Category Archives: Photographs

Photos Are Always Meaningful, And They Are Timeless

People are snapping photos of everything and everybody. Cell phones have made it possible to catch the most intimate, embarrassing, hilarious, and serious pictures without having the subject strike a pose. Crimes are being photographed in the process as well. The latest trend is taking selfies. You can take a picture of yourself, or a group of people, and have it posted on social media for all to see. Photographs have also gotten some people arrested for past crimes, or warrants. Posting pictures on social media is the fad of today, but the wrong person sometimes forget that law enforcement is on social media too.

Many people take pictures of things that may interest themselves, and other, so they share them. If you have social media pages, you will find that you are receiving many pictures on your page of people that you do not know. Celebrations, and special moments are great times to take a photo and share it. With the modern, innovative, and advanced technology of today, photos can be stored technologically, and preserved forever. Sharing photos of special occasions will bring smiles to many lonely people. To some people who may be home bound, social media is their only outlet for communicating with others. Holiday photos, like the Memorial Day pictures, are great to share with others. Your text to link…

Photography has always been an enjoyable activity, and with people taking selfies of themselves prove that a person uses their own self as their best model. Photography trends haven’t really changed over the years, they have just been enhanced with the opportunities afforded by cell phones. Everyone has become a star. They post their selfies on you tube also, and hope that they go viral. Having photos of special people os priceless. Photos are lasting, and the digital resource will keep them from fading over a long period of time. Everyone has gotten on the selfie, and picture taking band wagon.

Insta360 New FlowState Stabilization and New Modes for Better User Experience

Action-oriented cameras, especially on smartphones, come with a physical lens and electronic image stabilization to enhance video stability. Stable videos present viewers with a significantly improved experience whether it is a short video on Facebook or Instagram. This trend has been picked up by Rylos 360 cameras which have made it one of the selling features. Insta360 has always had some of the best camera software for stabilization in the industry.

 

Among the favorite 360-degree cameras, Insta360 One, which is a standalone 4K 360 camera that comes with an inbuilt Android or iPhone hardware connector, has now adopted FlowState on-board stabilization. With FlowState, the Insta360 One has improved on the automatic stabilization level it had when it was launched. Moreover, it comes with additional formatting and editing tools befitting the 299 dollars price tag.

 

FlowState stabilization helps users to play with their videos such as creating smooth pans across a video for use in normal vertical and wide-angle formats as most people do not view much of 360 footage. This makes Insta360 devices function like action sports cameras. The Rylo app has updated some of the modes and has added the Pivot Points editing mode. This new mode enables users to choose an exciting section of their videos and the pan between where the app builds a 2D 1080p footage. More information about the Insta360 can be accessed on https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/20/insta360-one-gets-a-massive-upgrade-with-flowstate-stabilization/

 

One feature that works quite well is the updated SmartTrack feature that allows users to follow objects and people throughout the footage. Also, the ViewFinder helps you use the phone as a viewfinder by panning and zooming on the video. To generate dynamic camera angle adjustments, one can now add adjustment points in the phone application and also set person or object active tracking. The new stabilization has enabled Insta360 to create smoother video-developed hyper lapses that work better than countless still frames.

 

These efforts point to Insta360 efforts of not just fixing bugs but also in improving their products making the camera even better. For people who already have Insta360 One, they can get the new features by updating their apps.

Photography Is Growing, Thanks To Technology

It is quite evident that technology is changing the way in which several activities are carried out today. The photography industry has not been left behind. In fact, as people’s desire to capture awesome moments and also to market their businesses increases, the level of innovation in photography is escalating as well.

 

 

 

One of the most significant photo trends as is indicated in Forbes, is computational photography. This strategy involves the use of digital techniques to process images. It helps to improve the camera’s quality such that it can capture images in the panoramas mode or 3D images. To promote computational photography, smartphones in future will incorporate a third rear camera.

 

 

 

Even though stereo photography has been in existence, it is very likely that it will trend in the near future. With the aim of making smartphones capable of capturing 3D images, stereo cameras will be installed in them. Artificial intelligence technologies will come in handy to make photography efficient. Consider a smartphone that has AI inbuilt apps to detect unwanted figures while capturing an image. This is definitely the future we are looking forward to. The use of drones has also become common in the photography sector

 

 

 

As the technology continues to develop, the cost of photography equipment, particularly cameras is bound to increase. Moreover, cameras such as Digital single-lens reflex camera are gaining their own niche meaning that innovative features will continue being added making them very expensive. For such reasons, surviving in this industry especially if someone does it for money will require a lot of creativity. Part of the creativity can be obtained by keeping in touch with the current trends. Innovating complicated photography practices will also be useful in capturing high-quality images. The changes in photography due to technology will continue becoming mind-blowing and impressive. It goes without saying that nowadays, people are receptive to inventions that increase efficiency and convenience in their lives.

