As photographers, we all know that the sunrise action happens during a short period of time when the sun comes up. During the daylight hours, we scout what we think will be great locations. The next step being the early rise out of bed in the morning. Seems pretty simple, right?Well, if these locations are in a natural setting, there's a number of common sense items you should consider beyond camera settings and all the money you'll make off your images...Pack a flashlight! You scouted the... continue reading
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Welcome to our new monthly blog contest! You can win $300 (first place), $200 (second place) and $100 (third place).Our new theme is How-To: LocationsChoosing the right location for a shooting is often difficult. We spend days of research to find the perfect place that fits the concept. So in our new theme, we're looking to see how you spot the right photography locations and how you make the best out of it. Share your tips for on-location shooting... continue reading
Some of most successful stock photographers shoot exclusively with models. Photos with people tend to sell well, so if you haven't ventured into portraiture yet, maybe it's time you give it a try. But how and where can you find the models? Here's a few tips you can try. 1. Do it yourselfA lot of photographers found their first model from the bathroom mirror. While posing for yourself can be a little tricky and requires usually some trial-and-error, it can be made easier with some accessories... continue reading
Often we are trying to find the key or the answer to a lot of questions, but the truth is no one say what you need to listen. They talk about history, about meaning, but at the end, you don't understand anything. To create an effective call to action you need to understand a lot of concepts, know about your business, also you need to understand the market and the customer. If you are looking for a key, this is: Be ready to invest. Yes, it is. Invest of time and sometimes money. In the beginning,... continue reading
The days of the 3/4 studio portrait using a solid color background and classic 45 degree lights with hair accents have long since passed – thankfully. Today’s portraits are active, inventive, and most importantly personal.So whether you are doing a favor by taking the engagement pictures for your second cousin twice removed – or are looking to expand your business into portrait photography – here are some hints for capturing the personality of your subject in pictures.Know you subjectIn may... continue reading
I am an engineer. My freshman year in college, we were required to take a course called “English for Engineers”. I know that sounds like an oxymoron (see how I worked in a big word there), because technical people tend not to be able to express complex ideas in simple, easy to understand words.The same could be said for just about every profession or hobby. We live in a world with our own vernacular – which makes perfect sense to us, but may sound like Klingon to an outsider.When... continue reading
I always dreamed someday I would be on the cover of National Geographic. So when I saw my favorite magazine promote an online tool to create a “mock” magazine using my very own image – I knew I would finally be able to realize that dream.And while it may only be a spoof magazine cover, it sure gave me a thrill to see it, and I pranked quite a few of my friends with it as well! I wanted to be able to share that feeling with others, so if NatGeo is your dream publication as well, try their free... continue reading
The reason why your client hired you is because you are the expert and they need your help with their designs. Irrespective of what the project is, most clients do not have a complete picture of what their design pros and cons are. Despite this, they love to see their own idea win, it is a designer's responsibility to help them choose a better design while they still feel it's their own idea. At the same time your client needs to be conscious of your efforts and the effort it takes to perfect... continue reading
While framing your photo or a 3d composition, there is a struggle within an artist/photographer's mind as to where the horizon should be placed. Most seasoned photographers shoot at least 3 variations of their photos where the landscape is qualifying; high, low and mid horizon. Before we talk about all 3 and of course the "no horizon" scenario, let's talk about exposure.Exposure at different horizon levels: The most important yet an ignored topic in my opinion. Exposure changes... continue reading
The world was gripped by a football fever.The world Cup entered every home.Photostocks are also filled with pictures of football theme. But what can do the photographers who do not have the opportunity to attend matches of the championship and there is no any stadium in their neighborhood. They should never give up.And here are some tips that can help them. Method number one is the easiest one: You will need a soccer ball, green grass as the background (lawn optional) and a Sunny day.... continue reading
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