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Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:55

Thanksgiving Still Life Photography Ideas

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Holiday imagery is always in demand in the stock photography business.  With so many ways to use these images, it is up to the photographer to capture a wide range of options for consumers to choose from.  The simplest way to produce any holiday image is to incorporate the many symbols and icons associated a particular holiday, and to use them in as vast an array of themes as possible.

Let’s look at Thanksgiving.  As American’s we reserve this day as a time to gives thanks for the bounties we enjoy through out the year and to share our riches with the people who are the most important to us.  As stock photographers, we are provided a wealth of symbols, both traditional and modern, to work with.

Pilgrims

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What could be more traditional for Thanksgiving than the Pilgrim?  After all they were the ones who started the holiday in the first place.  Placing a pilgrim or a pilgrim’s hat into the picture frame makes that image immediately associable to this holiday. 

Thanksgiving Turkey

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Tom turkey may not be having his best day come Thanksgiving morning, but his likeness sure is enjoying the holiday.  Live or roasted.  Stuffed or talking.  This guy’s no chicken.

Cornucopia

The cornucopia or Horn of Plenty symbolizes the abundance associated with the first Thanksgiving feast.  Filled with the bounty of falls harvest; apples, squash, nuts, and corn it is the true representation for the holiday.

Pumpkins

Hotly contested as an icon.  Some feel it is more Halloween than Thanksgiving, but my feeling is anything that gives it’s life for a pie should have it’s own place as a holiday icon.

Thanksgiving Food

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Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy are the staples of any holiday table.  And who can live without the pumpkin pie?  But don’t forget the peripherals like candied yams, candy corn, or green bean casserole.  Tur-Duck-En anyone?

Football

Not exactly traditional, but most Americans now incorporate one or the other into their holiday celebration.  Personally my Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without both.

Sales

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Shopping has become as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie.  It used to be that Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – was the biggest shopping day of the year.   Now so many stores are opening on Thanksgiving night I think we’ll have to start calling it Grey Thursday.

Religion

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Thanksgiving started with the giving of thanks so religion is a central theme to the holiday as well.

With so many icons available to represent the holiday, how can you choose what to work with?  My suggestion is to mix and match these icons along with the themes of the holiday to produce truly memorable holiday images.  What themes standout for the holiday?

  • Tradition:  Every family has their own customs and traditions associated with the holiday.   Is it mom and daughter baking the pumpkin pie?  Father carving the turkey at the table?  Some customs are regional, some personal – highlight them all.
  • Harvest and Still Life:  Bountiful and plentiful are the themes for the season.  Combine fall leaves and cornucopia of fall vegetables.  Pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.  Cups overflowing.  Bringing in the harvest.
  • Family Life:  Images of families gathered around the table for dinner.  A game of flag football before the feast.  Family togetherness and bonding is theme to be stressed.
  • Parties and Food:  What more can I say?  Who doesn’t love the food and drink associated with this holiday?
  • Travel:  Happy family reunions.   Nightmare travel scenarios.  Take your pick and make it come to life.
  • Shopping:  Camping out in pilgrim costumes awaiting the doors to open for savings on black Friday.  Crowded stores and angry shoppers juxtaposed against the Norman Rockwell image of a Thanksgiving Feast – well, you get the idea. 

THese are just a few examples of how I would use icons and themes together, but I’m sure you can draw from your own Thanksgiving memories to create unique holiday imagery.

All images in this post are copyright Karen Foley.

About the Author

Karen Foley is a professional freelance stock photographer who contributes her work exclusively to Dreamstime Stock Photography Agency. Look for her blogs about photography and portfolio of work here.

Thursday, 31 October 2013 13:44

Halloween Party Stock Photo Needs

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It seems everyone is in such a rush these days.  But that doesn’t stop up from wanting to celebrate life’s big events in big ways.  Whether it’s a birthday, the 4th of July or a wedding, nothing says celebration like a memorable party.  So how do we find the time to plan and execute such grand occasions?   We hire a Party Planner.  Party planning is a relatively new, but fast growing industry today.  Fortunately for the stock photographer, this means a growing demand for all types of party related images.

What kind of images does it take for a party planner to be successful?  Regardless of the theme, the requirements remain pretty much the same.   Let’s break it down using a Halloween Theme Party as an example.

