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Happy Thanksgiving – Family Portrait Tips

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There’s nothing like thanksgiving to think of what you are most thankful for, family. So it is the perfect time to offer family portraits.

  • Keep the mood light, don’t give out too many instructions.
  • Smile, it will help them relax.
  • Be inventive – Come up with fun poses for them to do.
  • Personal moments.
  • For those small tweaks PortraitPro has you covered, removing that unwanted spots and blemishes in seconds.

Enjoy yourself and don’t forget to capture photos of your own family too.

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Travel Photography 101: Everything You Need to Know

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Travel Photography sounds wonderful but there’s a fair bit to it, here are a few tips, equipment list suggestion and how to make money for Travel Photography.

Tips

Research – Look up where you are going, what is around and put together a list of places that you want to photograph. Be selective so you can spend a fair amount of time in each location to get the best shots possible.

Know your gear – Whether you are buying new gear or not, a little before you go, it is a good idea to have a play around a week or two before you go away. Just to refresh your memory.

Get up early/stay up late – In order to catch the best shots, sunrise and sunset usually are the best time to photograph, so take this into consideration when planning your shots.

Picking the right accommodation – Choosing the right location for accommodation is really important. Be close to where you want to shot.

Get inspired – Look at other photographers photographs of where you are going, to help you decide what locations you want to go to and to be inspired. Ask them where the photo was taken if it isn’t written anywhere.

Experience their culture – Whilst travelling try to immerse in their culture as much as possible – food, music and local markets, etc.

Travel light – Try to travel as light as possible, don’t load yourself down by trying to take every camera and lens you own with you, just take a main lens and one to zoom, especially if you are going trekking or hiking. You don’t want to be too loaded down.

Be selective of where you are visiting – Don’t try and squeeze absolutely every location there is to visit, pick your favorite and spend more time there taking pictures, rather than rushing around trying to capture everything.

Don’t always be behind your lens – Experience where you are rather than constantly being behind your camera.

High angle shot – Try to find somewhere to take a good birds eye shot.

Your camera doesn’t have to break the bank – Don’t feel the need to go out and buy a brand new top end camera for your trip, you can get great shots on the camera you already have.

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Equipment

  •  Camera body
  •  Backpack – One opens from the back, makes it safer and a lot of secure. Have it organised, using pouches is a good idea making being able to find things quickly.
  • Spare batteries – It’s a good idea to have at least one spare batteries in your backpack.
  • Lenses – only need one of two lenses.
  • Small Camera/Action Camera – Having an action camera/small camera to take quick photos. Action cameras can have window mounts and you can film travelling on train or car.
  • Back Up/Laptop – Backing up your images is super important, save at least one place if not two.
  • Portable Charger – To Keep your phone charged, they also work on charging some cameras as well, so check to see if it will work on yours.
  • Shoulder Strap/Camera Clip – Keeping your camera ready to go at all times.
  • Tripod
  • Camera Filters – Just like with lenses only take one or two.
  • Lenses cleaner
  • Mini Torch
  • Camera Remote

 

Settings for Camera When Moving

When travelling in a moving car/helicopter a good camera settings are:

Manual Mode

Shutter Speed – 1/1000 + (higher for  helicopter)

Aperture – wide depth of field f/8-11

ISO Auto mode

For in a car have the window open.

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Making Money as a Travel Photographer

Making money as a travel photographer can be a slow starter, as you already need to have a portfolio. Speculative or commission based are your two options.

Speculative is where you go to a location first then afterwards try to sell your images, either as stock images, prints or to advertising. This will mean you aren’t guaranteed to make back any money from your trips, so only plan to go to places you would go anyway.

Commission based is going somewhere you already know you will be paid some money for whether you were commissioned by an advertising firm or if you had contacted the tourism board/ local hotels and have an agreement, this will most likely not be the entire cost of your trip but could be a fee or free accommodation in exchange for your images to be used for their advertising.

Website

To be able to make it as a Travel Photographer you need a website and an Instagram account. Instagram account is becoming more and more the source that agencies and clients will go to first before your website, so both need to be uniform and relate to each other. This is your brand and you want one clear image of who you are to come across.

Post Processing

Don’t forget to edit your photos, to make your image look their very best. LandscapePro is great for editing your travel photos quickly, click here to download a free trial.

