How to take perfect photographs of nature?
March 5, 2019
How many times have you browsed through the pictures of nature and its beauties and imagined that it was you who got to see that or even take that photo? Photography can be an amazing hobby and a career but apart from investing your money in an expensive camera, you might also need to have some talent in order to make some of those breathtaking pictures.
Photography in the Mountains
October 15, 2018
When Mr. Wordsworth happened to notice daffodils, he must have wished he had a camera with him. Had he had a camera with him, I’m pretty sure his poem would’ve been much beautified with him having captured his muse on the camera. Unfortunately, the great artist was not a photographer. You on the other hand are a travel photographer – while you may not be blessed with Wordsworth’s poetic charm, you are still an artist – one who captures life in a moment for an eternity.
Photography in the mountains: Let the music come alive
How glorious a greeting sun gives the mountains and those who live in the mountains! As a travel photographer, it you’ve travelling in the mountains, you are in for a visual treat and there is no way you are going to not picture it. You camera has to be in perfect sync with your eyes and your ears need to be in perfect sync with music that inspires your artistic abilities. Carrying your music with you to the mountains as a photographer would make for a perfect setting. I have always felt at peace in the wilderness of the mountains when I’ve plugged in my wireless speaker.
I have often taken some of the most refreshing pictures with music flowing in my ears through to my soul. Of course, it isn’t metal music – that is for head banging dudes (you cannot afford to head bang if you’re taking a picture, can you?) but music that flows calm and swift – perhaps something like Carbon Based Life Forms or Entheogenic. Ambient music would be your best bet but blues or jazz too take the cake when it comes to ‘music for photography’.
The mountains would take you to endless trails and your legs wouldn’t tire, simply because of the wonderful scenery around you and the music brewing in your head to calm your nerves. Focus on the leafy waves of shades, the gushing river by your side and the melodious chirps in the air to find your best work.
I believe that if your first photography assignment is out there in the mountains, you are bound to have a heavy and a better learning experience. Soothing senses and a calm mind makes way for a firm hand and an aesthetic eye. All you need to do is wander around in the mountains and hold close to your speaker to get the best clicks.
Your thoughts they know not,
Your thoughts they’d like to see,
Much like your camera’s next shot.
A Letter to My Fellow Photographers
October 2, 2018
You have probably been there done that. You have with you reels of stories to tell. You have taken the most tedious paths to get to the most beautiful flower. Unlike most of your childhood friends, adventure has been a regular feature of your life. My fellow photographers – your life has been a perfect work of art so far. You have not just captured moments but you have captured souls of memories.
My concern, however is not with these amazing photographers who have mastered the art of clicking pictures from the sky, but with their amateur peers – the ones who are learning to become masters someday; the ones who are making their way through tough terrains and uncharted waters in search of the most beautiful pictures.
Photography is an art children, and to respect this art, you have to respect what you want to capture – respect everything around you.
Throughout your career it would be this respect that would let things welcome you. Alfred Stieglitz once said, “It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter.” This scenario stands true for those who want to become or are travel and street photographers. You social skills as a street photographers are the most important part of your job. As long as you would not click with people, you would never be able to take good pictures. The soulful camera only connects to happier people and you need to develop that skill as a photographer – the one that includes putting a smile on people’s faces. You may be dressed up to the nines and have the best camera backpack in town but as long as you’re not social enough, life is going to be tough!
Secondly, it is important for photographers to be comfortable in their attire. Comfortable dresses keep your body and mind relaxed, enabling you to focus on the lens-work. At the same time, your personality should carry what photography is all about. Having a style or flair to yourself is always a little helpful when meeting strangers on the road. Your camera backpack should be smart, with proper compartments for the various devices you’re carrying. Protection of your devices is always on the higher side with a good backpack.
