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January 15, 2017 10:56 pm

Saving Photos has impacted Society as we know it

How Photography Changed the World

Introduction

Virtually everyone takes the presence of a camera for granted today. They are everywhere, and have been closely connected to everything from privacy rights to assisting in the apprehension of criminals and the solving of crime. But far less attention is paid to photography – the still image – than to videos produced by smartphones and dashcams.

Before the affordability and ubiquitous presence of consumer cameras there was a still photograph camera that captured a moment in time that people from around the world could see and interpret without a language barrier. This is one of the most important features of a photograph because it communicates ideas, thoughts, feelings, and an event in ways all other types of visual recordings fail at.

Photography Versus Video

Photography has changed the world because in its capturing of a moment it does something that causes us to pause and reflect rather than get caught up in the drama often seen in videos. One example of recent vintage is the Japanese tsunami of 2011 that devastated the island. Compare the two media forms and notice how photography causes you to pause.

First, here is live video of the tsunami hitting the island.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/japan-tsunami-2011-vin

Now here is a photograph of a Japanese woman sitting at the site of what was once her uncle’s home, washed away by the tsunami and killing him.

The image captures the surrounding physical devastation and the personal impact the result of the tsunami had on a single person. It prompts you to ask questions about both the event and the person. The photo goes beyond the recording of a historical event and can make it personal, even if you were thousands of miles away.

This dimension of personal impact causing us to pause is perhaps the most significant wat photography has changed the world. Prior to photography the events of the world were recorded in written form, usually by the account of single person. As a matter of common sense history, the only people who could record an event in writing were those who were literate. Yet literacy today is still a problem even in first world countries, so the perspective of a life or an event will include a certain degree of personal bias.

The photograph eliminates the personal slant of an event and simply records it and allows its perspective to be evaluated by others.

On A More Personal Level

Many people see changing the world in the context of world or national events that make news headlines. But photography has had an equal impact on our personal lives. It allows us to continually keep track of our family heritage and history far better than video. There is a reason digital photo frames have become a common piece of technology in many American homes.

Discovering and recording family ancestry has become a priority for millions of people largely because of photography. Pictures taken 100 years ago can be saved or restored for future generations. And perhaps most importantly it creates a connection between peoples who have been removed from their homeland through political upheaval, persecution, or civil unrest.

On perhaps the most personal level, consider how your brain recalls visual memories or information. The vast majority of people recall the past on an image-by-image basis. People who have recalled traumatic life events often talk about how they were “frozen in time” and remember only a single image of the event. Photography did not precede the way our brains record life but it did duplicate the process.

Similarities and Differences

What is video but the rapid recording of a series of still images? You can separate a video into a series of still images, and likewise you can combine a series of still images and create a video. Both have significantly impacted history as they have overtly and covertly made scenes of public corruption, invasions of privacy, ongoing genocide, and liberated peoples available for everyone in the world to see. There is no doubt that whether captured live or recorded for later use, photography has changed the direction of nations and influenced politics in ways never before possible.

Videos tend to lean more toward a dramatic portrayal of events and are favored because they are able to connect to our desire for excitement. Still photographs, if they are done well, will grab out attention and cause us to pause and consider how the image connects to the larger event. The most important thing you should walk away with is that our brains tend to record life in single images that are enhanced by our person perspectives and biases, both things that have changed the political and economic landscape of the world.

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January 12, 2017 11:50 pm

10 Ideas for Instagram Users Who Want to Kick Up Their Game

Regardless, you are probably always on the lookout for a way to kick up your game by taking better pictures, especially those that make you end up with a better feed. Here are just a few ideas that come from professional photographers on how you can do just that.

