Photography and How Can Beginners

Nature photography is a good field for those people who admire the natural surroundings in all its forms and love to study them in detail. One must know the basics of photography to enter this field, as it is an expert’s job. For freshers in this profession, initial few months of training can be quite challenging. You will see rapid improvement in your skills, if you take keen interest in learning the art and enjoy yourself thoroughly. Practical knowledge is very important to excel in this field as one may not understand the basics and minute details of naturalist photography only by reading books on photography. Naturalist photographers are in much demand and are paid really well these days. There are many coaching institutes who teach photography tips and techniques.

Types of Photography

Wildlife photography and landscape photography which include plant photography, documentary photography and photojournalism, are the different types of photography techniques. Wildlife photography requires a very powerful lens to capture interesting details about animals. First of all a wildlife photographer should be ideally an avid animal lover who has a deep knowledge of the subject. Photographing animals sleeping, playing, and even catching their prey is a mind-blowing experience, which one will never forget. This kind of photography also requires a lot of courage to handle emergencies which may occur suddenly and stamina and patience to get the best shots. The backgrounds in wildlife photography are blurred to increase the focus or the importance of the chosen subject using wide apertures. The use of long range powerful lenses, like the telephoto lens, is very common in wildlife photography. Taking images of rare plants, mushrooms and plants of use to humans, are included in plant photography.

Below are some guidelines which will provide help for beginners to become naturalist photographers.

Tips for Freshers

It is very essential to learn, how to use and maintain your photography equipment properly. The primary reason for this is that the equipment is very expensive in most of the cases and a careless approach can result in a major financial loss. It is advisable to carry your tripod stand to the place where you wish to take the photographs. Follow the rules related to the clothes to be worn, way of packing of the equipment to avoid any problems at the eleventh hour.

While taking the photographs, consult some experienced photographer to teach you how to study the light patterns and how to click attractive photographs using the effects of shadows. Generally, choose those hours of the day for photography when there is sufficient sunlight and the overall weather is good. The morning period is the best one for budding naturalist photographers to learn the art. Choose good locations, which have a scenic view and natural beauty with pure air. Such locations can help to increase the enthusiasm and energy in the art of natural photography.

As they say, practice makes a man perfect, only immense practice can make you a master in this form of photography. Try and click pictures from different angles. You should have a brilliant observation power and an ability to visualize things in various ways. Try taking both types – close up photographs and distant photographs, to enhance your skills. Your final output will look very good with different variations than are having a single strategy for clicking photographs. You can ask your friends to accompany you, to boost up your morale. Though practical experience is important, keep updating your knowledge by surfing the Internet and seeking opinions from the experts in this field.

History of Naturalist Photography

The conflicts which were social and economic in nature way back in the 19th century gave birth to the concept of naturalist photography. It is a direct response to the industrial revolution which began in the European countries and brought a huge change in the mindset of people. The natural photography also accurately depicts the changes in the natural environment over the years.

This profession of naturalist photography is not difficult for sincere and devoted people. Do not get disheartened over initial failures as this career can give you great returns in terms of fame and money.
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Tips for Blue Hour Photography

The blue hour is a favorite time for many photographers. Though the golden light that precedes it is much more popular, blue light photography is an exciting avenue for photographers. Many photographers pack up when the sun goes down, and remain completely ignorant of the beautiful blue light that follows it.

Blue light has its own set of virtues and difficulties – the least of which is actually being able to use the tiny window of the misguided term, blue ‘hour’. The dominant hues in the blue hour are actually purples, steely grays and magentas. Also, the ‘hour’ usually lasts for less than half that, and more often than not even less than that.

The key to capturing great blue hour photographs is, more than anything else, knowing what to frame. Unlike the golden light during sunsets, which makes everything look prettier, blue light is not so generous and benevolent. Silhouettes are tricky to capture in blue light without an artificial light source, since not much is discernible against the advancing wall of black in the background. Buildings with their own lighting, such as cityscapes, churches, and factories, are the subjects to concentrate on while shooting in the blue hour. The contrast between the internal lighting and the blue-purple background is the most sought-after setting in blue hour photography.

Landscape shots in the delicate, undulating time between the golden hour and the blue hour are also beautiful. Here, the contrast is provided by natural elements: remnants (or the first signs) of golden light, white clouds, etc. Here’s an example of this technique.

