Category Archives: Photographers

Finding Free to Edit Images Online

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.

Another site of a …

Benefits of an IPS Monitor

monitor-41232_640Monitor 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!…

Make Money from Your Photography with a Wallpaper Site

wallpaperThe internet has provided a way for people to make money in non conventional ways from their art and photography. If you are a photographer in the modern age, you may have to be inventive to make a living, more people than ever have a DSLR and more people than ever are advertising their services as photographers.

For those who are trying to maximize the different ways their photographs can create an income for them, many have looked at creating wallpaper websites in order to make money from advertising revenue.

The process to do this has been made pretty simple, you can even download a wordpress theme and plugin such as PlixPress which turns any wordpress site into an easy to run wallpaper site. The basic business model here is that people searching for a wallpaper of, for example, a city skyline, can find one on the site you create and optimize for search engines or promote on twitter etc. and then visit your site to download it. You can sell them, but so many are available for free that a better model is to make money on your site via adverts.

If you take amazing or particularly topical images and make them available as wallpapers then there is even the potential to go viral and this can lead to a huge amount of traffic. An app like PlixPress means you don’t have to be a superstar web developer to run a wallpaper site and get started on the road to making money.…

Finding Adventure and Hiking Photos on Instagram

instagram-1581266_640Instagram is a global phenomenon. Now owned by Facebook, it has very quickly become the world’s biggest social media platform for photographs, and with everyone having a smartphone these days and ways to upload photos, there are millions of pictures uploaded daily. Some modern cameras even have the capability to upload photos straight to Instagram.

If you’re willing to wade through all of the selfies taken by teenagers and motivational quotes, you can find some breathtaking stuff on Instagram, it isn’t just the A list celebrities who are worth following, and some accounts are amazing for finding adventure photography and following your favorite explorer around the globe. After all, it is a social network for photography, so there is bound to be some great work being shared within.

Some of the best accounts can be found through hash tags, for instance looking for hiking pictures or even putting the name of a camera as a hash tag, or the location where people are likely to be taking photos. Some accounts are built to be an aggregator of other peoples photos, for instance the Lens Bible accepts submissions and publishes photos with credit, which can be a great way to find new photographers to follow.

One of our favorite accounts is for Yuriy Trebushnoy, who offers some stunning pictures of his adventures around the globe, these aren’t snapshots taken on a phone camera, they’re professional, stunning pictures by a great photographer with a clear eye for composition and location. You can share his adventures vicariously here: https://www.instagram.com/whereisyuriy/.…

Bar and Bat Mitzvah Photography

mitzvahA Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a huge part of growing up, and something to be enjoyed just once. With anything that occurs just once, the photography is utterly vital. If you are hiring a Mitzvah photographer, you’re going to have to make sure you get the right one, and be sure that they are experienced and excel at taking photographs in this sort of setting. Many photographers specialize in the area and are great at capturing a special day.

There is normally a party, and lets face it that adds a great deal of pressure, but also loads of opportunities to get great shots of loved ones, and atmospheric photographs. A good photographer should be able to get photos both of the meal and party, and of any ceremony or certificates that are issued.

Different people celebrate this in different ways and family traditions and more come into play when it comes to a Bar Mitzvah or of course a Bat Mitzvah. It is important that a meeting should take place beforehand to work out exactly what the goal is for the photos, and that way any specific shots which are needed can be discussed and worked out beforehand, perhaps it is really important to get a big family shot, perhaps it is more important to those celebrating that lots of atmospheric shots of the day, the decorations and the party take place.

Some parties may even be aided by the addition of things such as props and photo booths, and depending on the family this might be something you want to introduce. Again, it is worth having the discussion as some families may not want to go this route, and opt for a more low-key or classy approach to their photographs.

Finding the right photographer for your event can be tough. A look at Bar-Bat Mitzvah Photographers Washington DC is not only a great option if you’re in or near America’s capital, but is also a great example of a portfolio which has portrait shots, atmospheric or candid shots, and lots of great images of parties and more. A photographer that has specialized in this area will know exactly what you’re looking for, and is familiar with the day and the way it tends to work, meaning they can plan and get the best results.

For the photographer, the usual shoot rules apply, it is important to ensure …

Connecting with Freelance Photographers

photographer-390527_640There are so many projects that require a photographer these days, and the fact is, with DSLRs more readily available than ever, there are more photographers on the market than ever. However, they’re not all of the same quality, and someone with years of experience may be harder to find among all the teenagers who got a DSLR last birthday and have set up a website! It is more important than ever to find freelance photographers who know what they’re doing. Fortunately, there are platforms available to source your photography. Freelance Photography is a great way to find someone with feedback, who you know will suit your own project and has a track record, whether you’re looking for a portrait or architectural photography.

The site also acts as a great way to find freelance photography jobs online, where photographers can make themselves available for the projects people are looking to find somebody to fill.

