Articles by Pratik Panda

Select the perfect background image

The purpose of a background image extends far beyond just filling up free space. A creative background can draw viewers into your content and give them a head start by getting your message across undistorted. Here are some points to note before selecting your next background image: Natural ambienceThink of your text, logo or any such object in the foreground as the subject of a photograph. Do you want the subject to stand out? Or do you want it to blend in? This is a question you should ask... continue reading

Microstock Photography - The Winning Strategies, part II

Continued from Part I...Your intentions matter!Are you looking for shortcuts to make easy money online? Trying to anyhow get an image past the reviewers who seem to reject everything? It can be easily observed that many of those new to microstock photography believe that their images will be popular if they get past the review process. These intentions and beliefs do not go well with a fiercely competitive business. You must keep in mind that you should be willing to cooperate with your agency... continue reading

Microstock Photography – The Winning Strategies, part I

Above is a catchy title that most stock photography veterans would raise an eyebrow at. Is there really a winning strategy? Not really. Or maybe there is. It depends largely on your expectations and definition of “winning”. This article has been compiled keeping the new players in mind and “winning” refers to a significant growth in popularity and sales.As can be easily predicted these days, the major part of the strategy is off-camera and online. While your potential clients and opportunities... continue reading

Smartphone Photography

 With the rise in popularity of the digital camera, today there are millions of devices offering digital photography as a basic capability. Of course, a smartphone that doubles as a digital camera is not the professional’s most preferred piece of equipment but a phone camera does have some significant advantages that make it a highly recommended tool for photographers.The "indirect" benefits------------------------------Carrying a smartphone to the field assists your... continue reading

Action Photography - IS or not to IS?

Action photography can include photographing and freezing the motion of anything that moves – and moves fast. There are plenty of situations that can come under the category of high speed action photography like sports and bird-in-flight situations, even rock concerts in dim light where the artists move at appreciably high speed. You may have heard that you do not need IS when working at fast shutter speeds.Does IS even matter when shooting at very fast shutter speeds?This article... continue reading

Highlight Tone Priority explained

Applies to: Canon EOS digital Rebel DSLR cameras, general concept applies to entire line of Canon DSLRsThere is a lot of confusion regarding the highlight tone priority and how it works. The internet is full of misleading and completely weird information on the subject while Canon does not actually reveal anything much in the camera user manuals. So here are the common questions answered very clearly as facts. I have verified these myself after consulting Canon's firmware operations and carrying... continue reading

Do NOT use image stabilization!

No, do not panic if you have it turned on.Image stabilization is a term used for Canon equipment, which is technically stabilization of optical elements inside of a lens to reduce vibration caused by hand movements or vibrations of small magnitude.Getting back to the title, ask yourself, do you just turn the stabilizer on and forget about it? Do not!Here are some situations you should put IS to "off" to get sharper photos. The following points, if not followed, may still give you sharp photos... continue reading

Macro Photography Ethics

It is after a long time that I am writing, I have been busy with a lot of things...leaving school life behind and getting into a college on the opposite side of the country...and believe me India is a vast country. Away from family, away from familiar people, the months are adventurous.Excited about the photographer of the year contest, I want to see where I rank, please drop me an honest vote if you would like to. :)Anyway, getting back to the topic... recently, I was out shooting some macro... continue reading

For those who need inspiration

I watched an episode on Discovery Channel some time back and it was about a photographer out to photograph tribal folk and culture in Ethiopia as the tribe was close to being wiped out, with modernisation threatening its existence. While my people images stand nowhere around his, his portfolio really makes me want to photograph life of people like that. It takes a lot of effort to make people comfortable for shots like this. There are so many shots where it seems like the photographer is being ignored,... continue reading

My silly grudge against DT

As a new contributor here, when I was in the first 50 uploads on DT, I was uploading stuff I should not have. I had always considered a beautiful red rose photo I had shot as my best ever shot. I uploaded among the very first uploads only to find it rejected.Guess the reason?We already have similar images in our database and your submission doesn't exceed existing images in quality or composition. Or something like that.A brutal punch in the face, a sky high contributor with a castle in the... continue reading

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