Getting The Best Gym Selfies

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Photography tips | Comments Off on Getting The Best Gym Selfies

Selfie is now an official term in the Oxford Dictionary. If you Google it, you will find over 200,000 search results for the term. This can attest to the popularity of selfies. This is probably why we take sefies at the park, during a party and even at the gym. If you like to post in social media networks, here are tips on how to get the best selfies at the gym.

Look Confident

One of the best ways to look good in your gym selfies is to adopt a confident look. You might notice some gym selfies where they pose like they own the picture. You should follow this example even if you’re not feeling or looking your best. Forget about your surroundings and focus on looking confident so that you look powerful in your gym selfie.

Lighting

Natural light works best when you’re taking head shots or when you want a great outdoor shot. For gym selfies look for artificial lighting. This is because natural light hides nothing. To avoid this, look for artificial light that is coming from above or in the corners. This will create angles and show off your hard earned muscles.

Filters

If you want to highlight your abs from all that workout from the rowing machine, use the correct filter. It can help emphasize your physique and muscles. If you want to upload to Instagram, use the Hudson filter to soften anything while the Ludwig filter will seem like you’re out in the sun. Some gyms have strange color schemes so you probably want to use a black and white filter to take care of that. But Tony Nolan, photo editor of Men’s Magazine advises to keep it as natural as you can.

Portrait or Landscape?

This depends on what you want to showcase for your selfie. If you want to show off your entire body, opt for a portrait or vertical photo. However, if you want to highlight specific areas of your body like your pecs or your lats then take the photo in landscape or horizontally. This way the eyes of your viewers will automatically focus on what you want to show.

Have Fun

Lastly, have fun. It doesn’t really matter what other people think anyway. You can take selfies while using adjustable dumbbells to work on your pecs or maybe a selfie while using the treadmill for cardio. If you’re having fun and looking confident in the gym, this is what people will immediately notice and this is all that really matters anyway.

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Acclaimed Photographer Brock Elbank – Using the Beard to Raise Awareness for a Cause

Posted by on Jan 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Acclaimed Photographer Brock Elbank – Using the Beard to Raise Awareness for a Cause

Over the last couple of years, facial hair has become a big fashion statement for men, and photographer Brock Elbank has been right there with his camera catching the craze in action. His exhibits of men and their facial hair have gained critical acclaim for their ingenuity and perspective on how a beard really does make the man. Yet the entire project started with a whole other vision in mind, to bring attention to a special cause.

The whole series of photos started back in 2004 with a tattoo artist in New York’s SoHo. Beards what a thing at this time, and Elbank found the artists to be a great expression of who we was as an individual. According to the award winning photographer the photos are not supposed to be about the beard, but rather of the person who is wearing it. If you look closely at the photos, you will find a unique cross section of the population, all with their own story to tell that goes beyond the type of beard balm they use.

The Beard Project – as it is called – is not taking advantage of a trend or trying to make any type of fashion statement. This is a project that was started to raise awareness for skin cancer, which had taken the life of one of Elbank’s earlier subject just six days after his portrait had been shot.

This should teach aspiring photographers to go beyond their pictures to give a deeper meaning to their purpose. It is very easy for your work to be misunderstood by the public is you are not giving an explanation about your intention with your work.

Choosing Your Subject for Continuity

Brock Elbank chose beards for his project to help with tying the photos altogether. This is a key element for any photographic display, as you want the audience to be able to thread your works together, much like a fashion artist does when creating a runway collection. Having a cohesive element helps to show the differences in your subjects, while still portraying an overall humanity to the shots.

It could be something as subtle as using only people with blue eyes, or a stark trait like a punked out hair do or scars on the face. With different poses and expressions, the subjects inner spirit still shines, while the common element helps in making the show an interesting one.

The beard craze is starting on its wind down, but you can still make a success with portrait photography by using other “props” to tie them together. This will assist you in convincing a studio to showcase your collection at one of their events.

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5 Basic Tips for Getting Great Interior Shots of a Modern House

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Photography tips | Comments Off on 5 Basic Tips for Getting Great Interior Shots of a Modern House

Taking interior shots of a home can be tricky, especially when you consider that space is your main subject matter. Most photography related to modern homes is done with the intention to try and appeal to a buyer, and as a photographer you need to look at the home from that angle. With these five tips you will be well on your way to establishing yourself as a professional with special knowledge of expanding space to sell.

