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Share Your Photography Skills by Creating a Photography Portfolio Website

Photography website

A Photography website enables to showcase your photography skills on an open platform. It acts as a medium to pull in more ‘internet addicted’ eyeballs. Nowadays, with the advanced technology making its mark in the industry, the majority of the people only recognize the language of technology alone. Identifying the existence of a brand has only become possible through the display of several websites. If the brand is not in the website league, then the brand goes out of the race. Same goes for showcasing talents and skills as well. You are known for your skill, and for people to know about your skill, you require a medium, and nothing beats the popularity and demand of websites in this jet age.

Why create Photography websites?

  • Photography websites have come up as a unique concept that enables in executing people’s ideas and thought processes, the ‘image’ way. Photography websites are essential as;
  • It enables the passion of photographers to get showcased worldwide.
  • These websites have ‘easy-to-use’ commands and controls, and the site gets ready within seconds.
  • These websites help in enhancing and beautifying photography business and the images specifically, from various dimensions.
  • The website acts as the front door, in your house of talent. They enable the entire world to experience the thought processes running in the image, in the way, you want them to feel and visualize.
  • These websites help to recreate that beautiful moment, every time you look at those images. In short, these websites give you a feel good factor, individualistically.
  • They are easily accessible for all the audiences to get a sneak peak of your images
  • These websites, come within your budget and are inexpensive
  • These websites act as a massive database of images

All it requires is some good amount of patience and planning, in order to get the best and worthy results of your dedicated efforts. At the same, these websites also stimulate that ‘human element’ in all the images, giving it a realistic touch. “Knowledge shared is never lost”, keeping this mind, these websites can share your ideas and innovations, for the upcoming talents, in a huge way. These websites act as inspirational mediums, by making your images a standing example, and perfect parameter, for people to judge and assess their efforts. In this way, the entire world will not only identify your talent but at the same time even benefit from your talent.

7 Tips for Starting an Aerial Photography Business

Are you a photography enthusiast? Do you pursue this pastime just for fun or plan on launching a company of your own? Well, you should be thrilled to learn that there are tons of options nowadays for seasoned photographers to start their career in this field and make a living. Although some people are born with this talent, some can also learn it using so many techniques available today on YouTube and other social media sites. No matter which category you fall under, there is one thing that will make you think seriously about this business and that is aerial photography. With the advent of high-tech affordable drones on the market, this term is now becoming more and more common and a lot of people are already earning huge amounts of revenues using aerial photography.

If you have been in this field for some time, you’re already familiar with the competition that exists in the field of photography. Some are dedicated to wedding or fashion photography, while others keep their options open. They capture natural scenes, portraits, and many other types of photos using extremely high resolution cameras. In fact, in depth understanding of your camera is as important as you, the photographer. If you are not familiar with all the features and functions of your camera, you will not be able to take full advantage of it in aerial photography.

With such huge competition, there is little room for mistakes if you really want to succeed. So, if you are thinking of using aerial photography as your career, this article provides advice to help you minimize risks and enjoy this business as it flourishes. Here we have gathered some guidelines from experienced photographers who say that if they had known before they wouldn’t have committed these mistakes in the beginning of their career. So, let’s go through some of these guidelines.

Get drone training

Flying your drone is not as easy as it might seem… at least in the beginning. There are a number of controls as well as other options that you need to learn before you can master the skill. If you plan on flying the drone yourself for capturing aerial photos, it is highly recommended that you first get drone training in order to ensure a safe flight and also avoid getting into legal trouble. There are special colleges and training institutions now available that enroll students in their programs and when the courses are complete, they are given some sort of certification or degree that reflects their command over drones or UAV flying. You need to learn not just the parts of a drone but also the buttons and sticks on the remote controller that maneuvers the drone and takes the photos. There are options of tilting and rotating that only advanced drone pilots are able to use. Make sure you get your hands on the required material and then read it thoroughly along with practicing daily to master this skill.

Buy the right drone

The first and most important decision after learning the basic controls is to choose the right drone for your photography business. You don’t just need a simple unmanned aerial vehicle that comes equipped with a camera. You need a powerful machine that is not only capable of capturing excellent photos but is also loaded with the latest software application or mobile app to give you more control over the features. The tools and functions that come with a computer software program help to save a lot of time and effort for future projects. All you need is to get a little more familiar with the commands and you’re all set to go. Special training is available for some specific drone models. Do a little research online to see what other photographers are using and then try your hands on it.

Rent a drone first

There is an option of renting a drone to learn its features before actually spending money on a particular model. This is a great option for beginners who have limited budget set for investing in this type of business. There are companies that lease various models of drones and you can see their websites for more information. You have to specify a pickup date and a return date for the drone you want to rent. There is a fee associated with daily usage of such a leased machine and you need to take care in order to avoid damage, injury, and loss.

