August 15, 2012 at 5:30 pm #2521
I’ve noticed that for the most part, the more popular blogs have AMAZING photographs. Most of these bloggers seem to have connections to good photographers (seems like they have BFFs or significant others who help out), but what about those of us who are relying on a tripod and remote? Are we pretty much destined to NOT be noticed? Any tips for people like us who don’t have BFFs or significant others who take good pics? What about finding photographers who are willing to take pictures cheaply or for free?August 17, 2012 at 10:06 am #2586
This is a great topic! Honestly, the best pictures are a result of quality lenses. You can have a tripod and a remote if you have a great auto-focusing lens. 50mm f/1.4 is a great portrait lens and the more lenses you have the more variety you will have in your photographs.
The second part of the great photos is editing. If you shoot with a DSLR (and a recommend saving for one if you really want those high quality professional looking photos) you can shoot in RAW format which will allow you to do some serious adjusting to your shadows, exposure, contrast, clarity, and a variety of other things.
If you are shooting with a point & shoot camera, get to know the settings of that camera and if it allows for manual options learn more about exposure and aperture and set it yourself, it is totally worth the effort!
For editing, you can use simple editing software to add effects and filters, I do recommend finding a way to get photoshop or paint shop pro for editing however.
Please remember though, these are just suggestions for improving the quality of your own photos, any photo can be nice when composed and exposed properly but the photos you are referring to are most likely taken with a DSLR using some of these tips.August 17, 2012 at 5:23 pm #2617
Michi of Delphina LuxeMember
If buying a quality DSLR and lenses is out of the question, you should always check your local resources. If you live in a city with an art school there will undoubtedly be photography students on the constant search for fresh faces (I know, I used to be one of them!). First and second year students will almost always be willing to take trade work or strike bargains, because often times at that point you are part of their learning process. http://modelmayhem.com works well for these sorts of connections.
But if you happen to live in New York, I’m available! My portfolio is available at: http://www.michirezin.com I can e-mail samples of blogger shoots upon request.August 19, 2012 at 11:49 am #2644
Blog To Be AliveMember
Personally I have a Canon Powershot G2 which is definitely not the most expensive cameras on the market and a tripod. I think my pictures turn out fine most of the time. The trick is to find the good settings, angles,… Don’t think that your pictures must look like they come out of a mag to be successfull.
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