What Photo Editing Feature Do You Need?

What Photo Editing Feature Do You Need?

Lightroom is a very complete software that can be used to edit photos in a very professional way. It’s very easy to learn how to handle it and with this software you’ll be able to edit your photos to become as good as the photos you see in magazines. This is a great system that will help you create perfect pictures from scratch and you don’t need any photo editing skills to use this software.

This software has a bunch of appealing features and it will take you plenty of time to explore them all. The program makes it possible for you to try image manipulation, simple resizing of your images and many other things and all the features are very useful whether you want to use this for private purpose or in your business.

The greatest thing of all regarding Lightroom

The greatest thing of all regarding Lightroom is that it’s perfectly suitable for professionals as well as beginners. Everyone can use this and get satisfied when they see the results. It’s not exactly a low budget alternative since it’s better than many expensive alternatives, but it is a affordable alternative with high quality. Thousands of people use this software on a daily basis; some of them work with it to edit pictures for magazines and newspapers.

The results that you get are always amazing and there are simple guidelines to follow in case you don’t understand how to edit your files. These following features are what make this software so exceptional and appealing:

  • You get the same features as you get when you use PhotoShop but this software is a lot easier to learn how to handle and you will get this photo suite a lot cheaper than if you decide to buy PhotoShop.
  • You will get the same program that most publishers use and you do not need to have any particular education or experience to be able to get as good results as the publishers.
  • You will get a chance to restore old photos and this is amazing since you’ll be able to keep all your old memories for centuries, which would be impossible without this software.
  • You can change the background and remove all unwanted things that shouldn’t be there.

Well, these are only a few of the available features and you will probably find your own favorites as soon as you start using Lightroom.

The possibility to change colors, add frames……

The possibility to change colors, add frames, make teeth white and many other things are amazing and you won’t want to work without this software once you’ve tried it.  There are plenty of reasons why you should choose this software and here are a few.

Budget – You’ll save plenty of money by choosing Lightroom as it’s quite cheap and very cost-worthy. Results – You’ll get better results than you could ever hope for with any other software.








Tools To Use In Your Everyday Photography Session

Tools To Use In Your Everyday Photography Session

Whether you are a professional or just an average Joe trying to capture great photographic images there are some things you simply must have.  Yes, you can live without them but your work will suffer and people will run away when you break out the projector, scrap book album etc.  Trust me.

I know these things. Most people just want to take great pictures without all of the trouble of setting up, taking down and composing.  They believe it takes far too much time and the results don’t really matter.  Oh contraire my friend.  All of those things are important in photography.

You want to be the best that you can be and by using just a few simple, inexpensive tools you will be. My camera bag contains only three important pieces of equipment.  First of course is the camera.  Digital is my choice for any picture taking these days.  The days of lugging a heavy metal 35mm camera are gone.

The camera I use now is digital and weighs less than ½ pound.  Second in my bag of tricks is a good set of lens filters.  With filters I can adjust for many situations that present themselves.  If the sky is too light I can adjust for that.  If the grass is too brown I can adjust for that too.  And, if the sun is making my eyes hurt because it has decided to shine directly into my eyes there’s a solution to that also.

Using filters in your photography is important and can make the difference between a good photograph and a great one. My third and final piece of equipment is a flash unit that I can either use as a stand-alone unit or it can be attached directly to the hot shoe of the camera.  Even if you’re shooting outdoors it is important to at least consider using flash.

The light from your flash can fill in dark spots even outside.

Never leave home without it.  If you don’t have it with you, you can’t use it.  At least give yourself the option. Now, get out there and create some memories for yourself, your family and anyone else you can convince to sit still for a few minutes.  In today’s busy world it is always good to take a little time to enjoy all the beauty that surrounds you. You really can’t argue with that now, can you?








So, You Have Decided To Go Pro?

So, You Have Decided To Go Pro

Years ago there was a commercial on television sponsored by Dunkin Donuts.  In it a man was shown getting up at 4 A.M. and you heard him saying “time to make the donuts.”  He would of course then head down to his Dunkin Donut store and begin making the product for the day.

