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Inspiration for Your Wedding

Many couples have already booked their big items, like their venue, photography, food, etc. Once you start looking at the smaller details, it is useful to have a theme in mind to tie it altogether. But where do you start? Some couples will have their theme thought out long ago and some have no clue where to start. This is more for the latter, to hopefully get the creative juices rolling.

Your Story

As cheesy as it may be, dig deep and remember your journey together. Do you both enjoy going to the movies? Maybe an old-fashioned cinematic theme would work for you. Are you both very eco-friendly? Consider having a very green wedding theme. These sort of similarities (or sometimes differences) can be a great starting point to a theme.

Colours

It definitely helps to pinpoint a few key colours to use throughout the wedding, however this can also be a good starting point. Colours evoke emotion and mood. Maybe the bride has a set colour palette in mind, but nothing to go along with it. Use these colours to brainstorm – what do these colours feel like? Are they warm or cool shades? Is it whimsical/romantic/fun? A turquoise and yellow colour palette may suggest a more fun and light feeling, than a palette of reds and purples. And on the contrary a whole banquet hall set in deep reds and purples may give an opposite vibe to fun and light if that is what you wanted.

Seasons

Will your wedding happen in the sunny days of summer or will it be a brisk fall day? The season can be a great indicator of themes that can be created for your day. Picking a seasonal-oriented theme or even to just have some elements of it in place could save you money on flowers. Tip: Flowers are seasonal and will cost you more on the offseason, sometimes significantly more. It is always a good idea to check with a florist before you are set on having a specific type of flower for your wedding, especially if you are not having a summer wedding. Tropical flowers in the fall or winter, for example, will definitely come at a premium.

Your Venue

Sometimes your venue is a blank slate or sometimes it has its own look already. This is definitely something to consider when planning your theme. It would be hard to do a modern theme at a grand Victorian ballroom, or a princess theme in a sleek new building with all wood and glass. It can be done of course, but it would take a lot of extra decor and details to pull it off well, or you risk it looking like a poorly executed theme.

Digital Wedding Photography Tips

Taking digital wedding photographs can be much different from taking pictures with a standard camera. You will have a number of advantages available; however, there are also other considerations that must be made. Below you will find digital wedding photography tips to help guide you through the process.

Digital Wedding Photography Tips #1: Getting the Shot without Disturbing the Service

One of the most important digital wedding photography tips that should be observed is how to make sure you achieve the shot without actually disturbing the ceremony. First, you should always make sure the sound on your camera is turned off.

Nothing disturbs a ceremony more than the sound of a digital camera. In addition, make sure you time your movements with other activity during the ceremony so that you can achieve the boldness you need to get the right shot without being obtrusive.

Digital Wedding Photography Tips #2: Being Prepared

Being prepared when taking wedding photographs is always important but it is even more so when using a digital camera. You will need to make absolutely sure you have an adequate number of batteries. Batteries tend to drain quickly and you do not want to find that your battery has run out of power before the end of the event.

Memory is also another critical element that should be observed. Make sure you bring enough memory cards with you.

Digital Wedding Photography Tips #3: Types of Photos

Ideally, you should go over the shot list with the bride and groom ahead of time. You can always provide a shot list to the couple and allow them to add or subtract the types of formal group shots they want taken. Candid shots are always popular for weddings. Both photos taken before the ceremony as well as during the reception can provide an excellent opportunity for natural, candid shots.

When you are working on the shot list with the couple is an excellent time to have them review some of your prior work. This can help to manage expectations and ensure the couple knows what to expect from your work. Of course, you should always have a signed contract to make sure all contingencies are covered in the event something does not go as planned.

Digital Wedding Photography Tips #4: Choosing your Equipment

A tripod can come in quite handy when shooting digital wedding photography because it allows you to set-up and maintain the shot with perfection. In addition, you should also make sure you bring along your extra flash just in case you need it. Try to predict in advance what kind of equipment and lenses you need, if possible by visiting the location before the wedding.

