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Importance of Joining a Photography

Importance of Joining a Photography

The reason I chose this as a topic, was I always see people that are eager to learn photography but don’t have the venue and to learn photography.

Here are some basic reasons, I would suggest you join a club.

1. Improve your photography.

Joining your a club will surely improve your photography. Seeing how others shoot
and studying their different shooting styles give you an insight to their
photography. You will be able to compare different styles and effects that
photographers do and choose the one that you are comfortable with.

The contest “themes” will give you a window to the photographers mind and how he
thinks the interpretation and execution will always be different because these are
expressions of their own creative styles.

2. Meet new friends that share the same passion.

When joining a club, you will meet new people that share the same passion of
photography and can keep this passion alive. It is hard to shoot by yourself and
share your work if no one is interested.In joining a club, you have an audience, a
friend and a teacher all rolled up into one.

3. Increase your confidence.

Showing of your photos and learning from each contest will give you the confidence
to be able to present your style and photographic work to others. As you build your
confidence you will also build up your own style and in turn build up your
photographic identity to others.

4. Explore the world together.

Sometimes you are given the opportunity to go travel as a group and explore
different places and share these places through your photography. At times you are
invited to On-the-spot shooting contests which are usually done out of town. These
are some of the things that put your creative juices to the test. Showing the world
through your eyes is always a reward in itself.

5. Humility.

In a club you will learn humility. Not everyone will like your style and the expensive
cameras are at par with any digital or film camera. The Photographers eye is what
counts. It is the theme execution that counts. You will always be judged and will not
always be on top. This is what drives you to perform better and want to outdo the

6. Learn for Free

The club is where you can go and learn for free by asking question on how the
photos were taken presented or how it was shot. you can learn from other members
that specialize in different fields like portraiture, wildlife, fashion, interior, wedding
or food. You can share tips and tricks that you have learned and understand how
others do their work.

7. Stock Photos

We have monthly meetings in our club and during those monthly meetings we have
our contest with different Theme each month. Thru the years you will be able to
compile Photos from different topics and from different Places and eventually have
your own mini “stock photo library”.

Using Camera Flash At Night

Using Camera Flash At Night

A night-time photo shoot often presents a problem or two, especially when including an element of interest in the background such as architecture. In most cases a tripod or some other method of stabilizing the camera will be necessary due to the slow shutter speeds used with low-light photography. But even with a tripod, our subject needs to remain somewhat statuesque to prevent blurring. If you’ve ever tried portraits at night, you’ll know that getting clean sharp shots is almost impossible when there’s any kind of movement.

We often end up turning on our flash to get around this issue. But this leads us into another problem. Using frontal flash at night will certainly capture your subject, but everything that’s outside of your flash range, everything in the background will disappear into blackness. The resulting shot will be simply your bright subject, in a sea of blackness.

So in low light, how do we include the subject AND the background?

The answer is slow-sync flash.

It’s a pretty simple concept that combines long exposure with flash photography. There are two types of slow-sync flash available to us, and they will each produce their own unique results. The two types are “front curtain” or “rear curtain”. Either method can be used in an environment where everything is still with little difference in the outcome, not forgetting that a tripod would still be necessary in most cases. However, if you’re trying to capture any kind of movement within the scene, it’s important to choose the technique that will provide you with the desired result.

Front-curtain: The flash is fired at the start of the shot – right when the shutter opens. The flash will illuminate the subject and foreground, and the shutter will remain open for the remainder of the shot – long enough to capture everything else in the background.

Rear-curtain: Basically the opposite of the above. The shutter is opened for as long as necessary – long enough to capture the background, and then at the very last minute, the flash will fire to illuminate the subject and foreground.

As an example, try to imagine a scene where there is a little bit of frontal lighting. There’s a building or a large sculpture in the background that has been up-lit, and we want to capture both our subject, who is close-by AND the background architecture. We decide to use the rear-curtain technique and an exposure of around 10 seconds. As we press the shutter button our subject begins to walk through the frame from the left-hand side – and we time it so that the flash fires just as they are about to exit to the right. The resulting shot will show our subject about to exit the frame, but with light trails behind them – perhaps giving the feeling of a speedy exit.

What results do you think the front curtain method would produce? If you were to have the flash fire as the subject enters the scene, then leave the shutter open as they walk through the frame. What effect do you think that would have on the resulting photo?

Beginner Digital Photography Tips for Camera Excellence

Beginner Digital Photography Tips for Camera Excellence

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Learning digital photography tips as a beginner is a lot like learning a new sport. You must first acquaint yourself with the movements and foundational aspects of what you are learning before you can reach any level of success.

Concerning photography, one should realize that the key to successful photography taking begins with two things: a solid understand of how to use your camera and a solid understanding of composition.

What is Composition?

I’m talking about the arranging of objects in a photo frame. When you take a photo and look through the viewfinder you are looking through a frame. The contents within this frame are arranged according to where you stand and where you position your camera.

A simple adjustment of a few inches of your arm can turn an ugly beginner photo into a professional shot for a magazine cover! It’s these little adjustments and why professionals do them that will take you to the next level.

There are a handful of compositional techniques that you can learn. For example,simplicity, a simple rule, says to keep the photo simple. Avoid complex and cluttered image with too much information. Instead, find a subject and isolate it.

Example of Simplicity: Instead of standing in front of your subject and photographing it, zoom in to isolate the subject from the other objects nearby. Get lower and shoot from below to remove background objects. Use a small aperture to blur the background and isolate the subject as well (this is a more complex technique that uses camera techniques).

Camera Knowledge

The last technique above requires a good knowledge of the settings on your camera, particularly the shutter stop and aperture. The more you learn about your camera and how to use it, the better you’ll be able to take photos.

Learning how to use a camera is not nearly as complex as it once was. Fifty years ago before digital cameras were the norm, if you wanted to take photos you had to know how to use your camera and properly expose the image. If you didn’t, you would end up wasting rolls and rolls of film.

Despite the modern ease of cameras, it is important to learn the essential camera functions. Simply looking at your camera manual can be a great start. It all depends on the type of camera you have. If you have an automatic camera then you will be limited as far as what you can do. SLR cameras, on the other hand, offer a wide variety of functions and manual features.

It should be your goal to shoot in manual most of the time. This will result in better exposed images that look more professional.