Outdoor Photo Shoot Ideas for Models

Human beings are perhaps the best photography subject in the world. Nowhere else will you find such a rich diversity of faces, body shapes, colors, and intrigue. Shooting outdoors with your models can be a fantastic way to do your subject justice.

Trouble is, it doesn’t take long before the well of inspiration starts to run dry. On this page, we’ll explore some outdoor photo shoot ideas for models. They’re designed to spark your creativity and get you taking photos with impact!

We’ll discuss setting, ideas for props, and some general tips that will help elevate your results.

Outdoor Photoshoots – What to Consider

Many of these tips also apply to other areas of photography, but they’re especially salient for portrait work. If you nail the elements we discuss below, you’ll be well on your way to success.

Lighting is Everything

Good lighting is the bedrock of practically all photography. When shooting outdoors with models, you’ll have to rely almost exclusively on natural light. Take advantage of reflectors that can help you direct sunlight to where you need it to be.

The time of day you choose for shooting is also pretty important. If you haven’t heard of the ‘golden hour’ in photography before, it’s worth looking into. It’s the time in the day that provides the most warm, soft sunlight for easy shooting.

Read up on the different types of photography lighting here.

Check the Forecast!

Yes, it sounds obvious, but trust us – it’s easy to overlook. The last thing you want to do is invite your models to a shoot when it’s pouring it down! It’s a good idea to check the forecast for your chosen shoot a week in advance, then the night before, and then the morning of.

Better safe than sorry!

Match Your Season

Once you’ve got an idea of the type of weather you’ll be working with, it’s time to plan accordingly. Are your models going to be comfortable? Will there be snow, crisp fall leaves, or other seasonal elements that you can incorporate into your shoot?

Working with your circumstances can yield much better results than working against them.

Bring the Right Gear

A bad worker blames their tools, but good photos need the right gear! Make sure you’ve got a decent tripod for outdoor shooting and a reasonable camera and lens kit too.

Make the most of your existing gear.

Outdoor Photoshoot Ideas for Models – The Location

Enough talk – let’s get into it! The ideas in this section are all about the location you choose for your shoots. The people you’re working with should always pull focus in portraiture, but the surroundings you choose for them can make all the difference!

Landmarks

woman standing in front of a telephone box and smiling

Are you near iconic landmarks in your city? Are you within driving distance of a skyline that’s instantly recognizable? Cityscapes can lend some much-needed flair to your shoots. Well-known landmarks also provide familiarity for your work.

It’s worth taking the time to consider your city’s shooting environments in detail. Try to identify shapes, spaces, and colors that inspire you. How can you frame your model using the landmarks in your city? Can you direct the viewer’s gaze by instructing your model to look at key focal point in your scene?

Pick outfits and poses for your models that fit the character of your chosen city.

Rooftops

couple on a rooftop

Take your city backdrops to the next level – literally. If you have access to a rooftop for your shoots, it’s definitely worth using the views as a backdrop. This can be a great opportunity to experiment with bokeh and focusing tricks too.

Think about how much of your rooftop view you’d like to have in focus in your final pics. If you have an extending tripod and a wide enough lens, you can get really creative here. Images that include your model, your rooftop, and a glorious city skyline are tough to beat!

Open Fields

woman in a field

Looking for less hustle and bustle? An open field can provide a soothing, eye-catching canvas for portrait work. This is especially true through the spring and summer months when foliage and natural light will be abundant.

Make sure you have the land owner’s permission before accidentally trespassing where you shouldn’t be. Certain crops can be a great framing device for your models. Experiment with your available foliage and pay attention to what draws focus to the person you’re shooting.

Botanical Gardens

gardens

If plant life and nature are more your style, botanical gardens can be a great option. Many locations even offer free admission at certain days of the week. As with any other shoot, take the time to find the right spots for your models to work in.

You may find that different areas work best for different people. It’s worth finding at least 2 or 3 spots in advance so you’ve got the option to switch things up on the day. Choose outfits for your models that fit the color palette of the gardens you’ve chosen.

City Hustle and Bustle

hustle and bustle in a city

Let’s hop back to cities for a moment. If you’re looking for a great portrait photography challenge that can really pay off if you get it right, try isolating your model against a sea of passers-by. If you’ve got a lens that can handle a blurred background like this, try it out next time you’re working in a busy city.

Remember that you’ll probably have to experiment with settings like shutter speed and ISO to get things just right. With a bit of patience, though, it’s worth it in our opinion.

Brutalist Structures

hard edged structure

When it comes to framing your models with harsh lines and imposing shapes, brutalist architecture is your best friend. Some well-known examples include the Barbican Centre in London or 33 Thomas Street in New York.

This kind of architecture is great for shoots where you want to lean into the urban, concrete aesthetic that some cities can force on you.

Graffiti

​​ man in front of graffiti

Speaking of embracing the city aesthetic, why not find some awesome graffiti to use for your next outdoor photo shoot? There’s a ton of variety on offer here if you know where to look. If you’re lucky, you can find color palettes and designs that really elevate your work.

Just make sure the artwork doesn’t outshine the people you’re shooting! Play around with the color temperature and framing of your photos to get things just right.

Outdoor Photoshoot Ideas – the Model and Props

Your shooting environment is just half the story – the people you’re working with are just as important. This section is for those times where you’re feeling uninspired by your usual portrait routine. We’ve included a ton of tips and ideas for how to spice things up with your models.

We’re talking props, poses, and more. The more time you have to experiment with ideas like these, the better. Breaking from your usual routine can slow you down at first, but it can breathe creativity into your work in wonderful ways! Read on to learn more.

Mirrors

man standing in front of a mirror

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Struggling to fit your outdoor scene into frame? Looking to try something different for your portraits? A well-placed mirror might be exactly what you’re looking for. Remember that certain angles might put you in the shot!

Play around with mirror placement and you’ll find some incredible shots in no time.

Bike

man in front of a bike

A bike is an excellent prop to give your models for outdoor shoots. There’s a real sense of exploration and adventure that comes with a choice like this if you execute it well. A bike will be especially appropriate in fields and similar scenes with attractive, meandering paths.

If you want to go the extra mile, try to source a bike that matches or stands out from the rest of your scene. Think bright colors or complimentary paint styles.

A Book

woman with a book

A big part of good portrait photography is storytelling. Props like an iconic book can influence the way that viewers understand your final photos. If your chosen scene works with this kind of prop, try it out next time you’re shooting.

Experiment with different poses and actions for your models here too. Are they lying back and holding the book up to read? Quietly leaning against a tree? Think about the kind of story you’d like to tell and choose poses that match.

Dancing, Handstands, Etc

man doing a handstand on a skateboard

If your models have extra talents, don’t be afraid to use them! Some of the most memorable portraits involve models in spectacular poses. Ballerinas can be particularly valuable for this kind of shoot. While you’re outside, see if you can take advantage of what’s available?

Braver models could climb or hang from trees, for example.

Flowers as Accessories

girl with flowers in her hair

This next one should be done with care and respect for the environment. If you’re in a space with plenty of flowers and pretty foliage, why not make use of it for your shoot? Plants can be carefully attached to existing headdresses or other pieces of clothing.

If you’re feeling extra cautious, your models could gently lie down in a sunny field to surround themselves with beautiful petals.

Cast Shadows on Your Model

Shadows are a great way to add intrigue to an otherwise flat or uninspired shoot. While working outdoors, look for natural elements you can use to your advantage. The shadows of a tree branch across the face of your model, for example, could be exactly what your image needs.

Remember that every model is different and should be given equal attention when setting up your shoot. Some shadowy environments might be perfect for one person and too distracting for others. Approach the work on a case by case basis.

Don’t Lose the Sky When Working

One of the amazing things about doing photo shoots outdoors is the number of gorgeous scene elements you’ll have at your disposal. The sweeping, natural sky is just one of these tools you’ll have available. Experiment with how much of the sky you include in your photos.

Don’t be afraid to try out crazy angles when working. This kind of approach can prove especially valuable during sunrises and sunsets. The rich, vibrant colors that come with this time of day can elevate your work from passable to stunning.

Working With Models – Quick Tips

We hope you’ve found the suggestions above helpful. If you’re brand-new to taking photos of other people, you might find the tips below helpful. Working with models can be rewarding work, but it’s important to get things right.

