What makes for an attractive and engaging image has as much to do with the background as it does with the main subject of the image. More often than not, the simpler the background is the better the composition. Studio based images of models and objects rarely incorporate complex backgrounds for this reason.That’s all very well and good, but we don’t all work in the controlled environment of a photography studio and even those who do, rarely take pictures exclusively there. So we need to think... continue reading
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You have an upcoming shoot, an idea, or just want to create professional grade photography where good lighting equipment is required but you just don't have the gear. A basic light kit can cost close to $1,000 which is way beyond your means, especially if it's just to shoot for a couple hours. Are there any options?Well, yes, of course there are options!First of all, do you know other photographers that you can contact? Perhaps you might know someone who will let you borrow their equipment.... continue reading
Someone recently asked me on Quora how much can they earn from microstock photography. Since this is a common question and the answer is kind of "it's complicated", I'm posting here the complete article about my view on the current state of the industry.Stock photography was born as a method to generate passive income from work-for-hire photography that didn’t make it through the client’s editing team. These shots were previously destroyed or archived (100% film... continue reading
You may think that riding a bike with four tiny school children on the back is crazy but actually a fifth would have fitted in front of the driver!Three adults on a "piki-piki" (a motorcycle-taxi) is normal standard here in Kenya for an experienced driver but with small children you see the whole thing differently. Actually it would be an easy task for the traffic police to stop this nonsense if they would do their job as supposed. Unfortunately corruption is deeply rooted in the... continue reading
Rio's Carnival just started yesterday. Venice's Carnival is already in full swing. That means the big shabang, the biggest party of the year in the Big Easy, is right around the corner. That's right, I'm talking about Mardi Gras, the party you'll never forget, but probably won't remember.Even if you’re poorer than a po'boy and can't afford to get over to one of the big city shindigs for Carnival or Mardi Gras, that's alright. There are... continue reading
As I commented in my former post Birds of Sierra Aitana, the Pais Valencia or Autonomous Community of Valencia in the Spanish Levante has a surprising offer for wildlife photographers, both in organised trips and in photo hides as it is the case in this article. A little bit more in the interior of the province Alicante, in the mountain range of Sierra Maiola, the Fundación Victoria Laporta offers several hides for birds and also two for wild Mouflons, a species which was introduced in the nineties... continue reading
Starting out in photography, one can quickly become overwhelmed with the terminology.Photographers use their vernacular as comfortably as a first language, but for someone starting out, especially when starting in the world of stock photography, they may as well be speaking Klingon. To help the newcomers to Stock Photography, I’ve compiled a list of some of the most commonly used terms in a handy reference guide.Aberration – An imperfection like chromatic aberration, which shows itself... continue reading
Christmas 2014 has come and gone and this past year saw some new decorations especially at the Ellipse in Washington DC next to the White House.New for this year are computer controlled lights that change the colors of the small Christmas trees.Each one of these small trees represents a state.The larger main tree has a red ribbon around it.There are many other photo opportunities as well from cheerful groups of people, bands playing Christmas music outdoors and of after Christmas sale signs... continue reading
Applies to: Canon EOS digital Rebel DSLR cameras, general concept applies to entire line of Canon DSLRsThere is a lot of confusion regarding the highlight tone priority and how it works. The internet is full of misleading and completely weird information on the subject while Canon does not actually reveal anything much in the camera user manuals. So here are the common questions answered very clearly as facts. I have verified these myself after consulting Canon's firmware operations and carrying... continue reading
As a photography beginner, this question is always in my mind recently. Although a good photo depends mainly on your photographic skills, ideas and composition of a photo, etc., I find that a better lens and camera really help in many occasions.While some top models of camera can use higher ISO such as 3200 to take a photo without much noise problem, my current camera encounters significant noise problem when ISO is pushed to 800 or above. In some harsh conditions with inadequate light, I can'... continue reading
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