Sunday, October 30, 2016

7 TIPS FOR POSING FAMILY PORTRAITS

IT'S FAMILY PORTRAIT TIME !

It seems like this time of year, we are all thinking about getting portraits of our family, to give the gift of ourselves to everyone at Christmas.  This is the time photographers get a chance to pose the group of families.  YIKES !  Now how do you pose families?  Groups of people?   Well, this article written by Linnae Harris goes into great detail of how you pose families, and get the right picture of a group of people.  It is the best article I have seen and makes me think I should share this with you... right:

7 TIPS FOR POSING FAMILY PORTRAITS:

Posing families and groups is one of the more intimidating feats for photographers. Working with several people of different heights and ages is certainly a challenge, but following a few posing guidelines makes the job a bit simpler.

September 2012 Family Photos” captured by Kate NG Sommers

1. Family portraits are largely about capturing relationships and interaction, and that’s pretty tough to capture when everyone is far away from each other, so the first thing I do is get everyone to squish together.

“Walker Family Photos” captured by Meghan Marell

2. I like to get everyone’s heads fairly close together which can be done by having everyone sit down. Even if the kids are dramatically different heights, sitting down brings everyone closer. It can be as simple as just sitting on the ground. Look for nice colors, textures, and clean backgrounds. Steps and benches work great, too. There are tons of options!

“Untitled” captured by Dave Malkoff

3. One of the easiest way to dramatically improve your composition is to stagger everyone’s head position (but keep them close). Arrange faces on different levels so that any pattern of height does not distract the viewer from seeing the group as being one cohesive unit.

“Young Family” captured by Good Eye Video

4. Position each individual so they are visually connected to another individual. You can do this by having them stand very close to one another or, better yet, have them touch another person. No matter the poses you go for, always try to incorporate direct contact through touch. Hands on shoulders, arms around waists—any way that you can get everyone in physical contact with each other. This will convey emotional closeness.

“Banchitta Family Preview” captured by Pete Labrozzi

5. The other posing technique that I often use is to have the pose wider at the base and narrower at the top. Some photographers refer to this as the pyramid pose. This makes the group look like a single unit and the composition looks complete.

“Kathy’s 50th” captured by Nom & Malc

6. Pay attention to your subjects’ hands. It is usually a mistake to have everyone in your pose doing the same exact thing with their hands. Occasionally I will direct one or more of my clients to change their hand position to improve the pose as well.

7. It’s ideal to have everyone in the family looking in the same direction, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be in your direction. You can direct everyone to look behind you or at the youngest family member.

“Untitled” captured by Kenji Wang

It really doesn’t have to be stressful the next time you want to capture your family’s portraits. Be patient, be flexible, and make it fun. You’ll end up with some awesome portraits, lots of real moments, happy parents, and happy kids! Try it out! It will surely improve your photos. Good luck.


About the Author:Linnae Harris is a portrait photographer who specializes in photographing families, babies, children, and high school seniors. I primarily photograph families and children outdoors or in their home for natural light sessions.

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Friday, October 28, 2016

MOST WONDERFUL PLACES PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE WORLD

Summer in Skogarfoss, Iceland
Wonderful Places In The World
— with Rowena Ulwelling.

A GALLERY OF SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD:

ENJOY:

Yellowstone National Park

Wonderful Places In The World
— with Rowena Ulwelling.


WEEKEND EDITION: 10/29/2016







Isle of Skye, Hebrides, Scotland


Ramona Falls, Oregon

Sunrise on Mt. Fuji, Japan

Patagonia, Argentina

Mount Bromo, Indonesia

Iceland


Wisteria in the gardens, Villa Pisani, Veneto, Italy

Ireland

Athabasca River, Icefields Parkway National Park. Alberta, Western Canada

Arches National Park, Utah

Nice, France

Arched Entry, Dordogne, France

Cinque Terre, ‎Vernazza, Italy

Golden Temple, Amritsar, India

Blue Lagoon, Ölüdeniz, Turkey

All photos compliments from the website, on Facebook:  WONDERFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD.


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

LEARN TO UNDERSTAND ALL YOUR CAMERA SETTINGS

DO ALL THOSE CAMERA SETTINGS SCARE YOU?
DO YOU WISH YOU UNDERSTOOD THEM BETTER?
WHAT DOES "AV", "TV" AND "M" REALLY MEAN?
DID I BUY TOO MUCH CAMERA?

