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How to Photograph your Artwork better

So you have created an artwork and now want to sell it? Then you might also know how important it is to photograph your artwork in the correct manner so that it makes an impression out there in the market.

We have compiled a list of valuable tips for you to photograph your artwork better, so that it sells better.

Rules of Product Photography

1. Contrast & Clean Background – black/ white

A white background is a mandate. Majority of the products are shot against white backgrounds as this takes any distractions away, so the only thing to look at is the product! Shooting against a white background also means the product is easier to ‘cut out’ in Photoshop if needed. Try using a white sheet, or pieces of white cardboard to create a mini studio. You can also alternatively try a black background. The objective remains to draw all the attention on the artwork/product and nothing else.

2. No Shadow Rule

While photographing your artwork, you should use multiple light sources so as to avoid any kind of shadows on the artwork. Light should always be diffused so that it spreads evenly and doesn’t alter the original color of the artwork. The idea is to get the product fairly evenly lit, avoiding harsh shadows, so make sure you set up in a room with bright lights, or has bright ambient light coming through the windows. And when taking your shots use a flash as well to fill in the shadows but on-camera or direct flash should be avoided.

3. Various faces of the artwork

You should cover your artwork from multiple angles – top approach, side approach. Captures should happen from almost every possible angle because it is only this photograph through which your artwork/product is going to make an impression on its prospective buyer. Most of the websites which allow you to sell your artwork demand for at least four to five pictures of the artwork. And off course lighting needs to be adjusted with every angle that you are capturing.

4. Camera Settings

Aperture of the camera should more than f8 to ensure sharpness of the picture –The camera should ideally be placed on a tripod or any standstill ground like a table etc. to get absolute still pictures. This is important so that when your product picture is zoomed out, it doesn’t give a hazy/foggy picture.

5. Polish till the original stays intact

Post processing is a necessity; we know that- but you also need to keep the picture as realistic as possible because you don’t want the buyer to feel a drastic difference between the photograph and the original product, Beautifying is good but only till the extent that it doesn’t change the originality.  So you can adjust brightness and contrast kind of basic things but not go overboard!

Our Participation in Pune Photo Fair 2015

#Tumbhi, for the first time had put up a stall in an Exhibition to help artists find a platform to showcase their Art. And it was a great Experience.

Pune Photo Fair 2015 was a three day exhibition taken place at Ganesh Kala Krida Manch, Pune. The Exhibition was for all the photographers and for everyone who are related to photography. The crowd not only included Pune photographers, but photographers from other places of India as well.

We got a chance to introduce our platform to artists and interact with them. By this, we got to know about their interests in photography and what all kind of photography they prefer.

It was a golden opportunity for us to help artists showcase their talent and provide them a platform for the same!
Few snaps taken while briefing photographers about #Tumbhi:

Enhance Your Own Photography Portfolio, Just by Adding a Wedding to it!

Weddings are a grand affair, not just for the couple getting married, but for all the others who have put in much time and effort to make the event a successful, joyous and a memorable one. A photographer does the most basic and significant job there – capturing those extraordinary moments and in the most beautiful way possible!

We here will tell you how by capturing a wedding, you enrich your portfolio in so many different photography categories

1. Candid Photography – A wedding is full of emotions and all sorts of emotions – right from nervousness on the bride’s face to a cold feet groom, a teary eyed set of bride’s parents to a totally frolic bunch of friends , you as a photographer can capture all these emotions under the Candid Photography label.

Photo by – Zainab Malubhai #TumbhiArtist

2. Culture Photography – The very recent genre in photography could very well be enhanced in your portfolio with a few wedding snippets attached to it. No matter which part of the world it is, every wedding is a portrayal of the culture, customs and rituals of the community. Customs and ceremonies happening in a wedding could very well be used to represent a specific region and its people.

Photo by – Harsh #TumbhiArtist

3. Heritage Photography – Destination weddings is your answer to this one! With more and more couples choosing to be wed at some scenic place, your portfolio can encompass places and backgrounds of heritage value. You can be clever, reach a little before the scheduled time of the couple shoot and get few snippets for your own collection!! Win-win situation, isn’t it?

Photo by – Sharik Verma #TumbhiArtist

4. Portrait Photography – This HAS to be the most important component of any photography portfolio. A wedding offers a wide range of willing posers in the best of their attires and even wider range of random shots which just make it to the best of your Portraits captured ever! Apart from the bride and the groom, there are adorable kids, gracefully wrinkled clan, the help and even the flower guy! Anyone can give you that “Your best portrait till date”- so, do look around and get the best while you can!

