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Tips to Get Great Indoor Photos

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Capture great photos even indoors

Indoor photos could more challenging than outdoors. With the low light, you need to improvise and follow techniques to capture great photos. It may be tricky, but you can definitely take awesome pictures with these significant tips.

Don’t get intimidated with the light. We’ll help you get through the dark times, literally!

Befriend your Camera

This tip may be a no-brainer, but is often neglected. As a general rule, know your camera as much as you can. An amateur photographer knows all the basic features of his own camera— from the in depth specifications to the simple accessories. Though all photographers share the same terminologies, every camera they hold is unique. It is designed in a special way, which makes it different from other models. Thus, befriend your camera more than anyone else because just like the saying, “You cannot teach what you do not know.”

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Know every aspect of your camera

Control the White Balance

Though most cameras adjust directly to a certain surrounding, some may also need to be altered before you start taking pictures. This is a concrete example of why you should know your camera well. Not knowing your camera’s white balance leads to flop tinted photos. The color cast is caused by the color temperature from the light bulbs. So, you need to adjust the basic presets of your camera. You can use these pre-determined settings to keep up with the indoor light: tungsten, incandescent or florescent.

Make Use of Daylight

Even if you are indoors, you can still make use of the daylight from your windows or doorways. Great lighting is a very important feature of photography. The more light, the better photos. Daylight will really help you capture great and bright pictures. Light, combined with shade, can create a more dramatic image.

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Light is the source of brilliant images

Get Help From Flash

Flash is one of the most important tools in taking great shots. Especially in areas with limited natural light, you need to use flash to avoid dark photos. However, you also need to be careful with this significant tool because you might end up with unflattering images. The best way to use a camera’s flash is by pointing it up to  the ceiling or a nearby wall so that the light bounces and  disperses in all directions.

Add those Reflectors

Reflectors are photographer’s secret essentials. In indoor photography, reflector is very valuable to capture the significant amount of light in every photo. There are a lot of selections, ranging from big to small reflectors of different colors. Choosing the right reflector depends on your subject. If you are into shooting minimal portraits, then you can have the small one. The larger the reflector, the more artificial light it provides. However, large reflectors could be difficult to manage.

And if you don’t want to spend more money, you can make your own reflector. It’s just simple as using a white poster board! With limited resources, you can still create a professional look.

Bring the reflectors in!
Bring the reflectors in!

Avoid Over Lightning

As much as how light is important in every photography, don’t overuse it. Too much lighting can cast a shadow. Consequently, it can create an unappealing look. Find the right angle and light ratios to have great photos. Natural light is your best friend, so you need to efficiently make use of it. And since indoor photography has limited natural light, simple camera tricks and accessories could help you. Just remember, keep the lights in moderation because too much of everything is bad.

Clean up that Mess

Most indoor photography sessions deal with cluttered surroundings. Be sure to clean up the mess before taking photos. As much as possible, keep those unnecessary things out your camera’s sight. And yes, Photoshop experts could do magic, but it’s much easier and better without doing an additional task of editing disorganized lamp cords and unappealing clothes. Which is better— Click and Post or Click, Edit, Crop and Post?

Keep it Steady with a Tripod

Sometimes, capturing photos with your bare hands could be very tiring. With the advancement of technology, you can now take great pictures with the help of a tripod. Tripod is very helpful to capture awesome shots, especially those that require long exposures. It helps avoid annoying blurred photos and aside from that, photographers also need a me-time. Don’t you get disappointed when you take quality pictures from your subjects, but when others take a picture of you, you get distorted images in return. Yikes! Through the ever reliable tripod, you can now take best shots, with you as the subject.

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Photography has never been easier with a tripod!

Never Stop Learning

Taking great indoor shots is not just plain luck. It’s a combination of expertise and patience. And whether you are a newbie or an expert, you should keep in mind that photography is a never-ending process. You learn ideas from your colleagues, from different forums and from your own experiences. Don’t stop learning.

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Scenic Places for a Photography Session

The world is full of breathtaking sceneries to explore and capture. Don’t limit yourself by staying in one place. Travel the world and you’ll experience a more satisfying life. In reality, photographers are the ultimate travelers. So let’s pump up your photography session with these scenic places!