 

Hiring a Professional Photographer: What to Know

Hiring a photographer for an event is a great way to remember the occasion and have pictures you can share with others. Unfortunately, you probably won’t have the time to take the pictures on your own, especially if it’s a big event like a wedding or major anniversary. In this case, you might want to hire a photographer who can help out. The photographer will be responsible for taking the pictures at your event and then printing them out so that you can keep them, frame them or give them to your loved ones.

While this is an easy enough task for just about anyone, it’s not so easy to find a professional when you begin to realize how many of them are available in your area. You will notice that the world of photography has literally boomed over the years, making it even more difficult than before to find the professional who is right for you. In order to find a good photographer, you’re going to want to see who is available for hire in your area, look at their portfolio and compare prices so that you can still stick to your budget without going over.

Likewise, you need a photographer who is professional and has been used by a lot of satisfied customers. It never hurts to ask friends or family if they have ever hired a local photographer and who they would recommend for this specific job. You will be amazed at how many professionals are out there who are willing to take pictures at your upcoming event. You will then want to stick to a budget that is right for you and is going to reflect on the price you pay for the event, so be sure to look for someone you can trust and know they will do a good job.

Photographer Meets Iconic Photo Subject 33 Years Later

Thirty-three years ago, there was a picture of a one-legged mother with her daughter. The mother wore a long, dark colored skirt that went a bit below her knees, as well as a simple, white, tailored shirt. Her wavy black hair was shoulder length, and she looked into the camera. Her young daughter was walking on crutches, looking down at the ground. The picture took place on a street in Beirut, during a war in Lebanon.

The picture ended up on the front page of the New York Times. It was an iconic picture of the conflict that was happening at the time, and few pictures could match its influence and shock value. The conflict went on for a relatively log time—15 years.

The name of the woman was Samar Baltaji, and her daughter’s name was Nisrine. Thirty-three years after the photograph was taken, Baltaji met up with the photographer, Mahar Attar. The photographer of the iconic picture ran into Baltaji on the street. He was commuting to a gym in the Verdun district of Beirut, and she was on the street, begging.

Baltaji had what many of us would consider a difficult life. During the last 33 years, she lost her other leg—making her a double amputee. She lost it from bone disease twelve years ago. She attributes the loss of her leg to the fact that in 1982, she gave some of her bone marrow to her daughter to save her daughter’s leg. Unfortunately, as an adult, her daughter had a feud with her and kicked her out when the Baltaji’s husband died.

The event of Baltaji’s photograph happened on June 2nd, 1985. Baltaji lost her leg because she was in her living room when a rocket exploded. She spent the last 33 years valiantly raising a family of four children in a dysfunctional city.

High Definition Pictures Gain More Appeal With Smartphones

Photography is something that is constantly in an
evolution stage. It always seems to be growing into another step towards even more high definition pictures. More people are putting down the standard cameras and picking up the higher-priced smartphones in order to get the best possible quality for their pictures.

For years photos have been improving because the megapixels for smartphones have been changing. Today with the iPhone 10 this quality is something that people would have never guessed they would be able to see so soon. People that have seen the advertisements know that even with the iPhone 8 Apple was embarking on something that would be completely different. The cameras that are attached to these phones actually make some of the photos look like professional pictures.

This is a big trend when it comes to photography because smartphones take great pictures. Another trend that people are using is app filters. There are apps like Snapseed that have allowed people to take out red eye and also create photos with a vintage or glamour glow look.

All of these are different things that can help people create better photos. It definitely works to the advantage of anyone that may be considering a new way to enhance their photos. There definitely is a great amount of growth in photography technology, and it appears to be growing even more as people look for new methods to create the best picture without spending the most money. Photos are fairly easy to improve if you do a little research beforehand.

The best thing that you want to do in order to improve photos that may be taken in low-light settings is to acquire an app. Will be able to lighten up pictures and see images that may have appeared too dark before.

Turning Photography into Profession

In any career choice, there are no shortcuts. It’s the same in all avenues as it is in freelance photography. The truth is that earning a living from passion is difficult, but it’s achievable. However, while it’s smoother in other sectors, photographers have had it tough in the recent past. The incorporation of advanced cameras in mobile devices and the availability of cheap digital cameras have not made the field any easier. The presence of the cheap cameras has turned almost every individual into a photographer. On the other hand, businesses think that all the published internet pictures are up for grabs, and free.

However, even with the difficulties in the profession, there are always turning points. Below, find the best guide on how to turn your photography passion into a business.

Find Your Niche

What this means is that you have to find something in demand but under-supplied. Whatever niche you choose, ensure that it gives you a unique selling point. However, it’s paramount for you to understand that finding a niche is not always easy. It may come naturally or take some time. The key is patience.

Be Good

When you find your niche, the next step is finding the experience. Customers will pay for the value of your work. Therefore, ensure that you can take those mind-blowing shots. Developing skills takes time. While some skills come naturally, others are earned. Find what advances your skill set and keep doing it.

