Take a better selfie with these tips…

Did you know you could take a better selfie with your built-in self timer?
Here’s how to set a self-timer in the camera app in iOS 8 on iPhone & iPad: Open the Camera app (Self-timer is available for Photo and Square mode only (not for video or Time-lapse)) Tap on the timer icon near the shutter. On the iPad, the timer icon is above the shutter, near the HDR option. Woohoo!

An easy way to fix this is to zoom in on your phone just slightly (zooming in too much will reduce detail in the shot) and hold the camera far away from your face.  Now your features look proportionate and you decluttered the background!

When taking a selfie, you generally have two options: Hold the camera with one hand or two hands. While using two hands is easier because you can hold the camera with one hand and push the shutter release button with the other, you have to be more careful not to cover up the lens.

If you use both hands and pull the camera away from your body, your arms can act as a frame.

Pose in an area with beautiful lighting –either inside near a window or outside. Gorgeous lighting = a more flattering selfie. How will you know if the lighting looks good on your face? Hold the phone in front of your face and turn the camera, so you can see yourself. Look at the lighting at that moment. Now, turn 90 degrees. Make note of the lighting. Glance at the background. Turn 90 degrees again. Note the lighting and background. Keep turning until you’re back where you started. Chances are, you will have found a spot with excellent lighting and a decent background. If not, either move to another space or try again at a different time of day. What’s the best time of day to shoot? Ideally, during the magic hour! (The magic hour is actually two hours—one hour after sunrise and one hour before sunset).

Holding your camera with one hand is more common, but a little trickier to keep it steady and take a photo. With the iPhone, you can quickly and easily take a picture by hitting either the shutter release button or one of the volume buttons.

To completely remove any double chin in your photo, and to accentuate your jaw line, extend your neck forward.  This may feel funny, but it will dramatically improve how you look in the photo.  Also, shoot from above. Raise the camera slightly above you and then look up to even further accentuate the jaw.

One way to really make your selfies stick out is to get rid of the cheesy ‘extended arm in the photo” look.  I know it seems weird to use a selfie stick at first, but there’s a reason you see them all over the place–they make the photos look really good!

There are two basic types of selfie sticks–wired and Bluetooth.  I much prefer the Bluetooth variety.  It’s really simple to connect and then you don’t have to constantly stick the cord in and out of the phone every time you want to take a picture.  Bluetooth is much faster.

If you want to get an actually GOOD selfie stick, the good news is that the price has come way down.  You can get this one from Improve Photography on Amazon for just $9.99.

How Composition will improve your picture taking skills

There’s always places to take some beautiful scenery pictures in Bucks County, PA and surrounding areas no matter what time of year it is!

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You’ll find lots of windy roads throughout beautiful Bucks County, Pa.  Start learning to really see as an artist when you look thru your camera and compose an image. Composition is all about keeping your viewer of your photograph engaged enough to stay a while and enjoy the image you produced.

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One great rule of composition is LINES. Lines lead your viewer into your photograph. Lines can be straight and dynamic or soft and curvy. Use lines such as roads, paths, streams to lead you to the main subject toward the end of the line. Your main subject could even be your family posing for a holiday card.

There are many covered bridges, barns, historic building, etc. in Bucks County. Why not try out the popular “Rule of Thirds” when taking landscape photos? Here’s how it works…picture a tic, tac, toe grid with 4 intersecting points where the lines meet. When shooting landscapes, place your horizon line on the top or bottom 1/3 grid line (by using your camera in LiveView mode you will usually have the grid show up to help you out). If you were to place the horizon line in the center when using this rule, it would make your photo become boring as if it was cut in half. When you place your main subject in one of the 4 intersecting points in this rule, you have now utilized the rule of thirds to its fullest.

ice-katydid-0976Do you like taking close-ups of flowers, leaves or bugs? Try out the “Rule of Simplicity”. Make an impact by getting in close and fill the frame with your subject. This rule is pretty simple!

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This time of year, the” Rule of Framing” can work very well. Set up your photo by placing your subjects in the background only. Your frame work is in the foreground. However, make sure to have your frame on at least 2 edges of your photograph. It may be a tree and branches hanging over the top and side of your frame. It could also be an archway that you are using as your frame and a building is in the background that you want to show off.

winter-katydid_3876Balance is also a rule of composition. Mainly remember with this rule to make your viewer feel at ease when looking at your image. If you’ve shot your photo on an angle and your viewer has to turn their head to look at, that it means it is not well balanced. If you can split an image into two images, then it will take away from being well balanced also.

Mergers are also an important part of composition rules. Watch for trees and telephone poles growing out of heads and other distracting elements that you may not have noticed right away.

Keep up the good work by practicing and trying out these rules of composition. You can check out Katydid Photography’s blog posts and photos at http://www.KatydidPhotography.com.

by Kathy Peoples

 

 

 

 

Building on the Fundamentals of Your Camera, PART 2

If you’ve been thru Katydid’s Beginning Camera Course then this is YOUR next step!
Extend your camera knowledge…Learn
• Manual setting on your camera and how to zero out your meter •
• External Flash, On and Off camera
• Mixing flash with natural light exposures •
• Neon lights at night and time exposures on a tripod
• Macro and close up photography
• HDR and when and how to use it

Prerequisite: Beginners Digital Camera Course

Dates: Wed. Jan. 11, 18, 25. Last class Tues. Jan 31st (if you can’t make that date, let me know and we will arrange a good date for you).

