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Monthly Archives: January 2017

All about Photo Editing

Remove the sensor dust

Remember: dust and other particles should be removed from the camera lens before each photo shoot. If you have taken photos without cleaning the lens, you will see dust on the shots. For this, you can choose the Healing Brush from the menu to get rid of the dust spots.

Readjust the levels

If you want to increase the contrast level of a photo, all you have to do is darken the shadows and brighten the highlights. You should go to the Levels and then drag the white arrow in the right direction to achieve the desired effect.

Increase the saturation

To make the colors stand out, you can increase the saturation level. So, it’s a good idea to increase the saturation in order to make your images more colorful. However, it’s a good idea to use this feature sparingly as noisy colors don’t look good at all.

Change it Back to black and white

Mono is awesome in some cases. Therefore, you may want to try out this conversion tool. You can give a go to the preset conversion to change the way colors are converted. Ideally, you should opt for presets that will give you great contrast. Make sure you don’t lose shadows or highlights.

Sharpen up

You can use this feature on the majority of digital photos. As a matter of fact, the settings will be based on whether you want to view the pictures on a computer screen or you want to get them printed. Again, use this feature sparingly in order to avoid digital noise.

Become Photography Hobbyist

1. Pick Your Partner: If you really wish to give it a shot, get yourself acquainted with the various devices available to you. Check your budget range and pick a camera or a smart phone that you think suits you the best. Put in a few hours of research and find yourself a device that is not only good to begin with but also decent enough to take you a little beyond just the ‘beginner’ level.

2. Develop An ‘Eye’: The mark of a good photographer is often the uniqueness of their perspective. Try to gain that unique perspective on your surroundings and capture it on film. Take pictures of the ordinary, the mundane and see how you can bring a new dimension to them.

3. Take Pictures Even If You Don’t Want To: Be consistent. It is easy to indulge yourself with a new camera and play with photography for a little while before getting distracted. Remain focused. Try to take pictures even when you aren’t in the mood. Any hobby, any talent needs to be hewn into perfection with constant practice and patience.

4. Experiment: Try everything that you can do with your camera. Use the different settings for the same picture and observe the differences. Learn to use software applications to enhance your pictures after you have taken them to bring out certain elements. The more you experiment, the more you learn.

5. Share And Take Advice: Make it a habit to share your work with better photographers and ask them what they think, work on the feedback they give you to improve your skill learn more by observing their work.

Guide to Camera Kit

Prime Lens:

Unlike the zoom lens, a prime lens has a fixed focal length which cannot be adjusted. Prime lenses are slightly quicker to focus with a much better level in picture quality as there are less moving parts within the lens itself.

Macro Lens:

Macro lenses allow you to capture extreme close ups. They create a unique image of tiny subjects that cannot be seen with the naked eye.

Wide Angle Lens:

This lens allows you to fit much more into an image than others, widening the amount of space that you can capture within the image.

This lens is great when you have limited ability to step backwards to get more into an image or when shooting land and seascapes.

Fish Eye Lens:

This is an oval shaped, 180 degree view of the world. Initially created to give the photographer the ability to capture whole skies and landscapes. A fun little lens that you can use creatively.

Telephoto Lens:

High magnification lens enabling you to take long range action photography for the likes of sports and wildlife. It allows you to be further from the action and still capture in close shots. A monopod is usually used to stop camera shake on the images.

Tripods:

These are pretty straight forward. They hold the camera steady for long periods of time. It also give you the ability to take yourself into the image!

Monopod:

The same basic functionality as the tripod with only one ‘leg’. Much more convenient to carry around than a tripod, easier to carry and transport. Some places won’t allow a tripod, like courtside at a sports match. They are often used in fashion and paparazzi images as well as they are easy to pick up and carry. Having only one leg means that you cannot simply let the camera sit on top of it and walk away, the main difference between the two.

Poster Frames

Construction

The border is made of plastic and a plexiglass that covers the poster. The back is made from cardboard, which makes the frame lightweight. For easy hanging, the back has a hook as well.

There is an option to install a mat as well. However, you won’t see double matting in these frames because they will add extra weight.

Snap Frames

Snap frames is another great option. Usually, snap frames load the photos from the very front, which allows you to replace the photo without removing the frame. For ease of access, all of the sides of the frame are open. They are good for movie posters.

Acid-free poster frames

When buying a poster frame, make sure you know whether it’s acid-free or archival. Ask yourself if you need to use a poster to beautify your room or you need to use one to preserve a memorabilia or a piece of art. If you want to use it for preservation purposes, you should give a go to a higher quality material.

Archival Poster Frames

If you want to preserve an artifact, you can take your poster frame to a professional to see if it is acid-free or not. This way you can rest assured that your pictures would be saved for a long term.

If you want to get started with archival picture frames, you may want to opt for one with the back of an acid-free paper. By definition, an acid-free paper has base pH of 7 or slightly higher. Besides, this type of paper is free of sulfur, which makes it an ideal choice for prints that tend to degrade with the passage of time.

You don’t have to go for the acid-free option. UV filtered glass gives you protection from the powerful UV rays. These rays negatively affect the picture within a few years based on the exposure level. Aside from this, conservation glass is relatively heavier and costlier. If you break it by mistake, your photo may get damaged.

As far as weight and other features are concerned, plexiglass frames are a good choice. Just make sure you don’t go for the ammonia-based cleaners. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that the print shouldn’t touch the glass surface or the condensation may show up on the internal side of the frame.