Live Streaming of Aerial Photography and Drone Filming: Setup and Monetization

This article discusses important considerations for live streaming from drones. The popularity of consumer drones is on the rise, and there is a huge demand for aerial videos taken from drones. In the very recent past, it was a very expensive exercise to capture the images from the sky. However, now these little flying machines…

This article discusses important considerations for live streaming from drones. The popularity of consumer drones is on the rise, and there is a huge demand for aerial videos taken from drones. In the very recent past, it was a very expensive exercise to capture the images from the sky. However, now these little flying machines made it very convenient and cheap. Drone filming is finding new applications on a daily basis in various fields such as agriculture, industrial inspection, and real estate. In this article, we highlight some of the important points about capturing and streaming drone videos and the places where drone enthusiast can make money out of their videos.

Understanding the Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera Retouch Menu

To access the Nikon D3400 Retouch menu, press the menu button in the back of the camera and use the multi-selector to move down the main menu. So the first one is NEF or RAW processing. NEF is the suffix that will go on to a raw image and RAW is how they are usually…

To access the Nikon D3400 Retouch menu, press the menu button in the back of the camera and use the multi-selector to move down the main menu. So the first one is NEF or RAW processing. NEF is the suffix that will go on to a raw image and RAW is how they are usually known. RAW images are images that are not compressed in any way and so they save all the data. As a result of that they are very much larger when they saved down to the disk and you need a specific piece of software to open them up and work on them. When they are then saved, they are saved as JPEGs. A lot of professional photographers will shoot RAW and there is a significant difference between opening up a RAW image that has been uncompressed and has all the data, and a JPEG image. You can see the difference when you look at the two next to each other, but the JPEG – specifically JPEG fine – is a really good way of saving pictures as and because the RAW images are then saved as a JPEG you do not need to save a great deal at the end result. Most photographers I know will, if they are working on fine or detailed pictures, save as a RAW. But invariably when they send their pictures to their clients they send them as JPEGs. Here you can work on a RAW image – not quite effectively – there are not too many options and they are fairly blunt instruments. You can, for example, change the file size; you can change the white balance and the exposure, and picture style but if you bothered to save a raw image, you would probably want to open it up on a large screen and work on it with some more settings.

The one below that in the Nikon D3400 RETOUCH MENU is TRIM and that pretty pretty much what what it says. It allows you to change the crop of the image. When you shoot on 35mm (and this is effectively a 35mm camera) then you shoot 3 x 2, 3 across 2 down. you can crop this and trim this to 4 x 3, 5 x 4 and square one by one. Again you could do that on a computer as well. The one below that is RESIZE. Now this allows you to change the size of the picture downwards – you can not resize and increase the size of the image, but it could be useful if you wanted to save pictures to download onto social media before you are in Snapbridge. You get the option to do this automatically so you would not have to go through this process if you are going to download via Snapbridge.

D-lighting, which is below that in the d3400 retouch menu, offers you the opportunity to apply lighting after you have taken the picture. D-lighting reduces the amount of contrast – the highlights – and narrows that bandwidth of color and tone, so you could use that in this at this point. And QUICK RETOUCH is a very basic option which just either adds a little brightness or reduces the brightness slightly. It just gives your picture a little bit more punch if that is what you feel you need. Below that is RED-EYE CORRECTION which can be quite effective. This is a digital way to reduce red-eye and if you have taken a picture which happens to have more than you would like then, you can apply this. Again it will be easier and probably more humble to do this on editing software and a computer, but if you need to do it in the camera then this is an option for you. STRAIGHTEN, obviously straights the image making the horizontals horizontal that might be useful for landscapes. There is nothing worse than having a horizon which is not actually level. It is a landscape photography faux pas. DISTORTION CONTROL in the Nikon D3400 RETOUCH MENU will try to reduce the amount of distortion, although that may have occurred in a very wide angled lens or a wide angle shot. PERSPECTIVE CONTROL, likewise, will try to control the perspective.

Then we get on to the options here for fisheye. Now fisheye does the exact opposite to distortion control and if you have an ordinary-looking picture, you can give the impression that it has been shot on a fisheye lens by using this option. It is not perfect but it does barrel-distort the middle of the picture, so it does not give the impression of a fisheye lens. Below that is FILTER EFFECTS. You can put filters on the front of the lens and that will clearly affect the light as it comes through the lens. This allows you to add filters digitally. Here we have four possible filter effects. The top one is SKYLIGHT and that takes out some of the blue. The picture warm filter will add a little orange to the picture and make it feel warmer. Cross screen is quite a nice filter because it will add a starburst to light in the picture and just make them stand out a little bit more and then finally you have gotten soft which softens the image and gives it a little bit of a warm hue as well. That can be used with portraits and can also be used with landscapes to great effect.

The next one in the D3400 RETOUCH MENU is MONOCHROME. That turns a color picture to monochrome, but not just black and white – it will offer you sepia and cyanotype which is effectively blue and white as well. Underneath there is image overlay which can only be used with raw pictures and allows you to overlay one with the other. The next three – COLOR OUTLINE, PHOTO ILLUSTRATION and COLOR SKETCH, effectively are variants of the same process. They basically make the photograph look like a form of illustration. So color outline will take out all the color and make it look like an outline drawing. Photo illustration will give it an impression of it being rather stylized comic effect of the image, and color sketch will desaturate it so that you have got hints of color and basically make it an outline drawing with some hints of color.

MINIATURE EFFECT in the D3400 retouch menu can be quite useful and I like it, particularly if you do it beforehand. This blurs the outside of the frame to make the subject in the middle stand out that much more and it is really quite punchy. If you take a picture of a road or cars on a road from say 45 degrees – from the 2nd or 3rd floor – down onto the street, then you can actually make the cars look like they are model cars. They stand out so vibrantly and so brightly from the image and the blur of the background that it looks like they are a model. It does work really well and I quite like using that the one. Below that in the Nikon D3400 RETOUCH MENU is SELECTIVE COLOR. Now selective color you could also call the Schindler's List effect. If you remember that scene the black-and-white film with the girl with the red coat, then this is effectively what that does. It makes the whole frame black and white except for one two or three colors and you can select those colors and decide which ones they are and by doing that you can actually create a very powerful image. It works very well. Below that is PAINTING, which effectively makes your photograph look like a painting.

Finally we have at the bottom EDIT MOVIE. Now these are quite blunt edits. They are not very subtle at all. Essentially what you can do here is choose the start and end point. You can cut and edit the movie in terms of length, but no other ways. You can not change the colors or the way that it is shot. You can also save a selected frame from it but that is fairly basic, and again if you shoot movies with this, then you would expect to be able to do most of your editing in editing software on a large computer.

So those are the options you have got in the Nikon D3400 RETOUCH MENU. As you can see they are not very lazy and they are a bit blunt, but should you need to make any changes to a picture then you can do so here and, the one saving factor is that you should make any editing changes on an original picture, then the original will be saved and any changes will be created into a new picture so you do not lose anything by trying to do the edits on the back of the camera.

