5 Tips for Photographing a Home

There are many reasons as to why someone would want to photograph their house. As a home builder in Perth, Australia, we’re always hiring photographers to take pictures of our homes to show off our properties.

There are five tips when taking a photograph of a home to help make sure it comes out looking great.

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Clean Up

There are some things that people may overlook that will make a big difference in the photograph. This includes mowing the grass, weeding the garden, trimming the bushes, cleaning out the gutters, and putting clutter away. This will make the home look some much better and takes a short amount of time to do.

Find an angle that will show the dimensions of the home the best. This will also allow the homeowner to pick what they want in the background. Check out the different angles and find the one that makes the home look the best.
Weather Plays a Role

When the weather is cloudy the house will actually look better. This will give a person the chance to show off the lighting. There will be no shadows to deal with either. Too much sun can cause shadows and rain or snow can take away from the home.

Play with the Lighting

To make the home look inviting there has to be a good balance of light coming from the inside of the home as well as the outside of the home. If a person takes the picture in the middle of a sunny day no one will be able to see the inside lighting through the window. When the sun is beginning to set a person will be able to show the natural glow of the home from both the inside of it and the outside.

Camera Setting Make a Difference

When taking a photograph of the home be sure to use professional equipment with many different options. There is a setting on the camera known as the RAW setting. When a person goes back to take a look at the pictures this setting will allow them to change the light.

A person will be able to get a balance of the light from the outside and the inside of the home. This setting will allow a person to play with different lighting options until they find a good balance that makes the home look inviting.

These tips should be considered before photographing a home. With the natural light a person may only have a ten minute time period to get thing right. If a person is still preparing the home they may miss out on the chance to take the perfect picture.

Photographing a home can be helpful in many different ways. If a person takes the time to adjust the lights and find the best angle of the home they can get a great picture.

You can find more of our work at Promenade Homes.

How to Design an Awesome Flyer in Five Easy Steps

As a photographer, I’m always looking for ways to showcase my work. Other photographers ask me all the time how they can market themselves.

Well, when you have something that you would like to bring to the attention of the world, a flyer is one way that you can get information out.

When you are looking to share news about an event or a cause with the world around you, you can do that through the help of a flyer.

Here’s a printing company that I like to use, by the way, if you need someone.

You can design a flyer to meet any need and to spread the word about absolutely anything, and you can get this job completed in five easy steps.

How to Design an Awesome Flyer in Five Easy Steps:

1. Spend some time thinking and brainstorming. You need to know just what you would like the flyer to hold before you start working on its design. Get an idea of the message that you want to spread and the look that you would like to have the flyer hold.

2. Open up an editing program on your computer and start to type in the message that you would like the flyer to hold. Just type it up in a simple way, you can move the words around later.

Make sure that you share all of the information that you would like the world to know. Type and type until you have it all down and you are ready to move on.

3. Find images to place in your flyer. No matter what kind of a message you are hoping to spread with your flyer, you can find images online that will go with that message. Find the images that you want and download them. Have the images ready as you move on to the next step in the designing process of your flyer.

4. Organize things. Set the flyer up in the way that you would like it to be. Move the text around and insert the images that you have found. Change things up a little and trying adding titles to the text.

Keep working on the design until you are happy with the look and you feel that it is something that will be easy to read. You want the flyer to draw attention, and you want it to be something that will actually be read.

5. Print out the flyer. You get to decide if you want to use colored ink or if you would rather stick with black. You get to pick the paper that you will use when you are printing the flyer – would you like to use a bright color or simply white?

You can use shiny or matte paper to print your flyer, depending on your own personal tastes and how you would like the finished item to look.

Creating your own flyer for any reason can be done in a simple and easy fashion. Make sure that you always include a bit of yourself in the work that you complete, to really help the flyer that you create to shine and attract attention.

Do you want to print business cards instead? Check out that article and you’ll learn some great tips.

You can make a flyer when you need one, and you can handle the design process on your own. You can do this, and it is a simple process to complete.

5 THINGS EVERY GAMING PHOTOGRAPHER NEEDS

Gaming is becoming a real huge interest for photographers lately. The ability to transfer your photography skills over to gaming is certainly a big appeal.

