- Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera
The Blackmagic Cinema Camera from Blackmagic Design brings to film makers a tool that many have waited for. Recording to a 2.5K image sensor, the camera is capable of recording 12-bit RAW DNG files, as well as ProRes and DNxHD formats to built-in removable SSD drives (not included), while delivering 13 stops of dynamic range. And it does so at a previously unheard of price point.
The camera is housed in an elegant, minimalist enclosure, crafted from a single block of aluminum. It can be used hand held or mounted on industry standard hardware. The lens mount accepts Canon EF and Zeiss ZE lenses, and the LCD touchscreen provides monitoring, plus the ability for the user to add metadata such as shot number, filenames and keywords.
To handle the high data video output, the company includes a full version of DaVinci Resolve, its premier color correcting software for Mac and Windows. Also included is a copy of UltraScope. When connected to a computer via Thunderbolt, the software provides technically accurate waveform monitoring, displaying six live scope views on a single monitor.
Since everything has been designed to provide high quality acquisition, the camera is perfect for independent film, television commercials and episodic television production, all places where image quality is paramount. And being affordable, it will also find its way into wedding, sporting event and music video capture.
- Dynamic Range
- Captures a super wide dynamic range of 13 stops into 12-bit DNG files for a true “filmic” look
- Preserves detail in both shadows and highlights, and even handles indoor shots while keeping the details of any images captured through windows
- Allows for keeping all sensor data and enhancing the creative decisions during DaVinci Resolve color grading
- EF Compatible Lens Mount
- Supports optics from leading lens crafters such as Canon, Zeiss and many more
- Compatible with EF and ZE mount lenses
- Allows full electronic control of the lens – simply point, set iris and focus on command
- Capacitive Touchscreen Display
- Five inch touchscreen allows for setting up a shot, as well as playback from the SSD using the transport control buttons below the screen
- Enter shot data and update the camera’s settings using the capacitive touchscreen display
- Double tap to zoom the image for fast and accurate focus
- Data strip displays information including record status, shutter angle, ISO, battery level, record time and more
- Metadata Entry
- Features built-in metadata entry so that files include information compatible with popular editing software
- Dramatically speeds up the whole post production process
- Entering metadata is easy – simply tap the capacitive LCD touchscreen to display the slate where information can be entered including shot number, search tags, scene number, Timecode, and more
- Set shot number and other data to increment automatically
- Metadata is compatible with leading editing software and is fully searchable, bypassing the time consuming task of searching for specific shots when editing a project
- SSD Recorder
- Built-in SSD recorder uses low cost 2.5″ SSDs
- Allows for 2.5K uncompressed CinemaDNG RAW 12-bit capture, as well as Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD compressed video formats
- Play back directly from the camera, mount the disk to any computer, or use Blackmagic Design’s HyperDeck Studio deck
- With Apple ProRes and Avid DNxHD video formats, record for more than five hours on a single 480 GB SSD
- All file formats conform to open standards used by most professional NLE software
- When finished shooting, simply connect the SSD to a computer and edit or color shots straight from the disc
- Uses only standard connections, no custom cable required
- Dual balanced microphone/line audio inputs for recording high quality uncompressed audio
- 3 Gb/s SDI out for on set monitoring or for sending to live production switchers
- Includes 12 to 30 VDC input for power and battery charging
- Stereo mini (3.5 mm) headphone output
- LANC remote control and high speed Thunderbolt port for computer capture
- Open File Formats
- Camera uses standard file formats
- Recording native 2.5K resolution uses the open CinemaDNG format, delivering full 12-bit RAW recording quality
- Choose 1080HD recording into ProRes and DNxHD compressed video formats for even greater compatibility
- Included Software
- Full DaVinci Resolve 9.0 software for Mac and Windows
- Shoot wide dynamic range images and then make color correction decisions in post production
- UltraScope provides technically accurate waveform monitoring
- Connect the camera to any computer using Thunderbolt to display six live scope views on a single monitor
- Use UltraScope on set or in any location for parade, waveform, vectorscope and histogram signal measurement
- Includes picture view, audio level , and phase monitoring
By RICHARD B. WOODWARD
Visitors to the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., over the past decade could not help noticing that the museum-in-a-mansion, the world’s largest repository for all matters photographic, was struggling to keep up appearances. Everything about the former home of the man who introduced photography for the masses—from the mismatched furniture in the offices, to the sun-bleached curtains in the living room, to the grimly lighted café for visitors—seemed to convey an air of making do with less.
