Become a Street Photographer

There are street photographers who are like ghosts. You don’t notice them and you certainly don’t notice them photographing you. They carry small cameras and they have learned the trick of focusing the lens by judging the distance between the subject and the camera and adjusting the focus ring based on that distance. Basically, they shoot from the hip, with wide lenses to compensate for framing defects as they don’t actually see the frame, they can only guess it. With such a behavior, it is normal not to see them. They are not paparazzi, but the people tend to control themselves when a person aims a camera at them. By shooting without their knowledge, you can capture genuine expressions which are the heart of street photography.

Stalk people. It’s not illegal on the street. See a person you like, walk with them, follow them until you can get a shot of them. Go for public places so you won’t get the police on your head. Try to follow facial expressions and move like lightning when one that you like comes up. It’s all in the expression, and that’s what you’re supposed to be hunting. Never take close shots. Make the subject and the surroundings a part of your composition. Some bland in, some stand out, but that’s the diversity and the fun of it. A suit and tie in an abandoned factory looks better than a homeless in an abandoned factory. Contrast is the key.

Carry small equipment. Do not go street photographing with big heavy cameras and lenses that look like bazookas, people will notice you right away. Use small cameras, the smallest possible, because quality is not an issue. the best street photography in the world has some of the worst image quality as well.

Always ask for permission afterward. Take your shots, then talk to your subjects. It is extremely unfair and annoying to them to find out they were photographed later on, when your work becomes public. Respect them and, if required, respect their privacy.

Small Digital Cameras

The main reason why smaller cameras have better quality is because of advanced sensor and imaging technology available today. The current technologies basically allows the user to take pictures with the same amount of quality and richness through more megapixels, better camera mechanics, denser sensor displays, and other features. That’s not all. What makes the deal so much sweeter with point and click cameras is that the prices for these are continuing to go down. You can practically own a nifty little camera at a lesser, discounted cost.

These great features definitely make a tempting offer. Next time, be sure not to pass an opportunity of taking great pictures simply because you didn’t bring your digital camera with you. Most of the best point and click cameras are sleek, tiny, compact, and can fit in the palm of your hand. You can just practically put it in any kind of pocket in your clothes and basically treat it like a cell phone. If you are a girl, your small camera won’t take up much space in your purse. Try lugging a huge SLR camera within your purse. Well, you get the difference.

Technology is oftentimes paradoxical – the smaller the gadgets, the more advanced features they carry. Point and click cameras are built for better concealment, and often blend very well with the kind of fashion wear one puts on. Many of these small cameras can simply be dropped into a shirt pocket no large than a regular wallet.

If by chance you had taken photographs using those old film cameras, now’s your chance to take pictures that you thought you couldn’t take before because of all the limitations of old film camera technology. The ability to preview pictures and decide to trash them or keep them is one of the greatest advantages of owning digital cameras. The period of wasting film is practically over! If the picture you want doesn’t work out, well, you can just save space by pressing a few buttons here and there. No more wasted film.

Almost all cameras have a feature wherein you can share your pictures with just a press of a few buttons. Some of the manufacturers even have a dedicated “share” button. They can connect the camera with a computer and when the share button is pressed, the camera software automatically does what you want to do: share it through email, blog post, or on social networking sites. Of course, this feature depends on the kind of software that has been built-in in your camera.

Cleaning Camera Sensor

Perhaps it seems there is a dull spot in the photos, or faces not appearing as sharp as they did in your portraiture. Yes, it could be as simple as a smudge on the lens of your camera, but if you have tried cleaning in and still notice the same problems, then chances are you may have dust or similar on your camera sensor.

But what exactly is the camera sensor? In layman’s terms, the camera’s image sensor is that part of the camera that converts the light of the optical image in front of the camera into an electrical signal. It is located in the camera body behind the camera lenses.

If this is the case, then it is time to clean the camera sensor. Before we do this however, we must clarify one thing first. The concept of cleaning the camera sensor is somewhat of a misnomer. The notion of cleaning the sensor within a DSLR camera, is incorrect as it is actually a low pass filter mounted in front of the sensor which requires cleaning and attention. But by cleaning, we don’t mean, a good scrub with water and soap. The camera sensor is a sensitive part of the camera, so we would recommend, that if you are unfamiliar with your camera, don’t have the right tools, or just want to know it is done correctly, that you take your camera to a service professional for their help and support. After all, no matter if you have what you would call a cheap digital camera, or if you have professional equipment, at the end of the day, you want to know that the job has been done correctly.

