Difficult Projects worth Mentioning the “Driving School”

Posted on July 27, 2014 ·0

Nowadays, I have invested some time in doing some photo shoots for businesses in my local area. It’s not much, but I try to help out these small businesses market their products by giving their products some decent head-shots. I’ve had a few restaurants, some clothing stores, and even a few schools that asked me to do a photo-shoot for them. I thought that they were going to be easy, but they proved to be a tad difficult due to the fact that they didn’t really do much to stir the creativity in me. It was hard to work with a blank canvass and you have no idea what to put on there. But one of the most difficult projects that I’ve ever had the chance of working with was a driving school in Kitchener-Waterloo (link to their site). Now, I am going to tell you why the concept of shooting photos for a driving school is difficult for an amateur photographer like me. Take note that I charge small payments for my services because of my amateur skill level. I just help out small businesses when I can.

 

First, let’s start out with a concept. Normally, you can think of a concept that’s derived directly from the business itself. For example, a restaurant business can have a concept of two people wining and dining. A clothing store can have a picture of two models showcasing their entire spring lineup, but a driving school is pretty difficult. After much deliberation, the client and I decided to follow a school-like approach wherein the photo showcases teacher and student behind the wheel. I went in way over my head with this one. Second, the shots were also very difficult. Now, I was thankful that they also had classrooms so I could show a teacher teaching lessons to kids in an environment. The hard part was showcasing them behind the wheel of the car. As it was impossible for me to get a good shot from the passenger seat, I realized that I needed to be at the front of the car. I had to strap myself in at the hood of the car, lying prone or down on my belly to get a good shot of teacher and student behind the wheel of the car. What made this difficult was that they made the car move so it would look legit (and the fact that I was also shooting a video for their commercial). Overall, the shoot was very successful, albeit a little too challenging for me given that I had no equipment at all to carry out the tasks. I think the moral of the story here is that you should always be equipped when you’re a photographer. It was later when I realized that strapping myself onto the hood of the car was unnecessary if I had a high magnification lens.

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How to Kick-Start your Own Photography Blog

Posted on June 19, 2014 ·0

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If you run a photography business, like a Brisbane wedding photography, it may be hard for you to generate clients without having to rely on your customers’ referrals. I know a couple of proprietors of photography businesses who claim that it is difficult to get new customers by other means like advertising. Photographers are fortunate enough to establish a strong customer-base because they can rely on their customers to spread out recommendations and referrals, but for those who are just aspiring to get into the photography business may find it difficult to tap into the local scene.

Most of the photographers that I know in Brisbane have yet to establish their own business blogs; one that contains all of their services, company history, and their portfolio. While there are social network sites for photographers, a blog or a website can provide them with the means to tap into the general populace of people logging on to the Internet. Purchasing a hosting and domain for your blog or website is 100 times cheaper than paying for a 30-second spot on television; at most, you will be paying $100 to $150 a year for both hosting and domain services.

 

There are a few important steps on how you can jump-start your photography blog, and a few tips that will help you succeed with your blog.

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1.)           Find a catchy domain name – Domain names are your business’ online brand. It represents half of the identity of your website or blog. A catchy domain name is needed because it will be easier for your customers to find your blog. For example, TheAustralianWeddingPhotographer.com is a bit difficult to type and too long to memorize, but you can go with something more creative like TheAussiePhotog.com.

2.)           Find a catchy theme or template – The design of your blog should be relevant to your photography business. If you are into wedding photography, an ideal colour scheme of your blog can be white, blue, black, or any combination of the three. The template should include certain features, like social network icons, photo gallery plugins, photo and video downloader, and so on. These features will make it easier for your customers to browse through your portfolio, and if you are planning to sell stock photos, a photo downloader and shopping cart system will do the trick.

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3.)           Optimize your blog – Search engine optimization, or SEO, is a good way for you to establish your blog’s rankings in the search engines. There are more than a billion people logged on to Google every month, and most of them are looking for information. Why not hit 2 birds with one stone, and optimize your website? This is a relatively easy process, but if you do not have the time, you can outsource this task to others.