Upkeep and improvements won’t be any easier now that the house’s longtime benefactor, Eastman Kodak, has sought bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. That everyone associated with the museum in recent years had seen this day coming, as digital technology conquered the photography and film market, has not softened the shock. For the first time since being chartered in 1947, the George Eastman House will have to get along without financial support from the company that has been its foundation.
George Eastman House
George Eastman’s 1905 mansion, part of the museum since 1947.
Anthony Bannon, the museum’s director over the last 15 years, tried to be both upbeat and realistic. “It’s not grave but it’s still serious,” he said by phone the day before a recent trustees’ meeting. “If we had not reached out and established connections with other donors and institutions in the last couple of decades, the situation would be far worse.”
To meet its projected budget of $8.6 million for 2012, the George Eastman House must now raise approximately $200,000, the amount that Kodak contributed annually to 2010 and 2011 operations. That is about 2.3% of the total budget, not an insurmountable shortfall for many institutions but still a hardship in a region with a shaky economic base and blighted by a recession.
For all concerned the new dispensation will take some getting used to. Throughout much of the museum’s history, it and Kodak have seemed to be one and the same. Established as the George Eastman Museum of Photography (and more properly called the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film), the museum is situated in Eastman’s palatial 50-room former home among 10.5 acres of lawn and gardens.
A succession of directors have brought together an array of materials that reflected the mind-set of its tutelary spirit. George Eastman was an inventor, businessman, collector and pillar of Rochester whose strategies promoted the growth of cinema as well as photography. The philosophy of the George Eastman House, allied to but different from that of an art museum, has been to preserve artifacts relating to the machinery and processes of photographic media, along with the images this technology produced. The archives include, for example, some 25,000 cameras and four million film stills along with 3,500 daguerreotypes and major holdings of prints by Lewis Hine, Edward Steichen and Ansel Adams.
“Scrambling to preserve the world’s largest repository for all things photographic.”
Financing over the decades has come in large part from the company that Eastman founded in 1889 and built into a dominant force in photography and film for more than half a century. In 1976, Kodak still commanded 90% of the film market.
In the museum’s early years, Kodak was “far and away the major donor,” Mr. Bannon said. And that largesse continued for more than two decades. But as Fujifilm and other rivals began to eat into Kodak’s profits during the 1970s, support from the corporation, at least for operating costs, began to steeply decline. In 1979 the Kodak gift was about $1 million, about half what it had been a decade before.
As a percentage of its annual budget, this sum was still substantial. In 1989 Kodak’s donation paid for 23.8% of operations, not counting what was given in restricted grants for special exhibitions and projects. (It provided, for instance, $17 million of the $30 million the museum raised for a capital improvement campaign in the mid-1980s.) By 1999 Kodak’s annual gift was $500,000, or 9.3% of the operating budget.
In the past few years, as the photographic world has turned almost completely digital, that share of the operating budget has dwindled to less than 3%. During this time the George Eastman House has been forced to broaden its base of support. Although Kodak has remained the largest single donor, other new contributors have included the Louis B. Mayer Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. In 2000 the museum forged a partnership with the International Center for Photography in New York so that they might work together on exhibitions to highlight the George Eastman House’s rich collections and capitalize on ICP’s location in New York City. This arrangement contributes nothing to the George Eastman House’s costs of maintaining itself or expanding, however, and funds for buying new work have been conspicuously lacking.
“We’re a museum based in collections,” Mr. Bannon said. “We must continue to collect or we fail.”
The past few years have seen a steady flow of donations, if not of purchases. In 2010 the museum received three large gifts: Kodak bequeathed its archives and materials for the Coloramas, those colossal photographic advertisements for the company’s film products that once rose above the main hall in Grand Central Terminal; James Ivory of Merchant-Ivory Productions donated the prints and original negatives from 40 films, including “A Room With a View,” “Howard’s End” and “The Remains of the Day”; and Technicolor Corp., which pioneered the color process in movies, handed over its archives. These materials, dating from 1914 to 1974, include cameras, research drawings on the three-strip process, beakers from laboratories and negatives for “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind.” Where all of this will go and how its organization will be paid for has yet to be determined.
