What’s new for lower and middle school in photos and illustrations this year? Home schooling is an increasingly popular alternative educational solution. Bullying is an urgent issue. Computers are everywhere at all levels even for the very youngest students.Home schooling is a relatively new aspect of American education. Over 2.2 percent of American children are now educated at home by their parents. In most homes that provide schooling, there is a designated ‘school room’ or area. Photographs... continue reading
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As fall approaches, the music and film communities begin preparation for the award season.Hollywood puts on the glam as the award shows build to the granddaddy of them all: the Academy awards. Unless you are credentialed or very clever paparazzi, you are not likely to be photographing the actual stars. But you can create shots that depict celebrity or sport success a even without that coveted spot on the riser or a backstage pass.Images of awards and trophies are always in demand as symbols... continue reading
Many times a business deal has been concluded over a pricey meal or in a coffee shop. Hundreds, if not thousands of cookbooks, are published every year.Entire magazines and web sites are devoted to recipes and cooking tips.Many charities and non-profit organizations self-publish cookbooks as fundraisers. There are so many different kinds of food preparation and cooking gadgets that entire mail order and retail stores are exclusively devoted to gadgets for the gourmet.... continue reading
Youth and sex have forever been used to promote and sell products and services.And sexy pixs are especially important to the calendar sector that isn't dominated by kittens (the more feline type) and gardens. I'm not an expert on what is sexy; that is gender specific and tied to sexual orientation, age, culture and personality.But I can give you some tips on how to make pictures that will have sex appeal AND still useful for some mainstream buyers.... continue reading
Keywording is both a science and an art. No matter what you call it, it can be the best cure for insomnia available outside of a bottle of sleeping pills. But without relevant keywords, images will be lost in remote territories and never be found.Here's a checklist that might help you stay on track and not miss good keywords. Try for 25 words (10 is the minimum) but stay away from extraneous words just to make a quota. It is highly... continue reading
With an explosion of medical advertising and health care issues often in the news in print and on the web, there is an increased demand for images of medical professionals. To produce images of doctors and nurses, it's not necessary to have access to a hospital.It's been my experience that the most popular image in the genre is a simple testimonial or spokesperson image:The addition of a white lab coat and a stethoscope are all the props... continue reading
Facial expressions send strong messages about what an image is trying to say...what the image is about.Unfortunately, a model's lack of expression can sometimes cause the photo to say next to nothing. One expression to avoid is the pouty-pouty runway model blank look that many people assume when being photographed. Both models below are engaged with the camera with strong facial or body language.If you are shooting something "fashiony"... continue reading
Yesterday I found myself on a long pier stretching far out into the Atlantic Ocean. An aggressive group of large pelicans were hanging around the end of the pier to snatch leftover fresh bait.These birds were fairly unafraid of the bystanders but to get close-up images of wild birds or animals without an expensive long lens, can be a challenge.The images above illustrate two different styles of photographing animals. I especially... continue reading
Before you arrive in a new location, do research. Looking at map is not enough. Nor are guidebooks necessary the only printed form of information at your fingertips. Get a compass so that you will be able to anticipate how the light will be at different times in the day in different locations. If your shooting location is near the tidal zones, look up the tide charts. Read as much as you can about the place not just in guidebooks but go to the web archives of travel magazines to learn what's new.... continue reading
I wouldn't say that I'm a professional photographer (yet). I'm still an amateur working their way up towards being a professional, because it's what I love to do. There is one vital tip, however, that I can impart upon everyone. It doesn't matter whether you are an amateur, hobbyist, professional. The one and only thing a good photographer must remember is to bring their camera with them EVERYWHERE they go. I learned this lesson the hard way. I can not begin to tell you how many times I... continue reading
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