When it comes to the seasons of the year, which is your favorite? I suppose the definition of seasons really depends on where you live because they can differ from one place to another. Im really referring to the four different seasons that we are used to in the northern parts of the United States. When you think of Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, which one stands out as your favorite time of year? I can help but think of Fall as being the best time of the year for a number of reasons.

After a long hot summer with warm temperatures and little rain in most cases, the temperatures begin to cool and the vegetation in the wild begins to undergo a change. This change is what makes the leaves on the trees change color, providing us with amazing picture opportunities because of the brilliant array of colors that the dying leaves have taken on. There couldnt be a better scene then the scene you get from rolling hills covered with trees with brightly covered leaves. The smells from the harvesting of crops, the changing colors and smells of forest vegetation, and the sounds of falling leaves and whipping winds all combine to provide the feeling of home and comfort.

Another reason that the Fall season stands out to me is because of the exciting opportunities for outdoor activity that exists during this time of year. Just about the same time when the leaves start turning color, the harvest starts to take place, is the time when the many different hunting seasons open up. This is what really gets me going in the fall and may be the main reason that I favor the Fall season so much. The small game seasons kick of the Fall hunting seasons in early September, followed by other hunting seasons such as archery deer hunting, duck, and goose hunting. All of the outdoor hunting opportunities come to be as soon as the summer comes to an end and the fall season comes into play. For many, this is a very exciting time of the year.

With the changing of the temperatures in the fall from warm to cool comes the desire to cook warm, soothing meals for your family. Another reason the fall season is so great is because all of the meals that you love to cook on cool days now sound so much better because of the changing weather outside. Meals that are made in the slow cooker seem to come to mind. Meals like roasts or chili seem to be much more appealing during this time of year.

There are also other reasons that many enjoy the fall season. With all of the beautiful colors and scenery comes the perfect picture taking opportunities for those who love the art of photography. There are numerous possibilities including natural wildlife, animals, and water pictures that can be taken and all are enhanced by the breath taking colors that are produced during this time of year.

The numerous reasons mentioned such as the brilliant colors, the wonderful smells, and the excellent outdoor opportunities are just a few reasons why I prefer the fall season over the others. It is during this time that the outdoors really comes alive, even though in reality the opposite of coming alive is occurring. Your favorite may be different which is perfectly fine. In the end it comes down to personal preference and what makes you happy.

Stock photography, categories of photographs that people take, grouped and licensed for selling purposes. Instead of taking new pictures every time they need pictures, many people use the stock photography method. People that actually work for magazines, as graphic artists, and advertising agencies sometimes use public pictures rather than hiring photographers for individual projects.

Alternate names for stock photography is picture libraries, photo archives or image banks. Typically, to use these pictures, although freely available, there is a small fee or a purchasing of usage rights that accompany a fee in order to use the images. Sometimes a membership purchase allows you to gain access to a particular group of stock photography.hy.

Not waste time and money, stock photography is a superb way to enhance newsletters, blogs, advertisements, company brochures plus more. It is obviously less expensive than placing full time photographer on staff and takes less time if you need images of something specific. Many times, it is as easy as using a internet search engine or checking an email.

Sometimes full rights and usage can be acquired for purchase. Other times, full rights are limited. In those cases, photographers could be requiring that they receive a certain percentage of sales and or royalties of usage. Agencies usually contain the images on files and negotiate fees. With the technology and easy access that the internet provides, negotiations are quicker and simpler.

The cost of using stock photos depends on how long the pictures will be used, what location the pictures will be used, if the original photographer wants royalties and the way many people the photo will be distributed to or seen by. Prices for stock photography can be anywhere from one dollar to two hundred dollars.

There are numerous different pricing arrangements. Royalty free stock photography allows the customer to use photographs multiple times in multiple ways. When you purchase royalty free pictures, there’s only a one-time charge for unlimited usage. When the pictures you purchase have a royalty free section, the agency has the capacity to resell the image to others. If a picture is rights managed, there’s a negotiated price for each time that it’s used.

