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Portrait Photography Tips

Portrait Photography Tips On What to Avoid when taking Portraiture

This photography tip is very different from the other tips, it is all about the mistakes that can ruin a good portrait picture. Some of the mistakes are very common and easy to avoid. Just remember these tips and try to fix them while taking the pictures.

Portrait Photography Tips On What to Avoid when taking Portraiture

These mistakes are very common and I have seen them in many portraitures. The good news is as photographer, you can easily detect and fix them right away.

Avoid Hot Spots

Hot spots on the face or body are very annoying and they can easily ruin the photos. When taking portrait , especially outdoor in a sunny day, check for the Hot Spots. And when you see them, just move your model to a new location, change the angle of camera, change the light direction, etc. to avoid Hot Spots.

Hot Spots can ruin photos

Notice how the hot spot ruined this photo. The photographer could have easily avoid it by changing the location of the model or the camera.
Notice how the hot spot ruined this photo. The photographer could have easily avoid it by changing the location of the model or the camera.

Avoid Awkward Positions

Pay attention to the head, eyes, arms, hands, legs, etc. and if they look awkward fix them. There are many guidelines for posing that can be used as an starting point.

Awkward Posing

Awkward Posing caused the right arm looks bad, and also notice the bulging belly!
Awkward Posing caused the right arm looks bad, and also notice the bulging belly!

Another Awkward Posing

Pay attention to white part of eyes.
Pay attention to white part of eyes.

Avoid Unwanted Objects in Background or Foreground

It is very easy for a tree branch in the background to look like a Horn on top of your models head! Before clicking the shutter check the background and foreground completely. And if you spot any of these annoying elements, try to avoid them by changing the camera angle or height, change the location, or simply use a very shallow depth of field to blur them out.

Check for unwanted elements

Notice the unwanted items in the scene. Using a shallow depth of field made them less noticeable.
Notice the unwanted items in the scene. Using a shallow depth of field made them less noticeable.

Check for unwanted elements

Shallow depth of field saved this image, otherwise tree branches in the background would look like a Horn on top of the model’s head!
Shallow depth of field saved this image, otherwise tree branches in the background would look like a Horn on top of the model’s head!

That is all for now. As always thank you so much for your support. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for upcoming tutorials and tips. 

If you are like me and learn better by hands on and practical examples, check our Upcoming Classes in Portrait Photography.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

Omnilargess Photography Classes

Three Great Portrait Photography Classes

We offer three great Portrait Photography Classes for everyone!

Natural Light Portrait Class

Starts April 13th

A 2 day workshop with classroom and practical sessions.

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Starts May 11th

A 2 day workshop with classroom and practical sessions.

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Studio Portrait Class

Starts June 2nd

A full day workshop on how to set up a studio


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Fall Outdoor Photography Class

Fall Outdoor Photography Class 

Two part workshop for taking amazing Fall pictures 

Autumn is almost here with exciting opportunities to photograph the colourful images of Fall. Fall is my favourite season because of the light, the vibrant colours and being out in the fresh outdoor air. Taking photos outdoors, especially in autumn, needs specific know-how techniques. Our Fall Outdoor Photography Class is scheduled for November 12th from 9 am to 3:30 pm and all camera makes and models are welcome.

Composition Rules

Learning Exposure and Composition Rules can change your photos to amazing art.

This is a two part class; the first part is a three hour classroom and outdoor session where you will learn how to control the settings on your camera, how to meter or read the light, how to compose your photos, etc. With outdoor photography you need to understand and change the camera settings on the fly. In outdoor photography the light can change so quickly, or your subject may move, so you need to be able to compensate for these changes as quickly as possible. The main part of Fall Outdoor Photography Class is dedicated to finding and changing these settings in your digital camera quickly without wasting any time. Here is an example of how fast the ambient light can change.

In Outdoor Photography the ambient light can change quickly. In our Outdoor Photography class you learn how to change the camera settings fast

In Outdoor Photography the ambient light can change quickly. In our Outdoor Photography class you learn how to change the camera settings fast

I took these photos about 5 minutes apart; although my exposure is correct in both photos, you can see how the overall effect of light has changed from one image to the other.

Another important topic we are going to cover in the Fall Outdoor Photography Class is Composition, and how to find the right angle. I took these photos from different heights and angles.

