Tips to Take HDR Photos

One of the best ways to counter direct sunlight is to take an HDR photo. It’s a combination of two or more images at different exposures, ending up in a photo whose highlights and shadows can be adjusted across a much higher range than a normal one. Many landscape and architectural photographers use this technique to battle challenging sunlight and to get as many details as possible in their photos. If you would also like to start taking HDR photos, here are some tips you should keep in mind: Take Multiple Exposures Take as many exposures as you want to make sure that every single detail of your scene is exposed perfectly. The highlights are the most challenging part of an outdoor photo as these cannot always be pulled back with a RAW editor significantly. Therefore, ensure that the highlights of your scene are exposed well, then move on to the shadows, and then everything in between. Keep Your Camera Steady When merging different photos, you need to make sure that they align perfectly. Use a tripod when taking your exposures to maximize stability. If you don’t have access to a tripod then simply find a stable surface for your camera. The more same-looking your photos are as far as framing goes, the easier it will be to merge them into one amazing looking HDR photo. Choose Your Editor Wisely HDR photography depends a lot on which HDR editor you end up choosing. There are many to boggle your mind, but some of the best ones include Aurora HDR ( and Photomatix Pro ( These strike a good balance between features, image quality, and price. If we had to recommend just one, we would go with Aurora HDR for its phenomenal image quality and very easy to use interface. It’s also fully compatible with Lightroom and Photoshop as a plugin so that you can use it however you like.    

Essentials for Night Photography

They say that photography is more about the person operating the gear than the gear itself, and that is very true for the most part. However, it does not mean that you can get the same results with just a camera with its kit lens as you could get with specialized equipment for certain situations. Night photography is one kind of photography that requires you to invest a little in some stuff to help you out. So if you want to take great-looking night photos, here are some essentials you might need to buy: A Tripod A lot of night photography relies on long exposures, and long exposures rely on stability. Tripods provide this stability. You simply cannot take a great long exposure photo handheld, so a tripod comes in handy more than you’d think. A Fast Lens Your camera’s kit lens can be very capable if used correctly, but chances are it has a narrower aperture than you could get with something a little pricier. The lower the aperture, the brighter your shots can be in low light. So if you plan to do a lot of handheld shooting, invest in a lens with a wide aperture. A Shutter Release While it isn’t an essential item, a remote shutter release comes in handy if you want to take really long exposures. Capturing star trails, for example, require you to keep your camera’s shutter open for a very long time. For that purpose, a remote shutter release will help you out a great deal.   There are many more items, like lights, that you could get for night photography. But if you have these three items handy, chances are you’ll be able to capture some very pleasing night photos no matter the situation you’re in.

Your Smartphone Camera Might be all you need

Many new, aspiring photographers often worry about which camera is best for them and how much money they will have to spend to get their gear. Often times, these photographers have never even experienced the basics of photography. That is why I always suggest to new photographers that they use their smartphone camera first, because that might be all they need. Your Phone is Always With You For any casual photographer, a smartphone camera is perfect because it is always with you. You can’t always carry a large DSLR or even a mirrorless camera system with you if you are not a full-time photographer, so a smartphone camera comes in handy more often than not. The Technology is Improving a Lot Smartphone cameras these days have improved so much over their predecessors that it’s almost unbelievable. With their wide apertures, fast shutters, manual controls, and dual lenses on the same phone, smartphone cameras are very capable of taking some amazing looking shots with not a lot of work. Apps are always Accessible Once you have taken your shot, a smartphone allows you to instantly edit them before shooting them off to Instagram or 500px. From the excellent Snapseed that lets you edit JPEG files to your heart’s content to Lightroom that allows you to take RAW images from your phone and make masterpieces out of them, easily accessible image editors are one of the biggest reasons why you might be happy shooting just with your phone rather than investing in an expensive system.

Aperture, ISO, or Shutter Speed?