The commercial was great and it pointed out clearly that if you’re dedicated to your chosen profession it doesn’t matter how early you get up it is worth the effort. Such is the case in becoming a professional photographer.  Many times you will find yourself crawling out of bed at 4 A.M. so you can be at a location you’ve chosen for its majestic beauty so you can then capture the perfect lighting, the perfect sense of timelessness etc.  It is worth the effort.

It creates in you a sense of fulfillment as you gently press the shutter release and know for certain that time has stopped for you and the moment belongs to you. However… if you’re getting up early and traveling to your location only to hope that you’ll get the perfect shot it is time to rethink your process. Ask yourself this.









Have I done everything in my power to ensure that my time is well spent?

Have I done everything in my power to ensure that my time is well spent? Do I know exactly how to capture the image as I imagined it and what more could I do to be the consummate professional in the field of photography? It would be great if I could believe that you have asked and answered those simple questions.

But, I doubt that you have and because of that I’m going to suggest just a couple of things here that you should consider.  First, how have you prepared yourself for your new career?  Photography is an exciting field in which to work but know this:  If you’re going pro and you are no good, people will know it immediately and your income potential will be less than you had hoped.

All of the new technology available helps in your quest for perfection.  Use it and develop your own style in your work.  Use filters, special effects, quality equipment and good business sense in your new business.  Without it, there is a good chance you will be classed as a person that has a good hobby but not one that is a professional.

Get out and shoot, shoot and shoot some more

Second on my list of suggestions would be this.  Get out and shoot, shoot and shoot some more.  Nothing is a better teacher than experience.  You must shoot thousands and thousands of frames to perfect your working knowledge.

And besides with the ability to simply delete the image that just isn’t perfect and the fact that you’ll not be printing garbage, it really costs you next to nothing to become the professional you dream of being. By using these two simple steps in your new professional career you will be on your way to fame and fortune.  At least that is your dream, right?  Mine too. See you in the studio.

Photography Tips And Tricks That You Probably Didn’t Even Think Of

Photography Tips And Tricks That You Probably Didn’t Even Think Of

Photography Tips And Tricks That You Probably Didn’t Even Think Of.

When it is time to go out into the field and be the artsy crafty person that is hiding deep down inside of you what do you do?  How do you release the inner you? Personally I grab my trusty digital camera and just head out into the wild blue yonder and start snapping away.  That is all well and good but there are a few things you should do before you go.

Most people can take pretty good pictures.  They see what they want to capture, point the camera and click the little button.  Done and done, right?  Well, maybe not.

If you’re hoping to capture everything you see as realistically as it can be done perhaps you should (and this is going to hurt most people) read the instruction manual, read a book on taking pictures or even take a class in photography. But you say “I don’t want to spend all of the time and money to do all that.

I just want to take pictures.”  Okay, you can do that.  But I won’t soon be coming to your house to watch the little video presentation you’ve created that clearly illustrates how much you really need to learn more about photography, settings, lighting etc.  It’s just not going to happen.  I can be as kind as the next person with all of the ooos and aaaahs as the presentation plays.  But, know this which will happen only once. Would it not be better to get just a little bit of training?

Don’t you want your friends and family to look forward to your next photo presentation with great anticipation?  Of course you do.  So, get some training either by book, video or in a local class at your community college or photography shop.  It will be worth your time and the little bit of money you’ll have to spend.  And then get out there and release the inner you that is so desperate to get out.

Photography: Capture Your Own Special Moment

Photography: Capture Your Own Special Moment

Taking pictures is something everyone at one time or another has done.  Some pictures turn out good, others okay while yet others… not so good.  Money spent on getting all of those pictures developed and printed used to be time consuming and very costly.  Well, not anymore. With the advent of digital photography all of the “ okay” and “not so good” pictures go into the trash bucket without ever having seen the light of day.

No more paying for what you know isn’t great.  What a wonderful world of technology we live in. I could give you a history of picture taking with all of the boring stuff related to it but I’m not going to do that.  You don’t need to know how early cameras worked and what was involved in getting images onto a recording surface filled with all sorts of dangerous chemicals.  All you want to do is be able to take a great picture that will bring back fond memories, right?

Digital cameras

Digital cameras have become so popular that the standard “film” camera has pretty much gone by the wayside.  35mm cameras do still have a place in some markets but to be honest you can take your digital camera and computer and create memories that are almost as high in quality as the old-school cameras.  It is of course a matter of choice.  If you prefer film cameras and have invested a lot of money in gathering all of the items that come along with them it will certainly be difficult to give it up for new technology.

