Simple Ways to Improve Your Travel Portraits

Photographing people is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding parts of photography. Besides the great photos that you can acquire, for me it also means building a connection with a country and its many different kinds of people. Taking portraits of people means you need to get up close, and sometimes communicate with them, so you need to get over your shyness. Whether it’s a smile and pointing to your camera, or simply getting by with limited language, it’s incredible how receptive people are when you put in the effort.

Here are some simple tips once you’re ready to start photographing travel portraits:

Keep the Eyes Sharp
It doesn’t matter if the other features of their face are not in focus; if the eyes are not sharp your image will look blurred and won’t work. The ideal focal-length lens for photographing portrait is 80mm-105mm (hence why these lenses are often called portrait lenses). Aim to set your shutter speed to at least 1/125th of a second (faster if you can) to ensure there is no camera shake. A wide aperture of f/2-5.6 will ensure you have a nice blurred background, to draw the viewer to the face of your subject.

Ensure that the eyes of your subject are sharp.
Think About the Light
In any form of photography, light is one of the most important elements of the photo. Overcast days are ideal for portraits outdoors as it offers a soft, even light, whereas strong sun on the person’s face will cause harsh shadows to appear. Of course there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking portraits in this light, but you may need to think more about your composition. For example, you may want to show more of the person’s clothing to distract the viewer from their face, or you could use a flash to fill in the shadows. Sometimes the harsh shadows could actually enhance the photo by making it feel grittier.

Cloudy and overcast days help ensure you get even lighting.
What’s in the Background
The most important element of head and shoulder portraits is a person’s face, so the viewer shouldn’t be distracted by elements around, or behind it. Avoid bright colours or strong patterns and designs in the background. Also, by having a wide aperture you can ensure the background is blurred which highlights the sharp parts of the photo even more (i.e. the eyes).

Clean backgrounds help make your subject stand out.
Art Direct Your Subject
Sometimes the difference between a portrait that works, and one that doesn’t, is just a few steps to the left or right, or it could be just stepping back into the shade rather than in direct sun. Sometimes simply moving a hand toward, or away from the face, can make a huge difference to the photo. So don’t be afraid to direct your model as to where, and how you want them to stand. Don’t worry if you don’t speak their language, a simple smile and pointing usually does the trick.

This woman was standing in the sun so I simply moved her back a few steps so that I wasn’t getting harsh shadows on her face.
Keep Your Model Relaxed
Unless your model is a professional, chances are they are nervous and self-conscious about having their photo taken. So try to get them to relax if they look tense. Simply making them laugh can make a huge difference, and you’ll see that in your photos.

This woman was really nervous so I waited until she was distracted before taking the photo.
What is wonderful about portraits is that they can feel incredibly intimate and personal, and a great portrait will look fantastic in any portfolio. But the other great thing about portraits is that it is incredibly easy to practice. Friends, family and even colleagues, if willing, are all you need to practice so that you are ready for when you are on location or travelling.

Tips to Use Hard Lighting to Create a Dramatic Portrait

When was the last time you did not primarily light your scene using a large soft source, such as a soft box or umbrella? Large soft sources easily create a beautiful, wrap-around quality of light. Just pop one up and you have instant “good” light.

Though soft light is beautiful and has its place, it represents only one part of the artist’s palette. In this article we are going to dissect the lighting setup for a men’s fashion shoot, and look at how using hard light can add dramatic impact to your photographs.

I think two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler said it best when it came to using hard light:

“Everybody should still work in hard light as well. Not to do it and to say that it has to be all soft light is like throwing away part of the artist’s palette. I think the more variety you can have, the better it will look. To be able to light well in hard light makes the soft lighting a piece of cake, because soft light is very forgiving. Soft light, uncontrolled, is still acceptable photographically. It is really hard for soft light to look bad, but it is really not hard for hard light to look bad.”

The feel the magazine wanted was a dramatic, high-contrast look. One of the problems with soft light is that it can be hard to control and can easily kill the contrast of your scene – especially in small spaces. The location for our shoot just so happened to be one of those small spaces, so I decided that reflectors and honeycomb grids were the best tools for the job.

In the pre-planning phase, I chose to use a simple three light setup which included a key light, a fill light and kicker. I had room on camera left to place the main key light, but did not have much room for a kicker opposite camera right; however, there was a window.

As luck had it, the office window overlooked a back patio that had electrical outlets, so I did not have to rely on a battery pack or generator. The only problem was that the patio was a lower in elevation than the office window, so I had to extend my 13′ light stand up to its near maximum height.

