Photography Tips: How dedicated to photography are you?

Photography Tips: How dedicated to photography are you?


a couple weeks ago I was sent a
question by a lovely guy calledf peter and he asked me, hi Mike does it happen with photography like music, that you could be a professional and/or great
photographer if you start at an early age? does age matter when it comes to
becoming an excellent photographer? Well the thing is, how much do you want to become an excellent photographer, is it
something you want to do or is it something you’re going to do? But what’s the difference? well I’ve been running my photography
business for a long time and many years ago I chose to turn my
hobby which was photography into my income and that’s a whole other
story but part of that was I wanted to be able to travel and to see
some of the wrold to sort of experience some of the amazing things that go on out there in the world, but it was always something
I’d like to do and time passed and the business started to grow and i was having a good time, i didn’t have to work terribly hard to cover my expenses and i could play on my motor bike and then last year something happened, my brilliant, awesome, inspiring, funny and witty incredible mum died last september, and it was very devastating despite the
fact I knew it was coming but something in me changed then. I kinda realized how old i was, i kinda realized that hey you’re in your fifties now and you’ve always wanted to go off and see some more of the world but that’s all it was, i wanted to. When my mum died it changed from i want to, to I’m going to, you may have already
seen there’s some workshops starting to appear in other countries and many of you
wonderful people have been inviting me to come in your country, but it’s because i got committed I got dedicated to doing whatever it
takes to make that happen, now whether that’s in what sort of photo’s you’re taking or wanna take, you wanna take great amazing pictures well you need to become dedicated to
doing it and that means giving yourself the time
it means dedicating time to doing it not sort of saying ok, i’ve watched all these videos on youtube that mike does or serge does or many of the othere awesome photographers put out there into the world, or going on courses, you have to become dedictated to giving yourself time to go and put
into action the things that you’ve been taught about.
last year I was teaching at a local nights school, i was just teaching an adult education to a bunch of people who were all paying a fairly reasonable fee to come on a photography course, and it was for the college it wasn’t me doing it at the college , i was employed by the college to do it for a short time. But something which really amazed me was that i would give poeple some homework to do which was assosiated with the leson which we just done and then the following week quite a large percentage of people would say I didn’t have time this week or I could see that they had sort of
come home and they maybe had half an hour before they jump in the car because they had to go and they sort of done their homewo because mike would grizzle at them. Well i don’t mind if they do their homework or not, and i don’t mind if you guys did the homework or not, i don’t mind what you do so long as you’re happy, but here’s the key if you want to take excellent photographs well or maybe become a professional photographer you’ve gotta do the homework, you’ve gotta put in the hours, you’ve gotta dedicate some time to doing stuff you have to get out there
and practice and get experience now when I say
dedicate and put time into it you know what time you can dedicate to it I mean when I dedicated time to becoming a
professional photographer I did it in a slightly unusual way as in I went on income support I told my
local a employment services office what i was
doing because i didn’t want ant trouble i wasn’t gonna sort of like try and defraud anyone and they were amazingly helpful, they gave me access to various courses and
training so I spent a year not working and everyday i was reading books i was practising, i was going out there i was taking pictures, wondering why it didn’t work and then trying something else until eventually I got to a point where
I could take pictures that people would pay me money for, and that was an amazing feeling but it’s within the dedication so whatever that may look like for you now that could be maybe an hour a week
because I know normal people they have jobs to go to every day they have to pay
their mortgage they have to pay their rent, their electricity bills and all that
kinda stuff. They’ve possibly gots kids and they’re mega expensive things to own aren’t they. So you’ve got calls on your time already but in order to get the experience that’s needed for you to take the excellent photographs or to become a
professional photographer that any of you guys not just peter you do have to dedicate some of your time in order to do the exercises to practice
stuff so that you get the experience because
photography’s experiential learning most things in life are you have to
experience it and get experience so that you know what
to do in a given situation much as I would love to be able to put
my hand up here and a clip unplug knowledge and then insert into your head for you for a
fee of course then it would be awesome but i cant do that wouldn’t that be easy I wouldn’t
have to webmaster the site, i wouldn’t have to keep thinking up new ideas for
films and shooting stuff and having lorna stand out in the cold and rain and all that kinda stuff while
we’re making films the thing is it’s a dedication thing so what
ever that may be for you I would suggest it’s a case of go on a
training course if you know you’re going on a training course, book some time into the diary the next day so that you can go and practice whatever it was because if you put it off and think oh we’re going on holiday i a couple of weeks in a couple of weeks time you would have forgotten all about it. It would have just kinda vanished into thin air like scotched mist. if you watch a video on YouTube, one of my videos make some notes maybe? go outside and then practice that and kep practising. dedicate time to it until you have your
head around that particular technique or building block as i like to call
them, there’s a whole new course on that coming fairly soon. Because that’s where you’re gonna get the knowledge you need to be fulfilled as a photographer and
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Photography Tips: How To Be Happy With Your Photos