Nature and Wildlife:
Nature and wildlife photography is the most challenging genre of photography. If you’re aspiring to be a wildlife photographer, you better make sure that you’re not one who throws stones at street dogs. ‘They’re animals alright but what makes you so goddamn sure that makes us human beings.’ Remember that being in sync with the nature is very important for you as a nature and wild life photographer. Absorbing the vibes and the energies of the place when you first get there would help you connect to the surroundings around you much better.
Getting too close to your subject could either be dangerous or could scare the subject away. In order to avoid such mishaps, blending into the surroundings is very important. At the same time it is important to be comfortable. Only settle for the best rated backpack, one of those DSLR camera backpacks which are built for hiking and have ample space and good protection. You can also purchase a backpack that can be customized as per the weight you want on your body. Using a duffle bag to carry all your extra accessories
As a photographer, you should follow the rules of the jungle and that of the society. The bottom line of being a great photographer is to respect your subjects. As long as you do that, you will turn out just fine children. After all a good snapshot keeps a moment from running away and you do not want to lose that moment.
A Fellow Photographer
Keeping Your Muse Alive
December 22, 2014
There have always been moments when a photographer brings his creative best out and amuses himself. The problem is that for a lot of us, these moments are short-lived – much like a flash of genius. Once you have given out your best work to the world the expectations always run high. To cater to these expectations a photographer must always keep improving. To do this, a photographer needs some food for creative thought. Nature in its prime is the most inspirational muse you can ever.
Do you remember the time you used to practice on your Kazam balance bike to perfect the art of balancing. With a photographer striving to make it big, it is very important to find the perfect balancing act. The right balance between work and creative thoughts is a must. If you make a trip to lush green fields and live there for a while, you would probably be able to come back with a fresh outlook to life – thus helping your work get better.
A way that does not include thoughts of balance bike includes reading. Surprisingly, reading has helped a lot of photographers improve their work. Right from fiction to Terence McKenna’s psychedelic works, you can find absolutely everything in the world of books to enhance your creativity and keep your work going with better motivation.
Taking breaks is much under-rated. A good break can de-stress and can help the mind think in a different way altogether. A short trip down the beach over a weekend has been scientifically identified as one of the best ways to free your mind of obnoxious thoughts. Hills come second in the list and are absolutely refreshing for a mountain person. You can simply drive down to one of these places and set up a camp – to be under the sky with only your thoughts for company. Silence is golden and sometimes all you need is some silence.
As a budding photographer, it is highly recommended for you to spend a few weeks with a good and experienced photographer. Living with an experienced photographer would help you learn the tricks of the trade and get a hang of how they manage to come up with fantastic work time and again. You needn’t necessarily lead a similar lifestyle but can definitely pick up a lot from a senior member of the fraternity.
Bringing The Heat To Your Camera
November 27, 2014
As you know, I do stock photo shoots, and while I do them, I learn a lot and get a lot of ideas. An example I can use was where I did a shoot on home heating systems. All the different types of heating systems, whether it was under floor heating, gas furnaces, baseboard heaters and also pool heating systems. The reason why I say I learned a lot in this shoot is because it gave me great ideas for my own home as well as my photo studio. I had no heating in my studio which meant long and endless old winter days and nights, preventing me to work for long periods of time. After the photo shoot and learning a little bit more about home heating, I decided to install a baseboard heater, the Qmark Hydronic, in my studio. Take it from someone with first hand experience in this big change, it really makes a difference. I am also looking into a pool heating system, as I love taking regular breaks from working in my studio, and taking a dip in the pool. Again, during winter, this is impossible. In the end, stock photo shoots does not seem that dull as one might think. It builds your knowledge while doing what you love most.
An Overview Of Qmark Hydronic Electric Baseboard Heaters
Qmark hydronic electric baseboard heaters are used for both residential and commercial purposes. One of the first things that homeowners and businesses are concerned with today is saving energy. Everyone is looking for ways to do their part and make a difference anyway they can. These heaters are energy efficient so they meet the standards consumers expect in the products they buy today.
