My Favourite Anime

Hello, and welcome to my favorite anime post.

This post is about… well, my favorite anime shows.

I know that many people aren’t drawn to this sort of thing (anime) but there are also many people who do.

I love watching anime… it doesn’t feel strange or weird to me. It’s much (much) different from animation. They are really not one and the same. At all.

I’ve been watching anime for 6 years now (ever since I was 12). I watched some anime shows when I was little (like cardcaptor Sakura) but I didn’t know they were anime at the time. not until much later.

I love anime as much as I love watching TV shows.

So here you have it. Welcome to my favorite Anime post (hope you enjoy!).

*In case of any occasional spoilers I’ll be sure to mark them but most of this review will be spoiler free, so not to worry about being spoilered*

Sword Art Online (a.k.a SAO)

Science fiction, Fantasy, Romance, Monsters, Sword fighting, Adventures, Fun times, sad times… this show has it ALL.

SERIOUSLY.

From the moment I started it I knew It was the anime for me.

Everything was combined together in the most perfect way.

I’ve watched it so many times and every time feels like the second time. It’s just so… GOOD.

If you’re an anime fan and haven’t watched it yet – GO WATCH IT. And even if you’re not an anime fan and simply want to try out something you never tried before or want to watch an anime for the first time but don’t know where to start… start with this one. Unless you’re not a fan of Fantasy or science fiction. If not, there are many other anime I’ll be listing down below that may be your thing. If you are a fan of those things though, SAO is the perfect anime to start with.

Sword Art Online has 2 seasons out so far (each season with 25 episodes) (Note for beginners in anime: anime episodes are about 22-25 minutes long, but when you watch, it never feels short).

A season 3 hasn’t been confirmed yet but it seems to be happening, unsure yet when. The problem with anime? unlike with TV shows, when you basically know immediately if it has been renewed and if so when, with anime… you don’t even know if there will be a next season. And even if there will be, you can never know when. It could be in a few months, in a year, in 2 years and even more (That’s the only downside).

What has been confirmed though is an SAO movie that will be coming out in 2017 (wow, thanks, people who’re producing the anime… 2017 is only, oh, forever from now).

Fairy Tail

An Epic anime. It’s the kind of anime you always have good times watching. It’s still on-going so every few weeks I do a Marathon of a few episodes. It’s the kind of anime that seems to be on-going forever… It’s nice to know it’ll never end. Well, of course it will end sometime but sometime can be a long time from now. Just look at the anime Naruto; I remember seeing it on TV when I was about 7 or 8. It’s 10 years later and it’s still on-going.

Back to fairy tail: Fairy tail has a big cast of characters. I love them all. I would say Lucie and Natsu are the most MC but every character gets their story told and their own time to shine.

The number of episodes of Fairy Tail would probably be overwhelming so I won’t recommend starting with this anime If you’re not all the way into the anime world.

I actually never get overwhelmed by the number of episodes in an anime\show. The opposite, actually. If the anime\the show is good… I would like there to be as many episodes as possible.

But I can understand why so many episodes can make people cringe and give up before trying.Fairy Tail has 8 seasons (with season 8 currently airing). overall, Fairy tail has 265 episodes in seasons 1-7.

There is also a movie and 6 OVAs out, with 3 more OVAs coming out this year.

So… my recommendation? If you’re new to the whole ‘anime watching’ thing, you might want to wait until you’re more acquainted with it. If you’re not and you’re looking for a good anime to watch, something fun that will keep you entertained… give Fairy Tail a try. my only warning: You’ll probably have to get past the few first episodes before really getting into it.

And now for my ships? (If you consider ships a spoiler then skip this part to the next anime):

Grey and Juvia (!)

Lucy and Natsu (I didn’t ship them in the beginning but now… ? well, now it just seems right).

Levi and Gagil (so cute!)

Erza and Jellal (forever and ever!)

Steins Gate

This anime is weird, strange, confusing at first…

And I love it so much!

Yeah, I have to admit, after watching the first episode I was like: huh? what did I just watch?

I’m so glad I didn’t give up on it and went to watch something else, because this show BLEW ME AWAY With how deep it was, with how beautiful, complicated and clever.

It’s the kind of anime that will leave you gasping in surprise because you did not expect it to be like this.

Trust me on this and go watch it.

There are 24 episodes out, a movie (that takes place after the episodes), an OVA (takes place after the movie) and 4 ONAs (very-very short episodes). About a season 2: A season 2 has been confirmed (unsure when, though) and it’ll be called: Steins Gate 0. A 10 minutes long prequel to Steins Gate 0 (called 23 beta) already came out.

Kamisama Hajimemashita

A light, fun, entertaining anime. Romantic-Fantasy-Comedy. If you’re looking for a light and fun romance that also has fantasy in it… this is the anime for you. I enjoyed watching it so much. I’m pretty sure I re-watched it 3 times already.

Watch the first episode and you’ll know what I mean.

It’s also a good anime for beginners to watch. It’s very comical, though, so if you like the more serious type of shows… It might not be for you. But this anime has it’s serious moments as well. I love a good combination of comedy and seriousness.

Anyhow, Kmisama Hajimemeshita (that’s a complicated name to write, huh?) has 2 seasons so far. Season 1 consists of 13 episodes and season 2 of 12 episodes. There is also an OVA that takes place after season 1 + 4 OAD that takes place after season 2 (at the moment only 2 are out).

It has yet to be renewed for a third season but it’s not surprising considering it has been 2 years between season 1 to season 2. I do hope they’ll renew this show.

Nisekoi

For a romance-comedy anime, this show has one of the best mysteries I’ve seen in an anime. It’s the kind of mystery that just gets more and more complicated, more and more intruging.

