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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!

Why you should write in हिन्दी when you are writing in Hindi

Hindi – the mother tongue of India is trying real hard to not loose grip of its roots. Thanks to all the writers who still prefer Hindi as their medium of expression but with the rising advent of technology, every gadget by default in English and the ease with our QWERTY keyboards sometimes does major damage to our Hindi manifestation . Roman Hindi is the new “Cool” way of writing things in a jiffy and call it an artwork! If we were to write Hindi also using English words, why were all these dedicated fonts created in MS word or Google translate was conceived?

 

Let’s understand why we should use only appropriate fonts for any language that we use to write it:

1. You know its hindi in the first look Using the appropriate font (for e.g Mangal for Hindi) is the best way to write in a dedicated language. At least you don’t go all the near to the write up piece and then feel ditched, realizing its Hindi written using English- let’s not do that!

2. Correct Pronunciation You might have wanted to write something else when in the lieu of spelling it in English and adding the tadka of sms lingo, the original meaning of the word absolutely flips. Better if you want people to read it the way you have written it, use Hindi font. This way those who are reading hindi will understand hindi only and not Hebrew.

3. Devnagri Script Hindi as we widely know originates form Devnagri Script. And Hindi is an amalgam of many languages which includes Sanskrit, urdu and even a couple of English words. Using appropriate font will also reflect your overall commitment to that language you chose to write your feelings in. Being a writer, let’s have some personal ethical standards

4. Easy to read

Anyone choosing to read in Hindi will also definitely be able to understand it in Hindi font. Don’t think that if you write in Roman Hindi, intelligibility will be better, No it doesn’t work like that. If you want to attract the right people to your write- up , use the right font

Note: You can either download Mangal font on your MS word or just go online to Google Transliteration and type out in your favorite Roman Hindi and it will give you the Hindi Font.

Let’s give each language their due respect by using the font they are married to!!

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?

 

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/.

10 Useful Articles for Photographers

The internet is full of information – organized as well as disorganized, useful as well as un-useful, quality content as well as junk. Here we come with a list of carefully selected 10 articles for  photographers – to help them learn some new topics,  know some cool tips and tricks and get to know some very specific features in Photoshop and Lightroom.

#1: Wildlife and Nature Photography
Landscape photography isn’t always easy. Rick Sammon and Rob Sheppard show how to utilize light settings, shutter speed and setting the background for the ultimate photo.
http://tv.adobe.com/watch/xtrain-photoshop-and-photography/wildlife-and-nature-photography

#2: Useful advice to new Wildlife Photographers by Bruna
Should Wildlife Photography interest you in any way, this blog will be beneficial, interesting as well as inspiring for you.
http://www.digitalphotographycourses.co.za/brunas-advice-to-new-wildlife-photographers/

#3: Photoshop Blend Modes Explained
A high-level view of what the various blend modes do, and then a little deeper digging into the nuts and bolts of the blend modes by explaining some of the math involved, and their interrelationships with each other.
http://photoblogstop.com/photoshop/photoshop-blend-modes-explained

#4: How to use the new Radial Filter Tool in Lightroom 5
Some useful tips for selective editing with the new Radial Filter tool.
http://digital-photography-school.com/how-to-use-the-new-radial-filter-tool-in-lightroom-5

#5: How To Use Adobe Camera RAW as a Filter in Photoshop CC
In this video, photographer Terry White demonstrates how to use Camera RAW as a Filter for a non-destructive editing workflow in Photoshop CC (this is the first time that Adobe integrates Camera RAW as a filter and not as a separate piece of software into Photoshop and it brings several advantages White talks about in the video).
http://lensvid.com/photo-editing/how-to-use-adobe-camera-raw-as-a-filter-in-photoshop-cc/

#6: 5 Lightroom Organizing Mistakes and How To Avoid Them
Photographers often don’t know how to best organize photos in LightRoom. Here is a handy list of some of the mistakes and pitfalls to avoid and few tips on how to get around them.
http://lightroomkillertips.com/?p=4974

#7: How to Create a Panorama Using Photoshop and Lightroom
A perfect tutorial which shows a seamless workflow for creating a panoramic photo using both Photoshop and Lightroom.
http://psd.tutsplus.com/tutorials/tools-tips/create-a-panorama-with-photoshop-and-lightroom/

#8: Digital Image Editing & Special Effects – Removing Unwanted Objects in Photoshop
Dust spots and minor skin blemishes are one thing, but supposing you wanted to remove a much larger and more complicated object? The secret is to combine a number of the cloning tools you have at your disposal, and make use of the keyboard buttons “[” and “]” as well as the Tool Options bar so the tools you do employ are working at their best. Here is how.
http://masteringphoto.com/removing-unwanted-objects-in-photoshop/

#9: Understanding the Camera Calibration Module in Lightroom
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom relies on the Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) rendering engine to convert camera RAW images. The default color and contrast settings look different than what you might see on your camera LCD when reviewing your images. However, Adobe offers alternate Camera Profiles which emulate the as-shot settings from many Nikon and Canon DSLRs. You’ll find these settings in the Camera Calibration panel in Lightroom and ACR.

http://www.luminescentphoto.com/blog/2013/07/12/understanding-the-camera-calibration-module-in-lightroom/

#10: Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts
Mastering Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts will dramatically speed up your entire workflow process, especially if you spend lots of time organizing and editing your photos. Here is a comprehensive list of all the shortcuts.
http://www.wildlife-photography-tips.com/lightroom-keyboard-shortcuts.html

Tips for Writing Travelogue

Travelogue, like any other piece of writing, is an art. A good travelogue is a good piece of writing which is enjoyed by the readers as well as offers valuable guidance.
Tumbhi offers some practical tips for writing a good travelogue.

