Black and white photos are just amazing. To me they seem to bring out more of a mood to the image. Backgrounds seem to fade away and its all about the subject.
When I was in high school I took one photography class and it was all black and white. It was strange at first because you don't see life in black and white. So I had to see through the camera and try to imagine what the photos would look like.
Textures and lines can be accentuated and dead space helps to balance shadows.
Of course it is not for everyone, but if you are taking photos I would challenge you to spend an afternoon or even a whole weekend only shooting in black and white.
You'll see that you will become aware of different things, contrasts and might even open up different locations you hadn't thought would have worked.
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To tell you the truth, any time during the day is perfect for taking photos.
But, I'm sure you'll hear that early morning and late afternoon are the best times. I agree that these are fantastic hours as the sun is low and emits a golden hue to everything it touches.
This means that you often get a great highlight or rim light around your subject which helps create dimension and a vibrant color range.
This works well when shooting portraits and when shooting landscapes.
But, don't be fooled into thinking that is the best and only time to take photos.
Often times cloudy days create a perfect time to take portraits as the clouds act as a diffuser to the sun, which in turn created soft and even lighting.
This is fantastic as you will almost be able to place your subject anywhere without having to worry about them squinting or having heavy shadows on their face.
And, even on a very sunny day you can get some magnificent photos. Try to keep your subject near the edge of shade where they are facing in the direction of the sunlight and you will find that "natural reflectors" work great!
Lighting is king when taking photos and finding the right light in any occasion is what makes things both challenging and fun.
So the next time you see it really overcast or super sunny out don't cancel that photo session, work with it and see what you can do.
Being able to manage light and use it as best as possible will increase your overall skill as a photographer and teach you a lot more than shooting in mostly ideal situations.
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Last night I attended a Downtown Worcester Club meeting at Coral Seafood on Shrewsbury St.
This was the second meeting I've attended and both were very different. These are primarily for small business owners as well as larger businesses looking to network with other businesses in the Central Massachusetts area.
We enjoyed hearing a guest speaker and then had plenty of time to meet everyone and exchange information.
I enjoyed hearing about the different businesses and also speaking about my line of business. Its refreshing to hear people in completely different industries with similar questions or experiences as your own.
Sales, marketing and client relationship building is
I will definitely be attending future events!
This can be a heated topic for many photographers, but it is just a choice. For me I chose Nikon because I found my first one within my budget and learned everything I know from toyi with it for weeks.
I upgraded three times from my first Nikon DSLR and now own a main and a secondary camera body.
At this point if I were to switch to Canon I'd have to buy all new gear. I sometimes do envy that eye popping 70-200mm Canon L lens. Its classy, but just a thought.
What do you use or would like to use?
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