Hands and Their Stories – Photo Theme Challenge

H for Hands 

It is said that one’s hands can tell tales about the owner, from details of their background to character, health, relationship bliss, future and fortune. Therefore, it’s no wonder that hands are fascinating appendages of human structure that’s worth admiring and photographing.

For the H letter of the photo theme challenge, it was a tussle between doing photos for History or Hands. I love history and I am one of those who haunts museums and soaks up stories of long past history, but I settled for Hands in this case.

Close-up portraits of body parts can be magnificent. They can also have a meaning and send a strong message. Such photographic portraits imply which sex the part belongs to, the possible age of the owner, their social condition, and a lot of other things. Our body parts portraits reveal many details than one would be tempted to believe.

 

Photographing The Hands

While photographing these hands, my main interest is to tell the person’s story.  For example, the first photo is the cobbler that I pass by occasionally. His hands were always busy repairing shoes and I wanted to take shots of them whilst he worked.

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The second photo is a perfumer at work. She makes fragrance from natural ingredients and always had some henna painting on her hands. I wanted to capture her painted hands as she worked and filled the bottles.

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My focus is on my subject’s story. I wanted the character of their hands to show their reality and not glamourous images.

Tips & Recommendations for photographing hands:

  • Try to tell your subject’s story that anyone looking at the photo later can interpret the story that your image portrays.
  • Think about your lighting and use it to enhance the story.
  • Place continuous lighting on the side of your subject which will show the lines of the skin better.
  • Use a tripod when possible for best shots.
  • Use your macro lens for close-ups.
  • Have fun and be creative. Play with a variety of positions.

To join the photography theme challenge for practice, check this link and you can find other photo tips here.

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Get More Mileage Out of Your Creative Side

One of my main goals on this website is to share possible ideas and ways that my readers can make money and optimize their creativity.

Redbubble is a diverse creative community and marketplace where you can display your artistic skills and creativity.

Here, you can sell your work and you’ll find a niche of like-minded humans like you, displaying work, admiring work and discussing work. Joining is free and we like free price 🙂

You can read more about Redbubble here and how to sell through Redbubble and you can also join the Redbubble affiliate program! It’s a win-win situation. You can check here for other ways to earn.

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ESSENTIAL TIPS TO IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY 5

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Pay Attention To Little Details

Your total image is more than the subject of your interest. A quick check of the sides, top, and bottom of your frame to see that everything works well together or if anything is out-of-place gives you a 99.9% chance of capturing that great image.

If there’s something that’s not quite right for the image is it possible to adjust it to eliminate ‘the noise’ that would detract from your subject. The whole photo should be balanced with the right perspective.

Naturally, there are those spontaneous shots that equally turn out brilliantly, but that is not always the norm. Check here for more photography tips.

Quick glossary

Noise: Simply defined, image noise in digital photography is the commonly used term to describe visual distortions in a photo. It looks like grain or splotches of discoloration when it’s really bad, and can ruin your photograph. The noise tends to get worse when you’re shooting in low light.

How To Make Money From Your Photography and Sites To Sell Online.

Making Money From Your Photo Stock

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We live in the age of visual culture where everyone owns a form of a camera these days and we all love to take a snap or several to capture our special moments and random interesting things.

Given the continued increase in demand for great photos for varied business and entertainment reasons, because as we all know, images enhance, illuminates work and drives engagement there is no better time than now to monetize those great images of yours.

Yes, the market overflows with other aspiring and professional photographers who are equally keen on selling their own work, but this shouldn’t discourage you, rather, you should see it as a challenge to excel in your art. Even if you never become a World acclaimed Pulitzer-winning photographer, the opportunities are endless and you shouldn’t give up.

There are personal steps and some renowned websites that you could look into to start with.

From day one, start treating your photo interest as a business and create a marketing plan. Create a portfolio of your work both online and offline. No, it is not a dumping ground for every click and shot you’ve taken but a curated portfolio of great shots that makes a statement about your work and regularly showcase your work on social media like Instagram, Pinterest.

Existing opportunities by creating your own market

In other to carve a niche for yourself, you’ve got to figure out what you want to explore and express through your lens. Create images that speak to you.Make money photography, Stock photos, selling online, sites selling online, gallery, opportunities, earn money, making money,E-commerce, WordPress, Stock photography, greeting cards,

Keep working on your skills and developing your eye as a photographer. Always look at the work of other professional photographers and continue to educate yourself through reading about the latest trends being discussed in this field.

  1. Put your best work online in your photo gallery with an e-store option to sell. There are lots of plugins on WordPress such as Gallery e-commerce that provides such options.
  2. Print a large format of a number of your best images, frame them and approach coffee shops, restaurants, bookstores in your area to display them for sale for some weeks. Make sure your contact details are within reach.
  3. Turn those great shots of yours into greeting cards for sale. You could make and sell loads of greeting cards with special messages on them, like ‘happy mother’s day, Merry Christmas, Bon Voyage… Approach shops around you that would accept such cards to sell at a commission.
  4. Consider participating in art gallery exhibitions or art fairs. You can share the cost of renting space by teaming up with other vendors at the art fair.

Existing opportunities to sell online through other websites

There are lots of websites that specialize in buying and selling stock photographs online. Stock photographs could be used in website design, blog posts, book covers, magazines, posters, newsletters, ads, and so much more and because of the high demand for high-quality photographs, this can become a decent income revenue for a photographer with a large stock of great photographs for sale.Make money photography, Stock photos, selling online, sites selling online, gallery, opportunities, earn money, making money,E-commerce, WordPress, Stock photography, greeting cards,

The first step is to build a collection of photographs that would sell profitably as stock photos. Take a bit of time and research photos people download often on these sites to gain an insight on where the demand lies.

