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Tag: Indoor Photography

How to Photograph Shiny Objects

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How to Photograph Shiny Objects

In so many ways, indoor, tabletop photography is ideal for beginners. There are a ton of advantages to shooting photos inside your own home, using controlled light and objects that can’t move on their own or protest. Taking photos indoors in your own tabletop studio is a great way to teach yourself about light without the encumbrances of time or the pressures associated with photographing living subjects. Read on for my tips.
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How to Photograph Windows and Doors

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How to Photograph Windows and Doors

You already know that light is the most important element in every single photograph you take. Sometimes you’re lucky enough to find great light, and your photos practically take themselves. At other times you are stuck with some really challenging light, and you’ve got to employ some strategies to make the best out of the situation.

Perhaps no lighting situation presents quite the same sort of challenge as windows and doors do. The light that comes through an opening in a building—whether it is covered by a piece of glass or not—is extremely bright compared to the ambient light in a room. If you don’t think through a shot that includes a window or door, you may end up with a bright, white, burned-out rectangle where that window or door is supposed to be. So is photographing windows and doors just an impossible task? Read on to find out.
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Photographing Indoor Celebrations

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Photographing Indoor Celebrations

Sometimes it seems like the weather is constantly driving us inside. It’s either too cold to have that outdoor party, or it’s too hot. It’s raining, or it’s snowing, or it’s too humid. There are definitely more reasons to cancel an outdoor party then there are to keep it where it is. So what do you do when it’s your job to take pictures of that outdoor event, but the venue suddenly changes to an indoor one? Keep reading to find out. Continue Reading »

Birthday Coming Up? How To Take a Perfect Candle Blowing Image

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Birthday Coming Up? How To Take a Perfect Candle Blowing Image

If you had to choose one moment from a child’s birthday party that perfectly summarizes the entire event, which one would it be? I’ll bet that most of you will say it’s the moment when the birthday boy or girl blows out his candles. That’s the right of passage that nearly all kids have as they mark each birthday. The candles are lit, they blow them out, and then they are another year older.

Unfortunately, this is also one of the most difficult moments of a party to capture well, particularly during an indoor event. And it’s a fleeting moment, too, which means is that once it’s gone, it’s gone. So how can you get in there, capture that elusive moment and do it in the most effective way? Read on to find out.
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Shooting Portraits with Window Light

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Shooting Portraits with Window Light

All indoor photographs are low light photographs. But not all indoor photographs are break-out-the-super-fast-lens-and-tripod low light photographs. In fact, during the brighter parts of the day, you may actually be able to get better photographs indoors then you can outdoors. That’s because the type of natural light you get in the middle part of the day is direct and comes from directly overhead. When you take photos in these conditions you get subjects with black shadows over their eyes and under their noses and burned out highlights or super-black shadows in other areas of the photo. When you move indoors, however, the natural light that comes in through the window is indirect and easy to control. Think of it as your own personal photography studio that you didn’t half to invest any money in. How do you get the best out of this beautiful, free light source? Read on to find out. Continue Reading »

How to Photograph Your Collections

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How to Photograph Your Collections

So wait, you mean photography isn’t your only hobby? You do other things with your time besides take pictures? Shocking!

Okay, I confess. I have other hobbies too. Most people do. But have you ever considered that you might be able to combine your passion for photography with your passion for your other hobbies? It’s true! And here’s how to do it.
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How to Photograph Martial Arts

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How to Photograph Martial Arts

Some photos practically take themselves. What could be simpler than photographing a beautiful landscape or a laughing child?

However, other subjects can be difficult to master. Take indoor Martial Arts for example. At face value it should be pretty easy to shoot martial artists, right? I mean, martial arts tournaments are full of action, and action makes for great photos. Unfortunately, it’s not all that simple. There are many quirks and potential problems of photographing this fast, often low-light sport to learn before you can take great photos of it.
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White Balance 101 – How to Get It Right

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White Balance 101 – How to Get It Right

Until you started taking photos, you may not have even been aware of such a thing as white balance. That’s because in the real world, white balance is a function of your brain. Our brains are pretty good at white balance, actually, so good that many photographers have to train themselves to consciously understand what our brains just do for us behind the scenes, every single day.

