Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Why Watermarks Matter in the Virtual World

Watermarks help protect the ‘intellectual property’ of your images – virtual or real!
Through placing a ‘watermark logo’ on your virtual images, makes it difficult for anyone to copy them.  Watermarks can be an important tool that greatly reduces the chances of someone taking your photos/images and using them unscrupulously without your permission.  In addition, they can be used to ensure what is Real and what is Virtual.

Quite simply there are 3 ways watermarks can be used effectively:-
·        Watermarks deter your photo/image being copied or reproduced
·        Watermark logos - displayed the same way each time on all photos/images – become your brand, or signature
·        Watermarks assist in the identification of what is ‘Real’ and what is ‘Virtual

Virtual Renovation Service – use of watermarks
One such company using Watermarquee watermarks successfully in the virtual world, is Australian start-up Proptech group:  PerfectRoom.  This virtual renovation service provides Realtors with a 3D photo-realistic image of the ‘potential’ for a property which is for sale. 

Such a virtual renovation maybe to update elements of a home including floor coverings; painting of walls; updated appliances; as well as removal of walls to expose a home’s true renovation potential.

Unlike Virtual Staging – where an ‘existing’ space is filled with amazing furnishings;  with Virtual Renovation, walls are removed and the entire space of a home may be redesigned or repurposed.
Here, entire walls are removed; window treatments added; light fittings included, and floor coverings changed.

The original photo is superimposed in the form of a watermark with the words, ‘Actual Room’ and the ‘PerfectRoom logo’ together with the words ‘3D visual’ is displayed on the 3D virtual image.  

Watermarks are used to clarify which is which!  Real ‘vs’ Virtual
Such watermark labelling also assists with not misleading any potential buyers.  It is clear to a home searcher – which is the Actual Room and which is the 3D Virtual Renovation Room.  This is very important so everyone is clear on what they are seeing (and potentially buying).
Given these images are posted on Instagram and Real Estate sites, it is imperative that all efforts are made to protect those images.  Just because it is a ‘virtual’ image – doesn’t make it any less important than a real photo.  It still needs protecting from someone stealing it for their own use.

Just as in an advertisement for a property for sale, the The agent may use a company logo watermark to clearly identify the IP ownership of a particular photo.  This watermark logo clearly identifies them as the copyright owner of that photo.

What about in the ‘virtual world’?
So to in the virtual world.  With every PerfectRoom being an individual design – the end result needs protection from theft.  Here, a watermark is a major deterrent from being used illegally as well as not misleading any potential buyers.

In Summary
Safeguarding your work is important.  Watermarking is a major part of protecting your ‘virtual’ images and therefore guarding your work.  In addition, it can be used for identification and to build your branding. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fashion Photography

A Career In Fashion Photography

We see them everywhere, in Magazines, on the Run Way, in advertisements on TV. They are the slender women strutting their stuff or extra ordinary Beauties with their sultry looks flashing their pearly whites while wearing the newest Styles from the hottest Designers. We are talking about the fashion models of today, yesterday and tomorrow. They are everywhere we look, but who brings them to us? Their images are captures with care and precision, patience and that special look for style, color and lighting composition. I am talking about the fashion photographers.

In the fashion circles famous names like Mario Testino (easily one of the hottest names out there) and Eva Mueller (photographer for Fashion Magazine Allure) are just as sought out if not more then those men and women sauntering their way into our conscious.

High Paychecks and glamour's Lifestyle of hob nobbing it with the rich and famous might be the dream of many young shutterbug, however it is not easy to reach the golden Staircases of the well-known fashion houses and magazines. For every one talented photographer, hundreds are left panting at the sidewalk, only dreaming about the moment that their photo will be chosen.

Here are a few tips for the novice and dreamer of dreams in getting started in fashion photography. Study your subject. You can never learn enough. Read and look at any fashion Magazine you can get your hand on. There are fantastic books on Fashion and fashion photography available. Amazon.com has a true treasure trove available.
You need one or two good cameras, tripod and a lighting system. Always make sure that you have plenty of film and batteries available. SLR and digital cameras take different photos, so make sure you find the best for your field.