Finding Guide lines is part of Outdoor Photography Class

Finding Guide lines is part of Outdoor Photography Class

Learn how to compose for dramatic outdoor photos

Learn how to compose for dramatic outdoor photos

Fall Outdoor Photography Class

Using Rule of Simplicity is very important for outdoor photography

The second part of the Outdoor Photography Class is completely hands on. We are going to walk around the field and apply these techniques in practical ways. It is a full three hour outdoor photography adventure with plenty of time to interact with your instructor and learn specific photography tips.

Fall Outdoor Photography class

Exposure and Compositions are the most important elements to create amazing shots

Fall Outdoor Photography Class

Come to outdoor photography class and learn how to the exposure for capturing outstanding Fall colours

There are a few more tickets available for the Outdoor Photography Class. Register now to reserve your spot. As always, please contact us if you have any questions.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Manual Exposure Shooting

Is Manual Exposure Shooting Obsolete?

On Saturday April 2nd we had our first Manual Exposure Shooting workshop of 2016. It was an awesome day to practice all manual settings on our camera. Manual exposure shooting requires some extra skills and when you master these skills, you won’t want to go back to any other settings. This was verified by the end of the workshop with all participants agreeing with me and committed to staying in Manual Exposure shooting mode.

Our next Manual Exposure Shooting Workshop is scheduled for June 18th

Manual exposure shooting

Manual Exposure Shooting allows us to adjust the exposure precisely.

In the middle of our workshop, we came across a group of athletes from Abbotsford Filipino Martial Arts Club and Brando Marasigan (Head Instructor for the group) allowed us to take some photos while they were practicing. Workshop students enjoyed the opportunity to use manual shooting modes in a real life scenario. Here are some photos:

Manual Shooting

Athletes from Abbotsford Flipino Martial Arts group

Manual Exposure shooting

Manual Exposure shooting is very important when you are shooting for a particular result. We had lots of fun capturing the fast moving subjects and controlling the exposure on fly

And here are 2 photos that Ian Lowe took from these amazing athletes:

Manual Exposure shooting

Photo credit to Ian Lowe

Manual exposure shooting

Photo credit to Ian Lowe

What is Manual Exposure Shooting workshop about?

This workshop is specially developed to give you confidence to master using your camera in fully manual settings, covering everything from Manual Exposure to Custom White Balance.

Why are manual exposure and settings important?

Almost all pro photographers use manual settings and the main reason is they have full control over their camera. Cameras, while technologically sophisticated, do not have a brain and it is very easy for the brightness/darkness of background or foreground to push the camera to capture incorrect exposures or White Balance.

What is covered in the Manual Exposure Workshop?

An important part of good photographs is accurate exposure. In the Manual Exposure Workshop you will learn how to use the hidden functions in your camera to make correct exposures each and every time by using different metering modes, ISO, and even White Balance. You will also learn how to use the Histogram to make informed decisions about exposure and be able to fine tweak your photographs right at capture.

How long is the workshop?  

Manual Exposure Shooting workshop is a two part class and is five hours in total

How many students will be in this workshop? 

There are only nine seats available for the Manual Exposure Workshop to maximize learning and provide more one-on-one instruction to all participants.

How do I register for the Manual Exposure Workshop? 

Just go to our UPCOMING CLASSES page and select Manual Exposure Workshop and follow the onscreen instructions to register or visit our office during business hours to sign up for this wonderful class.

As always, please feel free to contact us if you have any question.

Happy Manual shooting,

Ted and the Omnilargess Team


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Outdoor Manual Shooting Photography

Improve your Outdoor photos by Manual Shooting

On November 14th when we had our Outdoor Photography Workshop here in Abbotsford, the day was cloudy and overcast, but we had a good chance on trying different techniques including Manual Shooting.

Here is what Caroline posted on Facebook about her experience:

  • I took the outdoor photography course last weekend and it was a lot of fun. I learned new tricks I never knew before and how to take better pictures. Thank you for an excellent experience and looking forward to joining more classes.–Caroline Cari

  • Great teaching by Ted and thanks Ed for helping out–Pat Barnum

  • Ted is an excellent instructor. Any question is not too small to have answered. I love the new ideas we were given to use in future photo shoots.”–Alice Campbell

  • Thanks for the course! I learned a lot about manual mode and how shutter speed, aperture, and ISO affect one another.–Ashleigh Graham

For more Testimonials check our students testimonial page.

