Archive for December, 2011

Selling Stock Photography

December 28th, 2011 No comments

Selling stock photography to a stock image library could be a great option for you if you’re more interested in taking pictures than selling them. One of the major problems associated with freelance photography on a part time basis is the lack of time. If you have a separate job that takes your time from Monday to Friday, the only time you have left to take pictures are evenings, weekends and holidays.

If you add up all this time together, it looks okay, but to actually make money from your photography you can’t just take pictures, you need to sell them as well. That in it self can be very time and labor intensive. If you have a family, you probably have even less free time, so you need to make best use of what you have.

Many photographers don’t actually know how to sell their photography either. There is very little point in trying to sell pictures to magazines and publishing houses if you don’t actually know what they want or when they want it. If you send off pictures to these types of publications, the chances are you will be getting them back again within days; you will have achieved nothing except waste time and money.

A great way to overcome the problem of selling your photography is by storing your work with a stock photo library. With a stock photo library, all the selling is taken care of for you. This gives you a source of income for your photography, and gives you more time to spend on taking pictures.

So, if you want to find out more about transportation stock photography or about motorcycle stock photography or even about nautical stock you should click these links.

Groshan Fabiola

Digital Photography: In Focus

December 25th, 2011 No comments

Imagine taking pictures and printing those moments later. Unleash the power of digital photography and this is what happens. All that are required for taking a digital photograph is a digital camera, a PC, a USB connection to the computer, a printer and a photo-editing program. The first step in taking a digital photograph is to familiarize yourself with the digital camera. Now, do not get frightened! Here is how you can deal with it.

All about a Digi Cam

This is short for picture element, the smallest piece of a digital image. A pixel is also referred to as a single point in a graphic image. These elements are the building blocks of your picture, similar to floor tiles or the squares in a mosaic. Put millions of these tiny squares together and you have a digital picture. In fact, “megapixel” is a simple way of saying one million pixels.

This refers to the number of pixels in an image. The more the pixels in a digital photograph, the more detail the digital photograph can contain and better the image quality. It also refers to the sharpness and clarity of a digital photograph. It is measured in Mega pixels. One Mega pixel is equal to one million pixels. A low resolution refers to less than 1 mega-pixel, high-resolution refers to greater than 1 mega-pixel and advanced high resolution is 4 mega-pixels or more. In Digital Photography the resolution of the camera is the most necessary feature to produce first class photographs.

Auto Focus
A good choice for general picture taking is auto mode. This setting, allows your digital camera to automatically set the exposure, the focus, and the flash. With auto mode, you may override the automatic options of the flash and choose to turn the flash off, use fill flash, or red eye reduction.

Digital Zoom
This crops your image and magnifies the result of the cropping. This magnification process is called interpolation. Sacrificing image quality to capture the moment is more important than not getting the picture at all.

Optical Zoom
This physically tends to magnify the subject. A motor controls the lens movement. When you press the switch to W or T, the subject is either magnified or reduced in size. They are wide-angle (reduce) and telephoto (magnify) respectively. This allows you to view the subject before taking the picture.

It denotes the number of images stored in the camera.

What is up next, regarding the components that are drawn in with Digital Photography?

Items associated with Digital Photography

Keen to know the task of a computer in Digital Photography! The Computer is the vital component in Digital Photography. It does the most important task of storing and displaying digital photographs from the digital camera. It allows those digital photographs to get printed onto an array of digital printers that are available.

The display monitors
The display monitors shows you the images in a broad range of colors. However the image can be seen in different looks when viewed on various display monitors. It is for this reason that it is advised to set the settings of the monitor to the default values as set by the manufacturer.

Printers used for Digital Photography

This prints the image on a photographic paper. Inkjet, Dye sublimation and Thermo Autochrome are few of the Printers used in Digital Photography.

Now you know it all. Digital photography is no longer a stranger!! So, start clicking away.

John Darby

Doing Digital Photography Prints

December 21st, 2011 3 comments

In this transition phase of analog to digital photography, everyone knows the difference on how each images is processed into a nice print. For analog photography, the negative (film) is developed into photos in small shops called developing studios, low-end or high end, available some walks away from a nearby establishment.

They come in cheap price for every piece of shot but they come expensive in rolls. This is the conventional way of accomplishing photography. Nowadays there is digital camera mania everywhere! Who would not want private photograph shots from a handy dandy digital camera, where printing is done at home at one’s convenience?

