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More than Human: Photography Book by Tim Flach

Award winning UK photographer Tim Flach has a special gift when it comes to originality.  In his More than Human series he captured similar human emotions in animals with powerful angles and lighting (Ed: and great timing!). The book is filled with a collection of striking images of bats, cobras,owls, lions, pandas, orangutans, bullfrogs, chimpanzees,tigers, wolves, porcupines, elephants, armadillos, as well as many other compositions never seen before. The rest of the collection by Tim Flach See if you can name all the emotions featured in the series.   You can buy his book on Amazon here, be sure to check out his other pieces while you’re...

Breaking Into Wedding Photography- Top 5 Tips

I’ve been working professionally as a wedding photographer for just over 4 years now, but it’s only been the last 6 months that I have been working full time. Like many others entering this field I juggled wedding photography alongside a full time job for quite some time. It got to the point where I simply couldn’t juggle both- I was working 70 hour weeks, and I was rapidly approaching the point of complete burnout. In the end I was made redundant from my full time job, and  in retrospect this was just the ‘push’ that I needed!- it saved my health and my sanity! Whilst I am delighted to have made that jump, I will definitely admit to the fact that I have made lots of mistakes over the course of the last 4 years. So, if I was to give advice to others looking to break into this field, what would that advice be? Here are my top 5 wedding photography tips:   1. Get yourself a mentor As much as possible try to learn from the mistakes of others. The best way to do this is to get yourself a mentor that you can learn from, and get feedback from. Ideally find yourself both a photographic mentor and a business mentor; both are critical to your success.   2. Second shoot for a variety of photographers When I started to shoot weddings I worked as a second shooter for a long-established wedding photographer. And whilst its true that I did learn a lot in the process (and built up my portfolio) I soon found that our shooting styles...

Pet photography – 5 Tips on photographing your pet

Animals aren’t the easiest of specimens to capture on camera; some of them simply don’t like them, others just don’t like to stay still, but whatever problem you’re facing there are some great techniques that you could use to get your pet ready for the perfect portrait. Image Source First of all you should train your pet to be itself around the camera so that they don’t hide or become unapproachable. You can help them overcome their fears with some basic training of commands such as sit, fetch, lie down, stay etc. Some pet photography tips we know will help you along the way: 1.Create a relaxed atmosphere It is not a good idea to try and force you pet to face a camera, this will only make their attitude worse. Instead, try taking your camera out with you everywhere you go, don’t make a special effort to take a picture of your pet, instead do it when they’re relaxed and playing. You may have a camera shy pet; if so you should not make it obvious that you’re doing something unusual. Often, a shy pet is an obedient one and you’ll be able to control their movements with a few commands – this will then enable you to get the perfect shot. 2.Keep that camera close! As long as you have your camera with you at all times when those perfect moments arise you can capture their faces and they won’t think anything of it because they will be used to the camera. 3.Turn that flash off Turn off your flash, pets naturally don’t like it and if you...

Instagram, A Quick Look

I am going to talk about a little Android/iOS application called Instagram I dont know if you have heard about it before, chances are very good you have, since it’s becoming an app phenomenon. There is one short sentence to give a concise explanation about Instagram – It makes your photos look old-fashioned and attractive. It doesn’t stop there, Instagram have great social features and you can can upload your snaps online and share it via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr and Foursquare in one go. If you choose not to share your snap on sosial websites, there are numerous Instagram-photo sites online. So in essence, anyone can see your photo reel if they are either following you in Instagram or know your profile name and access it via a website. For example, here is the website Instagrid.me where you can view your snaps online and my personal gallery – RoaldSmith These are just some sample that I have taken over the past couple of months of using the app with my Samsung Galaxy S2.   A great feature of Instagram is that it keeps your original image and merely puts the effect on after the photo is taken (So you wont loose any original photos). Also, photos get stored on your phone at a decent resolution of 2048 x 2048, so the resolution is more that 1080p ( FullHD ) if you want to use these as wallpapers or prints.   Available to the following phones: Unfortunately, Instagram is only available on the  and . There are however alternatives to Nokia and Blackberry users.   Great alternatives: A quick Google search got me the following –Molome. It...

Tips for flower photography

I am a photographer at a wedding and events florist based in south London. My job involves taking beautiful photographs of the stunning flower displays that are created by the florists on a daily basis, in a nutshell flower photography. The flower arrangements can vary tremendously, from weddings bouquets and intricate buttonholes to grand vibrant displays for high profile events; each flower arrangement is unique and is designed to absolute perfection. Flower Photography There are a lot of factors to consider in flower photography, for instance; the London florist don’t only deal with corporates, weddings and events, but they also have a sister site which is an online gift shop, selling everything from beautiful bouquets and hand-ties to plants, baby gifts and gift baskets, which means that my photos need to be versatile enough to be used on both websites. Use the right equipment For product photography I use a Canon 550D DSLR and a Canon 50mm f2.8 macro lens, the camera has a CMOS cropped sensor (22.3 x 14.9mm) and has an impressive live view option which is fantastic when shooting at tricky angles. The Canon 50mm 2.8 macro lens is one of my favourites, versatile, light and high quality, the lens picks up incredible details when shooting close-ups of the flower heads. The studio framework is very simple, a 3-point lighting set-up and a white paper backdrop, I find that this is all that is needed for my product photography; the rest is creativity and attention to detail. Study the Florists Design When photographing a flower arrangement, the photographer needs to understand the florist’s design: Is it...

Moon Photography – How to Capture Our Illusive Satellite in All Its Glory

If you own a camera, chances are you know how difficult it can be to capture a quality picture of the moon. If you’ve ever taken a picture of an amazing full moon and ended up with a shot of a blurry dot against a black sky, you’re among many. The moon’s stark contrast against the night sky, coupled with the fact that the only reason we can even see it is because it’s reflecting light, makes it one of the trickiest objects you’ll ever try to photograph. This can be terribly frustrating because our ever-changing perspective of the moon can offer up some truly stunning views. There are a few tips that can help even a novice photographer snag some gorgeous shots of our illusive satellite. What Camera to Use While it would be easier to simply run out and blow a few thousand dollars on a super-duper professional camera, no moon photo is going to warrant that kind of purchase. It is possible to capture a good shot without pricey equipment. However, you will have the most luck if your camera features shutter speed control and a zoom capability of 300mm or 10x zoom. A higher shutter speed will prevent your image from blurring so easily. Remember to hold your camera very steady if you don’t have a tripod. The more you zoom, the more blur you will get with even the most subtle movement.   When to Shoot While most of your failed moon photo attempts have most likely been spontaneous, there is a “golden hour” for optimal moon photography. The half hour directly after moonrise...