SANTORINI, GREECE

The island of Santorini has captured the hearts of countless photographers. Who wouldn’t, right? The place is absolutely an ideal place for a photo shoot, from prenuptial shoots to Instagram feed. The colorful surroundings, the picturesque mountains and the inviting Aegean Sea, complete the beauty of Santorini.

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Vibrant dwellings of Santorini

HALONG BAY, VIETNAM

Considered as one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia, Halong Bay is a top destination for photography enthusiasts. The entire place is perfect for every photographer who wants to have outstanding landscapes. This coveted natural wonder is literally a sight to capture. Left and right, you will witness the vast and magnificent creations of nature.

Take a cruise and experience photography in a nature-loving manner.

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Panoramic view of nature

REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

No doubt, Iceland is part of every photographer’s bucket list. The country is recognized for its geysers, glaciers and of course, the dreamy northern lights. The Aurora Borealis is best witnessed in the chilly country of Iceland.

A tip for everyone:   Northern lights can be seen as early as August and as late as April. Even if you are in a plane, you will be amazed by this spectacular sight. There are also certain spots in the country that offer visible reflections of Northern lights like the capital, Reykhavik or the geothermal, Landmannalaugar.

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Northern lights, anyone?

BRYCE CANYON, UTAH

The thousands of crimson-colored pillars scattered all over Bryce Canyon National Park is a spectacular scenery. Every tourist who would visit the place will surely be in utter shock because of the immense collection of giant geological structures. The place can be a great backdrop for a photography session.

And the best thing about the setting is it needs a certain amount of hiking. For photographers who want to break a sweat, then Bryce Canyon is great choice.

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The amazing pile of rock formations

THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA, CHINA

The name itself is literally a description of its beauty. The Great Wall of China has stood for ages, making it very appealing for photographers to capture such amazing structure. And in case you don’t know, the official length of the massive barrier is 21,196.18 km. Consequently, it is tough journey ahead.

However, there are different routes that you can take like the Badaling section, Jinshanling to Simatai and Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Whatever your route, you will still witness the vast manmade creation of all time.

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The wall that serves as barrier and beauty

CAPPADOCIA, TURKEY

Being a world heritage site, Cappadocia is flocked by tourists all year round. Many are amazed how an erosion sculpted the magnificent landscape of Göreme Valley. Göreme is a town in Cappcadocia, where “fairy chimney” pillars surround the whole place like towering fortresses. Photographers are not the only personas who are amazed by this natural creation. The locals and tourists of different professions are also captivated by its splendor.

Start your photo session in the morning by riding a hot air balloon. Then on the evening, head on to the top of Red Valley for a panoramic view of the sunset.

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Wonderful view on top of the world!

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

For castle fanatics, Neuschwanstein or New Swan Stone Castle in Germany is one great pick. Aside from its majesty, the palace is full of history. Originally, it was built for King Ludwig II. But even before the completion, Ludwig died. The castle’s design may look like a defense fortress, but in reality it served only as sign of appreciation and now, art.

There are a lot of ways to capture the dreamy fortress— ride cable car in Tegelbergbahn and hike going to Tegelbergbahn or Marienbrucke . But the best pictures of Neuschwanstein Castle is taken from a hot balloon ride in Fussen. However, the exterior of the castle is off limits for photography.

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Picture Perfect Palace

NAMIB DESERT, AFRICA

Who says deserts are nothing but dull and unflattering photography? You might not have set eyes on the world’s most beautiful desert, Namib Desert. Situated in the southern part of Africa, Namib is tagged as the oldest desert in the whole world.

Photographers are attracted to the place because of its vast setting that extends up to the  Atlantic coasts of Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. And even if it is mostly occupied with barren dunes, there is surprisingly a visible existence of flora and fauna life.

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A barren paradise for all photographers

Siem Reap, Cambodia

If you are planning for an ultimate photography session, then Cambodia is indisputably one of the greatest choices. Why? There are hundreds of reasons and here are some of it.