Invitation

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You can’t have a party without guests, and there will be no guests without invitations.  Whether printed or electronic, a good party invitation will contain imagery to help set the party theme and tone.  Adult only or child friendly?  Formal or casual?  Themed or generic?  All of these questions can be conveyed easily in the choice of image used. 

For the photographer, it is important to realize all the nuances their images convey and provide a wide range of look and feel for each event type for the party planner to choose from.  It is also important to leave blankspace, or copyspace, on the image so that it is easy to incorporate the What -Where-When details for the event.

Decorations

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A party isn’t a party without decorations, and a party planner would be hard pressed to sell decorating ideas without visual aids.  Balloons, flowers, table settings, buffet tables, stages and dance floors are just some of the areas where decorations decisions will need to be made.  Having a wide selection of ready-made images available will greatly enhance the party planners visual presentation to clients making selections easier for both sides.

For the photographer, it is important to realize that not everyone will be capable of producing every combination of every effect.  Providing generic images for the pictures of large decorated areas, and detailed images of decorating options, will help the planner mix and match to their abilities and the client mix and match to their desires. 

Themes

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Themed parties are all the rage.  Halloween parties can be zombie fests, haunted houses, costume parades and so on.  Even non-Halloween parties can be themed along the line of princess parties, mad hatter tea parties and such.  Images reflecting popular themes, and ideas for non-conventional ones, can help a planner help a customer pick an idea for their soiree.

For the photographer, this means keeping up with the latest trends and producing images that are specific in theme and yet generic in implementation to help with the idea generation process.  It is important to note that the images produced will be used in commercial applications.  As such, they cannot contain any copyright or trademarked materials.  Additionally, it will be necessary to provide signed model releases for any person who is recognizable in the photo either front or back facing.

Food and Beverage

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Catering an event is a large portion of a party’s budget, so it is an area the party planner will want to work closely with the client and the food provider.  While it would be impossible for stock photographers to provide all the food options available in every area, they can provide images of common party food and drink options as well as attractive themed buffet ideas.  Attractive images of food and drink can help a party planner sell a menu even if it is non-specific to their offerings.

Commemorative photo albums

Remembering the party through pictures is a key part of celebrating life’s big moments.  Whether the event involves hiring a professional photographer or not, generating a keepsake album is a must consideration for the party planner. 

Theme specific photo frames and page borders can add creative pizazz when a party planner is displaying past party successes, or providing for fee album options as add-on services.  It is essential to be able to represent the same theme and tone options of the party that were initially introduced in invitation selection, so photographers should think of these deliverables in tandem.

Advertising

So much of what has been outlined is from the party planner to customer perspective.  It is important for the business owner to  first generate interest in their services and then to convert prospects into customers.  Web sites, business cards, and window placards all should be produced with impactful imagery to reflect the quality of services being offered.

Regardless of the event being planned, a party planner is an essential component in the process, and their secret weapon is the images they have available to make their business stand out from the crowd.

About the Author

All images copyright Karen Foley. Karen is a professional freelance photographer who contributes her Halloween stock photos and photography expertise to the Dreamstime stock photo community. Her portfolio can be viewed here: http://www.dreamstime.com/karenfoleyphotography_info.

Printing your photographic memories onto paper is the last, yet most paramount, step in professional or personal digital photography. And the rarest freeze frames would not be given their duly earned credit if you’re lacking outdated equipment or poor printer inks. Because your hard work should never be for naught, deciding exactly where you’ll print your photographic masterpieces is as integral as the photos themselves.

In deciding whether CVS, Walmart or your trusty HP will print your photographs, consider these questions before making that elusive final decision:

Costs: Would paper and ink cost more home, or away?

Photograph-quality paper isn’t cheap, and each bundle doesn’t come with hundreds of blank sheets.  Ink tends to wear down quickly when printing high-definition prints.  Most stores will charge somewhere between .25 - .55 per print, depending on size and expected resolution.  Weighing the benefits of leaving your home or developing your film downtown depends first, and foremost, on the costs of said development.

Equipment: Is my printer up to snuff, or will professionals do better?