So, in a nod to all the photographers who read this site, and who also gamers, we dedicate this post to you.

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You have spent hours on end researching which video game system you want to buy. You have discussed it with friends, read reviews, and even spent countless hours playing each system at a friend’s house or your local electronics retailer.

Now you are ready to buy the system of your choice. You cashed your check, walked into the store, and picked out your system. Now you are on your way to the checkout counter feeling really good about your decision.

You think you are prepared. Are you? Do you have the essentials that every gamer needs? Time to grab that check list.

A GREAT TELEVISION

Nothing can ruin a great gaming experience like the wrong television. Today’s systems are much different than the ones you grew up with. Today’s systems have HDMI ports so that you can enjoy your games in high definition. So, you’ll definitely need a great gaming TV.

Real colors, fluid motion, and crisp pictures are essential to the real gaming experience. Your television should also include surround sound. Adding a sound bar can add to the experience. Your friends will be blown away when they come over at the sound coming from the screen as you play your favorite games. Want to read even more about gaming TVs? Click that link and you’ll see a lot more info.

GAMING FURNITURE

The right gaming experience can also depend on the right place to sit. There are many options in gaming chairs. Finding the one that fits your needs and your budget is simple and a great investment.

Of course you want the most ergonomically sound chair for a comfortable experience, but if features are what you want there are chairs that can quench that thirst too. From speakers located in the seats to charging stations, you can find any chair that fits your needs.

A RELIABLE HIGH SPEED INTERNET CONNECTION

With so many online options available in today’s market you are going to need a good high speed internet connection. There are options to play your games online against friends down the street to strangers around the world.

Some gaming companies offer bonus downloadable content. If you want these rewards and more you better make sure your internet can handle it all.

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES

Today’s gaming systems have the options to connect to streaming content online. Your video game system can become an all-in-one entertainment system. When you are not playing your favorite games, you can stream your favorite movies or tv shows through popular services such as Hulu and Netflix.

Also, you may want to try one of the latest video games before you buy it. Game Fly is a popular service that allows you to rent video games that are delivered ot your home. For a monthly fee you can try these games as long as you like. Once you’re done you simply send the game back and get a new one.

CUSTOM CONTROLLER

You’ve picked out your system and sure it comes with a controller, but those are usually black and very basic. You are anything but the “basic” gamer. Why not get something that screams you. Getting a controller with your favorite professional sports team, or perhaps a character from your favorite movie or game, or even your favorite super hero will let your friends know that this is your controller.

Ladies are gamers too and there are many options out there for the ladies, maybe a hot pink controller is a way to tell your boyfriend this is mine, get your own.

There are many options when deciding what to add to your gaming experience. These are just a few of the options that are essential to that experience. Since you put a lot of time and effort in deciding which system is right for you, don’t let all that hard work go to waste with mediocre gaming surroundings.

You will find with the right TV, a comfortable gaming chair, high speed internet, Netflix, and your own controller that your gaming experience is more than just that, it is an adventure.

The Five Best Sports To Photograph

As technology has advanced and the risk of blurry photography has fallen, over the years, sports photography has become ever more dynamic – and ever more fun to do. I’ve volunteered for some local amateur teams over the past couple of years or so, and I’ve shown up at some other events, and I’ve gotta tell you, some are even better than others.

So what makes a good sport for a photographer?

* Flowing action – so there’s always something happening or about to happen to watch for* Passionate competitors – it’ll show in their faces* Fast play – the sense of motion is almost essential to sports photography* Clear objectives – so your audience knows what they’re seeing

And with that in mind, here are my favorites to shoot, and here’s why…

5. Volleyball

I know what you’re thinking, but you’re wrong. Find a site elevated above the court and settle in. It flows fast, play is simple to follow and predict, and it all comes down to a player’s agility and willingness to make the leap, the desperation dive, or smash the ball past the other team. Every rally gives you half a dozen or more fantastic shots once you know what to look for.

