Lots of blog talk lately about what differentiates a pro from an amateur.If an image has what it takes, I don’t care who took it. Could be a top photographer or my Aunt Nellie: it’s a professional image. But on the over all career level, it’s usually the light that separates the pro from the am.Top career photographers have to consistently execute tough assignments.The best professional advertising and editorial photographers relentlessly meet challenges posed by demanding conditions... continue reading
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Anyone with a camera can take a good snapshot, a photographer can frame the image, make sure the lighting is correct and keep the viewers interest.An artist sees something different in every subject.Making the ordinary EXTRAORDINARY.Lets look at what can change an image, starting with details.The image below is a detail shot of and ordinary plastic flower pot with ordinary plants inside.When the sunlight hits this pot at a certain angle, the pot becomes see through and the plants cast... continue reading
Congratulations on having your first images accepted at Dreamstime. Keep up the good work and many more to come!To improve your future uploads and continue with a high approval rate, here are some tips based on our extensive experience in microstock imagery review. You will find below info on lighting, exposure, composition, legal documents and many more:1. Composition has to always make your subject stand out in the image. Having the subject in the middle of your image will flatten it out... continue reading
Getting that perfect shot can be difficult. There are a number of different variables that come into play that can make or break whether that shot is National Geographic worthy, such as lighting, motion, gear, and even the camera case. These tips are designed to help you get the best shot possible, not matter what the situation.1. Know the LightThe first thing you should do is assess where the light is coming from and use that to your advantage. Whether the light is natural or... continue reading
A couple of years ago I started with portrait photography. It was quite a challenge to find out what I wanted and how to communicate that to my models. I was in the lucky position that I knew my models before starting portrait photography. So, it was easy to have a conversation to make them feel more relaxed. In the meantime, I have quite a few pictures of them on Dreamstime, and they are selling reasonably well (60+ sales). Here are some more portrait pictures.Lighting was one thing that fascinated... continue reading
Fashion photography is not for the faint of heart. It requires vision, style and hard work. Whether you are just beginning your fashion photography career or right in the middle of it, these tips will work for you!Be ConfidentDon’t be afraid to tell your models exactly what you want. Fashion photography is creative and only you can convey your artistic ideas to your models. Let them and your assistants or co-workers know what the result should look like. Consequently, they will know just... continue reading
I have set a goal of getting pictures of as many presidential contenders as I can before the Iowa caucus.I started with Donald Trump.Looking at the stage lighting, I wasn't sure what to do as it was fairly dark and I have a hard time hand holding my camera for long exposures.I decided on a combination of open aperature, underexposure, and higher ISO.The settings that gave me the best results were an f-number of 5.6, -2.33 on exposure and ISO of 640 or 800.Then I brought back a bit of... continue reading
Natural light.I often hear photographers say they ONLY work with natural or available light.To me, that means one of two things.They have either found a way to channel the creative genius of Ansel Adams – or they have yet to master the art of the strobe. Flash or strobe lighting turns pictures into photographs.It allows you to control the impact of elements in a frame, to bring life to the eyes of a subject and to control the feeling and mood of the overall image.And it’... continue reading
Hey! Spring time, gardens, gardens, gardens. I am sure I am not the only one thinking of it. Gardens sells very well in stock photography business. But on the other hand, it is very hard to sell a picture of garden. I guess one reason is that there are too many good ones online already. How much I love gardens? My first pictures online were gardens. I have about 400 pictures of gardens in less than 3 years, but only about 20% of them made sales. That is a low percentage. Don't you love and hate them?... continue reading
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