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5 Photography Tips for Beginners

Making stunning pictures involves nothing more but a bit of thought. While it often helps having decent equipment, all you really need is to take a moment before each shot to think clearly about what are you attempting to capture or create!

Step 1 – Be Selective!

Find exactly what you want in that photo, and remove anything else from the shot. If you’re trying to take a picture of a flower, you don’t want a bunch of other flowers or trees in the shot. Get as close and focused on the subject as possible to get the best possible photo. According to famous photographer Arnold John Kaplan, (check his article for additional photography tips here: http://photoinf.com/General/Arnold_Kaplan/The_Magic_Of_Selective_Vision_-_Photo_Composition.htm) a photo composition is the foundation upon which we build our photo images, and produce a harmonious and pleasing photographs. So, be selective!

Step 2 – Look at the light!

By this I don’t mean look into the sun – no, that won’t help at all! But it is good to see what kind of light you are working with. Ask yourself – which way are the shadows falling? How is the light affecting your subject? Is the light blazing directly and brightly upon your whole subject? Also, a blogger and a photographer James Kerr in his blog ‘Sweet as photography’ (if you are interested you can read his article here:  http://www.sweetasphotography.com/blog/the-importance-of-lighting-in-photography/)   argues that light is everything in photography! For instance, side lightening can add drama and cause extreme to your work, while indirect lightening, on the other hand, can be used to make your subject glow soft and pretty!

Step 3 – Keep it simple!

Don’t go crazy buying the most expensive equipment right away!  The more photos you take, the more you’ll know about what kind of camera to get when it’s time to upgrade. Just don’t bother with an expensive camera! It is certainly not necessary while you are learning. If you are seriously want to take up photography then I will recommend you learn on film first before using digital, or maybe buy both at one. Many people are selling their photo cameras at affordable prices, so you, a beginner, can really find one and start your journey! For instance, check such internet websites as www.ebay.co.uk, or http://www.cameraexchangestore.co.uk/  for price ideas! Also, don’t forget to try before you buy!

Step 4 – Experiment with time!

One of the most basic, and overlooked aspects of photography is that you have the power to slow time down or catch a split second! One image happens so slowly that we could never see it and the other happens so quickly in real time that we would never notice it. Play with shutter speed! Use a slow shutter speed and a tripod to make a pretty picture of any creek or stream. On the other hand, you can use a fast shutter speed (1/500 and up) to capture an object in motion.  Remember, catching the moment in fast-paced action photography may take a little more practice so hang in there!

Step 5 – Enjoy!

Photography is so much more than taking a picture. It is an art and a science combined when done correctly.  It affords the hobbyist a chance to make a profession, and to preserve memories for people. With a little guidance one can go from simple daytime picture taker to master photographer!

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Photography and Animation

Another sector of the industry that I am keen to cover is to do with photography and animation. At first glance, these may seem to be entirely separate mediums of art, but in reality, the crossover between photography and animation is remarkable.

There are several reasons for this. Animation and moving images are simplistically just a series of photos that move very quickly; seeing so many images at once gives the viewer the illusion of movement. This means that animation and photography adhere to a lot of the same rules and considerations. For example, both mediums have to consciously think about the framing of the image within the shot, and about the lighting or natural light. In animation, shading, colouring and lighting make up an important stage of the production process as the effect of the light on the animated objects has to look real in order to not bother the audience. This means that those artists need to know a lot about how light falls naturally onto an inanimate object, just like a photographer would.

A technique like stop motion animation uses many of the same elements as photography because it is a seqeuence of real life images; essentially just a number of similar photos that have been put together. However, in the modern world the use of photography in animation is changing at an incredibly rate. For example, high speed internet allows us now to see example of animated photos like these cinemagraphs. These images, known as GIFs because of their file format bridge the gap between film and photograph; as technology and techniques develop and change, it allows new artforms like these to open up.

Professional photographers usually specialise in one specific area of photography such as portraits, or food photography. However there are numerous examples of photographers who make a living by producing a variety of different styles of photographs. Many photographers are involved in architectural photography at a professional level and will be able to produce some profoundly striking images of buildings from the exterior or interior.

Photography as an artform itself is still very much in its infancy in comparison to many other parts of the industry and it is still not taken as seriously as other art by many people. With this blog i hope to show some of the incredible and visionary photographers that are bringing new respect to the medium as well as analysing how the impact of photographic technology effects animation