Monthly Archives: May 2016

Wedding Photography Services

c_blurmediaphotography_jp_danko_dwn_2040How much do you really know about the various wedding photography services? There are a lot of questions that should be answered by the individual photographer you hire, but more than likely you are going ask these questions to your friends with the expectation of them being answered correctly.

Although your friends mean well, they might be giving you information that is no longer true or information that was never true for a particular wedding photography studio. However, each photography studio and photographer have their own packages and included services.

In order for you to know exactly what is going to be included with your wedding photography services and what is not going to be included you need to talk to your photographer. He or she will be able to tell you about everything that is included with your package and what is going to cost you extra. However, it is possible that you can enter into negotiations with the photographer and modify the package to meet your needs.

Usually, if you are more interested in a particular number of photos but could do without another portion of your package the photographer will be able to make the necessary changes for you for free to little charge.

Of course, you are not going to be able to eliminate something fairly inexpensive and replace it with something that is much more expensive. The individual cost should be fairly close in order for the photographer to be able to make the modification possible for you.

In general, the amount of time the photographer spends on your wedding day is included as part of the wedding photography services. Typically, included in this price is also the negatives, travel expenses, a specific number of actual print photos and a photo album. With technology advancing as it is, many photographers are even offering to host the wedding photos online for a short period of time. This is generally also included in the package price.

You can use the internet and check out the website of the photographer to determine exactly what is included for each of the wedding photography services. Read all of the fine print on the website also and make note of anything and everything that you do not understand or have a question about. This way you know what to ask when you meet with the photographer.

 

Do Cheap DSLR Cameras perform?

Cheap DSLR camera is a bit of an oxymoron really. Even the cheapest DLSR cameras are still far more expensive than ‘normal’ cameras. However, we are not going to look at them in comparison to normal cameras. We are going to compare them to their more expensive counterparts in the DSLR world. So, are cheaper DSLR cameras worth it? Let’s look!
Firstly, it is worth noting that there are no real ‘off brand’ DSLR cameras. All the cheaper DSLR cameras on the market have been produced by some of the biggest names in the business. So, think like Nikon and Canon. These are companies that take great pride in their reputation. They do not want you to think poorly of them. As a result, they produce quality cameras. They are not going to be the greatest on the market, but they work. The intention is to get you to buy into their camera ecosystem e.g. their lenses and their accessories. They want you to upgrade your camera in the future.
Your cheap DSLR is not going to be brimming with the features that more expensive units tend to have. For example, you may not have a touchscreen to control the settings. Not necessary, but useful when it comes to tinkering. In fact, you may even have less control over the settings in the camera. For example, you may have less control over the ISO rating which means that shooting in low light situations may be a touch more difficult. It is worth noting that the features which tend not to be included in the cheap DSLR cameras are those which enable somebody to get professional-level shots. If you are looking for slightly better vacation snaps than normal, then a cheaper DSLR should be fine.
A DSLR camera really comes to life when you attach a quality lens to it. If you purchase a cheap DSLR kit, then it will come with a cheaper lens. This lens will perform under most circumstances, so that is fine. However, if you wish to take your photography to the next level then you may wish to purchase a few additional lenses.
One of the wonderful things about purchasing a cheap DSLR is that many of the accessories that you purchase can be used with more expensive cameras. For example, all lenses made to fit Nikon cameras should fit their entire range. This includes their lenses from before digital was a thing. This means that if you upgrade in the future, you will not have to purchase a huge array of new accessories.
It is worth noting that the build quality of cheaper DSLR cameras will be slightly lower than the more expensive units. So, a cheap camera may have a plastic body while a larger camera may have a metal body. This may not be so important if you are purchasing a camera to take on a quick trip, but if you are looking to use the camera professionally then it may be an issue. You do want something which is as durable as possible.
So, in summary, if you are in the market for a DSLR camera but do not have that much in the way of money to spend, then you absolutely should spend some of that cash on a cheap DSLR camera. If you read reviews beforehand, then the chances of you ending up with a dud camera are slim!

Digital Camera Accessory Tips

Now that you are the proud owner of that brand new digital camera, I bet you are looking for just the perfect digital camera accessory to go along with it. There are a multitude of accessories available, so read along and see what some of my recommendations are.

One of the first things I would personally recommend would be a UV filter. Not only will it help to block the UV light which can give your photographs a slightly blue tint, but perhaps more importantly, it will protect your expensive lens from becoming scratched. I don’t know about you, but I would certainly rather replace an inexpensive UV filter, than my expensive camera lens.

