My Top Two Tips for Taking Black and White Photos

They say that black and white photography is timeless. It’s one of the most preferred ways street photographers capture moments due to this reason. There’s just something special about black and white photography that draws a viewer towards it. This makes it a great way to take fine art photos as well. Read on to find out the two simple things you can do to make your black and white photos stand out.

Tell a Story

Taking any photo and slapping and monochrome filter on it is nothing compared to a carefully crafted black and white photo. The reason black and white photos are special is because they take the viewer directly to the soul of the image. You have to think about what you are saying through your photo; is it an emotion that you want to highlight or is it the magnificence of nature that you want to show? Think about your image and figure out how making it monochrome can elevate the idea behind it.

Look for Contrast

If you want a bold look for your photos, then try to incorporate as much contrast in your scene as possible. Look for areas where light and shadows meet and use those to create your image. High contrast images tend to look more aggressive while low contrast images make a scene look subdued. How you choose to showcase a scene depends on your idea behind it.

 

So the next time you decide to take a monochrome shot, try to follow these two tips and you might just end up with something great.

 

 

My Top Tips to Get Started with Fine Art Photography

These days, it seems that everyone with a camera has turned into an ‘artist’. While I don’t intend to say that anyone’s work is bad, the fact of the matter is that being a fine art photographer takes much more than just an expensive camera and some good composition.

Be Sure of What You Want to Say

To be an artist, you need to have a message that you want to convey. This idea can be very small or very big, but it has to be something people can relate to. Showing this idea through your photography in the right way is going to be the challenge and if you pull it off, then you become a fine art photographer.

Focus on Technique

Just like a painter cannot be successful without learning their craft first, same is the case with photographers. You need to have a strong command over your equipment before you can create captivating images that send a message to the viewers. So spend time first with your camera and all other equipment, and then go ahead to work on a theme or an idea.

Learn to Write

Writing an artist’s statement is an essential part of becoming a fine art photographer. You need to be clear with your words, explaining you passion and your idea to the people who want to come see your work exhibited in an art gallery. You need to tell them why they should take the time out of their lives and see your work or buy it, and words play a massive role in this part of the process.

 

If you want to be a fine art photographer, you need to understand that you are pursuing to become an ‘artist’. The only difference between you and a painter, for example, is that of the medium and equipment being used to make the artwork. So give yourself time, think about what you want to achieve through your art, and then start shooting.

My Top Tips for Turning Landscapes into Fine Art

Landscape photography, it seems, is one of the most popular kinds of photography there are. Professional and amateur photographers alike spend days trying to capture the perfect image of a scenery. Turning fine art landscape photos is no easy task, however, and you should be willing to spend time and practice patience if you want to succeed with this task.

If you are ready to go out and create some art with your camera, here are my top tips to help you do so:

• Light is the Biggest Factor

While light plays an important role in every type of photography, it is simply vital for landscapes. Light not only brings an image to life but it also evokes the viewers’ emotions. Good light is essential to create a depth in your landscape images, which is crucial in converting a mundane landscape photo into a piece of art.

It’s important to check the weather before heading out to a location and to check the direction of the sun. This will help you a great deal in creating the kind of image you want without taking up too much of your time.

• Patience is Key

You cannot be a fine art landscape photographer if you are not patient. You should know before stepping into this world that you will probably have to take multiple trips to the same location before returning home with an interesting image. You will have to skip meals, stay out under the sun, and wait for that perfect moment when you can capture the image you see in your mind. And once you do, it’ll be the greatest feeling you can get as a photographer if you ask me.

• Post Processing is Essential

While I do believe to a great extent that images should not be processed too much after they are taken, this does not stand true for fine art photography. Your images simply have to be different than the rest of the million photos out there, and editing becomes essential for that. Always shoot in RAW so you can tweak the images to your liking later on.

Another reason why post processing becomes very important is HDR photography. You can create fine art photos easily with HDR photography. Use a well-reputed HDR editing software for merging your brackets into an HDR file, and you’ll see how a landscape can be transformed in just a few steps.

• Just Go Out and Shoot

When people hear the words ‘Fine Art’, they start overthinking as to what it means for a photograph to be a piece of art. The truth is that this doesn’t matter. A piece of art is something very personal to the artist, in this case you. It must have an impact on the viewers and bring up some sort of emotion inside them. If your photos do that, then you’re good to go. Don’t worry about the label or the complexities of what makes a photo fine art. Rather, just go out and take the images you love with the motivation of creating something that simply stands out.

My Top Tips for Taking Great Photos of Art

For every artist, it is essential to take high quality photos of your artworks for documentation purposes. These photos come in handy more than many people realize when they are trying to land something like an art residency or sell their art through online means. You guys need to make sure that all the photos of your art are the best that they can be. They should be in complete focus, with a good amount of light, and no distracting objects in the frame.

