Take care of your camera in cold

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Take care of your camera in cold atmosphere.
The amount of cloths we wear while going out in a sparkling cold weather is incredible. Your camera and other gear needs that too. We are about to talk how to make your gear works effortlessly in cold weather just like we did for a human body in this article.

Going outdoor and Back indoor :

Digital cameras now a days are tough but still working with them in minus degree temperature is little tough. Some precautions are needed to be taken.


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Airtight bags works like a charm in cold weather. When going out and coming back, put you camera and lenses in an airtight bag which will prevent the sudden change in temperature for your gears. This will prevent condensation happening on your gears. If available, use dry bags like the one in malls. They do a better job. Silica gel balls in airbag can also help in this situation.

Using these will give your camera a little time to settle up with temperature and these things make sure that temperature of your gear increases as gradually as possible. Sudden change and condensation can harm your sensors and other electronics in your device.


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Spare batteries :

You might have noticed that batteries are not performing as expected in cold. Don’t worry, there is nothing wrong with them, it’s the weather that is affecting the performance.
A cold battery cannot push out as much electricity as a warm one so the amount of time your batteries will last becomes smaller. In this case, spare batteries are saviors. Here is a trick for them : Put your extra batteries in the warmest part of your jacket which keeps it warm and helps in better performance. The same thing with your dead batteries, take them out from your gear and put them in to the same warmest place for some time and put them back in camera. Surprise Surprise! Yes, it regains some amount of energy and ready to use again.

Don’t drop your camera :

Nobody drops their camera intentionally, I know. But holding a camera in cold weather is tough because of gloves and some other accessories. There are high chances that you accidently drop your camera and come back with a bad news. In cold weather, Plastics are also easily breakable so the chances of breaking your camera body increases. To avoid this, Make sure you are using neck or wrist straps all the time.

Article by: Vivek Maru

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Winter Photography Tips

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If you’re planning to roam around in winter. Don’t forget to carry your camera with you. Because here you’ll going to get some great tips on winter photography.

1. Search and Decide your route

Searching and deciding your route ahead of time will help you make an idea of which particular locations will look good in snow. Winter photography is not about taking pictures of snow, it’s all about taking picture of the places that looks good in snow. You can always explore and roam around you decided route though.

Have an idea of the places that will look good in snow. Let your imagination work and take a picture with imagination itself. This will help you target your subjects which can be a house or a bridge or a train station.

Check this too: Tips for beginner photographers  

2. Prepare your Clothing and required equipment

Photographing in snow is a bit hard task to do which needs a lot of precautions. First thing to do is to forget about fashion and prepare all the required clothing ahead of time so the storm or snow hits the ground; you just put everything on and leave the house.

Using the warmest gloves will be preferable but at the same time they are very much irritating in photographing because they are too bulky to handle. Using two thin layer gloves can work fine. They are not that warm but they do the job.

Going out in the snow needs care of your whole body. Make sure to wear proper snow boots while going out. Also, two layers of sweater and pants are recommended accompanied with a powerful jacket with a hood. Hoods works like a charm while going out in the middle of the storm. It is also recommended to have some chemical warmers if temperature goes way far down.


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3. Prepare your camera.

Digital cameras now days are way tough but still you gotta take a little care while working in a drastic change of temperature. Some of the precautions I choose to work with are:

1. Don’t change the lens while out in the field. You might not want to take a risk of moisture getting inside your camera and on your sensor. I would use probably a 18-135mm or 24-105mm lens.

2. Give your camera a little time to adjust with the temperature. Make sure you don’t put you camera directly into -20 C from room temperature. Sense a theme here. Drastic change of temperature may harm your camera. Same thing applies while coming back to home. Make sure that temperature of your camera is increasing gradually.

3. Other thing I would recommend is a protector. Lots of them are available online. Speaking from personal experience, almost each one of them screwed up in snow. I would recommend a handmade protector which is pretty much comfortable to your hand to operate the camera.


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4. When to go?

Well, this one little question is challenging photographers all the time. Some of them choose to go out in the middle of the storm while the snow is still falling and some of them choose to go out very next moment the snow fall is off. Both the choices have their own pros. If you ask me, I would like to experience both the situation.

Article by: Vivek Maru

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Photography Cheat Sheet – Camera Basics

Logically there is no shortcut to learn Photography but some set of tips, definitions and graphics can certainly speed up your learning. Here we came up with an interactive Photography Cheat Sheet to make you learn faster.