Photo by – Sudipto Das#TumbhiArtist

5. Experimental Photography – If you are a little bored, or feeling productive or are made to wait before you begin shooting the main subjects, look around and have some weird fun with your camera. You can experiment with anything and everything – it only depends on high your imagination is soaring at the moment. Food, forks, objects, shoes- it could be just anything.

Photo by – Vishal Batheja #TumbhiArtist

After this quick and clever read, if you still have some time on hand, check out our Expressions: Wedding Photography Special 2014 and send in your own awesome wedding captures!!

Merry Clicking!

5 Most Celebrated Festivals Around the World

As we announced Tumbhi’s Photography Contest – Festivals, we looked for the wonderful festivals celebrated around the world. Here is Tumbhi’s pick of 5 most celebrated festivals around the world.

Pingxi Lantern Festival, Taiwan

The Sky Lantern Festival lasts from the 12th till 15th of the Lunar New Year. During this period more than 100,000 hot air balloons decorate the sky. Pingxi is a remote mountain town which is an hour-long drive from Taipei.

It is said that this festival originated around two thousand years ago. Made out of oiled rice paper, bamboo filaments, sheepskin, silk, or satin, the lanterns have a large candle at the bottom. With the heat of the lamp, the lantern linger in the air.

The most prominent activity for the attendees there is to buy a lantern, write their desires and ambitions on it and then send it into the heavens!

Diwali, India

The 5-day Diwali festival is the biggest festival in India and is time for celebrations and joy. It is the festival of lights, fireworks, mouthwatering delicacies and colored sand. Diwali also marks the end of harvest season in India. People worship the goddess Lakshmi, which is the goddess of beauty, wealth and prosperity because people believe that her worship will bring them good fortune.

This festival of light represents the triumph of good over evil.

Harbin Ice Festival, China

Officially, the Harbin Ice Festival starts on Jan 5th and lasts for a month. Harbin is located in Northeast China and the direct influence of cold winter wind from Siberia helps in this festival. During this time, the whole city is decorated with ice sculptures. It is the largest Ice festival in the world and is said to be photographers’ paradise.

It starts in a grand manner with a huge fireworks display. During the closing time in February, the visitors get a chance to smash the sculptures with ice picks.

More than 800,000 visitors visit Harbin during the festival.

New Year Celebrations in Sydney Harbour

New Year Celebrations are held every year over Sydney Harbour centering on the Harbour Bridge. Each year, the event has a new theme and is viewed by one million people at the harbor and one billion worldwide for the televised display. The two main features are the two pyrotechnic displays – 9pm Family Fireworks and Midnight Fireworks which are synchronized to a soundtrack.

Presented by The City of Sydney Council, this festival is a must watch on the New Year Eve.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico

 

This largest hot air balloon festival in the world, is a yearly festival of hot air balloons happening during early October over a period of nine days. The festival happens in Albuquerque because of the just right temperature it offers during morning and evening. The right combination of weather and geography give the balloonists great control over their balloons and makes Albuquerque a great place to launch hundreds of balloons. With its great safety records, this is the only Balloon event where attendees and viewers can walk among the balloons.

While the Balloon Fiesta Park is spread over 360 acres, the size of the launch field is 78 acres – equivalent to the size of 56 football fields!

So here is our pick and we do know that there are thousands of such great festivals happening around the year in different parts of the world. Take a clue, capture great festive moments and send in your entries in the contest.

Tips for Rocking those Instaclicks – Instantly

1. Always take pictures with your regular camera app first. This will enable you to take advantage of the built in camera featureslike iOS or HDR

 

2. Getting that crop right is utterly important. Always centered placed subject gets too main course. Try something different with varying positions of the main subject – adding the glory of the serene background!

3. Add the angle! Awkward angles can reincarnate that pic you just took!

4. A little play with the straightening tool will bring your picture to life and will add the much required fun and vibrance factor into it

5. Do the basic edits first before jumping to the readymade effects straight away. Correct that shot with brightness & contrasts and then apply the effect you like. Scratching away the furniture before polishing always adds the sheen.

6. Use a combination of effects. Say Valencia-topped-pic once more topped with Low fi? Make your own effect!

7. Don’t overdo it – the Editing part! Don’t you want people to believe that this is an actual picture captured by you? Too much of editing will only end up making your real-life picture artificial and unbelievable. Keep it rather simple!