4. College Football

I’ve tried shooting baseball, and the fielding action and runs are great, but it frustrates me that catching a pitch or swing is so difficult – but with the speed those balls fly, it’s understandable. College football gives you enough errors in defense to capture some amazing plays on film and just enough time between downs to make adjustments if you need to.

3. Professional Wrestling

The lightweight competitors who dominate the small-time scenes these days are fast, high-flying athletes who do some crazy stunts on a regular basis. They call them ‘highspots’ and, when you’re looking at them through the viewfinder, that is 100% correct. Shoot from near the crowds and there’s every chance you’ll get a photo of a brightly-colored madman somersaulting out of the ring toward you, hurling a folding chair at someone, or some other, crazier move.

2. Paintball

This nearly made it to the coveted number one spot, but I couldn’t quite bring myself to do that. These miniature wars aren’t sports to everyone, but with two teams in elimination play, the winners determined by tactics, skill and athleticism, they really should be. And even the field of play is worth catching in your lens if need be. Perfection. Interested in getting into paintball yourself? Check out this site for the best paintball gun for the money.

1. Basketball

That’s right, no motorsports on the list. Basketball is a game of swift passing, dynamic moves, Hail Mary longshots and daring dunks against strong defense. How can I not give this the nod? Courtside or up in the nosebleeds, there’s no bad place for a prepared cameraman to shoot this sport.

Honorable mentions go to hockey, karate, and soccer, but minute by minute any of the top five will repay you best, at least for my money. If you haven’t tried sports photography, I recommend you practice before exhibiting, but give it a try.

It’s a whole new thrill.

5 AMAZING TIPS ON HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR HOME

House photography is an exciting activity that people undertake for various reasons; as a hobby, to sell the house or to capture memories.

Photography is generally seen as a simple task but when you actually do it, is when you will realize that it has its challenges. Below, I have listed 5 tips that will help you take those amazing, beautiful pictures of your home.

Tidy up your house.

This seems obvious but it will save you a lot of time that you might spend photo shopping a picture you took without cleaning first. A house can be messy due to pets, kids and untidy roommates. The best thing to do if you are in such an environment is to tidy up each room at a time and take the shots immediately, especially. I don’t care if you have the best toilet on the market today, if it’s not clean, it doesn’t matter.

(See more here about the best toilets, if that’s your thing).

Also, this may be tiresome but well, the photographs produced afterwards will be worth your energy and time.It’s important to make a list of the spaces you want to photograph first before you embark on it. This will help you set them up and take your pictures with different styles and designs.

Use a tripod stand.

With a tripod stand, you will take the pictures at many angles, giving the house different characters and dimensions. Afterwards you will get to choose the angle that best blandishes your house.

If you are in hurry and you don’t have time to get a tripod stand, bending a little while taking the pictures does the trick. At a bent level, you will be able to take wider room shots which help you focus on the fascinating items that you want to capture.

Consider the reflective surfaces, like mirrors, that are present in the room as you take the shots. It’s important to stay steady to avoid blur images.

Use natural light.

Unlike the human eye, the camera doesn’t automatically interpret any light present to produce the images you want. It’s best to use natural light to avoid the need of adjusting the white balance in post production.

Natural light makes the colors appear clean and fresh. If the natural light coming into your house is not enough, it’s important to decrease the shutter speed to allow for a lasting exposure. This will help you avoid using your artificial lights.

It’s important to consider the weather conditions while taking the shots. In a cloudy weather, the light is evenly diffused and therefore suitable for taking the shots. Also consider the angle of the sun to avoid the long shadows.

Shoot in RAW settings.

Balancing the electric light and natural light from outside can be challenging. This is where your camera’s RAW settings come in handy. Shooting in RAW mode helps you to adjust the final image to look just like how you want it. More photographic information is preserved when you use these settings.

Bring life into your pictures.

You can do this by adding people, pets or flowers. Sometimes even the most beautiful houses with top quality designs appear hollow without presence of life in them. People and animals make the house look fascinating and fun to live in.

In conclusion, practice makes perfect. As you take more pictures, your photographic skills will greatly improve. You will be able to take many exquisite pictures and share them with your friends. You can even start pursuing photography as your career. With these great tips, your dreams will definitely come true!