If you are starting with photography or just recently got your first DSLR then below Photography Cheat Sheets are perfect for you to learn basics of cameras and how all the function works. There are lots of other beginner tutorials out there but this handy thing can be your companion anytime, anywhere.

Below sheet contains some of the examples that can explain theoretical part explained above in previous sheet.

Being a beginner in photography, it is not easy to get perfect exposure even after knowing all the fundamental functions mentioned above in sheets. In that case, Histogram is your best friend. Histogram is the most useful tool in your DSLR and unfortunately it is the least understood by photographers.

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Understanding this useful tool helps you get better exposure and is one of the most important steps to produce some stunning images. Mainly 3 ways you can track exposure by looking at histogram as shown in the sheet. It actually illustrates the ranges of color tones in an image.

More details on histogram understanding are on its way. Stay tuned.

 

Article By : Vivek Maru

11 things a beginner photographer should take care about.

These photography tips you should know about, if you are a beginner photographer.

Object Centric Click.

First of all, figure out that where is the object you want to capture and then click it in the best possible way that it will look nice. Don’t go haphazardly.

Solution: Use Single Point Focusing method to capture a focused object.

Know the Scene.

Get to know whether you want to take a landscape or a portrait photo. Because horizontal objects don’t go fine with a vertical click.

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Know what to focus.

Once in a while it might have happened to every person with a DSLR that they tried to capture one object and ended up with focusing on the other one.

Basically you need to be clear about SPF (Single point focusing) or MPF (Multi points focusing) methods.

If you want to focus on a single object or a small region then you should use SPF method else you can use MPF method.

Use The Right Tools.

It’s not just the camera that clicks a perfect photo, you need to use proper tools sometimes along with the camera.

Use wide angle lens for the Objects that are nearer to you(e.g. 18-55mm)

Use tripod when you want to click a star trail or any slow shutter speed photos.

Choose the Right Mode.

Get to know about each modes that are given in your DSLR. (AV, P, TV, landscape etc.)

Use each mode by yourself.

Figure out that which mode is used in which situations.

G.: When you don’t know about the Scene or which mode should be used, you can use Programming (P) mode. It will automatically set the ISO and Aperture values as per the scenes.

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Lights may lead you.

Get used to deal with the lights.

Click the photo when the light is getting applied on the object if you don’t want to darken the capture. Vice versa when you want to click a silhouette. Learn how to photograph fireworks.

 

1/3rd rule of frame.

It’s a rule to capture a photo in which the object you want to click should be portrayed in the third part of the frame. These are the common composition mistakes you should know.

 

Shutter speed and F-stop/Aperture (manual mode).

Shutter speed is indirectly proportional to the Aperture value.

If you are increasing the shutter speed then you will have to decrease the Aperture value.

g.: if you open up 3 stops like from f/16 to f/5.6 then you will have to increase the shutter speed t 3 stops like from 1/15 to 1/125.

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ISO Sensitivity.

ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light.

When there is plenty of light, you should always use the lowest ISO, to retain the most detail and to have the highest image quality.

You should increase the ISO when there is not enough light for the camera to be able to quickly capture an image.

Try to avoid using Auto Mode.

Using an auto mode will make you feel that you’re capturing all the photos well. But once you will get out of using auto mode, you will get to know that there are plenty of things that you can do with your camera.

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“Don’t be a wannabe ”

Well, don’t capture a selfie in the mirror holding your camera, that won’t define you as a photographer.

Photographers don’t click a photograph, They make one…

Article by :  Bhagyoday Lashkari

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Basics of post processing using Photoshop

Basic of post processing in photoshop

Basic of post processing in photoshop

Sometimes we have a precious moment in our lives captured in the wrong way. That is where Photoshop and post processing is used to fix this problem to enhance and retouch our precious, yet less than perfect image to become precious perfect ones. [note : we are just touching these points] In this tutorial, I will share some of my favourite enhancing and retouching techniques. You may know some of my techniques, and others, you may not.

Vibrance : Vibrance is a smart-tool which cleverly increases the intensity of the more muted colors and leaves the already well-saturated colors alone. It’s sort of like fill light,

Exposure : Exposure may be the most common problem in photography. Whether your image is underexposed (too dark), overexposed (too bright), or just washed out in a hazy low-contrast fog, improper exposure can ruin an otherwise good shot.

