I love the smell of coffee in the morning, the smell of freshly baked bread, the smell of citrus, the smell of the ocean. Same as most of us, I guess.I also love the smell of fixer and whenever I get that pungent vinegarish pinch in my nose, I feel like I'm time-travelling back to my early days as a photographer, some twenty years ago, straight into the magic red room, the mysterious darkroom, a special place full of wonderful memories. The feeling I get when I develop a... continue reading
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Googling around I found that the majority of photographers concentrates on nature and its representations... I also noticed that a good quantity of microstock photos are picturing animals and landscapes. Despite of what sells more, it's good that every photographer does what it's better for his skills, and not that he tries to emulate others. I myself feel better when shooting dog breeds, and you can find some tips about it here. The main important thing in doing naturalistic photography... continue reading
With the rise in popularity of the digital camera, today there are millions of devices offering digital photography as a basic capability. Of course, a smartphone that doubles as a digital camera is not the professional’s most preferred piece of equipment but a phone camera does have some significant advantages that make it a highly recommended tool for photographers.The "indirect" benefits------------------------------Carrying a smartphone to the field assists your... continue reading
Creating Art with the Camera You Have, Not the Camera You WantPhotographers often feel as if they’re caught in something of a rat race – the race to get the best camera, the perfect optics and thousands of dollars of accessories, equipment and editing software that will help create the best possible images. However, at a certain point, we all have to stop and think: Is it the camera or the photographer that is responsible for creating works of art? Eve Arnold answered that question... continue reading
Most of my work is in the wildlife realm, but I also enjoy shooting landscapes from time to time as well. Since I bought a Canon 7D last fall I have needed an APS-C wide angle and so I decided to pick up the Canon EF-S 10-18mm lens.As do many of you, I went to many of the hot-spots on the internet to look at the specs and reviews which seem to be everywhere.It was touted as having excellent optics and a decent build quality so I had quite a level of expectation built up as to how this lens would... continue reading
I have been asked two different times recently as to how to get started in wildlife photography and how my photographs are so sharp? I of course gave the obligatory answers about shutter speed, aperture, a good tripod and practice, but this has unfolded into larger questions for me. How can a person become a proficient wildlife photographer on a budget?How can he take sharp images without spending 10,000 dollars on equipment?Is this even a possibility?So for the next several weeks I... continue reading
Almost all mobile devices like phones and tablets are equipped with a camera in them. Modern devices are capable of very good images, and best of all, you will almost always have your phone with you. However, mobile devices can be more sensitive to the conditions around you than big cameras with large sensors and better optics. Here are a couple of tips that might help you take better photos with your device.First, before you even think about taking a photo, take a look at the camera... continue reading
My first Sony mirrorless was the NEX-3. When Sony first released their NEX system, it had a total of just three lenses. A pancake 16mm F2.8, a standard zoom 18-55mm F3.5-F5.6 and a do-all zoom 18-200mm. I was using the Sony DSLR-A550 at the time, which by DSLR standard was considered a lightweight body, especially when paired with native Sony A-mount lenses. The NEX-3 impressed me in so many ways, despite its many limitations (fixed auto ISO range, an insanely complicated menu structure,... continue reading
If you been shooting images for any amount of time you are certainly familiar with f-stops and apertures.The f-stop is a ratio between the focal length of a lens and the size of the physical aperture opening in the lens.The longer the lens (telephoto) the larger the physical aperture size to maintain a similar exposure.A related concept from the motion picture industry is the concept of the t-stop.This is related to a f-stop, in that they both have the same physical size and depth of... continue reading
This was my first ever planned shot....and I had shot this especially for uploading on Dreamstime. And tonight it sold. :)And this was also my 4th uploaded shot on Dreamstime. At that time I was finding this site TOTALLY frustrating. It was like there is no hope. I was getting rejections after rejections for poor lens quality and compression artifacts and a thousand other things I never really could understand. I had signed up just before I turned 18 hoping to earn big. (Now I have been on here... continue reading
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