How To Keep A Dog Calm During A Photoshoot

There are a large number of people who want to capture the beautiful moments with their beloved pets with a photoshoot and nothing can be as amazing than the memories created by the photos. The reason for this is because dogs are known to make the most vibrant, funniest, and cutest photography subjects but it is very difficult to take the right photos of dogs. Therefore, you will need to find out how to keep a dog calm during a photoshoot so that you will be able to capture their best shots. There are some tips that will assist you in getting the perfect shot so that you will not have to struggle to capture this canine pet on camera. Dog photography involves making use of the tips and techniques for taking good pictures of your pet so that you can keep these photos as beautiful memories.

Dogs are known as an interesting subject to capture but you will also need to learn the ways of keeping the dog calm during the photoshoot. Dog portraits make for amazing memories that you will preserve for a lifetime and for this you will need to make sure that the dogs are not anxious during the photoshoots. This can be achieved by exercising your dog so that they can get rid of their nervous energy. Moreover, the right kind of exercise can make the dog happier, calmer, and peaceful so that you can easily take good photos of your dog. You should also make sure that your dog is completely relaxed during the photoshoot and before you schedule the sessions, you should make sure that the dog is ready to be in front of the lens. Additionally, it is also important to use natural light while photographing the dog so that it does not get nervous or anxious in front of the artificial lights. Moreover, the camera flash can also frighten your dog, and hence if you want to keep your dog comfortable, you should make use of natural light.

Patience and practice is the key to taking good dog’s photographs so that you will get the desired outcome from the photoshoots. You should also make use of treats for making the dog happy so that it will be happy during the photo shoot and you will not have to worry about making the dog pose for the camera. You should also take the necessary breaks in between the shoot so that the dog will relaxed and have their own place such as a crate, and they will eventually pose for some great photos. You should limit the number of distractions that are present during the photoshoot so that your dog will not get nervous or distracted during the session. Showing your love and encouraging the dog during the photoshoot will also motivate your pet to be at ease so that it will pose for amazing photographs. You should also spend some quality time with your dog so that it will be happy to pose for the photographers.

Tips For Photographing a Live Band

One of the most exciting things to do is to see a band perform live. They could be very famous around the world or even just a local celebrity. They could also be an artist just starting out, which could be fun nonetheless. No matter what, it is exciting to see and watch them when they play. What is more exciting is being able to document them so that you can look back on your exciting memories. It can be really emotional to do so – just take a look at some of the classic pictures that were taken at old concerts. The ones you are going to capture could be intended for now, but they also could wind up being a portrait of history. 

So, whether you’re just getting into photography or you’re a seasoned professional ready to go on tours, you’ll always have to get started somewhere. I can’t say I’m the world’s expert on shooting concerts, but I’ve had a bit of experience in my day. Here are some tips for photographing a live band.

1. Start small and prepare

All of us have to start with something. If we look at the icons and legends in every industry, they always have their roots in history. Actors started as extras, athletes started as rookies, CEOs started with small tasks, and so forth. As a photographer for a band, you are not going to go ahead and start with big concerts put on by famous bands. You can start with small gigs at small clubs. You can also go to recording studios for some behind the scenes work and see how the bands develop. You can also include some of the studio equipment in your photographs for a little bit of education. Getting started is not easy, but it will definitely be a gateway for you to learn.

2. Choose the right camera

In this day and age cameras are everywhere. You probably have one on your phone right now. But having a camera is not enough. Remember that you either will be documenting either a concert or a recording session. The first fact you need to consider is the lighting. When recording music in action it will almost always be low, so it is recommended to have the right lens which can capture great photos in low light. If you are just starting, do not worry about spending a ton of money on lenses though. There are inexpensive options that are available and good enough for you to start and go from there.

3. Enhance your skills

When your first starting out it’s a great time for you to learn a lot of skills quickly. You may make a lot of mistakes, and that is alright. Just make sure you learn from it. All of us will have some learning curve when we start picking up new skills, and the best way to go about it is to let it go and use it to get smarter. In photography, there are rules. Learn them and use them. As time goes on you will develop your own style. 

4. Always be ready

Being around a band is unpredictable whether be at gigs or in the studio. Always be ready for an unexpected magical moment. It could be some of the musicians doing stunts for the first time, or one of the instrumentalists having a chance to sing, or a touching moment with a fan or between band members. There are endless possibilities, and it will be a great thing to document as a significant moment to remember and look back on. 

