4 Reasons Freelance Photos Are Important

Photos capture life concurrently, get shared immediately and have the capacity to go viral without much effort – if the originality is there.  Many different photos have gone viral, mainly taken by freelancer photographers that need extra loot, or are spotting various crimes in action.  Without these rogue photo snappers, many pictures you’re witnessing online today wouldn’t exist. 

If you’re wondering where, why and how these photos are taken, you’ll waste your time racking your brainpan.  Here, instead, are 4 great reasons freelance photos are rather high on media moguls’ and general business wish lists.

To Spot New Fashion

We all know one of those breathtaking mademoiselle types who wear homemade jewelry, wear the coolest make-up combinations and hottest shoes – all at once – and look knock-out gorgeous regardless where they bought their $3.00 halter tops. You can probably also think of someone who does the same thing all wrong and achieves serious fashion victim status on a regular basis! Fashion shopping is never as much fun for women fashionistas without sharing the amazing finds with their best girlfriends – once pictures are taken, they’ll go viral or get sold to rogue fashion designers looking for some method to mimic ‘mainstream’.

For Viral Content

In the past decade, photo sharing on the Internet has become a staple feature that denizens of savvy photographers love to take advantage of. Gone are the days where you have to personally hand or deliver printed photographs to your friends, families, or colleagues. Now, with just few clicks, you are already sharing your photos not only too few people but to the whole World Wide Web.   With freelance photography, one can literally snap interesting scenes and share them real-time, allowing whatever cause their promoting to explode in mass hysteria.

To Deter Fraudulence

Every time there is a major economic crisis, the survival instinct of many of us comes into play and statistics about different kinds of irregularities go through the roof. Several recent articles signal the increase in insurance frauds, card fraud rise and a wide range of illegal activities simply because families are seeking reprieve from our current economic holocaust, of sorts.

Rookie photographers are making huge media splashes, especially on widespread television shows, because they’re snapping photos which show these criminals showcasing their blatant disregard for employment, retail and vehicular laws.

For Improving Property Sales

New waves of technology have emerged which aim to make cameras, communication and data storage even simpler than your old cameras. Many businesses are already taking advantage of the benefits that mobile web devices, cloud storage and fibre-optic internet connections can bring. Yet, others, including many in the property industry, are more hesitant to adopt these solutions.  Realtors, however, are all over it.

Since properties need photos to sell themselves online, it’s become nearly mandatory for freelance photos to be taken when realtors have little time for outside picture taking.


Photos today are relevant, regardless where they’re derived from.  Magazines, newspapers, online media and businesses rely upon the high quality photographic depictions which freelancers are able to capture on film, sometimes paying inexorably just to have the distinction of being the only entity holding unique photography.  Literally anyone with high-resolution camera phones, some free time and alertness can capture the next big thing on Pinterest, Facebook or Mad TV. And, even if you're not immediately discovered, your snapshot could earn you a quick prize.

About the Author

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

The Married Photographer's Best Model

You know the traditional marriage vow.  The one that says for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health.  Well, when one half of the happy nuptials happens to be a stock photographer, the vows should really go something like:

…I thee wed, along with all your camera equipment that I will forever be in the company of from this moment forward.  I promise to pose and preen, and to be ready with a smile.  I will forego the peace and quiet of dining without a camera flash, I will dress in silly costumes on demand, I will act goofy in public when asked, and I will wait patiently on vacation while you take “just one more shot” ….. til death do us part.

You see as a photographer, one of the best subjects you can have is your spouse.  Think about it.  They’re always around.  It’s easy to get a signed model release.  They get just as much satisfaction from your photography as you do (or so we like to think anyway).  And they know we can make their lives pretty uncomfortable when they choose not to co-operate! 

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For me, that’s my husband.  Or, as I refer to him, the Emoting-king!  While I’ve only been a professional photographer for a fraction of our 23-year marriage, I sometimes feel like we were meant to be together because of my interest in photography and his interest in getting photographed.  Together we make taking stock photos a fun filled family activity.  Something that is easy for any family to do.

Let’s first admit to ourselves that, as much as we love them, our spouses are not professional models. That means we should set realistic expectations for their abilities and for the results we expect to get.  What they are good at is being our spouse, so that is what we need to capture in pictures.

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To ease your spouse into this, start with everyday life.  Show them doing what they do day in and day out.  This will allow them to relax and act naturally and leave you with some great stock-oriented photos.  While the pictures need to look like you’ve just grabbed your camera and captured them in an unguarded moment, that doesn’t mean that you don’t still need to approach the shot with your usual professional manner.   Taking the time to set up quality lighting, shoot using a tripod and pay attention to your camera settings will make sure that the resulting image will be of the highest quality.

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Shoot the stereotypes even if your family doesn’t conform to them.  Show your wife as homemaker, mother, friend and lover.  Have your husband doing home repairs, lawn maintenance, and more “traditional” male activities.  Then shoot the opposite – you’ll find a lot of images with a woman doing laundry but not so many with a man doing it.  The same is true for a woman doing car repairs.  The laws of supply and demand can work in your favor.

