, and failing to capture the most crucial moments in the best possible way can be extremely disappointing for everyone involved. If you’re thinking of taking on the challenge, bear in mind all these common mistakes and see if you can avoid them.

Lack of experience

Practice makes perfect, and if you haven’t spent some time getting to know your trade, it’s not likely you’re going to achieve amazing results on the big day. Maybe you’ve been asked and feel pressured to say yes, but if you have enough self-awareness to admit you’re not confident enough in your ability to capture the wedding properly, it’s best to say no. If you’re not sure whether your equipment is ideally suited to wedding photography, it probably isn’t.

Bad exposure

A giant white dress in bright lighting is not the easiest object to photograph, but you’re going to spend all day trying to. Overexposing that image is going to render the bride a blob. On the other hand, underexposure will ruin the effect of the bright white and make the dress look dull. You can mess up the exposure on the rest of your pictures too, don’t get us wrong, but the bride’s white dress will be the most noticeable casualty of poor exposure and that’s not something most people want to risk. Luckily using your camera’s settings smartly should solve this problem without too much effort. Continue Reading

Image Editing

“Orton imagery” as it was once termed in Photo Life magazine is a technique that famously originated in the work of professional photographer Michael Orton. He created the effect in the 1980s using a relatively straightforward process in order to imitate the look of watercolour paintings. Specifically, he was inspired by watercolours which have had details emphasised through the use of an ink pen.

The basic concept of the Orton effect is to use different versions of the exact same image and layer them over each other. One of the layers needs to be sharply in focus and overexposed, which originally would all be done manually on a professional SLR camera. This is the detailed element of the finished image and can be equated to the pen-drawn lines in the paintings that inspired Orton. The other layer would also be overexposed, but this time completely out of focus. This layer’s purpose is to add the depth of colour to the image in the same way the paint would in the watercolour example.

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Laptops

Are you currently into photography and photo editing and you are looking for ways you can step up your game? Well, the coming in of laptop technologies have in a myriad of ways revolutionized the industry and changed the way things have over and over been done in the industry. Laptops are fast becoming photographer’s best friends. If you are looking for the best laptop for photo editing, here is how to make a smart purchase.

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Screen size and resolution

Currently, laptop screen displays ranges from 13.3, 14, 15.6 and 17.3 inches. When it comes to photo editing, the size of the screen matters a lot. The bigger the screen, the more comfortable you would be especially if you normally work for longer periods of time editing your images. It does not even stop there; just like the size of the screen, your screen’s resolution is also important and must be considered, as well. Other than the size, obviously, you would want to have enough resolution that can edit at a pixel level and leave your images with accurate color.

Color Gamut and Display Calibration

This is actually the subset of the available color space that your screen can show. Although, colors in a display can shift over time, display can be calibrated to show more and accurate colors; something which is essential for image editing. Yes, calibration can be accomplished by using an external colorimeter, but as a photo editor, it will make a lot of sense if you go for a laptop for photo editing that comes with a built-in colorimeter.

Processor

Most laptops nowadays come fully equipped with dual-core processors. If you do not have any idea of what the processor does when in comes to photo editing, it is all about speed. Photo editing is power hungry especially when you are working with tons and tons of high resolution images and all at the same time. The more advanced and powerful the processor your laptop has, the better; it will be much faster to process images as it can allow you to work faster with Photoshop, as well as, light room.

Graphics card

The next big thing you would be doing with your photo editing project is processing images. It does matter the kind of software or tools you are using, a decent graphic cars is a must have. After all, your laptop will actually use it to open and display images, as well as, editing and adjusting the stages. It is because of all these that a laptop that comes with a better graphic card will be the better choice as it will speed the process.

Storage

It is true storage drive performance is less important for photo editors than it is for video editors, but it still makes a lot of sense to have a laptop that comes fully equipped with a solid-state drive. As a photo editor, opt for a laptop that can accommodate more that one drive. For example SSD and HD; for it is through this way that you can keep your OS and other applications on the speedy SSD while you keep those bulky images on the HD.

