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Photography 101: Lighting

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Lighting affects your photo big time. For beginners, you may practice different position and how it affects your photo. You should observe how the intensity and distance of light affects the mood of your photos. It takes perseverance and dedication to become the best photographer you can be.

 

Light Source

 

To produce soft lights, you need to use broader lights. The explanation of this rule is the light is scattered from different directions thus making it soft. You’ll notice that your picture has less shadow unlike with pictures that have narrow light source.  Small light source or narrow light source produce heavy images. This works well with other themes or depending on the mood, emotion that a photographer wants to show in his picture. The farther the light source the dimmer the photo will be. So make sure that you know the proper distance of the light otherwise, you will produce poor quality images. Practice diffusion and bouncing techniques. These two are commonly practiced by professionals to create the balance depending on the outcome their photo wants to show.

 

Position

 

Front light helps you produce flat images. The perfect example is the front flash of your camera. The light is directly pointed to your subject and the background thus making it flat and has little shadows.
Side lights gives you sharp and define the shape of your subject. That’s why in photo studios, you’ll see left and right lighting accessory, to produce highly defined subject photos.
Back lights are great for moody images. Back lights are usually used to high light the shadow of your subject while giving clear visual of the background. The perfect example of back lighting is standing in the direction of the sun. You’ll notice that you can barely see yourself but rather you see a shadowy subject in a crisp, clear background.

 

Kelvin Scale

 

Did you know that light has color and temperature? That’s the reason why Kelvin scale was invented. It is used to measure the temperature of light sources thus affecting the color of images. Do you wonder why you get bluish photos during day light? That is because the light temperature is high during day light and it shows in your photos. Light temperature changes depending on the location and light source. You can shift your light temperature from 2000K to 9000K depending which suits you best.

 

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Practice Makes Perfect!

 

The best advice we could give you is never give up. Every professional photographers were once lousy with their photography. What separates a great photographer to a mediocre one is the amount of practice they had. As you practice, you’ll learn which lighting is perfect, how shadows affect the mood of your photo, and so on. So never give up on your dreams, keep shooting till you get the perfect shot!
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Be a Better Photographer with a Spotting Scope

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Want to level up your photography skills? Try digiscoping! Outdoor-Optics has a list of the best scopes on the market today that will help you step up your game.

Digiscoping is the use of a spotting scope as the lens for your mobile phone or digital camera. It will help you take better photos in various situations. It can step up your game since you’ll be able to produce clearer shots of nature and animals such as birds. This is an excellent practice that has been popular among birdwatchers for some time now, and even non-birdwatchers practice it because of the advantages it can offer. It’ll make you want to take a lot of pictures of wildlife, sports, and other subjects!

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Digiscoping is the practice that will make you do more with your camera. It would seem like the possibilities are endless. Well, the limit depends on the magnification power of your scope, but you can always purchase another scope if the zoom no longer meets your standards or needs.

Tips

I know you want to try digiscoping soon, so here are some tips for you:

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  • Select your ISO carefully. The higher the ISO, the faster and more you can take pictures. However, the quality will be decreased if you increase the ISO.
  • Take a photo as if you’re taking pictures normally. Consider the necessary factors: light, color, air quality, and angle.
  • If you know how to post-process a photo, then don’t spend too much time trying to get the “perfect” photo. You can crop or edit later on using a software.
  • Get yourself a quality tripod. To help you stabilize your images, get a quality tripod for your camera and scope.
  • Allow more light in by changing your aperture priority mode.
  • Remember to take other essential gears like batteries and memory cards before you go out and take pictures.
  • bird-digiscopeTry birdwatching. Study the birds’ habits. They’re great subjects for digiscoping.
  • Take a lot of photos. Delete the bad ones after you’re done with the session.
  • Take your time to focus on the subject even if the subject is moving.

Digiscoping is fun and an excellent way to hone your photography skills. It will challenge you to the next level. It’s not much of a burden to bring a spotting scope too because you can purchase portable ones that offer excellent lens quality. Whether you’ll try it soon or not, just remember to enjoy what you’re doing when you’re at it.

Happy digiscoping!

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Make Your Kitchen Picture-Perfect

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Before you take pictures in your kitchen, first give it a new look with the best kitchen cabinet redecoration tools! Here are the ways you can make your kitchen ready for a photoshoot.

Repaint it

white-kitchen-cabinetsGive it a fresh coat of light paint. Darker kitchens look smaller than they are, so opt for a light-colored paint when repainting your kitchen walls, cabinets, and counter. When painting, remember that the secret lies in the three-color palette. Your first color is the part of the kitchen that won’t be changed—like your cabinets and countertop. The second color is the neutral color you prefer. Use it to color the wall. Make sure it complements the first color. This color will serve as your kitchen backdrop. Lastly, your third color should make your kitchen look stunningly one-of-a-kind. Usually, it’s a bold and an unexpected color which goes well with your first and second color. The third color, which adds a sort of “pop” in your kitchen, is best for your kitchen’s stools, cookware, vases, and so on.

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Improve Lighting

kitchen-lightsAfter changing the colors in your kitchen, enhance the lighting. Good lighting can make your kitchen appear larger, regardless of the color. You can add LED strip lights to your cabinets and shelves to illuminate the counter space. Also, opt for energy-saving light bulbs instead of the usual incandescent ones. You may want to clip pendant lights onto your track-lighting systems too. Outdated light fixtures should be replaced or remade. Lastly, it’s best if you add a mirror since it’s a great light reflector that will make your kitchen appear elegant and adequately lighted.