Sometimes a buyer of stock photography might desire to have exclusive rights to the images. In that case, no one else will be able to use the pictures once exclusive rights happen to be purchased. It may cost thousands of dollars to buy exclusive rights because agencies who handle the sales need to make sure that they are making a profitable sale. If an image would make more money staying in circulation, they’d lose out selling exclusive rights.

Stock photographers sometimes work with agencies producing images on their behalf alone. Different subjects and categories might need multiple varieties of images. Sometimes contributors benefit multiple agencies selling their photographs for a small fee. They work out arrangements for royalties or they offer their shots for full rights. It has proved to be a big business for photographers all over the world.

Stock photography started in the early 1920s. It especially grew since it’s own specialty by the 1980s. Galleries hold hundreds, thousands and also millions of pictures available for purchase. Stock houses sprung up in many different places. By 2000, online stock photography became microstock photography, which we call photo archives online. Companies like istock photo and bigstock photo provide you with the opportunity to purchase so many pictures so when you use them up you can add more credits for an additional fee. Photos that are distributed online are typically less expensive than those that are sold hard copy.

Websites like www.shutterpoint.com and www.fotolibra.com allow stock photographers to upload then sell their images. It is a great way to market pictures and earn money with photography. You can also purchase images at those websites too. With all the stock photography sites available, one may find pictures you never even heard about before.

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One of the most basic tactics of photography from the past is now a fashion photography trend in the wildlife segment too, i.e. Blurring the Background!

From the past years, the wildlife photographers spent hours in the field and used various tactics to get the best snaps of their animals in different poses and actions. Blurring the background is a prominent one. This is one of those wildlife photography tips that is particularly important on a safari tour because often there is foliage in the image on the backgrounds along with the main subject which is distracting. Be it a lion sitting with its cub, a scared zebra looking for a way to save itself or an Elephant herd walking back home in the grasslands. Blurring the backgrounds and non-subject items, gives more emphasis to what you are actually trying to capture perfect in your photo. If you are photographing a herd of elephant just like as shown in the picture taken during one of our Tanzania Safari Tour, you might want to make sure that they are all in focus and get more weight age than something that you actually think is for background purposes only.

The swanky name to describe the portion of the picture/image that appears sharp throughout the whole image is called the depth of field. But more important than knowing what it’s called is knowing, how to control it!

There are 3 factors that can be used to control the depth of the field

the aperture
the focal length of the lens and
the camera to subject distance.

Of these three, the aperture is the one that you have the most control over on a safari tour. A big aperture opening (e.g f/4.5) will lead to more background blurring while a small aperture (e.g f/22) will lead to the overall scene being sharper. Most photographers these days use large range of aperture opening to make their photographs more subjects centric and this is what our photographers did on the Tanzania Tours to make the most out of their pictures. Have a look at our Tanzania image gallery.

Trying the same in an open field with vast range is more justified. Hence it will be great help to know how to change the aperture opening on your gear before you go on safari. In the picture taken in Serengeti National Park while on our safari trip to Tanzania, the photographer waited for the perfect lighting in the scenery, set the right aperture, focal length and set a proper camera distance while he gave this perfect shot.

While you concentrate on the three settings given above it is also very important that you consider one more aspect that goes hand in hand with the same, i.e. the correct lighting. So be it a wedding ceremony in your family, an outdoor date with a girlfriend or an encounter in the wild, learn and master these tactics to impress all.


Have you seen a short video on the web that mixes images with music and wondered, How did they do that? Flixtime and Animoto are two online software providers that let you easily produce high quality, short video pieces from photos, images, video clips and music. Both of these services offer free accounts for those who want to create short videos and paid accounts for those who wish to create longer, more complicated, commercial or personal use video presentations. Animoto demo Flixtime demo

The big attraction to each of these products is their ease of use. The biggest drawback? Lack of control over the way the software chooses to mix and transition the photos and images.

