Monthly Archives: November 2016

Get the Feel of Beauty With Nature Wallpapers

53Nature is all about physical appearance, beauty of natural things which is surrounded by us everywhere. Nature wallpapers are something related to nature itself which represents the glorious charming beauty of nature.

Everything related to nature i.e.wallpapers, themes, screen savers and pictures are quite demanding among all.

Nowadays everyone wants that their computer screen and their mobile phones must look different from others, they should look attractive in every aspect. One can easily change their themes, pictures and wallpapers just by downloading them through Internet. There are various links one can click to get them all in few seconds.

Now a days there are ample number of websites that are offering unlimited free downloading of nature images for their consumers. These Nature pictures have a great variety of different wallpapers and a wide range according to the need which suits ones mind. We can easily get wallpapers of beaches, cloud, countryside, lakes, rivers and many more by the click of mouse. We can also select wallpapers like butterflies, plants and animals. We can find any type of wallpapers according to our personal interest. Thus, wallpapers related to nature are very common among youth. We can find it through nature photo gallery and of no cost.

The colorful natural images are very close to our heart. One can choose multiple of nature wallpapers and nature photos through various websites at no cost and change them according to the need. Also we can send it to all our friends and relatives and make it save on our computer and mobiles screen. Apart from this, nature pictures are also very common. Everyone likes the pictures of natural things as they represent what is good and beautiful on this planet. These look attractive and also make us feel calm and better. It can also change our presence of mind and make us feel the beauty of nature without any stress & changes our state of mind.

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The 5 W’s of Photography

52Profiling your photo needs is a task that should be taken seriously. It would be wonderful if you could do this before you bought your first camera, but most people can’t. You will probably buy one or two cameras before you begin to understand fully what your photo profile is. There are five aspects of your personality and photography tastes that should be considered when creating a description of your needs. Until you can answer all five of the questions comfortably, you will not know for sure what you want from a camera or photography system.

When

When will you be taking pictures? Are you going to be exposing film in low-light conditions, such as early morning or late evening? Wildlife and nature photographers often work with these dark conditions. Will you be using your camera during special events, such as school plays, ball games, or similar situations? If you will, you must assess needs that are specific to your uses. For example, a built-in flash on a point-and-shoot camera may not be powerful enough to illuminate your subject at a distance. Are you dedicated enough to be out in rain or snow with your camera? If so, you must look for equipment that is made to withstand the rigors of inclement weather.

When you use your camera has bearing on the type of camera you should buy. If you are a grab-and-go photographer who responds to photo opportunities on short notice, you need a system that is lightweight and easy to use. This could be the case for parents who wish to record magic moments with their children at the most unexpected times. On the other hand, if you will be staging your shots in a studio, you can opt for more extensive equipment.

Where

Where will you do most of your photography? The simple answers are either inside or outdoors. But, this is not enough of a breakdown. Let’s start with indoor photography. Is your home the primary location for your photography sessions? If so, you will be dealing with incandescent lighting that will require the use of electronic flash or a filter to retain true colors on color film. If the camera you buy can’t accept filters, this may prove to be a problem for you. Most simple cameras don’t allow the use of filters, but they overcome this obstacle by making a built-in flash available.

Indoor photography in large buildings can be too demanding for small flash equipment and short focal-length lenses. While a pocket-size, point-and-shoot camera can do fine on a museum tour, it will not produce satisfactory results at a sports arena. The key to success with short lenses and small flashes is in getting close to your subject.

Many people like to photograph flowers and other set-ups in make-shift studios. If your interests run along this line, consider buying a component system that will allow you full flexibility. A fixed, on-camera flash is seldom a good choice for any type of studio photography.

Outdoor photography can be very demanding on both the photographer and the camera. There are many situations when using your camera outside will result in disappointing images. How many times have you seen people taking pictures at the beach? Would you believe that most of the pictures taken will have poor and irregular exposures? They will. The bright background fools an in-camera light meter and causes subjects to be darker than they should be. Light reflecting off of sand or snow will fool the best in-camera meter, unless a spot-metering system is employed.