First, historical and spectacular structures are scattered all over the place like Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Bayon. Second, the unspoiled beaches give an impressive landscape photography. And third, natural attractions will make you forget about the real world.

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The stunning Angkor Wat as the background
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Night Photography Tips

 

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Night photography at its best!

Night photography is as beautiful as daytime shooting. Both may just vary on the types of beauty it captures. However with the limited light, night photography may be tricky as it can be.

But don’t fret! You can get through the dark times and still capture amazing photos even with the minimal light. We assure you that there is beauty in darkness. Here are the best tips when you are into shooting under the bright moon and shimmering stars.

Know the Difference

More than anyone else, you should know all the specifications of your camera, especially the gear functions. Night photography is way different from usual photo session. There will be certain modifications in your camera in order to capture clear images. One best night photography tip is shooting in RAW. By using the RAW format, you will capture best image quality even at night. Apart from that, raw images give you the versatility and flexibility to edit your files using an Adobe RAW editor. Through Adobe RAW editor, you can now alter the colour temperature and exposure of the photos.

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Different Photography Settings at Night

Research in Advance          

Capturing photos in an unknown place could be very tough. It might take you long hours of patiently waiting for the perfect shot and the weather might be a distraction. To keep track with your limited time, know your destination in advance. Research what are the scenic spots in the area and when is the best time to capture them.

A tip for night photographers: It is always better to be at a specific place before the sunset. Through this, you still have time to set-up your camera essentials and you can also witness the glorious descent of the sun.

Bring all the Essentials

There are important camera accessories you need to bring for a night photography. For crisp night images, it is best to bring a lens with a high aperture. The wider the lens, the more light will be captured, which is greatly needed during nighttime shooting. Don’t forget to bring your tripod and remote shutter release. These tools will ultimately help you shun all the camera shakes and consequently, get sharp pictures. And since darkness overshadows the entire place, always bring a flashlight. But seriously, flashlight can also be a great night photography technique.

Don't forget all the camera essentials!
Don’t forget all the camera essentials!

Protect Yourself and Your Gear

Night photography is very interesting, but it can also be very challenging. Weather conditions may take a toll on your gear and your physical being. It is advisable to dress in layers so that you can directly adjust to the altering weather by just shedding or adding those layers.  And never let your camera and accessories endure the extreme climate for too long. It might affect the performance of your camera. For instance, extreme cold can drain the camera batteries hastily. So extra batteries must be included in your night photography checklist.

Set ISO to the Lowest Setting

Since your camera will be needing ample to time to collect light, you must set your ISO to the lowest setting. If you increase the ISO setting, tendency is you also increase the digital noise of the image. Digital noise is the grain that appears in pictures, which makes it unflattering. To avoid this, use the lowest ISO setting and put your camera on a tripod. In this way, you can capture sharp images without blurs and grains, even in long exposures.

Get that ‘Starburst’ Effect

Ever wondered how photographers get those splendid starburst effect in their photos? The secret is having a smaller aperture, longer exposure and brighter highlights. Normally, the ideal aperture is around f/16 to f/22, which can give you a clearer background and deeper depth of field with some magical effects. However, this will still depend on the camera you are using. Thus, you need to perfect every detail of you camera.

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The Starburst Effect in this Sparkling Photo

Take Advantage of the Lens Sweet Spot             

Knowing the Sweet Spot of your lens in advance will help you get clearer images during night. Sweet Spot gives you the most sharp capture in your camera. To find the Sweet Spot, you must know the widest aperture all the way in and out. If the widest aperture when zoomed all the way out is f/3.5 and when zoomed all the way in is f/5.6, then the sweet spot is likely around f/7. The sweet spot is two full f-stops from the widest aperture all the way out. You can verify this by shooting in Aperture Priority mode.

Patience and Perseverance will go a Long Way

Photography is not a piece of cake. You need to be patient and persevering to capture your ideal shots. Treat your camera as your buddy. Learn all of its information and take care of it properly. It may be difficult at first, but you will appreciate it in the long run. There’s nothing more satisfying than learning things the hard way.

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List of the Best DSLR Cameras

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What’s your DSLR bet?