When submitting your work, hopefully to give a chance you have to have a portfolio on hand, just in case the editor of the fashion magazine wants to see samples of your work. I assure you if they consider working with you that is going to be a fact.
The sharp, bright images of a 4X5" transparency show of your work to its best effort. If you have already had a publication, no matter if, it was a small neighborhood magazine/paper or a contest a tear sheet (literally a sheet you tore out of the magazine) works well. If neither is at hand a good high quality 8 X 10 "is acceptable as well. You want to make sure that you have a minimum of 20 photos in your portfolio and preferably different styles. You want to show your expertise in full figure or just partial body parts.

Remember, fashion includes jewelry and accessories. Sometimes a watch from a famous maker on the slender wrist of a beautiful woman is a good fashion shoot. If you are applying for the job, be prepared to leave your Portfolio behind for an extended period of time, sometimes as much as a couple of weeks. I would advice you to make copies and have several on hand. This comes in handy when showing your work to many different people for consideration for fashion work.

In the time of modern technology, it is good to display your talent as a fashion photographer online as well. Set up a website; submit your photos to contests. Submit them to an online fashion gallery. This helps with getting your work seen and people can see what type of work you actually do and can do for them.

Most editors are looking for your personality in the photos you take. Each fashion photographer captures the soul of the fashion and its model differently. There are a couple of very good "how to get started" websites on the net. You might wish to start out with http://www.fashion.net/howto/photography/ or http://www.stylecarrer.com/fashion_photographer.shtml. Most importantly, if this is your dream, don't give up. Keep trying and I hope to see your images on the cover of my next hot fashion magazine.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

How to Watermark Your Photos

No photographer can ignore the marketing effects of the internet, but it comes, potentially, at a cost.  While posting your photos online is a great way to gain exposure, it also means you open yourself up to the possibility of someone stealing your work.  Most will do it out of ignorance, some will do it for profit, but whatever the reason, if you don't want to be taken advantage of, you need to protect your photos.

The quickest way to do that is to add a watermark to every photo you post online.  A watermark ensures that everyone knows who created the photo and brings recognition for the skill it took to create.  You have several options to consider when creating a watermark, and your choices should reflect the reason why you're posting your photos online.

Text vs Image Watermarks

The quickest way to watermark your images is to add your name or the name of your business.  Be careful of the size and position of the watermark, as a viewers eye will instantly be drawn to text in an image which may detract from the overall effect.  A text watermark is a good way to go if you're only posting photos occasionally and you're not looking to establish a brand identity.

But, if you're a professional, or just post a lot of photos, you should probably consider making (or hiring someone to make) an image watermark.  Image watermarks give a more professional impression, and are an important part of branding.  If you go with an image watermark, make sure it scales well, as they can be harder to place than a simple text watermark because they usually take up more size.

Where to Place Your Watermark

Where you put your watermark on your photo depends on why you're putting a watermark on it in the first place.  If it's just to get proper attribution for your work, you should probably place it outside of the main focus of the photo - while still weighing the possibility that if it's poorly place, it could get cropped out of the photo easily.  To reduce that risk, try in place it in an area of high contrast in a corner of the image.

A watermark that is out of the way like this reduces the impact it has on the overall appearance of the photo.

If you're a professional photographer whose type of work is based on taking photos for a specific client, like a wedding or children's photographer, you need a more glaring watermark to prevent theft of any photos.  You should consider placing a large watermark in the center of the photo, or tiling your watermark.  Don't go overboard - you need the client to like the photo enough to purchase the non-watermarked version.

General Tips

However you decide to watermark your photos, there are some general tips to keep in mind:
  • The higher the contrast behind your watermark, the harder it is to remove.
  • Don't scar your photo with a watermark that is too distracting.  Decrease the visibility of your watermark as much as you're comfortable with.
  • Your watermark placement will likely need to change between photos, so watermarking your photos as a batch may not be appropriate.

Friday, August 16, 2019

3 Tips for Choosing Photographs for your Wedding Photography Portfolio

When it comes to being a wedding photographer, it’s important to make sure that you have the right photographs in your online portfolio. It can seem quite demanding - in fact, some photographers find that having an accurate portfolio is more challenging than shooting weddings in the first place.

Before you panic and use your portfolio as a depository for every photograph that you’ve ever taken, take a deep breath. Taking a little bit of time now to make sure that you’re showcasing your best work is important, but it’s really not so tricky.

Here are some ideas to help you work out which photographs you should include in your online wedding photography portfolio.

