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Iphoneography Brings More People Towards Photography

Since the invention of the smartphone, most of us carry a camera with us every day. More people are leaving their compact cameras at home in favor of the camera on their phone. Those of us who have iPhones know that there are tons of apps that help you become a better photographer. But more often than not, it’s the photographer, not the camera that makes the shot good. So it’s worth remembering a few simple photography techniques to get the best photos from your smartphone.

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Compose your shot

There’s endless possibilities when it comes to composing a photo, but the one rule to remember is the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds says that each photo you take should be divided into 9 equal parts using 3 vertical and 3 horizontal lines. Elements in your photo should be placed along the dividing lines where they intersect as the human eye is naturally drawn to these points. But keep in mind that rules are meant to be broken – always experiment with different compositions to get the best shot 😉

Hold steady & practice good posture 

Always make sure you’ve got a good grip on your phone. Two hands will always be better than one. Put your finger on the shutter button, focus on your target & steady yourself. Don’t be afraid to take a deep breath in and release the shutter while still holding your breath. This is a trick used by professionals around the world when shooting with all different types of cameras, so it can also come in handy for iPhone photography. If you can, lean your body against something steady to give yourself a little bit of extra support.

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Find the best lighting 

If you can’t find good lighting…make it happen. If you’re in a dark space, turn the lights on. If you’re in direct sunlight try to find a shaded area. Don’t shoot directly into the sun unless you’re trying to create a silhouette shot. If your iPhone has a flash, consider using it as a flash fill in daylight to reduce the shadows in your photo.

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Edit your photos

You can crop, process, and share your photos right on your iPhone, so why not spend a few minutes editing your photos to give them that extra touch of awesomeness. If you find editing on your iPhone awkward, try editing them on your computer with photo-processing software like Picasa or Photoshop.

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A photographer is never done taking pictures and an iPhoneographer will constantly be presented with great photo opportunities. If photography is a passion, it promises to have endless hours of entertainment for you. Having an amazing portfolio or collection of photographs can feel comforting, but not as satisfying as having your work displayed 7 enjoyed by others. Digital Imaging Center is here to fulfill those needs and offer a number of great photo gift ideas or creative printing. Imagine your work on a printed canvas or custom gift? There are so many possibilities to further enhance your photography.

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Beach Season is Here! Bring Your Cameras!

Beaches present us with excellent opportunities to capture amazing digital photographs. Their vast natural beauty, impressive hues, and fascinating patterns of light are great sources of inspiration. Unsurprisingly, some consider a beach to be a dream destination for a family vacation, honeymoon or an intimate get-away. Here are some tips  to help you capture more exciting and creative beach photographs.

Gear

When photographing at the beach you’ll need protective gear; a UV filter, camera bag, and plastic housing if possible, to keep sand and water out. Cleaning cloths are handy more often that you’d expect. A polarizing filter is very useful as it helps cut down on flare and improves the color of water and the sky. A separate, powerful flash device, or a circular reflector are very useful. If you plan on shooting in black & white, then you might want to invest in a red 25 filter to increase the drama of the sky by increasing the contrast of the clouds.

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Time of the Day

Once the sun has started to set, return to the beach with a tripod to take images of the sky and sea. The water looks calm and the sunset will captivating and vibrant colors. Place the camera on a sturdy tripod because of the lower light levels, and set the mode dial to TV or S (Shutter-Priority) mode. Select a shutter speed of 2 seconds to begin with. You may need to use an ND (Neutral Density) filter to reduce the amount of light hitting the camera, and this way the camera will allow you to have a longer shutter time. Use your camera’s self-timer or a cable release to take the photo with absolutely no blurring.

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Capture Enjoyment

Being at the beach is all about fun, so make sure you capture it. Get your friends or family to run on the sand; set the mode dial to M (Manual mode) and use a shutter speed of at least 1/500th of a second to freeze the movement. Remember to protect your camera and lens from all the sand; always use a clear UV filter to protect the lens and electrical tape around the area where the lens fits onto the camera body.

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Try Shooting in Black & White

A strong sun will produce a high contrast B & W image, because of the strong shadows and light areas. A polarizing filter and a red filter will bring out the contrast in the image as well as reduce flare. Let the camera choose the correct shutter speed. Use an external flash to fill in any dark spots. B & W photography is great for making a photo better if the sky is overcast and dull. The result is an almost white background making it perfect for beach portraits. B & W beach images help to create the mood of a timeless/more artistic shot.

