BASIC PHOTO ENHANCEMENT FOR EXTERIOR SHOTS

Proper lighting is crucial to any types of photography especially on real estate photography. Natural light alone is still not enough to achieve any desired output. That is why using any third party editing software is very useful when it comes to enhancement and editing. Since we are already done for basic editing for interior shots, here is the other continuation on the last topic. Enjoy!
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Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop and Camera Raw are some of the commonly used editing application today. As for my example, I am going to use Adobe Lightroom. You can use any software but Lightroom has more tools and effects that you can use when editing.
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In this example, I imported an exterior shot and played a preset. Preset is a recorded editing process that you made to a photo which is very useful when you are dealing with a lot of photos to edit.

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So this is the settings on my preset. Unlike the indoor/interior shot, I did not make adjustments to its exposure since the photo itself already have enough lights. But you can still add some exposure if you encounter any photos that are gloomy and dark. Remember, when adjusting the exposure, you must also adjust the Recovery. This is to make sure that there will be no wash-out areas and recover the details of your photo.

Fill light on the other hand is used when you want to lighten some dark areas in your photo. It is commonly used than exposure since it only affects the dark portions and not the photo as a whole. Meaning, when you use exposure, all the areas of the photos will be lighten up including the areas that already have enough light. That is why there are the so-called “wash-out” areas. So fill light is easier and safe to use especially if are newbie to photo editing.

Blacks is used when you want to add or maintain the shade of the colors within your photo. Do not overuse it because it will lead to too darkening of dark areas.

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I also used the Brush tool to lighten some areas that fill light did to reach. So I have these settings for the brush tool. Just press “K” to the keyboard and carefully brush to dark areas.
Here is the Before and After preview of the edited photo:

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So now, here’s the final output. You can preview this and adjust parts that don’t satisfy you. But as for now, the output is great and ready to export!

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GOOGLE PICASA EDITING TIPS

1Based from its name, Google Picasa is one of Google’s popular software. Google Picasa is a free photo editing and managing software that is easier to use than other hard-core editing applications. It is made available for any operating systems like Windows, Mac and Linux. It makes life easier for beginners in photo editing and those who need to make quick fixes to their photos. It is also ideal for organizing your photos in many different ways. The software is user-friendly and anyone who does not have any background in editing can easily understand its tools and functions. That is why Google Picasa can save a day when editing photos become a nuisance.

When editing a photo in Picasa, the changes that are made by the editor does not directly applied to the image as such but would only appear in the editor itself. Meaning, unless you save or export the edited photo, the original image will appear in the same way, in any other viewer even though it appears changed in the Picasa. The reason behind this is that Picasa does not alter the original pixels of an image although it can change its appearance in a particular way. That is why Google Picasa cannot be categorized as an image editor in level with Adobe Photoshop or any other photo editing software, though it can perform most of image editing tasks.

Batch Editing
You can also batch edit several photos together saving more time as well as hazards in doing repetitive editing. By pressing the ctrl key and clicking on all the images, you can already select all the desired photos to be edited. Then, go to the select batch edit tab and apply the type of edit you want to perform.

Photo Editing Basics
Picasa can also do several types of editing including basic fixes that is commonly needed in any photo editing options. Tuning and effects are the examples of advanced type of editing. So, it is advisable to have a basic fixes to your photos before going to the advanced part.

In terms of cropping an image, try to stick to one standard cropping size which is given by Picasa. Always preview first the final output before cropping it.

When using the red eye tool, try the auto feature first and see the results. In case you are not yet satisfied, you can do it manually by clicking the red eye button and dragging the mouse pointer over the eye that needs to be fixed.

When using retouch, adjust the brush size before making the selections. Then click the area needing correction and then the area to copy from before clicking the apply button. As to the fill light option, do not overdo it to avoid wash-out areas and maintain its details. In tuning you photo, make sure the adjustment does not show evidence of manipulation because it will reduce the quality of the image making it less favored among its viewers.


