Train your eYe!

Developing your photographic eye doesn’t happen overnight but there are many little habits you can implement to help kick things along. Sometimes it’s best to begin without a camera…simply look at a scene and imagine how it could be captured.

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The most important yet the least talked about!

“The part of your mind that actually helps you see the world and share it with others.”

Your eye is trained and developed over time with training!

No matter what camera you are using or even a mobile, here is my tips for you:

  • The less you have to think about settings and technical details, the better!

“Keep a camera with you as much as possible!”

  • Create images that you like!

“Don’t be afraid to fail either, learn from your mistakes and keep working!”

  • Don’t just take snapshots of what you are looking at, but use it to express you!

“Take a walk around your town (without a camera) and look for photographic opportunities. The ability to take a great photograph begins before you even pick up your camera. You need to see it first.”

  • Composition: Think about your intentions to place the subject to the left, to the right or wherever you are placing it.

“Look for the light. Practice researching the best times for your area to shoot warm afternoon light and then look for locations that soak it all up.”

  • Take a simple object like a bottle of water and photograph it on an empty table against a blank wall.

Grab a friend of family member and ask them to be your model for 30minutes.

  • Practice and practice and practice… Look at others work and try to criticise yours!
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Quick tips for the new photography lovers

When i started to get involved with photography, i used to search everywhere (in magazines of course because there was still no internet) to find some useful tips and to write them down in my photography small booklet. I know how useful are those small tips for the new learners or those willing to improve in photography!

That’s why i will keep every while posting those small quick tips…

  • When taking portrait photographs at any aperture, make sure you nail the focus on the eyes.

“The more mistakes you make, the faster you’ll learn and improve your photography skills.”

  • Using built-in flash as a primary light source can create very harsh shadows and an unflattering look.

“For each rule, there is going to be photos that disregard it and still turn out beautiful.”

  • Depth of field in photography is the relation of how sharp the plane of focus is compared to everything away from that plane.

“Remember to rotate your camera for a different look( portrait and Landscape ).This can often result in improved photographs too!”

  • Don’t shoot only from your eye level…Experiment with different angles to discover new perspectives!

“Determine what your subject is and be selective about what else is in the frame.”

  • The rule of thirds in photography is not a hard and fast rule, but a good guideline to follow instead of just placing your subject dead center by default.

“As a new photographer, you simply won’t need a lot of gear since you’ll have lots of learning to do before your skills surpass the capabilities of the kit lens.”

  • Focusing on what you love will make photography more enjoyable for you.

Keep in mind!

An advice for you!

Look at your photos, then figure out what photographer you are.

One of the lessons I’ve learned is that in order to make more beautiful photos, we should seek to “make” not “take” photos!

When you are shooting, look at the edges of your frame.

Having a more megapixels is better? Well let’s make it that way: more megapixels = more problems!

Don’t see your photos as photos, but as works of art.

To make a photograph with emotion, put your soul in the photograph.

Buying a new camera or lens will NOT make you a better photographer!

To make better photos, you need to practice more!

Make photos that express who you are, and how you see the world!

Never compare yourself with others!

When you have nothing to shoot, go for self portrait!

One of the big myths in photography is that the bigger your camera, the more “professional” you are!

Ask yourself: “Why do i make photos?”

Stop using a camera, start making photos!!!

The tools of the photographer are his/her language and not the camera itself!!!

 

WE put on one lens instead of another to include one thing and exclude others.

WE choose one moment over another.

WE choose what we focus on, and what we blur.

The ways in which we can tell a story are endless, and each time the camera does what WE ask of it.

We begin, most of us, learning photography as the art of using a camera, figuring out the buttons and dials and learning to focus and expose.It’s a first, necessary stage.

The mechanics are the tools of craft, but the language is the tool of art.

 

Learn why the orientation and ratio of your frame helps tell your story…

Learn how to use scale and proportion…

Learn to tell stories…

Learn about colour…

I blame the poets for pushing me further, for drawing me out of my technical pursuit and into something so much richer…

 

They too master the technical stuff – the verbs, the grammar, the pens, the word processors.

Using a pen is not the point, even using it really, really well…

You might even lead workshops in pen-use, and write a blog. You could probably fill bookshelves with books about using pens. And you could do this without ever writing a poem, without ever writing a novel…

SAME FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS…

Stop obsessing about the gear and start finding excitement in finding great moments, new approaches to composition, and great light.

 

Breaking rules for the sake of breaking rules isn’t usually art; it’s just anarchy. And following rules for the sake of following rules is just mindless conformity.

 

THINK of those points mentioned above, they will make you think deeply on how you can improve your photography!

The 7 Legal Commandments of Photography

I teach these in my workshops and classes and I insist that photographers MUST know these seven points:

 

  • Anyone in a public place can take pictures of anything they want.