4.)           Create interesting content – Apart from your photographs, your clients may also be interested in photography tips and tricks. Why not write content for your blog that will keep your customers coming back for more? Ideally, you should write at least 2 articles per week, but you can go for more.

With a bit of luck and hard work, it’s easy to generate more customers with your blog.

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How to turn useless things into useful artwork?

Posted on April 24, 2014 ·0

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A lot of things in your house which feel are useless can be turned into useful artwork purpose. An artist or someone who simply enjoys crafts and arts can discover numerous uses for everyday household things that can even help you in it. However turning common daily household products into artwork is not a very tough job as it sounds. Actually, it’s a nice way to reprocess things which might, if not, end up in the waste. There are absolutely no limits to what you can make out of your useless item. The secret to great artwork is to prevent putting any limits on what can sensibly be achieved. Make use of that junk you just never look at anymore before it finds its way to the garbage.

Before bringing more mess in your house by buying new artwork items, attempt reusing some useless household items. You can convert metal tins, glass jars and empty toilet paper rolls into wonderful art projects which are pretty as well as useful. Once you are done with your first reused craft task you will view the useless items in your house with innovative ideas, seeing all the options you can make with every item.

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Start thinking about craft uses for useless things prior you throw them away. Old newspapers and Magazines, old greeting cards, container lids, and useless fabrics or old clothes that are useless, useless food containers, washed sticks of Popsicle and also games and toys with missing parts can be recycled and converted into useful artwork supplies. If you probably have a lot of old items which are simply lying around your home and taking up space, just spend some time and turn them to useful art and craft work. There’s a beautiful wide range of list below which hopefully spark some great ideas for you and your house.

Below are a few examples of how you can turn your useless items that you possibly already have in your house for beautiful and useful artwork.

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1. Laundry bags are not just used for sorting and hauling laundry, but they’re even best for all kinds of sorting. They can be used for fabrics for quilting, storing yarns, and needlework.

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2. Plastic containers, for instance those which contain cottage cheese and yogurt, can be tied together to create drum sets. Assemble them from biggest to smallest and color them green to make a small Christmas tree. You can also decorate the tree with ornaments created from household molding clay. Color the containers or coat them with false gems, beads or paper and decorate with tiny artificial herbs or flowers on them to gift someone.

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3. Fold over old newspapers and turn them into sailboats or hats. Cut photos from old newspaper or magazines to make collages, or stick them onto thin cardboard and paste Popsicle sticks on the backside to create puppets.

4. Cut the sleeves of old shirts fill them with lot of cotton and stitch the bottoms and tops to make pillows.

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5. Color caps of old bottles to appear like bugs and stick magnets on their back.

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6. Create photo frames from tongue depressors or Popsicle sticks, and then decorate them with beads, paint, or foam pieces.

Recycling of household things benefits everybody and could be a lot of fun too. It’s something that everybody must make a custom of doing.

 

 

 

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All you want to know about black & white photography

Posted on April 9, 2014 ·1

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A nice picture tells something about its focus ahead of the direct look of the picture. It includes a lot of meaning and intensity that describe the individual all together, not only the superficial first feeling. Good pictures provide us an image of who the individual actually is, further than what they’re trying to externally portray.

Pictures done in black & white put an extra layer of intricacy to their focus. The preference to look void of color reveals something about the individual, although what it tells differs very much between individuals. During the initial days of photography, the photographers had no option but to take pictures in black & white, as at that time it was the only existing method. In the year 1936 Kodachrome cameras were invented and hence colored photography was introduced to the world. However black & white photography didn’t disappear, on the other hand it flourished. Present black & white photography at its greatest is art, and a lot of photographers look upon it as the finest form of photography.

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To master the successful black & white photography is by discovering to view the world in colorless. It’s crucial to realize that not all themes are right for black and white photography. There are specific kinds of pictures which depend on color for effect. The flourishing black & photographer understands this and explores the theme which appears good in black & white. Simply visualize the wall of an ancient construction, or rusty iron, or wrinkled wood. Anything ancient usually includes a lot of texture, and textures appear excellent in black & white photography.