“A museum director is always running scenarios and contingencies,” said Mr. Bannon, who is 69 years old and scheduled to retire in July. “Of course, I worry how we will continue to fulfill our strategic plan for this year. But I’m an optimist.”
His successor, not yet named, will now have a vast and unique collection to oversee along with a new and permanent hole in the budget. The institution that invented film and photography conservation may be in need of some conservation of its own.
Mr. Woodward is an arts critic in New York.
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There is a lot to consider when it comes to choosing a commercial photographer. However, with so many to choose from these days, how do you narrow down your search? Recommendations are always handy but there are plenty of other things to consider
before making that choice. Here are a few tips to help you select the right commercial photographer:
What’s the job?
There are many different styles of commercial photography so one of the first steps is to make sure you choose a commercial photographer who is best suited to the job. For example, a nature photographer may not be the best choice to shoot your products as they could use different camera equipment and may not work out of a studio – Mother Nature provides that for them! Most commercial photographers nowadays will specialise in particular or similar styles of photography and their techniques may vary. For example a food photographer could also do product photography but it’s unlikely their skills will stretch to more niche styles such as sport or street photography.
Check out their portfolio of work
Have a look through the photographer’s portfolio of work to see if their style matches your needs. Some commercial photographers might rely on a contemporary or rather edgy style, while others are more traditional. This is particularly relevant in wedding photography, but also in the commercial world. If your brand is associated with traditional family values, then perhaps that edgy style is not going to represent your brand the best.
Go and meet with them
You’ve narrowed down your selection so now it’s time to speak to the photographer. Go and meet them at their studio so you discuss your needs and see whether the photographer can accommodate them. It helps to go in with some clear ideas so you can set some parameters for the photographer to work within, but also listen to their recommendations and find out if they work for you. Also make sure you check out their studio and the equipment they use to ensure they have the right resources available for your job such as lighting, space and even props. For instance, if its straight product shots you’re after make sure the photographer uses an infinity cove, which has no edges or corners, as a background, as this will help to keep down any post editing costs.
Discuss your budget
Once you are happy the photographer offers you what you want, now it’s time to have the discussion about fees. Know what your budget is and let the photographer know this right up front. Determine what the costs will cover such as the image photography rights, editing, location, hiring of props & any additional camera equipment as well as the overall length of the shoot. This should all be covered in the contract between you and the photographer.
Above maintain open and regular contact with your commercial photographer so they can really understand your needs. By building a strong rapport with each other this should lead to a more successful photography shoot.
1) Use a tripod
I well made and balanced tripod is an investment. Spend as much as you can, the Oben line found at B&HPhoto are affiliate partner has complete collection of all the major brands of tripods. They carry every type of tripod and accessory. One that I found very interesting is with an arm that goes completely over the set if needed is the Oben line. It has to be rock solid, if you find that you have to tighten down the locks too much you tripod is not for the camera. Snug and it should lock.
2) Focus your camera
In order to ensure your images are sharp, make sure you know how to focus your camera make sure it’s on manual focus thus giving you the sweet spot to focus on. You don’t want the servo motors trying to focus on it thinks is the important part. Once you have composed the image the lighting begins.
3) Put your camera in manual mode
Manuel mode allows you too pick the aperture and speed depending on what you’re shooting. Shoot in Raw not Jpeg. You want to have all the color information a raw file can give you. Afterwards in post you can make the adjustment. I use Lightroom for all my post correction
4) Use soft lighting
You never want to use the cameras on camera flash. This gives a harsh light with shadows, no contrast. Yoou can use a cube or a softbak to bring on top and from the sides you can use reflector cars to bring out small details. EZcube, Cubelite, or use a soft box.
5) Use image editing software
The seasoned pro uses Photoshop, the workforce for the industry, most of the post production can be done in Lightroom then all applied changes and exported as a tiff or jpeg (although I don’t recommend using jpeg’s)
When you see a professional jewelry shot take place there is an enormous amount of time and experience to make the product look like a million bucks as they say.
6) If you are the type to print in-house
For those that have installed a color calibration system you’re ahead of the pack. Once you have your monitor, printer, and paper all in sync your results will be perfect. Giving a client a rock solid calibrated file along with the printout saves them money and you become an added value vendor(although I hate the term vendor) What are your thoughts?
