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Photographing Baked Goods When Working With Bakeries

Photographing Baked Goods When Working With Bakeries

As a photographer, have you ever had the chance to work with a bakery client? Let me tell you, there’s nothing like spending the day in a bakery photographing all the various baked goods and of course sampling each one

For bakery clients, they know that when trying to attract new customers, the best way to do it is to stimulate their senses. People are often tempted by the smells coming from a bakery, as well as the cleverly set window displays.

The question is, how do you make baked goods look extra sensual through a bunch of photographs – how do you as a photographer make the photos look as good as they taste? Here are a few tips from starting-a-bakery.com:

Back to basics.

Before we can even dive into shooting photographs for a specific subject matter, head over to this post to learn about the basics of photography.

Concept.

By that I mean what you want to convey to all those hungry consumers. Do you want to show how perfectly the chocolate oozes out of your chocolate molten cake? Do you want to show off the different kinds of flatbreads? Or do you want people to notice the beautifully-created cupcake decorations? That’s the first step.

Focus.

See to it that you learn how to get the focus right so you don’t end up with a blurry photo. This is because we often get too close to food when shooting it without even thinking if the camera we’re … Read the rest

Professional Photos for Homeowner’s Insurance

Professional Photos for Homeowner’s Insurance

Insurance agents will often hire photographers to help their clients protect their property from loss. Having professional pictures taken not only helps to record each asset, photographers know how to use proper lighting and angles to showcase an item. The use of professional photography will provide many benefits to the homeowner’s insurance policy. These include:

  • Showcases items in the best light
  • Highlights detail, showing flows and providing an item’s condition accurately
  • Can add a time/date stamp directly to the picture

Keeping a photo inventory provides homeowners with an up to date list of everything they own and its condition for personal and home insurance purposes.

How a Photo Inventory Helps Protect Homeowners From Loss

Keeping a digital photo inventory accomplishes several things. First, it offers a visual record of an item’s condition and any flaws it might have. Secondly, a photograph can take pictures of labels, tags or stickers that contain all of an item’s important information including the make, model, serial number and date of production.

Having all of this information on hand is beneficial if an item is stolen or lost due to fire or flood. Photographs will also help insurance agent determine an accurate value for an item so that it can be insured for what it is worth as well as the replacement value. This type of inventory takes the guesswork out of creating a possible list of items that may need to be replaced after a traumatic event.

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How To Get The Proper Skin Tone When Shooting Portraits

How To Get The Proper Skin Tone When Shooting Portraits

Perhaps one of the most frequently asked questions in a photography workshop is how to achieve a more natural skin tone in your images. While photographers care about the artistry of the shot, background, lighting, composition and all, clients only want to look beautiful and natural on their photo shoots. So, how is this achieved? There are no magic tricks involved in this process although some would try Photoshop techniques. To make clients look their best on the web and in printed images you need to get them to appear as natural in their photos. To make this possible, you only need to follow three simple steps:

  1. Shooting in RAWWhat is RAW? RAW is a file format that captures recorded data from the image sensor of a camera. Technically, all cameras shoot RAW but the difference is if you choose a JPEG format, your camera does the processing itself by converting the RAW information into a JPEG. Whereas if you shoot RAW, you do your own processing and decide how you want the image to appear. This gives you the highest quality images possible.
  2. Why RAW – With a RAW file, it’s much easier to make corrections to your image without sacrificing quality.  White balance is easily adjusted so you get the right color temperature during the shoot and produce the most appealing skin tones possible. In addition, you have access to sharpening and noise algorithms that help create images with a far more natural look.
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10 Tips for Taking Stunning Landscape Photos

10 Tips for Taking Stunning Landscape Photos

People who love nature and outdoors enjoy taking great photos of landscapes and scenic vistas. This may start out as pure fun until you develop the bug for photography.   Go out to your garden and practice taking shots of your trees, plants and grass.  You’ll be amazed at the wonderful images you can get from different varieties of grass seed such as Zoysia.