Photography Tips: How To Be Happy With Your Photos


I get a lot of messages from new
photographers telling me they’re disappointed with their photography some even go so far as to say they
despair of taking a good image now if this represents you then please don’t despair because great photos are completely achievable but first you have to give up your
attachment to shooting amazing images yes I know that sounds
completely ridiculous, so be patient for the next coupla minutes and let me
explain first of what causes us to become disappointed? any disappointment not just with
photography think about anytime you’ve been disappointed what made you
feel disappointed was it because an image
was too dark or not sharp or uninspiring maybe it
wasn’t how you remembered the place? maybe you’ve been disappointed because
the meal wasn’t great or your date didn’t show up it doesn’t matter any disappointment
these are all expectations we have about how something should or should not be should is a dreadful
word because it implies there’s something wrong for example the picture should be
brighter should be sharper should be inspiring, it should be how i remember the place. the food should have been great, my date should have been there, you get the idea but the truth is the images and events are what they are and the fact they didn’t or don’t meet our expectations leaves us feeling disappointed and we shouldn’t be disappointed right
it’s not fair I spent all his money and my pictures are crap, and my date didn’t show up. the key thing here is not the physical
aspects the image or the meal or the date, that leave us disappointed it’s the unfulfilled expectation how
they should be that is what leaves us feeling pissed off, disillusioned and fed up. so please ask yourself this: how often does anything in life match our expectations, it’s almost always better or worse, or just plain different. when our expectations are exceeded it’s a fantastic feeling is like wow I
gotta really good shot, I’m not sure how I did it but Wow you know. But when things don’t live up to our expectations we get upset
we get fed up and pissed off so how can you avoid that disappointment well how about
giving up unrealistic expectations of how your images should be so you don’t have to beat yourself up
about them or think you’re no good be honest accept
them for what they are right now this minute especially if you’re a
beginner I mean would you buy a saxophone and expect to play sexy jazz after just a week or two or an airplane, would you expect to just jump in it and fly of to brazil, I mean that’d be crazy, so why do you expect these kind of things with your photography? now some of you’ll be saying, but I’ve been into photography for years and I still don’t take good photos well have you been into photography for
years really how many hours a week do you spend on
your photography? how often do you watch a video or complete a section of one of my courses take notes, then go and practice it for an hour? just watching or going for a walk with your camera, now that doesn’t count. I mean really concentrating without
distractions on a regular basis the sexy jazz
saxophonist would have practiced over and over and over until their instrument
has become a part of themselves to be brutally honest now how much
dedicated time have you put aside to improve your
photography in the last two months and remember when you look at those
breathtaking images you’re not seeing the out takes the
number of times the photographer revisited a location the time they got it wrong you’re only
seeing the pinnacle of that photographers work in that instance
there’s something else which can disappoint photographers the glossy advertising
campaigns telling us to buy this or that camera because he can shoot all
these breathtaking images in the hands of an experience photographer it certainly can but for beginner enthusiast
photographers it can lead us to compare our images with the ones in the advert
then are brilliant brains say my images don’t like that something
wrong with me and you’re gonna feel disappointment, you bet you’re gonna feel disappointment so please just be kind to yourself cut
yourself some slack and be honest about your abilities right now and set some realistic goals give up
the expectation an attachment to stunning images just for a wall and let your photography
be what it is right now there is no shame in that
invest in yourself on learning and practicing techniques
like exposure focal length: debt the field composition
all these can be practiced anywhere in the living room the garden the car
park at work in your lunch break and the really cool thing is as you
practice these things and you learn how to control your photography those exciting images that we all crave
will start to come along on their I absolutely promise you that
now I am NOT saying in any way don’t
challenge yourself I wanna be very clear about this
challenges are great they help us grow they help us learn
more achieve more and consequently feel good about ourselves set yourself challenges that will lead
you to become more fulfilled and are aligned with the commitment to
improving your photography allocate time each week to learn the
technique maybe a lunchtime challenge like five long lens photos in my place
to work into a wide lens image challenge the next day use your
imagination and you’ll see the possibilities are
endless so in a nutshell my three steps to avoiding
disappointment all one be honest with yourself about
your abilities and skills as they are now to stop comparing your photos with the work experience
photographers who displaying the very pinnacle their achievement and three set tough
goes by all means set appropriate goals for your skill
level goals that are achievable see you feel good about yourself
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Levitation Photography Tutorial: How to Hover with Multiple Exposures