  1. Take full advantage of all of the natural light in a home that you can. Open curtains and blinds and shoot when the sun is at its brightest to infuse the home with warm natural light. The light cast from bulbs will make the shots appear fake, while sunlight brightens the room and expands on its size. If there is a lack of light then use a slow shutter speed and tripod to absorb as much of it as possible. This will make your flash, or that tableside lamp, unnecessary.
  2. Use the RAW setting on your camera. Unlike JPEGs, the RAW setting does not toss what it considers extraneous photo information. This allows you more control over the final image because all of the original information is there for you to adjust.
  3. Shooting the interior of a modern home straight on will make the rooms appear larger. Align your camera with one of the walls and create a perpendicular image in your mind, avoiding those over dramatic camera angles. The end result are clean shots that can easily be cropped to your liking to highlight the most appealing aspects of the space.
  4. Make as much space as you can. Move furniture, get rid of clutter, and clear off table tops. This helps in opening up the space and giving the modern house a clean look. This will also let you shoot the room at a natural angle, rather than working around objects with a wide-angle lens. That makes for distorted images, where the viewer feels as if they are seeing the room through a fishbowl.
  5. Be aware of your aperture to avoid blurred images. In professional interior photography you want to avoid a blurred background. A homebuyer wants to see details of the modern home, and will click past your images if they are not sharp and focused. Make sure that you focus on little touches, such as lattice work in molding or a design carved on a mantel by knowing how to work with aperture.

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Realty is a billion dollar industry (especially in Vancouver) that a professional photographer can be a part of if they know what it takes to sell a modern house. Practice on your own space, and you will develop a marketable skill that could earn you an extra income.

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How to Use Engaging Props Like Exotic Cars Without Breaking Your Client’s Budget

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Photography tips | Comments Off on How to Use Engaging Props Like Exotic Cars Without Breaking Your Client’s Budget

Like with photoshop, props can be a good tool when used correctly in your pictures. They add substance to the picture and help to tell the story, but if not staged correctly, will come off as fake. Plus, they can be expensive to obtain. Here are a few tricks to using props with success, and how to get them into your pictures without having to pay too much.

Props should be something personal, or themed, or at the very least fun. For personal, this may mean getting to know your subjects likes and habits so that you are not thinking baseball glove when they are a basketball fan. Beyond that, you also have to consider the logistics of getting something into the photo while making it look natural, like it really belongs there. That’s where things get complicated. And with it will come complicated images that take away from your main subject if you are not careful.

If done right however, that little something extra you added to the picture adds something special, so when considering how to use a prop, the first question should be how can you make this interact with that in a perfectly natural way?

One of These Things is Not Like the Other

An interesting way to use props is by having it clash with the theme, yet not posed. For example, you can take the stiffness out of the typical wedding pictures with a seemingly candid shot of the bride sneaking a can of beer in the corner. Or the groom looking down at his hand in shock as he twists his new wedding band around his finger.

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Cars make for great props as well, especially if you want to be able to use it for a number of poses. What better backdrop for a family holiday portrait than a shiny red car in place of the traditional sleigh. This can be done on the cheap too by renting an exotic car in Toronto for just a couple of hours. Now you can take shots of the family on, in, in front of, behind and to the side of the car. Go for that clash again by putting the youngest behind the wheel and mom and dad in the back. While the prop is obvious in this case, the poses you use will make it feel like a natural part of the photo.

So long as you continue to focus on the subject, and keep the photo simple, the prop will just remain a small part of the story you are telling. Be creative, zoom in on faces and let the props keep their proper place and they won’t ever seem like they were photoshopped into the portrait.

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Tricks to Help You Take Better Photos of Plants and Flowers

Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Photography tips | Comments Off on Tricks to Help You Take Better Photos of Plants and Flowers

Landscape photography is very popular, and makes for stunning pieces to display and sell when done correctly. The world around you provides millions of opportunities for a unique picture with its beautiful collections of trees, plants and flowers that change with each season. If you are interested in this type of photography for portrait or commercial use, here are some tricks to help you enhance your pictures:

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  • Use Macro Lenses: Macro lenses are ideal for close up flower photography, when you want an entire bloom to take up the frame. You need to spend some time practicing this technique as your depth of field will be limited when taking pictures close to your subject.
  • Invest in a Tripod: This allows you to fine tune your subject matter and keep your focus exactly on the subject. Look for a tripod that allows you to shoot from close to the ground with legs that splay out widely.
  • Don’t Autofocus: With such a narrow depth of field, you have a better chance of getting sharp images if you stick with focusing the shots yourself. Try slightly moving the camera frontwards or back if you can’t seem to work out the focus properly.
  • Pay Attention to the Weather: A bright sunny day is not the perfect time for shooting plants and flowers as you will end up with too many shadows. Wait for an overcast or slightly cloudy day if you want to get floral pictures when they are most flattering.
  • Use Flowers as Props: Flowers are used in commercial photography all of the time to help sell a scent. If you are shooting for an essential oil company for example, add lavender flowers or roses to the background to give the viewer an idea of how their essential oil diffuser necklace is going to smell when worn.
  • Using Flash: You can give subtle bursts of light to flowers and plants by carefully using an off camera flash from the side, or provide back lighting for a rim effect. When used right, a flash will highlight the subtle detailing of a flower or plant to perfection.
  • Take the Time to Get to Know the Territory: Walk through the field or forest, or spend time on a bench in the park before jumping in and starting to shoot. This will help you in finding the best angles and shots to give you the most impressive photos.