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Whether you are a beginner at photography or looking into trying it out for yourself, it’s important to know the basics. The very first step that you need to know is to understand how your camera works. For instance, learning the settings of your camera can help tremendously with how you take your first shot. Without the right settings, you might not get a good shot of your subject. The second part is also learning some basic techniques that will help you take better pictures. To help you get started, we’ve collected some relevant articles below that can help you understand the basics of photography.

Ultimate Guide To Photography Basics, Techniques, Purposes, Tips & How-To

Photography is one of the best things that a person can do in order to bring out his creativity as well as capture moments which are unlikely to be seen again. It’s a way to store one’s memories as well as astonishing views that the mother nature and human creations show in a tangible form.
The technique of digital photography is perhaps one of the most popular modes of photography. Technically, digital photography involves capturing an image using a camera. The camera used for digital photography contains a number of arrays of electronic photodetectors which enables it to capture an image that is focused on it from a lens. The files thus captured are stored in a digital format on a digital memory. Popular formats of such images include jpg, jpeg, png etc. This model has revolutionized the concept of photography to its greatest extent and is by far the most effective, efficient and easiest way to capture an image in most of the cases  … Read more at hobbiesphere.com

Photography Basics

Today’s post is a little different but I hope it will be super helpful to you for tips and advice on Photography and Camera modes. I spent 2 years studying Photography and currently have my own business. I have been asked a few questions on how to use manual mode and definitions on the technical terms. I’m going to start with the basics today but if you would like me to go in to more depth let me know and I’ll do a stage 2 blog post!

So to start with, what even is manual mode? Manual mode allows you to change all aspects of how you take the photo.

What is Aperture? Aperture is basically what controls how blurry the background is. Technically known as depth of field (DOF) I will pop a little diagram below but as an example if you chose f2.4 on your aperture settings, your background would be super blurry which is perfect for close ups and product shots. However if you went for f11 this is more suited for travel photos, ensuring everything is in focus … Read more at heatherlerrynphotography.com

Know your camera – A beginner’s photography tutorial

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Thanks to apps, we can now take photos and edit them through our phones. But what are the best app to try out this coming year? Popular apps including VSCO, snap chat and Instagram are currently the most downloaded app for mobile photography. With social media playing a vital role for photography, it’s no wonder why a lot of people are into their photography. The demand and use of smartphones play a massive role as well for photography. Whether you have an android or Iphone, we’ve got you covered. So to help you find the best camera and editing app for this coming year, we’ve listed the following articles below that can help you with your search.

Top 3 Photo Editing Apps of 2017

Photography has become one of the most popular hobbies over the last couple of years. With social media apps such as Instagram taking over the world, It is no longer enough to just have a phone with a good camera you need to a great filter to make your images stand out.

Here are three free apps you can download which could make you a professional photographer over night.

1. VSCO

VSCO or VSCO Cam is a relatively easy app to use, it similar to Instagram’s camera features. This app offers a variety of filters to chose from. You can import pictures from your gallery edit them and then save the edits then post it on to any social media platform of your choosing. The unique feature of this app is the fact that it offers the most minimalistic filters thus giving your pictures that professional touch without making your pictures look overdone … Read more at techacute.com

Top 7 Photography Apps for  Android 

Our android devices have made us to feel like photographers because now we have better photography apps and cameras on our android phones and they really have an interface like professional photography cameras. We can instantly capture pictures if we find anything amazing because we always carry our smartphones with us.

If you want something extra from the existing camera of your smartphone you can use some third party applications. In this article you will find an overview of best camera and photography apps for editing pictures because perfect photography is a combination of editing and capturing … Read more at adroidscrib.com

The 5 Best Camera Apps iOS (2017)

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Video blogging is is widely popular due to the popularity of Youtube. Anyone can immediately create their channel straightaway. To start off, you will need to get yourself a video camera. There are many options available depending on your budget and your requirements. Let’s take a look at some suitable cameras for YouTube.

Panasonic HC-V10 Digital Video Camera

For a low budget camera with a high-quality resolution, then this Panasonic camera is your best pick. It shoots up to 720p HD at 25 fps. This is ideal for uploading high-quality videos on Youtube. The camera is compact therefore it’s ideal to carry around anywhere. On the other hand, filming in low light situations can highly affect the resolution.