Choosing Qmark Hydronic Electric Baseboard Heaters
Many homeowners choose the residential electric baseboard heaters combined with the hydronic system, because they’re efficient and economical while providing a great heat source that’s reliable and easy to use. They can be found in
- office buildings
- and other types of structures
as well as homes, because they are such a great heat source.
How Hydronic Baseboard Heaters Work
The Qmark hydronic electric baseboard heaters are designed with a heating element and a liquid that is sealed within the heater itself. In other words, you won’t have to install a boiler and a pump like you would need to do if you chose the radiant hot water baseboard heaters. These will actually be wired into the power supply of the home or building so they’re much easier to install. Many of them can even be wired directly into a remote thermostat on the wall to make using them even easier.
The portable hydronic baseboard heaters are an excellent choice for small rooms and they can be moved from one place to another very easily, which is great for a studio.
- Instead of being wired into the power supply these units simply plug into any standard household outlet.
- The thermostat used for controlling the temperature is on the unit itself.
- The main thing that you need to be concerned with when installing baseboard heaters is placement.
- Since they’re placed along the baseboard you have to be careful not to block them with furniture and other items.
- It’s also important to keep curtains from hanging into the unit for safety purposes and to ensure you get maximum benefits from the units.
Advantages Of The Qmark Heaters
Qmark hydronic electric baseboard heaters have many advantages. For starters, they provide your home with an even steady heat that allows you and your family to relax in comfort all winter long. They will continue to provide warmth even after the thermostat has been turned off due to the heat retention the hydronic element provides. Hydronic baseboard heater reviews will confirm all these advantages.
They Do Not Affect Allergies
These heaters supply a clean heat source so they won’t dry out the air like many other types of heating elements. If you have allergies you’ll appreciate the fact that they don’t spread dust particulars around the room and other allergens, because they’re closed in units. This type of clean heating can be beneficial for many reasons.
They Are Not Noisy
They also operate very quietly. This is a big advantage for any home or business, because you’re not disturbed by excessive noise that can be annoying and disruptive. Some models are even designed with “high-temperature shutoff protection” that will help to keep you safer.
Qmark hydronic electric baseboard heaters are stylish enough to be used with any décor and take up very little room so they can be installed in almost any home. All of these advantages make them an excellent heat source.
Electric Pool Heater For Your Pool
Whichever way you see it, an electric pool heater is great to have because it is gives you the freedom of adjusting the temperature of the water according to any weather. The heater also s-t-r-e-t-c-h-e-s out the season, allowing you to spend more time in the pool. There are many areas around the world where the air and pool temperatures are far below the comfortable levels. The other great thing about having a pool heater installed is that when you experience a cool spell, you will be able to return the temperature back to it comfortable level. Not only is a swimming pool a great investment, the value of the pool and your home will increase considerably when installing an electric pool heater, and you can do so during the construction of the pool or any other time thereafter.
Swimming All Year Round
Having a swimming pool is great, you can change into your bathing suit at any time and go and have a dip in summer, but there are those times when the weather is cold but you still wish you could go and swim for a bit but decide against as you don’t need to develop a cold. However, this is where pool heaters come in, you can use them for any swimming pool and they can be electric, solar powered and some are even tankless. You have many different options to choose from when you are looking for an electric pool heater, all you have to do is determine which of them suit you best and take the situation from there.
New Or Used
Whether you are buying the pool heater new or used, you will be able to mount the device vertically or horizontally in both existing and newly built pools. The device is ready to install and all you will have to do is adjust the setting on the thermostat before you are able to enjoy the water for endless hours.
It is even nice to use in summer as many people don’t like the freezing chill of the swimming pool so they will put the heater on, just a little bit to get the chill out. Then, once they are in, they will turn it off again as they will already be used to the water.
