Kodak V348 video light -Review

  • Size: 174 X 123 X 19mm
  • Number of LEDs: 348 true colour LEDs
  • Power out put: 25watts
  • Colour temperature: 3200-5500K dedicated colour temperature control
  • Battery: F550 / F770 / F970 with battery power indicator
  • DC power 7.2 to 9.0 volts

Can be used on the DSLR or Mirror less flash mounts

  • Can be tilted from the mounted position.
  • Can be used on regular tripod stands
  • Comes with a built in sliding diffuser for better light quality
  • Application: Good for YouTube bloggers, news, editorial and documentary video production as a main light. Can also be used as a fill-light with other LED lights.
  • Plus: Size, weight and built quality Consistency in out put Battery compatibility With batteries, can be comfortably used in the out doors Good light for simple video production and value for money
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12 Tips for Laser Sharp Photos

Sharpness in a photo is a mandatory requirement. A little care on this could make the photos look professional and usable.

 
 
  1. Hold the camera firm and use stable posture while shooting. Lean on stable bases like walls or pillars if necessary
  2. Use good optical quality lenses – professional lenses
  3. Avoid using poor quality filters in front of the lenses or remove filters
  4. .Use reciprocal of the focal length of the lens as the minimum shutter speed for handheld shots. Or use IS/VR options while shooting in the hand
  5. Use stable tripod while shooting in slow shutter speeds and in low light conditions
  6. Use remote shutter release or use self-timer for still subjects and mirror-up option for long exposure shots
  7. Use the manual selection of AF points and AF lock
  8. Use lowest possible ISO settings
  9. Use higher aperture values like, f/11, f/16
  10. Use continuous shooting mode for handheld shots
  11. Use hard light with good light and shadow effects.
  12. Shoot in RAW to manage the sharpness in Camera RAW image editor.

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Understand Picture Style / Picture Control

Camera’s processor process the JPEG images based on the settings we choose. Picture control or Picture Style is a pre-set option, used to process the images based on the type of subject. Saturation, Colour tone, Sharpness, Contrast, Clarity etc are the effects applied during the image processing in the camera.

MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS, THOUGH NOT ALL, ARE SELF-TAUGHT

Many photographers, though not all, are self-taught. What role does a school of photography play in guiding photography aspirants?people

In this present scenario of students passing out from their schools are finding it difficult to decide on the courses and career options. Many times, the wishes of the parents become the ‘forced wish’ of the student. Unfortunately, most parents do not bother to identify the special skills of their children but make them study something that is of no interest to them. End of the day, the children do something that they are not interested and they become just mediocre in their chosen field.travel

Particularly when our children are not interested in academics…it is the sign that they have some other special skills (sports, drawing & painting, dance, music, acting, photography, cinema, media, cooking, crafts, designing and lot more) and we need to promptly guide them so that they can excel in their special/personal skill-based profession. Photography is always being an aspiring career option for anyone interested in the art of seeing and storytelling. It has become a stable career now….as the need for good photographers is in high demand. There are a lot of photographers earning higher than the standard academic persons doing routine jobs.location

The most important quality to pursue and be successful in photography is the ‘passion for the great art’. A passionate student can dedicate his/her time effectively in learning and become big and useful. They must be willing to do hard work 24X7 with a target to achieve. Though photography is a lot of fun, it should be learned and practised seriously. Students with an artistic bent of mind and who think little out of the box have a better chance to become successful professionals. In the present scenario, they must be willing to learn throughout their life and update the technology and trend.advertising

Many photographers, though not all, are self-taught. What role does a school of photography play in guiding photography aspirants? This is a question in the minds of many of us trying out photography and want to become a professional photographer.wildlife

There is nothing like ‘self-taught in photography’. We pick up a lot of information from other photographers and their photos. Internet and books are yet another source photographers lean and update. This helps the ‘self-taught photographers’ to do some trial and error basis learning. But as the need of today, a good photography school can help the students in the following ways.

  1. Formal education from a school of photography leaves no stone unturned.
  2. The learners are given ample scope to understand all the possible technics and art through the structured curriculum.
  3. A formal education gives a lot of self-confidence and helps them solve the problems thrown at them quickly and efficiently once they start their professional photography career.
  4. Joining a reputed school of photography makes learning fast and reduces the possible mistakes that happen otherwise. For example, a photographer who has attended a formal course will be able to master the techniques, art and business in a couple of years. Whereas, others may take years to achieve the same through a lot of trials and guesswork.
  5. Most importantly a good photography school can give hands-on experience on some of the expensive and rare state of the art equipment, facilities, special skills and real-time job experience.

