Photoshop is a Helpful Tool, But can be a Potential Crutch

    Photographers have long relied on editing tools like Photoshop to retouch their photos. It has become a part of the art. While the ability to correct and enhance images is a valuable tool, relying on it too heavily can be undermining. With the rise of social media, marketers are realizing that in order to stand out, they need to be producing content that looks authentic. In a 2011 study by MarketingExperiments, a highly edited portrait was put up against a more authentic portrait as the face of a website. The authentic portrait resulted in a 35% higher subscription rate from customers than the highly edited generic looking portrait. Authentic photos take the cake. The photos that stand out are minimally edited shots that display raw emotion.

    Snapwire is a platform that allows photographers around the world to sell their shots to buyers. It’s different than traditional stock because it’s produced by real photographers (as opposed to professional stock companies) and every shot submitted is unique to the platform. The raw emotion of the images really stand out, which is why some of the biggest brands and businesses are opting for this solution.  Here are some awesome photos from Snapwire photographers: 

 

 

Photography to Make Going Back To School A Breeze

It's almost here! Summer was lovely and warm, but alas all good things must come to an end. Some of us may be returning to school for their last few victorious semesters, and some little ones are heading into classrooms for their very first time. Either way, the back to school season signals a lot more free time for busy parents. Between the frenzy of school supply shopping, carpooling and class registration, check out some of these images from Snapwire photographers to inspire you this semester!

Eddie Rios

Eddie Rios

Kyle Bianchi

Kyle Bianchi

Mandy Stephenson

Mandy Stephenson

Nik Palomares, Przemek Klos

Connor Moulton

Connor Moulton

Yolya Ilyasova 

Yolya Ilyasova 

Anika Bristy, Benjamin Dupont

Instagram Inspo: Best Flat Lays

Instagram is often the source of some truly fantastic and fun trends in photography. As a top provider of mobile photography, we're always keeping our eyes peeled for what's happening on one of the world's most popular social media sites. If you've scrolled through your own feed lately, you may have already seen some lovely examples of a flat lay, an image taken from above showcasing a spread of items - they can be neatly organized, separated by color, or even just captured in whatever arrangement you found them in on your coffee table. Here are some of our favorites from Snapwire photographers.

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A creative choice of items for a camping-themed flat lay by Jill Emmer

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Abhijit Patil's bright breakfast layout

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Packing up and heading out, by Nodar Chernishev

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A classic Instagram lunch flat lay from Julie Gebhardt

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Ines Gvga's petit dejeuner

 
 
 
 

Object Series: Late Summer Fruit

August is here, bringing with it the warmest, laziest days of the summer season. Our newest Object Series is all about late summer fruits. Draw inspiration from the colors and textures of fresh seasonal fruit by itself, on a cheese platter for snacking or incorporated into some lively summer cocktails, all captured by curated Snapwire photographers. 

 

Figs

The humble fig is one of the oldest fruits cultivated for human consumption. Native to the region of ancient Mesopotamia and Asia, figs are symbolic in many religions, and are even mentioned in texts of the Bible and Quran. With the advent of the Fig Newton cookie in 1891, figs again became a trendy staple fruit in many summer and holiday desserts. Today, figs are grown in the highest numbers in the fertile soils and hot climates of California and Texas. Add them to your cheese and cracker platter for a pop of rich purple and green!

Images: (from left to right) Kim Pawell, Jill Thornton, Kellu Leeves, Rachel Bradshaw

Cucumbers

Cucumbers are a wonderful touch to nearly every summer dish. They’re great when sliced in salads, sandwiches are even straight into a refreshing summer cocktail or fruit water. There’s Persian and English cucumbers that are thin-skinned and can be eaten as snacks unpeeled, or lemon, Kirby, Gherkins, National, or Regal cucumbers that are great for pickling. The fruit is also packed with B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium and are super hydrating, making for a super handy hangover cure.

Images: (from left to right) Tatiana Shumabsova, Nay Nay, Angelique Rademakers, Kim Pawell

Blackberries

Berry flavors are always abundant in summer recipes, and one of our favorites is the lovely blackberry. There’s nothing quite like digging into a basket of fresh blackberries and ending up with purple-stained fingers and tongues. Known for their soft texture and tartness, blackberries have a versatile flavor that can easily be incorporated into every dish of a five-course meal, including cocktails! Try them muddled into an Old Fashioned, with a splash of whiskey and club soda, or in an updated take on a classic fruit-flavored margarita. Blackberries are the perfect summer fruit, and they just happen to be extra photogenic.

Images: (from left to right) Michelle McGrady, Jill Thornton, Dorey Cardinale, Robin Keefe

Melons

Did you know that a melon is botanically classified as a berry? While they’re much larger than their raspberry and blueberry cousins, melons are cultivated and enjoyed in equally high numbers around the world. In Japan, watermelons are found in supermarkets, individually wrapped as elegant gifts and sold at prices much higher than we see in the U.S. To pick the perfect one, find a melon that looks symmetrical and blemish-free. In a ripe melon, you should be able to easily identify the soft spot from where the melon was resting on the ground. Spain grows the highest number of cantaloupes and honeydews in Europe, where they are often enjoyed in salty tapas-style dishes with famous Spanish Serrano ham.

Images: (from left to right) Ines Gvga, Natasa Kukic, Sumir Ganguly, Becky Covington

Spotlight: Female Photographers

We've brought you some of the best and brightest from Snapwire's female photographers at all levels of expertise. This week's theme is "Bodies in Motion". Enjoy! 