Sony HDR-CX220 HD Handycam

The Sony HDR camcorder can film an excellent video on a day to day basis. It is an affordable device that can be purchased for just under £200. The setting is very versatile, and it can handle any filming conditions. However, it doesn’t have a good internal mic for audios.

Canon G7x

Many popular vloggers are currently obsessed with the new release of Canon G7x. The main obsession simply comes from the fact that this compact camera is almost as good as a DSLR. It is a compact camera that can film like a DSLR camera, so what’s not to like? Furthermore, it contains a long battery life and a fast focus feature which is beneficial for vlogging.

Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

For professional use, the Blackmagic camera is the ultimate choice. It can shoot perfectly well in any low light conditions and has a 27x optical zoom. It contains an impressive automatic theme which can dramatically change the mood of a film. However, be warn! This camera can cost up to £2000-£3000. Be sure to purchase this only if you are serious about creating professional high-quality contents.

 

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Top camera accessories for photography

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When you are on the go, it’s always ideal for a photographer to be prepared. So why is it so important to plan ahead? Well for instance, if a photographer runs out of memory or runs out of batteries then they are more likely to miss a good shot. Any photographer would regret to miss a moment due to not being prepared in advance. So if you don’t want to miss a beautiful shot, always go prepared! Let’s take a look at the following accessories.

Extra batteries

You should always bring backup batteries to save you from a low battery. Having an extra battery means you can also spend less time waiting for your next battery to charge. We all know that batteries can cost a lot, but you can always buy yours online for cheaper. Make sure you check the model and size of your camera before purchasing.

Memory card and case

Having an extra memory space will save you time from deleting pictures you don’t like. You don’t want to end up deleting images just for the sake of making space for more shots. Also, you can buy a protective SD card case to store and protect your cards

Tripod

A tripod is useful for many things in photography. For example, a tripod can hold your camera if you want it to be more stable when taking shots. It is also great for travelling as you can use it to take a picture of yourself. Furthermore, a tripod can prolong exposures which are ideal for low – light conditions. It’s advisable to purchase a compact and foldable tripod for travelling use. Compact tripods are more likely to be lightweight too.

Hard Drive

Although you may already have an extra SD memory card, you can still bring a hard drive to directly backup your photos. This is great for when you want to transfer them on your desktop as it won’t take up any storage space. Also if you lose any images from your sd card, then you will always have a backup.

Carry on case

If you travel a lot with your camera, it’s ideal you bring a padded carry on case for protection and storage. There is plenty of sizes available. You can get one for digital cameras, DSLRs and accessories.

Waterproof case

You can protect your equipment with a waterproof cover in case it rains as this will protect your devices and other camera equipment. Ensure you select the right sizes for your camera.

Lens pen

Lens are an important asset of photography. You will want a clean lens all the time. Otherwise, it can widely affect your shots. Luckily,  there is now a lens pen available which is great for clearing up your lens from any specks of dust.

For more useful camera accessories, watch the video below.

Photography

If there is one thing every photographer wants it is to be a great photographer. Being a great photographer entails more than just owning the camera and taking photos. It has more to it. A great photographer shoots wonderful pictures. Pictures that grabs the attention of people from a distance. Professional photographers produce images that have a strong structure, great composition, color, gesture, and lighting, among other elements that make a great photo. Ever wondered how they do it. What are the tricks? You are just in time for an overview of some of the photography tricks and tips for excellent photos. Let’s get started.

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1. Use a polarizing filter

A polarizing filter normally improves the colors of the surroundings especially the sky, and the objects around you. This is through its ability to reduce reflections from water, glass, and metal surfaces. Furthermore, it protects the lens of your camera.

2. Decide on your backgrounds carefully

Objects or substances that are included in the picture maybe a distraction to the viewers. This shifts the attention from the main object. Decide on simple backgrounds for instance plain backgrounds that have simple colors and patterns.

3. Use the right ISO

ISO, the International Standards Organization is a standardized industry scale that is used to measure sensitivity to light. Therefore, ISO will determine how fine your image comes out. You should know when to use a higher or a lower ISO. For instance, when it is dark, you might consider using a higher ISO maybe in the range of 400 to 3500. Alternatively, for sunny days or bright environments, use a lower ISO number, maybe about 100. Nevertheless, in case of a bright setting, one can use the Auto Setting on their camera. Continue Reading