These opportunities may or may not happen even after a long time for a ‘self-taught photographer’.

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“Do the job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”, goes a saying. When you do what you like, then your job is not a burden but pleasure!  Let our children enjoy their passion as a profession.

click here to know what one of our 1-year Advanced Diploma in Professional Photography learner Kiranmayi feels about the course in Ambitions 4 Photography Academy

Nikita Rao our 6 months Diploma in Photography Course learner – Batch 2016 shares her views about the course

Tips to shoot Panning

We always have been surprised at photos with panning effect. The panning technique gives the viewer the feel of movement of the subject which is sharp and the background is blurred to give the feel of speed or motion.

Panning is just following a moving subject with the camera either horizontally or vertically or in any direction to get the moving subject sharp and blurring effect in the background. This is one of the ways you can establish the effect of motion in a still picture. You can try this in wildlife, wedding, sports, children and industrial photography.

1. Shoot in shutter priority or manual exposure mode. Slow shutter speeds could give great panning effect – choose shutter speeds like 1/30, 1/45, 1/60 increase the shutter speed if the subject moves really fast. – set camera

2. Use AF – Servo or AF-C autofocusing mode – set camera

3. Use continuous shooting/drive mode – set camera

4. Follow the subjects that move relatively slow – slow moving vehicles or people or anything can give an easy panning effect.

5. Follow the subject as it approaches the camera, but shoot when it is just parallel to the camera.

6. Choose to shoot subjects moving fairly closer the camera – maybe 15 to 20 feet distance would be fine

7. Try getting the full subject without cropping for an interesting composition

8. Keep your legs little apart and hold the camera steady. Move only the upper part of your body (above the waist) to follow the moving subject.

9. Choose a background with some patterns – trees, buildings, a large group of people etc. Avoid plain and flat backgrounds.
Check the exposure for the subject and the background by shooting few test shot. Use exposure compensation if needed.

 

How to use Grey Card ?

When you need an accurate white balance for your pictures, using a grey card is one of the easiest methods to get the correct white balance in your pictures. 1. Use a grey card to set the exposure right 2. Use grey card when the scene contains high contrast light 3. 18% grey and light meters 4. How to use the grey card while shooting? 5. Using the grey card for exposure and white balance controls 6. Use the grey card as a reference and colour correct the image in a post-production

Have you ever tried a Magic filter – CPL filter..?

Have you ever tried a Magic filter – CPL filter..?

The Circular Polarizing filter (CPL) is a magical filter that does wonders in photography.
1. The polarizing filter will remove/reduce the unwanted reflections created by indirect diffused light from non-metallic surfaces. It cannot remove/reduce the specular reflections created by the direct light sources.
2. CPL filter is a dark grey special optical filter fitted on to a rotatable ring mounted in front of the lens.
3. CPL lets in the polarized light without reflections to enter into the camera. The effect of polarization can be seen apparently in the viewfinder as you rotate the CPL filter. The overall subject gains better colour saturation and clarity gradually and becomes best at one point of rotation
4. CPL filter can saturate the green foliage and blue sky while shooting nature and landscapes.
5. The amount of colour saturation and clarity obtained depends on the light direction and time of the day.
6. CPL filter polarizing effect will be ultimate in ‘sidelight’ conditions and will be the least in ‘against the light’ conditions.
7. It will be better during the golden hours of photography (up to two hours from the Sunrise and two hours till Sunset).
8. CPL filter comfortably removes the reflections on the glass, tiles, shiny floors, shiny furniture, wet surfaces, water and almost anything that reflects. Useful for shooting exteriors & interiors, glass enclosures, high reflective products like automobiles etc.
9. Being dark grey, the CPL filter will absorb at least two to three stops light. This will result in using slow shutter speeds or higher ISOs or open apertures or all the three.
10. CPL filter can also be used like an ND (Neutral Density) filter for achieving shallow depth of field/ blurring effects.
11. CPL filters can also be used in the indoors with artificial lights and studio flashes.
12. Only a very ‘good quality CPL filter’ can protect the optical quality of your expensive lens – never settle for anything less.