How to Photograph Dance Performances

Dance is timeless. Since the dawn of men, it has been a way of communicating to the gods and a way of showing ideas and savage emotions. To this day, moving with grace and passion can take us to a higher plane of existence and capturing these movements is a true art form in itself. The following is a list of tips guaranteed to help you capture those elusive dance moments:

dance8 How to Photograph Dance Performances Communicate with your subjects – dancers are people who are in tune with their bodies and can visualize what they would look like when you take their picture. It would be helpful for you to speak to the performers to tell them what your intentions and goals are and what you want to capture from your images of them. The dancers can even share ideas with you and help you attain those goals. They can also adjust their poses to fit your needs. Much like portrait photography, dance photography can have better results when the subject and the photographer communicate with each other.

Incorporate the backdrop to your image – the set, lighting and props are as much a part of the performance as the dancers themselves. Experiment with a variety of angles such as shoot from the side or straight forward. Take into consideration the details of the backdrop in unison with the performers and how they relate to each other. Don’t forget to take images of the overall setting or the stage.

Take advantage of lighting for more visual impact – when shooting in a studio, you can have more control of lighting and can make use of large even lighting so that the dancer can move around and still be adequately illuminated. You can control the direction of the light and have it come from the side or even the top for more dramatic effects. Sunlight usually takes care of outdoor dances.

dance9 How to Photograph Dance Performances Consider shooting during full dress rehearsals or behind the scenes – it would be good to shoot during full dress rehearsals rather than the actual performance itself. Here, you will have a lot more space to maneuver yourself and your equipment. These can get you better photographs. When trying to capture backstage images, look for spots where performers are lost in their thoughts or busy practicing their movements or simply stretching before their act. If you have taken your performance shots during rehearsals, come the big day when the actual performance happens, you can take backstage shots of performers instead and catch the excitement of them readying themselves.

Use the dancers’ costumes to add to the visual impact – dance performances are often events of beauty, energy and mdance31 How to Photograph Dance Performancesovement and one huge element that provides visual effects is the costume. The dainty and ethereal tutus of ballet dancers add to the aura of grace and softness, while the giant headdresses of Las Vegas lady dancers provide drama and spectacle.

Envision the story you want to depict- base the images you capture on the type of setting or location where the dance will take place. There are several opportunities where you can capture the performers. One is while they are onstage during the actual performance, another is during rehearsals in the studio or on stage and still another is a location where they might be doing a publicity shoot. The location of the dance affects the outcome of the image.


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How to Shoot Great Indoor Pictures

Because of the cold weather and the rain, it would be ideal to take more indoor shots to avoid harsh elements for our precious camera and equipment as well as trying to avoid catching a cold. Shooting inside may not be as challenging as we think. In fact, it can be a lot easier and more manageable than shooting outdoors on a hot summer day. Here are great tips and tricks that you can use to get great indoor photographs:

indoor3 How to Shoot Great Indoor Pictures Avoid using pop-up flash – the first thing you have to know about indoor photography is that pop-up flashes cause harsh shadows. This can have an effect on your subjects as making their eyes widen, or getting blinded or even blinking.

Use external flash – this is attached to your camera’s hot shoe. Just remember that if you aim it straight at your subject that you will have the same results as the pop-up flash. Try to bounce the light from the ceiling or nearby wall. Some external flashes even allow you to turn it around so it can aim directly at the wall behind you. For great portrait shots, you can invest in multiple flash units to give you better lighting options. A flash unit is usually mounted on your camera and replaces your fill-in flash. A second unit will act as the main light, which is usually positioned to the side of the model and the third unit can be used for back lighting.

indoor2 How to Shoot Great Indoor Pictures Familiarize yourself to use the triangle – as much as possible, try to use whatever available light you have for better opportunities for a great photograph. By understanding the exposure triangle, which are the shutter speed, ISO and aperture, you can use this to pinpoint what is the best available light source to produce your image. For example, if you are using a fast lens of 50mm, open the aperture wide such as f/1.4, your shutter speed should be two stops and the ISO is a stop higher. Then adjust one f/stop setting at a time until you obtain the exposure, depth of field and sharpness that you seek.

indoor1 How to Shoot Great Indoor Pictures Use a light scoop – if you are just starting out and are working on a budget, a light scoop can be quite an essential tool. You attach this to the top of the camera on the hot shoe. This enables the pop-up flash to work better. The light scoop uses a mirror to bounce the flash from the ceiling. The limitation of a light scoop is that you can just use it for small areas since it needs a surface to bounce back the light.