Face Shape

One of the most amazing things about working with human faces is how much variety you’re likely to encounter. Keep in mind, however, that this diversity can be something of a double-edged sword.

Don’t assume that one lighting environment or framing that works for your first model will be just as effective with someone else. You’ll probably have to tweak your approach to best suit the specific person you’re working with each time.

Learn about 3/4 view here

Clothing

This one will of course depend on your budget, but try to find wardrobe choices that work well with your shooting environments. This is where checking the weather and season before shooting can come in handy.

Think warm fall colors during November, bright pastels in summer, and so on. You’ll soon learn what works best for your approach as you gain more experience over time.

Comfort

This is a big one that many newcomers overlook and is especially relevant when working outdoors. The comfort of your models is super important and can quickly impact your work if you’re not careful.

Make sure you’ve got a way for people to warm themselves up during colder months or get ready in between shoots. The happier your models are, the easier it will be to create incredible photos with them.

Outdoor Photo Shoots – Final Thoughts

We hope you’ve found the suggestions on this page helpful. Remember that they’re designed as jumping-off points. Feel free to get creative and see what new approaches you can discover!

Flat lighting in photography: causes, when to use, and how to avoid

Photographers will often throw around rather weird terms in everyday conversation, like “the lighting looks flat”. Flat lighting is in fact a common issue with many photographs and it can either be deliberate or accidental.

Interestingly enough, there will be some situations where you’ll want to avoid flat lighting like the flu, and other situations where you’ll actively set up the shot so that the lighting is flat. It all depends on the kind of results you want.

What is flat lighting

Before digging any deeper, it is useful to see what flat lighting actually is. Flat lighting is when the subject or scene is very directly and broadly lit. While this makes for a bright photograph, direct, intense lighting does a poor job of accentuating depth, detail, highlights, shadows, and contrasts.

The result is a dull(in the sense of colors) and sometimes boring photograph.

Highlights and shadows help give depth to a photograph and can help in really making the scene or subject pop out. With no highlights or shadows, the scene or subject will look very 2 dimensional, hence the term flat.

If you’re into sketching or painting, you’ll know how important shadows are for adding a 3D effect to images. Without shadows, a mountain is just a big triangular shape. But with shadows, the same triangle is turned into a multi-faceted, complex mountain with snow and rocks and ravines.

flat lighting
This is an example of a portrait using flat lighting. Notice how there are very few shadows on the face. Here, the light was probably hitting the face directly and evenly.
This is an example of the opposite. Notice how the light is coming from one side, really bringing out the shadows around the nose and neck.

Causes of flat lighting

There are many reasons you may experience flat lighting in your photography. Often, amateur photographers will make the mistake of not timing their shots or setting up lighting correctly, and that’s why they end up with flatly lit shots.

It is worth mentioning here that the reasons below are not absolutes. Since photography is as much art as it is a science, you’ll realize that there are many nuances and subtleties in each situation and the best way to recognize them and get better is to just practice, practice, practice, and analyze, analyze, analyze.

1. Direct flash

Have you ever noticed that professional photographers often point their flash upwards when taking photos? In other situations, the flash is usually somewhere separate from the camera. Normally(especially with point and shoot cameras) the flash is pointing towards the subject.

When the flash is aimed directly at the subject, the result is the flash throwing an even blanket of light on the subject, eliminating most shadows and contrasts, and resulting in flat lighting.

However, you can use a flash(even an in-built one) to bring out shadows and highlights as well. To do this, you simply need to shoot from an angle, or have your subject turn their face a little.

When the light comes from an angle(the same thing essentially happens if the subject turns their face), the flash will illuminate part of the subject and create shadows on the other side.

This is why passport photos and drivers license photos are usually so unflattering, but natural, candid photos are a lot nicer!

2. Overcast sky

In some situations, very overcast skies where clouds are mostly covering the entire sky result in flat lighting. However, in other cases, the clouds actually improve the photograph by softening the light.

When the sun is out, there’s one concentrated light source that is slowly spreading out, and it will be more intense directly below the sun and less intense at other angles.

When there is cloud cover, the white clouds are essentially diffusing all that light evenly, so you essentially have a much bigger(albeit less bright) light source.

3. Shooting around noon

The noon sun is very bright, and the light is very harsh. Because the angle of the sun is minimal around noon time(though this will greatly vary depending on where you are in the world), when the subject is directly in front of the sun, it will produce a similar effect to what I described above with direct flashes.

The photograph will appear flat because the light will be very even and direct, and there won’t be many shadows or highlights.

However, if you set up your shot correctly, you can actually bring out a lot more shadows and highlights and this will result in a photograph that’s the complete opposite of flat!

There’s no one way to get this kind of result, and again, the best suggestion here is to practice in the midday sun with different angles.

You can actually experiment with a stationary object like a fountain or a statue and change the angle of your photograph around midday to see the varying results it produces.

Flat light vs hard or soft light

Since we’re talking about light, it’s easy to confuse flat light with hard or soft light, or even harsh light.

Hard, soft, and harsh light are all completely different concepts from flat light.

Hard light means light which results in a very steep contrast, where the highlights and light areas are very starkly contrasted.

In soft light, the transition is gradual and looks more natural.

That’s not to say that hard light is bad, as it can actually be very effective for achieving certain kinds of effects.

Finally, flat lighting is not always bad! Sometimes it is done deliberately. Again, it all depends on what effect you want to achieve with the photograph and how it is going to be used!

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Pros of flat light

In some cases, professionals will utilize flat lighting for a particular effect. This is especially so in fashion and beauty photography.

Minimizing shadows and highlights is a great way to mask skin imperfections. The minimal highlights create a uniformity all over the skin.

Beauty and fashion photos are heavily edited anyway and the highlights and shadows are added in later on.

Flat lighting is also useful when shooting a subject in front of a white background. This helps to accentuate the model’s face in front of the background.

Cons of flat lighting

While fashion and beauty photographers may be fans of flat lighting, nature photographers consider it their bane as it really detracts from what the photograph could be.

As discussed above, flat light does not accentuate any highlights or shadows, and without highlights or shadows, scenery can seem really lifeless.

That’s why the best times to take photos of natural scenes is often golden hour or sunrise and sunset.

How to avoid flat light

Choose the time of day

Depending on what you want to photograph, you should choose the right time of day. Midday will not be a good time for sweeping landscapes, so if that’s your plan, try to get there early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

Research your shot

Instead of looking for things to shoot and click willy nilly, research your subject matter in advance.

Scout out the location, check it out at a few different times of day and varied angles to see which combination of time and angle will give you the result that you’re looking for.

It doesn’t hurt to have your camera with you, of course. If you happen to find the perfect combination of time and angle, you’ll just need to whip out your camera and take the shot.

Create your own lighting conditions

The best way to create your own lighting conditions – at least when shooting subjects that are up close – is to use an off-camera flash.

Position the flash or indeed light source wherever you feel you’ll get the best angle from and work from there.

If an off camera flash is not an option, use an on-camera flash but get creative with your shooting angles.

Follow the weather report

For outdoor photography, you’ll be heavily reliant on weather conditions for your lighting.

Clear skies will be conducive to bright photos, but if the sun is at an angle, as we saw above.

Cloudy skies will result in flat pictures mostly throughout the day since clouds dissipate the light evenly all over the sky.

Most of the time, you can get away with the results you want on slightly cloudy days, but when the cloud cover is like a blanket is when you may want to reconsider.

Try another time

Finally, if all else fails, just come back another time! Your scenery is (hopefully) not going anywhere anytime soon, so if you can’t get a shot of the mountain today, go shoot it tomorrow or next week.

The one time this will be an issue is if you’ve traveled a long distance to get the shot. In this case, I hope you checked the weather before buying your tickets, or at least booked enough days to account for the occasional hiccup in your plan!

Conclusion

As you can see, flat lighting is not always all bad. There are some conditions where flat lighting will be an advantage, and others where it will work against you.

The more practice you get and the more photographs you take and analyze, the better you’ll get at utilizing the light available to get the results you want.

Macro Flower Photography Tips & Photos for Inspiration

One of the first images people try to capture with a new macro lens is a beautiful flower. Macro flower photography is perhaps top of the list of priorities for a beginner macro photographer. It’s a great subject to get started with, but it can be difficult to master.