Preparing Your Grounds For An Outdoor Photo Shoot

Preparing your grounds for an outdoor photo shoot is important because you must have a place to put everything that will make the shoot look great. The majority of people who do photo shoots such as this will need to have their grass cut, hedges trimmed, and lawn edges. However, there are other things that you need to consider to make the space look appropriate for a photo shoot. 

1. The Basic Lawn Care 

The basic lawn care that you have done should be done a couple days in advance so that everything looks clean. You do not want to have an outdoor photo shoot that is covered with grass clippings, and you do not want to have that spare branch hanging on a hedge that you have not tossed away yet. Your best bet is to schedule the lawn care company, ask them to clean up as much as they can, and rake or sweep the lawn once more before the shoot. 

2. The Flowers 

You could bring flowers into the shoot using pots, and you will find that you might want to decorate the pots so that they look as though they belong in the photo shoot. Someone who is new to the photo industry might not realize that they need to stack colors, and it makes much more sense for you to use the flowers as a way to add accents to your color scheme. You can put clothing and items in the photo shoot that play off the colors of the flowers, and you will feel as though your photo shoot has much more life to it because of the flowers. 

3. Furniture 

You can bring out furniture for an outdoor photo shoot, and you must be certain that you have found furniture pieces that actually match the style of the shoot. You have to make sure it is clean though, so it might be time to bust out your pressure washer and give them a rinse. Someone who is looking for cheap furniture could buy patio and garden furniture that will make the shoot look nice, or you could bring traditional furniture outside for a moment to make it appear as if it is all happening in the middle of the garden. You want to create something that looks comfortable. Sitting on a tree stump often does not do your photos justice. 

4. What Is Behind You? 

An outdoor photo shoot might be a fun thing to do, but it cannot look great if you have things behind you that do not look that enticing. You do not want to shoot with a stream of cars running behind you, and you should make certain that you do not point your shots at the house under construction behind you. You need to be certain that you have found a place in the lawn that will give you a pastroal background. You might even use plants and fabrics to cover up a fence that sits behind you. 

5. Shoot At Mid-Morning 

You need to shoot at mid-morning so that you have some natural light coming in that is not too bright. You want to be sure that it is not too bright, and you should have your scene set up in a spot that will not be blasted by bright sunlight. You will get less glare in each picture, and you will not spend the afternoon squinting in your pictures. 

6. Conclusion 

You should start setting up for your outdoor photo shoot by preparing the lawn, having the landscaping company come out early, and asking for help with treen ranches and flowers that you might include in the shoot. The shoot that you have started should avoid anything that will look bad in the background, and you need to find a way to keep the light from overtaking your shoot. Each step in this process will change how you feel about the shoot, and you need to be sure that you have planned all this with your photographer so they know what to expect.

Working With Futons in Photography Modeling Sessions

A futon is one of the best and most versatile pieces of furniture you can have on hand for a photo shoot with models. Thanks to the diverse looks a futon can give, you can use it in many different ways to create innovative photos and draw attention to the products or models you want to showcase. The light and compact nature of a futon makes it easy to work with, even in a small space. With a little ingenuity and a small budget for extras like covers, you can use this one furniture piece to create everything you need.

One of the great advantages of using a futon over another piece of furniture is the many different looks you can create with one piece. Its easy to get a futon cover that changes the color and pattern of the piece. This can make the whole futon look like a completely different piece and change the color scheme of the photos you take. Add to this the way that a futon can be adjusted to several different positions, and you have a wide range of looks you can create with this one simple piece. You can position the futon as a couch for photos of models sitting around having fun together, enjoying deep conversation. Add some decorations and a model as the DJ, and you have the perfect atmosphere for a scene of models socializing at a party. Add a potted plant and a coffee table, and the futon can now act as the center of a living room where a happy family gathers, or you can take it outside to take seated photos of models with the beauty of nature as a backdrop. When you slide the futon into the flat position, you now have a perfect bed for photos of a bedroom with models resting, a studio for models doing yoga, a happy couple sleeping the night away or models relaxing in bed reading a book. Use different colored futon covers with each positioning, and there is no way for viewers of your photo to know that it is really the same piece of furniture.

Another advantage for photographers is the small size and easy storage of a futon, which makes it easier to work with than a couch or a bed. Many photographers work in a small space and having props that can easily be moved is vital. Placing an actual couch or a bed in your space creates a permanent setup that is hard for you to diversify in photos. Having a futon gives you the look of these furniture pieces without the permanence. When folded up, a futon can easily be stored in closet or against a wall until it is needed again. Its also light and easy for you or an assistant to carry to different locations or reposition for different images within the same shoot. Some futons, from retailers that specialize in modular furniture, are made to be as compact and light as possible to make moving them as easy as it can be.