Choose a great spot – look around your indoor area for the perfect spot which gives you the best possible lighting such as by the window or the doorway. Make sure the light is bright enough yet soft, and the walls are warm and of a neutral color that will not reflect or bounce the light. Take a few experimental shots to make the necessary adjustments before calling your subjects.


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Shedding Light on the Common Misconceptions About Photography

There are a lot of misconceptions about the art and craft of photography which hinder a person from being a better photographer. We have excuses we tell ourselves when a photograph does not come out quite like how we pictured it and these mistaken beliefs could be major obstacles to getting great shots. 

Here are some common preconceived notions and why we should throw them out the window:

myth1 Shedding Light on the Common Misconceptions About Photography1. I am too young to learn how to use a digital camera – believe it or not, but children as young as 5 or 6 can take good photos. With guidance and patience from a parent or relative, children can learn quickly and you would be surprised how much creativity and imagination can appear in their shots. They are at that age when the whole world is still new and wondrous and photographs taken by children are a great way to see how their minds work. Your old cheap point-and-shoot will be ideal for children to practice on and under your supervision, they can grow up with not just fantastic photography skills but they will also have a deep appreciation of the world around them. 

myth2 Shedding Light on the Common Misconceptions About Photography2. I am too old to learn how to use a digital camera – is your vision still decent enough? Do you have enough strength to lift the camera and press the shutter button? Is your mind still sharp enough to retain information? Can you still appreciate the beauty in what you see around you? If you say yes to the above questions, most likely you are not too old to learn how to use a digital camera. First of all, the average point and shoot is so simple that all you have to do is know how to turn it on, point the camera towards what you want to shoot, press the shutter button and the camera will do the rest of the hard work for you. This might be too simple an example, but really, a compact camera is very simple to use. Now the extra effort comes from the desire to take more than just a dull snapshot. If you still have the desire to create good pictures, no matter if you are old and it takes longer for you to learn new things, then do not let this excuse stop you. 

3. There are too many buttons to press and settings to figure out – compact cameras these days are designed to be extremely easy to use and convenient to bring around. Features are still advanced but are usually automatic so one does not need to worry about them. Face recognition, autofocus, anti-shake, red-eye rmyth3 Shedding Light on the Common Misconceptions About Photographyeduction, all these are readily available in most point and shoots. Not only that, the quality of these cameras remain high and one can take sharp and clear shots without even trying. If you feel that the buttons and settings are overwhelming, steadily learn how to use each button or setting by testing it with practice shots. There is no better way to learn how to your camera works than to fiddle with it and to take lots of shots. Ask a photographer friend to help you or find out through photo books or online how the basic features work. 

4. My camera is to blame for my terrible shots – A high-end DSLR camera can produce ugly shots while a primitive phone camera can present award-winning shots. The bottom line is it is not the camera that dictates how good or bad the image will turn out but rather the photographer using the gadget. Certain cameras have limitations but it is your job to know how to work with it, adapt to it and push it to create good images. If you want to stop having terrible shots, stop using your camera as an excuse and instead practice honing your technical skills and artistic expression. 


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Learn from Your Photography Mistakes

There are thousands of little mistakes that can wreck a potential great shot and the following is a list of the most common beginner photographer’s areas of improvement and how they can be avoided or resolved:

Placing a horizon line in the middle of your frame – this will cut your image in half and can appear jarring to look at. Unless it was your intent for creative reasons that will surely enhance the shot, place the horizon line on a third of the frame instead for a more pleasing composition. This goes the same for both horizontal and vertical lines. 

