Photography classes online for beginners: Are they useful?

Everything is made so easy for you these days if you’ve got an exciting hobby in mind. Take photography classes online for beginners, for instance; you can teach yourself everything you need to know without venturing out of your home. Nikon launches online photography course now after providing hands-on workshops for more than 30 years. They are a giant name in digital imaging so you’re getting tuition from the best. Photography classes online for beginners will take you from the basics, right up to advanced techniques. You’ll soon be a hot shot with these courses, and you’ll also learn about your Nikon camera and its capabilities. With this online photography course, Nikon is reaching photographers with different skills and simply getting them to get the best from their camera. From the amateur using their first DSLR to the more advanced photographer all can benefit from these online courses. Get going with this opportunity, and pick up some useful photographic strategies, to take your photography to an entirely new level.

Photography classes online for beginners

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Tips for forest photography

Forests are fascinating, and full of mystery and intrigue. Mists come swirling into them and then vanish quickly, and winds can cause them to sway gently or cause them to bend and twist, this way and that. Forest photography is exciting, and Capturing compelling forest photos won’t only be about the trees, but also about the birds, animals and small plants that call the forest home. For equipment, you’ll need a macro lens to capture all those tiny details of plant and insect life. Then again, a telephoto lens will be needed to zoom in on birds. It goes without saying that a flash with diffusion is imperative for dark areas. Excellent photography in the forest will require good light quality, and the best time to take photos in the forest is the early morning or evening. The dappled light in a forest can make taking photographs tricky, but with some tips for forest photography, abundantly available on the Internet, you’re going to get some extraordinary images in both good or bad weather conditions.

The Joy of Forest Photography

Amateur photography competitions – Roadshow Preparations

Amateur photography competitions - Help from the National Trust

I am always looking for new ways to improve my photography skills, and a part of that is learning about locations – good locations equal better opportunities to get those amazing photographs. Now, I wish to enter some amateur photography competitions this year. It is a good way for me to improve and compare myself to other people here in the UK. In connection to that I decided I would find the Dates for the National Trust Photography Roadshow. The Roadshow sources some great locations around the UK for shooting great photos – this will be perfect in preparation for some of the competitions! I am definitely going to Chirk Castle in Wrexham on June 18, and Lacock in Wiltshire on July 1. I hope that I will find time to join the Roadshow in more locations though, as I really wish to be as well prepared as possible for the amateur photography competitions. By the way, I should probably mention that the Roadshow is entirely free of charge – you just have to turn up on the day. How neat is that? I hope to see some of you there, and we can learn and improve together.

Amateur wedding photographer – Some tips for great photos

Amateur wedding photographer

Hiring professional photographers at a wedding is the norm. However amateur wedding photographer sometimes take better pictures, especially if they know the couple involved. Many people will say that it is a huge mistake, but I differ on this. If you want to become an amateur wedding photographer at your friend’s wedding follow some simple tricks.

(1) Discuss with the bride and groom what they want – This is the first step towards getting the photos which are required, discuss formal and informal shots, what they do and don’t want. Wedding photos are so important for the bride and groom; It is something to reflect their special day throughout their life. Make sure you shoot all the rituals and be on the look out for those something different informal shots.

(2) Work together – If there are other photographers, competing for the best shot might ruin your collection, the best way is co-operation and working together.

(3) Focus on the job – Do not get too inventive too soon. First take the shots which you have been asked to, and then become creative.

(4) Shoot in RAW format – The importance of shooting in RAW is that you can later edit the photo as you want.

(5) Get the format shots right – Work hard on getting the formal family shots perfect. Try clicking 10 each. You do not need to worry about camera films in this age of digital cameras. Doing your research, keeping your eyes open and listening to the needs of the bride and groom will ensure you have a lovely collection to share with them at the end of the day.

Editing photos to make them awesome Part 2

 

I had talked about three editing tips for photos. This post I will continue with it and add some more simple but effective tips to make photos awesome.

Utilizing HSL option

Utilizing HSL option in Adobe Photoshop – The sky is one feature in a photo that can make it really shine. A contrast between cloudy sky and clear sky can be achieved easily using the HSL option in Adobe Photoshop. Just select Luminance and drag the Blue slider to left side. The sky is automatically darkened. Easy isn’t it!

Adding style

Adding style – You can easily make your photo stylish by using very common features in Photoshop. Keep brightness to +25 and contrast to +35 and saturation to -25 to get the best of colors. Then adjust the curves by choosing Red first and drag to the center. Move blue and green bar a little upward, always watching its effect. Last step is to select the soft light blending mode.

Adding some special effects

Adding some special effects – If you want to add alien ships to a jungle scene or wings to your sisters’ back this is possible with Photoshop. Just find the right picture and blend to get the special effect. This feature can also be used to do realistic tattoos on you which are actually not there. Cool right!

