5 Tips on Shooting Engagement Photo Sessions

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Engagement photo sessions are always exciting. It is a good opportunity to impress your clients with your skills as a photographer. Apparently, they signed with you because they liked your style, but it’s more important that they love the photos you took of them.

As engagement photos will be a part of an important milestone for  both the bride and groom, it is important that you ensure you have nothing less than great shots. Who knows, their friends and family might also be impressed might get you for another photography gig.

Here are some important notes for you to make sure your next engagement photo session would be a success.

1. Talk with your clients

Don’t be too involved with the camera and the lighting. It is critical you keep the energy going. The most obvious point of connection – chat about their wedding day. Ask about their plans and other important details. You may offer some advice based on your experience or from what you’ve learned from your past clients. Be personable. Keep it fun and it will surely reflect in the photographs.

2. Light & lighting

I often work with just the available light. However, off-camera flash makes life easier. You can bring studio quality lighting pretty much anywhere.

My usual approach is not to fight the ambient light. It’s just going to make your life so much tougher. You have to keep your ambient light in consideration.
•  Pose them with their back to the sun if the light is quite hard.
•  Look at the direction that the available light is coming in from
•  Use lens flare for effect

3. Bring a trusted glam team

Any photography sessions would need a reliable glam team to make sure your couple look their best. Most of my photoshoots are made beautiful by Hair by Kristty. Make sure the stylist has a clear understanding of what kind of feel you or your clients want to achieve. You can check out my friends from ClaytonHairSalon.com if you need professional hair and makeup services.

4. Poses

Not all couple are naturally good at posing in front of the camera so you would have to guide them. When you see a cool spot or a nice background, it is a simpler to pose just one person first. Start with either the bride-to-be or the groom-to-be, and then add the other person. If you already have an idea how you’d like to pose both of them, then that’s wonderful.

5. Capture their relationship

Remember that the shoot is really is all about them, and how they are with each other. Make sure your work would capture that – that unique bond and spark.

Need more tips or would like to share some of yours? I’d like to hear from you!

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Photography Tips Book For Photographic Guidance

Photography is a great hobby that anyone can get into. Photography is the process of creating images through the use of cameras. Photography allows people to test their creativity as they use many different filters and lenses to create unique photos. If you would like to get started with photography, then read these tips.

When learning photography, at some point you will need to have some kind of professional instruction. Self-teaching can only get you so far. If you are not taking a class on photography, try getting involved in the photography community. Talk to and ask professionals for advice; after all there are no better teachers in the field than actual photographers.

The best way to ruin a photograph is to move the camera while shooting. Keep your camera steady, and give it some support when pressing the shutter button. When talking with professionals, they will tell you to always use a tripod. Sometimes a tripod is just not a pactical solution. Use whatever is available like propping the camera against a wall or on top of a fence to take a great shot.

When you want to photograph something always look all around you. Even if you are strongly interested by an object you might find something more original right behind you. Think about an atmosphere or an effect that you want rather than an object you are going to build your picture around.

To experiment with photography, be sure to play around with shutter speeds. A slower speed means the shutter is open longer and can capture motion. Photos of a waterfall with a slow shutter speed would make the water look like one continuous motion. Faster shutter speeds capture action and are frequently used in sports photography. A photo of a waterfall in this example would show every drop of water clearly.

Make use of the instant feedback you get from a digital camera. The screen on your digital camera can show you the basics of how your photo came out the instant you snap the shot. Learn from your mistakes and take another shot, there’s no need to wait for your prints anymore.

Toy around with taking pictures in nature. Take pictures of the landscape, sunset, landmarks, animals, and much more. Take interesting shots and see what photo gems you come up with. Nature provides many wonderful and beautiful scenes. Try going on a nature walk with your camera a few times, and take shots to make a portfolio out of.

A good photography tip is to always be early when you’re planning on shooting a sunset or a sunrise. This will give you ample time to compose the perfect shot. You don’t want to get there and be forced to compose a lousy shot because you’re short on time.

As stated before, photography is a great hobby for anyone. Photographers use cameras to create images and express creativity with the addition of filters and lenses that produce unique photo results. By using the tips from the article above, you can get started with photography and produce your own unique photos.

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No matter who you are, when it comes to photography, you have to start somewhere. The best of photographers didn’t start out with thousands of dollars worth of camera equipment in their bag. Odds are good they started out with something far more down to earth and affordable. They probably even started as kids.

Back when I grew up, the go-to camera was Mom’s Instamatic 126 Kodak. Slide film or print film, it made no difference. Just slap that cartridge in the back and start shooting. It had a four-sided flashbulb when needed, the lens was always in focus, and taking a picture was a simple button press away – and then the whir of those little gears in there as the camera advanced the film to the next frame for you. Did it turn out the greatest of pictures? Maybe not in every circumstance, but truth be told, the whole family still looks back on most of those pictures with great fondness. They accomplished exactly what they were designed to do – catch the moment and enable a return to that specific moment in time. At the heart of it, that’s what any great photo should do – allow someone to return to that exact moment in time and feel at least part of what was happening right then. If you can capture that then you have a fine camera. The fewer things that you have between you and capturing that moment or motion, the better.