8. Adding a funky caption will convey half the idea of the picture! So don’t just click instead try reckoning on some word-play too!

Were we able to add anything to your already awesome sense of insta-photography?

 

Capturing Colors in Photography – #MustRead Article

Tumbhi recently launched a photography contest with the theme “Color in Focus“. Apart from the amazing entries which we are receiving for the contest, we also received some questions where the photographers asked us to share with them some tips which can help them capture the best possible pictures. So we thought of putting on our research hat and have curated some really awesome articles to help you beautifully capture colors in your camera.

Enjoy the read!
#1: 10 Tips for Shooting Autumn Foliage

This useful article on Nikon USA website describes how location, light, exposure, support, elevation, water, lenses, fog and mist and Subtleties matter in taking the most gorgeous photographs.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Article/h7dfres5/10-tips-for-shooting-autumn-foliage.html

#2: 5 Tips for capturing color

This article shares some basic color tips for capturing the essence of a place, even those with softer and more mundane hues. With very apt examples of pictures from Bermuda – Pink Sand Beaches, Limestone Caves, pastel buildings and sunset, the author shares some very useful tips.

http://www.fodors.com/news/story_3654.html

#3: Photography tips: capturing colour on camera

In this article, the writer Steve Davey, sums up the key rules of capturing color with your camera. Steve shares some handy, practical tips as well as describes the 3 key rules of shooting better snapshots.

http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/magazine/articles/advice/photography-tips-capturing-colour-and-contrast?page=all

#4: Get Vibrant Color in Camera

How many times have you tried capturing the beautiful sunrise or sunsets in your camera and have been disappointed by your results? This is a common problem, but one that is easy enough to put right. In this article, the writer shares three ways to make sure your pictures pack a colorful punch the next time you attempt to shoot the sun – morning, noon or dusk!

http://www.digitalcameraworld.com/2012/05/07/get-vibrant-colour-in-camera/

#5: Tips for Capturing a Vibrant Holi Powder Session

Bright, vibrant, beautifully colored photography sessions are beautiful to see. In this article, the photographer writer shares her tips for a successful Holi powder portrait session.

http://www.iheartfaces.com/2013/04/holi-powder-photography-session-tips/

Ways to Make Money as a Photographer

As photography technology is progressing, it is becoming easier to take pictures, process those and sell photos Online. Many opportunities are being created for photographers which can help them in making money while following their passion of photography. And it does not hurt if your passion earns you your bread and butter – right?

So here we share some ways using which photographers can earn money.

Wedding/ portrait/ family photography

Wedding photography pays really well. So does portrait and family photography. All you need to do is setup your own website, upload your portfolio and network with people. Offer some free pictures or tag along with a well-known photographer – there is no dearth of opportunities here.

License through Stock sites like Getty Images

The requirement for stock images or online photo has gone really high. Advertisers, website designers, marketers, digital media professionals – everybody is in need of good quality images and stock sites are the places where images are searched. Submit your photos on stock sites and once approved and uploaded on those sites, you get paid every time someone uses your picture or you can also sell photos Online. As you become more popular there, your revenue share keeps increasing.

Freelance for local magazines and publications

Check out for freelance opportunities with local publications and magazines – such magazines typically need photography help in capturing latest happenings in the city, covering a particular event or concert or for capturing festive spirit in a particular city. You can offer your service and earn some quick bucks.

T-Shrits/ Mugs

People are more and more looking for some customized or personalized T-Shirts and Mugs. Many websites offer printing and delivery of such customized products. You can tie up with such websites and offer your photographers for listing on those websites. As for the revenue models – you can work out a one-time deal or get paid per photograph you submit or even take it further where you will be paid for each photograph used by the customer on T-Shirt or a Mug.

Photography courses and blogs

If you have the knowledge, share it through courses, tours and blogs. With the advent of technology, almost everybody owns a decent camera and buying a good quality camera has also become easier. But owning a camera does not make one a good photographer. There are lot of techniques involved which one needs to learn. If you have mastered some techniques, package the knowledge in the form of some nice, short courses and let people attend your classes for a fee. You can also take a group on a photography tour and teach them on the field itself. Writing blogs and earning some ad revenue on your blogs is also an easy option. Make sure that you keep your blog constantly updated with regular articles.

