While we might be eager to start with a professional camera and associated gear, our budget may not be so forthcoming on the subject. For those moments, it’s a very good idea to go and look for used gear and camera kit, especially the sweet deals where the equipment in question is sparingly used and in good shape. A lot of enthusiasts and consumers buy new camera and gear only to realise they don’t really use it much and are willing to part with their former passion for a fraction of original... continue reading
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Learning lighting techniques and don’t want to invest in high end equipment? Faced with a cash crunch yet need to do the perfect holiday shot? Don’t worry, good lighting does not have to result in your wallet taking a bullet. There are various ways to cut costs, get cheaper, more affordable equipment etc. etc. And then there is the JUGAAD! “Jugaad” is a Hindi word for a crude arrangement. This is how a lot of things are made to work for an unbelievably low budget in my country. There are Jugaads... continue reading
Browsing the photos and blogs of your fellow Dreamstime photographers is a profitable habit to get into. There is so much creativity and artistry on Dreamstime that will inspire your own images.I recently came across a great blog and a collection of black background animal portraits by Helgardas. Stunning work! Nothing but soulful faces peering out from the dark. I was inspired by the creativity to touch up a recent animal shelter photograph in the same manner.“Falcon” had been surrendered... continue reading
Ever felt frustrated because you’re unable to get out of a vehicle to take photos while passing through beautiful and interesting places? Fear the bluurr no more and join me clicking away on the move! These shots are some of my favorites – perhaps not absolute technical perfection but often unique. Here’s what works for me with a DSLR…Image: Denali National ParkGetting Ready for action:1)You want to freeze all motion - especially your own - so set your camera to Shutter... continue reading
You have an upcoming shoot, an idea, or just want to create professional grade photography where good lighting equipment is required but you just don't have the gear. A basic light kit can cost close to $1,000 which is way beyond your means, especially if it's just to shoot for a couple hours. Are there any options?Well, yes, of course there are options!First of all, do you know other photographers that you can contact? Perhaps you might know someone who will let you borrow their equipment.... continue reading
Business is the canonical stock subject. It's undoubtedly the most photographed, the most illustrated and the best sold concept to this date.There are more than 7.1 million results matching the 'business' search on Dreamstime. You might think it's a topic that's been dealt with exhaustively, that everything is already very well covered. Allow us to contradict this and assure you that the 'business' concept is far from meeting its end in the stock business.... continue reading
The Gorani, meaning Highlanders, is an Islamic ethnic group which inhabits the Gora region, located between Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia.The Gora region comprises Dragaš municipality in Kosovo, Shishtavec municipality in Albania and the area around the Šar Mountains in Macedonia. They are adherents to Islam and have a rich and varied folk culture. They have been claimed by Bosniaks, Serbs, Bulgarians and recently Macedonians, but the general view is that they should be treated as a distinct minority... continue reading
Who has never dreamed of extraordinary abilities to control inanimate matter, to overcome gravity, to prove that the laws of nature can be tamed. Oh yes, I will show you in a few easy steps how to do it ... no, no, no ... I do not mean closing your eyes and dreams, instead let's get ready for a photo walk.We will need magical equipment; a tripod, a cable time trigger (in the absence of an intervalometer, a friendly soul) and an object that we liven up (e.g. a book). Of course,... continue reading
Here are my Top 5 Elements of a Successful Shoot:1. A late call time2. Food (a filling breakfast)3. Food (a tasty lunch)4. Food (quality snacks)5. An early wrapOK, OK. Yes, that’s just the unicorn list, for laughs. Of course I know that not all shoot days will be quick and easy. And I know, I know, that there isn’t always the budget for full catering. However, this article is my opinion on what goes into a successful shoot. As a professional actor and model, I’ve... continue reading
Year after year, Valentine's Day has become more and more popular throughout the world, gaining new followers from the most diverse cultures.Apart from the obvious influence of western civilization spreading across the globe, I like to believe it's not just that, but also a more subtle reason, a thing of substance, and that is the inner meaning of this celebration: the willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love.Back in third century AD, a roman priest put his faith in... continue reading
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