Tips for pro photographers

Protect Your Camera

How to Protect your camera

Photographer’s worst dream is a broken lens or damaged camera. The following cares are to protect your camera and lenses. It is effortless to avoid damage to your photography gear by obeying these manageable rules: 

Camera Strap:

The camera strap is your first layer of protection. Fortunately, all cameras come with camera straps. However, you may want to upgrade to a more comfortable strap. An upgraded camera strap is usually more comfortable than a stock strap. Feel free to contact me if you need more input. 

Camera Strap

Protect your camera
An upgraded camera strap is usually more comfortable than a stock strap.

Lens Filter:

A high-quality UV Filter is the second layer of protection for your lens. It does not have any effect on pictures but protects your lens. So, if there is an impact, the filter will get the damage and saves the lens.

I wrote a full article about Filters in Digital Photography. Here is the link to the full article:

https://omnilargess.com/filters-for-digital-photography/2014 

Lens Filter

UV Filter
Always purchase a high quality UV Filter to avoid colour cast and flare.

Camera Bag:

A camera bag protects your camera and lenses while provides a cushioned home for them. A good quality camera bag usually is weather-proof. Therefore, it protects your camera from elements such as dust and rain.   

Avoid Moisture

Lastly, Dampness can cause severe damage to our photography gear. Here is a useful tip for you.

Do you remember the small Silica Gel bags? These are real heroes in protecting our cameras! Instead of throwing them out, keep them inside your camera bag. The Silica Gel absorbs the moisture and keeps your camera safe and dry.

Just remember to heat them once in a while to help evaporate extra moisture. 

Finally, if you need more information, feel free to contact me. I would be more than happy to help.

Silica Gel Pack

Protect your camera
Silica Gel pack absorbs moisture and protects your camera.

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Filters for Digital Photography

Recommended filters for digital photography

There are many different types of photography filters. In this list, I recommend to most popular filters for digital photography.

What kind of filters do I need to use in my digital Photography?

This question is the number one question after each photography class. Here is my honest answer to this question:

For a moment, let’s pretend that we live in the ‘pre-digital era when we had the film as our media to capture an image. Manufacturers set the sensitivity of film to light, the type of colour (Negative or Slide) or monochrome (Black and White) and colour temperature, and we could not change any of them unless we changed the film type. It was important – at that time – to know the filters and their effects on your photos. Thanks to digital technology, we can fix almost all of those issues by understanding digital camera settings such as ISO, White Balance, Styles, etc.

So Ted, do you mean that there is no more need for filters for digital cameras?

No, I didn’t say that! I was about to tell you about some valuable filters in digital photography. Although we can fix many of those issues in our cameras, there are a few conditions that we DO need filters. In this short article, I will talk about four essential types of filters for digital cameras.

UV Filter

UV filters are just for protection, and they don’t have any effect on our photos. Many filter manufacturers claim their UV filters can reduce haze and create sharper photos! I haven’t experienced it yet. I tried many different UV filters and couldn’t improve haze or sharpness than images without a UV filter. To me, UV filters are excellent and inexpensive protection for my expensive lenses. Personally, I prefer no extra glass in front of my lens, but there are times when I take photos in higher-risk conditions (such as around pets and children), and a UV filter can be a lens-saver!

Polarizing Filter

With autofocus lenses, you should choose a Circular Polarizing filter. Polarizing filters are usually dark and consist of two parts. By rotating the outer ring, you can adjust the direction of polarizing. Polarize filters, just like polarized lenses, remove most of the scene’s reflections and result in a sharper and more saturated image. Look at these examples to see how a polarizing filter can improve the appearance.

Without Polarizing filter

Without Polarizing filter

With Polarizing filter

With Polarizing filter

Neutral Density (ND) Filters

ND filters are dark and reduce the exposure, whether shutter speed or aperture value. If you are shooting on a very bright day and want to reduce the f stop to wide open to create a very shallow depth of field or use a slow shutter speed to blur the action, you need to use an ND filter. They come in a variety of densities, from half a stop to 10 stops. You can also stack them. There is a slight colour shift when you use a good quality ND filter.

Graduated ND Filter

These ND filters start with a dark density at the top, which gradually fades out towards the filter’s bottom. They are handy when you want to mask the bright part of the scene (such as the sky in these examples). They are available with different density choices as well.

Without Neutral Density filter

Without a Neutral Density filter

With Graduated Neutral Density filter

With Graduated Neutral Density filter

What brand of filter should I buy? 

I always suggest the highest quality filters, although they can be a little more expensive. I am not here to promote one brand over the other, but remember that adding another piece of glass in front of your lens means that the light has to travel through this glass as well. So the high-quality optics manufacturers are well known to provide better construction and less distortion to light. One important thing is always to purchase a multi-coated filter to reduce the chance of glare and colour cast.

