What distinguishes a professional looking portrait from an amateur snapshot? An image with lots of background clutter will instantly look like an amateur snapshot. Shooting images of children can be a challenge because children usually do not stay in one place long enough to plan the perfect shot with a great background. Ask the question, “What needs to be in the image to tell this story?” Fill the viewfinder with the image of the child, only including other items if they are necessary to tell the story. The zoomed or cropped image will eliminate background clutter and emphasize the details you were really trying to capture in the first place.
Pay per click (PPC) is internet marketing where the advertiser pays only when users click on the advertisement on a web page. Google AdWords, Yahoo Search Marketing (YSM), and Microsoft adCenter use PPC advertising. Relative placement of the ad on the page can be affected by bid price, relevance of selected keywords, and past success of the advertiser’s internet marketing campaign.
Search Engine Optimization is the process of making your website more visible in search engine results. When a user types a phrase in the Google search box, Google will order the search results based on how well the content of each web page matches the requested phrase, and Google’s perceived importance of the website page. Search Engine Optimization focuses on improving the content of your website to better match users’ searches, making your website content easy for search engines to find, and improving your website’s perceived importance. Moving your website up in the search engine results through search engine optimization will increase the number of visitors to your website.
A snowy landscape can be one of the most challenging to photograph. Because the subject of snow scene is very bright, the camera’s exposure meter will assume that the image is too bright. The camera’s exposure meter will try to render the average tones of the image as a middle gray. For a snow scene, the average tones are far brighter than middle gray. An automatic exposure of a snow scene will be too dark (underexposed), producing an image of gray snow. If your camera allows exposure compensation adjustments or manual settings, increase the exposure by 1 stop to get a photo of beautiful white snow instead.
At 17 degrees this morning in East Texas, a few tiny snowflakes are falling. To take pictures of snowflakes which capture their exquisite detail, take a close up shot with a high f-stop. A higher f-stop allows for a greater depth of field to be in focus in your image, thus recording more of the detail in the snow.
Snow and Berries by Stroup Images
This image of North Carolina snow and berries was taken with an f-stop of f/13.0 using an EF 50mm f/1.8II lens.
Photographing children can be a challenge. Need a great tip for improving your photography of children? First get down on the child’s eye level before snapping your picture.