Consideration while buying lenses for Genre Photography

indexDuring my interaction with customers the most common question which pops up is “Which is the best lens I should buy?” To this question my answer generally is that all
lens are best till the time they fulfill the purpose you have bought them for.

However I can understand that with over 65 current Canon lenses to chose from (plus those made by third party manufacturers) that can be confusing enough. Therefore,

this time I thought of writing on the consideration one should consider while buying a lens for a specific genre photography.

The history of Canon Lenses has undergone several transitions from the range finder to the R Series, the FL Series, the FD series, and now the EF series. No matter the
age, Canon has always focused on development that pursues further evolution.

Let’s start our discussion with specific Genres in photography like:

Portrait Photography: Photography that takes advantage of the superiority of large aperture lenses.

1. Focal length: Which focal length to use depends on the communication between the photographer and the model?

a) To keep this reason into consideration

HDR Photography what is it and how to do it

hdrHDR photography, or High Dynamic Range photography, is a way of capturing a wide range of ‘shades’ (for want of a better phrase) in one image.

When someone explained that to me, many years ago, my eyes glazed over too!

In simple terms, HDR photography is a way of incorporating really, really bright whites, and really, really dark blacks, AND a really, really full range of everything else in between.

Roll your mouse over the image below to see what I mean

The difficulty with digital photography…

…is that the image sensors in cameras aren’t able to capture that full range.

They tend to cover the middle ground quite nicely, but that’s at the expense of losing the bright whites at the top end, or losing the dark blacks at the bottom end.

Have another look at the two images in the image rollover above. A couple of things to notice in the ‘original’ photo:

  • The cloud is almost a solid white – no real definition there. That’s what we call blown highlights (another term for you to get your head around!)
  • The dark shades, especially

Editing Images In Photoshop

ddaffect the overall quality of the image, but the contrast feature can then be adjusted to compensate. This is modified in the same manner as the brightness.

Beginners Photography – Midtones:
Photoshop also allows a photographer to access and adjust midtone variations of color. Because the files are saved in RGB formats and adjustment to midtones is available in those ranges as well as in a lighten or darken mode.

A user simply selects Enhance from the top menu bar, then Adjust Color, and selects the Midtones option on the dialogue screen. The image is previewed throughout the adjustment selection period (Beginners Photography – Photoshop Elements users: there are simpler, more user friendly options. See screenshot below):

From Color to Black and White:

Though Photoshop does allow a photo to be changed from color to black and white by utilizing the Image/Mode/Grayscale command sequence the end result is usually a flat image where white and gray objects are the same shade.

A much better result can be had by using the Channel Mixer. Simply open the Layers window, and then select the Channel Mixer. This feature

From Our Neck of the Woods

Editor’s Statement

As I write this, autumn has arrived and we will be in the winter months soon. Fall, with its splendid color and crispness of the air, beckons us to spend time outside enjoying and photographing the majestic beauty of the season. Winter, on the other hand, often finds us cuddled by the wood stove or escaping to warmer tropical destinations. Yet, spending time outside in winter can result in unique and stunning photo opportunities as well as invigorating adventures.

Many years ago I chose to be an editor rather than a full-time nature photographer, so it is easy for me to stay inside working at the computer during winter with a fire crackling in the wood stove. However, I love being outside in the biting cold of winter. Do I relish numb fingers or a cold nose? No, but I enjoy winter.

So, since I am an editor and moving my computer outside is obviously not a good idea, where do I find outside winter adventures?

A few winters ago I discovered that barns welcome an extra hand in winter and I began volunteering. First, it was at horse barns and last winter my volunteer hours were at nearby Tide

The Great Migration (and leaping Leopards)

Kenya offers the wildlife enthusiast an endless supply of photographic opportunities.  Whether it’s the thunderous roar of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest leaping the banks of the Mara River, the majestic beauty of the Cheetah, or the raw primal ferocity of the mighty lion, Kenya seems to offer it all.

The river crossing is a spectacle to behold.  Thousands of wildebeest and zebras line the banks of the river until one brave soul takes the plunge.  It can be hours or even days of waiting until the actual crossing takes place.  Once the crossing takes place, it can last for several hours.  On my most recent trip, I had the privilege of seeing two crossings.

While many people visit the Mara solely for the purpose of seeing a river crossing, there are endless other photographic opportunities that are equally awe inspiring.  On my most recent trip, I had the opportunity to spend two mornings and one evening with the elusive leopards. These magnificent cats are not nearly as plentiful as the cheetah’s or the lions.  And in fact, of the three times I’ve been to Kenya, this is only the second time that I’ve actually seen a leopard.  The

Bird Photography Naturally

There is a trend in Bird photography today for the perfect bird photograph. Some photographers will go to extremes to get the perfect photograph. Setting up and controlling a bird photograph down to the smallest details, the result excellent bird photographs. However, what has this done to bird photography?

