8 Urban Photography Tips for Urban Landscape Photographers

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Many photographers do not go head first into the wild jungle of concrete urban photography in metropolitan environments have to offer, simply because there is so much information going on out there that you it is quite hard to focus on something. However, there are some brave photographers that are not afraid of the challenge so if you are among them, here are some great tips which may help you out with your urban landscape photography.

Given the fact that you either do not have a lot to work with or quite the opposite, you have too much, you need to get creative. All the rules that apply in general photography, apply for urban landscape photographers as well so make sure you know everything about focal points, exposure, ISO and light before you embark on the trip of an urban landscape photographer.

1. Avoid Areas with Billboards

When talking about urban photography, the average person immediately thinks about portrait photography. You can see these huge billboards with portraits everywhere and they take up so much space that you cannot see anything that is happening beside them. If you want to be a true urban landscape photographer, focus on the word landscape. Try finding areas where you can mix together different architecture styles, where you see buildings blending with the color of the sky or where you find buildings which simply work well together. Don’t be afraid to experiment!

2. Be Careful Gear-wise

You will most likely have to have more than one lens when going outside to take some great photographs. Choose a wide angle and a zoom lens for urban photography. The wide angle adds depth of field and is great for capturing the big picture while the longer focal length allows you to capture details.

3. Choose a Theme

It is easier to accomplish a goal if you have one from the beginning. Of course you can be spontaneous and just go out and start taking pictures but if you have a theme in mind, it is going to be easier to focus on the small things as well. When you search for something specific, you will also notice what happens around it.

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4. Find Mirrors

Many modern buildings choose reflective materials as their outside surface so why not take advantage of that? Think on those beautiful landscape photographs which show a scene reflected in water, you can have that in an urban environment as well, by using buildings instead of water.

5. Find the Best Angle

Given the fact that buildings usually have lots of lines you can work with, be careful when it comes to your shooting angle. A photograph with no sense of perspective is something you want to avoid at all cost. If possible, try taking photographs of buildings or city streets from a level that allows you to create a good looking perspective. If you want to shoot a building from bottom to top, be careful that the edge lines of your photograph are parallel with the edge lines of the building; otherwise you will end up with a distorted perspective.

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6. Shoot at Different Moments of the Day

You will be surprised on how urban photography of random objects, street scenes or buildings can turn out during different moments of the day. Try going out one day in the morning, capture some photographs of your favorite building, coffee shop or street. Come back and take the same photographs in the afternoon and during the night and see how light influences not only your photographs but also the subjects of your photography.

7. Use Contrasts

If you want to attract the human eye into a certain point of your photography, you need to use contrasts. This also works if you want to make a statement or make a certain idea known, through your photography. By using contrasts, you can make people see a whole new part of their city, one that they may not be even aware of. For example, if you want to attract people’s attention on how much garbage they produce daily, try capturing pictures of overfilled trash cans around your town and of people ignoring it.

If you want to see how urban environments blend it with nature, try finding the perfect angle from where you can shoot a building blending in with the sky. See how the building changes depending on the color of the sky (this works amazing with buildings with a reflective surface). There are countless of ways to make people see what you want them to see by using contrasts.

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8. Do not Focus on People

Whether it is you intention or not, if you shoot a picture of an urban landscape and it happens to have people in it, the focal point will automatically be set on the people. That it is just how the human mind works. You need to choose what exactly you want: an urban landscape blurred out by the people or simply an urban landscape photograph. An urban landscape photograph means that you will have to exclude people from it.

Tips on Indoor Photography

One of the most important features you need to consider when talking about photography is light. Once you have your subject you need to think about light and then about all the other parameters, especially when it comes to indoor photography.

In the following article you will find some the best tips on indoor photography that you can start using today.

There is not much you can use when you are shooting indoors or au contraire, there is too much. If you consider starting your own business as a professional photographer you must explore everything and see what you are actually good at. Although you may think that an expert photographer is good at taking any types of pictures, you might be surprised on how an awesome portrait photographer can be considered average when it comes to landscape photography.

The secret behind every successful story is finding what you are good at and just go with it.

So enough with the small talk, here are some things you need to take into consideration when shooting something or someone, indoors.