Favorite Hobbies: One Ordinary Guy’s Top Five List

Everyone knows I’m a photography freak. But what else do I enjoy doing?

Like most typical guys, I work hard, take pride in a job well-done, and try to make a positive contribution in whatever I endeavor to accomplish.

 

Because good hard work takes up a significant portion of my time, I have come to realize the importance of really enjoying the down-time that I have. While the natural tendency of achievement oriented people is to sometimes allow the demands of work to consume every waking moment, a healthy perspective on life is to recognize the value of recreation as a chance to refresh, reduce stress, prevent burnout, and, well…really live.

So I have compiled a list of five of my favorite hobbies. My goal here is to hopefully inspire other men to simply take the time to have fun doing something that they love.

My list is kind of diverse, probably because I have come to see the beauty in a range of activities. The point isn’t that others should follow my list, but that they should either have, or begin to develop, some enjoyable interests outside of the day-in, day-out routine of work. I assure you, the outcome can be a healthier, more relaxed, and satisfying life. Here is my list.

Favorite Physical Activity Hobbies

1) Working Out: I know, I know, you work hard all day to get good cognitive results like Alpha Brain and then….hit the weights? Yes. In fact, I not only hit the weights; I also do calisthenics-based exercises, and I run. When I started working out a few years ago, it took every bit of will-power to force myself to stay active and faithfully follow through with my training sessions. Sometimes you just need an energy booster like Shroom Tech Sport.

Now, I have come to the place where I actually look forward to, even crave, exercise. The key to my motivation has been continually adjusting my workouts to keep things fresh by occasionally adding new exercises, or shifting my training focus for a period of time from one style to another.

For example, I may do heavier weights with fewer repetitions for a few months, and then switch over to lighter weights with higher repetitions for awhile to focus more on conditioning. Speaking of conditioning, check out my second hobby.

2) Running in 5k Races: Few things in life relax my mind and allow me to feel as free as running. I would run even if I didn’t enter races, but I have found that training for a 5k is a huge motivator because it sets a goal before me.

When I enter races, I don’t do it to race against others, only to challenge myself, and to enjoy the camaraderie of other fitness-minded people. The atmosphere is truly uplifting, and it keeps me coming back for more. Each year, I try to do at least three races.

Favorite Tranquil Hobbies

3) Nature Photography: There is nothing like the peaceful reality of simply getting outside, breathing in the fresh air, and having a look around. Photography allows me to capture the beauty of some of these moments, whether in the woods or walking by the ocean.

The unique interactions between the landscapes, the sun, cloud patterns, and wildlife can be truly stunning and breathtaking. Nature photography is my form of hunting by looking for the best shot that can capture the essence of the moment, allowing it to be savored in a picture.

4) Reading: Whether sitting on the deck on a warm summer afternoon with a cold drink, or spending a few minutes clearing my mind before going to sleep for the night, I always have a couple of good books that I am slowly working my way through. It provides mental stimulation, retreat into a non-stressful space, and sheer enjoyment. I love to read biographies and sports related books, especially about baseball history.

Favorite Inspiring Hobby

5) FollowingProfessional Baseball:Ilovebaseball…I mean truly have a love and passion for the game. The strategy, drama, and history of the game all combine to create a beloved hobby for me that I simply take great delight in following throughout the year.

From my perspective, what could be better on a warm summer day than burgers on the grill, an ice-cold drink, and a ball-game on the television or radio? Sheer enjoyment.

Well, thats my top hobby list. Hopefully, it offers you some inspiration to develop your own if you have not already done so. Remember to get out and enjoy life….What will your list be?

5 Black and White Photography Tips

Mastering black and white is to photography what conquering Everest is to mountaineering. It takes a special set of skills as well as hours and hours of practice to get it right.

In a world awash with color, black and white photography creates searing images that stand out for their stark beauty. By taking away color’s capacity to distract the eye, you capture the rawness of form and the drama of light and shade. If you’ve ever visited a photo exhibit at an art gallery or followed the work of famous photographers, you know that black and white snapshots have an inexplicable power to stir the soul.

