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3,000 Sales!

Just hit 3,000 sales! continue reading

My new photo studio

Hey guys,Just finished writing the last blog post in a set about converting my garage into a photo studio. You can read the post at my blog twcdm.blogspot.comHere is part of that blog post:"Well, if you are wondering what I have been up to lately I have been working my butt off getting this project finished. We started this project back in April and are just now wrapping it up four months later. As fun as it has been I'm really looking forward to being able to spend a couple weekends not... continue reading

3,000 Photos!

I just recently added the 3,000th photo to my portfolio. I can honestly say I thought this day would never come.I signed up with Dreamstime back in late 2006 and it was the first stock site I signed up with after buying my first DSLR, knowing virtually nothing about photography.I submitted around ten photos on a whim thinking I would give it a shot and if I was lucky maybe I could make enough to pay off my camera.Out of that first group I think maybe two got accepted, but luckily I... continue reading

Purple Fringing Quick Fixes

Just wrote a new post at my blog twcdm.blogspot.comHere is a sample of that post.Purple Fringing, AKA: Chromatic Aberrations (sounds like something you would hear on an episode of X-Files), AKA: Lens Fringing. Even with the best lenses you will occasionally find these little buggers lurking amongst the edges of your photos. Purple fringing usually shows up as purple halo's around objects in the edges of your photos. Luckily there are a few easy Photoshop fixes you can do to get rid of... continue reading

5 Simple Photoshop Fixes

New post at my blog check it out twcdm.blogspot.comHere is a portion of the post:Here are a five simple Photoshop fixes you can to to most of your photos that will really make them shine.1. Levels - Check your levels. There are a couple ways to do this here is one of them. Click on "Add new adjustment layer" in the layers window and find "Levels." Levels is a tool for moving and stretching the brightness in a histogram. There are three points you can adjust on a slider, on the left the... continue reading

Converting my garage to a photo studio pt .2

Hey all,Just finished writing the second part of the "converting my garage to a photo studio" on my blog twcdm.blogspot.comHere is an abridged version of my blog post.If you dont already know I am in the process of converting my garage into a photo studio/office. Here is the latest update.In phase one we moved everything we could out of the garage and built a shed to store it in along with buying a canopy to park our car under.Phase two was all about getting that garage door down... continue reading

Converting my garage to a photo studio.

After months of trying to come up with a solution to my lack of studio space I have come up with an idea...drum roll please...I am converting my garage into my new office/photo studio!My current office/studio is a little over 10x10' and my wife also has a desk and computer set up in there, needless to say its a little cramped. You try adding a model or two and it starts getting silly. I can waste half a day just taking out enough junk out of my office and setting up to take photos.I know a... continue reading

Stock Photographers Camera Buying Guide

I just wrote a new article at my photography blog twcdm.blogspot.com about picking a camera to use for stock photography.Here is an abridged version:A lot of photographers out there might be asking themselves, what kind of camera do I need to take stock photos?Really the only requirement for camera's among most stock sites are that they are at least 3MP (MP not MB, MP = Megapixel MB = Megabyte) or approx 2000x1500, not much bigger than a 4x6 photo.If your not sure if your photo... continue reading

Just hit 2,000 Sales!

Just hit 2,000 sales recently. Im pretty excited, hopefully many more to follow! Here is the 2,000th image I sold. continue reading

twcdm.blogspot.com POTD#2 (photo of the day)

Just started something new on my blog twcdm.blogspot.com Im calling it POTD (photo of the day) and as the name implies im going to be posting photos daily (or mostly daily) and giving a quick rundown of how I got the shot.Here is POTD #2The breakdown: I took this shot on a bright sunny day because I was going for a summer yard work theme. Because it was so bright out I used a big 40" reflector on my left side (opposite the sun) to bounce some of that light back on the front of the mower.... continue reading

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