Tricks To Capture Objects In Details

Since customers cannot view the products physically, it is a huge responsibility to present every possible detail concerning the product. It is part of the process by which a customer gets acquainted to a product before it is delivered. When the image and the real thing have almost no dissimilarity, the bridge of trust gets stronger and business grows. Realizing the importance of presenting authentic details may be crucial to the success of any online vendor.

This two step job also requires the availability of right camera, lens, studio and a lot of other technical faculties and tactics. A product photography studio comes with all the facilities. The advertising photographers are constantly working on new techniques to take the best shot. Even after the invention of some of best lenses and cameras many commercial photographers opine that capturing of details is more about lighting properly. The straight from the top shot is a classical light setup. This with a combination of Soft gradient from the top and hard on the bottom, with the strip box through the diffuser and bare strip box, below the camera in front, respectively.

But how can some objects like cosmetic brushes or watch dials be shot with details. The correct use of lens with the ideal zoom can be applied. An alternate method could be to shoot the objects from 20-30 degree angle. The lighting must be arranged accordingly. Keeping the light from the top diffuser unchanged, it brings out even smallest details finely. This setting is perfect for product image of things like brushes. It helps to capture the brush hair in its original tone as opposed to its darker tone

Capturing the details of objects in commercial photography also include some other elements. For example how can one focus on the bricks while showing the interiors of a home? This is also a party of commercial product photography. The depth and also the variant of the atmosphere support the detailing. This helps to capture the best elements of the snapshot. The light even if it is controlled should flow seamlessly. It should to look contrived and generated. If it does the viewer gets distracted from the main theme.

360 Degree Panoramas Photography

Choose the Right Camera

If you are just starting with in panoramic photography, don’t worry too much about equipment. This type of photography can be achieved using a basic DSLR. After your passion increases, you can purchase a better camera with high-end features.

Extra Equipment

In order to create exquisite virtual tours, you certainly need some extras for your DSLR camera. Get a fish eye lens, buy a tripod and a panorama head and also find a remote switch. Prices can vary from $100 to over $3,000. Now it is up to you how much you are willing to pay. For starters, we recommend you purchase more affordable items. After you will get to a certain level, you can invest more money into this hobby or activity.

Tips, Tricks and Techniques

It is of paramount importance to know as much as many 360 degree photography techniques and tips as you can. Take into account selecting the right exposure and focus. Ensure that your lens is set to infinity focus, especially when you focus on the sky. When it comes to subject area, you might want to put some objects or have some people in the foreground for a better perspective.

Use the Right Software

There are many software available on the market, such as PTgui, Kolor Autopano Pro or Hugin. You can use any of these to stitch your photos together, but in the end you need to use Photoshop to edit your pictures and transform them into photographic masterpieces.

Choosing Waterproof Video Camera

Waterproof camcorders were created for just those types of moments when you’re involved in outdoor activities or parties. This type of camera is a terrific, multifunctional alternative to traditional cameras. The most waterproof camera could function at very low temperatures and are also designed to be sand-resistant and also shock-resistant.

Many people have been dismayed when their camera falls on the ground or in the water, because these accidents will break most ordinary cameras. This is often not the case with a waterproof camera, but you do have to be wise about making the best choice in purchasing a waterproof camera.

Keep in mind what your budget is, what goals you have for the camera, where you want to go, and what you want to do with your camera before you make the purchase.

When you will choose your waterproof video camera pay attention to the following technical details:

  • When you’re filming, high resolution is great to have. Try to make sure you get a waterproof camera with a high definition display.
  • If you plan on using the camera underwater, you’ll want to think about the depths to which you dive. Check the specifications of the camera to make sure it will still function at those depths. For example, some cameras have a dive limit of only 3 feet, while others have dive limits up to 200 feet. You should also check to see if the manufacturer recommends using the camera in only fresh water, or if the camera will work just as well in salt water.
  • Another important feature for underwater photography or videography is the ability to control the functions manually. Manual functions are usually much easier to handle, but if you must purchase an underwater camera with automatic functions, just make sure to choose a camera with quick response times.
  • Check the lifetime of the battery. If the lifetime of the battery is long enough for your use and is a rechargeable battery, you will save money in the long run over buying disposable batteries.
  • Before you make your purchase, decide if you will need to add accessories to your camera. If this is the case, you may need to purchase a housing and/or additional filters.
  • If a housing is something you need, make sure you find one that can dive at least as deep as your camera can. If you know that your camera can record down to 15 feet, but you want to go to 33 feet, a housing can help keep your camera safe and free of damage.
  • The filters can help balance reds and greens, since the light spectrum underwater is completely different from the light spectrum on land.
  • Also, if you’re looking to shoot pictures from a distance, try to find a quality camera with optical zoom. Good optical zoom is better than digital zoom, so focus on the amount of magnification the camera supports for optical zoom.

