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Newborn Photography – 5 Tips To Help You Get The Perfect Shot

Having a baby is without a doubt one of the most exciting and life changing events that can ever take place. And what better way to remember such an amazing moment in time than through photographs?

 If you are interested in newborn photography here are 5 tips to help you get the perfect shot.

 #1 – Prepare In Advance

One thing you have to remember is newborns are very unpredictable. You never know what they will do from one moment to the next. That’s why it is so important you prepare in advance.

Before you pick up the camera take a few moments to write down the shots you want to get. Go for the safe shots first and then get the creative shots.

#2 – Use Even Light

When it comes to newborn photography you never want to use a flash. This is because a flash can be very disruptive and it can ruin the tone and texture of the image. Instead focus on even light.

#3 – Get Rid Of The Clutter

The last thing you want is to have baby bottles in your shot. So before you pull out the camera, take the time to declutter the area. Some of the things you should have around the baby would be their favorite teddy bear or their favorite toy.

The idea is to use props that enhance the photo and get rid of those that don’t.

#4 – Use A Zoom Lens

Using a zoom lens will allow you to vary the composition of your shots. For instance, you can zoom in close and get a shot of the babies feet or you can zoom out and get a full body shot.

A zoom lens gives you the ability to be more creative with your shots as you can be far away from the baby and still get an amazing shot.

#5 – Shoot At The Best Time

Shooting newborns can be very difficult. Because as stated before, they are very unpredictable. That’s why it is so important you shoot at the best time.

So what is the best time to shoot a newborn? Most believe the best time to shoot a newborn is right after they are done feeding and getting ready to be put down for a nap.

They will be pretty calm and will be less likely to resist your attempts to move their little hands and feet. They also won’t be bothered by the noise of the shutter since they won’t be sleep.

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Travel Photography – How To Take Great Photos While You Travel

Taking a vacation anytime soon? If so you will more than likely want to take photos to capture your time away. And that is where travel photography comes into play. Travel photography allows you to capture the greatest of moments while you are traveling to various parts of the world.

Here are 3 things to keep in mind to ensure you always get the best possible photos:

#1 – Travel Light

When it comes to travel photography its easy to get carried away and try to pack as much equipment as you possible can. This however is the wrong approach. In some cases it may be more affordable to rent equipment upon arrival to your destination.

If that is not the case consider taking fewer items. Generally speaking all you will need when traveling is one body, a mini tripod (lightweight), a compact camera that can fit in your pocket, several memory cards, at least 3 different lenses, a durable camera bag and a storage unit that is portable.

#2 – Make Sure You Choose The Right Lenses

Travel photography is inspirational and exciting all at the same time. It is an avid photographers dream due to the wide scope of genres you are able to photograph. That’s why it is so important you choose the right lens.

If you only have enough space to take one lens, opt for the fast zoom lens as it will allow you to get picture from far away.

#3 – Scout, Scout, Scout

Scouting locations is extremely important when it comes to travel photography. Since you will be new to the area, the best thing to do is find the tourist information center and ask what places they recommend you visit.

You can also look at postcards to determine which areas would be best for the style of photographs you are trying to take.

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Photography 101 – Understanding The 3 Most Popular Types Of Camera Lenses

When it comes to photography, it is the lens, and how you use it, that gives your photographs their creative qualities. The lens it what shapes the way you see the world around you. While there are many different lens choices for you to choose from, here are 3 of the most popular.

#1 – Standard or Normal Lens

If you want a fixed focal length you will want to choose the standard or normal lens. With this lens you will basically see what the human eye sees when it comes to angle of view or perspective. The three fixed focal lengths are 50mm, 85mm and 100mm.

If you are using a full frame DSLR camera, the standard focal length is 50mm. The two higher lengths are perfect for portraiture.

#2 – Wide Angle Lens

In the world of photography you will almost always hear professional photographers speaking of the wide angle lens. When compared to a standard lens, the wide angle lens has a much shorter focal length. It starts at 10mm and goes up to about 42mm.

It is the shorter focal point that allows you to capture a wider angle of view. If you do a lot of outdoor landscapes or group photography, the wide angle lens is what you need. It is the only lens that enables you to capture a complete setting without leaving anything important out.

#3 – Zoom Lens

The zoom lens is great for those who want variable focal lengths. This lens has a focal length that ranges all the way from 24mm to as high as 300mm. Using this type of lens will give you a great deal of versatility and creativity. The one problem you will run into with a zoom lens is a lack of light.

Because off the way the lens is constructed, it has a limited ability to allow light in. Other than that, this is a great lens for all sorts of photography.

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Improve Your Bad Photos With These 3 Simple Tips

Digital photography has literally taken over the world. Everyday millions of people are not only taking photos, but they are also sharing them on sites such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Most images being uploaded to social media sites are being taken on either smartphones or more robust digital cameras.

And while its easy to blame the camera when photographs don’t come out as expected, the reality is its not the camera. If you have found yourself taking not so great photos, here are 3 simple tips to help you do better.

#1 – Learn The Basics of Composition

Composition is the position of different elements in a frame and it is at the heart of all great photography. Always remember its all about the Rule of Thirds. This basically means you will break your frame into nine separate squares. Each square will be roughly the same size.

The subject of your photo should be aligned with these lines and intersections as best as possible. When you do it this way your photograph will be more visually interesting. Most cameras have what is known as a rule of thirds grid overlay that you can turn on when you are taking various shots.

#2 – Pay Attention To Lighting

To take great photographs you must pay close attention to lighting. How much light do you have and from where is it coming? If you are taking photos outside, never take it when the sun is at the back of the subject. Instead you should use the flash and allow it to fill in the shadows.

#3 – Be Selective

If you are new to photography you will more than likely want to take photos of everything you see. Especially if you are using a digital camera which allows you to take hundreds of photos in a matter of hours.

But before you decide to dump your entire memory card and upload everything to Facebook, take the time to look through everything. Its very important you are selective with the photographs you share. This way you can discard the bad ones and only show your best work.

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