All about your Photography Equipment

In case you are giving photography a serious thought and are actually looking forward to take it as a full time career rather than just a leisure activity, you may be speculating if you have the correct photography equipment to make it as a full fledged successful professional photographer. Also, if not, you would always be on the lookout for equipment that does not burn a hole in your pocket and just keeps sitting on a shelf or in your bag. So, before you take off to the nearest store or begin searching online, look at the information, that we at Nikon have assembled below.

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First things first – A camera
A decent camera is the basic requirement for any photographer. An ancient Polaroid or a 35mm film camera wont work and will possibly not turn out the desired pictures considering the presence of other high end cameras.

Lights
Considering the fact that you have a camera that fits the top most categories available in stores, your photography instrument must include some decent tri lights or umbrella lights. In your studio, you need to ensure of the level of illumination for your subjects. A couple of these usually turn out to be sufficient. You can pick used ones to cut on the costs.

Reflectors
A reflector is a large sheet of what appears like a fine tin foil. It turns out to be an efficient equipment for a studio photographer as it helps to direct light more precisely. Also, they are available in different shades and if they are employed, various tints or hues can be seen in the photographs.

Lenses
Even some of the most amazing and sophisticated cameras, may not be able to focus well if you are looking for a creative shot. In the absence of good lenses, you might find it hard to achieve. Ensure to pick up lenses as a part of your photography equipment and understand how to operate them.

At Nikon photography workshops, you can easily learn to operate your equipment’s better. The focus is entirely on how to make the most of your equipment and with the guidance of experienced teachers and mentors, it is not at all a difficult task.

How to Determine Which Photography Course is Best for You?

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Do you want to find some good digital photography course? Do you want to get training on how to take gorgeous pictures with your new camera? Do you think that – as of now – your pictures aren’t quite “up to the required standard?”

Be cautious, there’s lots of photography training out there, however it isn’t a one-size-fits-all situation.

Think wisely and try to find a course that is perfect for YOU!

There are lots of courses out there, from basic to advanced that can do the job. But, which one is most suitable for you? Think about this…

Where are you at present and what are you planning to do with your photographs?

If you come into the category of hobbyists that has to actually try to think of where they left their camera whenever the photo inspiration strikes, it would be a waste of money to go for a costly or advanced course. What you want is something that will teach you some basic composition tips and enhance your pictures enough, so that they appeal to one and all.

A beginner’s course would be a very good start. Then, every time you want to shoot something, you’ll be familiar with what to do to get pictures that please you with the results.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t actually stop here…

As your skills improve and the camera bug bites, you will be inclined to do more than just capture a satisfactory image.

You’ll start wanting to put your creative vision on pictures…however you aren’t quite sure how. That’s when you want to move to a more comprehensive, medium range course and probably a better camera.

The Professional Touch!

Lastly, if you are at the stage where you start speculating if you should purchase some studio lights, or perhaps you’ve even been selling your photographs now and then and you want to give that professional touch, that’s when you should start exploring the advanced and costly photography classes.

If any of us give any thought to where we want to end up after pursuing one of the digital photography courses, then the quality of our pictures will get better and will not have to pay a heavy price. Think about your needs and ensure the basics are thoroughly covered before you pay loads of money – you’ll surely be happy with what you did.

So, understand what you want and go for it!

The Latest Trends in Photography

Does everything have to be perfect everytime? If it was so, a lot of things that we know would never have existed. It is only trial and error that makes most amazing inventions come to life. Similar is the case with photography and it is no wonder that the present day photographer is breaking all the rules and coming out of the cage to see the true colors of his wingspan.

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With increasing number of people showing a deep interest in photography, it is no surprise that more people are looking forward to photography classes. The current scenario demands some out of the box measures to satisfy this enthusiastic generation which is ready to experiment on a rather deeper level. The photography training imparted in institutes is now catering and molding best according to these standards and a certain new trends have taken the market by storm.

1) The dominance of flash
From culture magazines to fashion and lifestyle, it all started with just a flash and now it is an essential part of various photoshoots. Giving the photos a little bit of edge, it helps bringing them to life. Also, it comes in handy when the circumstances call for it and the light is scarce.