Always use the effects option with caution since it will change the original image drastically. However, if you want to make explore more, feel free to experiment on the effects to achieve the desired output

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD USE ADOBE LIGHTROOM (PART 2)

16. On-Image Editing
One of Adobe Lightroom’s great features is the On-image editing tool. It looks like a small circle with an arrow above and below it. The tool is under the Tone Curve and the HSL/Color/B&W panels. You can already apply local adjustments by targeting specific parts of your photos when you select the On-image tool. It will make the any alterations more instinctive and more effective than any other photo editing tools offer. You can also use the on-image tool to desaturate colors selectively.

7. A Whole New Way to Add Keyword
When trying to find specific photos, using keywords can save a lot of time. But doing so will also takes time to properly add those keywords to all your photos. That is why Adobe Lightroom really shines in this in terms of easiness. Adobe Bridge also offers keyword adding but Lightroom has so much more to give. Even during the time of importing your photos, you can already apply keywords on them. You can also add keywords to groups of selected images, you can apply them quickly with the use of the painter tool or you can even use and assign keyboard shortcuts to a set of keywords. With of all of these quick ways Adobe Lightroom has to offer to its users, keyword adding can never be become much more easy and faster than before.

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8. Easy Video Editing Features
Aside from editing and cataloging photos in which Adobe Lightroom is mainly use for, it also have video editing features. Though it is not advanced like Adobe Premiere (Don’t expect too much), it still does a good job. It offers basic video editing tools like video trimming, white balance correcting and basic exposure of your videos. When using Lightroom for video editing, do not use the Develop module as you will only be able to use its Library Module in the Quick Develop panel.

9. Catalog Filtering
Aside from quick ways to add keywords and GPS/ Geo-Mapping to help you categorize your photos well, Lightroom also allows you to quickly add filter and search through your photos easily by using the filter feature in Library Module. You can eve save your filtering results as a Collection so you can find them easily the next time you need them and turn a single keyword into a filter.

110. Use of Virtual Copies
We talked about before (Part 1) that Lightroom does not make any changes to the photos imported in the Library; hence it only records all the modification separately into its database. So, using a Virtual copy is another great way to save different edits of the same photo without duplicating its original photo. This is good to use if you want to compare these different edits and in this way, you can also save a lot of space from your storage.

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD USE ADOBE LIGHTROOM (PART 1)

1.1When it comes to photo editing, Adobe Photoshop is still one of the leading software applications that is widely used. We may be familiar with Adobe Lightroom, but many of us are not aware of the advantages it brings aside from only using Photoshop. We aren’t really use of its difference with Bridge and how it really works. So, here are the top 10 reasons to use Adobe Lightroom. Let’s take a look!

1.11. Forgot to Save? – Not a Big Deal
This is really a good thing and one of the advantages that you can get when using Adobe Lightroom. Lightroom’s catalog system has an ability to automatically save any changes made by the user. So, there will be no more worries when you forgot to save any changes or when accidentally closed the application. Those changes will be stored in the catalog’s database and it does not affect each photos. Amazing isn’t it? And not just that but also it can save the history of every step you took in your editing process for each photo in your catalog. Even Photoshop doesn’t have this kind of feature. You can even preview all the steps in the History with the Navigation panel by just moving your mouse over the specific step.

2. Faster RAW File Accessing
All photographers and amateur ones always had that complain that they need a faster and better way to view, organize and edit their photos – especially when it is in a RAW format. That is why Adobe Lightroom offers a faster way to do these things especially when you are dealing with a wide library of photos – hundreds or thousands of them actually. So, without the help of Lightroom, you will probably have a tedious process to do so. Lightroom has a smart way of linking photos to a catalog file which records changes you make to them but keeps the photos intact whenever they are stored. Thus, saving a lot of storage space and processing power on your computer.