If you’re looking for a fun anime with an interesting aspect of mystery to it, you should definitely try this one out. I really enjoyed it. There were moments so hilarious I just laughed out loud.

The first season has 20 episodes + 3 OVAs and the second season has 12 episodes + 1 OVA. The anime has yet to be renewed for a third season but the mystery is not solved yet so I hope we’ll see the third season soon enough.

Owari No Seraph

A great fantasy show.

It’s not too heavy and not too light. It has just the right amount between the two.

The story takes place in a world that has been conquered by vampires. Humans live in settlements and are trying to survive. There is one big organization of human rebels that fight vampires and try to free the world from them. Yuu, the MC, has joined that organization after seeing his entire family get slaughtered by a vampire.

This is a story about battles, the strength of humanity, love and friendship and bonds stronger than anything.

There are 2 seasons (each season with 12 episodes). There is no information about a season 3. I’m hoping for a season 3 to be announced soon.

No Game No Life

This anime… this anime is perfection.

Loved-loved-loved it.

The bond and dynamics between the siblings, the games, the competitions, the awesomeness of it all (!).

Everything about this anime was just so good.

If you’re looking for a fun fantasy anime that will blow your mind – go watch No game No life. You won’t regret it.

The anime has one season of 12 episodes and has yet to be renewed for a season 2. While I’m desperately hoping for season 2, I’ll be re-watching this anime.

Right now I’m addicted to the opening song (No Game No Life OP). If Japanese songs aren’t you thing then it makes sense if you won’t like it (songs in other languages aren’t everyone’s thing). But if you do like it… I’m glad.

K Project

Oh this anime is something else.

Pure fantasy, an original anime (not based on a manga or a light novel). The relationship between all those characters is complex and beautiful, the fantasy aspect is something I haven’t seen before and the MC (the one in the middle of the picture) is very likeable and totally not what he seems.

Anna, Misaki, Fushimi, Shiro, Neko, Kuroh… they are all so amazing.

This show is not very suitable for beginners in anime, I have to say.

K Project has 2 seasons (each with 13 episodes) and a movie that takes place after season 1. Because of the ending of season 2 that was rather closed, I’m not sure if there is going to be a season 3. And there is currently no information about it either. I’m still hoping for one.

Rokka No Yuusha

Remember, above, how I said Nisekoi has one of the best mysteries I’ve seen in anime? then this anime has the best mystery I’ve seen.

I changed my mind about what’s going on every episode. everyone (except one) is a suspect and you have no idea who. On top of that, all of the characters are the only people who can save the world from the demons and they are trapped somewhere with a great mystery. They have to solve in quickly or all will be lost. But how can you solve something If you can’t trust anyone beside you?

Fantasy, Mystery, slow build romance, action, a protagonist that doesn’t know what’s to ‘give up’.

The first season has 12 episodes. The anime has not yet been renewed for a second season.

Akagami No Shirayukihime

The anime version for a snow white retelling.

Shirayuki (snow white) has a very unique hair – Red hair. She’s apparently the only one with that hair color in all the kingdoms. It makes her both special and hunted.

There is a brave and charming prince, some apples involved and a strong willed and strong headed snow white.

I love Shirayuki. She seems like your regular damsel in distress but while she’s a damsel, she’s not distressed or waiting for prince charming to save her. She’s smart and strong willed.

Not to mention the romance is so sweet and beautiful.

There are 2 seasons (each with 12 episodes) + an OVA (that takes place after season 1).

There are no news about a possible 3rd season at the moment.

Inou Battle Wa Nichijou No Naka De

Awesomeness, High school students developing sudden special powers, Humor, battles (both serious and fun alike), romance here and there… what more can a person ask for?

I marked this anime as ‘awesome’ because there really isn’t another way to describe it.

It’s really good and fun and I enjoyed it very much. Already re-watched it 2 times.

There is one season with 12 episodes. I’m really hoping for a second season but there aren’t any news about it so far.

Yumeiro Patissiere

Cute, light, sweet… this anime follows a girl named Ichigo who has an exceptional taste when it comes to food and sweets. In the beginning of the story she transfers to a school for young Patisseries by the recommendation of a mysterious person she met in a buffet.

But even with her talent of knowing sweets, Ichigo needs to go through many hardships before she can fulfill her dream.

This is a fantasy-romance-fun anime. I re-watched it so many times I can’t even remember how many. You need to go through the first few episodes to really get into it and it’s worth it. I love this anime immensly.
The first season consists of 50 episodes (I know, it sounds a lot, but when it was over I just wanted more) and the second season (called Yumeiro Patissiere Professional) has 13 episodes.

This anime most likely won’t have a third season (but I’m still hoping for one someday).

Ryuugajou Nanana No Maizoukin

I very-very-very much enjoyed this one!

Magical items, Mystery and adventure, treasure hunt, a ghost who loves pudding, an aspiring detective, a special club, some bad guys and a protagonist who is more than he seems.

A fun adventure with all kinds of interesting characters that will leave you wanting more.

There is only one season with 11 episodes and no news about a second season.

Such a great anime – highly recommended.

Highschool Of The Dead

Zombies, anyone?

A group of 5 resourceful students and a teacher are in school when out of nowhere they find themselves right in the middle of a zombie Apocalypse. They have to fight their way through and attempt to survive in a world that isn’t their own anymore.

I loved the teamwork between the students, how they became fighters and survivors.

If you don’t like zombies and a lot of blood… this anime is probably not for you.

So, there is one season of 12 episodes and an OVA. There are no news of a second season.

Soredemo Sekai Wa Utsukuushii

Cute, beautiful, fun and funny, heartwarming, some action here and there…

This anime is so beautiful.

Nike, a princess of a faraway rain kingdom is asked (she wasn’t given much of a choice, really) to marry the king of the sun kingdom.