Convenience and privacy are the perfect words for digital photography. The question is how convenient is it to produce a copy? About privacy, there is no doubt, when you take a shot with a digital camera, it does not have to go out of the house.

All you need is a printer. When you need a printer, the array of other needs will start to fall in line one by one because it takes the following to create you own printing of digital photography. For a good digital photography printing, you will the following:

– A high-resolution digital camera with at least 2 mega-pixel resolution
– A stand-alone digital printer (no need for a computer)
– Fully loaded personal computer

It goes to show, processing digital printing at home is not cheap. The mania is only applicable to those who have PCs at home. Let’s say you have all the equipments for digital photography printing, the next requirements are quite complex than it seems.

Digital cameras are capable of deleting undesirable shots at once. There is no more worry for wasted film for bad shots. Now it is time to transfer or load your images to your PC.

At a subdirectory you will see the photos transferred into digital files commonly in JPEG or RAW format. In the future, this will change. The setting and configuration of your digital camera will greatly affect the output you expect.

The very important aspect to be understood when doing digital photography printing is having knowledge about RESOLUTION. What you see in the computer monitor is not what you will see in the printer. This is overwhelming for beginners. Dot representation or pixels comprise an image.

At minimal requirement, a setting of 300 dpi (dots per inch) will already make a good print. For better prints, resolution must be higher. Expect the computer to slow down, assign a realistic values.

Low Jeremy

Sony Ericsson W880i: Get Groovy Music in a Stylized Form

December 18th, 2011 No comments

Sony Ericsson’s Walkman series of phones have made a distinct name for themselves due to their advanced music capabilities. Apart from quality music, these handsets also offer a bundle of other features like imaging, browsing etc. With the introduction of Sony Ericsson W880i , the manufacturer has added more style to the music phone category.

With a thickness of a mere 9.5 mm,the Sony Ericsson W880i is the slimmest phone from the manufacturer, till date. Weighing around 71 grams, the mobile phone is easy to carry. Available in attractive colours flame black and steel silver, the handset looks trendy. The Walkman logo gently assures you of the music prowess and the iconic lineage of this Sony Ericsson music phone.

Very similar to other popular music phones, the Sony Ericsson W880i features an upgraded Walkman player v2.0 which offers music of uncompromised quality. An active user interface with facilities to create and share play lists makes listening music on this device hassle free. The handset has 16MB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 1GB to accommodate around 250 of your favourite songs.

In addition to its advanced music features, the mobile phone also has an in-built 2.0-megapixel digital camera to help you click some good photographs. Features like digital zoom and flash optimizes the imaging quality. You can also shoot videos in QCIF format. A secondary VGA camera which is positioned at the top of the TFT display is for video-calling. You can make and receive video calls across any geographical area with UMTS network supported by your Sony Ericsson W880i . In addition to 3G, this mobile phone also has multiple options of data transferring including EDGE and GPRS.

With so many features, this quality music phone offers unlimited possibilities with plenty of style to spare.

Sony Ericsson W880i .

Alice Erin

Digital Photography Software

December 18th, 2011 No comments

Digital cameras are used for many events and special occasions. To transfer our favorite pictures from the camera to the computer we need to use special software that will facilitate this. This software is known as digital photography software, and you will find many varieties of it available on the market.

This digital photography software can sometimes be found with the digital camera that you buy. In the digital photography software there are various items to be found. These different programs will allow you to manipulate the pictures that you have taken when they are finally on your computer.

There are different types of digital photography software that can be found and used. You will need to make sure that all of the features in the software work properly before you download any of your stored images. The software can be ZoomBrowser EX 5.1, ArcSoft PhotoStudio, PhotoStitch and ImageBrowser 5.1 among the many varieties.

There are different types of digital camera software that you can use for Windows computers and ones for Mac computers. A few of these differences are found in the browser programs. The ImageBrowser 5.1 is to be used with Mac computers and it allows you to view, archive and manage your digital photographs. This is true for the Windows version, the ZoomBrowser 5.1.

To make these many different types of digital photography software work you will need access to device drivers. These drivers that you must have in your computer’s hardware should be TWAIN for Windows 98/2000. For Windows ME you should have WIA installed.

Besides these digital photography software you also need to have a Picture Transfer Protocol or a PTP on your computer. This Picture Transfer Protocol provides the support that you need for your digital camera to connect to any Windows XP (SP1 – 2) or Mac OS X (v10.1.5 – 10.3). With this transfer protocol you don’t need to look for the various requirements that are needed for device driver installation.