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The way you need to approach this is to mainly drag the Exposure slider to the right until the image begins to have about the right brightness. As you do so, don’t worry too much about the shadows, we will look forward to learn more option of photoshop image retouching.

Duplicate layers in Photoshop when you about to make some major changes, you should duplicate certain layers to keep a safe version of the original, then if you make a mess of the copy you can refer back to the original version.

Choose the Blur tool from the Tools panel in Edit Full mode. Press Shift+R to cycle through the Blur, Sharpen, and Smudge tools. Select a brush from the Brushes Preset Picker drop-down panel. Be sure to use a small brush for smaller areas of blur. Larger brushes produce more extreme effects.

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Select a blending mode from the Mode pop-up menu.You have several choices, including Hue, Saturation, Color, and Luminosity. Choose the strength of the blur effect with the Strength slider or text box. The lower the value, the lighter the effect. Paint over the areas you want to blur. If you don’t like the results, press Ctrl+Z (cmd+Z on the Mac) to undo the changes and then lower the Strength percentage. 

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Now we have a retouched image using some very basic tools of photoshop. Here we have few more distractions in this photograph and we will learn to remove it using a smart photoshop tool.

Content Aware Fill

What Content Aware Fill does is to replace unwanted areas of an image in a smart way. It can reduce the amount of time you spend working with the Clone Stamp and other fixing tools when you have something you need to get rid of in an image.

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Go to tool bar of photoshop window and select spot healing brush tool as showing in above image. Make sure, ‘’Content-Aware” is selected below the menu bar. Use the brush over the objects you need to remove from any photograph.

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Lets look on further process…

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Here I’ve used the spot healing brudh tool over those blackbucks distracting background of this photograph.

[ note : use smaller size of brush to get accurate results otherwise it may be quite tough ]

Final Result

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Article By: Bhavyesh Acharya 

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Fireworks Photography tutorial

The fireworks photography tutorial for beginners is focused to get some ideas on clicking amazing firework photographs this Diwali. An intermediate guide to photograph fireworks including required gadgets and additional precautions.

This tutorial will help you to click fireworks photographs on the diwali festival. Go through this article to know more and grab your firework shots with technical knowledge.


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Required Stuff

Well, As you all know… A DSLR is required to click fireworks photography. Another must thing is tripod, without tripod you won’t be able to get steady and sharp shots. A external flash is not required but you can use it to add external light to your photograph if you are shooting any human object. ( I am not using flash here )

Where to shoot ?

You have to select an open space area to click fireworks because you need to work in sky to capture fireworks lighting. Plus choose an area where you can get much more fireworks to click. It will increase your chance to click an amazing shots.

To click eye level photos of fireworks, you have to choose any building and go to its top.  you’ll have a extreme shots by doing this.

How to focus ?

Focusing in dark area to click fireworks is quite tricky technique. You have two options…

You can focus on any object where light source is available and then click fireworks without changing the focus ring. So, once you focused you need to change focus to manual focus otherwise it will refocus the object while clicking.

Permanent solution : In some morning time, take your camera and focus the lens in sky. This technique called “Infinite Focusing” once it focused properly, put a mark on your lens with marker (mark focus ring and zooming ring). Now while clicking on dark area just match both of the marks and your focus is now set as infinite.

Taking Shots

Once all setup done, you are now ready click photographs through your camera. Usually fireworks are so much colorful. So all you have to do is just shoot without making change in white balance and all.

Once you’ll click photograph of fireworks, you’ll get ideas automatically.  Here Is the EXIF data and the photograph. You may get ideas after reviewing the exif data.


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Using Long Exposure

Long exposure is the awesome technique to get softer and smoother lighting effects. You can also apply this on the road to get the picture of traffic in motion lights and fireworks as well. Keep in mind that while using long exposure you must decrease the ISO level at lowest point. otherwise it will add too much light and grain.

For clicking with long exposure, I prefer Manual Mode. because it provide you to use functionalists efficiently. In manual mode you can manually adjust exposure, ISO and aperture values. Keep in mind that high ISO will involve high amount of light and Lover aperture will also involve high amount of light.

You must adjust all these (exposure, iso & aperture) settings accordingly. Here in following photograph I’ve chose top floor of a building that I can click fireworks and traffic lights as well using Long Exposure.