Set a budget

With so many beautiful drones out there along with all the hardware and software they come with, you are sure to become overwhelmed. However, careful planning on what you really need to start your own aerial photography business helps to avoid spending on things and gadgets you don’t need. It’s good to invest money in the beginning of any business venture but it’s also advisable not to get carried away with your spending. You should be aware that in the start you might face difficulties and hurdles as it is common with any other business. Aerial photography is no different. So, set a budget and stick to it especially in the first few months so that you are ready to face the challenges and stay committed to your goals.

Have your drone insured

When using a drone for commercial purpose, it is always recommended to get it insured in order to cover all the damages that might happen in the beginning. Since you will be flying outdoors for aerial photography, there are chances of coming across forces you have no control over. Moreover, if your drone happens to injure a person it is an even worse scenario. So, do keep all these points in mind especially if you wish to start your own photography business. These types of hazards do not normally exist in the other forms of photography but when you wish to go in the air, anything might happen. There is ample information regarding drone insurance on the internet so find out the type of coverage you are going to need and how to apply for such a policy.

Find an area to target

There are tons of opportunities when it comes to taking aerial photos but you need to focus on only one niche or subject to target. Many people are already working as drone photographers in the real estate business. There is a huge potential in this field as new properties, houses and apartments are always in great demand. People want to see aerial photos of what they are buying. Similarly, many people are hiring drone photographers nowadays to cover their special events particularly weddings and engagements. Land surveying and building inspection are also becoming popular in the drone industry. So, before you decide to start your photography business, it is advisable to think of a niche to target so that you can focus your skills on that industry and offer your services very clearly and concisely.

Join online communities

Once you are ready to take on your first assignment, don’t forget to sign up with sites like jobfordrones.com or other social media groups that help drone pilots find great jobs online. You can mention your areas of expertise to attract clients from around the world and also see what other drone pilots or drone photographers are up to. Fiverr.com is another wonderful community to become a part of if you want to make some customers quickly and gain aerial photography experience to mention on your CV or online profile. It’s a great and free-of-cost way of developing an impressive portfolio to become the basis of your future aerial photography company.

Log on to one of the websites mentioned above to see what other people are charging for their aerial photography services. In order to build a solid profile with a number of positive reviews, you might need to offer your services at cheap rates in the beginning. However, once you start getting good ratings, you can gradually increase your rate to earn more profits. Photography is an art and it should be fully enjoyed. Make sure you polish your aerial photography skills to take your business to the next level and get ahead of your competitors in this field.

Whenever a new technology is introduced to the business world, mistakes do occur. But the important thing is not to repeat these mistakes in the future and to learn from the experiences of others who tried, failed, then tried again and succeeded. Aerial photography is undoubtedly the future of this business as more high-tech and sophisticated drones are being introduced to the market. If you enjoy this pastime and would like to convert it into a lucrative business, do follow the above-mentioned guidelines to guarantee success in the years to come.

Shutter Speed and Exposure in DSLR Photography – What It Is and How It Works

When people start taking photographs with their first Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera, the exposure is the basic thing which gives them a lot of trouble. But what is this key thing “exposure” is? Let’s have a discussion.

Basically the term exposure in modern DSLR photography indicates to the time, amount and sensitivity of the light to which an image sensor will be exposed. This exposure can be controlled by three things, known as Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO.

In this article I am going to discuss about the Shutter Speed. This is the time for which the shutter will remain open and the light through the lens will fall on the image sensor. Here are some facts about shutter speed –

It is indicated by some numbers like 1/10, 1/200, 1/4000, 1/2 etc. Basically it is always calculated by the fraction of a second, which means, 1/2000 shutter speed indicates the single unit of the time which we will get if we break 1 second into 2000 equal units.

· Faster the speed of shutter, the sensor will be less exposed to the light. Faster shutter speeds are often required to capture very fast moving subjects like a panther chasing a deer or a formula one car at its top speed.

· Fast shutter speed is one of the key things to freeze a subject which is a quintessential part of Sports Photography or Wildlife Photography.

· Typically, a highest shutter speed in an entry level to mid-level DSLR camera is 1/4000 which extends to 1/8000 in the professional DSLR bodies.

· A slow speed is also a very much handy tool for creative photography. When you are at a place with low light, it is necessary that the image sensor is exposed for a long time to capture your picture perfect image. Suppose you are eager to capture the Taj Mahal on a moonlit night, then the slow speed is the main thing which is going to help you to get your dream image.

· It is treated as a slow one when it became 1/10 or slower than that though there is no hard and fast rule for defining slow ones.

· Main obstacle often photographers face while handling a low light environment with a slow speed is the blurred effect in image known as motion blur and camera shake.

