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.





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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Kerala A Photographer’s Paradise

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Kerala is a picturesque destination with endless array of natural marvels. If you are someone with a penchant to see the world from all the right angles and unique perspectives, Kerala will make for a picture perfect holiday. Get armed with your SLR and head off to God’s own country for the most dramatic and lively pictures.

Wildlife photography

Thekkady offers plenty of opportunities for photographing wildlife. Periyar Tiger Reserve, the fascinating wildlife sanctuary, is just a half an hour drive from Thekkady. Teeming with a rich variety of wildlife, Thekkady will present you with a great opportunity to capture some of the rare species which are not seen anywhere else in the country. Thekkady is home to endangered species like sambar, tigers, gaur, lion-tailed Macaques and Nilgiri Langurs. While on a photography tour here, you should be watchful all the time as you cannot predict when you spot one of these marvelous creatures. Always be ready and don’t miss the chance to make some fascinating wildlife images.

 

The stunning background of the lush green landscape and serene Periyar lake will add to the splendor of your images. Elephants coming in herds to drink water and play in the lake are a great sight to watch. Every tourist who visit Thekkday will take back home the images of these playful giants. If you crave for more wildlife, go on a jungle safari in the Muthanga sanctuary that has been declared a Project and Elephant site and click away.

Marvels of Kochi

Kochi packs a series of exciting experiences and destinations that will interest any photographer.  A walk through the alleys & lanes of kochi is truly a trip down the history lane. Kochi, the ancient port city with a stunning natural harbour, has attracted invaders from far and wide. The Arabds, the Chinese, the Jews, the Dutch, the Portuguese have all contributed to make Kochi a cultural melting pot.

Architectural marvels like the Portuguese Churches, Jewish Synagogue and Dutch Cemetery still carry an old world charm and take you back in time. An ideal place for heritage photography, your camera will tire of clicking images that will tell you the story of Kochi’s colonial past. A snap of the Chinese fishing nets on the coastline of Fort Kochi as the sun set in to the Arabian Sea will be a classic in landscape photography.

Festivals

To catch the real spirit and vibrancy of the people in Kerala, go to the heart of festivals in God’s own country. With numerous temples and other places of worships, Kerala’s festival calendar is full with colorful and vibrant festivals celebrated across the state.  Thrissur Pooram, known as the festival of festivals, will be an excellent opportunity for you to capture the true essence of a temple festival in Kerala. Magnificent spectacle of fireworks, kudamattam (exchange of colorful umbrellas), elephant procession all are sure to offer your camera enough stuff to create some spectacular festival pictures. Arattupuzha Pooram, Uthralikavu Pooram, &  Adoor gajamela are some other colorful festivals that will give fodder for your SLR.

The charm of Kerala is endless. Stunning shoreline, sprawling plantations, sparkling backwaters, sun kissed beaches and more. Destinations are waiting to be captured in perfect frames.

This article is authored by Nick Ram, who is one of the authors of the blog Home of Ayurveda.

Good Place to Take Family Pictures

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Family photos can take a lot of planning if you want them to turn out as good as possible. You’ll not only need to find a day that works for everyone’s schedule, but you’ll have to figure out what venue you want to use. Another big thing that you will have to figure out is who you want as your photographer. It is a good idea to meet with several different photographers beforehand to get an idea for who you will enjoy working with most. For those of you who are struggling to come up with a location to do the photo shoot, here are 5 great places to consider:

  1. Head to the lake- If you don’t have any other large bodies of water nearby then you should consider heading to the lake to take your family photos. One of the best spots at the lake to take your pictures is at the dock. This should provide a great setting and give your photographer a lot to work with.
  2. Fancy staircase- Using a beautiful staircase is a really great option for providing some  memorable photos. Staircases work really well if you have a large family and want to get everyone to fit in the picture without having to back really far up.
  3. Go to the beach- One of the most classic locations that you can take your family pictures at is the beach. Not only will you have one of the most beautiful landscapes at your disposal but you get to enjoy the beach once you are done taking pictures. The beach should provide plenty of fantastic lighting and wonderfully warm pictures.
  4. Hit the vineyard- Another great place to take your photos as a family is at a vineyard. Vineyards are fantastic before they are the perfect mixture of natural beauty and manmade structure. Vineyards provide a really great backdrop for taking pictures and could make for a fantastic photo shoot.
  5. Downtown- One of the best places that you can go to take your family photos is in a downtown setting. Try and find a bunch of diverse textures that you can have in the background to help your pictures seem more interesting. Even in smaller cities you should be able to find some really great structures and locations to do your family shoot at.

No matter where you end up deciding to take your pictures, with the right photographer you should have no problem whatsoever getting some great pictures. If you have a hard time deciding on a location you could always split up your photo shoot over several different venues. That way you will be able to get the best of multiple venues and won’t have to compromise with your family photos.

Micah is a freelance writer for attorney Benjamin Skinner. For more information on business tips and inexpensive family activities, follow Benjamin on Twitter.