Flattering Portrait Positions

104055UvFIf you would like to learn how to shoot better portraits, you need to pay attention to portrait poses. You might get all the technical aspects of the photo down pat, like setting up flattering lighting and getting the correct exposure, but if you ignore the pose, the person sitting for the portrait isn’t likely to be happy with the result of the photo shoot. Fortunately, you can learn to pose subjects better for portraits using these five simple tips.

1. Avoid straight-on shots. Shooting a portrait straight on tends to produce something that looks like a fancied up passport photo. If your subject really wants to face forward, at least make them lean against a wall or tree slightly, so they won’t be so stiffly centered in the frame.

2. Tuck the chin. Have your subject pose with their chin tucked in slightly. You want enough of a tuck to avoid the up-the-nose shot, but not so much that the subject’s neck starts to wrinkle.

3. Shoot from above. Getting a slightly downward angle onto your subject often results in a very flattering portrait. Many people’s features look best at this angle, and the position also makes for nice catchlights in the eyes.

4. Keep the background simple. In a portrait, the focus should be on the person, not the background. Avoid overly fussy or dramatic backdrops. Instead look for simple textures and keep the background slightly out of focus.

5. Beware the hands. When people pose for a portrait, they often become hyperaware of their hands and are unable to figure out what to do with them. If you can, keep the hands out of the shot. Otherwise, have the subject tuck them into their pockets, fold their arms, or do something else that looks natural.

If you want to learn more, take a look at online tutorials!

Establishing your online presence as a freelance photographer

If you’re a freelance photographer, there is no getting around the fact that you need to have an excellent website, to promote your work and your services. Word of mouth is great, but creating a stunning online portfolio opens the door to a world of new opportunities.

Putting yourself and your work out into the public sphere, however, means that you need to make sure that the end product is something that people will remember, for the right reasons. If you’re creating a freelance photography portfolio, online, therefore, here are three tips that will help you to stand out from the crowd.

  1.     Crisp, clean and professional. As a freelance photographer, your website should be a reflection of who you are; it must scream professionalism and be synonymous with quality. To this end, WordPress should be the tool of choice for any freelance photographer. WordPress allows you to work with an easy to use template, has a range of visually stunning themes, is SEO friendly and gives you the freedom to make your website whatever you need it to be.
  2.     Select only your best work. This should go without saying, but still deserves a mention. Your online portfolio should only contain your best work. Don’t compromise on quality, use only high quality images, and ensure that you include images that will leave a lasting impression on those that see your site.
  3.     About me. The about me section of your online portfolio is THE most important page on your site, as well as being the most clicked on. The about me page is a chance to sell yourself and your services, so the writing must be clear, concise and engaging. Not all photographers, however, are natural born writers. If you know that words are not your strength, consider asking for help from a friend, or hiring a professional, through a site such as Elance.

Another option you might want to consider (apart from freelancing) is affiliate marketing. Thousands of people are already doing it, and it can be pretty much about anything. You can sell books via Amazon, or pretty much any product you can think of via affiliate networks. Promoting online casinos can be quite profitable, those pay quite high commissions! Take a look at e.g. bestonlinecasino-bonus.co.uk. They are promoting various online casinos, but also inform about the latest games. So if you have an interest in any of those niches, get started today!


How to take a great picture with your iPhone


Whether you’re an amateur photographer who loves to travel, a budding travel photographer or you’re lucky enough to have made a career out of taking pictures, some of the potentially best pictures present themselves at the most inopportune moments.

This is why, whatever your reason for taking pictures, it’s always important to have your iPhone on you at all times. It’s small, portable, handy for all kinds of stuff (even for online casino games) and, if you know how to use it, can take a great quality picture.

Here are our top three tips for taking award-winning pictures, with your iPhone.

  1.     Avoid the digital zoom function at all costs. While the iPhone may take a picture at a resolution of 5M Megapixels, the zoom function is utterly useless. It sounds obvious, but it’s amazing the number of potentially stunning pictures that are ruined by a lack of recognition about this fact. If you want blurry, poor quality images, go ahead. If, however, you really want to capture a great image, keep your fingers away from the zoom function.
  2.     Keep it simple. One of the most effective means of taking a great shot with your iPhone is to keep the composition of the picture as simple as possible. Don’t choose to shoot an image which has several, highly distinguishable, objects in the foreground. Choose instead to shoot images which contain simple patterns that are easy on the eye.
  3.     Utilize the grid setting. If you’re taking a shot with an image in the foreground, middle ground and background, switch on the grid function and ensure that you apply the rule of thirds when taking the shot; this simple tweak will be transformational to your picture.

How to take the perfect travel photos: Our top three tips

Eiffel tower reflection in camera lensesIn an age where we spend our time playing online slots, point and shoot digital cameras cost next to nothing, and are still capable of producing exceptional photographs, a lack of access to the right equipment should never be an excuse for poor quality holiday pictures.

Unfortunately, however, terrible pictures still seem to abound. While there are countless books, magazines and articles about how to take the perfect travel pictures, we thought that today we would share with you our top three tips for capturing those magical holiday moments.

  1.    Get there early. While there are a whole host of camera tricks and tips to enhance your images, the one that people tend to forget, and can make your picture most special, is arriving at a site early, before the crowds gather. It requires little effort on your part, aside from setting your alarm a little earlier, but the results can transform your otherwise bland photo albums instantly. Capturing a beautiful temple at sunrise, or as the mist begins to clear, adds real depth to your images, while the lack of tourists in your images will set them apart from the norm.
  2.    Add context. While photographing local people when travelling, few amateur photographers remember the importance of the background in the context of the shot. Pictures of silk traders, for example, could be improved dramatically if you were to take a picture of the trader in front of his stall, at the right angle. Every detail of the shot improves the story that the picture tells.
  3.    Get creative. Don’t just place the subject of the picture in the centre of the image. Trying spicing things up a bit by placing it according to the rule of thirds. It will add that much needed variety to your albums.


5 Tips to Increase the Safety of Your Camera’s Memory Data

Imagine coming home after a great photo session at the casino. You sit down, connect your camera or memory card to the computer and, sadly, realize that something is wrong. Maybe the data is lost, maybe only corrupt, but in any case this is one disaster scenario you will want to avoid. In other words, you will want to take good care of your digital camera’s memory card!

memory cardHere are 3 tips that will help you prevent memory card problems:

1) Always store your memory cards carefully. Keep them from getting dirty when not in use. Tiny specs of dust can easily become a big problem!

2) Watch out for firmware upgrades – they can increase your card’s efficiency.

3) At the start of a new photo shoot, format the memory card you’re about to use. This is very important, as it will reduce the chance of possible data malfunctions.

Now, even if you take precautions, complications can arise during photo shoot itself. These 2 tips will help you avoid problems during a photo shoot:

1) When on assignments, keep your full and empty memory cards well organised. Always replace the cards as soon as you run out of storage capacity.

2) If your camera’s memory buffer gets full during burst-mode shooting, a red light will signal you to stop. Do not remove the memory card during this process! Always wait until the red light goes off; ideally, even turn your camera off and on again before proceeding with the photo shoot.

3) Be sure to follow the right memory card maintenance!