Clutching your trusty old camera, you are determined to capture some of the amazing beauty that you see. Amidst the quietness of your surroundings, you wait for that perfect moment to shoot a picturesque scene in the most wonderful light and at the best vantage point possible. So, how do you capture stunning landscape photos that are masterpieces of art? If you don’t know where to start, use the following information to get you going:

  1. Find the Best Photo Locations – You have to do a bit of groundwork before you embark on a photographic adventure. Start to research around your area and get a map to find scenic places that offer great photo opportunities. Look for parks, rivers, bridges, lighthouses, waterfalls, stone circles, windmills and any other scenery that inspires you.
  2. Consider the Time of the Day – Photographers love to shoot before dusk and after dawn (the golden hour) because that’s when the lights appear at its best and landscapes come alive. Working with weather variations is also important if you want to capture images of sunsets and sunrises, rainbows, blue skies,
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Cleaning a Digital Camera and Parts Often Neglected in the Process

Cleaning a Digital Camera and Parts Often Neglected in the Process

Many of use might not realize it, but failing to clean your digital cameras can lead to serious consequences. Sometimes we get too excited about uploading our shots into a computer that we forget about cleaning and maintenance. But we ought to keep in mind that the best cameras don’t come cheap, as well as those other pieces of equipment we use in photography, so it would be wise to take the time to use our maintenance kits. And besides, it will only take about thirty minutes to an hour. Anyway, if you’re not that sure on how to clean your digital camera, here are a few tips.

  • You may think that you don’t really need to get rid of the few dust particles that land on your camera’s outer casing. However, those can accumulate overtime and make their way into the inner portions of your camera. So be sure to clean the outer casing, as well, and probably clean it before you proceed to the other parts of your camera. This way you minimize the amount of dirt that enter the inner parts of your camera.
  • When cleaning the lenses, be careful when cleaning the glass as these cost a lot to replace. The ideal cleaning aid to use are fine tissue paper and alcohol solutions that are especially designed for cameras. Make sure you remove dust particles with a brush first as those can scratch the surface of your lens. Dust can also settle in areas between moving
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Taking Photos of Water in Motion

Taking Photos of Water in Motion

One subject I find most interesting to shoot is running water – water flowing through streams, rivers, waterfalls, and so on, as well as splashes, waves and that of fountains. It can be a delight to shoot. And do you notice how graceful and commanding it looks when caught on camera? Even the ones crashing into rocks by the sea? Be that as it may, water in motion can also be one of toughest subjects to take pictures of, especially if you just don’t know what you’re doing. For this reason, I will be providing you with pointers on how to do it.

Freezing Movement

Generally, there are two methods of capturing water in motion, and it will depend on what you as a photographer wish to convey on a photo. And so you either freeze or blur the water’s movement. First, let’s discuss the former. Freezing water is best if you want to capture power, force and drama, like in the case of breaking waves. What you need to do is use a quick shutter speed, around 1/1000 sec or less, manual focus and ideally shoot in very bright lighting conditions. If it’s gloomy, you’ll need to set your ISO to 400 or 800. Do not that you can go higher.

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Understanding the Art of Panning

Understanding the Art of Panning

There is a reason why we sometimes refer to photos as “stills.” It’s because the images we take with our cameras do not move, unlike that of a movie (which is also called a motion picture). But as photography progressed over the years, different techniques had been developed, including a way to actually convey the illusion of movement in photos. This technique is called panning.

Panning was developed because photographers wanted to take pictures of subjects that are moving at high speed. And the only way to do it was to move the camera in sync with the moving subject. That basically sums up what panning entails. And what happens is the rest of the elements on an image get blurred out, while the subject remains sharp. This is because moving the camera in sync with the subject allows your subject to stay in the same position within a frame.