Expect the prices for a quality waterproof camera to be higher than those of traditional cameras.

Nikon Camera Bag

Film Cameras. They are for avid photographers mostly. There is an intrinsic charm to film photography, but it’s definitely less practical and more expansive than digital photography. That being said it’s hard nowadays to come by an old school case, although not impossible. My suggestion is to look online for a leather case from Nikon. For the sake of the good looks and class you might get a second hand one.

Compact cameras. For the small point and shoot cameras there is a great selection of digital camera pouches to choose from. By far my favorite brand would be Crumpler, because they don’t put out any dull designs. Try to consider that next time you want to buy a camera pouch.

Depending on what you are looking for the camera bag to do for your camera you might consider ‘camera sleeves’ as well. They are small and offer almost no protection against bumps, but on the other hand if you only need to protect your camera from scratches and plan on carrying it in a purse or a bigger bag, than camera sleeves might be just what you need. Also a nice feature to look for when buying a camera sleeve is the wrist band, that allows you to carry the camera attached to your arm, making you an instant tourist. Lovely. As side benefits to that tourist look they give you, the camera sleeves are more comfortable and less bulky than any other camera carrier.

For more practical features and even more protection go for digital camera bags or camera pouches as they are called in a weird circle of friends. These babies tend to give you more protection and more room for accessories. On the flip side of course they are bulkier than the camera sleeves, and cost just a little bit more. The things you should look for when buying are still a wrist band (and/or belt strap, though this is definitely not my style) that makes it easier to carry around, water proofing and last but not least design. The big four in camera bag manufacturing, meaning: Tamrac, Lowepro, Crumpler and Kata will of course offer you pretty much everything I’ve mentioned above, and they are really high quality materials, thus providing your camera pouch with a longer lifespan than even the camera inside.

Some Nikon Coolpix models have a lens that sticks out of the camera, and for those I highly recommend you go with the camera pouches.

Next on the list are digital SLR camera bags, or simply put just “slr camera bags”. This is where you really start paying attention to what you are getting. Basically if you have one camera body that you carry around and a lens or two, go with this option. As I mention before the big 4 is what I recommend you go for, most of their slr camera bags are waterproof have a shoulder strap, and a handle so they are easy to carry around and have enough room for accessories. The main issue here is to get a camera bag that fits what you want to carry and you might want to think ahead for future investments in lenses, because it would be a bummer 6 months down the road to get another lens and then have to compromise between lenses when going on a trip or on a project. Also you might want to consider the amount of accessories you will take along. The basic bag has enough room for you to fit an extra battery, an extra card, some filters and that’s about it. But fear not my good friend for others have faced this problem before and the solution are bigger camera bags obviously. The shoulder slr camera bags (i.e. Crumpler Million Dollar Home series). My personal favorite would have the Lowepro camera bags here, unless you need a shoulder bag where I vote for Crumpler again.

The last but certainly not the least class of camera holders are the digital camera backpacks. If you are like me you can hear a thousand angels singing in the background as you read this. The camera backpacks are the ultimate in photography mobility so to speak. Some backpacks can fit so much equipment that by the time you zip up the last zipper you realize you could trade that backpack with everything in it for a European luxury car. Again, Crumpler felt the need to stand out and it did it quite well. Crumpler backpacks are a bit smaller than the most popular models from Tamrac and Lowepro, but that gives you a really important advantage which can be vital (at least for your photo equipment) when the need arises. And I’m talking here about Crumpler meeting the flight regulations for carry-on luggage, meaning you won’t have to trust anybody to handle your precious camera other than yourself. Why this can be vital?! Well because most baggage handlers make accidents happen and you don’t want your camera to be involved in that. Don’t believe me? Look up ‘united breaks guitars’ on YouTube and than consider if you would like to carry your backpack with you or let the handlers throw it around.

Getting back to Nikon, the slr camera bags and the camera backpacks are targeted at D700 family of nikons and above (D80, D300, D3 all the other good stuff). If you have let’s say a D300 with the 70-200mm and a couple other lenses plus accessories, forget about slr camera bags and just go straight to shoulder slr bag or the backpacks. My friendly suggestion would be to opt for a camera backpack because it’s going to be less strain on your back.

Analogue Photography

The adjective “analogous” is from the Greek word analogos, meaning “comparable in certain respects”. From this comes the noun “analogue”, which is used to name a thing that is similar to another thing (e.g. The ethos of “return love for hatred” is a Taoist analogue to Christianity’s “love thy enemy“).

This name applied to film photography therefore seems paradoxical, since it serves to highlight the differences between film and digital photography via use of a term that is more correctly used to recognise similarities.

Analogue has a further specialised meaning. It refers to a signal where the output is proportional to the input, normally in relation to the combination of a device and a media that can together measure, record, or reproduce continuous information.

