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Time in the studio

What is the artist without their physical place of expression? As a photographer, your studio is the territory of your perception, your vision. It is where you capture fragments of time itself, in light and shadow. It is deeply tied to your life as a photographer, and so it demands just as much attention to detail as the act of creation itself. The artist’s vision is theirs alone, no roads of creation are identical, or even similar. However, among other things certain of all photographers (like the indispensability of a camera), lighting is the basis upon which they build. The work begins with the camera itself, but then again, everybody can take a picture with their phone. The artist looks beyond, to the building blocks that are in front of them – light and shadow. You couldn’t ask for a more sublime duality. Think of the studio as the space where these principles come into play.

But what makes a studio? The instruments themselves are again essential, as is the knowledge of how they are used. Lighting will be among the first elements that you manipulate whenever you take a photograph. Whether your subject is a person, or you wish to capture the beauty of objects, the proper usage of light makes all the difference. As such, lamps are the first go-to tool at your disposal. You should start simple, to allow yourself experimentation. Two lights of about 90 watts each, for example, should give you plenty of options already. The angles at which they’re placed in relation to the subject is one of the more subtle skills you develop over time. This includes positioning the lights on the actual floor, as well as taking into consideration the height of the light source. Furthermore, diffusion can also make a huge difference, but it most certainly dependent of how you envision the photograph. For example, a pure white light could prove too bright when you take a portrait photo, and instead of bringing out beautiful features, you end up blurring them. As you experiment over time, you’ll find the lamp orientation that works best for each photograph.

There’s also another accumulation of equipment that is absolutely essential, but just as many photographers overlook: the grip kit. All the little objects that will help you assemble a studio exactly how you need are held here. Many artists have in their studio a designated storage space for these items, ranging from multi-tools to duct tape and screwdrivers. Think of the grip kit as the ultimate bag-of-wonders to tackle any situation in the studio – in your place of creation. Challenges arise all the time as you perfect the space of your craft, and the grip kit is the indication of overcoming these challenges. Basically, every time you will encounter something new in your shooting sessions, you will most likely add some new item to the grip kit. Ultimately, it is a testament of your journey as a photographer, and it will become as unique as the style of your art.

So, what is a studio, after all? Your space of perfection, where light is manipulated in order to capture a piece of time. This space will grow just as you do, becoming ever more reflective of how much expertise you accumulate.



Tips To Capturing Beautiful Wedding Photos

One of the moments that most people would love to preserve is the events on their wedding day; digital wedding photography is instant, and this is why some people consider the wedding photographer almost as important as the person performing the wedding ceremony. DVD’s have made the wedding day come alive, but still, images always win the day because they capture a ‘moment in time.’

Fortunately for wedding photographers, they can use an assistant to help them get the right shots but if you’re a friend taking pictures, then how do you take good shots of the day? Here are some tips if you find yourself at a friend or relations wedding taking photos with your digital camera.

Most importantly try to ensure you don’t have poor background scenery and that there aren’t too many people in the shot. Portrait images (those that show just head and shoulders) can be very effective especially if the background is hardly in the shot.

Try to get guests that have spectacles on to either remove them or hold their head at an angle so that there isn’t a reflection obscuring their eyes. If you are shooting into the light, remember to compensate and increase the aperture otherwise the couple (or guests) will appear dark in the image.

Candid shots are also dramatic, and these portraits often reveal more than the quality of the picture itself; in fact, many professionals use the zoom to capture intimate and memorable moments. To avoid missing what will probably be great shots, don’t put your camera down because with digital wedding photography you can guarantee the moment you do, something worthwhile will take place.

All your efforts will be wasted if you forget to have fresh batteries or carry enough memory for your digital camera to take every image from the day. A one-gigabyte card should be the bare minimum you have if your camera is a six mega pixel model, a larger capacity if the camera has a higher mega pixel rating.

High-resolution images are clearer and have greater color depth, but it also means they can be printed out at larger sizes. Once you have the images, it is only a matter of printing out the ones you want and saving all of them on a CD for permanent storage or presentation.

Light has a temperature. On your camera set to an indoor setting, a photograph taken inside a room will have an orange tone to it if the camera is set to outdoors. It you have a choice of light on your camera choose “Incandescent.”

If you can set this adjustment, you have a good chance of recording a pleasing photograph. However, you will probably have a slow shutter speed, which means that you will need to lean on something stable to minimize camera shake.

A few of things to remember:

  • If you are shooting at a slow shutter speed, anyone that moves will be blurred.
  • If you are shooting in a dark place, your aperture will probably be quite large. Therefore your depth-in-field will be quite shallow.
  • If your camera can shoot in RAW, it is most certainly worthwhile to do so.

Capturing beautiful digital wedding photography shots will depend on how much you enjoy taking pictures and whether or not the couple means anything to you.

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