Month: November 2013 (page 1 of 2)

Business in Photography

Louis Daguerre of Paris, France can be said to be the Father of Commercial Photography. His daguerreotype of processing an image captured from then advanced technology camera obscura was the pivotal development in the history of photography.

Although his first photograph with a human person in 1838 was an -accidental shot- which took more than 10 minutes of exposure in order for the image to be captured into his camera, it paved the way to the commercialization of photography. It created a demand for photographic portraiture in the middle classes which could not be sufficiently served by then current and expensive method of oil painting.

Commerce and industry opened its doors to photography. From its initial commercial visage of portraiture, photography evolved into other mercantile forms and vehicles, where it picked up payment for the -images- depicted rather than attach value to the photographs as -works of art-. Among the many forms and industry uses of photography, the following are mainstream applications:

Advertising photography that visually promotes products and services Fashion and glamour, usually employing models that enhance the products Crime scene photography as tools that offer clues and proofs to theories that help solve crimes and mysteries Still life photography depicting wonders that only photographs can convey Food photography, an area where food palatability is scrumptiously enhanced Editorial photography and photojournalism that successfully enhance and sensationalise news and stories Portrait and wedding photography that renders romanticism and sentimentality Landscape photography that serves to invigorate the tired soul Wildlife photography bringing realism to flora and fauna in their natural environments Paparazzi photography of freelance practitioners preying on usually -unsanctioned and unsolicited- personal photographs of celebrities, politicians, the prominent and wealthy that make juicy gossip items in prestigious publications

Aside from the top-class line of photography professions enumerated above, other businesses allied or related to photography have been an industry backbone that has contributed much to the economy of many countries, coming in different forms and modes:

Manufacture of equipment, accessories, consumables, parts and tools Sales and servicing of equipment, accessories and tools Photography and videography studios and services Image and photo printing and reproduction Printing media manufacture, sales and distribution Archiving and storage of document and photo images

Basics in Abstract Photography

Abstract photography and abstract art are very popular and involve a merchandise trade of billions of dollars over a century. Most art galleries and exhibitions as well as photography events are never complete without a section on this form of depiction.

Every year thousands of art students and photographers follow courses all over the world and try to vent their thoughts and ideas in the form of their own interpretation. In fact, abstract photography is a direct outcome of the earlier abstract art form that was made famous by many noted artists. Nearly everyone at some point of time has had a brush with this genre of photography and as we will see later in this article, has appreciated or collected the abstract photographs.

What is it really and is it the same as Abstract Art?

As the name implies “abstract” denotes what can be interpreted but not seen. The art form is many times debated to be complex and difficult to understand. Yet it attracts a horde of art critics and art collectors from every part of the globe, and several interpretations may accompany abstract paintings. Similarly, abstract photography draws the same popularity except it is done with a camera and not with brush and paint!

The exact definition of this art is difficult but it is sufficient to understand that there are no rules or norms for creating and in layman terms “anything goes” as long as it appeals to the eye! The photography technique is used to capture almost any event in a subtle manner such as a drop of water splattering in a pool to look like a crown or a piece of hemp rope at close quarters that looks like a striated bundle etc. The composition is immaterial; it is only the way a scene (really a photograph) is captured on film. The interpretation may come later.

How is abstract photography carried out?

It is necessary to have a professional high speed camera and sometimes a special high speed film. The best results can be obtained by using a black and white film and many valuable photographs are of this monochrome variety. The following aspects need to be kept in mind:

A perfect understanding of conventional photographic principles regarding shutter speed, aperture, focusing, film speed and lighting effects.

Telephoto lenses and close up lenses and flash equipment form a part of certain trick effects one wishes to create.

Films of different types like color, black and white, speed in ASA or DIN, tripod stands, remote shooting, filter lenses, shadow hoods etc.

Abstract photography is really the prerogative of a true artist and one who also has a scientific bent of mind. Composing a perfect shot requires the “artist” and taking the photograph requires the “technician”! Imagination knows no bounds and the best results are when one uses creative powers to its full capacity.

Capture Your Big Day With Professional Photography

Your wedding is destined to be one of the most memorable days of your life. It is important that you capture and preserve the memories of this day, for both your own use in the future and as a record for your family. While some amateur photographers can be quite skilled, they rarely have the equipment and expertise to produce photos at the same level as a true professional. As such, you should endeavour use a professional photography service for your wedding. The modest cost of a quality service will give you quality pictures to use for years to come.

Below is a brief outline of some of the services you can expect from quality wedding photographers. This is designed to help you choose the very best company for your upcoming wedding.

Photography Services

Wedding photography is much more complex than just snapping pictures. Professional photographers offer a wide range of photographic services which ensure that they have an option that will suit almost anyone’s needs. When being charged for wedding photography, there are two main components, being the time the photographers will spend at your wedding and the prints, albums and other items that will be produced for you.

