People who are not professional photographers have different ideas about their photography gifts and abilities. Many are of the opinion that it’s easy to be a photographer, but, on the other side of the coin, there are those who have taken really bad photos and consider themselves bad photographers. The real truth is that just [...]
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The highest waterfall in the world is Angel Falls in Venezuela, South America. It measures 3.212 ft (979 meters). Getting a good photo of Angel Falls could be a challenge simply because it is so high. You have to get the right lens, probably a wide angle lens, and you must find the right position from which to shoot. This waterfall is nearly a kilometer in height. Not everyone wants to travel to Venezuela to capture the world’s highest falls, but photographing waterfalls is fun and rewarding when you see the results of your efforts in print.
We have all seen stunning portrait photos that have a blurred background while the subject of the photo is perfectly focused. When done correctly, these photos can be very dramatic, however, it might seem hard to accomplish, especially if you are not familiar with the proper techniques. A faster prime lens will give you an edge in this technique, but even an off-brand lens, such as a Sigma 85mm lens will give excellent results if you follow the tips in this article.
“Photographic skills needed!” Or, “Photography classes.” These are the search terms many of us need to enter into our favorite search engine so that we can figure out how to take better pictures. Actually, there is no shortage of great photographers, but not everyone that totes a digital camera is necessarily a creative genius, nor are they all products of photography classes. That being said, there are some things you can do to improve your photographic skills and abilities and, hence, your images. Here is a list of 5 things you can change to improve your pictures.
There is nothing like a great portrait. The really good portraits stand out because the subject (especially the eyes) is sharply focused while the background is blurry. This sharp subject versus blurry background creates drama that draws the attention of the viewer to the subject where it should be focused. The contrast between what is in focus and what is out of focus is known as “depth of field.” A good photographer knows how to control the depth of field using his camera, and that is what creates the great shot.
Macro photography can be one of the most satisfying types of picture making. A macro lens is designed for taking close-up pictures. However, do you really need a special macro lens to take these kinds of photos? Can’t you just buy a cheap lens and still get great close-up pictures? The most common lens is in the 100mm focal range. However, you can get a decent one at 60mm as well. You can even get a super-telephoto close-up lens at about 180mm. What makes them special is their ability to get close to the subject, thus filling the frame with a subject like a bug or a flower bud.
Some people feel the same way about their pets as they do about their kids. When the kids are gone the focus turns to pets, and if you have a brand-new kitten, the photo opportunities are practically endless. As an amateur photographer, you may take lots of pictures of your new pet, but unless you learn to take better kitten pictures, you will probably wear out your welcome at family gatherings. Kitties move at the speed of light. Unless you pump up your cameras shutter speed, you’ll end up with more blurs than photos that you can keep. Here are a few tips to help you take better kitten pictures.
There is somewhat of a controversy about whether shooting files in RAW is preferable to JPEG (also can be JPG). You are probably familiar with the JPEG file format, but you may still be a little fuzzy over what RAW is and why it may be helpful to you. This article will hopefully explain how these file formats work and help you to decide which one is right for you. JPEG is the recognized file format for photographs, plain and simple. If you will be uploading to the web or printing your images, JPEG is the way you will most likely send those photos. However, the definition of JPEG lends itself to some questions about the integrity of those image files.
Simply owning a good camera does not make one a good photographer. It could be said that it is not the camera but the one who holds the camera that makes a good picture. So, if your goal is to become a better photographer, there are quite a few paths that one might take to reach that goal. You must first learn the mechanics of taking pictures, and then you must learn the art of good photography. This article is about some of the paths to reach the end point of becoming a better photographer. Improving your photography skills can come in many different “colors.” Your first step should be to determine what your goal is. Learning to be a better photographer is quite rewarding, especially if you love photography.