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More About Photography Vacations

Photography vacations are a one-of-a-kind experience for those who already consider themselves advanced photographers as well as for those that are amateurs, just beginning their photographic journey. This type of a photo vacation is a wonderful experience for both photographers and non-photographers alike. Some of the best photography vacations combine leaders who are not only highly skilled in the technical and artistic areas of photography but also have an intimate knowledge of the local landscapes, towns, and villages. The photo guides have to be skilled in making your photography tour in Italy memorable on a cultural level as well. They have the knowledge of the comfortable and charming places to stay for the night as well as fine restaurants for evening dining and those out of the way little cafes for the mid day Italian panini.

You will stay in wonderful accommodations in exotic lands while taking pictures of amazing and scenic landscapes and villages. When you travel you experience life in a whole new light. And when you take a photography tour not only are you experiencing something new, but you are capturing that experience in a way that you will never forget.

The best part about taking photography vacations is that you will be given expert guidance by an experienced photographer who has first-hand and extensive knowledge of the best locations and landscapes of the region that you will be visiting. These types of travel photo tours allow you to enjoy your time away from your routine life and also learn to take fantastic pictures like you have never done before.

A favorite hotspot for photo tour packages is the breath-taking Tuscan countryside. A Tuscany vacation is something that all photographers, both old and new, should experience at some point in their life. Photography vacation packages will take you to many of the Tuscany hotspots that you might not know about and definitely do not want to miss. Tuscany is full of beauty. It seems that everywhere you turn there is something spectacular. With so much to chose from, and usually not enough time, a photography workshop will take you to the “Best of the Best” locations in all of Tuscany. Photography travel tours will give you a lot of bang for your buck by taking you to the great photo opportunities without having to spend years and years of trial and error finding them yourself. The experienced and talented guide has already taken care of that. Your job is to have fun while on your photography vacation and to get the great and memorable photographs that your friends will say should be published in National Geographic. You will also have time to relax and to enjoy the regional food and culture. An Italy photo tour will naturally get you more in touch with the pulse of the people and their everyday lives, as you will be more acutely observant with your “Photo Eyes” turned on.

Tuscany is filled with gentle hills that are alluring to photographers. There are miles and miles of vineyards which are dotted with ancient farmhouses and medieval hill towns and villages. The experienced photo guide will know when to be at a particular location to capture just the right light. So, not only will you find yourself in front of some of the best photo opportunities in the world, you will also be there at the time of the day for optimal photographic results. The experienced guide will also make the most of your Italy photo tour by knowing which locations to visit for the different seasons of the year. You do not want to miss out on such an amazing experience from attending a photography travel tour.

A Little About Photography

Photography, the more I love photography the less I actually think about it. What is the essence of photography? It is related to how we consider photography and what photography is to us. For most people photography is a way to remember, you go on a trip and you take pictures to remember that trip. To remember the moments.

Is it exactly a way to remember though? If you were to show those photographs to someone unrelated to the trip or to you, they may try to find a story behind them, but they would not understand them. Then a photograph is not a memory in itself, it is a way to trigger the memories of people who shared it.

Although I love photography, I never opened the dictionary to read how it was defined. Oxford dictionary states: “photography: the art or practice of taking and processing photographs.”

There are a few things we can see in this definition. First, Photography is either an art or a practice, it serves a multi purpose. The practice is to take pictures to trigger the memories of things you saw. The art is to show something to others through a photograph. To organize the frame in a way, so that it is not about what is inside of the frame anymore, but even more about what is not. Organizing what is real to match your vision of the world.

The second is that photography is about taking and processing. The processing (or lack of processing if a choice) is said to be part of the photography process.

Mentioning processing raises the issue of truth. Is there truth in photography? Capturing what is real is to be honest a very tricky issue. If you were to ask a photographer in charge of taking the photograph of a painting how he feels. He would tell you, hard: hard to obtain the right colors, hard not to flatten the photograph but to retain the strokes of painting.

And what is truth in photography exactly? Is it to show the world as it is? If so, then it would look very different from how we see it, since the range of colors which we, humans, perceive is narrow. It depends on the number of cones in our eyes and their range.

If the truth is to show the world as humans see it, then we face an issue. Not all humans are born the same, some are taller, some are skinnier, some have blonde hair. And we have different eyes with a different perception.

