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Image of the week: Home is where your heart is!

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People long to be at home, but home is not only the physical place, the box made out of concrete and windows, but a state of mind in which you feel the most comfortable, your sacred place. Home is defined as a place where one resides. But there is more to it than that. This particular saying emphasizes the fact of home being an escape. A place where you can relax and just forget your troubles.

Zffoto has a great portfolio with very beautiful illustrations and this image made me think of both the house and the home one has and the ways we can protect them. You see, in this life we must protect what’s dear to us, from the people we love, our families, our belongings and last, but not least, our house and home.

What’s so great about this picture?

  • The colors are very bright and draw attention to the image and to the “product” that it will be used for.
  • It has a lot of copy space where you can write your own text.
  • It is very easy to cut the subject out of the background and use it separately on different backgrounds if you please.
  • It has a strong concept, that of protecting your house and home. The umbrella represents the protection that you can offer to your home.
  • The color red that is the most used color in this image emphasizes the very importance of protection.

How could we use it?

  1. For an insurance company.
  2. Real estate investments and promotions.
  3. For companies that make products designed to help you protect your house.
  4. For pest control adverts.
  5. For book and magazines covers, also interiors.
  6. Websites design, logos, layouts and the likes.
  7. Desktop wallpapers and also printed posters.
  8. Bank loans for houses.

 

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The image of the week is almost chromotherapy!

As we are already used, the image of the week usually presents spectacular pictures but we also like to notice that “spectacular” doesn’t necessary mean “impossible”. When I see great pictures, I like to consider them “free lessons” about how to shoot perfect pictures. This is actually the double aim of this series of articles: to show our appreciation for great photos/illustrations and for their artists on one side and to learn from their talent, on the other side. And now there is one thing that should be outlined: learning from nice pictures shouldn’t mean copying them! That’s why it’s important to extract from a picture what made it so great as we use to do it in this kind of articles. On the other hand, we have to remember that behind every photo the real secret is invisible: hard work!

So, let’s learn from the image of this week, called Tablets and capsules, and let’s bring thanks to luchschen, the contributor who uploaded it!

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What’s so great about this picture?

  • The colors represent a charming combination between vivid, pastels and cool blue. This inspired way of using colors reminds us of chromotherapy! It doesn’t take much to notice that looking at this picture gives you a good feeling and this sends us to the next special attribute of this image!
  • It’s really calming! The colorful tablets against a blurred predominately blue background, as well as the light create a sedative effect! And if we think the image is about medicines, this makes it really great, as the colors reflect the topic!
  • It’s catchy! The positive mood given by the whole composition makes us stop to look at this picture! I could really look at it for minutes even if I am not interested by medicines!
  • It has copy space, just perfect for adverts needed by the pharmaceutical industry.
  • It’s simple and complex in the same time! If spectacular images usually need a lot of spectacular elements from models to background, by contrary, this one uses simple things in a spectacular way!

How could we use it?

  1. Cover for magazines dedicated to medicines.
  2. Indoor and outdoor adverts for specific medicines or for any company from the pharmaceutical industry.
  3. Posters on the interior/exterior walls of any drugstore or medical center.
  4. Nice stylish labels for medicines.
  5. Images for articles about health and the use of medicines.

 

 

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Image of the week: Is technology ruling our lives?

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The more the time passes the more i get the impression that things changed dramatically in the latest years and we aren’t really consciously aware of it.
Image of the week comes from cookelma and got me thinking of the way technology changed the world.
Technology has risen with enormous power and speed, from the time we used it only to make our lives easier, to the present where, in my personal opinion, technology is ruling us. All of us are working on a computer, going home and relaxing with the computer, always in constant connection on the internet with our smartphones and tablet PCs. Nowadays even small children have smartphones and laptops. Sometimes i wonder why does a child that is only 4 years old needs a latest version of a smartphone. Then i remembered the classical generation gap that our parents and the book told us about. Years pass and everything evolves, and the older we get the hardest it is for us to understand and adjust to the changes that seem to occur with the speed of light. We need to remember that the world changes and moves even if we don’t want to change and move along with it. We can hide ourselves and live as rudimentary as possible and get frustrated when we will realize that we live outside of this time, or we could just embrace change and take advantage of what this era brings, with the good and the bad altogether. Acceptance and constant learning are the keys to handling the technological boom and the changing of the life we thought we knew.

What’s so great about this picture?

  •  It relates to a very actual topic – thew technology boom
  •  It has a sort of darkness that makes it mysterious and dramatic.
  • The way the model is dressed and looks behind the laptop can mean two different things: either he is a hacker therefore his identity has to stay hidden, either he is a man that has fallen pray to technology and spends his life as an internet junkie, living behind the computer.
  • Has lots of copy space on the laptop, on the hoodie and on the background where you can write your own messages/ slogans.
  • The colors are simple and classical, they don’t tire the eye.

How could we use it?

  1.  As book, magazines and newspapers covers and inside article picture.
  2. Part of a website layout, background, header for blogs, etc.
  3. Campaigns to promote a lifestyle that is not focused on technology.
  4. An advert for a optical clinic with a possible slogan like: “Spending a lot of time in front of the computer will hurt your eyes. Get protective eyeglasses and save your precious vision!”
  5. An advert for a new anti-virus to help protect your computer. Hackers are always trying to attack your PC with viruses and Trojans.
  6. An advert for a company software that helps store your files in case your PC brakes down.
  7. A teaser commercial for a new computer brand/software.
  8. Educative campaigns to raise awareness of the danger that lurks in the shadows of the internet. People are harassed by others on the internet based on the presumption that no one can actually see them. Not to mention the dangers of internet dating where you can never be sure the person you are talking with is who he/she says he/she is.