1. Every photograph tells a story

Some of the best photographs that have ever been taken were spontaneous. You don’t need to think all things through before taking the best photograph, if you are not conducting a professional photo shoot. For example, if someone approaches you and asks you for an indoor portrait photography photo shoot, the first thing you need to do is to try finding out something about the person.

You have to be in harmony with the subject of your photograph and understand what he/she expects from you and your photography skills if you want to reach perfection. If you are not necessarily taking a picture of someone, but of a something, you have only one point of view: yours, so be careful on what you are trying to say with your photograph.

2. Light, Light and again, Light

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The biggest struggle you will face when trying to shoot a portrait photograph indoors is with light. If you are shooting during day time, you must certainly find a window and place your subject close to it, so that you can make the most out of the natural light you have. To control all the shadows and curves you should also consider investing in a reflector. By placing a reflector on the side of your subject, opposite to the side with natural light, you can obtain stunning effects. Things will get even trickier when you are shooting without any or very low natural light. One way to try solving this problem by using Lightscoop, a great little mirror which redirects the light from your pop-up flash so that you can obtain warmer images, without making your skin look like you just won the casting for the next Twilight movie.

3. Know your camera as good as you know yourself

Many people do not even bother to understand their cameras before or after purchasing it. You would be amazed on how many options and features you have. Before starting to shoot any kind of photographs, take some time and understand your camera and what it is able to do.

4. Background

When shooting indoors, background is also important. To make the best out of an indoor photography, try choosing white backgrounds, so that the light can be reflected and you can achieve a great result. If you do not have an entirely white background, try emphasizing the subject on whatever background you choose but be careful on the contrast. You do not want a chaotic background, especially not when it comes to indoor photography, because then you will lose your subject.  Another idea is taking black and white pictures so that the people do not get distracted by the background or pieces of clothing and stay focused on the subject.

5. Aperture

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It is important to use a wide aperture especially for indoor photography because you want to make the most out of the light you have. A wide aperture not only gives you a better photograph on low light level but it also creates a shallow depth of field with will help you subject pop out of any cluttered background.

6. ISO

There are a lot of mixed reviews when it comes to ISO and shutter speed. Some photographers say that in low light levels you can use a higher ISO, mainly between 800 and 1600 if you want to achieve a fast shutter speed and take advantage of the light you do have. However, higher ISO means a lot more noise in the photograph so other photographers say that you should not use an ISO level higher than 800 especially when shooting indoors. If you have reached ISO 800 and you are still not fully satisfied with your picture, you should probably try either going to ISO 1600 or play with artificial sources of light such as your flash or a reflector.

7. Spot

Find the perfect indoor photography spot in your house. It can be the kitchen, especially if you have a lot of natural light coming in and white walls or cabinets, it can be your living room if it has more light or more white than your kitchen or even your bathroom, it does not matter as long as you have the key element: light. Try taking pictures all around your house and see which spot is the best for indoor shooting.

8. Understand what and why you are shooting

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Even if you are shooting at home, in the supermarket, in your car or any other indoor location, if you want people to understand the story you are trying to tell with your photographs you must first understand it yourself. If you understand exactly what you or your subjects want from your photograph, it will be that much easier to shoot a photograph which speaks for itself.

These were 8 great tips on how to make the best out of a photograph, even if you shoot it indoors.

What other indoor photography tips do you have or use?

Wildlife and Nature Photography Tips

You can never be too cautious when it comes to taking photographs in nature, but you should not let cautiousness get in the way of you and your perfect shot. Try mixing both of them and achieve perfection when it comes to wildlife and nature photography.

There are many things you should consider before putting on your backpack, grabbing your camera and just march into your backyard. To come to your aid and help you out on your journey to being a great photographer, here are 8 great tips on wildlife and nature photography.

1. Pick a theme or a topic

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You can choose different seasons, a certain color or even a category of animals such as insects, mammals or birds. It is important to have a certain theme or topic already figured out before actually starting shooting everything, everywhere because this way you have something to focus on and you are more likely to accomplish a goal if you actually have one. Moreover, by shooting a lot of pictures of the same object, animal or category of either objects or animals, you can find which pictures are better, under what conditions and you can actually try finding out what is the influence behind the pictures that are better.