Texture is influenced by the lighting situations. Usual golden hour of light near sunset and sunrise, low rake light make the textures be prominent stridently. The soft light on a cloudy day can even show up texture, although it might require little assistance in post processing by methods such as adding contrast.

Black &white photography is an excellent way to discover regarding the photographic means.  However, most of them would disagree it is vital. Perceptions of shadow detail and highlight, picture contrast, exposure latitude and film and tonal adjustment are all better understood by learning more about the black-and-white image. The usual wet darkroom is even now an area where the power of the black & white picture emerging in a plate of developer in the soft red light of a safelight enthralls individuals who are novel to photography.

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Keep in mind, as you’re studying your subject; try to visualize how it will appear in black & white. Pre-envisage the outcome after you have sent it for processing or developed & printed if you are using a film. Great images can be made by making use of your favorite techniques, for instance by adding up textures and toning. With continues practice, your foresight will become extremely perfect.

Nowadays, we stay in a colorful world. To photograph observers, even the colored pictures in newspapers are extremely attractive. Color picture in books, magazines, on television and on the Internet as well, are generally crisp and proportionate. In this world of internet you can master the art of black & white photography by taking up online photography course.

 

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The Science of Photograph Artwork with Digital Cameras

Posted on April 6, 2014 ·1

 

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When I started out with photography, I had a Lumix film camera. I don’t think I can remember the actual name of the camera, but it was a Lumix and it is now considered an antique. It was considered one of the best film cameras in its generation simply because you could change the lens. In a previous article, I mentioned that I owned a DSLR camera with 2 digital cameras, so why did I bother switching from my old film camera to digital ones?

I have to admit that shifting to a digital camera was more practical than using a film camera for a number of reasons. Here’s where we get to the science of the photography from digital cameras. I don’t want to argue which is better, but I am simply going to point out the simple science behind the artwork.

Let’s talk about the zoom. Digital cameras are equipped with zoom technology that would give film cameras a run for their money. I have seen DSLRs that can capture images up to 20ft like they were just a couple of inches from the photographer. Digital cameras are equipped with a minimum of 5x zoom, and even smartphones have this feature.

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Filter and shutter features are also exclusive to digital cameras, from your standard point-and-shoot cameras to your professional DSLR cameras, although some film cameras boast of a shutter speed that cannot be duplicated by digital cameras. Filters are also used to add some effects to your shoots, but photographers prefer to edit them off-camera or with a photo editing software. On my end, I still keep my Lumix camera handy because the crisp black in the photos make for awesome vintage shots. The photos are developed and then given to my clients or displayed in galleries. It also makes for good sunset shots.

 

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The shutter speed of the camera would allow you to capture fast moving objects like they were frozen in time. That’s possibly the simplest explanation I can give with shutter speed without the technical jargon. Shutter speeds change with a turn of a knob for DSLR cameras and a touch of a button with digital point-and-shoot cameras.

But the main question here is how did photographers from two decades ago manage to come up with great photos despite the lack of technology? It’s simple really. It’s called creativity and even if you have a camera worth $40,000 and equipped with $500,000 worth of accessories, your photos will not be as good as someone who has creativity. It’s all about maximizing the available resources within your environment.

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Top Art Galleries in Ontario you must Visit

Posted on March 31, 2014 ·1

One of the most awesome things that you can do in Ontario is to visit their many art galleries. It’s not France or London, but it is home to a few thousand paintings and sculptures all made by Canadians and other international artists. The reason why I love these art galleries so much is that there is always something new being displayed.

Now, let’s get on with the top art galleries that you shouldn’t miss out on.

