Top 4 Reasons Why You Should Consider Using Photo Effects To Spruce Up Your Shots

There are countless people out there who love taking pictures of just about every other thing that comes their way. At times, the passion that people hold for photography is so intense that even what their cameras can achieve seems to lack for them. For this reason, they are always on the lookout for ways through which they can enhance their pictures and achieve that impeccable look. This is perhaps why the utilization of cool photo effects has gained such immense popularity in the last couple of years. The best part about learning and using photography effects is that the entire procedure is a whole lot of fun. Moreover, considering that you would get to see an outstanding end result, the entire process turns out to be rather fulfilling. Now, there are many different benefits that you can avail when you add photo effects to your shots. Let’s take a look at them:

You get to enhance your photos

There isn’t a single photography enthusiasts out there who wouldn’t want to ‘perfect’ his or her shots. With the help of photo effects, that is just what you would get to do. The best part is that there’s literally a world of photo effects for you to choose from, and irrespective of the one you choose, it is totally going to take your photo to the next level, and give you the sort of results that you have always desired.

Gives your photos a truly unique and exclusive touch

Obviously, when you apply a unique photo effect, it is going to give your photos an exclusive touch. This is particularly possible for the reason that there are so many photography effects for you to choose from. For a truly unique outcome, it is highly recommended for you to experiment a bit with different effects. Try out combinations and see how they would make your images stand out. With the help of cool photo effects, your photos are literally going to have that one-of-a-kind touch.

Gives your photos a more professional appeal

Considering that you’ve just started out with photography, people really wouldn’t expect your photos to have the professional, immaculate look. However, you can now surprise them with impeccable images that you can easily tune up with the help of photo effects. This way, you can actually show off that you take photos like a professional!

Helps conceal errors

No picture can ever be taken perfect. There would always be some small error or imperfection left behind for you to deal with. Well, if that is the case, then you can easily make use of photo effects to conceal all those errors just so you don’t have to worry about people getting to notice them. With just a single glance, the viewers of your images are totally going to be impressed by your photography skills!

With so much to offer, there is simply no reason why you should refrain from the utilization of photo effects. Just make sure that you use them in moderation!

Don’t Allow Film Photography to Fade Away

Photography is embedded in our lives, from birth to death, and at every stage in between. Even those of us with little interest in photography have most probably carried photographs in our wallets, and hung them on our walls or placed them on a work desk, and personally snapped a few shots. Since the advent of digital photography, we have been taking more photos, and using them for an increased range of activities, especially the wider sharing of images with others. Today, photographs are so common that they can almost escape our notice.

Photography first entered the lives of the general public in 1888, when George Eastman invented and marketed his original Kodak camera. It was a very simple box that came pre-loaded with a 100-exposure roll of film. Once used, the whole camera was sent back to Kodak, where it was reloaded and returned to the customer, while the first roll of film underwent processing.

The simplicity of the camera and film processing made photography accessible to millions of casual amateurs who had no professional training, technical expertise, or aesthetic ability. Eastman’s marketing campaign deliberately featured women and children operating his camera, along with the slogan, “you press the button; we do the rest.”

Snapshot photography became a national craze within a few years, and by 1898, it is estimated that more than 1.5 million roll-film cameras had passed through the hands of amateur users.

Early snapshots were made for purely personal reasons. Typical subjects included important events such as weddings and other less formal family gatherings, holidays and leisure activities, and to capture the transitory appearance of children, pets, and prized possessions such as cars and houses. Images were reproduced as small prints, and a member of the family often arranged the photographs as narrative sequences in albums.

In the early part of the twentieth century, serious amateur photographers started to promote photography as a fine art where – unlike snapshot photography – the photographer demonstrated aesthetic sensibility and technical expertise. This goal was successfully attained, and photography became elevated to an art form.

It didn’t take long for the tide to turn (as it always does), and certainly by the 1950s, the qualities of the snapshot started to become adopted by professional photographers for their honesty, energy, and spontaneity. Grainy, blurred, tilted horizons, erratic framing, and black and white all became an acceptable route to capturing the moment. By the late 1990s, the snapshot finally achieved the status of modern folk art.

These two broad schools of photography produce a dichotomy in camera design and development. For the snap-shooters, cameras remained little changed (technically) from the original, while serious photographers opted for more complex tools that offered far greater precision.

From the mid 1970s, electronics started to take a grip on camera design, and this made improved photographic performance available to the casual photographer, without the need for technical knowledge. However, the biggest step-change emerged and began to dominate around the millennium: the digital camera.

Digital photography was revolutionary because it eliminated the costs and delays inherent with film cameras. It also expanded the options for viewing, editing and sharing pictures, and accordingly the range of uses to which they could be put. Other developments such as the increased ownership of personal computers, and growth of the Internet both supported the benefits and expansion of digital photography.