Why Your Wedding Portfolio Matters In The First Place

Okay, you know you need a portfolio, but do you understand why?

In the day and age of easy to create online portfolios and simple to edit templates, there really is no excuse for not using this powerful marketing tool. Combined with your Instagram, it’s the best way that you can show people what you’re about. After all, not all wedding photography is created equal, and you aren’t necessarily going to be the right person for every job.

In many cases, your online portfolio will be the first example of your photography. It will also be a great way for people to see what you’re like as a photographer - remember that you’re shooting people on the most special, but tense and highly fraught day of their lives. So take the opportunity to show prospective clients what you can do, who you’ve worked with, and essentially, why they’d be crazy not to go with you.

Keep Your Target Audience In Mind

The essence of a good portfolio is that it understands who is going to be looking at it.

Before you start trying to upload every single one of your photographs, it’s time to sit and work out who you want to market your photography to, and what you want to offer them.

If your answer is “duh, the brides!” then you have your audience. The difference is that a bride may have a very different opinion to the mother of the bride. An art director or somebody looking to use you to shoot their wedding dresses will have a fundamentally different set of needs than a wedding planner.

This also applies to the type of photograph that you want to shoot more of. If you have a specific genre or style of photography - such as black and white photography, or location weddings - then make sure that you hero your major components. It helps to be able to present yourself as the best in your specific niche, so it helps to have your ideal client worked out.

It’s also important to ensure that your photographs all look like they were taken by you. While you may have different styles, it’s important to show that your work is consistent and your skill is reliable, rather than leaving the impression that your good shots are somehow accidental.

Only Show Your Best

While it might seem advantageous to you to put a huge amount of different photographs, it’s important to exercise your editorial eye. Why? Because in spite of what you’ve heard, your portfolio as a whole is more likely to be judged on your weakest photograph than your strongest.

More is not better. You want to highlight that you are consistent and impressive. Instead of trying to showcase everything you’ve ever done, your portfolio should only really showcase 15-20 images.

But, you might think, what if I want to change it up?! Absolutely do that, but be judicious. If you want to add in new work, then it’s time to remove the weakest of the old photographs.

Show What You Do

It’s vital to make sure that you are not overpromising on something that you cannot deliver on. For instance, if you take stunning black and white photography on film, but have never really delved into much by way of digital photography, make sure you don’t promise a bright color digital experience.

It might seem like you’re casting a wider net, but it sets you up for

Also, be mindful and critical of the photographs that you choose to show. If you know in your heart of hearts that a wonderful photograph involved a particularly special combination of things which you are unlikely to be able to repeat, don’t use this to advertise your services. No matter how good the photograph might be.

This may feel a little like tough love, but your clients are looking to use your services for their needs. They don’t care the photograph was good if you’re unable to replicate the magic for them.

Bonus: Your Portfolio Isn't Just Your Portfolio

When it comes to the social-media-driven world that we live in, it’s important to realize that your portfolio might not be the only way that a prospective client comes across your portfolio. While it’s great to make sure that on various sites that you link to your portfolio, it’s also important to use social media to your benefit.

Instagram is a great way to entice people to visit your portfolio and, ultimately, hire you to be their wedding photographer. It’s a great way to give people a little taste of what they can expect, as well as to show off your personality in a casual, relaxed way.

So pick your photographs carefully, and be sure to curate your Instagram with the same kind of thought and attention that you use to create your portfolio. It’s also a great way to show your other shots, which may not have been your ultimate favorites, but which show your taste and skill.


They say that you never get a second chance at a first impression, so it’s important to recognize that your portfolio goes a long way to introducing you to prospective clients. Rather than showing a weak, unconsidered portfolio, make sure you elevate your work and give it the respect that it deserves. Give people the chance to love what you do as much as you do!

And don't forget to protect your photos before you post them online using Water Marquee.

Friday, July 12, 2019

7 Tips to Make Your Home Photos Stand Out

Among the many critical tasks realtors are expected to perform during the sale of a home, some consider the process of taking home photos to be both the most challenging but also the most rewarding.

Photos are the first contact that most clients will have with any particular home, and initial impressions can make or break an eventual sale. As a result, realtors should never underestimate the importance of snapping truly incredible photos of each home they’re listing for sale.

