Photographer Central: Blog http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog en-us (C) Photographer Central (Photographer Central) Wed, 11 Nov 2015 22:03:00 GMT Wed, 11 Nov 2015 22:03:00 GMT What to Put on Your Wedding Website http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/11/what-to-put-on-your-wedding-website what to put on your wedding websitewhat to put on your wedding websitewhat to put on your wedding website

Gone are the days of simply putting an announcement in the paper and an invitation in the mail to notify the world of your upcoming nuptials. Today, it’s expected that you and your partner have a wedding website to give guests the info they need and regarding the big day. It’s also a great keepsake for you to look back on after your wedding has come and gone, if you do it right.

Many people feel overwhelmed when it comes to setting up a wedding website. It’s easy to decide on the necessary bullet points that you have to share, such as the location and date of your ceremony. However, the supplementary info might seem a bit harder to discern. That’s why we’ve decided to help you with a list of must-haves on your wedding site. Now, your perfect wedding webpage is just a few clicks away.

1. A Great Web Address/Hashtag

As you sit down to create your site, try and think of a memorable web address so that family and friends won’t forget where to find all of the information they need. If your names are Chuck and Julie, for example, you could do something like, “ChuckandJulieWed.com.” 

Nowadays, marrying couples also have to come up with a hashtag that guests will use when posting any photos of the big day on social media. That way, you can search your hashtag later and see all of the memories from another perspective. If you’ve already got a clever hashtag, you might also use that as your web address. It will be clever enough to help your guests remember the web address, and they’ll know it long before you need them to use it when they Facebook and Instagram on your big day.

2. Registry Information

One couple who performed analytics on their wedding website found that the majority of clicks went to the page that featured their registry information. And, while this type of information is often sent along with the paper invitation in the mail, it’s a great idea to have links to your registries so that guests can find them in case they misplace that part of the invitation. It makes for easy online shopping as well.

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3. Hotel and Location Information

There are typically at least a handful of guests at your wedding who will be coming from out of town. Because of this, you’ve probably worked with a local hotel or two to block off rooms so that everyone has a place to sleep. You should have this information readily available on your website so that guests can make travel and lodging plans easily and as soon as possible.

As for location information, we’re not talking about simply stating the city and state where your wedding will be held. We recommend providing a guide as to what your out-of-town guests can do around the city while they’re not at your wedding. Most people who fly or drive in will book an extra day or two in order to recuperate and to make the trek worth it. It’s helpful to offer insider tips as to what to do, see, eat, etc.

4. RSVP Form

You sent one via snail mail, but it doesn’t hurt to have a section of your wedding website where guests can send an official RSVP. Make sure your guests can say whether they’re coming, how many people in their party will be attending, what entrée they want, and the email address where they’d like to receive more information.

5. Detailed Maps and Directions

Even in the age of apps and smartphones, technology can sometimes fail us — and it seems like these snafus only happen on important days of the year. To avoid any potential issues, load up your wedding website with detailed maps of where the reception is, where the venue is, how to get between the two, etc. Even if only a handful of guests use it, it’s worth putting online.

6. Dress Code Information

A mailed invitation only gives you so much space to write about your wedding’s dress code. A page on a website, however, allows you to provide more information about the location of the wedding and how it might affect guests’ outfit choices. For example, if the wedding is to take place on a grassy field, you might want to warn your guests not to wear heels to the ceremony. You might also advise your guests to bring sweaters or shawls in case the city tends to get cold at night.

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7. Your "How We Met" and Proposal Stories

Let’s face it: everyone loves a good love story. Yours will certainly interest your website visitors, so take the time to write it. Many couples like to split the task, each writing their “how we met” story so that readers can see it from both perspectives. The fun is in seeing just when the future bride and groom both realized there was a spark.

Your wedding website is also a great place to share the story of your proposal. The proposer probably spent a lot of time planning, too, which means that the end result deserves a little love on your website. You can flesh out your story with pictures of the moment it happened or with a video of your proposal, should you be lucky enough to have one. These keepsakes will have you coming back to look at your wedding website for years to come. 

8. Bridal Party Background

Guests will see your bridal party stand at your side on the big day, but they probably won’t know much else about them. Use your website to share a few sentences about how you met and why they’re in the wedding. Pictures will help your guests put a face to a name on the day of the wedding.  

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9. Pictures of the Lovebirds

Some of your more mature wedding guests might not have Facebook or other social media accounts that would give them access to pictures of you and your love. Another reason to post a few photos is so that, when you look back on your website, you can remember where it all began. Be selective as you build your gallery, because you don’t want to overdo it. Instead, choose a combination of your professional engagement photos (if you have them) and more fun, real-life pictures that show you as you are in your relationship.

10. Your Own Personal Touch

Finally, it’s imperative that you make your wedding website look like a true representation of who you are as a couple. Many websites have templates and cookie-cutter designs in which you simply type your personal details and that’s it. However, it won’t be as special of a memory to look back on when the entire thing is plain. Take the time to create a look that you love and will continue to love for years to come. Hey, that’s what brought you here in the first place: a love that you will continue to cherish for years to come. 