I would like to thank everyone for joining the class and all the amazing and useful feedbacks we received.

Here are some photos from Saturday Outdoor class:

Manual Shooting

Outdoor Photography Workshop is about learning Manual Shooting

Manual Shooting

In Manual shooting you can be more creative

And here are some photos that Caroline shared with us

Manual Shooting

In Manual shooting the background can not change the exposure

Manual Shooting

Caroline controlled the shutter speed to create motion blurred

Manual Shooting

Panning was one of the techniques that carline loved.

Does Manual Shooting really improve the photo quality?

That is a tough question to answer. But as a rule of thumbs, in Manual Shooting you are in full control over the settings and exposure. With this amount of control, you need to be more careful about the exposure and need to constantly check the light and adjust the exposure.

How can you master Manual Shooting?

In short, you need to train your brain to continuously check the light and exposure meter of your camera. Practicing and education are essential in achieving this skill. That is why I arrange the Outdoor Manual Shooting hands on workshops. So pick up an assignment for outdoor shooting and only use manual shooting for this exercise. You may slow down the process of taking your desired photo, but will end up with more impressing pictures at the end of the day.

We are developing another Outdoor Photography Tour for the exquisite Manning Park. Stay tuned for more details next week, as Manning Park Photography Tour is not only about Manual Shooting, but also about Composition and Editing. Yes, you guessed right! We are going to teach Landscape Editing in this wonderful tour. For more information check our Upcoming Classes.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Outdoor Photography Techniques

Photography Outdoor Pictures

Learn how and when to use Manual Exposure

Full hands on, outdoor photography workshop

Understanding Light and Exposure in Digital Cameras

This is a three hour workshop exploring outdoor photography techniques. You will learn how to read the ambient light, set the exposure, use Custom White Balance, and much more!

Learn how to shoot in Manual mode

Learn how to shoot in Manual mode

Requirement:

This workshop is primarily for beginner to intermediate photographers using digital SLR cameras, but many manual capable digital compact cameras are also suitable. Each participant is expected to bring a digital camera with a fully charged battery and memory card(s).

Topics:

Hands on Camera Light meter, Exploring different Light meter techniques, Reading light through camera lens, Using a Grey card or Neutral object to set the exposure, Using Camera’s White Balance Presets, Set the Custom White Balance for better colour, Improving Dynamic Range.

Location:

Abbotsford Clearbrook Library Entrance 

Time: 9:00am to 12:00pm

Registration Fee: $60.00 per person

 

This workshop is 100% hands-on and is developed for beginners to intermediate shooters who want to expand their skills in the wonderful world of landscape photography.


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Photography Fall Colours

Photography Fall Colours

Outdoor Photography Workshop Fraser Valley

 

Exposure and composition are main topics in Outdoor photography class

Exposure and composition are main topics in Outdoor photography class

 

 

Are you ready to Photograph Fall Colours?

Autumn is a very beautiful time of year specially in British Columbia and the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland area has wonderful possibilities for photographs showcasing the fall colours. It’s hard to predict when the Fall Color is going to start, but even if the trees haven’t changed yet, the Autumn Equinox, officially September 23rd this year, signalled the beginning of autumn and offered a multitude of photographic opportunities. The air is getting cooler and the hues and tones of summer are preparing for the shift to an autumn palette.

Exposure and composition are main topics in outdoor photography workshop

Exposure and composition are main topics in outdoor photography workshop

Do you know the techniques to capture the gorgeous fall scenes?

 

Fall colours are unique and they change so fast. If you’d love to photograph the beauty of autumn, then make plans to join us for this very popular Outdoor Photography workshop.* In this 6 hour workshop Ted will cover how to manually meter the light, control the depth of field, adjust shutter speed and white balance, locate right view point, composition, etc.

This is a beginner to intermediate workshop catering to cameras of all brands.  Point and shoot cameras are also welcome but are limited in their capacity. No experience necessary. Tripod is very important. Please dress appropriately as we will go rain or shine. Bring an umbrella just in case!

 

*Maximum 12 students for this workshop.There are only few spots left. Register now to reserve your spot!