However, realtors are not expected to become home staging experts in order to make their listings stand out against any competitive real estate market. To take some exceptional photos and attract hordes of interested clients, you only need to learn and implement a few key tips. Success is right around the corner!

1. Hire a professional home stager.

Pictures of empty rooms won’t do much to draw a potential client in for more (though some would argue that you should also photograph these “blank canvases” and keep them available for clients who want to better envision how their own furniture might appear in each room). Having even simple furnishings placed prior to shooting for a real estate listing will create a much better atmosphere than photographing a series of rooms indistinguishable from one another and characterized only by bare walls.

A home staging expert can help you prepare any home for a stellar photoshoot.

2. Be careful with angles and perspective.

A fine balance exists between utilizing exciting perspective shots and photographing from odd angles that will only leave potential clients confused about the home’s interior. While experimentation is encouraged (and often necessary to find the perfect shot), make sure that you are shooting straight-on while exploring different angles throughout each room. Accidentally tipping your camera slightly up or down will warp the vertical lines of walls and doorways, creating a perspective that’s little more than dizzying or off-putting.

3. Make sure your colors pop.

Even the best of soft, natural lighting may not always do justice to a funky fresh wallpaper or the rich tones of a hardwood floor. Luckily, a multitude of digital tools allow for quick and easy photo editing—adjusting brightness, contrast, and color intensity can ensure that your photos’ colors display as vividly as they do in person. Beware of over-editing, though!

If there’s not much color to work with, don’t be afraid to add your own. Tamela Ekstrom from Detroit’s HAVEN Real Estate + Design suggests adding a touch of color with a couple of throw pillows or vibrant artwork.

4. Atmosphere is everything.

Selling a home in the mountains? Capture the aspects of the residence that mountaineers will love. Near a beach? Keep the photos bright and open. Often, your clients will consider purchasing a home due to the appeal of the surrounding area, so use this to your advantage! You may consider consulting with your home stager about this, too—it’s likely that they’ll have plenty of ideas for d├ęcor accessories and other personal touches which can further add to a home’s local personality.

5. Pay attention to details.

Future homeowners are going to be critical of every detail when it comes to their potential home, so get on the same page. Include that gorgeous crown molding in the frame, capture unique aspects of the home that contribute to its personality, and don’t forget to tidy up. Remember, you’re aiming to photograph the home’s best features, not details of the current owners’ living style.

Put toilet lids down, remove appliances from counters, and keep personal touches like knick-knacks or family photographs out of your shots.

6. Feature the outdoors, too.

Realtors don’t need to be reminded that a house is more than its interior. Clients will want to know what lies outside their potential home, whether it’s a porch, a yard, or a few acres of woods. The bottom line? Don’t forget the view. Grab a panorama while standing on the porch, or try some distance shots to capture the house in the context of its surroundings.

7. Watermark your photos for a professional finish.

Once you’ve got the perfect photo, don’t forget this final step. Adding a watermark is a quick and easy way to include a final touch of professionalism to your home photoset. Not only will it help potential clients to connect a home to your name, but a watermark will deter photography thieves and can improve your marketing impact, too.

Not convinced? Trust us when we say that more clients will take notice of carefully-staged and professional photos. Unlike bland, cluttered, or dull home photos that soon-to-be homeowners will only glaze over during their search, following these tips will ensure that their eyes linger when browsing your listings.

Taking the time to perform a few extra steps when snapping and editing your photos is absolutely worth the additional effort, and with practice, shooting great photos every time will become second nature.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

10 Photography Trends to Watch in 2019

The accessibility of modern photography equipment has opened the door for hobbyists, enthusiasts, and professionals alike to pursue new niches and capture captivating images. As photographers experiment with new techniques, some exciting trends are emerging and producing beautiful results. Here are ten of the latest photography trends to explore in 2019.

1. Macro

Macro photography is a style of photography that zooms in closely on an object (or on a specific part of it) to capture its intricate detail. Think of a butterfly’s wings or the pollen on a flower, for example. It takes a common object and presents it in a way that we’ve never seen or thought about before.

To get the proper level of detail, macro photographers must use a special macro lens. The lenses are relatively inexpensive, however, and there are even versions available for smartphone cameras. As this unique photography style gains popularity, many photographers are finding great success in selling prints.