All About Acrylic Photo Frames

Great memories need to be captured and kept for future reference or to bring back that feel good memory. Photographs have been used for this particular purpose, and one way of protecting these photos or paintings has been through use of frames. Frames are designed to hold pieces mounted in them, and they accentuate their…

Great memories need to be captured and kept for future reference or to bring back that feel good memory. Photographs have been used for this particular purpose, and one way of protecting these photos or paintings has been through use of frames. Frames are designed to hold pieces mounted in them, and they accentuate their elegance by having an outline edges that enhance the whole view of the photo or painting.

There are various forms of frames such as wooden, metallic and clay but one of the best frames is the acrylic frame. This kind of structures is made from acrylic plastic methyl methacrylate glass, which is transparent and has glass-like edges, light in weight and is breakage proof, making it an ideal frame material. In addition to these properties, the frame can be customized to add more beauty into it by tricks such as decorative engravings on the edges and unique polishing.

The various types of acrylic frames;

· They are different types of these acrylic structures based on their shapes, for example, there are oval, rectangular, square, and circular ones. The forms also can be modified to suit the clients' preference like having a heart-shaped frame.

· The other difference is the size of the structure, wheree one can be made to accommodate either one or multiple photos within that one framework. Those for many images are large and have specified number of photos that they can hold without overlaps.

Color difference can also be another variation; acrylic glass is typically known as a transparent thermoplastic. However, they can be colored wherey some may be of single solid color or be multicolored.

Tips on how to take care of your acrylic frames.

· These frames have few maintenance tips since they are like glass and they do not break easily; the primary attention is on regular dusting and cleaning.

· Dusting should be done by blowing instead of cleaning paper towel or cloth; This is to avoid scratching the surfaces. In case of cleaning, use microfiber cleaning towel that is smooth enough not to scratch.

· Use clean water to clean when the frame has much dirt, and you can use plastic cleaning detergents such as Brillianize; avoid glass cleaners that contain Ammonia or the Acetone. These chemicals corrode and eat up the acrylic material giving it a cloudy appearance and make it easy to break.

· In case of scratches use car wax to polish the surface to provide a smooth touch.

Conclusion

To make sure you enjoy maximum benefits from your acrylic frames, purchase the genuine ones and follow the above steps to keep the glamor.

The Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera Setup Menu and How to Use It

If we go straight into this at the very top of the Nikon D3400 setup menu, you have got the RESET THE SETUP OPTIONS which will reset all the options in this setup menu. It is an option if you need to change everything in it. The one further down below that is FORMAT MEMORY…

If we go straight into this at the very top of the Nikon D3400 setup menu, you have got the RESET THE SETUP OPTIONS which will reset all the options in this setup menu. It is an option if you need to change everything in it. The one further down below that is FORMAT MEMORY CARD. You should format the memory card when you first put it into the camera. It is also worth reformatting it occasionally, particularly after you have downloaded a lot of pictures. It essentially resets the card and formats the card so that it is appropriate for this camera. The thing to remember is that when you format the card you delete everything, so please make sure that you have taken off and removed everything that you want and put it onto a different hard disk or a computer somewhere.

The one below that on the D3400 setup menu is date stamp which allows you to put a little date stamp at the bottom of each of your pictures. It is an option which I do not take advantage of, but should you wish to that is what it is for. Then you have got TIME ZONE AND DATE, which you should have put in when you switched on the camera initially or when you set it up. This gives you the option to change the time zone and date and if you change time zone also you get the option to change that when you are in SNAPBRIDGE. When you connect to a mobile device or a tablet you get the option to synchronize the two so that is another way of setting the time and date. Below that is LANGUAGE. Again you will have deal with this when you switch the camera on for the first time but you can change the language here should you wish to.

MONITOR BRIGHTNESS can be very useful if you know that you are going somewhere that is very dark and you do not want the brightness of the screen to either distract you or others, say for example you might be going to the theater and then you can turn the monitor brightness down. Likewise if you are going somewhere that you know will be very bright and you think that the screen needs to be brighter, so that you can see what is on it then you can turn it up. It is a useful option for those circumstances but in most cases the brightness left at zero is perfectly satisfactory.

The INFO DISPLAY FORMAT in the D3400 setup menu is about how the information, in terms of the shutter speed and the aperture etc., is displayed on the back of the camera. Basically there are six options. You can either have what is called a classic display, where the shutter speed and the aperture or shown in terms of numbers, or you can have it as a graphic display as they are shown as the dials turning around. It is entirely up to you and makes no difference – the same information is available to you in both circumstances so there is no issue really in far as that is concerned. Below that is the AUTO INFO DISPLAY and if it is switched on it means that when you press the shutter halfway down, the information will display on the back screen.

Below the auto info display option in the D3400 setup menu is the AUTO-OFF TIMER. The camera will automatically switch itself off in order to save battery power. That can be quite frustrating sometimes and this option gives you the choice of how long the camera will wait in certain settings before it switches itself off. There are four options here: short, normal, long and custom. I would recommend that you take a look at custom and the reason for that is that it allows you to set the times that are preferential to you for some of the specific options here. For the playback menus I have it on five minutes, the image review which is the image showing up on the back of the screen once you have taken it, is four seconds. Liveview I have for five minutes and the stand by timer – when the camera is not doing anything in particular but is just switched on, is down to one minute because I do not want it draining any more battery than that if I have accidently left it doing nothing. Those are the options that I use.

Below that is the SELF TIMER. The button on the back of the camera at the bottom rights the shutter release button and that allows you to go in from single shutter release to continuous and then into some of the self timer options and the default self timer is a 10-second option. Here, in the D3400 setup menu, you can change that default and you can change it to 2-seconds, 5-seconds or up to 20-seconds. That is entirely down to you but there is one other option here which is really also very good because it gives you the option to choose the number of shots that are taken. The default is 1 but you can shoot up to 9 and that is really very useful, as I said earlier, when you are doing this if you want to take a group shot and be in it then you can set it to 10-seconds or 5-seconds and then you can shoot a number of pictures rather than just a single shot. This option in the D3400 setup menu is very useful to know and very handy to access when you are trying to do those sorts of pictures.

The one below self timer on the D3400 setup menu is REMOTE ON DURATION and this mirrors to the ML-L3 infrared shutter release button, the remote button that you can buy. It does not come with this camera. You would have to buy it. It is an infrared connection to the camera and it will set off the shutter release. Again this reiterates how long the camera can sit there on that setting without switching itself off. The minimum is one minute the maximum is 15 minutes you can not switch it off. So I just leave it on the minimum. Below that is the option to LOCK THE MIRROR UP FOR CLEANING. This indicates to cleaning the sensor. Do not go near this – you are far more likely to do damage to your sensor by trying to clean it yourself than the damage that the dirt or the fleck of dust on the sensor will be doing to your camera or your photography. If you have dirt on your sensor then take it to a shop and get it done professionally. However what I would say is that you should not have dirt on your sensor! When you change the lens on the front of your camera, which is the only time the sensor has access to the air and to dirt, you should always have your camera facing down so that it is less likely that dirt and dust falls into it and you should cover that hole as quickly as possible either with the camera cap – which comes with a camera – or with another lens. The one below that on the D3400 setup menu is a very useful option if you have a doubt of dust on your sensor, because what this does is it allows you to identify that fleck of dust and then the camera itself will delete it from your pictures . Choose this option and then you photograph something that is white. Photograph it on infinity in – other words so that everything is out of focus except that fleck of dust. As a consequence of that being in focus, the camera will identify that as dirt on the sensor and will delete it from every picture sinceforth. It is a very useful way if you've just got a little bit of dust on your sensor to remove that from all your pictures. I go back to the basic premise – do not get dust on your sensor! Be very careful and if you do then get it professionally cleaned.