Today, digital photography is considered the most popular not only in the business industry but also for personal use. For all those who have shifted from film cameras, it is vital that you know the different terms related to it.
The first part of the digital photography tutorial will focus on the basic parts and terms you need to know before handling a digital camera. Below are the common terms used in digital photography:
1. Pixel- means the tiniest part of the digital photo. A photo image is composed of combined millions of pixel.
2. Resolution- the over all quantity of pixels in a photo. Increasing the resolution would make the image become sharper. Thus more pixels are needed to achieve a better photo image quality.
3. Mega pixel- a photo composed of three to four mega pixels will have a better quality that a photo with only one mega pixel.
4. Dots Per Inch (DPI) – this term is used to describe quality of the computer monitor and printer. Specifically, laser printers have more dpi resolution than monitors. Hence, higher the dpi resolution means better quality.
5. JPEG (joint photographic experts group) – it correspond to the format for saving images in the digital camera.
6. Memory Card- this is where the digital files are stored. Memory cards consist of different sizes and capacity. A memory card with higher storage capacity would be more convenient to purchase.
7. LCD (liquid crystal display) – almost all digital cameras have this specification. The purpose of LCD is for the photographer to be able to view the scene first before capturing the photo.
Now that you already understand the first part of the digital photography tutorial, the second part will discuss basically on correct handling of digital camera.
Proper handling of digital camera is the next important step in digital photography. This is because the success of a digital photographer depends on his output. And the key to achieve quality photos starts in the way you use and handle the digital camera.
Learning how a digital camera works, understanding the strategies in taking photos, and how to take indoor and outdoor pictures are all part of the things a beginner should learn.
Below is the second part of the digital photography tutorial. These are good ideas to help beginner master the secrets of taking photos.
1. Pay attention to the subject
One of the most fundamental digital photography tips. You should be able to compose carefully by working on the frame. Play with your camera, and explore the different shots. Avoid positioning your object at the center of the photo, as it may result to dead center image.
2. Capture Close Up Photos
Take great images by capturing them in extreme close up. Close up photos add a little creativity and excitement to the photos. In addition, this feature is only of the different ways to enhance you photo.
3. Use a tripod
Oftentimes digital cameras results to blurry photographs if your hands quiver a little. Getting a tripod will surely save your effort from taking low quality photos, and preserve otherwise great photos.
4. Be active
Try creative shots. Take photos from the top of a hill, or off the side of a yacht. Go outside and explore your environment. You’ll surely have fun taking those once in a lifetime photo shots.
5. Join a photography class
Your learning doesn’t only focus on the practical part. You must not only learn through your experience. Learning from an expert would also help to improve your skills as a photographer. Try to join a photography class in your community, or if there are online classes you can log on.
Becoming a professional digital photographer really takes time. You just have to be resourceful and keep on trying new techniques. Start by learning the digital photography tutorial because this will serve as a stepping stone for your future career growth.
Nowadays, according to psychologists, more and more people are getting visually inclined. In other words, most of us love to use our eyes!
In what ways do we use our eyes for?
We use our eyes to view things in our environment. However, through time, man has devised ways on how to preserve the things we see, whether these are beautiful or not, and one of which is by way of using cameras.
These days, the biggest sellers in the camera market are the so-called digital SLR cameras.
Just what is an SLR camera?
SLR is an acronym for Single Lens Reflex. SLR cameras were the tools made for and used by professional photographers. Cameras such as these, similarly, make use of mirror that reflects light entering the lens up into the eye piece or the viewfinder. Thus, a photographer can gauge how the image or picture will look like. Moreover, a SLR camera uses lenses that are interchangeable. Hence, this camera can be used for long distance telephoto photography or close-up macro photography.
A digital SLR or DSLR camera is dependent on lenses and mirror and their optical capabilities. However a DSLR camera uses light sensor chips and digital memory cards instead of films, basically a computerized version of the abovementioned camera.
The following summarizes the comparison between DSLR and point and shoot cameras (SLRs):
1. DSLRs and SLRs use interchangeable lenses for better resolution.
2. Any picture you take using SLRs and DSLRs is usually crisper, cleaner and fine upon reproduction.
3. DSLRs have a higher speed when it comes to focusing and taking pictures
4. DSLRs perform better at low lighting conditions by using ISO speeds. These cameras have lesser granularity.
5. DSLRS provide more professional power over depth of field, light, and responsiveness.
6. DSLRs provide a more immediate feedback as they use digital chips or light sensing CCDs that translate incoming light rays into digital pictures.
