Better Fall Photos in a Few Easy Steps

Fall is upon us and that means it’s time to take some memorable foliage photos. The turning leaves create vibrant multicolor scenes that almost photograph themselves. The vivid gold, orange, green and red colors provide many photographic possibilities, but it’s up to the photographer to capture and frame these elements into a pleasing pieces of art.

Professional photographers, using high-end equipment have produced breathtaking views of fall, but if you do your homework and follow a few simple steps you can do the same even with a modest camera.

Location, Location, Location

The first and most important step is to carefully choose your locations. Ideally this should be done before the leaves start to turn to give you more prep time, but as with most things, it’s better late than never.

It’s best to find 3 to 5 locations close to, or on the way to where you live or work. This approach gives you options and also allows you to quickly take advantage of ever-changing light and weather conditions.

Choose locations that have a variety of tree species. The contrasting colors combined with the proper light can provide a gorgeous setting. The times just after sunrise and early evening generally work best.

Look for Big and Small

While you are scouting for, or shooting at you locations don’t forget to look for small objects. A collection of leaves on the ground can sometimes be more artistic than an array of multicolor trees in the distance.

Try to look at your location from every possible angle in order to take advantage of less than obvious shots. Also look for opportunities to capture reflections. Many times a scene’s beauty can double if it is also seen from a reflective lake, pond or river.

Steady Does It

Another easy way to improve your Fall photos is to use a tripod. If your shots are taken at a distance or in low light the tripod will help to keep you camera steady and your pictures sharp. The tripod will also help if you want to take the same shot several times using different camera settings. I have found that when you find the perfect composition, but the light is not quite right or something unwanted is in the frame, the tripod is indispensable.

Color is Key

Color is what needs to stand out in your fall photos, so you should consider using the vibrant mode setting on your camera if it’s available. If your camera is not equipped with this setting you can increase saturation to achieve the same effect.

You can also tweak your photos after the fact with a photo editing program. Programs such as Adobe Photoshop Elements and Corel PaintShop Photo Pro allow you to adjust exposure, saturation, and contrast to improve the overall look of your photos. If your photos were captured using the RAW setting on your camera you will have the maximum flexibility during the editing process.

These steps should help your turn beautiful Fall scenes and objects into photos that can be enjoyed forever.

Printing Your Personal Photos

Printing Photographs

You have taken some outstanding pictures whilst on holiday. Now you would like to print them so you can show them to your friends. For the best printouts you should prepare yourself with the very best supplies for your printer. A good quality Glossy Paper with a weight around 180g is a good starting place. Now what size would you like to print? A5 which is half of an A4 sheet is a good size. A popular similar size is 4″ x 6″ or 100mm x 150mm. For photographs I recommend using genuine inkjet cartridges for their colour quality, they also tend to hold their colours longer. It is generally a fact that most inkjet printed photos are exposed to the air which speeds up the fading process so to preserve your prints either place them under glass or in an album where the plastic covers are made to cover the photos thus excluding their exposure to the air. Laminating is another choice which will extend the life of the original colours in your prints. Sunlight also tends to help the fading process so try to keep them away from direct sunlight.

There are some excellent photo editing programs around top of the range is probably Photoshop. For the average person Photoshop is a bit of an overkill. Paintshop Pro is an excellent choice and much cheaper than Photoshop. These programs help you to lighten / darken photos, eliminate red-eye, crop by taking away the parts of the photo which are not needed and just printing the main subject in the photo and finally placing several photos on a single A4 sheet (this helps to minimise printing costs.).

With a little care you will have prints of the photos taken earlier on the same day that will keep their good looks for many years.

For regular everyday printing I do recommend a reliable brand of compatible cartridges as the quality is still quite good but it will save you lots of dollars. But if quality and longevity are important then stick with the genuine ones.

What is Hot in Photo Album Software Today?

Digital photography has taken over the world of photography in a storm, new photographers are excited and are absolutely loving being able to get creative and snap away till their hearts content. Family photographs and holiday pictures are filling up computer hard drives fast. Professional photographers have expanded their services with many thousands of stock images, and even larger digital photography data bases.

Photographers are not alone in their passion for images, visual artists are also excited, certainly graphic designers and digital artists are creating new designs and collecting images left and right.
Hard drives are filling up and files and folders are scattered right though our computers. It is often embarrassing when we are clicking though our computers looking for a particular image to show our friends and family or even clients. Locating an image seems to take forever, not to mention those awkward moments that occur when we open a more personal image or some really bad photograph we had no intentions of showing anyone.

The answer to these frustrating and sometimes even uncomfortable moments is a well organized and easy to search digital image album. We have reviewed many, some were great and some not so great, but here we have bought you the best.

PicaJet FX:

PicaJet FX is fantastic digital photo management and image database software. PicaJets features allow users to professionally categorize and access large digital image collections quickly and easily. PicaJet FX offers everything you need in a photo management system and nothing you don’t need. Certainly PicaJet FX contains superb editing features including red-eye reduction, cropping, image sharpening and more. PicaJet FX has many additional features such as an image search engine with support for EXIF data, slide show maker and a web gallery generator just to name a few.

PicaJet FX works effortlessly and surprisingly fast with very large databases. One feature that is most certainly very valuable is the ability to hide private photographs

Picasa:

Picasa puts the fun into digital photo album making for new photographers. It is certainly an easy to use program that organizes and edits your photographs for sharing with family and friends on the internet. Additionally Picasa offers users red-eye reduction cropping and the ability to create slideshows or image timelines. This is a very popular utility for mums and dads users for its ability to easily attach photographs to email messages for sending.

PaintShop Pro Album:

PaintShop Pro Album is very popular among photographers, the list of editing features is endless, although many of these most of us well never use after the novelty has worn off, Certainly PainShop Pro Album includes all of the usual features such as image adjustment for brightness, color and specific photographic flaws, it also includes the handy ability to create photo collages. PaintShop Pro Album offers users a little fun with the ability to manipulate images with warping and twisting effects, image blur, talk bubbles and even art media presentations.

Organizing and sharing is also made fun and easy with PainShop Pro Album with the inclusion of an automated album maker, print templates and slide shows.

Adobe Bridge:

Adobe Bridge was created by Adobe Systems as part of their Creative Suite to act as a link between parts of the suite, but is a handy organizational tool in its own right. Adobe Bridge has the ability to perform some PhotoShop processing functions. Registered users of Adobe Bridge are granted access to huge gallery of Adobe stock photos collected from well known and respected stock photo houses.

Useful features include batch renaming and organizing and the ability to work in camera raw file format. Images may be viewed in a variety of thumbnails, slideshows or lists.

With so many different digital album software available it would certainly be difficult to offer you a complete guide to each of them, but we have tried, and I believe perhaps even come close. To find a comprehensive list of album software go to [http://www.photoalbumsoftwarelist.com] a link to each of the products publisher is available in the description.