#1 : Define the Objective:
You need to spend a good amount of quality time in writing a good article. As a first step, define the objective of your blog. Do you want to educate the readers, just narrate your experience or present your research – the objective needs to be very clear and the whole writing needs to follow that objective.

#2: Make it Special
Nobody is interested in reading the well known facts about any place. You can make your travelogue worth reading by including some special things like unknown facts about the place, some different spellings or pronunciation of names. Include some exclusive research about the place. Give some information about cultural background or history. If you have got a chance to visit some nice restaurant and try a special dish, do mention about it – what you liked, what you did not like. And of course include the pictures of all such experiences. People love reading personalized experiences.

#3: Glimpse of Region:
If you can, include interviews of the local people, include their pictures. That will add some special flavor to your blog travelogue.

#4: Include Pictures:

A picture is worth thousand words and true to this saying, a good travelogue is absolutely incomplete without the pictures of the travel destination. There is no way the readers will get the feel of the place unless you include pictures. If possible, include video clips.

 

#5: Give it  a tone and story:
Don’t write your travelogue like a research paper. Make it personalized. Add a story to it. Add some tone to it. Don’t start with the basic facts. Start with something which will interest the reader. Give your personal recommendations, do’s and don’ts. That will add YOUR flavor to it.

If you have interesting travel stories to share, participate in Tumbhi’s Somewhere Sometime Contest for free and get an opportunity to get published in an eBook and also win exciting prize. More information at: http://writing.tumbhi.com/somewhere-sometime-travelogue-short-story-contest

5 Creative Things to do in 5 Minutes

If you work on an internet-enabled computer system and are creative at heart plus bored and got 5 minutes to spare, read below:

#1. Fine Arts

Paint a sketch – a still life- any bottle, cup, saucer, pen stand, telephone in front of you! You can also consider sketching a human face from a person in the vicinity!

Benefit- Improvement in speed of sketching and a gradual but crisp idea of ratios and proportions of sketching! Poetry

#2. Writing

Re read an old poem/story/article of yours, you will find at least one mistake or think of a few word replacements. Polish the edges and try to analyze if reading the same old poem created a different picture of meanings in your mind.

Benefit -Brushing up of the old poems from your archives with updated vocabulary.

#3. Photography

Edit a photo clicked by you! Sorted!

There are many Photo editing software available online which can transform the face of your photograph! Try a few effects! It is very interesting to see a new look of the same picture.

Benefit- A new photograph out of an old photo will be ready in just 5 mins.

#4. Music

Search for your favorite songs lyrics online, and sing it aloud but only remember to record the same. Use the tiny voice recorder on your cell phone for the same. Then listen to the original song and the one sung by you. Repeat this activity when the next time you have 5 mins, you will instantly know your own mistakes.

Benefit- Instant relaxation because of singing activity and also self-improvement on musical notes.

#5. Reading

Read anything that you find upfront and interesting! Don’t be too selective. Generally all good articles are featured by different websites on their homepage- just click and start reading.

Benefit- A lot of learning happens via reading.

And if you still got 2 mins left after trying out any of these tricks, go to www.tumbhi.comSubmit your Sketches, Poems, Stories, Song recordings, Photos etc. and enjoy the opportunities coming your way as an artist.

Also if you want to read a whole bunch of interesting articles – welcome to http://blog.tubmhi.com.

Actors, Models, Singers and Photographers: Use Facebook and Attract Fan Following

Undoubtedly, Facebook has become a very popular social networking platform with more than 800 Million users. Many businesses have already started using it for connecting with the target users and consumers.

 

Artists like you, who are actors, models, singers, photographers and film makers can also use Facebook for connecting with their fans, communicating with them, sharing ideas and interacting with them. Before Facebook or social media in general, this was very difficult because you would have to worry about setting up a website and other such online communication platform for initiating connection with your fans. That was hassle. But Facebook is free. All you need to invest is your time and creativity.

So let’s first understand how you can use Facebook:

Facebook Profile: Profile is your personal space. This can be for your close friends and family members. With profile, you can get connected to only 5000 ‘friends’. So that’s the limitation.

Facebook Page: We recommend you start with creating a Facebook page. You can set up the page with more information about yourself, photos, videos etc. Your fans can the ‘Like’ the page and become fans of your page. Once they become fans of your page, they can post comments on your status updates, post their views, share their views on photos/ videos etc. Here, you don’t have to worry about any limit on number of fans 

Facebook Group: If you are passionate about some subject and want to get together people associated with that subject to discuss, debate, share and interact then you can form a Facebook group.

Assuming that you go ahead with creating a Facebook fan page, the next step is letting people know about the page. You can do that by requesting your friends to spread the message. You can also publicize the page on your website, portfolio or other social networking accounts such as Twitter, MySpace or YouTube. You can also use Facebook ads if you want to attract more fan following.

Once you have the fans liking your page, it is very important to maintain engagement and connection with them. Ensure that you post regular updates on the page and keep the fans updated. Keep your fans updated with what you are up to. Post about your new assignments and projects. Your fans can also help you in case you need any assistance like connecting with someone or finding anything in particular. Respond to comments promptly and regularly. Engage the fans by asking their opinions or views.

Remember, Facebook is a very effective medium but you have to be persistent, creative, prompt and diligent with it.  Maintain consistent connection, be honest with your fans and value their opinions and views.