The amount of time the photographer will spend at your wedding is the first major consideration. This can range from just a single photographer for few hours during the main service, to multiple photographers for the entire day! You will need to look at what you have planned for your big day and decide which parts you want documented. It is always advised to include more time than you think you need, just in case your plans run a little bit over time.

The second factor to consider with wedding photography, is what kind of prints you want to be delivered after the event. Services in this field include deluxe display boxes, enlarged photos, custom photo albums, -e-albums’ and many other presentation methods. In addition to this, you can expect all your photos to be slightly retouched and edited, in order to ensure you and your wedding party are looking their very best in these photographs for years to come.

Video Services

The only thing better than still photographs of you wedding is a professionally shot and edited video. Videos taken by professional companies are a shot and complied by professional cinematographers – this will result in far greater quality than your hand held video camera!

Just like wedding photographers, you can choose a package that suits your needs. As you pay more, you can get additional cameras and cinematographers and added features and additions to your video footage.

Starting A Photography Business from Home

You can search for hours and still not get the information you’re seeking when you want to do something as important as starting a photography business. Keep in mind that some of the photography businesses that you can specialize in, may have varying requirements and you would do well to remember this once you have read this article and want to learn a little more on each of the photographic areas. With this in mind, I have supplied a free report which you can access from my site later.

Almost anyone with the right camera equipment, and the necessary skills can set up a home business, marketing photography. You need only to convert a room of your house into an office, and then you can work immediately.

Because you have modern technology in the form of SLR digital cameras, you do not even need the room for a dark room. You need only to have a personal computer and a photo-editing program. The standard is Adobe Photoshop.

Don’t clutter yourself with equipment you do not need. You can hire equipment on and when you need it basis. You have the freedom to work part time for a while until you can devote yourself full time to photography. All you need to be is a serious photographer. There are two types of photographers that makes their living from photography, the serious photographer and the very serious photographer. You can always bookmark this link and then you can quickly access just about all you’ll ever need from here.

Whilst the technical skills needed to make a successful photographer have never been easier, other aspects have changed the business. The market for photographs of virtually every type has widened, the world seems to have an insatiable appetite for photographs. However the price has fallen as the marketing net has broadened. Photographers are needed in many more fields. For instance many people use car web sites, they simply did not exist ten years ago, and they sell their products as a result of photography. Cameras used by scuba divers are now an excellent quality, and whilst they are initially expensive, they have forged a new market. People celebrate special occasions more with photography, than they did years ago. The travel and advertising markets have a greater need for landscape, travel and nature shots.

It is now easier than ever to turn your dream into reality and create a worthwhile business out of an engrossing hobby. However in todays modern world there is more to it than simply pointing a camera, and shooting a picture. You need to be aware of marketing techniques, and here marketing simply means transferring ownership of a product, in this case an image from a buyer to seller. You also need to be aware of any local gaps in the market in your local area. You should also try to be on top of your competitors prices, to undercut an existing photographer is one choice, but to neglect to value your skills and not charge enough to cover your overheads is another matter entirely. Remember this, its an important point.

Digital Photography Overview

Do not miss digital photography reviews as something not worth your time. Contrary to what you may think, you will get a lot of relevant ideas from reading these reviews. In the end, they will help you a lot in your digital photography wants and needs.

Nowadays, the digital photography is one of the popular topics in the world. People keep talking about this as they can easily take their image with the digital camera. They can even edit the photo themselves.

Furthermore, we can simply remove the need of using the films when capturing the photo by using the digital camera. The photo taking becomes easier for everyone now. We can save up the money from buying the films and photo developing.

As the progress of digital photography is advancing dramatically, so we need to read the digital photography reviews to get the new ideas of it. From reading the reviews, we can know the latest technologies and digital camera models that are available in the market currently.

Why people like digital photography so much?

1. No film required.

In my opinion, this is the main reason why people prefer digital camera. Although the price is more expensive, people are willing to buy the digital camera because of the convenience and easy to use. In addition, we can save up a lot of money because of buying the films over and over again.

Besides, we will not worry about the problem of running out of films when using the digital camera. We can take plenty of photos as long as the digital camera has a huge memory.

Plus, we do not need to wait for the pictures to be sent for developing anymore. We can easily print out the photo ourselves at home.

2. Easy to carry.

Digital photography cameras are lightweight and they are getting smaller and smaller every year. You can expect manufacturers to come up with additional features that will make photo taking much easier.

Now, you can do away with handbags to carry your camera anywhere. You also do not have to bring camera accessories anywhere you go because one digital camera is all you need to take great pictures all day.

3. Instant edit and delete.

Not satisfied with the way the photo was taken? No problem. All you have to do is edit them before you have them printed.

Next, we are able to delete the unsatisfied shots easily by using the digital camera. It helps to save time and resources. We can choose only the good photos to be printed out.

In conclusion, digital photography is a new trendy advancement that we should get involved. We have plenty of reasons to buy a digital camera now as mentioned above. You may read the digital photography reviews first before making any decision.

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