Getting Started in Landscape Photography

When you are getting started in landscape photography, there are some easy ways to follow that can even help amateurs in getting great shots. Here I will explain some easy ways that you can get great landscape shots. If you are just getting started in landscape photography, don’t be discouraged if you don’t get the best shots at first it takes time to use these methods and put them to use.

The first thing that you can do to get great shots of fields is to maximize the depth of them. You can do this by setting a small Aperture setting on your camera, this means setting it at a larger number. This will give you a great depth in a shot of a field.

Another great way to get great shot of landscapes if you are just getting started in landscape photography is to use a tripod. This works great if you are using a small aperture setting and it can help you keep the camera completely still to capture the landscape better.

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When you are taking any other pictures, one of the first things that you learn is to pick a focal point and it is no different, when you are getting started in landscape photography. If you don’t pick a focal point in your landscape photos, your picture will look empty and have to viewers eye wondering when they look at the photo.

Most new landscape photographers that are just getting started in landscape photography think that they have to find the best location to photograph but one of the best places to photograph is right above their heads. Yes, the sky is landscape as well; the sky can change different colors and can make for some great photos and it a great landscape to use for practice.

One thing that you can ask yourself when you are taking a landscape photo is how is the eye being led in this shot? One way you can do this is by looking at the lines in the photo and following them yourself to see how others might look at it.  Interestingly you can see just this very technique of Wedding photographer Bali Pixtura – their stunning wedding images blend with traditional landscapes to create totally drop dead gorgeous images – take a look at www.balipixtura.com

Don’t be afraid to catch landscapes that move, most people think about landscapes and see that they are calm but you can capture some of your best photos that are of landscapes that move. Like how the wind is blowing in the trees, the way that water is crashing in the rocks at a beach, or even the movement of clouds across the sky.

If you want to get started taking landscape photographs don’t be afraid to fail at it first. It will take time for you to learn all of the tricks and tips to help you capture a beautiful landscape.

At Provins Photography School we regularly hold landscape photography training days – if you would like to get started in landscape photography, give us a call.

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How Much Time is Needed to Take Wedding Photographs on The Wedding Day

Your wedding day is one of the highlights of your life and everything should be perfect, or close to it. One way to ensure that you will have great memories and actually be able to see these memories is to hire a professional wedding photographer to take pictures of the happy times during the entire day.

One issue that is often taken up by the bride and groom with the wedding photographer is “how long should it take to have my photographs taken on my wedding day?” This is an important issue because some weddings run on a tight schedule and there has to be a set time for the photographs to be taken.

Professional photographers are usually very experienced and already know which angles are best when it comes to the venue of the ceremony and the reception. Aside from this, the ceremony usually runs on its own timetable so the photographer needs to be discreet enough to take photos of crucial moments which the couple may have stipulated without disrupting the ceremony.

The wedding preparation for both bride and groom is also a great opportunity for the professional photographer to take beautiful shots of the bride and groom individually, as well as with their respective families and entourage. There is usually no limit to the time during this time because the preparation usually takes about four to five hours before the wedding. The same goes for the reception where most of the photos taken are candid and that of the people who are there during the reception. You can also indicate which people you want the photographer to pay more attention to as well as which parts of the reception you want to be recorded.

Between the Ceremony and Reception

It is in this crucial time that professional wedding photographers usually take portrait shots and staged shots of the bride and groom together and shots of the entire entourage. Since there is just a short span of time in between the wedding and the reception, it is important that the photographer you hired knows what he is doing. You might also like to emphasize which shot you want so that you will be satisfied with the results. This duration takes about an hour or so and the photographer needs to make the most of it. It is during this time that you will see the benefits of hiring a professional wedding photographer; he or she will know what kind of shots need to be taken during this short break. After this time, there will be very little time to assemble the wedding entourage as well as the families of the bride and groom since the reception might also have a program to follow. The bride and groom should also allot enough time for this procedure so that their guests do not have to wait long for the reception. You might also like to serve cocktails while you are having the pictures taken so that your guests will not be inconvenienced while waiting.

Overall, a professional wedding photographer should be able to fit in the necessary photos and your preferences for your wedding day. It is also important to ask your photographer if he has an assistant who can also help to tale photos from a different angle and perspective so that your wedding day will have more coverage.

When we teach our photographers at Provins Photography Training School – we ensure all of them understand the importance of the wedding day, and we provide them with a template schedule, and suggested list of groups to photograph – for your free copy of this guide contact us here

This is NOT one of our Training Videos LOL

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Top Wedding Photography Tips For Beginner Photographers

Are you just starting out in wedding photography? As a photographer, you know you have to deliver the exact results your clients want. This can be quite a challenge, even for the most seasoned. Switching from one angle, venue or setting to another is not as easy as it seems, but you have to get the job done at the end of the day. Thankfully, capturing incredible images is not entirely impossible. By keeping a few things in mind, you can be able to take photos that relive the day when people look at them. Here a few tips to help you.

  1. Meet the bride beforehand

One of the common complaints made by brides about wedding photographers is that they missed capturing a certain photo (like the bride with her friends). The best easiest way to avoid this is to meet with the bride prior to the wedding and request her to give you a shoot list. If possible, carry some sample photos along and have her pick the poses she wants. Be sure to jot down the list and mark off one at a time during the wedding day. You may also want to get the names of the maid of honor as well as the best man. These are usually involved in the planning and can help you better prepare for your duty.

  1. Wide aperture is better 

In general, employing a wide aperture on a lens can achieve an appealing effect for photography. It helps to keep the subject (s) in focus and makes the background slightly blurred. Important to note though is that accurate focus is needed in order to capture a good image.

  1. Tilt your camera

In wedding photography, the camera does not always have to be in landscape/portrait format. There’s no harm in trying out something different. Camera tilt can help add a sense of motion to any image. Simply try to align composition lines at different diagonals in the images to create impact. However, do not overdo it. One image may be enough.

  1. Try a telephoto lens

Another wedding photography tip for beginner photographers is to switch to a telephoto lens. This can be especially useful if you notice the bride & groom aren’t relaxed or interacting freely while you’re capturing images. The lens will keep you away from the action, allowing you to take the photos as the couple is able to interact naturally. Telephoto lenses also create very interesting perspective effects that can add some drama to photos. You should be careful to minimize chances of camera shake which is normally associated with these types of lenses.

  1. Maintain some distance 

Wedding couples typically want a photographer who’s personable & cheerful, but you have to keep in mind that the occasion is all about them, not you. The point is to avoid getting too much into the way. Try to be invisible whenever possible by employing a longer lens, for instance, ─ this may be especially important during the ceremony or the toast. That way, you’ll be able to do your job efficiently and make the whole experience fun for everyone.

For more info I recommend this site www.all-things-photography.com/wedding-photo-tips-for-amateurs/

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LEARN TO BE CREATIVE

There are a lot of technique and hacks out there about photography. Mostly using the most common things that we can use in everyday life. Some prefer nature, synthetic products, school supplies, films and other materials that can rarely be seen.

Using these materials are somewhat called alternative. This is relying on something else rather than using whats normally there and random. An example is blurring the sides of your lenses. This could give the image a blurred surrounding without affecting the sharpness of the subject.

Another one is applying films over the lenses rather than using the cameras options or changing the theme. This will give you an idea which material gives you the best result in your experiment. For more info, you can watch the video below for more tricks and bytes.

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