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Other items that are difficult to light

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We spoke about the difficulty of lighting jewelry recently, in order to touch on a few other items that are very difficult to photograph properly because they are so difficult to light. Some  items that immediately come to mind are:

  • Silverware
  • Aluminium pots and pans
  • Ice cream
  • Wedding dresses
  • Glassware

Obviously each of these particular products or type of product presents a  different type of challenge, but the thing that they share and generally  have in common is that they are  reflective. Clearly–ice cream offers a different reflection problem to glassware or wedding dresses, but the key is always good lighting.

Let’s talk about wedding dresses, because they tend to offer a different sort of like a problem to all the other products.  Obviously–a wedding dress is a far larger product than a piece of silverware or a bowl of ice cream–and the chances  of someone being inside it you photograph it are much higher than they are with the aluminium pots and pans.

Certain types of wedding dresses are even harder to light than a “normal,” wedding dress, because a lot of wedding dress designers tend to incorporate reflective patches and pieces of jewelry or glass in  the dress to make it sparkle.  Now, this might be fantastic when the bride takes the dance floor under the spotlights, but it certainly presents a problem  for the photographer, especially if using flash and the types of short bursts of light. And there are a range of wedding dresses here,  that fit this particular bill. Oleg Cassini  was famous for having “sparkly bits,” in his wedding dresses.

If you can get the  bride and her dress into a studio, so much the better. Although  a  light tent such as we suggested for jewelry is hardly appropriate, the chances are you’re going to need not only several lights, but several reflectors in order to make sure that the dress is  lit from as many angles as possible.

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Written by Gay Boots

February 1st, 2013 at 4:14 am

Finding the right Equipment to photograph jewelry

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I recently switched jobs and went from photographing small animals outside to shooting small items in a studio such as jewelry. I wanted to learn how to shoot jewelry and started by taking a jewelry making class to see if I could make a start by shooting my own stuff before moving onto client work.

I discovered that the equipment I had been using (Olympus EP2) was simply not up to the job of focusing on small, shiny bits of metal. It had been great using it outdoors and I love the Micro 4/3rds  format, but realistically, this is not a studio camera because the viewfinder is just not good enough to work under studio lighting conditions.

So I have been looking around at what to replace it with, and I have a feeling I will be gong with a Nikon D 5200, which is about the same price range as my Olympus when I bought it. Combined with a micro NIKKOR 40 mm and I am not too much out of pocket.

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The camera is 24.1 mega pixels, which is more than enough for the type of work I will be doing – no big blow ups for example.

The lens I am going with is also not too expensive,

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and I should be able to put the package together for around $1100 – not too bad for a near-pro spec setup. Obviously – I could spend a lot more money if I~ chose to, but I don’t see the point – that would just be ego-driven greed. WHy pay for something that is a higher spec if you don’t need the specs? Seems like a waste of money to me. This is a tool – not a toy, and this should get the job done.

Oh – and as a matter of interest – the jewelry making class I took is here – click on the link to pay them a visit if you are interested. I had a great time and learned a lot.

Written by Guy Mullings

January 17th, 2013 at 11:33 am

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Easy Photo Editing Tools

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So you’ve taken a gaggle of photos and now it is time to showcase them on your blog or website. Before you upload, learn about several photo-editing tools that can turn your pictures into works of art!

PicMonkey

This free online photo editing software is outstanding. Simply Google picmonkey.com and it will take you right there! With your photos you can crop, resize, add text, shapes, textures, and borders. The interface is very intuitive, allowing even the most novice user to navigate the software in minutes. 

There are fun images you can add to your existing photo, as well as some incredible touch up options. Make yourself tan, skinny, or change the color of your eyes! This review of the Flex Belt is available should you want to “touch up” your photos permanently with toned abs! 

PicMonkey also allows users to make collages of photos, but the software is not designed to organize your photos on your hard drive the way other photo programs do.

Picasa

This software program is also free, but you must download the program to your hard drive. Not only does it edit photos, but it is a great photo organizer as well. If you are lazy about labeling folders and keeping pictures in one spot on your computer, Picasa finds them for you. It even has a face recognition tool that allows you to organize your photos by person. The editing part of this program allows you to do all the same editing as PicMonkey, minus the text tool, shapes tool, and some of the touch up tools.

Its cousin, Picasa Web, can sync with Picasa so you always have a back up of your photo on Google’s secure storage site. For 20GB of space, you will pay $20.00 a year to store your photos.

Perfect Photo

This software is an app that you can download onto your iPhone. It costs $2.99, but it is worth every penny! You can edit your photos right on your phone without uploading them to a computer! Add textures, style, and adjust colors and brightness easily. Once you are done, you have the option to save it, or upload it to Facebook, Twitter, or Flickr. There is even an option to email it to friends right from the program. The only thing it doesn’t do is add text to your photos.

