Articles by Sebastian Czapnik

11 Tips on Shooting Interiors

Are you sitting comfortably in your sofa? Looking for ideas on what to shoot next? Well, just photographwhat is right in front of you – your home (or any other you have access to) is your next model.   Here are 11 Tips on various stages of shooting interiors. Some are quite simple, some are starting points for new blog articles to come. As a stock contributor, you should realize there are no exactly the same rooms, so your subject potential is high. Fortunately, the commercial demand... continue reading

Common misspellings. Words ending with "-ment"

I've been observing an increasing number of images with particular keywords misspelled. I wouldn't bother to write a blog entry about it, but this case is special. Why? Because all these mistakes come from many different users, and are of one, specific type. The keywords ending with "-ment"" syllable are more and more often spelled as "-mant".Please note, the correct spellings are:ENJOYMENTEQUIPMENTRETIREMENTMOVEMENTTREATMENTMANAGEMENTENVIRONMENTetc.NOT enjoyMANT,... continue reading

MR library info - do check it !

This short reminder is directed especially to photographers shooting children (as the problem is more common there), but of course applies to all photos where people are involved.You probably know that our Dreamfinder has a nice section where you can specify a model's gender, ethnicity and age. When you submit a new MR, and you are careful enough to state that a John is a Male, you use that MR for your next submissions with the same model.Do you remember that people get older?Adults can... continue reading

Panoramic images

Shooting panoramic images is not as difficult as you might think while admiring brilliant effects. One of our users, Imagestalk, recentlyposted a short blog articlewith just a few examples taken from his portfolio. The response was - great images! And they are!Although panoramas were possible to produce in analog era, it's so much easier now, with just a little help of some wisesoftware and just a bit of know-how, you should do wonders. Let me share my own experiences here:Shooting:... continue reading

Drobo storage

Pat Ballard inspired me to write this. Read her blog entry first.Archiving our work is a constant struggle. I do agree. I myself burn DVD's, have Seagate's Free Agent which is mirroring my main drive. So, theoretically, I have my images in 3 places. Not bad? Well, I think not good enough.DVDs and CDs age. You keep them in a box, when you want to recover data from them, they can turn out to be unreadable.Your main hard drive is the most likely to fail, when your system crashes.OK, you still... continue reading

Switching between systems.

I wonder how many of you have switched between DSLR systems. You have all that gear from one manufacturer and you suddenly realize you want to switch.I, personally, haven't had that experience yet, but I was so surprised to learn that one of my favourites, a well known photographer Scott Bourne, a Canon user, decided to make a move to Nikon.He justifies his decision in this blog thread.Takes some time to sell stuff, buy and get accustomed to the new, for sure. But when you really know... continue reading

Travelling light with your DSLR

You have your DSLR. You have your lenses. Many of them. What do you do if you really don't want to take them ALL with you?Well, there are things to consider - how much weight you are prepared to carry and what compromises you are ready to take.My personal choice for ultra light traveling is taking a wide to telephoto lens (for universality) and a small fixed focal for bokeh and its light. So, in two lenses you have almost all you need.My set : Tamron 18-250 and 50mm f1.7 (which, by the... continue reading

Model release thoughts

Thanks to one of the DT bloggers, I discovered a Dan Heller's blog. So full of good read! Definitely a must in your blog-roll.To the point. We all know how strict the rules regarding the MRs are when we post our images. A face is recognisable? No MR, no approval, period.Now, let me take you to this article. It's long but I bet you will not count the precious minutes to read it.The bottom line is - MRs situations are hardly black and white. DT has a very definite stand on whether and when... continue reading

Thrilled !

I must say I am absolutely thrilled to have won the Assignment :)I was walking home, when Marcin called me and said I had just won the Assignment! For some seconds I didn't know what he was talking about:)It's all about votes in this, so I feel obliged to thank all of you who had voted for my photo. Without you, well, I wouldn't be writing this :)Congratulations to all contributors whose works were also accepted, we all did well :)Now, I am getting ready for the next assignment, I... continue reading

Joke :)

I heard a joke today, and as I have a photo to illustrate it, I thought I would share it with you.A very wealthy man's wife wanted a new car so much, she talked about it a lot every day. When her birthday was coming near, she said to her husband: "My dear, buy me something that accelerates to 100 in 4 seconds, oh, and it should be pink!"On her birthday she got her present.See it here. continue reading

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