Articles by Karen Foley

How to Get That Film Look in Video

So you want to be a cinematographer. Why not? After all you have a DSLR, or cell phone, or GoPro capable of recording footage. How hard can it be to use that technology to capture video?You need spend no more than 10 or 15 minutes reviewing shaky, out of focus and uninspiring clips on Facebook and YouTube to realize that taking good video footage is about more than just having the prerequisite technology.Similar to stock photography, creating good stock footage is about quality and concept. The good... continue reading

5 Tips for Shooting Product Photos for eBay

The Internet has changed the way we live our lives. From how we access information to how we interact with friends and family, our online connectivity affects every aspect of our day-to-day existence.And nowhere is this more noticeable than in how we buy and sell goods. Imagine if you can the world of photography before digital cameras, online marketplaces like dreamstime.com, and websites or social media for promoting your service and products. We would be hard pressed to survive without all that... continue reading

How to Make Your Worst Photo Your Best Friend – Part II

Failures can be our great learning opportunities. We looked at Small Failures in Part I of this article, so let’s dive in here and tackle what we consider the Big or Fatal Failures.BIG FAILSSome problems can be a lot harder – but not always impossible - to correct in post processing software. These are best to understand first and try to avoid if possible.Chromatic aberration Ever look closely at object in your image and notice a purple ring? That is chromatic aberration and is caused by poor... continue reading

How to Make Your Worst Photo Your Best Friend – Part I

You made all the plans. Packed your computer bag with all the equipment you would need. Scoped out the perfect spot. Set up the shot taking into consideration the correct ISO, shutter speed, aperture, filters, remotes, tripod, etc., etc., etc.You get home to download your shoot to your computer with baited breath, sure you have “that one picture”, and discover the image was an epic fail. So you move it to the trash and carry on. Right?Not so fast. Stop a minute and look at your failed images.... continue reading

This Valentine’s Day – Think Outside the Box of Chocolates

Valentine's Day is almost here. Have you gotten your sweetie a card and some flowers? Better still, have you created all your Valentine’s Day themed stock photos?Stock photography revolves around universal concepts, and there is no more an universal concept than love. You just need to check the database to prove it. Search “Love” and you’ll get over 3 million hits. Try Valentine’s Day or Valentines Day for another million results. In fact, look at any combination of hearts, roses, couples,... continue reading

Capture Amazing Eyes in Portrait Photography

It is often said that the eyes are the windows into the souls. If you need proof of that, just look at two star crossed lovers as they gaze for hours into each others eyes, or to the mother of a small toddler who can tell if he was in the cookie jar just by the look in his eyes, or to the old expression “giving someone the evil eye”.Eyes can truly convey a lot about a person character, and great artists throughout the ages have been known to convey depth and meaning to their work by how they treat... continue reading

How to Capitalize on Cyber Monday as a Stock Photographer

Christmas traditions have definitely changed over my lifetime, and so has how we source the presents we give.Back in the "old days", presents were handmade. With glitter and glue from a small child, to the tins of fresh baked cookies, candies, fudge, and even the dreaded fruitcake, or with wood working tools that always managed to turn raw materials into magic; the gifts were lovingly made with the investment of time and talents.  Then it progressed to exchanging small gifts like the... continue reading

To Shop or not to Shop – How will you spend Black Friday?

When did Black Friday become Grey Thursday?Traditionally we started our Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving – causing retailers balance sheets to turn into the black and spawning the origins of the name Black Friday.But then stores started opening early, then earlier, and then really early.Then people started sleeping outside stores to be first in line.Then things went from bad to worse when stores decided to open at midnight on Thanksgiving night.And now the opening... continue reading

Can We Get ”Real” this Thanksgiving?

Apparently every American has Martha Stewart on speed dial.At least that’s the impression you get when you look at holiday stock images.Just search keywords like Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Dinner or Holiday Traditions.The images that are returned are all a mélange of smiling, happy families sitting down to beautifully set dinner tables with a perfectly cooked meal.    I don’t know about you, but that’s not exactly how thing go down at my house.Do we always have a great meal... continue reading

Creating Powerful Symbols of Peace for World Peace Day

November 17 marks this year’s World Peace Day.Started as a grass roots movement to encourage individuals to create and display origami paper cranes as an awareness campaign for peace – World Peace Dayhas evolved into a political action campaign to help promote peace through policy.  Cranes represent the Japanese symbol for good luck, and have been adopted as a metaphor for world peace.The organizations website Peaceday.org has detailed descriptions for how to fold the animal and... continue reading

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