With a plethora of free or cheap photo editing software, there is no need to spend lots of money on an advanced program like Photoshop. However, if you are a professional or plan on turning your photography hobby into a career, then you will have to make the investment. You may also have to take a class in advanced editing techniques because Photoshop is a complicated program. Otherwise, enjoy the fun of free editing software that is easy and great looking! 

Written by Javier Mondor

August 13th, 2012 at 2:30 pm

The Best Camera for Making Karaoke Videos

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We’ve reached a new stage in the evolution of karaoke. In the beginning, it was all about singing in the bar with your friends. Then with new technology, the hobby moved into homes across North America. And now with the Internet and YouTube, people are sharing their videos from the privacy of their own home. You can still reach an audience, but now you can do it with your computer. It has allowed millions of people to connect under the banner of this fun hobby. There are good singers, and there are some truly talented ones, and now they’re able to find a dedicated audience thanks to Internet video.

If you’re ready to capture your performances and share them with others, you’ll need a good camera. You can get by with a low-quality camera, but it will definitely have an impact on how you’re perceived. After all, how would you feel when you’re watching a grainy video with choppy audio and blurry images? Does it make you impressed with whoever made the video? On the other hand, if you have a cool crisp presentation and a professional looking video, it can definitely improve your reputation.

There are many cameras on the market, and some of them can be quite expensive. In fact, the top suggestion in this article will cost nearly $1500. That’s a lot of money to pay, but at the same time you get a quality product that will last you in definitely. And if you’re going to be spending that much, you should make sure that you’ll be using it for other filming as well. Otherwise it’s hard to justify buying something so expensive just so that you can make and post karaoke videos.

Sony HDR-CX700V – this is a high-resolution camera that takes all the guesswork out of the equation. If you want great videos every time you film, then this is a no-brainer. As mentioned before, it’s extremely expensive and probably out of the budget of most common households. But if filming is more than a hobby to you, you’ll enjoy all of the handy features this camera comes with. While it might seem intimidating at first, all the features are easily accessible – even for beginners. You’ll appreciate the touchscreen display that is very intuitive, and you’ll be able to get into the action with minimal fuss.

Panasonic HDC-TM900K – this is a great alternative to the more expensive Sony model, and it comes with many of the same features. There is a slight difference in memory, but it’s still adequate for most singing sessions. It also has a great zoom feature, one of the most impressive in its price category. It’s also one of the best in darker settings, and it works really well when you’re filming karaoke videos since they usually tend to be in dimmed lighting.

Canon VIXIA HF S21 – the top two suggestions on this list are quite costly, and therefore people who are really serious about filming and karaoke. If you are a more casual fan and you’d like something for everyday purposes as well, this choice from Canon is the best. It costs around $500 which is a bargain compared to the other two choices. It’s also one of the best all-around cameras that you can use in any type of environment. When you’re making your singing videos, you can transfer them easily while exploring various features to enhance your films.

These are just a few suggestions, and you can bet there are many more out there. In general, finding the perfect camera is a mix of coming up with a good budget and buying something that meets your needs. It’s tempting to go with the most expensive camera loaded with features, but it’s far better to be a conscientious shopper. If you’re just making simple home videos, there’s really no reason to spend so much. On the other hand, if you’re looking to become the next YouTube sensation and filming is one of your biggest hobbies, it’s best to invest in a top-of-the-line model that lets you do everything you want.

When choosing your camera, you should put as much effort into it as you did with your original karaoke machine (some great ones can be found at http://karaokemachineguide.com/). When your equipment works well together, your overall experience becomes more intuitive – and much more enjoyable. With the right investment, you can improve your performance traumatically and who knows – your videos might even make you into a star!

Written by Clayton Kellison

June 6th, 2012 at 3:37 am

Types Of Camera Lenses

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When you are choosing a camera there are a few things that you have to consider in order to get the best out of it, the lens that comes with it is one of them. After all the quality of the picture you are going to take is directly influenced by the quality of your camera lens. After all, this is what the camera uses to “see” what it is going to capture.

Normal Lens

A normal lens is one that fits a camera and takes a standard photograph. It does not vary in how close up it can take a picture. They do however vary in quality, generally a more expensive camera will have a better lens. You can however get a good picture with a less expensive lens by learning about lighting, and using some experimentation, in other words, getting to know your camera.

Zoom

Your camera will probably have a zoom capability too, and this will give you an idea of how well you will be able to take a picture of something in the distance. The greater the zoom, the more detailed a shot you can get. An example would be the Finepix L55, this has a 3 X zoom, so can zoom in by this amount, these lenses are sometimes called a telescopic lens

 

It is also worth finding out, when you are buying a camera if it is possible to get different lenses to fit your camera. Some cameras come with a lens that can be upgraded for either something better, or one that has a different function, such as a wide angle lens.