2. Know your camera and what it can do

I cannot stress enough on this subject. It is hugely important to know what your camera is capable of, sometimes even before actually purchasing it. There is much more to photography than simply point and shoot and there are a lot of functions and features that you should know abut such as ISO, Aperture, Exposure, Shutter Speed, Macro and so on. Learn how you can use all the feature your camera has into your own benefit.

3. Dress for the occasion

Try finding out where you want to go after you have decided what you are going to shoot. This is important because you have to be prepared for any type of weather conditions. Do you need hiking boots and a rain coat or flip flops and sun-block? These are all factors that can influence your photographs and photography skills so you should definitely take them into consideration.

4. A tripod is your best friend

If you want to shoot landscapes without having to worry about blurry pictures due to shaky hands, you should consider bringing a tripod – especially if you are going with the raincoat rather than the sun-block. A tripod and the perfect filter are a badass combination which can easily make an average quality picture look a hundred times better. However, if you are going for wildlife shooting, a tripod might not come in that handy since you have to be part of an animal’s environment if you want great pictures.

5. Be part of the animal’s environment

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It is settled – if you want great wildlife pictures you must not be afraid of getting your hands dirty. You cannot expect an animal to stay still while you take 100+ pictures of it and then try to pick the best ones. Let’s face it, you often get only one chance to a perfect shot, so you have to make the best of it.

If you see an interesting animal you want to shoot, before grabbing your camera and make a 2 foot leap to it, think. What is the animal doing? Is it feeding, running for its life or just chilling around? Is there any way you can get closer without scaring it off? Is the animal dangerous for you or your gear? These are all important questions you need to ask yourself before putting you or your camera in danger.

6. Focus points

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One thing many people involved in the artistic field do not know is the fact that a central focus point can be tiring to the human eye. In order to obtain photographs which are aesthetically pleasing to the eye you have to check out the rule of thirds. For this rule, you need four lines.

Two of these lines divide your photograph into equal thirds – length wise while the other two divide it into equal thirds width – wise. You will obtain four intersection points between these lines and by focusing your subject in one or two of those points, you will reach perfection when it comes to focus.

7. Zoom in and get close

A good quality optical zoom on your camera is definitely very useful, especially when it comes to wildlife and nature photography. You do not always get the chance to get as close as you would want to a certain animal or flower, so your zoom might prove to be the best tool you have.

Another great tip which can prove useful especially if you cannot zoom in as much as you would want is using a pair of binoculars. Simply put your camera lens at one of the eyepieces and allow your camera to focus before taking the picture. Moreover, if you spin your binoculars, you have instant macro lens. Do not expect a high quality but it is certainly better than using your digital zoom.

8. All about light

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There is something called “the golden hour” when it comes to wildlife and nature photography. This “hour” which can sometimes actually be hours is the period of time around sunrise or sunset, when light appears golden because of the atmosphere. Some photographers even say that this is the only time you should take wildlife photographs since in the middle of the day, your camera will most likely struggle with the bright spots and different shadows. However, there is something beautiful about photographs even if they are not taken during the golden periods of time if you know how to take advantage of the light.

Avoid taking pictures directly into sunlight as you will not be able to understand anything of that picture. Instead, try finding some shade and make the most out of all the natural light you have at hand. Try using the sun as if you would use a reflector and find sources that can reflect sunlight, such as water or even wet leaves. Take some time and study the environment to see how and where light is reflected before considering taking the perfect shot.

What other tips or techniques do you use for your wildlife or nature photographs?

How to Take Care of DSLR Camera Lenses

You should regularly clean the lenses on your DSLR camera. Even though you should be careful when cleaning them, this process is nothing to be afraid of. It is very important to clean the lenses only when it is needed, when they are dirty, don’t develop a habit of doing it every day because this can cause damage to the lenses. Here are some simple advices on how to clean your DSLR camera lenses when you need to.

But before we go into any detail on how to clean the lenses on your camera we advise you to purchase a UV or skylight filter and keep it attached on all times on your camera. Other than cutting unnecessary UV light from getting into the camera, the filter also protects the lenses from dirt and even breakage. Remember that filters, such as lenses, come in different qualities so if you use quality lenses, consider investing in a high quality filter also.

