Silhouettes that Sell!

posted on 3rd of november, 2014

Let's face it, we are here at Dreamstime because we want to sell images. The question in our image creation, though, is what types of images sell. A quick look through my portfolio reveals that my subjects are broad and varied. I am always searching for another angle, or perspective or view on a subject. Despite this, one of my favorite subjects that I come back to again and again is silhouettes. A silhouette image is easy to create just about anywhere and can result in powerfully simple images that sell!

So how do you do it? Most modern cameras have to be tricked, unless you are using the "silhouette" program setting. I usually use the aperture program setting of "A" on my cameras. If I am shooting a silhouette I will take a meter reading from the brightest part of the frame and will use the...

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Posted by Steveacer on November 21, 2014
Great images and tips thanks.
Posted by Nadsdl on November 15, 2014
Great article, thanks for the tips :) I have noticed that silhouettes are really powerful, and people tend to like them on here. I've only been on this site for a month, but my 2 silhouettes already have downloads.
Your photos are beautiful, keep shooting!
Posted by Eric1513 on November 13, 2014
Thank you everyone for your kind and encouraging comments. I'd love to see more silhouettes taken by each of you. Please feel free to post examples!

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It's Hip to be Square!

posted on 20th of november, 2014

I know I'm dating myself when I say that the 80s pop band Huey Lewis and the News was right when they sang that it's hip to be square. When it comes to photography, I love the square format. It open up new and creative composition opportunities that a normal rectangle format doesn't offer. It is especially useful when you find yourself in a creative rut.

Many of today's cameras offer a square format setting that you can choose so that you can compose your photos in the square format right in the camera. Among the format settings of 4:3 or 16:9 you should see an option for 1:1. This is the square format setting.

If your camera doesn't have this setting built in as an option don't give up. Any version of photoshop, photoshop elements or other imaging software has a cropping option that can...

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Posted by Hellen8 on November 21, 2014
I have uploaded some photography in square format, especially concepts. I like this format. Thanks for sharing :-)
Posted by Adrizoon on November 20, 2014
I do that sometimes too. Haven't uploaded any of them, because the are not really stockphoto's. You're right. Some photo's are just better in square format. Now I have to find out if my camera has that option. Never thought about that... just used PS.

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