Photo Of The Week

This week's photo of the week was taken by hobbyist photographer, Jeri Lile. She took this shot as she stood in back of one of the rail cars on the White Pass and Yukon Rail Route. Started in Skagway, Alaska and reached the Summit of the white Pass, with being a round trip of 40 miles.  

Check out Jeri Lile on Instagram @jerilile to see much more of her photography. 

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Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Different Types Of Emotions To Capture During A Lifestyle Portrait Session

When you are taking a lifestyle portrait session, you want to capture all the different emotions those family members can feel around each other. Emotion is everything in photos and if someone has hired you to shoot a photo session for them, whether it be in their home, at your studio or another location, they want you to capture great emotions so they get to take home some amazing photos. 

Many time you will find that if you go to the clients home to take the photos, it is typically a much more relaxed session because they are in their own environment that they are comfortable in and familiar with. 

When thinking of emotion in photos, you may automatically think about happiness. When you pose for a photo, you are typically told to smile for the camera. But keep in mind that there are many other emotions you can capture in the photos that will make for some amazing photos that your client is sure to love. And if you capture a variety of different emotions during the photo session, the client will have a variety of different types of shots to choose from - and you never know which one will be their favorite! 

So, what are the different types of emotions you want to be on the lookout for during a photo session? We are going to list out these different emotions for you... these come straight from The Lifestyle Portrait Guide offered at Photographer Candy

Smile

This is the main emotion that you think of when taking photos. People want to look back on their family photos and remember the happy and good times. Those times when everyone was smiling and happy. It is a very important thing to be sure and capture in a lifestyle portrait session.

Laughter

Taking that happiness to the next level is laughter. It is so fun to capture a family or couple laughing naturally together. We are not talking about staged laughing that looks fake... real laughter. Perhaps it is a child doing a funny face that the parents love or the couple tickling each other.... whatever they do naturally to make each other laugh is fun to capture. 

Candid

Some of the best photos are when no one is posed and everyone is being totally natural. When the clients are not aware of the camera being on them you can get some of the best photos that are totally raw and real life.

Serious

See if you can capture the clients in a more serious way... if you can capture it the right way, this could make for a very powerful photo.

Excited

Excitement is a fun human emotion... who does not love to be excited about something?!? A great type of session where a couple would be expressing emotion is during a gender reveal session or an engagement session.

Tears

Tears are a unique thing to photograph. Whether you capture tears of joy or ones of sadness, both of those when taken right will pull at the heart strings. 

Love

Always try and find the love shared between the clients in every single session you photograph. Whether it is a family where you can capture the love shared between the parents and children, a couple who is excited about their upcoming wedding or new parents staring lovingly at their new baby, love is such a special emotion that every client will want you to capture.  


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Photography Inspiration From Beverly Hills Wedding Photographer Joe Buissink

No matter what it is that you do and love in life, you need to have a passion for it. As a photographer, you have to want to take photos, continue learning and growing to be the best you can be. Today, we want to share a little photography inspiration with you in this great video where Beverly Hills wedding photographer Joe Buissink shares is view on what photography means.

If you are a photographer this will definitely change the way you look at yourself and we hope it brings you some inspiration to get out and take amazing photos! 

Joe Buissink started his photographic career in 1995 and has become one of the most sought after and praised wedding photographers in the world. His work is both revered in the photographic community and admired in the wedding industry and he has photographed the weddings of people such as Barry Bonds, Alyson Hannigan, Brendan Fraser, Brooke Burke, Christian Slater, Christina Aguilera, Christina Applegate, David Boreanus, Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey, Kelsey Grammer and more. 

Here are a few of his amazing photos and be sure to check out his website at www.joebuissink.com!


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Unique Architecture Photos By Swedish Photographer, Cim Ek

There are so many unique buildings and architecture throughout the world that is perfect for capturing in a photo! Today, we wanted to share these unique architecture photos that were taken by a photographer from Sweden named Cim Ek.