Commercial digital printing equipment tends to hold up better than box store printers.  In fact, the heavy investment required to commandeer such equipment isn’t because of size – the technology is simply amazing.  Sure, your photo printer will handle professionally taken photographs on smaller scales; what if you had 1000’s to print?  Unless you’ve got the patience, software and time to devote to printing your HD photos, you really need to consider having your digital film professionally developed to avoid bad developments.

Experience: Could I honestly say I operate equipment at above novice levels?

One of many human eccentricities that makes us ‘unique’ includes hating to admit we’re wrong, or inadequate.  Photographers that spend months wandering around looking for new action shots aren’t always technologically sound.  Nor are they great with printers.  Since your portfolio is at risk here, assessing your self-printing expertise with honesty could avert potential disaster.  Especially in the case of professional resume backing, printing your freeze frames professionally would probably be your best bet if any doubt arises you can adequately operate printing equipment.

Time: Would spending hours at home thwart forward progress?

Simply put, professional photographers are busy individuals.  Spending 8 hours dillydallying with their printer could cost them valuable field time.  That being said, gauging whether dropping film off at professional stores or printing them at home really boils down to how much time you’ve got to devote to this activity.  If you’ll have several days of downtime, and your experience, equipment and costs offer plenty of wiggle room, by all means – do them solo.  However, if any elements are missing as mentioned above, you’d be doing your photos a disservice by attempting to print them at home.

Final Thought: Choose Wisely

Printing is that coveted final stage in photography where all your hard work comes to fruition on paper.  Wasting your time, money and effort just to have crappy pictures flushes your work quickly down the drain.  Weigh experience, price, equipment and available time into your final decision when the printing stage arrives in the photography process. Ultimately, your goal is to create high-quality, award worthy photos and anything that hinders that process can only be detrimental to your productivity,

About the Author

Roger Kowalewski is a freelance writer and photography buff from Indiana. You can follow him on Google+.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013 12:27

5 Tips To Taking Fashion Photos

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Knowing how to take fashion photos is important if you have your own fashion blog or if you are hoping to become a fashion photographer in the future. There are some important things to keep in mind when you are taking fashion photos and here are five tips to help you take great photos.

London Fashion Week Photographers1. Invest Into A Good Camera

In order to take great photos you need to have the right tools available as well. Even if you have a lot of great ideas but a really bad camera your pictures won’t be able to wow your readers.

Of course the quality of the camera you should buy will depend a lot on how serious you are about photography.

If you are going to get into photography as a professional and you need to take really high-end pictures then you’ll need to get a really good, and quite expensive, camera.

But there are a lot of affordable options out there for amateur enthusiasts. For instance, XO Jane recommends checking out offers on Ebay and suggests that some smartphones today can even give you decent photos.

2. Learn To Play With Lighting

Lighting plays an important part in fashion photography and it is really important you constantly experiment with it. Try different options when you are taking a photo and make sure you don’t just stick to the same old method you have found to be good.

3. Pick A Theme And A Focus Point

When you are taking fashion photos it is a good idea to have a certain theme in mind. This means that you want to let the viewer know a specific message or mood that you convey with your image. For instance, if you want to showcase some lovely kaftans you might have an Arabian nights theme in your pictures.

It is also a good idea to have a focus point in the picture that draws the viewer to look at the picture. You want the clothes to take the centre stage but think about how this is best achieved. Look into different angles and what direction the model is looking in.

4. Befriend Fashion Retailers

It is a really good idea to start networking with different fashion retailers to ensure you always have material for your fashion photos. Who knows you might even be able to get your photos published on their website.

You should also take advantage and look for different products available and use them to build your theme and find the right colours for your photos. Take ideas from completely different cultures and styles as well and combine them creatively.

For instance adding hijabs at the Aab Collection to your photo shoot can teach you a lot about making the clothes stand out instead of the faces.

5. Take A Lot Of Pictures

The best tip to keep in mind is that the more you take pictures the better you will get at it. So keep taking as much photos as you can to improve your skills and learn something new about the field.

About the Author

Amina loves to take pictures and is also a big fan of fashion. She could easily spend hours just browsing through fashion magazines and getting new ideas to her photography. She also loves to spend time with her friends.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013 14:01

Picture Perfect Photography Careers

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When one thinks of photography careers, two things usually spring to mind: wedding photography and wildlife photography. The photographic industry is far more varied than this, however, with many different safe and exciting careers available.

