Automotive Photography: 4 Important Tips That Make Your Car Photos Look Professional and Profitable

Do you plan on selling car pictures on the Internet? Are you a budding photographer who wants to take car photos and sell to car enthusiasts? Automotive photography is not as simple or straightforward as taking pictures with your friends and family.

There are some important things that you need to consider if you want to take great vehicle pictures. If these pictures turn out well, you can be rest assured you will get buyers for them. Moreover, someone might just be interested in your services. Here are 4 important tips that make your car photos look professional and profitable.

Consider the Background

Many people take pictures of a car with too many things competing for attention in the background. You do not need to take a picture of a car with other cars showing in the background. You need to also avoid extensive backdrops where there is too much space available. If you have to use a backdrop for your car photos, use a stone wall, brick house or dense vegetation. Anything that would not take the shine off your car is fine.

Use Your Angles

When it comes to automotive photography, you need to know how to tweak your angle shots. An extreme angle works great with sports cars. Close-ups work well with vintage vehicles. Generally, the best angles are always the ones where the camera is at the same level with the car. In other words, you need to get your knees dirty if you want to get a good shot.

And there Was Light

Lighting gives a car a whole new appearance. But it must be used correctly. If you have a fantastic car to shoot, you need to ensure that the lighting conditions are right. If not the car would not be attractive. The best way to do this is to take your car photos at sunrise or sunset.

Natural sun rays create a bright glow that highlights all the colors of your car. Remember to keep the shadows at a minimum if you want a great shot. If the sun is behind you, turn your body away so that your shadow does not reflect on the car.

Switch Positions

Automotive photography does not only entail shooting pictures from different angles. You also need to change the position of the vehicle. So it is not enough to take vehicle shots from the front, back and side. If you want to sell these pictures for a tidy sum, you need to give your potential buyers, an overall look and feel.

Once you sharpen your car photography skills, you can help people sell their cars online more quickly because of the quality of your pictures. Posting a “car for sale” sticker on a bumper or placing an ad in the papers is not really effective nowadays. Learn to take car pictures that can be posted on Internet car listings or online auctions and you could be making some really cool cash from this venture.

How to Take Good Photos – What to Look For When Traveling

Most people carry cameras when they travel to record memories of the trip. What you photograph depends upon your interests of course, but it’s fairly common to see photo after photo of the traveling individual or couple or group, but very little about what makes the destination important. When my husband and I spent three weeks in Italy, we realized we only had one photo from the entire trip of us together! We’re glad to have that one photo because we can prove we were there, but mostly, we have photos that tell the stories of the destinations. Good travel photos convey a sense of place and a feel for the culture.

For example, we visited Chongqing- the biggest city in China and one of the biggest in the world with a population of over 33,000,000 people. The story of Chongqing was told not with photos of Mark and me in front of the zoo, Mark and me in front of the bird market, and Mark and me in front of the bus, but with photos of traffic, chaos on the roads, masses of people in intersections. It was told with photos of people on the sidewalks doing all manner of activities such as washing clothes in a tiny tin tub, sorting greens and other vegetables with the food spread out on the sidewalk itself, people sitting at tiny plastic tables, people selling eggs on a corner. The zoo is famous for the pandas, and although I took plenty of panda photos, the people watching the pandas were fascinating, as were the grandmas carrying babies in traditional wicker carriers on their backs, the monks reading about the pandas on huge signs in Chinese characters. All of these were indicative of the people in Chongqing, China, and the flow and pace of the city.

If you are on a tour bus, stay alert and take photos from the bus window – it’s amazing what fine photos you can take through the window of a moving vehicle. You may have to use photoshop or another photo editing program to remove the spots from the windshield, but it can be done. And while you are driving, snap shots of the street signs or landmarks also to help you identify where you were. Shanghai is a city full of gorgeous, modern buildings, and I got photos of most of them through the bus window. If I’d just sat without camera in hand, I would have never gotten those photos, yet all the modern buildings help tell the story of Shanghai.