Happy trails!

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Adrienne Erin is a freelance writer and designer. You can see more of her work by following her on Twitter (@adrienneerin) or by visiting her blog, Design Roast.

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Seven iPhone 6 Camera Tricks You Need to Try http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/10/seven-iphone-6-camera-tricks-you-need-to-try When the original iPhone was released in 2007, one of its many striking features was a 2 megapixel camera that was superior to other camera phones of the time. Since then, every major smartphone has made its camera a priority. 

With the first-generation iPhone ushering in the high-quality photo trend among smartphones, it makes sense that each iPhone iteration has seen improvements in the actual camera, the camera/photo app or both. The iPhone 6 features a gorgeous 8 megapixel camera that allows users to take clearer photos than ever before.

To take full advantage of the iPhone 6’s camera, which uses a dual-core 1.4 GHz Cyclone processor, it’s useful to learn some tricks that can significantly elevate your iPhone photography skills. Here are seven little-known tricks to get you started:

1. Time-Lapse Mode

Another new mode for iPhone 6 is the time-lapse mode, which enables you to take a photo every few seconds. This can be particularly effective if you want to take a photo of a busy street or capture all the action of a sporting event. To access the time-lapse mode, scroll through the various modes in the Camera app. It will be just before Slo-Mo mode.

2. Night Vision

The default iPhone camera settings can make nighttime photos look very dim. To counter this, make sure to configure the Exposure slider that Apple released with iOS 8. You can get it to pop up by tapping on the screen whenever you focus. Increasing the exposure will instruct the shutter to stay open longer, brightening your final shot.

3. Take Photos with the Volume Button

While the iPhone camera is on, you can take a photo by pressing the volume buttons on the side of your phone. This is particularly useful if you need a steady hand for a sensitive shot. You can also take a photo using the official Apple earbuds. Simply press up or down on the earbuds’ volume control while the camera app is open, and it will take the photo.

4. Fun with Panoramas

The panorama setting is a nifty feature that allows you to capture your entire surroundings. Beyond the basic setting, some panorama-based tricks include:

  • Panorama cloning - If your friends move faster and in the opposite direction than the iPhone when it’s taking a panorama, you will experience an effect where they can show up multiple times in the same photo, making it appear as if they are in two places at once.
  • Drive-by panorama - While you’re driving steady around 20-30mph, get a friend to take a panorama out the window from the passenger seat. The result will be a stretched-out summary of all the area’s sights.
  • Panorama toss - This one is risky, but it can pay off as long as you catch the phone. By tossing your phone into the air while the panorama mode is active, it will spit out a glitchy yet colorful interpretation of the surroundings — just make sure to catch it before it hits the ground!

5. Autofocus Improvements

One camera aspect exclusive to the iPhone 6 is its impressive autofocusing technology. The focus is twice as fast as the 5s, so the likelihood of a blurry shot is reduced. 

To take advantage of this feature, tap the screen to focus on any object in the camera's view. The speed improvement should be very noticeable upon doing this. This feature is only on iPhone 6, so if you’re using an earlier phone and desperately need the improved autofocus feature, you’ll need to sell your old one or exchange it for a new iPhone.

6. Ultra-Zoom

Manually zooming in by pinching your fingers on the screen works to an extent, but it can result in a blurry photo. To take close-ups that are clear, place a small drop of water on your iPhone’s camera lens. This is very useful for taking pictures of anything from insects to stock photos.

7. Underwater Photos

No, the iPhone isn’t waterproof, but there is a trick that allows you to take a photo while the phone is half submerged in water. Take a smooth, clear glass and set the timer on your phone before you put it in. Now, partially submerge the jar, making sure the water level always stays below the rim. With this method, you'll be able to take cool photos that show both underwater and above-ground, something many assume iPhones are not capable of.

From cool panoramas to pseudo-night vision and underwater capabilities, these seven tips will help you take full advantage of your iPhone 6’s great new camera. Happy photo taking.

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Adrienne Erin is a freelance writer and designer. You can see more of her work by following her on Twitter (@adrienneerin) or by visiting her blog, Design Roast.

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Why It’s Important to Print http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/8/why-it-s-important-to-print As photographers, we ultimately don’t know the impact a print can have on both our clients and their families. I was reminded of the power we have to affect people’s legacies in the last couple of months. And it has reinforced the meaning of what we all do as photographers, and what we do here at Fundy Software as we strive to create the best photo layout software possible. Prints last hundreds of years and get re-discovered generations later.

A Generational Legacy

Whenever I’m photographing for clients, I always remind myself that the photos are not only for them. Oftentimes the photos will have more meaning for the people who are not in the photos. The parents, the grandparents, the children, or the grandchildren who aren’t even born yet. One of my favorite photos is of my parents’ wedding. There is just one photo. It’s a black and white photo, and it’s them, frozen in a moment in time. It’s a version of them that I will never get to meet. It was before I was born. Photography gives us those slices of time that allows our imagination to fill in the story. For me, it’s even more powerful than video.