3. Geo-Tagging and Google Maps
A new way of organizing photos is by the use of its geographic location. By using your camera’s GPS device, Lightroom will automatically placed your photos on the map in the Map module since it has a geo-tagging feature with a built-in Google Maps. You can also set up Saved locations for places you visit often which will save time when tagging your photos.

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4. Easier Way to Preview Before and After
It is really a useful option to use when you can have a before and after views of your photos you are working on. To compare the changes that you made to the original photo is crucial in image editing. Adobe Lightroom has different options to easily preview the changes in your photos. It have 4 Split modes that you can use from that allows you to see changes on one single photo and easily drag the dividing line around to compare specific parts.

5. Fun Photo Books
Creating Photo books is really a fun way to explore with Adobe Lightroom. Using the photo imported into the catalog and purchased online prints using Blurb, you can already create photo books. It has a built-in layout editing feature that gives you extra service in professional printed photo books for anyone. So third party on layout editing is no longer needed to do great print outs and definitely a big plus for wedding or event photographers.

THE PROPER WAY TO HOLD A CAMERA

Yes, we all do have this common problem that many new digital or even the previous film cameras have – camera shakes. Camera shakes produce blurred images and it usually because we do not hold the camera still enough while pressing the shutter button. This is very common when shooting on low lighting settings where the shutter is open for longer periods of time. In addition to camera shakes is a very common technique of holding a camera by its users – holding the camera at arm’s length away from them when shooting and often with one hand. Thus, using a tripod is the best way to eliminate camera shakes since it has three sturdy legs that keeps the camera still. But the question is what if you don’t have one? Then holding your camera with both hands is another simple way to enhance stability. That is why knowing how you should grip your camera is the key here. It also depends on what type of camera you are using and from person to person preferences. So, here are the general techniques to use:

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1. Your right hand should be use to hold the right hand end of the camera. The forefinger should sit lightly above the shutter button, the other three fingers curling the front of the camera and the right thumb to grip the back of the camera. Use a strong grip but not too tight to avoid shaking your camera.

2. Positioning of your left hand will depend on what type of camera you are using but generally, it is use to support the camera’s weight. So placing your left hand underneath the camera or around the lens (for DSLR) is the best common means.

3. When using the view finder in shooting, line up your camera close to your body to add stability. However, if you are using LCD, make sure not to hold your camera too far-off from you. Put your elbows into the sides and tilt the camera a little from your face.

4. Leaning against solid object will add extra stability. Lean on walls, trees or by kneeling down. When standing, just put your feet shoulder width apart to give yourself a stable posture. The stiller you are the stiller the camera will be.

4 SIMPLE TIPS TO HAVE POWERFUL PHOTOS

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There are a lot of photos you always see every day – from portraits to landscapes, vector photos, and other commercial photographs on websites and magazines. By just looking at them, you can already tell the perfection of everything on those photos. The overall balance of lighting, colors, shapes, and dramatization that photographers have manipulated to achieve power and at the same time beauty on every masterwork they can create. To achieve this, planning is very important and it may take a couple of weeks to pull of such remarkable photos.

With that much time of planning, each photographer did everything needed to prepare for the final picture. And as for those who love photography and think they are talentless about it, think again. Everything takes time – time to learn and practice all about the art of photography. That is why we have this five (5) photography tips to have powerful photos every time. These tips will help out in preparing yourself to perfectly capture pictures of your once in a lifetime moments. Enjoy!

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A camera is a must – as much as possible, always have your camera. As a prepared photographer, he/she needs a camera close by at all times. You should also know the basic operation on how to use it or even familiarize shortcuts and features it offers to give you knowledge on how to properly handle them and use it in full potential. You don’t need to buy expensive ones; you can use your phone’s camera to do the tricks. Just always remember to have a camera near you to capture special moments that you don’t want to miss.

Study the art of lighting – Light is an essential element used in photography. Photography is all about light so learning how to use it is an advantage to achieve powerful pictures. Be familiar with on how to manipulate it, the color to be associated with it, how strong it should be, where to find its source, how long it would last and where to find alternatives to it.