Digital Wedding Photography Tips #5: Editing

Digital wedding photography provides you with the unique advantage of being able to correct or enhance the photos after the fact. You can crop them in order to remove elements that are distracting or you can correct red-eye. These benefits allow you to focus more on capturing the image with the knowledge that you can always touch it up later through the editing process.

Digital Wedding Photography Tips #6: File Formats

When using a digital camera there are a number of different formats that can be used. RAW is one of the best formats due to the fact that this format allows you to manipulate the photos after they have been taken. It does require additional processing time; however, the benefit of being able to manipulate white balance and exposure can be well worth it for wedding photographs.

JPG allows you to achieve very high image quality along with good compression ratios. This is something that GIF is not able to do.

Even though JPG is a good compromise between file size and quality I would advise you to use RAW file format for all your digital wedding photography. The reason is the flexibility RAW format provides to adjust exposure and white balance.

You generally won’t get a second chance to shoot wedding photographs and using RAW file format provides can help you recover otherwise hopeless photographs.

Tips for Aerial Video Production

The Aerial Video shot is a new trend emerging for creating low-altitude imagery through the use of lightweight, remote-controlled helicopter drones. This technology allows for stunning aerial shots that can be used for various kinds of videos including real estate videos, construction videos, action-sports and films. There are many more uses for aerial filming, but these industries are early adopters of this new trend. Transparency Market Research finds that the aerial photography market is expected to reach $1993.3 million by 2019, with most of the income coming from the U.S. market. Most of the demand will arrive from the real estate, construction and the natural resource management sectors. Increased demand is also expected from urban planning and insurance fields.

There are many factors to consider when choosing to perform aerial filming. Here are some tips for successful aerial video production:

Weather

The most important factor is the weather. It is advisable to film on a day when the winds are less than 10 mph and usually the optimum conditions are in the morning. I’ve watched a lot of aerial videos and in almost all of them there are some shaky shots. I think it’s the nature of this type of videography since sometimes the drone can encounter a sudden gust of wind.

Type of Drone to Use

The next most important factor is the type of Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) or drone to use. The least expensive ones are quadcopters which are small and lightweight but suffer from lack of stabilization controls like a gimbal. A gimbal is a support system that can control the camera on the roll and pitch axes. It also compensates for the movement of the drone the better gimbals can also pan and tilt the camera. A properly adjust gimbal can stabilize the camera well enough to yield “movie” quality shots. A hexacopter with a steady gimbal is the best choice for a flawless video shoot and. The extra propeller and weight of the hexacopter provide a much more stable experience than with a quadcopter.

Type of Camera to Use

You should also choose the lightest camera possible for your desired results. Most hexacopters can only fly 8-10 minutes with a DSLR due to the limitations of the batteries. If you fly a Go-Pro then expect 20-25 minutes. Your choice of camera depends on your final use, if you want high quality, beautiful shots then I suggest using a lightweight DSLR like the GH-3, or a Canon 5D series. Go-Pros can look great, but they just don’t have the image quality of a DSLR. It’s advisable to have several extra battery packs on hand, especially if you intend to be filming all day.

Have a Monitor System.

You have to see what the drone is filming in order to get the best shots, so a good wireless monitor system is a requirement. The terminology in the UAS world is FPV which stands for First Person View. Our aerial video system has two monitors, one for each remote control. The ideal filming situation is to have 2 drone operators. One just pilot’s the drone, and the other operator uses the second remote-control to adjust the camera tilt and pan.

Safety

Lastly, you must take safety into consideration. You can’t fly within 5 miles of airports and nor can you fly above a crowded place. Also, you have to stay under 400 feet and within a line of sight to the UAS. Currently, the legislation covering small drones is murky. The are legally classified as “Model Aircraft” and subject to the laws governing model or hobby aircraft. Recently a FAA court case was settled in favor of the defendant when a judge dismissed all charges against a drone pilot who had been aerial filming over a college campus last year. This led drone enthusiasts to celebrate but the FAA quickly appealed the decision. According to Inman news, the FAA is currently drafting a rule for small drones expected to be released in late 2014.

Have Fun!