What You’ll Need:

In order to properly photograph your work, you need to get a good quality camera that allows you to adjust the settings manually. Most digital cameras do that these days, so any entry-level DSLR or mirrorless camera will do.

You’ll also need a tripod for ideal results. This will ensure that no camera shake can ruin your photos. Other than these two items, you don’t require anything else for taking great art photos. If you can, get some off-camera flashes to light up the scene to your taste.

What You Should Keep in Mind:

  • The Positioning

Now that you have your gear set up, it is time to set up your artwork. It is important as to how you are positioning your work in the frame. Filling up the frame is a good idea for 2D art pieces like paintings and prints. If you are taking images of a sculpture, then it is vital that the background stay clear of any distractions. White is always the preferred background color for all kinds of artwork photos.

  • The Lighting

Once your artwork is positioned properly to be photographed, you should focus on the right kind of lighting. Poor lighting can ruin your photo, hence taking away from the actual quality of your work. What I always do is rely on bright but indirect lighting that does not cast strong shadows. I avoid having any shadows over the artwork, so that it is lit evenly and the light and shadow shown in the actual artwork is not supplemented by external sources. Do not use multiple light sources, and try as much as you can to use soft light.

 

Once you have taken care of these two important aspects of photographing artwork, all you have to do is set up your camera on a tripod and shoot. Using a remote shutter for shooting is a good idea as it helps avoid camera shake. But even if you don’t use a remote shutter, just make sure you follow my basic tips before you start taking photos of your artwork so that it can be shown in the best way possible.

My Top 3 Tips for taking Concert Photos

If you are music lover like me, you’ll understand when I say that there is probably nothing more rewarding than going to a concert from your idol and taking pictures of them that last a lifetime. There is just something electric about a musical concert that is missing from other events. The music, the energy, the people chanting the lyrics to that one defining verse of the song, it all combines to create an atmosphere like none other. And if you can capture all of that with your camera, you can relive it whenever you want.

Unfortunately, doing that is not very easy. Concerts, especially if they are at night, are difficult to cover because of the poor lighting and fast action going on. Fear not though! Here are my top three tips that can help you take amazing concert photos at night:

  1. Get the Right Lenses:

Much like any other kind of specialized photography, concert photography requires you to get a fast prime lens. A cheap 50mm f1.8 is a good place to start, as it gives you a nice balance between a normal field of view and a short telephoto range. Use it at the widest aperture, and you won’t have to take your ISO further than it needs to go.

                                                                                                          50mm is a good range for such portrait shots

 

 

  1. Shoot in RAW:

It’s important that you shoot your photos in RAW. The reason for this is, even with a fast lens, you’ll have to use an ISO in the ranges of 1600, which means that noise is sure to creep into your photos. A workaround for this is to get a more expensive full-frame camera, but not everyone can afford one. So shoot in RAW and give yourself room to reduce noise later in a RAW processing software like Adobe Lightroom or Capture One.

                                                                                                       RAW images allow for noise reduction in post

 

  1. Go Ballistic on that Shutter Button:

In order to get the perfect shot, you should put your camera on Continuous Burst mode and take as many photos as your memory card allows. Speaking of memory cards, get a fast and big memory card that writes the photos quickly and allows you to shoot more. Once you have a large number of photos, you can easily go through them and pick out the best and sharpest ones for the final touches.

 

Remember, you don’t always need the most expensive of equipment, just start taking photos and then see what you need. So now that you know how I take my concert photos, go out there and take some of your own.

New way of seeing things through lens

Making people to see the world in a new way through lens is really a great task to carry out. The eyes in which we all see have got good pixels but we don’t memorize the miniature details often. To see with a different perception the art for photography is introduced.

A photo can bring thousands and thousands of memory clips from past when it looks without blurred. Based on the ideology of the photographer the exhibiting of thoughts differs.
To get a nice photo we must know some skills of photography. The skill of capturing light is a special work to do.

1000 memories=1 photo

Yes really that happens when we start staring at photos in deep mode. A photo can be taken on any time. We cannot set rules for taking pictures. There are plenty of varieties in taking pictures which are categorized below.

  • Landscape
  • Documentary
  • Food
  • Candid
  • Night-long exposure
  • Aerial
  • Architectural
  • Fashion
  • Fine art
  • Sport
  • Street
  • Wild life

And many more types are getting updated day by day. You must be a good viewer to get nice pictures on your roll. The best photography’s are achieved only by pure hard work. Choose your type of skill and work hard on it for better outcomes.

Get some good lenses

When you are about to explore the life of super beings around the atmosphere then you must get good lens for making your photos turn into special ones. To turn you pictures into more realistic mode choose right platform for editing them. Don’t edit too much because the natural way looks more beautiful than editing.

Message matters

The message that your photo is trying to convey must be clear not clumsy. For instance your idea is about global warming then the picture must explain it firmly without any doubts. Making the picture speak is the soul of photography.

Unleash all your skills to take a good photography that can get into many people’s pockets or as screensavers.

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