First of all, do you know what is the meaning of DSLR? For those who are naïve to the world of photography, DSLR means Digital Single-Lens Reflex. DSLR is one of the best options of most photographers because of its reliable image sensors that captures great and quality pictures.

DSLR cameras have wide options, from beginner to expert. And if you are in the dilemma of the hundreds of choices, then this article will ultimately help you pick the right one.

Canon

When we talk of DSLRs, Canon is undeniably one of the top picks. And over the years, it has produced noteworthy products perfect for different types of photographers. Here are some of the best DSLRs of Canon.

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The Full Coverage Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV       

Prices: $3,499.00 USD

The 5D Mark IV is the latest and most comprehensive DSLR of Canon, with its Full-frame CMOS sensor, 61-point AF system, 30.4MP and 4K HDR video. Because of its exceptional features, especially the advance AF system, this has become a top favorite for expert photographers. The stunning performance of the camera is worth the expensive price.

Canon EOS 5DS

Price: $2638.79 USD

The Canon EOS 5DS boasts of having the highest resolution full-frame of all time, which is 50.6MP. Based on professional photographers’ feedbacks, EOS 5DS is the best DSLR for landscape, portrait and nature photography. Because of its full-frame chip, pixels can be larger and consequently, it can capture shallower depth of field and better images even in low light.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Price: $1499.00 USD

This tough build DLSR is a great hit for expert photographers. The most notable features of EOS 7D Mark II are its Hybrid AF and 10fps shooting. Its autofocus  is composed of 65-point AF, and 65 cross-type, making it great for taking action and sports shots. However, it is very expensive for an APS-C camera.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i                             

Price: $549.00 USD

Another top choice for Canon DSLRs is the EOS Rebel T6i. The camera is ideal for newbies because of the easy-to-use controls and affordable price, without compromising the quality. It has  a 24.2MP, APS-C CMOS sensor and 5fps. The only downside is the slow AF system of 19-point AF and19 cross-type.

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Affordable Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Nikon

For entry-level and intermediate photographers, Nikon is a great choice. It has unique DSLRs ideal for different types of users. Nikon is well known for its advanced features that provides outstanding images. To help you in your Nikon DSLR search, we’ve listed the best cameras right before your eyes.

Nikon D810

Price: $2000.00 USD

A much adored DSLR of Nikon, D810 brags of its full-frame CMOS and advance AF system. D810 is recognized for crisp image quality and its price is really reasonable considering being a pro camera. You can also take great pictures of sports and action because the camera has a fast continuous shooting speed at 5fps.

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A Nikon Favorite: Nikon D810

Nikon D500

Price: $1796.95 USD

The ideal choice for action photography. Though Nikon D810 is also good for action photos, D500 is way better because of its higher continuous shooting speed at 10 fps and 173-point AF system. The camera has a distinct rugged and metal body design, which makes it more attractive for the photographers’ eyes.

Nikon D7200

Price: $814.99 USD

Great pick for intermediate shooters. Nikon D7200 is a combination of striking features and affordable price. The camera’s performance is way beyond its cheap rate. It has an excellent 24.2MP and powerful 51-point AF system. It may not have the sheer shooting speed of other Nikon versions, but D7200 can still provide outstanding photos because of its great autofocus system.

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Cheap yet excellent Nikon D7200

Nikon D750

Price: $1796.95 USD

Being a full-frame Nikon DSLR, D750 is a very interesting choice for Nikon lovers. Many beginners and intermediate photographers fell in love with D750 because of its versatility and powerfulness, taking into account the low-cost. The titling screen is very useful for video taking and the 24.3MP is significant for capturing clear images.

Pentax

Pentax may not be as popular as Canon and Nikon, but it has made a name in photography. The brand is under a Japanese company, with almost a century of camera operation and client appreciation. Pentax is widely renowned for its attractive styling options, like colored exteriors.

Pentax K-1

Price: $348.09 USD

The first full-frame DSLR of Pentax. K-1 was waited by many enthusiasts because of its very affordable price for a full-frame CMOS. The 36MP and 4.4fps give excellent landscape and portrait photography.

