Rules are meant to be broken:Its often considered an unwritten rule that photography locations are best shot during certain times of the day i.e golden hour or blue hour (in layman's terms, couple of hours before sunrise or sunset, or an hour after sunset, respectively).The truth is photography locations, while they put on their tuxedos and look their dandiest at those times of day, still offer something more in the not so popular times of the day, like 12 pm in the heat of the boiling... continue reading
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Sometimes we need text to do more than just convey a message. Sometimes it needs to be a design element all of it’s own. Photoshop provides a wealth of tools to add pop to text in an image. Here are just a couple techniques to try in your designs.Photoshop basic toolsThe easiest effects to use are the native text editing tools in Photoshop. Layer Style - First spend some time playing around with the Layers Style (fx icon in Layers Panel) dialogue which proves a host of options for adding... continue reading
Have you thought your pictures would make a great action film poster? Or maybe drama is more the genre of your shots. Whatever type of feature flick you prefer, it is fast and easy to create an epic movie poster from your favorite images.Choose your toolWhether you are creating a spoof movie poster to promote an event such as a family picnic, to memorialize a moment like the birth of a child, you simply want to create a new spin on an old classic for your own entertainment, or are looking to expand... continue reading
Any photo will instantly seem more professional if it has a good perspective. One aspect of this is having straight lines that look harmonious and guide the eye of the viewer into the points of interest in the image. Image where the horizon or architectural lines are skewed look hastily taken and can make the viewer feel like the walls are coming down on them. But not to worry, these tips will help you avoid those vertigo-inducing shots forever! 1. Learn to keep your camera straightSounds obvious,... continue reading
I always dreamed someday I would be on the cover of National Geographic. So when I saw my favorite magazine promote an online tool to create a “mock” magazine using my very own image – I knew I would finally be able to realize that dream.And while it may only be a spoof magazine cover, it sure gave me a thrill to see it, and I pranked quite a few of my friends with it as well! I wanted to be able to share that feeling with others, so if NatGeo is your dream publication as well, try their free... continue reading
We all know how limiting our smartphone cameras can be and how we have learned to accept average video and photos from the "smart" phones thinking this is the best we may get. There are ways however to "Shoot Cinema Quality Video Using Your Smartphone". Let's explore how we can overcome the weakness of small sensor, soft shutters, limited aperture etc. & make some great videos. Who knows if your next video can be a hit on dreamstime and get you some good cash!Check your... continue reading
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
Going to the lake can be very fun for people and families, whether its fishing, boating, or even soaking in some sun on the beach the lake has always been a hot travel spot from people for centuries. When the suns just right and the waters got that beautiful glow to it it is a perfect storm for a stock photographer because you can capture that image and only have to do little and sometimes no editing at all to the image and have a beautiful completed stock photo.On bright sunny days you can... continue reading
While framing your photo or a 3d composition, there is a struggle within an artist/photographer's mind as to where the horizon should be placed. Most seasoned photographers shoot at least 3 variations of their photos where the landscape is qualifying; high, low and mid horizon. Before we talk about all 3 and of course the "no horizon" scenario, let's talk about exposure.Exposure at different horizon levels: The most important yet an ignored topic in my opinion. Exposure changes... continue reading
Visuals are an important, integrating part of a website. There’s no doubt about it. Valuable content attracts a consistent audience but it performs better when paired with relevant images.84% of marketers are already using visuals in their marketing strategy, especially when it comes to social media. Tweets with visuals, for instance, are reportedly generating 150% more retweets and consequently more traffic than those who are based on just a text message.A Buzzsumo report also states that blog... continue reading
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