• Published on Friday, 09 May 2014 19:17

Shoot RAW if your camera allows

Most photo amateurs have their cameras set to produce image files in JPEG format. Many don’t even know that there is another option, i.e. RAW format. All DSLR cameras and some point and shoot ones do have a RAW option.

What is RAW? According to the meaning of the word, raw images are original, unaltered. On the contrary, JPEG files are produced by compressing the image with some quality loss. Although this quality loss may be unnoticeable, due to the loss of original data in the image, many operations cannot be performed on JPEG files. That is, the main advantage of shooting RAW is not the higher image quality but the flexibility for post processing.

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  • Published on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 13:15

How quickly will you get your wedding photos?

A photographer’s work does not end on the day of shooting. That is usually the most creative and enjoyable part of it (although may be quite stressy, especially when shooting weddings) but that is not all. Like in the old days of film photography photographers had to spend hours and hours in the dark room printing and retouching photos, nowadays digital photos require post processing.

This may take quite a lot of time, for some photographers it takes as much as twice the time of shooting (I am not speaking here about those who do not know Photoshop well and thus this work takes for them much longer than it could, but even those who do know the software very well may spend many hours doing post processing to achieve the best results).
You may wonder what those pros do with the photos that it takes them so long. The thing is that, firstly, right out of the camera the photos may not look perfect. They may require cropping, color correction and some other operations. Such basic adjustments are generally done to all photos. Then comes individual work, which is done on selected photos, especially those that will be included in the album. For example, portraits often need skin retouch, there may be unwanted objects or people on the background which need to be removed, sometimes it may be needed to add some brightness to the subject if there was no possibility to adjust the light properly when shooting. Some photographers also like to add special effects to the photos.

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  • Published on Friday, 20 December 2013 09:32

Preparing for the Wedding Day - Photographer's Tips

Wedding is of course one of the most important days in the couple’s married life. Although being very joyous and festive, it can often be very hectic and tiring. Unending flow of events, looking for necessary accessories, meeting a lot of people – all that requires a lot of effort and energy. So, as a wedding photographer, I can offer a few pieces of advice which will not only help you better enjoy your wedding day but will also help you to look better on the photos. And wedding photographs, together with your memories and the wedding rings, will be probably the only thing from that day which you will keep for the rest of your life. So it is definitely worth spending a little time.

Choosing a photographer. You better not try to save on the photographer’s service. Low rates are a sign that the photographer is not experienced. Have in mind that the rates include not only the 10 hours of shooting on the wedding day and amortization of the equipment, that also includes post processing of all the photos, which may take up to twice the time of shooting (it is true that good photographers shoot properly so that their photos do not require much post processing but post processing may be needed to create artistic effects, besides often it is impossible to avoid unwanted people or objects in the picture which will need to be removed at the post processing stage). Of course, you should study photographers’ portfolios and try to meet with them personally. Ask them to bring printed photos and also just see if you feel comfortable with them.

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  • Published on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 08:31

How to Better Use Flash in Photography?

Some may say that this is a silly question – you just press the button on your point and shoot camera and, if the ambient light is not sufficient, the flash will fire. That’s all! Well, that is true, but can one get good, artistic photographs this way? Even if you don’t know much about photography you will probably guess that the answer is no – to get nice looking photos one has to put in a little more effort and try to be more creative in every respect, including how to use flash.

Simple point and shoot cameras are equipped with a direct flash (i.e., flash pointing directly at the subject).  But even those who have a DSLR camera and a cool expensive flash installed on it often use it the same way – pointing directly at their subject. So, what is there not good about this? Photographers call this type of light hard, in such light the subject looks very flat, without any shadows. Or, if the subject is not facing the camera directly, on the contrary, there may be very hard shadows on the face, for example from the nose. Especially for portrait photography, that looks not flattering at all. In addition to that, hard light will produce very sharp shadows on the walls behind the person being portrayed. This is definitely not what we want. If we want to make a good portrait, there should be shadows on the face to highlight its shape but they should be soft and we should try to avoid any shadows behind the person.

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  • Published on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:50

About Engagement Photo Sessions

2013 05 15 3531Of course, everybody wants their wedding to be captured in photos in the best way. But not everybody thinks about having an engagement photo session although they became quite popular nowadays. As an wedding photographer in Istanbul, which is a wonderful place for photoshots of this kind, I have got a good experience shooting engagement sessions. So I will now try to give answers to the most common questions that I her from young couples.

Engagement session is a nice opportunity to capture the story of your love for years to come. It does not have to be an actual engagement or proposal because it may be difficult to arrange a photographer at that time. But often couples arrange a special time with a photographer and enact a scene as if it is an engagement or a proposal. Or else, many couples just want to have a photo session somewhere outside in the city or in the nature without enacting any special scene. Although not being an engagement, such photo sessions are also often called an engagement session.

Often couples have questions regarding this type of photo sessions. Here I will try to answer the most typical ones.

Why have an engagement session? This kind of a photo session is in fact a story where main characters are the lovers and their relationships. Generally such sessions are ordered before the wedding. This is a very good way to establish a contact with the photographer who will shoot your wedding, to learn to be relaxed in front of the camera, not to be shy to show your feelings, to see yourself from the outside, to get an idea how the wedding photos will look like and, accordingly, to have a chance to correct some aspects (postures, expressions, etc.). The same is true for the photographer also. I always prefer to shoot an engagement session before the wedding to get to know the couple, to establish a good contact with them. This helps me to shoot the wedding in a more natural way.

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