How to Capture Photographs Featuring Windows

Photography is one of those fine art forms that most people think is easy to do until they give it a try. If you have a home design blog or website, you know how difficult it can be to truly portray how gorgeous your new office is on a dinky digital camera with three flash settings. Even if you do invest in great equipment, it really won’t make a difference unless you know how to use it.

It is also the same case as with capturing photographs featuring your windows. Yes, taking pictures with windows can also be considered an art especially when you would want to take a picture of that perfect fit venetians that you have just recently placed.

Anyways, here are the basic things that you should be considering when taking your photographs:

1. Light
2. Focus and Exposure
3. Staging
4. Composition

1. Light
The best times to shoot an interior and an exterior are eastside in the morning, and west side in the afternoon. The north and south sides can simply be shot whenever the light is bright. For your lighting, try to limit the extreme areas that are too dark or too bright. You might need to add light to the dark areas, and pull the drapes in for some bright areas, or just wait around until the light is more even in that room.

2. Focus and Exposure
When choosing an exposure, make sure to avoid over- or under-exposing a photo. Depth of field can be a difficult concept to grasp and execute. Have a tripod, and take a long exposure. Use the preview function on your camera, study what depth of field is, have a bigger f-stop. I’d recommend f16 or f22.

3. Staging
Really look at the compositions of each spot, and see if you like what is in and out of the frame, as well as how/where things are placed within the frame. When staging, work with one colour direction, and layer that colour throughout the photo to add richness and depth.

4. Framing and Composition
You really want to have a wide selection of shots, so take more than you normally would. Experiment with all sorts of angles and frames so there are a lot to choose from. When you’re shooting an interior, deciding whether or not to include people or animals is usually the decision of the client.

If you do opt to include people in your shots, it always looks better and is easier if you’re not shooting them straight on. If you get a side or profile view, it’s a bit better, and doesn’t draw attention to the person. You want the focus to be on the interiors. If you don’t want to include people, or if the client doesn’t want you to, it’s always nice to create the illusion that the space is lived in even if it isn’t. A half glass of water, maybe that perfect fit venetians or something similar can help you do that without adding people.

These aren’t rules per se, they are more guidelines that you can follow when taking photos of your home, a framework within in which you can move around, experiment, and have fun. The great thing about these is that they are applicable to almost any situation and level of photography.

Food Photography Tips That I Learned

Taking pictures of food is now common in social media platforms. I too would love to share to my social media followers the delicious foods that I have tasted. And because I love taking pictures of every unforgettable moments of mine, I took pictures even that of what I ate, the foods.


Like usual photography, capturing foods needed to be well presented. Since foods are an inanimate objects, it will not have any moments that you will be readying to capture for. And that is why, food photography is somewhat tricky and sometimes hard to pull off.


But according to trials and success in capturing foods, it is not that hard at all. All you need to have is your skill as a photographer, a little trick and of course, your food model.


Pick the Freshest Ingredients

The every basic amongst the rest. Of course, you don’t want to show that the foods you are taking pictures of are rotten and are not fresh. You need to show that the foods are fresh and nice to look at.


Lighting is everything

A very basic trick that I have learned in nurturing photography skills. Lighting is everything. The backlight is key to texture and making the food look appetizing looking. Try other lighting angles and you’ll see several dramatic lighting options.


Keep It Simple

When it comes to food photography, usually you will take a picture of all the food groups together. This is not supposed to be the case. Keep it simple. You don’t have to take all into one. Just take out the foods that doesn’t need to be there or the ones distracting enough.


Use simple props including Raw Ingredients

Adding a little plate or spoon into the picture won’t hurt the photo result. Adding a simple prop can make the food inviting. But do choose the props that doesn’t outstand the food. It is better to choose the plain coloured props.


Show a Before and After Shot

This will help people on how you were able to do the food, this is the case if you are showing how to do the cooking of a certain food.


Show It in Cooking

It is sometimes better to show the food in the act of cooking it rather than showing its final result.


Add a Human Element

It will be much more appealing to the viewers if you can also add a human element like a hand stirring on the food or a hand with a spoon ready to eat the food.