We first saw her work on CNet and just had to share. With her photos on Instagram, she seems to enjoy fashion, outdoor and architectural photography. The shapes, angles and textures she captures in her work is outstanding and uses tons of creative viewpoints when capturing her work. Take a look at a few of her great photos below! 

See all of Cim Ek's great photos on her Instagram page. And you can see the original article on CNet.com


 

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Photo Of The Week

Today's photo of the week was taken by Audrey Cramer with Cramer Imaging. It is titled "Upper Mesa Falls" on the Snake River in Idaho near Island Park and was shot on a Nikon D5000 with a kit lens of 18-55mm. 

To see more from Audrey Cramer, visit her website at www.cramerimaging.com. You can also find Cramer Imaging on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.  

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Do you have some really amazing photos you have taken recently or some of your past work that you simply love? We want to see! Each Tuesday, we will be featuring a "photo of the week" right here on the Camera Giveaways blog. We are looking for anything from amazing landscape photos, a gorgeous wedding or engagement shot, sports or animal photography, an awesome fashion photo...whatever you want to share, we would love to see!

Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Photographers Capture Beauty In The Stars Over Washington State

Our beautiful world is full of amazing landscapes, from rolling meadows, large mountains, deep valleys and majestic oceans. But if photographed right, the starry sky can also be an amazing thing to photograph. We found some amazing photography of the nighttime sky and stars that are taken over Washington State. These images were captured for the 8th Astrofest Astrophotography Exhibition showcase and the photos are quite stunning.

“Curator Dr John Goldsmith said, “We have some lovely entries featuring the supermoon; we have a lot of images of deep space objects done by people using good telescopes.

Check out these awesome photos of the nighttime sky below that we found on The West Australian

Unexpected conditions reveal an ethereal vision of the Benedictine abbey at New Norcia.Photo credit: Sandino Pusta

Unexpected conditions reveal an ethereal vision of the Benedictine abbey at New Norcia.Photo credit: Sandino Pusta

A panorama of the night sky over Guilderton Lighthouse just north of Yanchep. Photo credit: Trevor Dobson

A panorama of the night sky over Guilderton Lighthouse just north of Yanchep. Photo credit: Trevor Dobson

The Prawn Nebula in Scorpius. Photo credit: Paul Sartory

The Prawn Nebula in Scorpius. Photo credit: Paul Sartory

NGC 5139, Omega Centauri. Photo credit: Fabian Rodriguez Frustaglia

NGC 5139, Omega Centauri. Photo credit: Fabian Rodriguez Frustaglia

“Astro photographers love to travel to really remote places all over the State and record these amazing images,” Dr Goldsmith said in the article on The West Australian. “We are just so fortunate to be in WA and have the dark night skies that (allow us to) see the Milky Way. That’s one of the reasons why the photography that comes out of WA is so good.”

Full Moon over Lake Koorkoordine. Photo credit: Kylie Gee

Full Moon over Lake Koorkoordine. Photo credit: Kylie Gee

Lagoon Nebula. Photo credit: Fabian Rodriguez Frustaglia

Lagoon Nebula. Photo credit: Fabian Rodriguez Frustaglia

The Wanderer.Photo credit: Michael Goh

The Wanderer.Photo credit: Michael Goh

The Outlier focused on the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope precursor instrument located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Photo credit: Pete Wheeler

The Outlier focused on the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope precursor instrument located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Photo credit: Pete Wheeler

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Photo Of The Week

Today's photo of the week was taken by Geoff Hansen with Geoff Hansen Photography. The photo was taken in Napa Valley with a Nikon D810, 24-70mm f.8. 

To see more work from Geoff, follow him on Instagram @napavalleyimages. 

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Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

4 Common Photography Mistakes Amateur Photographers Make

When you are an amateur photographer, you have a passion for taking photos and it is so important that you continue to learn and perfect your craft. No matter how long you have been learning and taking photos, there are some common photography mistakes that amateur photographers can make that you want to try to avoid. If you try to avoid these common mistakes, or learn from them as you go, you will be able to take awesome photos!

