Photo Tip: Anyone wanting to sell photographs will benefit from constructive criticism. There are lots of ways to get it.
Derk worked as an assistant to a professional studio photographer and took many studio portraits as well as doing wedding photography. He used medium format cameras, black & white film, and developed prints himself.
Sally started with a local camera club in Chicago. She learned to develop black and white film at Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida.
Both Kuypers benefited from photographic workshops at Palm Beach Photographic Center, Santa Fe Workshops, and Great American Photography Workshops. The fine points of PhotoShop image processing were explored during Palm Beach workshop.
A Santa Fe Workshop instructor encouraged Sally to sell her work through a stock agency. Now the Kuypers are represented by two American stock agencies and one British stock agency.
We made photographs of the Giant Pandas at the Atlanta Zoo in Georgia. Today one of the panda designs was added to our Cafe Press collection.
A picture was selected that showed a front close-up view of the panda’s head. The bamboo he was holding was easily removed with PhotoShop and a clear panda close-up remained.
This photograph got added punch by applying a PhotoShop filter. Posterize was used and this is the final design on a women’s cap sleeve t-shirt.
Photographing dogs is a delight. Pictures have been made in pet shops, with friends’ pet dogs, and with strangers’ dogs seen on the street.
Photo Tip: Making unstaged pictures requires selection of background. Take care to reduce clutter and unwanted distractions. One set of images was spoiled because the pet store employee holding the dog had a bandaged finger. The store manager insisted that the employee had to hold the dog, so, it couldn’t be avoided.
Dog portraits are not too different from people portraits. We prefer a natural final image, not one with a studio look. So, we rely on natural lighting with only fill flash to get the catch light in the animal’s eye.
Photo Tip: some photographers may not at first notice the importance of getting the catch light in the subject’s eye (animal or human). Take several of your pictures and compare to portraits in a magazine. It is that tiny white spot (catch light) in the eye that gives life to the subject.
Our dog picture inventory provided several favorite animal pictures to use on products at Cafe Press. My current favorite is the sheep dog photographed on a downtown street. The owner was delighted when we asked to make photos. Even the dog enjoyed it!
Several hundred images are made on slide film and digital camera flash cards during every photo trip. Today we worked reviewing and organizing the images made in Atlanta, Georgia.
A side benefit is reliving the experience represented in each photograph. But, we have a magazine photobuyer waiting for the images. In this case, it means scanning the slides and burning a CD.
Below are 2 pictures made in the digital camera. The beautiful flowers are growing at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The lionfish is swimming at the Georgia Aquarium.
Spent the morning working a neighborhood pond. It takes time to sit still and look for the tiny life forms all around us in nature.
Equipment used: Nikon F2, AF Nikkor 70-300D for most pictures, and AF Micro Nikkor 105mm lens for close-ups.
First photographic subject was a red dragonfly never seen before. Dragonfly had a large dark pink body. Our picture inventory already has large blue body dragonflies, large green body dragonflies, and small tomato red dragonflies.
Other subjects were damselfly, baby fish, and various pond creatures.
Photo Tip: Want to make a picture of dragonflies? Find a dragonfly sitting on a twig or plant. It will probably move before you can make your picture. Don’t chase it. Position yourself and wait for another to land on the same twig or plant.
Today, one of several projects is making travel plans for photography assignments. We will be working downtown Chicago, Illinois, in September and San Francisco, California, in November. San Diego, California, may be added in October.
Current plans include 4 days of photography in Chicago of downtown museums, shopping, and waterfront. The zoo will be added if time allows. We lived in Chicago for 5 years and downtown for 3 months, so, are very familiar with the photo ops.
Photobuyers looking for fresh, current Chicago images are welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have been reviewing our bird picture inventory to send a selection to one of the stock photography agencies that represents our work. Several images were saved to use as framed prints at Cafe Press.
The Wood Stork picture below shows the bird hunting for food in the waters around Merritt Island Nature Preserve, Florida. The Yellow Crowned Night Heron was sitting on a branch over the Wekiava River as we canoed past. Canoeing has given us many opportunities to get very close to wild birds and capture hunting and eating behaviors.
Photo Tip: best place to photograph bird mating and nest behaviors in Florida is St. Augustine Alligator Farm.
The Florida attraction has become an aviary for wild birds. They nest in the trees surrounding the alligator ponds. Visitors use boardwalks to see the alligators and also walk right by the bird nests.
Framed Art Pictures features 20 bird species available as framed ready to hang prints.
The boldly colored Garibaldi tropical fish inspired a new design for t-shirts, coffee mug, baby clothes, etc. Pictures made at the time, are tack sharp with gorgeous orange color. But, we thought the design was better as a drawing.
The beautiful, bright orange Garibaldi tropical fish now decorates t-shirts, coffee mugs, and baby clothes in our Fish Lover Gifts shop at Cafe Press. There are 18 fish species with designs from our fish picture inventory.
Worked 4 hours today on database feeds for several of our CafePress shops that are part of our Google Merchant Account. It is a time consuming project, but, the merchant controls which of their products appears in Google directory.
If we were not using CafePress to process our photos, we would have to spend time running to a printer, making mats, framing and shipping the pictures. I’d rather do it this way and leave the leg work to someone else.
One of the shops updated was Framed Art Prints. It was an opportunity to have a new section with Florida sunset prints immediately in Google’s directory. The picture here is one of those framed prints available for purchase.
We intend to include other Florida images from our vast collection soon.