As the years pass by, I seem to remember a slow roll over to the 110 camera. I’m not even sure if the 110s are still around in the same fashion that they were back a few years ago. I remember my sisters both had 110 cameras. They would often shoot rolls of film and there was a big to do about dropping them off at the drugstore to get them processed than going back a few days later to pick them up. Back in those days I had a 35mm camera. It was always exciting to see exactly what had turned out properly, if you had flinched while shooting the image, if your lighting was right and so many other things.

But, alas, times have changed. Cameras and shooting pictures these days are similar to riding an airplane these days – a commodity. Back even 20 or 30 years ago, flying, like taking pictures, was more of an event. There was a little more pomp and circumstance to the whole process. you often had to consult a travel agent. People dressed up. They talked about their flight for days. It was an event. As time has passed, flying has become something you can do with a quick web search, grab a ticket online and head to the airport. No muss, no fuss, no pomp.

Like flying, shooting pictures is an immediate gratification thing with today’s current crop of digital photography devices. Taking a picture? Well, almost anyone can do it. It’s quick, easy and accomplished with very little forethought for the most part. It’s far more convenient in most cases, it’s immediately available, and for so many other reasons, digital is where it’s at.

Today, there are so many choices when it comes to cameras. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a point and click type camera that you may buy. Other times it might be a several hundred or several thousand dollar SLR digital. Still there are purists, who are interested in large-format cameras, and film compositions. Depending on what your particular need for cameras will determine what kind of camera is best for you.

I’m going to take just a short look at some of the simplest cameras and ways to capture things going on around you.

A camera phone

In today’s world of “selfies”, it seems that everybody has a camera phone. These kind of images are nearly ubiquitous on Facebook, twitter, Instagraham and so many other social sites. they have become the backbone of social sharing. Why, you ask? Because everyone has a camera phone. From the iPhones to the droids, there are very few phones these days that do not have a camera. What is more simple than grabbing a quick snap with a camera? Used to be, we would find ourselves in places and be thinking, gosh I wish we had brought the camera. Darn it! In today’s world, almost everyone has their cell phone at all times. That makes forgetting to bring your camera with you really a nonissue these days.

Truth be known, these images usually are pretty good. When we are doing webwork, in many cases the images are far larger and more detailed than we even need. Comparing these images to those from the late 90s with dedicated digital cameras – they are far superior. Back in the late 90s with digital cameras, you were lucky to get a 640×480 and the clarity of those often left something to be desired. These days, many times we will actually need to shrink down the images considerably. A lot of today’s camera phones take images in the 10 megapixel range, or even higher. This creates images which are just far larger than anyone wants to sit and see on a website.

For sheer convenience, we are huge fans of the camera phone. iPhone or dried, it makes no difference. If you’re talking, you can be shooting now. there are times, however, that you may want a dedicated camera and not just the phone version. Read on!

Different cameras have been entering into the marketplace for many years. Both digital and film cameras alike. Depending upon what you are looking for, you can spend a lot of money, or not too much on your next camera. Some of the quality cameras have interchangeable lenses. You can also get point-and-shoot cameras. Even though cameras to their smaller, they are highly sophisticated, able to take quality photos every time. Deciding on a camera to use – which one should you pick? Figuring out which camera is worth your money can be a tough job. This article will discuss some of the best pocket cameras in 2012 to help you make that decision.

Think about the weight of the camera. There are some point-and-shoot pocket cameras that can be quite heavy, something that most people don’t know. This comes from trying to cram as much as possible into a small and compact body. In many cases, compact pocket cameras are extremely heavy, especially in comparison to DSLR. By lifting the camera up, you can see how heavy it actually is. You don’t want something heavy enough that can pull your pants down once you’ve put it in your pocket. If you really want to take great pictures, you need to use a light durable camera. If you are allowed to use one before you purchase it you will be better off. You may have a service in your area that actually rents cameras. You may be lucky enough to have a camera outlet close by with some cameras available for demonstration. Because of the compact size of the pocket camera, some of the facets you will find in the larger models will not be included. Another potential drawback is the minor size of the buttons; which may be hard to operate. These features were not made for oversized hands and fingers. Money doesn’t come easy to most of us and you owe it to yourself to thoroughly examine any camera before you buy it.

One pocket camera that many people like is the Olympus XZ-1. It is one of the best pocket cameras of 2012. Even if there is very little light available, you can take fantastic photographs.

It comes with a huge image sensor. It also has a very bright lens built-in. When looking at point-and-shoot cameras, you’ll notice that this takes videos that are on par with regular camcorders. People may not be able to afford this camera. It is priced fairly high. This camera costs more than four hundred dollars. If people are on a budget, this is probably not what you’re looking for. It also has an annoying lens cap.

Although you should do some price shopping, and look at different features, you need to do your homework before getting one of the best pocket sized cameras of 2012 for your very own. After reading this article, you should have a general idea of what cameras to get, and what shopping techniques to use. There are so many things to consider when buying a new camera. You need to do your own research, just to make sure you’re getting the right one for you. Before you go shopping, always do your research. This article has provided you with strategies to consider when buying a camera. Hopefully, they will help you in some way.


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