Futons are a great choice for use in photography modeling sessions, where they can be a diverse aid to any photographer.

How to Get Great Pictures with a DSLR Camera

Perhaps the holidays have led you to acquire the prized possession of a DSLR camera. The only problem? You’re not exactly sure how to use it.

There are several factors that lead to producing impressive images for your friends and family to admire. Here are a few steps that will help you begin to master the use of your new device:

Understanding ISO

This is the ratio of how sensitive your camera is to various forms of lights. There are low and highly sensitive environments the change what type of exposure you will need for your picture. Low sensitivity is ISO 100 and the scale ranges to the highest sensitivity of 6400. Basically, the lower your lighting conditions the greater ISO number you will need to compensate and magnify what light you do have available. At high noon, outdoors on a gorgeous summer day you are fine with a lower 100 ISO. However, if you are shooting a nighttime party or get together you will want to increase the ISO number accordingly. On average, for an event like this the ISO would be around the 3000 range.

Focus, Focus, Focus

We all know that focus is a key element to a successful picture. Knowing which options to use for stills versus actions shots is going to make a huge difference in your results. A DSLR camera has two very handy features. AF-S-autofocus-single and AF-C-autofocus-continuous. Autofocus-single is utilized for landscapes, architecture and portrait shots. Autofocus-continuous is for actions shots like sporting events, fast moving objects and busy moments with lots of movement.

Proper Framing

Here is another tidbit of information that DSLR cameras are especially useful for. While preparing to shoot your image you want to make sure it is properly framed. Too much space below or above the subject in the picture can through off the entire balance of the photo. The DSLR helps you with this by giving you a suggested framing for every image as you are taking the picture. Be conscious of the lines that appear on your device while you are preparing to shoot your images. It will give you suggestions when you are about to venture out of proportion.

Learn to Edit As You Go

Yes, you can edit your images after you have taken them on a computer or other device but it is much easier to edit as you go. The functionality of a DSLR camera is one you should take full advantage of. Every image has a myriad of options that can be used to adjust or enhance your photo on the spot. You can change the lighting, the framing and the imperfections with a few taps of a button. Take the time to get familiar with all the editing features of your device.

Digital photography has put the potential to create beautiful, flawless images into your hands instead of having to rely on a professional. Take the time to get comfortable with your device and explore the world of options now at your fingertips!

Hanging in Honolulu for the Holidays

This year I decided to treat myself. It was time for something special.

Anyone who knows me knows very well that I’m really not a fan of the cold – hard to believe considering my upbringing! Since my mom had to travel for the holidays, and the winter season was already hitting particularly heavily, I figured there was no better time than now to cross another destination off of my bucket list – this time the Islands of Hawaii!

Hawaii is a bit of a doozie – as everyone and their mom always says, it’s quite expensive. This was apparent when I was booking the hotels. It was apparent when I was booking my airfare. But I really didn’t realize just how bad it could be until I actually got settled in here for a few days, evaluate all of my options, and found that I really had no choice but to spend a small fortune on food and drink – even going to the grocery store to prepare my own meals proved to come at quite a hefty price tag!

But I guess I shouldn’t get caught up on money. Hawaii is all about beauty.

(I apologize for the graininess on this photo, I only had my phone with me! But it was such a gorgeous site, I had to make the best of what I had!)

Beauty of nature, beauty of culture, you name it. Of course, it’s easy to get caught up in the tourist wind but once you’re off the beaten path you can find yourself quickly surrounded in a lush tropical forest stacked full of rainbows and waterfalls.

And let’s not forget about the beaches.

The beaches are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever see. The sand ranges from sun-bleached white to completely black, with every color in between if you know where to look. You can find hideaways where the local crew of surfers will meet up after work to tackle some waves, or where sea turtles will come out for a feeding frenzy just before sunset.

Even when you’re in downtown Honolulu, you still get a pretty cool vibe. There are some beautiful sites (despite the crowded beaches) and endless stretches of beach to walk. Definitely worth the trip if you can swing it. There’s no denying that is is an expensive journey though, and it does make you consider how much of the world you can see while making an equivalent dent in your wallet. Not everywhere you go has statues like this guy though:

Hope you have a wonderful holiday season, and wishing everyone the best for the coming New Year!