Pro Secrets on How to Take Real Good Pictures Anytime

Quite absolutely, there never has been a more ubiquitous time for photography than it is right now. This era of the digital revolution, where a camera is a ubiquitous tool, is markedly special in several ways. It raises the standard of visual communiqué to a much more refined standard than it previously was. Also, with a great repository of editing tools at your disposal anytime, there are no limits of achieving creative perfection. Nevertheless, any photographer would eventually recognize that ultimately it comes down to the accuracy of the expressed vision in the photo.

The measure of photographic success is visible as to how well it connects with the audience. Setting up this connection is not exclusively dependent on the settings of your DSLR. With the fantastic specifications provided by mobile phone manufacturers, anyone can capture the moment beautifully with the apparently limited resources as well. Anyone interested in making good photography just anytime can find the following tips useful irrespective of the equipment they are using.

What you see

At a very basic level, you got to open your minds to be able to appreciate compositions around you. In photography, you got to see first with the natural camera with the eyes, and only when it is striking to the mind, you raise the camera to capture the moment. So you see that it is what you see. Of course, one may debate that professionals can set up any compositions according to their requirements during photo shoots. While there is no denying that, yet even there the person behind the camera is seeing with the mind to create a perfect composition to frame the moment.

The art is definitely more visionary than is its technical aspects. Obviously, high definition imagery and expert editing is an exclusively technical realm. However, even all these tools can turn blind to the audience if the vision itself fails to connect. Now, how do you improve upon this so that a good photo is always visible whenever you click? It is quite simple actually but would require focusing the thoughts attentively. All you got to do is to have a purpose, a reason for visual expressivity. For instance, if you want to see the beauty of nature, you would be seeking it. If you want to see the beauty of people in an urban landscape, you would look around for it consciously. Likewise, if you seek abstraction and strangeness, they the mind would pick up the strange sights in forms and shapes that tell a story.

So, work on this purposefulness by actively seeking it. You can be specific such as trying to click, birds, dogs, cats, trees, hills, rivers, market scenes, architecture, portraits, lampshades, foods, musical instruments, Rock shows, factory scenes, church scenes, graveyards, books, or computers or anything else that entices you.

Trusted instincts

Once that you really are seeing things (just saying), keep on clicking. Remember that only a few decades from now, before digital cameras, one could only see the finished image following a meticulous process of developing it in the dark room. Nowadays, it is instantaneous. Utilize this great advantage to seek perfection. It is important that when you are actively seeking the best by you, there are no qualms in deleting or letting go photos that do not seem to be so great after all. An amazing photo may appear all of a sudden or in between a hundred other average clicks. You got to have the acuity to determine the best one.

This is a matter of practice and of relying on your instincts. The best people in the field relate how often it’s their gut feeling about a certain image that said that it would receive due praise, and it came to be so eventually. These three emotional attributes: intuition, impulse, and instinct go closely hand in hand, but impulsive choices may not turn out to be so great after all (because it may not be instinctive). Learn to trust your instinct, which is your gut feeling, and let the experience of intuition guide you.

Again, it is a matter of constant practice (risking the repetition). A person ought to keep working with the camera or the mobile phone, in that case, to keep trying to see the world through the lens. Look, shoot, reject, and repeat this cycle until you have that perfect shot that stands out from the rest. Try different angles and working in various lighting conditions. You got to be very conversant with the technical features though, and it definitely takes practice. Although one may listen about it from others, yet only by personal experience can anyone really define the exposure, shutter speed, lens type, and other details.

All this time, the photographer must be adding to the portfolio. Consider adding background information to your best images. Every best shot tells a story. You should be making that story perfectly audible to get it to appeal to the audience.  

Using Photo Editing Apps for Unbelievable Effects

The accessibility of cameras in mobile phones can definitely do much more than taking splendid selfies. Definitely, the satisfaction of selfies notwithstanding, a mobile camera is an excellent tool for practicing real photography. To start with, there is this typical myth about mobile phones incapable of delivering HD quality. With highly specialized technology being accessible in latest smartphones, where you can click in high pixels (HD = rich with pixels), the images come out in excellently when printed 8 x 10” or in higher specifications.