Also, remember to always use lens hoods on your lenses – Always!

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You will find in most stores that have camera equipment a cleaning fluid based on alcohol. This item is a must for everyone who is interested in photography and has a camera. The fluid will clean any smudges or fingerprints on the lenses and do so without causing any damage to them. Never use too much liquid, however, and always apply it on a cleaning cloth and not directly on the lens.

Cleaning Tissues

These are very thin sheets of paper used to clean any smudges on the lenses without damaging them. Always throw the tissue after using it as it is intended for one use only. Don’t be cheap or you will end up regretting it. Also, you should never ever use facial tissues as they may harm the lenses because they are too harsh.DCM108.shoot_gearcraft.step3 5653030262b848e9b609bedacad5d1a7

Cleaning Cloth

These washable cloths are a great alternative for single use cleaning tissues. They are able to remove any dust or oils found on your lenses. Always remember to keep the cloths clean, however, by regularly washing them. If you don’t wish to do so, you can always buy a new one as they are very cheap and will definitely come in handy for any camera enthusiast.

Always check your lenses before you clean them with a cloth as you don’t want to scratch the lenses if you have bigger dirt pieces on the lenses. Blow away larger dust pieces before wiping the lenses with a cloth.

Brushes

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This is a great tool if you have a lot of dust on your DSLR camera. Buy a brush that is very soft (usually the ones with camel hair) to avoid any scratches on your lenses. You might also want to consider a cleaning pen. This kind of item has a brush on one end and on the other a cleaning pad.

Silica Gel

These don’t help you clean dirt off your lenses per se but are great to throw in your camera bag to attract any moisture in it. Change them frequently or the silica gel sachets will attract far too much moisture and become utterly useless.

Pretty much all of these cleaning supplies are cheap and can be found in any camera store. However, keep in mind that you shouldn’t buy the cheapest kinds as those expensive cameras are far more important on the long run than saving a few bucks on cleaning supplies.

And of course, the best cleaning solution is prevention. Take care when changing lenses on your DSLR camera and you will be good to go every time. We hope our list helped you and we wish you (and your DSLR camera) the best.

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Best Photography Blogs to Check Out

There is always more than meets the eye when it comes to photography. You can never be quite sure if other people will understand you or your work as deeply as you do. However, when people do understand, that is when you can finally call yourself a great photographer.

In order to make your story heard through your photographs, here are some of the best photography blogs that you need to check out.

These blogs have it all: tips and tricks on photography and technique, reviews for different photography gears and also what gear is suitable for your needs, works and projects of different photographers or photography teams and also means on how to contact the photographer.

With all this being said, let’s get started!

Joe McNally Photography by Joe McNally

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In terms of best photography blogs, Joe McNally has definitely managed to create a blog which not only includes all of his amazing work but also photography tips.

PhotoFocus by Scott Bourne

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Scott Bourne is an internationally recognized figure in the photography business who released the PhotoFocus blog back in 1998. The blog contains a lot of information suited for both beginner and also more advanced photographers.

PetaPixel

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PetaPixel is a blog lead by a team of photographers and photography enthusiasts which contains everything from photography news to reviews, inspiration and tutorials.

Chase Jarvis by Chase Jarvis

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Follow Cashe Jarvis’ blog to see his work from all around the world and get some inspiration for your work as well.

Jeremy Cowart by Jeremy Cowart

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On Jeremy Cowart’s bog you can find different projects in which he is or was involved, online classes, photography news and all other kinds of photography goodies.

Flak Photo by Andy Adams

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Andy Adams developed Flak Photo as a huge database with most of our contemporary photographers and their work. Find out photography tips and see what photography projects are currently on the go.

Strobist by David Hobby

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Strobist was founded by David Hobby and it is a blog that explains about all you need and all you need to know in order to become a great photographer.

Smoking Strobes by Michael Zelbel

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Michael Zelbel is a German photographer specialized in photography lighting and nudes. Smoking Strobes provides you with the perfect start in your photography journey, offering tips, tutorials and inspiration for your future projects.

