Photographers – Sharing Your World

There have been photographers since the camera was invented. Forget about the camera, people conveyed the expressions and landscapes of the people and places around them for centuries. Think of paintings that served as photographs – lovingly created by artists and painters in an attempt to still time. Since then, no matter if you’re a professional photographer or an amateur one, work has been shared.

This could mean from just hanging a print of your work in your home to having an exhibition in a gallery, from posting it on social media or just sharing with family and close friends via a photo album, but our work has always been shared.

Some pictures are more candid and different. Imagine your friend is taking a shot of a beautiful landscape of a setting sun, and you take a picture of them taking that picture. It’s like a small chain. Many times they know they’re being photographed or it’s utterly candid but such kinds of pictures are a break from the norm. Even the concept of the selfie is like a photo spotter, but not quite.

The days before smart phones were invented, people would take photos of themselves in mirrors to capture their reflections – the pre cursor to the selfie, it was nonetheless popular and whether it was the photographer themselves capturing their own expressions or another photographer capturing their action of photographing something, photospotting was born.

This does seem rather confusing but photography is the art of capturing the world round you, and that world could be anything. There have been some very famous photographers and their works over the years that have gained considerable media attention.

Some of the most famous photographers in the world have included big names that are seen in galleries, collections and magazines. Their works have been displayed in many exhibitions all around the world – Here are a few of them.

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  • Mario Testino

Anyone who reads any current magazine or publicity shot would know his Mario Testino head shotname. He is synonymous with the glamour world and has captured most of the greats of the fashion world. One of fashion’s most sought after photographers; he has shot for Madonna, Princess Diana and many designers and fashion editors due to this skill to bring out the best in the clothes as well as the model.

  • Steve McCurry

His most famous picture was the one of the ‘Afghan Girl’ that was on the cover of National Geographic. This picture is still well known the world over and it was only on his freelancing trip to India that he learned how to watch and wait for a great photograph to reveal itself. He understands that a camera can be distracting and waits patiently for the camera to be forgotten to capture the soul of his surroundings to drift into view.

  • Ansel Adams

in-the-footsteps-of-ansel-adams-toppageOne of the most easily recognizable names in the world of photography, Ansel Adams captures stunning landscapes and uses creative darkroom work to bring out the best in his photos. Just by reading about his photography process will improve your own photos, so knowing more about him and his work is a good idea if you want to become a better photographer.

  • Henri Cartier-Bresson

Also one of the world’s most renowned photographers, he gave up his craft three decades before he passed away. His style influenced the works of many photographers after and was the first to use the 35 mm film and he usually captured black and white shots. His unique style has made his photographs collectibles and he has always been featured on any of the top ten of the best photographers list.


Capturing the World Through A Lens – Tips for Amateur Photographers

The world is a beautiful place and there are many experiences, people and places that we want to capture to immortalize our memories. You may think that it doesn’t take much to capture a subject but there’s a lot more to it than meets the eye and these tips can make a world of a difference to the shots you capture.

  • Hold the camera close

Many amateur photographers tend to hold the camera away from their bodies while capturing a frame. Why this is a big mistake is because the further you move away from your body, the more unstable you become. When you are closer to your center, your posture is more stable and ensures that the sharpness of the picture is retained.

  • Use the Timer

If you really want a clear shot, use the timer. This is because the slight movement of your hand and the pressure can cause the camera to move, ruining a good shot. The shaky hand movement can cause blurry images. When you use a timer, you eliminate that shakiness and you can gain stability after the click.

  • Using a Flash

Usually that’s a big NO-No, but in the daylight when a lot of natural light can flood your frame, using a flash can actually work for you – especially if you are shooting against a very bright light.

  • aircraft-1248825_1920Come closer to the Subject

If you feel that your shot needs to be framed with the subject zoomed in, try zooming in with your feet instead of the lens. Many times a shot can end up looking grainy when we zoom in from afar – the amount of detailing, quality and clarity gets lost. If you’re a professional, you’ll probably have great zoom features in various lens but chances are if you’re a budding amateur photographer you won’t have all those cool features, so walk a few steps closer to your subject to get eh clear shot you’re looking for.

