Portrait PhotographyWritten by Roy Barker
The market opportunities for Portrait photography are now so enormous, that they include every dwelling where you live. Everyone wants his or her photograph taken for some reason, or other. Not only can you target every building, but also it is a type of business where repeat business potential is also enormous. Parents now repeat opportunities for formal portraits; add to that is that they have more than one child, possibilities for repeat business is also enormous.
It is a business that you can start very easily from home; it means that you are not working in outdoor inclement weather conditions. The equipment you need is comparatively modest. A camera, good lenses, a tripod, two or three lights and several pieces of cloth that will make various backdrops. Not only is equipment modest it is also light if you have to transfer it to an event outside your home.
The most important rule to remember is that it is a portrait, not necessarily of just head, but person, or group is focal part of picture, so it is important to take photograph without any extraneous clutter. Because you will always be dealing with people you have to maintain control, not as a tyrant, but you have to guide your subjects. Therefore a certain degree of self-confidence is necessary. If you are taking a formal portrait of a group of children it is necessary for you as photographer to ensure that none of children are making faces.
When you have signed up a person for a photographic portrait take a few extra shots, and offer them as wallet or purse photographs at a smaller fee. You already have start business capitalise on it, few people can resist feeling that they have got “something for nothing”. This may seem a waste of time; they can be important additives for your portfolio.
Portrait photography has undergone many changes of style since introduction of formal portrait. The modern emphasis is to bring out each individual’s personality. Top glamour models are paid enormous fees to express a distinctive personality, but to bring that aspect forward in your subject is as much about people skills as camera techniques. It is imperative to be able to create a rapport with your subject to bring out expressions that display their personality. Anyone over age of two can pose for camera, with a vacuous expression, but secret of saleable portrait photography is capturing more than pose. To be a really good portrait photographer you have to be able to connect with people, if you have not got these skills, then it is better that you concentrate on some other types of photography
Choosing Carpeting For Your HomeWritten by Catherine Olivia
When selecting carpeting for your home you have many things to consider and many options to weigh. Carpets come in a vast array of colors and styles, textures and fibers and there are many different qualities of carpets to choose from.
One of first things to consider when purchasing a carpet is how much traffic will it receive? If you have a high traffic area, then nylon would be a good choice due to it's durability. Nylon is also stain resistant and repels mildew. A carpet of Olefin would also be a good choice for heavy traffic areas as it is strong and easy to clean. Olefin is used in some artificial sports turf. Polyester is also excellent in high traffic areas as it is easy to clean and resists water based stains. Polyester has look and feel of wool, which would be finest quality fiber, but polyester is much less expensive than wool. There are also some blends of above fibers available which are long lasting and durable. Some carpet manufacturers supply performance rating guidelines, ask to see these.
Another consideration would be density of carpet. You want a high number of fibers per square inch. A closely packed pile is an indication of a well made carpet. Check carpet backing closely to make sure you don't see any bare areas.
The two most popular types of carpeting today are loop pile and cut pile. Loop pile has individual strands of yarn pulled through carpet backing twice, creating a small loop. Cut pile has loop cut at top, leaving tufts of yarn that stand straight up. A cut pile carpet is generally more durable than a looped pile carpet. Cut pile carpets come in a variety of styles such as shag, textured, saxony and velvet or plush. Loop pile carpets would be a berber, cable or sisal. Loop pile carpets are a good choice for high traffic areas.