Natural Photography for Newborn Babies with Famous Portrait Photography

Precious Moments Captured On Celluloid

Having the privilege of capturing on celluloid the first moments in a newborn’s life and later on, other milestones when growing up is a rare honor. Baby portrait photography is not a career for every type of photographer, as there is a lot of dedication and patience that is needed. They are very temperamental subjects and have diverse mood swings. They fall asleep when you least expect it, and will certainly not listen to anyone regarding posing for a photograph. Child photography is an art, which a few photographers have specialized, and now have a deep passion for this genre.

Baby Photographs That Simply Take Your Breath Away

Portrait photography of babies requires certain rules, one of which is the photographer should always have his or her equipment ready and working, as babies do not give any warning when they are ready to be photographed. The photo session is usually done in small segments, as newborns and babies quickly loose interest in what is going on, and may fall asleep without any warning. Another point of concern about taking baby photographs is getting the right shot at the right moment, as it may be fleeting, never to be repeated. Getting the right angle for the famous portrait photographers will give you stunning pictures and also assist you in capturing details normally missed by the naked eye. A cardinal rule in this type of photography is the concept of taking multiple shots as the photographer could then have a range of shots to compare before the final selection; newborn babies cannot stay still for long and taking single photographs can get to be very time-consuming.

New Beginnings to Photograph and Record for Posterity

As mentioned earlier, making your career in child photography and children is a very rewarding job and is also good for business. Babies grow up very fast and this change can be seen almost daily, but it may not be apparent to all, except to those close to the infant. Documenting the baby’s growth like the first smile, gurgling, moving their arms and legs etc., could be done by a close family member, and as any parent of a newborn will attest, every thing the baby does is special to them. Photographers understand that the work that they do is ultimately a record of the life of a tiny, living human being that hopefully will appreciate the work done to capture the important moments in the life of a newborn baby.

A Brief History of Victorian Erotic Photography

The exposure of the body through images of the nude was one of the most controversial issues in Victorian art.

Nudes were presented not only in painting and sculpture, but also popular illustration, and photography, fuelling intense debates about the relationship between art and public morals.

Pictures of nude women prior to 1835 generally consisted of paintings and drawings which were displayed in all respectability on the walls of art galleries and in country houses.

When the new technology of photography appeared around 1835 it was quickly taken up by artists, eager for new ways to illustrate the undraped feminine form.In the moral climate of the 19th century the only officially sanctioned photography of the body was for the production of artist’s studies.

Erotica in the 19th and early 20th century took the form of literature, photography, sculpture and paintings, which dealt substantively with erotically stimulating or arousing descriptions.

Some photographers often hired burlesque actresses as models for nude and semi-nude photographs. The French did a roaring trade selling erotic ‘postcards’ to American tourists. These would now be termed soft-core, but they were quite shocking for the time.

The Victorian pornographic tradition in Britain had three main elements: French photographs, erotic prints (sold in shops in Holywell Street, a long vanished London thoroughfare, swept away by the Aldwych), and printed literature.

The ability to reproduce photographs in bulk assisted the rise of a new business individual, the porn dealer. Many of these dealers took advantage of the postal system to send out photographic cards in plain wrappings to their subscribers.

Later on publications masquerading as “art magazines” celebrated the new cult of naturism, with titles such as Photo Bits, Body in Art, Figure Photography, Nude Living and Modern Art for Men.

In truth,these Victorian photographic images of nudes are beautiful and have an innocence about them which could not really be claimed of today’s Playboy centre-fold.


Nature Center’s annual photography contest ends Sunday at 5 pm – Peoria Journal Star

PEORIA — Sunday is the last chance to submit photos to Forest Park Nature Center’s 13th annual Nature Photography Contest. The deadline is 5 p.m.

“You do still have time,” said Kelsey Ernst, a naturalist at the center and coordinator of the contest. “Even if you don’t submit, it’s kind of cool to come in and look at some of the photos people have taken.”

There are five categories — wildlife, close-up flora, digitally altered, and youth, for photographers 15 and under. Photos should be at least 5 by 7 inches and no larger than 8 by 10 inches, and mounted on a sturdy backing, like foam core board or card stock. For all the contest rules visit

Though professional photographers are not barred from entering the contest, most entries come from amateur shutterbugs, said Ernst.