I can’t say much more because it’s so much more fun as things reveal themselves. It’s light and cute yet serious and sad at times and It’s so good. Highly recommended.

There is one season with 12 episodes. I’m really hoping for a season 2 (so far no news).

Skip Beat

This anime will make you laugh and root for the protagonist in her adventure.

Kyoko, a cheerful girl coming to the big city to help make someone else’s dreams, is struck by the betrayal of her life. Said betrayal doesn’t only change her decisions of the future but her personality as well. To take her revenge, she decides to go into show biz.

Sounds heavy but this anime isn’t heavy at all. It’s great fun. I find myself re-watching it every now and then. It’s a real shame the anime doesn’t have a season 2 (there is one season with 25 episodes).

Inu X Boku ss

Ririchiyo moves into a mysterious mansion for mysterious reasons, but the mansions and the people in the mansion are not what they seem. And so is Ririchiyo.

I went into this anime without knowing much and I think it’s best.

There is fantasy. There is a beautiful romance (not left just with hints) and a great cast of characters.

There is one season with 12 episodes and an OVA.

Kaichou Wa Maid Sama

My most favourite romantic-comedy anime.

Oh my goodness… people, you have to watch this one.

The romance… the comedy… the characters… the plot… Usai… misaki…

This anime will make you squeal, ship and completely fangirl.

Oh and… in the pictures misaki looks like a sweet maid but… oh, how misleading it is. Just watch it and you’ll understand.

Seriously, go watch it.

Zero No Tsukaima

Love fantasy? an anime that isn’t afraid of taking the romance further than just hinting about it? go watch Zero No Tsukaima right away.

So good.

I would put somewhere on the very top of my favourite anime.

Louise is a magician in a school for magicians set in a magical world. On the ceremony to summon a magical companion familiar, everyone summons a magical familiar but Luoise… seems to have summoned a human.

Saito is from modern day Japan when he’s suddenly transported into a magical world he doesn’t understand and finds himself having to serve Luoise as her familiar.

Zero no tsukaime has 4 seasons. Seasons one is called Zero No Tsukaima and has 13 episodes. Season 2 is called Zero no tsukaima: Futasuki no Kishi and has 12 episodes. Season 3 is called Zero No tsukaims: princess No Rondo and has 12 episodes and season 4 is called Zero No Tsukaima: F and has 12 episodes.

Zero No Tsukaima is based on light novels written by Noboru Yamaguchi who died 3 years ago (at age 41). R.I.P.

Tonari No Kaibutsu Kun

Fun, cute and mainly amusing-funny. You’ll find yourself laughing out loud plenty of times watching this one.

It’s a story about first love that goes into unexpected places.

There are 13 episodes and one OAD.

No news of a second season but I’m hoping for one.

In any case, this anime is a very fun watch.

Cardcaptor Sakura

Caedaptor Sakura is one of the most beautiful anime I know. This is actually the first Anime I’ve ever watched. It was about when I was 8.

Cardcaptor Sakura never gets old. I’ve been watching it once or twice a year for a few years now and it always feels like the second time all over again. Cardcaptor sakura is something that will stay with me forever.

Cardcaptor sakura tells the tale of the fourth grader sakura kinomoto (the anime takes place between her fourth grade to sixth grade).

You’re probably thinking: a main character this young? Ah… I don’t know, I’m 16\18\20… I don’t think it’s for me.

Well, let me reassure you: Sakura isn’t your regular fourth grader. She’s very independent and such a great character. plus, she fights magical entities and goes on to dangerous adventures.

No fourth grader can be called ‘regular’ for this.

I really think you should try watching cardcaptor sakura. I think it’s great for anime beginners as well. And anyway, what’s the harm? if you don’t like it, you can always stop watching.

Even though the anime aired between 1998-2000, the art style, the characters… everything doesn’t seem old fashioned at all. And believe me, I also find it hard to watch anime with art style of a very long time ago. but cardcaptor sakura is on a different level.

So yes.

The anime has 70 episodes (divided to 3 seasons), 3 specials (the first one takes place after episode 35, the second one after episode 53 and the third one between episodes 23-35) and 2 movies (the first movie takes place after season 2 and the second movie is an epilogue to the anime that takes place after the last episode – episode 70.

Zetsuen No Tempest

This anime will make your heart clench. Bittersweet is its name.

Set in an apocalyptic world, Zetsuen to tempest follows two boys as they fight through to find the answer to a mystery concerning them both in ways we learn as the story progresses.

Combining quotes from The Tempest by William Shakespeare, a heartbreaking romance, a mage stuck on an island, some other mages trying to kill the boys and the boys themselves using magic to solve the mystery… it all makes for an unforgettable story.

Zetsuen no Tempest has 24 episodes (no information of a second season).

Naruto

I’m pretty sure Naruto has been on-going since the dawn of time.

Or at least since I was 8 because I can remember seeing it a few times on TV. It probably started before that though.

In any case, this is the kind of epic anime that never gets old. at least not for me. The action and the battles are top notch. The ‘I’ll never give up’ style of Naruto makes for a character you’ll keep rooting for forever.

The complicated friendships and relationships… this anime goes from funny to sad to tragic to fun to high-spirited.

I won’t lie, Naruto has a lot of episodes. And I do mean a lot. For me it was worth watching them all. If you’re looking for an anime that will keep you busy for a while and\or you don’t mind an anime with a lot of episodes… well, then, try this one out.

The anime is divided for two parts: Naruto and Naruto Shipudden.

Naruto has 220 episodes, 4 OVAs and 3 movies.

Naruto Shippuden has 457 episodes (so far. but the anime is, sadly, coming to an end soon… ), 8 movies and 7 OVAs.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun

Hilerious and sweet and I had great time watching this one.

