Coming to Terms with Cliché Shots

Cliché shots are images of subjects or compositions that are so overused that they have lost their meaning or substance. Everyone has taken a cliché shot at one time or another. When we are starting to learn to the craft of photography, we usually imitate, maybe subconsciously, the images we most often see such as those on greeting cards, postcards, magazines and the like. Orange sunsets over the ocean, smiling babies, wide eyed puppies, flowers with dewdrops, all these have become extremely popular and seem to have become the standard for what is 'good' photography. They are technically sound, clear and sharp, and appear to be well liked by most people; otherwise they wouldn't be so widespread. Therefore, photographers take more of these photos, believing that these shots represent professionalism and the desires of the general public. Therein lies the issue. Not so much in the shots themselves but in the photographer's wish to please other people before himself.

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Keyword Optimization Part 1: Choosing the Right Keywords

In today's day and age everything information based can be easily accessed using just our fingertips and the click of a mouse. It's easy to say that we have never been more in touch with people wherever they are located as long as they have internet access.

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How To Find Inspiration 2: Photo Theme Ideas

Finding focus is a great way to motivate yourself to take pictures. Sometimes we just have no clue what to shoot next and our mind is a complete blank. Times like these, you might want to limit yourself to a particular subject or theme so that there is some sort of guideline you can concentrate on and follow.

There are several photo ideas you can make use of to jumpstart your passion. Here are six photo themes which might inspire you to pick up the camera again:

1.Letters of the Alphabet – Have you ever observed your surroundings and noticed certain objects seem to form a letter of the alphabet? Our mind is constantly trying to form patterns, to find some organization in randomness. Your neighbor's rooftop looks just like an A and that curled up worm you saw while gardening looks just like the letter O. Try going around your house or neighborhood and see if you can take a picture of each letter in the alphabet.

plastic How To Find Inspiration 2: Photo Theme Ideas2.One Object – Choose an object and find different ways to present it in your photographs. For example, think of what you can do with one sheet of white bond paper. Take a photo of it crumpled in a tight ball, or while it is burning, or half submerged in water. You can roll it, crease it, fold it, and so on. The possibilities are staggering. 

3.Kitchen Abstract – The kitchen is usually full of items just waiting to have its picture taken. Add a little extra challenge by making each photo an abstract. The plastic handle of a potato grater can be a great graphic abstract. Composition is vital in this exercise since the idea is to not make your subject instantly recognizable.

4.Black and White in Color – The world around us is full of color but for this theme, the focus is on black and white subjects. Converting to monochrome in post-processing is not allowed so the fun is in the hunting for subjects that are naturally black or white.

gel macro 300x228 How To Find Inspiration 2: Photo Theme Ideas5.Macro – We're so used to being at a distance from what we are looking at that the tiny details are naturally overlooked. Why don't you go up close to your subject, as close as your camera possibly can without the image becoming all blurred. Try to capture the texture, the shapes, and the part of the object that you never noticed before but which now seems so interesting.

There are hundreds of photo themes you can use so next time you do not know what to shoot, follow a theme for a week or two and feel your creative juices flow again.


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How To Find Inspiration I: Seeing Creatively

There are times when we run out of ideas on what to shoot next. It seems we've taken a picture of everything we can think of. The family dog seems to already know its best profile from all the hundreds of pictures you've taken of it. You've taken shots of every vegetable in the fridge, every item on your dresser and every flower in the garden. Inspiration is knocking less often at your door and the camera is slowly gathering dust.

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Organize your event groups now!

We have modified our code to allow you to organize groups. Previously only albums could be organized but due to demand we have expanded the feature to allow you to organize your groups as well. This can be important for people working with groups within groups. Simply log in and enter a group. You will have a left menu with a link to organize under the group name. You can then select albums and re-arrange them as you see fit. Please let us know if this feature is working well for you and if you have any other requests regarding functionality for the site.

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New T&I and Trading card templates now live

We have added new Team and Individual templates and Trading cards for Marching band, Soft Ball and Field Hockey.

These templates are available to consumers ordering on your site as long as you have the product activated. Both feature all the major sports and make it really easy for your client to add multiple photos and select data points that will appear on the product. If you have not already tried the ordering process we would like to encourage you to activate these in your events and place an order from the front end of the site. We expect you will be impressed by the ease of use of this revolutionary consumer oriented product. If you are looking for more generic templates we recommend you have a look at our memory mate line which includes templates for a wide variety of occasions. Custom action products have long been a best seller for sports photographers. Now you can take the work out of it and allow clients to do their own layout in a super easy and friendly format.

If you notice we are missing something that should be added please feel free to contact us with your suggestions.


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