Pentax K-3

Price: $348.09 USD

The edgy and solid outer design of Pentax K-3 is totally a charmer. Unlike the K-1, K-3 has only APS-C CMOS sensor and 23.35MP. But it advances through its AF system that can shoot 8.3 fps. The autofocus is the best feature of the Pentax K-3, together with the image stabilization that keeps unwanted shakes.

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Unique camera design of Pentax K-3

We hope this list helped you in your DSLR quest There are still a lot of selections; just weigh your thoughts accordingly before purchasing your ultimate DSLR.

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Getting the Best Landscape Photos

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Landscape photography is one of the most popular types of photography, because it mostly captures the still beauty of nature. It may look very easy to take a landscape photo, but in reality, photographers have patiently waited to capture the best shot. It takes passion to be a great landscape photographer.

To shower you with some skills and secrets straight from the experts, delve into this article and enjoy!

 

Plan Ahead

Whenever you explore the unknown, be sure to have a proper planning. Learn everything about the place, from the top destinations to the parking space. It is better to know the simplest details or else you’ll stumble with jam-packed crowd. Being prepared even before you step foot on a strange surrounding will help you make your entire photography session more easy and fast. The internet will assist you in giving some ideas about a specific place. There are a lot of tips and reviews which can be of great help. A small sacrifice will really be worth it.

 

Have a Back-Up Plan

A general rule: Always have a back-up plan. You don’t know what will happen along the road or during your photography session. Uncertainties are really disappointing and annoying. All you can do is to let go of the stress and head on to your plan B. As much as possible, don’t just stick to your itinerary all the time because life is full of surprises.

Keep in mind that you can still capture flattering images in the most unflattering way. It’s a matter of creativity and positive mindset.

 

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Even your subject has a back-up plan

Get the most out of your Depth of Field

Getting great landscape photos largely depend on how you properly use the DOF (depth of field). In order to get the most out of your depth of field, you need to manipulate your aperture, which is one of the factors that affect the clarity and sharpness of an image. In general, shorter focal lengths and narrower apertures provide great depth of field. But the bottom line, capturing outstanding landscapes will vary on the type of camera and lens you are using.

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Landscapes become more attractive using DOF

Use a Tripod

One of the most challenging parts of taking landscape photos is image stability and sharpness. With the help of a very essential camera tool, you can now shoot amazing landscape without blurs. Tripod ensures complete stillness during long exposures. And to ultimately avoid unwanted shakes, you can also bring a remote shutter release so you can capture the best photos without touching your camera.

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Your ever reliable camera buddy, the Tripod.

Try Different Lenses

Though most photographers would use wide-angle lens for a landscape photo shoot, there are other lenses that can give a more creative and impressive shot.

Zoom or telephoto lenses is another great choice when having a landscape photography. While most wide-angle lens distorts some parts of the image, zoom lens creates a more natural looking photos.

Find a Unique Angle

Forego the normal camera style and try to find a unique angle. Don’t just capture a place from one viewpoint. Hop from one place to the other just to have different styles. Try to assess which location is better and more attractive. Through this, you will have at least a new take on the usual landscape photography.

 

CONSIDER the RUle of Thirds, at times

The classic photography rule of thirds is a great guideline for beginners. It is when you divide your frame into 3 equal parts to create a focal point. This rule is very dominant in most landscapes, but in time you will understand that the rule of thirds is not applicable to all photo shoots. Don’t just depend on the general rule, as there are always exceptions to it. Just like how the sky will always take part in a landscape photography, but you still have the choice to get rid of it.

Capture the action

Landscape photography is mostly associated with calm and breathtaking sceneries. However, great photographers know how to mix serenity and action. Using longer shutter speed, you can capture a more dramatic and interesting image like birds flying, waves clashing and trees dancing. There is something more striking than still landscapes. Be creative and think outside the box of photography.

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A more fascinating landscape photography

Brave the Weather

Whether you are taking shots in a still environment or in a frenzied place, you can still capture awesome images. Most newbies would just head on to a sunny day, while the experts would brave a storm just to make time stand still.