Chiyo, a high school girl, finally gets the courage to confess her feelings to the boy she likes. Things don’t go as plan when the boy thinks she confessed for liking his work as a manga artist.

Chiyo finds herself having to roll with it and help the boy with his manga story.

As with most of the anime I so love to watch, this one is full of fun times and a great story.

12 episodes in the first seasons with no news of a season 2 as to yet.

And I think that concludes my favourite anime post.

What do you think about anime? what are your most favourite anime? Tell me all about it.

“Usually, in a story, when the protagonists end up in another world, they try their best to find a way home, right? Why would they try to go back to a world like that?”
— No Game No Life.

5 Tips for Creating an Effective Whiteboard Animation

Whiteboard animations require many innovative ideas, careful decisions and gutsy implementations. Developing a script and the entire pre-production planning stage before the creation of any type of creative work is one of the most important things that one must ensure to work on. Below are a few important tips for an effective whiteboard animation. These tips will enable you to create a great impression in the minds of your audiences and fans.

1. A great script is a must

As far as whiteboard animations are concerned, an average script will not do much favor to you. You need a great script and a one that can help you to create a major impression in the minds of the people or your audiences to keep it simple. Your story must be bought to life in an extraordinary manner.

2. Having a believable flow

Just like it happens in real life, your whiteboard animation should have a story line that is quite distinct in the middle, beginning as well as ending. This means that the videos should be short in order to keep the attention of the audiences. Your story must be told in such a manner that does not take very long to unfold so that the viewers can get a grasp of what you are exactly saying.

3. Having a powerful imagery

Powerful imagery and dynamic illustrations are always at the heart of a successful whiteboard animation. This means that one should ideally spend most of the time creating the images for the whiteboard presentations.

4. A captivating audio

Soundtrack is the heart of a film and same goes to a whiteboard animation. The audio tracks should be captivated in such a manner that they are able to create a very positive impression in the minds of the viewer or a normal audience. There are also a lot of character voice- overs that should be extremely believable and dynamic and this means that they should enhance and not detract from your work.

5. Concentrate on the background music

Background music can also be described as an essence to your whiteboard animation. This is because the viewers will be able to connect emotionally to your content. This means that the will be able to create a great memory as far as your animation is concerned and as a viewer this is what we require. It is one of the important things to remember.

18 Top Character Design Tips for Animation Films

Character design is not that simple as it looks in cartoons, movies and animations. It takes long hours of designers to create a character for a particular story. Character designing may have complexities, but the designers always aim to keep them simple. It’s more than just readable features, clean lines that are needed in a character. It is also about where to emphasize and where to downplay based on the personality of the character in the story. We have seen Disneyland cartoons, Tom & Jerry, Ice Age movies, Jungle Book and so many more, and each personality in each one of the afore mentioned has made a strong influence in our minds to remain alive forever. To start creating a character is very complicated but if one has the idea of the character in the mind then following tips would be helpful.

01. Know the Audience

The audience of the any creative project is important in determining its framework. It should be the most significant step on the way to designing characters. The characters designed for kids are brighter in colours and have got very basic shapes. If one is working for clients projects then you need to follow the character specifications shared by your client.

02. Know the Positioning

In which position and how the character will be introduced in the story also plays an important role in character designing. In what medium character will be seen also has a part to show here. Generally small mediums like mobile phone do not need intricacies in the characters as the big screens need. Besides, whatever the medium is, character designing always starts with paper, pencil, lots of sketches, ideas and more.

03. Analyse Other Designs

You should make an analysis of why some characters are successful and some are not. Do a proper research and through study of the various characters appearing in cartoon channels, animation movies, advertisements, etc.

04. Your Character should be Unique

Whether its shape, its personality, its attire or its colour, animation characters must be unique to stand out in the crowd. It could be an animal or a human or beast, the character designs need to be interesting to draw the attention of the people.

05. Drawing Line and Styles to Emphasize

Lines whether thick or thin line should be even and easily sculpted to create a personality that is cute, approachable and influencing. People demand for accuracy in the creation and have become very watchful of the perfection of the personality that is projected in the stories.

06. Magnify the characteristics

If the characters area magnified then it captures the attention of the viewers as it appears larger than life. It also helps audience in identifying the character and recalling it forever besides enhances the personal traits of the character. It could include – big nose, bulging eyes, hands with 2 fingers, big head sizes.

07. Colours Make a Big Difference

Choose colours carefully; as colours make a big difference and help your creation become noticeable in the crowd. Colours like black, blue, grey projects negative intentions, while light colours – white, blues, pinks and yellows describes innocence and purity.

08. Attire and Accessories

Attire and accessories speaks about the traits of the character in the story, besides also about its social status. Lots of diamond and jewelleries stands for riches and untidy and messy cloths indicate poor lifestyle. Besides accessories like swords, flying tools just adds to the personality and the role of the character.

09. 2D or 3D?

You need to decide how you want to project your character and how it should look from different angles. 2D or 3D features adds a completely new look to even a flat picture. If your creation is going to run on 2D or 3D platforms then you need to plan the height, weight and shape of the character very carefully as even a small mistake would change the shape of the character and make it look very different from what you envisioned.

10. Personality & facial expression

Personality of the character is a very important rule to follow while creating it. How it reacts in different situations, how it changes its expression reveals the role of the character. Whether the character is dull or sporty or a genius or a friendly one or has a destructive and villainous nature. Facial expression says it all. Movement of eyes, nose or lips can tell whether one is explosive, irritating, jealous, sad, happy, worried or scared. One can read the emotions from facial expressions depending on its temperament.