The photo below is of my grandfather (far right), my great uncle (his brother) next to him and my great-grandparents. They were U.S. mail carriers, hence the sign in the car window.

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The camera in the shot below is most likely the camera that was used to take the photo of my grandparents. It was found after my great-grandparents passed away. Who knew that I would end up in the photography business. And who knew that this photo and this camera would be end up being significant to me.

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The First Time

The first time I realized the importance of print was at my first solo wedding. I had assisted at a local studio in Japan for two years. I was hired for my first solo wedding at an Iron Chef restaurant in Takamatsu, Japan.

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This bride and groom created a gift album of their engagement photos for their parents and grandparents. They also had me scan in some old photos from their childhood to include. Some of the photos included the bride’s grandfather who had passed away that year. I designed the book, had it printed and turned it over to the couple. I thought it was cool, but didn’t think that much about it.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW FUNDERBURG

On the day of the wedding, the bride and groom gave a copy of the book to the grandmother. As she was looking through it, they pointed out the photos of her late husband. She brought her hand up to her mouth, then she reached out and started touching the photos of her late husband. It was that moment that I understood in a much deeper way, the power of photography. And the power of the printed photo. The fact that this woman could reach out and physically touch something that represented her husband, frozen in time, made all of the difference.

We Lose People

I met up with my aunt recently and she had started going through old family photos. There are many photos of my own mother as a child and as a young adult that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. But there was one photo that struck me.

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This is a photo of my great, great uncle on my mother’s side. This was taken in approximately 1915, the southwest of France during World War I. I looked up the studio, and it’s still in business.  He must have had this taken and mailed it back to his family, as he was killed shortly after this photo was taken. It was probably the last photo taken of him – it is 100 years old and looks fantastic.  Life is fleeting. We never know when our number will be up or when we might lose a family member.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW FUNDERBURG

Printing For My Family Memories

Remember that old commercial for Hair Club for Men where the president says, “Remember, I’m not only the Hair Club President, but I’m also a client.” Well, it’s true for me also. Every year, sometimes twice a year, I print a family album. Sometimes it is taken by professional photographers, like the two on the right. Or it might be our family vacation montage, like the album on the left.

My kids are teenagers now and they’ve started going through the albums of when they were little kids. I hear comments like, “Ken, your hair was so dorky!” or “Joe, you were so chubby.” And they of course make fun of mom and dad’s fashion choices.

Make Albums, Make Prints

Part of our duty as photographers is to relay the importance of print. Our phones will die. Hard drives will die. The cloud will never be looked at. Books and prints will be picked up and looked at by generations to come. When I’m gone, our family albums and even this print of my great, great uncle will be looked at.

And not only for our clients, but for our own families. 

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This post was written by Andrew “Fundy” Funderburg, CEO of Fundy Software. He is a husband, father, avid street photographer, and world traveller. The original post can be seen here

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4 Tips for Getting More Likes on Instagram http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/7/4-tips-for-getting-more-likes-on-instagram tips for getting more likes on instagramtips for getting more likes on instagramtips for getting more likes on instagram

Whether you’re a professional photographer or just someone who likes sharing snapshots of your journey with the world, Instagram is quickly becoming the best place to do that. And who can deny the small amount of satisfaction you get every time you see that heart icon pop up, letting you know one more person has liked your post? Follow these tips to maximize the amount of hearts for your next photo.

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Everyone is capable of finding a flattering angle and applying a filter to add just the right amount of sun-kissed glow. Take your selfies to the next level by creating a self-portrait instead. Look for unusual walls or murals that can be an interesting backdrop. Even the most mundane places can become interesting if you stage it correctly. And then use a timer function available on many cameras and camera apps or have a friend step in as the photographer. 

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You don’t have to be a professional photographer to understand the basic principles of composition and how to make them work for you. For instance, make sure to always fill the frame. This means making sure you’re zoomed in enough on whatever you’re taking a picture of so you don’t leave too much empty space, which can be distracting to your audience. If your camera’s zoom isn’t great, move closer! 

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Instagram recently added much more elaborate editing options, such as the ability to adjust how much of a filter to apply. These new features allow you to make a subtle change to any image that needs a slight tweak. They also allow you to layer multiple edits to create something completely different from the original image. Play around with different levels and see what a difference it makes. If you need to go back and adjust something, but you’re not sure which tool you already adjusted, just look for the gray lines under the edits you’ve made. 

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Make your profile public. This opens up your possible viewership to anyone in the world who has Instagram. It also gives you a chance to be included in Instagram’s new Discover feature, an aggregate of different photos from around the world that Instagram thinks people might be interested in. Make the most of this feature by putting your best work out there and attracting new followers and people who will click that heart button!

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4 Tips for Growing Your Instagram Following http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/7/4-tips-for-growing-your-instagram-following These may not get you Insta-results, but they will help you grow your account

Instagram is quickly becoming a key marketing tool for individuals, small businesses, and well-known brands. For photographers, the visual nature of Instagram is the most relevant way to connect with more people and get your work out there. While there are tons of ways to easily and quickly grow your following (i.e., paid followers), we offer some tips for growing your audience in a more organic way. 