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POLARIZING FILTER

How useful is a Polarizing Filter? 

There are a handful of filters in the market for digital photography. Previously, I discussed UV Filters. For this Monday #PhotoClue, I want to look into Polarizing Filter.

How a Polarizing Filter Works:

Without getting too technical, this filter blocks scattered light rays. Therefore, it creates sharper images.

Here is the definition of a polarizing filter by Oxford Dictionary:

“A photographic or optical filter that polarizes the light passing through it, used chiefly for reducing reflections and improving contrast. Two polarizing filters are often used together, such that rotation of one of them results in a neutral density filter of variable density.”

Polarizing Filter

Polarizing Filter
Polarizing Filters block the haze and create more sharpness and contrast.

Different Types of Polarizing Filters:

Generally speaking, there are two different types of Polarizing Filters, Linear and Circular. 

For all Autofocus lenses, you must use the Circular Polarizing filters, as the Linear ones interrupt your lens’s autofocus function.

On the other note, a low-quality Polarizing Filter can cause unwanted Colour cast in pictures. So, invest your money wisely in good quality filters.

No Filter

Polarizing Filter
No Polarizing Filter. Notice the reflection on the desk that makes the colours faded and overall dark photo

Polarizing Filter

polarizing filter
Just by adding a polarizing filter, the reflection is removed and more colours and sharpness were added to the image

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I wrote a detailed article about polarizing filters and different uses of them. To read the full article and see sample images, click HERE.

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Breaking the Rules

Following or Breaking the Rules?

Unlike other rules, Photography Composition Rules are flexible, which means you can break the rules at any given time.

It is most useful to learn the rules first and then break them if needed.

Here is a list of most popular Composition Rules:

1- Rule Of Thirds: Off-Centre subject is more dynamic.

2- Speaking of Rule Of Thirds, Keep the horizon STRAIGHT and Off-Centre.

3- Adding “Guide Line” to the image enhances the depth.

4- Create a “Balance” in the picture by selecting the right elements.

5- Camera Orientation (Landscape or Portrait Mode) is a good start for applying the Balance.

And the list goes on and on, stay tuned for more tips.

Breaking the Rules?

camera Orientation
Breaking the composition Balance rule to create my own vision of covering more of the scene

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Composition Rule

Here are some photos by Jeff MacLellan. He sent me this photos and new techniques that he explored during the workshop.
Very powerful composition to show the beauty and texture in Tulips.

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Lightroom Quick Tip

Lightroom Quick Tip on Folders and Collections?

Lightroom provides various ways of organizing pictures. This variety causes some confusion. Here is a quick clarification for you.

Lightroom Folder Tip

Lightroom Folders are the actual location of an image in the hard drive. Therefore, a photo resides inside a particular folder. If you need to have a picture in several folders, you need to copy the photo, which results in having multiple copies of an image.

Lightroom Collection Tip

On the other hand, Collections are Virtual location of pictures, which means an image can remain in several Collections, without being copied.

Here you have it; a short and quick explanation of these two powerful Lightroom Organizing methods.  

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Lightroom Quick Tip

All photographers need to learn post-processing. Lightroom is the most powerful tool for digital editing.
All photographers need to learn post-processing. Lightroom is the most powerful tool for digital editing.

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Simple Composition Rules

5 Simple Composition Rules

Which can change “A photo” to “THE photo”

every week you have seen articles here from one of our instructors about photography or photo editing tips. If you have  questions or suggestions, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to get back to you in a timely manner. You are most welcome to use these tips to take photos or edit pictures, and then send them to us to post on our blog, or to be critiqued by us. Don’t worry, we won’t bite!

Simple Composition Rules that you should remember

Why some photos from the same location are nicer than the others? What can you do to have the possible shot? These 5 Simple Composition Rules can improve your image quality and turn your image from “good” to “AWESOME!”

1-Use Backlight

Backlight can show the texture and details of flowers

When the Light is directional use Backlight to highlight amazing saturated colours, and outline shapes with rim light.

 

2-Different Metering Modes 

Tulip Field Photography Workshop

Your camera has different metering modes. Use the one that matches your subject and light source

To take the most advantage of this directional light, you need to know about the camera’s built in light meter, as well as the different modes that direct it. As a rule of thumb, Spot Metering or Centre Weighted metering works better in bright, directional light.

 

3-Stabilizing your shots

When the shutter speed is not fast enough, try to stabilize the camera for sharp picture. Here is a sample of Camera shake.

Whenever we do not have enough light to shoot with fast shutter speeds as well as to maintain a deep Depth-Of-Field, use a Monopod or Tripod to stabilize your camera for sharper images and wider Depths-Of-Field.