 

  • If you are on public property, you can take pictures of private property. If a building, for example, is visible from the sidewalk.

 

  • If you are on private property and are asked not to take pictures, you are obligated to honour that request.

 

  • Sensitive government buildings can prohibit photography.

 

  • People can be photographed if they are in public (without their consent) unless they have secluded themselves and can expect a reasonable degree of privacy. Kids swimming in a fountain? Okay. Somebody entering their PIN at the ATM? Not okay.

 

  • If you are challenged, you do not have to explain why you are taking pictures, nor do you have to disclose your identity (except in some cases when questioned by a law enforcement officer).

 

  • If someone tries to confiscate your camera, you don’t have to give it to them. If they take it by force or threaten you, they can be liable for things like theft and coercion. Even law enforcement officers need a court order.

This article is extracted from my latest E-Book: The vision, you can download it for free, just click this link: http://mido-photo.com/downloads/

 

Creativity in photography

The creativity journey starts with YOU… Camera is not involved… only YOU!

Many people speak of creativity using nice words like soul, mood, passion, feeling and spark. And yes, these are all great words to wrap around the concept of creativity, however they are not particularly helpful in giving us some real goals to aim at.

For me, creativity implies that we have created or added ‘something extra’. It is that bit of ‘magic’ which will occasionally take what we make and transport it to a special place.

 

There’s No Recipe for Creativity!

Several photographers can shoot the same subject and all come back with technically competent captures. But one of those photographers might produce results that will shine —all because of the creative X factor!

My creativity is not the same as your creativity, nor should it be. My eyes and my experiences are different than yours.

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes and having fun.” ~ Mary Lou Cook

HOW THEN DO WE BECOME CREATIVE?!

Some argue that creativity cannot be taught… It’s a gift for the privileged few…

Based on my own experience, i disagree!

Throughout every step of my journey, there have been people, books, movies, classes, and workshops that have helped me to become more creative! I still remember when studying photography that my instructor George Seper in his food photography class showed us his passion for food photography and how this led him to be one of the creative and famous food photographers. He taught us how to think with creativity!

Creativity is NOT something only a few are born with!

It is an ASPECT OF LIFE that some nourish and others ignore.

” Creativity is imagination and imagination is for everyone” – Paul Arden

When we were younger, our imaginations were limitless and unfettered with practicality…

That’s why Picasso once said: “All children are artists. The problem is to remain one when you grow up”

If you want to be creative, you need to step out of your comfort zone, be a beginner again! challenge yourself and your way of thinking in photography… Try something new even if you know you are bad in it… It is all about challenging yourself and in the same time exploring your self… Break the rules… use your imagination and have fun!

 

How to choose what is best for you? RAW or JPEG?!

 

Another frequent question i get asked and the most confusing one for most of the amateurs…

Many switch to RAW without fully knowing why while others keep shooting JPEG because it’s just plain easy…

 

Now shouldn’t you know why you’re doing what you’re doing?  

 

There are lots of situations where shooting in RAW is better BUT also many situations where you should choose JPEG.

 

Which Format Is The Better Format To Use?

An argument can be made for both formats. Some photographers will feel more strongly in backing the use of one versus another, but it is ultimately an individual choice.

Personally, I shoot RAW + L (large) JPEG as it provides me greater flexibility. For photographs that I’ve exposed correctly, JPEGs allow me a faster path to share images online and selectively use for printing. For photographs that I am interested in having published or printed, I begin my post-processing from the RAW file and make alterations in lossless file formats (TIF). The end result is the production of images that I feel are of the highest quality.

 

If you shoot hundreds or thousands of images in a day shoot JPG and don’t worry!

 

SO WHICH IS BEST?

 

The Pros of RAW format:

  • RAW is a digital negative holding all of the data captured by your camera with no sacrifice of image quality.
  • RAW file software editors allow you to quickly and easily change the output of your image such as adjusting exposure, white balance, noise reduction, saturation, contrast, levels, curves, sharpness, output resolution, bits/channel, etc…

 

The Cons of RAW format:

  • RAW files take up more space…
  • RAW files require you to work with a raw editor then convert your image to an editable file type for editing, printing and/or online display.

 

The Pros of JPEG format:

  • JPEG is a file format that has been adopted as a standard and can be loaded in a variety of programs making display easy and simple.
  • JPEG files take up less space.

 

The Cons of JPEG format:

  • JPEGs are not a lossless file format. Each time the file is saved data is compressed, with some data being lost in the process. The net impact can be loss of color saturation, color range and sharpness.
  • JPEG files reflect a one-time interpretation of your subject based on the settings of your camera (white balance, exposure settings and output resolution, etc.). Altering these settings and re-outputting a new file, as you can with a RAW file, is not possible. What you capture is what you get.
  • With specific types of photographed scenes JPEG compression artifacts can appear in prints.

 

Now the decision is yours 🙂