These websites offer free registration but have specific guidelines on what they want and willing to take, how to upload and tag your photos. Each of these sites has their specific commission rates and payments terms, so you should make it a point to read their fine prints and  choose that which works best for you.

  1. Shutterstock
  2. Dreamstime
  3. Fotolia
  4. iStock by Getty images
  5. SmugMug
  6. Alamy
  7. 123RF
  8. Photoshelter
  9. Can Stock Photo
  10. PhotoMoolah
  11. Snapped4U
  12. FineArtAmerica
  13. Crestock
  14. Redbubble
  15. Zenfolio
  16. SnapMarket
  17. Thinkstock by Getty images
  18. Flickr by Getty images
  19. Photos.com by Getty images

Some of these companies are big and popular thus might be more difficult to get noticed, others are smaller and might offer a better choice for a beginner to start with. Either way, these are all great options to sell your photos online and earn extra income. Now get snapping happily and do share your experience with us.

Unleash Your Creativity From Within.

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Creativity is part of our genetic makeup and springs forth from the depths of our intrinsic being which is inherently intelligent. It is not a special possession of certain people but deposited in each of us. Our creativity is inexhaustible, it’s just that for a lot of us, our creative zeal hides under a huge pile of the mundane monotony of earning our daily living and for some, neglect and the negative perception of self and criticism leads to the inability to allow their creativity to blossom.

When we connect with our deeper selves, we are able to let go of our egotistical limited way of perception and move into more receptive ways that show abundance, creativity, harmony, and innovation.

We are actually able to intentionally trigger our creative juices through cultivating certain habits, practice and nurturing for it to grow.

The internal hindrance that limits your creativity is addressed through simple and effective techniques outlined below.

Practical ways to unleash your creativity from within.

  • Stop limiting your sense of being and expand the scope of your understanding of who you are. You must free yourself from your restricted perception of who you are. Recognizing and acknowledging that you have infinite potentials helps you accept this as part of your nature and working from this perception creates an intrinsic sense of well-being which taps into the creativity that stems from your true self.
  • Expand the coast of your thinking. Create space for new thoughts and perceptions and change the fixed patterns of self-limiting thoughts. Close ended thought patterns such as; I can’t, I don’t know, it’s not possible; when faced with challenges create negative energy and negative self-fulfilling prophecy. Be more forthcoming with open-ended statements and thoughts like; I’ll figure this out, there’s always a way, are there better solutions to this problem? These are more positive mantras that with repetition settles in your mind. Allow yourself periods of silence to meditate and engage in other activities that are a departure from your mundane routine. As your perception expands to fresh stimuli enjoy the process and allow your inspiration or solutions to emerge naturally.
  • Have set intentions. What are your intentions for tapping into your deeper self to release your intrinsic creativity? Awareness of your intentions and creative targets must be clear to you. Have the vision that you aim to achieve and keep reaffirming your vision. Inspiration rises better when you are fully conscious of your desired intentions.
  • Embrace your uniqueness and your quirky self. Acknowledge and accept yourself as a unique being that has a creative role to play that no one else can fulfill. An audience that will appreciate your contributions will equally emerge.
  • See challenges as opportunities to improve. Get into the habit of interpreting challenges as opportunities for growth, to do better, to learn. When your mind is more attuned to viewing the problem from a positive angle, you are better placed to consciously seek solutions.
  • Give of yourself. Share your skills and personal gifts with others to make their life more meaningful. This is not necessarily by giving material gifts, but the service of your time, being a listening ear, a source of wisdom or encouragement. You get by giving and giving of yourself dissolves the limiting self-centered focus while tapping into the power of unity. 

Hopefully, as you consciously cultivate this awareness and habits, you will open doors to inspired creativity from the profound depth of your being.

Further recommended reading. InGenius: A crash course on creativity.  , Big Magic. Creative Living Beyond Fear

Are there other ways you believe could help someone to breach the internal barrier to their creativity? Do share with us and join us as we explore how to unleash our creative juice through external channels.

 

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Hello. I’m Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha and I’m a serial blogger.

You are welcome to The Art of Beautiful Expressions. A meeting point for those who want to unleash their creativity by, creating a blog with great content, writing a book, podcasting, public speakingphotographypublishing, growing their audience and going professional to make money from their creative passion.

After an intensive year and half of blogging on my personal blog,  “a cooking pot and twisted tales,” where I share my creative writings, photographs, recipes, thoughts and lifestyle solutions with a constantly growing audience, my confidence grew and I started seeking ways of turning my blogging, photography, writing and speaking interests into a more income fulfilling venture, hence the decision to build niche-focused blogs like this one, where I write to help other bloggers on the same journey like me to meet their dreams of making money from their blogs.

The Art of Beautiful Expressions is a simple blog where no matter what class your blog falls in; whether you are a business or lifestyle blogger, a writer, a budding photographer, a reader with an interest to start a blog, there are tips that will help you right here.

I’ll share the tips, steps and my learning with you as we walk this path together. The main purpose of this platform ‘The Art of Beautiful Expressions,’ is simply to educate and to share information with others who seek for ways to enhance their creativity and to make their passion a profitable portfolio.

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