Flying helicopter drones is a lot of fun and the cinematic beauty of the footage is very rewarding. I’m sure the government will come to their senses and realize this is a profitable and needed resource which needs to be regulated fairly. In the meantime keep getting amazing aerial footage and have fun practicing and experimenting with different maneuvers. Surely engineers will keep inventing smaller and more stable drones and lighter video cameras. I can’t wait to see what new advancements will arrive this year!

Digital Photography Tips

It is always very important to look out for any digital photography hints and tips. Some people can literally take fabulous photographs without really trying, but the majority of us need whatever help we can get to make our photographs look professional.

It may appear daunting to think that you can, quite easily take on board a few of the professional photographers digital photography tips and hints to turn your photographs into those of a pro. The truth is, you can and it does not take much.

Lets Take a Look at Some of the Main Digital Photography Tips and Hints:

Portraits

The key to taking better portrait photographs and the number one digital photography tips and hints is that of keeping things simple. You do however need to plan what you are doing.

If you are going to take a photograph of a couple as a portrait, don’t just get them to face the camera and hope for the best. Try to get them to look at each other, or get one to give the other a ‘playful’ kiss on the cheek.

This also applies to family portraits. One of the best digital photography tips and hints is to have one of the parents swinging their child above their head in a playful manner. Or try mom and dad to hold the child’s hand as they walk towards you. These tips and hints will ensure that the photograph appears natural and will produce excellent results.

Other recognized digital photography tips and hints are to get your ‘subjects’ out of the somewhat drab studio and use different and natural settings.If they have a pet dog or cat, get them to hold it or include it in the photograph. If they have just passed their driving license, get them to stand in front of their car with their new license.

Digital photography tips and hints for Landscapes

If you are like me and really enjoy taking pictures when you’re on vacation or traveling, you may wonder how to make these professional landscape photographs. There are some very quick and easy ways to do this.

First, take a closer look at what you are about to take a photograph of before you take the picture. One of the best digital photography tips and hints is to look at the colors. If it is a bright blue lake against a blue sky, then there may be too much blue! Wait just a short while, or come back when the sun is about to set and snap a photo of the sunset against the blue lake

Good digital photography tips and hints for landscapes and any other type of photographs include being aware of how the same color is going to actually translate on a photo, regardless of how breathtaking it may be in person.

If you are going to take a photo of the autumn foliage, avoid a picture of just a bunch of trees all at the same height. Again, it will probably result in just a jumble of all the same colors. Adjust your angle so as to get a hill or part of a field in the picture so as to break up all that color.

Basic Digital photography tips and hints

Make Your Video Look

Everybody loves the look and aesthetics of film. Video is great for capturing the reality of the moment but what if we want to create a cinematic look. Over the years I explored different ways to make my videos look more like film – without a big budget. A lot of the wedding videographers in LA offer their clients the cinematic look. How do they do it? Here are some ideas to get your next project looking more like film.

THE CAMERA

Not all video camera are the same. HDV (High-Definition Video) is one of the best choices for creating video that looks like film on a budget. With a native 16×9 aspect ratio and 1920×1080P resolution, you will be able to frame your shots in a cinematic manner and with enchanced clarity. Not be to left out, it’s very important that your camera shoots 24 progressive frames per second. Otherwise known as 14P. Why? Because motion picture records at 1/48 of a second, otherwise known as 24 frames per second. a 24P ready camera like the Sony Z1U will give your video the feel and motion of film. Perfect for shooting cinematic weddings or documentaries.

DEPTH OF FIELD

One issue that plagues video is the greater-depth-of-field that keeps the foreground and background in focus. Clearly, this creates a very flat looking image unlike the prime lenses used in motion picture. The advantage of a shallow depth-of-field is you can separate the foreground from the background and divert attention to what is most important in your composition. You can change the depth-of-field by changing the F-stop. The wider the appature, the shallower the depth-of-field. To compensate for opening up the iris, you will have to use a neutral density filter (ND) to cut down the increased amount of light now entering the camera.