Let’s start with some of the safe careers.

  • Portrait photography

It doesn’t get much more straightforward than portrait photography. Portrait photography came into being with the first camera. While the basic idea remains the same, it has come a long way since the first stiffly posed daguerreotypes of the 19th century. These days, instead of capturing the way their subjects look, photographers aim to capture their essence. They play around with light, focus, themes, background and the like – not always successfully.

According to Sasha Gitin and Robert Grant, portrait photography comprises eight styles (they say nine, but they managed to misplace #3):

1)     Traditional/Classical: the subject looks straight at the camera to capture the face in all its glory.

2)     Environmental: subjects are photographed in their ‘natural’ environment. A ballet dancer could be photographed practicing at the barre, for example. This helps to capture the essence of the subject.

3)     Candid: spur of the moment photos that catch subjects in the raw. Photojournalists and event photographers take candid portraits. That photo of drunken uncle Arnie vomiting in the plants at the family Christmas dinner – that’s candid.

4)     Glamour: favoured by aspiring models, actors and beauty queens, but growing in popularity among the hoi polloi. After all, who doesn’t want to be immortalized looking elegant and sexy?

5)     Lifestyle: a natural approach to certain types of portraiture, including wedding and family photography. Instead of the traditional posed photos, subjects are encouraged to ‘act naturally’ and the photographer takes pictures of them being themselves. It’s also intended to capture the essence of the subject. It could be argued that the results are also candid.

6)     Surreal: there is nothing candid about this style. Photographers use all the tricks that modern technology allows to create surreal images that still, somehow, represent their subjects.

7)     Conceptual: portraits are layered with hidden meaning using concepts that may or may not flummox viewers.

8)     Abstract: photos are manipulated after the fact to create abstract images. If Picasso had a digital camera and Photoshop, this would be his style.

As you can see, portrait photography may be ‘safe’, but it certainly doesn’t have to be boring.

  • Food photography

This is a great job if you also happen to be a closet (or not so closet) foodie. Someone has to take photos of all that delicious food that ends up accompanying recipes in lifestyle magazines and cookbooks. It might as well be you. Granted, the food is sometimes not entirely edible (according to Wikipedia, burgers aren’t cooked properly so that they retain the right look), but chances are good you’ll get some tasty tidbits – and you’re sure to get great tips from the cooks.

Bear in mind that food photography is highly technically, so you’ll need to find specialist photography courses that will teach you all the tricks of the trade.

And now let’s look at some exciting careers.

  • Combat photography

Combat photography is definitely not for the fainthearted. There are two types of combat photographers: those employed by armed forces and those not employed by the armed forces. Military combat photographers tend to take pictures for operational and strategic purposes, as well as other purposes that could be classified and covert. Non-military photographers are usually, but not always, photojournalists and war correspondents.

Combat photographers intentionally put themselves in harm’s way, so you need nerves of steel and real dedication to the shot. You’ll have to make do with whatever equipment you’ve got, because there isn’t always time to attach a special lens or erect a tripod.

It’s dangerous – and definitely exciting.

  • Travel photography

You can make this as exciting or as safe as you like, really. You can keep it safe by travelling to Blue Star tropical beaches, or you can make it exciting by exploring North Korea. Either way, you’ll meet an eclectic mix of people.

You don’t necessarily need nerves of steel, but you do need to be resistant to homesickness and have a lead-lined tummy so that you can sample all of the local delicacies, no matter where you go.

If you fancy travel photography, but aren’t that keen on all the logistics and details that go with it, you could always become a photographer on a cruise liner. Shipboard photographers travel everywhere from Alaska to Hawaii and from Russia to the Med. You get paid to see the world, your board and lodging is taken care of, and the demands aren’t that heavy. You’ll have to deal with hordes of tourists day-in and day-out, but if you’re a people-person with aeons of patience then the gig is a dream.

The market for wedding photographers might be flooded, and it’s notoriously difficult to get into wildlife photography. Fortunately, there are plenty of other options available. So what are you waiting for? Start flexing your abstract muscles now and you could take the world of portraiture by storm.