A photographer who is standing in sun and photographing a subject in shade will get poor exposures. People feel that electronic flash is rarely needed when taking pictures with good sunlight available. Not so. Natural light often creates shadows on a subject. If the subject happens to be a person, this can result in one side of the person’s face being too dark. Fill flash should be used light a subject evenly when shadows are present. A full flash will be overpowering and create a harsh effect. If you expect to do much work outdoors, you should consider getting a flash system where you can adjust the power of the flash.

Why

Why are you taking pictures? Most people take pictures to memorialize trips and family members. If you want to go to a zoo and come back with a selection of pictures that will remind you of the animals you saw, almost any camera will get the job done. But, if you have aspirations of seeing your zoo shots on the cover of a magazine some day, you will have to invest in some serious component equipment. Getting a close-up shot of Uncle Fred and the big trout he just caught is easy. Framing the eye of a grizzly bear in your viewfinder is not so simple.

When you ask yourself why you want to take pictures, you open the door to more questions. Is your goal to have a camera around the house for when the kids do something cute, or are you looking for a hobby interest that you can grow with? A point-and-shoot rig is all you need for fast family photos. If you want to build a serious hobby around your passion for photography, a component system is in your future.

Who

Who will you take pictures of? Are your subjects going to be fast-moving children or relaxed adults? Will you be taking group photos at family reunions and similar meetings? Are you going to pin on your press pass and go in search of celebrity photos? Define who your subjects will be before you commit heavily to any type of camera system.

What

What will you take pictures of? People are a frequent subject for photographers. Any decent camera can handle the requirements of people photography. Landscapes are a popular subject with outdoor photographers. If you are into this type of work, you will need a component system with a variety of lenses. Maybe your idea of fun is crawling around in the woods in search of rare insects to photograph. If this is the case, you will want a component system that can handle macro lenses and bellows.

The subject matter that you will seek with your camera often dictates your needs. It’s not reasonable to think that you can take quality pictures of wildlife with a pocket-size camera and lens. Neither is it rational to consider using a large-format camera to record the movements of butterflies. While a view camera works well in photographing the Grand Canyon, it’s a bit clumsy to set up for home photos.

It is difficult to find one camera that works well for all needs. However, few people experience a desire to do all aspects of photography. Once you define what you want to achieve with your camera, deciding on the right camera to buy will be much easier.

All Landscape Photography is Local

51Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neil, Jr., member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years is credited with the line “All politics is local”. And Like politics, all landscape photography is local.

Sometimes photographers give a universal feeling to a shot so that the viewer will never know where it was taken. Sunset shots can be like that. After all, the sun is setting somewhere every second of every day.

People can drive by the same scenery every day without really noticing it. It takes a photographer to let us see the mundane everyday world around us for the first time. To turn a phrase around, rather than losing sight of the forest for the trees, people really do let the trees go by in a blur and see only the forest. The photographer sees the tree, the whole tree, branches, trunk, bark, leaves, birds, insects, nicks, scratches, roots, everything, every second and every change of light. Like the sunset, the tree too is constantly changing every second.

Sometimes one feels the need to go off and photograph something far away, something different, and something famous, such as the Grand Canyon. But unless we actually live extended periods of time in a place so as to come to really know it, we are only given little pieces of those famous venues, beginner’s luck, an off chance of a heretofore unseen angle of a familiar object, or a new view of the Eifel Tower, or the Empire State Building revealed, or perhaps the blessing of unique cloud and light formations on the very day we are there.

There is sometimes the danger of thinking that, well, one has seen a tree so many times that there is nothing new to see in it, nothing new to photograph. To think, perhaps, that the tree has already been “done”, the picture has been taken, and everyone in the viewing public has already seen it.

What is going on is that everyone else has just captured a random second’s worth of an object, of a tree, or of the Eifel Tower. Yet there remains a truly infinite number of seconds stretching out into the future waiting to be photographed.

