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Lesson Posted on 26 Jun Photographers Photography/Basics of Photography Photography/Landscape Photography +2 Photography IT Courses/Adobe Photoshop less

How important is post processing?? - Part 1

Arun Mysore

My experience as a programmer: - I am a full time programmer for past 7 years. I spend time analyzing,...

I am not telling you whether you have to process your photographs or not. I am just trying to explain the importance of post processing in our photography workflow. Like most of the beginners, with my half baked knowledge, I argued with every other that post processing is not good and ethical. Maybe... read more

I am not telling you whether you have to process your photographs or not. I am just trying to explain the importance of post processing in our photography workflow. Like most of the beginners, with my half baked knowledge, I argued with every other that post processing is not good and ethical. Maybe post processing was something too heavy for me to pick it up right away as a beginner and I covered that by arguing around, only to realize later that post processing is an integral part of the photography workflow. Now every other photograph I post, I post process them except for those pouting ugly selfies which I pose for.

Post processing isn't bad at all if it is done the right way and the right amount. A photojournalist has to present the real photograph from the scene and so he might do minimum to no post processing on his photographs whereas a product photographer who is working for an ad agency might have to rely more on that post processing to enhance and showcase it as the best product in the market, which is not the same most of the times. The general term 'editing' is a controversial word to be used here, rather we can call it as 'post processing' and 'manipulation' depending upon what we intend to do it on the photograph. The process of enhancing the visual appeal of the photograph to make it more presentable is post processing and changing something in the photograph completely is manipulating.

If you are still the SOOC (straight out of camera) guy, you might have to understand couple of things here. The JPEG image which comes out of your camera is still a post processed image to some extent. Post processing is basically any change in the photograph after the exposure is made. During the process of converting the recorded sensor information into an image, your camera would have processed the information available at each pixel to produce a viewable image. Now if you tell me that you are ok with the camera’s JPEG file and you do not want to process it further, it is totally your call but just read this article till the end, you might change your mind!

The iconic landscape photographer Ansel Adams quotes - “Dodging and burning are steps to take care of mistakes God made in establishing tonal relationships.” Post processing exists from the age of films and even beyond but we are very less aware of it since we never had enough chances to know what they did in the gloomy dark rooms. Post processing is a tool to present the image in the way you have pre-visualized the scene. Getting the images right in the scene is always good thing to do but there is still some amount of post processing to be done on your images. The camera, no matter how good it is cannot recreate the exact scene we saw in the field due to a lot of its limitations and so we bank on post processing to get most of the exposure we have in hand.

There are some aspects that we need to understand to know what our camera lack in producing the exact scene we saw. We shall discuss this further in the next part of this article..

In the 2 photographs above, you can clearly see the difference between a processed and a unprocessed image. The first one is a direct JPEG from the RAW file. The second one is a processed RAW file converted into a JPEG. You can see how a flat photograph turns into an interesting frame. You may also notice that the processing is done with different aspects in photograph.

To be continued in part 2…

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Lesson Posted on 28 Mar Photographers Photographers/Commercial Photographers Photographers/Event Photographers +6 Photographers/Family Photographers Photographers/Fashion Photographers Photographers/Kids Photographers Photographers/Nature Photographers Photography/Basics of Photography Photography/Product Photography less

Learn Food Photography

Jagdish Agarwal

He took his first photograph 50 years ago, with an Agfa box camera, gifted by his Uncle Phulchandji Agarwal....

Food Photography points to ask yourself before taking a picture: Colour/black and white – depends on the purpose Horizontal / vertical – depends on display Angle of light – left / right/back window – The angle of the camera – low/ front/top – high 30... read more

Food Photography points to ask yourself before taking a picture:

 

Colour/black and white – depends on the purpose

 

Horizontal / vertical – depends on display

 

Angle of light – left / right/back window –

 

The angle of the camera – low/ front/top – high 30 or 60, looks best in food –

 

Fresh – photograph quickly to get freshness – ice cream melts -

 

Window light – one light source is enough -

 

Avoid clutter – put food on the plate with style – white – black

 

Props – plate – spoon – fork – knife – napkin -

 

Background – choose table – table mat – white paper -

 

Subject matter – caption

 

Balance – colour harmony – colour contrast

 

Lens – wide / tele / close up – sharp – blur

 

Exposure – shutter speed – sharp / motion – do not be afraid to use manual settings.