This is almost an ‘interview’ system, a way to best match the freelance photographer to the project, and it can even help the photographers themselves to specialize and earn their stripes in a certain form of photography. You can feel a lot more confident having done a bit of research and seen photography portfolios and ‘bids’ for your work to narrow it down, much better than sticking a pin in an advert or choosing a website at random! You can even find a videographer or a real specialist for tougher to fill vacancies for freelancers. Doing a bit of research can pay off in the long run.…

Featured: Mighty Quinn Photos

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Today we’re featuring Mighty Quinn Photos, which you can check out for yourself at mightyquinnphotos.com. An exceptional selection of photos can be seen on his site. A sporting specialism is clear from the Gallery section of his site, which has sporting photos as well as lifestyle. A quick look shows that a wide variety of sports events have been excellently covered in numerous locations by mightyquinnphotos.com.

He shoots with Nikon cameras and relies on a fast shutter to capture all of that detail, which he does exceptionally in his cycling pictures. Of course, with things moving so quickly as a photographer you often don’t get a second chance in these types of settings.

The cycling photos taken in a huge amount of locations are all shot with excellent use of natural light to really capture the atmosphere of the events, often there are a lot of bright colors in these environments, which have been encapsulated without overdoing things.

Some of my favorite pictures on the site are from the London Velodrome, with the movement captured amazingly with some intentional blurring, to really get the feeling of speed caught up in the photo, impressive within quite a challenging indoor environment where light will have no doubt been a real challenge.

I’m a big fan of the pictures here, not just photography skills are on display but a real passion for sport which comes through in the work.…

James Kenney’s Stunning Images of Congo

james_kenney_2016_01When I saw James Kenney’s photograph selected to be included in Creative Quarterly, I decided to check out more of the series and his work at InterStitch. In this stunning series of images taken in the Congolese capital, Jim pushes the limits of color and makes some really interesting effects using RAW processing to accentuate the experience of the city’s density through its muted-yet-vital hues.

For this series he has bordered each photo to frame the considerations of composition, value, and chroma, asking the viewer reflect how it must be to live in a city of over 10 million people.
In a book entitled Searching for Hell, he even wrote a chapter about his time spent in the Congo, writing that in “Kinshasa, the air had mass. Walking under water. But the water was a red-dust dusky human smoke airpool. It had a pungent tang.”

The scenes do a great job of demonstrating the chaotic nature, poverty, and the illnesses which have struck the city through a surprisingly hopeful, feminine palette of tones. He explains that despite their hardship, local citizens have an incredible spirit for life, often expressed through their intriguing and bright clothing choices.

For the photo series, Jim braved the city’s most notorious hospital, which has widely been reported as a key source for the spread of H.I.V. throughout the world, and was one of the sites of the first known outbreak of the infectious disease, ebola. His images pull a sense of desperation from the viewer, while reflecting the reality of this beautiful country despite its tragic history and contemporary struggles.

Jim is widely known as a documentary filmmaker, but his skills span art, writing, and design. He told me that he likes to intersect elements that don’t seem possible to fit together, and to see what they can tell us about our lives. That is no simple task, but he was a professor of design. He also was chosen to complete an esteemed film laboratory course at the film giant, Pixar, where his first documentary was screened. And he worked for a number of years in the film capital of the world, Hollywood. He can even claim to fame that his work was once shown during the Academy Awards.…

Benefits of a Good Photographers Workflow

dslrPhotography isn’t as simple as picking up a camera and hitting shoot, even if some amateur wannabes seem to think it is! If you’re new to the world of photography or are aspiring to become a pro, then you might be starting to look at your workflow and whether there is anything you can do to stay organized. My tips below should help you to stay productive and get the most out of your shoots as well as keeping safe from losing photos due to silly reasons!

A standard photographers workflow will include the setup, capture, backup and editing of your images, as well as delivery. The tips below relate to those areas:

  • Keep things written out, whether they’re equipment lists, disc drives which will store your images, keeping written notes in a notebook or even having printouts can really help keep things clear.
  • Keep your computer organized. This can be really tough, especially if you have a lot happening on a day to day basis, but keeping your storage, backup and more organized, and have a proper naming system (for example, date, initials of client and location) will help ensure you never lose those all important images. It has the added benefit of keeping your computer running well.
  • Always keep a note of where you have backed up images, which hard drives they are on and if you have stored them elsewhere such as DVDs.

The above tips will see you well on the way to having a professional look to your photoshoots and photography business.…

Important Gear to Take for Shooting a Wedding

wedding-443600_640Photographing somebodies wedding is a massive thing to do. With just the single opportunity to get everything right, you need to be sure that you have all the correct gear. In any case, making sense of what you need can be really overwhelming and there are choices to make whether you’re a Wedding Photographer Manchester based or anywhere else in the world, so hopefully this will help.

Your camera gathering and lenses. Your preferred camera and all compatible lenses. Yes ALL of what you have, you never know what might come in handy.

You additionally require a backup camera. No excuses. On the off chance that you your primary camera should mess itself up on the day and you don’t have another camera you’ll be in charge of the loss of the most important day of someone’s life.

Your camera and your lenses are the most essential parts of your big day gear. Be that as it may, you need some accessories.

Accessories you should take include a flash, a tripod (this is an absolute must especially if shooting in low light) a diffuser, reflectors and of course your memory card, you need plenty of memory for as many photos as you could take.

Batteries: Make beyond any doubt you have a few batteries for your camera, there are really no excuses, so a set of fully charged batteries for your camera and flash gun are a must.

Each person and photographer will have special preferences for the hardware that they utilize but there are some absolute essentials which are simply essential, and you shouldn’t even think about doing the job without!…