To secure the stand, I fastened several 10 pound ankle weights to the legs. Ankle weights are a great and inexpensive alternative to sandbags. The set I use cost about $20 at Walmart, and came with Velcro straps for easy attachment to light stands or boom arms.

Since the strobe was outside the window and placed a distance from the model, I attached a radio slave and set it to full power. (The strobe was rated at 600ws)

Back in the office, I took a meter reading using a light meter with the dome retracted and pointed towards the light. The meter gave me a reading of f/5.6 at ISO 100. I decided the reading would be a good base to build my lighting ratios, so I set my camera to f/5.6 at ISO 100. As far as the shutter speed, I set my camera to 1/160th of a second because I did not want to capture a lot of ambient light. When using strobes, the shutter speed only controls the brightness of the ambient light.

This first light would act as the kicker light, in the scene.

Kicker light placement
Position of the kicker light
Kicker test shot
Test shot of the model with just the kicker light
When lighting with hard lights, you will often find the need to bring up the shadows, since they can easily go black. A large soft light source, placed close to the camera, is great for filling in shadow areas, because it resembles directionless ambient light.

The fill light in our scene was fitted with a medium soft box and placed behind and slightly to the right of the camera.

Since most of the elements in the scene were dark brown, including the suit the model was going to wear, I could not set my fill light much lower than my base exposure of f/5.6. If I had set it lower the elements in the shadow areas would quickly go black. I set the fill light to 1 1/3 stop lower than my base exposure, which read f/3.5 on my light meter.

You may have noticed that the key light on the left side of the model’s face does not appear as bright as the window kicker light on the right side of his face, despite it being one stop brighter (left: f/8 vs right: f/5.6) This is because the kicker is placed more behind the subject, while the key light is placed more towards the side. You might have heard the photography term “the angle of reflection equals the angle of incidence”? This is basically that principle in action. Since the kicker light is slightly behind the model, the angle at which the light is being reflected off the skin is causing the highlight to appear brighter.

Once the lighting was in place, the model was dressed and the shoot began.

A nice benefit of the positioning of the key and kicker lights was that they pulled double-duty, switching roles whenever the model turned his head. A nice short lighting pattern was created, whichever direction he faced. You can see this in the variations above and below.

In closing, I would encourage you to think of creative ways to use and experiment with hard lighting in your photographs. Hard lighting is not just limited to men. The photo below was lit in the same fashion as the photo of the male model. A word of caution, though. Hard light is unforgiving when it comes to wrinkles and blemishes, so you will have to be very careful with your light positioning when your are lighting women.

Some Tips For Doing Eye Catching Landscape Photography

Landscape photography is everywhere today and for good reason – the world is beautiful! However, because landscape photography is so popular, it can be difficult for your photographs to grab the eyes of your desired viewers. While there’s no way to predict exactly what image will stand out in the crowd, you can use these four techniques to give your photography the edge when it comes time to grab some eyes.

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#1. Define your vision
As a photographer you are not only taking a photograph, you are sharing a vision – your vision. It’s important to remember this concept every time you’re capturing an image. This is important because if you are aware of why you’re attracted to a scene, and why you want to share it with others, the easier it will be for your viewers to connect with what you saw.

This does not mean that you have to stick with the same definition of vision through every photograph you take. Instead, you should try to adapt and evolve your vision each time you go out to take photographs. Letting your experiences influence the choices you make in your photography will allow your photography to express your individuality as a person.

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It’s easy to see a beautiful landscape and take a photograph of what you see, but that is often not enough to grab the eye of your viewer. After you’ve defined your vision for a specific photograph it’s time to answer some questions about the perspective you wish to convey.

Do you want to photograph from a low angle or from above the scene? Are you thinking of using a super wide-angle lens or would your scene be better suited for the compressed look of a telephoto? You can even begin to think about what type of post-production techniques you will use. Will it be HDR, black and white, vibrant and saturated, or muted?

Each photograph you take is going to be unique in its answers to these questions. There’s no one-answer-fits-all solution here, it’s just a matter of finding out what works and learning from experiences over time.

Landscape Photography

If you’re going to overexpose a photograph, have a reason why. If you’re going to post-process an image using the HDR technique be sure do it because it makes sense, not because you want it to be HDR. Making purposeful decisions in your photography will make every photograph you take better.

In regards to post-production in general, be sure to use it as a tool to elevate your great photographs to the next level, and not to save your misfires from the trashcan. Post-production is not what makes a photograph great, it can only enhance an already great photograph allowing it to stand out, above the crowd.

Landscape Photography

Finally, a boring landscape, shot in bad light, with the wrong techniques is not going to win any love from the peanut gallery so brush up on the basics first. Learning how to photograph in the right lighting conditions, how to properly use a tripod, and how to achieve the perfect exposure of your scene will allow you to create more eye-catching photographs.