I understand that. I would suggest to you though that they can both (standard and digital cameras) live in the same household without  too much conflict.  Just keep them in separate rooms and they will never know that the other one exists. Here’s one hint that is very important.  Always, always and again always carry a camera with you regardless of where you are going.  You just never know when a photo op will present itself.

Sunsets, landscapes or even the occasional vehicle accident all offer picture taking moments.  If you don’t have your camera with you, you can’t get the shot.  It is as simple as that. And, on average, 3.5 seconds later (with you digital camera) you’ll be able to enjoy once again the particular beauty of the photograph you just captured for eternity.

So what’s stopping you? Digital cameras can be purchased for as little as fifty bucks.  Some are even water proof for those of you that might be as “nimble fingered” as me.  I drop things.  One thing I don’t want to drop though is the opportunity to create special moments.  They’re just too special to miss. Here’s to your next 3.5 seconds of memory making.  And like some commercials say “don’t leave home without it.”  That would be your camera.

How to Photograph Fireworks: Expert Tips for Astounding Pictures

How to Photograph Fireworks: Expert Tips for Astounding Pictures

A fireworks display is something that a photographer should not miss out on, mainly because the pictures that one stand to capture will encapsulate a moment that is usually fleeting. Before you try your hands on fireworks photography, however, then you should see to it that you find out how to photograph fireworks first. Simply pointing and shooting your camera will not yield you beautiful pictures, because the spark of a firework is something that is very tricky to capture. Fortunately, there are certain tips that you may use in order to ensure that you will get pictures that will not only be crystal clear, but ones that will fully encapsulate every single moment of the display as well.

If you are interested in learning how to photograph fireworks, then the first thing that you should do is to find a tripod that you may use as you go about your photography frenzy. Since the display will be changing at an extremely fast rate, you have to see to it that you will be able to limit any movement on your camera as you take your pictures. Using a tripod is the best thing that you can do to see to it that your camera will be as stable as possible. Since you will be using a prolonged shutter speed, it will be utterly useless for you to start taking pictures without a tripod. So borrow or buy a tripod that you may use to hold your camera in place and to keep it as stable as possible.

Another tip that you may use to ensure that you will end up with astounding fireworks picture is that you should frame your shot ahead of time. If you have any contact with the one who will facilitate the display, then it will do you well to ask him about which area of the sky you can expect the fireworks to come in full bloom. By doing so, you will be able to see to it that you will be able to snap pictures that will have the proper framing. Of course, you can simply wait for the fireworks display to start and simply adjust your camera and framing then. You may have to miss photographing the earliest parts of the display though.

Finally, see to it that you will be adjusting your shutter speed to the right level. This is, perhaps, the most important part of your journey to learning how to photograph fireworks. You will need a nice and long exposure in order to capture the movement of the lights. Make sure that you set your speed at just the right level, so as to ensure that your pictures will come out crystal clear. If your camera allows for remote shutter speed, then use that setting. A lot of modern models have this setting, so check whether you are afforded this feature. This way, you will have full control of your shutter and simply open and close the shutter as you see fit.




How to Photograph a Rainbow

How to Photograph a Rainbow

A rainbow is not something that one sees every day, much more gets the perfect picture of. A lot of photographers often try their luck when it comes to capturing such a magical phenomena, only to be disappointed with the images that they come up with. However, there are certain things that you may do in order to take the perfect rainbow picture, all of which will rely on your skills as a photographer and on the quality of the gear that you use. Here are some highly effective guidelines that you may use s you go about in learning how to photograph rainbows. With the following tips, you should be able to snap high quality pictures of your dream rainbow sights.

Tip #1. Find an angle for the best possible background

The first thing that you have to keep in mind while learning how to photograph rainbows is that rainbows are not solid, which means that it may be a little trickier to capture them in the frame. Since rainbows tend to be a little translucent, you have to find an angle that will give you the best possible background when you take your shot. Ideally, the area that you will be choosing should give you a solid sky color behind the review, so that the different colors of your subject will jump right off the picture. Find an angle that will give you the least cluttered background as possible, with no clouds whatsoever, to ensure that you will be able to keep the rainbow as the focus of the photograph.