OK well the one below that on the D3400 setup menu is IMAGE COMMENT and that allows you to add a comment to your picture. In other words a caption. I switch that off. This is not a great screen for adding a comment, it is an alphanumeric keyboard and you navigate by using the multi-selector so it is quite slow and I do not see the point of doing that. There may be occasions when you need it – I can not think of one off the top of my head. Below that is the option to ADD COPYRIGHT INFORMATION. This is useful and it is useful for two reasons. The first reason is if you start using this camera to put stuff on to social media, then it is useful to have copyright information attached to your pictures so that you can lay claim to them once things are out on social media and on the internet. They get sliced ​​and diced and moved around all over the place, and it may be that on occasion you do not want a picture used by specific people and you need to show them that it is yours in order to get it taken down. If you add copyright information you are more likely to be able to prove that it is your picture and so I would recommend you adding that for that reason. I would also recommend you adding it for a different reason and that is that by putting your name on to the back of this camera here like this, you identify the camera as yours. In my experience thieves often do not bother going to copyright information at least first off and so if there is any discussion about who camera it is then going to copyright information will show that it is yours. It is useful. It may not be necessary very often but it is worth having there just in case. Below that is the beep. It will drive you bonkers ever and I recommend that you switch it off and you can do that here.

The one below that on the D3400 setup menu is FLICKER REDUCTION. This is quite interesting. I leave it on AUTO, but you have two other choices – 50 Hertz and 60 Hertz. This reflects to the flicker of electrical current. This may not sound very important but it can be, especially when you are shooting video. In the United States the flicker of fluorescent light or the banding of TV is at 60 Hertz and in Europe it is at 50 Hertz. The naked eye does not see any of this, but the camera will pick this up and sometimes you have seen films or old video from previous times where someone is talking and in the background you see a TV screen and there is a black band going down it. That is because the flicker reduction was not identical to the Hertz that were going on on the back screen. So if you are in the States then it should be on 60 Hertz. If you are in Europe it should be on 50 Hertz and that way the camera will synchronize with that flicker and when you are shooting video you will not see it. I leave it on auto because it is perfectly good for 50 or 60 it does not seem to make a great deal of difference. I have shot video in Europe on auto and that is fine but if you need to specify those, this is the area where you do it and that is the reason why you do it – because the current current rate the flicker rate is different in the States and in Europe. So it is worth just bearing that in mind.

The next one down on the D3400 setup menu is the BUTTONS and I like these. The buttons refer to the function button on the front and the AE / FL lock button on the back. The first option allows you to assign the function button. It gives you 4 choices. You can assign it to work with image quality and size, ISO sensitivity, white balance, or active d-lighting. I have it assigned to ISO and the reason is it enables me to change the ISO setting very quickly – particularly in video. Now the reason it is good for video is that by having it assigned to this function button I can change the ISO while I am actually shooting video – while I am actually recording and that makes it a very useful option. Now of course you should not do that really but sometimes you need to and so that allows you to do it while you are actually shooting video. Going back to the AE / FL lock button, this gives you the option to lock either the auto exposure or the auto focus. I have this set locking the autofocus and the reason I have that is because it is incredibly useful. Once you have used this camera over a period of time you will see that whilst having the shutter release button as the focus button can be useful initially, it can also be quite distracting. The reason is that if you want to take a picture then you have to focus first. The camera will not let you take the picture until you focused and that can slow down the whole process. If you use the Ae / FL button at the back to back focus – in other words you take the focus function away from the shutter release button – then you can do the two individually that is really useful and I suggest that you explore that once you have become familiar with the camera. I have this on a FL lock which is half and half it means that I use the shutter release button to focus that then I use the Ae / FL button at the back to lock that focus. It is very useful if you are taking lots of pictures of the same thing or you want to move the subject, who is focused in the middle of the frame, to one side of the frame or the other and not to refocus the camera when you are pressing the shutter release button. It takes a little bit of getting used to but once you have started to use it, once you are comfortable with it you will never go back. So it is a very useful button and function button to know about. These are the most important setting on the Nikon D3400 setup menu.

The Nikon D3400 PLAYBACK MENU Setting in This Nikon DSLR

When you look at the menus the thing you need to recall is that the menus give you everything that the camera can offer you – it is the internal workings of the camera. Now, some of the settings – the settings that you will use more frequently – can be accessed more quickly either…

When you look at the menus the thing you need to recall is that the menus give you everything that the camera can offer you – it is the internal workings of the camera. Now, some of the settings – the settings that you will use more frequently – can be accessed more quickly either by the buttons on the outside or by the i button, but those settings that you might visit less frequently – all the settings that you might just set and forget – are in the menus. So it is worth knowing what is in the menus and how to access them so let us have a look at the playback menu first.

Tips For Taking Nature and Wildlife Photos With a Digital Camera

Understanding how ISO and aperture speeds affect the output of your photo is also important. To shoot brilliant landscapes, using a wide zoom lens is the best. To shoot amazing closeups of wild flowers, a macro lens is suggested. Although a point and shoot camera is quick and easy, and can take great shots, you…

Understanding how ISO and aperture speeds affect the output of your photo is also important.

To shoot brilliant landscapes, using a wide zoom lens is the best. To shoot amazing closeups of wild flowers, a macro lens is suggested.

Although a point and shoot camera is quick and easy, and can take great shots, you will not be able to shoot moving water, star trails, or light trails unless you use a camera that will choose and set all the exposures for you and has a zoom lens.

While photographing wildlife, take lots of shots. Remember animals are not going to stand still and pose for you, so you will have lots of blurry shots. This is the beauty of digital cameras, you are not wasting precious film or money in developing blurry shots! When you shoot animals and birds a good rule of thumb is to focus on their eyes. But be careful not to get too close, wild animals can become dangerous if they feel threatened. Sudden movements can drive animals away, learn how to approach them. Remember, you are on their territory! Considering all of this, the best way to shoot wildlife is with a telephoto lens.

If you do not have the funds to travel to Africa to join a wildlife safari, why not try the zoo, your local park or botanical gardens.

Do not forget your tripod … this is often overlooked as a necessary accessory. Most tripods have a bubble level to ensure that the tripod … and therefore, your shot is level. Using a tripod can improve your shots immensely, especially when you are shooting landscapes.

Always be prepared, do not miss out on an opportunity to take that perfect shot … do not get eaten with a dead battery or full memory card. You should always keep an extra fully charged battery and extra memory cards in your camera bag.

A couple of the best times of day to take photos is early in the day or later in the day when the sun is low. The lighting produced is soft and warm. Lightly overcast days are also good days to shoot, as your subject will still be illuminated.

Last of all remember to Be There and Enjoy It! Sometimes the most amazing things are missed as we forget to take the time to slow down and enjoy our surroundings. But remember to also look behind you!