For example, older telephones converted the vibration of sounds to electric current, which travelled a wire, and upon reaching its destination was converted back into amplified vibrations. A tape recorder converted sound information to magnetism on the surface of the tape, and these fields were later converted into electrical current by the reading head, which was in turn amplified and transformed into vibration of a speaker.

On this basis, the sensor in a digital camera is also an analogue system. Each of the many millions of pixels in the sensor is a light-sensitive photocell, which generates a tiny electrical current in response to light: the brighter the light, the stronger the current. It only becomes a digital system when the brightness levels are coded into the binary (digital) record of that image.

The word “digital” comes from digit, as in fingers and toes. We count on our fingers (sometimes our toes), and so digit has also come to mean numbers. Digital systems use numbers to store and manipulate information. But I digress…

Film photography is not a true analogue process: it’s a chemical process whereby exposing light sensitive photographic film requires chemical solutions to develop and stabilize the image.

So, there’s another irony to our new terminology. Digital photography is underpinned by an analogue system, and film photography is not a true analogue process. Only the first non-film cameras were wholly analogue systems: they recorded pixel signals continuously, as videotape machines did.

To add further confusing, there are two different spellings of the word. “Analogue” is the traditional English spelling, while the phonetically simplified “analog” is American. However, in the USA both words are used. Analog generally refers to electronics devices, while analogue is often reserved for use in the sense something that bears a resemblance to something else (or so I understand).

Golden Rules of Photography

Visual Literacy

Now that a lot of people are clicking on a daily basis, it is important to keep in mind that every picture clicked has a purpose and we not only click a frame but something that conveys a message. It is important to keep in mind that an image might influence others in various possible ways.

Visual literacy is about seeking rather than just looking around. When getting ready to click the shot, stop and think for a moment what the picture conveys.

Understanding that every picture has its own vision of the world is important and that when you click something or someone, try to pre-visualise what is being translated from the three dimensional reality in front of you onto the two dimensional space within the photograph frame. Your camera is just a tool which will lend a helping hand to portray your interpretation of the world.

Visual Impact and Appeal

Composition, proportion, focus, balance, rhythm and texture are among some of the values in a photograph and all of them affect the visual impact and appeal of a photograph in one way or the other. But, the most important aspect is the value of composition, in other words, the satisfying arrangements of shapes and sizes in the space occupied by them.

Composition

Since we are talking about composition, let’s see in detail, why is it important.

Determine your subject and decide the best camera position. Instead of holding your camera at an eye level, try different angles or point of view. Get down lower or higher when composing a shot.

Keep a note of your subject and the surroundings you are in. See if they match perfectly and make sure there are no things such as lamp posts or trees hanging out from the corners of someone’s head and spoiling the frame.

Check the Frame

Digital cameras photography is best experienced when you have a perfect frame. Select one by looking through the viewfinder or digital back. Observe the frame from one edge to another. Take note of what might be left out of the frame and can be included to make the frame look better. Work on filling the frame with only necessary elements rather than cropping up the image later.

Portriature

Portrait photography came with the advent of photography during the early 19th century while it was trying to find its foothold as an art as well. With the invention of the camera came a more convenient way to capture a visible image rather than painting it which was more time consuming and less accurate. Each photograph back then used to have only 20 copies so the photograph had more value. With the advancement of technology, the cameras got fancier and more efficient. The clarity of each picture got better and the cameras got smaller and faster. Portrait photography advanced and changed with equipment.

Portrait photography is mostly performed professionally in a photo studio. The photographer has control over the camera equipment where he/she could adjust the direction and intensity of light thereby also editing anything that appears to be abnormal and unclear. Most lights used in modern photography are a flash. The lighting for portraiture is typically diffused by bouncing it from the inside of an umbrella or by using a soft box. A soft box is a fabric box, encasing a photo strobe head, one side of which is made of translucent fabric. Hair and background lights are usually not diffused. There are many ways to light the subject’s face, but there are several possible lighting plans that the photographer would use. For example, butterfly lighting is used to enhance an image and this form of lighting was a favorite of famed hollywood portraitist George Hurrell, which is why this form of lighting is often called Paramount lighting. Similarly, window light portraiture uses window as a source of light for portraits. This is a popular form of photography preferred by a lot of professional photographers. The best time to take window light portrait is considered to be early hours of the day and late hours of afternoon where light is more intense on the window. The composition of shadows and soft light gives window light portraits a distinct effect different from portraits made from artificial lights.

Perform Trick and Create Special Effects

ISO speed – The ISO speed is the sensitivity of the camera to available light in the surroundings. For most cameras, the lowest ISO speed setting is 100. The good ISO speed settings for trick photography ranges between 100 to about 400 as this speed range greatly reduces digital image noise.