 

Exposure – aperture – use depth of field – food looks nice in focus, out of focus feeling

 

Composition – two rounds – shadows

 

Composition – shapes / square / triangle / round

 

Composition – line/curve – s curve -

 

Composition – fore-ground / middle-ground / back-ground colour –

 

Experiment – glass - playful – fine art – wall décor -

 

Emotion – I want to eat that – steam of food -

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Lesson Posted on 15 Mar Tuition Photographers Photographers/Commercial Photographers +5 Photographers/Event Photographers Photographers/Family Photographers Photographers/Fashion Photographers Photographers/Kids Photographers Photographers/Nature Photographers less

Tips For Portrait Photography

Jagdish Agarwal

He took his first photograph 50 years ago, with an Agfa box camera, gifted by his Uncle Phulchandji Agarwal....

Portrait Photography Tips: 1. Colour / Black and white: Depends on purpose 2. Horizontal / vertical: Depends on display – Computer – Frame – Double spread – cover 3. Angle of light: Front / Left / Right / Back – Better side – Hair parting – Outdoor use reflector... read more

Portrait Photography Tips:

1. Colour / Black and white: Depends on purpose

2. Horizontal / vertical: Depends on display – Computer – Frame – Double spread – cover

3. Angle of light: Front / Left / Right / Back – Better side – Hair parting – Outdoor use reflector – Flash

4. Angle of camera: Low / Middle / High – Hide chin – Make tall

5. Expression: Normal - Look at viewer – Left – Right – Poses – Conversation

6. Hand placement: Appropriate – Experiment

7. Hair: Open – Tied - Experiment

8. Nails: Clean – Polish – Colour – Make up – Lipstick – Lewellery – Ring – Watch

9. Subject matter: Caption  

10. Balance: Blacks / Colour vibgyor – Cold – Warm - Weight / harmony

11. Lens: Wide / Tele – Sharp – Blur

12. Exposure: Shutter speed – Sharp / Motion – Fan

13. Exposure: Aperture – Depth of field

14. Composition: Centre of interest

15. Composition: Shapes / Square / Triangle / Round

16. Composition: Pattern

17. Composition: Lines / Horizon / Low / High / Vertical / S curve

18. Composition: Framing / Fore-ground / Middle-ground / Back-ground white

19. Composition: Cropping

20. Emotion: Humour / Cry / Anger / Nostalgia

21. Music and Food: Pleasant atmosphere – Shave – Waxing – Haircut – Shampoo

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Lesson Posted on 16 Feb Photography Photographers/Event Photographers

About Photography

Softview Media College

Soft view a 20 year organization, is the first Institution in Tamilnad to introduce graphics and animation...

Course Outline: The basics of Photography Cameras and Camera settings Natural light photography Artificial light photography Photo capture set up Picture Framing and composition Course Breakdown: Module 1 The basics of Photography Understanding the basics of digital photography The difference... read more

Course Outline:

  • The basics of Photography
  • Cameras and Camera settings
  • Natural light photography
  • Artificial light photography
  • Photo capture set up
  • Picture Framing and composition

Course Breakdown:

Module 1

  • The basics of Photography
  • Understanding the basics of digital photography
  • The difference between all the major branches of photography
  • File types (RAW and JPEG)
  • White balance
  • The exposure triangle: Aperture, shutter speed and ISO.

 

Module 2:

  • Cameras and Camera settings.
  • Digital Cameras.
  • Lenses and Focal Lengths.
  • Tripods and Accessories.

Module 3:

  • Natural light photography.
  • Hard Light vs Soft light.
  • Diffusers and Reflectors.
  • Natural light sources.
  • Use of light in story telling.
  • Front, back and side lights.
  • Artificial light photography
  • Lighting Modifiers and Accessories
  • Lighting gear and studio lighting kits
  • Equipment setups- Studio lights and umbrellas
  • Remote Flash and Radio Wave
  • Standing Light and soft boxes

Module 5:

  • Photo capture set up.
  • Photography work area establishment.
  • Photo background selection.
  • Shot Plan.
  • Scene Creation.
  • Use of props, backgrounds, surfaces and linens.

Module 6

  • Picture Framing and composition.
  • Model Placement and pose setting.
  • Rule of Thirds.

Career Options After Course:

  • Students who complete this course have the following career options.
  • Wedding Photographer.
  • Event photographer.
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Lesson Posted on 21/11/2017 Photography/Basics of Photography Photography/Candid Photography Photographers/Commercial Photographers +9 Photographers/Event Photographers Photographers/Family Photographers Photography/Fashion Photography Photography/Landscape Photography Photographers/Nature Photographers Photographers Photography Hobby/Summer Camp/Photography Photographers/Fashion Photographers less

How To Take A Good Photograph?