Finding Guide lines is part of Outdoor Photography Class

Finding Guide lines is part of Outdoor Photography Class

 

Event: Digital Camera Workshop 

Date: Part 1: Sunday October 5 from 10:00am to 1:00pm

          Part 2: Sunday October 5 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm


 

 

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Understanding Exposure in Digital Camera

Understanding Exposure in Digital Camera Part 1

Light and Exposure

Photo Tip Friday March 7, 2014

Ambient Light

All artists use raw materials to work with and create a piece of art. For example a painter needs brushes, paints and canvas to make a painting.

Photography as Art

The word photography derives from Greek and means Painting With Light, which is an excellent way of describing what we do. I always use the analogy in my workshops that our canvas is camera media (film or digital), our paint is light and exposure works as our brushes!

Given that light is the single most important element in a photograph, it’s astonishing how few photographers pay any real attention to it. Most of the time we’re so eager to press the shutter release we don’t rarely give it a second thought. You can have the best camera, lenses, accessories and film in the world, but without understanding the role of light you won’t get very far. And without the correct exposure you can not produce a good photo. In the same way other artists fully understand their raw materials, photographers have to learn to work with light to be successful. In this tutorial we will look at the ways daylight can vary, what subjects each lighting type is good for and how you can improve on the light that’s already there.

1- Bright Sunny Day:

I-Early morning or late afternoon provide nice directional shadows which help you create the third dimension in your images. If you are shooting landscapes these times give you a golden light with very good contrast and colour. If you shoot portraits (people) you can be confident that this light is very flattering (ie: no harsh shadows under the eyes, etc) and can concentrate more on how to pose your subjects and make them feel comfortable.

Early morning or late afternoon provides a very flattering light, and the shadows help to add dimension to photos.

Early morning or late afternoon provides a very flattering light, and the shadows help to add dimension to photos.

 

The directional light helps you to focus more in your composition.

The directional light helps you to focus more in your composition.

Directional light is very useful for Macro photography

Directional light is very useful for Macro photography

 

II-Midday: It’s recommended to avoid midday sunshine as the light is too harsh, resulting in faded colours as well as excessive contrast and deep shadows. If you have to shoot at midday, consider using of some kind of light modifiers such as reflectors or flashes.

Midday sun shine causes faded colour and contrast.

Midday sun shine causes faded colour and contrast.

If you have to shoot in Midday sun, try the shade.

If you have to shoot in Midday sun, try the shade.

Usually people squint in midday sun.

Usually people squint in midday sun.

Midday sun flattens the images.

Midday sun flattens the images.

Midday sun light reduces the details in macro photography

Midday sun light reduces the details in macro photography

 

2- Overcast Light:

This is perfect soft light for portrait photography. A bright overcast day creates magical light for photographers and allows plenty of control over the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture to capture the details that you are after.

Overcast day light is the magic light!

Overcast day light is the magic light!

Bright overcast provides lots of details in photos

Bright overcast provides lots of details in photos

 

Sign up for our Outdoor Photography Techniques to learn more about the quality of light and exploring skills for how to manage the light. This is a full hands-on class with lots of time to practice and ask questions from your instructor.

In this series of ‘Photography as Art’ we have seen how our paints (the light) can dramatically influence our medium. Next up we’ll discuss our brushes (in this case: exposure). Stay tuned and be sure to join us for my next article about Exposure.

Ted and the Omnilargess Team

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Outdoor photography workshop July

Outdoor Photography Workshop for July 20 

Do you want to take better Outdoor photos? This workshop will cover lot of tips about Outdoor Photography techniques.

Do you think your camera is not capable of taking amazing photos? Most Digital cameras have settings that help you controlling the exposure. 

Long Exposure

Long Exposure

Did you know that almost all digital cameras have very sophisticated metering system? In this class you will learn how and when to use this advanced tool to dramatically improve your photography.

Spot Metering

Spot Metering

Did you know that the Histogram can help you make better exposures? We will cover understanding the histogram to fine-tune your exposures.

Histogram helps you tweaking the Exposure

Histogram helps you tweaking the Exposure

If you love to photograph the beauty of outdoor scenes, make plans to join us for this very popular Outdoor photography workshop.*

Outdoor Photography workshop will cover how to manually meter the light, control depth of field, adjust shutter speed and white balance, locate right view point, composition, histogram and more.

This is an intermediate workshop for DSLR cameras of all brands.  Point and shoot cameras are also welcome but are limited in their capacity. A tripod is required. Please dress appropriately as we will go rain or shine. Bring an umbrella just in case!

*Maximum 12 students for this workshop.

Register now.

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