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

Cost: $199.00

Duration: 4 week session

Take one week of this course for only $49.99

Location: 363 W Bristol Road, Warminster, PA 18974

Buy Gift Certificates Now

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It’s the season for giving! Give the gift that gives knowledge this year.

By purchasing a Katydid Photography Gift Certificate, your loved one will have the opportunity to sit down, one on one, with professional photographer Kathy Peoples. Kathy will share her knowledge and skill with her new student to get the student up and running in the right direction for taking better photographs and having a more comprehensive working of their camera.

Gift Certificates can be used toward group classes or private lessons throughout the 2017 year. Check out our Specials we have  to save you money on our website at www.KatydidPhoto.com

Black Friday Deals At Katydid Photography

BLACK FRIDAY DEAL ONLY: 20% off Any BEGINNERS Camera Class in 2017

Black Friday Deal Only! On sale through November 28. SAVE $50 off Our Full BEGINNERS Camera Class with Field Trip Included in 2017.

Total 10 hours of instruction, written notes, our famous Camera Card Cheat Sheet and christmascambowpersonal attention all included! HANDS-ON Instruction with professional photographer
Kathy Peoples.

Many dates offered thru the year. Generally a class is available to take each month with various week nights to choose from. Cannot be combined with any other specials or coupons.

Times: 4 evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm. Monday thru Thursday classes. Field Trip scheduling on weekends from 12-2:00 pm also included. Questions contact: Katydidphotography@comcast.net

 

 

Adobe Lightroom 6 for Photographers

Hands-on Learning is the Best! We will be worklr-logo on your own images and learning how to import, organize, enhance and upload your final images. You will also have time to use and practice the retouching buttons that are amazing in this program!Also learn the new features of LR6. We offer small classes with lots of personal attention!

Date: Wednesday Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, & 21, 2016
Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm                                                                           Cost: $199.99
Location: Katydid Photography Studio

                 363 W Bristol Road
Warminster, PA 18974

 

Nighttime Tripod Shoot: Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Come join me this Saturday early evening for the Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show. It’s going to make you sing! More than 50,000 franklin-squaretwinkling lights are set up and we’re going to photograph them. Bring your tripod and remote if you own one. Wide angle lens/zooms would work best. 2 hours of nighttime instruction. We’ll be using long exposures. If you own a star filter, bring it too. If you’ve never taken my classes, you’re in for a treat! All levels of photographers are welcome to join me.

The centerpiece of the shows is a 12-foot tall kite that serves as an ode to Benjamin Franklin’s famous kite-and-lightning experiment, hovering 16 feet above the square’s centerpiece fountain. LED lights dance to music all along the kite, spreading holiday glow throughout the park. Two alternating shows take place every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 p.m. Hang out after we’re done and enjoy the Beer Garden and Ice Sculptures.

Date: Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
Time: 4:30 pm-6:30 pm
Cost: $59.99

 

Holiday Lights Workshop in Peddlers Village

Time to be creative with the holiday lights in Peddlers Village. Kathy will take you out and 2z9k0egshow you how to use your tripod to take photos of the lights. She will teach you how to use MANUAL settings to make the best night time photos. (if you don’t have a tripod one can provided for you). One of our Most Popular Workshops!

Date: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016
Time: 5:00pm-7:00 pm

Cost: $59.99

 

 

Building on the Fundamentals of Photography, Part II

c924070d-c6bb-420e-a2fa-632ca4de222fExtend your camera knowledge…Learn • Manual setting on your camera and how to zero out your meter • External Flash, On and Off camera • Mixing flash with natural light exposures • Neon lights at night and time exposures on a tripod • Macro and close up photography • HDR and when and how to use it.

Prerequisite: Beginners Digital Photography

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 4, 11,18,25
Time: 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Cost: $199.99
Location: Katydid Photography Studio
363 W Bristol Road
Warminster, PA 18974

 

Digital Camera Card Cheat Sheet BLACK FRIDAY DEAL

1430ppvThis Deal good thru Nov. 28, 2016.

Learn all the tips the pros use through the simple form of a cheat sheet! F-Stop, Shutter Speeds and ISO Settings are listed to keep in your camera bag. Laminated 5 inch by 8 inch card. Available at a low cost of $6.99 with FREE Shipping and Handling.

Testimonials:

“The most useful tool when it comes to my camera. I can’t live without it!” – Sue

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Lunch And Learn

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-6-44-05-pmLearning is always more fun when food is involved! Come to our Lunch and Learn Special on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 12:00-1:00pm. We’ll go over the basics of your camera and how to shoot in the perfect mode. For only $25, I promise it’ll be a lunch special that will satisfy your appetite.

 

Katydid Photography Studio located at 363 W. Bristol Rd Warminster, Pa 18974.