There’s a slew of potential roadblocks when it comes to capturing decent macro photos with your camera. Getting the composition right with flowers can be tricky, and if you don’t know how to get the most out of your lighting conditions, your lens could let you down.

A macro lens is only as good as the photographer using it. If you want to capture beautiful macro photos of flowers every time you shoot, read this post for our top tips. We’ve outlined what we think is a great beginner’s guide to photographing flowers. We’ll tell you everything you need to know to get the perfect photograph.

Macro Flower Photography Tips

There’s a whole world to explore when it comes to a flower macro. The textures, colors, tones, lines, and shadows of flowers make them a fantastic subject at any experience level. There’s plenty of satisfying challenges involved with flower photography for even experienced photographers. Newbies will learn a lot along the way.

If you’d like to improve your skills in portrait photography, trying your hand at macro flower photography will dramatically elevate your skillset. It can also help you add some wonderful details if your photography work involves wedding photography. Imagine the bouquet shots!

The Gear

Capturing flowers in detail requires the right gear. While a bad worker blames their tools, it also doesn’t hurt to get the right equipment for the job! If you want great shots for Instagram or your website, you’ll need to shoot with the right kit.

Most digital cameras have a built-in “macro” setting. While this can work fairly well for a basic photograph, your images will really improve with a dedicated setup. It’s also worth learning how to get the most out of the equipment you already have. If you can master the manual mode of your camera, you’ll be a much better photographer for it.

So what kit should you use for the perfect image? The next part of this flower photography guide will outline the things to take with you. Feel free to pick and choose from this list as you see fit. Make the most of what you have before buying something new:

  • Tripod: Macro photography involves getting much closer to your subject than usual. This means it’s far easier for things to wobble and ruin your images. A tripod will give you much more control.
  • Macro Lens: Not to state the obvious, but macro photography is much harder without the right lens for the job. That isn’t to say it’s impossible, but shooting a close-up image is so much easier when you have a macro lens. They come with the depth of field you need. Macro lenses come in all shapes and sizes and there’s a diversity of options for both focal length and width. As a general rule, 100mm is a great focal length to use. Bear in mind that the narrower your angle, the further away you’ll have to be from your flower.
  • IR Shutter Release: A small handheld remote can help you maximize the stability of your setup. They’re inexpensive, but can free you up and let you focus on other things.
  • Natural light reflectors: Depending on your lighting conditions, these can really help boost the photos you take of flowers. Small sheets of white paper can do the trick. If you position them correctly, you’ll be able to reflect the available light to where you need it, and get the most out of your natural light.
  • Other lighting components: A ring light accessory for your cameras can really elevate the photos you take of flowers. A flash accessory can also improve your lighting situation. Use them when natural light isn’t quite enough.

Focal Point

Getting the focus right is always important, but when it comes to macro photography – it’s everything. Choose the exact point on your flower you’d like to shoot. Manual focus will give you the best level of control over your photography. Continue to make adjustments until you’re happy with each image.

There’s a lot of detail to capture, so you want to make sure you have things just right.

Depth of Field

One of the best ways to achieve an interesting macro image is to make sure you’re using the right depth of field. The next time a photography post on Instagram catches your eye, think about the depth of field they may have used. It’s all about tweaking the distance between the closest and the farthest objects in focus.

Practicing your macro photography skills on a beautiful flower will help you learn a lot about this aspect of photography. Keep experimenting until you know you’ve got the right photo.

Shutter Speed

As macro photography operates at such short distances, even the tiniest movement can have the biggest impact. Flowers are constantly getting blown around and jostled. You should be using a speed setting on your shutter that allows you to produce excellent flower macro photography.

Composing Macro Flower Photos

Macro flower photography can be absolutely stunning. Photographing a flower with the right macro lenses can uncover a hidden world of beauty and intrigue. There’s plenty to consider when it comes to the composition of your macro photography. This section of our macro guide will outline some key details to think about.

Symmetry

Ask yourself if framing the flower directly in the centre of your macro photo would achieve the best results. Flowers are full of interesting lines that span out symmetrically from each other. Great macro flower photography captures this symmetry. Use your own judgement to decide what you need to draw focus to and what should stay in the background.

If you want to improve traction on your Instagram or website, you should be considering symmetry from day one.

Repeated Patterns

Another detail to consider when photographing flowers is the number of repeating patterns you can spot. It might be worth thinking about how to frame these elements. Would a wide shot work? We’re working in macro, not landscape photography, but you want to capture a photo that showcases all the details.

In some cases, the details will be best highlighted with a closer shot. It’s your call when shooting.

Imperfections

Macro flower photography is about finding a flower that will stand out. Can you find aspects of your subject that might catch the eye? It’s important to note, that “perfection” is not always the most useful inspiration. Try to look for elements that will bring an edge to your macro photography.

Has part of the flower been damaged in a way that draws focus? Does the light catch on an abnormality of the plant? Is it drying up and curling in its petals?

Use your camera and macro lens to capture the unexpected! Feel free to get creative. Thousands of macro photography shots of flowers get posted to Instagram every day.

A lot of them go unnoticed. If you’re creative, you’ll capture something nobody’s seen before!

5 Examples of Macro Flower Photos

Macro photography is a rich and rewarding hobby, but if you’ve been using a macro setup for a while, you’ll know that it can be easy to lose inspiration. We’ve found some stunning examples of excellent macro work with flowers to bring some welcome inspiration to your shoot. You’ll be setting up your tripod in no time!

macro flower photo

Credit: Rich_f28 | Flickr

macro flower 2

Credit: Jeff Turner | Flickr

macro flower photo 2

Photo by Jess Bailey Designs from Pexels

sunflower macro photo

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

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Conclusion

We hope our tips in this photography guide for macro flower photos have been helpful. Our goal with with this site is to help even the least experienced photographers get the most out of their camera, lenses and other gear. Macro photography can be seriously addictive once you get started!

The first time you create the perfect shot with your gear is unforgettable.

There’s so much opportunity to be creative in this genre of camera work. If you’re new to photography, it can teach you so much about the fundamentals. It’s important to remember the pointers we’ve outlined on this page to take full advantage of your camera.

Use the right gear for the job to achieve excellent results with your available light, lenses, cameras, and subject. With a little patience and a few free tutorials, you might surprise yourself with how creative you can be. Take a look at the rest of our website to level up your photography skills.

Have fun!

How to Do Levitation Photography and Tips For Awesome Shots

How to Do Levitation Photography and Tips

Do you know how you can make a person float?

Well, not in real life, but a picture! Levitation photography is a fascinating thing. If you are just starting with photography, you might be wondering how to do levitation photography and tips that may help you.

Can you think of a little girl with a red balloon floating in the air? This image looks easy to create, but it is very difficult for a photographer.

But levitation photography is not always difficult. If you know the tips to do it the right way, you can create spectacular pictures. You need to understand how to combine two or three images into one picture.

In this article, let’s look at how to do levitation photography and tips and tricks to help you do it quickly and easily.

Things You Need For Levitation Photography

  • A Camera. You can do levitation photography with a regular smartphone camera, but a DSLR is a better option to get a good quality picture.
  • A Tripod. A tripod is beneficial and reliable to have.
  • A Stool: You will need something to hold the object. To click pictures of people, you will need a stool or chair for levitation photography. To click pictures of food or any object, you need a string or any connector to hold the object.
  • A Fan. A fan can give a floating effect and make the model look like their hair is flying in the wind.

How Do You Make People Float In Pictures?

To take levitation pictures, you need to be very creative. You need to think out of the box and experiment with things. Firstly, think of how you want to take a picture. Do you want to make an object float or a person float?

If you want to make a person float, you need to make them pose on a stool or chair to heighten. Make sure the model or the subject balances well in the stool.

To make objects float, you will need to do it differently. You will need something to attach the object with the other. A string or a wire may get the work done quickly.

Technique Used In Levitation Photography

  • First, you need to feature a person or the product you want to levitate.
  • Then you need to take a picture of an empty background without any person or object involved. Make sure both the pictures have the same background.
  • You can use a tripod to make sure the position of the picture does not shift. Also, make sure to use the fast shutter speed for the best results. It will further help remove any motion blur.
  • You can then use an editing tool like Photoshop to combine the pictures.

