A Photography Themed Gap Year
Have a guess where the most photographed spot in the world is. Go on. Have a think.
The Eiffel Tower? The Taj Mahal? The Statue of Liberty?
Nope. According to Sightsmap’s map of the most photographed places in the world it’s the Guggenheim Museum in New York. This place:
Snapping the Big Apple
Where better, then, to start the ultimate photographic trip round the world than this most iconic city? Photographers have been drawn here for as long as cameras have existed and with good reason. From the obscure corners of the Bronx to Times Square in the heart of Manhattan the scenes of New York have played host to some of the most famous frames in photography. Ever.
While the Vivan Maiers, Diane Arbuses, Bill Cunninghams and Elliott Erwitts of the world had years to explore New York, your gap year might leave you with only a few days or weeks. So, make the most of it. Don’t hold back. Take those shots of the amazing busker on the subway, that incredible sunset from the top of the Empire State Building or that abstract photo of the Guggenheim, and add yours to the photographic tableaux
Iceland is a world of unbelievable beauty – so much so that during my journey along it’s south coast, I had to pinch myself to make sure I hadn’t fallen asleep and begun dreaming about being on the moon. Towering mountains and volcanoes give way to black, jagged lava fields that stretch on to the horizon, via the odd giant blue ice cap or cascading waterfall.
But to present a photo essay made up of these scenes alone would be misleading. Every grand feat of nature I went to visit had 43 other human beings standing between it and me, taking photos, because of course you’d want to take photos – it’s hard to resist catching such otherworldly landscapes on film.
But it made me uneasy, because I didn’t want to take exactly the same photographs as everybody else. So in between trying to capture these natural wonders without all the crowds in the frame, I did exactly the opposite, and included the crowds.
Because this is how I saw Iceland – not just with my own eyes but through a lens, along with several thousand people also viewing it through a lens.
Experience Iceland’s Wonders
Our Land of
Life is as tough as we think. If someone life means that he need to survive in this world, in the term of survival then he needs something to eat, shelter to protect him from cruel climates and somebody to lean on when he feels tired. In case to complete all of those basic needs people tend to earn money, how he can earn money? They can run their own business or have somebody to work for who will pay him some money to cover his bills. Most people trapped in the second choice, they have to work in harsh working time.
It is easy to find this kind of people lurking around with their fancy suit and empty eyes. Why they were in fancy suit but emptiness in their eyes? It is because they have to work hour to hour, completely boring life but they have to do it otherwise they shall perish. Sounds horrible right? In fact human as their power of free will, can do whatever they like. Everything just beautiful when comes in balance. Human needs time to work which is mean gathering for foods but human also needs time to relax, to relieve the stress.
Throughout the early days of my career, one healthy principle kept me out of trouble, especially considering the less than generous budget I had for gear: make the most of what you have. In other words, I would often search for weeks comparing items and making sure my precious money would go into the best possible option.
If you’re shopping for a new camera and you’re on a tight budget, you definitely know what I’m talking about here. One thing that hasn’t changed with the evolution of technology is the very little control you get with a beginner camera. Today’s entry-level DSRLs offer impressive image quality, but it’s usually at the cost of durability, image control and speed. If you’re after a solid camera that was made for professional use and you have a tight budget, your hands are usually pretty tied, unless of course we’re talking about a 7D.
The Canon 7D is one of the most loved digital cameras of all time. It is so successful that many photographers who bought the 7D MK II kept the original model as a backup.
You can buy a very good condition 7Din the $600 range. Sure, you can get a brand new
Although for some it’s no longer the dream job it was years ago, there is still a huge worldwide desire to make money with photography. People are either thinking of getting back some of their investment on camera gear or they’re simply tired of their day job and want a more bohemian way of making money. Apart from the now classic joke that says if you want to make money with a camera, the quickest way is to sell it, making a living as a photographer is no easy business.
I’ve put together a list with the best and worst ways to make money with a camera and I suggest you take it into account if you plan a leap.
1. Stock photography
Stock photography used to be like the gold rush of photography. Ten-fifteen years ago when professional digital photography and the Internet first shook hands, a lot of photographers made big money shooting stock. This quickly snowballed and as a result more and more photographers turned to stock to pay their bills. Nowadays it’s definitely one of the worst career choices you can make. Stock agencies are overflowing with every kind of photo you can think of
If you want a fail-safe lighting setup for quick portraits, this is it. I’ve talked about the cool results you can get with just one flash. My favorite is an old (and cheap) Nikon SB-800. It does the job admirably and it can take a beating. If you’re shooting outdoors, that’s really all you need (that and a light stand or a voice operated arm). But when you move inside it can get a little tricky. You might not have any sunlight to act as a fill light and you will find that unless you use a modifier, the strong shadows will probably ruin the shot.
I know drama is what a lot of you like to go for when taking studio portraits, but that powerful contrast between harsh light and strong shadows is beginning to look like an overused cliché. It’s almost become a classic. I would therefore like to propose a smoother transition between light and shadow and that’s where a light comes in. Ideally you just pull out a second flash and umbrella from your kit and problem solved. But those of us who like to travel light rarely have that privilege. It’s very easy to improvise
There are a lot of rules and guidelines to follow in portrait photography. Because we’re not talking about snapshots of friends, it’s never as easy as pointing a camera at someone and firing away. There is a list of things you need to look out for. The subject is obviously the most important part of the frame and you need to make sure they understand what you want from them.
