Cheesy selfies. Pictures of food and drink. Horrible photography. That might be the general opinion of what Instagram has to offer. Why would a real photographer waste his or her time with this social media platform? After all, you get to post just one single link and that's in your profile that gets visited a relatively low percentage of the time.Well, don't ignore this app completely. There just might be some benefits. There is some great photography to ingest in this community and what... continue reading
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This year’s BIUPC takes place between 2200 on Friday the 31st of August and 2200 on Saturday the 1st of September. Photos must be taken within the geographic boundaries of the British Isles and submitted within this 24 hour window, with very limited postproduction allowed. Each competitor can submit 2 images, underwater wide-angle or macro, plus an additional image for mankind's impact on the environment. Selecting the right location for photography focused diving in such a tight timeframe... continue reading
I like to write romance novels and Dreamstime is the perfect location for me to look for potential book covers because I’m looking to publish independently. There are so many images that have potential for me that it took me six hours to choose the one I want to use for my first cover.But for me, what would a perfection location be for this type of photo? Personally, I would choose a small country town, with quaint old buildings and maybe one traffic light. A place where traffic isn’t an issue... continue reading
I joined Dreamstime in 2015 but my camera wasn't up to the required standard so I didn't start actively uploading until about 2 years ago. It was quite a learning experience when I started with virtually no knowledge of what was required and that showed in my acceptance percentage in the first 3 months of about 50% which was pretty abysmal!! I read a lot of blogs and listened to advice from other Dreamstime members which all helped to get me on the right path. I learned... continue reading
On the mountainsI'm Italian, I love the Alps and I think that mountains are excellent locations for shooting.In the mountains, as in any other place, you are the artists and the creators of your photos.There are no strict rules ... but here are some tipsSubjectsIn the mountains there are many subjects: flowers, trees, rocks, animals, landscapes, rivers and lakes, rural buildings and even modern buildings, people, tourist attractions and even little objects you could... continue reading
When it comes to photographing sites around your location, it should be noted that it's a difficult task to get any sales at all. For example, let's say you live in Paris, France. The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre come to mind, but let's face it. Millions of tourists come to these venues every year and take millions of pictures which means the online stock sties are glutted with these images. To make matters worse, there are hundreds of images like these in the public domain. With so... continue reading
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
I recently finished a shoot for a stock video with a working title "Meeting Zeus". Sounds epic, doesn't it? Actually Zeus himself was only about 10 cm (4 inches) tall chess piece, part of a chess set which originally was a souvenir from a trip to Athens, Greece. Not so epic in reality but carefully chosen camera angle and some post production magic can make a huge difference.I have always loved the hand painted Greek mythology figures of the set and wanted to try to bring... continue reading
Almost any location is good for a visionary photographer. Some camera settings make the vision pop and the result is dynamic. What is it that makes that happen? Light and color.Have you ever noticed that natural objects like metal, wood and rock have much more color when you post-process them for vibrancy? Digital photography has the extraordinary ability to "see" color deeper and richer than we do with our natural eye. The colors are there and exposing the image just right will bring those... continue reading
Hello, everyone! It's my first post, so, please be kind!Sincerely, I'm not here to really win the prize, but, when I saw the theme I thought that I could share some of my opinions based on almost 10 years of photography.So, let's dig in! Putting aside all the technical stuff about gear, there is another component that is about esthetic. And here we come to composition and LOCATION. What location is best? Short answer: ANY! BUT, because there's always a BUT, there are more... continue reading
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