 

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The image of the week: introduction to food photography

Handful of cherries

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You might love it, you might hate it… But you’ll always need it! Some use to spend hours in the kitchen, some use to spend hours waiting for the waiter to come and the most of us use to take it from the supermarket. One thing is sure! Eating takes time! But for the ones who love photography, food could become a great model! Even a tasty one! :)

But let’s see in a few lines what’s all about.

First, it’s important to say that “food photography” needs a lot of skills and practice! It might seem easy but it’s not. Just think of your usual cup of coffee. Could you make a picture of your cup and upload it in order to sell it? I can say I couldn’t! Or at least, not yet. I actually have to think if I have a perfect simple cup. And if I have, where do I put it? What light would I use? What about the settings of the camera? How could I catch the steam above the cup as we often see in adverts?

In order to make it simple, let’s focus on the image of the week and see what we can learn from a good photographer! It’s called Handful of cherries and it belongs to OlenaMykhaylova.

There are probably many things to point out but I would stop for now at 6 necessary elements:

  1. Simplicity – the simpler, the better! Food should be easy to recognize! Even if we would like to shoot something special as the home-made traditional cuisine, the ingredients would still need to be visible, in order to look good.
  2. Good taste! The food should look really tasty! It has to be fresh and really good! If it’s natural organic food, it’s even better! Don’t forget, there is a real trend about it! The unprocessed food is needed for at least two important categories: people who want to live longer and people who want to look better! So, a double chance for a photo to be sold!
  3. Nice arrangement. Of course, again simplicity rules. A rustic wooden table or a checkered colorful tablecloth would make a perfect background! As well as a white crispy tablecloth if you want to illustrate a fancy dinner! It all depends on your subject. It’s important that the food be related to the background!
  4. Low angle! Try to avoid the high view and you’ll see a difference!
  5. Lighting! When it’s about food photography, I think the most of them are rejected for poor lighting! So, make sure the light is just perfect and try to avoid the use of flash as well as the shadows below the plate…
  6. Perfect crop! The image of the week speaks by itself!

What’s so great about this picture?

  • It’s fresh in all the ways! And this makes it attractive! The food looks really fresh and tasty! Even if you are not crazy after cherries, this image makes you want a bite!
  • The topic is actual: healthy organic food!
  • It’s simple and meaningful: hands holding cherries! The hands bring the human element in attention and this is great as this is what concerns us regarding food? It it nutritious? Is it healthy? Should we eat it?
  • It has copy space! I could easily see a brand name or a quote on the wooden surface.
  • The execution is accurate from all points of view: lighting, colors, angle!

How could we use it?

  1. Cover for magazines dedicated to healthy lifestyle.
  2. Adverts for products based on cherries, from body lotions to liquors!
  3. The image of a campaign meant to support agriculture!
  4. Adverts for special travel packages to the countryside.
  5. Posters and wallpapers perfect for any interior needing a nice red spot!
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Image of the week: Silence is golden

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I’ve heard this proverb many times since i was little and I’m sure most of us heard it at least once. Seeing this image by gromovataya i realized i didn’t know the story behind it and decided to search the web in search of it. Like with many proverbs, the origin of it is shadowed by the passing of time.  There are reports of versions of it dating back to Ancient Egypt. The first example of it in English is from the poet Thomas Carlyle, who translated the phrase from German in Sartor Resartus, 1831, in which a character expounds at length on the virtues of silence:

“Silence is the element in which great things fashion themselves together; that at length they may emerge, full-formed and majestic, into the daylight of Life, which they are thenceforth to rule. Not William the Silent only, but all the considerable men I have known, and the most undiplomatic and unstrategic of these, forbore to babble of what they were creating and projecting. Nay, in thy own mean perplexities, do thou thyself but hold thy tongue for one day: on the morrow, how much clearer are thy purposes and duties; what wreck and rubbish have those mute workmen within thee swept away, when intrusive noises were shut out! Speech is too often not, as the Frenchman defined it, the art of concealing Thought; but of quite stifling and suspending Thought, so that there is none to conceal. Speech too is great, but not the greatest. As the Swiss Inscription says: Sprecfien ist silbern, Schweigen ist golden (Speech is silvern, Silence is golden); or as I might rather express it: Speech is of Time, Silence is of Eternity.”

Silence has also been considered a virtue in religious circles. The 14th century author Richard Rolle of Hampole, in The psalter; or psalms of David, 1340 wrote: “Disciplyne of silence is goed.”

What’s so great about this picture?

1. It’s a good example of how a very simple composition can look complex. There’s only a model making a hush sign with her finger.

2. The gold face and body make-up gives a great contrast on a black background. It’s always important in stock photography when you have a black background, the main composition to be of bright colors, otherwise the subject gets lost in the dark, literally.

3. Even though it is a very simple image, it hides metaphors and sayings for the ones who like discovering what’s beneath the first look. – which in my opinion it’s the the most beautiful and meaningful way to look at photography.

4. It has copy space where the buyer can write his/her message.

5. The isolation is very good so the model can be cut out from the background in less than a minute, giving the buyer the opportunity to “move” it into different creations. The hand with the finger can be used separately from the model, so basically it can be a 2 in 1 image.

How could we use it?

  •  Book covers/interior and wallpapers
  •  Fashion magazines
  •  An advert for a beauty parlor/ cosmetic clinic.
  •  An advert for a broker/investment company. Could very well go with a motto like: “We’ll turn everything into gold!”
  •  Body-art commercial.
  • For websites, templates, logos and the likes.
  •  A sign at the entrance of a library where you have to keep quiet not to disturb the readers. Silence is indeed golden and cherished in that type on environment.

 

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