Expression and attitude are very important and a big part of that depends on how you relate to the model.
But in many cases, the frame includes more than just the model. Obviously I’m talking about background. This is one of the most important elements in portrait photography and it is the cause of some of the most frequent mistakes made not just by beginners, but by experienced photographers. Obviously you’re more likely to make mistakes regarding background when you shoot portraits outdoors. Things are a lot more in control when you’re in a studio, so this is not about those kinds of sessions.
When you shoot outside, there are usually a lot of elements in the background and this is where composition skills come in handy. The most important thing to
In this article, Patrick Downs is providing very useful portrait photography tips to our readers, sharing his experience and beautiful images that he has taken as a professional photographer. As a photojournalist for 25 years and shooting for much longer, I may have a different or expanded definition of what a portrait is, and what it takes to produce them. There are genres of portraiture, of course, such as: editorial, corporate, commercial/retail, documentary or candid, and illustrative portraits. With some you exercise almost no control (e.g., William Albert Allard), and with others almost total control (e.g., Annie Leibovitz). There is no right or wrong answer … the photographer chooses their style! There are many photographers whose portraits I love, and not all of them are pure portrait photographers. Allard is a documentary photographer, but his found portraits are wonderful. Annie L. imposes her will on her subjects, but the results are fascinating and something I’d love to be able to do. If I were to pick my top 3 pure portraitists, it might be Arnold Newman, Gregory Heisler, and Annie L, in no special order. I went back and read my Arnold Newman’s “One Mind’s Eye” the other day, and
Now’s the time to improve your flower photos. Spring and summer offer huge potential to shoot stunning plant and flower portraits. Whether it’s in your garden, a public park or even on the side of the road, there’s plenty of fantastic photos for the taking. In this guide we’ve got 25 top flower photography tips for you. Use them, and watch your photography, erm… blossom. Sorry.
1 Macro lenses
If you’re interested in close-up flower photography then you should invest in a macro lens. Using a macro lens enables you to focus up close so you can really fill the frame with your subject. A true macro lens produces an image recorded on the sensor at life-size or larger. Great care has to be taken when focusing macro lenses as depth of field is very limited when you’re so close to your subject.
SEE MORE: What is a macro lens – magnification, minimum focus distance explained
2 Extension tubes
If you want to try close-up photography without the expense of a macro lens, then extension tubes are a good alternative. Three tubes of varying depth form a set of extension tubes. A tube or combination of tubes is fitted between the camera body
Today, head shots are a critical piece of many entrepreneurs’ media kit, venture-capital presentation and social-media presence. A dynamic head shot for some professionals can often be the difference between acquiring a job or not.
A good professional photographer will know how to get someone to relax in front of the camera, evoke the best poses and provide suggestions for accentuating an individual’s positive features and traits.
Below are some tips for achieving the perfect head shot.
Related: Look Smashing in Your Professional Business Photo
A lens with a large aperture (with a small f number) is a must when choosing a camera for shooting head shots. Remember, even today’s smartphones have such apertures. Or you can use an in-camera filter as a substitute.
Avoid using wide-angle lens when photographing head shots. Unless you’re trying to achieve a dramatic, artistic style photo, the subject will appear unrealistic, with imperfections amplified as in a caricature.
The type of background is important, so try to have some design details, rather than an empty sky (which is dull, reminiscent of passport photos) or one with an isolated element (that can be visible). The key is to have a background that will allow your head shot to pop.
A plain background works best, but if the subject is in a crowd or
Recently we took a look at the hardware that makes up your smartphone camera. While it’s interesting to know and understand what constitutes a digital camera module, that won’t help much when it comes to actually taking a photo on your smartphone. From a photography enthusiast and mobile hardware reviewer, I’ve put together this guide to tackle that part of the equation.
We’ve laid out ten tips for taking good photos on a smartphone, so hopefully you’ll be well on your way to producing some awesome shots from a fairly limited camera platform.
1. Know Your Auto Mode
Knowing how the automatic shooting mode on your smartphone camera works can greatly help you take good photos. Take the time to learn when it uses high ISOs, when it uses long shutter speeds, and adjust how you take photos accordingly. It especially helps to know when you decide to…
Two photos taken with the Nokia Lumia 930. Adjusting the white balance manually is necessary to get a good photo
2. Override the Defaults
Smartphones can be pretty good when it comes to choosing settings, but not always. Metering can sometimes be pretty shoddy indoors and in cloudy conditions, which is where overriding some of the settings can
This guest post is by Jeff Delacruz a founding member & photographer at Products On White Photography.
If there’s one thing that’s true when it comes to ecommerce, it’s that the perceived value of your products and the trustworthiness of your business is often judged by the quality of your web design. And a big part of having an attractive website these days also means having high-quality, beautiful product photography.