· The motion blur is caused by anything (a car or a person) which was in motion during the exposure time. A slightest movement in someone’s body can also cause a motion blur when you are capturing images in slow shutter speeds. So, be aware of movement during shooting. But this motion blur could be interesting and an effective tool for creativity if you can handle it efficiently and intelligently.

· The camera shake is caused by the movement of body or parts of the body of the photographer. Though you might think that it is very little and nominal, but your high precision DSLR treats it huge like you treat the earthquake. To eliminate this problem, a sturdy tripod must be used.

· A remote shutter release cable with a sturdy tripod is the best combination when you are planning to capture photographs at night with slow and long shutter speeds.

· The slowest one in almost every DSLR camera is 30secs, after which it gives an option known as “BULB”, in which the shutter remains open as long as the shutter release button is pressed.

Special Tip:

Always keep it in mind that, the slower your shutter speed is, your camera gets hungrier for power and it drains out the battery faster. So, it is the best option to keep a fully charged spare battery for your camera when you are planning to take a good number of long exposure shots.

The author is a photographer and especially does DSLR photography. Through his blogs and articles he wants his readers to know about DSLR photography.

4 Reasons to Hire Professionals for Corporate Event Photography

Professional events could be anything ranging from an annual meet to promotional events for your company. These are events that are landmarks for your organisation where the time spent plays a very important role in the days to come. You may have your employees or other guests capturing photographs of the ongoings of the event but it is limited to what they intend to capture and not all the minute details of all that would take place. It is vital to have a record of the event either in the form of a video or professional photography where a photographer would use the best equipment to ensure that each and every moment is captured for you to have a record and reminisce it later.

Several photographers have made it a business where people are hiring them to be a part of corporate events and in turn, capture the special moments that take place. They not only help you sit in peace but also allow you to enjoy the event along with rest. While you hire them for your corporate events, here are a few benefits that you may receive.

• You have a better business value – While your guests and clients notice professional photographers present at your event, they tend to value you more as it brings about a skilled touch to your work. While you have professional and high quality images of your event for showcasing on your website and brochures, you get to bring about an appeal that is professional.

• Proficient services – While they come along with a set of high quality equipment to capture your event, they would ensure the fact that you do not have to instruct them on anything after an initial briefing. If it is a large event, they would ensure that several photographers in the team would capture the event from different angles.

• Helps in future business prospects – While you have a stock of high-quality images to showcase your clients, you have better chances of business for the days to come. Your employees can use them as references and also helping you bring out a good picture of your company o the world.

• Creates a good memory for your organisation – While you collect photographs from your employees and guests that they have captured during the event, there is a variation in the quality of the photographs that you may not like to preserve. While the photographer captures the best photographs of the moments from your event, you get to have a collection of the best photographs of the same quality that would not only enhance the look of your collection but would look appealing as well.

How You Can Make Your Food Photography Much Better

As an art of photography, we all are aware of the genres like landscape, abstract, model and fine art, but most people don’t really appreciate the importance of capturing food and products. But over the years, capturing images of food and items have become extremely important.

Any business that deals with food and products has to depend on images to draw in prospective clients. Be it for advertising campaigns or posting it on websites, good quality images have become the norm. For instance, it’s a proven fact that restaurants sell much more if their menus contain attractive pictures of the cuisines they serve.

It’s not just about a plate and a camera

Capturing this genre is significantly more than just merely putting a plate on the table and grabbing the camera. On the off chance that the item doesn’t look tantalizing in the photo, nobody will be drawn to it. An accomplished photographer is well aware of how to pick the right things to capture. At the point when taking a photograph of an onion, for example, the professional may have an abundance of onions but just utilizes two. Glycerin can be added to the onion or lettuce can be frosted to make them look crisp and delicious. They may also have the gourmet specialist cook five or six steaks to make sure they can pick the one that can be captured in the best possible manner.

Using props is equally important

Props assume a critical part while capturing these items. A photographer decorates the bottom plate by including things to compliment it. In this genre, a plain bowl of frozen yogurt may look alright. Place that same thing against little bowls of fruits or cream and you have a photo that can make the viewer’s mouth salivate.

Creating the ambiance using lighting

No picture will ever come out nice if there is inadequate lighting which is why it is important to get the thing right. Other than using stand-ins, one can also use different lighting patterns to make their subject more attractive and eye-catching.

Timing is imperative in this genre. Every professional in this field is well aware of the fact that items should be fresh when their images are being captured. For instance, if it’s about capturing a fruit, waiting too long can result in them getting dried and bland. One has to make sure that those are captured immediately after it has been cut.

Making a profession in this field is proving to be a lucrative prospect for aspiring individuals who are passionate about this genre.