Besides street or monument signs, be alert for other signs that can tell stories also. One of my favorite photos is a sign in Xitang, a “water city” not too far from Shanghai, that says “The Battery is Retrieved.” The sign conveys a sense of place and culture, certainly, with the Chinese characters, but it also makes me smile. First, the Chinese love slogans and pronouncements. Second, anyone who has tried to put together a toy on Christmas morning knows that the Chinese to English translation can be confusing at best. This tells me that the people are being urged to recycle and this little box with two holes on the front is a receptacle for used batteries. But best of all, when I read THE BATTERY IS RETRIEVED I felt triumphant! I got a huge kick out of it. I thought, hooray! We have it! The battery has been retrieved! Almost like finding buried treasure. That sort of travel photo is amusing to others but certainly brings back a flood of memories to the traveler.

The photos of infrastructure, buildings, people and destinations are important, but pretty photos can convey a sense of place also. For example, we went to Vernazza in Cinque Terre, Italy. Vernazza is one of the five hill towns on the Ligurian Sea. I was sitting by the harbor writing postcards and looked up to see the most beautiful sunset ever. It’s a gorgeous photo and though one can see a sunset anywhere, when I look at this one I am transported right back to the harbor in Vernazza, and the feeling of relaxation I had there washes over me. The “pretty” sunset photo definitely conveys a sense of place.

In contrast, our last night was in Shanghai, a city we loved. I looked out the hotel window and saw that the sun was just about to set. I grabbed the camera, aimed and shot – you know how quickly the sun disappears, so you do have to be fast. The sunset can be just as pretty in a city, silhouetting tall buildings and grimy infrastructure. As a travel photo, it of course evokes this city we loved. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking infrastructure can’t be compelling.

While touring museums, historical buildings, and other sites particular to where you are, take photos of the signs explaining the history, the names of paintings and the artists, and pick up brochures. Having this information is incredibly helpful if you journal or make photo albums. While photos of the signs aren’t travel photos per say, they are indispensable for remembering those things you are sure you’ll remember, but of course, you forget.

You will naturally take better travel photos if your camera is with you, in hand and ready to go. In London, I was walking down a passageway in a tube station (subway). I was in a hurry but I just grabbed my camera – which is always around my neck when I travel – thinking, I need a photo of the interior of a tube station. The great thing about digital camera is that you don’t have to wonder if you are wasting a shot or if it will turn out well. My hasty picture of the tube station interior surprised me. It’s a gorgeous spiral of white tile with green and red highlights, and the perspective makes it looks like a funnel. Besides evoking a sense of place and culture, I think of all the jokes about looking into the light, approaching the light. I think of the movie Poltergeist and Finding Nemo, which satirized “stay away from the light.” So this photograph makes all kinds of things go through my mind, but really, I just love the shape of it all and the stripes and handrail – those little bits of color, and the fact that I was in a tube station in London! It’s so much better than a photo of me standing in front of a tube station, for example. When you are prepared and shoot quickly, you may get surprises.

I hope this has opened your eyes to how you can take interesting photos that convey a sense of place and culture while you are traveling. They are much more interesting to recall and look at than a bunch of people standing in front of each cultural attraction – but don’t forget to take some of those too, to prove that you were there.

Killer Food Stock Photos Tips

Everybody eats! Obvious but very true. And because everybody eats there is a massive market for food and buying foods. There are advertisements for food everywhere. You can see loads of billboard ads advertising their fast food restaurants coming by. The pictures in these advertisements are done by very professional photographers specifically for companies like Jack in The Box and such. However, what about the other food companies that need photos?

STOCK PHOTOS! That’s where you come in and supply a very large collection of food photographs for people that need them for their pictures. Food stock photos can be very profitable and rewarding if you know how to take these pictures right.