But it’s not just aesthetics we’re talking about. Showcasing your products with high-quality images can also be the winning difference between a conversion and no sale at all. This is particularly true if you’re also distributing your products on marketplace sites like Amazon where they are displayed alongside those of your competitors.
But when you’re just starting out, getting your product photos shot can be an intimidating prospect because good photography can be expensive. There are hundreds of product photography tools to help you get the job done yourself. As business owners with lean start-up roots, we understand this more than anyone, and as a company that works with small businesses everyday, we also know that sometimes the money’s just not there. If that’s you, and your budget is tight, have you thought about taking the DIY approach to taking your
Expert Advice on the Essentials
Travel photography guides can be hundreds of pages long, offering detailed advice on everything from camera settings to composition. In this short-but-sweet guide, we’ll show you the basics of preparing, taking and storing your photos – what you point the lens at is up to you!
The best way to get the top photography possible from your trip is to travel round with your camera to hand and your eyes and mind wide open. Absolutely everything you see can be made the subject of an interesting photo – just because the street is strewn with rubble doesn’t mean the dust won’t glow like fire as the sun sets. If you’re desperate for a specific shot, come back at several times of day so the scene might be emptier, busier or better-lit, depending on what the final outcome looks like in your head.
Let’s get one thing straight – you don’t need a degree in photography to get back from your trip with some awe-inspiring shots. It’s perfectly easy to wow your friends (and even get a picture or two published) with a basic camera and very little technical knowledge…
What do I need?
The type of camera you use
Learn to Take Amazing Travel Snaps
Let’s dispel a myth right away – you don’t need to be a professional to take travel photos. You just need to know the basics of your camera and follow a few rules. Some of the best photos you’ll take will be from being in the right place at the right time, and that happens often when you’re travelling.
I have broken this short guide into five sections to give you some fast tips on travel photography. Happy snapping!
There is no standard equipment for taking photos but when travelling you best make sure you have the necessities with you. Most people will be taking a point and shoot or a DSLR due to space constraints. For both cameras the following is recommended:
- Make sure you have a big enough memory card for the camera – Rather than buy one huge memory card, I would recommend buying three or four smaller ones and keep them separate from the camera. That way if you lose your camera you don’t lose all of the photos.
- Bring a charger – Nothing is worse than being in a foreign country and the battery on your camera dying, and spending all afternoon trying to
How to Nail the Perfect Shot and Become a Great Travel Photographer
I really love photography. I love taking photos, I love visiting photography exhibitions and I love talking about photography with friends, but as with most creative activities, I find my inspiration and drive comes in bursts.
I’m sure photographers of all skill levels will agree that sometimes it can be a real struggle to find the inspiration to get those ‘killer’ shots. It’s sometimes taken for granted, but inspiration truly sits at the heart of all great photography and, for many keen photographers, this is where much of the value of travel lays.
Beautifully vivid magazine shots of Indian markets may inspire others to visit, but the inspiration to take those great photographs will have undoubtedly come from the fascination and sense of wonder the photographer felt when he or she was there, amid the bustle and shouting and smells. This is the symbiotic relationship that exists at the heart of travel photography. Travel inspires photography and photography inspires travel.
It’s probably fair to say that I’ve never been one of life’s natural planners but when it comes to travel photography, there is definitely value in forward thinking; especially if you’re
Photographing Lightning without a Tripod or Wireless Remote
Hints and tips on how to shoot lightning in a storm
I’m in Turkey and just as I’m getting ready to go to bed, there’s an almighty boom from outside. I open the curtain to see a thunderstorm is creeping up on us from the Mediterranean.
As silly as it sounds I get a rush of adrenaline. I’ve never had a legitimate chance of photographing a storm before. I have a good idea how I’m going to approach it and my experience in travel photography tells me one thing – do not wait around.
Make a split second decision if you’re going to go, and if you do go, go all out. Stand by the curtain wondering whether to step outside and every flash is a potential photo gone. I grabbed my Nikon and 10.5mm fisheye lens – that’s all I need for this situation. There are plenty of objects that can substitute for a tripod. Also any lens other than a fisheye won’t be able to capture the scale of the storm.
Using a pier post as a tripod
After a brief jog down to the beach I’m faced with an oncoming storm. It’s a big one
An Interview with Uruma Takezawa
Most people have suffered those aleatory urges to travel that are steeped in some flavour of cliché. A thirst for adventure; to escape a well-worn routine; fatigue with a culture that doggedly runs us ragged; self discovery.
Few people follow through on these motivations like Uruma Takezawa, a professional marine photographer for ten years before he left his job with his camera in tow to see the world and didn’t return for 1021 days.
“I had reached a moment in my life where I had to make a decision,” Takezawa says via email. “I was either going to move in a different direction with my photography or stop being a photographer.”
He knew straight away that a short journey, a brief change before returning to the ocean, would not satisfy him. “I decided to go on a long journey,” he says. “I was looking for new experiences that would reinvigorate and transform me.”
A trip of any length requires some planning, and this was no different, but Takezawa was sure to create an itinerary sketchy enough to give him the freedom to wander and discover. What he wanted to find on his journey would not be offered by any tourist