Friday, February 15, 2008

Passion for Photography 10 Tips

1. Simple window photo
First I will explain some simple props to use that you may have lying around the house. First get your model or child to go outside in front of a window on a sunny day while you stay inside. Position yourself at an angle in front of the window. Let your model stand to the side, nearly in the center of the window. Snap your photograph without the flash to keep the flash from showing up as a reflection. There you are, you now have a wonderful photograph.

2. Halloween photo
Get camera viewfinder straight in front of the model and props. Make sure the sun is behind you. The best time to shoot is before 10am and after 4pm when the sun is not so harsh. There you are a great Halloween picture. Buy a large pumpkin and some hay. Set the hay in your yard where you can see tree scenery behind where your model will be sitting on the hay bale. Position the pumpkin on the ground at the left or right side of the hay bale. Take a couple of shots.

A sample pumpkin picture

Pumpkin picture

3. Lollipops and kids or adults
Take a red lollipop. Red looks better in my opinion. Have the model smile and look at the lollipop as if she/he is about to take a lick. Don’t have your model looking directly into the camera. A red shirt on the model will enhance the color of the lollipop. If you have a backdrop use a white drop, you can even put up a white sheet on a clothes line or wall using tacks. This picture should turn out looking professional.

Example of a lollipop picture below

Lollipop picture below

4. Face shot with flowers
Go to a store or flower shop and buy some inexpensive flowers. Live or fake ones will work. Pinch the flowers off the stem on a few of them. Put some of the pinched off flowers around the model. Lay a backdrop or sheet down any color that will match the flowers is fine. Have your model lay on the sheet or
backdrop. If you have a girl which this looks better with a girl have her hair flowing in back of her while lying down. Take the shot with the model in the view finder from right below the neck to a little past where the hair is flowing. You now have a great head shot.

5. Peeking thru flowers
This is one of my favorite types of shots. Take a backdrop or sheet. White I think looks the best or black. Tack it up behind the model or on a backdrop system. You can find a backdrop stand that is not expensive on the internet for under $100 dollars. Have the model hold flowers that are on a stem. Have the girl spread the flowers in the middle and peek thru them. Have the girl from right about the belly button up in the view finder and shoot the picture. Remember to never shoot in the direct sun or make sure you have the sun behind you. This casts out shadows in your picture and will make the colors show up bright. You could always use poinsettias as the flower of choice for this photograph to make a Christmas picture.

Here is a sample peeking thru flowers picture

Flowers picture

6. Simple Pillows shot
Gather up some pillows about 4 to 6 will work. These can be any color. You will probably have the small round or square pillows dressing up your bed. Take them and lay them down on a backdrop or sheet. In front of a bed on the floor will work great. Have your model lay on the ground on one of the pillows with the others lying around them in different positions. Pastel or bright colors look great. As you are standing look down at your model. Center the model in the viewfinder. Snap the picture or a couple. Always take a couple of pictures of the same shot so you know you will get a fantastic shot to pick from.

Here is a sample pillow shot

Sample pillow shot

7. Leaning around a tree
Go outside on a partly cloudy day or in the shade by a big tree. Have your model stand behind the tree. Now have him/her peek around the tree while
they have an arm wrapped around on the side they are peeking from. Get a BIG smile and snap. A full shot of this is a great picture. A half body shot is nice also. Wearing a pretty dress or a nice shirt and tie for a male looks wonderful. If you can or have an apple tree in bloom this would make an awesome picture. If you have an apple, have the model hold the apple while leaning against the tree.

8. Loving pregnancy picture
Get a friend or relative that is expecting and ask them if you could do some pictures of them. In the sample picture I am using a pregnant mom and her
teenage daughter. Have the pregnant mom sit on the ground carefully and have the daughter lean and place her or his hands on the moms’ belly. If the
mom is not shy have her pull up her shirt modestly. Have both models look down at the mother’s belly. Take a couple of shots. When taking pictures like this I usually will get down on my knees so I am at the same level as the models. Sitting the models in pretty green grass will work too other than a backdrop. Pictures made without having the face in them can be works of art. There you go, you know have a mommy to be picture that will be cherished for always.

Sample loving pregnancy picture

Loving pregnancy picture

9. Feet in water or puddle picture
Find a stream or a big clean puddle of water. Have your model wearing blue jeans and rolled up to right below the knees. Have your model barefoot. Have them stand in the puddle and as the rings in the water go outward snap a picture of the knees down. This is one of the coolest original pictures I have seen and shot. If your model has a tattoo on the ankle or leg be sure to snap the picture on the side that the tattoo is on.

10. Smelling a flower picture
Get a one stemmed rose or your favorite flower and have your model hold it as if smelling the flower. Have them looking down at the flower. Have your model stand sideways at an angle. Get the face and flower in the viewfinder from mid torso up. I would center the frame on the eyes. Snap a couple of pictures and Walla you have a fantastic piece of art!

I hope these tips will give you some ideas to start enjoying photography.

Freelance Photography Jobs

You love photography? How you would like to do it for a living? Freelance photography as a career is a great option and many people are now getting into freelance photography from home.