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Imagination works – here goes creativity to add up in your photography style. Imagine something behind the subject and use other alternatives to get what you want to get. Take time to play with pictures in your mind as it will train you to think just like a photographer. Capture more photos and don’t just stick to one. It will also help you decide which it better and not.

Always practice – practice being ready at all times. This will help you become mentally prepare to do all the shooting and the planned session will most likely become successful. Taking pictures at something you want and capturing what’s best for it is already a way of practicing especially of you are doing it again and again. Just take time on it and jus love what you are doing and soon, without even noticing, you already mastered it. 

ADVANTAGES OF DIGITAL CAMERA

PrintThe evolution of camera today is one of the new developments of technological advancement. Since digital photography is mostly used by photographers, it already replaced the former film based photography. Film based camera is already obsolete today and digital cameras are leading the way which includes batteries and LCD screens. There are a number of advantages of using this camera especially for photographers and enthusiast of taking photos.

In terms of its size, digital cameras have became smaller and smaller. There are a lot variety of smaller compact cameras which are good alternative to larger ones. Compact cameras are handier and give much convenience as to the lightness of its weight. Aside from its smaller and slender body, it also comes with a range of photography options to customized your photos when capturing, giving you almost the same quality as to larger DSLR cameras.
2.1Mobile phone today also comes with built-in cameras. It has a front and rear camera feature perfect for capturing selfies and other photos. Here, the cameras used are even smaller than the compact cameras but some offers larger megapixels that can give high quality photos. Even though it is only the basic one, some mobile applications can also help in enhancing your photos captured by the phone’s camera or even enhancing your camera’s capabilities.

Larger storage is also one of the advantages of digital cameras. Unlike the film based that has a limit number of photos that can be stored, digital cameras offers more storage space since it uses memory cards that varies from 1GB to 32GB. You can also delete photos easily as well. Digital cameras also have video recording function. Some video options such as the length of recording time, varies from the amount of storage left in the camera and some with limited time only. So, there is no need to buy separate video recording gadget since digital cameras now offer video recording with higher quality of output.
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Lastly, and one of the best things that digital cameras offer is the ability to further edit the photos taken by it. Using photo and video editing softwares such as Photoshop can help you enhance your photos according to your preferred outcome of your final photo. Other digital camera has an android OS with Wi-Fi feature to easily upload and share your photos on social networking sites such as Facebook.
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So, digital cameras have lots of advantages and more and more of new features will come in the near future since technology today continues to grow. And it also provided us new exciting range of digital photography options.

SHARING PHOTOS THE RIGHT WAY

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Almost every gadget with a built-in camera offers this feature – Photo Sharing. Sharing your photos hasbecome very popular today because of the influence of these social networking sites. Of course! As an active user of any social sites and apps, after you taken a nice shot you would really want to share it instantly or via email – one of the easiest way to share digital photos.

Often, new digital cameras today already have higher megapixels that produce higher image sizes. As an owner, to do not bother to these sizes and just send these photos straight from your camera. Some sender may not appreciate this especially when there is a limit on the file size of email attachments and some recipient when the ISP also puts a small limit to size they can receive. There are two ways to avoid this:

1Size Reduction of Digital Photos

This is the easiest way to send email with photos. Simply scale the photos down to a reasonable size that will fit different screens and can take less downloading time. You can also use software
programs or any third-party programs to resize your digital photos such as Photoshop. Many of these photo cataloging apps have a send email feature that resizes the photo’s original size before sending them.

1The Use of Photo Sharing Sites and Apps

The most prefer way to share digital photos. Because of popularity of these social media site like Facebook and Instagram, photo sharing becomes easier. You could scale copies of your photos down and post them directly but most of the time, there is no limit to how many photos you want to share and there file size does not even matter. So, posting your photos here is a better way if you have many photos to send or when sharing these same photos to different people. Because most photo-sharing sites and apps automatically downsize the size of the images, there will be no limitation as to how many images will you going to upload and you do not need to manually reduce its size. Adding up, they also offer useful features such as printing, slide shows and saving or downloading.

