Better Sunset Photography

Basked in golden light as the sun shimmers over the water the sunset can truly be a magnificent sight. When you are travelling or even local try to be a little more creative with your sunset photography, too often we see the standard sunset shot with little to remind you of where it was taken.

Although it can be tempting to have a clear sunset shot, you are really missing creativity and visual reminders of where the shot was taken. If you are away on holiday or somewhere new, try and capture the essence of the place you are visiting, framing the shot with a little thought can turn a nice sunset into a spectacular memorable photo.

Setting up for the perfect sunset shot

Sunset photography can be a little tricky and if you let your camera think for you i.e. leaving it on automatic than this can often provide undesirable results. Silhouettes are often the creative realm of the sunset of course this is because the sun is such a overpowering light source and this is where the problem begins if your camera is in automatic mode. Although letting the camera lower the exposure can be desirable to allow for the silhouette you are often left with just an outline and no detail.

Using exposure compensation can help bring some detail back into the foreground objects or people. Nearly all cameras even many compacts will allow you to set a +1 EV compensation just be aware that if you are in shutter priority this will often change the f-stop rather than the exposure time.âEUR¨If you are using a dSLR camera I highly recommend you use bracketing, we will delve into the world of bracketing at another time.

Take the sun component away

That big bright sun dominating the horizon cases all these complications; you can simplify this by not including the sun in the image or hiding it behind an object in the frame. Not having the sun dominating the frame allows for less extreme lighting conditions and as such, you should end up with a shot that transitions from foreground to background much more evenly.

The right white balance

I refer now to the advantage of shooting in RAW, white balance is a key consideration when shooting the sunset. If you let you camera do the thinking for you, often it will set an incorrect white balance normally to the cool end of the scale.

This is because the camera believes there are far too much red and yellow in the shot, but of course, this is exactly what we are looking for in the first place. A good rule of thumb is to set a daylight white balance this will give you the warm tones you are looking for. âEUR¨Shooting in RAW will allow for white balance changes when back in front of the computer performing our processing and will allow for finding the optimum temperature.

Bringing back the detail in people

If you are using a person in the foreground for a sunset portraiture shot, I refer back to the problem of complete silhouette and no detail. This can be a good time to break out the flash for a little fill in light.

Another technique I have often used although a little unusual is a torch, and some of the new LED torches can offer a great subtle light source perfect for these situations. I often find flash very harsh and it is not very practical to take lighting stands and umbrellas to the beach. You would be amazed at how handy the humble torch can be for shedding a little light on the subject.

Photography in Dim Light

Most of us at one point in our photographic history realized that capturing images in dim light, or fair darkness changes an otherwise mundane scene into a much more interesting, and in many cases a surreal scene. While capturing this scene in normal daylight is typically fairly straight forward, working with very low light is quite a bit more difficult. There are many minor issues, and just as many larger issues which make it tricky to capture good photography in dim light. As such, we will discuss the big issues which everyone without a doubt has encountered at some point. Sharpness, and accuracy of exposure is always a concern when the light is low. So, let’s dig deeper into these issues, and discuss suggestions to improve your low-light photography.

If you are like most people you shoot your low-light, or night photography on the go. This of course means that unless you are already a pro, and have an assistant who carries your tripod, you have to carry it yourself. In most situations tripods are a great tool, however we may not always have them available to us, and at times traveling with one is not easy. There is nothing out there that will replace a stability of a tripod, however if it were not an option there are other things we could do to compensate for low-light. The most simple way is to increase your camera’s sensitivity to light. It may sound weird to amateurs, but a higher speed (higher ISO) film, or a setting on a digital camera makes the instrument more sensitive to light. Basically, the higher the ISO setting on your digital camera (ex. 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, etc.) or the ISO rating on your film, the faster it will respond. There are disadvantages to every advantage, and this is no exception. Higher ISO setting on your digital camera means lower image quality. While the camera does become more sensitive to light, and is able to capture lower amounts of light to “paint” the scene correctly, the high ISO also causes “digital noise”which looks like grains of sand sprinkled over the image. Luckily, technology is getting much better, and there are now digital filters built right into the camera which reduce this noise.

