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Happily Ever After: The Art of Storytelling in Wedding Imagery

20.10.2017

Happily Ever After: The Art of Storytelling in Wedding Imagery

Weddings and movies have much in common. In the same way that a film delivers a narrative with a beginning, middle, some tears, some cheers, and an ending, wedding photographs tell and celebrate the story of bride and groom. Couples are looking to document their special day and share it with their friends and families […]

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Stock Videography Tips from Helen Fields

18.03.2017

Stock Videography Tips from Helen Fields

Helen Fields, otherwise known as hotelfoxtrot69 on Fotolia, is a former criminal lawyer turned videographer who lives and works in the UK. Helen shares her top five tips for breaking into the stock footage industry.  Shoot authenticity.  If your clip doesn’t look real, it isn’t useable. A shot of my then four-year-old son in a […]

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Drone Tips from the Pros

14.02.2017

Drone Tips from the Pros

Getting Started with Drone Photography We’ve gathered the best drone tips from drone pros and Fotolia contributors Tobias Hägg and Ryan Longnecker, as well as Colin Smith of Photoshop Cafe, author of The Photographer’s Guide to Drones. If you’re looking to take the plunge into the world of drone photography and footage, read on! Find […]

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Stock Illustration Tips from Natalia Hubbert

09.02.2017

Stock Illustration Tips from Natalia Hubbert

Stock Illustration Tips from Natalia Hubbert For our monthly contributor spotlight, we spent time speaking with Houston-based illustrator Natalia Hubbert about her creative career and experiences in the stock marketplace. Here she shares her top five tips for starting out and succeeding in the competitive world of stock illustration. Be creative, but commercially conscious. Think […]

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Tips for Freelance Designers to Prepare a Budget

15.09.2016

Tips for Freelance Designers to Prepare a Budget

Budgeting a design project is one of the early career challenges for most freelance designers. Knowing how to present fair value without being too far above or below the competition, so as not to receive negative comments from the client, is not easy. If you’re extremely high, you may lose the client; or if too […]

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Setting the Scene

12.09.2016

Setting the Scene

We are told very early on in our photographic careers, if we are lucky, that the background of any shot is as important as the subject itself. It sounds odd of course, as we want people to look at the subject rather than what is behind it. However, like many of the rules and laws […]

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How to create a 2D animation loop with After Effects CC

08.09.2016

How to create a 2D animation loop with After Effects CC

For many of us, September marks the end of the long relaxing summer days and return to the grind. To ease the transition we thought we’d give you a little back-to-school treat- an Adobe After Effects CC 2D animated looped tutorial! It’s a big one, so we’ve broken it down into a few easy to […]

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Lifting the subject with backlighting

07.09.2016

Lifting the subject with backlighting

Most of us spend a good deal of time thinking about the quality, direction and quantity of light that’s falling on the front of our subject. We spend time and effort to carefully balance light striking the subject from the left and right, whether with flash or reflectors, to ensure we avoid creating a flat […]

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Top tips for sports photography make-up

05.09.2016

Top tips for sports photography make-up

In a new series on the blog we’ll be featuring make-up tips from professional make-up artist Sandra Bermingham to ensure you can easily create the perfect ‘look’ for whatever thematic scenario you’re shooting. As August comes to an end, our fascination with sports thrives (thanks Summer Games for the endless hours of acceptable television watching). […]

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Boundary Warp

03.08.2016

Boundary Warp

Taking panoramas is a great way to capture a landscape but what you might find happens is that when you stick the images together you’re left with a choice, Content Aware Fill empty pixels or Crop within the image and loose pixels. That all changed recently with the addition of Boundary Warp. Making a Panorama In […]

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Content Aware Crop in Photoshop CC

27.07.2016

Content Aware Crop in Photoshop CC

Sometimes you’ll take the best image but find it isn’t quite straight. There’s been some techniques you can use in Photoshop to help in the past, but with Photoshop CC 2015.5 everything’s bought together for a seamless workflow. The image I’m using for this post is: NB: This is a perfectly straight image, I’ve made […]

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Tips for better product photography

14.07.2016

Tips for better product photography

Fresh, creative product photography is a highly lucrative genre with many up- coming photographers making a name for themselves in this field. What makes this modernized medium of still life so popular is its easy adaptation in advertising and marketing campaigns. However, it is a technically demanding art form, where the set up, shooting and […]

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