Staged photo, perch was used for bird to land on. Natural light with natural background  – Pine Grosbeak (Male)

Let me add a disclaimer at this point so has not make anyone delusional. I have photographed at bird feeders and I have been in the presence of other bird photographers as they tossed mice to a Owl. I have photographed from blinds.

The first question I ask myself as a bird photographer is why do I photograph birds in the first place? The answer is simple foe me. I love birds and want to photograph them in their natural environment. For me it is the thrill of getting an excellent bird photograph with the bird in it’s natural environment. I photograph birds because I like being in the fresh air and watching the birds as they go about their daily activities.  Some bird photographers have gone beyond natural photography

Nature Photography for Beginners

Nature Photography for Beginners

Nature photography for beginners is an exciting and very rewarding pastime. It seems only natural that when you see something exciting or interesting in the natural world, you want to capture it or record it in some way. Cameras are a great way to do just that!

I will focus here on digital cameras, since currently a majority of photographers (especially beginners) start with digital cameras – though many of the ideas and techniques mentioned are transferable to film cameras as well.

So, let’s look at some things you can do to practice nature photography for beginners…

What Do You Want to Capture?

So you want to try your hand at nature photography? Even before you purchase a new camera or start using one, ask yourself what is it that you want to capture? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I want to capture close ups of small plants, flowers, insects and other small things in nature?
  • Do you want to photography larger, faster moving animals such as birds, deer, bears and so on?
  • Do you want to take spectacular photos of sunsets, mountains, lakes and the like?
  • Do you want to use your camera to record events or things you find in

Blown Highlights and how to fix them

Blown highlights are the bright areas of an image where all detail has been lost.

Instead of seeing the fine detail in the bright areas, all you see is a blend of pure white.
A classic example of this is in photos that include cloud. The cloud can appear as one blob of white, rather than nice fluffy clouds!
This “phenomenon” is more noticeable in digital photography. It did occur with film photography, just not as much!
On this page there’s a Photoshop tutorial on how to fix this problem.
Recently I had a submission on the digital photography tutorials page of a wonderful landscape.
It was submitted by Cindy, and was a photo she took of Mongoose Lake in Canada. Click to see Cindy’s submission
One of the comments made was that the photo suffered from blown highlights. But not to worry, there is a fix!

Ok, so before we start, lets have a look at Mongoose Lake. Roll your mouse over the image to see th “before” and “after” (if prompted, you will need to enable “scripts” to see the effect):

10 Photography Tips Every Travel Photographer Must Know

1. Get up Early

The best light to capture most kinds of subjects is in the golden hours- one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset (depend off course on where you are on the globe). So get up early to get that amazing photo opportunities, while all the other tourists are still asleep.

2. Do your research

Don’t leave it to chance and learn as much as you can about the place you are about to travel. The more you know, the more “intelligent” your images will be

3. Learn your Craft

Don’t waste your expensive traveling time on learning how to operate that new camera, lens or flash. Do your homework at home.

4. Choice the Right Lodging

Staying on the center of town, or having a room with wonderful views can create a lot of great photo opportunities.

5. Say Hello

Learn how to say “Hello” in the local Language, and greet the locals when taking their photo.

6. Get Inspired

Watch the portfolio of other photographers in order to get new ideas and get inspiration. You can read the interview I did with Steve McCurry, the photographer of the “Afghan girl”, to get few great tips for a true master.Also, If you perceive yourself as an

Learning Digital Photography

Learning film photography, and learning digital photography, are not all that different in practice It’s really a question of techniques and capabilities of the equipment.

Before getting into that, a quick word on the demise of film photography.

The fun “instant” cameras that, for a long while, were provided free at every wedding I seemed to go to, are being produced in smaller and smaller numbers.

It is also getting incredibly difficult to find laboratories and other companies that can process canister film. The reasons, certainly now when we look back, are obvious

  • There used to be a fixed number of “shots” on each roll – modern memory cards are virtually limitless
  • Memory cards are so cheap, film can’t compete on cost
  • You can see you photos straight away!

Learning how to take photos…

…is still something that inspires people.

Sure, we can all snap away with our cameras, even our phones, but it’s rare to get so many really great photos by just snap, snap, snapping away.

So, it is not all that surprising to know that millions of people still want to learn basic photography principles and procedures.