  • Try out various angles

It can get very monotonous and boring if you always shoot in the same pose and the same angle. Play around with angles – be free and don’t tie yourself down to one angle. You never know which angle could be the one that could be on a magazine cover – moving around and playing with different angles will also help you to understand the play of light and shade and the difference angles can play on the resulting shot.

  • Learn Photo-editing

aviation_10At least get the basics down so that you can touch up your images to makes them look professional. Don’t worry, this is not cheating, photographers from all over the world touch up their photos with various photo editors to get the sharpness and color clarity out. Using these tools also helps you to understand if an image needs to be cropped to give greater emphasis, understand the importance of contrast, light and colors.

  • Read Up

Nobody ever became an expert by not being aware of the details of their trade. Similarly, read up on various tips and tricks (like this one) – and familiarize yourself with the theories behind photography.

  • aircraft-1255263_1920Get a card reader

It can get frustrating trying to download your hundreds of images via a cable. Save yourself time.

  • Don’t delete anything

Even if you think it’s a bad shot, don’t delete it. You never what gem you may find in the rough.

  • Just go with the flow

Don’t over think anything and just keep shooting – practice is the only way to learn and this way you will know which angles work, what type of lighting worked best for you and keeping at it will just help you gain confidence. So go for it!


Aviation Photography – Tips and Tricks

It’s the fast and furious caught on camera. Aviation is a subject that has fascinated man ever since they probably saw birds and saw what if? Well, we certainly don’t have the wings to fly but the machines that have been built to help us get airborne are fascinating in their own right. Airplanes are a link to faraway places, connections to loved ones and also mean machines on their own. Capturing them in motion is a fantasy that aviation photographers bring to life. Aviation photography has grown leaps and bounds in popularity with its challenges bringing out the best in the photographer while also being fun at the same time. Here are a few tips to improve your aviation photography.

  • 7The Camera Position

This is the all time most important part of photography, no matter what the subject is. If you’re using a tripod, all’s well and good, but if you’re holding the camera in your hand – things can get a little shaky. With aviation, due to time, safety and space constraints, it is advisable to use a tripod, but always ensure that your camera is well balanced to get great shots.

  • Panning Technique

This is a very old technique that manages to capture a moving object as though they were stationary. Of course, technology has made it possible for a moving object to seem stationary due to shutter speeds and more, but this action involves the photographer to keep pace with the moving object. This means, that as far as the camera is concerned, the moving object is still. This will also enable the subject to be sharp in pictures. This needs a lot of practice.

  • Lighting

Light is the heart and soul of any shot and it can make or break your 018067-vroeg-II1photo. Although many photographers the early morning light or dusk to capture planes as it gives a touch of romance, most planes are in the air only around noon. This can work in your favor if you practice your front, back and side shots. Use the light in your favor to tell a story.

  • Giving Motion

As our photographs only show an object in still, it is essential at times to give the impression of motion to add a touch of life to otherwise inanimate objects. If you’re shooting a plane that is parked, shoot from a low angle so you get the underneath of the aircraft and get a low vantage point. This means you get more sky which is perfect – also if the propellers are in motion, use a shutter speed that is less than 1/125 to give a slight blur to the motion.

  • Use Clouds

It’s nice to see aircraft amongst the clouds – it gives an added dimension as a plain blue sky is quite boring. Use the clouds to your advantage. Blur them in the background, but always include them in your shot – if there are a lot of clouds in the sky, take a wide picture and if there are only a few clouds, take a tighter picture.

  • Lens Tips

astonishing_aviation_photography_by_david_bracher8You just need one to start off with, and you can keep changing them once you get more proficient. You need the fastest autofocus operation that is within your budget and the Nikon 80-400 or even the Canon 100-400 should do the job.

  • Location

Air shows are a great place to start your passion for aviation photography as there are many subjects to capture as well as a lot of history to learn about the various models. The better you understand airplanes, the better judge you will be in knowing how to best capture them.