Looking At The Cost
The water heater is inexpensive and the cost of installation is minimal. It also has an automatic control and no special plumbing is required. You will be glad to know that the heater is rust resistant and it installs anywhere. There is no venting required and it is compact enough to fit any pool. With the electric pool heater there is no condensation, gas or corrosion. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about replacing the device six months down the line, if you buy a good one to start out with, you won’t have to replace it for many years to come. They are good devices and you won’t be sorry that you got one; the kids are sure to love it too as they might even be allowed evening swims now with the heater installed.
Taking Your Photography Skills On The Water
November 9, 2014
As a photographer, I take the best shots while traveling. Nothing is more exciting than going places, experiencing new things and being able to capture it on film. If you want to experience nature, luxury, culture all in one go, taking a river cruise will bring all that to life.
What Can You Expect From Black Sea Cruises?
There are many things you can expect when you travel on Black Sea Cruises. These things include:
- Entertainment and activities
- A fabulous vacation
Black sea cruises are the best way to visit Turkey and see the most popular destinations in the country.
You will find on a Black Sea cruising guide the different staterooms you can choose from when you travel through turkey on a cruise ship. You can choose from
- An inside cabin
- A stateroom with a waterfront view
- A stateroom with a balcony that leans over the water so you can sit outside of your room while you sail from port to port.
Some cruise lines will offer you a discount on the room or for additional people. The larger rooms often sleep more people with a couch that might fold out into a bed. Be sure to research the different rooms before you plan your trip. If everyone in your party can all fit in one room, it will save you quite a bit of money for the vacation. Then you can always go to another city as well and take European river cruises with grand circle river cruises.
Black Sea cruises offer meals on the ship as well. You don’t have to worry about planning meals for everyone three times a day. This would get expensive paying for individuals to eat, which is one of the many ways you save money on a cruise. All meals for the vacation are covered unless you want to stop in a local place to get something to eat while you are out shopping in one of the docked cities.
Anything you would like to buy off of the ship will be your additional cost. There are additional expenses on a ship you should expect like alcoholic beverages and some boats charge for soda. Always check the Black Sea cruising guide to find out anything that is an additional expense. This will help you determine how much money to bring with you on the trip.
The Many Activities
Black Sea cruises also offer entertainment and activities on the ship that are a part of the vacation package.
- Many ships offer a free daily newsletter or paper to read.
- There may be a library with books to read and a place to work.
- Many boats have Internet access and even computers to use if you need to check your email.
- Always research the boat to see about a spa, salon, activities, swimming, and more.
If you are bringing children on the ship, it is very important to some research about the boat to see if it is kid-friendly.
In addition to the fun on the ship being free, you can also expect to go on a guided tour at each docked location that is free, which will give you a chance to capture all the beauty on camera. You don’t have to pay for certain excursions. If you want to go somewhere the ship is not offering an excursion then this will be at your own cost.
Black Sea cruises are an absolutely great way to travel through Turkey. Things you should expect when you take a tour by cruise, are that everything is included. This means that it is an all inclusive vacation designed to provide an amazing experience at a low cost. Excursions, dining, entertainment, accommodations, and the luxury are included within the one price, making your “photo album” bigger and better.
Photography Fun While Fishing
November 2, 2014
Taking trips as a photographer can be loads of fun. Not only do you relax, have fun and enjoy your time away from home, but you get great shots all the way. A fun trip with the family or with your friends might just be what you need, whether it is a road trip or even a fishing trip. Air boat fishing in Alaska was one of my favorites as it was a whole new adventure for me, especially for someone that has never been to Alaska or does not have a great deal of knowledge about fishing. All in all, the most fun part was taking fun photos, telling the story of my adventures.
Taking A Trip To Alaska, Air Boat Fishing
While this may not be something you are entirely familiar with, this way of hitting the water is a lot of fun. In particular, if you have never gone air boat fishing, you are definitely in for the time of your life. Before you get ahead of yourself, it is important to note that you are going to need to hire a professional guide or charter to show you the way. That is unless you have your very own air boat. With so many benefits, it is important to learn as much as you can about air boat fishing so that you can get started as soon as possible.
Is it Safe?