Cutting off the top part of a person’s head or parts of the feet – have you ever seen those snapshots where the person is standing and smiling and everything seems just right until you suddenly realize the person’s feet seem to have been cut off at the ankles in the photo? Before pressing that shutter button, first check and make sure everything that should be in the shot is included in the frame. 

Here is an example:

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Forgetting to half-press the shutter release to lock in focus – when using autofocus, aim your lens at the subject and then half-press the shutter release button before taking the shot to lock in your point of focus so that it stays sharp. This is essential especially if your depth of field is shallow and you want a certain part of the subject to be in defined while the rest of the frame is blurry.

Placing a subject in front of a mirror or pane of glass then shoot using a flash – reflective surfaces will bounce back the light from your flash and cause flare and blown out highlights. This could ruin the shot beyond repair in post processing. To avoid this issue, you can position the subject against a different background or change your shooting angle so as not to include the reflective surface in your shot. You can also do without flash entirely and choose another light source instead such as window light or a lamp light. 

Shooting from too far away – another common error that budding photographers make is to shoot the subject from such a distance that it can no longer be noticed and appreciated. If your subject begins to blend in with the background, it is time to move closer if you can or use the zoom function if you cannot get any closer to your subject. Moving close to the subject not only gives it more importance, but this action also allows you to remove background distractions from the image frame area. 

Here is an example:

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Placing the camera on an unstable surface – if you are in a situation where you have to let go of your camera (such as a self-portrait) and do not have a tripod on hand to keep it steady, you can be inventive and place your camera on a steady surface such as a table or the floor. BUT do not let your guard down for a second and place your camera on something that does not offer much support such as on an uneven ledge or high up on a stack of pillow, with the thought that it will only be for a few seconds. It does not take a second for your camera’s weight to shift, topple over and crack in several places. 


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How to Photograph the Essence of the Dance

 

To be able to convey the elements of dance in one single photograph can be a very difficult goal for any photographer because photography is mainly the capturing of unmoving images, while dance is the total opposite.  The art of photography should be able to convey a three dimensional perspective using a two dimensional plane. Time also plays an important part in dance. With all this to consider, how can a simple photograph of people or a person dancing hold such visual impact? In creating an ideal dance image, your photograph should be able to embody the magnificence of a dancer in mid-motion. The spectacle on stage is compounded with choreography and the essence of motion. Every movement that is expressed in every fraction of a moment during the performance is a photo opportunity for you. Many photographers throw in the towel after many attempts and getting blurry images. 

Here are some great tips on how to take fantastic dance photos:

Catch the motion – one of the most difficult tasks that the photographer might encounter is the constant movement of the dancers. Low lighting is possible since stage lighting is not enough to get sharp images. When the performance is going on, using a flash is usually not allowed because it can be distracting for the performers and the audience. Make sure that your digital camera has the capacity dance1 How to Photograph the Essence of the Danceto shoot at high ISO of 1600 or more. If possible, make sure you are equipped with a lens that is 70mm-200mm for bigger aperture sizes of f/2.8 and below. It can be difficult to use zoom lenses with a stop down of f/4 or f/5.6 aperture so try to avoid using this. Even with adequate lighting, you may want to show some motion blur in your shots to portray the movement of the dancers. A relatively slow shutter speed such as 1/20 sec can show movement trails while leaving parts of the scene sharp enough to be recognizable. The best way to know the right settings would be to experiment and settle on the exposure adjustments that work best.

