People need images for a whole plethora of reasons, the world is more visual than ever and we spend so much of our life looking at screens that images are vitally important to the way we live. If you’re a content producer or someone who runs a website or a business which needs images, or you just want images to practice your editing skills or create your own graphics, finding images can quickly become costly. Stock photography is an industry where the costs can become astronomical, and a lot of companies that offer stock photos are aimed at huge print organizations rather than mom and pop businesses or bloggers.
If you search google for images, there is a section within the ‘tools’ area that lets you search for royalty free images and the different types of licences such as creative commons, and whether you can use them commercially or not. This is great as a resource for finding images from a variety of sources, but also can become a bit difficult as there is no real quality control and some of the images made available for free don’t tend to be the best quality.
Somewhere that this isn’t an issue is Walkersnaps, where a lifetimes work is available for use with free to edit images available for a simple $1 donation to an amazing cause. Sadly, the founder of the site was diagnosed with a degenerative brain condition and the idea behind the site is to raise money to help with this, along with fulfilling the dream to create and share images. The fee is very reasonable and the fact is that there is a huge amount of images with a lot of different categories to choose from means that you get a huge amount for your money. The website states “You can use my products to create your own personal memories or to create ad copy for commercial use or to create artwork for sale or for whatever purpose you want.” so you don’t need to worry even if you are planning to create images for resale. A lot of creative commons licences are a bit of a tough thing to navigate here when you are not allowed to edit the images or you’re not allowed to create anything made for profit. Using a site like Walkersnaps means you can avoid the need for this.
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Monitor technology just like any other tech seems to be changing all the time. We have had the standard LCD or liquid crystal display monitors since the 80s now and the technology is improving but generally is the same concepts, IPS monitors are different and more and more people have started to use the IPS technology, but what are the benefits of it and why is it becoming more and more popular?
There are a few different main benefits. As a photography blog we are looking of course at things like the display quality and colors, but there are other things to take into account, IPS monitors can be used for a lot of things now and more and more people have started using monitors to watch movies, play games and more.
The benefits of the IPS are:
- They have wider viewing angles which can be helpful for editing things like photo and video.
- Great colors showing a lot of accuracy in the photos and make sure you’re editing to a good standard and that what you see is true to the actual image.
- Not overly expensive, especially considering how much better they can be than other monitors.
- Many have reported low pressure in the eyes and that it is easier to view for long stretches of time.
If you’re really serious about monitors, these are definitely an option you should consider, and are not just great for media uses and pro uses but will be easy on the eyes in terms of watching your favorite shows too!…
GoPros are all the rage, and the company has grown at a rapid speed in recent years, and more and more people are finding new and inventive ways to get the most out of their GoPro camera and use it in all sorts of different settings and circumstances. There are an increasing number of clever accessories out there and a quick look on Youtube for GoPro videos will probably leave you very inspired as people do everything from wearing them in their helmet to filming sports they’re participating in and more.
GoPro’s are powerful cameras capable of shooting 4k and when accompanied with the right accessory can add high production value to your videos. The fact is that you can make your videos a lot better with a few simple additions to your kit bag, one of these being the MicroJib. The MicroJib (which has recently been superseded by the MicroJib 2) is designed to allow you to rotate your GoPro 360º while filming in either Pan or Tilt mode. It is fully extendable from 16.5″ to 33.5 and gives some amazing results in terms of the panning and tilting features and gives a very smooth finish to the videos. It also has an XL alternative. This is a piece of videography equipment which if you don’t have it can leave you restricted. In terms of GoPro accessories it is up there with the best and you can even get it shipped for free in the US.
Check out their website for some very cool animated homepage images and more info about the MicroJib and other products.…