Promote Yourself

Adopt and develop excellent marketing skills. Let the customer base know your products. Engage several social media platforms. Make yourself available, and your work recognized. Open blog posts, attend events and participate in exhibitions. Communicate your strengths with courage and confidence. Self-promotions is an essential skill in photography.

Don’t Undervalue Your Work

Pricing challenges every freelancer. Charge too much and risk putting off the customer. Charge too little, and you will sell yourself short. Adopt a price that matches your work.

Up Your Game

Finally, act professionally and demonstrate your expertise. You will gather respect and land more gigs.

Why Some Photographers Are Exiting Social Media

From fake news to excessive data collection and from careless handling of personal information to the Cambridge Analytica political scandal, the world’s largest social network is facing a significant loss of engagement and market value. Facebook is currently facing one of its greatest challenges, and photographers are certainly paying attention.

In a recent article published by PetaPixel, a professional photographer told the story about his decision to delete his social media accounts, including Facebook, without notifying more than a million followers.

Dave Morrow is an avid outdoor photographer who specializes in capturing landscapes. Until recently, Morrow was followed by nearly one million people on Google Plus, 15,000 on Instagram and 500,000 on Facebook.

Morrow’s decision to quit social media, where his digital photography work was extensively featured, was not based on the political scandals or on Facebook’s admission that it had mishandled personal information. In a video posted to YouTube, Morrow explained that social media was consuming too much of his time, and that he was getting caught up in a maelstrom of online conversations that were going nowhere.

The abrupt decision to delete social media accounts does not mean that Morrow’s insightful landscape photography can no longer be appreciated. He will still publish photos to his website, and he has decided to continue posting YouTube videos about the many months he spends traveling across North America in search of dramatic landscapes.

Among thousands of Facebook users deleting their accounts in the wake of the aforementioned scandals, some photographers are focusing exclusively on Instagram; however, this image and video sharing social network happens to be owned by Facebook.

Some photographers who are uncomfortable with Facebook’s ownership of Instagram are looking at alternative social networks such as Vero, a new smartphone app that facilitates the sharing of digital images without the interruption of advertisements and without promotion of content via algorithms. Vero has been around for about three years and has mostly flown under the radar, but a few professional photographers have already switched to this network.

Photographic Art New and Old

The Foam art gallery in Amsterdam in the Netherlands is currently hosting a photography exhibition entitled “Back to the Future”. The exhibition’s goal is to provide space where photographs from the earliest period of photography will hang next to the work of contemporary artists working in the photographic medium.

One of the works that is drawing significant attention at the exhibition is a set of three photographs by Sylvia Ballhause. When visitors first look at these three photos, they don’t understand what they are looking at. It seems as if no representative image is present. However, upon closer inspection, visitors can make out a view details of a city.

What they are actually looking at are some of the first daguerreotype images done by Daguerre in 1839. These three images have deteriorated extensively. Ballhause photographed the old images so that she could present them at the “Back to the Future” exhibition.

The oldest original photographs on display at Foam are cyanotype images of ferns. These were done by Anna Atkins in 1853.

There are 25 photographers whose work is on display. The work of the photographers ranges from representative photographs to more abstract photos. Various techniques were used by the artists in developing and displaying their photographic art.

The organizers of the exhibit have the goal of allowing those in the younger generations to get a glimpse of the development of photography. They want this generation to see how a variety of techniques can be used to achieve stunning colors and representations. Exhibit organizers want people to realize that photos can be taken without using the Smartphone.

Some of the photographers whose work is on display are highly regarded in the art world. Prominent artists whose work is featured include Matthew Brandt, Jaya Pelupessy, and Felix Van Dam.

Annie Leibovitz Teaches Photography Masterclass

In the Masterclass series, people who are maestros in their chosen fields are tapped to explain their genius to the rest of the world—in the hopes of imparting some of their wisdom. Past Masterclass teachers have included writers such as James Patterson and film directors like Marty Scorsese. In other words, only the best of the best in their respective fields are asked to teach these classes. Perhaps it should not come as a surprise, then, that famed photographer Annie Leibovitz has recently joined the esteemed ranks of these artists.

Known for her artistry behind the lens, Annie Leibovitz has shot some of the most iconic celebrity portraits of our times. However, some would be shocked to learn that her approach to this very technical field is exceedingly non-technical. In the Masterclass preview, Leibovitz is seen advising students that focusing on technical aspects too much will cause budding photographers to not take the right kind of photographs. She also rails against the prevailing wisdom that portraiture subjects should be “comfortable” when they are having their photos taken. Instead, Leibovitz posits that perhaps part of the reason why she turns out such distinctive photos is that her subjects are often a bit uncomfortable.

Leibovitz also suggests that students become accustomed to one lens before switching it up and experimenting with others. All in all, it seems as if the advice she offers is extremely practical for those who are just getting started in photography. It’s easy to see why Leibovitz was selected as a teacher for this project; not only is she incredibly gifted, but she’s also extremely passionate about what she teaches. Although the class may cost a whopping $90, many aspiring photographers could probably benefit from the advice and experience of Leibovitz.