Whether you are visiting a vibrant European city or exploring an exotic Asian village, markets must be definitively on your travel bucket list. In the same place, you can find a wide variety of colorful goods, animated stallholders, interesting people and an exciting environment to discover and enjoy with your camera.
Markets can be covered or outdoor. In case of shooting images in an outdoor market, you have to face up with the great contrast existing between the parts of the scene lit directly by the sun and the people or goods in the shadows. Use of flash can compensate both such a contrast and lightening shadows on people’s faces, but the result you get is easily flat to tell the truth. The best option is to visit the outdoor market in early morning when sun light is still soft or wait, instead, for a cloudy day.
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Urban photography is full of fantastic subjects for your camera: monuments, squares, markets, superb views, ancient or modern buildings, people. The urban environment offers a wide variety of subjects in a restricted area, more than any other existing photographic category. From a terrific night skyline to the day frenetic street activity, from close-up architectural details to busy markets, every city, big or small, provides plenty of exciting photographic opportunities.
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Photographing lakes is a favorite subject for every landscape photographer. Think about one of those north american lakes surrounded by wild forests and snow capped mountains or some European lakes where picturesque and tiny villages reflect into. Probably, the mountain lake reflection is the image most landscape photographers aim to. For a successful photo with a mirror-like reflection, lake water must be perfectly still.
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Framing images is one of the fundamental rules of composition in landscape photography along with the rule of thirds and the diagonal lines. This “rule” can be helpful for the fledgling photographers. What framing images means?
In photography a frame is an object placed within your image that frames the main subject of your photo like a picture frame. This technique aims not only to highlight the main subject of your photograph but also to add some creativity touch to the composition of your photograph. Usually, this frame could be a doorway, a rock (like in my photo on the left), an arch, a window or a tree, for example. By using a frame in your photo you get at least three results. First of all, frame adds depth of field to your photograph, especially in your landscape photos. The viewer gets the feeling he’s looking at something that is almost 3D. By framing the image correctly you force the same viewer to see at the center of your photo.
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As winter is already here are a few practical and technical tips about how photographing snow. First of all, in order to get some great photos of snow and mountain landscapes during the cold weather, you have to take great care about your camera and yourself. Preparation to shooting in cold winter is essential. Always dress warmly and protect yourself from sunburn at the highest altitudes. Use fingerless gloves for shooting. They keep your hand warm while you have full control of your camera. Your camera can malfunction while taking photos in extreme cold temperatures (below -20ºC). So, check your camera’s manual for all the suggested precautions to take. Also, cold weather might inhibit the normal performance of the battery inside your camera and though the energy level shows hall full it can be dead completely just a few minutes later.
So, always remember to bring an additional battery with you. Also, there is risk of condensation can form on your lenses simply by moving your camera from cold to a warm environment (mountain hut for example).
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