 

 

Written by Noreen Labarge

December 27th, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Revisiting some camera basics

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Everybody should have one or more of hobbies that can help you relax and take your mind away from work. Speaking for myself, when I am not working on investment education and other topics such as a getresponse review, I turn to music and food and, more recently, photography. I have recently in revisiting my camera basics and thought that I would share these basics with you.

Traditional cameras work by capturing light on a photographic plate or photographic film. Digital still and video cameras use electronic devices such as charge coupled devices (CCD) or a CMOS sensor which can be stored on a memory card inside the camera all subsequent playback or processing. Many modern digital cameras that are available can switch between video and still mode.

The lens of a camera captures the light for the photograph and focuses it on the photographic film or the electronic device. Therefore the manufacture and design of lenses is absolutely critical to the quality of the picture. You can find lenses in a large variety of focal lengths and choose between wide angle, standard and telephoto lenses. Each lens is appropriate for a particular kind of picture. For instance, if you were photographing a historic building, a wide angle lens will provide you with width. On the other hand, the telephoto lens will provide you with a close up view of a relatively faraway object and is suitable for sports photography.

Because of the inherent properties of lenses, only objects within a certain distance from the lens will provide always results. Focus is the process of adjusting this distance so that you can always get a clear picture regardless of distance. Cheap cameras tend to have fixed focus whereas more expensive cameras will permit you to adjust the focus automatically or manually. Rangefinder cameras allow you to measure the distance to the object and thereby obtain greater clarity.

Written by Karina Feinstein

December 18th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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How to Take the Perfect Property Photos

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Whether you are a realtor or you just want some pictures of your own home, taking great home photos can be difficult.  Bad lighting, cramped spaces, window glare and more can get in the way, and when you finally get the perfect shot ,you realize you left your underwear, or something equally embarassing lying on the bed. 

Fortunately we are here to give you some tips to help you uses your camera to take some  great property photos, turning even the dingiest dungeon of a room in to something that looks amazing!

Step One – Spruce Up

Before you take any pictures you want to spend some time sprucing your home up.  Make everything look neat and tidy, clean up any small messes, and clean up the clutter. 

If you are renting a property out, you will probably want a professional deep cleaning services to come in and do a really thorough job of cleaning things up to make sure there is zero dust, and absolutely no mess.

Step Two – Use the Right Lens

Make sure you use the right lens. A basic lens will not give you the best home photos, but you can use a lens such as a Fisheye lens to not only show more of each room, but also make it look even bigger than it really is!

There is a reason that every real estate photo taken uses a fish eye lens, it simple makes each image look better!

Step Three – Practice!

You might have a clean home and the right lens, but don’t expect to take a great photograph without a little practice.  Spend some time taking pictures of each room, figure out which angles work best for you.  

In most cases it helps if you stand in the corner of a room and shoot in to it, it makes the room look much larger and more open.  Another trick to help with this is to shoot towards an area of the room which has the least amount of stuff in it. For instance, if you are shooting the bedroom, don’t make the bed the focus of your shot!

By taking these three simple tips in to account you should quickly begin to learn how to take perfect property photos quickly and easily!

Written by Jerri Dossey

December 3rd, 2011 at 11:58 pm

Fujifilm FinePix L55 Digital Camera – Lots Of Fun Colours

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There is no end of choice of colours with the Fujifilm FinePix L55 Digital Camera, it is available in black, red, pink, white, purple and blue. But that is not all there is to this entry level camera, indeed it is packed with features that you would only expect to find on a more expensive camera. This makes it great value for money, and is a great idea for a gift at Christmas to that special person you are not sure what to buy.

Fujifilm FinePix L55 Digital Camera Specifications

Fuji FinePix L55 Digital Camera

So what do you get for your money?

Well to start with it has a generous 2.4inch LCD screen, couple this with it’s 3x optical zoom then you know you will be able to take some great pictures, exactly as you want. It even has a panoramic shooting mode to assist you in those sometimes hard to get right shots. This will mean you will end up with a nice smooth panoramic photo.

Your focus is also optimised with the scene recognition auto function, yes it will set everything up for you by reading what is the optimal focus and exposure. Now I don’t know about you, but I have no idea what all these settings are on a digital camera, I just want to point and click.

That is what you will get with this camera, if that is what you want and need, you can make it as easy or as complicated as you like. I mean it can even warn you if someone has blinked while you were taking the photo in case you want to go and retake it while you have the opportunity. Personally I always blink when having my picture taken, and I am sure that I am not the only one.

With a lithium ion battery that you can recharge you will have countless hours of fun with this slim camera, easy to fit in your pocket, or handbag. A Fujifilm FinePix L55 Digital Camera is great value, and lots of fun.

 

 

Written by Tyrone Teagle

November 16th, 2011 at 11:02 pm