  1. Plan. Plan. Plan. If you are like many people, you have probably gone out for the purpose of taking pictures, but didn’t have the foggiest idea of what you wanted to shoot. It’s little wonder that the pictures you end up with are often so lackluster. Before you ever go out to take pictures, have a plan for what you want to take pictures of. This will not only give you better subjects but if you do it well enough you will have a better idea of the lighting and other aspects of the photos and what you can do with them. It’s important to have a strategy in place before you start.
  2. Be yourself. Take pictures of things and in ways that appeal to you, not the community. If you shoot only what the audience likes and they way they like it, you will never grow, and will never know what you can do, or who you are. Be yourself, and keep shooting.
  3. Be conscience of light. No amount of filtering or other tricks can save a photograph that is poorly lit. Further, if you determine to use light instead of allowing it to dictate what you shoot and how you shoot it, you won’t get the best you are capable of.
  4. Use your head before you use your camera. Before you push that shutter release, think about what you are taking pictures of. In fact, before you even raise your camera to what you are shooting, think about what your subject is and what you want to express about it with your camera. Then shoot.
  5. Use the elements. Before you shoot your picture, look around to see if there are things around you that you can use with your photos to make them better. Years ago, I was asked to take a picture of a young lady for an announcement. Boring..at least until I noticed a beautiful archway over a door immediately to our side. I had this lady stand in that doorway to use it almost like a frame. That picture went from boring for beautiful by just looking around to see what was handy.
  6. Decide what you want to say with your pictures. What do you want your viewers to see in the pictures you shoot? It’s easy to show them, especially when you use the elements. For example, using a window or a doorway to help focus attention on the subject is a great tool. Or put your subject at the end of a short path, leading your viewer’s eyes to focus on that subject. It’s easy to tell a story with photos if you take the time to think about what kind of impression you want to make to your viewers.
  7. Be there. It’s been said a million different ways, but perhaps the best way to say it is, “F8 and be there,” which is an old time way to say be ready to take the right picture. Even better, make sure to avoid things that will detract from what you want your viewers to see.
  8. Use colors, shapes, and lines. The world is full of beautiful things that you can easily incorporate into your pictures. Colors, shapes, and lines add interest in your pictures and draw attention to your subject when they are used correctly. Tweak your photos in photoshop by adding complimentary colors in your photos.
  9. Think outside the apps. Apps can work wonders, but don’t be afraid to work without them. Your imagination is just as good as the developer’s.
  10. Use the tools. This might seem like the total opposite of the previous bit of advice, but it’s not. The tools that Instagram gives you to use are great, but even if you use them, don’t confine yourself to them. Use them, but use your mind and your heart too.
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January 12, 2017 4:25 am

Top 3 sellable Photography styles

Photography is getting better with the ability to share your photos. Different people share photos with different intentions. It is interesting when individuals look for a platform to share their images. Keep in mind that people with only want to share images that are at their best. Some of the best photographers are using social media to push their photographs for sale. The largest social media app that is currently promoting photography is Instagram. However, not every type of photography will easily sell on Instagram. To help guide you through top sellers in photography, take on the following pointers.

Portrait Photography

Images of people are a trending aspect making the sell very well. People pictures will not go wrong. The best sellers intend to create a story. Ensure that the image leaves emotion or portrays a given lifestyle. While it was a great idea to sell photos of the famous, it is currently not part of the ongoing trend unless it speaks more than the aspect of fame.

When portraying aspects such as emotion, you are looking for an expressive image. It is not about concentrating on the facial aspect. You can capture two people but focus on them holding hands. It will keep people guessing and draw attention. This said, pay attention to detail.

Travel photography

When going out on holiday, individuals have made it a habit to capture photos. Whether it is with individuals included or capturing monuments and well-known landmarks, you will see quite a number of travel photographs. Some of the bestselling travel photos do not just focus on the place but they portray what you are likely to experience if you were to be at the same spot.

For example, it is not enough to take an image indicating that you were in Paris. It is better to take an image of lovers in Paris. This depicts that Paris is a land of love. When taking images of a well-known object, simply look for an angle that many have not exploited. That slight difference is a key seller.

Landscape Photography

This is an all-time favorite especially on Instagram. Ensure it is not the usual images seen all over such as sunsets or hills on a plain. These are too common, no one is willing to buy it, and even if they did, it would not be willing to spend as much. When taking landscape photos, avoid generalized landscapes.

It is important that you focus on detail so it speaks to its target market. After all, an image should speak a thousand words as it tells a story. Try to incorporate people or animals with the landscape to give the photo some aspect of life. You want to draw curiosity from target consumers.

You can also try venturing into fine art photography as well as tabletop photography. Professional photographers majorly borrow fine art photography as they come with an artistic eye. The above three are sellable photography even for those who are sharing on Instagram. You can now make some money from your photography.

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