Editing Photos to make them Awesome Part 1

Taking great photos is an art, but in the modern era knowing how to edit to make them better is an essential skill. For a beginner and a person who does not like computer it is a big challenge. It was indeed a challenge for me. However slowly I learned some techniques which were different and it made my photos look better. Here are some tips you can use too in Photoshop to make the images great.

RAW vs JPEG image quality

Shoot and open in RAW format – As I mentioned in earlier posts shooting in RAW format gives you the great advantage of more editing options. It will let you fine tune the photo. Even if you have not shot in RAW you can still open in RAW format in Photoshop to edit. Set the highlight between -40 to -70 to start with. Photoshop gives the right tone automatically when you do this.

Healing Brush effects

Using the Healing Brush in PhotoshopHealing brush is a great way to remove inconsistency in the photos. You can remove blemishes and acne from skin and make the photo look beautiful. It also can be used to remove background noise in photos.

Normal Vs Sharpened Image

Sharpening the image – Photoshop has another great feature sharpening the image which helps to recover photos you thought were to be deleted and reshot. Such is the power of Photoshop. You can clearly see what difference sharpening makes in the above image. Just use the feature and enjoy the difference it makes.

 

Tips for Black & White Photography

Black and White photograph

Photography in Black and White tone gives the classic look. The vintage look does the trick. The best part is facial blemishes disappear. In the world of digital photography taking a black and white photo has become a lost art. However it is coming back to fashion with its inclusion in fashion photography. A colour photograph is defining but a black and white is striking. Here are a few tips for beginners:

  • Shoot in color and Photoshop – This is the easiest way to turn your ordinary photo into a classic. Most digital cameras give the option of black and white, but if your camera doesn’t shoot color and convert on Photoshop. Ferratum UK has some awesome black and whiter photos on its website.
  • Shoot in cloudy weather – When it is not the right time for color photography, it is the best for black and white photography. The best hues of Black and white come in dark cloudy weather.
  • Use shapes and tones – Since there is no color to work with use shapes and tones to give a much-needed lift to the photo. You will learn more about shadow and highlight this way.
  • Use RAW feature in your digital camera – The most unused feature of your camera comes handy in shooting the Black and WHite photo. Just switch to RAW and click, that’s it.
  • Shoot in low ISO – Just like in color photos you need to keep the noise out by using lowest possible ISO in the available light. This will add clarity to the photos.

 

Using sepia Tone in a Photograph

Sepia photo: Unreal

When I see the sepia photographs I was really curious to know how to do it. Sepia made its debut as a tone brought forward by Caleb Agnew. The technique was very popular in erstwhile era when photographs were mainly printed on paper. The tone gradually lost its popularity during the 20th century with the advent of digital photography.

As the advances were made in film processing there was no longer need of the sepia tone. Earlier it was primarily used to correct gray-scale photography. I have a sepia tone picture of my great-grandfather and it gives a different and classy look. Now let us understand what Sepia means. Actually sepia comes from squid. Earlier paintings which were mono color were made using squid ink to give them a refined look and some shades as well. The classy look is what has resulted in the sepia tone making a grand comeback in the 21st century.

Photography has gone digital and there is no need of processing. You just need a printer and a photo paper and your photo is ready. So why has the sepia made a come back.? The reason is not complex but very simple. It is the classy look it gives a photograph. As there was increased use of digital photography software like Photoshop, people could come and make tone changes on their computer. For some time even camera would have a sepia tone option, but that is past now. I am very excited with doing a shoot and turning my photograph in an art piece. I just learnt to use Adobe Photoshop!!!!

Taking a self picture

Selfie
Selfie

 

When you are taking a photograph, you are invariably not a part of it. You will really miss the feeling of not being in the photo. Taking own photograph is a specific skill and much care is required. Being careful of a few things will help you take a better picture. Here are a few tips:

  • Focus from shoulder height – While you are taking an own photo, the best results can be had by placing the camera at a height of your shoulder. Take you body towards it and move out the right hand to take a good self picture.
  • Do not be all over – The secret of a good selfie(Self Picture) is not to occupy the whole frame, and also not being in center. A bit sideways and the picture will look great.
  • Add nature – While taking a self photo try to incorporate nature. A bit of sunlight, shade, beach or blue sky will add aesthetics to the own photo.
  • Rest you face on your shoulder – This gives the best view of the face. A bit of side view and a bit of front view. Perfect for a self photograph.
  • Adjust you body – While taking a self photo be conscious and keep your stomach in and eyes should be natural. Otherwise you will spoil the picture.
  • Avoid mid-day – In selfies the camera lens is very close , hence avoid the times of maximum exposure that is mid-day.
  • Body angles – Keeping an angle to your body will help take a perfect picture of self. It helps to capture the moments in a perfect manner.