Essential Photography Gear Needed

The main thing required is the camera, a tripod, a stool, and a model you want to levitate. You can have a fan to make the hairs of the model float in the air. It gives some effect to the picture. Some reflectors for lighting and other props as needed.

Ensure the model can balance in the stool or chair, as it might not be very comfortable. A tripod is beneficial and reliable to have.

Other Things Required

You will have to look at even the small details like the model’s clothes. You need to have an idea of how you want to levitate the picture.

To make the picture float, choose clothes that can easily float in the air and affect. Levitation pictures come out great in long gowns and scarves.

You need to think of the object that will look great with the scene. Place them up accordingly.

Weather

Try shooting pictures in sunny or cloudy weather. If you take photos in the evening or the dark, it will be hard to edit the images afterward.

Sometimes, some people hold the model or the object to make them levitate. Please make sure the shadow of the person is removed and make it look natural.

Camera Angle

The camera and your shooting angle are also essential to consider. The angle from where you capture makes a lot of difference in the picture.

If you shoot from a low angle, the picture will look like the model is floating very high in the air. Make sure you can also see the props in the picture along with the model.

And if you click pictures from a high angle, it will look like the person is falling. You can try up with different angles and look at what pictures come out good.

Ideas And Tips For Levitation Photography

Ideas And Tips For Levitation Photography

#1 Model’s Pose

It is essential to consider how your model poses. The model has to pose in such a way to make the picture look natural. The photographer will have to guide the model on how to pose.

A photographer may want to defy gravity or make a person float in the air.

You can click pictures of a model sitting in a meditation position. Make them float in the air. Just standing very casually against the wall will not give that effect.

#2 Balancing Two To Three People

Do you know how to make two people float in the air?

Think of the pose you want to create. Please make sure everyone balances perfectly and their shadows are also looking good. You can try making one person float and the other holding him up and making them fly.

You should think of creative and innovative ways to create some good pictures. Along with that, the person or model should also feel comfortable balancing and posing.

Make sure while editing the pictures, the pictures look natural and believable. It includes their clothes, shadows, expressions, and even hairs.

#3 Using Green Background

Using a green background helps you add the picture or subject to any background. It lets you change any setting.

You can edit the pictures in the green background using editing apps like photo enhancer or Photoshop.

The good thing about a green background in levitation photography is that you can change the lighting as you want and change the props.

#4 Lighting

If you are doing levitation photography in a studio, you can set the lighting as per your need. Choose a low contrasting light, as it is an excellent option to go for. You can adjust the lighting anytime.

If you are shooting outdoors, cloudy weather will give you low contrasting light. Shooting in sunny weather may not provide a good effect.

High contrasting light will not make the photo look real and natural. So try to capture images that will look real.

#5 Use The Right Colors

You can give an effect to your pictures by using the right colors. Like red is love and passion, Blue represents the sky, and black means power and fear. You can use dark tones in the background to express sadness around the person. While creating a picture, you can add such details to the photos.

#6 Try clicking All Pictures At The Same Time

If you think of taking the same picture the next day, it certainly won’t be possible. It is not possible to recreate the model’s position and adjust the lighting the same way.

So it’s better to capture all the pictures on the same day and time. Click three to four images together. Take a picture with the person or model. Then take one without the model from the same angle. You can adjust the focus.

If you are using a green background, try to match the focal point of the lens and adjust the lighting and colors accordingly.

Here are some shots you need to take without changing the camera position and angle:

  • Take a picture of the model with the props. The image should be such that what the model is doing is clear.
  • Try focusing on the model’s expressions and hairs. Try capturing the model’s hairs floating with the help of a fan or a dryer.
  • You can also click pictures of the movement of the model’s clothes if required. Make sure the clothes easily float in the air.
  • Take a picture of the background with the model and any props. It will help you edit the pictures

#7 You Can Create Your Own Story With A Picture

Levitation photography is exciting and innovative. You can create your own story with levitation pictures.

You can make a person float above the bed and convey how deep he is into his dreams. You can even make a young man with a heart floating above the ground and convey how deep he is in love.

You can think of such creative ways to create a story with just one picture.

#8 Combine All The Pictures

After clicking all the pictures, you will need to combine them. First, you need to adjust all the colors equally for all the pictures. Some photo editing tools will let you do all editing of the pictures in one go.

The bottom layer should be the empty background. Then you can place the picture with the model as your top layer. You can mask the layer to remove any extra things popping up.

How To Edit Levitation Picture

How To Edit Levitation Picture Using Photoshop

You can edit the pictures in Photoshop using layers. Let’s look at the step-by-step process below.

  • Open the pictures in Photoshop that you want to edit. Add one photo with only the background. Then add the other photo of the person floating.
  • Add both the pictures in the same document with different layers. Make sure the background picture is at the bottom layer. The picture with a floating person should be at the top layer.

To do this, you need to go to “Select” and “Close all.” Then go to “Edit” and click copy. Paste the picture on the top of the background picture. The background picture is hidden.

  • Now you need to mask the picture. Just go to the layer menu and select layer mask. Then choose reveal all. In the palette on the right, you can see a white box.
  • Now the layer mask is added. You need to paint the object which you want to levitate. Use a black paintbrush from the tools and paint it black. Have a look at how the background looks like.
  • You can make any corrections you want and make the picture look perfect and natural.

Levitation Pictures In Luminar

Editing levitation pictures in luminar are very easy and done in simple steps. You can even edit just one picture of a person balancing on a stool using luminar.

You can edit pictures in luminar using tools that will help you remove unwanted objects from the image. Let’s look at these tools:

Using Clone And Stamp Tool

The clone and stamp tool removes the unwanted objects from the photos. For this, first, you need to set a point from the pixels you want to replace. Paint the areas you don’t want in your picture. A plain background picture will help you remove unwanted objects with ease.

Most people use the clone and stamp tool to remove the dark spots and scars from the skin. But it works excellent to edit floating images as well. You can also use brushes to give some effect to the pictures.

Using Erase Tool

Another tool used in luminar is the erase tool. For this, you just need to select and paint the areas you don’t want in the picture. Like you can remove the strings and shadows from the objects.

Luminar will look over the picture’s background and generate a contrasting texture based on the background you select.

The erase tool will contrast with the lighting and texture of the original pictures. It is very easy to use and quickly removes unwanted objects from the picture.

Conclusion

Levitation photography may seem difficult, but it is not. It is entertaining and exciting to do. With the correct technique and using the right tools, you can do it quickly.

The pose of the model must be realistic and natural as much as possible.

I hope that you have learned how to do levitation photography and tips to help you do it with ease in this article.

Do you tip photographers? (And what services to tip for)

Ah, tipping! Tipping is a really hotly debated topic in the professional world. Some are for it, others are totally against it. Today, let’s talk about a question that will come up during most of your special moments: do you tip photographers?

What is a tip, really?

A tip or gratuity is money given by a customer to a service provider. The service provider can be in a wide variety of industries: food service, hospitality, transport, and the like.

The Wikipedia article on tipping notes an interesting point about tips: they are irreversible, whereas the amount charged for the service can be refunded.

You can also refer to the article to see in which countries tipping is customary/expected and in which countries it is not. Interestingly enough, research has found that in countries like Australia where there is no tipping, the service is just as good as in the USA, where tipping is expected.

Do you tip independent contractors or agency photographers?

This is a bit of a hot debate and I am going to take a controversial position here.

The initial philosophy behind gratuity was that employers could get away with paying minimum wage and unloading the rest of the burden of paying their workers well onto their customers(who are already paying them money).

Tipping actually started during Prohibition, which is an interesting story in case you’d like to check it out.

When you hire an independent contractor, they’re basically charging you for their own time, and they’re the boss of the price they set.

If they feel their skill set and services are worth $150, they’ll charge $150, and if you feel that’s a good price, you’ll pay the $150 and they go home $150 richer for their services.

In some cases where they have to go above and beyond just regular camera work(like being extra patient with kids), they’ll generally factor that into their charge.

So as a general rule, I would not tip independent contractors.

(I told you this was going to be controversial!)