Tip #2. Take time composing your picture

Make sure that you take the time to compose the picture in such a way that will highlight the magnificence of your subject. For example, you have to see to it that you position the rainbow at the right shot focal points of the image. There is a simple trick that you may use in order to ensure that you place it on the right position. Find the ends of the rainbow and see whether you may place them in line with the lover elements of your photograph. You may have to keep changing your angles in order to achieve this position, but hitting the right spot will surely give you a breathtaking shot.

Tip #3 Include the right elements

Finally, make sure that you include the right elements on the foreground of the shot. While learning how to photograph rainbows, you have to see to it that you will not only balance the flat spacing of the elements of your image, but that you lend the picture depth as well. You want to be able to capture the grandness of your subject, after all, which is why it will be a good idea to place key objects in front of the rainbow. A handful of tress, or some buildings if you live in the city, will give the rainbow the impression of being larger than life. Even better, the right foreground elements will allow you to make the picture more dynamic and interesting, instead of just a picture of a rainbow standing out against a blue background.



7 Effective Professional Photography Tips

7 Effective Professional Photography Tips

7 Effective Professional Photography Tips

In this article are seven effective professional photography tips to jumpstart your career in this creative field.

1. Provide sunglasses polarizer.

If you really want to put in some punches to your photos, you need a polarizing filter. The “sunglasses” type is something every photographer (amateur and professional) must have most especially if taking shots of outdoor activities and landscapes. Polarized shots can diminish superfluous reflections or glares in replace for more saturated and richer colors.

2. Your camera must have “macro mode” settings.

If you activated the macro mode in your digital or SLR camera, you’ll be able to capture images like you’ve never seen before! Just look for the “macro” icon (which is commonly a flower symbol) in your camera and turn it on. Once it’s activated, you’re ready to take objects closely. Hold the shutter button carefully to allow your camera to focus on the object. Take note that a “confirmation light” will give you the signal to press the shutter in order for the photo to be saved in your memory.

3. Keep those tones warm.

Ever noticed that most of your shots have a cool yet damp feel to it? If so, don’t worry! All digital and SLR cameras have automatic “white balance” settings which warm up the tones of your snapshots. When capturing photos under a sunny landscape or outdoors, change your white balance settings from “automatic” to “cloudy”. So why the latter? It’s because this adjustment setting creates a mild and filtering effect on your photos. In other words, it increases the yellows and reds resulting to warmer shots.

4. You must own a tripod.

This is one of the most important professional photography tips to follow. However, the only problem with tripods is that they can be a pain in the butt when you carry them everywhere. For aspiring photographers, here’s good news! Pedco recently launched a revolutionary product that will keep your cameras steady in any situations – the ULTRAPOD. What is this all about? ULTRAPOD is a versatile and portable tripod that perfectly fits in your backpack or suitcase (check out Pedco’s official website for more information).

5. Get extra memory cards.

For those who own a couple (or even more) of digital cameras, having enough memory cards is very important. If you own a 4.5 megapixel camera for example, get a 256MB memory card. For cameras with 5.1 and above megapixels, you need 512MB memory card.

6. Set your camera to FLASH ON mode when capturing outdoor images.

When the camera is set to this mode, the flash will allow illuminating the main subject of your shot. The result? A quality picture where everything else regardless of composition looks great. Try using a range of variations by positioning your subject so that the sun will light up the hair from the back or side (“rim effect”).

7. Go for high resolution in taking photos.

In connection to #5, a memory card allows you to set your photos to high resolution.


9 Amazing Newborn Photography Tips

9 Amazing Newborn Photography Tips

Newborn photography (also known as “Baby Photography”) is one of the most gratifying ways to capture memories of your little ones. Here are nine amazing newborn photography tips for you to follow.

1. Get a good lens.

Of course, you’ll want a fast yet sharp lens for taking pictures of babies. A 55mm. is the best option for you. It feels great when you capture photos emphasizing the baby’s head using a “fill-framed” SLR camera.

2. Keep the props toned down.

You’ll probably want to use some props when taking photos of babies, but make sure you’re not overwhelming them. It’s a worth when a prop compliments your shots – true! But it’s more than that when you minimize your background.

