Photography

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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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

Laptops

Having a powerful computer is essential in editing and processing of high resolution, modern and digital images in a quick, effective and efficient manner. Dell offers the best desktop PCs that are currently available in the market. Their computers have customization options that enables you to decide the features you would like to incorporate in your computer performance, whether it’s in the processor or the operating system. This article explains the best Dell computers for photo editing in detail.

Dell XPS 8500 Desktop

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If you enjoy photography, specifically photo editing, then Dell XPS 8500 Desktop can actually make your work to be more exciting and reliable. It has attractive options as you can select an Intel i5quad core processor or the upgraded i7 processor.

Its memory is expandable up to 16GB and you can choose the amount of RAM you want, which ranges from a minimum of 4GB and a maximum of 16GB. Dell also offers options of NVIDIA and AMD video cards with 2GB or 1GB graphics card RAM.

A high end Dell monitor like Dell Ultra sharp can be customized into a high performance machine that can serve you over a long period of time. If you do not prefer getting involved on the technical details about the desktop configurations while purchasing your Dell Desktop, then the XPS 8500 can actually be the right option for you. Continue Reading

Laptops

A laptop computer is perfect for Photoshop users who need more portability and flexibility over a stationary desktop computer. However, the prices for laptop computers have gone up, making it difficult for many people not to afford them. So, how can one get cheap laptops for Photoshop? Here are some useful tips on what you should look for in a cheap but yet high-quality laptop for Photoshop:

· Look at the Speed of the Processor. It is possible to find cheap laptops that have been fitted with fast and inexpensive processors. The speed of the processor is measured in gigahertz (GHz). There are also some inexpensive laptops that have a dual-core processor. This means that the laptop comes with two independent processors mounted on a single chip working together at the same time to increase the performance of the laptop. These two processors can execute many tasks on a laptop more efficiently and faster. The two processors are sold for the price of one, making it cheaper to buy the laptop. Therefore, it’s advisable to buy this type of laptop because it is not only affordable, but also faster when executing multiple tasks.

· Check the RAM. RAM is used to refer to “random access memory”. This is a space a laptop uses to store temporary data. A cheap and a high-quality laptop has a RAM of 1GB. Not only does a laptop that has a RAM of 1GB affordable, but also enables you to perform more task simultaneously without affecting the speed of the laptop. Continue Reading

Laptops

Video editing is one of the computerized processes that has been linked with giant towers loaded with most expensive and sophisticated computer parts. I can comfortably say that nobody likes dark and musty videos, yet they are produced with equipment worth a fortune. However, this trend has been changing tremendously with the introduction of laptops as they have become more capable of the years.Video editors no longer have to be confined to their desks anymore, they can move freely and join the world and edit on the go. Here is an overview of some of the best video editing laptops to give you a satisfactory video editing adventure:

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Dell XPS 15

Dell has improved significantly to avert dormancy by other laptop manufacturers in producing laptops ideal for video editing. This 15-inch model has a 2.3 GHz quad-core i7 processor, 1 TB hard drive, 3200 x 1800 resolution and a 16 GB RAM. It also has a powerful pre-installed Nvidia Get Force graphic card with a dedicated 2Gb memory.The machine also has both HDMI and Mini Display ports to enable easier connecting to external displays.These features provide this laptop with a great capability of executing any video editing work without any lapses.

HP Z Book 17 mobile workstation

It has a great 17 inch 1080p screen with Intel Core i7 processor with 2.4 GHz speed, a 750 GB hard drive and a 16 GB RAM and Nvidia Quadro K3100M having 4Gb of GDDR5.This is an outstanding machine for video editors. It also contains three 3.0 and two 2.0 Usb ports, display port and a VGA port so that video editor has many options to export from cameras and display images. Continue Reading

Image Editing

When it comes to entering the graphic design world, making fascinating pieces for a job or imparting artwork with family and friends, there are a lot of cool Photoshop tricks to consider. Whether you are simply experimenting different things with the tools or definitely know how to design a magazine spread, there will dependably be another alternate route or trap to make life much easier.

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Make Image Midtones Pop

To avoid sharp shadows or highlights while drawing out the mid-tones use this procedure. Make a Background’s layer copy and then choose Filter-Sharpen-Unsharp Mask, and then set the Amount, Radius and Threshold to 50/20/20 respectively. From the Layers palette menu select Blending Options and in the this Layer area move the Shadow slider to 70 and Highlight to 185. Press Alt (Option) and separate the triangular sliders to drag the shadow point to 0 and the highlight to 255 and click OK.

Adjusting the Colorization Scheme of a Photo

Locate the colorization effect which is available under the image tab, in the adjustment menu. Given along with this effect are the color and saturation sliders which work simply like a scroll bar. Before you can utilize the color and saturation bar, click and check the little box at the base of the dialog box. Checking this box in combination with the sliders would permit you to deliver a unified color scheme for the whole picture. This tool can come in extremely convenient when endeavoring to match a specific picture’s color scheme with another consistently. Continue Reading