Have you ever thought some of these questions?  You know you have always wanted one of these kind of cameras, and now you have this type of camera, do you really understand it all?  What do all those different settings really do for you?  And how can I make the most of all those different settings?   Well, hopefully, in this article, we can solve some of those questions.  There is a lot to learn in these cameras today.  And even though this article teaches us what all these different settings will do for you, you really won't understand it all, until you go out and practice them for yourself.  So, let's get into it, and see if you can get more comfortable with the settings you have.  Even some of the smartphones are having these settings, now, so, let's learn them.

CAMERA MODES EXPLAINED
By Ricky Davies

If you’re just learning about your camera, then chances are you’ve taken a look at the top of your camera only to become immediately confused. However, you don’t need to worry, as I’m going to
explain what each and every one of these camera modes does.

Mode Dial & Lock Lever” captured by Hideya Hamano

AUTOMATIC
The automatic mode really doesn’t need much of an introduction; you can probably guess by the name what it does. Automatic allows your camera to set all of your camera options “automatically” to produce the exposure that it thinks is correct.

Automatic mode doesn’t allow you to set the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, or even the flash, which often pops up and ruins your photos. If you don’t know how to use your camera and are considering shooting in this mode, I would advise against it;  it won’t help you one bit, and your images will more than likely come out terribly.

PROGRAM MODE (P)Program mode is a mode for beginners to start to understand their cameras. Program mode is similar to automatic in the way that it allows the camera to make the decision on which settings to use to correct the exposure. Once the settings are selected, you can easily change them. For example, if the camera thinks that the correct shutter speed would be 1/200 of a second but you think this is too slow, you can change it so it gives you a shutter speed of, say, 1/400.

If you don’t know much about cameras, I would recommend using this mode to start off with

APERTURE PRIORITY (AV)Aperture priority is a mode in which you set the aperture while the shutter speed is automatically set for you to give the correct exposure. This mode is useful when you want to achieve a certain depth of field. For example, if you wanted a shallow depth of field (not much in focus) then you could set the aperture to your lens’s lowest number (e.g. f/1.8), and if you wanted a wide depth of field you could set it to its highest aperture value (e.g. f/22).

Scream!” captured by Danny Perez Photography

SHUTTER PRIORITY (TV)
Shutter priority is similar to aperture priority. This time, however, you only set the shutter speed, and the rest is done for you. This mode is useful when you want to tell the camera that you only want to shoot photos at a certain speed and not any lower or higher.


“Untitled” captured by Rick Burress

MANUAL (M)
Once you have learned how to use your camera, you will probably want to shoot in manual mode as much as possible. While in manual mode, you are able to change all of the settings as you see fit. Aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and white balance settings can all be changed independently to create the image you’re looking for.

Learning to shoot in manual mode will help you understand photography in greater detail and will allow you to produce good, consistent shots each and every time.

Give each of these modes a try and see how they work for you.


About the Author:
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

AMAZING PHOTO OF THE BAY BRIDGE, AND OTHER WINNING PHOTOS

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
OCTOBER 27TH, 2016


Photo by Lincoln Harrison

I have been a fan of Lincoln's for some time.  I marvel at some of the night photos he has taken.  Truly a master of the night.  This particular photo just jumped at me though.  The color of this Bay Bridge, San Fransisco is amazing.  I often thought of how many times this bridge has been photographed, but never have I seen the dedication that Lincoln took to find something really unique to put in the foreground, to make it even a more interesting photo.  Thanks Lincoln Harrison for this incredible photo.

To see more of his work go to: 



PORTRAIT OF THE WEEK:
Photo taken by:  Ele Hob

As I was telling Ele, this photo is just perfect in a lot of ways, the color of the skin, the posing, the vignette, the model, everything about this just makes this a perfect photo.  And for this it is truly a winning portrait.  Your eyes just keep coming back to this photo.  A true work of art.
Congratulations Ele, on a great photo.

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Photo by:  Maria Dupuy

I love it when a black and white photo wins "Photo of the Week".  This photo takes a moment to realize what it is, and that is the beauty of this photo.  I can see this photo hanging on walls around the world, to those lovers.  What a great concept.  Congratulations to Maria for this great idea on this photo.  She posted this photo in the Group:  LIFE IN BLACK AND WHITE. 


Photo by Margot Kelley Photography

There won't be too many more photos of fall this year, and this photo is definitely a winner.  Look at the rich colors, the composition, and of course, one of my favorites, the slow shutter speed that was used to create the dreamy waterfall.  Great photo.  Here is Margot's comments about the photo:
What a majestic state park! This is Middle North Falls at Silver Falls State Park. The fall colors were just past peak, and we managed to skirt the rain!