However, if you buy services from an agency and they send someone over, you may wish to tip them. You don’t know how much they’re being paid, and while certainly not obligatory, you can say an extra thank you to them if they did a good job.

Are tips expected?

At this point we’re in the debate of whether tips are expected or not. If you’re in the United States and you go to a restaurant, you’re expected to tip, period.

In other industries, it’s a little dicier. I scoured the internet and read up on people’s opinions regarding tipping photographers and before I get into the gist of what I found, here’s something to think about:

When hiring a photographer, ask about all the service they’ll provide. Will they call the venue? Will they do this? Will they do that?

If everything is a part of their package, then it’s covered by their rates. But if a photographer decides to go the extra mile for you and does something for you that they did not have to, you should consider tipping and leaving a good review.

Tipping for wedding photos

Interestingly enough, the general consensus behind tipping for wedding photos is that you can tip for wedding photos.

Please note that can and should are not the same thing.

However, many people feel they wish to say an extra thank you to the photographer who was with them on their special day, so they do tip.

Many people justify wedding tips as an extra boost for the multitude of coordination, photography, editing, and delivery that photographers have to do(in many cases, photographers actually direct the wedding as it happens!)

Again, I’d like to bring to mind the point I raised above: independent contractors know this and they will have factored the time and effort cost of everything into their rates.

If they haven’t, they’re not running their business correctly!

Weddings are special, though, and saying thank you with a little money may be appreciated. Another (and perhaps better) way to show your appreciation is by leaving them a good review or referring them to your friends, which would go much further than the amount of money you give them.

Tipping for engagement photos

Engagement photos are special much like wedding photos, but they’re not too complex. Generally, the shoot is not as time consuming as a wedding and there isn’t such a wide variety of shots.

As such, most people do not tip for engagement photos.

Tipping for family photos

Family photos can be tough, especially with little kids. Kids are not used to sitting still for more than one tenth of a second, and to get them to sit still, pose nicely with a smile, and take a photograph in that much time requires patience and skill.

Again, though, if a photographer is offering family photos, they knew what they signed up for, and their rates will reflect it.

Still, if your kids were particularly noisy or antsy during the shoot and the photographer did a really good job, you may like to say thank you with a tip.

Tipping for headshots

What about professional headshots for your LinkedIn and social profiles?

In these settings, it’s usually very cut and dry and there’s not much involved. I don’t think you should tip, nor would the photographer expect a tip.

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Closing thoughts

The rates that photographers set should include all of their services from start to finish.

While tipping is not customary for photographers, some photographers have started to accept/expect tips and personally, I feel that they should reflect the value of their services properly in their rate cards.

Tipping should be totally optional and by no means obligatory. You should never feel compelled to tip.

Finally, while a tip is good for buying a coffee or a nice meal(depending on how big the job was), a positive review and referrals go much, much further in advancing the photographer’s business.

So if you really want to say thank you, don’t just stop at a tip – leave a good review. The tip will be spent, the review will help them attract more business.

Note: I wish to clarify here that by leaving a review, I mean after you’ve properly paid them for their services. Offering exposure INSTEAD of payment is a NO NO.

Why is it Called Macro Photography? Exploring the answer

When photographers take extreme close up photos of small objects, that’s macro photography. This is photography that makes very small things seem enormous. The art form has exploded in popularity over the past ten years as more and more people are able to see its stunning results online.

While describing macro photography as “close up photography” is certainly a great shorthand for describing the technique, it gets a little more complicated than that.

Technically speaking, true macro means the lens you’re using is capable of reproduction ratios of at least 1:1. So what on earth does that mean? A 1:1 reproduction ratio means that what you see on the camera sensor or film plate is at least the same size as the real-world subject.

It’s up to you as a photographer which subjects you choose for your macro photos. With the right camera and lens, you’ll be able to get close to the hidden, the minuscule, and bring focus to its beauty. Making the invisible seem life size is a tricky art, but with a little research, practice and the right macro lenses, your image quality will improve in no time.

macro-example

Why is it Called Macro Photography?

In the normal world, the term “macro” is used to describe something in a larger scale. This is also true for photographers, but it gets a little complicated. Macro photography refers to photography that gives a large view of a small subject. The size and scale here refer to the type of photographs that macro lenses produce.

Your image will be a close, tight shot of usually one small subject. The result is an image where the size of your subject appears much larger than in real life. Hence, “macro” photography.

What’s the Difference Between Macro and Micro Photography?

So then what on earth is micro photography? How is it different from macro photographs? Can I still use macro lenses, or will I need a new camera lens altogether? A micro photograph is an image of a subject that cannot usually be seen with the naked eye.

Unlike true macro images, a micro image is produced by lenses that use a magnification ratio of at least 20:1. This means that what you see through your lens or on your sensor looks at least 20x larger than it does with the naked eye. Micro photography captures subjects that are “micro” -scopic.

So in short, you’ll definitely need different lenses to produce a micro image. A macro lens just won’t cut it!

How Does Macro Photography Work?

Magic. Just kidding, but sometimes it feels that way! Some photographers have been using a macro lens for years before they actually sit down to learn the science of a macro image. We outline the basics below.

The reason you can’t just grab any old digital or film camera, throw some lighting at something and produce a great macro photograph, is that the camera and lens just won’t be able to focus properly at such short range. A macro lens then, uses a focusing distance small enough to reproduce at a ratio of 1:1.

A macro lens uses a minimum focusing distance that can stay sharp when very close to its subject. Make sure you choose a macro lens with the right focal length.

Focal length varies greatly between cameras and from lens to lens. In the field of digital photography, it’s easy to get bogged down by technical terms and terminology. Non-macro cameras can still take stunning close up shots, they’re just technically only macro if this 1:1 ratio is used.

What Kind of Lenses do you Need for Macro Photography?

So we’ve learned that for great macro photographs, you need focal lengths that can hit that golden 1:1 ratio. So what makes a good macro lens? Are most macro lenses the same, or does one brand stand out from the rest? Canon? Nikon? Read on to learn more.

Magnification

To cut to the chase, the macro lens you choose should use 1 magnification. This means you’ll get a magnification of at least 1.0x. Some lenses, like the Canon MP-E 65mm, offer a whopping 5.0x max magnification. It’s worth noting though, that this may be overkill for most photographers.

Some digital lenses are advertised as macro while only offering 0.5x magnification or less. These can still be great for close up photography, but if true macro is what you’re after then it’s best to keep looking. Even in perfect lighting conditions, these won’t focus in the way you’ll need them to.

Stability

Taking macro photos is often a handheld process. This means more vibration and less stable photographs overall. Plenty of modern digital lenses come with excellent image stabilization features. The Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens delivers great images with fantastic stabilization.

Focal Length

When you’re getting up close and personal with your subject, your requirements for focal length change. You don’t really need to cover wide angles or capture stunning landscapes in the field of macro photography. What’s important here, is your minimum focusing distance.

The longer this distance, the further away you’ll have to be from your subject, and vice versa. Choose a focal length that works for you. Your depth of field is the area just in front and behind the thing you’re taking photos of that can stay in sharp focus. Depth of field is affected by your focal length.

Think about the type of macro pictures you’re hoping to take and use this to find the right lens.

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Macro point and shoot cameras

Open source focus stacking software

Tripods for macro photography

Indoor macro photography ideas

Conclusion

One thing to remember is that ultimately, if you enjoy the photos you take then it doesn’t necessarily matter what other people call them. However, learning the correct terminology and associated kit can really elevate your work as a photographer.

Our goal with this site is to make it as easy as possible for people to get into photography. No matter what camera, lens, or lighting conditions you’re working with, we’re here to help you stay on top of your game.

If you have any questions or product recommendations for us to review. then please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Glossy Vs Matte Photo: What’s The Difference?

Glossy Vs. Matte Photo

Do you know the difference between glossy and matte photos?

When you want to print a few pictures, you may be asked to choose from a glossy and matte finish. A glossy photo gives a slightly shiny finish, and a matte photo gives a somewhat neutral touch.

Nowadays, there are different photographic finishes and prints available. If you need to print anything from a simple business card to wedding invitation cards, you need to choose the type of paper for printing. For this, you need to understand the difference between glossy vs. matte photos.

This article will help you choose the right one- glossy vs. matte photo according to your need and preference.