2. Film

While the general population enjoys the freedom of digital photography instead of using film, photographers are falling in love with film photography again. It requires a certain thoughtfulness and intention before taking a photo to make sure that the lighting and angles capture the best possible shot. Many photographers consider film photography an elite art and use it to hone their skills and creativity. While digital photography is here to stay, film photography is regaining popularity with professional photographers and hobbyists all over the world.

3. Light painting

Light painting is one of the most versatile photography techniques. The same image can be captured in a number of unique ways by experimenting with natural and artificial light, exposure time, and reflections.

It’s a lucrative trend for photographers because of its limitless potential for creativity. Everyday images become mesmerizing works of art with a few simple adjustments in lighting. It doesn’t require any special equipment or lenses and isn’t limited to a studio setting. For photographers that enjoy experimenting with light and shadow,  it’s an excellent niche to highlight their artistry and skill.

4. HDR

High dynamic range, or HDR photography, is a technique that uses the range of brightness between the lightest and darkest areas of the subject being photographed. It doesn’t require any special equipment but does take a bit more time to edit to get the desired result. HDR images are perfect for landscape and portrait photography because of their ability to pick up on differences between the light and shadows in an image and create a balance between the two.

Many modern cameras have an HDR setting that adjusts the contrast modes directly in the shot and saves time in the editing process. Some photographers prefer to take three images at different shutter speeds and then combine them to create the final image.

5. Panoramic

Panoramic photography, also known as panotography, uses wide format and 360-degree shots to capture broader images like landscapes and skylines. It is designed to capture an image in the same way the human eye sees it.

If you don’t have a wide format lens, but want to experient with panotography, most smartphone cameras offer a panoramic setting. It is also possible to edit individual images to create a single, panoramic shot.

6. Vintage-inspired

Vintage photography is trending as a modern take on an old-school photography style. With the popularity of filters on social media and photo-sharing sites, the vintage look is a favorite for amateurs and professionals alike.

To give your photos a retro feel, experiment with contrast, saturation, and brightness to get the feel of an old photo. While most people use vintage photography to capture “timeless” subjects like landscapes or people, it can be fun to take a modern-day subject, like Times Square in 2019, for example, and apply a vintage overlay for an ultra-unique result.

7. Aerial

Aerial photography used to be limited to those with access to planes or helicopters. Now, thanks to the proliferation of drones, nearly anyone can take beautiful images from the air. The clunky and expensive drones of the past have since evolved into a new breed of sleek photography drone that costs less than a mobile phone and takes high-quality photos with a wide range of options. While there are local and state regulations for when and where drone photography is acceptable, it’s quickly trending as a new outlet for landscape, architecture, and wildlife photographers to capture images that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise.

8. Candid

When the first camera equipment was invented, spontaneity was simply not a possibility for photographers. They had to carefully pose their subjects and keep them still to get a decent image. As cameras evolved, so did the flexibility for photographers to capture people and scenes in the moment, and candid photos were born.

Candid photography is gaining traction as a lucrative niche for professional photographers to capture raw, authentic photos and moments in time. In the wedding photography market, many couples request a “documentary-style” approach to their wedding photos instead of a list of canned shots. The result is a cohesive story that depicts the events of the day exactly as they unfolded, without the facade of staged poses.

9. Animals

Whether it’s a domesticated pet or wild jungle creatures, animal photography has a way of capturing our attention and keeping it. While it has always been a niche in the photography world, this style has spread to wedding and engagement photos, stock photos, and lucrative pet photo shoots.

10. Landscape

We’ve already discussed how aerial and panoramic photographers are using new techniques to capture beautiful landscapes. There is a growing trend for landscape images as standalone art--without a human or animal subject as the focal point. Photographers are experimenting with new ways to highlight unique characteristics of landscapes, whether it’s the unique textures of water against land or the contrast between shadow and sunlight.

There are nearly limitless ways for photographers to create timeless works of art through these and other trends and by using old equipment and techniques in new ways. It’s an art form that is always changing and opening new doors for creative photographers to showcase their talent.

Friday, May 17, 2019

10 Unusual Types of Photography to Consider for Your Career

One of the most exciting things about photography is the vast potential to express your creativity and artistic strengths in a niche that best suits your talents. While you can experiment with several different styles, most professional photographers choose a particular niche and center their business and customer base around it. Here are ten unusual types of photography to explore.

