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. A wide variety of styles are available for any price range, sums up quite well the products that are available. 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 – again, check out this site to see some options.

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!