Take My Pictures: A Guide To Pet Portrait Photography By Regina Madwed

Pet photographySo many people Pet Portrait Photography is very popular these days. It’s natural! You love your pet so much that you treat him like family. There are photographers who are experts on taking pet pictures but you can always do it in the comfort of your own home. Simply ready your digital camera at all times. Read on to find more hints on how to take better pictures of your pets. 

The Candid Shot 

You cannot really expect animals to pose for you, can you? They are naturally active and highly temperamental. They rely on instinct all the time so as long as they are stimulated, you must expect distractions to come your way. It is just impossible to teach the animals to take the pose you exactly want them to do.    Continue reading…

Best Ideas For Capturing Baby Moments

Baby PortraitI did want to share some details and ideas on catching the baby moments that most people struggle with, while we don’t specialize in baby images. But it should never be the case if you know how to do portrait photography. Here are the things to consider if you want to take the best shots of your baby:

Angles

It can be challenging for most to find a good angle from which to aim because babies are often swaddled in rugs. For newborn babies, the little defects you notice don’t help either, so here’s what you can do: get near. Close-ups will send you angles that will make the best baby portrait easier for you to capture.

You can do it either by using a longer focal length or by going physically towards the baby and then taking close-angle images. To take natural baby shots, you can get down low, too. Nursed shots are another way to get good angles as the baby is opening up more angles that you can take advantage of in a more human-like pose.

Macro Shots

Babies are so cute and they have tiny parts that you can actually zoom in on with your camera, called the act of macro shots. If the camera has this macro mode feature, you can isolate each body part of the baby and utilize it for the focus of your photos. Taking shots for all the cute, tiny, little body parts of the baby and collecting them will make for great feature portrait shots.

Check for Happy Times

Another significant obstacle frequently faced by photographers when taking baby pictures is that babies don’t often smile a lot. You’ll likely see them doing a lot of other things, but rarely laughing. So take chances when you see a smile on them.

Be on the alert still. You will capture fun moments when the baby takes a bath, eats in the middle of the morning, and plays little. This is also a moment when the baby giggles when you catch a perfect portrait with its wide-open eyes and smiling lips.

Keep Your Camera Always Ready

When the baby is in the mood, you never know. So, always make sure the camera is nearby and ready whenever the baby shows happy moments or communicates funny, tiny, and often odd, yet interesting, expressions. If the camera is out of reach, you’ll miss all those moments in a portrait worth capturing.

Keep Shooting

Babies change rapidly, particularly in their early months, on a daily basis. The transition is very exponential and the discovery of these changes is incredible. This offers the best ways to photograph them and catch the best moments and angles. Don’t skip the regular shots, because every day you can get fantastic pictures. Keep shooting and don’t stop shooting, even though the child grows up.

Do Black and White Photos

Black and white photos are great baby portraits. There are many reasons why. One is they hide little skin flaws such as marks, blotchiness, and scratches. They lessen the impact of these flaws when captured in a photo. Black and white also softens the shots. The cuddly, cute, soft characteristics of the babies can be accentuated by a black and white background. 

You can also edit the intensity of the color. You can de-saturate or leave just little color in the shots so that the image comes softer. When it comes to portrait photography for babies, to create a more dramatic and successful performance, you can always do color experiments.

 

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Portrait Photography: What Clothes To Wear With Regina Madwed

Corporate ClothesWhen doing portrait photography, it is often a common concern for people to be worried about what to wear during the session. Though may seem a trivial matter, what clothes you wear during portrait photography can impact significantly as the photos come out. If one wants to have the best looking yet most natural portraits, be sure to advise them of what clothes are proper to be used on the set.  

To avoid having clients who are uncomfortable in the set, be sure to give them tips about what to wear during the shoot. This article therefore is aimed at helping photographers what advice to give their clients with proper clothing on the set.  

Be comfortable. 

It is often the biggest challenge for photographers to make their subject relaxed and more at ease when photo sessions begin, so what clothes they wear is one of the key factors in helping them be more natural. Wearing comfortable clothes will ensure they don’t make a big fuss when your camera starts clicking; therefore, instruct them to wear the most comfortable yet presentable clothes during the shoot. If they are content and happy with what they wear, then there are huge chances that you are capturing them that way.  

Clothes you wear in your portrait tell who you are. 

As much as people condemn the idea of judging a person with clothes they wear, it is a common reaction for viewers to say something based on what the subject in the portrait is wearing. The outward appearance talks first, and it is difficult to correct that since all the viewer can see in the portrait is a still image.  

So, letting the subject wear their best comfortable clothing will help a lot in coming up with a portrait that communicates their most physical and inner likeness. The subject can opt to wear clothes that show their funny side or wear one that shows demonstrates their serious side.  

Plain, Unobtrusive Dark Clothes 

Plain or dark clothes can be a good choice for the subject to be shot for portrait photography. This is not only because dark and plainclothes tend to make the person wearing them look slimmer but they allow the focus to be on the image of the person’s face. This is important in a portrait photograph; after all, you would want the viewer to see the facial expression and reaction first before the other entire details in the portrait.  

Unobtrusive plain clothes just have good effects on the totality and background of the portrait as they allow the focus to be directed on the subject itself; therefore, easily demonstrating the true character likeness of the person.  