Some people avoid air boat fishing because they think it is unsafe. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, this is one of the safest ways to travel the waterways of Alaska. People have been using air boats for many years – and not just for recreational purposes such as fishing. Air boats tend to be a lot safer than other boats due to their ability to ride on the water, making it very difficult for the boat to capsize. Although one of the less traditional Alaska fishing boats, the air boat works great in shallow water and get to location where many other boats can’t giving you the chance to take great photos.
Do I have to Fish?
While air boat fishing is very common in this area, there are many other things that you can do on this type of watercraft. For instance, air boat safaris have become very common in Alaska. With one of these trips you are going to hit the water in an air boat, but instead of fishing you will just be taking in the wildlife around you – and there is plenty of it. This is one of the best ways to enjoy the plant and wild life of the area. Alaska fishing guides will be able to help you experience the amazing wildlife and scenery making it the best photoshoot.
Turning It Into A Career
Believe it or not, there are many Alaska fishing boat jobs that you can apply for if this is something that is of interest to you. Even if you don’t have experience, if you feel that this is your calling now is the time to take a closer look. You may be surprised at how many air boat fishing jobs are available. By keeping an open mind, you should be able to locate a few open positions that will suit you well. Just remember that earning a living from the great outdoors can be quite different than office bound jobs.
If you think it fun to take on air boat fishing in Alaska, you should book your trip sooner rather than later. The same holds true if you are interested in air boat safaris. Either way, when you are on an air boat you are going to have a great time. With so many benefits, now is the time to get a first hand taste of the action, or should I say action photos.
Photography: Out in the Wild
October 28, 2014
Only those passionate about photography would understand the importance of a sunny day. Photography is an art that comes across best when merged with the nature. Being out in the wild doesn’t just help you get your best shots but also inspires the photographer in you. New ideas come rushing to you if you are out there chasing a trail in a hilly area. A great way to find your muse is to simply pack up and hit the highway to get to an obscure hill or go camping for a few days.
X Marks the Spot
If you’re on a project and need to set off to locations outside the city, you need to plan your trip properly in order to get into that zone where you can give your best. Make sure that you take your bicycle around to reach places where your car would not allow you to go. You can use a hitch mount bike rack like this or any one of these types of alternative bike racks and mount it on your car to take your bike along. The advantage of a bike is that you can get better angles and views from specific locations in a hilly area. However, in order to do this, you need to ensure that your equipment is properly packed and is safe as you carry it in your backpack when on your bike.
A lot of photographers simply practice mountain biking for the thrill of it. Capturing moments of an adventure always comes across beautiful and if you have looked at some of the stock photos online, you can associate the possibility of a wonderful trip to it. Right from clicking pictures of exotic flowers to ravishing beaches, it is important to find the right footing and get on the right elevation. While you can trek to the right spots, a bicycle would help you do it faster.
Of course you need to be physically fit if you are to go to remote locations in the middle of nowhere. A good fitness routine would take you a long way and with projects that involve travel, you ought to be physically fit to take on the various challenges that you would confront with as a photographer in the wild. Make sure that all your equipment is perfectly fine and that you car and bike are serviced before you set off. If you’re mounting a bike rack, make sure that you leave no ends lose. Proper installation is extremely important, especially if you’re going to go off road. All in all, your bike and car can help you get to the best spots to click the most wonderful pictures.
Photography Ideas And Projects
October 22, 2014
I see potential in basically everything I look at because the simplest thing can make for the best photo, no matter what it is. I like looking at objects and “picturing” them so that I can get an idea of what the result would be. If the result works, I use that object as my next project which usually comes out perfect. One of my next projects include antique lamps. These lamps makes for great photos, especially with the antique motif and background.
The Antique Motif
One of the popular trends of the 21st century is redecorating the home with an antique motif. And a part of that antique look often includes antique floor lamps throughout the home, in select spots. They play an important part in creating anything from a Victorian to a colonial theme in your house.