When taking pictures of food the pictures must have the following:

Look appealing

If you are taking stock photos of food you need to make sure that the food looks very tasty and delicious. It has to say – eat me!-if it doesn’t you may not be as successful with your photograph.

Be Simple and Professional

Stock photos of food are usually very simple. There’s usually one single object in the picture and it’s the food of interest. If you’re taking a picture of lettuce focus specifically on the lettuce. You can take pictures later with lettuce and cabbage and other green vegetables. But for now just concentrate on the lettuce head.

Try Different Positions

Don’t just take one photo of your food, try different angles. Try leaving space for advertising text and other necessities. Try having the lettuce to the left of the photo and to the right. Try having it on the bottom and the top. See how the photo looks vertically oriented and horizontally oriented. Many people in need of stock photos usually have a specific idea in mind. If they want a vertically composed shot with the lettuce on the bottom and all they can find are shots with lettuce horizontally composed they won’t be satisfied.

There are many different tricks to make food look better than it actually does. You can use editing software and add some glow or effects to make the food look better. You can also add some oil to certain foods and it’ll look tastier. Food stock pictures must be executed very precisely like all other stock. Follow these simple tips and take great pictures.

Benefits of Eating Your Daily Requirement of Fruits & Vegetables

Fruit and vegetables are an key part of your daily diet. They are naturally good and contain vitamins and minerals that can help to keep you healthy. Fruit consumption was not associated with cognitive change. This fact is at variance with animal studies and some other human ones, which is probably an outcome of the low number of individuals in the report. Fruits and vegetables are low in fat and calories, but high in nutrition. The more fruits and vegetables you consume, the more nutrition you get and it assists to crowd out other high fat high calorie foods.

Some of the benefits that you can get from eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis are:

Antioxidants have the ability to hinder or reduce damage from damaging free radicals produced in the body. Each color group has a special combination of nutrients and photo-chemicals that look to be associated with specific health benefits, such as heart health, a healthy immune system, vision health, and risk reduction for some cancers. Antioxidants are plentiful in colorful fruits and vegetables the more colorful, the better. The antioxidant chemicals are usually found in the pigment, and are much more plentiful in organic produce.

Fiber improves large intestine function and keeps the muscles of the large intestine strong. In different words, it accelerates up the transit time of food and increases the size of stool, thereby assisting to prevent constipation and hemorrhoids. Fiber is important for proper bowel function. It helps reduce constipation and diverticulitis. Fiber serves many functions in the body. In particular, it keeps the digestive system running smoothly and may reduce the risk of heart disease and some gastrointestinal problems, and possibly some cancers.

Vitamins A, D, E and K are fat-soluble, which means they stay in your body until you need them. B vitamins and vitamin C are water-soluble. Vitamin C also helps your body to heal wounds and to absorb iron. Examples of fruits and vegetables with vitamin C include strawberries, melons, oranges, papaya, tomatoes, peppers, greens, cabbage, and broccoli. Vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other protective substances in whole grain foods contribute to the health benefits of whole grains. Refined grains are low in fiber and in the protective substances that accompany fiber.

Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide needed vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are key for good health. Dietary restriction is not normally necessary, as intake of prohibited foods.  However, some patients may require certain diet limitations.

Fruit and vegetables are superior sources of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. In addition they supply other compounds with powerful disease reduction potential.  Using more fruits and vegetables are a safe and healthy contribution to your weight loss efforts.

Nature has extracted many highly-nutritive components from the soil, drawn them through the root system of a fruit tree or vegetable plant and created a readymade, nutritious food for all of us to eat. It’s what we are supposed to be consuming! Nature’s most powerful medicine, fruits and vegetables, are low in calories, high in complex carbohydrates, contain no cholesterol and almost no fat.

As you can see, that by eating several portions of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis; can help give the vitamins and minerals that are needed by your body.  Also, fruit & vegetables give the ability to for your body to reduce the hazard of cancers and other diseases.