Glossy Vs. Matte Photo

Glossy and matte photo prints are the standard photo prints that people choose from. There is a difference in both the pictures.

Glossy Finish

A glossy finish has an extra layer on it that helps reflect light. It gives a shiny finish on the paper. In a glossy finish, you can further choose from satin or semi-gloss finish.

The glossy finish paper gives a smooth finish. It makes the pictures look bright. A high-gloss finish is very reflective and eye-catching. If you want a less reflective finish but on a glossy surface only, you can go for a semi-gloss finish.

When Should You Print Pictures On Glossy Finish?

If you want to make your pictures look bright and shiny, then a glossy finish is the best option for you. Any picture seems attractive on a glossy finish. Be it a landscape picture, any black and white images, or a portrait photo, all look good in a glossy finish.

When printing a photo book online, a glossy finish paper highlights the colors of your pictures and is the best choice.

Advantages Of Glossy Finish

  • A glossy finish gives a bright and shiny appearance. The texture and color of glossy paper are bold, and it enhances the picture.
  • It adds some details to the border of the pictures and has a smooth base that makes it look more bright and clear.
  • A glossy finish highlights and enhances the colors of the picture and reflects a lot of light.
  • There are different types of gloss finishes available to choose from. You can select a high-gloss finish or a semi-gloss finish according to your preference.
  • Different printing papers have different printing types. A glossy paper needs significantly less ink. It is thus less expensive than a matte finish.
Glossy Finish Photo

Disadvantages of Glossy Finish

  • A glossy finish looks great on small frames and prints. A glossy print in a large picture will reflect more light. It won’t be easy to see the picture clearly if you look from different angles.
  • A glossy finish does not look great on glass photo frames. It reflects a lot of light.
  • The glossy finish sticks on the surfaces wherever you place them. Taking out a photo from a frame will damage the photo once it’s put in.
  • Glossy papers quickly get damaged and are prone to get scratches easily. The fingerprints easily get into the shiny surface.

Matte Finish

Matte photo, on the other hand, does not reflect light. It means the matte photo does not have any shine. Matte photos are suitable for monochrome pictures. Matte photo finishes are great for framing large photo frames.

A matte coating has a refractive and light scattering property. A matte finish has an uneven surface, because of which the light gets scattered.

When Should You Print Pictures On Matte Finish?

When you are looking at different photo book printing options, a matte finish is an excellent option to go for. You won’t get any smudges or fingerprints on a matte finish.

When you print on a matte finish paper and suitable printers and inks, the colors and textures in the photo look amazing.

Advantages of Matte Finish

  • You won’t get the reflection of the light on a matte finish. So it makes it easy to view pictures clearly in any photo frame. A picture on a matte finish looks clear under a light as well.
  • The matte paper has an uneven surface. Matte finish does not get any fingerprints or scratches and is easy to handle.
  • You can frame the photos in a matte finish quickly, and it does not stick to the glass surface.
Matte Finish Photo

Disadvantages Of Matte finish

  • Matte Finish prints don’t give a shiny and bright finish as glossy paper. They provide a slightly dull look to the pictures.
  • High-definition pictures don’t look good on matte finish. The photo does not look sharp and crisp.
  • Matte prints need more ink to get good color tones and textures. So they are a bit more expensive than a gloss finish.

Which Is A Better Choice: Glossy Vs. Matte Photo?

The choice of the photo you want to get printed depends totally on your need. First, look at what you want to do with the prints and then make a choice.

  • If you want to get a color printout, then glossy photos are a great option to choose from. If you’re going to get a black and white printout or just need to print a text, then the matte finish is a better option.
  • Suppose the photo is framed in such areas where many people will touch and go for a matte finish. In a matte finish, the fingerprints do not stick. If you go with a glossy finish, you will need to clean it often.
  • If you plan to print large wall photo frames, then a matte finish is a better choice. Printing large photo frames on a glossy finish will reflect a lot of light and will not give a good view of the picture.

You can try printing on both the papers and then have a look at which one looks better. You can choose different sizes and then decide which one gives a better finish.

By doing this, it will be easier for you to choose between glossy vs. matte photos.

Tips for Printing Good Quality Pictures

  • Try printing on different papers. Not all papers are of the same quality. If you have your printer at home, you can try printing pictures on different papers. Then compare and contrast the different prints. Understand how the different types of paper reflect light. Choose the one you find the best.
  • Consider what you want to get printed. Is it a product print? Or a large photo frame to be displayed somewhere?

Both glossy and matte paper gives a different look to the pictures. So think of where you want to display the final product before getting it printed.

Should You Print Wedding Photos In A Glossy Finish Or A Matte Finish?

Wedding photos will look bright and vibrant on a glossy finish. But it will also be hard to get the sharp details of the pictures, especially if it’s a large print.

Wedding photos in a matte finish will give a sharp and crisp finish to the photos but will result in some dull colors.

So the glossy finish looks great on simple wedding pictures as you can manage the reflection of light. At the same time, the matte finish looks great on frames.

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Conclusion

Before choosing between glossy vs. matte photos, you should think of how you want the print to be. Your choice depends on the effect you want to create.

So understanding the difference between glossy and matte finish will help you show your work in a better way.

A matte finish is an excellent choice for framing large pictures, while some enhanced and bright colors make a picture stand out in a glossy finish.

How to Unlock an SD Memory Card? (Remove Write Protection)

You’re gearing up for the perfect shot, you click the shutter, and your camera flashes the dreaded message:

“This SD card is write protected.”

Oof!

Even if you have tried reinserting the card again and again on your device, it would have been fruitless.

Reinserting a locked memory card will probably be flashing the line above or something like this: “the data cannot be written to the sd card” or “the sd card is locked”

However, there’s no need to despair. Unlocking an SD memory card is really easy, and here are three ways to do it.

Solution 1 – Slide the lock switch upwards

Step 1

Unmount the memory card from the camera/computer menu(if applicable) and remove it from your device. (Although you can unlock it without taking it out, unmounting will be safer for data protection.)

Step 2

Memory Cards come with a locking switch. Locate the switch on any one of the corners of the card. (The switch will be a sliding plastic knob.)

The switch will be down towards the bottom of the card. You will notice “lock” written there.

Unlock position will be at the upper end of the card. (“Unlock” will be written there.)

Step 3

Slide the switch up all the way towards the top of the card, up till the end with the corner notch. This will unlock the sd card.

Insert the sd card back into your device.

Step 4

Confirm if you are able to modify data or not. If you can modify the already loaded data – then the memory card is unlocked.

You will be able to load and store more data into it.

This should solve your problem, but in case it doesn’t, keep reading.

Solution 2 – Toggle the lock switch

Sometimes even after pushing the switch upwards does not work. The reason being that although the plastic switch is slid upwards it has not affected the inner circuit.

In this case, you’ll need to toggle the switch a few times to engage the circuit.

If your memory card is behaving this way, I recommend picking up a new card. The solution below is piecemeal at best and is just enough for you to get back home and replace your card.

Step 1

Slide the “Lock” switch down to the “Lock” position and keep it there for 10 seconds.

Step 2

Slide the lock switch up and down for three to five times. And this time slide it with a little force.

Step 3

Again put the switch back to its unlocked position. And your will be able to work with it again.

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Solution 3 – Permanently unlock the card

If you are still (after sliding the card up) not able to modify or save files on your memory card – the sd card is still locked.

Lock Switches are not made up of high grade plastic. And it is simple friction between the switch and the plastic beneath which restricts its movement.

So a little degradation in its material will cause it to slide down because of any movement. This will cause it to go from unlocked to locked state pretty easily.

Sometimes it will start moving downwards to the locking position – if subjected to little jerky movements and shocks.

So here is what you need to do:

Unlock the card and give it a tap (with a little amount of force).

If the switch goes back to the locking position, then you need to do some DIYing.

Step 1

Move the switch back up to the unlock position.

Step 2

Apply a little amount of adhesive glue at the bottom of the switch. Try applying it below the switch too – so that the switch becomes glued to that position. This will probably permanently unlock your card.

Step 3

Copy all the necessary data to another memory card, Because your current memory card will not last long.

You can continue using it until it does not gets permanently damaged. But most probably you will not be able to lock it again ever.