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Taking your camera to the beach can be an awesome, but be sure to take the right protective measures. You can capture amazing shots on a bright sunny day, an overcast day or even when it’s raining. The strong sun lets you use fast shutter speeds and small apertures for sharp photos that stop all motion. The vivid and varied colors at the beach add excitement to all your photographs. Don’t forget the appropriate filters and equipment to enhance your artistic palette. Since you’re nowhere near a power source be sure to bring enough batteries and memory cards! Experiment with black & white photography while you’re there. The water will show up as a deep shade of grey in most cases, which can make a great background. Being residents of the great city of Los Angeles, all of us at Digital Imaging Center are no strangers to beach trips with friends and family. Those memories will stay with you for many years to come, and many, many more with photographs to remind us. Hanging around your home or custom photo gifts like the ones we’re known for. Precious moments can happen in a flash, and hopefully your shutter speed will react accordingly 😉

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Photographing Reflections With Amazing Results

Reflections are a powerful way to convey emotion or provoke thought in your images.

Water reflections

For example, reflections in water can lead to beautiful images. However, finding the right time and place to get a great water reflection can be difficult. Your best option is enclosed waters, such as lakes and ponds, preferably sheltered from the wind. The slightest breeze can add disruptive ripples to the surface of water, and while in some circumstances this can be good, in others it can ruin the shot. You will more often find that the very early morning is the best time. Watch the weather forecast – high pressure systems often bring the windless, still conditions that are so conducive to reflection photography.

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If there are some small ripples on the water surface, you can try to reduce these by using a long exposure rather than a shorter one. You can even shoot multiple exposure and combine them as a HDR image. You will of course need a steady tripod to ensure maximum sharpness.

Other reflections

There are reflections everywhere we go ranging from windows to marbled and metal surfaces. The scope is immense. We can use reflections to show off our main subject; for instance, a depiction of  a famous landmark reflected in a window.

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When posing a shot try not make the shot look too formal. Instead, making the subject feel relaxed will offer the image a more casual look. Of course, another person who can model for a reflection shot is yourself. Why not try to get a shot of you at work with your camera, all reflected in a window or other mirrored surface.

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Reflections are everywhere we look and one has to think outside of the norm to setup amazing, innovative shots.

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Photo Editing Tips For Beginners

If you are an amateur photographer, then you probably have quite a lot of pictures that are not perfect. Professional looking photos are especially important if you would like to print promotional material of any sort.

This is exactly what photo editing software is for: Boring pictures can be more striking with just a few clicks. Even professional photographers use photo editing in order to give their photos the finishing touch. Here’s a few basic tips for beginning and experienced photographers alike.

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Never Edit The Original

Whatever you do, never change the original photo. Copy it to your computer or external hard drive for photo editing and work only with a copy. If you leave the original untouched, then you can always try to apply different improvements, brightness settings or photo editing steps. It makes sense to edit the photo in different ways for different uses.

Adjust All Murky and Boring Pictures

During photo editing, go to the color menu and raise the color intensity, which will make listless, bland photos appear more lively. You can also fix pictures that are too bright or too dark and adjust focus in blurry photos.

Cut Out Boring Elements

Very often, interesting objects in photos are surrounded by boring ones. For example, an empty parking lot or a grey sky can shift the focus away from the center. The uninteresting part may be cut out and removed using photo editing functions.

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 Don’t Over-edit

If you change the photo too much or go overboard with optimizations, it will look unnatural and important details may be lost. If that isn’t the specific goal of your photo editing, you should avoid this at all costs. You have to know where to stop. Luckily, all programs include an “undo” button for digital photo editing.

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Adjust Size

Smaller photos look sharper. When you reduce a photo in size, it will have better resolution and will appear sharper than before. With images intended for print, make sure the resolution is at least 300 dpi. If the photo is to be published online, it should be scaled to 75 dpi. Long loading times for large photos can also become annoying very fast.

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But of course if you have any doubts with any of this or just want the best quality work being done on your print job. Come to any of our locations and our team of experts is here to help you.

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9532 W. Pico Blvd, LA, Ca 90035Tel: 310-275-4685

email: photo@dimagec.com

10354 Venice Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232Tel: 310-558-3304

email: image@dimagec.com