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How To Find Your Leicester Wedding Photography Options

 

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Leicester wedding photographyLeicester wedding photography is something that has been flourishing for quite some time now and this is the type of thing that you ought to pay attention to as much as possible especially if you are more or less thinking about hiring a Leicester wedding photographer somewhere along the way. This is something that can really work out well for you and for everything that you are working for after all has been said and done. If you are trying to get things taken into account, the first thing that you ought to start working on is the aspect of looking for all of your possible potential contacts. Don’t dilly dally and don’t delay as much as possible.

The earlier you can get things up to speed on things like this, the better they will turn out to be at the end of the day. Even if you don’t think you have all of the right contacts to begin with, make it a point to get things started by asking around. You are bound to have a few friends who have great wedding photographers in their contacts list at some point or so. It is really all a matter of being able to go ahead and tap into those said contacts. Talk to the friends who are planning out their own weddings at around roughly the same time that you are. Also try to see if you can talk to those who have already gotten married recently. You will be surprised how something basic like this will help you get your hands on all of the right info at the end of the day. it can really make that much of a difference.

Wedding planner

Another resource that you should never allow to go to waste as a client or as a bride who is about to get married is your wedding planner. Leicester wedding photography is a huge social circle but there are bound to be the best ones out there and chances are, your wedding planner knows all about those said options when it all comes down to it. As a matter of fact, the wedding planner is someone that you can tap into for the rest of all of the other vendors that you might end up needing for the wedding. Some of these wedding planners already come in with packages that are offered that more or less include most of the wedding vendors in the equation as well so try to take stock of your options when it all comes down to it so that you have all of the odds working out in your favor as much as possible.

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Be very selective with the process and gauge things based off of the photography style as well as with the recommendations that they can bring in somewhere along the way. This is your wedding and you call all the shots. Make sure that you actually make the right choices as much as possible. Leicester wedding photography really isn’t all that difficult to work out if you have the basics figured out the right way.

When Booking a Wedding Photographer in and around Berkshire

top wedding photographer in and around BerkshireAlthough at first, it may seem as if a professional wedding photographer in and around Berkshire would be something hard to find, the fact remains that there will always be special professionals working in and around the wedding photography vertical in the Bristol area and this is the type of thing that you will be able to go ahead and leverage or use to your advantage as a client who is checking out the possibility of hiring a professional for the wedding. Weddings are complicated to set up and the aspect of getting your hands on all of the right wedding vendors for the wedding that you are planning out in Berkshire will always turn out to be a work in progress. You just need to make sure that whatever you do or whatever you decide on, you always have a great list of options going for you the right way all the time, every single time, at the end of the day.

The first thing that you need to take a look at is the possibility of getting help. This isn’t an arms race and you definitely don’t have to get into this all alone. Get the help of your partner so you can work hand in hand when it comes to finding that wedding photographer in and around Berkshire who will turn out to be the perfect fit for the wedding that is being planned out one way or the other. Get to talk to your friends and to any other people you may know who might know of other people or professionals working in this vertical at some point or so. Tap into the possibility of booking and hiring a wedding planner or a professional wedding coordinator in the Berkshire area. Hiring someone like this will mean that you are also hiring her extensive list of contacts and this will turn out to make things so much easier for you to go through the process with as a client who is looking into getting a professional wedding photographer in the Berkshire area at some point or so.

Always keep a keen eye out for detail as much as possible.

Don’t just go booking the first few people who catch your attention or who present you with a proposal of some sort. Always make sure that you have all of the right things going for you in terms of the comparison of services packages among different wedding photographers in the area. Go for the top wedding photographer in and around Berkshire or for someone who has the best offer and the best output when you take a look at his portfolio. Take your time in coming up with a decision if you have to because this will turn out to be something that will be well worth it in the end. You have every right to go ahead and take things slow if it means that you will eventually come up with all of the best decisions to be made.

