Capturing the Moment

Life is made up of countless unique moments. Some are happy, some are sad. Some special and wonderful moments are joyfully anticipated and planned for, like a wedding, the arrival of a new baby or a highschool graduation.

Other moments, though, can arise completely spontaneously — anywhere, anytime, even in your own home. A child’s first steps, a spur-of-the-moment family gathering. A youngster’s unexpected sporting achievement. Even something as simple and everyday as a friendly game of poker around the kitchen table can produce moments that you’ll want to capture forever — the ripple of laughter as the resident joker cracks another pun, or the chorus of appreciation when another batch of snacks comes out of the oven. Good times like these can be just as meaningful and important to record as more formal events.

There are lots of ways to capture life’s precious moments; once upon a time we were limited to film photographs, but the advent of new technology has changed all that. There’s no longer any need to lose the moment by running for the camera now that most of us carry a phone capable of taking excellent photographs. With the click of a button or the tap of a screen, it’s now common to record happy moments on video as well. Perhaps the best thing about all these new ways of recording our lives is that it’s much easier to share the moment, too. Email, photo-sharing sites and social media platforms mean that you can bring everyone into the moment, even if they’re thousands of miles away when it happens. A photo snapped at poker game in New York can put a smile on someone’s face in London.

How To Pick Stock Photo Genres That Sell

If you’re a keen amateur photographer, you may have wondered about ways to earn a bit of extra cash from your hobby. Stock photography can be a great option to sell your photos from home.

Stock photos are sold as licensed images to customers such as businesses, media organisations and marketing agencies for use in websites, advertising and print. If you’re interested in trying it, read on below for some of the more popular genres to sell.

What photos sell?

Have a look around you at what images you see in print advertising and websites. High quality photos from a range of genres are needed, reflecting daily life and familiar scenes.

Education

Educational photos are used widely – images of patient teachers in front a blackboard are familiar to everyone. However this genre also covers areas such as children in uniforms on the playground, classroom supplies and muddy football boots! These images are often used by retailers for selling uniforms, stationary and general ‘back to school’ supplies, as well as media outlets commenting on changes or issues in education.

Be aware that including people will need model releases in order to be sold commercially, and you will also need parental permission to create images of children.

Business

Business is another widely sold lifestyle area with the images used across all sorts of marketing. When you’re taking any images of people, try to capture different expressions rather than just a neutral expression, as these are more easily used by the customer to tell a story or make a point. Business images can cover areas such as computers and desks, which won’t require model releases, as well as offices, meetings and staff busy working or chatting.

Poker and gambling

The gambling industry is huge, and as such is in constant need of high-quality images to capture customer’s attention and advertise games and offers. Brightly coloured close-ups of poker chips can make a bold impression, whilst other images showing high emotions mid-games can create a real connection to the customer and make them intrigued to find out more.

How to construct interesting poker articles for magazine

There are millions of poker players throughout the world. Thanks to online casinos, players can enjoy poker games from the comfort of their homes. It is now possible to play against the dealer or other players via phone, tablet or desktop.

The large player-base means there is an urgent need for poker information. Many sports and even general lifestyle magazines often post new releases and articles on poker.
Whether you are a beginner or you already write for a magazine, here are tips on writing poker articles.

1. Get Interesting news

Knowing how to write poker news might also help increase traffic. Research on the latest and most trendy news in the industry. It is possible to present an informational post in form of news without being deceptive.

2. Use simple ‘gambling’ language

Remember to use terms that are familiar to poker players. Keep sentences short and straight to the point, as it is in land-based casinos.

3. Know more about poker games

Be armed with the necessary knowledge about poker. Ensure you are familiar with the different variants and their rules. Understand more about poker at reputable websites like Poker Articles.

4. Be an expert

The more you write, the better your skills will get.Expand your poker expertise by reading books, watching other players or by playing. This makes you trustworthy and a reliable source.

5. Use good and unique pictures

As it is said, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words.’ Therefore, make certain to use clear and high-quality pictures. You can get pictures for free on platforms like Pixa Bay. It is also possible to use someone else’s picture and give them credits on your post.

If you want really unique pictures, take the pictures yourself. Visit your area of interest and using a high-quality HD camera, take as many photos and videos (for online magazines) as you can. Now, proceed to edit and publishing.

Shoot for the Stars: Poker Photography

In the past, the realm of photography was limited to the lucky few who had access to a good camera and had been trained in the art of taking photos by choosing the correct settings for every different situation. Today, with the affordability of good camera equipment, and the dramatic increase in the quality of the cameras on smartphones, anyone can be a photographer.

For those who enjoy photography as well as poker, taking photos at a poker tournament – as an amateur or even professionally – can bring you the best of both worlds, especially in cases where the gameplay at the table does not last too long. Snapping on your smartphone or your flashy DSLR can reward you with some good shots, but you can be a much better photographer if you follow a few simple rules of thumb when trying to take the perfect picture.

When taking photos, any expert will tell you that position is key – more so when at a poker tournament when there are high stakes at hand. Scout the room where you want to shoot and find the best table – unless you have a specific subject in mind. As a photographer, you need to be positioned in a place close enough to the gameplay, but without infringing onto the players’ privacy (and cards).