7. DSLRs and SLRs cost more than point and shoot cameras.
8. DSLRs and SLRs are usually heavier than some point and shoot models.
Some sample DSLR models are listed below:
• Canon EOS 10D
• Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT
• Nikon D50
• Nikon D70s
• Pentax *ist DS
• Canon EOS 1D Mark II
• Canon EOS 20D
• Fuji Finepix S3 Pro
• Nikon D2x
Who actually wants DSLRs? Anyone wants to have crisper and clearer pictures—be it a hobbyist or a professional photographer can opt for a DSLR model. Anyone who will not bother carrying bigger cameras on trips in order to bring back topnotch photos can make use of DSLRs.
Like all electronic and computerized gadgets, digital models tend to get cheaper yet better over time. For sure, DSLRs will eventually migrate down to consumer cameras: ability to take bursts of 10 frames in a few seconds, quick response time, higher resolution image sensors, and accurate auto-focus, among others.
The only thing that will remain constant are the laws of optics—you will not get the same results from a finger-nail sized lens as with larger lenses used by professional users. Also the fact that people do not have enough money all the time remains the same through time.
If you plan to take photography as a profession, practice shooting some shots using prosumers models and consider budget and quality of lenses before you say, “Big Cheese”!
Maybe you have heard something like this before: “The better the cameras, the better the photos.” In this effect, you might have thought of digital cameras. Many believe that these models are just a one-click away for great photos. Do you also believe on this?
Ponder on the following article and the appropriate answer will be revealed to you.
The rivalry between film cameras and digital cameras is relatively fresh. How come? Three mega pixels digital cameras have an array of choices for consumers, which is already comparable to a high quality point and shoot models. Nowadays, the same thing goes with five mega pixels digital models for excellent quality photographs. The thing is, quality photographs can be taken with ease using digital cameras.
Some of the main advantages to digital photography are:
• pictures can be previewed immediately on the built-in LCD screen
• costs of installing films are replaced with memory sticks or cards that are primarily reusable and can store thousands of pictures
• the stored photographs can easily be shared by copying off the images and/or sharing the memory stick or card
• images can easily be transformed into black and white and/or sepia and can also be cropped after the picture has been taken
However, photos under low light and taken using film and digital models are both susceptible to artifacts or granularity. Images taken by both cameras appear to be very similar can be further improved with the advent of software that can improve and manipulate the quality and details of images.
Furthermore, you can take lousy shots with the most expensive Nikon models and make great photos with the passé point and shoot cameras. It suffices to say that it is not the camera that solely makes great and even picture-perfect images. The man behind the camera can squeeze or miss a big time out of the gadget that he has.
The following presents a ten-point aid that will enable you to take photos like a pro using your digital cameras. Practice on these tips so you can maximize the expense of your gadget.
1. Those Tones Should Warm Up
Change your white balance setting from auto to cloudy when shooting sunny landscapes and outdoor portraits. This increases the yellow and red tones, thus resulting in warmer and richer pictures.
2. Use a [Sunglass] Polarizer
A polarizer should always come in handy when taking those general outdoor shooting. Polarized shots have more saturated and richer colors because unwanted reflections and glare are minimized or even removed.
If your digital camera can not accommodate a polarizer, simply place a sunglass as close to the camera lens as possible making sure that the rims of the glass will not be taken along with the image. The effect of a polarizer can be maximized when the light source is perpendicular to the object.
3. Shining Outdoor Portraits
One of the most useful and amazing features of digital cameras is the flash on or fill flash mode. This feature allows you to take control when to use the flash. It simply goes on whenever you want it available. This helps in capturing great outdoor photographs.
The camera exposes for the background first then adds enough flash to illuminate the subject when you are using the flash on option. Wedding photographers have been using this technique for many years to create professional looking portraits where everything in the composition is simply excellent.
To come up with a more relaxed photograph, try putting the subject under the shade and use the flash to add illumination.
You can also practice on using rim lighting where the sun illuminates the hair of the subject from the side or the back.
However, you should not stand that far away when using the fill flash since most built-in models have a range of 10 feet or even less.