11. Character with goals

Whether one is watching a movie, reading a story or watching an animation, the goal of the lead character is the driving force behind a character’s personality. To create a dramatic angle to the story, character should be given goals like – solving mysteries, helping needy people, protecting people from evil characters.

12. Creating a background

A story to back the character makes it more interesting. Where it came from, what are the life changing events in his life, what made it think about takin up a challenging goal, etc. can add interesting and inspiring angles to the story.

13. Investigate and learn

It is not necessary to follow the rule book every time. It also depends on the mood of the artist how the personality of the character will be created. You should be open to experiments that can lead to interesting results.

14. Using paper and pencil is not a bad idea

It is always good to draw your character on paper first. Most of the interesting characters of yesteryears were drawn when drawing with the help of software was a distant dream. While working on paper many interesting things happen, this may not be possible on computers. Besides, it gives a good feel to the artist of creating something with one’s own hands and a feeling of giving life to a picture drawn on paper.

15. Let people share their thoughts

This will help you in understanding if you character is able to interact with the audience or if you are able to put the personality you wanted to in your creation. Whether the character is able to express its traits as planned.

16. Think beyond your plans

It is necessary as an artist to envision your creation on different platforms. How it would look on 2D and 3D platforms. Which platform would enhance the traits better and on which platform audience would love to see it?

17. Right environment makes it popular

Environment in which the creation dwells and interacts is important to make audiences feel the character. It strengthens the life of the character in the viewers mind.

18. Breathe life into the Characters

Your creation should look a real life character. Its facial expressions, the environment it lives in and the personality traits in every situation that is close to real world characters make it accepted by the audience.

Architecture and Interior Photography – Get That Winning Shot

The only way to see how beautiful an architectural building looks like or how artistically a company’s interior is designed is by being there; and if you can’t do that, then well shot photographs are the next best thing. With thousands of photographs being uploaded on the internet daily, it’s hard to make yours stand out. If done correctly, and with the help of experienced professionals, then your pictures can actually outshine those of others.

To sum it up, architecture and interior photography is a work of art. With that said, let’s discover the ways to get a winning shot:

1. Use your Eyes before you Use your Camera

A professional architecture and interiors photographer will always see places through their eyes first and that usually takes the form of shooting the building with the client on a scout. With the guidance of the Designer, he’ll find the views of the building that have the most iconic design forms. Then he’ll shoot a few different angles of these sections to be sure he has the boldest view. These images will be used by both him and the Client to see whether or not certain views would look better with people, additional lighting or props, or that require special attention like needing to turn on a fountain that might otherwise be off during morning light. Every detail has to be taken into account. For instance, one crooked frame on the wall or a crooked lampshade might not look so flawed through your eyes, but in the final result, that single imperfection can make the whole photograph a failure.

2. Lighting is Camera’s Best Accomplice

While capturing a scene under the sun might not need special attention, when it comes to interior photography, proper lightening is all that matters. As a photographer, one has to be extra attentive to the light, the balance of its brightness, color, and quality as it can intensify certain textures while putting other areas into darkness. Lighting can be manipulated by photographers by augmenting with additional strobe or hot lights and sculpting the light with black flags and other similar tools.

3. Use the Weather to your Advantage

Looking at the Taj Mahal on a bright sunny day may feel like a pleasant view but when you see it through the lens of your camera, it may look just like another ordinary shot. Architectural photography can become tenfold better when dramatic weather conditions are used to intensify the greatness of a picture. For instance, capturing a building at dawn or dusk when the deep blues of the sky are reflected off its windows and contrasted with the warmth of the interior lighting can be breathtaking.

4. Catch the Lines

As a professional photographer, it is important to keep the vertical lines of your buildings straight. More often than not, it is a much stronger image if the vertical lines are not leaning one way or another; unless it is the leaning tower of Pisa. But even with the leaning tower of Pisa, it is preferable to have its diagonal lines parallel.

5. Use your Tools

While different photographers have their own unique style of taking a photo that satisfies them, it is still better to use the tools that professional photographers have been using for decades. A sturdy tripod and a computer to which you can tether, capture, and immediately see your image can help you ensure that your view is properly lit, that the vertical lines are in fact straight, and your pictures are sharp.

Beginner’s Guide to the Basic DSLR Camera Accessories

When you’ve just bought your first DSLR, the wealth of accessories can be downright confusing. A rule of thumb is to invest only in those that serve your purpose and desired photography style. To make this selection easier for you, here is a basic guide to the main components you should consider:

1. Backup batteries

You may not have expected it, but backup batteries are a must-have; here is why: you’ll be surprised how quickly you can go through one charge when you’re grasping the basics of photographing with your new camera. You’ll take long to learn how it works and calibrate it for each photo, with the battery on for all this time. If you’re out and about, you will be reaching for that spare set of batteries.

2. An off-camera flash

The built-in flash does more harm than good to your photos. Better picture quality is achieved through an external, better performing flash. Note that this will require even more battery power, so be prepared.

3. Shutter release

Be it wired or wireless, a shutter release is what helps you take a photo when you can’t actually touch the camera – e.g. when you are in the picture too, but also when you’re shooting macros (close-ups) or long exposure scenes. By releasing the shutter remotely you avoid vibrations or moves that would ruin the result.

4. Lens pen

It’s hard to avoid getting dust, water etc. on the lens, which is why you need something reliable to clean it. A blower is a good specialty tool, but may be a strange thing for a novice user. A lens pen is a much more intuitive tool, with two handy ends – one for brushing and the other for effective cleaning.

5. Neck strap

Photography doesn’t have to be an ordeal. Avoid neck pain from carrying your camera or other troubled by purchasing a suitable, protective neck strap that you can adjust.

6. Polarizer filter

The name may be confusing, but its job is very simple. This lens accessory helps decrease reflections (such as from glass or various shiny surfaces), at the same time making colors look brighter through saturation increase.

