- Winter Wedding Photography Tips
- Interesting Photo of the Day: Oh, To Be a Cat
- Most Powerful Photos of the Year 2013 from Reuters Photojournalists (Video)
Posted: 25 Dec 2013 04:47 PM PST
When I saw the headlights of a wedding car shining through the thick winter fog the other day, I knew the appointed photographer for that wedding would need some seriously good luck to produce a satisfactory wedding album.
More and more couples opt for winter weddings because of discounts in prices and greater availability in this less popular season. So what should a photographer do to make sure the elements will not lessen the quality of his or her wedding photos? Here are some useful tips:
Natural light in the winter is hard to get and limited to only a few hours. If you have to take photos outdoors, schedule the session for the morning when light is the best. It is best to take outdoor wedding photos in natural light with a reflector and a tripod. If you use a flashgun, make sure to use a diffuser to soften the light. Off-camera flash is better than on-camera flash.
Dress warmly. Do I need to say why? Many brides may be happy to endure the freezing temperature and pose in only a wedding dress for that perfect shot of a lifetime. However, if the photographer is feeling cold, s/he will naturally rush through everything to get back to the warm venue. So make sure to wrap yourself in many layers against the elements and stay calm through the shooting session. Advise the bride and groom to bring a coat to keep themselves warm in between shots.
Be aware of the winter sun–if there is one. If you shoot toward the sun or position your subject in the sun it can cast harsh, long shadows that may distract the viewer from the subject.
If it’s snowy, take advantage of the clean, white backdrop that you will not get in other times of the year. Pop out any brightly coloured objects, such as the bride’s bouquet or the bridesmaids’ dresses.
5. Black & White
If you want to include winter landscapes in your photos, the stark and bleak view usually looks better in black and white than in colour. Positioning your subject against an endless, cloudless sky and clean white backdrop can create atmospheric, high-key shots.
I hope these tips help you get through a freezing wedding photo shoot and achieve great results. Good luck!
This articles was written by Jun Moore.
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Posted: 25 Dec 2013 02:20 PM PST
Cats have it pretty good — basking in the sun, taking catnaps, walking around like they own the world. Ancient Egyptians believed that cats were sacred and practiced a religion based around a cat-like goddess. And sometimes it seems like our feline friends are trying to convert us!
Today’s photo features a tabby cat having a good ‘ol time, enjoying a sunny day in a field of tall grass. Captured by photographer Seiji Mamiya, the sun-drenched photo is bathed in a soft yellow glow, giving a feeling of warmth and contentment. Whether you’re a “cat person” or not, doesn’t it make you wish you could be a cat, just for a day?
Posted: 25 Dec 2013 11:05 AM PST
As 2013 draws to a close, we reflect back on the high points (and low points) experienced in the past year. Many people look back on the year by reviewing the top news stories, Google searches, and top videos, but we are revisiting the events of 2013 in photos. From Miley twerking at the VMAs to the riots in Cairo, Reuters compiled the most extraordinary images from their photographers across the globe:
Some photos capture news events that made headlines worldwide, such as the death of Nelson Mandela. This photo captures 24-year-old Nelson Tavares working on a commemorative mural in Lisbon, Portugal.
Others show a very personal moment in the wake of disaster. Following a fire set by an angry mob, 68-year-old Azra looks at her dead pet bird in her destroyed Badami Bagh in Lahore.
All photos capture specific moments, but some of the best pictures of the year make time stand still. Here, a child gazes at jellyfish at the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia, Canada.
While you may not recognize every event or person photographed in these pictures, there’s no doubt that each photo evokes the raw emotions that represent these major events we experienced in the past year.
Go to full article: Most Powerful Photos of the Year 2013 from Reuters Photojournalists (Video)
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