My Top Tips for Choosing a Photo Editor

By now, I’m sure you all know how important it is to choose the right photo editor to take the shots you want to take. It’s simply not enough these days to just take a photo and be done with it. Most of the time you will have to resort to post-processing in order to elevate your photos to a new level.

For that reason, you need to be very careful in which software you choose to edit your photos in. There are countless available online so it can be difficult to settle on just one. Here are some tips that may help you out:

  • Do Some Digging

Before you even begin to consider a program, it’s great to do some online research. There are various websites that provide reviews and comparisons for the best photo editing software for Mac and Windows. These are a great resource in helping you narrow down the list before you move onto the next step.

  • Know Your Needs

The next thing you need to do is identify what you need your photo editor to do. Are you a landscape photographer and need something to help with HDRs? Or are you a portrait photographer who needs retouching capabilities? Your needs will define more clearly the kind of photo editor that will work for you.

  • Try and Try Again

The best thing you can do now is to download the trial versions of your shortlisted editors. Most image editors have a limited trial version that is perfect for users to gauge their usefulness. Don’t just throw your money at a program that you read on the internet was good. Take your time and give it a shot before making such a decision. Try out different features, see if the program is fast enough for your needs, and also take into consideration the price.

So there you go! Three simple tips to help you get started with post-processing. Follow these, and I guarantee you’ll be able to find your perfect photo editor in no time.

My Top Tips for Shooting Indoors

Taking photos indoors may seem like an easy task; just put your camera up to your eye and click the shutter, right? Well, no. Interior photography is one of the toughest types of photography you’ll have to do. It involves various aspects that you have to keep in mind if you want to get the perfect shot.

Here are some of my tips that you can follow to get better indoor photos:

  • Exposure is Key

The hardest thing to do while shooting indoor photos, I think, is to nail the exposure. Setting up lights, taking care of shadows, and getting the details right are all things you need to consider in parallel. Many times, photographers focus on just one aspect of the exposure and end up with photos that are just average-looking at best. Using a slower shutter speed in tandem with a wider aperture and a lower ISO will help you a lot in taking well-exposed, sharp photos.

  • Wider is Better

I don’t mean that you go fish-eye level wide, but you need to go wider than a ‘normal’ street-style focal length to get the whole scene in your frame. A lens between 16mm and 24mm should be ideal for most indoor scenes. You can, of course, take photos that are more punched in but if you want to include a small space into your shot, go wide.

  • Movement means Dynamism

Just because it’s an indoor shot doesn’t mean that it has to be still. Why not incorporate a little movement in your photos? Having someone walking across a room and taking the shot with a slow shutter speed so that their body becomes a blur is a great way to show that some life exists in the space you’re showing.

These are just three quick tips that can go a long way in helping you take better pictures of indoor spaces. If you’re an architectural photographer or a professional real-estate photographer, you need to utilize these tips as much as you can to improve the quality of your interior photography a great deal. If you want to learn more about the technical steps to take for improving your skills, there’s a lot you can do by using a professional photo editing software. But I’ll go over all that another day.

My Top Tip for Ensuring You Get the Shot

People who love to shoot the street life, fast action or just candid portraits know how hard it can be to nail the decisive moment. It’s easier to pose a model and fiddle with your camera for a good amount of time and then just pressing the shutter to get the photo. But it becomes more difficult when you don’t want your subject to be aware of your presence and want to catch a candid moment.

So here is a simple technique I use to make sure my chances of getting the shot I want increase dramatically; shoot in burst mode.

Use that High Frame Rate

Many cameras today come with crazy fast frame rates. They can take a large number of photos within a second, so you end up capturing every tiny movement your subject makes during that time. This means you might get more candid and focused photos than before. A few things to keep in mind though:

  • Use Continuous Autofocus to make sure that your subject is sharp even if there is movement involved. A blurry and out of focus is no good even if it captures the best possible moment.
  • Use Manual mode to make sure that your camera doesn’t do anything wonky between shots and change your exposure automatically.
  • If you forget to turn off this setting when taking landscape or still shots, you can merge those multiple photos together to get a higher resolution, noise-free image. It won’t be an HDR photo though since the exposures will be the same. To learn more about HDR photography, visit aurorahdr.com.
  • And finally, remember to take short bursts. While cameras have come a long way in recent years and increase their fps value, they still have to take a breath after a long burst and will stop working. So you shouldn’t take the burst mode for granted and just leave your finger pressed on the shutter through the whole shoot. Take short burst during the decisive moment to get the photo you want.

My Top Tips for Buying a Camera

A camera is a tool that is going to be very personal to you. What camera you buy depends on what you need it for and what features you require the most. Each type of camera has its own pros and cons, and all affect how well you can take fine art photos, photos of concerts, or photos of artwork.

Here are some of my top tips to help you shop for a camera for your needs:

  • Image Quality is Key

The first thing you need to decide is what kind of image quality you want. Obviously, everyone would want a high image quality. What matters here is whether you need super high-quality images for printing out or not. Almost every camera these days, whatever kind it is, have great image quality but not all cameras can produce images that can be printed at large scales. So for example, if you just want to take photos of your artwork for digital safekeeping, you’ll be fine with a good compact camera. For street photography, you can use a similar one or a micro-four-thirds camera. For high-quality fine art photography, you might need a DSLR or mirrorless camera instead.

  • The Weight Matters

If you need to photograph something for which you’ll have to carry around a camera all day, you probably should get one that is lighter to carry. A DSLR is going to be heavy and will cause problems if you have to carry it for hours on end. In this kind of scenarios, a mirrorless camera is perfect. These have image quality and features that rival DSLRs while being compact and light to carry. Mirrorless and high-end compact cameras are great for street photography, casual concert photography, and even fine art photography. Mirrorless cameras, as stated before, are great overall and rival DSLRs as far as features and image quality goes.

  • Features are Endless

Once you have considered the first two tips, you should be very much capable of making a choice based on your budget. However, you may also have a look at what features different models have and which of these are important to you. For example, many cameras now come with touchscreens which are great for quick focusing. Some also come with Wi-Fi support for quick file transfers. Some come with dual memory card slots for instant backup of photos. Figure out which features you need for your work, and then make a decision. This matters because each additional feature will add to the price of the camera.

So keep in mind these tips before you go out shelling cash for a camera you may not even need for the kind of work you do.

 

 

My Top Tip for Balancing Exposure in Landscape Photos

Landscape photography can be a tricky skill to master. It’s not just about composing your shot properly and making sure that your subject is not overpowered by anything else but also about balancing the exposure. This can be problematic especially when you are dealing with direct or very uneven sunlight, but I have a tip that can help you take better shots in these situations.

Get Started With HDR Photography

An image that has a high dynamic range is an image where the details in both the highlights and shadows are well exposed. These HDR photos can be made very easily if you are willing to follow a few simple steps.

First of all, just take the same picture at least three times (two photos also work but three are better) with different exposure settings. One exposure should be set for the highlights, one for the shadows, and one of the mid-tones of your scene. Some cameras let you do this automatically, but doing so manually doesn’t take a lot of time either.

Next, what you need is a well-rated HDR editor to help merge all three photos into one. Once you do this, you’ll see how beautifully exposed your photo comes out to be. You can then alter the settings within your editor to expose certain parts of the image more or less according to your preference.

So in a few simple steps, you will now be able to take some very nice looking photos of landscapes without worrying about blowing up the sky or missing the detail in the shadows.

 

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.

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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