Know how to shoot and focus within a split second – with constant movement happening during the performance, capturing the right moment can be difficult. Due to the lag time of the shutter mechanism of all cameras. Shutter lag is the length of time between the clicking of the shutter button to when the shutter actually opens and closes. Although this might only be a fraction of a second, it is enough for you to lose a valuable opportunity. Bear in mind that there could be two reasons for the delay. For one, the autofocus system might need some time to adjust to the distance of the subject as well as gauge the focus to match this distance. Second, digital cameras need some time to assess any available light to be able to get the right settings for shutter speed and aperture to get the appropriate exposure. The camera measures these two actions each time you press the shutter. Make sure that the camera you use can quickly focus and lock unto a subject. If you have the budget, you can check out a lens that is capable of ultrasonic motor (USM) which would be ideal for catching quick movements.dance2 How to Photograph the Essence of the Dance

Focus manually – with low-lighting situations, it is oftentimes not advisable to rely on autofocus. The great advantage in capturing dance images is that the subjects dance on stage. This assures you that there is a specific distance between you and the stage. This way you can effectively manually focus. A common term for this is a photojournalist’s working mode. You can do this by disabling the focus from the shutter and put it on a varying button located at the back portion of the camera. With constant practice, you will get the hang of this. As long as the distance between the camera and the performers are constant, all you have to do is adjust your focus on the performer, get a few photographs in, and then adjust your focus yet again for the next series of shots. 

dance4 How to Photograph the Essence of the Dance Preset your aperture and shutter speed – by setting the aperture and shutter speed to manual mode before your shoot, you can get rid of auto-exposure delay. Usually you can use a shutter speed of 1/60 sec for relatively slower dance performances and 1/125 sec for faster performances. If you use a shutter speed slower than 1/60 sec you will most definitely get blurry images. Try to use different types of aperture until you find the right exposure and do not forget to check the exposure indicator for that. For low lighting scenarios, the camera’s indicator will tell you that the image is underexposed even at a time that the aperture is wide open. Here you will have to adjust your ISO to a higher level. Some DSLR cameras can still produce sharp images even if the ISO is set up to 1600. Remember that as you increase your ISO, the grainier your images will be, or the more you will have digital noise. That is why it is always advantageous to invest in good quality DSLR cameras when you would start to encounter these types of problems with an ISO at 3200.


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Make Money Out of Your Passion for Photography

If you love photography and consider yourself decent with taking pictures and want to venture into making some money out of the art and craft of photography, you can turn your passion into a lucrative business. Being a seasoned photographer takes many years of experience. Here are some ideas to get you started on your journey to making money out of photography:

Venture into pet photography – pets are often considered as part of the family but not everyone has the time or talent to take professional quality photographs of their pets, moreover with themselves included. Many a pet owner would want services of a pet photographer who can capture their beloved pets in an attractive image. You can extend your services to printing the shots yourself and selling those to them, or even include the pet photos in merchandise such as shirts, mugs and posters. You can also attend pet shows and offer your services to the various pet lovers.

fishing1 Make Money Out of Your Passion for PhotographyAttend fishing contests – these are oftentimes overlooked because not many photographers pay attention to this event. Many of the contestants forget to bring their cameras and are more concerned about their catch. Fishermen would want to have pictures of their winning catch and this is where you come in. This is a perfect opportunity to be where the demand is, 

Be aware of scheduled parades – wherever parades take place, more often than not, the people in the parades do not have time to make sure they have their photographs taken since they might be too busy. Always remember that if you take pictures with people as your subjects, always obtain model releases from them so you can later sell them to stock sites. 

town1 Make Money Out of Your Passion for PhotographyTake photos of quaint towns and scenery – if the area where you are living is visited by tourists, it is a good idea to have yourself available during tourist season. A lot of visitors take turns having their pictures taken with their companion if they are taking pictures themselves. With the use of your services, they can all be in the same shot. Also, since you are from the area, you would know where the best tourist attractions are.

Family postcards – during the holiday season, it is a tradition for many families to send out Christmas postcards with family photos as the cover. You can take the photograph and even print the postcards yourself, then package it. This is a great way to get client referrals.

grad1 Make Money Out of Your Passion for PhotographyTake graduation shots – positioning yourself is very important when you plan on taking photos of events such as graduation, whether it is a preschool or a college event. Be near enough to the stage so you have a good view of the graduates, yet stay out of the way of the flow of human traffic. 