As Ansel Adams said … “You do not take a photograph, you make it”

Understanding the Buttons on the Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera

The Buttons on the Nikon D3400 are particularly useful because they allow you to get into the inner workings of the camera fairly easily. Whilst the Mode Dial is a useful short cut to se camera to shoot in specific styles, if you want more control over your pictures or video, you will need to…

The Buttons on the Nikon D3400 are particularly useful because they allow you to get into the inner workings of the camera fairly easily. Whilst the Mode Dial is a useful short cut to se camera to shoot in specific styles, if you want more control over your pictures or video, you will need to understand the buttons.

On the top of the Nikon D3400 the first thing there to look at is the ON / OFF switch. You can see that that rotates either clockwise or anti-clockwise. Within that switch is the shutter button and this is what you press to take the picture. The next large thing on the top of the camera is the MODE DIAL. This is really important because it is the thing that you are going to turn to most of all – particularly in the early stages of your photography with this camera but pretty much all the way through. The MODE DIAL will tell the Nikon D3400 what mode you want to use to take the picture, and the mode in this sense means what style of picture or the circumstances in which you are photographing so that the camera itself can change the settings and the parameters to take the picture with the best exposure. Unless you are in M ​​for manual, in all the other modes the camera will decide the best exposure for you and that's very important to remember. The reason that you change modes is because you may be wanting to take a different type of picture, in which case the parameters areought to change too. So, for example, if you want to take a portrait then the Nikon D3400 will change the settings so that it can best take a portrait type picture; if you want to take a sports picture then the sports mode will change the settings so that you can take a better sports picture and that's what these modes do. M, A, S and P are the manual and semi-automatic modes, which give you more control over the basic variables – ISO, shutter speed and aperture. Just to give you a brief idea of ​​how these modes M, A, S, P work; they are the modes in which you, as the photographer, have the most control and they are the ones which absolutely you would be expecting to use more often as you get more experienced.

However, The one you will probably start on is the green AUTO MODE and that will set the parameters of the camera to take the picture that will give you the best exposure and, if required, it will set off the flash. If you are in a situation where you do not want the flash, then you use the mode benefit that which is AUTO WITHOUT FLASH and that is ideal for places like libraries or museums where they do not want flash photography. Again the Nikon D3400 will get the best exposure it can with the circumstances that it is given in terms of light etc. Underneath that is PORTRAIT MODE then LANDSCAPE MODE then CHILD MODE then SPORTS MODE then MACRO MODE which is very good for close-up photography which is why it is indicated by a flower, NIGHT TIME PORTRAIT.

If we go to the other buttons on the top of the camera then the one with the red dot is the VIDEO off and on button and the one across from that with the plus and the minus is the EXPOSURE COMPENSATION BUTTON. This button allows you to change the exposure in any of the modes here, except for the manual mode. So if you think it's a little dark or a little bit too bright then you can use this button to either underexpose or over the overexpose the picture slightly and that gives you a little control over the auto settings and the auto modes so it's a very useful one to have. The INFO BUTTON has two purposes – if you are looking through the viewfinder, then on the back screen the various details of what you have gotten in terms of aperture and shutter speed etc. are available here. They will show here if you press the info button when you are looking through the viewfinder then it will switch that back screen off. Now that can be quite useful because the back screen does drain the battery something, so it is a useful thing to have if you are going to be shooting all day and you do not needarily need to see what is on the back screen. If you are in Liveview which means that you are looking through the camera and looking through to the subject through the back screen, then the INFO BUTTON gives you a lot more information around that screen telling you the information you need to know, whether you ' re shooting either stills or video, and so it is a very useful button for that. Also on the top is the hotshoe. It is called the hot shoe because it has electrical connectivity going through it. If it did not it would be called the cold shoe. This hot shoe is designed primarily for a flash. It is either a flash gun or an off-camera flash. They are essentially both the same but if you put a flash gun on here – a type that shoots TTL (which is Through The Lens) then the flash gun will talk to the camera and that means that it dedicates itself to the camera. So, in other words, the camera will give it information that it automatically picks up anyway to set its own exposure. It will tell it the distance that the subject is away from the camera and it will give it the lighting conditions and as a consequence of that, the flash will set itself to get the best exposure. So it is a very useful thing to have and also with regards to the camera flash here.

OK, now let us take a look at the back of the Nikon D3400. At the very top is the viewfinder and that is what DSLR photographers traditionally look through when they are trying to compose and take their pictures. At the top corner here is the diopter or the DIOPTRIC ADJUSTER and this is for people who do not have 20/20 vision and who need to adjust the focus of the viewfinder to match their eyesight. Bear in mind that it will not actually change the focusing mechanism of the camera, it is purely just so that when you look through the viewfinder you see things as sharp when the camera sees them as sharp. The way you check this is by looking through the camera when it is on autofocus and focusing on something and then turning the adjuster until it also looks sharp to you.

Just to the right of the viewfinder is a very useful button. It is the AE lock or AF lock – auto exposure or auto focus locks. Now, by setting this button, which you can do in the menus you can set it to either lock the AUTO EXPOSURE or lock the AUTO FOCUS and that can be quite useful. If you focused on your subject in the middle of the frame and you just want to move the subject left or right – off center – then you can press the auto focus lock and the Nikon D3400 will maintain that same focus and allow you to move the lens slightly left or right to move the subject left or right of the frame without refocusing. Likewise, the AUTO EXPOSURE LOCK means that if you want to set the exposure of the frame and then move the Nikon D3400 so that it's shooting in what would be a different light and therefore require a different exposure then the camera will not reset the exposure and you can shoot the original exposure. There are reasons why you might do that for example if you were taking a picture of somebody against a bright sky and you do not want to use the flash then you could use the exposure lock by exposing the camera for the subject light rather than for the light of the sky and so the exposure of the picture will be set to the subject rather than the sky is that background. So there are reasons why you would want to do that and it is a very useful button to have. If you are in playback menu then by pressing the AE or AF lock button then you protect the picture that you are looking at, or the video that you are looking at which is also useful feature.

Next to that is the MAIN DIAL. This is used primarily for navigation. It allows you to move either across when you are choosing different selections of, say, white balance or auto exposures and it also allows you to navigate across other elements of the menu. There are two ways of navigating through the menu. The other is the Multi-Selector which is below that with the OK in the middle and that allows you to go up and down as well. It is actually more useful in most cases for navigation, but the rotate dial is also very useful in certain circumstances. Now the button that is between the main dial and the multi-selector is the LV button. If you press the LV button you will hear the mirror slot up and what that means is that the light coming in through the lens is coming straight through to the back screen – not being bounced up to the viewfinder. With this camera you can only use the viewfinder OR the Liveview screen. You can not use them both at the same time. The Liveview screen is actually very useful for composition and for understanding the sort of picture you are taking and you have to use live view when you are shooting video. So that is what the LV button does – it changes between the viewfinder and the live view screen at the back. If we look at the two buttons benefit the multi-selector which we have discussed then the first one is the DELETE BUTTON which is signified by the waste bin. This operates when you are in playback mode. When you are in playback mode on the Nikon D3400 and you see a picture or a video that you no longer want, if you press that delete button it will first ask you if you are sure you want to delete it and then if you press it again it will delete it.

