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How to Pose for Pictures?

You are hot, irresistible and prepossessing, but you always get the flak from people, reflecting that you look better in person but not in photos. Looking charming in pictures is more than just knowledge, as it is an art of practicing.

You will have to discover your signature smile, best-looking angle and the clothes to wear. If you want to look more photogenic, you need to know some tips that photographers use to get the best photos.

1) Angle your face

If you want to learn the basics of how to pose, you have to start with your face. This is the fundamentals of posing as the other parts of your body will follow suit if you have a glamorous pose that ignites the camera. Do practice looking in front of the camera as to find the best angle. Normally, professionals will tend to tilt their face a little, so that shadows can be casted along the cheekbones and your nose. More importantly, make sure that if you tilt and turn, do not make yourself appear as if the pose is forced, that will look very unnatural and could become the catalyst of a loud guffaw.

2) Find a place for your hands, do something

Knowing how to make use of your hands is the key to avoid looking stiff in a photo. If you are simply placing your hands by the side while taking a photo, you are doing it wrong. They may seem the easiest, but it will make your photo look lifeless and dead, much like a snapshot that was taken decades ago. You can choose to tuck your hands inside the pocket, put it on the hips or do some movements and gestures that will eventually look natural in the photo.

3) Get creative and focus on your strengths and assets

Instead of taking a standard photo, why not opt for something idiosyncratic? Something unique and true to yourself, instead of hopping on the “trends” set by your friends, which in short mean don’t blindly follow what they do. Let’s say you are good at dancing, show if off in your photo with an awesome funky dance move that you’re just good at it. Let’s say if you are proud of your voluptuous figure, then perhaps you can try wearing a skin-tight outfit that shows off your curves. Just remember to get creative, find the right pose, the right outfit and the lighting, which will help you stand out as an individual. Candid photos are creative too, as the moment when you are doing something naturally will be captured, rather than to purposely pose for the camera, some of these snapshots actually turn out great.

4) Maintain a good posture

Stand up straight, relax your shoulders and look confident. Trust me, you will look slimmer and taller and the photos will turn out better. Practice this for a period of time, and you will realize the significant difference and the importance of not slouching. People will perceive you differently when you radiate that confident vibe.

To conclude, these are some of the most basic posing tips that you can refer to. However, these tips may vary for different people as it all depends on what poses you are required to do and the circumstance that you are in. These tips will help you look confident in photographs and emits a unique personality that no one else can replicate, especially in photo shoots in your modeling portfolio.

Find A Good Wedding Videographer

There are plenty of individuals and companies that are making wedding films. If you are searching a videographer for your wedding, then the internet would be the ideal place to look and choose the right one for you. It can be daunting to find a videographer at a geographic location of your choice, because there are so many websites to choose from. When you identify the website, you can always view samples of their work. Every filmmaker has personal style so make sure you fully agree with the wedding videos that they have made. It is possible some of the videos are too long; so you need to focus on the content and its quality as they will give you a much better idea of what the final video will be like. The activities of the wedding day needs to be captured candidly as they happen, carefully selected with a natural perspective of the entire wedding day.

Recently couples have become more enthusiastic about shorter wedding movies that faithfully contain every moment of the wedding ceremony such as the first dance, the toasts, cake cutting. As a matter of fact the quality of the video is a huge part together with the emotional content of the wedding day. Your focus here should be on the equipment that the studio is using so they can create stunning, cinematic and good looking wedding movie.

In order to have the best possible wedding film you need to hire a studio that is able to supply at least two cameras and more videographers to successfully emphasize those special moments. Checking the prices of their packages is something that is a very logical question and depends on the videographer and the options you choose. Wedding video editing means a lot of extra work so it is better to pay a bit more and make sure the quality of the wedding video is adequate and contains the additional costs such as; extra copies, extra hours of filming and more videographers.

After all this consideration and the decision on whom to hire it is important to think about what music do they use and to see if they are respecting the copyright law on the wedding videos. A good rule of thumb is that the sounds and the theme music are appropriate to the actual events, like the ceremony, the venue and recipient of the guests. Additionally, you will certainly want to have a special coverage from the event and this is most often arranged separately.

For many brides and grooms wedding video is the most important memory so if you are looking for a unique product I encourage you to hire a professional wedding videographer who wants nothing more than to make you happy through his work. If necessary make compromises on other expenses because the wedding video is a decision you won’t regret.

How to Take a Picture

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Photography may be a more effective and reasonably inexpensive alternative to drawing or painting, but more thought and feeling goes into a painting than a photograph.

Photography is relatively simple in comparison to painting, which is a much more complex task. With photography, the composition is already completely arranged, but with a painting the objective is much more open to interpretation by the artist. The artist has the ability to capture much more emotion, understanding, and significance in an event and apply this fiery drive to his paintbrush when creating his own masterpiece.

When dealing with reality, I think a photograph may represent an actual physical recollection of a person or object, but a painting created from scratch adds the reality of perception to the equation. Reality is always open to a different observation and interpretation.