Levitation Photography Tutorial: How to Hover with Multiple Exposures


Hi, I’m Chelsea. And for our book, Stunning Digital Photography we’re going over levitation photography.
Now there are two ways to take a levitation photograph: the first way you just set a high
shutter speed and have your subject jump and it creates the illusion that
their floating. The method were going to be using is that I’ll be propping myself up with these
books here, taking two pictures and then blending the two exposures
together in post to make it look like I’m floating. The
only hardware you really need is a camera and a tripod, but because
this is a self portrait for us we’re also using a remote shutter release
and a few other pieces of equipment I’ll get into later. The first thing you’ll want to do before you take your shot is make your story. So I had envisioned a couple sitting
together and reading by fire so I got these prop books and I got
Tony, my prop husband and found a nice nook of
the house that would look good on camera. So we set up our camera and a tripod and kind of played around with the crop
and the angle to make sure that we have our fireplace in the shot and the lamp and the chair, everything we
thought would be attractive. One interesting thing that we did was I
really wanted it to look warm I wanted it to look like the fire was
glowing and we were nestled up and comfortable in our home. so we got another light on a tripod,
another flash, put an orange gel over and put it
behind our fireplace which actually goes completely through to the
other side and had it flash through at us so that we had nice
warm lighting like the fire was glowing. To trigger the flash that we set up
behind the fireplace, we used a PocketWizard. We also used the flash on
top of our camera to kinda bounce the light off of the wall and
fill the room with light from the other directions so that the lighting wasn’t too
hard. Next, we set our camera timer to an 8
second delay and just kind of posed for a while. Once you get the pictures that you like,
move out of your frame, take a picture of your background and
then it’s time to bring your photos into post processing. Now that you finished taking your
pictures, load them onto your computer and use your editing software of choice to
start merging your photos. It doesn’t matter which editing
programming you use, I’m going to use Photoshop, but as long as they can blend two pictures, you’ll be all set. I’ve loaded my pictures into Lightroom,
so I’m going to click the levitation photo of my choice and then I’m going to choose a
background picture to blend it with. Using Ctrl click I selected both pictures at once. Once
you have your photo selected right click, then choose Edit In, then go to open as layers in Photoshop. Now that
you have both of your pictures imported into your editing program put your levitation photo on top. So you can see, the background is on the bottom. Select both
of your pictures go to Edit, and auto align your layers to make sure
that they match up. Using the Auto projection option works
just fine. Next select your top layer, your levitation
photo, and create a mask. Click on your mask, select your paintbrush tool and make sure that you’re painting in black, and you can start to erase the books out of
your picture. I like to make sure that my paint
brushe is soft and that my opacity is fairly low I have
it at 48 right now. So let me zoom in here, I’ll make my brush a little bit bigger, and you can
start blending away whatever it is you’re levitating on. So one problem we ran into when we
started editing the pictures is that I noticed that the background picture had cooler lighting than the picture with me levitating and I think
it’s because one of the flashes was bouncing off me and making a warmer
light. So what I did was I selected my
background photo and in the adjustment layers I put a photo filter on with the color orange and warmed up the background a little bit
until the color matched the foreground better. That’s pretty good. And since you’re opacity’s low, you can just
kind of blend the pictures together so that the color differences isn’t so obvious. Once
you have your color adjusted, you can continue taking those books out out. Another problem that I
ran into is that my skirt was falling behind the books at one
point so I can’t just use the layer mask and paint out the books. So what I did was I selected a section of my skirt,
making sure that I had the hemline in there, and create a new layer to paste
the piece of clothing into. Now that you have part of the skirt pasted in, you can move it. Go to Edit, Free Transform and line it up with the rest of the hem. Now that you have the skirt in there, it’s really rough,
you can use an eraser and I will just blend it in. This is kind of a
rough example so I’m gonna do a little bit more tweaking and play around with this to get it just
right and then I’ll cut to the finished product. Next I’m going to reimport it into
Lightroom by saving my photo and finish up the rest of my editing there. Now than I am in Lightroom I’ll click on
Develop to finish editing and crop it down a little
bit. Next I’m going to soften my photo up to
give it a warmer, cozier feeling. By just roducing my clarity just a little tiny bit. I usually like to
just play with my adjustments a little bit to get the get a nice feel going in the picture. So it’s
all just a matter taste. And there you have it! There is our
finished levitation photo. There are a few other pictures that I
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Understanding ISO : Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace : AdoramaTV

Understanding ISO : Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace : AdoramaTV


