When I was in the Philippines I was living in an apartment that was 15 minutes on foot far from the beach! This sounds too lucky. In fact it wasn't any of these marvelous beaches that you see tourists taking pictures in the Philippines, a country that is rich with tourism & magnificent beaches! The beach is actually crowded, not very clean, some areas were smelly, used as a fishing beach mostly, located near a poor area, i.e.: you barely could find any tourist on there.I've been there... continue reading
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Tip one: ResearchOnce you have decided when and where is your next desired travel destinationstart your research by searching the stock agency’s collection that you associate with to see what they have. Find out what types of images and locations are popular at your desired travel destination and where are the content gaps in your agency's collection.Tip two: PreparationBreak your travel destination itinerarydown by day, location, and sites you plan to visit. Create a list of specific scene... continue reading
I suspect that I am like most of the contributors to Dreamstime- not a photography professional (where photography is how I make a living), but a hobbyist who does this as a creative outlet on the side of my normal life and job.My actual profession sometimes requires a substantial amount of travel, most of which is NOT to places that would normally be considered exciting or exotic.In the past, I looked at “work travel” as something to be endured.I’m not sure exactly when my perspective... continue reading
Before I submit any image to Dreamstime these are the steps I take:1. First I select the best photograph of each subject series based on composition, lighting and sharpness. If it is not sharp already I don’t consider submitting it.2. Next I straighten and crop it in Photoshop to fit the rule of thirds.3. I then slightly reduce the shadows, if necessary using the Photoshop Shadows/Highlights function and a Shadows Amount of around 5-8.4. Next I enhance the lighting and colours... continue reading
All I can say was ...... HOLY MOLEY, that was a close one!Actually what I said was," HOLY $&@#%#! This is crazy fun!But only after 8 exposures, BAM! The largest lightning bolt I ever came face to face with, struck the Chicago skyline, right in front of me! It was one of the most scariest moments of my life while taking photos. But I knew I was able to captue it, the "once in a lifetime" shot! I raced back into the car and that's when the hail started coming down. In certain parts of... continue reading
So a while back I blogged about taking engagement pictures and my fear of it being a complete failure. Due to weather we've had to postpone several times and this weekend happens to be the perfect time! So Sunday I'm heading out and I've made a few preparations I wanted to share with you all. I don't know if any of you do any of this or just wing it but this is the game plan thus far, and if anyone has any suggestions or advice, feel free to speak up!1. I don't do posed photos so I've made a list... continue reading
Hello everybody,Now I just felt it's more than the right moment to write about this subject even I'm not feeling that well though... I like what I do ;)But before I start I just want to remind you that buyers can understand photography as well as the photographers! They just can not do it,or saving time or even it's cheaper to buy it than doing it! At least many are like this!Any photographer should make some preparations before shooting but what I'm going to talk about are few thoughts... continue reading
Earlier this year, whilst visiting Utah, I had my first real opportunity to photograph small-scale wildlife such as birds and squirrels. I thought I just had to pick a good spot, be unobtrusive and be patient, but after failing miserably the first time out I realised that I had to approach wildlife photography with a completely different mindset. I learnt that planning, preparation and patience is the key to success.Comfort is a main consideration as you will be waiting for a while to get the... continue reading
I recently completed a photo shoot for a client that was on a tight schedule. They had purchased some discounted ad space with a fast approaching "deadline for materials" date and wanted a photo that was fresh. After the main subject is selected, I try to get the best product sample that is available. In this case, my subject was a piece of metal industrial hardware. Being that their warehouse was on site, I select the best piece available with regards to cosmetics. The reality of some industrial... continue reading
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