Damien Franco Dot Com by Damien Franco

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Damien Franco’s blog is dedicated to online marketing and teaches you how to choose either the perfect marketing strategy or the perfect customers for your project.

Old Man in Motion by Bob Krist

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On Old Man in Motion by Bob Krist you will find articles on both photography technique and gear and surf through Bob Krist’s work over the years. This is a lecture you will certainly enjoy.

Cameradojo

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Cameradojo is for anyone who wants to perfect their photography technique. This digital photography online school teaches you everything from the basics in photography to gearing and reviews.

Bert Stephani by Bert Stephani

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Bert Stephani is a full time photographer who tries to do his best when it comes to capturing emotion and the essence of life and he often succeeds. To see what I am talking about and visualize his work and projects, you need to check out his blog

Fine Art Photoblog

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Fine Art Photoblog has an entire team of photographers behind it who present their work through blogging. By checking out the website, you will find an impressive photo gallery filled with fine art photography. You also have the ability to search for different content on the blog and see new pictures uploaded daily.

Richard Bernabe Photography by Richard Bernabe

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Richard Bernabe is certainly an example to follow. He gave up his corporate job in 2003 in order to be able to pursue his true passion – photography. Since then, he has been travelling around the world capturing some of the most amazing wildlife moments. You can admire his work and journeys on his blog.

Stuck in Customs by Trey Ratcliff

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Trey Ratcliff is another travelling photographer who captures true beauty through his photos. You can find most of his work, tips and tutorials on his website and as he describes himself,

“I’m A Warm-Hearted, Old-School Gentleman Explorer With Really Cool Toys.”

By surfing through the personal information of these photographers and their blogs you will find out a surprising fact: almost none of them have pursued a career in photography from the beginning. Not only did they not see photography as a way to earn their living from the start, but some of them actually quit their jobs for their passion.

Given this fact, you should never consider yourself too old or too late to have a career in photography. No one knows everything from the beginning and time is considered a problem only by those who fear it. Do not be afraid of pursuing your dream, no matter what age, financial state or social life you have. As long as you know your goal and try everything you possibly can to try to reach it, it will all work out in the end and even if it doesn’t you will have the satisfaction that you have at least tried.

This was out top best photography blogs that you should consider following on a regular basis if you are more or less “addicted” to the visual art of photography.

Best Finds for Photography Equipment in 2014

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Putting together photography equipment can be hard to do and quite expensive. For beginners, it can be downright impossible to gather some essential devices for the home or studio without any external help or advice. That’s why we’re giving you some professional advice on where to find great photography equipment in 2014 to buy, to rent or to sell, new or used for indoor or outdoor photography. Whether your passion is for newborn photography, aerial (an RC camera can be quite expensive), wedding photography, for 360 degree photography or even the more obscure and electric Kirilian photography, we know the places to go! The following are our favorite stores for buying great photography equipment.

B&H

B&H is a great online store. Their catalog/categories are easy to browse through and its used equipment department is awesome. If you don’t want to spend a fortune on photography equipment, we suggest you browse through the used equipment section and see if anything appeals to you. All the cameras and lenses are rated for condition, which is a huge help for when you’re buying used photography equipment online. B&H will even offer you the possibility of returning the product within 30 days of purchase. You really can’t beat that!

Adorama

Adorama is, as they say, more than a camera store. Although the website doesn’t allow you to only search the used option, but they have a used/open box page where you can find a lot of useful information that will help you narrow down your search. They offer a 90-day warranty on all of their used equipment.

KEH

KEN is simply awesome and we love that site dearly. It’s THE place to go to for finding old cameras, such as film ones. It’s also the best place to buy last year’s best point-and-shoot cameras, if that’s what you’re into. One of the best things about KEH is their unbeatable rating system. They also have a blog we recommend you follow if you want to learn about the latest in the photography business. They have a 14-day return policy and also offer 6-month warranty on all of their used gear.