Sell local photographs to travel magazines or composing photo guides for tourists

Travel magazines are always in need to some good quality pictures of famous places, monuments and structures. You can take a trip to famous places and click some really good pictures and sell those pictures to travel magazines. Going one step ahead, you can also create your own photo guide with good pictures, nice complete information, history and sell it to the tourists. If you make the photo guide in a unique shape and include some exclusive clicks in it, there will not be any dearth of buyers.

Contests

There are thousands of photography contests happening all the time. You can participate in such contests – especially because the participation is easy when the contest is online. All you need to do is upload your pictures right from your own home. Many of these contests are free to participate. The prizes of such contests often include cash prizes or some nice photography gears. Make sure that you read the participation guidelines properly and ensure that you retain the copyright of your photographs – once confirmed, you are all set!

Do you have any more suggestions which you would like to share with fellow readers? Comments welcome!

Tips for Solving Three Common Problems in Photography

Photography is about capturing the best moments and objects as seen by the photographer. While passion of the photographer is the most important factor in clicking best pictures, there are some small intricacies to be managed so that the technicalities do not spoil the beauty of the picture.

In this post, we will take a look at three most commonly faced problems with digital photography and some tips and solutions for those:

#1 Red Eye

Thousands and thousands of photos are spoiled because of the bright red pupil in the photograph, called as red eye. Now, rather than understanding the technicalities of why and how that occurs, let us look at some practical ways of avoiding it.

To avoid it, all you need to do is change the camera angel so that the light does not directly enter the eye –click the photograph from slightly higher or lower angel. Try and avoid camera flash as much as possible – turn on the lights or use natural light. Stand farther from the subject.

Even after taking all the possible care, if you do find red eye (in the otherwise good photo), check out if your digital camera offers an in-camera red-eye removal. Most of the cameras now do come with this feature!  You should be able to remove it using this very easily.

#2: Blurry Images

Agreed, blurry images do look artistic, but not always. You need to have some clarity in the photograph so that viewers can comprehend the objects in it.

One of the most common reasons for blurry images is camera shake. You can avoid camera shake by holding the camera close to your body and by standing with your legs approximately a shoulder-width apart. That will help you keep your body stable. Alternatively, you can use a tripod. Some cameras also offer image stabilization feature which can be utilized.

 

Reduce the shutter lag by pressing the trigger a little and then pressing it completely at the moment of clicking the picture.

After the click is complete, don’t move the camera away from eye quickly. Hold it for a moment.

What if the image still is blurry even after taking all precautions? Well, then you need to click the picture again, no alternative for that 

#3 Improper Lighting

Many photographers believe that photography is all about light. Appropriate lighting can make or break a photo.

The first and foremost thing you need to watch is ISO settings in your digital camera. You need to make it higher or lower based on the other lighting conditions. Balance the lighting with these settings. Remember, higher the ISO, greater the lighting in the picture frame.

While shooting indoors, try and avoid flash as much as possible and try and use natural light. Don’t place the subjects in front of bright window (unless you want silhouette effect). If natural light is not available, use lamps in the room.

Try and choose a good background for your picture which can add some brightness to the photo.

While shooting outdoors, if possible, shoot early or later in the day. This will give the soothing effect in your photos. Try and get sunlight on the subject by having the sun behind you when you shoot.

What if the photos show blacks shade or are too bright despite taking all the precautions? Well, there are a lot of available photo editing tools which can help you clean that up. But really, why not master the art of perfect photography? 

In coming posts, we will share more such tips, tricks and articles about photography. If you have any specific points to share, do share those as comments! If you want to join the community of passionate photographers, publish your photographs for public view and interact with interesting people, join the Tumbhi Photography Site at http://photography.tumbhi.com/.

Photography Workshop with Vincent Versace – Few Tips

Are you the kind of photographer who carries a big back pack filled with several cameras, lenses and other photography gears? Are you also worried more about the scratch on of any of your precious photography armors rather than worrying about that delicate little souvenir carried back home?

Vincent Versace, the Nikon Ambassador for US shares a few handy tips in his one day photography workshop at Mumbai with Tumbhi!

1. Shower Caps

They act like the perfect raincoat for most of your cameras and lenses. With their elastic wide enough to hold any size of head, they prevent your cameras thereby also protecting them from any water drop or scratches!

So the next time you are visiting a hotel room, don’t forget to throw in a few complimentary shower caps!