By looking at these various digital photography software you can gain an idea of the types of software that you will need to buy. The different kinds of software that is available today should not be that expensive.

You will however need to see if these various programs are compatible with your computer and your digital camera. The various features that are found with digital photography software, allows the camera enthusiast to create the masterpieces that they want.


How To Make Cooking Videos

December 15th, 2011 No comments

A lot of people ask me about tips on making cooking videos. When I make my video, I am not attempting to create a TV style slick show, nor am I trying to haphazardly record rote recipe preparation. I think the slick television type video production must be reserved for those with the skill and the time, which I lack. My goal is to create clear, concise easy to follow videos that contain new information for the viewer. In short, I am attempting to provide educational videos on the topic of cooking. Due to my current limited equipment I am not happy with the sound or light quality of my videos, however I decided to strive to make the best videos I could with what I had available before diving in and making a more serious financial investment. I needed also to be able to create the videos in a time sensitive manner so as not to excessively detract from my other innumerable responsibilities.

About a year ago I was given a tiny digital camera, which took videos! I got the idea to try and capture some of my favorite recipes on video, so I could eventually share them with my young daughter. At first, I tried editing using the software which came included on my laptop, windows movie maker…as with many Microsoft products this software left a great deal to be desired. I changed tactics and decided to attempt to record my recipes live, as I went, with accompanying explanations as clear as I could make them. I still use windows movie maker, and am happy to have it. I add titles and transitions between clips and that’s all.

I came up with a few guidelines which aided greatly in creating my videos.

* First the basics which cannot be overstated:

o LOOK AT THE CAMERA – its so easy to forget this while cooking, after all its not a speech and you are working. Try to minimize views of your back.

o Speak clearly being careful to annunciate your words. Try to project your voice, as though you were on stage, which in a way, you are.

o State what your recipe is, what ingredients are involved and give measurements when practical

o Don’t move too much – keep motion down to what is essential for the preparation of the dish

o I started with youtube which limited the duration to 10 minutes, and I still try and stick to this … in todays day and age nobody has time to watch forever, and 10 minutes is long enough without resorting to a great deal of post filming editing.

* I try to do as much prep work as possible off camera, ahead of time. This includes measuring ingredients and placing in small bowls, chopping, dicing and the like. Unless the technique involved is novel or interesting there is no need for the viewer to watch 5 potatoes being diced fine.

* I try to film in natural stages, ending clips where appropriate and resuming when valuable to the viewer – for example, nobody needs to watch a pot of simmering liquid simmer for 20 mins.

* I think about what I am preparing for dinner as I shop, and I think about the parts of the recipe, how it breaks down naturally – first we combine ingredients, then cook or marinade or whatever, then season, further treat and finally serve.

* I try to film each part of the food preparation in one continuous pass, so that there is no subsequent need for editing. This can be problematic in a house with children, pets and the various noises and needs that arise from same, so I start a lot of videos and end up not using them – simple salmon in foil packets is one that I will someday post, I’ve made it for my family countless times since I started recording my dinner preparations – but for some reason, there is always a child having a meltdown (which is rare normally) a dog who won’t stop barking, a ringing phone – something disruptive.

* If something mild occurs while I am filming I try not to overreact and continue on cooking and talking – for example, causally remove cat from butcher block and continue cooking/filming.

* Initially I neglected to include in my videos a shot showing the final plating of the dish. I now try to always do this, as well as taking a picture of the final product.

* Initially, I neglected to provide close-ups of crucial phases of a preparation. I try to incorporate these more often, but within reason as there is only me, and one camera

* I turn on my little camera and place it on a 64 oz jar of organic apple juice and aim it towards the area I cook in. I look through the lens to make sure its roughly in the right place.

* I turn off the camera after first cuing in the potential viewers with a statement like “I will be back after the chicken marinates to demonstrate what to do next” this allows for a transition to the next clip without more formal editing.

* The number one problem with my little camera is lack of space, so I need to transfer my video clips to my computer as I take them – then delete them from the camera and film the next clip. More than once I have inadvertently ran out of space and thought I was recording when I was not.

* I film most nights, not concerned with my physical appearance – because to worry about this on top of everything else would no doubt decrease the number of videos I can make.

* Finally, once you have made your video – watch it, all the way through. I find this painful, because I tend to be self – conscious but it is essential. Watch it for continuity, accuracy and basic ‘watchability’. If you are lucky to have someone willing, get someone else to watch it through as well. Then go ahead and post it, this isn’t rocket science after all!