Nonetheless, there is some loss of quality. In fact, with most Point-and-Shoot digital cameras the effect is greater than on digital SLRs (Single Lens Reflex cameras), because the image sensor, which actually captures the image through the lens, is very small, in many cases the size of your thumb nail. If you are planning to shoot a lot of low-light photography, consider upgrading to a digital SLR, if you are using a Point-and-Shoot, and are familiar with effects of digital noise. If you are still shooting film, the same problem exists, and higher ISO films are often much more “grainy”than a photograph captured with a digital camera. Some photographers introduce higher ISO films on purpose, because grain is at times considered an artistic effect, however, it has to be used wisely. If you invested in a film or a digital SLR, your options are more open. If you have a reasonable budget, consider getting a fast lens, which will allow more light in and require less sacrificing on the side of quality. Many new digital cameras come with an “Image Stabilization”which allows for sharper images captured at lower ISO settings without a tripod, or another stabilizing device.

Just when you thought getting around without a tripod was difficult enough, I throw another curve ball at you. Overexposed Highlights – are common in photography captured in low light. It is a fine balance, and you never win. You either overexpose the bright light, or underexpose the dim areas of the scene. There is not one solution to this. Try to keep your exposures short, whether you use a fast lens on your SLR, or a higher ISO setting on your Point-and-Shoot, as this will reduce the overexposed lights. If your camera allows for exposure bracketing, use it, and it will help you get the right balance of light and darkness in the scene. Stay away from using any sort of flash, unless you are photographing people, and not a dimly lit scene. If you are shooting people in a club, a pub, or any other dimly lit place, use your flash, and try to be fairly close to your subject(s), because flash drops off very quickly. If you are shooting a street scene, a night landscape, a harbor, or any similar scene, the mood of the scene will be destroyed if any flash is used. The resulting image will be underexposed, and only very near objects will be captured.

Obtaining focus may be difficult at times, when the light really drops off. This is when a manual focus comes in handy. It is unfortunate that most Point-and-Shoot cameras do not have a manual focus option. However, many new cameras have pre-focus lights built into them. If you have this option, make sure it is enabled. The camera sends very quick bursts of light to light the scene, and allow it to obtain focus. In extreme situations a flash light may help too. Simply shine it in the direction of the lens, and let your camera focus. Needless to say, when it is so dark, you MUST have a tripod.

Aerial Survey With Digital Photography

There are several reasons why you would want aerial photography of your property. From creating press releases to marketing material for real estate or just an outstanding travel brochure, aerial photographs can throw light on the true beauty of the areas. Apart from that it’s great for new landowners, gifts, to share, or just to have for your records. An aerial survey may be done when land is too difficult to reach or if you want a quick glance at some property.

If you want a photographer for New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey you will need an East Coast photographer. They can take an aerial view of the location that you choose and give you a brilliant picture of the property or the vista.

You can find an east coast photographer by searching online for photographers who specialize in this type of photography. They will need to have access to an airplane or helicopter depending on where you live. You need to be specific on your instructions when ordering aerial photos.

You can hire a photographer who takes aerial photos and should know his or her way around New York. They should also know how to capture the object perfectly. They should also know how to judge the best time of day or night to take the picture. It’s not as simple as flying over and taking a picture, it takes patience and knowledge to know how to take an aerial photo that only an experienced photographer knows.

Before you contact an East coast photographer make a list of all the details that you can think of. This will help the photographer plan the best aerial photo for you. Decide whether you want the photo in the day or night, morning or afternoon, right after dark or right before dawn. You will also want to decide if you want a side view, top view, or back yard view. With some of the best cameras available for precision digital photography, the views from such a height are awesome.