LIGHTING

How you light your production and how you set your exposure is an important consideration. Its important to note that a video camera’s CCD responds differently to light than film. The photochemistry of film has a higher dynamic range, typically about 12 to 14 f-stops compared to 6-8 stops for video. It’s quite a difference. The limited dynamic range of video means you must be careful to not blow out your highlights otherwise you’ll end up with a washed out images. As a rule of thumb, it is better to slightly underexpose your video than overexpose. The reason is that video is better able to preserve information in the blacks or dark areas as compared to the highlights. This is corrected in post by pushing the black levels up a stop or two.

So how do you go about seting the right exposure? Modern video cameras feature a zebra setting in the viewfinder at 70 – 100 IRE. What this means is you will see zebra lines over the part of the image that is either 70% or 100%  of the maximum brightness level allowed by video. In normal conditions you want skin tones to lay at about 70 IRE and your maximum white levels to peak at 100 IRE. If your shooting under bright conditions outdoors you wan always use a ND filter to bring it down a stop or two. This will let you preserve your F-stop and deth of field while trimming down the exposure. When assessing your image and exposure, you don’t want large areas of pure black with no detail. Use fill light or a reflector to bring up some detail in the shadow areas. White poster board is often good enough if you can’t afford a professional reflector. Things to consider are the intensity, direction, and hardness of the light. For interviews, I like to keep my lighting soft and diffused because it has a more soothing look on the skin and bring out detail and texture in the face.

Other Tips …

Match Your Camera Settings

Make sure your white balance settings are identical to prevent color mismatch. Keep your exposures manual for maximum control. Automatic exposure is not as accurate as you would think – often times the camera will overexpose the whites. A very ugly quality of video to avoid. I like to keep my focus manual too. If you have shallow depth of field you may find the cameras focus drifting if left automatic.

Shoot extra footage

All too often videographers load their video project on to the computer only to find out that they don’t have enough footage or they only took one take of what could be a great shot. I always shoot as much as possible, knowing that its much easier to cut out footage then it is to replace it.

Digital Photography Tips

It is always essential to check out for the most recent photography tips and educative guides. Many people can virtually take fantastic pictures without really trying, nevertheless the majority of us will need whatever support we can get to make our pictures have an attractive appearance. Check out the following digital photography tips to enhance your photography abilities…

It may seem overwhelming to you personally to carry on board a handful of expert photography tips and hints to change your pictures into those of a pro, however, one can and yes it won’t take a lot of work.

Lets take a look at some of the most essential digital photography tips for portrait and family portrait Photography.

The important thing to taking better family portrait photos and the first of our photography tips, is making matters uncomplicated. You do however need to plan in advance what you are undertaking.

If you are intending to capture a photograph of a couple as a family portrait, don’t just get them to look towards your camera and hope all went well. Attempt to encourage them to look at one another, or even ask one to give the other a playful kiss on their cheek.

Among the best photography tips and inspiring ideas is always to have a father or mother swinging their child over their head in a lively manner. Or attempt mom and dad to hold the child’s hand while they move towards you. These types of tips and suggestions will make sure that the photograph shows up natural and will produce outstanding successes.

Some other recognized digital images tips and suggestions are to get your subjects out of the to some extent dull studio and employ natural surroundings.If they have any pet dog or cat, get them to hold it or include it within the picture. When they have just obtained their driving license, get them to stand in front of their new car with their brand new permit.

Landscape Photography Tips
In case you are much like me and really enjoy taking pictures when you’re on a break or on a journey, you may wonder how to produce those kinds of professional landscape photographs you tend to see. These are some very quick and easy ways to achieve this.

To begin with, keep an eye on at what you’re about to take a picture of prior to taking the picture. One of the best digital pictures tips is to consider the color styles. If it is a vivid blue ocean against the blue sky, then there could be excessive blue! Hang back a sec, or come back while the sun is about to set and take an image of the sundown against the blue ocean

Beneficial landscape photography tips and any other kinds of photographs include knowing how the same color will in fact translate on the picture, regardless how electrifying it may be face to face.

