Shooting Water: Frozen Water Shots

Since it does not have a definite shape, water can appear in different forms, literally and figuratively. In this article, we will discuss how we can freeze water action in an image using camera settings. We will also talk about freezing water literally to come up with creative images.

To freeze water in mid-motion, adjust your shutter speed to a very high setting, the highest you can make it. Since the shutter speed is very fast, you will need to compensate for the exposure by adjusting your aperture to a relatively small f-stop, which would mean a larger lens opening to allow more light to pass through.

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New Retro Custom Poster Designs

4 new custom posters to choose from!

Photostockplus has added 4 hot new templates for consumers to choose from when creating their own custom action posters with our streamlined system. You can now order “Sun Rays (Brown)”, “Sun Rays (Colors)”, “Black & Green (Universe)” or “Black & Red (Stone)”. Custom action posters are heavily in demand collages our designers put together with your favorite sports images. You will be asked to enter your first name, last name, player number and team, then select the background and up to three photos you would like to add to the poster.

Our artists will remove the subject from the photos, creatively position them on select backgrounds and add the player’s name, team and player number to create a stunning final product that is approved by you. Small adjustments can be made before final output.

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Sizes and finishes

Custom posters are available in 16×20, 20×24 or 24×36 sizes with Glossy, Matte, Luster or Metallic finishes.

How to add custom posters to your product list?

Once logged in to your Photostockplus account, click on “pricing”, then select your price group (or create a new custom price group if you haven’t already created one).

Scroll down until you see “Custom Poster” in the “Composites” section.  After entering the desired markup, make sure to check the “active” box for each product selected, then scroll down and click on “save”.

How to choose which products to show in your “product” page

In your Photostockplus account, click on “admin” in the blue menu on the left then click on “customize website” under  “my account”. Scroll down until you see “Storefront Pricing Group:” and select the price group you want to show. All the products in the selected price group will appear in your storefront.


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Understanding Exposure – Part 2: Auto/Manual Exposure, Reciprocity, and Light Meters

The subject of exposure is very broad since it is the foundation of the medium of photography. To have more control over your camera’s output, it is best to understand the various concepts of exposure. Here are more information regarding exposure, from how its elements interact, to the various ways it is measured.

Cameras have automatic and/or manual exposures. By using the auto mode, the camera decides the best exposure settings based on the subject’s mid-tone.

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Understanding Exposure – Part 1: Exposure Triangle

Photography has so many technical terms and jargon that it can all get so confusing at times. One thing that any photographer should fully understand, though, is exposure. Photography means ‘capturing the light’ and exposure is the total amount of light that reaches the film (traditional photography) or sensor (digital photography).

Exposure is defined by three elements which make up the ‘exposure triangle’. These would be ISO, aperture and shutter speed. These are all connected to each other and by adjusting any of these settings, you must keep the other two in mind.

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An Intro to Black and White Digital Photography

Black and white photographs are often deemed as elegant or classy. Although colored photographs can be breathtaking, colors can also be such a strong element that it can overpower the other elements such as patterns or texture. There is something stark and intense about black and white pictures that captures the viewer’s attention and doesn’t let it go.

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Composition – when an image is stripped of color, other elements become much more obvious. The various textures become more noticeable, patterns and shapes become more pronounced, and contrast and toning need a deft touch. One needs a good command of the elements of composition to bring out the best in black and white images.

Shoot in color – the great thing about shooting in color is that you can always convert it to black and white in post processing. Then, if you change your mind and want it colored after all, you still have the original file to work with.

Use RAW – if your camera is capable of taking photographs in RAW format, it would be advisable to use that function. The image appears as black and white on the LCD screen but the camera is storing all the colors as well. RAW stores all of the image data unlike JPEG which compresses the file and disposes of some data. These extra data might be the saving factor in retrieving detail to over or underexposed areas.

