Successful Stock Photos

Fake water reflections

Too many pictures have a fake water reflection, courtesy of Flaming Pear’s Flood filter. Whilst the filter can do a reasonable job, it usually ends up look fake and clich├ęd. On the off chance that I need to use it, I have this filter insatlled on my computer.

Don’t submit only monochrome images

Much as I love them, monochrome images, either straight black and white or toned, are of no use to me. Give me the color version and I’ll convert it to black and white if I need to and I’ll have complete control over the conversion process.

Isolate images on a white background

If you’re going to isolate your image from the background, please put it on a white background. Don’t use a graduated color, especially if your photo is of something glass. If you object is predominantly white, another color can work, but an image isolated on black never seems to look good to me.

Don’t rotate images

Rotating the image can make it seem more dynamic, but, if I have to straighten the image and then crop it, I’ll usually loose too much of

Positive and Negative Space

Many photo books mention the idea that you don’t want telephone lines
coming out the ears of someone you are taking pictures of. While this is
true, that’s only the tip of the iceberg. By the way, have you ever wondered
what people mean when they use that phrase? When you look at an iceberg,
what you usually see is just the part that lies above the surface of the water.
No matter how huge it appears, you are only seeing 10% of the entire iceberg.
Imagine missing 90% of a movie, or 90% of a book. Would it still hold your interest?

Imagine if you will that no matter what you are shooting, no matter what it is,
the subject is only 10% of the problem. How is that even possible, you ask?
Well let’s think about what type of things can detract from a really good photo.
The background can detract. Lighting can detract. Shapes can distract. Color
can distract. Lines can detract. Texture can detract. I could go on, but I think
you get the general idea. No matter how wonderful the subject is, there are
many more factors that make up a great

Myth of Mega Pixels

The word itself simply means a million pixels and a pixel is the smallest individual part of a digital image. If you have some viewing software that allows you to zoom right in to an image then you can see them for yourself – they just look like different coloured squares. You might recognise the “pixellated” effect used on TV to obscure peoples faces.

Every digital image (including the screen you are looking at now) consists of a rectangular array of pixels, the more is has, the bigger the image. If you look at the display settings on your computer, you can find the number of pixels in the screen image you are viewing right now. This should tell you the horizontal and vertical number of pixels. Multiply these two numbers together to find the total number of pixels.

A very common screen size is 1024 (horizontal) x 768 (vertical) pixels. Multiply these numbers together and you get 786,432 pixels in total. In terms of mega pixels, that’s less than 0.8MP. So, if you are looking at an image from your 10MP camera on a screen that is only showing you 0.8MP, where have all the

Loading Film Into Camera

There are various types of films on the market from which to choose. Historically, the most popular brands are Fuji and Kodak. You can also purchase film that is either black and white or color. And different types of film are designed to record images snapped at higher and lower shutter speeds. The higher the ISO number on the film, the faster the speed it handles.

A 100 ISO film, for example, is normally used for taking outdoor pictures. If used indoors, the outcome of picture will be darker and probably of poor quality. If a 100 ISO film is used to take pictures of moving subjects, the picture will look shaky.

An ISO 400 film, on the other hand, is suitable almost anywhere, whether indoors, outdoors, or for moving targets.

Lock and LoadSet the ISO on the camera according to the speed of the film. The ISO can be adjusted by using the speed dial. On most cameras, this dial is located on the left top of the camera, but it is not always there.

After this you should pull out the film tab from film casing approximately three inches. Using the release

Shoot Video Like A Pro

Say YES to a tripod

The majority of home videos end up looking shaky, which is a drag to watch. Even with a small investment of $30 on a tripod, your footage look will look professional and steady. Also, you’ll have the ability to execute pans and zooms without trouble.

No tripod? Lean against a wall to minimize shakiness. OK, no wall you say? Putt your butt on the ground, bend your knees, and drop your elbows on them.

If your shooting an event where space is limited or you’re on the constant go I recommend a monopod. These are a real lifesaver. Not only can you get rock steady shots, you occupy less space and can relocate in a matter of seconds.

