Articles by Sebastian Czapnik

Tip of the Week: Why blurring people's faces is a bad idea

Do you have a crowd photo and are you tempted to blur all those faces and submit your image as Royalty Free? Please take a moment to read this, there are better ways!Royalty Free license seems to be more attractive for sellers as it caters for a wider usage than Editorial format does. Each RF image must be usable at any size, so a simple removing people's faces from a photo depicting a cityscape might seem to be a minor altering, but when a buyer wants to print it large, those small faces become... continue reading

Tip of the week: How to make your food camera friendly

You are about to have a great meal, this plate looks delicious! How to take a photo of it that would look equally mouth-watering? Here are some tips.1. LightingFood looks best when it's lit from behind or from a side, with natural light. Place your subject near a window and try different angles. Avoid on-camera direct flashlight, it will make your food look ugly and unappetizing. If you're going to have lunch in a restaurant, equipped with a mobile phone only, choose a table near a window... continue reading

How to Shoot Indoor Sport Events?

You love attending your gym or sports arena to watch sports events? Ever wondered how to get decent photos out of it? Here are some tips.Sitting among other sports fans on the benches, having only a pocket camera or a mobile phone will get you only wide angle general view of the interior, with the players far away. While this kind of images might also sell, let’s get more adventurous and closer to the action.Preparation Stage:1.Obtain a permit to photograph from the closest possible spots, such... continue reading

Ideas on sea and ocean photos

It’s summer holiday time, perfect timing to learn some tips on how to shoot sea and ocean images. There’s so much more than just a pretty sunset.Seasides are rich in subjects: high cliffs, pointy rocks, rough waves, calm bays, beaches, crowded fish markets, lighthouses, unique dune plants, flotsam abstracts, underwater scuba diving, surfers in action are just a few of what you can get busy with while at the sea or ocean. Make yourself a list of the things mentioned here and you’re guaranteed... continue reading

How to Photograph Lightning

Have you ever wondered how to shoot a lightning? Tried, but no success? Here are some tips that will make you a lightning chaser.First, gather the necessary equipment. Apart from a camera with a preferably wide angle lens, you will need a good, stable tripod and an optional remote shutter controller. Second, find a location. The action will take place mainly in the sky, but the rest of the scene should be interesting too. Think of the lightning as the main star of your show and find an interesting... continue reading

How to Shoot Rivers and Waterfalls

Are you planning a trip to a waterfall park or does that nice river in your neighborhood deserve a great photo? Here are some tips on camera settings options you have.First, make sure you will have a tripod with you. Although we’ll discuss some options without one, a tripod or even placing your camera on a steady base will open a wide variety of effects you can achieve.Second, set your camera to Tv mode (Shutter Speed Priority). This will be your main adjustment tool, as flowing water... continue reading

What are the Best Camera Settings for Sunsets?

Have you ever been tempted to take a successful and appealing sunset photo? Here you will find a few tips on your camera settings that will make you a sunset shooter master.First, think of the subject you are going to shoot and your position with the camera a couple of minutes before the actual sunset. The setting sun is quite fast, the light conditions change swiftly, you will want to be prepared and waiting for the sun rather than nervously looking for the best spot. Second, set the camera to Av... continue reading

Camera Setting Tips for Portraits

Portraits can be very diverse, from traditional mugshots to low key black-and-whites, moody blurs, dramatic multi speedlights scenes, you name it. Camera settings can be varied too, so let’s take a closer look at a traditional portrait, one that could serve as your social media image or could be found in a graduates book and see which settings work best.Basic settings:First, we will focus on model’s eyes. We’ll always want some softness to emphasize the eyes even more, so let’s set Aperture... continue reading

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

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