About the Author

Jemima Winslow confesses she does not have an eye for photography. Nor does she have a hand steady enough to hold a camera still long enough to get a blur-free picture. But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t fancy a freelance photography and travel writing course so she can live the dream. 

Photography is a passion which for some holds a very close place in their life. Through photography moments can be captured and brought to still where they can be cherished all through one’s life. In photography one has to be aware of the very basics which are far away than focus and click methodology. Advancement in technology has turned to be very useful in the photography world. With the introduction of digital photography the long wait of being able to see the results has vanished and has been replaced by instant results which can be further modified for betterment. Many other features like clarity and zooming have also been able to add on with the facilities that are being made available to photographers through the medium of digital photography.

Photography an art

Photography is an art and thus needs practice and knowledge in order to master it. There are many learning capacities in digital photography which is the modern photographers dream. Each and every aspect and angles can be mastered through professional trainings which are being provided all across the globe. It is turning to be a profession which involves a technical and artistic bend of mind.

Digital photography captures the intrigue details

The digital photography is able to help in capturing the very tiniest of the detail of the moment. The modernization which has entered the world of photography through the medium of digitalization helps in bringing great value to the photographs if compared with the previous options. The skill of photography must be practiced over and over in order to bring perfection. Practice is the only medium through which perfection can be achieved in photography. Knowledge of the tools which can be applied for better results help in bringing out more distinctive result in digital photography. Each and every minute detail can be highlighted through this option and this helps in reaching a landmark in terms of photography which has taken a high end professional position in our world.

Skills can be acquired by practicing digital photography

Digital photography is no magic which happens but is the magic which is created. The reason why it is an art is because it can be created and modified to an extend which are beyond ones thought. It is very true that the skill of photography can be polished with practice and digital cameras and videos are the best way to learn the skill. They enable the individual to see his results right after capturing the shot. It helps him to understand his weak points instantly and also gives an option of recapturing if not satisfied with the results. Digitalphotography is picking up pace and is replacing the age old still cameras that were once much great in use.

Based on the requirement digital cameras can be purchased which help an individual to practice the skill of photography more and also master the same. Thus one can easily learn the art of photography through the medium of digital photography which helps in enhancing the skills and also brings more value to the results.

About the Author

This article is submitted by Mary Sholes, an established photographer and an avid blogger. She shares photography tips and advice through her articles. She says she enjoys wildlife photography a lot but she fears about her camera equipment as it very expensive.

Wednesday, 09 October 2013 14:52

Ideas And Inpsiration For Great Holiday Photography

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As a stock photographer, I frequently use holidays as inspiration for my photos.  After all, there are countless iconic imageries that represent each special day.  And while many of us think of the Big 4 when it comes to the holiday season (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve), there are scores of fun and festive days to celebrate through out the year – think Cinco de Mayo, Oktoberfest, and Grandparent’s Day.

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The challenge I find is to not continually reproduce the same image that has been done over and over again.  To try to keep my photos fresh, I like to start by thinking how a holiday image might be used and then work my way back from there.

Greeting Cards

Greeting cards are probably to biggest consumer of holiday imagery around.  According to these Hallmark statistics, we send 1.5 billion (with a B) Christmas cards each year.  While this far exceeds the other holidays (Valentines Day 151 million, Mother’s Day 141 million, Father’s Day 93 million, Easter 57 million, Halloween 19 million, Thanksgiving 12 million and St Patrick’s Day at 7 million), it is easy to see that there is a strong demand for imagery suitable for all holidays, a these numbers don’t include the growing popularity of Do-It-Yourself print and ecard offerings available today.

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So what makes a good greeting card image?  EVERYTHING related to a holiday!  Demand for holiday images is as diverse as the people sending them.  Think still life, nature, humor, people interacting, holiday icons, etc.  The list is only limited by your imagination.  The important factor to take into consideration when shooting greeting card images is the variety of card dimensions where they may be used.  Be sure to consider several cropping options when compositing the image (or better still, try composing the same image to accommodate different aspect ratios), and be sure to include some whitespace or copy space where greetings and glad tidings can be added.

Invitations

The next area that springs to mind around the holiday seasons is parties.  For these types of images you want to compose with a party central theme in mind.  A child’s Easter egg hunt versus an adult New Year’s Eve part require completely different types of images.  Here it is essential to leave lots of blank spaces for the Who, What, When, Where and Why of the party. 