2) Black and white
Black and white is no more limited to just artist captures but are being used in marketing and ad campaigns. This helps bring out the true feel of the photograph without losing the grip on the emotions and no distractions happen because of the color. This has recently been a hot favorite of many photographers and is definitely worth every shot.

3) The film renaissance
The birth of photography happened with film and if something needs revival in the truest essence, it is film. A lot of statement photographers are using the film to bring back the classic feel and understand the contrast that the actual film photography brought.

4) Loud and unconventional
This is the one gaining highest popularity. The most experimental with colors, landscapes and whatever the photographer can think of, this is a hit amongst the young, unconventional generation of new photographers. They use vibrant shades contrasting each other combined new techniques to explore what might become the next million dollar shot.

The Upcoming Genres of Photography

Undeniably, photography is like a second language after our mother tongue and expressing a thousand words without actually saying anything is what requires passion, skill and extraordinary vision along with talent. At Nikon, we have seen DSLR photography grow from its very roots. There are different genres that have come up since the inception of digital cameras photography. Usually with our blog, we bring you DSLR photography tips and a lot more about us that we feel should be known to you. Today, since we are talking about how photography has changed over time and how new genres have come up, we shed a little light on some of the most preferred and hip genres that are being loved and appreciated by the new generation.

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Monochrome or Black and White Photography

This in itself is a difficult art and not just presenting a photograph in black and white. A photograph in black and white explores the contour and character of the subject. It talks about tone and texture along with the aesthetics and beauty.

Action Photography

Anything that is moving is in action and clicking pictures of such objects can simply be termed as action photography. Capturing movement in itself is a challenge and requires good command and knowledge of features such as shutter speed. Shooting athletes, moving animals or people can be some wonderful options for action photography.

Travel Photography

If anything is growing at a pace estimated faster than anything else, it is travel photography. It captures emotions and perspective of the photographer and the essence of the place. The pictures give a raw feel of the place.

Underwater Photography

Fascination is the name of the game. Underwater photography lets the person explore the unexplored. This is one genre which helps passionate divers, Sea World lovers and photographers document their experiences and also earn a livelihood. Being a challenging thing to do, most adrenaline junkies hold on to their cameras and go the depth to meet a new world.

Ways to Excel at Indoor Photography

Photography is a way of expression for every photographer and therefore the pictures clicked by any one individual will always be different from others. DSLR photography has given every person a unique identity in terms of their work. The advent of digital cameras photography has opened up many doors and given rise to different genres of photography. Let us look at some DSLR photography tips for indoor photography.

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Background:
It is always good to position your subject in front of a light absorbing black velvet. This prevents any kind of reflections and thus the pictures do not look extra shiny and therefore blurry. Anything in the room, for instance a book shelf can be used to hold it up.

Lighting:
Position your light slightly above your subject for a perfect setting. But, there is no limit to experimenting when you play with light. Keep the light on the right side of your subject for a classic portrait feel and try out as many things as you can.

Shutter speed:
When doing indoor photography, it is advisable to go for a fast shutter speed.

Tripod:
Use a tripod, it makes the photographs more stable and less shaky. It helps you produce sharp images.

Focal length:
Longer focal lengths create more stunning photographs compared to shorter focal lengths. Use longer focal length to capture amazing shots.

Take a few shots:
When you are ready with your setup, it is advisable to take a few shots before and test the conditions. Also, you can figure out easily if your camera settings are justifying your work.

Lighting conditions:
Experiment with different lighting conditions, let the natural light create its effects if that is acceptable and possible to an extant. See the exposure and then play around a little with it as well till you find that perfect little setup to define your work.

Use a reflector:
Unwanted shadows ruin your photographs and using reflectors can save you from this. Put a reflector opposite to the light source and it will stop the light from creating shadows.

The Big Fat Indian Wedding Photography

Did the title confuse you a bit? Don’t worry, you’ve read it just right. We surely are talking about how much money is being invested in the Indian wedding photography industry. From only a few years back to the current scenario, the wedding photography definition has changed entirely. In itself, wedding photography has come out as a genre, as a whole new independent branch. There was time when people used to call themselves photographers and covered different events. Now, there are a specific bunch of people doing just one thing, helping the bride and groom create memories for life.