Next to the delete button is the SHUTTER CONTROL BUTTON. Now it is not the shutter release button, which is on the top and allows you to take the picture, but the shutter control button gives you the options for when you press that shutter button. So, for example, the first option is single frame which means that you press the shutter button once and you take one picture. The next one is continuous which means that if you press the shutter button then you will take five frames per second probably up to four or five seconds before it has to start to buffer that means of course up to 20 or 25 frames. The one after that is the quiet shutter release. Then, after that, you get on to the self timers. The self timer can be very useful because if you want to take a picture of a group and be in that group, then you can set it on to the initial one which is ten seconds and then you can press the shutter button and then run round to the front and be in that picture, which is very useful. The next two are with connection to the remote control the infrared remote control which you can buy as an accessory to this camera and it allows you to set the shutter and to release the shutter by remote control using infrared. It has a two-second delay and it has an instant shutter release. The two-second delay makes sense of course because you do not want to be photographed if you are going to be in the group holding the shutter release infrared light. So it gives you two seconds to put your hand down. The instant one is if you are away from the camera but you have infrared connection to it and it means that you can fire that shutter release straight away.

The buttons on the left hand side of the camera are really very useful and quite powerful. The one at the very top is the PLAYBACK BUTTON and that allows you to see the pictures or the videos that you have taken. So by pressing that button and then using the multi-selector to navigate your way through, you can see either the stills or the videos that you have taken and by looking at the magnifying glasses which are just below the MENU BUTTON either the plus or the minus, if you find a still image that you want to examine more closely then you can use the plus to that and look at it more closely or to come out of it again you can use the minus magnifying glass. With the minus magnifying glass you can look at multiple images on the back as well so if you press that when it is a full frame then you will get four images and then you will get nine and then you will get even more if you press it on more time, and that gives you an idea of ​​how many pictures you have taken and if you wish, I guess the sort of progress that you are making in terms of the images that you are taking if you're doing a specific shoot, or you are trying to take a picture of something in particular. The one we missed out there is the MENU BUTTON and that really is important because that allows you access to the menus. Now the one criticism that I would aim at Nikon here is that they have not given us enough menus. we have essentially got four. We have got a PLAYBACK MENU, a SHOOTING MENU, a SETUP MENU and a RETOUCH MENU and then the one below that is just a RECENT SETTINGS MENU. So we have essentially four menus with an intense number of selections in each of them. That means that it can be quite difficult to find what you are looking for and I would either say this is a criticism I have of this camera. There are other cameras out there which have more menus with fewer subcategories and navigating through them is a lot more simple, but this is what we have gotten and we will go through the menus in a different video.

If we go down again to the magnifying glass we also have next to it a question mark and that is also very useful because if we get to a point where we are looking at one of the options in the camera and the question mark pops up at the bottom of the screen, then by pressing this button we get a brief guide as to what it is we have selected. The final button here is the i button and it is very useful because it gives you quick access to the settings that you can change when you want to take a picture. Please remember that if you are in one of the manual modes M, A, S, P, then you have access to – and are able to change – more settings than if you are in an automatic mode, because the automatic mode makes many of those selections for you and you do not have the ability to change them.

On the left hand side you have got two sockets, one for USB and one for an HDMI lead. The USB allows you to connect your camera to a computer and transfer your pictures across and the HDMI lead socket here allows you to connect your camera to a TV in order for you to see your pictures or your videos on a television. You do not get either of these leads in the box so you would have to buy them, but they are useful ways of connecting to other devices and particularly with the USB lead if you want to transfer your pictures onto a computer without having to take your card out and have a card reader. On the other side you have the card socket and this is where your SD card goes. it is a full size SD. On the bottom is the door for the battery compartment to allow you to place the battery. The only other thing on the bottom is the socket which allows you to attach the camera to a tripod. It is a standard fit – if you buy a tripod for a DSLR it will fit this camera so there is no need to worry about that.

Now let us take a look at the front of the Nikon D3400. The first thing we see is the infrared receiver and when I mentioned using the infrared shutter button the ML-L3 then that is the receiver for that infrared signal. You do not notice it normally. The second thing to look at here is the redeye reduction lamp and that is very useful when you have the flash operating because sometimes when you photograph people the light bounces directly out of their eyes and creates a red-eye effect. This light will flash an instant before the flash goes off and will cause the pupils to contract and therefore reduce the possibility of redeye. It is also the self timer indicator so if you have got the camera set to self timer then this will flash to indicate that it is on properly, and finally it can also operate as the auto focus assist illustrator which means that if the camera is trying to focus on something in very poor light or focus on something that's got very little contrast then the light will go off to help it focus better. Then, going around to the other side of the camera then the first thing to look at here is the lens release button and obviously you need to press that button in order to release the lens. Above that and above the badge for the D3400 those three little indents there, they are the internal microphone. It operates reasonably well over a short distance, but just remember if you are videoing not to put your fingers over that.

Then we get onto to interesting buttons they are the FUNCTION BUTTON and the FLASH BUTTON. The function button allows you to select specific functions which you can change by pressing that button so you can change image quality and size, ISO, white balance or active d-lighting. Personally I would change that to ISO and the reason I would do that is because it is very useful when you are shooting video. The button above that is the flash mode button and if you press it then it will pop up the flash and allow you to use the flash even if the setting or the mode you are on does not think that you need it and that can be useful when you want to use fill-in flash at a time or a point where the Nikon D3400 does not actually think you require it. But that is not all, because if you've popped up the flash then if you press this button again then it will give you options for the flash mode. Now there is a video on flash and flash guns so I am not going to go into much detail here but the flash modes on offer here are fill-in flash, red eye reduction, slow sync with red eye, slow sync back curtain and slow sync and then back to fill-in flash. That is a really useful way of changing the purpose of the flash very quickly. But again that is not all because if you press the flash button and the exposure button which we have mentioned already then you get to change the flash compensation by using the main dial again at the back. You can increase the flash compensation by one stop or you can reduce it down by three stops and that is very useful if you have taken a picture with the flash and you think it is either a little too bright or a little too dark. So by using those two buttons in combination you can actually change the flash compensation very easily and very quickly.

Setting Up Your New Nikon D3400 DSLR Camera

Setting up the Nikon D3400 is pretty straightforward. The first thing you need to do is to charge your battery. When you buy the camera you will receive a battery and a battery charger and although the battery may look like it is fully charged, it is worth just giving it an extra hour or…

Setting up the Nikon D3400 is pretty straightforward. The first thing you need to do is to charge your battery. When you buy the camera you will receive a battery and a battery charger and although the battery may look like it is fully charged, it is worth just giving it an extra hour or so in the charger to make sure. Once you've charged it, you then place it into the camera. It can only go in one way so if it does not go in very easily, you are putting it in the wrong way. Then attach the lens. The lens and camera both have q white dot. Match the dots and gently fit it into the bayonet socket and then twist the lens anti-clockwise until it clicks.