Food

What is a holiday without food?  There are a host of uses for good quality stock images revolving around food.  Restaurants offering holiday specials, websites selling holiday cooking gear, blogs focused on the how to’s of holiday treats.  I like to set my camera up in my kitchen and create a photo journal that shows everything from the ingredients, creation of the treat through all stages of cooking, obviously highlighting the finished product and ending with people enjoying the treat.  This can be anything from making traditional Christmas dinners to creating regionally specific treats highlighting a local tradition.

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Blogs

Which naturally brings us to the topic of blogs.  Bloggers love the holidays as much as photographers for finding inspiration.  Nothing lends itself better to an online How To than Traditions and Projects. This can be anything you and your family do around the holidays;  pumpkin carving, Easter egg dyes, or building a gingerbread house.  As with cooking a meal, it is best to capture every unique stage of the product in addition to highlighting the finished result.  This is also a great excuse to try something new.  Gingerbread houses had always amazed and intimidated me until I rolled my sleeves one day and created one as a photo project.  They’ll never intimidate me again!

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Calendars

Twelve-month calendars are another great usage for holiday images.  You can approach these two ways.  The first is to highlight the traditional holiday image for each month.  The second is to have some fun with holiday icons by placing them into non-traditional scenes (i.e. do a Santa series placing him on the beach in summer, or a skeleton at a fireworks display over the 4th of July).  Think first of the format you are shooting for.  Calendar images can be long and thin to go across a page – where you’ll need whitespace for text  - or full page in a fold out format.  Look around your community and around the world for holidays to inspire you all year long.

And a note on a few other areas you might want to think about

Catalogues -  Local businesses and multinational corporations use the holiday’s to increase sales.  While it’s not likely you’ll be asked to do the next Bed, Bath and Beyond catalogue shoot, think about the types of images smaller companies might need to promote their seasonal inventory.  Keep it as generic as possible to appeal to a wide range of businesses.

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Non-Profits- Holidays are an active time for non-profits.  School projects, church programs, military observations all need imagery to promote their activity.  This is also a critical fund raising season where eye-popping imagery can enhance the materials used to solicit funds.  If you are in a position to donate some of your time or images to a cause near and dear to you, holiday seasons make a great time for giving as well.

Gifts from Businesses – Speaking of gifts, the holidays are also a time of year that local businesses like to give loyal customers a gift as a way of thanking them for their patronage and generating future revenue.  Calendars, refrigerator magnets, notepads, coffee mugs are just a few of the items popular with small businesses.  Think of creating images with TONS of whitespace for business names, logos, messages, contact information, etc.

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If you are intending on selling your fabulous new holiday images through a stock photography agency, you will be competing for attention with the myriad of other images available.  It is extremely important to keyword your photos correctly to get them noticed.  Including words highlighting the intended use of the image (party, invitation, holiday, Halloween, whitespace, copy space) along with the descriptive keywords of the image will help a buyer find you.

On a final note, I am sure some of you will ask about online resources for producing your own holiday cards and items.  While there are lots of options available, my favorite print resources are adoramapix and vista print.  While my favorite eCard site is smilebox.  These are strictly personal preferences I’ve included here for your convenience.

Hope you enjoy all your Holiday’s!

About the Author

Karen Foley is a freelance stock photographer who contributes her work exclusively to Dreamstime Stock Photography. Look for her blogs about photography and portfolio of work here.

There is a lot that goes into making of a picture, that’s why it is rightly said, a picture speaks a thousand words. Right from customization of frames to the performance of cameras, the ruggedness and subtle nuance captured, dslr’s provide a myriad of options to make words tumble as the screen shutter around. However, a photographer needs to have the right photo equipment and tools to be a professional at capturing special moments, scenes and situations. Aspiring photographers and veterans alike, have a lot to learn, especially when choosing one of the best cameras out there, which could make or break one’s career. The investment on cameras chosen should be serious, and only then would the returns come in satisfactory and as expected. Today, we would like to share with you names of a few good cameras professionals use. Hence, please take a look along with us and be well-informed for the same.

