Category Archives: Quick Tips & Tricks

Getting Prepared for Travel and Holiday Photography

Before leaving your house with the whole package on your back for your summer vacations, some tips are good to know or recall for your camera safety, to take the most original shots and just to enjoy your trip!

Before starting the count down, it is important to determine what type of photography you are going to do. Are you just looking for some souvenirs and selfies, then in this case a Point&Shoot ( theRX100M III is probably one of the best for this. Otherwise for $80, you can get great holiday pictures with this Sony W800) or even a smartphone can do the job, no need to bring 20 pounds (10kg) of equipment and come back at work with a backache!

Should you bring 1, 2, 3, 4 lenses?
Getting prepared for travel photography. What are you going to bring? Choosing the right gear for travel photography- iLHP
Getting prepared for travel photography. What are you going to bring?

But if you are an enthusiast photographer and if the light and the depth of field and the overall quality of your pictures matter the most, then you will consider bringing your “stuff” with you. If you really want to travel light, then a 24-70mm or a 24-105mm will do the job as an all-around lens. Or if you want to travel very light with your DSLR, some pancake Continue reading Getting Prepared for Travel and Holiday Photography

Foodtography: Part One

If you were to type in #foodporn on Instagram 54,081,378 posts pop up.  People love taking pictures of their food to especially share on social media networks such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I am guilty of being one of these people. Many of the images we see posted on these networks are usually taken with a smartphone without much thought or planning. The foods we eat often at restaurants are presented in a creative and artistic manner that it can be difficult to resist capturing an image before it disappears into our stomaches.

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David Luftus

I remember a few years back I was in McDonald’s on a roadtrip and the two unnamed people I was with ordered lunch. As they set it down on the table all the colors of the packaging and the food itself looked like an image I could not resist taking. I posted it on Facebook after and I swear to you I have never had so many likes on an image or comments in all my years using it. It goes to show that food images create a strong impact among viewers and invokes one’s senses. Continue reading Foodtography: Part One

Back to Basics: How to Look at the Light

We could talk about many technical things like how to get the right exposure using which metering mode or how interacts the shutter speed with the aperture and ISO etc.  Even if you know perfectly all of these things, you cannot do anything good without understanding the light. Sometimes it’s just good to go back to basics: Light. 

It goes without saying that it can be expressed in every photography field: Landscape, Wedding, Portrait, Macro, Architecture etc.

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Photo credit: Aurelien Bernard. His interview here.

Photographing literally means “engraving with light”. This is the element that can completely transform a photograph. This is what every photographer tries to control, to work with as a raw material, its intangibility and subtlety gives magic or tells a story. Without light: shadow, darkness. No light, no contrast, no color.

iLHP’s Best Links to Help You Prepare an Outdoor Photo Shoot!

Portrait, Macro, Landscape, Cityscape, Architecture, street, Astral photography or even video/filming. We all have our specialty but we can also all use a little help to save time and help prepare our shooting sessions. This time, iLHP surfed out there to gather the best links/apps that will guide you in that quest. Of course, we recommend bookmarking this page so that you can get back to all those helpful links easily!

Catching the Best Light

These links are helpful for every photographers, from portrait to macro including landscapes or Astral photography. This will help you know exactly when to wake up at dawn or when to leave your daily job to catch the best lights and shadows, in other words, to give the best atmosphere and charisma to your photographs!

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http://www.bluehoursite.com/

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6 Photography Tips You’ve Never Heard Of

We’re used to say that it’s the 40 first years that are difficult when you play Golf, in Photography, we’re used to say that you start having good shots after 10 thousands of them. Of course, those are proverbs and fortunately for us it doesn’t represent the reality, but it has a hint of truth, at least it translates the fact that it’s not an easy activity that you will master over a month of practice.

Here we’ll help you get some tips you never heard before to help you improve:

6. Listen to Music While Shooting or Editing Your Photos

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Photography is an art, it is important to stimulate it and what more ideal than to listen to music while doing what you love the most? Music will help you vary your habits in terms of composition, but it’ll also help you try new ways to post-process your pictures. While on the field, it can also help you focus on your subject/ composition because you’ll be isolated in your own world. Of course, that doesn’t apply if you shoot a model, at least not with headphones, instead, try that: Fashion Shoot Jam. Depending on your mood, or on the atmosphere you aim at, try different kind of music, from classical to heavy metal, pop or even reggae. Whatever works for you.

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