You’ll find antique floor lamps in a variety of shapes, styles and designs. There’s something that will match nearly any preference, all while adding a dash of elegance to your home that will complement your antique furniture wonderfully. A typical antique, for instance, antique brass floor lamps, differs from other lamps because they are styled more ornately and often have antique glass lamp shades.
True Or Replica
As you are lamp shopping, one of your first decisions will be deciding whether to buy a true antique or to buy a modern replica. Either one might suit your needs, since many of the replicas look quite authentic and they are usually much more affordable. The better replicas are made to look just like an authentic antique.
On the other hand, an authentic antique lamp often has a historical value that a reproduction won’t have. It’s even possible that the true antique was used by an important person or once stayed in a building of historic significance. The one drawback, though, is that this authentic antique will likely cost you more money. Plus you’ll often have to have it restored to look nice enough to display in your home.
The replica antique lamp, you can find at most lamp stores, warehouse stores and home improvement stores. For an authentic antique, however, you’ll need to look in specialized places, such as Internet auction sites, at flea markets, antique stores, etc. The pricing on true antiques near you locally will be hit or miss. You’ll normally find the best prices by searching online. And nothing beats an online search if you’re searching for something really specific. No matter how often you look at your local antique store, you might never find any antique brass pharmaceutical floor lamps but online, you probably can.
Restoring These Lamps
One thing you need to make sure of, if you choose to go with authentic antiques, is that you’re fully equipped to restore and repair them. This will mean that you will possibly need several replacement parts for it. Do you have them or can you easily find antique lamp parts? That’s an important consideration as to whether you should buy the lamp.
If, on the other hand, you choose to go with a modern manufacturer of antique style lamps, choose a name that is highly regarded in the field. Kathy Ireland lamps, for instance, are top of the line.
Antique lamps are just part of the project I am going to do. This will be the first step to a whole vintage, antique as well as a rustic look. There are so many different things you can do with these themes, just play around a bit, you’ll get the idea.
Flat Bed Scanners To Archive Your Photographs
October 12, 2014
Flat bed scanners are handy devices to have for scanning your photographs to share with others or digitally archive them. You may have been on the fence about buying a scanner, wondering if it’s really something you’ll use. You might be surprised at the different functions a scanner can perform and how many uses you can think of for one. Here are just a few of those reasons.
How Flat Bed Scanners Can Be Useful
Scanning Photos For Your Portfolio
If you are looking into a career of photography, you may want to put together an online portfolio of your work, or you may be in a line of work where images and photographs are integral. A scanner can help with all of these business aspects. You can scan examples of your work into your computer to upload to a Web site. And you can use your scanner to transfer photographs or images that you need for other media. Depending on your work or personal needs, large format scanners can help you deal with oversized documents and images.
Convert things to digital format for preservation. Do you have old photographs? Maybe even some that has been damaged by time or mishandling? A scanner can enable you to save these precious memories for future generations. Some high end flatbed scanners even have the capability to help you restore damaged photos. Even if you just want to preserve memories on DVD, create slide shows to pass on to relatives, or upload photos online, quality flat bed scanners allow you to do this whether for personal or professional use. It may even help you offer more services to clients or customers.
Sharing Your Work
Share with others via email or online. The great thing about scanning is that once you’ve got the photo on your computer, you can do virtually anything with it. You can share old photographs with family members, or post work examples to a Web site. Some flat bed scanners let you email or share scanned images directly through the flatbed scanner software.
Scanners As Copiers
Some flat bed scanners, including brands like HP, have models that double as a scanner/copier. So instead of having to make a special trip to the copy shop every time you need one copy, you can do it in the privacy of your own home at any time of the day or night.
Even if you just have basic scanning needs, cheap scanners can do a fairly decent job in this day and age. You don’t necessarily have to spend a mint to get what you need. So whether you just want to scan images or convert old photos to digital format, share with friends and family, or have a scanner that can also copy, look to flat bed scanners to meet all your scanning needs.