Promotional photographs – every business needs to advertise itself to gain clients or customers. Cater to the needs of the businesses in your area and advertise your services. Use your own business as an example to show them how effective and useful your services are to them.


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Venturing into Aerial Photography
To get in the business of aerial photography and make a profit, you have to work on your market. Always find out before venturing into any business if there is a need for it. If so, you can narrow down the field to capture an even more specific market. This is a sound practice every time you’re venturing into a new business for yourself for it to succeed. Once you’ve established your place in the market, you can start to get creative by applying simple ways to get great shots and make a name for yourself. Here are some tips on getting started with aerial photography what techniques and equipment you can use to get great shots without having to get on a plane.
 
aerial1 Venturing into Aerial PhotographyAerial photography is probably one of the lesser tapped niches in photography. Many photographers have the misconception that it is expensive to get into when in fact today’s modern advances in the field has made it much more accessible. For example, there is equipment available in the market that allows you to attach a camera on a telescoping mast enabling you to take photographs from a relatively high point without leaving the ground.
 
Aerial photography can be a lucrative business because it now only requires minimal investment. It can be done at your own time and you have the opportunity to work outdoors if that’s what you love.  It also involves a wide client base, from the regular stock buyer to the high end corporate and private clients such as commercial property owners and agents, as well as individuals or companies producing outdoor events.
 
Some of the more efficient ways of capturing the best aerial photographs are by using the right equipment. Check out your local camera stores but aerial photo equipment is available online. For 40 feet and less, a mast or a pole would be the most convenient to utilize. A mast comes with guy lines that support it at all times, it is very easy to set-up and can be transported without trouble from one location to another. It normally weighs less than 20 pounds and when collapsed is around five and a half feet tall.
 
aerial2 Venturing into Aerial PhotographyAnother way to capture aerial images is by using a telescoping mast. This is either a push up application which is raised manually by pushing sections and locking it in place or a pneumatic application which is raised with low pressure air using a compressor or a hand pump. A bird’s eye view image can be achieved using this technique at a height of about 30 to 40 feet.
 
A digital ground control unit consists of a digital camera used for aerial mast photography. It has high resolution that enables live preview and remote capturing of images. This involves camera functions that are operated through a ground control unit such as a laptop computer. This allows the photographer to actually see through the eyes of the camera instantly and make adjustments on composition to get great shots.
 
aerial3 Venturing into Aerial PhotographyA remote control pan and tilt unit facilitates camera positioning through vertical tilt and horizontal panning and applications for such equipment can be used for its versatility in capturing aerial images for many much needed purposes. To name a few, media coverages, traffic reports, structural engineering needs, land developers, archeological site, field studies, residential developers and real estate agents, production companies and many more.
 
There is a growing niche to fill in aerial photography services and having the right equipment, the desire and talent to venture into the business is a start. Before deciding to go into the business always plan what your approach will be. Study the market, how to promote yourself and most of all make sure it fits your budget. Aerial photography may be a specialized subject matter but it is also an exciting endeavor every photographer should try if the opportunity arises. 
 


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How to Make Money from Product Photography

Numerous big and small businesses always have a need for images to help sell their products and services. One niche you can tap into is product photography and  the online product photography genre by starting with the small businesses in your local area that do not have extravagant marketing budgets but still need to promote and sell their products online.  Most of the time, bigger companies with bigger budgets tend to already have a professional photographer to cater to their marketing needs. The internet is a growing industry that more and more people are relying on for information. It has become an integral factor in providing us with the information that we are looking for. 