7. A very stable tripod

Tripods can be extremely useful to beginners too, if they’re learning long exposure or night photography. Make sure you select a sturdy and very stable one, so that there is no movement while the camera is shooting. The photo sharpness will be radically improved.

8. White balance cap for lens

This lens cap is a better replacement for the gray card, which helps you set the correct white balance for every photograph. This will make every picture look the ay you want it to.

On Photographing Bridal Models

“Wedding photography is one of the hardest damn jobs in photography. Period. End of story.” • Zack Arias, Professional Photographer

There’s good reason why wedding photographers are paid huge sums of money to shoot weddings. Apart from the fact, we want to hire the most experienced photographers for a once in a lifetime event there are a series of challenges that conflict with photography. For that reason, bridal modeling is also known to be one of the toughest assignments for models. Yet they are always high in demand and pay well. We look more at the challenges of photographers and the work of a bridal model.

You are most likely going to be indoors often

Most places where weddings and wedding photo shoots happen, such as churches, or indoor spaces aren’t going to be brightly lit. Using the flash is a necessity, however, the standard point and shoot flash that comes with a DSLR still isn’t going to be enough to light the surroundings well enough. That would mean additional flash lighting would have to be hooked up to the camera or surroundings to bounce off the wall. Photographers will thus require a good sensing of the flashes that result from multiple sources and be able to create the most natural effect possible without too much glare or darkness.

As if anxiety wasn’t heavy enough, the dress adds a ton

Wearing a wedding gown, first thing is that there will be many eyes on you, especially if you are on a stage or runway. Anxiety might take its upper hand and moreover, there’s a heavy dress to shoulder around. This means that smiling and being comfortable becomes a harder task than expected. Photographers thus have to understand this and be a leader in the course of activities. They should use comforting words or humor to get the model to relax and joyfully smiling as Bridal photographs ought to be.

Consequentially, Bridal photography is best when candid moments such as romantic looks, or couples are laughing with each other are shot. Achieving this is an additional level of difficulty where the photographer has to facilitate the couples to be at ease with each other to churn out the most natural and appealing photos.

There will be difficult people to deal with

Kids are one example, and many other people will also constantly be in the way as they want to communicate with each other, or in the case of kids who are just too active will pose many difficulties during the photo shoot. The photographer has to be patient and of course be aware of such challenges.

Time crunch

For a wedding or bridal shoot, bulk of the time will go to make up and dress up the model to look perfect. Also, something we can never control is the weather if shooting outdoors. As such a need to be fast and efficient is expected of the photographer. With all the other challenges working within a time limit will be the toughest part yet.

Movie Settings for the Canon Eos 1300D or Rebel T6 DSLR Camera

The Canon 1300D or Rebel T6 is an excellent camera for shooting both stills and movies and these are the best settings to shoot movies. In order to make any changes in the 1300D for video you need to be in the Video Mode. Turn the Dial Mode round to the very bottom option which shows a video camera, and you will hear that the mirror inside the camera pop up. That enables you to see through the viewing screen at the back which is the only way you can shoot video on this camera. It also gives you access to the menu tabs which are dedicated to video and the first thing that you really need to do here is choose your video system. This was developed when TV systems were very different and if you wanted to show your videos on a TV screen you had to align what was shot on the camera to the TVs that you are going to be showing the video on. There are two systems, one is PAL and the other is NTSC. NTSC tends to be the system which is operated in the United States and PAL tends to be the system which is operated in Europe and other parts of the world. There’s not an enormous amount of difference. However it does change the way that the camera operates very slightly. So when you start to look at the frame rates you will see that under NTSC you get a frame rate option of 60 frames per second or 30 frames per second. When you’re in PAL you get the option of 50 frames a second and 25 frames per second. They’re the real differences that you will notice. Most people these days don’t shoot on DSLR in order to show their videos on televisions. They tend to use it for social media or showing on a laptop. In which case it doesn’t make really any difference. But in order to change that you need to go into the menus and you go to Tab 2 and down at the bottom you have the option to change Video System.

The second thing you need to think about is file size and frame rate. These things are quite important because they will decide the quality of the videos that you shoot. This camera is pretty good – it’ll shoot 1080p which is full HD and it will also shoot 720p which is standard HD – both of which are perfectly acceptable for social media platforms. In order to make those changes we go again into Video Tab 2 and find Movie Recording Size. If we press on that option then we get four choices. Depending on whether you’ve chosen NTSC or PAL, you maximum rates will be either 60fps or 50fps.

The third thing you need to think about when shooting movies with this camera is exposure. When you’re shooting stills with the Canon 1300D you have lots of choices. They’re all on the Mode Dial and they go from entirely manual to semi-automatic and then to entirely automatic options In most of these Modes the camera is trying to get the best exposure for the stills that you’re shooting within the given parameters that you have presented to it. With movies it’s different. You have two options – you can either shoot Automatic or you can shoot Manual. With Automatic in the movie setting the camera will try to get the best possible exposure for you and in many cases it works very well, so I would suggest that initially at least you shoot in Automatic just to get a feel for how the camera works and you don’t have to worry then about the exposure because the camera will do the best it can for you. However, if you want to go into Manual there are different ways of changing the various parameters for Manual that are different to the way that you would do that for stills. In the Menu, Movie Exposure is in Video Tab 1 and you get the two options, Auto or Manual. If you choose to go into Manual then you have much more control over the settings that you can have. You will see that you have options for setting the Shutter Speed for setting the Aperture and for setting the ISO. For the Shutter Speed, rotate Main Dial. By depressing the AV button here and rotating that Main Dial you can change the Aperture. The ISO is changed by pressing the flash button and rotating the Main Dial.