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You already have your camera with you on vacations, so use it to capture your spouse doing fun activities.  The same is true when cooking an unusual dinner, when out on a picnic or while attending a party.  The key is to keep your camera handy and to look for moments that translate into good stock photo opportunities.

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Once your spouse gets comfortable aping it up for the camera, it’s time to try something more adventurous.  Have them try doing unusual activities in everyday settings.  Be prepared to take lots of throwaway images, but don’t be surprised to capture some real gems as well.  Set the environment up and then keep the shoot as relaxed and spontaneous as possible.  As much as we may hate to admit it, our spouses are pretty creative too and can contribute some great ideas if we let them.

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Introduce costumes and special effects when you feel they are ready.  Start simple – take an unusual Christmas card or play around in the backyard, and slowly introduce more creative elements as they become more comfortable in this new role.  For my husband, I find the introduction of a good single malt scotch can help smooth out the rough edges in the process.

Throw yourself in the mix to get good couples shots.  These can be anything from everyday activities to the more adventurous you’ve been asking your mate to do.  Lose those inhibitions! 

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Experiment – tell a story.  Be creative with your ideas. The best advice I can give is to have FUN!  Making photography a family affair can yield some great pictures for your portfolio – and create some lasting memories as well.

About the Author

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

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How To Pick The Perfect Wedding Photographer For Your Special Day

One of the best ways to remembering your special day is to have a stunning photo album, full of perfect shots.  Needless to say, a lot of this comes down to choosing the right photographer, which is why we’ve put together this list of tips on getting this key decision right:

Make it an immediate priority

The best professionals in almost any trade tend to have schedules booked up months in advance.  Therefore, anyone seeking the genuine masters of their craft needs to start their research as early as possible, especially if their wedding day isn't too far away, or if it's in what is deemed the 'peak season' for photographers: Saturdays during the spring! The earlier you start searching for your photographer, the more likely you are to get the one you really want.

Consider searching everywhere

There are a lot of different options to take in terms of where to look.  The first (and often most effective) method is to simply ask around and look for word-of-mouth recommendations.  Whether they’re friends, family or work colleagues, anyone who's already been married will usually be happy to offer feedback.  If that option is exhausted, you can then move on to other areas: wedding fairs are often useful, and there's always the option of hunting around the web: most modern photographers will have a website that displays some of their best work, as well as contact details that will allow you to get in touch with them.

Always look at the portfolio

In the end, results matter.  It's all very well finding a photographer that you really get on with, but if they can't produce great shots then they're not going to be the best choice; long after you’ve stopped talking to them, you’ll still have to look at the album.  Fortunately, it's easy to judge a photographer, as their portfolio is all you need.  Ask any photographer you're considering to provide sample shots from a range of different weddings, preferably ones from different situations (i.e. some outdoors, some indoors, some sunny, some rainy) to make sure that they're capable of adapting to things like a lack of light or the weather.

Gauge their style

Professional photography is a genuine craft, and as with all other styles of craft (music, drawing, baking, etc) the photographer is likely to have their own unique style.  It's therefore important to ensure that their style suits the sort of photographs you'd like to have.  If the photographer has a tendency to create romantic, intimate photos then that would be ideal for those that want their album to be in that vein.  However, those that want shots of everyone laughing and joking might think otherwise.  When glancing through a portfolio, you'll usually be able to tell what style the photographer will adopt, and whether or not it'll mix well with the end result you’re after.

Remember to trust them

This is more a point for on the day, rather than when choosing your photographer, but it's still worth remembering: trust your photographer.  When you make that final choice, the chances are that you absolutely love the work that they've produced previously, so it's important to trust them to do the same for you. 

(Of course, it is still important to let them know if there's anything in particular that you think is extremely important.  If you desperately want a shot of the first clinch in the first dance, then it's important to let them know, as is the case if there are particular people you'd like shots of.  Trust your photographer, but do keep them informed!)

In Conclusion

In the end, a lot of these tips come down to one thing: preparation.  All professional booking for a wedding should be researched and made well in advance, leaving a little bit of wiggle room available in case of any emergencies!

About the Author

Simon Carr is the founder of his very own wedding photography business based in Essex. He works closely with couples to bring them modern, original images that perfectly capture their wedding day.

Shoot Nature Photos Just Like A Pro

Photography is a great hobby or profession to have, and whether you do it for fun or for work, it’s important that you learn how to take the best possible photos.

Different subjects require different camera settings, angles and lighting. Just because you’re great at taking pictures of your kids inside your home doesn’t mean you’ll be an expert at shooting moving objects outside. If you’re interested in taking nature and outdoors shots, it’s important that you use the following tips in order to photograph like a professional.

Learn about lighting.

When you’re taking outdoor photographs, you’ll rely heavily on the natural light provided by the sun. However, some people think that they’re supposed to take their outdoor pictures in direct sunlight, and this is untrue. Direct sunlight will actually wash out your pictures and make your subjects appear flat instead of dimensional. If you truly want to take great outdoor photos, it’s best to take them in partial sun or on overcast days. Plus, without the direct sun, you will also avoid any harsh shadows that may occur and leave your picture looking faded or even strange.