Most camera manufacturers use the CMOS sensor for the cameras they manufacture. Understanding the global functioning of this sensor helps us to understand our current issue. A CMOS sensor is electronic, when electrons reach the censor inside the camera, the photo-sites of the censor record their value.

The problem is that those photo-sites are colorblind. To produce colors, most sensors have photo-sites each focusing on one of the three primary colors: In other words red, green and blue. Then the information recorded by the censor is filtered and mixed to produce the photograph you see.

The most common way of processing, also called demosaicing is through the Bayer filter pattern. This technique gives priority to the green color, green accounts for twice as much as red or blue in the formula.

Because the human eye is very sensitive to green compared to the two other primary colors, camera manufacturers have to adapt how cameras perceive the world, so that it indeed looks like what we see. Understanding how the camera processes photographs, there is no universal truth in our visual perception of the world.

Remember About Photography

Today, the world cannot exist without photographs. It is as much a necessity as it is an art form. Even with videos, photos remain irreplaceable everywhere.

Photography is a very fulfilling art form for many a people. There are different types of photography with their own specialties like landscape, portrait, fashion, wildlife, sports and many more. All these kinds of pictures have their own style and technique. The various types of photography make use of various techniques and the different types of photographer use their skill in their particular field of expertise. Every type of photography requires a separate set of skills and photography equipment (although some overlap).

Portrait Photography is the oldest kind. Before cameras were invented, there would be portrait paintings. These were and obviously remain significant as it allows people to forever keep a visual of a loved one and remember them by even after they are gone. The key is to capture a distinct emotion or a characteristic. It can range from shooting family members to friends to pets. It is often called portraiture and this type of photographer abounds.

Landscape Photography is for nature lovers. If a photographer is not interested in the subject, then the picture would lack honesty. Everything in the world can be associated with emotions and it is this emotion that tells a story, if a landscape picture, has a mood and gives a sense of a certain emotion, it is a good picture. This could only be done if the photographer primarily has the vision and the supportive equipments to capture nature.

Sports Photography is a genre which specializes in capturing a decisive moment in an event of sports. It is one of the difficult types of photography. It requires practice along with the various equipments. Very close attention and a prompt mind can get the best sport shots. Knowledge about the given sport and the ability to assume when something big might happen is of great importance.

Architectural Photography deals with taking shots of structures, houses and buildings from different angles. These kind of shots should showcase the beauty, grandeur, stature and the culture associated with the architecture. Sometimes the purpose of architectural photography may be create a positive impact on potential real estate buyers.

Wedding or Event Photography has the most demand. The treatment varies depending on what occasion it is. A wedding or birthday or any other non corporate event should have a combination of posed and candid pictures. While a more serious event, should have less candid and more formally posed pictures. A person dealing in this type of photography has to be an expert in portraiture and extremely good editing skills.

Fashion Photography captures models in a glamorous light display fashion items such as clothes, shoes and other accessories. This type of photography is conducted mostly for advertisements and fashion magazines.

Wildlife Photography is one of the most challenging genres. It involves staying in extreme locations and unpredictable situations and hurdles. Apart from a good camera, several lens, strong flashlight, you need patience to click the right picture.

Certain factors like the composition, color, balance, etc, affect any kind of a picture greatly. With a creative vision and supportive gear, taking great shots is really not difficult.

Learning About Photography Contests

Whether it’s your first time to handle a digital camera or you’re fairly adept with handling a digital camera, you would definitely like to join a photography contest. Of course, the thought is quite scary. Imagine submitting your “work of art” and have someone judge its merits. It could be devastating or discouraging especially if you thought you did a fine job. This is especially scary if you are a beginner. So, most beginners do not even dare imagine joining a contest. What they do not know, however, is that they could win a contest.

When you’re a beginner, you probably do not even want to talk about photography contests. Photograph contests may seem intimidating for most photographers. Winning a contest validates your skill and makes all your efforts worth their while. You have to take the chance and leap. Perhaps, you should get your hands on books about photo contests so you could prepare yourself before you actually send in your photo. Perhaps, you could start with this article.