In this episode we’re gonna be talking
about ISO values and how to use them. Adorama TV presents Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace. Where you’ll learn
innovative techniques on shooting a wide range of photography.
Here’s your host. Hi everybody, welcome to another episode of Exploring Photography, right here on Adorama TV brought to you by Adorama. It’s the camera store that has
everything for photographers like you and me. Well if you’ve been shooting for a while
you know that there’s the exposure triangle that’s made up of the shutter, the aperture and ISO, and we know that we can
use the shutter to control motion and the aperture to control depth of field, but in all of our discussions somehow ISO seems to be left out. So in this episode we’re gonna talk
about ISO, what it is, how you use it, which settings to use and why sometimes having a really high ISO
value isn’t such a bad thing. But before we get into all that I want
to remind you that Adorama has some terrific contests. If you enter the contest you could win some great prizes. So click on the link and check them out. ISO determines how
sensitive your camera is to light. The higher the ISO value the less light
you’ll need to take a photo let’s take a look at this animation and
see exactly how this works. Let’s say we have a room that’s lit with
128 lightbulbs. Let’s also pretend that we
have a proper exposure at ISO 100 shooting f2.8 and a shutter speed of
sixty. Remember I’m just making up these values
to illustrate a point. At ISO 200 we can get the same result
with only 64 lightbulbs. At ISO 400 we’d only need 32 light bulbs. At ISO 800 that number would fall to 16 lights. Each time we double our ISO value we only need half as much light. So ISO
1600 would only need 8 lights. If we double
our ISO again we can half the amount of light
that we need. ISO 3,200 four lights. ISO 6,400 two lights, and at ISO 12,800 we’d only
need one light bulb, and we can still shoot f2.8 and 1/60 of a
second. That is a huge difference from 128
lights at ISO 100 to just one little light at ISO 12800. Alright so the question is why wouldn’t
you always have your ISO set to a high ISO value? Well the answer is noise. Noise is sort of hard to explain but its easy to
see so let’s take a look. Here’s an image shot at ISO 100 now
notice everything looks clean now here’s the same image shot at ISO
12800 you can see the grain in this image, and that grain is called noise. Noise is
the trade-off. Higher ISO values have more noise. Well
in the past photographers have always been told to keep their ISO values as low
as possible to get noise-free images. We still want to do that today but
the good news is that there have been huge technological
advances with digital cameras. Now there are all kinds of camera’s
that can shoot at ISO 3200 an even higher. In fact I think that the groundbreaking
camera was the Nikon D3X and then along came there 5D Mark III
from Canon and then the floodgates were opened. Now there are all kinds of cameras that
can shoot at high ISO’s with almost zero noise and the question
is what can your camera do? Well it’s easy to figure out let me show you
how to do it. Get in a room in low-light and shoot a series images increasing your ISO with each
shot. Then take a look at the photos at full resolution on your computer and you know what ISO value is the max
for your camera. If ISO 6400 has too much noise for your taste but ISO 3200 look’s good. Then ISO 3200 is your cameras maximum acceptable ISO
value. The rule of thumb still holds true you
want to keep your ISO values as low as possible because you don’t wanna introduce noise in your images,
if you don’t have to. But because our cameras are advance now
in low-light increasing your ISO can really help you out. So in low light don’t be afraid to crank up
the ISO. Because that can keep your shutter speeds
fast and that can really improve your low light photography. Let’s take a look. Let’s say we’re in a
room with low light and we don’t have a flash and we’re
taking photos of some kids at a birthday party. We set our camera to aperture priority
mode and we’re shooting at ISO 100 at f2.8. Our camera is telling us our shutter
speed is 1/15th of a second. That’s no good at all our photos are
gonna come out totally blurry. Now even if we had a tripod those kids
are gonna move around and our photos will stink. We don’t want that let’s increase our
ISO and see what happens. At ISO 200 our shutter speed will be at 1/30th of a
second. At ISO 400 are shutter speed will be 1/60th of a second and ISO 800 we’ll be shooting at 1/125th of a second. Now that’s fast enough to freeze those
kids. We could even boost our ISO to1600 to shoot at 1/250th of a second just to be sure. One of my favorite
features is called Auto ISO that’s when you wanna work really fast and your not quite certain what ISO value you should use. So let’s
take the example of shooting a birthday party with kids and really low light. I might wanna shoot in aperture value let’s
say F8 and a shutter speed around 250 to freeze all the motion, but what ISO value should I use. Well I
don’t have to know that. All I have to do is put my camera into Auto ISO mode my
cameras gonna figure that out for me. So I’d put my camera in manual mode set it to F8 set it to 250th of a second and start
taking pictures. My ISO is going to change for a correct
exposure every time. It’s really awesome. Now sometimes the ISO might go higher than you might want. You’ll get noisy images but my opinion
I’d rather have noisy images that I can use. Rather than a blurry image that I have to throw away. Well I hope you learned a little bit about ISO today.Thank you so much for
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Photography Tips: Composition Scene in a Scene

Photography Tips: Composition Scene in a Scene


Tom we’ve got an amazing vesture here, but it just strikes me that there’s
there’s a lot going on I wouldn’t know how to sort it out. How to approach it? Okay what a lot of people tend to do is want to include too much in the landscape with a wide angle
lens on and they get a nice wide angle shot but
it’s a lot of nothing you know? your eye doesn’t have any where to rest on. so what I’m gonna do, I’m gonna do two shots in this scene, okay first I’m gonna do Actually I’m set on a fifty length focal length, okay. So I’m gonna frame this up. You see the gate over here, I’m gonna put that down on the rule of thirds, we’re looking down the valley got some great stormy clouds going oh
yes it’s moody, I like it’s mysterious I’m gonna bring that down a little bit more. okay okay so first let’s put our filter adapter on, and I wanna put a couple of MD grad. okay we’ve got a three-stop hard grad. I’m really gonna make this dramatic so that will really darken down the sky, that’ll bring the sky down and bring those clouds make them look more stormy, and here’s a two stop on there as well okay, let’s put that on there as well. And so by using the lee holder you can just kinda stack them up, adjust the setting just exactly where you want them okay let’s
just see how that works out, let’s just bring that up there. Oh that’s great, okay. Now have a look at that idea, now that is really stormy and okay. Now we’re gonna do a completely different swamp here. Let’s take this off and change lenses, you want the long one? Gimme the telephoto but we’re gonna go even more on this. I’ve got a one point four converter telecom.okay that’s gonna extend the focal length So let’s, so you’ve got a two fifty millimetre lens A two hundred with a 1.4 tele convertor from the D450 to? this is a half frame sensor so it’s gonna roughly give me about a 500-mile lens
okay so now what I’m gonna do you see those cottages there? let’s start with the one on the left. The one in the trees, yes the one in the trees. That’s it, okay let’s frame that up nicely so we’ve got it up in the upper left, okay, take that away. there have a look at that now we’ve got
another picture out of the same scene, yeah, and we’ve got all those great little fields and paddocks going on down in the right and we’ve got the little cottage up on the left so we’re working with composition. It’s nice that we’re using a white cottage to really stand out in the landscape, yeah they do. If you had say, this slate stone cottage over here it’s not gonna look the same, it’s not gonna really pop out, I didn’t even see the slate stone cottage until you said it, it’s tucked over there, yeah. okay let’s do this other one over here, now this is nice because we’ve got a nice mix of trees and stone walls that are breaking up the lines of the composition okay. Let’s, there you go, you see what I mean? Yeah, and you put it on self timer to avoid camera shake? I put a two second self timer on this just so I can take my hands away from it without pressing the shutter and jolting the camera to avoid shake, especially with a telephoto with that sort of focal length you’re gonna need to do that. So that’s really useful, so that’s three shots in one. It’s in one position. okay subscribe to our YouTube channel to
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Photography Tips: Don’t be afraid to get it ‘Wrong’. Fear is a creativity killer!