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Why Should You Buy Used Office Furniture When it comes to outfitting an office in today’s volatile economic climate, it is more important than ever for companies to make wise choices. Even though there are several items a business might manage to do without, good office furnishings remain an important and crucial investment. Whether a business is a small, family-run business or a big multinational, locating top quality furniture for the best price is a something all businesses will confront at some level. Purchasing used office furniture is an excellent alternative for a business of any size. One choice is to purchase directly from a used office furniture dealer. dealers generally carry merchandise from the top brands in office furniture and offer them at cut rate prices. It is not unusual to locate used office furniture at around 90% off the first retail price – maybe not a bad solution to turn your workplace that is just fitted into a show room and to get custom furniture. Large businesses often choose to re-design their offices and in doing this, hand over their utilized furniture to liquidators. Blue chip businesses are a perfect example of this – they often decide to re-design their offices since they want to keep up with the latest fashion, not because there’s anything wrong with their existing furnishings. Or they may be moving offices and opt not to take their furniture with them as a result of the high costs involved, especially in big metropolises like Chicago. Regardless of the motive, that is one method by which high-end quality, products become available for resale at bargain prices.
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Once you have decided to buy your furniture from a used furniture seller, there’s one important thing you ought to do: Ask your seller wherever your furniture came from. It is important to be aware of the source and the furniture manufacturer so that you will have the ability to better determine its quality. Make sure you find amazing merchandise at good costs and you look for a reliable dealer. Don’t forget that if you buy large quantities of office furniture, you are entitled to a huge discount for buying in volume.

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How to Easily Ensure Your House Fetches Top Dollar on Sale

If you have decided to sell your home, you most likely would like the transaction to be completed fast. You also want a buyer who will give you a good price for the value of the house. However, things do not always go like planned. Your home can stay in the market for a long time before finally being sold. Some prospects will contact you from time to time but they may not be offering a fair price for the house. So, how can you sell your house fast and at the best price?

Getting top dollar for your house is not about luck. To generate interest in your house from potential buyers, you need to prepare the house. One of the ways of generating interest is to ensure the house is in a good condition. If the perceived value of the home is reasonable to the asking price, you will get many inquiries from potential buyers. For the home to attract potential buyers, it has to be in pristine condition. You can make your home buyer-ready by following the two tips below.

Carry Out Repairs
If you want to get top dollar for your home, you need to make it look good. There are a number of simple repairs you can undertake that will not cost you a lot. When you undertake these repairs, the value of your home can be significantly improved. Carry out an inspection to determine the extent of wear and tear in your home.
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The first inspection you should do is for cracks on the counter tiles or floors. The potential buyer will be keenly looking at the condition of these two areas. Also, check the walls for signs of degradation. If there are any holes in the walls, patch them. You should also ensure the faucets are in good working order. Replace or repair any leaking faucets.
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Check that the windows and doors are not broken and that they open smoothly. Ensure the kitchen drawers and cabinets are not jammed. If you have some money, give the walls a fresh coat of paint. This will instantly increase the value of the home. Stick with neutral colors for the walls. You do not want your sitting room to be shouting in orange.

Carry Out Landscaping
Do some work in the compound to make it presentable. The outside is what will captivate the potential buyer before he or she goes inside the house. Overgrown bushes should be trimmed and accumulated trash disposed off. If you have a flower garden, make it presentable. Any weeds on the flower bed should be removed. You can clean your compound for a few hours over the weekend.

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SEO: Using the Best Keywords for Your Website

Having a quality web content on your webpage on a regular basis is a perfect SEO tactic. Major search engines determine that your website is active because of new contents being added on a regular basis. Aside from the main content, it is also important to choose the appropriate subjects or categories according to your website. Internet users have keen attention to valuable information they are searching for, and they use keywords to locate needed information through search engines. Using appropriate keywords can increase the volume of your web content, achieve optimization, and increase your website’s visibility.

What does focus keyword mean in SEO? Focus keyword is defined as the words used you intend for your website to rank for, so when internet users search for that keyword, they’ll find your website. Search engine optimization (SEO) is the technology behind proper use of keywords to increase ranking among search engines. SEO agencies provide analysis and evaluation of web content, providing feedback for the improvement of web content and focus keywords. The percentage of keywords you want to appear on search engines should effectively show what your website’s goals are. You usually want a long tail keyword that contain multiple words especially for your blog posts. Plugins help in supplementing keyword entry with suggestions that are based on major search engines. Suggestions are given, inclusive of terms and logical combinations of words used by actual internet users to search on the web. It is a valuable tool that can give you new and fresh ideas about the search behavior of people in a specific topic you want to write about.

