Guest post from Mark James @ On My Wall
A stroll around the metropolitan city can be a live wire. It is full of activity, and each scene is worth a portrait if you understand their mood and sentiment. Among the hustle and bustle of the city life, you may find a loner enjoying his privacy yet keeping an eye on the happenings around him. This stranger can be a suitable model for your urban portrait. There are many nuances to understand before starting with urban portrait photography. It is unlike wedding photography or sports photography where the subjects are defined. In urban photography, the subject can be a stranger and yet convey a lot of messages.
While starting with urban photography ensure that you go with an open mind. While approaching a stranger always be cautious. It is important to adhere to some safety standards. Photographing people living on the street comes with a big risk. Be prepared and do not leave things to chance. Camera equipment is expensive, and the city poses the danger of theft. It is important to keep your gears careful. People you may try to photograph may be in an inebriated condition or with poor mental health. This can lead to unexpected behavior, and there is a chance you may be hurt in the process. So be twice careful while dealing with street dwellers.
Safety is the top priority when you are in an urban environment. Ensure that you are not in isolated areas. Always take a friend along with you to keep guard while you focus on the subject. Keep you cell phone ready to call the police during an emergency. Before approaching a stranger try to read their body language. Learn some basics on body postures. Those who turn away from you or refuse to meet your looks are those who want to be left alone. Do not force yourself on them and just move away to new targets. Also, remember not to contact people who are mentally retarded.
Always remember that safety matters and keep a partner with you. Always stay a few feet away from people while talking to them. Do not forget to make eye contact before approaching them. This will help them keep aware that you are watching them. Always know your surroundings. In case, you feel an uncomfortable move away from the place. While considering street portrait ensure you have the right gears in place.
Keep a DSLR and appropriate lens. Keep traveling light and monopod in case the weather is gloomy. For close up portraits, it is essential to keep medium zoom lens. Avoid flash if you are considering environmental portraits. This is because flash can be distracting while taking a photograph. Natural light can guarantee high quality results. Though tireless efforts matter for urban portrait photography, the results are amazing.
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Despite digital photography coming of age and people are sharing selfies on social networking sites, the demand for studio photography is uncompromised. There is always clientele for this type of photography. The challenges faced by studio photographers are immense especially when it comes to presenting their canvas prints. Canvas wrap is a popular option that can be used to personalize your prints and in this case sky is the limitation. It all depends on what is wrapped around the frame. It can also be termed as prints on the canvas that is wrapped around the border.
Gallery wraps are expensive and keep changing depending on the marketing strategies. Every studio owner should have their personal canvas wraps and know the technique of creating their own.
Canvas gallery wraps can be creating using simple techniques. All that is needed is a wooden frame, staplers, canvas pliers, pencil, scissors and canvas print. Designing gallery wraps is simple with the following steps. Just lay your canvas on the frame facing upward. Now take a pencil and mark the position where the frame intersects. Now keep the prints facing down making the frame visible. Now push the frame up the marks. Now track it using the stapler but don’t completely press to the edges as it should just hold it tight while stretching to the opposite side.
Using canvas pliers pull from edge to edge and staple completely. For evenness, start from the center and move across the frame. Once done move to the shorter side and staple it and then repeat the same with all the edges. For clean corners fold one each corner before stapling. Now with the scissors cut off the extra canvas. Repeat the process for all sides. Stretch the canvas using pliers and pin the corners. Now you canvas gallery wraps is ready for display.
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Photographers have different experiences with sunlight. Some of the most dramatic photographs were created with the sun in the background of the subject. The backlight can play a vital role in portrait photography it used correctly. It is true that it turns shadow on the face but it is not an issue when you expose for light. This can give you an accurately exposed shot. This equals the quality of sunlight on your face directly. When it comes to exposing for shadow using negatives or exposing for slide shows, the limitations are more yet these work well.
There is another method of removing the shadows, just use a flash and ensure the strength is a similar strength to background light. This can remove facial shadows and make the photo evenly lit. If you want to bounce the light onto the face, then use reflectors. But ensure that it has the similar strength of sunlight. You can use the flash to reduce the strength of sunlight by exposing less light. This can guarantee a perfectly exposed face making sure that the sunlight surrounds the subject. The term used is ‘rim light’ or ‘halo effect’.
Another important trick is that there should be no light on the lens. The subject should be under a shade or use a piece of paper to shadow the lens. To get the best results, shoot at dawn or dusk. Direct sunlight never works with portrait photography. With regular practice is can master the art. Shoot halo images and practice. You will come up with new ideas to shoot dramatic photos.
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