Articles by Steveheap

Taking Nature Photos that sell!

While the subject of this blog contest is how to create breathtaking Nature and Wildlife photos, I thought I would say up-front that most of us have a conflicting desire. Yes, we want to create fantastic Nature photos, but we also want to create saleable images as well. Do those two desires go together? Yes and no - the best-selling images are not always the most beautiful. The best-selling ones are the ones that meet the needs of the buyers. So let’s dig deeper into what makes a great photo and... continue reading

Shooting Fireworks at National Events

Many countries have extravagant fireworks displays to celebrate major events. New Years is a popular one almost everywhere, Independence Day in the USA and many others. But how best to capture the excitement of those celebrations when everything seems to conspire against us photographers - it is dark, it is crowded, the fireworks are moving flashes of light and are very bright - what other challenges do we need!!The key starting point is to plan and then plan again! Images of fireworks in the dark... continue reading

Control your impulses (and your cash!)

As photographers, we love technology. We read reviews and magazines about the latest and greatest body and sometimes drool over the new lens that is released by our favorite manufacturer. After all, we see gorgeous images from leading professional photographers that use the latest equipment and get fantastic results. If only we had that lens, we could do the same!Of course, life is not like that! I’m no different in wanting to get the best image quality I possibly can even though I might rarely... continue reading

Emotion in Stock Photography - the missing element

When I saw the subject of this month's blog contest I first ignored it! I thought - I don't need to show emotion because I can create good technical images that other people can use to illustrate whatever story they are trying to create. In effect, they are the ones that need to think about emotions, not me!But then I thought about it some more - don't we always have some sort of story in our minds when we create an image? Or put another way - shouldn't we have a story in our mind?... continue reading

Travel Photography - is there a secret to success?

How do you achieve success as a travel stock photographer? The answer is relatively simple - you really need to treat it as your job, not your hobby. While this article is mainly about finding the best locations for your travel photography, I would also add that you need to work year round - adding studio shots, people shots, still life and perhaps even videos to get a portfolio that meets as many of the needs of the customers as you can manage.I'm a great believer in planning before I visit... continue reading

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