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It’s a little bit like the saying, “A watched pot never boils.” If your goal is to grow your number of followers, the best thing you can do is concentrate on everything besides that. Focus your energy on putting out great images and cultivating a unique look, instead of trying to figure out what other people want. 

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Finding your unique style is a process that could potentially last a lifetime because it will evolve as time goes on. Trying out different perspectives can help you realize what it is you’re trying to say with your work. Once you’ve found your style, try to maintain a sense of consistency, which your viewers will appreciate. 

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The Instagram community is an incredibly engaged one. Try to get involved by finding other brands and photographers that appeal to you. Follow them and comment on the posts that interest you. A little bit of shameless self-promotion doesn’t hurt here either. Ask them to check out your work and see if they can offer any suggestions or feedback. Simply put, give others the attention that you’d like to receive yourself. Also, don’t forget to respond to comments on your own posts!

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Most importantly, you need to post regularly. This is the only way to help people remember who you are and that you’re putting your work out there. Give yourself a requirement of X amount of posts per week, and stick to it no matter what. If you decide a few months later that that one photo you posted of a pigeon on a sidewalk isn’t up to your standards anymore, just delete it from your collection!

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How to Plan the Perfect Engagement Photo Shoot http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/7/how-to-plan-the-perfect-engagement-photo-shoot Tips on how to prepare for your upcoming engagement session

Most wedding photographers offer packages that include an engagement session. These sessions come in handy for many reasons. They help you get to know your photographer on a deeper level before the day of your wedding so that your wedding shots will be even better. It also gives you tons of pictures to work with for DIY projects to remember this amazing time in your lives. We asked Photographer Central Pro Sunee Palladay for some tips on planning the perfect engagement photo session. 

Use Pinterest for Inspiration

Create a Pinterest inspiration board with your photographer to get on the same page and to collect ideas together. You and your photographer can pin images to this board that will help inspire every aspect of your own shoot, such as the mood, lighting, poses, and props.

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Avoid Matching Outfits

Plan out your wardrobe ahead of time. While it’s best to dress in similar styles, avoid being too matchy-matchy and color-coordinated. You want to look like a couple, not the Partridge family.

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Pick a Palette

Decide on a color palette for the shoot. Pinterest is a helpful tool for this. You don’t have to decide right off the bat what colors you want. Just start pinning things that resonate with you, and the color palette might end up presenting itself to you. 

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Set a Meeting Beforehand

Always schedule a pre-session consultation with the photographer. This will give you a chance to get to know each other better. Your photographer will also appreciate getting to know you as individuals and as a couple, and will be better able to incorporate your personalities into the shoot.

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Your engagement session will be a memorable way to prepare your hearts and your minds for the day of your wedding. Make the most of it by communicating with your photographer and coming up with things to try ahead of time. 

Photo credits: Joy Marie PhotographyTable4 Weddings Photography and VideographyClarkie PhotographyDevin Hunt Photography​

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Styles 101: What is Illustrative Photography? http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/6/styles-101-what-is-illustrative-photography Many fans of photography aren’t aware of the intricacies of the craft, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles that professional photographers can offer. To help you better understand the types of photography available, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

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Illustrative photography mostly accompanies text as a way to better explain a situation, product, or idea through imagery when words alone aren’t enough. Simply put, it’s used to illustrate and represent an object or idea.

This style of photography can appear anywhere, from magazines to textbooks to signage. Photographers who use an illustrative photography style might specialize in advertising, architecture, editorial, corporate/industrial, fashion, people/celebrity, travel, or lifestyle photography. Illustrative photography is usually more effective than drawings or paintings because the visualization provided is of the actual object, as opposed to a depiction.

Photographers who shoot in this style will often use a studio so that objects and people can be staged. Lighting is also a key factor, as it needs to be used to draw as much attention as possible to the object being photographed. 

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Photo Credits: Image Junkie, E.Y.E. Imagery Studios, STUDIO AT, Shon Dahlgren Photography

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Top Five Family Photo Shoot Tips http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/6/top-five-family-photo-shoot-tips Top Five Family Photo Shoot Tips by Jill MarzionTop Five Family Photo Shoot Tips by Jill MarzionTop Five Family Photo Shoot Tips by Jill Marzion

Family photo shoots are heartwarming and fun, but there are a number of decisions to make if you want them to go smoothly. The more you consider the details, the better your photos will be. Family photographer Jill Marzion shares her top five tips on how to make your family photo a success.

What to wear (or what not to wear) – Wear an outfit that feels good and don’t overthink it. This may seem obvious, but I often have kids tucking in a shirt or parents looking stiff because it isn’t their everyday clothing. Avoid big logos and bulky tennis shoes; they are distracting and take your eye away from the people in your photos.

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Location, location, location – If your photographer shoots in natural light, they will most likely be photographing you outdoors. When deciding on a spot for your session, pick a familiar spot or at the very least, visit your location prior to your picture day. If your family loves the beach or has a special hiking trail, go to those spots! New locations can be a major distraction for children so keep it familiar if possible.