Another great digital camera accessory is most definitely an additional memory stick. There is nothing worse than being caught with a full memory stick when you are somewhere without your computer to download your digital photographs to. They come in many sizes from small, usually around 64MB or less, to very large 512MB or larger. For most of us, somewhere in the middle is fine. Price is usually the determining factor here, but sometimes the largest versions can tend to make even the best of us a bit lackadaisical about downloading our digital pictures to our computers. That’s a bad habit to get into. You don’t ever want to trust your priceless memories to just one storage medium. Back-up, Back-up, Back-up! I can’t say that enough.

A tripod is probably a more useful digital camera accessory than you might first think. You might be surprised how many times you find yourself in a situation where the level of light just isn’t high enough and a flash would ruin the shot. Probably even more likely is the number of times throughout your photographic journey you will want to take a group photo, and wouldn’t it be nice if you were in that photo? Well, with a tripod you can be. Almost every camera made these days has at least a basic delay function to allow you time to position yourself in the photo. You don’t necessarily even have to go in for the full size unit. There are a number of table top versions available that work perfectly for most occasions.

A final and absolutely necessary digital camera accessory would be a camera bag. Even if your new camera came with a small carry bag, you will probably soon find yourself in dire need of more space than the original one has. As you accumulate more digital camera accessories, you will need someplace to keep them. Batteries, a small battery charger, lens filters, additional memory sticks, the list goes on. You will definitely need plenty of pockets in your camera bag to hold all your new gear.

You have just embarked on a great new journey. Don’t be afraid to get that perfect, new digital camera accessory to top it all off with. And most of all have a great time enjoying your new hobby.

Lighting Tips for Your Photographs

When it comes to professional looking photographs, there’s much to be said about lighting. Good lighting is one of the fundamental skills that every photographer must learn – whether they’re shooting products and fashion models in a studio or snapping photos at an event.

The right lighting can help set the mood of your images and will help you construct your composition. Playing with shadows will help you highlight certain parts of your images and help you direct the viewer’s eye.

Whether you’re shooting portraits or candids, presenting your subject matter in the “best light” can really make a difference to your portfolio. Here are some of the fundamentals of lighting for taking photos at any occasion:

Three point lighting – when it comes to portrait photography, professionals all talk about “3-point lighting”. When lighting up your subject, you should consider three sources of light:

Key light – this is your primary light source that will be seen as the most visible light source in your image.

Fill light – the main purpose of this softer light is to lessen the severity of shadows and give some more gradient variations. Fill lights are usually no more than half as bright as the key light. You can also use reflectors to try and direct light towards your subject to minimise the appearance of shadows.

Rim light – the rim light is also known as the backlight and is placed behind the subject. This helps to create a “highlighting” effect around your subject to make him or her stand out from the background.

Rethink your flash – the built in flash unit in your DSLR camera can be handy tool, if you use it properly. Instead of using it as a source of illumination in dark scenarios (which can lead to washed out skin tones) think of your flash as a “fill in” that will help bring out the features of your subject in ambient lighting. Think of your flash as a highlighting tool. Meanwhile, an external flash will be an invaluable addition to your collection of camera accessories.

Understand the environment – unless you’re in a controlled studio situation, you will usually have to account for and work with the existing lighting of your environment. When shooting outdoors bright daylight will be most effective as a key light, so try and face your subject towards the sun. Otherwise, a cloudy or overcast day will give you ample shadow free fill light and allow you to illuminate your subject from any direction.

Tips For Outdoor Wedding Photography

A great way to create a great story for your wedding is through outdoor wedding photography. You have all those beautiful scenes such as the sunlight and fresh air and it also really seems to set the scene for romance. Unfortunately, you need to be aware that the lights as well as the clouds are constantly changing. Since these natural elements are completely different from the indoor environments, there are a number of different things that you will have to consider in order to help you get the best pictures for your wedding.

The first tip for your outdoor wedding photography would be to choose a good background. There are a variety of different things that you will want to be sure that you are including in your picture because of the fact that they will to the overall picture. On the other hand, there are certain elements that you will want to consider leaving out as well. The smaller settings tend to just as well for your wedding photographs as the larger backdrops would be. The smaller backgrounds will need the texture. However, within the background that will help you set the scene. Some of the things that you may want to consider adding are a fountain, shrub and walkways among others. You will soon find that your couples will actually prefer the smaller backgrounds because of the intimate feeling that you as a wedding photographer can create for them.

If you happen to run into strong natural lighting it can make it very difficult to take great pictures. It will create shadows in your background as well as areas that are too bright. Although it does provide for great photographs it is usually not a good idea. A shady area or even a semi cloudy day will provide you with enough soft lighting to allow you to deliver great pictures. Furthermore, if you take pictures right before sunrise or just before sunset it will provide you with just enough light and add a beautiful look to your pictures.

When you have your pictures done outdoors you will have to learn to deal with nature. Swarms of bugs can leave small marks in your pictures.