Photography Tips: Don’t be afraid to get it ‘Wrong’. Fear is a creativity killer!


many photographers are really scared to
get it wrong and I same wrong in inverted commas because there isn’t a ride all wrong and I’m
gonna say more about that in a minute the thing is every single one you
has the potential to fulfill your photographic dreams whatever they may be but there’s a dream killer out there and that can stop us dead in our tracks
and the crazy thing is this dream killer is not even real many others are so afraid to get it
wrong we never take the actions needed to fulfill a potential we hide this by telling ourselves we
just need to know a little bit more before we actually go and try it for
real is a DSLR a mirrorless camera best what
lens should we choose maybe we should change the 70-200 and then we’ll go off
into a tailspin as to which 7200 is the best one to buy waste hours reading forums and comparing
brands and see if we can possibly get off a twenty pounds less now if you stop starting out I promise
you the camera kit won’t make any difference your camera kit make doesn’t
take the photos what it does is faithfully record
whatever combinations have liked composition and the settings you choose
to get it every week I get asked what’s the best
focal length for portrait which shutter speed is best to
photograph a car if i used this or that lens meticulous angle when I get the shot that i want I don’t
know who because it depends on what you want to achieve the question here is why don’t you
experimenting and seeing what works for yourself why
not get out there try some stuff give it a lash it’s
because with scared of failure many of us want an
absolute 100 percent certainty guarantee it will work perfectly on the very first try and professionals who’ve been living and
breathing photography every day for years rarely just take one shot on its
perfect if you’ve done might seven building
blocks a photography course you’ll have seen how many 10 shots you
sometimes need to make especially when you’re starting out we also worry about what people say
or think about our images you know you show someone something you
like and they say no that’s all right and what we hear or mention we hear is
possibly in noted disappointment in their voice and we start to think maybe I’m not very good at this we’re
still we worry about what we will say or think about our I’m images we’re scared will take a crap
photo and then become disillusioned with our potential give up on ourselves so we procrastinate the weather is not perfect the car needs
cleaning the sofa needs to be settled we do endless more research which is
very sneaky indeed because that’s procrastination in
disguise we want everyone including ourselves to love our photos and when we don’t get
that we feel like a failure we start to believe that maybe when not
that good at this after all an OK kinda fight is the best
we can hope for and that’s not a very powerful believed
to have about your potential as a photographer but here’s the thing heat only a belief an opinion it’s just a thought or a feeling a isn’t real isn’t the truth we mistake it for
cold hard fact that written in stone I’m now I want you to
really listen to what I’m about to say I want you to consider that success is the ability to go from failure to
failure without loss of enthusiasm sir winston churchill
said that but what is failure he’s not getting
what we want all what we expect to get and
that’s just more thoughts and opinions right so what would happen if we changed our
thinking what if we started to think about images as experiments to see what would happen
maybe if we do this we’ll try that now I promise you you’ll start to feel
good about yourself if you do this because you not procrastinating you doing and
you do you’ll learn and you grow you get
better images because they’ll just be a byproduct of the growth and your photos
improve you start thinking hey I did that you feel good about yourself you
have more belief in your potential and as
your confidence in that potential grows you’ll be
inspired to take more actions actions like really looking at light
shadows and highlights trying several different angles with
your camera planning the best time a day to visit a location based on light may be brighter or darker exposures and all that good stuff I’ve been
teaching you by the way notice how none of these actions have
anything to do with your camera and everything to do with you better
results can only reinforce you believe in your potential so you take bigger more challenging
actions and get even bigger results now these grow your belief in your
potential and the whole thing starts spinning round around in a circle feeding on itself and before long you’re
flying the first step is to stop being afraid what you someone else perceives as a
failure when something doesn’t turn out how you wanted to ask yourself some
powerful questions why did that happen what would have
happened if i done this or that when can I have another go at
it some of you may need to realize is that the stakes a brilliant things because they are an
essential part of learning we needed them they are opportunities to find
out what went wrong and avoid doing it again
by changing the way you think about your potential and recognize
that fear of failure isn’t a tangible thing you automatically
get results as byproducts may you never please everyone summer
doesn’t like your image and they don’t want your image and
that’s their opinion on it a valuable lesson about this when I was
commissioned by Bournemouth Airport to do a dramatic looking upright image
for a magazine cover that had to have space for overlay text
and clearly said Concord comes here now I was scared
because airports are generally messy places with trucks in shades and other
aircraft cluttering the place up also Concord
doesn’t fit in up right shape and it was a dull
overcast day as well and that wasn’t helping and sure enough dull light makes for a
dull image so ended up photoshopping my favorite
adding a crazy news kinda girl on the steps sign it even lens flare coming over the
fuse a large looking back on it walls horribly
overdone but I hey it was a long time ago but here’s the thing the image not won
master Photographers Association Award it won a national commercial award from
fuji the prize was a week at Pho to training overseas the event which
happens each year on Cyprus the client they didn’t like it they
chose the one i almost i did’n’t show them because I thought it was dull so stop letting fear of failure stop
you stop researching a procrastinating
endlessly and get into action because effort in equals effort out watched some videos get some up my
courses but most importantly go out and put theory into practice and
when something doesn’t turn out the way you want it to it said golden opportunity to learn from
it go get em tiger subscribe to our YouTube
channel to be notified each time we upload one all cool
photography videos well for more great photo tips workshops and training come and see us at our website photographycourses.biz

