Helpful Hints For Picture Perfect Wedding Guests

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You may be on schedule for the big day and have your photographer in place, but even a professional cannot predict to absolute certainty the outcome of your wedding shots. For a wedding album that you’ll want to re-visit again and again, try these useful tips:

1. Get the Balance Right

The first thing to remember is that, much like the event itself, there is no way to fully predict what is going to happen, and the need to control every last detail will only make you and your guests uncomfortable. And everyone has been to parties where you’re hounded all night by an overzealous photographer. Mathematically speaking, the more photos you take means a greater likelihood of having lots of great snaps, but there comes a point where guests can clam up and feel like they can’t enjoy themselves for fear of being papped, making for tense and unnatural poses. Advise your photographer to circulate but be sparing, just taking two or three shots for every worthy setup. If you’re a fan of the candid approach, try and shoot from a little distance, so the result looks like you’re in the moment rather than interrupting it.

2. The Right Ambience

The perfect lighting is the key ingredient for every photograph. Bear that in mind with your choice of venue, and think about the season you’re getting married in. Think about the amount of natural light you’ll have available on the day and exploit that resource. Step outside as much as you can. For the evening, try and set the tone with lots of candles and lamps rather than harsh overhead bulbs. Fantastic lighting will do all the work for your guests once they’re posing.

3. Blink and You’ll Miss it

It’s important to let people get comfortable when you’re staging a photograph with lots of subjects, keeping in mind that people move at different paces. Once your guests are settled, the best trick is for the photographer to count to three, instructing everyone to blink on the count of two, eradicating shut eyes from your shots.

4. Bring People Closer

A little alcohol and a mixed seating plan has hopefully meant that people who met on the day are hitting it off, but if that isn’t the case you may have to encourage people to move a little closer. There’s nothing worse than a phantom arm looming above a relative’s shoulder, so even if it doesn’t quite feel right at the time, make people huddle up and remove any negative space from an image, it’ll turn out beautifully in print.

5. Go Back to Basics

A novel idea (made very popular by Chandler and Monica on Friends) is to have a couple of disposable cameras on every table ready for when people hit the dancefloor. This DIY approach is great for when the night gets a little crazy. It definitely isn’t recommended for the ceremony itself, but clumsy candids can often provide the most funny, touching and memorable results.

Natalie Little has been working as a professional photographer in the UK for nearly a decade. She is currently assisting Staffordshire-based wedding photographer Cris Lowis as his company gears up for the marriage season!

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What Kinds Of Photo Damage Can Be Fixed

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Touching Up a Damaged Photograph

Water Damaged

There is nothing worse than digging out some old boxes of treasured items and finding out that some time down the line, water has gotten in somewhere and ruined the whole box. This can be even worse when you find that the box was full of old photographs which are now faded, cracked and bleached by being steeped in water.

Fortunately there are photo touch up experts out there who can repair even this kind of damage. As long as there is still some semblance of the photos image still visible through the damage they should be able to create a brand new photograph for you.

Torn or Cracked

It can be mortifying when you go to pick up a treasured photograph and catching it on something pull a tear straight across it. Additionally you might find that an older photo that has been crumpled or kept in someone’s pocket will have formed cracks.

While you might be tempted to tear up the photo in a rage as a result of this, DON’T! This is not a lost cause.  In fact this is one of the most common repair jobs for photo touch up experts. By utilising the shades and definite lines either side of the crack they can piece together the two parts to create a like now image.

Faded or Poor Quality

Some older pictures are simply of a far lower quality due to being significantly older. It stands to reason that this would be more common in older photos. They didn’t have the enhanced focus mega pixel cameras way back when. Other photos will simply have faded due to being kept in bright light or through natural deterioration.

As a result, this can make some elements of the picture somewhat difficult to make out. However, this is not a lost cause to a photo repair expert. Whether it’s a colour or black and white photo an expert should be able to put a bit more detail into the image utilising shading enhancements to ensure that the image is crisper and that the vital elements stand out.

Ruined by Flash or Blurring

Unfortunately this isn’t witchcraft or wizardry so some forms of repair simply aren’t possible. When a photo is taken and there are obvious issues like blurring or obscuring due to the flash, there is little that can be done.

This is simply because there isn’t the image available to repair. That part of the photo was never captured so anything added in this place would simply be made up. This is a case of either cropping the photo or accepting that it’s unfortunately a lost cause.

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Steven Roecamb has conducted some photo touch up on his own damaged pictures. However, he knows that a more skilled professional is required for severely damaged photos.

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5 Different Types Of Photography

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Photography is one of the most varied and dynamic art forms in the world. The majority of professional and amateur photographers will try specialising in one type of photographyfrom wildlife to glamour. Let’s take a look at the different fields that photography has to offer.

1.) Photojournalism

Photojournalism is a form of photography that is mostly practiced by professional’s and not so much amateurs. Photojournalism is about capturing aspects of comtempory life through a series of pictures and combining this with a powerful written story. This is not the type of photography that is done for any piece of news. It’s more about trying to reflect on various social concerns in today’s society.

This type of photography is something that is very difficult to teach someone. It relies heavily on intuition, instincts and good reactions. Having a comprehensive understanding on how the image adds value to your story is crucial.

2.) Underwater Photography

When you dive underwater you never know what kind of obstacles might be in your way. Before you go out into the sea, make sure you practice your photography in a pool, taking photos of random objects. You will then learn how do make manual adjustments for specific kinds of shots. Practicing to use a camera manually is far better for training your eyes rather than using auto-focus. Taking photos underwater is a completely different ball game when compared to any other form of land photography.

3.) Advertising Photography

There are many professional advertising photographers out there due to the fact that pictures play such an unbelievably important role in the world of advertising and therefore there is a need for talented and creative photographers. Adverts require unique, diverse and eye-catching photos. An advertising photographer needs to have the ability to understand what type of message is being communicated towards their target market and capture this message in the form of a photo.

4.) Ariel Photography

Ariel photographers specialises in taking photos from the air. This may be done for research purposes such as surveying the weather or analysing construction. This plays a large role in real estate, because Ariel photography has the ability to illustrate the value of a building since it shows the geographical location, placing and size.  Cannon cameras are known to be the camera of choice in this field of photography.

5.) Macrophotography

Macrophotography is where photos are taken at close range and requires very advanced and expensive equipment (A Cannon camera macro lens can cost up to $3000) macrophotography is something that amateur cameramen are able to practice more,duedigital cameras coming out with various macro settings. Photos are normally taken of insects, flowers, fabric or anything that will look interesting close up.

If you want to get started in photography as a hobby, then I suggest you do some more research on it before deciding on what aspect you would like to specialise in. You also need to consider the cost of all the equipment as well as printing costs. I personally use Cannon cameras because of their outstanding value. Nikon cameras as well Fujifilm cameras are other brands I would strongly recommend you have a look at.

Justin wrote this article after doing research for Canon cameras

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