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Time of day matters – If you have children, you know their schedule better than anyone else. Do your best to make sure they are well-rested and fed. My favorite time to shoot is an hour or so before sunset, but if that doesn’t work for your family, say it. There are no guarantees with kids, but if you can be proactive you’re less likely to encounter a melt down.

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It’s all about the kids – As a parent myself, my mom instincts take over when watching my children interact with adults. Instead of quickly correcting your kiddo or coaching them to act a certain way, fight your urges and take a more hands-off approach. Give control over to the photographer and if some bribing or ice cream as a reward is mentioned, go with it!

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Trust – If you hired your favorite photographer, it is pretty likely you already love their style and work. Go into the session with the mindset that no matter what they have up their sleeve, the end result will be awesome. The more comfortable you are, the more comfortable your photographer is and the better the images turn out – it’s a win-win!

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Photos courtesy of Jill Marzion. This article was originally published as an Mpix blog post called 5 Things Your Photographer Wants You to Know. To see more of Jill’s gorgeous work, visit her blog and Instagram.

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Styles 101: What is Red Carpet Photography? http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/6/styles-101-what-is-red-carpet-photography Many fans of photography aren’t aware of the intricacies of the craft, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles that professional photographers can offer. To help you better understand the types of photography available, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

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Bulbs flashing. People calling out your name, vying for a split second of your undivided attention. When someone mentions red carpet photography, this might be what comes to mind. The photographers on the other side of those bulbs, though, actually have a very precise style and job that they often have to accomplish within a very short period of time.

Red carpet photography, mostly limited to high-profile events, describes a style of photography where the professional is required to capture full-length photos and headshots of event attendees, who acknowledge that part of their responsibilities at these events is to walk down the red carpet and intermittently pose for photographers. These photos are often sold as stock to editorial and fashion magazines and newspapers. Because the ultimate goal is to capture an image worthy of being published, red carpet photographers typically shoot hundreds of images very quickly in order to have a variety of photos to choose from before the subject moves too far away.

If you’re planning an event that doesn’t have an official red carpet, this can still be a useful style of photography to consider. Photographers who shoot red carpets have skills that translate very well to general event photography, such as the ability to capture little moments that look great on film, as well as quickly recognizing where the action is taking place. 

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Styles 101: What is Gothic Photography? http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/6/styles-101-what-is-gothic-photography Many fans of photography aren’t aware of the intricacies of the craft, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles that professional photographers can offer. To help you better understand the types of photography available, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Example of gothic photography by Evelina Pentcheva PhotographyExample of gothic photography by Evelina Pentcheva PhotographyExample of gothic photography by Evelina Pentcheva Photography

The term Gothic refers to a tribe of people from East Germany who contributed to the emergence of Medieval Europe and the entire Medieval culture after the fall of the Roman empire. Gothic photography is a particular style that imitates themes characterized in Medieval art, such as the realistic depiction of objects against dark and moody backgrounds, and an attempt to elicit feelings of fear and unease, a reference to the Gothic tribes that destroyed the Roman empire.

Not to be confused with grunge photography, gothic photography isn’t about manipulating an image to achieve a certain feeling. Instead, gothic photography is about depicting people and situations in a distinct style reminiscent of the Medieval period. Some of this can be accomplished in post-processing, but a majority of the work is done during the setup of the actual photo. 

Example of gothic photography from Lulan Wang PhotographyExample of gothic photography from Lulan Wang PhotographyExample of gothic photography from Lulan Wang Photography

Example of gothic photography by Boston Photographer - Dave SeeleyExample of gothic photography by Boston Photographer - Dave SeeleyExample of gothic photography by Boston Photographer - Dave Seeley

Example of gothic photography from Michael D. Becker PhotographyExample of gothic photography from Michael D. Becker PhotographyExample of gothic photography from Michael D. Becker Photography

Photo credits: Evelina Pentcheva PhotographyLulan Wang PhotographyDave SeeleyMichael D. Becker Photography

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Styles 101: What is Traditional Photography? http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/6/styles-101-what-is-traditional-photography Many fans of photography aren’t aware of the intricacies of the craft, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles that professional photographers can offer. To help you better understand the types of photography available, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Traditional photography from Firefly PhotoworksTraditional photography from Firefly PhotoworksTraditional photography from Firefly Photoworks

As an art form, photography has evolved over the years and will continue to evolve as time goes on. One of the biggest changes was the invention of the digital camera. While digital cameras have made a number of things much easier for photographers, such as autofocus and overall convenience, traditional photography still has a variety of advantages over its digital counterpart.

Traditional photography, referring to images that are produced from film, only contains the information that was captured using the aperture of the camera. Because of this, it’s much harder to manipulate images that are shot in the traditional format, which is why traditional photography images are required for uses like passport photos. 