 The Nikon D4 Nikon 4D

With plenty of features to it’s name, useful and excellent that too, this camera has the energy to capture high ISO sensitivity photographs. However, talking about its cons, we must also honestly mention that the experience of shooting horizontally and vertically needs to be much more consistent than what it provides at the moment. D4 does deliver, and Nikon lovers would not be disappointed

 The Canon EOS 5D Mark III 

For those who belch out amazing photos using streamlined shoots and designs, with better configurations, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III gives you the best. The photo quality given is outstanding and so is the video output too. However, the only drawback which we could talk about here would be the JPEG photos that are shot with ISO sensitivities too low. Customers nevertheless aren’t complaining, and the best configurations within with amazing performance and price, is what they all like.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

The Nikon D800 

Worth every penny you pay for this great camera, although quite steep, it’s still in great demand by the professionals around. Nikon lovers, who wanted something outstanding and new, now have the prestigious Nikon D800 to be pleased and happy with. With this camera, one gets excellent video quality, stellar photographic images, high performance and streamlined shoots. Nothing much to say about its drawbacks, but the battery life can do with an upgrade.

The Canon EOS 7D

For those who love the midrange cameras, the wonderful Canon EOS 7D is value for money. Excellent and fast for photos and use, the autofocus system is very flexible, with a bright viewfinder, big interface that is streamlined and a flash control sans wires. However, the drawbacks would be that of a single card slot which comes with these cameras and the buttons are hard to feel too.

 The Sony Alpha SLT-A99 

A wonderful camera once again which gives the best still shots and videos too. People are talking a lot about the beautiful Sony Alpha SLT-A99V. The photo and video quality at par is the best, the design of the model is well done, and the body is solid and the performance too. Drawbacks to speak of would be the battery life and the auto focus for videos. Sony Alpha SLT-A99

 How to choose the best cameras

Now that we told you names of some of the best cameras used by photographers, veteran and professionals alike, it would be time for you to choose one. We would ask you to take a look online and check out various websites and camera specific shopping sites. Compare costs, read product descriptions and also read reviews about the cameras, left behind by clients and consumers alike. Once you have done these three steps, only then would you know which dslr’s camera would be best for you.

 Author Bio

 Yeh Chi Lin is a blogger on cameras and technology, with an expert’s eye for every detail. The author recommends looking at various shopping sites online that have connections with Photo booth rentals and find out the costs and rates. Once the reviews have been read, it would then be wise to invest in the camera you want, says the expert.

 

 

 

 

Friday, 07 June 2013 14:46

The Intriguing World Of Macro Photography

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Macro photography is perhaps the most popular type of photography in the world thanks to the incredible new devices photographers have today. Some thirty years ago, not many people were able to venture into macro photography and there were not many techniques and tips as well about how to go with it. Thankfully, there are a lot of them today.

Macro Photography:

Macro photography is actually a close up focus of the object with the help of a strong and high quality lens. If you want to achieve en effective macro, the lens in use should be able to focus at 1:1 otherwise you will not obtain desired results. For instance, a 35 mm camera has a film with 24x36mm area size and therefore you have to focus on the object that easily fits into this kind of screen. In simple words, the subject you are focusing on should be of the same size as that of slide, negative or image on the film.

Easy to Notice Small Details:

Macro photography has garnered immense popularity because it is very easy to notice very small details in different elements like flowers, butterflies, portraits etc. You can get close to these things in real life and notice fine details but getting them on a screen might make you look at them for hours and still you do not get bored. In fact, macro photography is exciting, interesting and intriguing but not many people are able to do it properly.

Another brilliant feature of macro photography is that you can focus on virtually everything from small insects to tall trees. Furthermore, never confine yourself to nature and let loose your imaginations because there is no real limit.  

The Choice of Camera:

The best of all types of cameras for this particular genre of photography are SLR digital cameras. It is even better if you have a model with interchangeable lenses because you will be able to focus on the same subject differently. You can also find special lenses for macro photography and in this regard, 200mm and 180mm lenses are most popular as well as recommended. They are no doubt expensive but if you want to pursue your career in macro photography, they could be extremely fruitful investment for your career.

About the Author

Khurram Shahzad is a professional photographer and also writes on related topics like converting photos on to canvas. He works for an online store offering multipurpose photo canvas prints in affordable rates.

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