How editing your stock photography can lead to more salesBefore you can start selling your images on microstock websites you ought to know a few things about why a majority of the submissions get rejected. Every image submitted on a microstock website will have to go through a rigid scrutiny. This is done by experienced photo editors. They would check for compliance of a number of aspects. These tend to vary from one microstock website to another, but by and larger there are some that are in common. Read more...
How Properly Holding Your Camera Can Lead to Better PhotosThe way you hold your camera is almost as important as choosing the right kind of camera to shoot with in the first place. Think of it this way: a chef can use the fanciest of pots and pans, but if he doesn’t know how to properly stir the contents of those pots and pans, his food is not going to be his best work. While a tripod is the easiest way to ensure your photos come out crystal clear, lugging around and setting up a tripod before every shot is simply unrealistic. Here are 9 tips for holding your camera for the perfect shot. Read more...
7 Silly Mistakes I Made as an Amateur Photographer

1. Leaving the lens cap on

Amateurs are guilty of making some of the most cardinal of mistakes. Although, we do tend to blame amateurs but professional are also guilty of the same mistakes from time to time. Call it oversight or just plain callousness, but leaving the lens cap on and then wondering why the viewfinder is so dark is something that we are all guilty of at one point of time or other. To overcome this issue, I have personally made it a point to look at the front of the lens before beginning every new photo session. This is just to ensure that I am not guilty of having left the lens cap on. It saves me from the blushes and the missed photo opportunities.

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An introduction to creating timelapse videos

Timelapse videos have become somewhat clichéd these days with an increasing number of photographers doing it. some people have made time lapses videos that have been shot over two years, raising the bar in terms of sheer commitment and of course the results that they have achieved. Time lapse is essentially all about capturing motion by joining a series of still images shot over a period of time and making a video out of it. It is the same thing as when we shoot a video but in this case the images are shot with a gap between them so that when they are joined together everything tends to move quicker.

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Everyday photography ideasI wrote a detailed article on the topic of photographic inspiration recently. The aim was to keep the photographer in you and many others like you inspired, leave the fire burning so that you can keep creating beautiful images. That’s what we photographers do. We look for moments that are worth capturing, in the middle of the daily mundane and share it with others who were not fortunate enough to be there to see it with their own eyes. Those moments need not to be captured at the most pristine of locations. They need not to be of the most beautiful of people. Beauty, as they say, can be found in some of the most ordinary places, when you are least expecting. Read more...
Don’t copy the masters’ style blindly, create your own styleGrowing up as photographers one of the biggest source of guidance are the works created by already established photographers. It does not have to be one of the classical masters such as Ansel Adams or Henri Cartier-Bresson or even the pioneers of photography such as Peter Henry Emerson; even contemporary photographers working at the present time can also serve as undeniable influences in one’s formative years. To be honest, one’s inspiration has a lasting impact on one’s work. Having said that, however, great photographers have always found a way to make their work stand out from their masters and the clutter of work produced by others. Read more...
Photography inspiration: How to keep shooting imagesAs an amateur we see images taken by photographers like Eric Kim or Jeremy Cowart or Chase Jarvis or classical photographers like Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson and we figure out we could do the same if were to get a good enough camera. After all everybody raves and compliments our Facebook uploads! If we can be this good with our smartphones imagine what we can do with a professional DSLR? Thus, we save, and save and save and finally after a year of sacrificing some of our other indulgences, we finally get our hands on our dream cameras. The first few weeks after we receive our camera are exciting days. We wake up early in the morning, take images of anything that moves, make the exact same composition about a 100 times, each time thinking it is better than the last time and ask anybody we know to pose for a portrait session. We are truly one with our cameras. Read more...
Understanding the Basics of a Good ExposureExposure is the key concept that governs all forms of photography where light in some form or the other is used. Regardless of the camera, lens or other gear you may have, or post processing skills you may possess, if you are unfamiliar with the concepts of exposure and are incapable of getting a good exposure 9 out of 10 times, in camera, you will never be a good photographer. Even if your concept is a good one, a poor exposure is going to ruin the image. Read more...
Tips for Shooting Fireworks Photos

Every Independence Day, or even Memorial or Labor Day, it’s common — a given, even — to see fireworks light up the night sky. They make for wonderful sights and sounds for large gatherings, but fireworks also make great photographs. Its just about knowing how to capture such colorful images.

Shooting fireworks is fairly simple, but it takes some planning and equipment to do so. However, follow these tips and you too can have wonderful photos of those sky rockets.

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