Once you’ve found a long tail search term you like to begin ranking for, you should determine if your chosen focus keywords generate a high volume, which determines your ranking among search engines. Search engine trends can give you some helpful and creative insights to increase your search volume, allowing you to compare search volume between two keywords over time. Check high-ranking posts similar to your subject, and study and carefully analyze the focus keywords used, so you can apply the strategy to your own webpage to increase your visitors. Apart from knowing the keywords used by people, you need to identify the needs and wants of the people who use the search engine.

The best way to find out if your website will gain a higher rank is by searching the keywords you’ve used on search engines, and check if your webpage is included in the first few pages. Each URL has its own specific set of keywords that need to be carefully reviewed, because it creates a huge impact in the visibility, effectiveness, flexibility, attractiveness, and sense of your posts. Indeed, appropriate use of keywords is an essential factor in search engine optimization.

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Most of us think that most houses were designed by architects, but it is not the case because only a small percentage are designed by architects. Architects don’t only create and hand design to an engineer or builder, but also do a concept of move-in project, when hired by a client do so. In order to save you money, hiring a residential architect can handle projects you specifically need. There are comprehensive services that an architect do such as design development, schematic design, construction documents, bidding or negotiation, and construction administration.

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There are instances wherein you feel lost and confuse and one of these instances is facing a court trial. For you to have the confidence in dealing with those legal issues you need to ask help from law firms that can provide you with competent lawyers. It is not surprising if you find lots of lawyers willing to reach out and offer their services to clients like you. As a matter of fact, most people find it difficult to choose the best among those lawyers since most of them are good in what they do. Finding the most appropriate lawyer for your legal problems is also a necessity, for example you engage in a vehicular accident then what you need at the moment is an excellent car accident lawyer. Choosing the best and the right lawyer will make sure you will be win the case. Another advantage of choosing an appropriate firm is that you will be able to get compensations without any postponements. You can’t afford to lose in this case that is why it is imperative to hire lawyers who will not fail to give their very best to win it for you. Finding the best local firms can be vexing but if you will just exert your time and effort in looking for them the rewards are indeed promising.

As much as possible you must only deal with law firms that are reputable and who have been giving quality services to their clients for quite some time. You might have a hard time finding them but if you have a family and friends to support and help you everything will be possible. Location is another important aspect that you have to carefully consider. Since there are various laws that may different from one state to another it is really a good move to ask the services of law firms nearby. Prior making any decision, you must first consider asking some recommendations from your family members or perhaps those people that you’re close with. Getting their opinion on a particular law firm will surely help you a lot in making your decisions. As much as possible you should only ask those who have hire lawyers in the past. For instance, you want to obtain information about them the earliest time possible then you can try searching them on the internet. This will further give you more information about them hence helping you in your decision making. At the end of the day your main objective is to win the case and get proper compensation that you deserve.
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Auto insurance is a requisite, and this is evident from the fact that all the 50 states in the US expect each vehicle, be it for personal or commercial use, to have car insurance on all vehicles be it for personal or commercial use. The laws about the amount of auto insurance you should have to be able to drive legally varies from one state to another. According to the law in California, all registered motor vehicles must hold liability insurance. A significant number of Fresno auto insurance policies have liability coverage in their policy. A smart driver must be a smart shopper when it comes to finding car insurance deals. Many different factors influence auto insurance rates. Among them is your credit history, driving record, age, marital status, the type of vehicle that you drive, and the amount of your chosen deductible. Basically, insurance rates are not based on individual companies; it is up to the insurance industry to determine what auto insurance is and how much each person should pay for auto coverage. If you are in Fresno you can obtain auto insurance from an insurance company, car insurance brokers or their agents. Regardless of what you choose, it is essential that compare various quotes and settle on the best deal. Just because you believe you got the best quote on your auto insurance policy several months ago, it does not mean that you have the most affordable car insurance now. Insurance firms will often change their pricing structure in order to gain a bigger percentage of the car insurance market meaning better deals are available from time to time. Fresno auto insurance providers offer good discounts to drivers with a clean driving record. Additionally, you may get a discount if you take a defensive driving course. If you decide to renew your policy after expiry; your car insurance provider may offer you a discount on premium. If you are looking for affordable auto insurance in Fresno, the internet is the best place to begin your search.

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How to Identify the Right Real Estate to Hire

You may ask yourself why it is necessary to employ a real estate agent, especially that the Internet can pretty much provide all the information you need. But the truth is, there is a variety of good reasons why you have to.

