Have you stopped at the most wonderful looking views, clicked it with your camera only to find it not even close to the real thing. Our eyes see differently than our camera and while you could snap a picture that looked good to the eyes in real, it may be dull in the photo. One has to get down to the level of the camera to take some really breath taking photos of stuff as boring as the kitchen sink.Framing the shot correctly is probably the most important thing you can improve upon. I would recommend... continue reading
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The Dutch Railways realises that railway stations form an important part of the center of cities. I guess that is one of the reasons that the architecture of the railway stations is regarded as extremely important. Rotterdam Central Station is no exception. It was officially opened in March 2014. A year later I took this picture. It is one of my best selling pictures, especially in 2015. The most recent sales was this week. Here the original picture, it was taken with my Nikkor 16-35mm... continue reading
Time and time again I see articles about tips and/or advice for newbies, written by... well, newbies. When I read a blog that might contain new, useful info, I check the source. I look at the author's profile page, his online files/sales ratio but most importantly at the quality of his work. And in many cases I find that they have a small portfolio, very few sales and not so great images.Which doesn't necessarily mean they're wrong about what they have to say, but after four years in the business... continue reading
You noticed a bear inside a cave just before evening. You recall seeing a duplicate of this shot in the last National Geographic magazine. You bring your thousand dollar camera up with a proud telephoto lens sticking out a couple feet and set ISO to 200 only to find shutter speed showing 4 seconds. Okay, no problem, Set ISO to 800. Still a shutter speed of 1 second. But the bear is licking its belly. Stock photo sites usually don't tolerate tongue blurs. No worries. ISO 25600. Now you got a shutter... continue reading
Newbies: Please skip the article if it scares you. If you are in doubt about WB or exposure, ALWAYS shoot in RAW.The photographers of advanced levels of knowledge about color representation and compression surely know that RAW files contain a huge amount of additional useful data as compared to a JPEG. A RAW may contain 14 or 16 or sometimes 32 bits of data per color channel. A 16 bit TIFF contained from a RAW of equal bit depth would give you (2^16)(2^16)(2^16) unique colors and intensities.... continue reading
The term “Straight Out of Camera” is often being used in the photography community but it’s also a subject of debate, something that’s totally uncalled for.Straight Out of Camera (SOOC) means exactly what you understood it as. It just means the result (photo) was as it is, straight from the camera.Why “Straight Out of Camera”?With RAW files you can adjust pictures any way you like. With presets, you can apply to all your photos. Why bother SOOC?Trainers, workshop conductors,... continue reading
The age of digital photography has given me a problem that would not have occurred back in the film and darkroom era – namely, repetitive motion injury from processing images on the computer in Photoshop.Hence, my upload of work over the next while will be very small as I am to avoid computer use.My computer set-up is ergonomically correct, yet it still happened.Voice activated Photoshop hasn’t arrived yet, so I am not sure how to proceed if I still wish to process my images.I am sure... continue reading
For as far as I remember, I have always shot in RAW and in Manual mode, But as new technology gets better, I cant help but notice that there are other stock photographers who set it on Auto and are able to get soo much photos online.I guess it would make sense because they have less processing time.Do you shoot in Auto or Manual? Also do you post process your photos? thoughts and ideas? continue reading
Don't have a DSLR that produces very high quality images? Read on!Modern DSLR cameras are highly flexible, fast and produce RAW format images which contain all the data produced by the image sensor. That means none of your data is lost and most of the adjustments can be done later to achieve impressive results. But what if you only have highly compressed JPEG images only? What if you shot a photo at 14MP and it is hardly 2MB in size?That simply means you lost a LOT of color information because... continue reading
First, let me explain my experience with post-processing to give you an idea of my skill level.I began with Photoshop 3 with a little instruction from a colleague and upgraded to Photoshop 4 when I had the opportunity a little later on.In time, I felt Photoshop was just too vast to learn fluently with the little time I could allocate to photography and especially post-processing.However, I found most of the changes I cared about were within the Camera RAW plugin found within all versions of... continue reading
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