Don’t be afraid to use your flash.

That’s right. It is perfectly acceptable, and actually recommended, to use your flash outdoors. So many people fail to realize this because they think it’s only used for darker indoor photo shoots. The light from the flash will help to add necessary and useful light to your photos that will make your nature photos look fantastic.

Play around with your angles.

Stop standing so far away from your subjects. Instead, get up close and personal and take shots that are unusual. Don’t be afraid to stand above your subject or even below your subject, and don’t feel as if your subject matter always has to be in the center of your shot. If you really want to encompass all the nature has to offer, you have to be willing to take the unusual shots. After all, not everything in nature is best viewed from 20 feet away.

Experiment with your camera.

Most people will default to using the auto setting on their camera, and while this can help you get the hang of taking pictures, it’s not the best setting for your nature needs. Take the time to truly get to know your camera. Play around with different settings, and actually read the manual. The more information you can learn about your camera and the more you can fiddle around with it, the more you will learn about which settings to use to take the best pictures.

Know how to take pictures of objects in motion.

Capturing running water or a moving animal only works well if you know how to take pictures of motion. If you don’t, you’ll end up with blurry pictures. If you want to take professional nature pictures, you need to learn how to take pictures of objects in motion. Try to use a shutter speed of at least 1/250. Auto-focus can help ensure the object is constantly in focus as it moves. Using continuous drive mode can help to take rapid-fire shots. It’s also a good idea to leave a little bit of space at the front of your photo to give the feeling that the animal is moving.

Don’t be afraid to edit.

Even if you become a great nature photographer, you’re still allowed to enhance the quality of your photos. Don’t overlook using tools like Adobe Photoshop in order to help the colors of your photos pop or to edit the look and feel of the photo. Sometimes a little editing can go a long way, and there’s no harm in a little touch up.

Learn about the history of nature photography.

In order to be an expert, it’s a good idea to have some basic knowledge of your craft. Learning the history of nature photography can help you see different shots that photographers took throughout the years in order to have better examples of the shots you should be taking. You can also see how they took their shots, what settings and lighting they used, and even what worked and didn’t work. The more you know about your craft, the more educated you’ll be on taking professional quality shots of your own.

Jayma Watson is an amateur photographer, freelance writer and blogger who spends as much time as possible capturing nature at its best.

Who Shot The Bride? Wedding Video Production

Finally, at long last, it's your special day. After months of meticulous and endless planning your finally down to the last 24 hours and they pass in a frenzied blur. The way you recall your wedding day is by watching that neatly edited video that captures every highlighted moment of your special day. If you're seeking a professional wedding producer in London, you will want to know these handy hints to help you get the very best out of the most special event of your life.

Your Casting Couch

Knowing exactly how to record the most important day of your life may be tricky. Most cameras of today have video and that coupled with some user friendly software will make anyone an expert. While it may be tempting to ask friends or family, it might also be the biggest mistake of your special day. Opting to set an amount for the photography and the video could be your best bet to ensure that you have a top quality video of your special event. Anything else could give you a false sense of security.

What To Look For

Always select a wedding photographer and videographer that has a superb track record. You don't want to take anything for granted. You also don't want to be the first client the company or person has ever had. You'll want to see some examples of their work, a website and perhaps touch base with a few former clients and find out how things went for them.

Meet The Team

Before your big day, you'll want to meet the team that will be doing your video. You won't want to take any chances that they don't have a clue what they're doing. You'll want to know that they understand what you're looking for and help them to focus on a theme for your personality. Check for how well you work together as a team. Do they have a back up plan if someone is sick? What if the camera or video cam breaks down? Ask all the questions you can think of and then ask some more.

What Will You Get?

You'll want to be sure that you're getting your money's worth. Find out what will and won't be filmed, how it will be filmed and if there are any extra charges for specific things you may wish to have filmed (example: a few minutes with the bride or groom before the ceremony). You don't want to leave anything to chance. Follow a script or scenario and play it out.

Plan and Then Plan Some More

Planning is everything when it comes to your big day. Plan it out and plan some more. You only get one opportunity at this so make it count.

Set A Schedule

Agree on your filming schedule prior to the big day. What do you want them to cover in the video? What don't you want covered? You're going to be so busy this day so get it all planned out and make sure the photogrpaher and videogrphaer both know what you want.

Yes to The Rehearsal

If you have your videographer attend the rehearsal they can get a better idea of where everyone will be standing etc. Invite them and help them to know what to expect. Do you want them to be discreet and unobtrusive? Then show them where to stand etc.

And They Lived Happily Ever After....or Did They?

According to surveys, 98 percent of people suggest that brides should have their wedding video taped so that they can remember the big day. "Why?" you may ask, because you'll be so busy you're likely to forget those special moments. Plus, you can relive them with friends and family time and again.

About the Author


Amy Rice wrties for http://www.tech-tv.co.uk when not writing, I enjoy spending time with my daughter, walking, reading and lifting free weights in the gym.