The world is full of interesting faces, but shooting strangers can be intimidating. Sometimes the best way to get over a fear is to make a game or an exercise of it, creating a reason to approach someone on the street and take their picture. In that spirit, we encourage you to emulate photographer Ata Adnan and give yourself the assignment to photograph a certain number of strangers. Ata shot 100, but even a smaller goal will help get you out there, capturing fascinating people.
If you’re still not sure about how to approach your subjects, check out Photographyblogger.net’s helpful post on How to Approach Strangers. Hopefully you’ll take a few that you’ll want to submit to Cutcaster, so don’t forget to have your ‘strangers’ sign our model release!
Whether shooting high fashion or senior pictures, these 7 Deadly Sins of Portrait Photography are on the mark. Some are technical tips, some are advice about the relationship/interaction with your subject, but all add up to the difference between great and bad portrait photography. We at Cutcaster would love more interesting and well shot portraits, portraits that seem to tell a story- like this one:
The winter holiday passes by too quickly and all too soon, it’s back to school again! Another semester is beginning and if you’re a teacher, administrator, PTA member, librarian, or a supplier for the schools, you’re going to need Cutcaster’s back to school images for your back to school emails, leaflets, and more.
PopPhoto.com lists their “2013 Pop Awards” for the best photography gear of the year and while it’s too late to add these coveted items to your Christmas list, it’s a great list to look over and decide where your tech dollars should go in 2014.
In the hustle and bustle of the season, did you forget to get a gift for your Aunt Mary, your Secret Santa, the Office Manager, or the guy who walks your dogs? No problem! Check out our Pinterest DIY Calendar board for all kinds of amazing handmade calendar ideas, then download one of our terrific 2014 calendars and do a little tweaking, crafting and personalizing to make it your own. You’ll have a perfect handmade gift, and no one will know you forgot!
We all get to a point where we are feeling uninspired, when we feel like our photography brain could use a jump start. This exhaustive list of 54 Reasons to Love Photography in 2013 from PetaPixel.com will recharge your creativity and love for the art that helps make Cutcaster run.
Check it out, take it in and Fall back in love with photography. Then get back out there and shoot (and, of course, submit to us!)!
As Cutcaster approaches our 2 millionth image uploaded to the site, we are planning to make some important changes to the upload area and the options you have as a seller to upload your images to Cutcaster. These changes will require us to take down the option to upload via an FTP client off an on again while we do work to the server and re-implement new upload guidelines. Don’t worry, you can still upload online via the browse/upload option and when the FTP option is available. And in the near future we will be re-introducing a newer and more powerful FTP upload option.
The changes were needed in order to address our FTP server being overloaded at times with uploads, require new sellers to pass a review test before they could use the FTP upload option, so they were not overloading our reviewers with low quality images and prepare us for our upload area of the future.
We hope you understand, and if you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
Everyone is waiting for Santa to arrive, Norad is ready to track him as he flies around the world and there is even a Google site where you can track Santa, play with an interactive “Countdown to Christmas” calendar, schedule a call from Santa, play games and more!
Help your friends, family and customers welcome Old Kris Kringle with some of our fantastic Santa illustrations.
Check out this really inspiring Pinterest board from Trendhunter.com. It features unique and interesting techniques, subjects and styles, covering everything from artistic and editorial work to more commercial advertising and fashion photography.
We’ve got great Christmas lights and ornament photographs and illustrations that are perfect for that email about the office holiday outing, your trim-the-tree party invitation, pre-Christmas sale flyers, or whatever you need them for!