Oh honey that CD looks perfect, no one ever said!

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DIGITAL FILES

PRINTING DOS & DONT'S

 Print your images, everlasting memories with Elisabeth Franco Photography.

Print your images, everlasting memories with Elisabeth Franco Photography.

At Elisabeth Franco Photography, Gloucester, we believe that photographic art should be professionally printed and displayed, not stored on a CD or a hard drive.

All our Newborn, Family and Children's collections include digitals and prints to suit every budget, as well as à la carte products such as canvases, acrylics, wooden orbs, frames and fine art prints.

Here are some MUST tips when printing your images:

•What you don’t want to do is print them on a home printer. 

•Printing is an art. Unless you know what you are doing, it can be challenging to get a quality print that looks like what you see on your screen. Elisabeth Franco Photography uses the best professional photo labs to ensure high quality and longevity.

•Color space, monitor calibration, paper profiles and printer technology are advanced stuff, so we suggest leaving that to the pros.

•When your purchase digital images from Elisabeth Franco Photography, your prints are ordered and checked through a professional lab. Their prices are very competitive with other lower quality labs like Boots, Jessops, Photobox, but their quality is premiere. We have spent a considerably amount of time in researching the best pro labs to offer you the best printing services in the whole of the UK. 

•When we edit your images in Photoshop, we embed color “data” into the file that a professional lab with advanced equipment can read. They assess that metadata and print your files as exactly as we saw it on our screens here at Elisabeth Franco Photography's studio. 

•Elisabeth Franco Photography can save you the tedious job of ordering and uploading your images online. We can order your prints in any size and finish with superior quality.  How convenient and easy is that?

 Family imagery for the walls of your home. 

Family imagery for the walls of your home. 

Elisabeth Franco Photography is a "hybrid" studio. We offer both art pieces and digital images. We believe a printed image or wall art product such a beautiful framed canvas, to be the most valuable way to highlight and preserve your art. However, in the digital age, owning digital negatives is very important to our clients and we gladly offer them. 

We want to stress how important it is to print your images. Digital files are not archival and will eventually corrupt. The safest place for your images is to print them. A professional print will last 100 years or more. Our available products offer a beautiful way to display the memories of your love ones in your home and your digital images for archival purposes and today's digital sharing technologies. Remember those 5 1/4 floppy disks? And the "moder"update 31/2 hard disks?What would you do if that's where your wedding or family pictures were stored and you needed to see them today? Who knows what type of digital storage devices will come and on in the next few decades!

We want to stress how important it is to print your images. Digital files are not archival and will eventually corrupt. The safest place for your images is to print them. A professional print will last 100 years or more. Our available products offer a beautiful way to display the memories of your love ones in your home and your digital images for archival purposes and today's digital sharing technologies. 

 Newborn wall art, Elisabeth Franco Photography

Newborn wall art, Elisabeth Franco Photography

Elisabeth x

 

 

 

How to take beautiful photos with your iphone

Gloucester Newborn, Children and Family Photographer 

Many times, the best camera you can use is the one you have with you. In a lot of cases that may be your phone!  Join me in this blog to discover how you can learn to use your camera phone to create beautiful images and capture life's special moments. 

As an iPhone user, I will be mainly providing some great tips for making the most of your iPhone photography, but most of these principles can be applied to any camera phone. 

1) Use the iPhone camera shortcut

This is particularly useful when you need to get that quick snap of your running toddler or when you need speed on your side. To do this simply swipe up on the iPhone camera shortcut from the lock screen and you will be able to take a photo with no significant delay. You can also swipe up  from the bottom of the screen to launch the control center, then tapping on the camera button. Another good hack is to press firmly (3D Touch) to go right to selfies, video, or slow-mo. (iPhone 6s or later.)

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2. Shoot in Square mode

Choosing and shooting in square mode converts better for social media sharing, specially if you like to share your photos in Instagram. Shooting square means that you are going to simplify  your composition and eliminate any superfluous elements in your images, so that you’re just left with the important stuff. 