Jagdish Agarwal

He took his first photograph 50 years ago, with an Agfa box camera, gifted by his Uncle Phulchandji Agarwal....

Next time you pick up a camera, do not take a photograph, but make a photograph. Look at the picture in front of your eyes and go over the following attributes before you click the shutter: i. Colour / black and white: What is approprite? ii. Horizontal / vertical: Which format is correct for the... read more

Next time you pick up a camera, do not take a photograph, but make a photograph. Look at the picture in front of your eyes and go over the following attributes before you click the shutter: 

i. Colour / black and white: What is approprite? 

ii. Horizontal / vertical: Which format is correct for the image?

iii. Angle of light: front / left / right / back: See if a different angle improves the picture.

iv. Angle of camera: Low / middle / high.

v. Subject matter: Caption, Can you think of some words for the image?

vi. Balance: Blacks / colour vibgyor, weight / harmony. Are the colours in balance?

vii. Lens: Wide / tele. What is the proper lens for this image?

viii. Exposure: Shutter speed, sharp / motion. Should you keep it sharp or show movement?

ix. Exposure: Aperture, depth of field. Different apertures give different results.

x. Composition: Centre of interest.

xi. Composition: Shapes / square / triangle / round.

xii. Composition: Pattern.

xiii. Composition: Lines / horizon / vertical / s curve.

xiv. Composition: Framing / fore-ground / middle-ground / back-ground.

xv. Composition: Cropping, can cropping improve the image.

xvi. Emotion: Humour / cry / anger / nostalgia, does the image have any emotion.

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Lesson Posted on 26/10/2017 Photography/Basics of Photography Photography/Candid Photography Photography/Landscape Photography +4 Photographers Photography Photographers/Nature Photographers Photographers/Kids Photographers less

How To Improve Your Photography?

Jagdish Agarwal

He took his first photograph 50 years ago, with an Agfa box camera, gifted by his Uncle Phulchandji Agarwal....

How to improve your photography and take better photographs? 1. Read the camera manual from the first page to the last page.2. Always carry your camera, you never know when you see something interesting.3. Before you lift the camera to your eye, give a caption to the picture.4.... read more

How to improve your photography and take better photographs?                          

1. Read the camera manual from the first page to the last page.

2. Always carry your camera, you never know when you see something interesting.

3. Before you lift the camera to your eye, give a caption to the picture.

4. Go close, edit all clutter.

5. See light and follow the light.

6. See shapes and forms in your pictures, square, rectangle, circle, triangle.

7. See colors, cold colors, warm colors and what it is doing to your picture.

8. Look at the background textures and see what it is doing to your picture.

9. Look at the lines, vertical lines, diagonal lines, horizontal lines, S curve.

10. Look for repetitions and rhythms and patterns.

11. When photographing people look for emotions, hand gestures and shoot at the right moment.

12. Take a picture with shades of one color and one with a mix of all colors, and feel the difference.

13. Take a photo in black and white and see the difference.

14. Take a picture at minimum aperture and maximum aperture and see the difference.

15. Take a picture at different shutter speeds and see the difference.

16. Show your work to people around you and learn from their comments.

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Lesson Posted on 23/10/2017 Photography/Basics of Photography Photography/Candid Photography Photography +5 Photographers Photographers/Commercial Photographers Photographers/Family Photographers Photographers/Nature Photographers Photography/Landscape Photography less

Photography In Your Spare Time: Stock Photography

Jagdish Agarwal

He took his first photograph 50 years ago, with an Agfa box camera, gifted by his Uncle Phulchandji Agarwal....

How To Be A Successful Stock Photographer? There are two kinds of photographers: (a) Service photographers: Service photographers sell their time. They first find a buyer of photographs, convince them of their photography talent and solicit assignments. (b) Stock photographers: Stock photographers... read more

How To Be A Successful Stock Photographer?

There are two kinds of photographers:

(a) Service photographers: Service photographers sell their time. They first find a buyer of photographs, convince them of their photography talent and solicit assignments.

(b) Stock photographers: Stock photographers license photographs. They first shoot pictures of what they like and then try to find a buyer for those photographs. A stock photographer can market his photographs by two methods:

(i) Photo Library: A photo library is a place where thousands of photographs taken by hundreds of photographers are kept. It is like a book library. If a photographer chooses a photo library to keep his work then he can concentrate on the creative and artistic aspect of taking photographs and leave the marketing to the photo library. Every time a picture is licensed, the photographer gets a royalty payment.