Sometimes, photography is not just about the peacefulness and attractiveness of an image. There is also beauty amidst chaos. As a photographer, look at the brighter side even in the most messy setting.

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A Beautiful Mess

 

 

 

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Camera Accessories Every Photographer Should Have

Camera Accessories Every Photographer Should Have

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Photography life is very interesting. However, it can also be demanding, especially with the countless camera accessories you’ll always be tempted to buy.

Owning a camera is just the initial step of an amazing, yet complicated world of photography. And to give you a hint of some of the most needed camera accessories, check out this guide.

P.S. It’s better to be prepared (physically and financially) about these camera essentials.

CAMERA BAG

Your precious camera needs to be protected at all times. A camera bag is one of best ways to extend your camera’s life. Apart from that, it also organizes all other camera accessories. There are a lot of choices for camera bags, but the most popular are photo backpacks and passport sling. These camera bags are very convenient and comfortable to carry, even with all your camera essentials inside.

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Handy Camera Bag for Every Photographer

Tripod

Using a tripod can make your photography session less tiring. Expert photographers always have this significant tool near them. Even with the amazing technology advancements like high ISO performance and image-stabilization systems, tripods continue to be the greatest camera essential to help you capture quality pictures. It elevates the technical quality of seemingly difficult to capture scenes.

Some of the best tripods for your DSLR are Manfrotto BeFree Compact Travel Carbon Fiber Tripod, Gitzo GK1545T-82TQD Series 1 Traveler Carbon Fiber Tripod with Center Ball Head, Davis & Sanford TR654C-36 and Slik Sprint Mini II GM.

Remote Shutter Release

Long exposure photography can be a little delicate. And to help you with the unwanted blurs and vibrations in your image, remote shutter release could do its part. Remote release allows you to capture the perfect shot without touching your camera. And together with the tripod, this tool assists you in taking the best images, with no camera shakes involved.

Lens Filters

To save time from Photoshop, use camera filters.  Filters are categorized into three: neutral density, ultraviolet and polarizing filters. By using lens filter, you can manipulate the amount of light that hits the image sensor. Aside from that, filters protect your lenses from the ultraviolet light waves.

Further, there are two filter varieties: round and square. The round or fixed-size versions are those that matches the lenses of your camera. On the other hand, square filters give versatility to different types of camera. And since these filters can be used in many cameras, they are a bit expensive than the round styles.

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This is How Lens Filter Works!

Step-Up rings

These petite accessories help your camera filters adapt to different lens sizes. Most photographers would buy few adjustable filters and many step-up rings to save money. Filters are normally more expensive, thus it is advisable to buy step-up rings than purchasing similar filters of multiple versions.

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Save money through step-up rings!

Additional lenses

You will be needing different types of lenses for diverse photography sessions. With zoom lens, you can get crisp photo of small subjects because of its longer focal length. You can also try a portrait lens, which is great for serious portrait photography. And if you’re into shooting interiors, architecture and landscapes, wide angle lenses are the best for you, considering its short focal length.

Speed light Flash

If your camera has a built-in pop-up flash, then that’s very useful in getting the right amount of light for your images. However, a better version of the pop-up flash is the flashgun or also known as the speed light flash.

Normally, speed light generates stronger flash and farther reach compared to the built-in units. And when you’re making use of flash either as a fill-in light or a light bouncer, speed light becomes very useful. You can attach the accessory to your camera to capture more attractive photos.

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Control the light with Speed light

Flash Diffusers

Aside from flash, another great tool that controls light in a very attractive way is the flash diffusers. This accessory ensures a more natural lighting in the images because it eliminates the strong white light  from direct flash.

Spare Battery And External Drive

Dead battery and full memory are some of the most disappointing scenarios in a photography session. As a photographer, you need to have these essential camera accessories to avoid frustration and hassle.

Light Reflector

Reflectors have been very useful for photographers in every photo shoot. Sometimes you cannot dictate the amount of natural light, so you need to have a tool that will help your control the light. Aside from the built-in flash and flashgun, you need a light reflector for a perfect photography. Reflector can be use everywhere, whether indoor or outdoor photo shoots.