Today, camera phones are the major photographic device, and social media the foremost manner in which our snap-shots are put to use. While most photography, as in its early days, is largely a point-and-shoot capture of our daily lives, the underlying social behaviours have altered significantly.

For at least the first hundred years of photography, the family was at the heart of our activities. Cameras were usually owned by families, and used to the benefit of that family. While all members may have been participants in the capture of a photograph, one particular person was usually the custodian of the family album. The cost of photography made every shot valuable, and the duds that never made the pages of the family album were still retained.

By contrast, today individuals own cameras, and almost everyone under a certain age has one. Our social circles have changed: we tend to have a far larger pool of more casual acquaintances, and fragmented families. The zero cost of photography means high numbers of shot are taken, but the ease of deletion makes the permanence of images more ethereal.

It is these changes that bring me to the point of this article; to voice the concern that we are creating a historical void where information and details about an era risk being lost. I personally have gaps in the pictorial record of my life that start from the time I too turned to digital photography. Of course I could print my photos, to make them more tangible, and put them in an album, but I don’t: it’s not part of the digital ethos to recreate the limitations that contributed to the demise of film.

Equally, the increased automation of camera technology and accessibility of image manipulation conspire to erode the need for technical expertise, and aesthetic sensibility (at the moment of exposure) that underpinned photography as an art form. Indeed, the only significant recent resurgence in aesthetic film photography – Lomography – champions the abandonment of forethought, rules and knowledge.

I am not advocating that film photography should be fine art: the snap shot is as worthy an approach as it ever was. Neither am I trying to assert that digital photography does not demand skill, nor its images qualify as an art form. My concerned is that yet another skill – photography using unforgiving film – will become lost in a world where we increasingly rely on technology to do our thinking for us. The situation is little different to saying that just because we have calculators, we should forget how to do mental arithmetic. Equally, the craft of compiling a narrative photo album is at risk of loss, in favour of viewing a jumble of images on the tiny screen of a mobile phone, which travels with us in a world where it is continually exposed to the hazards of damage and theft.

In summary, the key difference between digital and film photography is that the former often ends with a click, while the latter merely begins with the clunk of a shutter. If you are on the cusp of a decision to explore or return to film photography, my advice is take the plunge and give it a go. Film photography is an engaging hobby, even if it’s only snapshot style. Its images are more enduring, and have an increased likelihood of surviving the passage of years. When all said and done, photography is merely a process for freezing time, and capturing memories so they can be recalled and enjoyed over and over again, throughout our whole lives.

7 Great Benefits Of Using Photo Effects

A lot of people don’t agree with the use of photo effects, but even the most renowned specialists know that there are photo-shots that absolutely need such effects. The idea is not to completely change the photo-shot, but to add an element, remove an element or highlight one in order to transform a very good photo into a perfect one. Here are 7 reasons why the use of photo effects is a good idea.

1. By using some cool photo effects, the photo will be enhanced.

Every photograph lover can be described as being a perfectionist. You can’t be a photograph lover if you are not a perfectionist, so there always is a small detail that doesn’t look good in your vision and that you want to change. In order to do this, you have dozens and dozens of effects to your photos, so start using them. They’ll help you be proud of your work by helping you enhance the photos you so much love.

2. The errors can be concealed

It is a pity to waste an excellent photo-shot just because it has a small error. Those who choose to add effects to photos can remove the error and can make the photo look much better than it did at the beginning. By concealing the area in the photo that doesn’t look too good, you can cheat the eye and impress people with a photo that is as real as possible, but that had a small error that was preventing the image from being perfect.

3. The cool photo effects can emphasize the subject

Every photo has a subject and there are numerous cases in which that photo would look much better with a more highlighted focusing on that subject. By using certain photo effects, the focusing can easily be obtained. The subject won’t be ruined and it won’t be changed, so there are no reasons for ignoring the effects.

4. The photo effects can give a photo-shot a special touch

When you take photos out of pure passion and when you want to use them in order to transmit a message to the world, you need that special touch that will impress the viewer. This is the reason why using the photo effects is such a good idea: they can help you obtain that unique and original touch that will surely impress the people who will see your image.

5. The photo will look professional

By adding, removing or highlighting certain elements, the photo will look professional. All those who make a living by taking image use special photo effects.

6. A simple photo is transformed into an art work

The role of image effects is to transform simple photos into art works. A splendid shoot can be transformed into a unique work of art and the photographer can gain a lot of popularity thanks to this.

7. The effects offer added beauty

A simple photo has the power to tell a story, but the story can be more interesting, exciting or dramatic thanks to the effects used.