4 Fastest Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills Read more

4 Fastest Ways to Improve Your Photography Skills

professional photographyAll of us are unique in many ways. We are equipped with different talents, abilities and skills. Some of us have yet to discover our talents and skills while others are already honing their talents and skills.

Among the talented people nowadays who are impressing other people are the artists. There are artists who are into painting, sculpture and similar arts while there are those who are into photography.

We see a lot of photographers today who are continuously developing their skills in shooting pictures. Some professional photographers are already famous and successful while there are amateurs who are just starting to stand out and are at the moment busy improving their photography skills.

For amateur photographers, here are 4 fastest ways for you to improve your photography skills.

  1. Master your camera and gear

Familiarize your camera from the buttons, dials, specifications up to its special features and proper usage. Cameras have different specifications so you will have to find time to research what camera to buy. Once you have chosen the brand and model, you have to learn and practice using your camera unit. Know what the shooting modes are and read the manual guide especially when you encounter a problem with your unit. You can troubleshoot easier by following instructions from the manual.

  1. Look for an inspiration

By nature, we humans are more determined to achieve our goals when someone or something inspires us. You can try to get inspirations on what to shot or how to capture perfect images by visiting galleries or museums, going to the zoo if you are into wildlife and checking works of other professional photographers. Take a look at paintings, sculpture, artworks or similar art forms, then get ideas on what interesting subjects to shoot. Of course, you will base it on your preferred form of photography. If you are into wedding photography, then find wedding or bridal websites.

  1. Work as second shooter

You can hone your skills by observing how more experienced photographers work or shoot. Be an assistant to some professional photographers for you can surely learn a lot from them and this can help you become better in photography. At times, when they make mistakes with their shots, take note of their flaws, do no imitate but learn from their mistakes. Remember that no matter how great are you, there are really times that you won’t get the perfect shots you want. It is normal to commit mistakes, just avoid doing them again.

  1. Shoot as often as you can

As we all know “practice makes perfect” and this principle is applicable even in professional photography. Find time to practice and do so every chance you can get. Do not limit yourself with the ordinary. Try to experiment with your shots and for sure through hard work and perseverance you can produce pictures that your viewers or clients will really appreciate.

Improving skills may take time and real hard wok but then through determination you can surely become better and better each day. Time will come that you will be among the highly respected professional photographers across the globe.

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RAW or JPEG: Which Is Better For Photographers? Read more

RAW or JPEG: Which Is Better For Photographers?

There is a war that has been going on for quite a while in the realm of digital photography. To be specific, it is a war as to which is better between two digital image file formats out there: RAW and JPEG.

As far as usage is concerned, JPEG has a clear advantage as it is the default image file format used in digital cameras, as well as in other devices likes computers and smartphones. Being the default system, many users, especially casual photographers, have adopted it, mainly for the sake of convenience.

But being widely used does not necessarily mean it is better in terms of quality. And if you ask many avid and professional photographers, RAW provides the better image quality hands down.

NOTABLE QUALITIES

But what makes RAW the better digital image format than JPEG quality-wise? We have listed down some of its notable qualities below:

  1. Great level of detail

An image recorded in the RAW format provides a greater level of detail. For instance, it can process billions of colors compared to mere millions a JPEG file can process, adding more nuances of color shades in an image.

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In addition, RAW records brightness levels ranging from 4,096 to 16,384 far more than the 256 levels in JPEG. What this means is that you can make more and better adjustments on your image without sacrificing overall image quality. And we’ll talk more about editing RAW images later.

  1. Complete image information

Every image contains a lot of data which take up a huge amount of file space. And in RAW, every information available in the image is recorded, from the metadata to the most minor aspects of the image, which explains why RAW files are larger in file size. In contrast, JPEG compresses the image file itself. While this is helpful so that the image will not take up significant storage space, some information gets also lost in the process, notably information in the image which have provided greater detail of the image.

  1. Better, non-destructive editing

As noted earlier, RAW files have the advantage of providing more and better adjustments that can done to the image without sacrificing greater image quality. In addition, RAW files are unprocessed so you can use more tools like sharpening algorithms that would provide better output as opposed to the tools built in JPEG that does some processing beforehand but may have resulted in less than satisfactory level of quality.