Camera Cleaning Kit

Your ever reliable camera and camera accessories need a pampering session. Dust and other particles can damage your camera, so you need to have a handy cleaning kit. Your cleaning kit must include rocket air blaster/ blower, soft lens cloth, lens brush and sensor cleaning fluid. These cleaners will really be of use for cleaning smudges and removing dirt.

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Best Places to Capture the Sunrise

 

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The everyday rising of the sun is a very magical phenomenon. How can something so big and bright light up the whole universe? Well, the beauty of the sun portrays the beauty of life.

Whatever the time, wherever the place, sunrise will always be one of the favorite subjects of a photographer. There are thousands of settings in the world, where you can witness the everyday ascend of this brightest sphere. Go chase Mr. Sun at these places and you will surely fall in love with its magnificence for the nth time.

Lake Annecy, French Alps

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What a beautiful morning!

Lush surroundings, clear waters and splendid sunrise— such a perfect way to start your morning. There’s nothing more beautiful than watching the sunrays reflecting the clear waters of Lake Annecy. The splendor of its setting attracts everyone from different parts of the world.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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Dazzling palace of Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat is not just known for its historical significance, but also for its dreamy sunrise. Though most tourists come here to explore the grandeur of the temple complex, photographers visit the place to witness a very exceptional natural occurrence, the sunrise. The sunrise in Angkor Wat is one of a kind because of the sun’s luminosity, which makes the whole structure shine like a magnificent palace.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

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Nature at its best!

Grand Canyon is one of top destinations for tourists and photographers. Why? First, the massive rock formation is breathtaking. Two, the Colorado River is enchanting. Three, sunrise in the place is magical. Many travelers wouldn’t want to miss this one of kind experience to visit the Grand Canyon. It may be a long tough road, but it will all be worth it.

Nagarkot, Nepal

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Sea of clouds with Mr. Sun

The country of Nepal is not just the home of highest mountain on Earth. It is also a place where you can dazzle with the surreal wonder of nature. In the quiet village of Nagarkot, you can witness how the sun rises in a sea of clouds. The trek going to the place is about three hours. After the long route, you will be rewarded with a picturesque scenery.

Cappadocia, Turkey

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Odd yet beautiful!

Watching the beauty of Cappadocia from up above is something you will remember for ages. Cappadocia is renowned for its pointed rock formations that surround the place like gigantic towers. Almost all homes have the same color and design. And the best way to witness the panoramic views of the place and the spectacular sunrise is to ride on a hot air balloon. The surreal experience will surely make you forget your fear of heights.

Sahara Desert, Africa

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Bare beauty of Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert is very notable because of its extreme hotness, making it the largest hot desert in the world. But even in this lifeless place, nature still creates wonder. The sand dune fields become an iconic backdrop every morning, when the sun peaks beyond its horizon. Capturing the sunrise in Sahara Desert could be very challenging, taking into consideration the severe climate. However, it’s one for the books!

Jokulsarlon Beach, Iceland

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The clash of ice and sunrise in Iceland

When we talk about Iceland, we always associate it with glaciers, geysers, lava fields and hot springs. But did you know that the country also offers a magnificent viewing of the sunrise? You can witness a beautiful sunrise at Jokulsarlon beach. Start your day by waiting for Mr. Sun and no doubt, you will appreciate his presence all throughout your stay.

Stonehenge, United Kingdom

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No matter what time of day you visit Stonehenge, you will still be amazed of its uniqueness and design. Tourists swarm in the place just to witness the incredible creation of history. And with that, the iconic Stonehenge has been one of the most visited attractions in the whole world.

A tip for all travelers, head on to the monument early in the morning to avoid the crowd and to watch the sunrise. Promise, the view is unbeatable.

 

Great Wall of China, China

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History and Beauty at the Great Wall of china

The extensive work of human creation is best portrayed with the iconic Great Wall of China. Get a hold of this wonder in the most alluring way. Catch the sunrise and witness how the sunrays illuminate this massive structure. Certainly, an exceptional sight to behold.

