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Best Places to Photograph the Gorgeous Fall Foliage in Asia

Fall is one of the two seasons (the other is sprind) where shutterbugs go wild as nature bursts with vibrant colors from gold to red. The cue is to go where the trees are. But not just any trees. Oaks, maples, beeches, sweetgums, yellow-poplars, dogwoods, hickories, and some of the tree varieties with leaves changing colors are the fall season approaches.Takachiho Gorge, Miyazaki, Japan   Takachiho Gorge is a triangular gorge leading to a 17 meter high Minainotaki waterfall flowing... continue reading

How to make a difference for just one day

It is so easy in this hectic world to forget to stop occasionally and look outside ourselves for ways to give our fellow man a hand up every now and then.Since 1992, the fourth Saturday of October has been set aside as a National Day of Service meant to encourage average Americans to commit this one-day out of their lives to helping others.Make a Difference Day will be observed on October 28th this year.            And while service can be done by anyone at anytime, having... continue reading

Tips to Rock your next Facebook Cover Image

Admit it, unless you live under a rock, you have used Facebook for at least some of your daily life.But what you may not want to admit is what kind of user you are.   Are you the “post every detail of your day from sun rise to sun set” kind of user?Or maybe you are the “I have an opinion and I just have to share it” user?Possibly you fall into the “I just want my friends and family to know where I am and what I’m doing” kind of user.Do you simply troll others online,... continue reading

When to upload holiday images

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, everyone!   Oh, you don’t know? It may be September, but in stock photography world, it’s Christmas already. Let me explain.We all know that uploading seasonal photos can provide a nice, recurring, steady income if done right. Right? Well, probably the most important part of doing it right is timing.Two things to consider regarding timing: 1. (For photographers) time needed to get noticed and 2. (For buyers) time needed for clients who notice... continue reading

An Ode to the Mighty Vegetable

October 1st finds us celebrating World Vegetarian Day.There is so much more to eating vegetarian than just eating vegetables; vegetarian means simply eating no meat, no meat except fish for the "pescatarian", or no animal products at all for the strict "vegan".Which means a vegetarian diet includes lots of beautiful and healthy fruits, grains, beans, and nuts.But it is the vegetable that lends its name to this day, so let us use it to celebrate the mighty vegetable in pictures.The beauty... continue reading

How to create dessert pictures that really take the cake

Chef’s will tell you that you eat first with your eyes – meaning that food must look as good as it tastes.And that holds double when you are the photographer of those mouth-watering desserts we all love so much.Open any magazine or search online for the perfect dessert recipe, and you’ll find images that almost leap off the page and onto your fork.The dirty little secret of food photographers is they often have a team of chefs and food stylists working behind the scenes to help create... continue reading

Four Steps to Taking Great Photos of Stars and the Milky Way

There are some great opportunities, and challenges, in photographing the night sky. This is especially true if you want to include the Milky Way as in this photo below. Here are four steps to make it easier for you.1. Plan the location.You are looking for the darkest sky possible. In order to capture the Milky Way you will need to find a south facing location (in North America) where you are at least twenty miles or so away from a city or town. Plus the scene should ideally have no light sources... continue reading

10 reasons to love bacon

Maaan, I don't know about you but I love bacon. A bit smoked, a bit crispy, with that gorgeous sound it makes in the pan, bacon has driven many people crazy since the first time it was introduced in the cookery. Now, I know that many nutritionists and doctors are preaching that bacon is unhealthy, but there's this little voice in me that tells me these:1. The asparagus/avocado/green beans/pimientos I'm eating tastes better if it's wrapped in bacon slice. 2. The pea/pumpkin/beans/corn... continue reading

The flowering road to Arizona

We planed a road-trip to see deserts and Saguaros in Tucson, Arizona. To our surprise, there are more than desert and Saguaros in Arizona during springtime. Nature presents many flowers to us in Sonoran Desert. The road to Arizona is full of flowers.Palo Verde, The state tree of Arizona:  Ocotillo:  Cactus flowers:  Saguaros:   continue reading

4 Ways to Use Visual Micro Content in Ecommerce

 Micro content, this phrase that has been around so much in the past few years but nobody seems to be able to put the finger on what it actually means. Let’s give it a try too.This type of content was firstly used in a UX context, in order to describe a longer piece of content and add clarity to an interface or encourage a desired behavior, as Jakob Nielsen says.Dr. Mike Baxter describes micro content as being “the content that persuades and enables prospects to complete a transaction,... continue reading

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