However, panning can be quite difficult. In fact, you’re considered lucky if you ever get one good photo in ten shots as there are some people who would get the right photo only after having 100 tries. And so if you don’t want to go through all the trouble just for one good shot, here are a few things you ought to learn when you want to use the panning technique.

  • Remember that not everything can be a suitable subject for panning. Because you’ll be moving simultaneously with your subject, their speed must allow you to follow them in an
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7 Best Cameras at Low Range Prices

7 Best Cameras at Low Range Prices

Cameras are no cheap gadgets. And if you want to get into photography, you’ll have to set aside several hundreds of dollars just so you can afford a camera. But don’t you worry. Right now there are a few good models out in the market that won’t require you to spend over a thousand bucks. Each of the seven cameras listed below aren’t all the same. They have rather unique qualities to them and some are more appropriate for certain types of photography than others, so you might want to pay attention as one of these models might be a suitable first camera for you.

  1. Canon EOS Rebel SL1
    $629.99
    DSLR cameras are usually a bit large, but the EOS Rebel SL1 is an exception. Despite the size, however, it was built to produce 18-megapixel images. Not only is great for landscape photography, but it also has the ability to capture wildlife action. Furthermore, what makes this an even enjoyable investment is that Canon provides its EOS users with a variety of lenses to work with.
  2. Fujifilm X-E1
    $598.99
    Basically, this camera is a cheaper version of the brands most successful camera, the X-Pro 1. The Fujifilm X-E1 is great to use for nature photography, and it’s convenient to bring since it’s not at all bulky. However, this gadget isn’t ideal for when you want to capture wildlife in fast-paced action. It is designed with an X-Trans sensor that helps do away with false colors and moire.
  3.  Nikon D5200
    $799.99
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5 Secrets to Sports Photography

5 Secrets to Sports Photography

Sports is quite the dynamic activity. And for those unfamiliar with sports photography, it may seem impossible to take pictures of athletes while they’re in action. Take, for example, tennis – during their rallies, players try to move as fast as they can to get to the ball on time so they could produce a good return. There’s also soccer, where players manipulate the ball so briskly that. And then there’s motorsports, which involves several vehicles racing each other to the finish line. How on earth can a photographer keep up with all that energy and speed? I’ll tell you.

  1. Equipment. You wouldn’t want to miss a moment in the middle of a good game, and so sports photographers always carry an equipment bag with them at all times. You wouldn’t want to have to run to your bag every time Rafael Nadal is at match point and later end up missing the moment wherein he lets go of his racket, raises both his fists, and falls to the knees and screams as he revels in his victory. Have an equipment bag ready so you can just pick up your flash or replace your lens from where you’re standing in the sidelines.
  2. ISO. The trick to sports photography is knowing that you will need to use a high ISO setting. This enables you to capture images using a higher shutter speed and, in turn, help you get a good shot. Using an ISO level of 1600 can suffice, but you
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Capturing the Night Sky Like a Pro

Capturing the Night Sky Like a Pro

Starry skies are always beautiful to look at. That is why people love to capture such sights with their cameras, especially when they spot a shooting star or when the moon is glowing extra bright or when they find themselves standing beneath the Milky Way or when they set their sights on the Northern Lights. But I know how a lot of people wish to learn how to capture the night sky like a pro. These days, where there’s a growing interest in photography, that’s quite possible. And I’m going to teach you how.

  • First off, if you own a point and shoot camera and use that to take pictures of the sky at night, throw it away. Instead, invest in a new DSLR with an f/2.8 lens or higher. Certain subjects require you to have the right gear in order for you to take good pictures. In this case, the DSLR with shift reduction features (or you can use a tripod). There are also times wherein you might need a cable release with a built-in timer.
  • You can’t just wait around and hope that the night sky would turn out to be extra stunning. To make it worth your time, you should also invest in an astronomy software. Let’s say you wanted to take a photo of this year’s Pink Moon (a full moon that marks the start of spring). With the software, you will be able to know that this particular full moon will appear on April 15.
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