How to Join Photo Contests

Joining a photo contest is nerve racking but it is fun and exciting. Once you submitted your entry, there’s no turning back. You are at the mercy of the judges. So, before you reach that point, you should make sure that you have a good chance of winning. Here are some tips on how to join photo contests:

a. Remember to follow photo contests rules. This is the crucial first step to winning. If you didn’t comply with any requirement, you might end up getting disqualified. All contests have their own specific rules that you need to follow if you want to qualify. There are rules that may leave you scratching your head saying, “What is this? What does this mean?” Regardless of whether or not you understand the rules, make sure that you follow those rules to the letter. This is one of the first things you have to learn about photo contests.

b. Consider and choose your categories carefully. The one thing you’d learn about photo contests is that there are a lot of categories that you can join. Before choosing any category or sending out your entries, make sure that you have carefully studied and considered all categories. You have a better chance of winning categories with lesser entries as long as your photographs are good enough.

c. Conduct a research. Before sending in your entry. Look for the previous entries and winners. What kind of pictures work? What kind of pictures won the contest? This would give you an idea what kind of photos win, what quality is desirable and what subject matter attracts. Perhaps, looking at previous entries will give you an inspiration. So, the next time you go out and take a picture, you are directed by this inspiration.

Learning About Photography

Using a camera is very simple. The person will just look through the lens; point it at the subject and then click on the button.

The results of doing this are very different for each person when these have been developed. The individual might notice that the image was too bright, too dark or blurred.

These are the common mistakes when the individual does not know the proper way to use a camera. Professional photographers call it an art and the only way to be good is to take the proper lessons.

Students who are taking up journalism have this as one of the subjects as part of the curriculum. If the person is majoring in another subject in school, this can be taken as an elective. Those who left school years ago can also enroll in the class for a semester to learn everything about photography.

Most classes require the student to have a camera. The person doesn’t have to get the model that costs a $1,000 because there are variations selling at half the price.

The first thing thought by the instructor will be to know each part of the camera. The individual should know this inside and out to be able to maximize the use of this device.

The next part will be teaching the students to shoot using the camera. Some instructors will tell the class to go out and take some shots first.

Everyone will have a chance to critique the pictures when these are developed. Some consider this the only way for people to learn what mistakes have been committed so it can be avoided in the future.

Some schools still teach the students how to develop pictures in a darkroom. Though many professionals have decided to have this done by someone else or switch to digital cameras, these are things that the person should know about photography.

The cleaning and proper storage of equipment is another matter that has to be discussed. This will ensure the equipment is in good condition each time it is brought out when shooting a subject.

Learning about photography in class is fun. This can be taken as a hobby or be used later on should the individual want to pursue this as a career.

The Real Truth About Photography

Camera gear does not a photographer make!

There. It’s out there for the world to see. I, too was once a believer that a photographer was one who had the best cameras and lenses. He had a high class studio with all the special lights and backdrops, the underwater gear, access to an airplane to take the aerial shots.

It just ain’t so.

The truth about photography is that it is not about gear and knowledge. It’s not about a degree from a university. It’s not even about a special artistic gift.

Photography is about capturing the light. It’s about being able to snap the shutter at just the right time and from the right position. Photography is about life.

Think about the great images that have captured your imagination or moved you to some different emotional state. Aren’t they images that have life in them? Even the photographs of still objects that grab your attention do it by stirring your emotions. They stir up the life inside of you.

Photographers can do this with the best of gear or a home-made pinhole camera. They have a passion and desire to capture and portray life on film or on a digital camera sensor. Then they go out and do it.

Some of the ways you can identify a photographer:

  • He looks at the world artistically and notices things like light and shadows, color and design.
  • He appreciates nature and can photograph it so that everyone else can too.
  • He is extremely observant of his surroundings and will stop to shoot a picture at the drop of a hat.
  • He is willing to share his experiences via image display so that all of us can see what he saw.

On the other hand, there are some things that are not necessarily true about one of these passionate picture makers:

  • She is not just lucky. Being at the right place at the right time does play a part in the game, but it is not because of luck. It is because she is dedicated to her passion.
  • She is good because she has the newest and bestest of gear. Many folks think that if they don’t have that new digital SLR that just came out with the super-duper prime lens, they will not get the best shots. Although having good gear is important for a pro, it does not define a photographer.
  • She does not need to be a born artist. It is true that some people have a better eye for picture making, but it is also true that the eye can be trained to see the creative images.
  • She has a natural knack for things that are technical and difficult. One of the myths about photography is that it is very technical, and therefore it is hard to learn. Not true. You can take great pictures with a cell phone. Some cameras and studio setups are quite technical, but, once again, they do not define a photographer.