Get rid of clutter

No one would want to take a picture with a cluttered kitchen as a background! Decluttering has a lot of benefits. It can make your kitchen free from bacteria and contaminants and could save a lot of space. Remove any clutter in your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Donate or throw away things that haven’t been utilized for a long time. If you don’t need it, then get rid of it. Clear the counters by storing items somewhere else. If necessary, add more shelving for additional storage. Hang stuff that can be hung. Make the counter as neat as it can be. Find spaces that can be used for storage, like corners.

Choose furniture wisely

It’s best to go for furniture that can be easily kept away when not in use. These can be backless bar stools that only need tucking, drop-down, wall-mounted cutting boards or tables, and roll-out kitchen tables or cabinets. Be smart when selecting furniture.

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How to Take Photos of Your Plants Under LED Grow Lights

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I’m pretty sure you know how LED lights look. They’re bright pinkish, making the plants under them look different. But what should you do if you want to take photos of your plants? There are four methods you can choose from to come up with an awesome picture.

What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get Method

This means you use the natural color of the LEDs to create a good shot. LEDs produce an artistic hue that can add drama to the photo just like the one below.

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In this photo, the photographer applied the depth of field technique, also known as focused-foreground, blurred-background or vice versa. With a DSLR or a smartphone, you can focus on the leaves of the plant or the LED bulbs in “front” and blur the other elements at the “back.” This makes the picture look more dramatic, colorful, and unique. Take your photography to the next level and check out these LED grow light reviews!

Angle-Challenge Technique

You can do this by taking a step back and find an angle where the color of the plant can be emphasized. It may be a bit difficult, but the result would be worth it.

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Post-Picture Method

If you’re not in favor of using the purple color that LEDs naturally produce, then you can edit the photo you’ve taken afterward using Photoshop or Lightroom. These are the elements you should adjust after taking the photo:

  • Tint – to lessen the magenta and pink hues
  • Temperature – to reduce the orange color left after the first step (the amount of reduction will depend on your preference and the photo you’ve taken)
  • Red and Blue Channels – adjust these channels as they also affect the orange and magenta channels
  • Saturation – This is optional, but you may have to adjust this so that the picture doesn’t look fake
  • Contrast, Exposure, Highlights, Shadows, Clarity, Whites, Blacks – Experiment on your own while tweaking these elements. Stop when you’ve reached what a photo that looks natural and not far from the plant’s natural color. You can identify the plant’s natural hue by using Method 7 Operator LED Grow Room Glasses.

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Flash Technique

Obviously, this uses the flash in your camera. It’s the ideal method for those who want to take a photo of the natural color of the plant.

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In the photo, you’ll notice that the buds’ colors could be noticeable. Aside from making the plant appear theatrical, the flash also brings out the tiniest details about the plant. This allows the viewer to see how the plant is developing through growth stages.

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Two of the Most Picture-Perfect Places in Portugal

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If you are looking for picture-perfect places to photograph, the wide array of Portugal hiking tours and adventures in urban areas or the countryside offer you plenty of picturesque spots to choose from. Prepare to be charmed by quaint villages, dramatic landscapes, enchanting Mediterranean beaches, impressive architecture, and so much more. With so many destinations to choose from, we have rounded up some of the most beautiful places that you will love to take photos of in Portugal.

Coimbra
Coimbra is a scenic riverfront city that sits on the banks of the River Mondego.For centuries, it is one of the country’s top places for arts and culture. The city is home to a wealth of architectural attractions and to one of the oldest universities in Europe.
Points of interest: Universidade de Coimbra, the medieval old town, Arco de Almedina, Igreja de Santa Cruz, Jardim Botánico, Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, the Old Cathedral, the New Cathedral, and Praça do Comércio

Douro Valley
You cannot choose a more scenic place to go for a hike in the country than the Douro Valley. So if you have a chance to go for a trek or simply explore Portugal’s nature areas, make sure to head to this little slice of paradise on Earth. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this glorious cultural landscape offers a wide range of stunning vistas. From the towns and villages to the region’s famous vineyards, prepare to feast your senses as you explore the amazing sights in the valley.
Points of interest: Casa de Mateus, Chapel of São Pedro de Balsemão, the boat trips down the Douro River , Museu de Lamego, Museu do Douro, Parque Arqueológico do Vale do Côa, Parque Natural do Douro Internacional, Quinta do Panascal vineyard and visitor’s centre, Quinta do Pôpa, and Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

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What Makes A Photograph Great?

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For some people, taking a selfie with a good angle on a mobile phone is enough for them to be called future photographers.

But you know what?

There’s more to photography than it seems.

You see, it’s not just the angle that makes a photograph great. You also see, it’s not just the gadget that makes a photograph great. You even see, it’s not just the motivation that makes a photograph great.

It’s about the current emotion.

This goes for both the photographer and the one who is being photographed. Every moment captured by the photographer stems from the fact that the one who is being photographed is currently feeling happy – let’s say, because of her upcoming wedding. Every moment captured on the one who is being photographed also stems from the fact that the photographer is currently feeling excited – let’s say, for the upcoming wedding. Otherwise, every moment captured will reflect simply on what both parties have been feeling lately.

It’s about the right lighting.

In photography, lighting is described as the use of light to show certain effects on a visual representation that can either be practical or aesthetic. What most people fail to realize, however, is that lighting also represents a photograph’s soul. It’s what makes a photograph an inspiration. It’s what makes a photograph an enigma. It’s what makes a photograph as radiant as the sun. It’s what makes a photograph as special as the moon. In other words, it’s what makes a photograph worth sharing for other people to see – and most of all, for the entire world to see.

Indeed, there’s more to photography than it seems.

How about you?

Do you like taking pictures? What do you think makes a photograph great?

Are you a professional photographer? What do you think should make a photograph great?

Share your thoughts with us below, or as you check out this Fujifilm XT1 used by professionals.

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