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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Gardens – Photo Theme and Tips

Flower gardens come in various sizes, from the smallest to the large outlay of beautiful blooms that are aesthetically pleasing.

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Your Garden

Knowing that the joys of a garden may well be short-lived, you could capture some of its’ beauty with the power of photography.

This would help you to keep those beautiful blooms and create new ways of seeing, and admiring, your garden over time.

A basic understanding of photography helps you to create fabulous photographs of your garden or the gardens that you come across.



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Things To Note

Alway bear in mind that when photographing gardens, it’s not all about the plants in the garden, but it’s about light.

Essentially, “photog­raphy” means creating with light, and finding the proper light that fits the image you want to create. The right lighting is the key to beautiful, lasting pictures.

Learn to look at your photos from your camera’s point of view. Don’t just focus on what you like, but what’s really being captured in your viewfinder before you click that button.

Are there things that you don’t want in the frame? If so, that’s the time to adjust your angle either by taking a few steps forward, backwards, left or right or by tilting your camera up or down et cetera.

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Lighting and Perspectives

Avoid bright, harsh lights. Most times, bright light is not the best lighting for your garden photos. Direct sunlight creates photos that have harsh contrasts while morning and evening light create softer and better images.

Try taking your photos from different perspectives, don’t centre the image and try to compose your photos with the rule of thirds in mind.

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To Catch A Cat – Photo Theme Challenge

To Catch a Cat

I don’t own a feline so it was a bit of challenge to find a cooperative cat. Taking photos of a flower is easy while catching a snobbish cat is another kettle of fish. 

I found myself running after the city strays cats for days on end and in the process, I’ve learned that not only are cats snobbish they also have cattitude.

I managed to find this fat black one in a corner. It stared back at me and sat still for a wee moment before sauntering off to go and do something important, I guess.

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After the black cat, I ran into an indolent one that had taken ownership of the park seat, basking in the warm early morning sun. I didn’t want it to run away so I was wary of getting too close.

 

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Flower Power

Flowers, however, make beautiful models. They just sit still and look pretty without an attitude.

 

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

Making Money From Your Photo Stock

Did you know that there are ways you could earn some money by selling your photographs online and offline?Make money photography, Stock photos, selling online, sites selling online, gallery, opportunities, earn money, making money,E-commerce, WordPress, Stock photography, greeting cards,

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.

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