Photo Tip of the Week Three Things to Know About Long Exposure

Traffic passing over Westminster bridge with Big Ben in the background at twilight, London, England. Motion blur in the bus and people due to long exposure.
Traffic passing over Westminster bridge with Big Ben in the background at twilight, London, England. Motion blur in the bus and people due to long exposure.

A lot of photographers like the look of long exposures, but as one of the more technically challenging genres of photography, it can be extremely difficult to master. In this week’s Photo Tip of the Week, we take a look at three fundamental aspects of long exposure photography that will help set you up for success.

Use Bulb or Time Mode For Ultra Long Exposures

Long exposure shots can be as little as one second or last for several minutes. Most DSLR cameras have the option of up to 30-second exposures, but longer than that you’ll need to set your camera to the bulb setting or time mode.

In bulb, for example, the shutter remains open for as long as the button is held, which in most cases would be done with

10 Landscape Photography Tips for Beginners ?

yay-661553-digitalIn my  article, I provided a few tips for beginning wildlife photographers. In this one, I’m going to discuss a sub-genre of wildlife photography that presents enough challenges to be considered separately: photographing birds. Capturing great images of birds, especially in the wild, comes with all the difficulties of wildlife photography in general, along with some specifically related to winged wildlife. Let’s look at some of those challenges and how to overcome them.

It’s not ALL about the gear.

Let’s get this one out of the way right now. One of the most popular excuses for taking less-than-perfect bird photographs is not having the right photo equipment. There’s some truth to this, since a $10,000.00+, 600mm lens and a full-frame camera are very likely to give you an advantage.

On the other hand, there are plenty of serious amatuers and professionals taking and selling great bird photos with less expensive cameras and lenses. They’re accomplishing it with skill, knowledge, preparation and determination. With that combination and the best gear you can afford, you can, too.

So, does that mean that just any camera and lens combination will

What are smart objects in Photoshop?

iStock_000031071134_MediumEven if you’re a Photoshop newbie, there’s still a good chance you heard the term non-destructive editing before. What does it mean exactly? Well, traditional editing techniques, you know rasterized layers, resizing, changing colors and whatever else all damage image files. They alter pixels reducing image quality and that’s not something you want.

That’s where smart objects come in. You’ve definitely come across them by accident before. Converting a file into a smart object brings some pretty solid advantages to the table. First of all, they preserve all the data of the original layers. This is something that doesn’t happen with conventional editing. Let’s say you have to make changes in the size of a rasterized layer. Almost without exception the result will be a blurred pixilated image.

Making massive changes to a file that has many layers is time consuming not to mention annoying. You have to work on each layer gradually and that can be very frustrating. By converting the file into a smart object, you can update multiple layers at once which is something that will improve your workflow dramatically.

It’s also a lot

Making portrait photography easy for a baby photographer

Shoot more get less but get the perfect ones – this is the way most baby photographers approach the task. This happens due to the unpredictable nature of babies and who knows how long you might have to get the perfect moment you are looking for, if it comes at all. The camera is ideally kept on running mode so that multiple shots can be captured in a few seconds and the treasure might be hidden in any of these. Another reason why it is better to have the camera on continuous mode is that one can’t be sure about the kinds of shots that have to be taken that would make the perfect pictures. The baby as a complete object or even the cute body parts could constitute a set of lovely pictures that can make the photographs more adorable.

Have patience

Babies are likely to challenge the patience of a baby photographer who has to keep an eye on it if one desires to capture activity based photographs. Besides being patient, the photographer has to be watchful and agile so that he/ she can respond promptly to shoot the coveted shots when the baby provides an opportunity. There has to

Checklist Essentials For A Spring Wedding

It is the final countdown to your big day. Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and warmer, and the flowers are bursting through to create colourful carpets. All the signs are there for a wonderful day; however, with just a few weeks until the wedding, there are still a few things left to plan.


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Traditionally, the wedding invitations are sent out six to eight weeks before the big day; however, if you are getting married in an exotic location, you will have sent them out months in advance to enable your guests to book flights. Get a list together of who you wish to invite, choose your invitations and find a printer. Create a spreadsheet of who you invite and who has accepted so that you can chase up those who don’t reply.

Once you have finalised your guest list, get in touch with the venue to confirm how many guests will be attending the traditional wedding breakfast and evening buffet, if you are having one. Also inform the caterers of any dietary requests, such

The Rise of the Japanese Camera Manufacturers

In the early years of the last century, long-established German companies dominated the world of film cameras. Brands such as Leitz and Zeiss were giants, and celebrated for their precision engineering and optical performance.

Japan, on the other hand, was a nation emerging from isolation, experiencing rapid growth and structural change. Lacking in the natural resources necessary to fuel an emerging industrialised nation, it had expanded its territories, and much of the country’s manufacturing was dedicated to further intensifying military might. Many of today’s well know Japanese camera manufactures began as suppliers of optical equipment to the Military (making things such as binoculars, sights, and periscopes).

The end of WWII changed everything for the two nations. The German camera industry was in ruins. Worse yet, the division of Germany into two zones physically separated manufacturing plants. In the West Leitz survived intact, but others in the East were further decimated by Russian governance. Zeiss’s tools and equipment were even removed and relocated to invigorate the Soviet camera industry.

Leitz was able to survive, because it innovated and specialised. In 1954, not quite ten years after the end of the war, Leitz introduced the Leica M3. It was such a step forward in thinking

Ways By Which You Can Land Up With a Better Portrait Photograph

Portrait photographs that look stunning are something that we always look forward to. Whoever is in the photograph, be it a family member, a model or a stranger, we still love to look at the picture. A portrait photograph that is captured perfectly can either be nostalgic and bring out some beautiful memories or even tell us stories of the past. It is a perfect way in which a person’s personality is revealed. Perfect portrait photographs are a result of considering certain factors that are described below.

The background plays a very important role in capturing good portrait photographs. It is crucial to ensure that the background does not interface with the subject. Portraits are better when the background is kept simple and uncluttered. In instances where the background has to be considered in order to say something about the subject, then it may not be wise to ignore it. During these circumstances the background can be dimmed by focusing more on the object.

The best way to capture portrait photographs is out in the natural light. This way the portrait will look natural. Since one cannot control natural lighting, capturing pictures outdoors can be a real task. By placing the

Essential Features To Look For In A Good Camera Bag

One of the most expensive and prized possessions you may have is your camera. You may be a photographer by profession or you simply love taking photos as a hobby and as such, you invest in a costly, high quality camera and other accessories so that all the pictures you take will always come out great and perfect.

Since your camera and other accessories are pretty expensive, you need to make sure that you keep them in a safe and protected place whenever you are not using them. This is especially true when you travel a lot and you just need to have and bring all your photography equipment with you at all times.

In such circumstances, you need to make an additional investment to completely protect your camera and other accessories at all times. You need to invest in a good quality camera bag as well.

If it’s your first time to buy a camera bag, you need to remember that there are certain features and qualities that a bag need to possess so that it can be your trusty aid in keeping your photography equipment safe and well protected. These are the following important features:

Durability. The material of the camera bag