Don’t Cook It Completely

When you do take a picture of meats and vegetables, it is better if you do not cook it completely and take your photo. It will just keep cooking after all. This is so that when you do take the pictures, the food will not be looking plump and will still be juicy.


Keep the Plates Clean

Any imperfections with the props may mess up the picture.


Vary Your Camera Angle

Try different angles from your camera and then you’ll see the best angle for that certain food.


Add A Bit of Oil

Adding a bit of oil in the foods can make them look fresher.


Take Shots of Eating Out

My favourite part, where we take a picture of ourselves eating out the foods. How you do your selfie is definitely up to you. Trying different angles and by using the lightning, you’ll definitely pull it off.


With these food photography tips, your food pictures will surely be a masterpiece. Try practicing the skills and you will surely improve. In time, anyone who will be watching your pictures will surely get hungry.

Things I Learned About Motion Photography

Do you take pictures all the time or sometimes? Have you ever tried using motion photography in your picture taking hobby? Well, let me tell you this. It is one of the most interesting photography facts these days. It is like loving to eat foods but you want something different and not just the regular one.


Photography is something like that, too. Well for me, I love taking pictures a lot and I am certain to be more attached in my cameras than doing something else. I consider myself as a photography geek too sometimes. We all love taking pictures, right? Well, who doesn’t?


I am fascinated with anything related to photography. Every time I have spare moments, I would take a minute and develop my skills and learn new techniques in taking great photos. One of the things I am really interested as of this moment is the art of motion.


You might have heard about motion photography but do you really know what it really means and how it will help you as a photographer. The most notable technique for motion photography is the blur. You can either blur your subject or its background. It sounds amazing, right? Taking motion photography is very hard. You will have to be quick to be able to capture a certain movement of the subject. Here are the few things I have learned that I will share in order for you to learn motion photography too:


  1. Purchase a fast camera

We are talking about motions here folks. To capture certain motions, you need to have a highly fast digital camera to use. Its burst rate should be fast and its shutter speed should be at least 1/2000 second. There are a lot of cameras these days that you can get to start motion photography pictorials.


  1. Stability

Now this one is really tricky. The previous cameras I’ve used don’t capture long-range motions so I have to get that image stabilization correctly. The previous pictures I’ve captured turns out blurred and a waste of time.


  1. Image Quality

I recommend that you use bigger cameras. Using self-contained camera can sacrifice your image quality. Let me tell you this, the bigger your sensors, the better the results are.


  1. Long Lens

Now we have come to the very interesting part. If you want to capture detailed images such as small objects, you should think about your lenses. Lenses made with the best glass and coatings are one of the reasons that the results of some prominent photographers are nicely done. Acquiring these lenses may be too expensive if you’re still a beginner but in time, this will really help. The first lens I’ve purchased took me months to get but all is worth it.


These are the things I have considered before I started motion photography and I still apply them whenever I am teaching beginner photographers who want to learn motion photography too. Just keep on taking pictures and discover your strength in photography before jumping to another one. That is the very key to developing yourself into a real, passionate photographer. Good luck and keep those cameras flashing, okay!


Basic Questions To Know About Aerial Photography

Have you encountered an Aerial Photography? Well for me, the first thing that came up in my mind when I first heard Aerial photography is that you need to travel or take pictures up in the sky like in skydiving.


But as time goes by, I am in fact right in some way like taking the pictures in a plane. But that doesn’t end there. The more you discover Aerial Photography, the more you’ll learn its most advance skills and be able to adapt it and apply in your daily routine.


As I have read some articles about it, I realized that it is truly one of the most important artistic skills in line with photography that is hard to pull off if you don’t know what you are doing. Capturing pictures in any place you like seems to be easy but when doing Aerial Photography, you need to be more precise about it because there are certain moments that you might fail to capture what you really want to photograph.


Because of my eagerness to learn more about it, I found out these basic questions that you should also need to know to enhance your photography skills:


What is the best vehicle to use in an aerial photography session?


