LEARN HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS OF A “DRESS”

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It seems that the majority of all photographers when taking photos of a dress, would have it on a person. Taking photos of just the dress seems really boring. In fact, I was looking for photos of “dresses” and someone had actually submitted a photo of a dress on a hanger. BLAH !! So, if you want to take photos of a dress, please get someone to model it for you. Then you are taking photos of a model instead, with a dress.

1- In taking a photo of a dress, and on the girl, think “vertical”. You will get the dress in it’s long form without wrinkles, and you can see the whole dress as well. If the model was sitting, you would not see the proper length of the dress.

I’ll bet someone in this world, upon viewing this photo above, is saying: “oh that is such a cute dress!” This is a fun picture of the models finding something to do with their hands as well, so you can see the whole dress. Hands placement is also essential in taking photos of girls in dresses:

As I was looking for a great photo of the girl and her hand placement, I came across this photo. There were 3 different wedding photos taken by 3 different photographers, and every one had the girl put her hand in this same place. Seeing the side of the hand is much more pleasing than seeing the back or the front of the hand.

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Sometimes it will be important to see the back of the dress. When you pose the girl, make sure you don’t have her standing with her back facing you, to the side, like the above photo is much more pleasing. It looks like a professionally posed photo, and it will win your client over big time.

Just a few more photos of good dress photos:

Conclusion:

The photos above were designed to show the dress, and not the model. Shooting pictures of models is a whole different game. When you are taking photos of dresses, however, some of these poses done by models, show the dress off in the proper way. In other words, stick to just a few basic poses if you are trying to take a picture of the dress.

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LEARN HOW TO TAKE PHOTOS OF: “A MEAL YOU’VE MADE”:

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Have you really ever got into cooking a meal for presentation? How about a meal that you did, added beautiful garnishes, organized each food into an organized, delicious looking meal? This certainly becomes something of great interest to photographers, who are also great chefs! Or is it the other way around: Great chefs who would like to learn how to take a photo of their delicious creations?

Well, let’s take a look at some ideas that I picked up from some professional food photographers.

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Here are the tips for creating better food photos:

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Tips for taking great food photos

  1. Take photos under natural light. Do not use overhead lights or lamps or your built-in flash. …
  2. Move around to find the best light source. Don’t feel confined to taking photos in your kitchen. …
  3. Try taking photos from multiple angles. …
  4. Minimize clutter.
  5. Use good plates or bowls, that will give it a Nice feel to the photo.
  6. Don’t put too much food on the plates. You will want to leave room for garnishes or some kind of decoration, if you want it to look professional.
  7. Once again, watch your background. Is it a kitchen cabinet or a picnic table, etc?
  8. Note that most food photos are taken from above the plates. Prepare to get a straight shot photo.
  9. Side photos can work, but, you do have to watch your depth of field, to make sure the entire plates of food is in focus.
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10- Including people in your photos is not a bad idea, but, use all the tips of food photography so that it looks good (no clutter, good background, not too much on the plates, everyone excited to eat with smiles, etc).

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11- You can do side photos of your food, if that is what you want to show. Say, you have created the perfect meat (like above) or an amazing new hamburger with lots of exciting things on your burger (like below):

The Secret to Finding the Hero Angle in Food Photography
If you are taking a photo of just one food item, then shooting from the side, is a great way to do this. Can you imagine shooting this photo from the top? Who want to see just the bun?

Once again, I have gone through many sources to see how to take good food photos. This is really a lot of fun to try. I have the best collection of tips that just an ordinary photographer could use. Good luck!

Conclusion:

Take a look at a lot of food photos. Copying their ideas is how you become great at 1- creating a showpiece of the food you created, 2- become a great food photographer.

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PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: THE BEAUTY OF WEATHER!

Weather plays a big part in our lives, whether good or bad. We are approaching some volatile weather. Could you capture some weather-related photos?