Virtual Photography Studio Tips for Buying Photography Equipment:

  • When it comes to putting together photography equipment, used is definitely the way to go! Used doesn’t have to mean old or antique; many photographers will sell their camera when something new comes out. Why not benefit from the desire of others to have the newest and most high end devices?
  • Make a checklist when planning to buy photography equipment. It’s great to know beforehand what you want, because it will help you not to get distracted.
  • If you’re buying a new and expensive camera get insurance for it against theft. If it gets stolen, it will impact your business, state of mind and finances and you should do something to avoid that.

If you don’t want to spend too much money on fancy photography equipment, consider making your own. A DYI reflective lighting umbrella isn’t too hard to make, all you need is a pole, a sturdy umbrella and some reflective spray paint and you’re done. Look for more ideas online on how to make your own photography equipment with no more than a couple of basic tools, a list and a guide you can find online.

If you live in big cities, such as Dallas, Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles or NYC, then you can simply go to a photography studio and ask them if they have any equipment or kits for sale or rentals. Speed up the whole process by making a list of all the photography studios in your city and calling them. Remember, a rental piece of equipment should help you out for special occasions, don’t rely on renting alone and don’t forget that a good product can be cheap!

3 Online Places that Give You the Best Photography Quotes

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Susan Sontag said in her work On Photography that:

To photograph people is to violate them, by seeing them as they never see themselves, by having knowledge of them that they can never have; it turns people into objects that can be symbolically possessed. Just as a camera is a sublimation of the gun, to photograph someone is a subliminal murder – a soft murder, appropriate to a sad, frightened time.

Sometimes, a photographer needs inspiration. Blogs, people, nature, places will provide enough inspiration, but there are times when we crave more. When we just need some great photography quotes to keep up alert and motivated, where should we go? You could try the library, if you’ve got the time, but we suggest an easier and much more approachable solution: the internet. If you’re looking for inspirational photography quotes, then we’ve got just the thing for you. Here are 3 online places where you can get the best photography quotes.

GoodReads

GoodReads is the best quote repository you can find online. The great photography quote at the beginning of our article was taken from GoodReads. All you need to do is do a quick search and you are rewarded with a plethora of great, funny, short, long and inspirational photography quotes. It’s also the place where you’ve got all the important photography quotes by photography geniuses, such as Ansel Adams. GoodReads is also a really good website for finding black and white photography quotes, famous photography quotes and quotes about photography in general. Just customize your search and you’re given plenty of quotes about photography, love, life and death.

Tumblr

Tumblr is another place where you can find really nice and inspiring photography quotes. You do need to sign up for an account, but you can sign up in the blink of an eye! Tumblr is really the place to go for anything and everything, it’s uncensored, so if you’re looking for something a bit more alternative, it’s the place to go to.

Brainy Quotes

Brainy Quotes is the most comprehensive repository of quotes on the internet. There isn’t anything you can’t find on Brainy Quotes. Their photography quotes section is quite satisfactory and it will do the sorting by the author’s names. You can spend days searching their database and getting inspired, not just about photography, but about also about love and work, business and

We found this quote from Mario Testino, one of the biggest and most famous fashion photographers alive, on Brainy Quotes:

To me, the magic of photography, per se, is that you can capture an instant of a second that couldn’t exist before and couldn’t exist after. It’s almost like a cowboy that draws his gun. You draw a second before or after, you miss and you’re dead – not them. To me, photography’s always like that.

Other online places to find great photography quotes and sayings are Xanga, Pintrest, WikiQuote and even Facebook and with the help of their hashtag feature.

What to do with Photography Quotes?

We suggest that you gather them in a file or folder and keep them somewhere you can access them easily. Trust us, when it comes to inspiration, be it for a portrait or a wedding, you need as much help as you can get.

You can also share some quotes on your blog or your Facebook page, you know how much people love quotes!

Share your favorite photography quote with us in the comment section below, we would love to hear from you. Or better yet, tell us where you get your photography quotes from!

5 Great Ideas for Couples Photography

We know that when you’re in love you want to scream it from the top of your lungs and let the whole world know about it. Because it’s not really socially acceptable to do it, we suggest you try some couples photography, so you and your significant other can capture your love and share it with your friends and family or simply keep it for yourselves. Today we’re going to present you with 5 great ideas for couples photography, so read on and take notes.

Get a Theme!