When converting to black and white in post processing, try not to use grayscale or desaturation. Instead, play with the channels which will give you more control about editing the shades between black and white.

Shoot during overcast days –you might not usually take colored pictures on days like these because the colors look washed out and dull. However, overcast or gloomy days are a great time to shoot black and white pictures. As a matter of fact, you can also take fabulous black and white shots during bright sunlight because the harsh lighting can cause hard shadows which can appear dramatic in the monochrome image.

Low ISO – unless it is for intended effect, it is always best to choose low ISO when taking a photograph, whether colored or black and white. This is particularly necessary with black and white shots because image noise or grain is more visible.

Choose your subject – some subjects just look better in black and white rather than color. For example, a lot of portrait photography is shot in black and white because blemishes and imperfections are less apparent. Wedding photography is another area that makes full use of this style. Black and white wedding photos have this aura of elegance, solemnity and romance that seems difficult to capture in color. Cityscapes and landscapes also make great subjects because lines and patterns are emphasized.


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Quick Tips on Taking Great Landscape Photography

Landscapes and seascapes are ideal as photography subjects because nature has this innate beauty, whether it be snowcapped mountains or mist covered swamps. A lot of thought and consideration on the location and timing is needed to get the perfect shot. The right equipment is also needed to make everything just right.

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5 Tips on Beach Photography

If you live near the ocean, chances are you visit the beach often. If you don’t live near the ocean, you most likely make vacation plans to stay by the beach for some well deserved relaxation. They are great places to hang out and make excellent backgrounds for your subject, and they also make inspiring subjects themselves since they are places of natural beauty.

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What Camera Should I Buy

Are you venturing into the world of photography and are wondering what would be the perfect camera to buy? Or are you planning to upgrade that old-timer which seems to visit the repair shop too often? There are so many cameras in the market these days and the various features that manufacturers and camera shops are parading are not making it any easier to arrive at a decision. Ask yourself a few probing questions before you buy a camera:

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New Feature! Add Custom Content on Your Contact Page!

Thanks to some great feedback and ideas from the Photostockplus community, we have added yet another feature to our system this week giving you even more control and customization options for your Photostockplus storefront!

Add Custom Content to Your Contact Page!

Have specific business hours? Want to provide your visitors with additional ways to get a hold of you? Want to tell the world where your business is located? Whatever it is, you can now add content to your heart’s desire on to your contact page.

How to Add Content to Your Contact Page?

Once logged in to your Photostockplus account, click on the ‘Customize Website’ found below the ‘Marketing Tools’ section. Scroll down to the ‘Contact Page Content:’ and start adding that content. It’s just that easy!

HTML and Flash Compatible!

The newly added ‘Contact Page Content’ field provides you with the same flexibility as your Header and other Content fields which accepts complete text formatting, HTML coding and even flash.

We recommend all users to take a few minutes to set up additional contact page content. It’s a well invested 5 minutes to possibly provide a much more positive user experience for those clients who prefer calling in or sending an email directly with questions rather than using a contact form.

Many more features are under development and regular articles are being added in our Photography Articles section so if you haven’t yet, be sure to Subscribe to this Blog or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for all of the latest updates and articles!

We love hearing from our users so feel free to comment on this post, throw in your suggestions, or even email us directly if there’s something you would like to see added to the Photostockplus service and who knows, you may see it in the next feature update!

Ilan Artzy
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Customize your “Main Site” link

 

You can now customize the “Main Site” button on your site to link to another webpage. This can be useful if you are using your own URL to promote your business. The “Main Site” Link appears in Groups or in Events were you set the “Include link to Main Site” option while creating an event. To change the default link which is your photostockplus.com gallery you can visit the “Admin’ Section and the click “Customize Website” under the “My Account” tab. You will then see the Custom "Main Site" link: Simply change the URL here and then scroll to the bottom and hit “Update Website”

 

We hope you will find this feature helpful.

 

Ilan Artzy

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