The Animoto product has been around longer and offers three plans for users. The free plan allows you to create an unlimited number of 30 second videos. There are also paid subscriptions for those who want to create an unlimited number of full length and hi-resolution videos.

Flixtime, which first became available in February 2010, also offers several levels of plans. The free plan allows users to create unlimited 60 second videos. There are three levels of paid subscriptions which offer additional features and support appropriate for users making business or commercial videos.

Flixtimes images are provided by Fotolia and their music and sound effects by AudioMicro.

Consumer reviews of the two plans differ as to which plan the consumer prefers. Preference seems to be a matter of personal taste.

The benefits of having the Flextime or Animoto Paid Subscriber Plans are that a photographer is able to create an unlimited number of DVD-quality downloads which can be used for marketing pieces or to create photograph videos for clients. Once you’ve created a video, it can be used in a blog, on a website, on Facebook pages, YouTube, or to promote your services or products on a DVD or in any other manner you determine works for you.

Once you have established an Animoto or Flixtime account you can download your photos, arrange them in the order that you want the photos to appear in your video by clicking and dragging the photos into the sequence you want. It’s also simple to delete or rotate photos and to highlight a particular photo or photos in the sequence.

You can add your own text anywhere in the photo sequence to add extra information or marketing details to your video.

The next step is to select your music. With both services you have access to a library of commercially-licensed music or you may download your own music.

Animoto allows you to select the speed of your video and add a “Call to action” button at the end of the video that when clicked will take viewer to whatever URL you enter. You can also select a cover for your clip and insert video credits at the end of the clip if you desire.

Once you have made your image and music selections click on Create Video and wait for your email telling you your video is ready to review and edit until you have the perfect video for your needs. These simple software tools create elegant and professional videos to promote your photography products and services at a reasonable cost and with no training and little effort.

We are a nation of photo lovers and we love to display our photos around our homes and in the work place. Many of us take lots of photos and simply put them away or we store them on memory sticks for never to be seen again, but wouldn’t it be great if you used the medium of canvas printing to blow up those wonderful photos of yours and have them hung in your home on display for people to see. Now that would be amazing.

Photography has been around for as long as I can remember and so have canvas prints to. Now that we have the technology to be able to gel both those arts together we can create a masterful work of art for our homes. What I really love about photography itself it the fact that you can trick the naked eye with different types of images. Take for example distorting reality. We have all see those cool photos you get were one person in the foreground will hold up there hand and then another person in the background in the distance will line up perfectly so it looks like the person in the foreground is holding them in their hand. There lots of different way to create optical illusions and that one of the great ideas that can be used to print on a canvas print.

So yes you can great lots of great wonderful canvas photo prints with your photos. You can use artwork or designs of some sort and of course the more favorite and popular choice would be to have your own personal photos printed to canvas, photos of the family at a brilliant photo shoot you once had or even simply just great photos from a memorable day out you had with the wife and kids. Whatever the occasion you can be sure that a canvas print can really brighten up your home in many ways and will always be a talking point if you have visitors come to visit your home.

The great thing with either being a photographer or knowing a photographer that likes to print there photos on canvas is that you or they will have the software to be able to manipulate the image in many ways to suite your preferred preference for your home decoration. So basically if you have your living room full of blacks grays and creams which is a good colour scheme that seems to be in fashion right now then you could get your photo and change the colours to match your decor before having the image printed on to canvas prints and then once you have done that they will fit right in.

Now that it’s that time of year when the jingle bells start to ring and Santa is on his way then using your art in photography could be a really great move to inspire and also surprise a loved one with a special gift that they can keep forever. It’s also one good thing to know that canvas printing companies us light fast pigment ink with their printing so that it won’t fade for up to 80 years. Wow so that’s some great news if you looking to have something printed on to canvas and want it to be a memorable image for the family of that someone special. You will have the peace of mind knowing that it will last a life time. And also just something to remember with your photos is that you can always count on the printers that do the printing for you. They will be able to offer you the best advice for you image and recommend the best size fit canvas print to without having to crop it and loose any important parts of your photo which is good to know.