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How to Take Better Photos for the Holidays

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Title: How to Take Better Photos for the Holidays


1
How to Take Better Photos for the Holidays
  • By Richard Kinkel

2
Outline
  • My Work Flow
  • How to select a camera
  • Software tips
  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Flash
  • Ambient
  • Getting Prints
  • Emailing
  • The End

3
My Work Flow
4
How to Select a Camera
  • Go to http//www.dpreview.com
  • Buy from www.jrmusic.com or www.bhphotovideo.com
  • http//www.resellerratings.com/ Use this site
    to check out an Online retail stores reputation
  • Stick with Canon or Nikon

5
Software Tips
  • Read the Manual
  • Use Adobe Photoshop Elements
  • Use the software that came with your camera
  • Avoid free stuff
  • For advanced users only Use Photoshop (this
    program has a steep learning curve)

6
Composition
  • Use Rule of Thirds
  • Odd numbers are better than even numbers
  • Avoid tangents
  • Diagonals or S-curves are more interesting than
    straight lines
  • Try unusual angles
  • Maintain balance in your scene
  • Color co-ordinate you composition-Camera
    Settings
  • Use your cameras wide angle setting to add depth
    to your landscapes

7
Lighting-Flash
  • On Camera
  • Reduce Flash Output
  • Use Outdoors, sparingly
  • Use bounce
  • Use soft diffuser
  • Studio Strobes

8
Lighting-Ambient
  • Front Light-Not good unless its low and warm
    like at night
  • Backlight-Soft glow for evoking a feeling of
    romance. Accentuates the highlights in sea spray,
    fog, and smoke. In portraits creates a halo. In
    people creates a feeling of nostalgia, warmth and
    well being.
  • Top Light-Crates ugly shadows in people. This
    type of light is not very useful
  • Overcast and Open Shade-A light cover of clouds
    are good for travel subjects, such as people,
    landscapes, street scenes. These all require
    soft light.
  • Twilight and Dusk-Good until an hour after
    sunset. Photographers call this Magic Hour, the
    blue hour and the afterglow. These are all names
    that this type of light refers too. This light is
    best for skylines, mountains, fountains and any
    outdoor scenes. Buildings that face north is best
    for this type of light.
  • Window Light-Rembrandts, portraitists, soft
    directional light is best. Dont use a shaft of
    light.
  • Candles and Campfires-This type of light is
    hardest to shot by. But worth the effort to
    master.

9
Getting Prints
  • Use Epson-Best for Graphics (for serious photogs
    spend at least 800) and get a wide format
    printer-13X19
  • Learn how to use your software to optimize
    quality for printing
  • Use a camera setting that requires no software
    adjustments when printing, and then take your
    memory card to Costco or Camera World or Wolf
    Camera for processing

10
Emailing
  • Use your cameras software to downsize the
    photo. Do not send full resolution prints.
  • With Photoshop Elements, theirs a Save for Web
    command.
  • Use Windows to do the downsizing. Right click on
    the photos icon, and choose send to and then
    mail recipient and lastly, choose a resolution.

11
The End
Presented by Richard Kinkel Studio http//www.ric
hardkinkelstudio.com November 13, 2008 For
the PC Club of Charlotte Thank you!
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