And they are lucky because there are literally thousands of resources for doing

How Light Works on a Digital Camera Sensor

This site is dedicated to helping everyone to take better photos, so what makes this section different?

Well, the information here is written with the beginner in mind.

For example, you’ll find many ‘tooltips’ among these pages, giving you, the reader extra information about specific photographic terminology.

The tooltips are underlined with a dotted line. Simply hover your mouse over the word(s) to get some extra information.

Understanding Light and Digital Sensors

When the shutter opens, it allows light to enter the camera. The lens reflects the image directly onto the film.

The reflected image tells the film how to record the light that came through the open shutter.

All of this is affected by the camera’s settings, including the film speed (ISO), aperture (F-stop) and shutter speed as well.

Click for a more

Low Light and Indoor Photography

This section of the site concentrates on beginners photography.

This site is dedicated to helping everyone to take better photos, so what makes this section different?

Well, the information here is written with the beginner in mind.

For example, you’ll find many ‘tooltips’ among these pages, giving you, the reader extra information about specific photographic terminology.

The tooltips are underlined with a dotted line. Simply hover your mouse over the word(s) to get some extra information.Many people encounter events where there is a great deal of activity and motion, but all in an environment of low lighting, such as a wedding or reception.

Beginners Photography – Avoid Using Flash:
While many people might automatically say “use the flash”, this isn’t a very good idea.

In fact there are some locations and events that expressly forbid the use of flash photography. This includes museums and theaters as well as special or religious events.

During all such moments, the flash will over illuminate the scene, eliminating the background entirely and brightly lighting a portion of the subject. (have a look at the example to the right here

Shooting the Night Sky

This site is dedicated to helping everyone to take better photos, so what makes this section different?

Well, the information here is written with the beginner in mind.

Just like my favourite photography eBooks!

For example, you’ll find many ‘tooltips’ among these pages, giving you, the reader extra information about specific photographic terminology.

The tooltips are underlined with a dotted line. Simply hover your mouse over the word(s) to get some extra information.

We all catch ourselves staring up into the night sky, and many photographers work to capture the beauty of the heavens with their cameras.

Beginners Photography – Setting the Scene:
Some people focus strictly on photographing the moon, or the remarkable beauty of sunrise and sunset.

Some people like to capture dramatic moments of extreme weather or “sweet light” where the sky and objects on the ground attain a radiance or glow they don’t usually see.

With a little practice, and a little help from the experts, you too can begin to “see” this too.

Beginners Photography – Setting Your Camera:
Many other people want to capture just the stars, and there are many simple methods used to do so

Beginners Photography Capturing Moving Water

This site is dedicated to helping everyone to take better photos, so what makes this section different?

Well, the information here is written with the beginner in mind.

For example, you’ll find many ‘tooltips’ among these pages, giving you, the reader extra information about specific photographic terminology.

The tooltips are underlined with a dotted line. Simply hover your mouse over the word(s) to get some extra information.

Capturing Moving Water in Photography

Beginners Photography – Photorealistic Images:

If you permit the automatic settings in your camera to record the moving water, chances are it will opt to utilize a fast shutter speed to eliminate blur.

While this gives an accurate depiction of the moving water, it may not create the tone or texture that is desired.

Beginners Photography – Smooth Water:

By adjusting camera settings manually the appearance of moving water can be made smooth and almost “soft”. This

Trick photography effects how to make trick ghost photos

This is a great trick photography effect – ghost photos! You make your subject (daughter, uncle, wife … the list is endless!) appear as a ghost in a photo. It’s easy to do, honest!

If you like this ‘trick’, you’ll love the trick photography eBook! Find out where you can get even more trick photography ideas.

First of all, if you don’t know what I mean by ghost photography, have a look at the picture below. It’s my daughter (twice actually) sitting on her slide as a ghost.

I realise that this is not the most obvious place to find a ghost. But then, where is? (Actually, my mother thinks her lounge is haunted, but she is getting on a bit. Then again….!).

But I digress. It’s not the slide that’s important, it’s the trick photography effect I’ve used to create the photo that’s important.

Trick photography effect – how to
make ghost photos

So, now you know what this ghost trick photography effect looks like, how about having a go yourself?

As I said before it’s easy. And if I can do it (with a sometimes unwilling daughter as a model!) then anyone can.
Here’s the basic concept you set

Free online digital photography tutorials

Looking for digital photography tutorials? The digital photography instruction on these pages are like having a photography expert at your side, helping you take better photos! Every snapper can produce top notch photographs. It doesn’t matter how much your camera costs, or how large it is.