Freelance Photography involves getting paid for your photos! You can work as a photographer, be your own boss, and sell your photos online or offline. Sometimes you might work on assignment for big companies or magazines, and you might even get some all expenses paid trips. Freelance photography is an enjoying and satisfying career.
One of the draw cards of photography as a creative career path is that it has few physical boundaries and it offers enormous variety. A successful freelance career is an achievable reality for talented photographers with an excellent portfolio, good business sense and the ability to establish good contacts and build a solid client base. While some photographers choose to work in-house, freelancing allows for greater freedom of expression, control over where, when and how you work and offers lifestyle flexibility.

What Do You Need To Get Started?

Contrary to popular belief you do not need to purchase special printers or expensive photography equipment to be a freelance photographer. Years ago that might have been the case but all you really need to get started is a digital camera and an internet connection.
Thanks to the Internet there are opportunities for freelance photographers that are predominantly digital and online. All of the pictures you take will be uploaded directly to the Internet!

Is It A Full-Time Career?

Freelance photography is something you can either do full-time or part-time. It is really up to you how many hours you put into it. Many freelance photographers stay working in a regular job while they get started. This allows them to build up their freelance photography business and portfolio, and start earning some income from their photos, before making the decision to work full-time in freelance photography.

So what does it take to stake a claim in the field of professional photography?

As well as talent, on-the-job training, relevant work experience or a specialized skill or knowledge like a architecture or a background in computer science can also be an advantage. Job-related technology is growing rapidly and you will probably be expected to have a good working knowledge of computer editing software as well as photographic techniques. As a freelancer, you will must also be capable of running a business including: bidding for work, preparing contracts, release permission, licensing issues, copyright, work/project pricing and general administration.

What Photos Should I Take?

Freelance photographers take many types of photos, from portraits to landscapes to architecture to houses and cars. You will discover that some areas of freelance photography are much more lucrative than others. When it comes to shooting good stock photography the real secret lies in know how to take photos that will sell not just once, but time and time again.

Think about it. Working as a freelance photographer to pay off your debts or earn a little extra spending money. Earning cash from your camera could be a great way to pay for your next camera lens or even your next digital camera.

There are numerous opportunities for freelance photographers including:

portrait work
the Internet
advertising agencies
electronic journals
commercial/industrial photography
stock photo

That should give you some ideas, but there are many more possibilities. And with increasing demand for photographers and advances in technology, these opportunities are expanding. So if you want to enjoy the rewards available to talented freelance professionals, start planning your move today.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Lifestyle Lift

What is the Lifestyle Lift? About Lifestyle Lift
The Lifestyle Lift is an innovative, revolutionary procedure that offers a quicker, less expensive, and more effective alternative to the traditional face lift.
The Lifestyle Lift is a plastic surgery procedure that is meant to improve you facial forms by removing your excess fat, tightening muscles and repositioning the facial and neck skin. It creates intensity of a muscle, using seams, not your skin.

Lifestyle Lift Physicians
To date, nearly six dozen physicians have undergone the training to become Lifestyle Lift physicians. Each one of these doctors is a leader in the industry, and all must be board certified or board eligible in order to become a Lifestyle Lift physician. This practice helps to ensure that only the most qualified doctors are performing the Lifestyle Lift.

Where to Get the Lifestyle Lift?
There are currently dozens of Lifestyle Lift centers established in 23 states across the US. While each center has specific doctors and staff working, each one follows the same guidelines regarding patient safety and satisfaction of the client.

Who Should Get the Lifestyle Lift?
While the average Lifestyle Lift patient is between the ages of 40 and 65, anyone who would like to tighten the skin around the jaws, face, eyes and mouth, lessen wrinkles, and enjoy an overall more youthful appearance may be a good candidate for the Lifestyle Lift. Both men and women seek out the Lifestyle Lift as a way to improve their appearance and increase self-esteem.

Lifestyle Lift Procedure
The Lifestyle Lift procedure is remarkable fast. No Lifestyle Lift doctors use general anesthesia. There are too many unnecessary health risks involved with general anesthesia, so a local anesthesia is used instead.
The Lifestyle Lift is designed to help reduce many of the signs of aging, including wrinkles around the mouth, loose skin, "turkey neck", sagging jaw lines, and baggy eyes. By tightening the skin in these areas and reducing the amount of loose skin on the face, the Lifestyle Lift procedure has remarkable results that take up to 10 years off of your appearance.

What to Expect from the Lifestyle Lift?
The actual Lifestyle Lift procedure requires incisions at the hairline behind the ears. Most procedures take about an hour , although more extensive Lifestyle Lift requests may take a bit longer. The recovery time of the Lifestyle Lift is much less than traditional face lifts. Instead of Instead of were going home for weeks or months, most Lifestyle Lift patients are able to return to their full activities within a several days by a week.

How much does a Lifestyle Lift cost?
The cost of the Lifestyle Lift is much, much less compared to the cost of most other facial plastic surgery procedures. Schedule your Lifestyle Lift consultation today, and the professional Lifestyle Lift staff will be able to provide you with a cost estimate for your Lifestyle Lift procedure based on the results you desire.

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