So if it is an aerial photography, what should we use to do it aside from our digital cameras? This is the first thing that pops out in my mind the moment I am thinking of trying aerial photography. It is whether I will rent a helicopter or ride in a plane while traveling somewhere and then take some pictures of the clouds. As I keep on researching, I found out that, logically speaking, airplanes are unsafe to operate below 80 mph. It cannot be flown slowly and you will your angles if you have certain subject to shoot. So then I realized, yes it is expensive too but for sure it will be fun taking pictures up in the sky, right? Also I discovered that helicopters are the most preferred vehicle for most aerial photographers to use because you can ride on it and enjoying the view while taking shots in a closer look. You will have complete freedom on what you will do to take your picture. The helicopter can also get you to be close to your subject. Isn’t it exciting? I did not know helicopter riding could be so much fun. Aside from that, they are extremely reliable compare to airplanes when it comes to photo shoots.


When is the best time to shoot for an aerial photography?


Now I know what to ride but I don’t know when or what time to shoot for great pictures. As I have browsed the internet, most aerial photographers capture great moments during mid-day. They say it is the best condition to capture high-definition photos because that’s where the sun is high and clear. The sun’s angle will produce shadows that enable viewers to understand the shapes of the hills and structures in a photo. Good thing I love sunny time and it is the perfect moment to be out there and take pictures while enjoying the day.


Do I need to use a film or go digital?


We do know that everyone uses digital cameras these days, right? I also have digital camera and I love taking pictures using it. But sometimes, filmed cameras are as good as digital cameras too. But when you do aerial photography, digital cameras are the most advantageous gadget in capturing aerial photos. Well, aside from its great features, you can take photos as many as you want. You can fill up the memory card and sort through the results on the ground. For a professional-style digital camera, you can set the file format to “RAW” so that you can fine-tune the exposure on your computer. Don’t get me wrong but I do love film cameras too but when I do want to take aerial photos, I would definitely use digital cameras.


Well everyone I hope you have learned from the above things I have shared with you. In order for us to learn thoroughly about Aerial Photography, we should start from the beginning and apply the basic skills first. Keep those cameras up, take a lot of pictures to enhance your skills and learn angles in taking pictures. Good luck!

Ziggy Tamala’s Little Online Break-Stop

Have you experienced one time that you are just sitting in a corner while thinking of the things you have done before? Do you also reminisce about the moments you have reached or missed in your life?


Well for me, these are the irreplaceable treasures and experiences that I would never ever forget. It is like part of my life now and made me the person who I am today. Aside from making memories every now and then, I also make sure I can look at it once more whenever I feel melancholic about my life and my past experiences.


I make sure I take some shots of those memories and experiences if possible. Seeing those unforgettable moments once again in pictures is precious and indescribable. It is like a fresh reminder that I have experience this or that and not just a thought in my mind. That is what I intended to do. That is what I want. That is what I love. Whether it is a happy, sad or silly experience, I’ll make sure to capture it because we only have one life and we should make it last till the end.


With all those pictures, we can see the changes that happened in our life and struggles we have fought in the road. When every precious moment is captured, it struck us. It is not about just taking pictures for the sake of compiling it and put it in a photo album. It is more than that. It is compiling your life from the moment you realize what life offers to you. It is reminiscing and celebrating the milestones that you have achieved. It is a way to learn from your past experiences and apply it to your present. It is an art that you can proudly show to the world. It is the stories in each picture that you could share.


As I have been taking many pictures and memories with me, I realized the joy of doing it. I realize that aside from taking pictures just for the sake of memory keeping, it can also be an art. As I have been looking at all those pictures, I can see the beauty and its wonders.


You can take a picture, and that picture may tell you a story. In time, I have been keeping different pictures with different stories. I intended to take more. Someday, I would love to show the world the beauty and wonders as well as its stories of the pictures I have been taking.


I am not that professional in taking pictures. I am still learning the art of photography. As part of my journey in learning new things, I would definitely make sure I captures the greatest moments in my life. I want to capture every details of a certain scene to show my viewers its story. That’s the things I would love to do. I would want to share with all my friends, family, viewers and to you too my art. Let us take this journey together.