And don’t believe anyone who tells you “all you need to do to get better photos is to just take hundreds of pictures. Some of them will be OK. That’s what the professionals do.”

No. They don’t. Ever. Trust me. (I hope my Dad is reading this – he’s the worst culprit I know!)

The thing that makes the biggest difference to the quality of digital photography is the person behind the camera. And that’s you!

This whole site grew out of this philosophy. If you are looking for some digital photography instruction and want to take better photos – you have come to the right place!

A quick example

As a quick example of the difference a bit of simple digital photography instruction makes, look at the photo below. It’s a piece of art-work in Prague. Roll your mouse over it to see the “before” and “after”. The camera was the same. The time of day was the same.

5 Cell Phone Photography Tips

You’ve probably got a cell phone with a camera on it. Here are 5 great tips to improve your cell phone photography!

I’ve recently moved country (bear with me!), and that meant my cameras have spent far too much time packed away in various boxes. So, ever the snapper, I’ve been taking far more cell phone photos than usual. Which made me think a bit more about how to take good mobile phone photos.

Cell phone photography, or mobile phone photography if you prefer, is quite likely the most common form of photography there is these days. And the reason is obvious – most people carry a cell phone (and consequently a camera) everywhere with them.

And that means they have a camera at the ready all the time. Here’s 7 tips that will help you take better cell phone photos.

Cell phone photography tip 1 – adjust phone settings

The key to any good photo is a good quality starting image.

And with cell phone camera image sensors being on the small size, that’s even more important.

So, the first thing you need to do is explore your cell phone’s camera

Trick photography how to take multiplicity photos

This is a great trick photography technique – multiplicity photos. You make your subject (usually a person) appear more than once in a photo. It’s easy to do, trust me!

First off, if you don’t know what a multiplicity photo is, have a look at the example below. It’s my son, repeated eight times across the photo. It’s all him, no stooges, and absolutely no body doubles!So, now you know what multiplicity trick photography looks like, how about having a go yourself. The concept is fairly straightforward – what you do is take multiple photos of a scene (say, eight photos), and between each photo you move your subject. It’s easy really, and you don’t need a huge amount of equipment.

That said, there are a few things that you will need. Here’s a list:

  • A camera that has a ‘manual’ setting
  • A tripod
  • Photo software that allows ‘layers’
  • A shady day
  • A willing volunteer!

First of all, the camera. Ideally you will want a camera that will allow you to set the exposure manually. This is because you need all of the photos to have the same levels of brightness and contrast. If you leave the camera

Beautiful Black and White Photography

If you’ve been following Smashing Magazine for a while, you know that almost all posts from the Monday Inspiration series are pretty colorful and eye-catching. This post is an exception. Compared to colorful designs where catchy colors help the design to stand out, in black-and-white designs the ability to stand out depends only on its ability to communicate rather than on its appealing visual presentation.

Indeed, beautiful black and white photography doesn’t attract with its play of colors. Here close attention to composition, lighting, perspective and the context it is shot in are important. Hence, before considering the photos presented below please prepare some patience and time. This post presents some truly excellent examples of beautiful black-and-white photography.

Notice: this post isn’t supposed to showcase the best black-and-white-photos of world’s best photographers; please see it as a modest attempt to inspire designers for experimenting with black and white instead of using a variety of vibrant colors all the time. Hopefully, everybody will find something interesting and unusual for herself or himself.

Beautiful Black-And-White-Photography

In her legendary photos Toni Frissell impresses with a strong trend toward surrealism or realism. The photo presented below, although in black and white, is both extremely sharp and clear.

Celebration Of High Speed Photography

A digital camera, some fast-moving subject, and a bit of knowledge about how to take the best pictures of moving subjects will launch you on the road to some of the most interesting photographs you’ve ever taken. Although some blurring can be effective in communicating a sense of high-speed motion, some photographers want the subject to be frozen in time to get some pretty special photographic effects.

Below we present over 35 beautiful examples of high-speed photography, which are supposed to provide you with some inspiration of what can be done with high-speed photography. We also showcase some truly stunning slow-motion videos. All the examples are linked to their sources. You can also explore further works of the photographers we’ve featured below.

How To Make High-Speed Photos

The choice of shutter speed has a profound effect on the way moving subjects are recorded. For average everyday shooting with standard zooms, a speed over 1/20 to 1/125 second will prevent motion blur (camera shake). However, as the shutter speed goes past 1/500 second, you can then start to take advantage of the faster shutter speed’s ability to freeze action. For high-speed photography (especially sports photography), it is really necessary to get good motion