Artists during the Realism period concentrated on the real world as they saw it, and chose to construct their pieces of work with normal, everyday activities, therefore making it all the more real. One painter during this time period was Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. In his piece titled Ville d’Avray, he chooses to capture a woman in a forest-like setting. The text states Corot worked very quickly so that he could capture the “underlying rhythm of nature” to make his landscapes reveal the magic moment of truth. In my interpretation, his quick brushstrokes in light and dark values are meant to create movement; you can practically see the wind blowing through the rustling trees, gently swaying the woman’s long, flowing skirt. With his choice of colors, I can feel a slight chill from the breeze due to the haziness and dimly lit sky. If this were a photograph, the image would be less blurred, and I would see a woman, a couple of trees, and more defined colors. I wouldn’t feel anything from the photograph. I would just see objects. With this painting however, I interpret it to make me feel a certain way (serene and lethargic), and it provokes me to ponder as to why this woman is amongst the trees on such a blustery day. This painting allows me to reflect and speculate upon whether the artist had similar feelings while creating such a magnificent composition.

Another thought-provoking painting created during the Realism period is Gustave Courbet’s Burial at Ornans. Courbet was viewed as the leader of Realism in art, and he said “to paint a bit of country, one must know it.” This may be the foundation of realism, because the artists chose simple, everyday events (such as Courbet chose a burial in this particular painting), and made them into complex narratives. In Burial at Ornans, Courbet makes me feel mournful from the dark composition, as it unfortunately reminds me of a funeral I recently attended. When I read that Courbet demanded the subjects in his picture of numerous sittings, I can only imagine what they had to think about to achieve such sorrowful dispositions. It is especially heart-wrenching when the viewer painstakingly examines all of the detailed faces, especially that of the altar boys. One innocent child is looking up towards an elder man, probably questioning “Why?” This simple action may be symbolic of so many of us looking up towards Heaven and asking God “Why?” when we lose a loved one. This painting is a true example of realism, and it was probably primarily rejected because people of that time period wanted optimistic pieces of art; not work that made them pessimistically question real life events.

In conclusion, a picture is when the picture is a photograph, a sense of reality is achieved in that the colors, size, and details or the composition are real. There is a lot to be said about a photograph, but there is always something missing. The missing link is what inspires an artist to create a masterpiece with a paintbrush and a blank canvas. Countless hours are spent debating on the colors, the brushstroke, and the detail to be given to each subject. Then, emotion takes over and the artist desperately tries to convey his thoughts and feeling all through a simple painting-a mundane task indeed! Finally, after the artist has committed everything to his masterpiece, only one thing is left to be done, and that is hope his work inspires and provokes thoughts to question the perception of reality in the viewer.

Take the Perfect Photo for a Canvas

Expensive cameras do not equate to perfect photos on canvas! However, following some basic techniques and a good camera can get you the perfect shot! Some basic steps and suggestions from our end to get your perfect shot for the canvas:

  1. Set your camera to ‘Highest’ Quality Mode & Ensure Enough Free Memory

Your camera or phone may be able to take photos of a certain amount of pixels, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that all photos taken will be captured using the highest pixels possible. So, ensure that your camera is set to high quality mode and there is enough memory. For example, if your camera or SD card is low on memory, your camera may automatically switch to taking photos using fewer pixels in order to save them to your device – the smaller the pixels the smaller the file. This, of course, will cause quality problems and when printed on canvas, this distortion will be obvious.

  1. Straighten the Horizon

Always pay attention to the lines and horizons in your photograph, even if you are taking a portrait. This is because unintentional angular lines throw off the balance of the photograph – the eye prefers level lines instead of uneven angles. This is even more important when considering a canvas, as your print will be hung on a wall above a fireplace, bed, or sofa. With straight lines surrounding your canvas, your image will look extremely out of place if it has been taken at an awkward angle.

Don’t just look in the foreground – the background needs to be level too. There is a really easy way to make sure everything in your picture lines up, and most phones allow you to do this too. In your settings you will have the option of turning your viewfinder on or off. If you turn it on, you will see vertical and horizontal rulers on your screen that will allow you to align your images correctly. You can then view your photos normally without the viewfinder on.

  1. Shoot in a Good Light

Lighting is very important when it comes to taking photographs and even average lighting can define the difference between an amazing picture and a poor one. For printing on a canvas, you will need to take photos in a setting with a lot of natural light in order to get the highest quality print possible. If you are using a mobile phone or a compact camera try to avoid using flash and taking photographs in dark settings as the image you take will distort when it is printed big.

If you stand with the light behind you when taking a photograph, the subject of your shot will naturally light up, avoiding shadows across their structure. This isn’t just relevant for portraits as photographs of nature, landscapes and buildings will be the same.

  1. Stabilize – Use a Tripod

Steadiness of your hand is very crucial to the final outcome of your shot. Many a times, the difference between a great and a good shot is how steady was your hand when the shot was taken. Good old tripods can be very handy to provide that steadiness especially when it comes to nature photography, shooting landscapes and sporting shots!