The fourth thing you need to think about is sound. The Canon 1300D does not have an external microphone socket. It just has an internal microphone, so sound can be a bit limited with this camera. But if you go into Menus and on Shooting Tab 2, the second one down is Sound Recording and you can set that to one of three options. You can have either Auto, Manual or Disabled. I would argue against disabling it entirely because sometimes it’s useful to have sound, even if you don’t intend to use it in the final cut. Auto is not bad but it will try to pick up as much sound as possible and you may not want that – you may not want the ambient sound. Manual is not too bad provided you’re reasonably close to the source of sound. There is a decibel bar going across the bottom and, as with most cameras, the objective is to try to peak on about 12. In terms of its recording in itself it’s actually pretty good, so I wouldn’t be adverse to using the internal microphone, you just have to be a little bit careful.

The next couple of options that we are going to look at are in Video Tab 3 and it may seem that they’re less important than other options, but they do affect the way that your video looks and so they are worth checking out. If we go to Video Tab 3 then at the bottom is the Picture Style option. These are the same options that you get with stills and you can choose to have Vivid or Sepia or many other options and some of them are set so that they bring out the best qualities for portrait and landscape. With video it tends to be better to try and shoot video as flat as possible and so the best option to start with is neutral and so you should always set that to neutral for video until you make the decision that you want to change the Picture Style and shoot something differently. The one just above that in Video Tab 3 is Custom White Balance. It’s very important for shooting videos because if you start moving around and shooting things in different light then the one stable element – the one constant – will be the white balance.

The Benefits Of Opting For Drone Photography Solutions

When taking photos, most experts state that taking photos over can provide them with optimal results. Because of this, more and more individuals are looking for ways to take aerial photos. Fortunately, there are different options in doing so from hiring helicopters or perhaps opting for drone photography services.

As of now, some individuals prefer drones when taking photos since it provides wonderful benefits that can make their task better. Below are some of the following.

Increased safety

One of the main benefits of opting for drone photography solutions is you can increase your safety when taking photos or videos. Of course, when taking aerial photos or videos going high is much preferred by photographers since they have a better and wider perspective. However, taking photos up in the sky can be dangerous. It gets even worse if you will be using a helicopter. Luckily, using drones in taking photos can be a safer option.

Better maneuverability

Another benefit of making use of drone photography solutions is individuals can have better maneuverability. There are cases when vibration of the engine, safety equipment as well as noise can affect you in taking photos. Apart from that, these items can also obstruct a wonderful view of a city or area. Thankfully, using drones can provide you with the best maneuverability you need.

Easy to set up

The next benefit of drone photography solutions is it is easy to set up. Surely, when taking photos most especially in the sky, you need to make use of different equipment. But, some of these items are hard to set up. Plus, you need to spend substantial time in thinking and setting up. By using drones, you do not need to waste your time since drone photography service providers make sure that their devices are ready to use. As a result, you can immediately take photos.

Environment friendly

When opting for drones to take photos, individuals can also enjoy environment friendly features. For one, you do not need to disturb the nature with the use of helicopters. In addition, drones can reduce or even prevent carbon emissions. Finally, you can also get rid of noise pollution. With all these features, you can take photos without affecting the environment.

Lower expenses

Finally, making use of drones can also help you reduce your expenses. Opting for drone photography services can be expensive. However, hiring a helicopter is more expensive. With regard to expenses in salaries, individuals can also reduce this since they can take photos on their own as long as they have drones.

These are only some of the benefits individuals can attain when opting for drones for their aerial photography.

 

5 Tips Beginner Wedding Photographers Should Do To Stay Ahead

There is a lot that you can earn and learn when becoming a wedding photographer. However beginner photographers simply keep going the wrong way and thus in the end start giving up when nobody takes up their service. If you are such photographer, then perhaps this article may be able to help you so read on.

Here’s a question for you. Other than the money, what comes close to your mind about photography? Equipment? Softwares? I would say a little of each plays an important role, but what is more important is the idiot behind the camera. So that brings us to our first tip.

1. You matter the most, then your equipment

Many people would say that equipment is the most important in a photographer’s arsenal. That is true but to a certain percentage. The bigger percentage of it is YOU! Why do I say this? In order to efficiently operate or shoot a digital SLR would require a lot of knowledge and adaptability.

Now let’s start with knowledge. If you give your digital SLR to someone who shoots with a handheld camera, he would just return it back to you or he would simple jumble up your settings. So in simple terms you need to build up the knowledge on your equipment in order to maximise it’s functionality. Any photographer would tell you that there is a great difference in using modes like M(fully manual), A(aperture priority), S(shutter priority) and P, which I don’t actually know what it is since I have never used it at all.

Next would be adaptability meaning that you are able to quickly adapt to changing situations. Take for example moving from the outdoors to indoors, then from indoors to the ballroom or hotel room. Each different location requires you to adapt and change the settings on the digital SLR in order to capture the image spot on. If you are unable to adapt quickly to such situations, highly you will have problems in getting the moments of the wedding. With that we move on to tip no. 2.

2. Keep practising

As I would always say to my team,”Be a leader, not a follower”. The reason behind this is when you become a leader in the pack, you can get the first huge chunk of the sales before everyone does. In order to achieve that, you would need to keep practising and finding out new creative ways to shoot in a wedding or during the pre or post wedding session.

Do not waste your precious time going around every month finding out the prices or what other vendors has to offer, instead use your valuable time to practise and create new creations to add on to your portfolio. This will then allow your visitors or loyal page followers to view and thus recommending you to their friends or perhaps engaging you themselves. Now that leads us to no. 3.