TOP COMPOSTION TIPS ON PHOTOGRAPHY PART 2


1Composition is very essential to produce professional photographs especially if you are really into photography. Since it attracts the viewer’s attention, it is very important to know how to make these
great compositions. Last time we gave you the first part of this topic and now, here’s the second part that you need to know and learn in order for you to make those remarkable photos.

1. Attention to Details – Details are everywhere and you need to pay some attention to it to help you compose something. Deal with it properly and make some emphasis to your photographs.
It can give you something different or it can create new meaning and significance to your
photographs.

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2. Crop and Contrast – cropping your images can give a way of re-framing the photos to enhance
its composition. Since not all the time we can have perfect framing, cropping it can help you
eliminate distractions especially at the edges of the frame and unwanted objects to be part of
your final output. Examples could be the oversized headroom of the photo or other elements
that accidentally taken by your camera. You can also have a great focus when you used properly.

On the other hand, Contrast is another way to add dimension to your photos. Manipulating the
different light shades from light to dark can create depth and works best with other elements
such as shape, size and intricacy of your photos.

3. Perspective Makes the Difference – Perspective also plays an important part in your
composition. When used correctly, it can give a different look and feel of your output. By
varying your perspective, it can change the placement of horizon and vertical line that can
manipulate the viewer’s acuity of the scene.

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4. Follow the Rule – Rule of Thirds – This rule is commonly used in illustration and painting.
Photography is also an art and as a photographer, you need to master this technique. The rule
of thirds is the division of the canvas or frame into three vertical lines and three horizontal lines.
It creates four intersecting vertices that are considered to be the key points to remember since
the human eye goes directly to these points. Therefore, you need to place your elements at one
of those four key points to improve dynamics of your photo.

TIPS TO MOUTHWATERING FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

1Instagram is a very popular app to use when sharing photos online especially when you are planning to take photos of different food. Sometimes, it is very wearisome to take pictures of a certain food that does not look as good as the dish you tasted. Well, Food Photography is different from other types of photography we are already familiar with. Therefore, it requires a different approach to achieve mouth watering food photos. Even if you are not using Instagram, you can still get that approach with these 4 tips that will help you create mouthwatering food photography.

One Light Source is Important

All types of photography need a certain light source that greatly affects the photos as a whole. The general principle here is: the more light, the better. Light gives the shape of the object so a large soft light source will give way to amazing outcomes when shooting food. The best place to take much of this light is of course the window. So place your food near the window or any location where a light is abundant.

On the other hand, knowing to use artificial light is also important. Since not all the time you can get the natural light came from the sun and so, an artificial light is needed instead. A compact flash or a tungsten lamp is an option to use to get the light. A large flowing source of light is the key to create beautiful, soft light that fall over the set.

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Play with the Food’s Color


You have a rainbow of colors that you can see in front of you at meal time or depending on the type of food you are going to take photo of. Since food comes with a variety of colors and textures, playing with these will give you style and emphasis. Here, a color combination is very essential to have a right blend of colors so you can use the Color Wheel for references.

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Variations of Backgrounds and Creativity on the Ingredients


Backgrounds make a huge impact on the final photo. Try using the right background that will blend to a certain food and helps in emphasizing it. It will make your food shot very interesting and pleasing to the eyes of the viewers. Aside from the background, playing with the ingredients also add some interesting story. Try surrounding your main food object with its ingredients and focus it, creating a blurred background. Arranging these ingredients and an overhead angle is enough to achieve this.

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The Final Outcome and its Use


Cropping your photos to different sizes is common for its final use. Square or a narrow rectangle is very popular depending on the angle of the photos. Cropping your final shot will eliminate unnecessary irregularities and unwanted object in your photos, leaving it precise on both sides, neat and clean.