How To Make Your Phoros Effective for Social Media

Social media and photography has always benefitted from each other. On one end, there is no doubt that social media has helped tremendously in making photography more popular than ever by spreading a photographer’s work across the web thanks to shares and viral messaging, whether it may be a photographer’s baby portraits or photos of a york wedding photographer. On the end, photography has helped establish social media as a viable communication tool with its ability to showcase a work and make it popular in the process.

As such, photography plays a key part in the growing field of social media marketing as photos play an important part in the promotion of a brand online, especially in social media. In a way, it can be considered a form of advertising photography. But social media marketing aims more for the longevity of the campaign as to how long it would be considered effective and how many have “helped” spread the campaign through shares and likes.

As social media marketers who wish to tap photography as part of their various campaigns, there are some things that must remembered to help ensure the success of the campaign:

On Framing & Composition

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As with any type of photography, framing and composition is important for people to be able to identify the brand. And depending on the type of photo you will be needing, different rules in composition should be taken into consideration. For instance, the cover image in Facebook timeline which, is a long, rectangular space and lends itself to compositions that feel “widescreen” in nature. On the other hand, the profile picture to be used for Facebook, Twitter, and other social media accounts are usually square, so the image to be used that will identify your brand as well should have the brand name and other  pertinent details that may be needed be able to fit in that square space.

On Lighting

Next to composition, lighting is a very important element that will set the identity of your brand. For instance, some heavy metal bands would go for some dark lighting in their photos.

The trick to great lighting isn’t so much where you shoot, but rather how much light you capture in the image and which can be achieved through white balance and ISO settings. You must also match the white balance setting to your shooting environment. If it’s indoors in fluorescent lights, choose that setting. Most cameras today have an “auto” setting for white balance which may not always get it right, so if the shot just doesn’t look right to you, keep experimenting until you find the right setting.

On Background and Style

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Your choice of where the photos are to be taken is also important. Some entities have some sort of a brand toolkit or style guide available and if you are working for an entity with such style guides, make it a point to read through it to get a sense of what the entity’s sense of style is and put that insight to use when you’re shooting photos for its social media accounts. Whatever the style may be, make it a point that the photo would have a place to put in the brand.

On Photo Resolution

This is an important tip that is often overlooked. Most social media networks today are able to handle high-resolution photography so you have to make sure every photo you share through any of the social media accounts are of good quality and would not look blurred or grainy when viewed on larger screens. The higher resolution your camera is, the better not only for the photos you will share but also for the brand you are promoting.

Photoshop Editing Basics for Beginners

Adobe Photoshop has become an invaluable tool for photographers and others working with digital images. As such, learning to use Photoshop has become a required piece of knowledge that one working with digital images must have.

If you’re beginning to get yourself acquainted with Photoshop, it is best to get started knowing a few tips you can use as you start exploring and learning this piece of software.

Adding Layers

If you are going to make some significant changes to your image, always make it a point to add at least 1 layer on your image where you can do your editing of the image. The importance of adding a new layer to your image is that you don’t get to do any changes on your image so in an instance when the change you made is incorrect or if you may need to go back to the image original, you can do so simply by clicking on the original layer of the image. Make it a point to add a layer for every significant change you do on the image to easily review the work you have done.

Using the Image Analysis Tools

The first thing you need to learn in Photoshop is reading the image analysis tools which tell you what you need to know about the image you wish to work on. One of them is the Histogram which provides information on the exposure of the photograph, whether it is under or over exposed, as well as the tonal range. There is also the Eyedropper tool which provides you information about the color in the image, especially if a certain color in the image is too dominant that you may need to correct. Then there is the Info palette (or window) which provides numerical feedback on your image which serves as a handy reference, especially for advanced users.

Correcting Image Brightness, Contrast, and Colors

Once you’ve learned how to read the image analysis tools, you will have a better grasp of editing the photo’s brightness, contrast, and colors as these tools also allow you to make the necessary corrections. You also get to play around different elements with the different corrections you can do until you get the results you are looking for in the image.

