Selecting the Right Case for your Camera

Camera cases are very personal things. Everyone will have different preferences and different things will be important to them when transporting and carrying their camera. There are lots of things to take into account and it might even be the case that you will want more than one camera case, depending on how you use all of your photography equipment.

First of all, think about how much equipment you have and how much of it you would want with you at any one time. You can get cases that will accommodate various different pieces of equipment, such as additional lenses and filters. However, if you have lots of lenses, you may want to buy individual cases for them.

If you travel with your camera, protection will be the most important consideration for you. Make sure your case is well padded and will offer you lots of protection for your camera.

Taking your Camera Abroad

Taking photos whilst away from the UK can be a wonderful experience. However, it isn’t always that easy to transport your camera or even to take it out safely in public. It will all depend on where you are going in the world and how you are going to be travelling.

If you are flying, you should always keep your camera with you in your hand luggage. This will help to prevent it from breaking during transit. If you have a lot of equipment and it won’t all fit into your usual hand luggage allowance, you may be able to pay to increase it. If not, go somewhere that you can drive to instead.

You should be very aware of your safety when you take your camera out in busy places on holiday. Be very aware of what is going on around you. If you are able, change the strap and case to non-branded ones so you don’t attract attention to your branded camera.

Taking Pictures of Moving Cars

Modern DSLRs and CSCs have a number of focus zones to call upon, but most of them aren’t needed when taking motor sports images.

By limiting the focus areas to only the central zone the camera won’t be interested in the background or foreground, only the subject. By keeping the subject in the centre of the frame not only will your framing be much improved, but you’ll have enough room around the subject to track it.

Try to move as much as possible also. We understand that this may not be convenient in many cases, when photographin car racing but try not to get stuck in one position. Although you can vary the angle you shoot from to some degree, there’ll still be an amount of similarity between shots.

You’ll also give another photographer the chance to take a few images from the same location.

This will help to get a wider variety of shots, especially as different techniques will be needed at each position. 
Try to look out for obstructions when scouting a new location, as the likes of tall grass might not be immediately obvious when viewing from further away.

Shopping Tips For This Christmas

Have a list – List the people who you are going to buy a Christmas gift for. This is a good place to start as the exercise will help you see the ‘magnitude’ of the shopping you need to do. Here are some of the people who you will probably include in this list:

  • Family.
  • Close friends.
  • Colleagues.
  • Gift exchanges for Christmas parties.

Think of a gift – For each person in the list, think of a suitable gift that you will like to buy for him/her. If you are not very sure at this point, have a few potential items listed so that you at least have something in mind when you are in the mall.

Start a budget – For each gift, estimate how much you would spend on that gift. Total the prices for all the gifts you have listed and that’ll be your budget. If you have a few possible items listed for one person, use the price of the most expensive item to calculating the budget. You want to make sure you are prepared for the worst case scenario. Take a look at the total. Is this budget affordable? If not, you may have to review step 2 and 3 until you have a final budget that you are comfortable with.

Do online research – A good way to check if your budget is realistic is to do some online research before you actually head down to the mall. Not only is this a good way to gather gift ideas and market rates, it also saves you time and energy you would waste going to the crowded mall simply for research purpose.


Printing Good Quality Photos At Home

Are you looking to print out some high quality photos from your home printer? It would be worthwhile printing from a good quality photo printer that uses the Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow cartridges, as opposed to the standard black and colour cartridge set up in older non-photo printers.

You can capture the perfect shots, but without the right printer to print them out on at home the end result won’t always be what you expect. But if you get the right printer and the right photo quality paper, you can play around with the different photo paper finishes until you find the one you like best, and then choose the style you want them to be printed in.

The are a number of styles you can use, like Sepia, Monochrome, colour popped, etc… The styles available are dependant on the photo software you have on your computer, camera or super-phone.

Smartphone Photography

Cameras on our smartphones are more than adequate to take good quality photos, even if the person taking them is ametuer. Though it depends on the phone being used and the megapixels on the camera, as well as the quality of the lens built into the phone; a good MP to go buy is usually 12MP to 16MP for a fairly good quality photo.

Some of the latest superphones have the ability to connect directly to a photo printer for instant printing of photos, though it depends on the software they came with; the basic software might not have much with it, in terms of style and effects. You can always look for a different photo app if the one installed is inadequate, and you can choose between free or paid apps; the free apps usually had an added risk and will often contain spam advertisements that may be annoying, so might be worth paying a small fee for a paid photo studio type app.

Photojournalists – Who?

Every photographer will have a different approach to projects. Events photography can be as cheesy or natural as the photographer want it to be, and the photojournalist approach is all about reporting on the day’s events.

This means that there are no cheesy photos where the guests are forced into different positions. It’s a kind of ‘fly on the wall ‘approach and it means taking a step back, out of peoples way and photography them as they engage with each other.

If you like a great deal of control over your photos than this probably is not the style for you, and you do have to have strict rules if you really want to take on the photojournalist approach. There will always be natural smiles, natural movements and plenty of opportunities for cracking photos, but you have to be patient with this approach, and it takes time to perfect.

Image Processing

Photographers can turn into graphic designers, and that’s because they manipulate images so much that they no longer reflect the truth.

The editing equipment available today essentially gives a skilled photo editor the freedom to change every single detail of a photo, but a good photograph will not require an awful lot of editing. It’s easy to take it too far, perhaps overdoing post production until your subject no longer look believable, and good photographers know when to stop.

Sometimes it’s important to have your own rules on post processing, and whether you should remove or add details from other photos. Photojournalist will be very strict, because it’s important that their images represent the truth of a story, while studio photographers may have completely different rules.

Wedding Photography

So you’ve decided to take the deep step into setting up your own wedding photography business and you’re hoping to be sitting on that beach in Dubai soon enough, enjoying the lavish life right?

Well it is no where near as easy as that. The photography industry is completely saturated with competitors, and the wedding photography industry is even worse. Everyone wil; be offering a similar service to your idea / plan already. They’ve also been in the industry longer than you, have the contacts and the position online on Google.

it may all sound like it’s time to pack in the idea and go back to your 9-5pm job. Well, it’s not quite like that as a good, SEO’d website can truly kick start your business straight off the ground with allowing customers to come to you, instead of the otherway round which will take a considerable amount of time and effort out of your day to day running.

The Ombre Hair Style

More women are opting for a different style this year, and it’s known as the Ombre hair style. It’s a form of dip-dyeing, therefore making your hair two toned, or occasionally with several colours.

The Ombre style involves lighter colours at the bottom of the hair and  the darker more natural colours at the top. The Ombre look is usually only sported on a female with long heir, perhaps down to the shoulders, allowing for more of a fade between the two colours.

More and more people have opted for the Ombre style, and there are no signs that it is going away anytime soon. So if you’re looking for a fresh look and you want to keep up with the latest hair trends, then get the Ombre hair style, just make sure you choose your dip dye colour wisely. You may wish to start off with a subtle colour to see if you like it before moving on to any of the more vibrant colours.