An evolving art form

You can also find local, regional, and international competitions on best photographs clicked on a smartphone. It is actually little surprising as to why this is not more popular than it already is, given the ubiquitous worldwide accessibility. Then again, many professional photographers, models, artists, and designers have been prolific in sharing their images on photo-sharing platforms such as Instagram and social media. Several of such pages have hundreds and thousands of followers, clearly indicating the improvements in mobile photography.

Are you confident that you have that artistic vision that can tell a special story? Do you think mobile phone cameras can be much more useful than clicking selfies and group photos? If this is so, then you are in league with many aspiring photo artists who regularly take to their mobiles in the lookout of great photography. The great wealth of photo editing tools found in mobile phones can transform even apparently ordinary photos into works of art. So much so that many professionals typically transfer their works from the HD camera to the mobile phone for that vital final retouching and editing.

Whether you own an iPhone or an Android unit, here are some photo editing suggestions helping you to hone your skill to perfection. Before using these, do make sure to download good apps. Several of these are free and some of them are paid digital products. Research online resources and pick the right app according to your artistic necessities.

Know what you need

It is natural to confuse yourself with the litany of available options. Instead of being tentative, you ought to be accurate. Citing a relatable example, suppose you are about to post anything on Instagram, there are quite a few choices of filters. So, which one is best? Here, you got to depend on your instinctive judgment. There must be a vision that you want to express.

Photography is all about bringing your inner vision to reality. The more specific and accurate you are with the interpretation of your own mind, the more satisfying your results shall be. This is an instinctive feeling that tells you that you are happy with the results. (Useful tip: You may find works from others inspiring. However, stay put from copying others as it affects your individuality. Instead, always look inside to seek your heartfelt expressions. In the beginning, it may be very amateurish, which is quite obvious. However, even that would not discourage you if you are already not comparing your works with others.)

Utility tools

The editing tool cited above is very basic. Users looking for specialized filters can definitely check out VSCO. Highly specialized apps provide a lot of options in all aspects. The specific provision of filters for Urban, Portrait, and Natural photos is a great advantage. Apart from that, the application provides filters in a diverse range such as Black & White, Vibrant, Warm, and Cool.

With all these tools in tow, photo editing takes a totally new meaning. You can work in layers, transform backgrounds, adjust the color density, work with textures, and achieve difficult editing tasks quite easily. Apps like SnapSeed are popular in both formats, whether you are using an iPhone or an Android device.

In urban photos of buildings and places, jutting out wirings, phone lines, or cloth lines can be somewhat of a visual nuisance. The highly specialized Line Removal tool in the TouchRetouch app for iPhones makes it very simple, the work of a few seconds to remove any line that’s disrupting the form of the image. It is also a perfect tool for portrait photography. It only takes a few seconds to remove blemishes and pimple marks from the image. Essentially, this app takes the age-old stamp tool familiar to Photoshop users to a level of automatic perfection.   

Artistic editing

You can classify visual imagery as either realistic or artistic. The tools described above are more or less perfect for realistic renditions. However, products like PhotoLab (Android) and Afterlight 2 (iPhone) transcend photo editing to an entirely different level, totally out of the world. Artistic options such as selective hue, double exposure, collage makers, sketch renditions, montages, and even GIF animations make it a real pleasure working with these. 

A very crucial aspect of using photo editing tools is to really know where to stop. Again, it is a matter of visionary satisfaction. Figure out what you really want and know where to stop when you achieve your desired effect.

Professional Ideas on What Makes a Perfect Passport Photo

Passport photographs are serious things. If you want an image that is not going to embarrass you at the airport for the next few years, make sure that you are entirely happy with the results. In fact, that is the first tip for a good photo. When you are at it, do not accept the image until you are really happy with the output.

One ought to execute a few stringent guidelines in obtaining a satisfying result in this exclusive genre of formal portrait photography. Many people inquire whether they can take their own photos. Well, unless you are confident about getting a good result, always consider a professional photography service adept at the job. However, you cannot take a selfie on your smartphone. No! Even if you are clicking yourself, use a tripod stand, a white background, and a good quality digital camera.

Nothing much artistic

To start with, there is nothing much artistic about a passport image. You cannot experiment with expressions, cannot try the effect of light and shade, or wear shades or eyeglasses. The hairstyling should be very formal as well unless you can’t help it because you have an eccentric haircut already. Anyway, always make sure that both eyes are visible.