This cannot be easily achieved with clothes that have crazy patterns, wild and bright colors, dots, lines, and overly elaborate designs as they can draw the focus out the primary subject consequently defeating the true purpose of portrait photography. Of course, you have to consider the complexion of the subject. Nevertheless, you will find plain colors that will suit each kind of complexion.  

Pants, Long Sleeves, and Collars 

For men, collars are a great detail that their clothes must-have. Collars are amazingly a way to frame the face up which can be flattering when captured in a portrait. Also, long sleeves are much preferred than short sleeves, as pants are than shorts. The less exposure of skin, legs, and arms, in that case, takes away the distraction which can actually be negative for portrait photography.  

 Have more headshot questions or want to learn more about individual headshot options & book an appointment call us at 203-255-4002 or visit us at Capitol Photo Interactive.

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Learning How To Be Natural With Portrait Photography

Natural Portrait PhotographyThe problem with portrait photography is a portrait that either looks uncomfortable, stiff, nervous, or is simply discomfited with their awkward smiles displayed prominently in the photo.

A photographer should crack the open-mindedness of their subject so that they can light up and communicate with you. They would also be more normal, and so easy to work with. It would lead to portraits that are not only beautiful but lively with the true essence of the subject captured in the image. And how does one crack the code to make their subject work their way up to becoming the most natural selves and then you also start taking their portrait shots in the most simple and natural way? Here are four tips: Continue reading…

Tips Using Mobile Phones For Portraits

Portrait Photography using mobile phoneMobile phones have evolved into a well-loved technological gadget that you could bring anywhere you want. You could capture moments with a simple click on your camera unlike when you have to bring along your professional or digital camera, which could really be very inconvenient. If you browse through the various network sites you will find millions and millions of photos taken with a mobile phone camera and yet producing very distinct and appealing portraits of people. Truly, portrait photography has evolved and gone a long way! 

So let us look into this innovative hobby of taking pictures freely by merely using phones and uploading them into websites. Here are some helpful hints on how to catch that beautiful light and turn something ordinary like an ordinary occasion into an unexpectedly great event!  Continue reading…

Do-It-Yourself Steps to Portrait Photography

Young blonde photographer is taking a photo. Model isolated on a blue background with copy spaceWe always suggest you use a professional photographer but we understand that people want to learn and try to take a self-portrait on your own. This has been going on long before digital cameras have come to existence, people have been fascinated by portraits mainly because it captures the essence of a person.

Portrait photography has the power of capturing one’s image and depicting that person’s character, at the same time imprinting such images for all to remember. However, people do not realize that ever since cameras have been developed and made available to everyone, they have been secretly becoming a threat to the techniques that professional photographers have studied for years. Learn about portrait photography and you’ll see how amazing this hobby can be!  Continue reading…

Capitol Photo Discusses The Do’s And Don’ts Of Family Portrait Photography

Professional photographer taking photo of family in studioThroughout history, noble families have paid painters to make portraits of their proud lineage.  Family portraits remain to be one of the best ways to preserve a family’s heritage. This practice has evolved since and today the digital age of cameras gave birth to more modern family portrait photography techniques which made it easier for members of the families to take their own family photos if they do not want to employ a professional to do it.  

Here are some easy to follow do’s and don’ts that could help you record great family memories: 

DO: Choose the Photographer 

If your family has the luxury of time, you can always schedule an appointment with a professional portrait photographer. All you need to worry about is how you should dress up on the occasion and the photographer will take care of the rest.  Continue reading…

Capitol Photo Shows The Beauty Of Portrait Photography

Close up photo portrait of excited cheerful bristle unshaven stuPeople enjoy portrait-taking. A portrait is captured the subject’s image, in this case, an individual, especially their face. However, portrait photography has a broader connotation than this, being interpreted as an image of superior quality, capturing the physical appearance of the object, its character on the sensor of a digital camera or film camera. It is also understood that portrait photography produces pleasing and attractive results for the person being the subject. 

The Discovery of character is the objective of portrait photography. You must display at least one aspect of the subject in the picture. Elements can include attitude, temperament, unusual mannerisms, and any other attributes or characteristics that form the person’s very unique nature. The portrait image tells the viewer something indicative of the individuality of the subject.  Continue reading…

Regina Madwed of Capitol Photo: 10 Tips For Baby Portrait Photography

Baby PortraitIf you’ve never had kids and wonder why your mom-friends keep showing pictures of their babies to you every chance they get or why they are so obsessed with taking baby portrait photos, the answer is simple. Baby Portrait Photography is a very fascinating and enjoyable leisure! 

Mothers and fathers have taken the art of baby portrait photography into their own hands. In fact, if you’re a new parent, I bet you have a camera tucked in your bag all the time. To capture the witnessed unexpected ‘firsts’ or simply, capturing the right moment that candidly presents itself, are sure the ultimate joys of a parent. 

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Professional Photo For Your Real Estate Website

Real estate websiteHiring a professional photographer versus taking your own pictures. There are many things that real estate agents can rely on and one of these is that most people find their new homes via the Internet. Any real estate agent must fully advertise online if the agent wishes to be successful.

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Once you have your website up and running, you will need to give potential buyers as much information as you can. People look at houses, and they base their decisions on the words you write and the pictures they see. The pictures do so much to make buyers want to see the property, so professional photographers are hired by the best real estate agents to take these pictures for the website and other marketing forms.

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