Photography Tips

Wednesday Photography Tips: HORIZON

HORIZON PLACEMENT IN LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

The placement of the horizon makes a significant change in landscape photography. It can make your photo mediocre or excellent!

Here are a few tips for you to consider:

1- Regardless of the location of the horizon, try to keep it as straight as possible.
2- A little crooked horizon is annoying, Too much tilted is artistic!
3- Use the Rule of Thirds as a guideline for placing the horizon in photos.

Horizon in Centre

Creative Photography
Horizon Line in the centre of the frame. Kind of boring!

Horizon off Centre

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By setting the Horizon Line in the lower part of the frame ( Rule Of Thirds), I created a perfect photograph.

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Quick Camera Tip: DELETE OR FORMAT

Should You Delete Photos or Format a Memory Card?

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There are two ways of getting rid of unwanted photos; deleting photos or Formatting the memory card. Delete or Format? That is the topic of this post. 

We all have heard the horror story of “Corrupt Memory Cards,” which usually happens in the worst time! 

Delete or Format?

Delet or Format
Commonly, the Format option resides inside the Setup Menu.

What is “Format”?

Generally, simply deleting images on your memory cards doesn’t fully clear the cards of leftover data. Over time, the leftover data pile up and create a cluster inside cards, resulting in the crashing of the memory card.     

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Formatting your memory cards can prevent this failure.

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Formatting is a whole way of clearing old files from your card and can reduce the risk of data corruption.

A word of caution, though. Formatting is typically irreversible, so always be sure to back up all photos before formatting cards.

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Without getting into the technical details, you should always format your memory card in your camera and not on your computer.

You can usually find the “FORMAT” button in the camera’s “Set Up” menu. 

There are More Hidden Options in Your Digital Camera!

There are more in-camera setup skills that I discuss in our Bootcamp program. Bootcamp is a six-week photography class for beginners. It includes six classroom sessions and two field trips. It is one of the most popular photography courses.

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Lens Focal Length

How can you find your Lens Focal Length?

When you look at your camera lenses, you see many different numbers. These numbers can be very confusing when you just started photography. This article will talk about the Lens Focal Length and the other uses of various Focal Length.

What is Lens Focal Length?

The Lens Focal Length is in millimetre (e.g. 35mm, 50mm, etc.) on your lenses and is the distance between the lens and the image sensor when the subject is focused. There is tons of information about the technical aspects of the focal length, and in this article, I am not going to go in-depth with these technical aspects.

Where Can you find the Lens Focal Length?

Usually, by looking around the lens barrel or the lens’s front, you would see many numbers, including the focal length followed by mm (millimetre). In the below pictures, I marked the focal length in two different lenses.

Lens Focal Length

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You can find your lens focal length in different places of your lens

Zoom lenses and Prime lenses

If the focal length is a range of numbers (e.g. 18-55MM), it means that you have a Zoom lens. A zoom lens is a lens with variable focal lengths. In comparison, a Prime lens is a lens with one focal length. A zoom lens can be a wide-angle, wide to telephoto or a telephoto zoom lens. It takes us to the next topic of Lens focal length and Angle Of View.

Zoom lens focal length

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Focal length in zoom lenses

What is the Lens angle of View?

The angle of view reflects how much of a scene or subject a lens can cover and take the image. Expressed in degrees, the angle of view can be measured horizontally, vertically or diagonally across an image.

The angle of view depends on the size of the sensor as well as the focal length. The larger the sensor, the wider angle of view. For example, a 50mm lens has more angle views on a full-frame camera than an APSC size camera.

The general rule to remember.

To make it easy to remember, we should know that any focal length smaller than 35mm is considered wide-angle and any number higher than 50mm as a telephoto (in full-frame and APSC DSLRs).

Lens Focal length is 24mm

I set the camera on a tripod and used 1/30, f8 ISO 100 for these photos. Just compare to see how the lens focal length changes the angle of view
I set the camera on a tripod and used 1/30, f8 ISO 100 for these photos. Just compare to see how the lens focal length changes the angle of view

Lens Focal length is 50mm

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Lens Focal length is 70mm

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Lens Focal length is 200mm

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Lens Focal length is 300mm

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Lens Focal Length and Camera’s Shutter Speed

As a rule of thumb, the camera shutter speed should be higher than the focal length to avoid blurry photos (camera shake). For instance, if you shoot at a focal length of 85mm, the safe shutter speed is 1/90s faster to reduce the chance of a blurry picture.

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CHRISTMAS PHOTOGRAPHY TIP

Christmas Photography Cheat Sheet

Previously, I shared quite a few tips on Christmas Photography. As we approach closer to Christmas, I decided to share a cheat sheet for this Holiday season.

We all get so involved in the joy of Christmas that we may forget one or two crucial tips while taking pictures. Therefore, it would be good to print this cheat sheet and follow the recommendations for better holiday pictures.  