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

That is landscape photography in your own village, like the poet, watching the woods fill up with snow on the darkest evening of the year. Like the artist’s, the photographer’s eye helps those who also see, yet are blind to the world around them.

There is a little bit of the photographer in each one of us. Ever see a kid with a new digital camera, or one of those plastic disposable cameras, just walking around and shooting pictures like crazy? Everyone has done that. It is as if they are seeing the world around them for the first time. The moment passes, the camera is put down, and the lights go out. Maybe they feel embarrassed to be seen taking so many pictures in front of other people.

There are those who only bring their cameras out on “special” occasions. It is as if our lives were nothing more than the summation of birthdays, weddings and holidays.

Then there are some of us who never put the camera down (to the annoyance of everyone else around us). There are those of us who, even without a camera in our hands, constantly “see” images and photographs in our mind’s eye. It is for us photographers that every landscape is local; every blade of grass; every tree; every curve and hill and dale in the road. We could spend a lifetime photographing our own back yard. Spending time such as the years Claude Monet spent focused on observing and painting the Water-Lily Pond where he lived at Giverny.

Sometimes, with our fast digital equipment and computers, we need to do the opposite of what our technology would push us to do We need to slow down. We need to get to know a woods as only can be done on a dark evening, watching the woods slowly fill up with snow. We need to take the time Monet took, to really study and learn how light reflects off water and lilies.

How can we be bored when there is so much to see, to photograph, and so little time?

How to Become a Better Photographer in 24 Hours

50If you are an aspiring photographer, or just take snapshots of family on weekends, you often wonder why photographs captured by a Professional Photographer are so much better. I will be the first to say that you will not become a great photographer overnight. It takes more than just an article to all-of-a-sudden turn from a point-and-shooter into someone who’s photographs adorn the walls of a Gallery. But, there are some very basic things that you can do to very quickly improve your photographs. Your approach to photography will have to change eventually, to improve, and I hope to give you some keys through this article to get you well on your way.

Auto is Great, but More Control is Better!

The very first thing that you should do, if you have not done so yet, regardless of the camera with which you are shooting, is start using modes other than the Fully Automatic. I am assuming that you are already shooting digitally, as most people today do not start with film. Better photography starts with control. It is just like driving a car, Fully Automatic is nice, but drive a stick, and you are all-of-a-sudden in more control. The same with a camera, as soon as you switch to a mode other than Automatic, you begin to experience your camera’s true power. You have to grasp one simple concept: the image is completely in your control, when you can vary the time it takes to capture the image and the size of the lens opening, also known as “Aperture”. I know what you are thinking, this does not sound all that simple. How do I know what setting to use? Most cameras have a very cool semi-manual mode, commonly known as Aperture Priority, or Aperture Value (most often an AV setting on your mode Dial). Set your camera to this mode, and just start shooting with it. This setting alone is extremely powerful, and will give you a lot of creative freedom. I always tell people to take their time with any subject, and just play with this setting alone. Slowly start at the smallest value, and work your way up. Examine your images later, and you will start understanding what this setting can help you do.

Do You See the Light?

If there is one thing that will make your photography better right away, is a better understanding of light. Yes, It take years for a professional to master light, but there are some very simple concepts to keep in mind, when shooting, and you will be rewarded. Any time you shoot outside, the sun will be there, unless you are shooting at night. Most photography occurs during day, so let’s talk about it. Sun is our best friend, and worst enemy. It has the power to render beautiful colors, and take them away altogether. For fail-safe images best times to shoot are early and late in the day, when the sun is fairly low in the sky. Shoot at high noon, and you will be rewarded with washed out images more often than not. Try this: shoot the same scene, with the same camera settings, about an hour or two apart from early in the morning to close to sunset. Look at the images, and you will understand what I am talking about. To make the sun your friend, keep the light behind you, as much as you can for great portraits, architecture shots, and landscapes. On overcast days, the sky is a giant diffuser, which gives you soft even light, great for portraits and macro photography. It allows you to shoot around the clock, and contrary to popular belief will reward you with some good photographs. One final word on light. Use flash. You can manually turn it on, and use it even during daytime. Your portraits will definitely turn out better, because the flash will offer just enough light to squash unsightly shadows, and soften details.