If you are new to photography or have just taken the plunge and gotten a camera with manual controls, you may be a little overwhelmed by the various options you can control. One of the biggest issues new photographers deal with is to nail the exposure in their photos. A major reason for this issue is the confusion they have to face when choosing between aperture values, ISO values, and shutter speeds, as all three have a direct effect on the exposure. Understanding Aperture and Shutter Speed The aperture number of your camera dictates how wide the aperture of your lens is open. The wider it is open, the more light the camera gets. But a wider aperture also causes your depth of field to be shallower, so it may not be ideal for landscape shots. The shutter speed of your camera defines how long the shutter of your camera stays open while capturing a photo. The longer it is open, the more light enters the sensor and the brighter your image is. But a longer shutter speed also causes moving objects to get blurred, so it may not be ideal for shooting action. Rely Lesser on the ISO The reason you should rely more on altering these options to get your perfect exposure as opposed to cranking up the ISO is because a higher ISO, while making your image considerably brighter, causes a lot of noise to creep into your photos. These days, cameras have much better processors than before and noise levels are kept in control till very high ISO numbers, but noise will still find a way into your photos the higher you take the ISO. So depending on the kind of shot you want, keeping in mind what kind of depth of field you’re looking for, try to rely more on the aperture value and shutter speed to get your shot, and keep your ISO to a level where you’re sure your camera can handle the noise.

What You Need to Remember when Shooting Landscapes

Landscape photography can be a very therapeutic experience for anyone who like the peace and quiet of being in the middle of a calm natural scene. There’s just something amazing in capturing the beauty of the nature that you see in front of your very eyes. Waiting for the right moment, finding the right angle, and creating a photograph that shows how you felt in that particular scene can be very rewarding. Before you head out to take some landscape photos of your own, here are some of the top suggestions you should keep in mind: Get as Much in Focus as Possible In other words, use a small aperture to get even the farthest elements of your scene in focus. While you can always experiment with different kinds of settings to get your shot, maximizing your depth of field is the usual approach you’ll see most landscape photographers take. Slow Things Down To get that dynamic look in your images, with moving clouds and silky smooth water, you should lower your camera’s shutter speed. To do this, first you will need a tripod with you at all time to make sure your camera is stable. You would also need to use an ND Filter to avoid getting too much light into your camera sensor. Get the Perfect Exposure One great way to make sure you nail the exposure in your landscape photos, especially on bright days when the sun washes out all the details in the highlights, is to create HDR images. To do this, simply take multiple photos of the same scene with different exposure settings and blend them in an HDR processing software like Aurora HDR 2017. Find that Focal Point If you have too much visual information in your landscape photos, they can become confusing. To avoid this, look for a focal point in your images. A photo that has a very obvious focal point in it is much more aesthetically pleasing than one where everything seems to be of the same importance. Use the Golden Hours Dawn and Dusk – otherwise known as the Golden Hours in photography – are the perfect times for taking stellar landscape shots. The mood that is created during these hours is something that just cannot be replicated. This is because of the ‘golden light’ that is present during these hours. The sun hitting some peaks ever so slightly, or falling through the cracks of a forest roof here and there – the golden hour must be used whenever you want light to be the dramatic factor in your images. Look for a New Perspective One thing that will greatly improve your photography is to look for different angles while shooting something. It makes sense to go out and set up a tripod to start shooting a landscape, but have you ever tried to go up as high as possible and get an aerial shot of the same scene? Experiment with different angles and you’ll see how greatly the uniqueness of your photos is improved.    

Everything needs to know about the photography

Actually photography is the art and there are different kinds of photography technique is there such as astrophotography, wedding, landscape photography, newborn photography and food photography. In fact it is the practice of creating the durable images and lens are using for focusing the light. It is widely using for many applications such as science, business and manufacturing. If you are doing online business then you might be looking for the best photography service which is sufficient to know about your business product in detail. If you are looking to create the excellent image then it is essential to avoid the camera shake. First and foremost people must know about how to hold the camera in proper way. Try to use the polarizing filter and it is reducing the reflections from metal, glass and water. Actually simple approach is helping to create the amazing image. If possible try to choose the plain background which is sufficient to create excellent image. In case you are taking night time shot then you should use the tripod. People can also shoot with the shutter speed in four seconds. As everyone knows flash is looking unnatural and harsh so you must not use flash at indoor portraits. In case you are beginner to this photography then you must improve your shooting skills. First and foremost you must know about the camera in detail and its working function. If you are not using some unique techniques then it is quiet difficult to take excellent images. Once you are having knowledge about photography basics which is including shutter speed, camera ISO and aperture then you can easily take picture in effective way. Actually depth of field is the distance between the farthest and closest objects. If you understand about how to take the sharp photos then you can know about the technique involving in photography.