Traditional photography from Bar None PhotographyTraditional photography from Bar None PhotographyTraditional photography from Bar None Photography

Traditional photography from Glasser ImagesTraditional photography from Glasser ImagesTraditional photography from Glasser Images

Traditional photography from Thomas R. Brichta, Fine Art PhotographyTraditional photography from Thomas R. Brichta, Fine Art PhotographyTraditional photography from Thomas R. Brichta, Fine Art Photography

Photo Credits: Firefly Photoworks, Bar None Photography, Glasser Images, Thomas R. Brichta Fine Art Photography

 

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Checklist: Questions to Ask Your Boudoir Photographer http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/6/checklist-questions-to-ask-your-boudoir-photographer A go-to guide for your boudoir photo shoot consultation

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Hiring the perfect boudoir photographer is especially important because of the kind of relationship you will inevitably form with him or her. Unlike other portrait sessions, a boudoir shoot comes with a much deeper level of intimacy because you’re going to be in your skivvies, and they’re going to be taking pictures of you in your skivvies. 

To make sure you hire the right boudoir photographer, search for ones whose portfolios match the look you’re going for, and then set up a meeting with each one to see if they can give you everything you’re looking for. If you’re not sure what kinds of questions you should be asking during your consultation, refer to our list below. Remember, though, the one thing that should impact your decision the most is how comfortable that photographer makes you feel. It’ll go a long way, and in the end, you’ll end up with some priceless photos from your shoot. 

  • How far in advance do I need to book a boudoir session with you?
  • Do you offer different types of packages? What does each package include?
  • What do I need to bring to the shoot?
  • Do you provide hair and makeup services? Is there a separate cost?
  • What type of lingerie or outfits do you recommend?
  • Do you provide any props or lingerie items for the shoot?
  • Where will the shoot take place? Do you have a studio?
  • Can we shoot in multiple locations?
  • How long should I expect the entire shoot to last?
  • Will there be other people present during the photo session? 

Your boudoir shoot will be a memory that stays with you for a long time, and the images you’ll get from it will last even longer. Make sure to pick the right photographer to enhance the experience and get the most out of your boudoir session

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Styles 101: What is Photojournalistic Photography? http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/5/styles-101-what-is-photojournalistic-photography Many fans of photography aren’t aware of the intricacies of the craft, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles that professional photographers can offer. To help you better understand the types of photography available, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Example of photojournalistic photography from Lyell PhotographyExample of photojournalistic photography from Lyell PhotographyExample of photojournalistic photography from Lyell Photography

Photojournalism is one of the most well recognized styles of photography, and it has found its way into the repertoire of many professional photographers, especially wedding photographers. The main purpose of photojournalism is to tell a unique story through images, where the photographer acts like a silent observer or witness to the unfolding events.

While some clients still value images where their guests are posed and smiling directly at the camera, many prefer a style that captures the spontaneous moments and candid expressions of their guests. The minimal amount of posing and interference to create the image requires a photographer who is conscious of their environment, adept at blending into the background, and capable of moving quickly to capture those very special moments. This style of photography has the potential to document and tell the story of precious events, for many generations to come.

Example of photojournalistic photography from Kara Volle PhotographyExample of photojournalistic photography from Kara Volle PhotographyExample of photojournalistic photography from Kara Volle Photography

Example of photojournalistic photography from Teresa K photographyExample of photojournalistic photography from Teresa K photographyExample of photojournalistic photography from Teresa K photography

Example of photojournalistic photography by Lyell PhotographyExample of photojournalistic photography by Lyell PhotographyExample of photojournalistic photography by Lyell Photography

Photo credits: Lyell PhotographyKara Volle PhotographyTeresa K Photography

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Styles 101: What is Vintage Photography? http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/5/styles-101-what-is-vintage-photography Many fans of photography aren’t aware of the intricacies of the craft, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles that professional photographers can offer. To help you better understand the types of photography available, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Vintage photography from Katherine O'Brien PhotographyVintage photography from Katherine O'Brien PhotographyVintage photography from Katherine O'Brien Photography

Vintage photography is classified this way because it mimics old photo processes and denotes a different time period. For example, sepia toned prints could remind someone of imagery from the Wild West, or it could evoke the romantic feel like a Pictorialist image from the late 1800’s.

Some photographers will debate over the true definition of vintage photography as it could also include a photo that was shot using a non-digital camera, any image that was taken over a generation ago, or a current photo that has been processed to look like an older photograph. For people interested in vintage photography, all of these definitions can be meaningful.

If you would like to see this style used in your upcoming photoshoot, it would be helpful to communicate that you prefer a vintage style of photography and show some examples to your photographer. Similar to retro photography, a photographer who is familiar with vintage style will be able to direct the shoot in a certain way that’ll allow them to apply specific post-processing effects to create a “vintage” look and feel. 