Please note that these are the highlights, and for learning more, refer to original articles, HERE and HERE

Enjoy Photography

Knowing you camera

Christmas Photography Cheat Sheet

  1. The minimum recommended shutter speed is 1/30sec to avoid camera shake or subject blur.
  2. Use the widest open Aperture that your lens offers. The lower the f-Stop, the more excellent image you capture. 
  3. Don’t shy about using higher ISO. New digital cameras can handle high ISO. 
  4. For detailed photos of Christmas decorations, get closer.
  5. When taking pictures of people, use Continuous Drive, and take more than one shot.
  6. Capture the joy of the season by taking funny photos. These playful images make Christmas photography more enjoyable. 
  7. And above all, don’t let the limitations discourage you from taking photos. Use your artistic talent to overwrite the low light or camera’s limitations.
I want to wish you a Mery Christmas and Happy Holidays. Stay safe and stay connected.

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Better Photography Practice

Better Photography Practice Means Applying Simple Techniques  

Everyone wants to take better pictures. That is why some of us are obsessed with our photography techniques. In almost all of my workshops there are some common questions regarding the guidelines for better photography practice.

Better Photography Practice simply means to understand and apply some very basic, yet important techniques while taking photographs. These simple techniques are so versatile and easy to remember. In this series of articles I am going to discuss these skills so you can build your own better photography practice.

Better Photography Practice

We all need some sort of guidelines to build our better photography practice.
We all need some sort of guidelines to build our better photography practice.

Building Your Better Photography Practice Routine

Better Photography Practice is different from Composition and camera settings. Here at Omnilargess Photography Classes we do offer different workshops for all level of photographers. After learning the skills, it is time to learn how to apply the techniques in real life photography. That is what I call Better Photography Practice (I made the name)!

Generally speaking you need to have a routine for each and every genres in your photography practice. As an example you know how to set the camera (Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, Etc.), and you are familiar with Composition Rules, but you want know to where to start,. This is the part that I will cover in upcoming posts.

Where should I start?

In digital photography Bootcamp field trip Students learn how to setup the cameras for different types of photography.
In digital photography Bootcamp field trip Students learn how to setup the cameras for different types of photography.

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Photography In Snow

Why Photography in Snow is Difficult

Snow creates amazing photo shoot possibilities, but photography in snow is not as easy as one may think. White covered landscape, branches and trees make us excited, but when you take the shot it is not very exciting! Let’s see what usually goes wrong in photography in the snow.

List of possible issues when taking photographs in snow

1- Snow is Blue or Magenta

This is the common problem that photographers face when photography in snow. The main reason is that the exposure is not set correctly, i.e. the photo is underexposed.

Underexposed image

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The brightness of snow may cause underexposed images when using Average mode in snow scene

When using Multi segment (Matrix or Evaluative) in semi automatic exposure mode (P, Shutter, or Aperture Priority), the camera’s light meter measures the overall light. As snow reflects more light, it can fool the camera and force the camera to underexpose the picture.

Solution for underexposed images when taking photographs in snow

The simple, yet effective solution is over exposing the scene by one stop. If you are using manual exposure, just set your exposure +1 stop. If you use semi automatic, set the Exposure Compensation (usually the button has +/- sign on it) to +1. Problem solved!

Exposure Mode

Exposure Compensation Button

Correct Exposure.

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A correct exposure of previous photo. Thanks to Exposure Compensation!

2- White Balance is off

This is another common issue in photography in snow. Although snow looks white to our eyes, the camera sees it differently. Practicing Custom White Balance is the best solution. Refer to your camera’s make and model and find out how to set the custom White Balance, even when shooting in Raw. Correct White Balance can improve the image quality.

White Balance is Off

Although the exposure is correct, photo does not look good due to incorrect White Balance
Although the exposure is correct, photo does not look good due to incorrect White Balance

Correct White Balance

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Using Custom White Balance is very important in photography in snow

Camera's default setting

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Exposure Compensation +1

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Correct Exposure but White balance is off

Correct exposure and White Balance

Correction on exposure and custom White Balance are basic skills in photography in snow
Correction on exposure and custom White Balance are basic skills in photography in snow

There are many more techniques for photography in snow. These tips are all for now. As always we love to hear from you. If you have more questions, feel free to contact us.

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Advanced Photography Tip

Shooting for Highlight, the best Advanced Photography Tip for Digital Photographers

“Digital Photography can be as easy as just “point and shoot”, then preview the image and if you don’t like it, delete the photo.”  Most people probably use their digital cameras (or Smartphones) like this. Digital cameras in general are very powerful tools. That is why there is more to digital photography rather than just “point and click”. One of the most important part of Digital Photography is “Post Processing”. This Advanced Photography Tip will change your photography workflow to better image capturing.

What is Post Processing?

The term Post Processing (or postproc for short) or editing is used in the video/film business for quality-improvement image processing (specifically digital image processing) methods used in digital photography or videography.

All digital cameras have some weaknesses and generally speaking post processing means to apply certain types of editing to enhance the image quality and/or to compensate for the camera or lens imperfection.