Straightening Images

Among many things you can do with Photoshop is to straighten images with a couple of tools available in the program. The first is the ruler which lets you measure exactly how much you need to make a photo appear straight. Another tool would be the rotate command which allows you to rotate an image clockwise or counterclockwise regardless of how much would be needed.

Cropping Images

In some instances, you may need to crop portions of your photos to make them look better on screen, an important pointer not many photographers keep in mind surprisingly. In any case, the cropping tool in Photoshop helps you do just that, allowing you as well to undo or make changes to the cropping you have done on the image.

Using the Healing Brush

If your photo has an unwanted spot or blemish, or if you wish to remove a pimple on someone’s face, the Healing Brush will help remove such elements from the photo. Just click on the area you wish to be cleaned up and the Healing Brush tool will do the rest for y

Using the Dodge Tool

The Dodge Tool is a useful tool in Photoshop that lightens the pixels on the photo. This is the tool you can use to lessen the dark areas of the photo as you see fit. More often than not, using this tool only takes a few careful strokes so be careful not to overdo it or else it would negatively affect the photo quality as a whole.

Using the Blur Tool

The Blur Tool is another tool to help remove any blemishes on the photo as what the Healing Brush does. The Blur Tool though works differently in a way that it smoothens out blemishes by blurring them into the photo. As with the Dodge Tool, using this tool only takes a few, careful strokes so make sure you use it carefully  so as not to ruin the photo quality.

Continuous Learning

As with any tool, constant learning and practice makes one become more adept and knowledgeable in using Adobe Photoshop. Take advantage of the wealth of information available for you to read on as you improve your know-how and skills in using this software.

Should The Client Provide Food to the Wedding Photographer?

During wedding preparations as couples make the reservations for the services of a photographer, once in a while there comes a question that has been a dilemma for some couples who were planning their weddings, and it is all about the matter of providing food for the wedding photographer.

First things first

First things first, let’s get one thing perfectly clear here. It is but proper for the photographer to given something to eat in the course of the coverage he will be doing for the wedding. After all, the photographer will be spending about 12 hours or more covering the wedding. Without some sustenance, the photographer would not be able to do the job as well as we would expect him to do. This also creates a feeling of mistrust and animosity in some cases between the photographer and the client couple for such inhumane treatment.

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Fortunately, that part is something that is very rarely argued upon. However, things get a bit trickier when it comes to the arrangements as to how they would eat. This is something we will touching on in the following parts of this article.

Where to eat

Depending on the arrangement, the photographer could take his meal at the guest table along with the other wedding guests or take it at a separate area, usually along with other vendors and personnel like the band members, the DJ, among others.

Speaking of the arrangement, some photographers have certain preferences as they may prefer being at the guest table.  In any case, one should check with the photographer if there are such preferences in place and if there are, it should be specified in the contract you will have with them.

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In some cases, the reception venue has already a separate area assigned for photographers and other vendors where they could eat. So it’s best to coordinate with the venue as to whether they have such areas set up.

The food to be served

Then there is also the question of the food to serve the photographer as well as the other vendors. Would they be served the same meal as the guests would have or would they be given a different meal? This would depend on your caterer or the with the reception venue, whoever will be providing the food at the reception.

Some photographers may specify that they prefer to be served the same meal as the guests. If so, make sure that clause is included in the contract and, more importantly, the costs for their food would be taken into consideration.

Also, try to check with the caterer or the reception venue, whatever the case may be, if they offer vendor meals to be served to the photographers and the other wedding vendors. Vendor meals may or may not be the same as the food the guests may be having at the reception, but they cost less compared to the average price per plate the couple may spend for the food of the wedding guests.

The bottomline: regardless of the food that will be served to the photographer, whether it is same as with the guests or not, you have to make sure the food that will be served is enough to be satisfying and ease away the hunger he may be feeling after hours of wedding coverage he has done at that point.