One of the best tips for creating the perfect couples photography shoot, is to get a theme and try to stick to it. Also, keep it simple and try not to bring too many props into the scene. Let’s say, for example that your theme is military: try not to bring too many guns into your shoot, because guns in loving and intimate scenes are extremely bad. Choose a white background, wear some khakis, look cute and start kissing! That’s pretty much all you need. If you overdo it, your picture will look terrible, take it from us, we know about these things.

In the Buff, In the Boudoir!

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If you know that the pictures won’t be leaked online or that you’re not planning to send them to both your families as Christmas cards, you could try to be a little bit more romantic and sensual and try some nude photography. Naturally, you will need to keep it classy and professional, so we suggest you don’t really show anything, but instead hint at nudity. Don’t make it too sexual, because it’s really hard to pull such a thing off and very easy to make it look cheesy and trashy. Our tip for a beautiful and sexy nude couple photography is to get yourself a good professional photographer. It may cost you a bit more, but it’s definitely worth it. All you need to do is come up with some erotic ideas and let them do all the work!

Family Comes First!

If you and your significant other are already married and/or have children or are pregnant, that makes for some great couples photography! Nothing says love better than a family photo. Cute family photography poses include your kids on your shoulders, cats and dogs around you and even some pregnant belly kissing.

Break the Boundaries!

If you’re a quirky couple that doesn’t stand for traditionalism, then you should really include that into your couple photography. What is normal anyway? Nothing more than a setting on a dryer, so get your freak on and shine! So, you’ve got a thing for snakes and tattooed men?! Girl, you’re not the only one, so grab your man and show him some love in front of the camera.

Love the Camera!

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So many people get uncomfortable in front of a camera. If you know that you have troubles when a camera comes out, try to relax before a shoot and study your face and expressions in the mirror. It’s the best way to get to know your facial expressions and to know how to act in front of a camera. Some people are born to be natural when they’re having their photograph taken, while others have trouble with it. You should know that posing can be learned and that choosing a good photographer will help immensely with your fear of the camera. Talk to them beforehand and tell them about your fears and worries, a good photographer will always try calm its subjects.

Have you ever tried couple photography? How about erotic couples photography? Care to share your experience with us? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we love hearing from our readers!

6 Photography Project Ideas for Students

So, you want photography project ideas? You’ve come to the right place! Last week we’ve given you some important tips on how to start a street photography project, but if street photography’s not your cup of tea, then we’re going to give you a few more ideas in todays’ article. Most of these ideas are pretty basic and are aimed at students who are just getting into photography. Read on and enjoy!

365 Days

This one is probably the most popular photography project idea out there. It’s a project where you’re supposed to take a photo of something every day for one year. It’s mostly to solidify your passion, incorporate photography into your daily routine and also create something nice and important. We suggest you start with something a little less personal, such as a tree that you like in front on your house or close by. Take a photo of it every single day for one year and we guarantee you that it will be a hit with your friends and family and maybe even Youtube.

100 Strangers

Street portrait of a stranger taken in London

We know you’re just starting out and you may be still a little shy about approaching people, but if you do try this project, we’re going to assure you that you’re going to come out of it a much wiser person. Taking a photograph of 100 strangers requires guts, determination and time. You will need to talk a bit to each one of them and get their backstory. You’ll learn a lot about photography and people, but isn’t this why you wanted a photography project idea in the first place?

Just Pick Something!

Be creative, pick one thing and go crazy! Pick one color, yellow, for example and do a project about it; photograph all things yellow and you’ll see how much you’ve got to learn about photography and location during this photography project. Once you get the hang of it, the way you see ordinary things will definitely change. You’ll look at things with brand new eyes and this will not only help your present photography project, but all your future photography projects!

Mono Could be the Way

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No rookie photographer can do wrong with an all black and white photography project. Aside from the fact that you will learn a ton of things about color and light during this colorless photography project, you’ll also learn a lot about the importance simplicity in photography.

52 Photowalks

When you’re just starting out with photography, you tend to take a lot of photos of things that you already know so very well, such as your friends, parents, house and surroundings. If you force yourself to go on photowalks, then you’re going to discover many interesting locations that you may not have otherwise. Go on a photowalk once a week and you will see that in no time, your photography will definitely improve and you’ll find many cool spots!