Step 4

If your card is in warranty then contact the manufacturer – to replace the faulty card.

Remember some cards come with a lifetime guarantee and some with several years of damage protection. So before throwing your card away, check once if it is covered or not.

Benefits of Locking Your Card

Memory cards store a variety of data file. It can be your vacation photos, selected music folders and other extremely important documents.

Today a memory card can be used in many devices including desktops, laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras and even in handheld gaming consoles.

Sometimes while exchanging a memory card on different devices can lead to data loss.

Locking memory cards is helpful if you have some extremely important data – that you don’t want to lose.

Secondly keeping the card locked is important if others use your devices, especially kids.

An unlocked card can accidentally lead to files being deleted. Sometimes you can lose all your work or important data – because of this.

Prevention of modification of your data is also important.

Another important factor to notice is that a locked memory card is less at risk of malicious spywares and viruses.

There is a lesser chance of viruses hitting your card because a locked memory card does not accept any new files. You can’t even transfer files to a locked memory card.

If you do not use a device frequently than it is highly advisable to keep the memory card in it – locked.

Unlocking is not that difficult. It will hardly take 30 to 45 seconds to unlock your card.

Better to unlock it in 45 seconds – than to lose your data!

Telephoto vs Macro Lens: Which To Use When

Macro photography and close up photography have become synonymous when discussing photos taken very close to the subject. While this is a convenient shorthand, a true macro photograph is one that was captured with a reproduction ratio of at least 1:1. This is sometimes described as 1 magnification.

So, a 1-inch flower would appear as at least 1-inch in size on the sensor of your camera. A macro lens lets photographers get extra close to their subject while maintaining a sharp focus. The resulting image can reveal small wonders that usually go unnoticed by the naked eye.

Close up shots are becoming increasingly popular, and a growing number of new photographers are wondering how to get macro results without splashing out on a new close-focusing macro lens. The best solution is using equipment that you already own.

Telephoto lenses are a common component of many kits and can be used to achieve the zoom necessary for imitating macro photography. Depending on your camera sensor, you may even be able to reproduce at a 1:1 ratio.

As a general rule, however, the larger magnification distances that come with these lenses mean that your ratio is likely to be less than true macro lenses.

Your focal length and image quality may change, but a telephoto lens can be a great option for getting stunning images of small objects with your camera.

Sony Alpha 70-350mm F4.5-6.3 G OSS Super-Telephoto APS-C Lens

Telephoto Lens Advantages and Uses

Taking a macro photo with a telephoto setup comes with a few distinct advantages. The most obvious of which is that many people already own one. Instead of having to buy new cameras and lenses, you can save a lot of money on your image if you use the gear you already own.

The next thing to mention, is that this type of lens comes with an increased working distance. This flexibility is where most of the telephoto benefits come from. When you use a telephoto setup to take macro images, you can take your shot from comparatively far away by using your available zoom.

The increased wiggle room with these lenses means you’re far less likely to bump into, or even scare away your subject. Let’s say you’re trying to capture a beautiful macro image of a ladybird on a flower. If you use a macro lens for this, your focal length means you’ll have to get very close to your subject. This could scare the ladybird away!

With a telephoto lens on your camera, you’ll be close enough to get the shot, but far away enough to stay hidden and leave your subject undisturbed. This increased minimum focusing distance also makes it much less likely that your camera will cast a shadow and ruin your photo.

It will be easier to frame your shot with a telephoto lens. As most lenses of this kind are able to zoom very well, it’s much less hassle to set up your image. These lenses have a better depth of field for this type of work. In certain contexts, this can allow for more flexibility when getting the right focus for your subject.

There are some great telephoto offerings out there from the likes of Olympus, Canon, and Nikon. Make sure the products that you’re considering are compatible with your gear and meet your requirements. The last thing you want to do is waste money on equipment you can’t even use!

Macro Lens Advantages and Uses

When it comes to maintaining a sharp focus at close range, your best option might be a macro lens. Nothing takes a macro image quite like a lens purpose-built for the job. These components add an unparalleled level of crispness and quality to your gear. If this matters to you, use a macro lens.

An f 2.8 macro option will offer an image resolution that’s great for most purposes. Where these lenses really shine though is with their f 4 and f 5.6 variants. These options offer phenomenal levels of quality for both professionals and enthusiasts. If you’re just starting out, an f 2.8 lens will save you money and still add tonnes of value to your gear.

The aperture that comes with your average macro lens means they’re more versatile than you might think. If you adjust to a broader focus, you’ll be able to capture excellent wildlife or sports shots. While it’s not the first thing that springs to mind with macro lenses, you can take some great wide-angle shots if you know what you’re doing.

If portrait or food photography is more your speed, then a macro lens can be a great choice. Their depth of field and ability focus at very close distances allow them to capture crisp, detailed shots of most things you throw at them. If you’re new to the field and looking to buy, a prime lens is the type to look for. Read our guide on everything macro to learn why.

Just so you know, the Canon ef series has some excellent lenses in a 100mm macro f 2.8 format. 150mm variants are available from the likes of Nikon, Sony, and Olympus.

Using a Telephoto Lens for a Macro Effect

So how do you get good close up images with a telephoto lens? There are quite a few obstacles when venturing into this type of camera work, so it’s definitely good to read up and come prepared.

One of your biggest challenges will be camera shake. As the approach here is to zoom in very close to the subject, even the tiniest nudge or change can cause your camera to move around too much. Use a tripod setup that uses a collar to firmly hold your device in place while you shoot.

It’s also worth picking up an IR shutter release. This way, you can keep your hands away from your camera once you’ve found the right zoom level. The less movement involved with your process, the easier it will be to maintain focus and get a crisp photo of your subject.

Use small aperture settings. When aiming for macro results with telephoto lenses, we’re dealing with excessive focal lengths and very close distances. This shrinks your depth of field way, way down. The right aperture setting will help with this.

Keep your sensor parallel to your subject if you want to maintain focus. Both your field of view and depth of view will likely be very small. For this reason, positioning your sensor correctly is very important.

If you want to give yourself a little more breathing room when shooting, consider picking up a teleconverter. This will allow you to stay the same distance from your subject while increasing your available focal length. This will add a welcome boost to your available magnification.

Keep in mind, that you’ll have to adjust your shutter speed and aperture settings if you add a teleconverter to your lens.

If your lens has the option, it’s time to switch to manual focus. You’ll need as much control over your shot as possible if you want the best results. This is one context where autofocus probably won’t cut it.

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Conclusion

No matter which lens you choose, it’s possible to create stunning macro photos if you know what you’re doing. Macro lenses have a lot going for them, but a telephoto lens is no slouch either. If the tiny focal length of a macro lens is likely to cause issues for you, it might be worth looking elsewhere.

The increased distance that comes with cameras using a telephoto lens can be a breath of fresh air. If you’re constantly aiming your cameras at living, skittish subjects, a zoom or telephoto lens will help you avoid scaring them off. If you need your cameras to deliver unrivaled close-range focus and quality, a macro lens is the way to go.

Remember to use the right distance for your lens and keep camera shake to an absolute minimum. These are critical for macro photography regardless of your set up.

Whether Sony, Nikon, macro or telephoto, we hope this page helps you get the most out of your lens. The tips on this site are designed to make photography as accessible as possible for everyone. If you want to elevate your photo skills, then check out our other articles and guides. Feel free to contact us with any questions or article suggestions!

Corporate Portrait Photography Tips To Take Great Shots

Corporate Portrait Photography Tips

When you take corporate portraits, you need to understand and know the purpose of these pictures. The main thing you need to look out for when taking corporate portraits is to make the shooting people appear confident and bold.

Do you know some corporate portrait photography tips to shoot some great headshots?

It is not easy for everyone to look confident in pictures. You also need to adjust the posture of your subject and make them stand straight.

In this article, let’s look at some corporate portrait photography tips and the equipment required to take some excellent headshots.

Taking Corporate Portrait Pictures Indoors

Capturing portraits of people is not an easy task if you need to click it inside the office. When the office has a glass room and has dull lights inside, it will be difficult for the photographer to take pictures.

It will be difficult for them to deal with the light coming from outside and also the reflections. It is challenging to capture portraits that need to be put up on company websites or in a magazine.

