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Getting focus at 100% magnification

When I first started taking photographs the idea of having photos in focus at 100% magnification seemed impossible – but clearly it’s possible now… :) Some suggestions: To check whether your photo is in focus at 100% in iPhoto, view your photo full screen and press “1” – it will magnify your photograph to 100%, … Continue reading

Adding keywords to your photos

So you have this awesome photos, how are buyers going to find them? Keywords are the words that buyers enter into the search field to find the photos they seek. You want to capture every reason a buyer might want your photo. For example for this photo of a middle aged woman in despair there … Continue reading

Preparing editorial photos

Many of the photos I take are editorial photos, which can be used for non-commercial purposes, such as for articles in magazines. The nice thing about editorial photos is that you don’t need a model release. I also have dreams of being a photojournalist, so this allows me to indulge that passion. Some of my … Continue reading

Review – Digital Photography School

I signed up for Digital Photography School’s tips and tutorials‘s RSS feed and I love getting their tips every day. Sometimes they might not be about something I’m interested in, like HDR, but more often than not I learn something from each, and on days that I don’t have time to focus on photography I … Continue reading

Review – Lynda.com photography and Photoshop courses

I find lynda.com courses tremendous resources to learn Photoshop and improve my photography. It costs $25/month, so I just subscribe for a couple months each summer, when I have more time to devote to it. Courses I’ve taken the past four summers include: – Shooting with the Nikon D7000 – Ben Long is just the … Continue reading

Review – Shutterstock forums

One way I learned what made for a successful stock photo was to read many year’s worth of Shutterstock critique forums. I just read one after another after another and found a generous community of photographers who will give you suggestions about how to improve your photos to get accepted into photography sites. At first … Continue reading

What makes for a good stock photo?

So you have been taking photographs for a while and thinking you’ll try stock photography. Now you have to think like a stock photography buyer and their needs are. Just because it’s a nice photographs doesn’t mean you’ll get accepted into stock photography sites. A good friend of mine is an amazing photographer, but the … Continue reading

Starter sites about stock photography to get the ball rolling

Are people telling you they like your photos and you think you might want to sell them? Consider stock photography, it’s been a fun hobby for me that slowly became more of a business for me. Check these great websites to get a general idea of how to get started: – Digital Photography School’s Shooting … Continue reading

Definition of stock photography

When I tell people I am a stock photographer they usually don’t know what that means, so here’s what I tell them. When you read an article in a magazine or on the web, there is usually an accompanying photo – that photo was likely purchased from a stock photo website, such as my Shutterstock … Continue reading

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