7 Reasons why being thankful will help you improve your photography and your life.

The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles. ~ William Penn

Thanksgiving 2016

Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with family and loved ones, and as a photographer, it’s great to capture some great family moments.

It’s easy to remember what we’re thankful for when we’re surrounded by family and friends, but it’s an important thing to remember every other day of the year too.

  • Remembering to be thankful means that you’ll be more cheerful and generally happier; which is thought to be good for your health.
  • Being grateful makes you more likely to exercise; this is also good for your health.
  • Instead of focusing on the negative things, focus on the good. You have the skills and the knowledge to be a good photographer and to run your own business. Be grateful for the opportunity to do this.
  • Do a good turn for someone less fortunate than yourself, perhaps donating your images to a local hospital, or take photos for an animal adoption center? Be grateful that you have the time and the abilities to do this.
  • Be grateful for the family and friends you have around you who support you and care for you.
  • If you employ anyone other than just yourself, be grateful for your employee, and show them your gratitude for their hard work. Studies have found that expressions of gratitude are highly motivating, whereas criticism can be de-motivating.
  • Being grateful increases your self-esteem and your productivity. Be grateful for your creativity and your opportunity to work in a creative business.

Being happier and healthier will make it more enjoyable for your clients and anyone you work with. Your clients will enjoy spending their time with you in your studio or out on location, and their enjoyment will shine through your images, making them even better!

Happy Thanksgiving from all at Anthropics Technology!

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Photo editing for New-Born baby portraits for Halloween

A new born baby swaddled in any wrap or blanket makes a good portrait, but Halloween themed portraits are particularly cute for any October baby.

In your collection of baby props, it’s a good idea to have some Halloween outfits for baby, perhaps a knitted pumpkin for baby to sleep in. A pumpkin themed wrap works for any autumn baby portrait, and a wicker basket could be wrapped in different colors for any occasion or season.

Neutral fabrics, and soft bean bags and blankets to curl the sleeping baby on will work for any season, and contrast with any color or outfit.  They’re a great investment for your business.

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You can make or very easily purchase soft, knitted or crocheted blankets and wraps in a range of colors and textures. The simplest and softest fabrics and textures will give the most classic and timeless images.

  • It’s important to keep the baby safe, and warm and comfortable at all times. When working with children of any age, it’s always a little unpredictable, but there are some ways to make sure that your baby portrait sessions run as smoothly as possible.
  • It’s a good idea to ask that the baby has been fed and winded before the session, and then they’re at their most comfortable and most likely to fall asleep next.
  • Don’t attempt to put the baby into any potentially dangerous or uncomfortable positions.
  • Keep the parents around and on hand to help soothe the baby if they wake, or if you need an extra pair of hands to help position them.
  • It’s normal to take several shots of the baby, and combine them in post processing. If you’re not comfortable with combining several different shots, then keep your poses simple and safe.

Very little time and effort is needed to achieve beautiful baby portraits.

With Smart Photo Editor you can quickly and easily add vignettes and borders to your image, turn your image Black + White, or Sepia, and insert your watermark for web-ready images.

Try out Smart Photo Editor today.

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Canadian Thanksgiving

Today we’re wishing all our Canadian customers around the world a Happy Thanksgiving.

We’re celebrating spending time with loved ones and cherished memories from previous years and being grateful for the good things that we have.

It’s the perfect time to work on your personal photography, taking pictures of home and family and friends and being thankful for the time that we have to spend together.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving from all of us at Anthropics.

Declaration of Independence

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness in photography.

There’s a holiday weekend ahead and it is a great chance to put some time in to your own personal projects, and personal development.   As a freelance or self employed professional photographer you have a great deal of freedom in your work.  You make choices every day that affect how you work, how you run your business  and how you choose to be perceived.

It is your choices that make your personal brand unique. It is what brings people to you, for your unique style and vision.  This allows you to stand out and be different in a world where the market is becoming ever more saturated with people trying to become photographers.

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. – Ben Franklin. 

Choosing to continue learning and developing yourself is an investment that will reward you time and again.

Taking the time out of your regular schedule to learn more about your software, perhaps PortraitPro or LandscapePro which will help you achieve more in your personal work and in your professional life.

There are many incredible, professional photographers who use PortraitPro in their everyday work, and you can read about some of them right here on the PortraitPro blog.