Take a look at these common mistakes that amateur photographers make that we saw on Tom's Guide

1. Failing to remove obstructions.

Always be sure when you are taking photographs to be aware of the things around the subject you are photographing. If you are taking a photo of a building, be aware of what is in front of the building, or even in the background. If you want an amazing shot of the building but also capture cars driving in front of it, that takes away from the shot. Try to position yourself in a way that has the least amount of distractions around it, and wait a minute to be sure you capture the best photo possible. 

2. Letting auto mode determine the ISO and f-stop.

Using the auto settings on your camera is not always the best thing. Do your research and figure out if you need a higher ISO or faster shutter speed to get the best possible photo. Remember that when trying to capture shots in dim light, it's better to use a shorter exposure time because it minimizes the blurring caused by a shaking camera. 

3. Using the built-in flash.

Many times if you take portraits in low light with your camera in auto mode, the flash will turn on by default but that doesn’t always result in the best photos. You could find that it looks very dark and is not as clear as you want. This is another time when switching up your cameras settings will help rather than always using the built in flash.   

4. Fearing the abstract.

Do not be afraid to do something a little abstract. You do not always have to take a photo from straight ahead with everything lined up perfectly to make it awesome. Find something unique and try shooting it from a unique angle. Or, take for example you are photographing fruit at a farmers market, as Tom's Guide mentions. Instead of photographing the entire barrel of apples, pick one fruit to be the center of the photo so it is a bit more abstract. 


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Photo Of The Week

Today's photo of the week is by Gulfraz Ahmed. He says, "this picture is one from a series of pictures I have done of this tree at different times of the year as I have been watching the tree grow with my sons."

You can see more of Gulfraz's photos on Flickr

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Email your photos to contact@cameragiveaways.com with the subject "CG Blog Photo Submission" for consideration. In your email be sure to include a description of your photo, your name and company name as well as website and social media links. Please... no watermarks! If this information is not included, your photo will not be included.

Winners Of The Smithsonian 14th Annual Photo Contest

You voted and Smithsonian.com has announced the winners of their 14th Annual Photo Contest! The contest ran from March 22, 2016 - November 30, 2016 and received over 48,000 submissions from photographers in 146 countries and territories.

Contestants submitted photos to the following seven categories: Natural World, The American Experience, Travel, People, Altered, Mobile, and Sustainable Travel.

Take a look at the winners below!

Grand Prize: Pradeep Raja Kannaiah for “Ramadan Prayers”

© Pradeep Raja Kannaiah. All rights reserved.

© Pradeep Raja Kannaiah. All rights reserved.

American Experience: Stephanie Foden for “Before the Portrait”

© Stephanie Foden. All rights reserved.

© Stephanie Foden. All rights reserved.

Natural World: Prelena Soma Owen for “Look Me in the Eye”

© Prelena Soma Owen. All rights reserved.

© Prelena Soma Owen. All rights reserved.

Travel: Peter Nutkins for “Individual Communication”

© Peter Nutkins. All rights reserved.

© Peter Nutkins. All rights reserved.

Sustainable Travel: Greta Rybus for “A Man Looks Out the Door”

© Greta Rybus. All rights reserved.

© Greta Rybus. All rights reserved.

People: João Borges for “Step by Step”

© João Borges. All rights reserved.

© João Borges. All rights reserved.

Altered Images: Jim Mneymneh for “Improvisation”

© Jim Mneymneh. All rights reserved.

© Jim Mneymneh. All rights reserved.

Mobile: Alina Rudya for “Surreal”

© Alina Rudya. All rights reserved.

© Alina Rudya. All rights reserved.

Read more about each photo and the entire contest on Smithsonian.com Photo Contest page

If you have amazing photos that you are interested in submitting, check out more information and how to submit for Smithsonian.com 15th Annual Photo Contest.  

This year's contest will open at 2:00 PM EST on March 28, 2017 and run through November 30, 2017. Please refer to their rules (available upon launch) for more information about the contest, categories, awards and eligibility at www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/rules.


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