The first gallery that I visited when I first arrived in Canada was the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The gallery recently expanded to 97,000 sq. ft. and has 10,000 works of art added to its already huge collection. This gives you an added total 47% increase in viewing space. AGO was designed by Frank Gehry, a Toronto native who’s also responsible for the magnificent building that is the Disney Concert Hall and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The layout of the entire gallery is very open. Floors are connected with sweeping staircases and the excellent use of glass makes it easy to view from the street from all directions. AGO also has different entrances and exits. When you enter Dundas Street, you’ll set foot in Walkers Court, which is the AGO’s hub and the first gallery you’ll see called the Grange. AGO is located in 317 Dundas St. W, at the corner of Dundas and McCaul Streets. You can use the TTC to St. Patrick’s Station or the 505 Streetcar which will drop you at the McCaul entrance of the gallery. You can also reach them via phone numbers 416-979-6648; www.ago.net; 1-877-225-4246.

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If you want a museum setting, you can visit the Royal Ontario Museum. The museum holds 8 exhibition spaces, which holds more than just local paintings. You can find the assorted collections of artefacts from different cultures spanning thousands of years. When I first laid my eyes on this magnificent building, my jaw literally dropped. Why? In 1978, a total of $55 million was spent on renovations and to fund the research for collection activities, a new library, and other facilities. One of the galleries called the Terrace Galleries was opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1984.

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If you’re into paintings, you can’t miss out on the Art Gallery of Peterborough. The collection began in 1973 and started out with a gift of historical Canadian and European paintings from the Peterborough Teachers College. To date, the collection numbers to 1,400 and one can find contemporary and historical paintings, prints, sculptures, mixed media artwork, photographs, and drawings from Canadian and international artists. The Art Gallery of Peterborough is located on 250 Crescent Street, Peterborough.

 

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Best Digital Cameras for $100 to $200

Posted on March 29, 2014 ·0

It’s very intimidating to see photographers use DSLR cameras valued at almost a thousand dollars and equipped with lens that cost more than the actual camera. As a photographer, I believe that the camera does not make the photographer, but the photos. During my events, I carry one DSLR and 2 digital cameras. Most people would even find this confusing, but I have an explanation. Digital cameras, or those called point-and-shoot cameras, are handy when it comes to taking shots at difficult angles. Can you imagine lugging a 5lb DSLR camera and you have to climb a ladder for the added height? This is why I have a digital camera.

I don’t necessarily spend that much on a digital camera and the best budget for one is around $100 to $200. This is a short list of the digital cameras that can give you the best bang for your buck. Note that I will also mention which of these cameras are at my disposal.

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Fans of Samsung can enjoy the Samsung WB250F, priced at $116 in retail. The Samsung WB250F has a lot of shooting features that even professionals like me can enjoy. The wireless feature of the Samsung WB250F is also very handy, as it makes file transfers so much easier. Wires are also available if wireless technology does not fit you. The touch screen is also very impressive. For a $100 camera, the quality of the videos and photos are top-quality.

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One of my favourite brand of digital cameras is Canon, and I currently have the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS at my disposal. The camera has WiFi capabilities, a 10x optical zoom, and a high-resolution LCD screen. For less than $200, this is more than a bargain. The Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS is a 12MP shooter and is able to shoot 1080p videos at 24FPS. Again, not bad for a $200 camera. The only qualms I have with the camera is that its flash is terrible. I use the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS for day shots, but the night shots are not entirely bad. You just have to make sure that there’s adequate lighting, though the dark shots make for impressive effects.

I have been tasked to do underwater shots and because underwater casings for DSLRs are expen

sive, I decided to get the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Orange Digital Camera. I was always skeptical when it came to underwater cameras, but the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Orange Digital Camera proved to be something different. First, it’s a 14MP shooter with a 5X optical zoom and is also able to shoot 1080p videos at 24fps. It is very durable and is able to survive a depth of up to 33ft and a drop of 6ft. It’s priced at $250, which is the normal price range for these cameras, but the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Orange Digital Camera is something else. The only thing that I hate with the Fujifilm FinePix XP170 Orange Digital Camera is the shutter lag. Other than that, it makes for a really great and handy digital camera.

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