The ability to use filters is a real skill and not something that you can pick up quickly…but using them especially a 10 stop filter can massively change your photography and open up a whole new World of creative.
It's really no secret that I love taking moon photos, with this in mind I thought I'd write a little post about Taking Photos of the Moon and the settings I use and the results I get from my little camera. I'd like to point out that I am no expert, I'm not the greatest photographer but I seem to get pretty good results from my simple point and shoot camera. If you look at my Instagram profile you'll see that every week or so I will be standing outside taking a photo of the moon.
Landscape photography is my passion, I love getting out in the fresh air and trying to capture beautiful photographs.
There are lots of people who will give advice on getting this camera or that lens but if you haven't got the basics right, to begin with then it's a losing battle.
Here are a few simple tips that I think will help you...
I often get sent new bits of software and most I just dismiss. I'm happy using Lightroom, Aurora and Luminar and between them, they do exactly what I want.
The other day I was asked if I wanted to try a new piece of software that uses AI to edit the photo so that you don't have to do anything. The exposure, colours, etc are all sorted for you. You load a photo and the software does everything for you.
This is called PhotoLemur and I think you'll like it.
Do you know what type of file format you should be saving in for the web? What type of file do you need to create a transparent background?
Hopefully, this guide will help you so you save the images right the first time.
JPG – Joint Photo Expert Group
The most common file type, A faster file format that is used for images, pictures. It is a smaller file size with a lower file quality. Not designed for logos or graphic and cannot be made transparent.
GIF – Graphic Interchange Format
Pronounced with a soft G. Developed by Compuserve in the 1980s. Supports up to 8 bits per pixel for each image, allowing a single image to reference its own palette of up to 256 different colours chosen from the 24-bit RGB colour space. It also supports animations and allows a separate palette of up to 256 colours for each frame. Can be transparent. Often used on social media. For the web only.
PNG – Portable Network Graphic
Lossless data compression. PNG was designed for transferring images on the Internet, not for professional-quality print graphics. Can be transparent and is the most widely used lossless image compression format on the Internet.
BMP - Bitmap Image File
Developed by Microsoft, BMP files are like PNG and GIF files. Made specifically to render simple yet crisp logos, type, icons. Used for print or simple graphics.
PSD – Photoshop Document
The native file format for photoshop files. Very flexible file format can support transparency, channels, masks and vector type and objects, paths and layers. For print/photos only. PSD file type not supported for the web.
SVG - Scalable Vector Graphic
SVG is an XML-based vector image format for 2D graphics with support for interactivity and animation. SVG is ideal for type, logos, graphics and vector shapes. Can be compressed without any loss of quality.
TIFF – Tag Image File Format
An Older file format for storing raster graphics images, popular among graphic artists, the publishing industry, and photographers. TIFF can support transparency.
EPS - Encapsulated Postscript
Older file type that allows saving of vector artwork such as an Adobe Illustrator/CorelDraw or an Adobe Photoshop files that contain vector shapes or type. Not massively used and I'm not sure I've ever saved a file in this format. Used only for print.
Hopefully this will help deciding the best file format to save as...
If you look back over your family photos what do they show? What can you see? IF they’re anything like ours then they will show the children, on rare occasions they show one parent and the girls while I’m taking the photos.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I appeared in a photo and I certainly can’t remember the last time my wife and I had a photo together.
Both my girls are at the age when I want to get them interested in taking photos and personally I think getting children interested at a young age is so important. We all know that children absorb information so quickly when they’re at school so this is a perfect time.
I’m hoping my tips will help you get your children taking photos. I’m not talking about teaching them about ISO, shutter speeds but small tips to help them take photos they can be proud of.
Pick The Right Camera
From experience picking the right camera is key, there’s really no point in getting them an expensive all singing all dancing camera but equally a disposable camera isn’t right for them. A simple basic camera with a zoom and importantly a screen is perfect. Even a phone with a camera is fine. Children need to see what they have taken a photo of and this needs to be instant not a few days later.
Holding the Camera
Before you get them to snap away show them how to hold the camera. If using a phone then a grip where they hold it in each corner is normally good. Show them what happens if fingers are in front of the lens. No one enjoys looking through photos where little fingers are in the way. Show them before so they won’t get disappointed when you look at them later.
Setting up the photo
When getting children interested in taking photos don’t bombard them with too much information. The best way to start is to tell them to start by getting everything in the centre then they won’t go too far wrong. This is where having a screen is ideal as they can see exactly what they’re taking a photo of.
The beautiful of digital photos and camera phones is that you can take endless amounts of photos and it doesn’t matter. If they get a disposable camera then it’s limited to 24 or 36. My tip would be to give them a camera on a day out and just let them snap away. You can then look back over them and explain what they did wrong and they will learn as they go.
Get up Close
On most cameras, they will be some form of zoom but also explain to them that if something looks too far away then move up to the subject so more of the point of interest is in the photo. This is sometimes easier said than done.
Focus on Interesting Things
Why are they taking that photo? Once they’ve got the basics of actually taking a photo get them to take photos of interest. What caught their eye? If it was an animal or person get them to focus on that and fill the photo with the thing they found interesting.
Following these tips will give your child a good start in their photography journey and over time different things can be introduced such as Rule of Thirds or advancing to a larger camera with more advanced settings.
Now step away from the camera and get your child to snap photos of you for a change instead of the other way round.
I want to edit your photos...this isn't going to be me critiquing your photos just me showing how I edit.
When it comes to editing it's all about personal taste and we all like different styles.
You can submit your photos now and I will hopefully have enough interest to be able to edit a photo everyday for 28 days during February.
The beauty of photography is that everyone has their own tastes, what I like might be different to what other people like.
In this video, I wanted to show you how quick and easy Luminar is to use. If you wanted you could simply select a preset and that's it finished. I personally like to start with a preset and then tweak it to my style.
Macphun Luminar Quick Preview Video | Lightroom Replacement?
Pre-Order now (Affiliate Link) for £44 and it's released on the 17th November.
Luminar is an new all-in-one photo editor from Macphun designed to ensure the ultimate in creativity and convenience. The Luminar interface is built around the idea that every photographer is different, and therefore their photo editing needs are different too.
You can choose from pre-built user interface configurations that match your editing style and needs, or create your own.
Luminar Key Features:
- Adaptive User Interface
- Multiple Modes: From basic to advanced
- One-click switch between modes
- Change modes anytime
- All-in-one photo editing tool set
- Includes essential editing tools for different photography styles
- Live editing, live processing, live previews
- Non-destructive editing
- Works as a standalone app or plug-in
- RAW converter & processor
- History Panel
Will this replace Lightroom for me? Time will tell