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Moving? Tips for Packing Your Camera Equipment Safely

Cameras are as delicate as any other electronic and susceptible to damage when packing and moving. They can also be impacted by dust and grit if you need to store them for a time. To keep your camera equipment in good shape during your move, you’ll need to protect it from shocks, theft, and dust.

When in Doubt, Use More Bubble Wrap

Protecting your camera gear and all of your electronics is crucial during a move. Even if it has a protective case, this delicate equipment will probably benefit from another layer of protection against jarring. According to On the Move, electronics are among the most likely items to be damaged during a move. If your camera equipment has a padded case, find a box that allows some space and wrap the case in bubble wrap before placing it in the box. Bouncing around can damage electronic connections.

Label the Box As “FRAGILE!!”

Try to be a little sneaky in your labeling process. Don’t use the word “office” on anything. Instead, you should mark the box as FRAGILE and include phrases such as THIS SIDE UP with an arrow, DO NOT STACK or DO NOT CRUSH. Be sure to add THIS SIDE UP to all four sides of the box and write DO NOT STACK and DO NOT CRUSH on all six sides of the box. You might go so far as to label the box CRYSTAL GLASSES. Thieves can easily turn your electronics into ready cash. Crystal glasses can be lovely but are generally harder to pawn.

Protect Against Static

If you have a case for your camera gear, it’s probably already lined with ESD (electrostatic discharge) resistant padding. To further protect your gear, DesignSpark suggests investing in ESD protective bubble wrap for all the boxes containing your camera gear and other electronics. In addition to ESD protective packing materials, don’t forget to add desiccant packets to your boxes before sealing them. If your stored electronics will be undergoing any extremes in temperature during their time in the moving truck, moisture can build up. Lining packing containers with desiccant products can keep your electronics in good shape and ready to power up when you arrive at your destination.

Depending on your moving schedule, consider carrying these fragile items with you. If you’re taking your own vehicle to your new location, pack a simple bag with a change of clothes and make space in your car for your camera gear to guarantee it gets to your new space in working order.

If you don’t want to worry about having your own precious camera gear to carry around, have us worry about taking pictures for you instead. Contact us to book a photo session!

DIY Your Own Light Box in 3 Steps

Photography can be an expensive hobby if you try to keep up with all the latest gear. Cameras range in price from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands of dollars, but there is good news. You can make some of your accessories at home for next to nothing! It’s never been easier to become a photographer. Light boxes are awesome for taking professional-looking product photographs. Below you will learn how to make your own light box with things you probably already have around the house.

Choose Your Box

Choose a box based on the size of the object you want to take pictures of. For example, you may be able to use a shoe box if you’re taking pictures of something very small. Larger objects will need a proportionally larger box, potentially going as big as a moving box. You can also use a box like one that a washer or dryer comes in for bigger objects. If you don’t have a spare box in the right size, don’t worry. Boxes are also available for purchase at many different retailers.

In addition to a box, you will need some white poster board, white fabric, scissors and clear tape. You’ll also need a lamp to use a light source, but they are not a part of the box itself.

Begin Construction

Cut a hole on each side of the box for the lamps to shine through. Your white fabric will be stretched out and taped over the holes. An alternative for fabric is wax paper.

Now comes the poster board that you’ll use as the backdrop inside the light box. Use a strip of clear tape and tape the poster board to the back of the box on the inside, securing it at the top and letting it slope down to create a seamless background for your subjects. Now, all that is left to do is to place lamps, pointing inward, on each side of the box. The light will shine through the fabric or wax paper, giving a bright, white appearance with minimal shadows.

Begin Snapping Pictures

Any object that is small enough to fit inside of your box can now be photographed professionally. These types of boxes are perfect for taking pictures of products you are selling. You will be left with flawless, professional photographs.

Once you’ve made your first light box, it’ll be easy for you to create another. You may even find that you require various light boxes in different sizes. It all depends on the size of the subjects you’ll be photographing.

6 Things Clients Want to Know Before Hiring a Photographer

As a photographer, it’s important to know how to attract more clients and land as many jobs as possible to ensure that you can continue to succeed in the industry. Knowing what your clients are looking for in a professional photographer can make it easier to sell yourself and offer peace of mind before they decide to book you. If you’re ready to attract more clients, here is what they’re looking for when you meet or talk for the first time.

Your Portfolio

Your portfolio is one of the most important aspects of your business as a photographer and may influence how many clients decide to book you for their wedding, family photos, or a special occasion. Your portfolio should include your best work to ensure that you sell yourself and prove what you’re capable of when spending time behind the camera. Display your portfolio in an organized fashion and keep it simple to prevent it from looking cluttered. If you have a website for your business you can make a section for displaying your portfolio and photos in order to show off your work and its quality.

The Cost

Clients may fall in love with you or are referred by another person, but whether they use your services or not might ultimately depend on your prices. You’ll need to set a price point that is fair and is influenced by your experience and the type of equipment that you use. Consider lowering your rates during slower months of the year, which is often during the fall and winter season depending on where you live. You can also offer discounts or specials to attract more business and gain clients who are loyal and return for your services in the future.

