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How to Get Started in Wedding Photography – Part 3One of things that you must learn is how to use off-camera flash. Or if I may recompose that statement, you must get the habit of using on-camera flash out of your system as early as you can. Of course those without the money to buy lights or those who prefer to shoot mainly with natural lights would disagree with me here. They would argue natural light is the best possible light for shooting weddings. I would agree, if I could have a way to ensure consistent natural light all through the day and during the evening. On many occasions you would find yourself in a desperate situation trying to complete a shoot because the sun is going behind the horizon. Read more...
How to Get Started in Wedding Photography – Part 2Compositions are everything in wedding photography; at least when you are not shooting candid photography. This article will not be able to address all different styles of wedding photography (yes there are more than one), so if someone who is trying to make a style out of shooting candid photos only may not find this article entirely relevant. It needs different approaches, different lenses and rarely, if ever, follow a list of images to be shot. Candid wedding photographer often work alone or in collaboration with the main shooter, so that one gets the ‘must-have’ photos and the other those fleeting but important moments that are impossible for the main shooter to cover. Read more...
How to Get Started in Wedding Photography – Part 1Weddings are not only fun but they are also one of the most solemn of occasions. Two souls unite into one and take the momentous first step towards learning how to live together, take care of together and grow old together! As a wedding photographer you have enviable task, documenting all those precious moments on the couple’s biggest day. Read more...
An introduction to creating timelapse videos

Timelapse videos have become somewhat clichéd these days with an increasing number of photographers doing it. some people have made time lapses videos that have been shot over two years, raising the bar in terms of sheer commitment and of course the results that they have achieved. Time lapse is essentially all about capturing motion by joining a series of still images shot over a period of time and making a video out of it. It is the same thing as when we shoot a video but in this case the images are shot with a gap between them so that when they are joined together everything tends to move quicker.

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Tips for Overcoming the Challenge of Landscape PhotographyIf you’ve ever had to look through a friend’s vacation pictures, you likely already know that landscape photography can be incredibly boring. Out in the world are too many indistinguishable photographs of well-known landscapes: mesas in the American southwest, the Golden Gate bridge and San Francisco skyline, any waterfall - you get the idea. As a photography instructor (okay, my dad) once told me, “You’re not Ansel Adams, so don’t try to be him.” Harsh, but correct. As soon as I realized I needed to find a different way of approaching landscapes, my landscape photography improved dramatically. Here are ten tips to help you take your own landscape images to the next level. Read more...
Everyday photography ideasI wrote a detailed article on the topic of photographic inspiration recently. The aim was to keep the photographer in you and many others like you inspired, leave the fire burning so that you can keep creating beautiful images. That’s what we photographers do. We look for moments that are worth capturing, in the middle of the daily mundane and share it with others who were not fortunate enough to be there to see it with their own eyes. Those moments need not to be captured at the most pristine of locations. They need not to be of the most beautiful of people. Beauty, as they say, can be found in some of the most ordinary places, when you are least expecting. Read more...
Don’t copy the masters’ style blindly, create your own styleGrowing up as photographers one of the biggest source of guidance are the works created by already established photographers. It does not have to be one of the classical masters such as Ansel Adams or Henri Cartier-Bresson or even the pioneers of photography such as Peter Henry Emerson; even contemporary photographers working at the present time can also serve as undeniable influences in one’s formative years. To be honest, one’s inspiration has a lasting impact on one’s work. Having said that, however, great photographers have always found a way to make their work stand out from their masters and the clutter of work produced by others. Read more...
Photography inspiration: How to keep shooting imagesAs an amateur we see images taken by photographers like Eric Kim or Jeremy Cowart or Chase Jarvis or classical photographers like Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson and we figure out we could do the same if were to get a good enough camera. After all everybody raves and compliments our Facebook uploads! If we can be this good with our smartphones imagine what we can do with a professional DSLR? Thus, we save, and save and save and finally after a year of sacrificing some of our other indulgences, we finally get our hands on our dream cameras. The first few weeks after we receive our camera are exciting days. We wake up early in the morning, take images of anything that moves, make the exact same composition about a 100 times, each time thinking it is better than the last time and ask anybody we know to pose for a portrait session. We are truly one with our cameras. Read more...
8 Unique Ideas for Wedding PhotosA new spouse, a new last name, and photos - the three must-have takeaways of any wedding. Though every couple wants the obligatory wedding shots such as the posed family photo, the newly-ringed hands intertwined, or the bride getting dressed before the long walk down the aisle, photos of the big day should also include shots that are as unique as the couple themselves. Below are eight fun and unique wedding photo ideas that are sure to keep the memories alive for years to come. Read more...