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3 Photography Tips for Beginners

There could be a lot of confusion and disastrous results for those new to photography. The complex controls, the confusing manual, and the oh-so bewildering settings! That can be too much, especially for those just starting out, so here are some useful tips to help you through this time.

The Quality of your Camera

Don’t stress out if you don’t have high tech camera and equipment. Well, it’s true that the right camera will provide the best pictures, but it’s more than just that. The right angle, the perfect light and what you include in the frame will make the picture more stunning.

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I for one believe that every camera can take a good and high quality picture, but if you have the skills and knowledge, every insignificant picture can be made into a stunning masterpiece. Take my word for it!

Watch the Light

The right light can make drastic changes in the quality of photos – worst of all times to take photos is the midday. The harsh sunlight exposes every little imperfection of the skin and your subjects would appear dull and tired. I prefer to start my day with a few shots in the early sun but the golden glow at sunset also provides great light. Creative Campaign

The light glow makes the dims the features of the subjects but it gives a great look. Just use lighting to your benefit. A useful tip; use flash even during the day.

Don’t be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Come on, no one expects you to get it right on the first go, start slow and you’ll learn with every mistake you make. Actually, that’s what I did; every other photographer does this and in my opinion that’s the right way.

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You can’t just wake up one day and start taking great photos. So give it time, don’t rush yourself and in case you make any mistake, take it as a stepping stone and learn from it.

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First Smartphones, now Smartwatches – No thank you?

If you plan on wasting your money, then buy the latest smart watches and you’ll realise that you’ve wasted your money in the best possible way. No kidding!

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Do you own a smartphone? Do you like the perks and convenience it offers? Are you happy with your phone? If you answered yes to the questions, then you definitely don’t need a smartwatch. The relatively new gadgetry basically has all the features of a smartphone but with a catch. Actually, your smartphone performs better than these enlightening yet perhaps-hopeless gadgets.

Isn’t it enough that companies have got their customers hooked onto buying a new model smartphone every year but now they offer these gadgets that cant even work as standalone gadgets? They have to be linked to the phone’s data connection, which actually doesn’t make much sense.

I’m happy enough with my “classic” Citizen analogue watch.

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I find it quite easy to monitor my daily activities from my phone in the pocket. I think the wearable devices must be given some time when developers can come up with stronger products that offer more than just keeping track of physical activity.

Considering the debate going on over usefulness of smart watches, for now, they might just be limited to controlling homes’ gadgets and appliances right from your wrist. Other than that, there doesn’t seem to be a good enough reason to spend money on smartwatches.

Photos: @ZulfPhotography

How to Isolates your subjects?

It always looks amazing when you draw attention to a single element of the image and isolate the subject nicely.

You can use the isolating technique in different creative ways. Here are a few pointers on how to get started “on creating an isolated look”.

  • Look for subjects which have distance between them and the background
  • Use the lowest F-number available on your lens
  • Lights in the background give a nice background bokeh (blur)
  • Steady the camera or use high shutterspeeds

If you’re unsure on depth of field check out my explanation here (I use my collection of cars as subjects).

Here are a few photos to show you what it would look like if you truly crack the look.

Photo shot with Canon 5d MK2 with a Canon 50mm 1.8 @1.8

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Exhibition Catalog | Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence – http://www.splicedesigngroup.com

Photo shot with Canon 5d MK2 with a Canon 50mm 1.4 @1.4

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Birmingham Library Book Trolly

Photo shot with Canon 5d MK2 with a Canon 50mm 1.4 @1.4

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BPYC Birmingham Mela Event 2014

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Low Light – Fashion Catwalk Shows

The scenario: you arrive in good time and ask for a preview of the shows lighting setup.

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Don’t panic, lighting is not always this bad, but… this show has no overhead lights on the runway at all.

As photographers we need to be able to adapt quickly to conditions. How do you deal with capturing a model walking down an unlit runway? By making smart decisions. If you get to know your camera settings, there are a few things that can help you…

Keep in mind that this may be a case of “making the best of a bad situation”.

Here are some quick tips to consider in low light:

  • Use a flash
  • Be creative
  • Steady your camera
  • Shoot tight
  • Position

Below I have expanded upon these points in more detail and provided samples of photos I took.

Use a Flash
If you’re using a DSLR and you have to use a flash, your best bet is to use an external flash. These flashes can be manipulated and turned to bounce off of a wall or the ceiling. So you’re lighting your subject from the top or the side, rather than directly. As you can see below, the direct flash in this situation casts a harsh light on the model and sharp shadows behind her.
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Be Creative
Embrace the low light and get a little creative. Shoot to include the name of the designer in your photos and get the audience perspective of the show. Make the low light a feature of a few of your images. Silhouettes always look cool.
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Steady Your Camera
Yes, sometimes the use of a flash just can’t be avoided. Get your camera on a steady surface and you can avoid the blur that inevitably spoils the photograph. My choice would be to use a mono-pod and low light flash to fill in the shadows.
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Shoot Tight
Set your aperture to its widest setting, 2.8 in my case. This will allow the most light to enter your lens. Shoot at the top end of you zoom, in my case 200mm, and wait for the moment.
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Position is Key
Try your best to get a different view from other photographers. By getting a close enough position, you can compose your shot to emphasise the small details and capture movement.
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These photos are the “better” ones I could share to help put my tips into perspective. Keeping calm and working with what you have will pay off. You will always get a few bad shots to begin with. Learn from those and remember to capture a different perspective at the event.

Photos:Zulfphotography.com
Event: Asiana Bridal Show 2014
Location: Birmingham Edgbaston Stadium
Date: Sunday 30th November 2014

Creative Product Photography Tips

The ability to represent products in an exciting and creative manner is the only way of getting a full page feature in a magazine. You will need to consider the purpose of the product you’re selling and the:

  • Size
  • Colour
  • Shape
  • Brand

Most photographers know the basics to good product photography, but progressively building up each element of the picture will get you a detailed final image.

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How you choose to style your product can elevate your product. Here are some tips for getting creative:

  • Play with the placement.
  • Photograph in good lighting conditions.
  • Showcase unique features.
  • Use props which complement your product.

If you’re really serious about capturing the very best images possible, then why not let us do it for you.