Vintage photography from Marie Paugh PhotographyVintage photography from Marie Paugh PhotographyVintage photography from Marie Paugh Photography

Vintage photography from Jolie Loren PhotographyVintage photography from Jolie Loren PhotographyVintage photography from Jolie Loren Photography

Vintage photography from Loni Newby PhotographyVintage photography from Loni Newby PhotographyVintage photography from Loni Newby Photography

Photo credits: Katherine O'Brien Photography, Marie Paugh Photography, Jolie Loren Photography, Loni Newby Photography

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How to Budget for a Boudoir Photography Session http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/5/how-to-budget-for-a-boudoir-photography-session A resource for planning your boudoir photo shoot

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Whether this is your first or fifth time, hiring a boudoir photographer and planning for the shoot can still come with unknowns. So we polled some of our resident boudoir photographers to answer some of your most pressing questions when it comes to budgeting for a boudoir photo shoot. Here’s what they had to say.

How much should a typical boudoir session cost?How much should a typical boudoir session cost?How much should a typical boudoir session cost?

There are plenty of photographers out there who will offer a range of options and packages at different prices. Some of these will include the full works, including professional hair and makeup, or even a full wardrobe and accessories provided during the shoot. These packages can cost upwards $2,000 to $4,000, and are catered towards your high-end clientele.

For clients who may be interested in getting a better deal, there are some boudoir photographers who will offer mini sessions for as low as $250. These types of packages usually include an hour of time with the photographer and one or two different outfits.

While it’s important to find a photographer within your budget, you always have the option of asking a photographer to tailor a package to your needs. Whether it’s starting with the most basic option and adding extra details like using their makeup artist, or asking for a modification to the “full treatment” package because you don’t need some of the extras, the photographer will let you know whether or not that’s something they can do for you. 

What should I expect to get after my boudoir session?What should I expect to get after my boudoir session?What should I expect to get after my boudoir session?

Physical and digital products are definitely the norm these days. This also depends on how a photographer designs their packages and business model, but generally, you should have access to high-quality prints and photobooks, as well as the option of digital downloads. Some of the most common packages will include a book of images, a handful of 5x7 prints, and one large print such as an 11x14. Digital images usually cost an additional fee to purchase as à la carte items.

Lastly, you should expect to feel absolutely fabulous after your session. Some of the best takeaways you’ll get from doing a boudoir shoot is the confidence that you are a beautiful woman and you deserve to be celebrated. 

When is payment expected?When is payment expected?When is payment expected?

It’s typical to pay a deposit when you schedule the day and time of your shoot with your photographer. That deposit will go towards the full payment that you’ve agreed upon. Be sure to clarify this with your photographer before making any payment.

How can I get the most out of my boudoir session?How can I get the most out of my boudoir session?How can I get the most out of my boudoir session?

Doing your research beforehand is the best thing you can do. Search for boudoir photographers in your area find out how much their different packages cost. Check out their portfolios to make sure their style fits what you have in mind. You want to select a professional who will work within your budget, but also makes you comfortable enough for such an intimate experience. You’re not just paying for the final images, you’re also paying for the experience of working with a seasoned photographer who knows how to bring out the best in you and capture that in stunning photos.

At your consultation, be sure to ask every question you can think of. Don’t leave anything up to chance the day of the shoot because the photographer might not be able to accommodate a last minute request. Bring ideas and examples of other boudoir images that can serve as inspiration, as well as any lingerie or wardrobe ideas you think will work. The photographer should be able to give you feedback so you can plan exactly what you’re going to bring to your shoot. Ask your photographer how you can best prepare for the shoot prior to arriving at the location.

Most importantly, stay open-minded if this is a new experience for you. The satisfaction you’ll get from a boudoir shoot will depend on how much fun you let yourself have. 

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Checklist: Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/5/checklist-questions-to-ask-your-wedding-photographer A go-to guide for your wedding photography consultation

Questions to ask your wedding photographerQuestions to ask your wedding photographerQuestions to ask your wedding photographer

The dress is bought. The venue is chosen. What’s next on the list? Ah yes, find the perfect photographer. While it may seem daunting because you’ve never done this before, there’s no need to be nervous. Bring this handy checklist with you to make sure you’re asking the right questions and getting the information you need before the big day. 

  • What’s your mantra?
  • What’s your pricing? Do you offer different kinds of packages?
  • What does each package include? Can I request add-ons?
  • Do you walk through the venue? If not, how do you scout the venue ahead of time?
  • Do you shoot both outdoors and indoors?
  • Do you help with scheduling the day of the wedding?
  • What styles do you consider your specialties?
  • Do you take special photo requests?
  • Will you have a second shooter? Is that included in the package price?
  • How long can I expect to wait before I get the images back?
  • How do you interact with the family and friends?
  • What does your shot list include? Does it include large family shots?
  • Describe your relationship with your clients.
  • Describe your relationship with your client’s family and guests.

Your wedding will be one of your best memories, but having the perfect images to look back on won’t hurt. Carefully consider how a photographer’s style and personality fits your own because they’re going to be a big part of the whole experience. 

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Styles 101: What is Environmental Photography? http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/5/what-is-environmental-photography Clients often aren’t aware of the intricacies of photography, especially when it comes to the multitude of styles out there that some professional photographers offer. To help them better understand the types of photography that can be illustrated in their carefully created images, this series of posts provides explanations and examples of every photography style listed in Photographer Central.

