Images Looking Differnt Than When You Viewed Them On The LCD? (Syndicated from hubpages)

If your images are darker or lighter than when you saw them on the LCD this is because there are only so many pixels on that small screen and they can't always display the necessary info.  The best way to fix this is by using a histogram.  What is a histogram?  Find out here.

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What to Look For When Choosing a Photography Book or Course

The field of photography is wide from fashion, to portraits, landscape etc.  there is so many specialized techniques to learn and things that you can do.

So, when choosing a guide this is what I want you to ask yourself:

Is what I am looking for a basic guide or or is it specialized?

A basic guide is going to specialize on just that; it's going to cover the basics and give you a taste of every little aspect of photography.  

However a advanced guide is going to focus on one aspect.  It may cover fashion photography, portraits, landscape etc.  It may also assume that you know certain things about photography like f-stops/aperture, shutter speed, white balance etc.

So don't expect a "basics guide" to teach you everything you will always need to know, but if you need that information, read, learn and apply it and then work on honing it.

After that, try to find a niche, if you want to learn about how to take better kids of your kids playing soccer then get a book on sports photography, if you want to take better product photos then learn about studio lighting and backdrop design as it pertains to you.

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Books and Other Content You Pay For...What Good Is It?

I was thinking about something today as I maintained my blog:

So the internet has EVERYTHING you will want to know about anything.  So why am I considering buying a book on creating better content for you the reader.  Or why do I buy books on photography?  Can't I get the same information from blogs, forums and other sites?  Then it hit me (like a ton of bricks)  we buy books for 2 reasons, 1) because the cover has showed that it has information that interest us 2) because it's organized.  Yes, I can go to forums, blogs and other sites and they are great free sources of info but I don't have all the time in the world.  I am a college student and a soldier amongst other thing and I have a part time job.  So I have surmised that myself and the rest of us buy books in order to have useful information presented to us in a convenient format.

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3 Tips for Taking Awesome Photos While At the Zoo (opens in Article Base)

Lions, tigers and bears, the web is full of images of them. Lets face it humanity loves photos of four legged creatures and if you are reading this more than likely you would like to take some photos of them. More than likely you can't afford a flight to the exotic location these animals come from,so we have. More than likely you are going to have to use you local zoo in order to do this; unfortunately this has its' own set of challenges including but not limited to fences being in the way, weird feeding times, etc. In this article we are going to cover what you how to deal with this and capture amazing photos of animals.

If you can or would like more info on taking pictures of animals in their natural environment then check out my article: All About Wild Life Photography.

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Sell Photography Online - Top Stock Photography Sites

By now you probably have heard that you can sell them images in your camera online.  If this concept is new to you or you just want to learn more then check out: How To Sell Photography Online to get an understanding of how it all works.

To sum it up, all sorts of people want  legal images and are willing to buy them off of these stock photography sites.  These stock sites want you to post your photos online and are willing to pay you for doing so.
Click Here To Go To Shutterstock

Below is a review of some of these sites:

Shutter Stock:
This is actually a pretty awesome site.  Their business model actually encourages people to download more photos by using a a flat rate subscription service.  Basically, customers pay 1 fee and can download 25 images a day.  This means that your photos are more likely to be downloaded and you make more money.

Click Here to go to Fotolia
Many people complain that stock photography is diminishing the value of quality photos while degrading the actual quality.  Fotalia lets photographers choose the price of their images, and when image sells they give the photographer more than 50% of the cut.

Click Here To Visit iStock photo
Istock is a large site with a huge reputation among designers and photographers so placing photos on there is a great way to build your portfolio.  They were recently purchased by Getty Images (another giant in the industry) so your opportunities as a contributor will more than likely expand.)  To start selling on there you have to submit 3 photos, if those photos are rejected you will have the opportunity to submit 3 more.  Going exclusive has its' bonuses as you will receive a much higher payout.

Well, it's my hope that these sites serve you well.  If you have any questions I'll be more than happy to help.  You can reach me at

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How You Can Benefit from The Photography Revolution

Did you know that there was a revolution going on?  No not like the bloody wars of the past but instead, this is a change in the way photography is being used.  Less and less, are companies hiring photographers to take images for them.  Instead many companies, journalism outlets, websites etc. are turning to stock agencies to provide cheap, quality images.

It appears that this recession coupled with the vast improvements in digital technology that almost anyone can be a photographer.  Companies are looking to cut cost while keeping quality high and stock photo agencies are more than happy to provide the images that corporations, website designers, marketers, and small business owners etc. are desire.

So what is the affect on the photographer?  The wizard is definitely out from behind the curtain and many of the "secrets" of photography are now being taken care of by a photo processing sensor.  This means that the market is becoming flooded with images, some are good, others...not so.

This means a couple things:  that a really good photographer is going to have to increase the amount of photos they take, their quality is going to have to be exceptionally high, and they may have to utilize a reach out to a niche type of customer in order to continue doing well.

Do I think that professional photogrpahy is going to die and go away?  No, people are still going to want to have portraits done, and some shots (such as sports, or special affects) are so highly specialized that they it takes allot of practice to become good at it.  Photographers are gonig to have to work harder than ever to excel in their chosen profession though.  

So what effect does this have on you? This means that you, the every day individual can sell photos online, and that there is a high demand for your images; it alsomeans that if you decide to sell photography online that it is going to be both one of the easiest and hardest things you have ever done.  To have any amount of success you are going to have to know be well versed in things such as lighting and composition as well as a number of other subtopics (such as white balance) that are and literal part of this industry.

If what I have talked about seems a bit foreign to you or you want to brush up on your photography skills don't worry though, me, you, and even the great Ansel Adams have all been there.  A great place to start is with a with: Shoot Digital Pics Like the Pros, a free guide that will answer all of your questions and get you started.  

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What is Landscape Photgraphy?

Some would say that that landscape photography is the absence of a biological subject in a photo; and at times they would be absolutely correct.  However, a landscape is also when people, animals, cars etc, aren't less importance than the environment around them.  Notice the beach in this scene and how the people appear to be silhouettes.  What the main subject, is it the people or the beach?  The people add to the scene but don't actually make it.

In order to take great landscape photos you are going to need a decent camera, any (camera over 8 megapixel should work) as well as knowledge on composition and lighting.  My guide: What is Landscape Photography will tell you how to harness these tools as well as the equipment you will need.  (Link opens squidoo lens.)

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