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Using backdrops and backgrounds

Every formal portrait has some type of background or backdrop. Professional photographers buy their backdrops and backgrounds from companies that do nothing but create backdrops and backgrounds. You can find online vendors by typing photography backgrounds and backdrops in the search field of your favorite search engine. You can also pick up fairly inexpensive backgrounds by doing a search on eBay. Most photography backgrounds are made of muslin. The backdrops are made of a heavier fabric upon...

Editing Non Destructively

When you use a Photoshop Elements tool or menu command, the results almost always change the original pixels in some way, shape, or form. For that matter, any tool or command used in most image-editing program changes pixels. So what happens when good pixels turn terribly wrong Well, you have the Undo command, but image-editing programs allow you only a limited number of uses of that command. Some image-editing applications allow you to increase the number of times you can use the Undo command,...

Ten Resources for Portrait Photographers

Shopping for gear online Researching a seller's reputation Getting gear on eBay Sharing photos online Creating photo books Finding photo-editing instructions 7here are thousands of online resources for photographers To explore each and every one would require a book as thick and heavy as a doorstop. There's a lot of good infor mation about digital photography online, but there's a lot of junk, too. In this chapter, I try to separate the wheat from the chaff and present what I think are ten...

Getting to Know Digital Photography

Mastering your equipment Choosing a shooting mode Editing your images fter you buy your camera, you're ready to start creating portraits. Almost. Before you can create decent photographs, you've got to know what all those funny little buttons and dials do. You've also got to master the camera menu. That's not as easy as choosing one from Column A and one from Column B. If you don't know how to use the features of your camera, you're not going to get the most out of your camera. If all you're...

Introducing Portrait Photography

Ky God I've gamed 9 pixels f* eople have been taking pictures of people since the invention of photography. Photographers have been taking pictures of people on crowded city streets, pictures of friends and family, and pictures that tell you something about a person. And when you capture a person's essence with a photograph, you have truly taken a portrait of that person. Many amateur photographers and some professionals think portrait photography is a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be...

Creating a bounce card

Bounce flash is great when you have a white ceiling or wall nearby. But what happens when you're creating candid portraits at a party or an event that's being held in a large room without white walls and with a ceiling that might as well be in the stratosphere You use a bounce card. A bounce card spreads the flash out, giving you a larger light source, which produces a flattering light. You can create a bounce card for your camera using supplies from a craft store. Here's how 1. Purchase a...

Determining point of view

The point of view is the vantage point from which you photograph your subject. If you're photographing an adult, you can do so from a standing position. If you photograph a child or pet, kneel to their level. It's always best if you're eye to eye with your subject. The exception to this rule is when you're photographing a short person. To make the person look taller, kneel and then take your picture. Be careful not to tilt the camera when you're kneeling. If you do, the person may look like...

Photographing People with Pets

People who have pets think of them as members of the family. So it's no wonder that every pet wants a portrait of himself with his human. When you photograph a pet and his owner, you want to show viewers the bond between the pet and its owner. This is easy to do when you're photographing a dog and his owner, as shown in Figure 6-6, but cats can be more elusive. No matter what type of pet you're photographing, you're going to have to rely on the owner for assistance. If the pet is small, take a...

Deciphering a histogram

You've got a digital camera with a microprocessor that does everything but tell you the time of day. Come to think of it, the microprocessor records the time of day, and other bits of information about the photo, as metadata with the image file. But that's a topic for a different chapter. Foremost of everything it does, though, your camera processor does its best to provide you with a properly exposed image for the available lighting conditions. But even the smartest and most up-to-date,...

Exploring Portrait Photography

Exploring different types of portrait photography Creating portraits of friends and family ortrait photography is fun and can become downright addictive. Armed with a good digital camera and a little or a lot of knowledge, portrait photography gives you the chance to capture a slice of history in a person's life. When you photograph someone, you're telling a story. Done right, portrait photography reveals a lot about a person. Whether you're shooting a formal portrait with a background,...

For Dummies Icons

ortrait photography is not rocket science. Photographers have been W capturing portraits of people since cameras were invented. When you create a portrait of someone, your goal is to create a likeness of the person at his best. But how do you capture a portrait of someone at his best when he's camera shy, for instance Another goal of portrait photography is to tell the viewer something about your subject. In addition to capturing a digital image that looks like the person, you're also...