Remember, people taking part in poker tournaments are there because they are serious about the game and will frown upon anyone or anything which can distract them. So, be wary of using the flash setting, or setting up bulky equipment and leaving loose cables around game tables which are at play. Also, inform yourself about the best camera settings for your purpose in terms of ISO, aperture, shutter speed and white balance.

Knowing Your Camera – Photography Basics

It’s often said that a bad workman will blame their tools, but the only blame for a badly taken photograph is the photographer’s. If you haven’t taken the time to learn your way around your camera then it’s not the camera’s fault if the shot doesn’t work out.

Here, our justphotographics.com experts will explain to first-time snappers just how your essential equipment ‒ your camera ‒ works.

Part One: Aperture

The aperture, simply put, is the hole that allows light into your camera to create the image. Measured in ‘f-numbers’ or ‘f-stops’, changing the aperture setting on your camera widens or shrinks the size of the hole which has an effect on the depth of field of your picture.

So, a wide aperture, say f/1.4, will allow more light into the camera, resulting in a shallow depth of field. The background will be blurred in this picture. In contrast, a narrow aperture like f/22 will result in much less light being allowed in, and the deep depth of field created here will give a picture a sharper background.

Part two: Shutter Speed

When you press the button to take your shot, the camera’s mirror flips up and the shutter is opened. The light then creates the image on the sensor or film. How quickly, or slowly, the shutter opens and closes again determines the length of the exposure AND if there will be any motion blur.

A slow shutter speed like 1/4 is a longer exposure with more blur than shooting at 1/1000 where motion can be frozen sharply.

Part Three: ISO

The ISO settings of your camera control the most essential part of the device ‒ the image sensor. The sensor essentially gathers the light and creates the images, so its settings are all-important. Your ISO settings will depend on your shooting environment, in a daylight scenario a lower ISO of 100 will suffice. But in lower light, dusk or even night, you’ll need to boost the ISO to 1600 and above to capture your image. Unfortunately, the higher the ISO, the more ‘noise’ or grain appears in digital images. So perhaps consider using a flash instead of boosting ISO in darker shots.

These three pillars of photography should be studied and experimented with until it’s second nature to adapt your camera properly. Happy Shooting!

Photo Heroes – Robert Capa

Chances are if you’re a fan of great photography, you’re a fan of Robert Capa. You will at least have seen some of his striking images which mark him out as history’s greatest war photographer.

Born Endre Friedmann in Budapest, Hungary in 1913, he was forced to flee oppression in his homeland as a teenager. He moved to Berlin for college, only to see the rise of Hitler and be forced again to flee. This time he landed in Paris, changed his name to Capa, and began to work as a photojournalist.

The Falling Soldier

Lauded for his bravery, Capa recorded images of five major conflicts. When the allies landed on Omaha Beach for the D-Day landings, he was the only photographer to land with them. His first war zone assignment was The Spanish Civil War, where he captured his most famous picture ‒ the death of a Republican fighter, “The Falling Soldier”. In just one picture Capa speaks of the tragedy and futility of war as the shot soldier is captured mid collapse.

Though finding much success through the foundation of the Magnum photo agency, Capa’s affinity for zones of conflict was to be his undoing. In 1954, while promoting an exhibition of Magnum pictures in Japan, Life Magazine offered an assignment in Southeast Asia. Capa could not resist another foray into the field and accepted. On May 25, 1954, at the age of just 40, the great photojournalist stepped on a landmine and was killed while doing the job he loved.

History Lesson: The first photograph

The first photograph, View from the Window at Le Gras taken in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, would be more accurately called the earliest surviving photograph. It is known that Thomas Wedgewood had previously attempted to capture permanent images on boards covered in light-sensitive chemicals, but his experiments had limited success. The picture by Niépce is considered to be the first successful photograph.

Niépce

Niépce was a middle-class Frenchman who dabbled in scientific experiments alongside his brother Claude. Their first attempts at using light-sensitive chemicals to produce images took place in 1816, but as the brothers were also working on other inventions, progress was not made quickly. Niépce gave his method the name ‘Heliography’, a process that involved using bitumen on pewter or zinc plates which could then be inked for printing.

Heliography

After some time perfecting the Heliographic process of mechanical reproduction and using it to copy engravings, Niépce at last came upon the process that would make the first permanent photograph. A pewter plate coated in his bitumen solution was inserted into a ‘camera’ at his window and left for an exposure thought to have lasted eight hours. On removal, the soft bitumen was washed from the plate with a lavender and petroleum mix, revealing the view from that window in La Gras.

This ground-breaking image was almost lost after Niépce travelled to England to spread word of his accomplishment. On showing the photo to a botanical illustrator, Francis Bauer, it was suggested that Niépce write an account of his breakthrough for the Royal Society. His intended talk on the subject never happened, however, and Niépce gifted the image and the memoir to Bauer when he departed for France. The ‘heliograph’ went through a number of owners until it was ‘lost’ after an exhibition in 1905. It didn’t show up again until 1952 when the last-known owner’s widow discovered it in a forgotten shipping crate.

The image was eventually authenticated by historians of photography Helmut and Alison Gernsheim, who had been searching for the image in order to ascertain whether Niépce was indeed the world’s first true photographer. Much debate surrounded the date of creation with estimates ranging from 1824 to 1827. The eventual compromise on 1826 still puts Niépce nine years ahead of Henry Fox Talbot, and eleven years before Daguerre in their photographic achievements.