“It’s usually the camera-happy people who go out on their day off, or retired people who have photography as their big hobby,” she said. “My parent’s next door neighbor likes to enter every year.”

Regardless, many remarkable photographs are submitted every year.

“I was brought a photograph today of an owl chasing a crow or raven, and it was amazing,” said Ernst. “A once in a lifetime shot.”

Ernst expects about 200 entries, which will all be displayed at the nature center through Nov. 11. The winning photos will be distinguished by a ribbon. A first and second place is awarded in each category, and there’s also a grand prize winner. Judging will be Friday, Oct. 28, and winners will be announced afterward during a public open house from 7 to 9 p.m.

“Right around 6:30 people start lining up at the door,” said Ernst. “I try to give the judges the full amount of time, so we don’t open the door until 7 p.m.”

Prizes include gift certificates to area businesses, including One World Cafe, Global Village and the Peoria Zoo.

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Africa Big Five, Part One: Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace

In this two part series Mark Wallace travels to Fairy Glen game reserve in search of the African Big Five: Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino. In this episode Mark encounters wild baboons, and zebra before he even arrives at his destination. Mark gets some gear guidance from photo tour organizer Elsa Hoffmann of Photo Tours Cape Town, and he gets dangerously close to wild lions.

Special thanks to Elsa Hoffmann of Photo Tours Cape Town and Fairy Glen game reserve.

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The Art Of Taking Nude Photos Like A Pro

If you’re like most photographers, there have been times you wondered how exactly to take nude photos which were artistic and beautiful instead of sleazy or dirty. Unfortunately, there’s a certain negative stigma attached to taking nude photos, and people jump to the wrong conclusion, even though such images have been regarded for thousands of years as a beautiful form of art. Some of the greatest artists that have ever lived have painted, sculpted and photographed people in this manner, so why not you?

It’s not as if you’re planning to make a career out of it anyway – though even if you were that would also be fine. For most people taking nude photos is simply about trying something different; it’s about pushing the boundaries and taking the shots that will increase the quality of your portfolio. It’s a move to enhance your skills as a photographer, not a move to satisfy some kind of seedy personal desire.

The challenge in the nude is clear to see – to capture the greatest of all of God’s creation in the most artistic way possible. It’s a chance to forget about the materialism and fickleness of clothing and fashion, and to be judged solely on your capabilities as a photographer.

The cultural sensitivity in America makes it difficult to pursue these noble goals. While some few among us do see the beauty in the nude figure, the art in its careful arrangement and capture, whenever the subject of how to take nude photos is broached – the perception is always that the photographer is doing something dirty or crude.

But now, there’s an answer to that problem. Without raising eyebrows or inspiring whispers, you can learn to take nude photos artfully and tastefully from a range of books that are available on the subject…and get real, professional advice from people who know the field and can tell you the techniques and secrets that bring your work from amateur to professional status.

Nature Photography: Five Tips for Great Wildlife Photos

Wildlife photography can be one of the most challenging and rewarding fields of nature photography. With digital cameras creating such widespread interest in all types of photography, new photographers all over the world are taking an interest in wildlife photography.

Most of the photography guides these days focus on the technical aspects of the camera: but really good photography relies more on composition, lighting, and sensitivity to your subject. This means you can improve your photography by thinking creatively, not technically.

Here are five of my top tips for taking better wildlife photographs.

Wildlife Photography Tip #1. Get to the subject’s eye level. Wildlife photos are most effective if they create an intimate connection between the subject and the viewer. The best way to do this is to take your photo at the subject’s eye level. This way, your wildlife photo can create the illusion of sharing a moment inside the world of the subject, rather than from the outside looking in.

If, for example, your subject is low to the ground (like a lizard, frog, or even a pet), crouch or lie flat, getting as low as possible so you can take your photo at the subject’s eye level.

Wildlife Photography Tip #2.It’s All In The Eyes. The personal connection mentioned in tip #1 is really about eye contact, so it is important to get the eyes right. If the eyes in your wildlife photo are sharp and clear, the photo will probably work. If they are out of focus, lost in shadow, or if the subject blinks or turns its eyes away, the connection will be lost, and the photo will almost certainly fail.