4. Macro Mode Frenzy
I am quite sure that you would want to look at the fine details of your surroundings but would not be willing to crouch down and lie on the ground with your belly.
In that case, you just have to look for the macro made or close up symbol, usually a flower icon, and get as close to an object as possible. Once the confirmation light signals you to shoot, just press the shutter down to record the portrait.
However, using the close up mode allows you to have a shallow depth so you can concentrate on the part of the subject that you want to emphasize and let the rest go soft.
5. Chaos of the Horizon Line
There are still photographers who become disoriented when lining up their shoots. In other words, once they look at their cameras monitor, images that are erect seem to be a little tilted or bowed inward.
The most appropriate way to take care of this matter is to take your best shot at a straight picture, then take another picture after repositioning the camera. Afterwards, you can delete the others once you feel you captured a perfectly aligned image.
Also, just practice level framing your shots until you become acquainted with the process.
6. Massive Media Card
You have to have an extra memory card especially when you want more moments to preserve. The following suggestions should be considered before buying a memory card:
a. for 3 mega pixels – a 256 MB memory card
b. for 4 mega pixels – a 512 MB memory card
c. for 6 mega pixels – 1 gigabyte memory card
Then you do not have to miss another shot because your card is full.
7. Not High Resolution All the Time
It is more advisable to squeeze more images by shooting a low quality and resolution settings than taking shots with a high resolution all the time. This way you can reserve a space and a 2272 x 1704 resolution on the next great image of the century and enough for the portrait to be printed on a 8” x 10” inch paper suitable for framing.
However, if you have enough memory (and you should), there is no reason to shoot at a lower resolution and risk missing the chance to display your work the big way.
8. Tolerate that Tripod
Tripods are “unnecessarily bulky” for some so seldom do people like to bring them around.
Nowadays, there is an ingenious way to settle the dilemma whether to bring a tripod around or to do without it. The UltraPod II™ developed by Pedco fits in your back pocket and holds your camera steady in various situations.
You can use the Velcro™ strap to attach your camera on a tree limb or an available pole. Its legs can be opened on any flat surface or even on a boulder.
Now, you can be a real photographer without carrying a heavy burden.
9. The Fun with Self Timer
Another under-used feature on almost every digital camera is the self timer. This function can be used to save the photographer for missing the picture by delaying the firing of the shutter up to 10 seconds.
You can attach your UltraPod™ to ensure that your camera will not be taken away that easily by some strangers. Of course, you need to aim at the subject and not at a distant background before setting up the timer. Also the depth of the subject should be checked too.
By using self timers, you can also avoid accidentally jarring the camera when you are interested in making long exposures of cars driving at dusk as you initiate the focus.
10. Slow Motions
Normally, you will use an exposure of one second or a bit longer to create the flowing effect of water. In this case, you have to look for waterfalls or streams that are under the shade.
One trick is to use a polarizer or your sunglasses to darken the scene and create a longer exposure. More so, this technique can also eliminate distractions from your portrait.
For a really good photographer, which implies using creativity and ingenuity, viewers often get curious and ask, “What sort of camera model do you have there?”
Would it be more humbling for them to hear that you are using a normal aim and shoot model?
Or you can simply say, “Model ME.”
Photography requires a few skills to make your prints look professional. One part of making a print professional is lighting. Lighting in photography takes a little planning and understanding of a few techniques. You best subject or object might not turn out that way if the proper light does not help to laminate the area. Below are a few tips on using light for photography.
First you must decide if you will use artificial or sunlight. If you are using sunlight you will rely on the Kelvin scale to determine the temperature of light and therefore the color of light. The color of light is important to maintaining the colors you see around you. For instance the warmer the light the redder the light will be, thus you may need to pick the time you will go out and shoot photographs. Outdoor lighting offers so many different times to take pictures depending on your need.
Next a photographer needs to understand the sun’s color scale. Pictures tend to lead the viewer towards certain feelings; often softer colors evoke more emotion. So understanding the suns impact on the colors will help you find the correct time of day. The sun evokes blue hues in the morning hours, while closer to noon you will find more neutral colors. The neutral colors can take away some of the definition you want in your print. Knowing how you want to shot the picture will also help you determine when you wish to take the shot.
