I have begun to see my life through "new eyes" after these past few months of taking, submitting and studying stock images. I think this new vision is something very beneficial for anyone to acquire. It is a new appreciation for everyday things! Yes! I now am entering a world of nuances and seeing it makes the so called "mundane world" intriguing, exciting and beautiful!I am realizing I am surrounded by beauty! I was just at the laundry mat because I am traveling (as usual) and the old scratched... continue reading
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Is it true? What do you mean? revisited from © Ricky Yates :-Dfollow on http://rickyyates.com/how-to-be-czech-in-10-easy-steps/A few months ago, a British friend who has lived in Germany for many years, alerted me to this online article entitled, ‘How to be German in 20 easy steps’. It is written by a British man who is obviously trying to become accepted in the country in which he is now resident. The article had both Sybille and I in stitches :-) But ever since reading it, I have been... continue reading
Master to Grasshopper: "When you can snatch pebble from hand, it will be time for you to go."The old television series KUNG FU in many ways mirrors the artist journey, including the genre of photography. KUNG FU was essentially the story of a single journey for discovering the inner self. It was a desire for wisdom, knowledge, and figuring out a way to become wise and knowledgeable while overcoming prejudice and ignorance.One thing many people overlook in KUNG FU is Grasshopper was not the... continue reading
Picturing glass was one of my first works in studio, actually it's not so hard if you have glass only on tabletop but if you have something from steel or some other material it can be difficult. There are two types of picturing glass. One is as I call it "through the glass" and the other is on the glass. What that means? First "through the glass" means that you will light your object through it, for example put your glass at the glass surface. Than put white paper as a background but spread it also... continue reading
One of my favorite photography blogs, www.strobist.blogspot.com, featured an article on food photography this past summer.I had always imagined food photography to be a simple process.However, the steps described in the article revealed an elaborate and complex art form.Shortly afterwards, Strobist announced a challenge, “For this assignment, you should be looking to create a mood -- to make a photo that would look at home on the cover of a high-end food magazine.”Searching my cupboards... continue reading
Call this,if you like, a "Photographer's Notebook" -these are lessons learned in almost 50 years of photography-aimed mainly at the beginner in the game of stock; But hopefully more advanced practitioners may pick up a trick, or wrinkle here and there. Regards, KenI believe it is best to take baby steps- So before you do anything, take these Three steps:A)Set your Focusicons - detach lens, (so you are adjusting focus on focus point, not image) - adjust dioptre (next to viewfinder)... continue reading
I was reminded on this trip just how much I enjoy photographing people practicing asanas. Yoga Flow, in Tucson, was a beautiful space designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, but it posed a number of photographic challenges. The circular shape of the space was lovely, and it had skylights and windows all around, but many of the materials used for the interior were industrial and not very photogenic. It was winter and the sun was at a low angle so the natural light, which most likely floods the... continue reading
Unfortunately I don't have real studio,it is just improvised studio with table lamps and white mat paper.But think for my first time it was ok,and I hope it would be better.I used two lamps covered with white paper and lighting bulb of 5400K and 30W.For picturing model I used one lamp positioned little above my head on right side of model,and second was on the left side little beyond the model.It was cloudy so I opened my windows to catch natural light.It quite same for picturing note paper,only I... continue reading
No doubt most people here have seen those wonderful food photos in many of the popular food magazines.So who does buy food photographs at Dreamstime and how do they compare to the major publications?I have sold a bunch of food photos but the only feedback I got on one of mine was that it was used in a video clip.Generally speaking I think the food shots here compare favorably with those in most of the magazines.The only difference is that the magazine shots may feature some of the more sophisticated... continue reading
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