Digital career tips

Digital career tips


I think one of the reasons digital marketing
is attractive to graduates is because it’s anything but a static field.
It’s a fairly unique sector in that it’s driven largely by technology innovation
and technology innovation affects the way that consumers engage with
technology and the way that consumers engage with technology affects the
way that marketing can be facilitated. New jobs are created around this
all the time. It means that there isn’t a sort of leading a path for progression.
There are a lot of opportunities to explore; emerging areas are
particularly lucrative, perhaps, to work in and exciting as well. The outlook for graduates in the digital sector
is really quite good. It’s going to be one of the most job rich markets
around. In fact, at any level there are more jobs than people which creates
quite a lot of demand. Saying that, it is still a very competitive
market to get into. Competition is fierce at entry point but lucrative
thereafter. Agency salaries typically come in anywhere
between about the 18 and 21 K mark. This does vary; there are certain roles
that attract a higher salary. A lot of the analytic roles for example,
roles that require econometric ability, for example, are going
to carry a high salary. There are companies out there that will pay a premium
to try and get the cream of the crop as well. Top end realistically 28
K starting would be as high as companies would go at grad level. Progression in the digital media market is
generally really good. I’ve already talked about it being a very job rich
market which means there is a lot of demand for candidates and people working
within it. It means that once you’re in you’ll get a lot of attention.
You’ll get a lot of opportunities presented to you externally
and it will be quite tempting to move fairly early on in your career. Looking
at salary, there are opportunities to escalate fairly quickly.
What perhaps you forfeit in terms of initial starting salary you quite
quickly gain longer term through prospects. Competition coming into this sector is pretty
heavy. We will typically receive-it would depend on the role-we will
typically receive perhaps 150 to 250 applicants per position. Competition
is pretty tough. There are a number of things that companies
will look for in applications. One of the most fundamental, one of the simplest
things is the candidate wants to work specifically for that company.
Adding a reference to something the company has done specifically,
whether that’s something you’ve seen in the media, something you’ve
picked up on the website, an affinity you have for the brand or the sector
the brand works in will have a lot of difference in terms of standing out
as an application. Tailoring the cover letters, we’re in a market
where you are going to have to put quite a few applications in before
you start getting the phone ringing, but putting 10% or 20% extra effort
into your cover letter is going to make a lot of difference in terms
of getting that phone to ring. If you can afford it, literally, internships
are a really good way to build up experience which is going to help your
application. If you look around, there are good resources to really read up
on the area that you are wanting to get in to. I would say that’s pretty key
as well. Do your research, make sure you know the sector you’re going
in to, and make sure you reference the research you’ve done because
that will help the application as well.

How Does A Camera Work? A Photography Tutorial for Beginners.

How Does A Camera Work? A Photography Tutorial for Beginners.


The story of the camera started with Ibn al-haytham,
the father of ophthalmlogy. He was a scientist, mathematician, and a doctor
from golden age of muslim civilization. He was a keen observer. From his experiments,
he explained that light travelled in a straight line, and he proved it by projecting an image
to a surface through a small hole in a darkroom. He also used his experiments to explain how
the human eye works. Ibn al-haytham’s darkroom was later called Camera Obscura. His work on eyes and images laid the foundation
for modern day cameras. This includes both video cameras and still cameras. Let’s have a look at your camera to understand
some basic concepts on how camera works. Your camera is a darkroom that has a hole
in front of it, the hole allows the light to come into the darkroom. The light enters the hole in a straight line
and gets projected on the wall of the dark room. When taking photos, a photographer wants to
control the amount of light coming in to the camera and he wants a sharp focused image.
This design lacks both. Let’s introduce a lens in our camera design.
Lens is mounted or placed in front of the camera hole. As part of the design, a lens manufacturer
can have one or a series of lenses to make it work. A lens helps us control the light
entering the camera. It focuses the light on a specific area within the dark room. To capture the image of this light falling
on the surface of the camera, we insert a medium that is sensitive to light. In the old days, this used to be film, but
most modern camera have digital sensors. The light coming in through the lens thus
falls on the medium, and we save it. In the digital cameras, the sensitivity of
the medium can be adjusted via the ISO settings. Now that we are able to focus light on the
medium more accurately, we need to have more control on the light. For that, let’s look
at how human eye works. During day time, when there is bright light
around us, the iris muscle of our eye constricts to prevent excessive light from entering the
eye. At night time, or in low light conditions,
the iris dilates to allow more light to come in for more visibility. Let’s have a look at how we can control the
amount of light coming into the camera. In our design, we need something that can contract
and expand like a human eye. An aperture is an opening through which light
travels, and in a camera, it needs to be able to contract and expand to allow less or more
light to enter. Aperture is installed inside the camera lens. So, not only your image is focused by the
lens, but the amount of light is also controlled by the aperture of your camera. You can control
the aperture in f-stops using the aperture priority mode in the camera. Let’s see how we can stop the light from falling
on the medium all the time. You only want the camera to take the photo when you press
the button, don’t you? A shutter is a device the allows the light
to pass for a determined period of time for the purpose of exposing the film or the digital
sensor. A shutter is installed inside the camera. It is like a door that stops the light. it
only opens when you press the button on your camera to take a photo. Once the camera has finished taking the photo,
the shutter closes. You can control the shutter speed in second
using the shutter priority mode in the camera. As a photographer, you need to view and compose
your shot before you take it. Inside the camera is a mirror that is placed
in front of the medium. When you press the button to take a photo,
the mirror flips up to allow the light to travel towards the medium. But when the mirror is closed, it bounces
the light into a prism and then light goes out through an opening called a viewfinder. This is how you are able to view the scene
in front of you. Let’s summarise and review what we have learnt
in this tutorial.. your camera has a medium to capture the light.Medium
can be film or digital sensor. the lens of the camera focuses light on the
medium. aperture of the lens controls the amount of
light coming in your camera. the shutter opens for a predetermined period
of time to allow the light to fall on the medium. and the mirror allows you to see through the
viewfinder. How do I take good photos is a very common
question. aside for developing an eye for lovely compositions,
the secret recipe for good photography is learning the art of aperture, shutter and
the ISO. Watch Mujahid photography tutorials on aperture
shutter and iso to learn more.