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Exposure : 10sec | ISO : 100 | Aperture : f/20

Adding human element

In fireworks photography you can try some new things instead of clicking only fireworks lighting. You can involve some human elements to your photograph. It will make your photograph telling a story.

Adding human element is little tough thing because we have to manage the lighting of firework and human element. You can use external flash to increase the quality of your photograph.

While adding human element to your photograph you need to know basic about composition rules. You can achieve a good result if you follow rule of thirds while clicking the photograph. Here in this photograph I’ve used Rule of thirds but did not used external flash or any other light source.


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 Additional

You can apply all your creativity and Ideas while shooting fireworks. Its all about spending time with the object and you’ll have a huge collection of good photographs. You can make time lapse of the fireworks and add traffic lights as well. You can use blurred fireworks photograph by out focusing the object.

Experimenting is the key. Try new things and find out more.


Blurred Photograph by out focusing the object.
Blurred Photograph by out focusing the object.

Precautions

We cant predict where the fireworks will fire. So keep some precautions in mind.

Use a safe place to shoot.

Wear shoes and cap (recommended)

Protect your camera from fumes.

Carry a torch with you if you are shooting in very dark place.


Article By : Bhavyesh Acharya

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Make Camera Shutter using Photoshop

Making camera shutter is a creative thing it self and here is the simple tutorial to make camera shutter using adobe Photoshop. Here we are going to learn making camera shutter vector image with Photoshop in a step by step tutorial.

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Step : 1

Open Photoshop ( I am using Photoshop CC ) and create new layer using ctrl+n key and select a square sized photo for this project ( Here I’ve used 1800 x 1800 pixel )

The Output will be like this.

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Step : 2

Make sure that you’ve selected black color in color palettes.

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Step : 3

Now we are going to take a round shape in the center of the new layer. You have to draw the round shape at the center of the layer otherwise it won’t work appropriately.

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Step 4 :

Now create a new layer from the new layer option in the layer palette. Rename it as “Hexagon” because now we are going to draw a shape in this new layer. If you don’t make the new layer, It will merge both the shapes ( Ellipse & Hexagon ) into one.

So it is preferable to create a new layer and draw the shape in the same.

Step 5 :

Make sure that you’ve selected white color in color palettes.

Step 6 :

Now select the custom shape option and go to shape selection menu as shown in below screenshot. Scroll down the cursor to find out hexagon shape and select it.

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Step 7 :

Now we need to draw the hexagon at the center of the circle shape we’ve drawn above. If you’ve taken a layer of 1800 x 1800 pixel then you have to re size the hexagon with 900 x 900 pixel.

To re size the shape use ctrl+t key and change the position of x and y alignment.

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Step 8 :

Create a new layer named “lines”

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Step 9 :

Draw a line from the top corner of a hexagon and drag it to the top of the circle shape. Follow the instruction displayed in the below screenshot.

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Step 10 :

We need to make the line look quite thick, so we are going to use blending option for this layer. Select the layer “lines” and right click on that layer, you’ll find the option named “Blending Options” at the top of the popup menu.

Select that menu and the following window will appear. change he settings as shown in the below screenshot.

[ strock > size=20 > color=whiete ]

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Step 11 :

Now keep the “lines” layer selected and copy the line using alt key. press alt key and then drag the line to bottom corner of the hexagon as shown in below screenshot. Continue copying the lines as shown in the second screenshot.

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And Repeat The the above step to copy the lines on the every corner on hexagon. it will be look like this…

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Final Output

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Article By : Bhavyesh Acharya 

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Street Photography tips

We have sorted out some of the peaks for street photography for beginners and intermediates. These are some general street photography tips. You can also have your own version of it.

