Category Archives: Photography

One of the oldest picture I took of Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife

This lagoon is part of the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife. I took this picture using my pre-owned SLR camera in 1990 or earlier as part of subject requirement in Photo Journalism. The park has improved through the years, you can check the history and updated photo through this link here.

Getting The Best Shot

Taking a picture of a person might seem like it would be easy to do, but the final results could leave your subject with red eyes or a bright light behind them that prevents you from seeing what the person looks like. Although being a people photographer can be challenging and even frightening at times, there are a few tips that you can follow to ensure that you capture the best images.

Check your camera to ensure that it’s in the proper mode when you take pictures. There are some that allow for more depth when you take pictures while others are better at capturing details from a closer viewpoint. If you’re taking pictures of one person, consider using a wider lens so that you can blur out the background. This will allow the focus to be on the person. When you’re taking pictures of a group of people, you want to use the focal plane so that one person doesn’t get left out because of a blurred image.

A longer lens is an option to consider that will make the people in your pictures look thinner while bringing out the best features of everyone. It can also blur the background so that the people are prominent instead of the buildings, trees, and other details. If you’re trying to capture part of the background with the people in the picture, then you want to use a wider angle. Keep in mind that the fine details of the people in the picture won’t be as prominent, which means that the results might not be ideal for portraits. This kind of photography is commonly used when taking pictures of weddings and other large events as you want to try to capture the full scene at times instead of only the people at the event.

Capturing your Travels through Photographs

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Keeping memories of your travels forever is accomplished through photographs and video. Finding the perfect spot to capture a special moment is difficult sometimes. Some of the best travel photos come from candid shots and random captures. When you have the time, actually setup your shot and make sure it’s framed right to have the exact memory saved forever.

When in Motion
Taking photos when you’re in motion and not seeing blur is so difficult. If you don’t have a fancy camera and your cell phone doesn’t have an anti-blur or motion feature, you’ll have to make stops every time you want to take a great photos of Nevada or other locations you’re visiting. It may take more time to get to your destination or scheduled activities, but the perfect photo takes you back to that specific moment every time you view the photo.

Changing Natural Lighting
If you’re taking photos at sunrise or sunset, it can change the way your photo looks. It is important to set your camera or cell phone to take multiple shots to ensure that you have at least one shot that you are happy with as lighting can change quickly as the sun rises and sets. If storms are rolling in, they make dramatic backdrops and you will likely need to use your flash so that you don’t lose any details of the natural landscape.

Picking a Good Backdrop
Natural backdrops are everywhere. It is important, however, to make sure that your photos are centered and that no protrusions of the landscape are coming from your behind your body as those can easily become awkward photos that may be an opportunity for friends and family to poke a little fun at you.

Angles
The angle of your photos is beyond important. The wrong angle can completely change the theme of your photo. It can take an innocent candid moment and turn it into an onslaught of inappropriate commentary. Always review your photos and delete those that do not capture a moment as you thought it would to prevent the negative commentary that could arise.

Closing Thoughts
Sometimes the candid, unexpected photos from your travels make the best stories. You’ll remember the exact moment the photo was taken and how the situation came to be. It may have you booking accommodations for your next trip so that you can relive special moments and capture even more special moments. If you ask a stranger to take a photo, make sure you’re close enough to keep an eye on your camera or cell phone.