Billboards, posters, brochures, magazines, web pages, newspapers and others are only a few of the print advertisements being used today by companies and individuals as well. Those who are taking or have taken mass communication as their degree are masters of these print advertisements.
Print layout requires the knack for creativity and visualization, for your output to attract other people (potential clients or not). But before you can make that very striking output, you need to use photo editors so that you can incorporate special effects on your photos. Nobody wants to look at dull posters, magazine covers and billboards, really.
Although photo editing programs nowadays seem to have all the basic (and advance!) editing tools a man needs, you have to keep in mind that not all the tools you see on the interface are beneficial. One of which is the cropping tool.
Before you start cropping all your images, you have to ask yourself, “Will the photo look better if I crop it?” If you answered no, then don’t. Sometimes, cropping results to a “cramped” photo. You have to keep in mind the nature of the photo’s subject. Sports photographers, for example, seldom use this tool because they feel the need of their photos to “breathe”. The action is not focused on the ball (in basketball for example) only but all the players surrounding the offensive player are vital.
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There are still ethics involved in taking pictures especially those of unknown subjects in of different cultures while traveling n another country. You can�t just go shooting at random people with your camera! In this series of posts, I shall attempt in giving a few tips on how to be polite when taking photos.
When in Rome� it�s a clich�, an old saying but nevertheless true. It doesn�t mean that because you�re a guest in a strange country, you are already excused from social faux pas. Personally, I find it essential to do a little research on the culture of the people of the country I�m visiting. Sometimes, I even learn a few (guidebook) phrases in their language. A little understanding endears me to people and it also keeps me from getting into very uncomfortable situations. And don�t you think that if you know your subject better culturally, then you tend to have a better perception of it aesthetically? Haha, maybe it�s just me talking but this one never fails me.
Part 2 of Photo Ethics
There are still ethics involved in taking pictures especially those of unknown subjects in of different cultures while traveling n another country. You can’t just go shooting at random people with your camera! In this series of posts, I shall attempt in giving a few tips on how to be polite when taking photos.
If you are merely traveling and taking pictures on leisure and not on assignment (hey, you’ll never know!), payment or tipping shouldn’t be an issue. Some photographers do this. If it works for you (like if you have a budget for it), then why not? But if paying people makes you a little uncomfortable, then don’t forget to include sweets and other souvenirs in your travel bag. Children love them! I have to warn you though, give these gifts only after the fact and not as a means to get someone to agree with having his or her picture taken. Do not bribe. Remember – ethics!
Flickr, the popular photo and video hosting website launched it’s own photo editor! This is an awesome news because a lot of people with agree with me when I say that Flickr just got more awesome. Last year, yahoo announced that they have more than 51 million users. The website which is powered by Yahoo lets you upload photos online and manage them. It also gives you the option to share them to social networking sites such as Facebook, twitter etc. The option to edit your photos are also now available. They have partnered with Aviary to bring you this new option. There are now different tools to make your photos even more beautiful. You can crop, correct blemishes, enhance effects, rotate, adjust brightness and contrast and the likes. Aviary replaced Picnick which was the previous photo editor used by flickr. This is a simpler and faster tool so the replacement was a no-brainer.
Many of us who don’t want to be constantly fiddling with the tiny buttons of today’s digital cameras often get some shots that are, well, less than perfect. Most cameras today have automatic settings, adjusting everything automatically without much need for fiddling but one good tip for good, crisp and clear shots is to ensure your camera moves less during shots especially during low light settings where the flash may not have enough power to illuminate the subject. You can choose to set the camera for low light pictures but this is more for steady subjects that don;t move a round too much. Read the rest of this entry » »
Picnik is an online photo editing website that allows the user to upload his or her photos in MySpace, Flickr, Photo Bucket and Picasa right after editing. It is actually one of the most popular online editing sites available today.
It utilizes Java applet as its client so users can tinker with the tools and edit their works fluidly. On the other hand, if you do not like to use Picnik, you can search online for other photo editing sites in search engines such as Google, and you can choose what photo editor suits your taste. Also, some of these sites are for free (some for a small fee) and all you need to do is register for a username to start editing your photos.
If we want to enhance an image by editing there are countless ways on how to do it. This is what we call as Post-Processing. What’s next are some basic , frequently used steps to manipulate and process digital images. Just a reminder, work on a replica of an original image so if in any case you mess up, just make another copy of the original and do the editing again.
If you wish to display a photo on a website, you need to enhance it a little further. It’s good not to over do the editing, since the photo may look unnatural and it can lose some detail. You always have the “undo” command if you don’t like the change you made.
Looking for cameras with the best specs and the friendliest prices may serve as a challenge in today’s time. Various companies and businesses are vying for the interest of their many customers through consideration of features, performance, and quality that people will surely love to have and experience. Information presented in online shops may not be sufficient enough to encourage a person in buying a camera that they want, thinking that there may be better units out there. If you are stuck in the confusion of choosing the best camera that would fit your needs, then consulting unbiased and professional DSLR camera reviews would be the best option so that you can save time from going left and right, weighing down information on each camera you see out there.
There are certain things you need to look at so that you can gauge on the user-friendliness and the overall performance of the camera. First is the megapixel count, which determines the quality and detail of the pictures when printed on paper. The bigger the megapixel count is, the better you will print sharper images on larger photo paper. Image quality is the next thing to check since cameras that have larger sensors and enhanced lenses would make the perfect shot. Most DSLR camera reviews also note on the lags and startup times, since neglecting it would sometimes miss a flawless moment to take pictures. Also, do not forget thinking about your pocket since most high-grade cameras are quite expensive.