Photography Tips: How to find the right camera settings – think like a photographer

Photography Tips: How to find the right camera settings – think like a photographer


hello all you lovely boys and girls out
there in photography land this week only show you a little film
where we’re gonna go through taking couple of images but I’m gonna explain what I’m thinking
as I do it now cameras a marvelous piece of
equipment but on their own they can’t do anything they need to input
Leonardo da Vinci’s brushes and pigments could not have
created the Mona Lisa without him now I have created a new seven-week
downloadable photography course which really goes in depth into this thought
process behind every single image that you gonna take
it’s called the same building blocks of photography just search for seven
building blocks a photography you find a place five hours the videos as work
sheets there’s masses of good stuff this is a big subject and I promise it will revolutionize your
photography but anyway without further do let’s go and have a look of me shooting a couple of images as i
talk you through what I’m doing and what I’m thinking in
order to achieve the image that I want which camera
settings should I use the question we hear quite a lot so I thought I’d take you through a
thought process which i use and I ask myself questions by asking
those questions the answers to its settings they kinda
arise naturally now I’m assuming you’ve watched most the
other videos in the different sections that we’ve already got on the site let’s just do it
suppose I got this little boat sitting here in
the sunshine which I hope is gonna last we got other boats going on the
background it’s all really quite nice let’s say I want to take a picture of that first question how do I want it to look do I want to include lots
background or just the boat do i want to have a
shot front to back old or just wanna have a shallow depth of field looking at
the boat by asking these questions it will tell
me which lens to use and where to stand go and watch the
lenses film particularly the ones about focal length then you’ll
understand what I’m talking about the the shot im gonna take I’m gonna have a fairly wide angle shot
with the boat strong in the foreground and what’s
going on in the background kinda and not quite so important i wanna
try and include as much of the sky as I can as possible so that’s gonna give me a wide angle
lens by getting fairly close to the boat that is going to make the boat strong
very much the subject to the picture right so I have my wide angle lens on I have already set it to its widest focal length: that 10 millimetres in
this case so the next thing is to have a look and
find the composition he’s gonna tell me where I’m gonna need
to set the zoom but I think i want it shortest I’ll move myself backs and forwards to
get the composition now ideally I’d like to be about four
feet that way but I cant so I just hope I don’t fall in and if I do you can have a laugh at my expense if
you wanna come around here Janey has them yeah 10 mill was fine and I’m just lucky
that this is probably a good spots on a move back a shuffle and just focus on the boat so what I’m gonna do is put the boat in the kind lower left third in the shot and then those boats
over there on the opposite upper opposite of the frame so I can see quite clearly that’s gonna
work beautifully okay next question what light am i In . I’m in sunshine so that’s gonna give me
my white balance setting isn’t it put onto the sunny setting the next
question is how much depth of the fields do I want well for this honor
shot landscape I’m on lot so that the field I wanted to be
very sharp indeed said that is gonna tell me which
aperture to useif i want lots of sharpness then i want a small aperture just wanna go to F-sixteen and I go to
the smallest aperture lot because the lens will perform better
if I don’t push it to its extremes that’s gonna tell me my depth the field the next question is which shutter speed
doing i need because the aperture is going to govern
that and it’s also going to have an impact on eyesight so again looking through the
viewfinder you can’t do this just kinda pointing at the ground and looking in
the back look through the viewfinder with the
shot composed and see what shutter speed on getting I’m getting an 80th of a second
F-sixteen in this light and my eye ISO on 200 which is the
lowest the best quality the best colors and everything else so I don’t need to change it if I needed
a faster shutter speed I would have to increase my ISO I can
to get that why would I need a faster shutter speed
you need to have a fast enough speed to freeze any camera shake those a
little movements come watch the camera shake film that will explain it so there we go by asking myself those
questions I know what my camera settings are are now put them onto the camera got my
aperture my shutter speed I’ve got my white balance all set
and I know that I can use my finest my ISO all I have to do now easily now over the
water focus on the boat compose my shot and take the picture there it is so there you go there’s one that’ll set
of questions for that particular shot and those
questions by asking myself a given myself the settings I need for
the camera can find a different scenario something kinda interesting me over here if you can see and we got this pontoon
with these boats tied up to it and in the middle of it there are some
flowers and I quite like there’s some sort of safety ratings
record low lifesaver rings now quite like the light on those sites
those like saber rings and and the flowers either side it’s a real sort of
boaty sort of a key sighed thing think the sun’s
going so like the light on them but doesn’t matter I’ll keep talking you through