Here is a collection of some of the best weather related photos. And is this week’s winning collection.

lightning and tornado hitting village
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lightning and gray clouds
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brown and beige wooden barn surrounded with brown grasses under thunderclouds
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cityscape during nighttime
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trees and cars covered by snow
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person riding a bicycle during rainy day
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big waves under cloudy sky
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man pouring water from dipper on blue and grey house
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woman holding black flag
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view of cityscape
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light sea landscape water
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hot air balloons on the sky during sunset time
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water droplet digital wallpaper
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aerial photography of snow covered trees
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nude man painting
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photo of mountain under cloudy sky
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happy family hugging outdoors
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purple petaled flower field
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LEARNING FROM PHOTOS:

Have you seen a photo that you liked and wondered how it was created? Well here we go:

Here are a few photos that are absolutely amazing, but, the description tells you how it was taken and the circumstances:

Interesting Photo of the Day: Sunkissed Eurasian Jay in Flight

When we say that lighting is key in photography, we mean it. The way you understand and play with your lighting can give a totally different look and add a unique vibe to your images. And this is true not just for photography genres like landscapes or glamour portraits. The same principle applies to all genres of photography including wildlife and bird photography as well. Take for instance the following image of a Eurasian Jay taken by photographer Mikael Persson. While the bird itself is the main subject, it’s the lighting that has totally transformed the image:

“A Sunkissed Eurasian Jay in Flight” by Mikael Persson (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Persson shot the image on a Sony A6000 with the Sony 70-350mm lens at f/10, with an exposure of 1/1000 seconds, and ISO 800. It may surprise you that he had to focus manually for this image – the reason being that the camera’s auto-focus was having some difficulty in the circumstance.

If you simply look at the bird, the image is not so striking – it’s mediocre at best. Looking at the stance of the bird, it looks like it’s ready to perch itself on a branch of a tree. It’s a nice moment, but the way the lighting in the scene is interacting with the bird is what takes the image to the next level. The highlights on its wings and hind limbs create a beautiful separation from the background and also give an ethereal look to the image. The warm glow on the background also does a great job in making the bird appear more majestic.

Hats off to the photographer for this fantastic work. It’s phenomenal how he was able to capture this amazing coupling of light and motion.

Interesting Photo of the Day: Sunset on Antelope Island

One of the best things about traveling is the random and interesting stuff that happens to you that makes for a good story later on. This is why they say that traveling makes you a storyteller. Photographer Hansi did happen to experience something thrilling that was worth sharing. He was hiking alone on Antelope Island (Utah) where he confronted some wildlife – a really scary moment to experience when hiking alone. Despite the nerve-racking moment, he was able to capture the following image which says otherwise:

“Mesmerizing Sunset at the Antelope Island, Utah” by Hansi (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

The image is a super-wide three-picture vertical panorama that Hansi took using a Sony A7RII camera and the Rokinon 18mm f/2 lens. He captured such a detailed image of a very vast landscape.

The combination of warm golden light from the low-hanging sun and the barren rocky landscape in the foreground gives quite an interesting effect. At a glance, it appears as if it’s a shot from some other planet. Then there are the snowy highlands in the midground that add to the beauty of this image. The way the light from the setting sun grazes these landscapes from the side has added a different dimension to the image. Then there’s the setting sun in the background along with its reflection on the Great Salt Lake. It’s the lighting from this setting sun that is the hero of this fantastic image.

The absolute contrast between the color temperature in the sky and the landscape is also worth to appreciating. While the landscape in the foreground gives a sensation of warmth, the clear sky beautifully complements it with its cool blue tones.

Would you dare to go on a hike all alone to witness such a beautiful landscape?

Interesting Photo of the Day: Ethereal Lake Matheson

Whenever one thinks of New Zealand, the stunning wide-angle scenes from the Lord of the Rings trilogy come to mind. But there is more to New Zealand than just that. This is exactly what photographer Humayun Qureshi proves with this breathtaking shot of Lake Matheson from the South Island:

Sunrise over Lake Matheson (Via DeviantART. Click to see full size.)