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The current trend has seen photography courses helping people specialize in wedding photography only. Since we are talking about the Indian wedding industry, with a net worth of more than $30 billion per year and increasing by 15-20% every year, photography courses in India are bound to increase in revenue and number for sure. But, let’s not get wooed by all the monetary terms and just the net worth of the industry.

Coming back to how the scene is changing and giving new identities to photographers across the length and breadth of the country, let’s go back a few years. Just a decade ago, if asked, photography would not have been an answer to a question regarding career choice for most of the people. Even the people in the industry at that time, did not prefer putting their children in the same profession. If the same question be put up now, we’ll see many hands raised, saying a yes to the choice of being a full time photographer. Also, the definitions have changed; photography in itself is now a vast sphere. People like clicking a particular type of photographs and want to stick to doing just that. Wild life, still life, fashion, wedding and many more genres have come up.

As far as the concept of choosing wedding photography as a career goes, there are more than 250,000 active wedding photographers across the country as per a blog by Reuters, which in itself defines the gravity of the profession. There are people so passionate about clicking photographs that they’ve left their jobs at multinationals and taken this up as a full time profession. Clicking wedding photographs not only gives them the satisfaction, but also huge amounts of money. One session of photography can be charged from somewhere around Rs. 1,00,000 to Rs. 2,50,000. Also, with money and a full time business, come the luxuries of a lifetime. There are photographers passionate about travel and are making it a part of their business. Some follow the ultimate rich lifestyle where only the peak season sees their work and the rest of the year is nothing short of a holiday.

Now, the one question that arises is why? Why really is this industry flourishing at a pace no one really thought it would do? The answer to this question is simple, and one word for it would be emotions. People don’t mind spending money on something close to their heart and something that will remain with them as memories to cherish forever. A photograph is everything when it comes to emotions, memories and closeness to the heart for the couple as well as their families. This is just the one big reason which has given the industry an economic boom and is still on the rise with no signs to stop anytime soon. The future of wedding photography is definitely bright.

Photography- Well Paying, Both in Terms of Fame as well as Remunerations

The fame as well as glory that professional photography offers to a novice along with charm of handling stylish equipment is often enough to intrigue young minds to start with it as a profession. Nevertheless, before the trigger is pressed it is important that any novice gets an understanding of this vocation.

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Not only is the competition cut-throat, but also it might take some time till you stop being monetarily dependent on your family, if you take photography as a source of living. The great news is that, for those who manage to do well in their learning time, there’s no looking back. If you have exceptional talent behind the lens, photography can prove to be a lifelong career and well paying, both in terms of fame as well as remunerations. But, how to go about it? It’s easy. A few photographers choose to be self-learners, while others want proper education to get an edge over others. Even though the path might be long-drawn-out if you decide on the former, with their experience self-learnt photographers turn out to be self-equipped to understand how to handle difficult situations. On the other hand, it surely benefits if you are trained by a professional institution or mentor whom you are able to refer to, when doubtful.

When you are done with the learning stage, it is time to start with the pro-zone. You again have got to decide; whether you want to work independently (incomes might fluctuate immensely but you would get creative independence) or get associated with a well-known brand (and serve a person above you, who pays you well, however dictates your frames). In both of the circumstances, your personal growth will bank on how creative you can be and simultaneously how much quality can you provide in your work while operating against expensive resources as well as strict time limits. If you decide to be a photo-journalist, you can easily have your calendars reversed and forget about fixed work timings. In the pursuit of getting that picture-perfect shot, you might at times be exposed to ‘unsafe’ situations, however the satisfaction of meeting who-is-who merely compensates for all.

As a studio photographer, doing fashion brochures or taking commercial pictures, excellent precision in your final product as well as great understanding of light is what you should have. Nowadays, you might come across most employment avenues in this field, particularly due to rapid opening of e-commerce portals and aggressive graphic campaigns that companies are investing in, to advertise their products or services.

Wildlife photographers are able to contribute their work in magazines or websites dealing on this subject, however always on the move attitude and staying away from family is not everybody’s cup of tea.

Shooting photographs at marriages or opening your own studio are other opportunities that can earn you your livelihood as a professional photographer. Also, you can practice some different photography genres, for example fine art or abstract, where you are able to show and auction your work to art fans.

To sum it up, photography is a profession that will not just help you earn your living, however may also take you places.

Lastly, there are many photography schools that offer photography courses in India to make the most of this career.