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Examine other people’s work closely. Nothing makes you better than actually seeing images shot by pros, and the desire which they invoke in you. There will be elements common to all good images. Take your time with examining the images, and identify the elements that draw your eye. The same elements will work for you. There are many advanced techniques which make professionals stand out from the rest. With time you will be able to achieve similar results. Remember, it is not the camera that creates a photograph, it is the photographer, so do not think that you have to have a professional camera to achieve similar results.

In Conclusion

Try the suggestions discussed in this article, and I promise you, the results will improve. Methodical approach always pays off. Try to shoot the same scene over and over, at different times, in different light. You will learn more from doing this, than from reading any book, or an article. And speaking of books, if you do not have one, get one. It is tough to recommend one, since there are so many. Check them out for yourself, and you will find one you like. Look for a more technical manual, more than a creative one. You need to learn the concepts of how your camera works, before learning any techniques, whether simple or advanced. Well, get out there, you have may great photographs in your near future.

Natural History Photography As the Most Demanding Type of Taking Pictures

49Natural history photography is one of the most demanding types of taking pictures. As a natural history photographer you will need a lot of patience but you will also need a lot of photographic equipment.

First of all you will need good digital cameras that can record the fine details of animals and plants and catch the mood of the light and the location.

Then you need a lot of lenses depending on your focus in nature:

High quality long lenses are needed to draw in the animals so you can get pictures of shy animals in their natural surroundings. You have probably seen wildlife photographers carrying big and heavy super telephoto lenses on their shoulders when they search for animals in the bush.

Some wildlife photographers will prefer super zoom lenses as they give more flexibility for the changing scene of wildlife. Unfortunately only a handful of such high quality super zoom lenses are available at the moment, depending on the brand of camera you are using (Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Leica, Panasonic, Sony etc.).

On the opposite side of the very long telephoto lenses come the macro lenses.

Macro lenses are allowing you to come very close your object of study, like being able to take a picture 1:1 on the file, that means giving the object the same size on the camera like in nature.

For convenience we still use the analogy from the days of taking pictures with film for this information, even it is another technical matter with digital sensors and their different formats. Often you will find the note: 35 mm film equivalent. Macro photography is the most used kind of taking pictures of insects and other small animals in this area.

Larger small animals will have to be recorded like close-ups as they are too long to be recorded one to one. Take for example a small lizard with a long tail. You will need to get quite close to such a small animal but you also need to keep a distance not to scare it away. Lenses for such photographic challenges can be long macro lenses or shorter telephoto lenses with good macro abilities.

Landscape pictures are mainly taken with wide-angle lenses.

To catch the landscape in the most rewarding way a nature photographer will often use a wide-angle lens and include an interesting object very near and use that and the other picture elements to display an impressive depth of the landscape and in that way make it an interesting landscape picture.

Whatever kind of outdoor photography you are going for you will benefit from using a sturdy tripod for many of your wildlife shots and landscape pictures. Experience shows us that when we use a tripod we make more perfect wildlife pictures from a technical point of view and we also produce better composed pictures of the natural phenomena.

Add to this list of extensive photographic equipment for natural history photography of cameras and lenses, different kinds of flash equipment to compensate for missing daylight.

In the outdoors your flash will never be too strong as the distance to your animals will often be quite far, and much light will so to speak disappear in the outdoors, opposite to taking pictures with a flash indoors in a small room.

But the natural history photographer will also need artificial light to help lighting when taking pictures of insects and other small animals.

All in all there is a reason for the fact that wildlife photographers and other people enjoying taking pictures in nature are among the most loved customers among the camera and lens dealers – you will always be in need of more and better photographic equipment for your photography in nature.