Maria Gray

Making Money With Wedding Photography

December 15th, 2011 No comments

Copyright (c) 2008 Tom Jackson

Have your friends have told you how good your photography is? Are the prints you create appreciated by friends and family? Have they have suggested that you start your own wedding photography studio? If so, you may be asking what is your next step? Well, with a little help, you can get started in your very own business.

Wedding photography can provide you with an excellent income, either full or part time. Wedding photography has been the catalyst for many of the top professional photographers. Doing it for yourself of course, means that you get to keep all the money. But, please note that as the photographer, you will often be required to act as the wedding coordinator as well, as these days, most brides cannot afford one. And if there is no wedding coordinator, then it is usually the wedding photographer who will make sure everyone is where they should be most of the time. The downloadable course is designed to help you in all aspects of the days event. As the wedding photographer, you need to make sure that the bride and groom follow your directions. Make them aware that it is in their interest to follow your directions because they want a whole lot of great looking photos for their album.

As you prepare for an event, you need to make sure that all your equipment is ready, and that you have everything you need for the days event. If possible, be sure to have a series of back-ups, a spare camera body, a spare lens and a spare flash in case any of your prime units fails. You should always be prepared so that you never haver to come up to the bride during a wedding and try to explain that you equipment just broke and you cannot take any photos. Again, a death sentence. Your back-up units do not need to be identical to your prime units, but they should be at least close to the same specs. The camera needs to be able to take images at the same resolution as your prime camera, otherwise there will be a noticeable difference in quality of the final prints. The flash unit can be a smaller unit with a slightly lower light output, but if it happens, then this unit will have to do quite a bit of work, so be careful. Make sure that the spare flash is fully charged before taking photos. I have seen a number of photographers get excited about taking some pictures at an event, and they will often just fire away, taking picture after picture, not realizing that the flash is not fully charged for each picture, and so, most of the resulting images will have serious problems, that may not be able to be recovered on the computer. So, make sure that you have good back-up equipment.

Let me ask you, are you ready to take the next step? If you love photography and working with people, the let me ask you if you are ready to start your own wedding photography business? Then you will find that the wedding photography course is designed to get you off to a great start. Everything is in this course, including all the forms you will need. Business forms are provided for you as a computer file that you can edit and personalize to give them your very own identity. This alone will help you and your business look very professional and save you a lot of time and money, so you can get bookings and start making some money with your very own wedding photography business.

Tom Jackson

Se Z610i – the New Style Icon.

December 11th, 2011 No comments

Enriching its portfolio with yet another top model, Sony Ericsson launches the impressive Sony Ericsson Z610i. The handset poses as a show stopper with its super stylish reflective casing and range of alluring colours. When held in hands, the Sony Ericsson Z610i feels wonderful with its smooth contours and soft shape. Sony Ericsson Z610i comes with a clamshell opening mechanism and an informative discrete external screen. The screen is highly reflective and acts just like a mirror when not on use. But as soon as the mobile is activated, the external screen is lit up in complimenting colours. The external screen provides the user with a OLED display with a screen resolution of 128 x 36 pixels. The internal screen within is all about bright and clear colours.

The addition of animated wallpaper & fun screen savers makes the overall appearance further attractive. This makes Sony Ericsson Z610i highly captivating and a stand out among the ‘Z’ range of Sony Ericsson.

For clear and precise picture shot, Sony Ericsson Z610i comes close with a highly effective 2 Mega pixels camera, with 2.5 digital zoom. Moreover, the users can store, save, share & upload their pictures using the various options provided. Taking a imaging experience a level higher, the SE Z610i allows to record, play & stream video footage, using its 3G technology. The 16 MB memory (which can be further expanded) empowers the users to store more information in the mobile.

Sony Ericsson Z610i comes with advance features to take blogging to a new level. In quick easy steps one can take a photo, write a small snippet of text and publish it on the Internet as a blog. Further, a own free personal blog Web site with is provided with the purchase of Z610i. The Sony Ericsson Z610i comes with tri band GSM technology which covers GSM 900, GSM1800, GSM 1900 & is UMTS capable. The integrated web browser enables quick access to the net, while with RSS feed brings live news updates to the users inbox. There is also the advantages of Blue tooth™ wireless technology, USB cable & fast port. Other PIM functions of The Sony Ericsson Z610i include -alarms, calendar, tasks, notes, calculator, timer, stopwatch and synchronisation with a PC. The mobile has a respectable battery life of seven hours talk time. The Sony Ericsson Z610i is available in colours such as luster black, airy blue & rose pink.