For indoor portraits, you will need to think about how to set the lighting. Choose a background for your setup. Look at other equipment and things you will need.

Photography Inside The Office With Surrounding Light

When you look at the location for photography, you need to pay attention to the surrounding environment and the lighting. If the office room has large windows and there is good light around, the photographer may not need to use a flashgun. You can switch off the office lights and rely on the light coming from outside for some good portraits.

Make sure there is good light coming while taking the client’s portraits. Make sure the pictures come out sharp and clear and are not too bright.

Taking Pictures Inside The Office Using Flash

If the client is standing in front of the window, then the picture will not come out well with the surrounding light without using flash. It is because there is too much light coming from outside.

So if you want the outside scenery in your picture, you will need to use a flash. There are different ways you can light up the office space. You can use some lighting equipment or a light diffuser.

You can use a mono softbox by Westcott. It is excellent for taking headshots and corporate photography. It is compact and easy to set up.

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Westcott Softbox
28-inch light modifies that acts as a light source and is great for some great headshots.

If you are looking for a good flash lite, we recommend you flash Speedlite by Neewer. It is compatible with almost all DSLR cameras and has different flash modes.

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Neewer Flash Speedlite
Compatible with DSLRs with standard hot shoe and has multiple flash modes.

Tips To Take Portraits Inside The Office Without Exposing A Lot Of Light

  • Use just one flashlight to reduce the reflection of light from the surrounding windows.
  • Using a softbox to control the surrounding light is better than using an umbrella.
  • Place the softbox properly. Make sure it highlights the client and does not scatter around in the room.
  • Place the softbox somewhere on the side. Do not place it near the window and make sure its shadow is not reflected from the window. You can also place the light a little higher and point it downwards at around 45°. Click pictures with the camera down. This way, you won’t see the flash on the window.

Taking Corporate Portrait Pictures Outdoors

You can make use of the light outdoors without using flash. You can use reflectors to remove the shadows. Using natural light outdoors makes the picture come out great and even highlights the people.

A reflector by Etekcity is an excellent light reflector. It comes with different reflective shades according to the need. It is ideal for both outdoor and indoor photography.

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Etechcity Reflector
Lightweight multi-disc photo reflector to eliminate sun’s rays on the client

You can choose a shady area and set your camera and lights as per your need. As there is a lot of natural light, you may not need to put any sidelights or rim lights.

Try clicking pictures in manual mode. Try to highlight the portraits of the clients and expose them off the background.

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Tips To Take Great Headshots

#1 Consult With The Client Before Taking Portraits

Before you start taking portraits of clients, make sure you know how the pictures are to be used and the style your client is looking for. You can have a consultation with the client on the phone or face-to-face.

A face-to-face consultation will help your subject relax and prepare well for the portrait photography session.

Also, make sure you know the profession of your client. A corporate lawyer may require a clean white background for portrait photography. Some businesses may need a colorful background.

Make sure you know the client’s requirements in the consultation session and be prepared for it.

Tips To Take Great Headshots

#2 Think About What Your Client Will Be Wearing

For some great headshots, neutral colors look great. If it’s a formal shoot, make sure everyone wears formal work clothes or carries one with them. Make sure the subject wears something plain.

A lot of corporate portraits are converted into black and white pictures. So make sure the subject wears solid and neutral tones.

#3 Choose The Right Lens For Portraits

Choosing the right lens is essential to consider when taking portraits. Portraits look great with wide apertures. Make sure the focal length is at the proper distance from the subject.

A 20mm lens will be too close to the subject. A 200mm lens will be far away from the subject, and it won’t be apparent. A focal length range between 60mm to 130mm will give excellent results. A lens having a low light capability is perfect for portrait pictures. It should have a sharp focus.

A canon EF 85mm lens has an f/1.2 aperture. It is excellent for portrait shots. The lens is great where shallow depth of field is required.

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Canon EF 85mm
Made for low-light shoot and great for creative portraits

#4 Background

Having the right background is essential to consider for corporate photographs. Many times the background is being overlooked. For corporate portrait photographs, the background should be neutral. It should not be distracting and very colorful. A grey background with some light is a great option to go for. If the client has some preference of background, go with that.

Please don’t go for paper backgrounds, as they are not a good choice for corporate portraits.

#5 Make The Client Stand Away From The Background

For some good portraits, make sure the client stands a bit away from the background.

If you are using a wall of your office as your background, make sure the client does not stand too close to the wall. The client’s shadow may be seen on the walls and will not make the picture look professional.

#6 Have Conversation With The Client Before Taking Pictures

When you take headshots of a person or a team, make sure to have a general talk with them. Make them feel relaxed and comfortable.

People feel a bit nervous when getting professional photographs clicked. Having a general talk with them, like where they stay or the kind of work they do, will help make them comfortable.

#7 Try Making Some Funny Faces In Front Of the Camera

An excellent way to make the client relax is to ask them to make a funny face. This will help the client relax in front of the camera. You can do this to test the lighting as well.

It is one of the great ways to break the ice. Most people don’t refuse to do it. Once the client feels relaxed and comfortable, it becomes easy to take great headshots.

#8 Lighting And The Clients Pose

For corporate photography, you can start with a light background. Try taking pictures with just one light at a time. Test each light and look at which one looks best.

Have a proper lighting setup before capturing portraits. Have good lighting above and use a reflector from below.

Make sure the subject is standing straight and away from the camera. The client must be appropriately positioned in front of the camera.

You will have to guide the client on how and where to look. Make them look straight towards the lens. Many people get nervous and look off-camera or somewhere else.

#9 Camera Setting

After setting the lightings and background, make sure the camera setting is proper. The camera should have a fast shutter speed. A 35mm camera lens will help make the client’s face look sharp.

Tips To Take Great Corporate Portrait

#10 Make The Client Sit And Then Take Portraits

People find it comfortable sitting and posing for pictures. Make sure to place their hands in front of their thighs. This way, it makes the picture look professional and good.

Also, make sure the clients or the subject knows how to pose while sitting. They should not move around a lot.

#11 Adjustments As Required

For some great headshots, the client will have to make some changes in their pose. These minor adjustments will help to get great portraits. The photographer should guide the clients on how much head to tilt, lean, and pose. The expression of a client makes a lot of difference.

The photographer will have to tell the client to change the specific expression and position to get the perfect portrait photographs.

#12 Have A Talk With The Client And Be Positive

While clicking pictures of the clients, make sure to talk with your clients. Tell them that they are posing it right and they are looking great.

Even if you are not getting a good picture of a client because of the wrong pose or lighting issue, don’t let the client know. So keep talking with the client and be positive always.

Involve the client in some talk and make them laugh or smile and click pictures naturally. By clicking photographs this way, you can see the difference in your client’s expression.

#13 Try Scheduling Photo Sessions In The Morning

Early morning photo sessions are the best. Try to plan the photo session at least an hour before the business work time. The clients may look tired after the workday. The photo will not come out to be good as well.

#14 Editing And Giving The Final Touch

It would be best if you gave some final touch to corporate portraits. You need to correct certain things like stray hairs or remove anything from the background. Retouching is required to make the picture look perfect.

Group Shots

Taking group pictures is not an easy task. You will need more lighting for group pictures. If it’s a small group of people, it can be done with just an umbrella. You might need a significant background or make sure everyone stands close to each other.

If you have a large group of people, you will require more lighting and other equipment.

Group pictures will come out good outside in some shady place. You will not require any additional light source.

It would help if you made sure everyone in the group looks good. Place them according to their height. You can talk with them and make them laugh at some joke. Make them laugh naturally and click pictures.

You can click a lot of pictures and then select the best ones afterward.

If you need to take a group picture inside the office, you can set a light stand and get a flashgun. You can put it in manual mode. Place it at around 45° towards the group of people.

You will have to see how much additional light you will need beforehand. Make sure you have enough light in the room that highlights everyone in the group. Set the camera ISO accordingly.

Conclusion

For portrait photography, you need the right set of equipment and skills. To get some great headshots, you need to be confident and able to lead the project yourself.

You will have to deal with people you may feel nervous and uncomfortable while clicking portraits. Having a good talk with the clients and making them laugh will help them feel comfortable and relaxed.

The above corporate portrait photography tips will help you get an idea to take perfect portraits.