You don’t even need your whole subject to be in focus. Your animal could be mostly hidden by leaves, in shadow and out of focus. The picture could still work…as long as the eyes are open and captured sharply in the picture.

Wildlife Photography Tip #3. If The Background Doesn’t Help, Get Rid Of It. Many wildlife photos are spoiled because the background is cluttered, distracting, ugly, or just plain inappropriate. For example, seagulls on a beach can be quite beautiful, but seagulls at the local rubbish tip is a different matter. Also, wildlife photos look far less natural if you can tell they were taken in a zoo. Apply this principle: “Anything that does not make my photo better, makes it worse.”

This does not mean you can’t take a good wildlife photo at the zoo, at the tip, or anywhere else for that matter. You just need to manage it. If your background is spoiling your shot, zoom right in on the subject to eliminate as much of the background as possible. By zooming in, you will also reduce the depth of field to a minimum, so any background that does appear in your photo will be out of focus and less distracting.

Wildlife Photography Tip #4. If Your Background Is Working For You, Use It Well. A wildlife photograph that captures the subject in a beautiful natural setting can be even more effective than a simple close-up. My photos of a kangaroo on the beach, for example, show the subject in an unexpected context, making a more interesting image than a close-up portrait style photo.

If you take your wildlife subject as part of a wider landscape, you need to consider all the techniques of composition that apply to landscape photography. Remember the rule of thirds (which may or may not help) and be careful to position your animal so that the subject and the background work together to make a more effective composition. In particular, try to position your wildlife subject so that it looks toward the centre of the picture, not towards the edge of the frame.

Wildlife Photography Tip #5. Capture your subject in the best possible light. Even the most perfectly composed wildlife photo can fail because of bad lighting. Losing your subject in the shadows, glare reflecting off shiny feathers, and shadows across the face of the subject are all simple mistakes that can ruin a photo.

There is no single rule for lighting in a wildlife photograph, but here are some suggestions. I often find the best results when the sky is lightly overcast with thin cloud. This produces light that is bright, but soft and even compared to full sunlight. Your subject will be well illuminated, but you avoid harsh contrast and heavy shadows that rob the image of important detail.

If the weather is sunny, try to take your photos early and late in the day when the sun is low. At these times the light is soft and warmly coloured. It is also easier to catch the full face of your subject in sunlight, rather than half-obscured by shadow.

So there you have my five tips for wildlife photography. I could cheat and add tip #6: take lots of photos. Animals move, blink, flap their wings, and generally find ways to frustrate the wildlife photographer. Don’t forget, with digital photography it costs you nothing to keep snapping. So practice, persevere, and try out these tips…you could be taking better photos in no time.


Photography…bad idea..MEANWHILE at Security…….

Photography…bad idea..MEANWHILE at Security…….

Photo Filters – 5 Major Types Of Photography Filters

In this modern age, people think of filters only as options on Adobe Photoshop. Many forget that filters were and still are glass rings that are screwed on to the front of your lens, to provide the special effects. It is true however that Photoshop can mimic the same on computer, so many photographers choose NOT to use the glass filters, and later edit the photographs on computer. It is good though, to have an idea of what filters really are, even if you are a great Photoshop user.

1. Blur filters
Say you were shooting a waterfall at the bottom, where you can see the spray from the water form a cloudy area. The camera may capture it as separate droplets of sharp water, and you may NOT want that effect. You could however get the cloudy effect by adding a blur filter in front of your lens. You can get the same effect by using the blur filter of diffuse filter in Adobe Photoshop. Some do it this way; some prefer to do it that way.

2. UV filter
Did you know that ultra violet light from the sun can affect your film? You could use a good ultra violet filter on your lens to remove any UV entering your camera. Since they are clear filters you can leave one of these on every lens. Not only does this serve the purpose of keeping the UV out, you protect the expensive lens coating when you constantly have a UV filter attached on top. Photoshop can’t do that for you!

3. Star filter
Have you seen record labels from the 70s with the disco lights looking like stars? Well that is the effect you can get with a star filter. A star filter makes any point light (like a bulb but not a tube light) appear as if there were rays coming out and making it twinkle like a star does. This filter is very useful when you want to add the feeling of glamour in a setting. Say for example a fashion show?