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1 ) Always carry a camera with you.
2 ) Buy books, not gear.
3 ) The best camera bag in street photography is no camera bag.
4 ) When shooting digital, it is better to unexpose than overexpose
5 ) Shoot as if each day were your last.
6 ) One camera, one lens is bliss.
7 ) Grain is beautiful, noise is ugly.
8 ) How to become a better editor : don’t upload photos to social media for a year.
9 ) Great photography projects generally take at least 5-10 years.
10 ) Bokeh in street photography is overrated. Shoot at f8-16
11 ) A street photograph without emotion is dead.
12 ) When it comes to editing, remember to “kill your babies.”
13 ) How to improve your framing : don’t crop for a year.
14 ) How to become a better editor : don’t upload photos to social media for a year.
15 ) Shoot from the gut, edit with the brain
16 ) Telling the truth isn’t the job of a street photographer
17 ) After taking a photo of a stranger, make it a rule to look at them, smile, and say thank you.
18 ) Don’t make photos. Make connections.
19 ) The best place to shoot street photography isn’t New York, Tokyo, or Paris. The best place to shoot is your backyard.
20 ) See your scenes with your eyes and shoot with your heart.
21 ) Don’t just look at photos, read into them.
22 ) The photos you decide not to show are more important than the photos you decide to show.
23 ) Spend 99% of your time editing your photos (choosing your best images) and only 1% of your time post processing them.
24 ) A single photo can’t tell a story (it doesn’t have a beginning, middle, or an end). Only photo series or projects can do that.
25 ) Street photography is applied sociology with a camera.


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Stock Photography guide

Many a times we have came across the questions regarding stock photography and related topics. So here we are with some general explanation to start with Stock Photography.

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1. Be a decent photographer : You don’t have to be the best in your area and you don’t need special training, You do, however, need to be able to produce decent images, and most importantly, technically flawless ones. You might have captured an epic sunset, the fairytale kind, if the picture is noisy, forget it. Make sure you know how to use you camera correctly and by this I mean avoid the Auto mode.

2. Have decent gear : It doesn’t have to be top of the line pro stuff, but you shouldn’t be shooting stock with the plastic kit lens either. Fortunately, most of today’s DSLRs offer very good image quality if properly used. Shoot at minimum ISO and, if necessary, use a tripod.

3. Do not take rejections and criticism personally : Most major stock agencies will have you submit some images for a test, to see if you have what it takes, so to speak. You send your images for approval, you patiently wait for a few days to get an answer, it arrives and the application ends in disappointment as they politely inform you that you didn’t make their roster. That’s not the worst part. Most messages include a list of technical flaws that your photos MIGHT have had, thus presenting an argument for their decision. They don’t, however, clearly point out what you did wrong and rather than leaving you with a clear sense of the areas that require improvement, you’ll be left with a sense of discouragement. DO NOT take these messages seriously. Keep sending your photos to other agencies because there are plenty to choose from. Don’t get stuck after one, two, or ten refusals. If you think about it, you’re probably a good critic of your own work and as long as you feel you’re doing a good job, keep pushing forward.

4. Study the licensing terms : This is also an important thing to look out for when joining a stock agency. I know nobody likes to readterms of agreement but this time you really should because it concerns the rights you give or hold regarding your work. Some agencies will demand exclusive rights. That means that once they bought your image, it’s theirs and that’s final, You no longer have any right to use it under any circumstances. Others are more flexible and allow you to share the rights, but only under certain conditions. Be sure to study all of these facts. Some look like they were written for lawyers so take your time and read them more than once until you fully understand what you’re agreeing upon.

5. Meet the need : There are countless images being submitted every single day by countless people. Don’t submit photos of your garden, your pets or the landscapes from your latest vacation. Rest assured, they have plenty of those. Find out what is in demand in the market right now. Most agencies will offer you guidelines to what they’re looking for. Generally speaking, try to be as creative as possible. Come up with original concepts to highlight a certain idea or situation in a universal, visual language. Use attractive people, it’s almost a sure bet . Instead of uploading 1000 average photos that everyone’s seen before, go for quality, authenticity and durability.

6. Get model releases : Every agency will require a signed model release for photos that feature people who can be recognized. Some, however will ask you for a release for photos showing only body parts like hands or feet. It doesn’t matter if it’s a complete stranger or your brother, get it signed or otherwise your work will be useless to a stock website.

7. Focus on tagging : Just like SEO (search engine optimization) is important for a blog post to be seen, tagging will make the difference between selling your photos or not. Be sure to include everything directly related to the image, as well as more general, yet still related terms.

8.Be constant : If you want to succeed in making a decent, steady income from stock photography, you should treat it like a day job. After you’ve put together a consistent body of work, keep the flow going , maybe even on a daily basis. Discipline yourself by making a schedule for each task. Have a time frame for the idea, the shooting, the editing ,the tagging and submitting. The more organized you will be, the more effective. You will then figure out the best number of photos to take without compromising quality .Make this a long term plan, not only because it will take some time before your work will start generating revenue, but also because your best work will be long lasting and bought by numerous clients for a long time.


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