1. Food

Have you ever snapped a photo of a great meal and posted it on social media? Most of us have. In today’s digital generation, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words. As more restaurants and food producers turn to social media for their marketing efforts, food photographers will benefit with more work and greater creative license.

Lighting is one of the biggest skills to master when it comes to photographing food. Whether you are trying to capture the ambiance of a local restaurant or the brightness of a basket of produce, experiment with filters, diffusers, and reflectors to see what paints your subject in the most delectable light.

2. Landscape

If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug, you’ve probably snapped your fair share of landscape photos. Photographers in this niche have great success selling their work to travel companies, tourism websites, and directly to consumers as framed art.

Landscape photography used to be limited to wide-angle, horizontal shots, but as technology has changed, so have the possibilities for artistic techniques. Some photographers use drones to capture a unique angle of a well-known landscape. Others experiment with vertical shots or full panoramic views. A good way to see what works best is to photograph the same landscape with several different lenses.

3. Sports

Sports photography is an exciting niche that requires the ability to shoot at high-speeds to capture actions as they happen. With so many photographers crowding professional sporting events, it might seem challenging to break into this niche. As a first step, contact your local little leagues, sports clubs, or high school athletic departments and offer to photograph games and events at no charge. As you get more experience, you will quickly build your reference pool and portfolio.

4. Macro

Macro photography is one of the most specialized and unique niches. It is the art of making objects look much larger than they are in real life while capturing tiny details that would be missed by the naked eye. Macro photography can be done with a wide variety of equipment, from a DSLR camera with a macro lens to a simple smartphone camera and clip-on macro attachment. While it can be difficult to find a regular client base for this niche, many photographers sell their macro photographs as prints or framed art.

5. Wildlife

Wildlife photography is a unique niche that poses some interesting challenges. Depending on the subject, wildlife photographers often operate in dangerous conditions and remote locations. Because they need to capture crystal-clear photos without making the animal aware of their presence, these photographers need top-notch lenses and equipment and must also take precautions to stay safe from both the animals and the environment they shoot in. Despite these challenges, wildlife photography is a popular niche for adventurers and assignments pay well.

6. Pets

For the less-adventurous animal lover, pet photography is an increasingly popular niche to explore. While the subjects can be unpredictable, they are also highly coachable with treats and praise. Just like wildlife photography, pets require lots of high-speed images to catch a few exceptional shots. To get started in the pet photography market, take photos of your own pets and those of your friends and family in exchange for testimonials. Don’t limit yourself to just dogs and cats--showcase your talents by adding prints of some unusual pets to your portfolio, too.

7. Photojournalism

Some of society’s most compelling and memorable stories were captured by photojournalists. This specialized type of photography covers news stories and world events, including natural disasters and wars, as well as historic moments in time like rallies and celebrations. Because these photos are in high demand with newspapers, magazines, and online publishers, photojournalists tend to be paid well and receive a great deal of notoriety for their work. Photojournalists are skilled at capturing the essence of a historic event and not necessarily a perfect shot.

8. Stock photos

There is a large market for stock photos, and it’s growing by the day. Organizations of all types and sizes use stock photography for marketing purposes and to accompany content, both printed and online. While it may be difficult for some to sell their “art” to someone for commercial gain, stock photography is a lucrative niche for photographers who are just starting their professional careers. Unlike many other types of photography, stock photos can provide passive income to the photographer through repeat sales of the same photo to different buyers.

9. Weather

Weather photography is one of the most unusual types of photography that also delivers truly beautiful images. It features various types of wild weather, including snowstorms, thunderstorms, and even sandstorms. While there is certainly an element of danger that goes along with weather photography, the resulting images are often sold at a high price and can even win awards.

10. Architecture

Architecture photography is in high demand. It is not only used by design companies and architecture firms but also coveted by consumers for its clean, sleek styling and crisp images. It takes practice to capture the right angles and avoid sun glare and reflections, but this niche is the perfect fit for photographers who like to blur the lines between artistic and technical photos.

Whatever type of photographer you want to be, practice will make perfect. Try several different types of photography to get a feel for your strengths and investigate the market before you invest in special equipment. Above all, choose a niche that you enjoy, and your work will reflect your enthusiasm.

Thinking of putting your photos online? Make sure you protect your photos with a watermark.