A Day in the Life of

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Pick someone you really admire, like your one of your parents or a teacher of yours and document one day in their life. Talk with them beforehand and establish some basic rules and then just follow them around and focus on their bodies, the people they interact with, their hand, their faces, the object they come into contact with. Even if their life isn’t the most thrilling, movie-worthy life, you can still make a lovely project, because interesting doesn’t have to equal thrilling. Remember that!

Are you going to try any of these photography project ideas? Drop us a line in the comment section below and tell us how it goes, we would love to hear from you.

5 Maternity Photography Ideas for Expecting Clients

Becoming a mother is a special, special time in the life of a woman who chooses to walk that path. As cliché as it might sound, women who want a child and manage to become pregnant with one are truly experiencing a touch of the miraculous in their lives, and expecting couples are often so touched by this experience that working with them as a photographer can be the source of great inspiration. It is very often that these couples – or women – want to immortalize the special time they are currently experience through a beautiful photo shoot, and this is where you come in. If you take these few maternity photography ideas into account when you get contacted by expecting clients, the results will surely make them happy, and make you a better photographer in the process.

1. Combine the maternity photography niche with the boudoir photography niche.

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Sometimes, the altered body appearance of a pregnant woman is the main thing which she wants to immortalize in the special photo session, and posing semi-naked for it almost comes naturally. Although for most photography outsiders, the ideas of maternity and of boudoir photography don’t mix very well, in professional practice they mix perfectly, and quite often (as we’ve shown you before in a post about boudoir photography). If you think about it, it actually makes perfect sense: a woman who wants to document her journey with professional photographs wants to beam with joy over her swollen belly, but wants to feel feminine and attractive too. Therefore, nude or semi-nude photos (perhaps just with a silhouette) are one of the best maternity photography ideas ever.

2. Make the belly important, but don’t make it your sole focus.

Styled maternity session at the Propel Workshop 2013

One of the most common novice mistakes when it comes to experimenting with maternity photography ideas is making the belly the main focus of each photo. Sure, the unborn baby is sort of the main point of the shoot, but if you center your photos on it, all of them will end up looking the same, and you will have missed other crucial aspects which should have been captured. Try alternating the focus and concentrate on other things like the people’s facial expressions, how your props are making the whole setting change and so on. Speaking of props, when shooting indoors in your studio (though it shouldn’t be a must, as we’ll develop further on later), some of the best maternity photography ideas include using unlikely pieces of furniture for comfortable poses. If the woman feels very comfy in an armchair, try creating the same pose with her in a kid’s wagon, for example, and so on.

3. When photographing couples, make the other partner feel important as well.

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Another potential mistake you could make is to overlook the other partner or make them just a supporting character within the photos. Maternity photography ideas should be more than simply photographing the pregnant woman with her partner behind her and holding her or her belly. Ask them to play around until you find the potential for something funny, like the partner’s surprised facial expression being the focus of the photo, right next to the pregnancy itself. In real life as well as in photographs, the non-pregnant partner of expecting couples can sometimes feel like the third wheel, and it’s part of your job to counteract this effect in the photographs and make everyone feel like the united family they are.

4. Help your subjects relax and feel attractive.

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Keep in mind that your subjects are not only non-professionals who don’t know how to pose and how to not get tired by it, but they are also pregnant women who may have some trouble feeling attractive during this delicate time. The better they feel while posing, the better will the photos be, so do our best to help them feel relaxed, to prevent exhaustion and to keep their spirits up.

5. Don’t settle for classic poses and try something creative.

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Your first two or three couples who come to you for this kind of photos may challenge you enough just by requiring a classic maternity photo shoot, but after you become a bit more experienced in the field, you will soon notice how all studio photos will start looking more or less the same. After gaining a steady hand, try a more creative approach. Your artistry and your customers will both have to gain from the fresh view. For example, go outside the studio: try shooting the photos on the beach, if conditions will allow it, or simply somewhere outdoors. Some of the most creative maternity photography ideas we’ve seen around often involved being outdoors, so don’t be afraid to experiment. Have fun and good luck!