If you are intending to shoot a photo of the autumn leaves, avoid capturing just an image of a couple of trees and shrubs all at the same identical height. Once more, it will in all probability result in just a jumble of all the exact same colors. Adjust your angle to get a slope or even a section of a field within the photo so as to break up all of that color.

Beginners Photography Tips
Remember to always try different angles whenever capturing your photographs. It could be your only opportunity to capture that photo, so make it your very best. So summarizing the top digital photography tips… Move your primary target towards the right or left in order to break up the dullness of your straight photo. Always be alert about the illumination around the subject too, and give it a try by approaching the shot from the rear of, over, and even below to obtain the very best results.

Fireworks Photography Tips

Fireworks Photography Tips #1 – Slow Shutter Speed

When you photograph fireworks, it is very important that you set your camera to a slow shutter speed. Since slow shutter speeds will be in need, you will also have to ensure good camera support. This will make sure that the pictures taken will turn out looking steady and clear.

Fireworks Photography Tips #2 – Ensure Camera Stability

No doubt, one of the best ways to ensure camera stability is to use a tripod. Nonetheless, if you do not have a tripod, you can opt to brace yourself against a building, or maybe a tree. Otherwise, you can have your camera placed on wall. When you use DSLRs, you can use the shutter release cable or self-timer function. Using any of these 2 options will release the shutter without any camera shake.

Fireworks Photography Tips #3 – Do Not Use Flash

Don’t use flash when in attempt to photography fireworks. Flash will not help capture fireworks at a distance. Nonetheless, flash does help lit subjects; be it objects or even people in the foreground. A perfect example of this is when photographers shoot portraits with fireworks as the background; they will often use flash to illuminate their model.

Fireworks Photography Tips #4 – Set To Manual

Fireworks photography is definitely special photography genre where you will have to be brave and enter into the world of manual settings. Both your lens focus and exposure must be set to manual. Adjust the focus ring so that it is set to infinity focus. The symbol for infinity is similar to the number eight figure, except that it is turned sideways. A vast majority of lenses have distance scales imprinted onto them.

Fireworks Photography Tips #5 – Exposures

One thing that you should do is to experiment with long shutter speeds. This includes a shutter speed that is anywhere between 1 second and 16 seconds, about ISO 100. The shutter speed that is suitable varies depending on the amount of ambient light as well as the amount of fireworks in the sky. Why use relatively long exposures to photography fireworks? This is simply because long exposures can capture the burst of fireworks, producing moving streaks against the dark sky. Using long exposures will indeed produce stunning fireworks photography effects.

There really isn’t any perfect shutter speed. All you need to do is to try different shutter speeds and get the sort of fireworks photography you are after. Another thing you should do is to dial in a low f/stop. Anywhere between f/8 and f/16 will be good. Doing this will prevent the scene from being overexposed during the long exposures. Despite that, using low f/stops will also help refrain from light blooms that come from the explosions of fireworks in the sky.

Firework Photography Tips #6 – Use One Long BULB Exposure

With one long BULB exposure, you can combine a few fireworks together into one picture when you hold the shutter open for half a minute or longer. Adjust your camera settings so that it is set to manual, and use the top-mounted Main Dial. The shutter speed will then be set to BULB.

As long as you the release is remained depress, the shutter will also be kept open. This will allow you to photograph a few bursts of fireworks in one picture, rather than just one burst of fireworks.

While you’re at this, remember to block off the lens and sensor in between the bursts of fireworks. Doing this allows you to refrain from facing problems such as skies looking muddy grey in pictures. Yes, the sky can look muddy grey if it is continuously being overexposed while you wait for a few bursts of fireworks to occur.

Free Digital Photography Tips

Online blogs are ideal for those photographers who are keen on taking good clean shots and organizing their photos into part of their daily life, whether it just be online photo albums or the need to turn this popular hobby into a thriving online business.

These free digital photography resources are the result of professional photographers sharing their digital photography experiences that will soon have you hooked as though you were buying a monthly photography magazine, the only difference being that all of these photography tips are free.