Also, see that the image is exactly in line with the official requirements from the passport office of your respective country. When all the criteria are met, get ready for the session with very basic makeup. The idea is to look good and be natural. Note that any kind of digital retouching, except red-eye removal, is totally out of question. The photograph should not be in excess light, and neither should it be in low light. The lighting should be professional in order to exhibit your true skin color.    

It is also important to click the image as per the official specifications of the dimensions. If it is not so, they are going to crop it from the below, and that may affect its quality. (Pro Tip for US citizens: Do some research on the free photo sizing tool of the US State Department if you are already not familiar with it. That should give you a fair idea about what to expect and plan accordingly.)

The size specifications for US citizens not only specify the size of the image itself, but also the size of the face. The overall size is 2×2” on a high-quality square sheet. The face must measure within the range of 1 inch to 1 3/8 inches from the lowest point of the chin to the topmost part of the head. Anything outside this size specification is going for rejection if cropping does not fit with the standards.

To prevent any photographic disaster due to cropping, always make it a point to wear a shirt with collars or a top with high neckline. Otherwise, as an aftereffect of resizing, you may appear like you are wearing no clothes at all.

Emotive comfort 

You know that you cannot laugh out loud or even grin in the passport photo. However, you do not want to be looking desperately grim for a long time! There is this matter of being comfortable in the photograph. To look decent, take your time to feel easy in front of the camera. Although you cannot make it artistic, yet that famous Monalisa smile is something that you can definitely try to express. It is like smiling without really smiling, and it has a lot to do with the emotions expressed in the eyes.

Remember that the eye is the most important aspect of your image. A biometric scan of the eyes ascertains the unique identity of the concerned person. Do not wear any kind of contact lenses. As for eye makeup, keep it to a very basic minimum. Look straight into the camera. If your face has any identifiable feature, make sure that it is clearly visible. Men should make sure they are looking sharp wearing a neat formal shirt. Although there is no restriction on wearing a round neck T-shirt in the passport photo, it is not really very formal. So, avoid it. Make sure that you are clean-shaven and looking straight with hair neatly combed. Also, anyone should make sure that they are sober in the image. Do not be under the influence of alcohol or any other type of mind-altering chemical. It should show and can be a reason for rejection.

Other practical aspects

Arrange to print of the photo on a crisp printing paper. There cannot be any creases or folds on the paper. The paper quality cannot be poor. The colors should not be fading. It cannot be pixilated either. Pay attention to the background. It should be clean white with nothing else visible. No door frames, wallpapers, or anything else should come in the photograph. The image has to be very recent, and not older than six months. Check out expert professional services to help you through in getting the perfect shot at one go. 

Windy day

“A windy day at the Twelve Apostles, south west Victoria somewhere along the epic great ocean road. There are only 8 apostles left but they don’t want to change the name i guess.” Our contributor James Whineray in Australia

Photography: James Whineray

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FvF Portrait of Ken Done, Sydney

We visit artist Ken Done at his home in Sydney’s famed Darling Harbour. Ken retired from his job in advertising at the age of 40 to follow his dream of being a painter. Today, his daily activities include painting, swimming, snoozing and savoring the view of his seaside home.

We sit down with Ken to discuss his approach to art and why you have to keep playing, on Freunde von Freunden.

Thank you  James Whineray & Ché Parker

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H E A V Y – C O L L E C T I V E : H O U S E – H U N T I N G

The Heavy Collective are extremely excited to announce the launch of our long overdue Kickstarter.  We have been on the hard road with Tumblr for the longest time and are in desperate need of a real deal website, we’re looking at you guys to help make it a reality. It’s been four years and we would like to say we’ve made a dent; exhibiting, publishing, interviewing and sharing inspiring and important work from photographers both here and abroad, but Tumblr has made it feel like dragging a rock uphill.

This year we are rolling out some pure gems online and off and we need a real website to make it happen. We are proud to make public the release of Heavy Vol. 1. An annual publication featuring some of the big hitters we have had the privilege of showcasing these past four years. Expanding on this, our new digs will allow us to publish a quarterly, assembling all of the submissions that land in our inbox and flickr pool that we think deserves a tasty spotlight. Lastly, Collaborate! We’ve been dying to do this in a strong and meaningful way, a new site finally gives us room do do it. A real collective with real stories, fostering a firm international community, linking you to what’s happening with photography world wide.

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