Shutterstock and IBM Join to Help Marketers Find Photos for Campaigns

Shutterstock and IBM partner to bridge digital marketers’ needs with the engaging, high-quality assets made by photographers and other content makers

If you’re a stock photographer with work on Shutterstock, you may soon find yourself connecting with more marketers looking for exactly the content you’re offering. Shutterstock has announced today a partnership with IBM to help marketers build engaging digital experiences through their creative platform. Beginning July 2018, customers of the IBM Watson Content Hub will be able to access millions of images, videos, and music tracks hosted by Shutterstock and find the ideal content for their needs through IBM’s Watson AI technology.

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Long Nguyen Pushed Himself to Take “Epic” Landscape Photos

Here is a landscape photographer with a passion for creating images that make your jaw drop

Photographer Long Nguyen is a financial accountant during the day who turns into a sun seeking photographer at sunrise and sunset – or at least that’s what he says about himself. “Currently I live in Seattle, Washington. That provides me opportunities to explore numerous areas of this ‘evergreen state’ in addition to other beautiful places around the world,” he continues. Long is a previous winner of Outdoor Photographer’s American Landscape photography contest, and is always amazed at what nature gives him. Long says that he’s much more of a creative photographer than a technical one.

Further, he’s all about being versatile. Sometimes his favorite images aren’t pre-planned.

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Opinion: There is Nothing Wrong with Image Grain and Your Photos Don’t Need to Be 100% Sharp

If you’re an amateur photographer, don’t worry about things like image grain too much

Image grain and sharpness are two things in the photo community that, when you get into the more old school circles of thinking, is frowned upon. You’ll always hear, “You should’ve gotten it in focus,” or, “You should’ve shot at a lower ISO setting.” It’s ingrained (pun intended) into the heads of so many photographers out there and that mentality continues to spread to others. But the truth is the technical matters of a photo are second to the subject matter.

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How to Create Better Portraits for Instagram

Portraiture and gaming the system on Instagram isn’t always so simple. In fact, it’s pretty difficult. But photographers have been trying to cut through all the noise as best as they can for as long as the platform has been around. Getting better photos for Instagram starts in-camera, then with the editing process, and then with creating better content overall on the platform. So here’s what you should know.

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Instagram Tips for Photographers You May Not Have Known

Instagram: if you can name another social media platform that pisses off photographers as much I’d be shocked. But the truth is that lots of photographers seem to focus highly on Instagram vs Facebook or Twitter; and sometimes for obvious reasons. However, it’s not easy to figure it out. So here are some insights and tips that you may not have known or noticed as of May 2017.

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Screw the Rule of Thirds: “Composition” For Street Photographers

All images by Mason Resnik

“I’VE SEEN THIS PICTURE BEFORE.”

It may be cliché to say that rules are made to be broken, but it can be argued that the genre of street photography is the photographic discipline where breaking the rules will most likely allow you to see—and capture—more interesting photographs.

Traditional compositional rules come out of pre-photographic art forms. Leading lines, the rule of thirds, centered subjects and so on were developed over centuries by painters, and others using two-dimensional forms in order to organize the content of their images and create a common visual language.

Visual artists—painters, photographers, cinematographers and the like—are taught these rules and mostly conform to them.

 

 

 

 

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The Most Important Aspects of a Photo for the Serious Photographer

While the technical side of the photography world will sit there thinking about and citing 100% sharpness, dynamic range, high ISO results, etc. you have to remember that all of this simply gets in the way of you actually creating a good photograph. The honest truth is that it is simultaneously 100% possible to create a God-awful image with high megapixels and a sharp lens or a jaw droppingly gorgeous photo with a crappy plastic lens and a tiny sensor. In fact, it’s done everyday–there are loads of people out there with super expensive gear that believe it will help them take good photos and that they can be the next Ansel Adams.

In some ways, the best thing to do is to forget about the technical side or master it so well that you don’t even necessarily think about it.

Here’s what gives an image impact.

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How to Plan, Create and Execute a Photo Essay

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Photo essays are an awesome way to get messages across and have become even more important in today’s world since society is much more visual than they are textual. Traditionally, they were a fundamental tool for newspapers, but as time went on, websites and magazines started to use them to illustrate points and to inform. Today, they’re used even more so and in different ways of story telling. We did one a while back, but they can be far more developed than this and usually are.

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Dear Photography Trolls: Please Stop

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Dear Trolls,

Four years: that’s how long it took me to learn how to deal with photography trolls. Yes, the internet has given birth to trolls of all sorts that lurk in Reddit, 4Chan, Flickr, 500px, and so many other communities.  But what you, trolls, have done to many people is killed the inspiration for the person who could have been so much better.

Why?

Is it because you’re so self-conscious about your own work that you need to spread your toxic inner thoughts to others and hurt them to make yourself feel better?

Did no one ever teach you that two negatives don’t make a right?

What about constructive criticism?

Did it ever occur to you that sarcasm may translate terribly through the internet?

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Composing Photos While Balancing Content in an Image

Screenshot taken from the video

Screenshot taken from the video

Effective compositions can overcome pretty much any technique that you use to make your image beautiful, with the exception of content. Photographer Tony Northrup tries to explain this and also includes things depth, planes, etc. In fact, he tries to talk about a balance of content in the image and the composition itself. And while he doesn’t spend much time doing so, we get an idea that composition and content need to be balanced in some way or another to create more effective and interesting images.

Tony’s video on more effective composition is after the jump.

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Useful Photography Tip #31: How to Do a DMCA Takedown Notice When Someone Steals Your Images/Content

One of the most common fears that I hear about when I teach classes on WordPress, Tumblr, Blogging or Metadata management is about how to prevent theft of your images or content.

Now first off, I don’t want to scare anyone with this post; and I often tell people that they should focus on trying to create media that people will want to steal instead of worrying about theft of their current portfolio. With that said, this site has been around for quite a while and we’re large enough that someone out there will try to steal our content. I sometimes let it go because the sites eventually get shut down, but when Reviews Editor Andy Hendriksen complained to me about it, I decided to take some action and throw down with a DMCA takedown.

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