3. Know the difference between “Portrait” and “Documentary”.

The former involves a lot of formal or arranged poses while the latter involves poses that are not instructed by the photographer.

4. Always keep your camera close.

A baby can be predictable regardless of his or her daily routine. On the other hand, there are certain moments that he or she can do something that’s funny, cute, sometimes disgusting but still worth capturing. Without keeping your camera close, you’ll be able to miss out on these moments.

5. Determine the “happy times” and take multiple shots of it.

This is one of the most challenging yet effective newborn photography tips. If the baby showed that cute smile while eating, holding a stuffed toy or lying in bed, get your camera and take many shots. Find out the best ones afterwards.

6. Don’t forget the best parts!

While taking full shots of babies has never been this cute, you shouldn’t forget the best part of it. Set your camera in macro mode and take shots of the baby’s fingers and toes.

7. Always use the appropriate settings.

For beginners, it is essential to get started with “aperture priority” settings. Here, you can choose your aperture and the camera will automatically configure the shutter speed. In taking shots of babies, make sure the shutter speed must be above 1/200. This is a great setting for capturing sharp images.

8. Keep on photographing the babies.

They are cuddly and adorable at any age, and getting random shots of them is oftentimes the most rewarding experience you’ll get. Whatever angle or lighting achieved, every shot of the newborn is just lovely!

9. Practice shooting as often as possible.

For beginners, this is one of the most important photography tips to follow. Venturing into baby photography is a productive move, but you can do better in practicing on your own kids first. Learn the basics of adjusting your camera settings based on the subject, theme, light source or other elements that makes a great picture. Read books on baby photography or watch instructional videos on how to come up with great shots of babies. If you came from a family of brilliant photographers, considering this field as your source of income is a big advantage.




Top Street Photography Tips for Beginners

Top Street Photography Tips for Beginners

Walking around the neighborhood, taking shots of random things, random people and random occurrences is the usual setting of street photographers. Street photography, defined as the documentation of the life on the streets or of everyday life, is actually easier said than done.

Tip #1: Constantly Keep Moving

The easiest among the street photography tips is to constantly keep moving. Street photographers are never stagnant because if they were, they will never get good shots or images of what is going on around them. By going to and from places, a photographer will be able to familiarize himself with the environment and will eventually find good subjects to take. Another basic tip in shooting street photos is to be like a boy scout: always ready. A street photographer must be prepared to take shots because interesting subjects can appear anytime in the streets and to lose a chance to take them will be a big regret on his part. Also, he must always be all set when it comes to his instruments such as his camera’s batteries, the flash or even the other lenses he needs in taking photos. This is necessary as to avoid hassle or losing opportunities to take good images.

Tip #2: Be Prepared to Take Hundreds of Shots

There is a saying that goes a picture is worth a thousand words. In this type of photography, therefore, there are hundred thousands of words being shot every single time a street photographer works. A single shot does not always guarantee a good one so it is important that he is prepared to take a hundred, just to be sure. Perseverance and patience are good traits in street photography.

Tip #3: Take Candid Shots

Though in street photography, as mentioned earlier, a person is encouraged to take lots of pictures, it is not however enough that he takes them without reason. The shots must always be remarkable – there must always be something new about the scene taken. Candid shots are always a favorite in street photography because they really depict the real stories of everyday life. Also, be careful about your background for there might be elements that you do not intend to be included or there are factors that will confuse or destroy the essence of the photo itself.

Tip #4: Be Subtle as Possible

One of the most important street photography tips is to be as subtle as possible. A photographer must hide his camera because not all people appreciate having their photo taken. Always keep a low profile. Do not use flash if not needed and turn off any beeping sound that the camera makes whenever one is shooting. Asking permission, though, can be done if necessary and if the photographer has the time to ask every single person that is involved in the shot. If a person got offended when his photo was taken, an apology must be done. The key is to be always conscious of the feelings of others, because no matter how many artistic reasons he has, a photographer is still invading someone else’s privacy when he takes their picture.

More Street Photography Tips!

All in all, the most basic of the basics of street photography tips are the following: to find a place where there are lots of events or where the surrounding is busy so that looking for subjects won’t be so difficult; to search for different elements in a shot such as irony, juxtaposition or different emotions; and lastly, to always be polite and ready. Click responsibly.