Give me light

It doesn’t matter how good your camera is. If you have crappy lighting, it will reflect (no pun intended) in your video. A quick solution to overcome lighting issues is to shoot outdoors preferably in the morning or late afternoon hours. Why? At these times of the day the light is less harsh and produces a more pleasant softer look on the video – no shadows over

Candid Photography

Plan For Spontaneity

This may sound like a contradiction but it is a good idea to plan for spontaneity. What I mean is, think about the event that you are photographing. If you are at a friends birthday party, think about where most of the guests will be during the party and think about where you as the photographer can stand to take photos without being noticed. A lot of people stand in kitchens at parties to get away from the music so they can talk and tell jokes. Think about where you could stand and capture moments of spontaneity from the guests without drawing the dreadful posed “say cheese” kind of photographs.

Take Lots Of Photographs

Digital cameras with big memory mean that you have the ability to take a large quantity of photographs at no real cost to you. This is perfect for taking candid shots. Take as many photos as you can from many different angles and from many different zoom settings. From this you greatly increase your chances of getting some real gems.

Human Interaction

Some of the best candid shots I have taken have been when people are

Sharing Your Photos

Remember the days when the phone company, AT&T, was the only game in town? We were impressed with its telephonic innovations, but not until diversification of the telephone giant, did we realize what we had been missing out on in the way of telephone service, lower fees, and innovations.

Likewise, today, not everyone agrees that Microsoft’s Operating System is the all-out best system. You’ve probably heard of one of the rivals to MS, Linux. The founder, Linus Torvalds, of Finland, had the idea he could build a better operating system than what was currently available. Some say he did. But more importantly, in the spirit of sharing, he opened up his source code to the community of programmers and would-be software designer wannabes. The “open source code development” movement was born. Open Source affords anyone, anywhere, the ability to contribute to a development project or to download and use an application or source code free of charge.

Many a software company lost a fortune due to the open source movement, and scores more individuals have benefited from it. It’s quite a controversial subject among software firms and developers alike, even today. However, in the spirit of

Pre-Wedding Photo Shoot

As time changes, there is a new concept which is trending. This new trend is called pre-wedding photo shoots. Everyone wants to flaunt about how they met and how their love story started and what better way to tell this through a pre-wedding photo shoot. Photographs are the best way to showcase anything. Every photograph has a huge story behind it. They are the most expressive tools available. There are many pre-wedding photographers available in Delhi. They are very talented and come up with creative concepts for not only pre-wedding shoots, but also other photo shoots.

They are professional photographers who come with a very affordable fee. They have very good skills and very professional. These photographers are ideal for pre-wedding photo shoots and never disappoint any client. They have their own tools and own props so that the client does not need to worry about the props and location and can easily enjoy their photo shoot.

If you are someone who does not have the budget to afford a pre-wedding photoshoot, here are some tips to make it happen on your own. Although professional photo shoots are always preferable, you can do it too! All

Take Picture Like Pro

  • Read the specs. Most consumers, when buying a camera, only look at the megapixels or picture elements that the camera provide. Although the higher megapixel, the better the picture comes out, there are also certain factors that you must be cautious about. There’s the anti-shake function, night mode, color tones (sepia, black and white, greyscale) and optical zoom. The anti-shake function is best for moving pictures. When pictures are taken with this function, the pictures do not come out as blurry. The night mode allows you to shoot even in low lighting. The color tones give you a variety of effects, from going really old in sepia or adding the drama in black and white. The optical zoom shows you how far your lenses can see. Usually, digital cameras have 6.7x to 20x optical zoom lens. The higher the lenses, the better you can see.
  • Clip it. To prevent shakes and blurs, clip your elbows to the sides when taking a pictures. This prevents your hands and arms from shaking and distorting the focus of the lens.
  • Frame it. When you peer into your lens, you usually see a box or defining lines around the edges.

Building a Photography Lab

A darkroom, more commonly known as photo lab, is a room or space with almost no light for photographers to develop pictures. The darkroom is necessary because materials used for development are light sensitive.

Initially designed during late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the use of darkrooms to develop pictures today is constantly diminishing with the advancement in technology. Despite this, many hobbyists still prefer the use of a darkroom for their own picture development.

Developing your own pictures after snapping a roll of film is a delicate skill and its use can provide a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment upon mastering the necessary techniques. With your own photo lab you have the flexibility to experiment with different approaches to the task and see the immediate results in your own location rather than waiting for someone else to do the work. The overall cost of developing each picture also decreases by developing them on your own instead of at a professional photo lab.

Below are few guidelines to help you set up your own photo lab.

  • If you have a spare room or large closet in your home, you can convert it to a