With a few helpful tips to add to your experience, you’re well on your way to getting those professional looking product shots that clients are looking for: 

product1 How to Make Money from Product PhotographyDo market research to identify potential clients – the first step is to determine the local businesses in your vicinity by going through the yellow pages, directories or the internet. Determine how they are going about marketing their products. What type of images they are currently using, the quality of the images, the market rates, etc. Make a list of potential clients and familiarize yourself with the type of products each business has. From the research you made, you can then decide on what type of product you would like to get yourself into. Most small businesses don’t even consider online advertising, you’re sure to pique their interest. It’s always a smart move to pick a niche within a niche to develop your skills better. For example, in online product photography, you choose to concentrate on just food, and from food you can choose what type of food you would like to focus on like bread, cakes or pasta, etc. 

Be ready with your portfolio – When setting appointments with prospective clients, it would be helpful to have a portfolio of your work to show them. It would enable the business owners to see your style and assess your skill and at the same time show that you can deliver. Make sure that your portfolio comprises samples of your greatest work. Always remember that a portfolio is made to impress the viewer and be able to “wow” them. For first time clients, you only get one chance to impress them. Your sample images should be able to show off your expertise as much as you are selling your services to the business owner. You can start to work on practicing shooting your chosen product and experiment on the various techniques to get great images and use this for your portfolio. Mastering the different lighting techniques to make your images pop out would make it more enticing for the viewer which would then make them more saleable. You can also make an online portfolio to reach a broader range of clients. 

product2 How to Make Money from Product PhotographyAlong with your portfolio, try and prepare a pitch for a product. Offer some ideas and sample images to illustrate your ideas. This would reflect to the prospective client that you have put much thought into their business and how your services can be beneficial to them. 

Consider offering free services – In the beginning, you can even offer your services for free just to get your name out. This is a valuable source for marketing your services to get potential clients. You can do this for the various establishments in your area. The images you take won’t go to waste, it can be used in building your portfolio to showcase your work. 

Invest in proper equipment to take product shots – every good product photographer will have the tools needed to create great images. All it takes is a simple cost efficient set-up. One of the most important must haves is proper lighting. Good lighting equipment, a light tent and a light table will do wonders to enhance an image. It would be a good idea to invest in a macro lens or extension tubes for you to be able to get clear close-up shots for products that are small in size.  For better control over your lighting, you can also add an overhead light box or a ring flash to your standard equipment. 

product3 How to Make Money from Product PhotographyCreate your own brand – Use your imagination in creating your own brand and signature in your shots. In an ever competitive market, being original and creative will give you the edge you need to make a name for yourself.  But always make sure that your product shots will be appealing to the target market of the product. First and foremost, your images should sell. This way, your customers will keep coming back for more and you will have a steady stream of clients clamoring for your services. Just keep in mind that no matter how creative you get, the focus of your shot should always be with the product. You can use props and other paraphernalia to accentuate the product but not overwhelm it or make it compete for attention. 

There is a network of online stores looking for fresh approaches in showcasing their products online, and they all depend on virtual imagery to attract sales. In a world fast relying on online marketing and even selling, this is an industry that is growing everyday and you can never go wrong by establishing a foothold in the market. Being a product photographer entails determination and a lot of perseverance. As long as you stay true to your craft and deliver quality images that cater to your clients’ needs, there will always be work for you.


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The Uses of UV Filters and Cooling/Warming Filters

Camera filters can greatly impact the outcome of an image. Cooling or warming filters can, for example, adjust the white balance of a scene. Filters can also be used to protect the lens, as with the case of UV filters. Let us explain each in more detail: 

UV Filters:

Before the advent of digital cameras, UV filters were a must to reduce haze and improve contrast by lessening the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light that reaches the film. Digital camera sensors are not as sensitive to UV light compared to film so it makes filtration unnecessary. It is now mainly used to protect the front part of the camera lens, being clear and not visibly affecting the image. filter4 The Uses of UV Filters and Cooling/Warming Filters

Multicoated UV filters remarkably reduce the chance of flare and it also keeps your filter clean and minimizes the chances of getting poor quality of images. Great quality UV filters prevents any visible color casts. On the downside, UV filters can decrease image quality by intensifying lens flare by adding minimal color tint, or by decreasing contrast. 