3. Promotion and marketing

This plays a very important part for your exposure. No exposure means nobody knows about you and when nobody knows about you, you would end up with no sales. If you are tight on funding, go simple. One of the most powerful tools is social media. Set up an Instagram or Facebook account and start sharing the things you do for photography. You may post about a job that you have just finished, or maybe an oncoming creations that may interest your followers. Just do it, you wouldn’t know people may buy your creativity.

Once you have your ball rolling then set up your own website to gather or redirect more traffic. This way you can gain more exposure thus putting you in the running for Google’s search engines. Start with this two and you won’t go wrong.

4. Equipment

Equipment is the next concern in a photographer’s arsenal. If you are a beginner and on a low budget, start with an equipment that is within your reach. Don’t go robbing a bank simply because they say having a pro level camera is important.

In my opinion, having a pro level digital SLR is a much better option if you have the financial to purchase it however if you are on a low budget then my advise is to get a camera body that has a minimum of 24 mega pixels resolution. As for lens, you may approach your nearest available camera rental centre and rent yourself some good glass. This is to allow you to have a good start in weddings whilst you work on a bigger budget to get yourself a better camera body.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a crop or a full frame, as long as you shoot your images in raw. There is a great difference when shooting in raw compared to shooting in jpeg format.

5. Pricing

Now comes the most important part of your business which would determine the income that you will earn. Do not go crazy like other new photographers trying to get as much deals as possible. Always bear this in mind and understand this saying if you start as a cheap photographer, you will forever be a cheap photographer.

Anybody likes a cheap price or service, then they will expect the world out of you. Have some dignity and price yourself as a professional. Photographers have a pride and their work is a resemblance of their pride. So price yourself reasonably. It doesn’t matter if people don’t take you initially that’s because they are interested in your work and they are playing the mind game to get you to lower your price. Ignore them if they do not take your service.

It is better to get someone who is willing to pay your price and leave everything to you rather to have someone who pays you low and tells you they want this shot, they want that shot and so on.

Hope you find these tips useful to keep you ahead as a wedding photographer. Be patient on getting leads for yourself. Use landscape photography to practise your composition as it is cheap and do not require models.

Take myself as an example. During my free time I would go on outdoor sessions with my model(once you are there, models will come to you.) or on my own to capture landscapes. My latest project on Kickstarter compiles most of my work on landscape photography in Singapore in a calendar set for the year 2017.

This is my first project out of many coming very soon from my many years of photography experience.

Help me make my Kickstarter Campaign a success by pledging an amount or help spread the word around so that it gains as much exposure and support as possible.

How a Jury Impacts The Development of Graphic Artists

Jury involves a group of skilled artists meeting to appraise a finished layout or artifact and make constructive and creative suggestions for improvements. It is also a way of evaluating a graphic design work, especially if it is meant for competition, examination, campaign, commission, etc. In this sense, the jury gives a decision and award prizes or marks for the works. The elements of the work that merits the attention of the members of the jury board include the format and orientation of the paper, the placement of the text, headlines, illustration, harmony or colour contrast and visual appeal.

The jury system does not judge the suitability of a work or award marks based on the intuition of members. However, their weighed criticisms are based on some set criteria accepted for proficient productions in the area of graphic designing. These criteria have been explained below.

1. Creativity and originality showed by the artist

Members of the team look out for evidence of originality or uniqueness in the creation of the artist. They ask themselves that ‘What new thing has this artist brought on board?’ or ‘what has he added to that area of graphic designing which was not formerly there?’

2. Suitability of the work to its theme or objective

Usually, when a project work is assigned in the field of Graphic design, it comes with a subject. Such as ‘Produce a shopping bag to be used for buying a birthday present for a female friend.’ Therefore, the final work is assessed on this theme. The choice of design, colours, lettering style as well as the construction of the package must resonate with this subject. If the choice of the design does not correlate with birthday, or it is not feminine to be used by a female, then the objective for the production, was thus, not achieved.

3. Significance of colours and how they are used

Graphic artists exhibit their supreme knowledge of colour psychology and symbolism in their mastery selection of colours to suit the theme or occasion when it will be used. For instance, producing items for joyous occasions like Christmas calls for the use of gay or bright colours while products meant for solemn occasions such as funeral posters demands the use of somber colours like brown, red or black.

4. Technical proficiency or finishing

This refers to the dexterity of the artist shown in the usage and application of the tools and materials for production. Also, it seeks to judge the work based on the rubrics of the graphic communication tool designed. For instance, if the product is a poster, does it agree with the accepted standards of poster designing such as legibility and readability of text, clarity in the illustrations, and harmonies in the choice of colours? In addition, the final appearance must be aesthetically pleasing and attractive, giving no room for complaints by prospective clients.

5. Evidence of study (written report including introduction, tools, and materials used, processes, illustrations etc. used for the work)

This is important in projects meant for academic purposes such as the grading of students in the High school or at tertiary institutions. To vouch that the project was solely executed by the candidate, s/he has to describe the processes that were carried out to arrive at the final production in a written report. Moreover, it will furnish members of the jury information on the procedural steps, tools, and materials as well as finishing technique employed by the artist for the production.

A jury team is essential in the total skills development of both amateur and matured Graphic artists. The under listed points illustrate some of the benefits of a jury.

1. It helps in determining the criteria for qualification in a competition.
2. It sets the standard for grading works into excellent, very good, good, average etc.
3. It determines the suitability of text, illustration or colour to the aim or theme of the project.
4. It serves as a means of analyzing, criticizing and interpreting works.
5. It allows designers or competitors to interpret their works.
6. It assists in recommending the best works for prices or awards.
7. It encourages critical thinking.
8. It provides a variety of solutions to a pressing need.
9. It improves efficiency.
10. It builds the capacity for effective assessment.
11. It builds self-image and confidence.
12. It prepares the artist for the world of work.