 

4-Keep the Balance

Landscape mode

Portrait Mode

These 2 images are shot at the same time and settings, the only change is the orientation of the camera. Take your time and examine both orientations to find which one works better for you. A more balanced image is more eye pleasing.

 

5-Angle Of View

Lower Angle

Lower Angle Usually makes more impressing effect

Higher Angle

Higher Angle usually flattens the subject.

You can change the perspective of your photos by changing the angle of your camera. Angle Of View (AOV) is the most artistic and impactful part of visual arts. Always try different AOVs.

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Tips on HDR Photo Editing

HDR Photo Editing using Nik Software

Tips on HDR Photo editing

HDR photography and Photo Editing are fun. Have you ever tried them?

I just posted an article about Nik Software HDR Efex Pro. Now you can do HDR in Lightroom and Photoshop but still some third part softwares offer even more power for fine adjustment.

I use Lightroom/Photoshop HDR on regular bases but once in a while I really enjoy the controls that Nik Software HDR Efex pro has to offer.

Nik software HDR Efex Pro Tip:

Here we go with a discussion about another plugin from Nik Software tutorials.  I’ve covered all the plugins from Nik Software before but I still believe that HDR Efex Pro is one the best HDR plugins in the market! First let’s have a quick look at the features.

Quick look at HDR Efex Pro

Experience all the power, control, and creative expression your camera has to offer with HDR Efex Pro, the essential new high dynamic range imaging standard designed to help photographers quickly and easily achieve the full spectrum of HDR enhancements from the realistic to artistic.

By combining innovative and best-in-class technologies, including unrivaled tone mapping algorithms, proprietary U Point® technology, and powerful ghosting control, HDR Efex Pro provides the power, control, and precision for anyone to create stunning high dynamic range photographs.

The Power of HDR

•Complete all-in-one HDR imaging toolkit with intuitive, fast, and easy operation.

•U Point technology powered selection tools for fast precise enhancements of contrast, shadow, structure, and saturation adjustments permit localized

fine-tuning for a completely finished look.

•Multiple proprietary tone mapping algorithms with powerful adjustment controls yield a wide variety of HDR styles and superior results.

•Scores of presets organized into categories enable amazing one-click HDR

image processing.

•Advanced technology for automatic image alignment and ghosting removal.

•Ability to create the HDR “look” from single images.

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Here is a sample of HDR Editing by using Nik Software HDE Efex Pro:

 

HDR Photo

Normal shooting

HDR Photo

HDR Adjustment

 

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ISO Settings Tips

How about ISO Settings?

More tips for successfully utilizing different ISO settings

Part 3

After learning about the ISO, let’s talk about some useful tips for using ISO Settings.

Do not use Auto ISO…

-If you shoot steady subjects (such as landscape, macro, or even portraits.) You want to control the Depth of Field and Dynamic Range of the photo.

-In Flash Photography, especially if you use off-camera flashes.

-If you are going for a long exposure, Auto ISO can drive you nuts! When you want to slow down your shutter speed, the Auto ISO will keep increasing the sensitivity to maintain the minimum safe shutter speed. Turn Auto ISO off for long exposures.

-If you want to create a very shallow Depth-Of-Field.

Tips on using higher ISO:

-Try to stay at as low an ISO as possible. For example if you can shoot at ISO 1000, don’t set the ISO to 2000. Remember: the lower the ISO, the sharper and cleaner will be the picture.

-If you have to shoot at a high ISO, try to set the exposure a little higher. You can set the exposure compensation to +0.5 or +0.7, to achieve a brighter photo.

ISO Settings Tips

Underexposed image. After adjusting the brightness, you introduce more noise to the image

ISO Settings Tips

Here is the above image at 2:1 zoom. The noise are very pronounced

Why I should overexpose images when shooting higher ISO?

This is a good question. When you shoot at a higher ISO, and the image is a little too dark, you need to brighten the photo in post processing (editing in Photoshop or Lightroom as examples). By editing to apply brightness to an image, you introduce more Digital Noise (or grain) to the image. For this reason it’s recommended to slightly overexpose images with a higher ISO. Then you won’t need to brighten the image in post processing; if it is a little too bright for your taste or style, you can tone it down a little, which will help to smooth out the digital noise.

ISO Settings

An slightly overexposed image with high ISO settings

High ISO Settings

For Overexposed image, even after adjustments, the noise is not as pronounced as the underexposed photo

As mentioned above, I don’t recommend using Auto ISO in flash photography, but there some exceptions. I’ve scheduled a Flash photography workshop for October 29 and 31. This two part workshop covers all popular techniques in flash photography with lots of hands-on practice.


I hope you enjoyed this look at the role of ISO in establishing good exposures, its advantages and the importance of using high ISO settings with caution.  It can be a helpful technique for those times when shutter speed and aperture need to remain constant.  Happy experimenting with ISO!

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