Photograph Stunning Mountain Scenes

There is nothing quite as exhilarating and rewarding as getting back to nature and photographing mountain scenery. Mountains are dramatic, inspiring and provide great photography potential. Whilst you will need to be careful, mountains can be much more accessible and rewarding for the landscape photographer than you realise. Here are some top tips to get you started and hopefully capture those stunning scenes.

Find Accessible locations

This iconic mountain is the Matterhorn in Switzerland and probably recognised all over the world for its distinctive shape. I would love to have claimed great hardship in capturing this image but I was sat sipping a Cappuccino outside a restaurant at the time. This area like many in European mountain regions is peppered with cable cars making them very accessible to photographers.

Use a Telephoto Lens

As with the previous example of the Matterhorn, this image was shot using a telephoto lens. In the Matterhorn example it helped bring the mountain closer to me so requiring less effort on my part. This image from the Torres del Paine area of Patagonia was shot using a 300mm lens to crop in close and make the mountain loom large in the viewfinder. Using a telephoto lens helps emphasise the size of the mountain and make it appear more dramatic. Fill the frame for maximum impact.

Weather Adds Drama

Mountains are a great place to experience extremes of weather and whilst this means taking extra care, it can also mean great photo opportunities. I like showery weather best (especially in winter) as this means plenty of changing conditions with dramatic light. Showers that might only last for a few minutes give you many chances to catch that wonderful clearing storm light. In this shot from one of the many ridges in the English Lake District a passing snow shower allows the sun to break through. A few minutes earlier the sky was black and the snow swirling everywhere. Sit it out but be prepared and you will be handsomely rewarded.

photography commissions

I have been supplying corporate photography in London for over 20 years. I have noticed over the last few years that my client base has started to change. When I started as a corporate photographer in the late 80s all my clients were design agencies. Currently I would say that only 10% of my clients are now agencies. This must be the result of clients being able to source photographers via search engines etc and miss out the agencies. Is this a good thing? On the one hand I have a wider client base now, but do find that I have less contact with the creative process than before.

I have also found that the type of work has changed. In the past most of my photography was for annual reports or brochures, now it is mainly for websites. Again this has benefits for me as websites can be refreshed changed with ease and with little relative expense compared to printed material.

The thing I have gained from this change as being commissioned as a corporate photographer working in London is that you must get a good idea from the direct clients as to what the aim and objectives of the photo shoot are. Be very clear that you need to know the end use of the images and you can then help the clients get the best results for their requirements.

One of my recent corporate portraits taken in North London last week is a good example of working directly with the end client. I really enjoyed this corporate photography commission as the business man was really up for the shoot and had allowed plenty of time to get a good set of portraits. He was open to my suggestions and let me guide him through the session. The result was a really good portfolio for his company and will certainly help with their PR and marketing. I would like to hear back from any other photographers or designers that have been on a photo shoot and had unwilling subjects and how they have dealt with this situation. I have been a corporate photographer for 20 years and have felt that I deal with this better than most and have subtle techniques to get a good portrait out of a difficult sitter, but would be very interested to hear any tips.

With social media photography being a important part of business marketing clients are starting to commission corporate portraits directly. I have posted some of my comments on why clients should use a professional corporate portraits.

Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn all have the option of adding a profile photograph of avatar. When first getting onto one of these social media sites, this seems like a quick and easy way to build up your account information and get going with social networking. The important thing at this point is that if you are using social media as a means to promote your business be very careful about the image that your avatar portrait will be sending out to potential clients.

Don’t make the mistake of putting a family snap of yourself or a poorly lit camera photo taken in the office as this corporate portrait will be the first thing clients look at when they visit your page. I saw a avatar portrait on Twitter where a man had used a holiday photo taken in Northern France. How do I know the location? Behind him were the war grave memorial crosses. What does that say to clients? Dont rush off and have a over the top portrait taken at a studio as this style is rather out of date now, but hire a good photographer to take a business portrait in surroundings that compliment your business. Also consider the cropping of the image as the portrait will only appear very small on the sites.

Corporate London art for businesses. These are photographs I have taken in and around The City. My black and white corporate photographs of commercial London are available for purchase as prints and canvass mounts for offices and boardroom. I hope to grow the collection over the coming years. Clients can purchase these images directly and tend to use them as generic corporate photos on websites and for corporate branding.

The essence of my corporate art is to capture the feel of working life in London. I hope my photographs capture the day to day experience of working in The City. I have tried to photograph all aspects of corporate life in The City and would welcome any further commissions to capture images for business marketing but also to add to my corporate collection.