Although you get almost everything you need in the box when you buy the camera for you to take pictures pretty much straight away, the one thing you do not have in you get the box is a memory card. Of course you need a memory card to store the pictures and the videos that you shoot on the camera. We suggest getting a SanDisk card and the reason for that is that SanDisk will guarantee the life of the card. It is important to remember that they will not guarantee what is on the card, but if the card fails SanDisk will replace the card. It is a little extra. So the way you put the card into the camera is in the side socket here. You open it up by pulling it slightly forward and you put the card in facing to you and just push it in until it clicks. What you will notice is that when you put it in completely, a green light flashes on the back of the camera to say that it's being done properly. If you need to take the card out then you just press the card – it's on a spring – and it will just bounce out again and then you can put it back in, very straightforward. On the other side are two other ports These are very useful because they are a USB port, which allows you to transfer your pictures directly from the camera to the laptop, and that that an HDMI port which allows you to show your pictures on a TV . Neither of these leads are available in the box so if you want to do either of those things you need to buy the leads separately. Once you've inserted your memory card, the next thing to do is to switch the camera on. But first what I would suggest you do is take you off the lens cap and activate the lens. What I mean is that you press the button on the side and you extend the lens out. You need to do this in order for the camera to work because if you do not the camera will not take any pictures. So once you have done that you can switch on the camera and once you have done that you will see, in the back screen, that you have got various choices to make. You choose your language – you do that by moving the Cross Keys left to right and up and down and then selecting the language by pressing OK. You choose your date in a similar fashion and you also then choose your time zone in exactly the same way, using the cross keys on the back.

All of these things can be changed later anyway so do not worry too much if you get them wrong, or in fact if you do not want to worry too much about them now and bypass those options and to return to them afterwards. But the next thing to do is to format your card, because if it is a new card, or an old card for that matter, you need to ensure that it is formatted correctly for this camera. So the thing to do now is to press the Menu button and that will take you into the menus and the one that you are looking for is the Setup Menu. That is down to the spanner icon. So you go down here and then the second one down is FORMAT MEMORY CARD. Now there is always an element of danger when you format memory cards, particularly once you have started using the camera. If you format the memory card you delete everything on it – even pictures that you think you have protected will be deleted so you need to be very careful when you format cards.

However, when you are doing it for the first time you are perfectly at liberty to go to yes and click OK, and it will format the memory card and attune it to this camera properly. Now you are in a position to take a picture or shoot a video. You can either do this through the Liveview screen which enables you to see what is through the lens or you can do this through the more conventional DSLR way which is to look through the viewfinder. The viewfinder can be attuned to your eyesight so if you look through the viewfinder and, although the camera says what you're looking at is sharp, it does not look sharp to you, you can use the Dioptric Adjuster which is on the side here to change the focal length of the viewfinder, which means that you can look through it and it looks sharp when in fact the camera says it looks sharp.

That is very useful so take some moments just to focus and refocus on a few different things and just check that the viewfinder, when you are looking through it, looks sharp when the camera says that it is sharp. One of the things that I change almost straight away is the Auto Timer because cameras have timers on them now in order to help save the battery life and that means that sometimes they switch them off and it can be really annoying. But you can set your own Auto Timer lengths by going into the camera and into the Menu Settings so if you go into menu and you go into the Setup Menu then, by going down on the next page – there are quite a lot of settings here , you will see AUTO OFF TIMERS as an option. If you select that then you can either select Short, Normal or Long which is a fairly generic term that talks about how long the camera will be on before it switches itself off or how long the back screen will be on before it switches itself off. Or you can go down to Custom and you can select those lengths of time that you prefer and that is what I do. I go down to Custom and check the ones that I want which are PLAYBACK and MENUS IMAGE REVIEW which is the length of time the images are on the back screen for you just to look at after you've taken it. LIVEVIEW which is the Liveview screen, and the STANDBY TIMER which is how long the camera sits on standby before it switches itself off. You can shoot pictures with this camera now, but the best thing to do is to select your image quality and your compression quality before you do. So the first thing to do is to go back into menus and in this instance we are looking at the Shooting Menu. If you go to there the first thing you come across is IMAGE QUALITY. Now image quality talks about compression rates not about the file size, but the compression rate is important. You can shoot RAW images with this camera but I would recommend, initially at least, shooting JPEG and the option I would choose would be JPEG fine because that is the best compression rate for JPEGs for this camera. Once you have done that you move one down to IMAGE SIZE and again there is no point shooting medium or small images with this camera. I would say the best thing to do is to shoot large images. Bear in mind that the memory card is probably big enough, with a 16 or 32 gigabyte memory, to shoot hundreds of pictures so you are not limited by memory space as we once were there there is no reason not to shoot large and not to shoot fine JPEG images. As we are in the Shooting Menu, why do not we go down one more from IMAGE SIZE to ISO SENSITIVITY SETTINGS. When you switch the camera on for the first time then the settings are set so that the Auto ISO Sensitivity Control is on and that means that when you are in the basic preset, the camera will choose the ISO setting and if you look below the Auto ISO Sensitivity Control, it will set the maximum sensitivity according to what varies there and when you get the camera and you switch it on for the first time the maximum is 25,600 now I would say that when you are taking normal pictures to go above 1600 – probably 3200. By leaving it as it is you allow the camera to choose far higher ISOs than you otherwise may wish, so if you go into this setting I would suggest that you make the maximum setting as I say 6400 probable , and I would also switch the ISO Sensitivity Control off because that then means that you have more control over the ISO in the basic settings and also in the manual settings. After setting the ISO I would stay in the Shooting Menu and move one down again to WHITE BALANCE. now it is important initially, I would say, that white balance is on AUTO. What white balance does is it sets the white in the picture. Now, if you know anything about colors, you know that white is a combination of all colors and so once the camera can set white it can also set the values ​​for all the other colors. So it is very important and it is also very important if you are shooting somewhere where the balance of light is not normal – for example, if you are shooting in an office where the light may be slightly blue or if you are shooting at home under artificial light where the color of the light might be slightly yellow. You are not going to see this with your naked eye because your brain manages to filter those tones and those colors out, but the camera will see it and it is important that the camera initially is on AUTO so that it can set the white balance itself and try to balance all of the different color components that it sees through the lens.

The last thing I want to show you is very useful once you've taken your pictures. If you go into Playback Menu once you have taken a picture and go down to PLAYBACK DISPLAY OPTION then you will see that you have options that give you information on the picture once you've taken it. So you have got the options of showing the HIGHLIGHTS the RGB HISTOGRAM SHOOTING DATA and OVERVIEW. These are really useful bits of information and they are useful for you to recall and go back to once you have taken the picture and you just want to see what settings you had, or actually during the live shoot when you can see with the RGB histogram or the tonal histogram where your picture may be failing or just not working to its optimum. So they are very useful things to have, and by allocating and switching those on when you go into playback mode and you look at your pictures by pressing the cross keys up or down you will be given these pieces of information with the picture also viewable on the view screen. It is a really useful way of just keeping control and keeping an eye on the various options and settings that you have when you take a picture. So, for example, it will give you the histograms but also the ISO. It will give you the focal length, it will give you all the various autos in terms of white balance or wherever the flash was on etc. In the old days when you were shooting with film you would have taken a notebook and written all of this down but because it is available on the back screen it makes it a whole lot easier.