the shot maybe the Sun will come out okay that’s the shot I’m gonna go for
what I’m seeing in my mind is something to do with those rings with
the plant either side maybe some boats in the background
something to say this the big boat you know bring it together first think think
about the composition hand we wanted to look and that’s my first question well
obviously i’ve got the soft background so i want a shallow dept of field I wanna make those boats in the distance
probably come this way a little bit so that I can line up my an orange life bouys to do that i’ve gotta think about where do i
think is really simple to line the shot up you just move yourself around and
look with your eyes now on this or moving up and down here and I think to get I reckon from about here I’m gonna get the the life boys and the
bit the plants and then some boats in the background ok where have you gone are you over there she keeps doing that she moves and im not ready
for it so i turn around to talk to you and fung you’re over there right now to achieve that shot that’s
gonna give that’s gonna tell me which lens to use im gonna need a long lens because obviously I
can’t climb over there but even if I could I want to compress
perspective I want to suck everything together a bit and I want a very narrow field review
because I want to try and mess things like that Deepwater life jackets available sign on
the pontoon and also the lifebuoy which is hanging
on that pole Just in from to the third little boat in
I don’t want them in their so I want a narrow narrow field of view
i want to look like looking down a drainpipe like this I
don’t know why it feel to be on to narrow field a few again gonna look our lenses films this
the focal length for will tell you all about that the focal length: explained I think it’s
called anyway long lens so I can get my camera with a long lens on it try not to trash everything in the
process only is my longest focal length and the
set zoom as long as possible act I have to move further away then so
be it the long long as they will keep the field of view narrow so
let’s try and set my in the Hudson click them standing up now I think
that’s about right actually getting closer so many as close
as I can because I want to make sure I can
exclude that dep water life jackets from the shot just focused up and have a
look through yeah I’m shuffle this way a tiny bit im lining the shot up nicely yes good I can
I can just about achieve the shot im after so focus on the the no sorry than getting ahead of
myself arent i on how much depth of the field do I want a very shallow depth of the field
because I want the rings to be nice and sharp but i want
either side of them to be a bit soft so that’s gonna tell me
which aperture I need because the wider the aperture the shallower the depth of the field so I’m gonna set my widest aperture
that is the lowest F number okay so now I can have a little look
through the viewfinder again with the shot all composed and see what
shutter speed I’ve got now with a very wide aperture obviously tons at light is coming in so have a
very for most shutter speed let’s have a look at my
ISO again I’m down on 200 ISO if it was dark you know why it would be
good if the Sun had gone in cuz I have been able to show you that I’ll find a
way to in a minute they’ve been dark I would have had to
make sure that my shutter speed was faster the 200 for the second
because my lens is set to 200 millimetres I’m gonna need the
200 for the second to ensure I don’t get camera-shake any wobble lost on taking the
picture but as it happens with my len says it
F-four with isn’t quite my widest aperture but
there you go I’m gonna focus on the lifebuoys I’ve gotta 1500 the second with the shot
composed so that’s pretty cool let’s just know
it’s windy squeeze of shot and there you go so that’s what I was looking at by
asking myself those questions how do I want the picture to look it’s given me the settings i need my
camera to make sure the exposure is correct and
I won’t get camera shake et cetera subscribe to our YouTube channel to be
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and training come and see us at our website photographycourses.biz

First-8 – Creating job opportunities and saving lives

First-8 – Creating job opportunities and saving lives


The army taught me how to save lives. First aid is about being able to
make the right decision in an emergency. It’s a wonderful feeling when you hear
a person you are giving first aid to start to breathe again… you know you’ve made that difference. We founded First-8 to help ex-service men and women
apply their skills in everyday life. We have made it possible for former members of the armed forces
to teach first aid. When our business stopped growing,
we realised that we needed help with online marketing. We had made internal adjustments and done some external marketing. But we still couldn’t get the breakthrough we were after. We wanted to be able to promote our business
on a large scale, to reach new businesses and individuals… and share the skills
we got when we were in the army. It was Google’s Succes Online that gave us the skills and
resources for our business to forge a new path. We’ve gone from being just Anders and I to having 30 employees
and offices in Århus and Copenhagen. Last year, we trained around 360 people in first aid. This year, we have trained around 3,200 people. Google’s Succes Online has given us a wide range of skills –
we’ve acquired a digital mindset. On a personal level, it’s been great to create a business
that gives people a regular income… and helps us create a safer Denmark. It’s a special feeling to be able to make a difference,
both for the people we train, and for our employees.