Online Reviews

As a photographer, the reviews that you have online will influence how many people decide to hire you to take pictures. The importance of reviews can’t be overstated because it will determine your reputation in the industry, making it necessary to follow through on the work that you perform and go the extra mile. Make each client a priority, and value their business whether the job is large or small. You’ll want to ask your satisfied clients for a review, and you can even offer a discount for people who agree to rate your services online.

Your Experience

Having several years of experience in the industry is necessary to prove that you’re capable of working as their photographer and ready for the job. With enough experience, your clients will have more confidence in your skills and will trust you to take high-quality photos that they’re satisfied with. Don’t be afraid to write down your qualifications on your website or discuss the type of events or shoots you’ve previously worked on to show you’re qualified.

Your Professionalism

One of the main factors that clients look for in a photographer is professionalism. You may have upscale photos that are stunning, but if you lack professionalism, then you may not be invited back for another photoshoot or wedding. You’ll need to dress professionally when you arrive, preferably in casual business attire that still offers plenty of movement as you work. Acting professionally is also necessary to ensure that you can present yourself well at the client’s event and blend in with the crowd. Professionalism also includes remaining punctual to ensure that you respect your client’s time and prove yourself to be reliable.

Your Level of Confidence

Your confidence will allow the clients to trust you and will cause them to believe that you know what you’re doing when you take photos. Whether you’re new to the industry or a veteran, you’ll need to practice confidence with how you present yourself, which will allow you to appear reputable. If you feel insecure or unsure of the quality of your work, it will cause your clients to have a lack of trust in your services. Don’t be afraid to talk about your qualifications, show off your previous work, and make guarantees with the client’s requests to ensure that they’re satisfied and ask for your services again.

Knowing what clients want from a photographer will allow you to have more influence when you’re meeting them in person or talking over the phone. Being prepared and remaining confident in yourself can go a long way when it comes to showing a client that you can deliver the results that they’re looking for.

If you’re looking for a photographer, whether it’s for a product, real estate, fashion, headshots, or anything else, see how we can help you!

4 Things That All Beginning Photographers Need to Know

Photography is a great hobby to have as you can enjoy it almost anywhere. There are some people who take general pictures while others love to specialize in taking photos in one subject area, like food, people or landscapes. If you are thinking about taking up photography, then here are some tips to consider.

Select Your Equipment

Most cameras sold today are digital ones that store your photos on a memory card. You can print digital photos out at many retailers or print them using your computer at home. Each year, many people discover that they enjoy using a vintage 35 millimeter camera. If you choose this analog option, then you can develop your own photos in a darkroom in your home. Still, others are discovering that they prefer Instamatic cameras that develop prints in minutes.

Get the Right Lenses

While some cameras come with an attached lens that cannot be changed, other options use interchangeable lenses. These lenses come in a variety of focal lengths. Prime lenses only have one focal length while zoom lenses allow you to choose the focal length within a wide perimeter. For most purposes, a 28-70 millimeter lens is a good option for most purposes. PictureCorrect explains, “You get several focal lengths in the same lens and therefore you can get away with fewer lenses to meet your needs.”

Take the Best Photos

Photos can generally be divided into three parts. The foreground is the part closest to you, the mid-ground is usually where the subject of the photo is located and the background is the upper part of the photo. Generally, if you think of your viewfinder as a tic-tac-toe game, placing the subject where two of the lines intersect will capture a more aesthetically pleasing photo. Digital Photography School explains, “The theory is that if you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines that your photo becomes more balanced and will enable a viewer of the image to interact with it more naturally.” Most professional photographers take 12 shots for every image that they consider worth keeping, so do not hesitate to take lots of photos. Generally, getting closer to your subject gives you a better photo, so move your feet before your zoom.

Showcase Your Photos

You will want to put many of your photos on your walls to showcase to your prospective clients. You can get photos printed on wood, metal, or paper. If you are going to frame a paper photograph, then choose a mat that coordinates with the overall colors in the photo. A lighter colored frame gives a casual flair while a black frame will provide a more formal appearance. If you have photos that you are not ready to display, then store those photographs in a climate controlled environment. 5 Star Storage explains, “A climate controlled [environment] typically keeps humidity levels around a safe 55 percent. High humidity is particularly dangerous to a variety of items, and can cause old-style photos to stick together, leather goods to crack, and warping on real wood furniture.”

Photography is a wonderful hobby that most people can enjoy. Follow these tips to get started exploring this hobby today.


AMP Studios is a Washington-based studio, involved in photography entrepreneurship for almost 5 years. We endeavor to create a relaxed, friendly atmosphere to our clients, and are working to expand nationally.

How to Properly Prepare Yourself for Your Photoshoot

Everyone wants to look their best in their photo. Properly preparing for your photoshoot is one of the keys to looking your best. There are several ways that you will need to prepare for your photoshoot.

Get Your Body in Shape

Getting your body in shape will help you feel confident on picture day. There are several things that you can do to get your body in shape. You will need to exercise on a regular basis and eat nutritious foods. In addition to working hard to get in shape, you will need to make sure that you choose clothing that flatters your body.

