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New Monthly Contest

I’m starting a monthly contest that will require readers to comment there guess of what the subject is in my abstract or extreme closeup photos. At the end of each month. A winner will be picked based on the correct response or the closest to it if nobody gets the answer. That winner will get a free copy of one of my photography e-books which can be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Jason-Greiner/e/B07T3H7K82?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1561039231&sr=8-1 or on my official site www.jasongreiner.com.

Winner can select from these options:

Optical Artistry

Making Beautiful Photography: A Guide for the Novice and the Enthusiast

Pesky Shadows, Pretty Shadows: A Guide To Lighting In Photography

The first contest will start in July, can’t wait to see your guesses on this one.

Why You Should Hire a Professional Photographer

Guest post by Jess Wilson

With the current digital camera market and smart phones that take such good photos, is there really a reason to hire a professional photographer? Well you can have your friends be in charge of pictures or have your Uncle Joe do the pictures for you! Right?? Wrong…. Below are just some of the reasons why hiring a pro is a better choice.

 

An expensive camera does not automatically result in photographic skills.  PLEASE RE-READ THAT AND LET IT SINK IN FOR A MINUTE.

Just because your friend, co-worker, or relative has a high-speed, top quality digital camera doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing behind the camera. While quality equipment does help the average consumer improve their photography game, a professional photographer offers an artistic approach, creative eye and years of experience that cannot be purchased at a camera store.

 

Professional equipment has its perks.

Shooting with top of the range cameras and professional lighting equipment helps us to take the best shots, even in less than optimal circumstances. Capturing low light, nighttime and even high-speed action shots can be tricky for the amateur photographer but a professional knows what’s required to capture those types of shots. A true professional can spend anywhere from $10,000+ on their gear. They mean business! While gear alone does not equal amazing photos…. having quality equipment definitely can make a big difference.

 

Capturing the perfect candid images and Posing is our thing.

Ever tried to get friends and relatives, including kids, to stay still and pose for a big group shot? It’s easier said than done. Need a little inspiration for your own special portraits? A professional photographer can help. Photographers perform these tasks sometimes daily, so they have perfected the skills required to get the best results while making everyone feel comfortable in front of the camera.

 

They’re hired!! It’s not personal!! 

Using a friend or family member to take your photos could mean missed moments. Think of all the drama in your relationship that may cause!! You’ll NEVER get that moment they missed back!! A professional photographer is exclusively hired to capture the day and won’t miss out on photos because they’re chatting with the other guests, grabbing a drink or dancing. Hiring a professional photographer guarantees they will capture as many perfect moments as possible.

 

The end result is part of the process.

Professional photographers not only capture your photos, they also edit and retouch images in order to achieve a beautiful finished product. A perfect moment stopped in time for all eternity, there in your hand. They can also assist with extras such as albums, custom prints and canvases. Here is where the eye for the details and knowing what to do about them comes in. You just won’t get the same quality from friends and family even if they are photo shop pros!

A note from the author:

If your worried about a professional costing you a house payment.. shop around! There are so many different photographers out there, offering so many different price points!!! If you’re located out in Utah County, I would love to chat details with you and be your photographer! I am your true to you life and family photographer in Spanish, Fork, Utah.

 

Perfect App for Protecting Your Photos

If you take a lot of photos on your phone and want to keep them safe from copyright thieves but still post them on social media, I have a solution for you that will do exactly that.

A noticeable and professional watermark is the way to go. Now, you are probably wondering why you can’t just look up any old watermarking app for the need instead of reading the rest of this post. Here’s why – most apps for this purpose just don’t fit the job.

Most apps meant to do this either offer the ability to use text as a watermark or allow you to use a free design template. What’s wrong with this? You don’t have the chance to upload and use your own logo if you already have one.

The only one I’ve found that allows for this is called “Multi Layer” and best of all it’s free.

Here’s the icon from the Google Play store to make sure you get the right app.

 

The Multi-Talented Sydney A

While some artists stick to one type of art, on occasion, we find people who work in several forms. Sydney A is such a person.

I first came across her work with ink and color drawings and I can assure you that her talent is impressive. The detail, color and style she displays in her work is something special.

Here are some samples:

As she states it in her own words:

“I’ve been practicing since I was little, and I took some art classes in junior high and high school. After I found out I was allergic to the paints I preferred to use, I switched over to black and white ink, and now I use colored ink as my preferred medium. While I will also do pencil crayon drawings upon request, they aren’t as good as the ink ones and tend to take longer.”

But her skill set doesn’t stop with drawing. She also has a talent for photography and tends to focus her skills on nature and wildlife.

I encourage you to check out her work for yourself.

 

A Trifecta of Web-based Photography Tools

Even though it would be nice, the reality is that many people who are interested in photography do not have the financial means to purchase expensive software to edit or retouch their pictures. And in some cases, they don’t have the time to do some of the necessary but tedious tasks without the help of automation.

These three FREE web-based tools can be a big help.

Editor: Pixlr

Can’t afford Photoshop or similar applications? Don’t want to have to deal with downloading big programs like GIMP? The Pixlr tool allows you to do all the basics and a lot more in your browser. It’s powerful and relatively easy to use with a professional feel layout.

Effects: LunaPic

Even though LunaPic is a bit less user-friendly, it’s still fairly easy to work with and gives people the ability to make all sort of filter adjustments and more. It’s like some of the filtering apps available for your phone but generally less generic and more powerful.

Resizer: Bulk Resize Photos

There are a bunch of reasons why you might need to resize photos to make the smaller. After all, if you all posting them online it’s not always a brilliant idea to have them in full resolution.  You can use this to quickly resize any number of pictures.

Spot Color app? Why not

With the exception of some rather snarky photography purists, many people like the idea of spot color photographs. And while there are many ways to get this done, some either involve expensive software or a level of expertise that takes a long time to attain. However, there is a simple and decent option for anyone that owns an Android smart phone or device.

The Color Touch application is free and allows easy adjustment.

Here is a promo sample from the app’s page.

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Making A Small Photo Studio For Yourself

Unless photography is our full-time occupation, and even if it is, many of us cannot afford to own a studio space. Sure, we can rent as needed. But if you have the space and aren’t opposed to having clients come to your home, you can easily set up a nice, professional studio without paying a bundle.

Here’s the basics of what you need:

1. Backdrops

You can either order some or make your own. I would suggest getting or designing at least 3, a black, a grey or white and one molted color blue or grey.

2. Lights

If you get steady lights it will be cheaper and you won’t need any triggers or sync tools. If you want to go a little more expensive, you can get strobe units for a reasonable price so long as you aren’t looking for the big brands.

3. Umbrellas

These are more affordable than soft boxes and basically do the same thing. They also come with some lighting units as part of the deal.

4. Accessories

You can check out my upcoming book on how to make your own reflectors, diffusers, product setup and more. I’ll be sure to let you know when it is out.

 

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