Magot is a great photographer, and has her own website that you can see more of
her great art work.  Go to:




Photo by Mary Grace Lisk Leone Photography

This is another one of those photos, that is actually quite difficult to take.  A long exposure, night photography, the lighting was perfect, not overexposed on the lighting, and the reflections on the water, all make for a perfect photo.  Congratulations Mary Grace for the time and effort taken to create this work of art. 
She has left the details of the work here:
Canon 7D Mark II, Tamron 24-70mm, 24mm, f/16, ISO 200, 10 seconds

To see more of Mary Grace's great photos, please visit her on her website:



Photo by Bob Faucher

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska 
This photo depicts not only the conditions at the time of capture, but also serves as a metaphor for the status of caribou living in the Kenai Lowlands. Historical records indicate that before the 1900s, the caribou on the Kenai Peninsula were common, but probably not abundant. It came as no surprise when the endemic woodland population was listed as extinct around 1912 due to overhunting and habitat loss from human-caused fires.
The existing four caribou herds on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge are the result of reintroduction efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the 1960s and again in the 1980s. However, due to continued exposure to human disturbance, the Kenai Lowlands Caribou Herd (KLCH) has grown slowly compared to the other three Kenai Peninsula herds and is currently smaller than its largest population size. Growth has been limited by predation rather than by habitat. Free-ranging domestic dogs and coyotes probably kill calves in summer and wolves prey on all age classes during winter. In addition to natural mortality, several caribou are killed annually by highway vehicles. Highways and the Kenai River bisect the calving areas. Caribou are commonly seen on the Spur Highway, Bridge Access Road and Kalifornsky Beach Road, where road signs caution motorists to watch for crossing animals.
The KLCH reached its largest size in spring of 1999 when 140 caribou were observed. That number declined slightly over the next couple years to 128 in June 2001 and has remained between 130 and 140. Total summer and winter range is approximately 535 square miles, and the herd appears to be expanding its range. Concerns have arisen implying that poor quality habitat is the reason for the herd’s decline and range expansion. The range occupied by this herd isn’t considered a typical habitat for caribou. Rather, harassment by dogs and human disturbances may be pushing these animals into new areas.
To capture this image, I went to the Bridge Access Road on many predawn mornings, searching for caribou under specific conditions. Many times I was rewarded with those favorable conditions—dense ground fog, clear twilight
 skies filled with warm light just before the disc of the sun appeared—and, on this day, the waning crescent moon was perched over the mountains. Initially, I thought this was going to be yet another caribou-free event. Then, suddenly, cow and calf began to appear through the fog, feeding on lichens, becoming more or less distinct as the fog shifted. Still, they were far from my position and my longest telephoto lens was required to make them large enough to be recognizable, especially when partially obscured by the fog. The density of the fog was variable yet critical to the story I wanted to tell—a new herd emerging from the extinction of its predecessor. While the KLCH is experiencing some level of growth, it abides perilously close to the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, their future remains unclear.

Equipment used: 
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM, Canon Extender EF 1.4X, Gitzo tripod, Really Right Stuff BH-55 ballhead. Exposure: 1/60 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 400.

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Congratulations to all the photographers this week.  Wow,  just amazing work.  I would love to spend time with each of you, just learning how you took these great photos.  Thanks for sharing your talents with us.
And to all of you, please share these amazing photos with all your friends and family. 



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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

REALLY? A NEW SMART PHONE FROM KODAK?

NEW TECHNOLOGY REPORT:
10/26/2016:

1- Kodak introduces a new Smartphone camera
2- Leica camera makes just 79 cameras, and is just wrapped in rubber from ping pong paddles.
3- Nikon's new "tilt - shift lens is got some real angles.  Check out the details.


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The Kodak Ektra Is a “Photography First” Smartphone With a Real Shutter Button


New Kodak Ektra Smartphone with a real Shutter button

The original Kodak Extra rangefinder camera made its first appearance way back in 1941. Now, Kodak is evoking that classic camera with its new photography-oriented smartphone of the same name.
The phone itself looks, well, like a classic camera. It has the familiar texture and a fixed 26mm (equivalent) lens with a f/2 maximum aperture. It has a dedicated two-step shutter button as well to make it feel more like a camera.
The back of the camera has a 5-inch haptic touchscreen and a collection of manual and creative shooting modes to make it more flexible. It also has a “bokeh” mode like the iPhone 7S Plus to simulate shallow depth of field


The phone comes with Snapseed pre-loaded to handle the editing in an Android shell.
It’s interesting to see the photo companies making their plays into the smartphone world, like Hasselblad with its TK add on. So far, reactions to Kodak’s Ektra phone have been a bit skeptical, but Kodak has already proactively said that it’s not a mass-market play, but rather something for photographers.
I’m interested to see if the camera can offer some kind of photographic quality that the already-excellent smartphone leaders (like the iPhone) aren’t offering, but even just a dedicated shutter button is enough to give it some appeal.

