9 Dying Instagram Trends That are Dragging You Down

Previously, we’ve talked about tips that could help you improve your instagram game. Just as it is important to know what to do, it’s good to know what not to. Instagram is an incredible platform that is also rewarding but you need a little bit of background knowledge to succeed. It has been around for a while now and here are some of the lessons we’ve learned and 9 trends that are definitely no longer ‘in’.

Visual Design: The Power of Colors in Photography

When you take your shot, you’re conscious of about a million things that will make your up your photograph - lighting, camera settings, props. Of course, there is the weather that always manages to take you by surprise. Another aspect that could make for an interesting photograph is the color palette present in the frame.

10 Reasons Why Your Stock Photography Portfolio Sucks (and How to Fix It)

Photographing for microstocks takes time, effort and persistence. You learn the tricks of the trade as you go along; you perfect your skills, rinse and repeat. How come you’re not getting the returns you expect? To be quite frank with you - your portfolio could use an upgrade. Don’t worry though! We’re here to help you fix these common mistakes photographers make and you can improve your portfolio with a few simple adjustments.

Breaking Photography Rules Like a Pro

No one’s ever made it too far by sticking to the rules. The difference between an amateur and a professional is that one is too afraid to try new things and complies to the standard rules. The later, on the other hand, will go to far extends to deliver something unusual. Every professional photographer has done this at least once. Unusual compositions risk the chances of being unsuccessful but not for those with a trained eye.

The Ultimate Stock Image Search Guide

Looking for images is easy, it’s finding the right ones that is hard work. We really have to tap into your thinking process to uncover some of the secrets to better search results. Often times, people are too quick to punch in the basic keywords and are left with cliches to work with. To fix this, you’ve got to change the way you approach a stock photography search. To uncover how to find good stock pictures and vectors, continue reading our detailed guide.  

Guest Blog Post: Beating the Composition – Advice from a Real-world Photomaker

By Adam Welch

As I think about it, the idea of what goes into making a photograph can seem slightly overwhelming. There really are quite a few things to think about when it comes to making an image (graph) using essentially only light (photo). A photograph (see what I did with the photo and graph thing?) can carry incredible artistic weight and has the power to quite literally change our world and the way that it is viewed. But what exactly makes a photograph great instead of just...well, not so great.  

More Traffic with the Right Visuals: 10 Tips for Choosing Images for Your Blog

Choosing images for your blog can be a daunting task. You want to find something that’s eye catching, creative and different. With so many things to keep in mind, could you be missing something? What can you do today to improve image choices for your blog? Since you’re here, we gathered useful tips and advice on how to take your image selection to the next level.

Guest Blog Post: Secrets of Mobile Photography

Based on a SKILLSHARE class iPhone Photography: Make Your Pictures Stand Out by Mariya Popandopulo

Phone camera is a great place to start learning photography, as you don't really have much choice over controls or lenses, as compared to DSLR.

On the phone you just have to watch out for composition and the quality of light … and a few other things.

Well easier said than done, right?

So here are my top 5 tips to help you out and improve your mobile photography today =)

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Stock Photography

Vibrant, colorful and creative images are vital to the success of both a small blog and a large scale business. What unites these two examples is the fact that neither would succeed without the support of visual content. Getting your audience to linger on your site starts with the visuals you choose.

Did you know that on average, people take a few seconds to scan content before they decide to stay or leave? This means you have precious 20 seconds to convince them that you are worth their time.

From Amateur to CEO: Interview with Kirill Kedrinski

This is a story of a man that has tried himself in everything before he found photography. Kirill Kedrinski, one of our top contributors, has worked as a contractor, a cashier, a sales agent, a PR manager, sales director - you name it. Web design led Kirill to discover photography and soon, with a standard DSLR camera, Kirill was off shooting weddings, ads and (big surprise) stock photography.

Design Fundamentals for Photographers

Many designers also aim to be photographers. Does the same apply to photographers? Photography and design overlap in more ways than one. If you haven’t thought about it before, consider how design can alter your approach to photography.