Now if you’ve already heard enough and want to head straight over to Google and begin to find the very latest digital photography tips, but typing in “Digital Photography Tips”.

If you want to read a bit more about the overall content of these many many digital photography tips, then you will be pleased to know that there are a whole bunch of photography tips for both beginner and advanced levels.

Even if you haven’t bought your first digital camera yet, then you will find many tips for seeking and subsequently purchasing the best deals, for a camera that suits your own personal photography needs. If your intention is to sell photos online, then you should make sure you get a camera with enough megapixels, so that the resulting photos are of sufficient quality to be sold through the numerous Microstock photography sites, so getting the best education is vital so you don’t just end up throwing your money away.

Nikon D3100 Best in Function

If you are looking for the best digital camera, consider the Nikon D3100. Although it is largely evaluated as an entry-level digital SLR camera and as ideal for beginners, it also works satisfactorily for photographers as their abilities grow. With a significant increase in pixel count and improved high quality at high sensitivity settings, it is no wonder why the Nikon D3100 is one of the best digital cameras available in the market.

Among the things one will notice about the Nikon D3100 is that it has a small body for a digital SLR camera. It weighs just one pound and is less than 5 winches wide and 4 inches tall. The Nikon D3100 is perfect if you are going on a hike and is easy to bring around while you are on a vacation. At the back of the camera is a large 3-inch LCD which offers a nice big view of your image. The text are large so menus are easier to navigate.

Since the Nikon D3100 is primarily aimed at novice photographers, the camera comes with a Guide mode. This guide mode provides a lot of helpful shooting tips as well as instructions. It gives the user step-by-step directions on how to change the settings of the camera. In the end, one will not get only the picture he or she desires but will also develop and further enhance his or her photography skills. The Nikon D3100 is the first digital SLR to offer continuous autofocus while recording video. This basically works similar to a dedicated camcorder so you can keep moving subjects in focus while shooting. The user is able to record cinematic quality movies in full 1080p HD. The camera is equipped with EXPEED 2, Nikon’s new image processing engine so you will always have great pictures in rich and vibrant colors.

Other features of the Nikon D3100 include a scene auto selector, 14.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor, six automatic exposure scene modes and active d-lighting. The camera has loads more to offer so consider the Nikon D3100 seriously when you are searching for the best digital camera.

Easy To Follow Baby Photography Tips

Baby Photography Tips #1 – Make It Convenient To Capture Precious Moments

When it comes to baby photography, bear in mind that it best to keep your hand. Doing this creates an advantage for you to easily photograph precious moments of your baby.

This is because there will be times when your baby’s position or posture, or probably something that he or she is doing could be one that is extraordinarily memorable and you want it captured and stored in the form of digital images.

When you’re in the mood, you’ll find yourself anticipating precious moments or lovely postures of your baby to take great photographs of.

Remember, make it convenient for yourself to photograph precious photos of your baby when the unpredictable yet precious moment comes!

Baby Photography Tips #2 – Are Your Images Personal Enough?

A great tip you can implement is to make use of items that are memorable and precious to you by using them as background subjects. Use the things that bring meaning to you and plentiful precious memories as inspirations.

Baby Photography Tips #3 – Keep The Background Simple

Another important photography tip that works extremely well is to use simple backgrounds for portrait shots. The simpler it is, the better your shots.

Maintaining simple backgrounds allow your photography subject to be kept in focus, away from distractions in the background.

Baby Photography Tips #4 – Using Natural Light Is Best

Making use of natural light for baby photo shoots are definitely more flattering as compared to using a camera’s flash.

If you are conducting your baby photography attempt indoors, make sure to use soft directional light.

However, if you are photographing outdoor, it is best that you conduct your photo shoot during the early morning or early in the evening. Refrain photographing while the sun is high up and when light is harsh. This creates shadows, and also isn’t flattering.

Baby Photography Tips #5 – You Have Got To Be In The Pictures Too!

Like it or not, it is true that when your child grows up, he or she will be very interested as to how you and the rest of your family members look like way back then. Therefore, take as many pictures of your baby and family members as you possibly can. Your child will thank you