Caitlin Lucy

Nokia N80: the Mobile Imaging Powerhouse

December 11th, 2011 No comments

Picking up a Nokia N80 in a Clearance deal is a good idea. The exceptionally desirable smartphone in smooth titanium silver finish at an even lower price in a Clearance deal should save anyone a good amount of hard earned money other than the long range of functionalities the Nokia N80 includes.

The Nokia N80 is a 3G slider phone with top of the line imaging and business features. The handset fits nicely to the hand and feels really solid at 134 gm. The active matrix 262k colour display puts into rest any doubts about its superior specs and functionality.

This S60 third edition based smartphone uses Symbian operating system. The Nokia N80 supports all for GSM mobile network bands other than 3G (UMTS) networks. The Nokia N80 uses its secondary VGA camera located at the to of its display to make video calls. Endowed with UPnP technology, the Nokia N80 is also at home with advanced voice functions like conference calling and Push to Talk.

The Nokia N80 represents the apex in the field of still mobile photography of the N series. However, there are other N series models designed to shoot videos. The primary camera module of the Nokia N80 is 3.15 megapixel based on CMOS. Imaging with the Nokia N80 is not only about high resolution but a complete imaging experience that allows you to print ‘real’ photographs. The camera is endowed with autofocus, 20x digital zoom, integrated LED flash, Anti Red Eye, self timer as well as advance camera modes and special effects.

Transferring data to and from the Nokia N80 is quick and painless. Other than 3G, the smartphone can also give you a ‘slower’ speed of about 236 kbps through EDGE or even ‘slower’ GPRS. WiFi, Infrared, Bluetooth and USB are other ways to get connected and share information with compatible devices.

Feature list of the Nokia N80 is so long that it would take a while for a new user to get accustomed to the wide array of functions.

Nokia N80 Clearance

Keith Rickwood

The Boost of Digital Photography And How It Has Affected The Fashion Industry

December 11th, 2011 No comments

The growth of digital photography had made it feasible for everyone to capture the perfect moments of their lives better than ever. The big improvement in shutter speed and photo resolution, make it convenient and easy for both beginners and professional photographers to take good pictures. In addition, photo editing can now be done to create a more creative and artistic photos.

Digital photography has also been a huge plus for many online and offline businesses. A stock or image is used by a photographer to purchase images. These stocks are then purchased on different prices, depending on the license. But since they are digital, and they can be acquired outright from different companies, they can be modified, manipulated and edited using sophisticated editing software.

Today, digital photography is known to boost the fashion industry. Digital fashion photography far off different from doing television footages and taking photos on films. For digital photographers, it is a more challenging field to work on.

The ultimate purpose of digital fashion photography is to capture every detail in the ramp. It will focus on the figures of the stunning ladies, in their most fancy, magnificent and extreme fashion outfits. Digital fashion photography will capture the various outlooks essential to gratify the acceptance in world wide fashion trends.

While digital fashion photography is a meticulous field, a photographer should be creative enough to know the hottest craze each year.

Like fashion designers, digital fashion photographers should also work in high end ease, filed with beauty and glamour. The latter should really come up with the fashions great photos.

A few points to consider on digital fashion photography are to keep focused, ensure that your camera is always with you, know and set your objective, do not let go of the opportune moment, envision on how could come up with a creative and interesting pictures and make use of various distance and angles for each shot. Further show contrast by giving blurry parts and sharp emphasis over your photos, organize your subject, put weight on the shapes and lines of interest as well as create good impact that you are giving information on your audience.

A digital photographer should also be conscious that whatever output he delivers will uncover the care, readiness and awareness of the many vital points to remember in taking pictures.

The photographer should use curtains and reflectors. Use a tripod and set light to either left or right side of the object at an angle of 45 degree. As much as possible, avoid bright lights, or else use polarizing filters. And lastly, never underexpose parts or expose the whole photo. Never expose the entire photograph, try underexposing other parts.

Photographers can make use of backdrop materials to give emphasis on tint and color. Use reflectors, filters, see-thru transparency, and diffusers to neutralize colors. It is recommended to use gray and white backgrounds.

As a professional photographer your audience may not see what you see in the picture. People pay value to the subject and not on the background. It should connect each other.

Terry Parker