While practice is the only road to perfection when it comes to black and white photography, there are a few things you can do to improve the quality of your creations:

1. Pick out shapes, lines and textures

Learn to seek out objects with interesting shapes, patterns with definite lines or texturally rich subjects. Unlike in color photography, these are the details that dominate black and white pictures. Without a strong form in focus, a black and white photograph turns out flat and uninteresting. Contrasts add interest, so you should aim to capture areas of sharp black, vivid white and myriad shades of gray in between.

2. Get the light right

Light is what defines black and white photography. Not just ambient light at the time of clicking the shot but also the interplay of brightness and shade within the composition. The so-called golden hours of photography – the soft light of sunup and sundown – are the best times to shoot outdoors. The softness of light in those hours draws out details better. Overcast days are also great for taking black and white pictures. When shooting still life, using side lights to create more dramatic pockets of brightness and shade create greater definition.

3. Shoot in RAW format

If your device offers the option, try shooting in the RAW format. This gives you greater control over the outcome in the editing phase. Some cameras allow you to click in the RAW and JPEG formats at the same time. Use the option and select the monochrome setting to know what the image will look like in black and white. This is especially helpful when you’re starting out and find it hard to visualize in black and white. If you can’t shoot in RAW, try clicking in color and then changing it to a black and white image.

4. Manipulate ISO and exposure

Tweaking your camera’s ISO setting can make all the difference. Low ISO, especially in good light conditions, eliminates the appearance of noise in the image. Unwanted noise can interfere with the quality of both color as well as black and white pictures. But it is more noticeable in the latter. When shooting scenes with a bit of movement, setting long exposure creates interesting blurs that contrast beautifully with the dominant subject in the image.

5. Use filters

Filters allow you to exercise greater control over light and contrast. Polarizers are helpful when shooting around reflective surfaces like water. A split neutral density filter is useful in creating more dramatic contrasts in very bright conditions.

Keeping these basics in mind, the more you experiment with black and white photography, the better you will get at manipulating the final image and getting the desired result. The holy grail of photography is definitely attainable.

5 Ways to Improve Your Instagram Photos

Like anything else in life, making your Instagram photos stand out in a crowd of millions of posts needs a little extra something. After all, your Instagram post is like a work of art. Anyone can sketch a few lines on paper in a matter of seconds and send it out into the world. But artwork that is memorable involves a little more thought towards composition, a little more effort to attain perfection. That’s the difference between the ordinary and the exceptional.

Devoting just a few more minutes to your Instagram contributions can vastly improve their quality. Here are five easy ways to make your Instagram photography and posts a whole lot better:

1. Planning

Yes, many Instagram captures are impulsive, spur of the moment captures. But most can be planned. Think square. Compose with care. Gauge the best time of day with ideal light for your subject. There’s a little bit of trial and error involved. The more you experiment, the better you will get at it. Study the posts of Instagram members you follow and admire. Why do they appeal to you? You remember them because they stand out for their artistic composition, their clever use of color and contrast. That’s a product of planning.

2. Camera selection

While smart phone cameras and the Instagram app have come a long way, the best photography is still the product of a real camera. Use one when you can and transfer your work to your mobile device. Here’s the quality succession for photography: camera trumps smart phone; smart phone trumps Instagram app. Most new digital cameras offer seamless upload options, so transferring photographs takes just a few seconds.

3. Taking multiple shots

Not every picture we click has that magical, evocative quality, despite what we might like to believe. So take multiple shots. Subtly vary the angle, the light and the composition. See what works better and post only the best capture. Weeding out the ordinary to showcase the extraordinary is something we subconsciously do in every other aspect of life. So why not in the world of Instagram?

4. Editing

This is a vital quality control step that no creative genius ever skips. Make it an integral part of your life on Instagram. There are many apps out there outside of Instagram that help you enhance and polish the appearance of your snapshots. From VSCO Cam to Afterlight, Photoshop to Lightroom, Filterstorm to Mextures, there is a host of editing options out there. Efficiency in this department can only come from experimentation and navigating all the options that these editing applications offer.