 

2. Lens cleanser

‘Hoodman ‘an enzyme based lens cleanser is what Vincent prescribes. You do realize keeping the lens clean is as necessary as wiping off your eye glasses clean- to give a clearer view and thus a better photograph. Like wet wipes this cleanser is easy to carry and use. Available at Amazon this will sure give you a clearer lens if not a photograph!

3. Torch

A torch is to not only show you your ways through uneven plateaus of that deadly forest for wildlife photography , but also when you need that “little extra sunlight” on the object of your photograph. A 4 spectrum light bulb (battery operated) is what Vincent prescribes.

4: Wrist Strap

A wrist strap, mostly that one used by sports persons is to keep your hand anti-shake while you click that amazing rare moment. It stiffens the wrist and ensures that you don’t get disappointed with a great yet blur picture.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Shade Card

A simple shade card will enable you to have the idea of that perfect shade of ‘grey’ while clicking Black & White photographs. A simple yet very effective technique to determine the desired shade of color in your finished photograph while clicking itself.

6. CamRanger

A CamRanger wirelessly tethers your Nikon or Canon DSLR with your iPad or iPhone. So basically you keep your camera at the set angle and click with your iphone or ipad in hand without pressing the button of your camera. Its best when you need to click secretly without scaring away the subject of your photograph. See more about CamRanger here http://www.camranger.com/

7. Battery Chargers

And last but the most essential, the batter chargers! Generally photographers carry lot of batteries but one or two chargers! That’s a big NO! Carry enough battery chargers in proportion to the batteries you are carrying! You can’t let go of a rare moment just because of a stupid battery you see.

Hope a few of these tips will come in as handy to you as they were meant to be.

Overview:

Vincent Versace is an internationally recognized pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. His passion for natural light photography is manifest not only in his work but also through his role as a creative and technical leader, contributing to innovative breakthroughs across the entire digital image value chain.

Vincent has recently conducted a series of Photography Workshops in India in association with Tumbhi! A three day workshop in Banaras (Sept 20-22) and one day workshop at Mumbai (Sept 26) along with a photography tour in Meerzapur (U.P.).

To remain updated with Vincent’s future programs in India, stay tuned with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Attending a Photography Workshop? Read this!

The world is evolving very fast and there is something new to learn every day. An interactive workshop offers one of the opportunities to learn from experts and connect with some passionate photographers.

Talking about Photography, in recent times, there has been a surge of photography workshops – online, in classrooms as well as on the field. The choice can leave you confused and make it difficult to choose the one which best fits your requirements. And even after choosing the best workshop, its finally up to you to make the best of it.

So here we thought that we can put together a small checklist to help you get maximum from your photography workshop:

#1: Check the Syllabus

You don’t want to get into a workshop and realize that you are already an expert at what is being taught at the workshop. When you decide to attend a workshop, decide on a particular topic or skill you would like to know about and learn. And when you do your search for a suitable workshop, have a close look at the syllabus and be sure that you will learn something new. In case of any questions about the syllabus, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the organizers and know the details.

#2: Review the Instructor and Feedback

It is important that the instructor is not only knowledgeable but also is a veteran in teaching. Check how long he / she has been taking workshops and instructing. Gather feedback and confirm that the instructor holds credibility.

#3: Knows the Costs

Be sure that you know what all is included in the costs of the workshop and more importantly, what is not included. You are attending a workshop to learn and there should not be any unwanted distractions while you are attending that. Have a complete clarity beforehand so that you are better prepared.

#4: Be active, ask questions and clarify your doubts

Once you are in the workshop, make sure that you are very active. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Feel free to clarify your doubts – no matter how trivial they may sound. By asking questions and discussing, you are also helping others in learning more.

#5: Make your notes

Make notes of all the new things you learn at the workshop. These notes can come handy when you want to revise something post the workshop and try out the learning practically.

#6: Connect with fellow participants

You learn a lot through collaboration and that can happen only when you connect with the fellow participants, initiate discussions with them and facilitate brainstorming. If possible, connect with the participants before the workshop and start discussing the topics which are going to be taught at the workshop. That will help you know if you need to learn something or hone some skills before the workshop to be able to get the most from it. Even after the workshop, be in touch with fellow participants. That is your audience for bouncing ideas and getting feedback on your work anytime in future.

#7: Share Your Experiences

Leverage the true spirit of social media and share your experiences and learning through Blog/ Facebook/ Twitter or whichever way you feel comfortable. Sharing your experiences and knowledge will help you enhance what you have learnt at the workshop, build on it and further improve.