It is always being debated on as to whether using a UV filter for protection is better even though it runs the risk of decrease in image quality. For high-end DSLR lenses, that added protection is the deciding factor. However, for less expensive DSLR lenses, and also for digital point-and-shoot cameras, the quality of images trumps protection. In the end, it all depends on the user. 

filter6 The Uses of UV Filters and Cooling/Warming FiltersAnother thing to consider is that with digital cameras coming out every so often with more and more options to lure even non-photography enthusiasts, we always want to upgrade our current DSLR camera to newer, better ones. One way to assure you get top dollar for reselling your old camera is to get added protection for it. UV filters does just that. It keeps the front lens in mint condition. All things considered, it can even increase image quality compared to an unfiltered lens since it can be replaced when it starts to affect the quality of an image. 

Cooling or Warming Filters: 

Cooling or warming filters affect the balance of light that reaches the camera’s sensor. This is most effective when correcting color casts. It can also add warmth filter5 The Uses of UV Filters and Cooling/Warming Filtersto a scene. For example, when weather conditions are cloudy, you can instead make it seem like the sun is setting and have the scene appear with a warm yellowish hue. 

A DSLR camera will have the feature to automatically adjust for white balance, and this can also be adjusted in post processing. However, some situations may still call for color filters, such as having to deal with unusual lighting or underwater shots where the color blue is predominant. This is because of the monochromatic light that cannot be corrected by any amount of white balance that supposedly restores full color under normal conditions. If in case it does correct white balance, there will be a noticeable amount of image noise in some color channels.


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How to While the Time Away With a Phone Camera

We spend much of our time waiting, such as at a bus stop, in a restaurant, or at a dentist’s clinic. Waiting rooms would not have been invented if it were not for the time spent waiting. One of the best ways to do something productive is to make use of your camera phone to improve your photography skills and get your creative juices working. 

Here are some great things to do with your camera phone while waiting:

Try using panorama – if your phone camera has the option to take panorama images, try experimenting with this setting and take a panoramic shot of your surroundings. It will give you a wider perspective of the scene and may just make you see things differently.

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Experiment with abstract – abstract representations are all round us and all you have to do is to look for them in your surroundings. You can make abstract images from anything that is near you as you wait. The trick is to strip the ordinary object of what makes it recognizable and to capture the details that make it unique. 

Record your day – waiting for something can be a very boring activity but if you use the camera phone to record what is happening around you, things might suddenly perk up. Take pictures of the scenery, the people around you, the table setting in front of you, etc.  You can even flip the camera and take pictures of yourself. 

phone3 How to While the Time Away With a Phone CameraExplore – one thing that you’re sure to have with you at all times would be your cellular phone, and nowadays, almost all of them are equipped with a built in camera. Use it to take images of places and things that you usually would not notice. Having a phone camera allows you to capture photo opportunities whenever you go out, even if it is just to the local store. While waiting in line at the counter, whip out your camera phone and play with it.

Discover uncommon points of view – since a phone camera is usually small and portable, you can be very flexible with the camera angles and viewpoints. Why not take pictures from a very low or high viewpoint to spice up the perspective of your shot.  You’ll be surprised how things turn out when seen from a different angle. 

phone2 How to While the Time Away With a Phone Camera

Practice basic composition techniques – just because your phone camera might have 2MP or less and have hardly any adjustment settings, it does not mean you can’t take stunning pictures with it. By following the basic composition techniques, your images can have a strong visual impact.

Take notice of details – this would make you understand the importance of textures, patterns, colors and shapes and how making use of each and every element contributes into creating a good shot.

Always remember, waiting is not always a waste. Time well spent is time not wasted. Using your phone camera gives you time to do the things you would not even think of doing. In a fast paced world, take this time to stop, breathe in and see things through the eyes of your camera phone.  Maybe you can even consider uploading the shots you’ve taken in a stock photography site and you can start earning money from your camera phone images. 



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