In Conclusion

There are many factors to consider: the photographer’s preferences, the preferences of the caterer or the venue, as well as the budget concerns. But these factors should not impede you from providing food to your photographer. In fact, these factors should rather help you make a sound decision as to how you will be able to do that humane and proper gesture.

Photographers are important people in the wedding. And it is proper that they would be given the respect and kindness that is due to them. And with the hard work they will be doing covering the wedding and making sure it is covered well, the photographer deserves not only to be fed but to be fed well enough for him to get through the day doing his job right.

Why Choose RAW Over JPEG?

There is a war that has been going on for quite a while in the realm of digital photography. To be specific, it is a war as to which is better between two digital image file formats out there: RAW and JPEG.

As far as usage is concerned, JPEG has a clear advantage as it is the default image file format used in digital cameras, as well as in other devices likes computers and smartphones. Being the default system, many users, especially casual photographers, have adopted it, mainly for the sake of convenience.

But being widely used does not necessarily mean it is better in terms of quality. And if you ask many avid and professional photographers, RAW provides the better image quality hands down.

NOTABLE QUALITIES

But what makes RAW the better digital image format than JPEG quality-wise? We have listed down some of its notable qualities below:

1. Great level of detail
An image recorded in the RAW format provides a greater level of detail. For instance, it can process billions of colors compared to mere millions a JPEG file can process, adding more nuances of color shades in an image.

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In addition, RAW records brightness levels ranging from 4,096 to 16,384 far more than the 256 levels in JPEG. What this means is that you can make more and better adjustments on your image without sacrificing overall image quality. And we’ll talk more about editing RAW images later.

2. Complete image information
Every image contains a lot of data which take up a huge amount of file space. And in RAW, every information available in the image is recorded, from the metadata to the most minor aspects of the image, which explains why RAW files are larger in file size. In contrast, JPEG compresses the image file itself. While this is helpful so that the image will not take up significant storage space, some information gets also lost in the process, notably information in the image which have provided greater detail of the image.

3. Better, non-destructive editing
As noted earlier, RAW files have the advantage of providing more and better adjustments that can done to the image without sacrificing greater image quality. In addition, RAW files are unprocessed so you can use more tools like sharpening algorithms that would provide better output as opposed to the tools built in JPEG that does some processing beforehand but may have resulted in less than satisfactory level of quality.

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What’s better about editing images in RAW is that even if you made a mistake in correcting an image, you can still go back to the original image and “correct” it from there. That is because RAW does not actually let you make adjustments on the file itself. Rather, any adjustments you make are being translated into a set of instructions as to how the file will be saved in another format like JPEG for instance. This is in contrast to JPEG where any adjustments you make are saved on the file and you cannot undo them once they are saved.

STORAGE CONSIDERATIONS

As mentioned earlier, RAW files take up a lot of space, something that has been a source of concern for quite a while. However, things have changed in recent years. While in the past, limited storage was a primary consideration for some to be hesitant in adapting the RAW format, this no longer holds true today. Affordable storage options like hard drives and memory cards offering large storage space are now prevalent in the market.
The availability of these storage solutions today has made the RAW format a more attractive format of choice than it was a few years ago.

MORE RAW-CAPABLE CAMERAS

Another thing going for RAW these days is the availability of cameras in the market that can now capture images in RAW. While cameras that can shoot RAW were limited in the past to DSLRs, now this capability has been extended to other camera types, some of them even point-and-shoot ones. Thanks to the capabilities of these new cameras, more users are becoming aware of RAW and its qualities and is becoming a popular image format especially among budding photographers or those who want better quality on their photos.

A FORMAT FOR PHOTOGRAPHY

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RAW is a file format specially made for photography, providing the most accurate and detailed information of an image. For photographers, every detail is important even the tiniest one. So it is important that these details are represented as vivid and true as possible, something a format like RAW provides very well enough.

So if you are someone who is serious about photography or at least would like to get better quality on the images you shoot, then going for RAW is the most logical option without a doubt.