Images – Is Seeing Believing?

I wanted to explore the impact of the images we use in our businesses and the effect of the images circulating on social media. “A picture paints a thousand words” Frederick R. Barnard in .

I wanted to explore the impact of the images we use in our businesses and the effect of the images circulating on social media. “A picture paints a thousand words” Frederick R. Barnard in .

What Is Creative Photography?

Creative photography is a wide open field for all people. Honest speaking, there's no straightforward definition of the term, as a good number of people think of a creative photo as something that's both abstract and out of focus. Others simply think the term “creative” is just a fun way to praise an overall bad…

Creative photography is a wide open field for all people. Honest speaking, there's no straightforward definition of the term, as a good number of people think of a creative photo as something that's both abstract and out of focus. Others simply think the term “creative” is just a fun way to praise an overall bad photo. But what would be the next best thing that can define creative photography for us? Some artists think of creative photography as something that contains extra elements which are used to improve the original version of the photo in a creative way.

If you noticed, that definition has two very important aspects which make a big difference between a creative photo and an everyday photo:

Extra Elements , which are mainly outside of the regular process of taking a photo, and have plenty of space for interpretation. Creative minds always include some simplistic kind of workflow in photos, and they can be as simple or as complex as you'd like. The main goal is to simply get only the best out of a single photo.

Intent , or the intentional use of extra elements. When taking photos, photographers always lack that extra creativity. This is why getting good camera exposure will never make a photo look or feel creative. But the intentional underexposing with a goal of getting a darker image does add an extra touch of creativity.

When capturing a well exposed image of anything, no artist will consider it as a creative sample. If you're asking yourself why, you should know that it's because nothing outside of your normal photography workflow was used to take the image. As good as your location, lighting, timing, and all other real life factors are, you just can not bring out the colors and other details of an image without good post-processing skills.

Once you compare a non-stylized photo with something taken under harsh light, a shallow depth of field (DOF), and the rule of the thirds, you can create an image that will get your audience to dream about whatever your image showcases. With that approach to photography, not all artists will admit that your work has a creative touch, but when you take the definition highlighted above, the extra elements and the intent can be nature itself.

Of course people will always differentiate creative and non-creative photography, but just like art, there is no pattern that will direct you in any way whatever. There's no definitive answer to what makes a photographer creative, because unlike the technical side of photography, which has a clearly defined workflow, the creative part does not have it. That's the more challenging and exciting part in creative photography, and that is also why people think of learning photography as something they spend their whole lives on. Even though you can grasp knowledge of the technical side of photography, it's the creative side that will demand you to always look for new ways of accomplishing your goals.

The unfortunate thing is that almost nobody can ever give you a straightforward workflow on creativity. The only two things you can work on are careful observation and thinking outside of the box. These two methods are absolutely mandatory for capturing creative photos.

The best practices for capturing an image ready for a creative touch include improving the frame's composition by removing all elements around it that are distracting to the eye (such as trees or buildings). The end result will, of course, look dull and boring, even though there are no technical errors on the image. It can take as little as a sea wave to make a picture look stunning, and it's a completely natural occurrence.

What Makes A Great Sports Action Photo?

This article is going to be a little different from many of the ones I like to read on sports photography. Most provide very useful tips on which camera settings work best for different types of shots. I have read others that give great insight on how to take better sports action photos. These are…

This article is going to be a little different from many of the ones I like to read on sports photography. Most provide very useful tips on which camera settings work best for different types of shots. I have read others that give great insight on how to take better sports action photos. These are all very informative. But how do you know if you've got a great action shot? I think it would be very interesting to find out what different photographers look for in a great sports action photo. So that is what this article will address. What is the difference between a good action shot and a great one? Here are three things I look for when making that distinction. If any one of these three elements are captured, it has the makings of an awesome shot. Get two out of the three, and there is an excellent chance that you have taken a photo that will always be remembered.

Element # 1: Intense Focus & Concentration . Being able to capture the look on athletes' faces when they are totally in the zone can really set a photograph apart. It's one of those qualities in a shot that you can not need unnecessarily plan for, but you know it when you see it. Here is what I mean. One tennis player I really enjoy watching is Roger Federer. If you ever want to see what total concentration looks like when a tennis player at the top of his game is executing his most lethal stroke, just Google “Roger Federer Backhand”. His eyes are trained on the ball like a couple of lasers as he prepares to hit the ball. I am convinced that if someone blasted an air horn right next to Federer's ear, he would not even hear it as he nailed another backhand winner. There are plenty of examples in other sports as well. So without a doubt, if an athlete's focus and concentration can be made in a photo, it can make for a very special shot.

Element # 2: Raw Emotion . If focus and concentration can give a photograph a certain edge, raw emotion brings it to life. I have seen many iconic sports moments on television. And years, even decades later, nothing can put me back in that moment better than a photo that has captured the emotion at that instant in time. One of best examples I can think of is the shot of Brandi Chastain after she scored the winning penalty kick to beat China in the 1999 Women's World Cup in soccer. Again, you can Google it to see what I mean. Caught up in the moment, Chastain, ripped off her jersey revealing her sports bra and dropped to her knees in celebration. The look on her face says it all, but that is only half of the story. One of the wider shots shows her crews sprinting down the field to join her in that celebration. That was pure, unadulterated joy, and I can not imagine there is anything that gives a sports photographer more satisfaction than capturing that for an eternity.

Element # 3: The Human Body Operating At Its Peak . Let's face it, the human body is an incredible machine. And when it can be taken in a photograph working at peak performance, it really is amazing. It does not really matter what sport the athletic plays, but my favorites to watch in this arena are the individual Olympic Sports. One athlete I truly enjoyed watching in the Rio Olympics was Simone Biles. She dominated the competition on her way to winning the all-around gold medal. There were times when I thought she was going to jump out of the gym. There are dozens of outstanding photos (yup, that's right. Google “Simone Biles”) showing her twisting and twirling in a way that the human body was not meant to do. And the ease in which Biles appears to do it is equally impressive.

So those are three elements that I think are keys to a great sports action photo: intension concentration, raw emotion, and the human body operating at its peak. Capturing one of those elements will separate your shot from the pack. Nailing two of them would be a clear game changer. What are some of your favorite sports action photos? I would enjoy hearing from you and getting your perspective. In the meantime, good luck in your efforts.

The Best Aerial Photography Can Change the Definition of Photography

Aerial photography is just like its name name is suggested. In this technique of taking pictures, the shoot is done by moving the drone around the place in the sky All the pictures are taken from the sky. By shooting from such a height can change your photography experience. Many professional aerial photographers have shown…

Aerial photography is just like its name name is suggested. In this technique of taking pictures, the shoot is done by moving the drone around the place in the sky All the pictures are taken from the sky. By shooting from such a height can change your photography experience.

Many professional aerial photographers have shown their creativity by clicking such a masterpiece. They have changed the views of peoples by their best aerial photography and set the new height to reach for the other photographers. Aerial photography is becoming famous and many businesses are demanding aerial photographers for clicking pictures which can be fruitful for their website or business.