4. D.O.F. filters
There are filters that can give a shallow depth of field effect even on a small aperture (which is supposed to five long depth of field). They are the fog and the mist filters, which have a clear center in the glass filter, but diffused all around. You may have seen images where the center of the image where to model is located, is sharp and it is blurred everywhere else. This is how they get that effect – the mist and fog filters.

5. Color Correction Filters
You can use color correction filters to enhance or reduce certain colors. When you have studied complimentary colors you have the power o use complimentary filters when you want a lesser shade of a certain hue. On the other hand, you could enhance a certain shade by using the same color filter.

Fashion Photography – 4 Requirements To Become A Successful Fashion Photographer

We can get a glimpse of fashion photography almost everywhere we look on TV, newspapers, internet and all media. Dazzling women with long legs and tanned skin scream for attention on news stands all over the place. It is the fashion photographer who is primarily responsible to bring those photographers to us, the everyday people. Unlike what one often imagines, there is more to fashion photography than a glitzy life style, fun and happening models. In fact there is a lot of planning involved behind every single fashion photograph that we see.

A name such as Mario Testino has become iconic in the realm of fashion photography. Did you know that photographers like him are just as sought after as the models that they photograph? At times the photographer is an even bigger celebrity than the model.

This profession may seem dream like to the young and enthusiastic photographer but it is not all about fun and glitz. It is not just about meeting the rich and the famous, the fat checks and the feeling of rock that goes with fashion photography. Did you know, for every one photographer that is successful, there are hundreds who are left looking for shoots for many years? Many give up after a few years while some do go on to become successful later on in life.

If you want to become a fashion photographer –

1. Learn the art well
There is no end to learning. Here is where many a youngster goes astray. they are so bothered about the style and the glamour associated with the fashion photographer, they concentrate more on looking right than shooting right. Know your photography so well that it comes naturally to you. Get books on the subject and read them to expand your knowledge of the subject.

2. Equipment
Next to the right knowledge comes the right equipment. Here is a hard truth – you cannot be a good fashion photographer unless you can afford expensive equipment. Cameras are not cheap, and you have new ones coming out every season. If you cannot afford to start off with a good camera and lighting system, your knowledge would go to waste.

3. The portfolio
The portfolio of a photographer is what finally lands the job. Make sure you have an impressive folio with your best work carefully selected. Choose the best 4 by 5 slide images you have. Some prefer to make prints. It is suggested – if you are discussing something with a photography pro, carry the slides. If it is a designer you are meeting the prints may be a better idea and more convenient for everyone.

4. Personality
Any editor is looking for original talent, so make sure you have a strong individual point of view. It is ok to be affected by another professional’s point of view, as long as you add or remove from it to make it unique and different. You need an identity!


Wildlife photography: shockingly beautiful – Deutsche Welle

An orangutan that wants to reach the top, a mournful owl, a hazelnut tree that refuses to stand still: It must have been a hard task for the jury of the 52nd “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition – they were spoiled for choice! 

Photographer Tim Laman took the winning photo, which shows a critically endangered Bornean orangutan in an Indonesian rainforest. The picture is part of a series documenting the life and survival of these great apes, and which include shots from clear-cut rainforests, areas burned by fire and of orangutan rescue operations.

To achieve his successful picture, Laman repeated the same process for several days: he climbed the tree, installed his camera, and waited for just right moment to press the shutter.

World championship of nature photography

The “Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition started in 1965. Back then, the jury had to choose from some 500 photos – this year, almost 50,000 photos from 95 countries were submitted.

The pictures are evaluated on the basis of originality, creativity and technical execution.

2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award (Picture: London National History Museum/ Don Gutoski)

The winning picture from 2015: red and Arctic foxes cross paths due to global warming

The art of being genuine

Last year winner, shutterbug Don Gutoski portrayed a scene at the Wapusk National Park in Canada that was quite surprising for many. Red and Arctic foxes have historically had different habitat areas – but due to global warming, red foxes are ending up more often in the habitat of the Arctic fox. In this fight for territory, the red fox turned out to be fittest. 

Many of the submitted photos show not only the beauty of nature, but also draw attention to the threats many animals face. The scenes on the shots are not prepared nor embellished – and this is surely one of the defining features of wildlife photography.