Environmental photography from Jeff Stoddart Photography

Environmental photography involves images that showcase natural surroundings and landscapes. This type of photography includes nature photography as well as environmental portraits. Most of the time, environmental photography is used to bring light to issues regarding the environment and conservation efforts. The social issue aspect of this photography style has led to many environmental photography award programs and exhibitions to acknowledge individual photographers who successfully use their work to bring awareness to these issues.

Environmental portraits are one aspect of environmental photography. This style showcases the photo’s subject in their natural surroundings to better showcase their personality. The theory behind this is the assumption that showcasing a person or an animal in a familiar setting will allow them to be more comfortable and express themselves in a more authentic way.

Clients who should consider requesting this type of photography include documentary producers, activists, editorial art directors, and people who simply want to be photographed in less commercial ways. 

Environmental photography from Troy Marcy Photography

Environmental photography from Journey Of Light PhotographyEnvironmental photography from Journey Of Light PhotographyEnvironmental photography from Journey Of Light Photography

Environmental photography from Troy Marcy PhotographyEnvironmental photography from Troy Marcy PhotographyEnvironmental photography from Troy Marcy Photography

Photo credits: Jeff Stoddart Photography, Troy Marcy Photography, Journey Of Light Photography

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Creative DIY Ideas for Your Engagement Pictures http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/5/creative-diy-ideas-for-your-engagement-pictures Creative uses for your engagement photos

Many wedding photographers offer engagement shoots as part of their packages. While it may seem like something extra you don’t really need, it’s actually a great way to begin building a relationship with your photographer before the wedding day. Your engagement session will also be a good round of practice for figuring out which poses work best for you, so you can keep them in mind for your wedding shots.

Once you’ve shot your engagement photos, there are so many different ways you can incorporate them into your wedding. Some people will turn these special photos into their save the dates. Table numbers and settings are another great place to use your engagement photos and add a personal touch. And there’s always a good ol’ collage that can hang as decoration at your wedding venue. If you don’t want to go with these classics, here are some DIY ideas to be even more creative with your engagement photography. 

Turn your engagement photos into confetti!

Make custom confetti with your engagement photos by resizing them down to an inch or less. You can use a circle punch to cut out pieces of all sizes. Hang little baggies of the confetti on your aisle seats so that your party guests can shower you with your own faces as you walk back down the aisle as a married couple. You can also sprinkle some on tables as another option for decorations. 

Turn your engagement pictures into custom stamps

Think of all the postage you’ll need in the next few months. Whether it’s your save the dates, wedding invitations, or thank you cards, adding a personal touch will give your friends and family another reason to “aww” at this exciting period of your life. There are many services out there that will allow you to turn your photos into stamps for a small fee. This is a great way to focus on the smaller details and personalize them.

Turn your engagement photos into a keepsake box

While photos themselves are memories that will last a lifetime (if you take care of them), you can use your engagement photos to customize a useful box that will be a timeless keepsake. Pick out your favorite photos in both color and black and white, then decoupage a box that can be used for receiving cards at your wedding and as a memory box afterward. WikiHow has some easy-to-follow steps for your decoupage project. 

Turn your engagement pictures into glass magnets

It’s surprisingly easy to create your own adorable magnets with just some glass marbles and small cutouts of your photos. If you have any leftover confetti, you can turn them into cute little magnets for your fridge. Just be sure to print out the photos on regular paper as opposed to photo paper to help it stick better.

Incorporate your engagement photos into your wedding favors

Whether you’re doing chocolate bars, memento boxes, or treat bags, your wedding favors are one of the best places to add a personal touch. Print custom stickers with your engagement photos to adorn your favors. You can even order candy bars with custom wrappers for a unique treat for your guests. 

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Photo Tagging Now Available! http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/5/photo-tagging-now-available Tag your photos in your Photographer Central listing for better profile presentation

Photographer Central was designed to simplify the searching process for photography clients. Making it as painless as possible means helping clients find their perfect photographer faster so they will book appointments even sooner. 

In an effort to continue making this experience as effortless as possible, we’ve launched a new functionality: photo tagging! Starting today, you can tag each of your uploaded portfolio images with one of the categories you’ve selected in your General Info section. Clients searching for any of those keywords will see the tagged photos first in their search results, followed by the rest of your photos. Your entire portfolio will be displayed in its original order in Full Profile view. 

By tagging each of your photos, you’re giving clients a more relevant search results page. If they’re looking for a wedding photographer like you, but you also happen to do family portraits and showcase some of those images in your portfolio, we’ll make sure they’re looking at your wedding samples before they see anything else. 

Photo tagging now available

Send your business to the top of someone’s consideration list by tagging your photos today.

Tag your photos

 

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Sweet Deal for Cyber May Day http://blog.photographercentral.com/blog/2015/5/sweet-deal-for-cyber-may-day Photographer Central is having a sale for Cyber May Day!

What is Cyber May Day, you ask? Well, we figured Cyber Monday shouldn’t get all of the fun so we’re declaring a new holiday! Now you don’t have to wait until the fall for the best sale.

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