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This Limited Edition Leica M-P Grip Is Wrapped In Rubber From Ping Pong Paddles

No, seriously, it's rubber from a table tennis bat.




I love Leica’s limited-edition cameras. I’ll never own one and sometimes they seem downright silly, but there’s always something new and interesting going on in that design department. The latest limited Leica will come in a series of just 79 units and will be wrapped in the same rubber you find on a ping pong paddle (or a table tennis bat, if you prefer).
The camera was made in collaboration with Rolf Sachs and is a Leica M-P rangefinder body paired with the iconic Leica Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH prime lens. The goal, according to Leica, was to make something that’s visually striking and easy to grip, and it sure seems like the company has succeeded in both of those areas.
In addition to the bright red grip, there are also a few other red flourishes around the camera, including the recessed numbers on the top dials.



Of course, if you want to feel just how grippy that rubber wrap really is, you’ll have to shell out $14,950 to buy one of the limited edition kits. Sadly, these are meant to be collector’s items, so few of them will ever probably actually get out into the wild and take pictures, but I really like this one.


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New Gear: Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm F/4E ED Tilt-Shift Lens

Nikon's latest tilt-shift lens is impressively engineered



The knobs on the lens allow the optics to be moved around in order to create specific focus and compositional effects.

In recent years, tilt-shift lenses have enjoyed an uptick in popularity as some portrait and wedding photographers have begun employing the unique focus effects they offer. Now, Nikon has a new PC Nikkor 19mm F/4E ED tilt shift lens to add to the wide-end of its lineup, which should have strong appeal with the architecture and still life crowd.
The new lens has tilt, swing, and shift movements, which you can read more about here in our introduction to tilt-shift lenses. It has two aspherical elements inside, as well as three Extra-Low Dispersion elements to cut down on optical irregularities. It also uses Nikon’s Nano Crystal coat to fight glare and a fluorine coating to repel water, grime, and whatever else may want to stick to the front of the lens.

The 19mm focal length makes it the widest tilt-shift option in the Nikon lineup, which might make it less useful to the portrait shooters, but more desirable to those shooting interiors and architecture, as well as those who just want an ultra-sharp landscape lens. Typically, tilt-shift lenses are some of the sharpest around because they require a larger image circle to accommodate the moving optics, so the sweet spot in the center covers the entire frame.
There’s a lot of engineering in this lens, and the price tag reflects that, checking in at $3,399. Hopefully we’ll get the chance to check it out later this week at the Photo Plus Expo in NYC.

TO FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW A "TILT-SHIFT" LENS WORKS, POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY MAGAZINE HAS PUBLISHED AN ARTICLE ON EXACTLY HOW IT WORKS, WITH PHOTOS TO EXPLAIN IT ALL.  IT IS WORTH READING. 
HERE IS THE LINK TO THAT ARTICLE:
http://www.popphoto.com/how-to/2011/05/complete-guide-to-tiltshift-photography


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That is this week's information on new products.  The manufactures have cut down on the introduction of new products now.  I am looking at a lot of different websites to find all the new products, and will try to keep you updated on the newest.  But, I will also keep you updated on the technology of the newest products just released as well in the Newest Technology Reports.


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**  This week's articles come from Popular Photography.  Thanks to Popular Photography for the use of their articles.  I have personally subscribed to their magazines for a long time.  Thanks for the information.



Monday, October 24, 2016

15 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE THE MASSES:

15 places to see before mass tourism catches up


Mollie Reynolds
11/10/2016 
           
Who knows quite how they've managed it, but these 15 incredible travel destinations have managed to escape mass tourism...for the moment that is.

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay
Only 300 people live in Jose Ignacio but the luxurious hotels and restaurants here attract elite jet-setters the world over as they swap winter for the South American summer. This sleepy fishing village is quickly becoming one of the chicest destinations in Latin America. It's the perfect place for those who prefer to relax in privileged surroundings, à la St. Tropez of the South.

Photo by:  xura/123RF


Koh Rong, Cambodia
Koh Rong is a slice of heaven for relaxation. Once away from the tourist area that is beginning to develop to cater to young travellers, there are no buildings, no noise, no cars; just silence and peaceful fishing villages. With white sand beaches and lush forest, this place is often compared to Thailand 20 years ago.

