Starting a new venture is often a stressful experience. For all the excitement surrounding the birth of a fledgling business, there is also plenty of stress and worry, which is to be expected when bringing any idea to fruition. Something that can easily take the edge off some of this stress, is making sure the basics are done correctly, and in the modern world, that means making sure your digital footprint is a good fit. Your digital footprint, when it comes to business, is everything that is online... continue reading
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Your project is almost ready, your sweat and toil has paid off and you've narrowed down on your stock photos. Now the most important question on your mind is "What Size Image Should I Download for My Project?".You do not want the results to look blurry when it prints, or unnecessarily slow down your web pages while spending credits when you needn't!To print or not to print: Does your project involve printing out on paper? Is it a presentation to a group of people... continue reading
One of the most confusing aspects for new contributors to stock photography is when and what type of release is required when submitting images to an online stock agency. Let’s deal with the Model Release first (and save the Property Release for later).The simple answer to this question is ALWAYS obtain a model release if possible. The more complete answer is that a valid Model Release is required for all images in commercial applications when there are recognizable people present. Now... continue reading
In my last article, “Documenting History and Amplifying Voices" I reflected on the excitement of documenting and disseminating current events through editorial photography. Yet, as I was choosing the photos to accompany the article I started to ask myself, "Am I putting myself in danger when seeking those supercharged, raw and real emotions?"As I said before, maybe it's the actress in me, but what I most love about editorial photography is capturing heightened, uncensored emotions.... continue reading
Almost always I read in photography tutorials to keep my ISO as low as possible and if necessary, use tripod to allow slower shutter speed, and let in more light to the camera sensor. But is it always necessary to use a tripod? In the end everyone must admit, that is quite limiting, especially when we are talking about flexibility and creativity. Ok, maybe modern tripods are more adjustable, but still you need time to set everything up. Is that necessary?I believe in using a tripod in few examples:... continue reading
Did you consider starting a Facebook marketing campaign for your business or brand? What do you think about Facebook ads? Did you think about using stock photography for your campaigns?Facebook is the most popular social networking platform ever with tw billion monthly active users, a milestone that seemed almost impossible a decade ago. We are talking about double the size of Instagram and Twitter put together, which means that when it comes to marketing, Facebook is still the first choice... continue reading
Since the dawn of human civilization, visual representations were the first choice when people needed to narrate stories, show emotions and depict facts. There are several ancient caves that prove to us, that visual imagery was probably the first form of non-verbal communication among early representatives of our kind.Push the fast forward button and get thousands of years into the future only to realize the same things: visual representation of facts and emotions is still the number... continue reading
What does your visual content strategy look like? A few random images on Facebook? A short video on Instagram Stories once a week? A SlideShare presentation that you created a long time ago that you republish every day?Visual content is getting a lot of attention these days because the big platforms such as Facebook, Snapchat, LinkedIn and others are betting on how to create content that help you engage more.But also, according to Brain Rules, 65% of people remember a piece information if... continue reading
It's an exciting moment, you have 50 images in your portfolio and are ready to submit a photo for the first time to the monthly assignment contest!But wait. . .do you click Sell the Rights or Upgrade this photo to Level 5?What do these options mean? Let's talk about what you should consider when you think about selling the rights to one of your photos.If you have a photo that is accepted to one of the Assignments, it is a high-quality image that represents a concept well and is most likely going... continue reading
** Disclaimer: Before I begin, I need to make it clear that none of the stunning images contained in this post were taken by me! **I read somewhere this week that cassette tapes are going to be making a comeback in 2016. This got me to thinking about the sort of images that are likely to be in demand this year too. Technology is always in high demand, and so it is logical that photos, vectors and illustrations of technology should also be. Even though I know this, and I like to... continue reading
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