If you choose to do it yourself, there are a few things to remember:

  • Does cleaning the sensor void your warranty?
  • Work in a sterile clean area free of wind
  • Clean the work area in front of you before you start
  • Have you got the necessary equipment to clean your sensor?
  • Are you using a pre-packaged cleaning kit
  • Are you using a swab kit?
  • Will you incorporate a protective measure moving forward?
  • Are you using manufacturer recommended equipment
  • Have you got the necessary equipment to test if you were successful cleaning your camera?
  • A sensor inspection device will check your cleaning prowess in seconds and allow you to clean it quickly and easily

Plus Size Modelling

Modelling isn’t just taking fancy pictures and having them published in a magazine or shown on T.V. Modelling is a highly skilled, often understated, profession. Because there are so many types of modelling such as Runway or Editorial, and we often see the same faces splashed across the pages in glossy magazines, people often underestimate the skill and effort that is put in to become a successful model.

Recently, there has been desperation amongst designers and brands for ‘bigger’ models. Debenhams, the high street store has started to use size 10-16 mannequins to display clothes in stores across the country. This is because it’s a better representation of the women that are going to buy them. Now the majority of high street fashion brands are following suit.

Robyn Lawley made headlines earlier this month, because she has become the new face of French lingerie brand ‘Chantelle’. The size 12 model is classed as ‘plus size’ throughout the industry but guess what.. The collection wasn’t designed for curvier women and in the images that were used to promote the new collection; she wore nothing that was created for ‘plus size’ women.

The point is, don’t be disheartened if you’re slightly curvier than some of the women you see in magazines, be excited! The use of ‘plus size’ models within the modelling industry is on the increase and so it should be. So many girls, and boys, would make amazing models but because they don’t necessarily look like the current models out there, it doesn’t mean they can’t do it; in fact, it’s more proof that they could do it. A well-known example of this is Marilyn Monroe. She’s a role model for girls and women all around the world but what many people don’t know about Miss Monroe, is that at the height of her career she wore, what is now size 14-16 clothing.

Digital Camera Care

It is a must that you clean your camera regularly using the right cleaning cloth and a few drops of lens cleaning fluid. The cloth should have ultra fine micro fibers since some camera parts such as lenses and the LDC screen are delicate. Using tissue or other cloths with sharper textures might scratch the surfaces. You can use the proper cleaning cloth in removing dirt, finger prints, and dust without harming the lenses and surfaces of your camera. You should do this on a regular basis to prevent dirt build-up as when dirt gets into the internal parts of your camera; it can cause a bigger trouble.

One of the most important camera accessories that you have to invest in is a good camera bag. This is to protect your camera while you travel, or go outdoors. It also protects your camera from extreme weather conditions. You have to make sure that your camera bag is waterproof to be more careful. Aside from the fact that camera bags protect your camera, it also makes it easier for you to go around with it as you can be sure that your camera will be safe and also secure when you carry it with a bag.

When you store your camera, be sure that it is not exposed to extreme weather conditions such as extreme cold or extreme heat as too much of these can damage the internal parts of your digital camera. When it’s too cold, condensation can happen to your camera. When this happens, you have to remove the batteries and memory card so the compartments remain dry. Too much exposure to the sun can also damage the lens sensors of your camera. When storing your camera, it helps if you wrap it in a towel to protect it from extreme temperature conditions.

You should also avoid exposing your camera from shock, vibrations or too much pressure. The key to avoiding these probable damaging factors is by paying attention. Always make sure that your camera bag is securely closed whenever the camera is inside it. Avoid dropping your camera even at small heights. In general, prevent it from experiencing too much or extreme movements as these factors can damage both the internal and external parts of your camera.

If your digital camera is not waterproof or if you don’t have an underwater casing, prevent it from interaction with water as this can cause internal condensation. As much as possible keep your camera dries. But if in case you drop it accidentally in water, wipe it with towel and empty all the compartments. Allow it to dry then bring to the nearest repair shop for advice and repair if necessary.

Photography Tips for Amateurs

Get a bulb

Now what on earth can a bulb do? It can act as your tripod. No I’m not medically insane. It actually does. Take the lampshade off and tie the camera to the lampshade holder. Trust me the party pictures look awesome and you are the new Micheal Kenna.

Get a PEZ on the hot shoe

Trust me the kid will just fail to look away. He has all his attention drawn on the PEZ dispenser put up on the camera’s hot shoe.Get some candies too. Incredible genius is what accomplishes will call you later.

Flashing day and night

If you are an outdoor photographer, the same kind of lighting is sure to get you bored. A wedding or an engagement is where the lighting can never be forced upon. The trick to changing the lighting is to the flash at maximum power. The subject will turn out to be extremely bright.

Likewise, in case you need it out to darken all the way, the background can be turned to night just by changing the focus of the subject to expose on your camera settings. There you go, Night in the middle of broad daylight.

Take the lens off

Take the lens off and hold it in front of your camera t makes it function like a macro lens. This is one of the neatest tricks to get the exact that works as if it is a charm.

Make a bokeh out of cardboard

Make a bokeh of any kind, and hold it over the lens. But the aperture has to be very large if you are using this kind of a bokeh. The bokeh is simply to be made by cutting out a cardboard to a shape, and then sharpening it by a knife. The shape should be large enough to accommodate a nickel.