(ii) Himself: But if a photographer wants to market his photographs himself, then he must answer the following:

What, Where, When & Why. If the photographer answers these honestly, he will know how to succeed in his photography career.

The answers to the following will be different for each one of you, so each one has to answer himself:

1. What: You must decide what you are selling: news, portraits, fashion, industry, still life, function, fine art.

2. Where: You must decide where you want to sell: newspapers, magazines, companies, homes, offices, industries, greeting card manufacturers, calendar manufacturers, art galleries, hotels.

3. When: You must decide when you want sell: daily, weekly(every saturday), every performance (theatre, circus), holidays, wedding season, greeting card season, calendar season, one location (tourist centre,shopping mall, zoo, wedding halls, convention centres) etc.

4. Why: You must decide why you want to sell: for name or money.

I assure you that if you take a few moments to answer these questions, you will know how to be a successful stock photographer.

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Choices For Photographers To Make Money

Jagdish Agarwal

He took his first photograph 50 years ago, with an Agfa box camera, gifted by his Uncle Phulchandji Agarwal....

Choices for Photographers: Today photographers have many options to make money from their photography. Try to choose a career where the competition is less. Here are 45 options for you to think about: Advertising photographer. Aerial photographer. Agricultural photographer. Archaeological photographer. Architectural... read more

Choices for Photographers:

Today photographers have many options to make money from their photography. Try to choose a career where the competition is less. Here are 45 options for you to think about:

  1. Advertising photographer.
  2. Aerial photographer.
  3. Agricultural photographer.
  4. Archaeological photographer.
  5. Architectural photographer.
  6. Art photographer.
  7. Assistant photographer.
  8. Banquet photographer.
  9. Boudoir photographer.
  10. Child photographer.
  11. Construction photographer.
  12. Corporate photographer.
  13. Cruise photographer.
  14. Dog photographer.
  15. Fashion photographer.
  16. Fine Art photographer.
  17. Fire photographer.
  18. Food photographer.
  19. Horse photographer.
  20. Industrial photographer.
  21. Insurance photographer.
  22. Interior photographer.
  23. Magazine photographer.
  24. Medical photographer.
  25. Museum photographer.
  26. Newspaper photographer.
  27. Pet photographer.
  28. Photojournalist photographer.
  29. Police photographer.
  30. Portfolio photographer.
  31. Portrait photographer.
  32. Real estate photographer.
  33. Resort photographer.
  34. School photographer.
  35. Shopping mall photographer.
  36. Sports photographer.
  37. Stock photographer.
  38. Studio photographer.
  39. Table top photographer.
  40. Theatre photographer.
  41. Tourist photographer.
  42. Travel photographer.
  43. Website photographer.
  44. Wedding photographer.
  45. Wildlife photographer.
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Answered on 23/10/2017 Photography/Basics of Photography Photography/Candid Photography Photographers/Fashion Photographers

How would a cannon 1200 D do for wildlife, candid and fashion photography?

Jagdish Agarwal

Photographer

All cameras can do all kinds of photography. Today technology has advanced tremendously. Today the most successful professionals in all fields are the ones who become specialist. So, my first suggestion would be do decide that you have an aptitude for what kind photography? If a photographer shows ten... read more
All cameras can do all kinds of photography. Today technology has advanced tremendously. Today the most successful professionals in all fields are the ones who become specialist. So, my first suggestion would be do decide that you have an aptitude for what kind photography? If a photographer shows ten of his best pictures, we can find out his aptitude. Hope this helps. read less
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Answered on 10/05/2017 Fashion Photography Classes Bird Photography Classes Landscape Photography Classes +3 Photographers/Event Photographers Photography Photography/Candid Photography less

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Just go for Canon EOS 700D with dual lens kit (18-55mm & 55-250mm). Trust me, it s a very good setup to begin with, as you can also experiment a lot with focal length. The problem with entry level photographers is that the buy a decent body with a very average lens (18-55mm or 18-135mm) and expect... read more
Just go for Canon EOS 700D with dual lens kit (18-55mm & 55-250mm). Trust me, it’s a very good setup to begin with, as you can also experiment a lot with focal length. The problem with entry level photographers is that the buy a decent body with a very average lens (18-55mm or 18-135mm) and expect it to perform as if it’s a 5DmIII with a 70-200 2.8. Nikon also makes competent cameras, but as a beginner Canon is recommended because of its simple operation. read less
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