One of the things Lake Matheson is known for is its near-perfect reflections of two of New Zealand’s highest mountains, Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. If you are lucky enough, the mist will intertwine with the morning rays of the sun and create all sorts of crazy colors for you to make a breathtaking photograph like this one.

Just for the record, Qureshi used a Canon 5D Mark II paired with a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM set at 13 seconds, f/16, 50mm, and ISO 100 to capture the above shot. It’s a stunner, isn’t it?

Interesting Photo of the Day: Uncoordinated Dress Code

Do all photos need to tell a complete story? What do you think? Actually, it can be really interesting if your image leaves the viewers wondering about what’s going on in the image. This plays an important role in keeping viewers engaged. Photographer Anna Ulman took the following beautiful image that draws us in. Can you guess why that is?

“Uncoordinated Dress Code” by Anna Ulman (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Ulman shot the image on a Sony A7III with the Canon 135mm f/2.0 lens at f/2.0, 1/500-second exposure, and ISO 1000 using just the natural light.

It’s great how she has managed to find the perfect spot to photograph this image. The lighting is quite ideal here with the model being evenly illuminated while the other elements are in shadow. This helps in directing all the attention to the model while getting rid of distractions.

Although her stance is pretty and graceful, her choice of clothing may leave many viewers wondering. To be honest, the mix of ballet shoes, thigh-highs, a sweater, and a floppy hat doesn’t really make sense. But maybe, that’s the point. Maybe there was some purpose for the selection of this wardrobe. The fact that it’s slightly odd makes the photo more in our opinion. Apart from that, the way the color palette blends so well with the surroundings is equally pleasant and gives this image a certain charm.

Interesting Photo of the Day: Lone Tree on a Winter Night

We’ve seen a lot of stunning long exposures of the night sky in all its glory. But this one is out of the ordinary:

ITAP of a lonely tree during a winter night. (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Kristoffer Ask Hansen is a photographer and a graphic designer. He captured this shot using a Sigma 18–35mm lens at f/1.8, ISO 800, and 30 seconds.

To create the final image, he took more than 60 frames and then merged them in Photoshop. He changed the blending mode of all the images above the bottom one to Lighten to create a long exposure effect with an array of relatively faster exposures.

Interesting Photo of the Day: Golden Rocket Trail

With the successful launches of various SpaceX rockets, we’re super excited for mankind’s take on space exploration. In November of 2020, a SpaceX rocket was launched that carried four astronauts to dock with the International Space Station. The successful flight was yet another milestone as it highlighted the maturation of the commercial industry. Photographer Dieter Unrath got lucky as he was able to observe and photograph this important event from Cocoa Beach in Florida:

“Lining for the future.” by Dieter Unrath (Via Reddit. Click image to see full size.)

Unrath took the image with a Canon 6D and a 50mm f/1.4 lens. The image is a composite of three different images. Two of the images are for the rocket trail that he shot at 50mm, f/14, ISO 100, and a 30-second exposure. For the background, he exposed for the stars for 30 seconds at 50mm, f/3.2, and ISO 800.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of color grading to this and a bit of overlaying in Photoshop.”

Without a doubt, the hero of this image is the rocket trail. Without it, we wouldn’t have been able to draw much inference from the image. And although it’s not overdone, it gives a sci-fi feel to the image. If you’re writing a sci-fi book, you could definitely consider this image for the book cover.

Besides the trail, the people on the beach and the stars in the background also convey an important message. With all these advancements taking place, we can now dream that very soon mankind will be ready to explore space more conveniently and hopefully find a new home. It’s almost like the people are waiting in line for their turn to go there.

It’s amazing how the photographer was able to get this meaningful photo during his first time witnessing a rocket launch. He did a fantastic job – we love that the composition isn’t just of a rocket, but of a whole scene. What do you think?

All photos and description courtesy of Picture/Correct.

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