iPhone Photography – Photo Tips – National Geographic.
Re-post from 2nd Shooters
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Excerpts from Photoshelter Blog – This is the company that hosts my website. The article was written earlier in 2013. I thought it was an interesting look at what was considered popular trends this past year. Thanks Photoshelter for permission to re-post excerpts.
Posted by: Lauren Margolis Date: March 5, 2013
It’s no secret that competition in the wedding photography industry has gotten fierce. More and more photographers are entering what has become a very lucrative and growing market. On the flip side, there are also many couples who are willing to let their “photographer friends” shoot the big day.
So it goes without saying that building a competitive edge is key to finding success. To learn more about how the top wedding photography trends today, we talked to wedding photographers in our community who have been running successful businesses for years.
We covered the bases, too – everything from shooting style to client budgets to advertising. Here’s what they had to say:
Nearly every photographer we talked to described their shooting style as some form of photojournalism: “fine-art photojournalism”, “photojournalistic style, balanced with family portraits and classic couple shots”, and “candid, documentary style photography with a touch of fashion and editorial” were just some of the ways they described their photography.
And while we still see a lot of it, photographers indicate that vintage-style is becoming just that – vintage. Couples want their big day documented just like any other newsworthy event, with a few setup shots of Aunt Mildred thrown in for good measure. “Ultimately, a wedding will always be a story of poignant moments, with a record that needs to be timeless,” says New York-based wedding photographer Brian Dorsey.
Photo by Brian Dorsey Studios
Hobbyists vs Pros:
The wedding photography market is an over-saturated one. More and more hobbyists turning full-time make it even more so. The competition is tough, but pros feel like this just pushes them to work harder and become the best of the best. Also, many pros aren’t necessarily seeking the type of client who’s just as happy having their DSLR-wielding friend take over.
“My advice is to work on finding your own particular niche,” says UK-based wedding photographer Lisa Devlin. “Too many photographers think that playing it safe is the way to go, but if you try to appeal to everyone, you will end up appealing to nobody in particular.”
In a similar vein, Chip Litherland of Eleven Weddings Photography says, “There are clients everywhere, it’s just a matter of finding the right ones.”
Facebook is the social media platform of choice among pros in 2013, followed by (relative) newcomer Pinterest and then Twitter. Wedding photographers love that they can “friend” their clients, then post a teaser gallery the next day and tag the bride and groom. It’s a surefire way to get them excited to see all the final images, and also get your work in front of their friends and family.
Pinterest has become more even more popular over the last year, as the audience is filled with potential brides. “I post a little of my own work, but it’s mostly from other people pinning my images,” says Lisa Devlin, who makes the work on her site “pinable”. “This is probably currently the best social media for wedding photographers – brides love it and they do all the work for you!”
But, by far the long-lasting cornerstone to every successful wedding photographer’s business is a blog. A personal blog is still the way to connect with your audience and get your work featured on bigger wedding blogs. It’s also the ideal platform for creating a narrative around your work, as well as giving people a sense for who you are and how you work. Connection is key to getting hired in the wedding industry.
Photo by Lisa Devlin
The standard package for 2013 among these photographers is:
- Somewhere between 8-12 hours of shooting
- Second shooter/assistant
- Online photo gallery
- DVD of high res images
- Photo album
- Prints or option to order prints from the online gallery/DVD (i.e. the rights to print)
Common add-on’s are larger prints (11×14 in., for example), engagement shoot, photo booth, and “trash the dress” shoot. Interestingly, these photographers don’t usually offer canvas wrap prints – there just isn’t any interest from their clients.
Most photographers also believe that beautiful presentation is still important. Branded packages, chocolates, and hand-written thank-you notes are all examples of ways photographers are making their clients feel special. One photographer even suggests giving more prints than in the original agreement – it makes the bride and groom feel like you’ve gone above and beyond, and helps secure more referrals.
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Also has free downloadable pdf on growing your photography business.
Last week, photographer Wenjie Zhang introduced the fundamentals of light, talked about exposure (shutter speed, aperture, and ISO), and set us loose with some simple exercises to experiment with light.
Today, he discusses the quality and direction of different types of light, as well as shadows and highlights, and sprinkles quick tips throughout for those of you who want to hone your skills. We wrap up the light discussion with exercises for practice and experimentation, no matter your level. Let’s dive in!
QUALITY OF LIGHT
In addition to the amount of light, it’s important to consider the quality of light. The worst-kept secret of landscape photographers is the timing when the best light occurs. Often known as the Golden Hour, this is the hour enveloping sunrise and sunset, when the light is diffused, gentle, and vivid. In comparison, afternoon light is harsh and often leaves subjects looking flat. (Many of you participated in last Friday’sGolden Hour challenge — it’s exciting to see what you’ve captured!)
Click link for rest of post: Photography 101: The Quality of Light.
Here is is an excerpt and short video from the ‘SLR Lounge.’ You’ll find a link to the entire post at the bottom of the page (well worth checking out)
April 29, 2013 – Article by Pye
The general population these days seems to have bought into the belief that megapixels are the single most important aspect of a camera’s image quality. Because of this, more discerning photographers have started to argue that megapixels don’t matter at all, and it is everything else about the camera sensor that matters.
Well, two wrong myths don’t make a right! In this video we will explain that the truth behind megapixels is actually somewhere in between.
When Do Megapixels NOT Matter?
Yes, megapixels do play a role in the overall camera image quality….but is it the leading factor in image quality? Is more always better? This totally depends on how the camera is being used. For the vast majority of photographers, and in the vast majority of shooting conditions, 10-15 megapixels is more than sufficient.
For example, the image below was shot with a 12 megapixel Nikon D700 and and the image quality is stunning, especially when viewed online, as a slideshow, or in 10-20″ prints. For these types of viewing conditions, the 12MP sensor more than enough and even allows for a small amount of cropping.