 Shooting in square mode

Shooting in square mode

In the square format you can forget the rule-of-thirds altogether. It depends on what you’re photographing, but placing the subject in the centre of a square frame, or close to the edge, often works surprisingly well. Other elements that become more prominent in the square format are shapes, textures, lines and negative space . Look for shapes – such as circles, triangles, and squares when composing your subject. Leading lines also become stronger as they pull the viewer’s eye through the frame. Lets have a look at some examples of some iPhone images taken by my talented photographer friend Karen Kimmins of Karen Kimmins Newborn Photography

 Image Taken by  Karen Kimmins

Image Taken by Karen Kimmins

 Image taken by  Karen Kimmins

Image taken by Karen Kimmins

Karen carefully makes uses of lines, shapes, forms, textures and patterns to draw the viewer's eye into the focal point of the photo, creating an enticing composition. 

 Image taken by  Karen Kimmins

Image taken by Karen Kimmins

3. Change your perspective, think outside the box.

Do you want to transform your iPhone photos  from ordinary to extraordinary? One way to accomplish this is to change your perspective or choose a different vantage point when you compose a picture. This is about thinking outside the box and composing beyond a "look at me and say cheese" type of thing.  Here are some great tips:

a) Stay away from the standard practice of shooting from eye level, get up, down and change your angle. Creative photography it is all about the angles, have fun experimenting. 

b) Shoot from a low angle, this is probably the most popular alternative to eye-level perspective photography. It can be challenging because you may have to squat, sit, kneel or lie down to capture your image. It’s worth the effort because it provides an out-of-the-ordinary look at your subject and the results can be stunning. Lets have a look at an iPhone image taken by my lovely photographer friend Sara Brown from Rocking Horse Photography 

 Image taken by Sara Brown from  Rocking Horse Photography

Image taken by Sara Brown from Rocking Horse Photography

Sara's low angle gives this image a strong depth and a tridimensional effect.  Her use of the foreground, mid-ground and background leads you (the viewer) to invite yourself into the frame. You see what she sees. You enter the frame by looking at the things closest to you, and then you slowly make your way into the mid-ground, and then slowly out into the background. When shooting your kids, family or friends,  try to get subjects in your foreground, mid-ground, and background. Be patient and wait until all the elements come together, and think of how your photographs can lead viewers into your photograph, and then out of them. 

c) Try positioning your subject in the foreground with the background out of focus. This will give a beautiful depth of field. I often use this technique in my Gloucester home studio to separate the subject from the background. 

 Image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography

Image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography

4. Shoot backlit portraits, use silhouettes.

Silhouettes look great and add a special feel to the photo, and they also emphasize form and composition while reducing the distraction of detail. The one factor to keep in mind is light. To create a silhouette you must be shooting against the light. Here you can find a beautiful example of a perfect silhouette created by my talented photographer friend Aliana Cassimiro Bruce from Aliana Bruce Photography. Aliana is not only an amazing newborn photographer but her outdoor photography skills are breathtaking. She has a truly gift in photographing families outdoors.  

 Image taken by  Aliana Cassimiro Bruce

This is another example of backlit photography using an iPhone 4. This image was taken in December, around 5 pm, in Barcelona. The sun flare and  silhoutte of the football together with the movement of the subject add a special vibe. Experiment with shadows, light, architecture and movement to obtain extraordinary shoots using your camera phone.  

 Image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography using an old iphone 4

Image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography using an old iphone 4

5. Shoot at different times of the day. Experiment with different light conditions

This photo was taken in Gloucester using an iphone 6 around 9am, it was a frosty morning on my way to work

 Gloucester Park, image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography

Gloucester Park, image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography

6. Use negative space to create a dramatic composition

Put simply, negative space is the area which surrounds the main subject in your photo (the main subject is known as the "positive space"). ... When used properly, negative space provides a natural balance against the positive space in a scene.

 Image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography, newborn, children's photographer based in Gloucester

Image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography, newborn, children's photographer based in Gloucester

 Image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography. Gloucester Photographer

Image taken by Elisabeth Franco Photography. Gloucester Photographer

And my final tip:

Shoot with a purpose, don't just snap away. Prepare your shoot in your mind to shoot like a pro! 

For more information about the services I offer send me an email elisabethfrancophotography@gmail.com or just feel free to browse through my work www.elisabethfrancophotography.com     

Elisabeth x