Shooting For The Album – Keeping The End Product In Sight

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During a session with a photographer you may hear the phrase ‘shooting for the album’, but what does this mean? It means that while they are undoubtedly getting some great session shots, they have come into the session with the end product of the shoot firmly in the forefront of their minds. One of the first questions that your photographer should ask you is what you intend on doing with the images from the sessions, as this will enable them to add an extra dimension to the shoot to ensure that you get an end product that you love.

Though your photographer may issue you with some session prints for you to keep, which you will no doubt share with your friends on Facebook and other social networking sites, these prints are only a taste, a sample of what the finished product is going to be. The end product that the photographer is aiming for could be anything from a bespoke album to a canvas print or a true to life acrylic. So whether you are the photographer or the client the end product should never be far from your minds.

Planning the Session

Once you know what the end product is going to be, the photography session can be better planned to ensure that not only does the photographer have a clear plan of how the shoot is going to go, but the client too is in the right frame of mind to get the best results. For example if the client is looking for a piece of photographic artwork to proudly display over the fireplace, then the photographer should take the time to appreciate the décor of the room and advise the client on the best wardrobe and color scheme that will complement the décor of the room in which it is going to be displayed. The finished piece, the end product is not only a creative venture between photographer and client, it should perfectly match the personalities of the people in the picture.

An Unsure Client

It can be difficult to plan a shoot effectively if the client is unsure about what exactly they want to achieve with their images. So it is worthwhile for the photographer to have a portfolio of work with them whenever they meet a new client.  This allows the client to see a range of finishes, products, and styles that tell the photographer what appeals to them to enable the shoot to be planned effectively. The more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera a client is, the better the end result is going to be, whether it’s a family shoot in the client’s home or a special day that is photographed so that it can be remembered forever.  A good session can allow personalities to shine and inner beauty to surface and be shown on the finished product.

About the author: Claire is a blog writer that appreciates the creativity expressed by artists such as Raleigh Wedding Photographers. She understands that a good picture can express far more than any other creative genre and provide tangible memories that can be kept forever whether they be in albums or printed artworks displayed for all to see.





Should You Have A Morning After Photo Shoot: What To Consider?

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Weddings are usually quite demure looking affairs – well kempt families gather around well shod grooms and white angelic looking brides. Celebrations are had, cakes are eaten and photos are taken of the nuptial couple. However, the latest trend certainly doesn’t tend to follow the traditional clean living, polished image of the marital day.

Morning after shoots are exactly as you’d imagine on a tin – a bedroom snapped shoot the morning after the night before. It’s a document of the nuptial excesses of the night previous taken by a photographer in the sultry surroundings of a bedroom or hotel suite.

Like a lot of photography and wedding trends, the morning after photo shoot originated in the United States of America – and where else would it. America is renowned for its excess, celeb culture and contemporary efforts.

Celebs

It seems that the whole process has been taken on by both couples of the celeb persuasion and also those of a less notable standing. The photography sessions take place in varying degrees of sultriness, from full on shower scenes, to turned and tossed bed images, to breakfast fully clad with croissants and slippers and Radio 4. Though it may not all be garters and whips, it’s all a morning after wedding shoot.

The surge towards this new wedding are seen as part and parcel of the advertisements we witness regularly, with celebs images between white sheets are part and parcel of many a billboard. The recent literary hit 50 Shade of Grey may also have played a part.

Of course, it’s understandable to an extent; both groom and bride have lost weight, put work into their bodies and look great. Brides are wearing beautiful lingerie and there is a natural attraction between the couple that can be easily seen on film. So, why not document the clear intimacy between the couple?

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

The argument for taste is obviously the main reason people would oppose such a photo shoot. Many feel that the morning after shoot is part and parcel of the cult of celebrity and showcases how it is creeping into society and the need of the Facebook generation to document everything. However, others would argue it’s a positive and something to look back on when marriages go through trialling times.

Saying that, one more bizarre trend is to have the images taken weeks after the morning, in a purely staged session. Many people feel that this is disingenuous and doesn’t portray any of the positives a true morning after shoot would. Of course, conversely, if it makes people happy, why care – it’s not doing anyone else damage.

Photographer

If deciding on a photographer for a morning after shoot, couples should definitely take time to choose. The wedding photographer may not always be the best option and you may require an alternative with expertise in the area. However, whether you are looking for wedding photography in Surrey or Sweden there are plenty of top quality people out there to fulfil your visions.

Morning after photography is a growing trend and one that will see many jumping aboard the bandwagon with little expertise. So, always ask for references, previous work and get an idea of quality.

You will also need to research what you want and what options there are and what may suit your needs. You want to be comfortable, happy and be able to pose securely. Also, remember you may have only had a few hour’s sleep and also may have had a few the night before. However, once you’re aware of all of this you know what you’re deciding on and what to expect and can concentrate on looking great. Finally, just have fun – it’s your big day!

Cormac Reynolds writes for a number of creative areas and has worked on a number of photography blogs in the past. He writes this article for Carl Glancey Photography.

Tips For Shooting Great Animal Stock Photography

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Red Panda Courtesy Dreamstime.comAs a photographer, I’m often asked about animal stock photos and the ways to get the best images. There are a few in-camera settings you should heed, along with some information about the lenses you should use.

First of all, make sure you take photos in RAW if using a DSLR. It allows you to tweak the image much easier in post production than if you take images in JPEG. JPEG can lose some color information, so RAW shows you the image exactly as you took it.

These will also be the largest photos you can take; this means you can offer more sizes of the images you’ve taken, making more money for you in the long run.

Next, be sure you’re using a lens that is appropriate for what you’re going. Some people might say, take along a zoom lens. I would agree if you’re taking images of birds, skittish animals, or animals in a zoo setting. If you’re taking insect images, however, a macro lens is going to suit your needs more appropriately. If you are taking images through glass or water, make sure you have the appropriate filter, called a polarizer, on your lens. This will help cut down the glare and make it possible to get a rich, clear image.

Make sure your images are sharp and easy to see. A fast shutter speed is often needed for animals, so if you’re shooting at night, make sure your camera is capable of producing images using a high ISO, so you can keep your shutter speed quick.

Alpacas Courtesy Dreamstime.comAnimals come out at peculiar times, so you’ll want to carry your camera on you whenever you can. The best image is often not planned, but it will pop up at you when you least expect it to. Be sure to take plenty of images; some of the shots you thought were clear may be blurry when transfered to the computer. Likewise, some images you think are too dark or too bright may be perfect for post production.

You’ll likely have to adjust the images in the computer to make them ready for sale, so brush up on your Lightroom or Photoshop skills. You’ll want to adjust the histogram settings, sharpness, color balance, and contrast at the very least. A finished image is often saved according to the stock website’s instructions, and you may need to crop your photo to make it more appropriate for the client base you want to have buying your images.

Mainly, you’ll want to save your image in a large file, adjust it for appropriate sizing, color, and sharpness, and then be sure to tag it well to get it noticed on the site.

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