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

1There 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!

1A 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.

2Imagination 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.

JPEG VS. RAW: WHICH IS BEST FOR PHOTO EDITING?

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Raw and JPEG are the two most popular file formats that are used commonly by digital cameras today. Learning the advantages of each of these file types is the key to achieve professional outputs when it comes to image editing and retouching. Saving our images as either raw files or JPEG files is one of today’s features that many digital cameras offer including those high-end compact cameras. For around 20 years, JPEG file format has been already used as the standard file format for images and still remains to be the most widely used file format for saving and sharing photos, digitally. Raw files on the other hand, was recently developed and is newer than JPEG file formats.

With most file formats, the letters in the format’s name is written in capital since it stands for something that is abbreviated. In this case, JPEG stands for Joint Photographic Experts Group which is actually the name of the organization that created the standard while “Raw” does not stand for anything. It is just an ordinary word and what it actually means is that it is a file that contains the raw image information that was captured by the camera’s sensor. Thus, it only captures what the camera’s lens is actually seeing without any intervention of camera’s image processing.

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The big difference of the two formats is the output that it can produce. Shooting and saving your photos in JPEG actually means you are letting the camera’s predefined image processing do the editing and will end up whatever it will end up. The camera itself becomes a photo lab who do all the processing of the image in a series of steps including adjust white balance, contrast, brightness, color saturation and compression of images to reduce file size. So, editing your photos in Photoshop afterwards is actually like editing a photo that was already been processed with permanent changes already made to its pixels and a lot of original image information were already lost. In contrast, raw files do the reverse of it. Just like having the original negative film that contains the raw information of images, raw files preserves these. So, when using raw format, it will let the editor do the editing and processing of the images according to what he/she wants it to be. Raw files can only be opened using Camera Raw application and then later it can be converted into JPEG.

Therefore, when doing an editing, there are main key points to use these to file formats. JPEG is always accessible and can almost read by software. It lessens your time in photo editing since a lesser changes can only be applied to it. Raw, conversely, stores more image information and you can edit the image the way you want it to be. You can preserve more details and requires time to be processed. It can only be read and open by selected software that offers raw conversion.

TOP COMPOSITION TIPS ON PHOTOGRAPHY PART 1

Composition is one of the first qualities of a photo that draws the viewer’s attention. It is something that differentiates the work of amateurs from professionals and enthusiast photographers. Great composition can be determined on how you put into place various objects in one photographic frame. And leads to creating an emotion that is greater than what the object is trying to convey in the real work. Composition creates a fantasy beyond the real world. Composition can also be considered as one of the most important fundamentals of photography. Here is the first part of the tips that you need to know to construct compositions.
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  1. Arrangement and Balance – Proper layout of your photo creates a great impact on how you apply effectively the visualization of your image. Balancing the elements around it make it stands above the rest. Balance the colors, the lighting and different object positions within the frame of your camera. When we do balancing and lay-outing, it means that the composition should arrange each visual element in such a way that it is pleasing to the eye.
  2. Viewer’s Attention – Focus it – the main subject must be emphasized and highlighted and is effectively positioned in the frame to catch the viewer’s eyes. It is important to raise the quality of your photos. You can do this in an artistic, creative and symbolic manner. Different object contrasting, playing with colors, its size can be used to isolate and direct attention to the main subject.
  3. Blur the Background – Another way to highlight an object or subject is to blur either the foreground or background of the image. It can enhance the composition by separating the main subject from the other elements that surrounds it. Aperture, depth of field and focal length are some ways to do it.
  4. Go for Simplicity – As much as possible, use the concept of less. The lesser, the more effective it can portray a subject. Complex photographic composition can have some problems on balancing all the elements in the frame and requires time and imagination to work together. It can lend to difficulty for the viewer to understand and appreciate what you are trying to convey in your image.
  5. A Frame inside a Frame – The artistic way that many photographers use is a frame within the overall frame to further separate and emphasize an object or subject. The key to do this is to ensure that the frame is different in form and outline and is in sharp focal point.

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