Not only is landscape photography a nice way to get out of the studio, it is also a profitable one. By learning a few tricks and taking the time to take good shots, you can build an impressive portfolio of mother nature at her best.

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Acclaimed Photographer Brock Elbank – Using the Beard to Raise Awareness for a Cause

Posted by on Sep 11, 2015 in Photography tips | Comments Off on Acclaimed Photographer Brock Elbank – Using the Beard to Raise Awareness for a Cause

tumblr_mdknuffhfd1rlomffo3_1280Over the last couple of years, facial hair has become a big fashion statement for men, and photographer Brock Elbank has been right there with his camera catching the craze in action. His exhibits of men and their facial hair have gained critical acclaim for their ingenuity and perspective on how a beard really does make the man. Yet the entire project started with a whole other vision in mind, to bring attention to a special cause.

The whole series of photos started back in 2004 with a tattoo artist in New York’s SoHo. Beards what a thing at this time, and Elbank found the artists to be a great expression of who we was as an individual. According to the award winning photographer the photos are not supposed to be about the beard, but rather of the person who is wearing it. If you look closely at the photos, you will find a unique cross section of the population, all with their own story to tell that goes beyond the type of beard brush they use.

The Beard Project – as it is called – is not taking advantage of a trend or trying to make any type of fashion statement. This is a project that was started to raise awareness for skin cancer, which had taken the life of one of Elbank’s earlier subject just six days after his portrait had been shot.

This should teach aspiring photographers to go beyond their pictures to give a deeper meaning to their purpose. It is very easy for your work to be misunderstood by the public is you are not giving an explanation about your intention with your work.

Choosing Your Subject for Continuity

Brock Elbank chose beards for his project to help with tying the photos altogether. This is a key element for any photographic display, as you want the audience to be able to thread your works together, much like a fashion artist does when creating a runway collection. Having a cohesive element helps to show the differences in your subjects, while still portraying an overall humanity to the shots.

It could be something as subtle as using only people with blue eyes, or a stark trait like a punked out hair do or scars on the face. With different poses and expressions, the subjects inner spirit still shines, while the common element helps in making the show an interesting one.

The beard craze is starting on its wind down, but you can still make a success with portrait photography by using other “props” to tie them together. This will assist you in convincing a studio to showcase your collection at one of their events.

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5 Tips On Becoming A Better Photographer

Posted by on Aug 2, 2015 in Camera, Photography tips | Comments Off on 5 Tips On Becoming A Better Photographer

5 Tips On Becoming A Better Photographer

You don’t have to be a professional photographer in order to like to take photographs and be good at it.  A lot of people like photography and take it up as their favorite hobby.  At the same time, a lot of people believe they are not good at it.  Luckily, there are ways in which you can improve your photographic skills and become a better photographer and take better photographs.  Here are some tips on how you can make your photographs look as good as if they were taken by a professional photographer.

  1. Shoot Away!

dsc_5288If you want to be better at photography you must not restrict your shooting.  Remember, practice makes everything perfect. And in the more you practice the better you will be behind camera.  Your photographic skills will improve over time and you will make better photographs and find your own style.  But until that happens, you will take many photographs in order to experiment and practice.

  1. Check The Light

FoodSetup2One of the most important things for a good photograph is definitely the lighting.  Becoming good at photography, means having to learn how to use light to your advantage.  You will have to be good at determining where in the light comes from and how to use it, this of course comes with practice.  If you want to emphasize something in a photograph you will probably use the light.  Instances like these will teach you how to use both natural and artificial light in your photographs.

  1. May The Flash Be With You!

Needless to say that at times light fails you will be using your flash.  You can use flash not only at night time or when you are taking photographs indoors, but also in other situations in which you believe shadows can affect your photograph.  Extra light will get rid of any shadows which may ruin your photograph.  Carry your flash with you even in situations you don’t think you will need it, just in case.  Many times you will be grateful you brought your flash with you.

  1. Know Thy Camera!

If you want to take better photographs, it is highly advisable that you get to know how your camera works.  In order to do this you should read your camera’s manual carefully.  Take time to get to know your camera.  Investigate all of the possibilities it can offer to you.  You will probably be amazed at how many things you didn’t know about your camera, and its possibilities you have overlooked.  In order to now all the things you’re a camera is capable of you should read the manual, and spend some time experimenting with it.

  1. photography-artPractice Mind Shooting

If you are outside taking a stroll and you haven’t brought your camera, that doesn’t mean you cannot take photographs.  Practice you are shooting, even if it is just in your mind. In that way, you will gather inspiration and gain practice, and once you bring your camera, you will not lack ideas what to shoot!

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