When using natural light you will need to work with the angle and direction of the sunlight. If the sunlight is broad and diffused you will have softer shadows while the more narrow the light is focused the more shadow you can create. Often at noon when the sun is in mid arc you lose definition of the subject. The subject could look grainy. This is why shadow is used; the shadows can give you more quality to the print if used correctly. This adds to the beauty of your pictures.
You can also modify sunlight through certain techniques. Modifying sunlight when taking portraits outdoors requires the use of a background. You may wish for a breath taking landscape that will provide more composition to the photo. You may need to block the sun if it interferes with you or your subject’s sight. You might also bring in a white surface to fill the shadows. Landscape photography requires less work than usually natural light for portraits. In fact using natural sunlight for landscape photography without modifications can yield you a better photograph.
Landscape photography uses nature to provide the light and shadows. This is why you need to understand the light scale and temperature. Time is the most important aspect of using sunlight. To understand natural lighting you need to understand the affects the sun will have at certain times of the day. For instance if you are in a thickly vegetative forest the sunlight will have difficulty streaming in unless it is over head. You will have natural shadows in the forest and remember you can move around your subject to find the best angle with the sun.
Photography is an art that requires techniques and practice. Lighting is a major part of photography, especially when you are using natural light. Sunlight can bring plenty of shadows or take them away depending on the time of day. Knowing the best time to take a photograph depends on the sun’s angle. Photography is an interesting hobby and profession when practiced properly will give you plenty of prints for your home and others.
Whether you are a professional or a novice photographer, you want to produce some exquisite pictures with the proper lighting. With this in mind, choose your lighting according to your needs and the needs of your subject or object. Your pictures will be delightful with brightness when you use the best lighting situation.
Every cat is proud of his or her friendly feline. Cats make perfect subjects in which to photograph. You can catch your cat and a variety of interesting and fun poses when you know how to take pictures of your cat. If you are interested in photographing your cat, here are some tips to help you get the best shots.
Catch your Cat Napping
Nothing looks quite as relaxing as a cat taking a nap. Cats do sleep a lot, so if you take a picture of your cat napping, you have plenty of opportunity. The best time to take a picture of your cat is to catch it when it is asleep. You can take close-ups of your cat either as it sleeps, or gently wake your cat up for a relaxed look. For a nice shot of your cat, try gently rubbing your cat’s belly right when you want to snap a picture. This will encourage your cat to roll over on its back.
When you think of a sleeping cat, where do most cats enjoy sleeping? You can usually find a cat napping in the sun. If you have a window that gets full or filtered sunlight during the day, then try to open the curtains or blinds to encourage cap napping. As soon as you see your cat sit in the sun, try to take a few pictures. When the sunlight is good, try a few shots without using your flash. This will give your picture a nice natural glowing effect. In addition, natural light often works best anyway because if you use a bright flash, your cat will usually close his or her eyes or the eyes could end up looking red.
Forget Posing and Planning
Cats are much for posing. You cannot really ask that a cat stay and sit. When you take pictures of your cat, you should always have your camera on hand for candid shots. Look at your cat during the day and determine your cat’s schedule and favorite places. Work around your cat and you will get better pictures. Try to be spontaneous, and above all stay patient. It may take several tries to get a couple of great shots, but posing your cat rarely works.
I have tried to get my three cats to pose and let me take a picture, but even though they sleep together, play together, they cannot stand or in this sit next to each without someone starting something. If I had three people to help and set back out of the picture, it might work. As you can see, cat’s needs to do what cats do and take your pictures that way.
Another good tip for taking pictures of your cat is to get help. You can get great pictures of playful cats and kittens by having someone help you wiggle a string, the throw a ball or call the cat’s name. It is very difficult to try to play with your cat and take pictures at the same time. Your pictures will turn out much better if you get someone to help you. In addition, if you are trying to get a picture of your cat looking directly at your camera, have someone stand above you can call the cat’s name, or make a noise that will prompt the cat to look directly above your head.
If you are a patient and willing, you can get some excellent shots of your cat. Cats are so fun to take pictures of because you never know what they will do. Keep your camera handy and ready to go as soon as your cat springs into action. Cat’s normal activity seems to make us smile and laugh, their antics always may wonderful pictures. Pictures of kittens playing from birth on also make for some great pictures. If you have the camera, you will never miss the perfect picture.