Photo by:  jackmalipan/123RF


Bangladesh
Bangladesh has a rich history and diverse culture just waiting to be explored. Tourism still hasn't developed here despite the numerous places to visit such as the spectacular Kantanagar Temple, the Sundarbans National Park and its resident tigers, the largest mangrove forest in the world and the world's longest beach.

Photo by:  huertas19/123RF


Sofia, Bulgaria
Sofia is quickly becoming a fashionable destination as the beautiful architecture and fascinating history of Bulgaria's capital begins to attract tourists. The prices here are also very attractive to visitors, being much lower than other popular European city-break destinations.

Photo by:  kisamarkiza/123RF

Ambergris Caye, Belize
'La Isla Bonita' has a very rich past; pirates, whale hunters and the Maya all sought refuge here. Today, however, it is gaining traction as a top diving spot in Central America, with over 35 sites to choose from. Despite complaints about over-development as tourism becomes more popular, its most valuable asset has been protected: the barrier reef.

Photo by:  bbourdages/123RF


Myanmar
Only 300,000 people visited Myanmar, formerly Burma, in 2010, but in 2013 the figure skyrocketed to more than two million. With tourism rapidly developing, visiting the serene Inle Lake and its surrounding stilt-houses has never been more urgent.

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Roatan, Honduras
This Hispanic island gained popularity as the Mesoamerican barrier reef, with a coastline home to an abundance of tropical marine life. Unfortunately, cruises are just beginning to dock here and property developers have already constructed a shopping mall and various resort hotels. Fortunately, if you hurry you won't find too many other visitors just yet.

Photo by:  sorincolac/123RF


Puglia, Italy
As well as laying claim to being the heel in Italy's boot, Puglia also has a range of architectural jewels such as the imposing Bari castle and the towering Santa Croce Basilica. Not yet as popular among tourists as other Italian cities, Puglia is perfect for beating the crowds.

Photo by:  milla74/123RF


Zambia and Zimbabwe
These two countries are divided by one of the world's most impressive natural sights: Victoria Falls. Visitors can tour the immense landscape of Hwange National Park, home to rare plants and wild animals, including more than 30,000 wild elephants. And for the adrenaline junkies, take a raft down the Zambezi river.

Photo by:  pipopb/123RF


Busan, South Korea
Whilst hordes of tourists disembark in Seoul, the second city of Korea is worth a visit if you want all the city life but less of the crowds. Numerous mountains and beaches define this port town, famous for its huge fish market. Cosmopolitan touches such as chic cafés and museums make this an up-and-coming city not to be missed.

Photo by:  sepavo/123RF


Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Simply put, Phu Quoc is paradisiacal. The island is surrounded by white sand and, away from the development beginning to encroach on Long Beach, inland there is dense green jungle up for exploration. Whether you kayak around the bay, dine on fresh seafood or hike through the jungle, it is a unique experience at the heart of nature.

Photo by:  geoffhoppy/123RF


Manila, Philippines
Manila is the second biggest city in the Philippines and the 'Pearl of The Orient' is fast becoming a top destination as it rapidly modernises. Enjoy local cuisine at low prices and explore the historic wealth of the city by visiting the old churches, palaces and monasteries.

Photo by:  fazon/123RF


York, England
York is a beautiful city in the heart of Northern England. Medieval architecture is ingrained here, whether you're having a pint in the pub, sipping Earl Grey in a tea room or visiting York Shambles, the city's most famous street. For the most impressive sight, head to York Minster, the Gothic cathedral and architectural gem admired throughout the country.

Photo by:  chrisdorney/123rf


Kep, Cambodia
At the beginning of the 20th century, Kep was the favoured destination of France's colonial elite but its numerous restaurants and luxurious villas were destroyed during the civil war. Today it is the ideal place to recharge your batteries with visitors favouring hikes in the National Park over parties on the beach.

Photo by:  kamchatka/123RF


Salinas Grandes, Argentina
Lesser known than the salares of Bolivia, Argentina's salinas extend over 525 square km. When it rains, the salt, which can be up to half a meter in thickness, transforms into a spellbinding giant mirror that reflects the blue sky.

Photo by: estivillml/123RF


Still some beautiful places in the world that have been discovered, but not visited by the masses.  Wouldn't you love to pick a few of these places and go with your camera to these lovely places.  I think of the many different camera angles there are to give you an incredible portfolio of pictures.


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