PortraitPro’s batch processing mode can help you speed up processing your images from a particular shoot.  Create a preset, and then set it as the default, and then do your batch processing and all your images from that particular batch, perhaps one shoot,  can be processed with exactly the same style of portrait editing you require.

Don’t miss out on the whole holiday weekend. Batch processing saves you so much time and effort, you have plenty of time to spend with your loved ones, and do what you love; taking more photos.

If you love what you do, then take the holiday weekend to spend some time on your own projects and create something wonderful, and unique to you.   You have the Liberty to pursue the Happiness you want in your Life.

Check out our 4th July Pinterest page for more ideas for this holiday weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving from Anthropics Technology

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Anthropics Technology.

It’s time for Turkey dinners, family fun, and celebrations. It’s a busy time of year, and it’s important to take time to stop and remember what you’re thankful for.

We’re thankful for all of our users, and their feedback on what they like about PortraitPro.  We introduced in version 15, the feature most requested by photographers, the new makeup tools. Without our customer’s feedback we wouldn’t know what they wanted, and we really do listen!

We’re thankful for all our staff, working tirelessly to develop new tools to make sure that they’re the best that they can be, or to answer all of your customer support questions and help you to get your work done faster and easier than ever before, leaving you plenty of time to spend with your loved ones this Holiday.

We’re thankful for our ever- growing social media community, over 340,000 fans on Facebook, and our Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ pages.

We’re thankful for all the journalists and reviewers who have so much enthusiasm for PortraitPro and continue to review our new features and tell you what they think of our software.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our fans and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving from PortraitPro

Happy 4th July!

 

Family on 4th July

Whether it’s grilling out in the park, on the beach, or catching the fireworks, there’s something for everyone to see and do on 4th July.

If you’re at home, check out your local fireworks displays and if you’ve got a trip planned, don’t forget to find out what happens there too. You might find something you’ve never seen before.

Benjamin  Frankin said: “ Time is Money”.

PortraitPro Studio Max batch processing can save you time on your portrait editing this weekend, leaving you more time to spend with your family.

Enjoy the sunshine and the savings! Download a free trial today.

 

Tourists taking pictures in Washington D.C.

Memorial Day Weekend

It’s the start of summer, so it’s a perfect time to have a cook out.  The great weather, and the extra day off means there’s time for some fun-filled family activities and you definitely want to be able to join in.

Whether it’s the chance to grill out and get some pictures of the kids, shop the sales for a new digital camera or lens; there’s something for every photographer this Memorial Day weekend.

If you’re a professional studio portrait photographer, you know that portrait editing software can greatly speed up your editing time. No more taking hours in Photoshop; you can batch process your images, leaving you plenty of time to grill out, or just chill out this weekend.

If you want to find something to photograph this weekend, why not check out a parade or a wreath-laying in your town, or one nearby?  If you live close to or need somewhere to get away to, why not try a weekend break in Chicago to see the parade, or Washington DC to visit the variety of memorials and the parade, or Philadelphia for the history of American Independence?

The long weekend means you’ve got a bit more time to spend on your photo editing software, but you’ll get some great images for the family scrapbook.  The weather’s finally getting better, and with the longer evenings, there’s a later chance to catch the golden hour.

Capture some great memories this weekend, and have spare time to do some photo editing. Make your people look great with PortraitPro, and then why not try out some photo editing effects with Smart Photo Editor?

Check out our Pinterest boards for some photography ideas this weekend.

Tell us about your weekend on Facebook and Twitter.

Girl on Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Family Portraits 2015

You may or may not have had a Spring Break or a vacation this year, but don’t worry, it’s almost Easter break.

There’s still time to get your Easter family portraits sorted. Whether it’s booking a family portraits session with a professional studio, or just scheduling a time when all the family can get together, to create something for the family album, there’s plenty of time to take some photos and to do some portrait editing too.

Spring is in the air, and a portrait shoot with the little ones on an Egg Hunt or dressed in a cute outfit seems like the perfect start to a cheerful spring.

Why not organize your own Easter Egg roll and get some great images of the kids having a good time?

PortraitPro Studio Max 12 has full batch processing, allowing you to process hundreds of images at once and saving you time on image editing, allowing you even more time to spend with the kids this holiday weekend. Follow our boards on Pinterest for more inspiration.

 

Boy with Bunny and Egg

Boy with Easter bunny and Egg