However, your camera isn’t as smart. Fortunately, there is an easy way to make sure you don’t get a color ‘cast’ in your photos.
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9 Tips for Lifestyle Photography

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9 Tips for Lifestyle Photography

Often times, the photographs we feel the most connected to are simple. They freeze time, a moment as it is, instead of the contrived editorial work of fashion shoots and perfume ads. Babies sitting on a shiny hardwood floor, kids in an intense game of flag football, this season’s first snowfall. These photos are so easy to connect with because they are honest portrayals of life. This is called lifestyle photography. Lifestyle photography is a genre of photography which serves the purpose of documenting life honestly and artistically by capturing authentic, usually candid moments as they happen. What that actually translates to in regards to actual photographs depends on you the photographer and your artistic vision.
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Take Great Fish Photos

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Take Great Fish Photos

Underwater photography is cool. Who doesn’t love seeing all those colorful tropical fish swimming through the beautiful blue water, surrounded by coral formations and lovely green underwater plant life? The photographer, that’s who.

Yes, I know, I’m totally wrong–for some people. Some photographers thrive in their scuba gear, with their obscenely expensive underwater camera housings and all those sharks. But it’s not for everyone. And if it’s not for you, I have great news. You can still get amazing shots of fish without having to go underwater.
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Outstanding Aquarium Photos

Outstanding Aquarium Photos

You don’t have to get wet to capture great shots of fish and other underwater creatures. All you need is a ticket, a good DSLR and a rubber lens hood. Great fish photos can be captured at any popular aquarium, provided you know the rules and you have a good eye for your subject. Here are a few examples of outstanding aquarium shots to help get you inspired.
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Dealing with Difficult Lighting Situations

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Dealing with Difficult Lighting Situations

In the Photographer’s Perfect Paradise, the golden hour would last all day long. The light would forever be soft, your subjects would never squint and raccoon eyes would simply be markings on the face of a common North American procyonid.

But alas, we do not live in a Perfect Paradise. After all, we have to get up at dark-o-clock to take advantage of that elusive morning golden hour, and neither it nor the one in the afternoon lasts as long as we need them to. And the rest of the time, the light varies from occasionally splendid to just OK, to absolutely terrible. Can you hear those tiny violins? We photographers have it tough. Painters, they have it made. They can just paint the right light. We have to wait for it to come along. Or do we?
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How To Take Memorable Christmas Day Photos

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How To Take Memorable Christmas Day Photos

I know I’m always saying to avoid chaos in your photos, and let’s face it, what could be more chaotic than Christmas morning? But fear not, you can get great Christmas day images that are unencumbered by mountains of empty toy packaging, Grandma’s oh-so-cheesy collection of porcelain elves that seems to be in every single background and the strange, hovering presence of that extra guy your sister decided to bring along this year (who the heck is that guy anyway?) So how do you separate the beauty and charm of Christmas from the chaos of the festivities? Here are a few tips.
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Five Surprising Locations for Photography

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Five Surprising Locations for Photography

You can take a great photo anywhere. No, really. Field, junk yard, basement or parking lot–every place has a photo hidden in it somewhere. Your job as a photographer is to look at each new location as you would see it through your viewfinder. When you’re in that basement, find the beautiful, broken down chair sitting in a dusty sunbeam. Zoom in on a length of twisted wire in that overgrown field or record the coming and going of feet in that parking lot.

Stuck for ideas? Here are a five surprising locations for your photo sessions. View these places with an eye for the unusual and try shooting from different angles, isolating backgrounds and zooming in on the interesting features that most people overlook.
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How To Get Rid Of Motion Blur When Shooting Sports Indoors

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How To Get Rid Of Motion Blur When Shooting Sports Indoors

I’m just going to say this outright. Taking indoor photos of sporting events is hard. I’m not saying it’s impossibly hard, but it is most certainly a challenge to any photographer. If you can come away from a shoot with a photo that’s both properly lit and sharp, you’ve probably outdone everyone else at the event. Here are a few things you can do to get rid of that pesky motion blur.
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