5. Keeping fun at the heart of it

While it’s important to keep these technical pointers in mind to get the best out of your Instagram experience, you shouldn’t forget to have fun with your posts. If you’re not excited about what you’re photographing, your creations will be dull and forgettable. Your enthusiasm for the subject adds an intangible but essential quality to your posts, so seek out what brings you joy.

Clearly, improving your Instagram photos doesn’t take very much. If you make these simple steps a regular part of your Instagram regimen, contributing high-quality and memorable posts will soon become second nature.

5 Tips For Better Photography

As a retired former wedding photographer I can tell you that I see some very common mistakes from inexperienced photographers all the time. Most of the time they seem to center around these five tips I want to give you today. They may seem like common sense to many of you, and for the most part they are. But these are by far, the five things that make otherwise good photographs seem amateurish at best and sometimes even downright worthless.

These five tips have always seemed very important to me.

1. Framing Your Subject

First, when shooting a picture find the center of the shot you want. Then look at your scene would it be better just slightly off center, or better centered. Use the viewfinder of your camera to frame a shot. It can be done just as well from a view screen on a digital camera. but look at the image, before you shoot. Are you too far away for a good shot, if so move closer. Too close, back-up, zoom if necessary. Learn how to cut off people’s bodies and where to cut them. Such as at the neck the waist the hips, the knees. You can even cut off the top of someone’s head if you do it right. You can still obtain a good picture. Look at what you are shooting, and compose. Framing a picture properly can make or break a picture’s appeal.

2. Steady Your Camera

I often see shots taken where the person holding the camera was either swinging around in a circle at the time he was pressing the shutter button. What you get is a blur. Often it is colorful, and an image like this could be artistic. But if you want a picture of what you are shooting to be recognizable to the viewer, hold the camera and yourself still. Use a camera strap to steady the camera against your own neck if necessary, use a tripod, brace yourself against a solid object. Whatever is necessary to stop camera shake and movement. take a breath just before shooting, release your breath just before you press the shutter button, and then shoot when the air is expelled from your lungs. Shoot a camera as you would a gun. Steady on target. Aim using the viewfinder or screen, frame well and steady as she goes.

3. Watch Your Lighting

Be aware of your light source. Subdued lighting is usually better for someone less skilled with a camera. A bright sunny day under a shade tree is usually better than dead on sunlight. In your subjects face sunlight will cause the squints. You know when their eyes become slits to keep the sun from frying their retinas. Off to the side some is better.

Beware of shadows cast by the light you’re using. Angle light so as to eliminate shadows where you don’t want them. When shooting indoors be aware of color cast by the light you are using. Incandescent lamps add a decidedly yellowish tint. Florescents add a blueish or greenish tint. This isn’t so noticable with digital cameras, and many cameras have a setting especially for the type of light you’re using. Again even indoors beware of light too strong for your settings on your camera, or shadown. Something else to be aware of which goes along with lighting, but also applies to framing your shot.. Watch out for intruders. Artifacts that often seem to look like a tree growing out of the top of someone’s head. Or streetlights. that look like a UFO landing on your friends head.

4. Focus, Focus,Focus.

Even today’s auto everything, point and shoot cameras often shoot out of focus pictures. They don’t always apply the point of focus where you are wanting to focus. Check you shot before you shoot. Is the image sharply focused. If not, Why? Is it possible your finger may be blocking the electric eye on your camera that focuses, is it too dark for it to work, is there some other obstruction that may be catching the focus of your camera that is closer or farther away than your intended subject. Again check your shot prior to pressing the shutter button.

5. Don’t Show Your Bad Shots To Anyone

I know this sounds a little silly, but it really isn’t. You must realize that everyone, everyone, including experienced professionals shoot bad shots. They just don’t show those. It adds to your credibility if you only allow people to see your best work. Edit your photos with a critical eye.

Don’t expect everyone to agree with your vision. Art is subjective. But, that is what you want to strive for, art. Pictures that are visually stunning. Those shots that capture your eye and hold it are the bomb. Those are the shots you want people to see. Those are the shots people want to see. Those are the moneymakers.