What could be annoying as having image noises in your photos? Image noises are those out-of-place pixels on your digital images that have to be cleaned up with an image editor like adobe photoshop. Not to spend hours cleaning up images you have just taken, it is best to minimize their occurrence by adjusting your camera’s ISO speed. Right?

Generally speaking, to get brighter image, you will have to increase your ISO speed setting (and vice versa). In places like a concert with low light, a higher ISO speed setting is required to give more details from your subject (you will also get more noise).

I believe you already know that setting your ISO speed high is a bad idea if you have flash, LED strips, and other sources of light. As these sources compensate for light, you will have to leave your ISO settings low.

Another camera setting that will help you create stunning images is the aperture. The aperture or sometimes called the f-stop settings regulate the amount of light that enters your camera’s lens. The rule for f-stop values is simple: the higher the f-stop value (ex: f=32), the darker your image. The lower the value, the wider the aperture becomes and brighter your image gets.

Mastering your camera’s white balance settings will help you choose good settings when choosing color temperature for your images. These pre-set values in the white balance settings of your camera makes your images warmer or cooler depending on what you want to accomplish with your shot. For cooler images, settings like fluorescent will make colors and light look bluish. If you want more neutral tones (staying true to the actual appearance of the subject) then presets like Shade will do.

How to Make Beautiful Photos

  1. To make your photos interesting you must have a camera with function, which allows you disable the automatic settings and set them manually. Often in practice it’s SLR digital camera. It also has a better matrix, which affects the quality of the photos and you can change lenses, allowing you to take your photos more diverse, giving you more space for creativity.
  2. Try to take pictures as best as possible, to make minimum adjustments on the computer later. Try to mentally divide the frame into nine equal parts and possibly put important objects on the intersections, not in the center of the photo. This will make the photo composition more dynamic.
  3. Don’t get carried away with the flash. It often makes blurry photos and faces can be flat. To avoid blurry photos lean hands on a firm surface and press the shutter during the pause in heartbeat. Only practice helps you to hold the camera confidently and steady.
  4. Look for unusual angles and subjects. You can make an interesting shot when you photographed only part of the object, composition can be built in abstract forms.
    Look for bright and unusual color combinations. Try to remove any small objects from the frame, they can distract from the main view.
  5. Analyze why you like or don’t like your photos, it will help you in the process of shooting.
  6. Shoot animals and children from the floor or at the level of their eyes, it will make your pictures more interesting.
  7. Try not to “only press the button”, photography – thoughtful process. It makes sense to get around with the different parties of the object to choose the best angle.
  8. Learn to observe. This is crucial for the further development of you as a great photographer. Look around to notice interesting and unusual events that can become the basis for photography.
  9. Get used to the fact that you are still a beginner. If you just started studying photography and you make a “brilliant photos”, then your self-esteem somewhat overstated. In this case, you just need looking for the slightest faults and getting rid of them.
  10. Try to make a lot of different photos and practice will make you better!

Image Retouching Applications

Adobe Photoshop, now in version CS5, was originally created as a tool for simple image editing functions. Since 1990, it has turned into an all-encompassing suite of software with many features and the ability to meet the needs of graphic designers, architects, animators, web-designers, photographers and even 3D artists. Think of Photoshop as the ideal program for photo retouching and image editing with unlimited potential and the ability to grow continuously, not only with software updates, but also with special plugins, known as “filters “, developed by Adobe and other third-party software companies.

Do you want to combine multiple pictures into a unique view? Or create an HDR (High Dynamic Range) image? Do you want to easily get rid of unwanted skin blemishes from your photos? Or maybe make it yourself look a little taller, thinner or fatter? Photoshop can do all this and much more. It would be pointless to try to list what Photoshop is capable of, probably because the list would be endless. The term “retouched with Photoshop” has now become part of our daily jargon, since we are constantly exposed to images altered with Photoshop that might seem very realistic.

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is another very popular image retouching or editing software that can be considered a subset of Photoshop. It provides most of the popular features of Photoshop, in addition to some specific features that Photoshop will probably never provide. Lightroom was created with the main purpose of managing and organizing a large number of images with efficiency and simplicity. Photoshop is itself a very advanced instrument of image editing but when you edit and work with hundreds of images at a time, keeping them organized becomes a growing problem. Lightroom can be very helpful in tackling such a problem.

In comparison to Photoshop, Lightroom provides very limited features for editing and retouching images. It is more useful in managing images than editing them. However, it does come with a specific set of tools that make it easy to handle simple image editing and manipulation functions. These functions include simple cropping and basic editing of light exposure to specific adjustments depending on the lens used. A number of changes can be saved as presets and applied to other images. Each new version of Lightroom comes with new sub-modules and other features. It also comes with features for creating presentations, printing images etc.