For starters, agents are very familiar with all the technicalities of selling homes that you do not have to bother yourself with. They can identify if the people who come to check out your home are time-wasters or not, assist you with the price, and boast of comprehensive local and market information alongside strong networking as well negotiating skills. If you think all of these agents are there to make the highest amount of money as they can and on the soonest possible time, think again.

Now, how are you going to go about looking for the proper agent to market your home?
Watch out for listing signs around your area. Those that swiftly disappeared did so because their agents have quickly carried out the job.

You could as well try scouting about the print ads where agents market not only the property but themselves as well, or attend “open house” gatherings which some of these agents host. Or look for several agents’ sites on the Internet and spot one you fancy.

Tittle-tattle is one of the most effective advertisements, so if you happen to have friends or family members who have used an agent, you probably should follow that recommendation. This is a very useful recommendation if it is coming from a person you know who has purchased in a desirable neighborhood or acquired a property that you desire yourself.

As a matter of fact, it is good to choose an agent specializing in the real estate type you are interested in, regardless if you have personal recommendation or otherwise.

There is a variety of specializations that real estate agents concentrate on. Senior real estate specialists work particularly with clients who are older, while others concentrate on environmentally friendly properties.

You might want to hire someone who is associated with the National Association of Realtors. This qualifies them as a realtor, and signifies that they have to follow the ethical code as well standards of professional behavior mandated by the NAR.

Talk to some agents before deciding on one, as well try to find a few of their clients to find out how their experience went. When questioning potential agents, include questions related to their experience, history, how long have they been working in their present post, what are their specializations, and how do they intend to help you with the search. Let them know the type of home you are looking to buy and the price you are willing to pay.

Follow these suggestions, give a little consideration into the entire process, and you will find that finding the right real estate agent is rather a simple business.

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How to Take your NASCLA Exam Course Professionalism is something is looking for in the day to day encounters, you, therefore, have to make sure that you can compete in the field you are in thus being able to ensure that you get some clients or even make them satisfied thus being able to create a market base. You will require having some education and certification to make your clients choose you, as a contractor, you have to pass the NASCLA exam thus being able to make sure that you can be licensed to practice any construction procedures; therefore, you have to make a decision on which school will be best to attend thus being able to receive the best studies. It is always best to choose the online programs if possible, with construction, you get to find that you can be able to learn from different programs thus being able to expand your knowledge, likewise, you will be able to ensure that you can be able to conduct your full-time job. Getting to study through the use of online resources always works to your advantage, one of them being that you get to gain more knowledge than someone sited in a class, that is, you can make use a variety of online programs thus learning from all, more so, you can volunteer in construction projects thus knowing how everything goes on. When getting to visit the construction sites, you get to learn about everything that you might be undertaking in your class; however, something else that you get to attain is experience, nowadays, you get to find that most people prefer someone with experience at all times thus making you better and also making sure that you get to land some jobs. Likewise, you will ensure that you can be able to market your services better, more so, if looking for employment, you get to ensure that you can be hired much faster thus being able to build your career and also get to learn more.
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Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Building Contractor. The kind of a contractor you hire will determine the kind of work you get. There are so many contractors in the market today who have no right qualifications for the job at hand which in turn makes it quite hard for the people who are in need of choosing the ideal person. It will be very necessary for you to choose wisely the kind of a person that you will need to hire in this case. We havbe a number of the key things that ought to be looked keenly into when it comes to dealing with the contractor at hand. Ensure you have set the right communication that you will be able to Have between you and the contractor at hand. During the project, you will find that there are so many things that ought to be done and the contractor and the owner will need to be in constant communication with each other. You have to choose someone whom you can work with as a partner. In order to know that you are dealing with someone who will be on the same page as you are, you will need to consider aski9ng many questions to the candidates as you get to learn them more. It will be good to consider hiring the ideal candidate who will make you feel good about yourself in this case. Consider how well the owner and the contractor will be able to communicate throughout the project. It will be necessary to check on the references that you have been given by the contractor. In many cases the contractor will not have to wait until they are asked to provide the details since they already know it is important and they will be willing to give it out. This is because such people will have made a good name of themselves in the industry.
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It will be important to note that such people will have so much details when it comes to dealing with the contractor. Ensure you ask more about the details of the contractor as well as the way they are able to complete their work at the right time. It will be necessary to know how well the contractor is able to put their mind into the project. There are the contractors who will only appear during the signing of the contract and then leave all the work to the subcontractors to do it.
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You will require a number of years to be successful in the construction project. You ought to review the qualifications of the given contractor before you end up choosing them. This is where you do not look at the price you are meant to pay first but ensure that they are able to do the work at hand.