Get a Facial

Even though makeup can conceal flaws, you should make sure that your skin looks great on picture day. You can improve the way that your skin looks by getting a facial. A facial will remove impurities in your skin and give you a brighter complexion. A facial can also minimize pores, scars, and other imperfections. You should get a facial one week before your photo shoot.

Get A Brighter Smile

One thing that might take a little more preparation for your photoshoot is your smile. A great smile is one of the keys to a beautiful photo. You should get your teeth whitened or at least checked out before your photo shoot. Teeth whitening and straighter teeth can make you feel more confident in your smile, and there are a lot of techniques available that will help you to get a brighter and straighter smile with little to no discomfort. There was a survey done that showed that 96 percent of people believe that a whiter smile makes a person more attractive, so it’s definitely worth looking into. Although there are home teeth whitening products, it is best for you to get your teeth checked by a dentist for better, longer lasting results.

Wear Makeup

Makeup has many benefits. It not only minimizes the features that you want to hide, but it can also accentuate the parts of your face that you want to highlight. It is best for you to choose natural makeup that blends in with your skin tone. If you have trouble finding the makeup that works best for you, then you will need to consult with a makeup artist.

There are several ways that you can ensure that you look your best for your photoshoot. Getting into shape, wearing makeup and getting a facial will help enhance your appearance. You may also want to get teeth whitening because you will want to have a brighter smile.

Most Common Issues Photographers See In Their Subjects

Whether you want new headshots for your business, or you are looking to have family photos done, there’s a number of issues that can arise when you sit down in front of the camera. From poorly chosen outfits to small cosmetic issues, how you look in your images can be improved when you make a few minor changes to your appearance.

The Clothing is Distracting

Some individuals want to show that they are playful or creative and choose outfits that reflect a unique style. While this can work in some instances, overly loud patterns and colors can distract from the overall image trying to be created. Pay attention to the clothing you are going to wear. Use neutral tones that highlight your features.

Try Not to Match Too Closely

Another way families arrive for a photo shoot is with outfits that match exactly. While coordinating colors is an overall good idea, every person in the photo wearing the same thing is going to make for a very boring image. Think in colors, not exact matches and bring a few different tops to try on if you aren’t sure.

Be Mindful of Small Cosmetic Issues

If you wear glasses, make sure that they are clean and don’t have any glaring defects. When you have facial concerns such as gapped teeth or acne, talk with your photographer before the images are taken. When you let your photographer know about your concerns, it is easier to pose you and your family for portraits. If you are creating professional headshots that you want to use for a while, take the time you have before the shoot to clear up cosmetic issues. Be consistent with skin care such as acne treatments and dental care such as aligners to correct teeth.

Don’t Force Your Smiles

Forcing your smile only makes you look wooden and unrealistic. Try to relax when getting your pictures taken. If you are going for a family portrait, allow the photographer to get your child to smile. There are many times photographers will catch a great picture of the children, only to have the parents not looking at the camera because they are trying to get their child to laugh.

As you get ready to get your pictures taken by a professional photographer, groom your hair as you would usually, get your nails done if you often do, and be prepared with any hair products or makeup you might want to touch up before pictures start. When you prepare yourself and your family for new pictures, you will be happy with the results.

Looking for a photographer to help commemorate a special occasion? Look no further! Contact Aaron Matthew Photography Studios for a quick consultation.

An Equipment Buying Guide for New Photographers

Introduction

Photography is a great activity to participate in, whether as a hobby or professionally. A photographer is able to take a moment in time and capture that moment so that it lasts forever. As a novice photographer, you do not need to purchase the most high-end equipment to create excellent pictures. You can learn and take pictures on the most basic gear, progressing your skills as time goes by.

Camera

The first item that you will want to buy is a DSLR camera. There are many camera brands to choose from, with Canon and Nikon being the two brands that many beginners favor. However, the brand of camera that you purchase is not very important. What matters is how you feel about the camera, its usability, and its features. You will want to choose a brand that you can easily find additional gear for and tutorials on.

Camera Lens

Though a camera is important, due to the fact that it is the body of which you will place your lens on, the lens is one of a photographer’s most important pieces of equipment. Top photographers often have one or two camera bodies with a large collection of lenses that are catered to the objects that they choose to photograph. A camera lens is the eye of the camera and will largely be what determines the quality of your pictures, the camera body just records what the lens sees.

Camera Bag

As you progress in your photography journey you will begin to acquire more and more gear. Now that you’ve invested in this expensive piece of technology, you need to remember to care for it. You’ll want to invest in lens cleaning agents as well as a reliable camera bag to transport your gear. A good camera bag will protect your gear and keep it organized for when you need to use it all. There are a variety of bags that a photographer can buy, each with different styles that are suited for a variety of environments. Prior to selecting a camera bag, you should first determine what type of photography you would like to do most and the environments that you gear will be subject to. Knowing this will help you select a bag that aids you when shooting rather than hindering you.

Conclusion

These are the most basic pieces of equipment that you should have when you begin your photography journey. As your skills progress you may consider investing in better gear so that taking pictures is easier, but you should never develop the feeling that more-expensive gear will improve your photography skills. With the gear presented in this list you will be well on your way to becoming a great photographer.