Many couples are hiring the best aerial photography agencies for shooting their wedding with the technology so that they can have existing and memorable wedding shoot. This photography is beneficial in discovering, mapping and many other things.

Modern Applications of Aerial Photography

There are many modern applications of aerial photography, and they are the most important ones:

1. Archeology

Photos from high above the ground helps archaeologists to find the lost monuments and hidden sites, track the site's features that are not visible from ground level, find treasure buried under the earth, sand or water, to perform certain site features, which are visible only under certain conditions, the card site specific neighborhoods and often record remote, hidden, dangerous or impossible to reach areas in the world.

2. Urban Studies and Real Estate

This photography is a permanent partner of landscape studies, sociology, urban planning, geography and cartography property, they play aerial games have power over their competitors because they can simply and clearly demonstrate the value and beauty of a building or construction site with photos say for themselves.

3. Climate Change

Researchers used to study the effect of menopaal changes for certain ecosystems, dry lakes, the expansion of water as well as decreasing the size of the rain forest and so on. Aerial photography helps researchers to conduct the environmental forensic examination, to monitor all the changes that we are experiencing, from documenting invasive species, thinning others, soil, water, and landscape changes. Shifting climate and strong environmental changes that affect everyone on this planet is now thoroughly documented with the help of photographs.

4. Tourism

This is easily explained by the fact that the photography allows people to see the wider area and larger context of meaning. While we all love the panoramic image of an exotic island blessing surreal sunset, we may be breathless at the sight of a blue lagoon in the endless green pastures, or the famous tourist landmark, taken at a right angle.

5. Art

Search gorgeous locations and capture it with a good angle at the right time of the day can turn into a work of art that does not have to match the advertising, commercial or scientific purposes. Artistic photographers knew experimenting and trying creative ways to perpetuate the beauty of our world, and aerial photography is one of the most interesting ways to achieve this goal.

Choosing Professional Event Photographers

There are different events that we hold from time to time and as such, it is important to capture those moments for the sake of memory. There are professional photographers for the various events that you may have including concerts, street photography, sports, fashion events, birthdays, weddings and so on. When you deal with a…

There are different events that we hold from time to time and as such, it is important to capture those moments for the sake of memory. There are professional photographers for the various events that you may have including concerts, street photography, sports, fashion events, birthdays, weddings and so on. When you deal with a professional photographer, then you will be able to remember most of the events that you may have been to in a much easier and responsible manner.

Mistakes When Using Drones For Selfies

When taking photos, individuals try out different gadgets to allow them to find the best angle. In addition, individuals also make use of the latest gadgets to ensure that they can capture unique photos. And, one of the best options is to make use of drones. As of now, more and more individuals make use…

When taking photos, individuals try out different gadgets to allow them to find the best angle. In addition, individuals also make use of the latest gadgets to ensure that they can capture unique photos. And, one of the best options is to make use of drones.

As of now, more and more individuals make use of drones to capture wonderful aerial shots. But, there are some individuals who use drones to take selfies. Of course, using drones can make selfies more appealing and interesting. Sadly, there are cases when individuals make mistakes in using drones. Below are some of the following mistakes.

Forgetting about drone and camera compatibility

One of the main mistakes that individuals make when using drones for selfies is that they forget about drone and camera compatibility. Most of the time, these gadgets are sold as a whole. But, there are cases when individuals can purchase it separately in order to opt for better drones and cameras. However, buyers neglect its compatibility. For instance, cameras can not be installed in drones due to different attachments. Or perhaps, buyers have purchased heavy cameras which can not be lifted by drones. Because of this, taking selfies can be impossible.

Thinking the using drones is easy

The next mistake that some individuals make with regard to drones is that they think that using drones is easy. Some individuals think that using drones is like playing a remote control car. Of course, drones make use of controls. However, keeping it stable in the air can be difficult. Not to mention, maneuvering drones is also difficult. Thus, there are cases when you can not capture the best photos.

Neglecting government rules

Some individuals also neglect government rules. When taking selfies using drones, individuals can lift drones on high places. But, before using one, it is important to know government rules. There are areas wherein government authorities implement strict aerial rules. Thus, using a drone can be a crime. So, it is important to first check the rules in your area before using such a gadget to ensure that you can capture wonderful photos without experiencing risk of lawsuits.

Failing to know photography options

Finally, there are also some individuals who neglect photography features of drones. As mentioned earlier, drones can be used to take selfies. But, in order to do so, you need to know the photography options of the drone. Sadly, some individuals neglect this factor which can turn amazing photos into unsightly ones. Thus, it is important to spend time checking these options to ensure that you capture better photographs.

These are only some of the mistakes individuals need to be aware of when using drones for selfies.

Photographers – It’s Time To Use Your Words Through Storytelling

When I say photographers and using your words, it may come out as an odd combination of terms. It is a well-known fact that photography in itself is a way of expressing oneself. So why would a photographer need to resort to words? The other fact we all know about is the intense competition in…

When I say photographers and using your words, it may come out as an odd combination of terms. It is a well-known fact that photography in itself is a way of expressing oneself. So why would a photographer need to resort to words?

The other fact we all know about is the intense competition in the business markets. If you want to establish a photography business that grows, you need innovation. And using your words to tell your story is the innovation now.

There is no doubt that you may have the skills and access to the best cameras and resources in the market. But hundreds of other photographers can say the same.
So what makes you different?

It's your story that will set you apart. And yes, you can tell your story through the images you capture, but words can add a new side to your visual tale. It makes you engaging with your target audience and clarifies what you are trying to portray through your images.

Musician Amanda Palmer is a good example. Although Amanda is not a photographer, she too is a creative that required clarity and direction within her words. The story she chose use, cave herself an avenue to tell why she was an artist to be taken seriously.

In an attempt to kick off her music album from the ground up on her own, she needed money and lots of it. The band was doing well until they required funds to finish producing. Having left an expensive label behind, they looked at the fund raising platform 'Kickstarter' to help. In a month's time, she had raised $ 1.2 million through simple words like, 'This is the future of music' and 'I love you'. – Amanda's Ted talk

Why Tell Stories?

Stories have been a connection tool for humans for decades. We know about the people before us because we know their stories. So why can not businesses do the same?

Content has become the basic tool for marketing. However, we should be self-publishing content that is above all else meaningful. Clients will buy into your ideas though your choice of vocabulary. Customers are not just looking for buying products or services; they look for conversations, narratives of the “how”.

Social media has allowed customers to become more opinionated and expressive about what they want. This is the perfect opportunity for business owners to converse with them and identify their claims.

As a photographer, you will make your audience more curious about your work if you tell your story. The audience does not just need generic content; they want vivid, meaningful words that they can refer to. And what better way to do this than tell stories.

“Speak of the adventure not just the final destination”

There is an undeniable power in a good story. Imagine if you can win hearts of the people through your words, that story will become the one associated with your brand; absolutely adding to your brand awareness. There are so many examples of historical brand stories. Consider Levis. Could you become one of these legendary leaders of industry?

Next time you capture a photograph, voice the story behind it. The words you tell will make the story within your image that much stronger. Perhaps, your audience needs that extra push to appreciate your work, a connection to the mind behind the image. – Your story could be that?