Articles by Grant Hughes

How to be a Micro-explorer with your Camera when Waiting for Your Family

Many of us have photography as a hobby and also big commitments to our family activities. This often involves driving family members to sports practices, music lessons, appointments or other events when they need a ride and say "can you please pick me up in an hour".So, what to do with the hour? I could surf the net on my phone, go for coffee, or drive home and do a chore for 15 minutes and then drive back. Or?I decided to be a micro-explorer.With camera in tow, I decided to explore the... continue reading

Four Steps to Taking Great Photos of Stars and the Milky Way

There are some great opportunities, and challenges, in photographing the night sky. This is especially true if you want to include the Milky Way as in this photo below. Here are four steps to make it easier for you.1. Plan the location.You are looking for the darkest sky possible. In order to capture the Milky Way you will need to find a south facing location (in North America) where you are at least twenty miles or so away from a city or town. Plus the scene should ideally have no light sources... continue reading

How To Take Great Pictures of Flowers

The photo (below) in this post of the Snowdrops in my backyard turned out very well. (See the full frame photo in my portfolio). But, it wasn't necessarily going to happen without a bit of planning before snapping the shutter.Here are a few simple steps to consider when you are walking by a nice setting of flowers in order to increase the chances of taking a great shot.If you simply photograph the flowers from waist height you would find that the angle is too high and the distance too great.... continue reading

Combining Photos and History

   I am often interested in the history of the location that I am photographing. By providing some context to the age of the building being photographed I can hopefully address the needs of some image purchasers that want a colorful image of a building over 150 years old. Simply showing the building without the context would not be as strong a download opportunity. continue reading

Milestone reached- 50th download sale- thanks Dreamstime

Just sharing my appreciation and thanks to Dreamstime as I have now made my 50th sale!Here's the image that did it!Onwards. continue reading

A Hint for Photographing Golf Courses

Here's an easy hint if you are planning to take some golf course scenery shots - take a golf ball with you!Place the ball close to the flag stick and any golfer seeing your photos will dream that it is their great shot captured at that special moment. They will infer that they are part of the scene.Scout out possible scenes in advance and get permission from the golf course manager to photograph the course when no one is on it. Then return in early morning before sunrise when the light is... continue reading

How to photograph flames like in the Olympic Torch Relay.

With the Olympic Torch Relay underway for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games there will be thousands of photo opportunities. If you are on the route, here's how to plan your best shot.1. Try to pick an early morning or late afternoon time when there will be a good contrast between the flame and the rest of the scene. In the photos here, I took the pictures of the 2010 Canadian Olympic Torch Relay just at dusk on the first day of the relay in Victoria, British Columbia.2. Try for a fast shutter... continue reading

How To Get Perfect Focus Every Time

Click here for the Video for this article:Some of the most interesting scenes are seascapes or landscapes that are tack sharp from right at your feet to the distant horizon. Here's how you can do it every time.First of all you have to scout the scene when you have lots of time. Try to pick a convenient location so you can come back when the light is perfect.You don't want to leave anything to chance so avoid autofocus, which may concentrate on the centre of the image and leave the foreground... continue reading

How to Photograph a Beer Glass

Here's a short video on how to photograph shiny glass objects, like this golfer beer glass, without getting the glare on the front.Click here to view the video: How to Photograph a Beer Glass• Use a piece of white poster board curved up the back with black strips on either side that will be out of the frame.• You will need a floodlight or a strobe that you can aim on to the background only.• Grab your favorite beer glass and a brand of beer that comes in a clear bottle.... continue reading

Add Your Dreamstime Photos to Your Own Videos to Increase Sales

If you are wanting to drive people to your Dreamstime images try providing video content for viewers and point people to your Dreamstime portfolio. Here's how:1. include some of your photos in videos that you make2. make sure there is good value to the viewer- not just an advertisement3. upload the video to a sharing site and include your Dreamstime link in the description of the video.Click here to view the video...The Pearl- A Concise History of British Columbia, Canada continue reading

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