Serengeti National , Tanzania

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The sheer splendor of Serengeti National Park is polished every morning, when the silhouettes of wild animals are beautifully captured. The beauty of fauna life is well-defined through the glowing sunrays. The whole setting outlines a picture perfect photography. What more could you ask for? Sunrise makes magic.

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The Top 4 Things You Need to Take Pictures in the Dark

Taking pictures are fun to do, but there are some instances in taking photos that become a challenging thing to accomplish. One of that is if you need to take some pictures at night or in a dark place. The surrounding will give you a hard time, so you need to be equipped with the things and tools to be able to pull it off. Here are the must have things if you will be taking pictures in the dark.

Tripod

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It is essential so that you can angle your camera correctly. At times like this that you need to take pictures in a dark environment, you need to make use of something that can sustain the focus to keep your camera at the right angle where it is needed.

Wide lens

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If you want to get a great photo during a night shoot, it is best if you will use a wide lens for your camera. It will give more focus to your subject even if you are in a dark place. It can also guarantee you the sharpness of the photo. Overall it will create a better quality picture.

Flashlight

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It is not a stupid thing to bring if you are shooting for a night venture. It comes in handy for a lot of instances. It can help you see through the dark places where there is very limited light. It will also help you highlight some things as well for the pictures.

External Flash

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It is a vital tool to use if you are shooting at night. It widely used to illuminate things that you want to highlight in your photos even though it can’t be reached by the built-in flash in your camera. The beauty of it is you can ask someone to run around and make use of the external flash so it can create a better variance in the picture.

Taking pictures at night won’t be a problem as long as you are prepared with all these four tools. The next thing you know, night photo shoot is already your favorite.

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3 Steps To Capture the Perfect Moment in a Photo

If you are enamored of taking pictures, you should know how hard it is to capture the perfect moment at the right time. It needs a lot of technique and experience to be able to pull it off and tell yourself that you have done a great job. Some moments cannot be re-enacted so you can’t take another shot at it. Here are some steps that you can follow to make sure that you will be able to capture the perfect moment in a photo.

Step 1: Choose your center of attention

In every moving subject, you have to decide which one to pour your attention. It is essential because if you get in sync with it, your reflexes will follow and you will be able to get a good shot at it.

Step 2: Put in mind that your eyes have a better dynamic range

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Trust yourself because the eyes are better than the camera. You will be able to see if it is the right angle where the subject will be highlighted. Always remember that your camera will be there just to capture what you see and your eyes are ten times better in recognizing the right dynamics of the picture’s contrast.

Step 3: Be ready

 

As a photographer, you should be ready with the things that could happen anytime. Once you have made the connection to the subject, you will be more sensitive to what is going to happen. If you are focused enough, you’ll be able to feel and react perfectly to the action that is taking place. It is the time that you will feel that you are in sync with your subject.

Most importantly, trust your abilities and reflexes to do the job. Once you put your mind to it, you will be able to get the right timing of every photo you will take.

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The 3 Best Tips to Produce Breath-Taking Pictures

All of us love photos, and it’s because it can preserve all the good memories we have. The pictures can take us back to the time right when these pictures are taken. We can remember the happiness we had and how we felt at that time. It is best if the images are made to perfection so here are the best tips on how you can produce breath-taking photos that you can always look at and reminisce.

  1. Direct eye contact with your subject

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As what we’ve all heard that a picture says a thousand words, it’s all true. If you want your picture to be something that has a deeper meaning, it is important that you make eye contact with your subject. It doesn’t matter if the subject is not looking at you, but if you stare at it as if looking past to its soul, there will be something that will pull you towards the photo as you look at it.

  1. Make use of a plain background

If you are taking a picture, the most important factor should be the subject. There should be nothing in the background that would distract the photo. Before you start taking pictures, it is essential that you check out the area on which is the right place to take the shot. Make sure that there are no posts or something alike that will ruin the photo.

  1. Always use the flash outdoors

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The flash is not something that you should use only at night. It is necessary to use the flash if you are taking pictures outside. You don’t want your photos to appear dark that it can overpower the beauty of the photograph.

These are the three best tips that you should always remember when taking photos. You’ll be surprised to see the difference it can make with every shot.