What’s better about editing images in RAW is that even if you made a mistake in correcting an image, you can still go back to the original image and “correct” it from there. That is because RAW does not actually let you make adjustments on the file itself. Rather, any adjustments you make are being translated into a set of instructions as to how the file will be saved in another format like JPEG for instance. This is in contrast to JPEG where any adjustments you make are saved on the file and you cannot undo them once they are saved.

STORAGE CONSIDERATIONS

As mentioned earlier, RAW files take up a lot of space, something that has been a source of concern for quite a while. However, things have changed in recent years. While in the past, limited storage was a primary consideration for some to be hesitant in adapting the RAW format, this no longer holds true today. Affordable storage options like hard drives and memory cards offering large storage space are now prevalent in the market.

The availability of these storage solutions today has made the RAW format a more attractive format of choice than it was a few years ago.

MORE RAW-CAPABLE CAMERAS

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Another thing going for RAW these days is the availability of cameras in the market that can now capture images in RAW. While cameras that can shoot RAW were limited in the past to DSLRs, now this capability has been extended to other camera types, some of them even point-and-shoot ones. Thanks to the capabilities of these new cameras, more users are becoming aware of RAW and its qualities and is becoming a popular image format especially among budding photographers or those who want better quality on their photos.

A FORMAT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

RAW is a file format specially made for photography, providing the most accurate and detailed information of an image. For photographers like Smartpics UK Event Photography, every detail is important even the tiniest one. So it is important that these details are represented as vivid and true as possible, something a format like RAW provides very well enough.

If you are someone who is serious about photography or at least would like to get better quality on the images you shoot, then going for RAW is the most logical option without a doubt.

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Top 8 Helpful Photography Tips Read more

Top 8 Helpful Photography Tips

digital photographyPhotography is a broad thing to learn. It cannot be mastered in one day. It takes time to become an expert at it. Now, if you are really serious in becoming one of the great photographers in the world, then you need to listen to more successful shooters who have been in the industry for years.

We gathered some helpful photography tips from our professional photographer friends. These tips can hopeful help you master photography and become a skilled professional photographer.

  1. Don’t invest too much on the camera body

If you are still planning to buy a new camera, a good choice is a DSLR. A DSLR is versatile and can be used in whatever forms of photography. DSLR cameras are generally more costly than other types but then there are affordable ones that you can buy. You don’t have to invest on a high-end DSLR if you are still a beginner. Remember that you still need to buy lenses, memory cards, batteries, tripod and other accessories so don’t spend all your money on the camera body. Lenses are also important particularly in getting specific type of shots. 

  1. Get close to your subject

Get as close as you can to your subject so you don’t have to zoom in. Zooming in to capture an image or adjusting your camera settings to shoot your subject from a distance can sometimes create noise or produce lesser quality images. The image won’t be as sharp as when you shoot it from nearby. Only use a zoom or telephoto zoom lens when you cannot get close to your subject like when you are shooting a football game.

  1. Familiarize the shooting modes available in your camera

There are different shooting modes that you can find in DSLR cameras. You can find them in different assigned numbers depending on the camera brand but most DSLRs have the same common shooting modes: Shutter priority, Aperture priority, Program mode and Manual. Familiarize each shooting mode then study which one is best for you to use based on what creative shots you plan to shoot often. The professional photographer of buckinghamshire wedding photography has already mastered the shooting modes and knows when to use each.

  1. Learn how to use an image editing program

Knowledge on how to use an image-editing program like Photoshop and Lightroom can help you improved your captured images. If you want to become a better photographer, then find time to learn how to use enhance or improve your images so they will look more visually appealing.

  1. Shoot in RAW

Shooting in RAW can allow you to have more control on how you want your shots to look after post-production. This is different from JPEG wherein the camera already processed the image so it automatically looks different from what your eyes see.

  1. Study the light

Light is important in photography and to get sharp, brilliant pictures, it is best to get sufficient light when taking pictures. Study how to produce light in low-light situations and learn also how to control light if it is too bright especially when shooting outdoors.

  1. Shoot as often as you can

Taking pictures everyday and finding time to practice your shots can definitely help you acquire different photography skills. The challenges that you managed to solve along the way can be a good learning experience from you. By the time, you are already offering photography services you can avoid making these mistakes and your client will be satisfied with your work.

  1. Find time to study your camera’s manual

A camera manual can be intimidating and time consuming to read, but then, if you really want to learn correct information and get the most out of your camera then you must allocate time to skim through it. Also, when you encounter a problem with your camera, the manual can guide you on how to best troubleshoot it.

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