Monthly Archives: November 2017

How To Have The Perfect Portraits

Practice, practice and more practice.

portrait photographyIf you want to go ahead and nail your portrait photography shoot down pat, the best way for you to go would be to make it a point to practice the facial expressions that you will be wearing so far whenever you are posing right in front of the camera. Whenever you are in front of the mirror be it at home or in the car, you can actually practice how your face looks like. Think about the kind of look or emotion that you would like to channel or tap into during the photo shoot and try to practice that. It will turn out to be a huge advantage knowing that you know how you will end up looking like once the photos come out. Although most of the portrait photographers out there already have LED screens that will allow you to review how your photos turn out with ease, it will still get to save you so much more time if all of those facial expressions are well practiced and if you already know what to do with your facial muscles when you are aiming for certain expressions or for certain looks when it all comes down to it.

It’s OK not to have eye contact at times.

Posing for your portrait shots isn’t the same as with posing for headshots. You can definitely inject a little bit of creativity and a little bit of creativity by having a few shots here and there that capture your profile at a certain angle and without you looking straight into the camera all of the time. As a matter of fact, at certain points during the portrait photography session, your photographer might even ask you to pose this way. It would be a nice surprise if you make it a point to incorporate the mysterious looking portrait shots and poses without waiting for your portrait photographer to ask you to do it. Portrait photography can actually be pretty creative for as long as you are willing to explore what the options are and how you are going to execute them. A little bit of practice when it comes to this department certainly wouldn’t hurt either.

Pick a photographer you are the most comfortable with.

Most people don’t realize the value and the importance of having that sort of chemistry and connection with the photographer in a portrait photography shoot and this is one of the first things that you need to take into account if you would like to make sure that your session turns out to be a success.

Go for a venue that you are comfortable to be in.

It doesn’t matter if it is set in a pricey hotel room or in your own home. What’s important is that you are comfortable in the location that you are in. for more tips about portrait photography; make sure to visit the page of Alan Hutchison Photography. They are one of the leaders in portrait photography in the area and you can certainly learn a thing or two.

How Do Photographers Do SEO?

photography seoBy now, you are probably realizing the importance of implementing SEO in your site, blog and social media. Despite pictures quality being the first, SEO cannot compare less to it because those pictures would mean nothing if no one ever come to see them.

Without further ado, check out our list of photography SEO for dummies without having to understand technical terms yourself. We have made it easy even for people with zero knowledge on IT to know how to do SEO in less than 10 minutes:

Page naming / Permalink

Now to understand what is permalink, check out the address bar. You see the link? That is the link that lead to this particular page and that is what we call as permalink. When you read a particular page, less than often you read the title of the page, not the address bar, to know if this is the link you are looking for. But, for Google, both the title and the permalink matter. It involves a few words included in permalink into its directory when sending out results, so though it might mean more work, this is part of photography SEO. Example: myphotography.com/gallery/2017/bride-&-groom-wedding.

Media

If take a picture from your phone, it immediately uses a default name that comprises of IMG+TIME+DATE or something like that. So it usually comes up as IMG11092017. That’s normal, it’s the protocol that many camera, whether it is digital or your camera phone have. When we download pictures, we don’t even care about the name but have you noticed how some are properly named, for example, Niagara-falls-beautiful-waterfall.jpg? Pretty self explanatory right?

Naming your pictures and videos this way are not meant to help those that download (probably without rights) the easiness to manage their files. It is meant for Google to take into consideration when people search, following the example I’ve said, beautiful waterfall, Niagara, Niagara Falls or maybe Niagara waterfalls.

Keyword

You will write something. You will need to write something on your particular page if you want it to be stored in the database of Google to be brought out in search results. The reason is because people search by typing. Remember that you are a photographer and people will look for you, or your pictures, in keywords like event photographer, wedding photographer and the likes.

And of course, if you want your keywords to be considered as acceptable, it cannot be: hidden, spammed, outside readable space and other cheating methods. It will lead to a temporary to permanent banning of your site. Use them naturally throughout your blog.

Page loading speed

Oh yea, not just your visitors, even Google cares about this. The faster is your page, the higher is the chance of it overcoming the ranks. So, how?

Several tips and myths for this:

  • Do not use plugin. Wrong. Healthy, well-developed plugins usually help your page in putting in more functions and features to help you and the visitors. If you installed plugins that are not supported, not cared by developer and was never updated since 2010, of course it will screw with your site.
  • Arrange pictures, compress them. When you load for pictures on Google, they show a smaller version of the picture and only loads when opened. Of course, depending on the platform, the site you are using if you use a web hosting will help you optimize the size of the pictures.
  • Don’t use fancy background, because they cause the page to load slower and hard to navigate on mobile phones, not to mention how it messes with readability.