The photo should display exactly what you wanted it to be, if you give the right details beforehand. If you are not sure which direction to go, you may want to ask the photographer for his opinion about the photograph. Aerial photographs are wonderful to display where you would normally hang up art. You can keep your aerial photos New York on display at your office or at home. They make great housewarming gifts for those newlyweds who just bought their first home.

Best Creative Photography Tips Using a Digital Camera

There are no definite rules in photography. In fact, it is another form of art where you are free to express yourself and your thoughts. But creative photography is a different thing. Creativity may be natural to you or you can acquire it through practice and patience. With today’s digital world the possibilities are endless. You just have to explore it to gain more knowledge and experience.

Get to know your camera. Being creative starts with knowing your resources, and studying them carefully in order for you to later on be able to bring out only the best. If you know very well the settings of your camera, you will know how to handle it and you will know which ones will work best for whichever thing it is that you are interested in. you can only take good pictures if you know how your camera works and if you master its settings. If you need to study the manual of the camera, then do it. Learn how to manipulate the flash, the zoom and the other light settings.

Be alert with your camera. Always make sure that your camera is with you. When you go to places, attend events, or even during your random everyday activities, you should always take with you your camera. Spur of the moment shots can be taken in places you don’t expect them to arise. You just have to be ready to take a shot anytime you see something interesting or whenever you find something worth clicking. Example, when you are traveling, along the way you will see a lot of beautiful sceneries. If you have your camera ready, you can take shots randomly while you are in transit. Or when you attend events, you can take stolen shots of your friends while they are having fun. Captured moments are the best.

Take advantage of the natural light. Light in photography is one of the most important aspects as it gives life to photos. Pictures would look more realistic, more natural, when you make use of natural light while it is there. You can even use natural light to experiment on your shots. You can play with the light to incorporate different styles in your photos.

Manipulate your subject if you can. Things can become more creative and interesting when they are unusual. So if you have selected something to be your subject but would like it to be more unique, you can do things to achieve what you want. You can set-up your subjects in such a way that pleases you. For example, you can set-up a photo shoot, if your subjects are persons you can give them instructions on what to do, or you can change or put something on the background. Know what would work best to result to creative photography.

Use Photoshop to tweak or enhance your photos. Sometimes the photos that you take need more enhancements. Although pictures look good when they are raw, if you are into photography you should also learn how Photoshop works so you can enhance your shots further if you need to. If example if you want to enhance the lighting, or if you want to improve the colors, sharpen, or blur, Photoshop can do the job.

Dynamic Photography is Exciting

Some of the best pictures are described as being dynamic. Photography is always open to interpretation. But photos that are lively will always get attention. Taking pictures that have moving subjects is difficult but not impossible. If you are interested in taking this kind of photo then there are certain subjects that are better than others. You could take photographs of sportsmen and women in action. Most of us are sports crazy and love looking at these kinds of pictures. This kind of action pic shows up all sorts of muscular and facial expressions that are one in a million. The chance of getting the same or similar photo of a specific sports personality is almost impossible. Of course, if you are a parent or grandparent shooting at your pride and joy’s school sport’s day it’s just as memorable.

Dynamic photography is really what you make of it. There are people who are interested in cars and planes. They have gained the skill of taking photographs of moving cars and planes. The results can be absolutely awesome. We’ve all seen those glorious pictures of planes moving against a bright blue sky. Who doesn’t enjoy looking at a picture of a very red, very fast sports car moving at breakneck speed on a winding road? These pictures are truly unforgettable and have a spirit of freedom and excitement.

Another moving subject that is becoming very popular is the steam engine. Did you know there are people who travel all around the world to see these metal giants? Photographing these machines from the past is a natural evolvement driven by a hobby. Photos could show a fast moving engine with the steam streaming behind. Or a one that is puffing hazy steam like a dragon in the early morning light. The opportunities for dynamic photography are endless. All you need is your digital camera and your imagination.