One of the most common flaws in almost all digital cameras is Highlight Clipping.

What is Highlight Clipping?

Digital cameras can not handle the strong highlights, therefore the bright part of the image usually is “Burnt Out”, which means there is not enough information (Data) on those area to bring back the details.

Clipped Highlight

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In above example it is next to impossible to restore any data from the clipped highlight. No editing software or techniques can save this type of photos.

Here it comes our Advanced Photography Tip for this week:

Shooting for Highlights and Adjust the Shadows

To compensate this flaw in digital photography, pro photographers set the exposure for the highlights and take the pictures. Then during the post processing they can easily adjust the shadows and bring out more details.

Photo looks dark when shooting for Highlight

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In this photo I measured the exposure for the sky. Notice that there are lots of details on the leaves, but tree trunk is way too dark.

This picture looks way underexposed, and you would probably delete it! But after a little editing on shadows and and simple adjustment on Levels you can see the improvement.

After post processing

After a simple Shadows adjustment in Lightroom/Photoshop, the details are back!
After a simple Shadows adjustment in Lightroom/Photoshop, the details are back!

Can this improvement be done on a normal exposed photos?

As it was mentioned digital cameras can not handle data from the highlights of the scene, but they maintain data from shadows. Here is an example of a normal exposed photos that I tried to restore the details of the sky.

Normal Exposed photo before Post Processing

A normal exposure photo with a blown out sky.
A normal exposure photo with a blown out sky.

Normal Exposed photo after Post Processing

Even after post processing, still you can not see any details on the sky.
Even after post processing, still you can not see any details on the sky.

Advanced Photography Tip

Shoot for Highlight

Always adjust your exposure for the Highlight and take the photos, specially in landscape and cityscape photography. Then balance the tonality in post processing.

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Is Post Processing very difficult to Learn?

Not really provided that you find right instructor who teaches you how to use the tools in a software. In our Lightroom program Start to Finish, I will guide you through Lightroom tools and adjustments.

Post Processing is Lightroom/Photoshop

few adjustments in Lightroom, then you have a perfect pictures
few adjustments in Lightroom, then you have a perfect pictures

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Travel Photography Tips

Improve your Travel Photography by these simple rules

Summer has arrived (finally!) and as usual it is always accompanied by travelling! One of the most mentioned requests in summer time is about Travel Photography tips. So in this article I decided to cover few of the easiest yet important tips.

Eternizing that special moment by taking a picture has been the main reason for inventing cameras and this will never stop. It may change and look different as we progress in the modern age but it will never stop.

Seal the memories

The interest for capturing moments can somehow become insatiable when we are on a trip, the more fun, exotic, adventurous and memorable the trip, the more eagerness and effort to seal it!

The following covers some easy yet valuable and practical tips you can use to reach your goal.

Travel Photography Tips for everyone

Telling a story

One of the most central tips in travel photography is story telling. Your picture should tell the story by itself. It should show related scenes and elements to your audiences. You can use iconic landmarks, themes, clothing, people and other elements to achieve this goal. These kinds of photos are particularly useful if you are creating an album or slide show.

Tell the story about your trip

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Using a Landmark is a good start for your slid show or albums

Applying Composition Rules

Composition rules are very beneficial for story telling. By applying these rules you can enhance your travel story. There are two major composition rules that I present as travel photography tips:

Simplicity

Most of the time minimalism improves the story. Look at these photos. Just by looking at them you can guess the story:

Simple elements, big story

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Just by seeing the sandals and the sand you realize that this picture is about a beach trip

Use iconic clothing or elements to tell the story

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Add iconic elements to enhance your trips story

Rule of Thirds

Rule of thirds is another interesting composition rule. By placing the main subject in one of the hot spots, you make the story more dynamic.

Rule of Thirds, Simple yet powerful

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Rule of Thirds makes your picture more dynamic and inviting.

Wake up early and stay outside late

Photographers always talk about the Golden Light. Avoid high sun and try to take pictures early morning or late afternoon. As the light is directional and this creates more dynamic shapes and shadows. If you need a rest, take a mid day nap and store your energy for Golden Hours!

Golden Light

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Use Sunrise or Sunset and slow shutter speed to create outstanding photos
After Sunset you can find awesome subject to photograph.
After Sunset you can find awesome subject to photograph.

Look out of the box

Do not try to copy post card images. Be yourself and tell your own unique story. Walk around the area and find a spot that calls you. Look at this simple photo:

Follow your vision, don't copy

A lonely chair by a stained wall.
A lonely chair by a stained wall.

Educate yourself about your equipment

It is very important to understand and learn about your photography gear before your next trip. Each camera and lens is different. Just find out about your gear limitation and learn how to overcome that.

At Omnilargess Photography Classes we offer Private Photography Lessons. Feel free to contact us and book a private lesson and get ready for travel photography challenges.

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That is all for now. I hope these simple yet effective Travel Photography Tips help you. As always let us know if you have any questions or suggestions for future topics. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for upcoming tutorials and tips.

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