 

Michelle Taylor, @maylilyphoto

Level: Shooter

Alexandra Kahn, @alexandrasimone

Level: Advanced

Jasmin Elaine, @jasminelaine

Level: Expert

 

Kelly Victoria, @saysthefox

Level: Elite

Amber Schoniwitz, @schyne

Level: Pro

Anna Jurkovska, @bananna

Level: Master

Photography Trend Watch

As photographers and artists grow to rely on technology more, we find ourselves turning to social media to find the best ways to stay relevant, fresh and on top of the industry's current trends. We've done some digging and browsing around on Snapwire and Instagram to bring you the trend forecast in photography today.

 

Film

More and more photographers are entering the field and honing their skills using film photography over digital media. The time consuming process takes patience and teaches beginner photographers to train their eye and sharpen their vision - you won’t know what the shots look like until they’ve developed! We’re seeing a return to a more thoughtful approach to capturing beautiful images. Not to mention there's a heavy retro appeal of using physical film over digital cameras. Interest in film photography is definitely growing among millennials - the hashtag #35mm produces nearly 8,700,000 results on Instagram alone! We’re happy to see this trend growing, and only time will tell which side of the analog vs. digital debate will prevail!

Image: Paul Crespo

Image: Paul Crespo

Plants

We’re picking up on a fresh new trend in images, inspired by something that we find all around us - nature. Photographers are finding new ways to capture the lush, refreshing scenery of parks, botanical gardens, and even their own backyards. Cute potted succulents have become Instagram's new "cute cat picture". Even Pantone has turned its attention to this trending color - 2017’s Color of the Year was named Greenery, a mossy green that perfectly highlights the serenity of the outdoors and offers a breath of fresh air from the sugary pinks and neutral grays of more recent trending colors. There’s also been a welcome rise in a more environmentally conscious attitude towards brand marketing and product design - greens, earth tones and natural textures are around every corner at your local market or eatery. Even if your green thumb never quite grew in, take a minute to browse and enjoy the beauty and variety of plants around you!

Image: Will Suiter

Image: Will Suiter

Minimalism

Clean lines, less frills, and sleek styling is becoming more and more visible in today’s top-selling imagery. Whether it’s a calm landscape with a clear horizon, or modern profiles in a more architectural shot, a minimalistic approach in images is being used by seasoned photographers and sought out by savvy buyers in the best forward-thinking media.The desired aesthetic in these minimalistic images is often spontaneous and modern, while maintaining a crispness and thoughtfulness Snapwire is best known for. Less is more when taking on a minimalist aesthetic in your photography. Even amateur shooters can capture more personal and approachable images with a few good editing skills and great taste.  We can predict this trend will be sticking around for the long run.

Image: Beata Revayova

Image: Beata Revayova

Monochrome

Even fashion photographers and bloggers are narrowing down their personal color palettes in favor of letting the silhouette shine through with a few staple shades. Black and white photography has always been popular, but up and coming millennial brands are cashing in on the trend by limiting their product's colorways and sticking to them. This method of cutting back on color is present in the rise of the 90’s-normcore trend and the new, laid-back approach to capturing images. Finding a painted wall and posing in similarly-colored clothes is a growing style of image we're seeing all over social media.

Image: Cyndy Fike

Image: Cyndy Fike

What's Selling - Insight On Getting Your Photos Purchased

We often get asked: "What kind of photos are selling on Snapwire?" While we have various blog posts written on the subject, it is always helpful to take a look at specific photos to understand what buyers are choosing. To check out what has been recently purchased you can take a look at the recently purchased page to see what buyers are looking for and to get future inspiration! 

Congratulations to photographers: Tatiana Shumbasova, Julie Gebhardt, and Michał Zwara for their recently purchased photos. Here are their captivating shots: 

Morning Routine

photo by Tatiana Shumbasova

photo by Tatiana Shumbasova

Tatiana's photo won the "Morning Routine" challenge because of its simplicity and calmness. The white sheet and her pajamas bring out the focus of her plate which has organized food and a potted of flower. Because a lot of us rely heavily on technology now days, this picture captures the morning routine that we should actually do to have a good morning and a great start to the day. 

  

Holiday 2016

Photo by Julie Gebhardt

Photo by Julie Gebhardt

The "Happy Hoildays 2016" challenge garnered a variety of pictures such as holiday activities, family gatherings, Christmas trees, decorations... etc. Out of all the submissions, this clean symmetrical picture won the challenge due to its color contrast, which highlights the bright red holiday candles. 

Angles

Photo by Michał Zwara

Photo by Michał Zwara

The "Angles" challenge sought out photographer creativity, garnering submissions on a wide array of different subjects and scenes. Michał's photo won this challenge because of its lucidity and its composition. The upward shot makes the geometric shape of the building more clear, as well as appear to be more spectacular. Additionally, the simple color combination makes the picture simple and visually pleasing. 


A giant takeaway from this post, is that photo buyers are looking for visuals with aesthetic pleasing composition and clean color combinations. Buyers seek out photos like these because they highlights the main focus of the subject matter. For example, the clear white sheet of "morning routine" picture brings out the breakfast tray and the color choice of the "Holiday 2016" image highlights the holiday candle to emphasize the holiday spirit. 

Now let's get back to shooting! Submit your best shots to our new challenge:  Playful Pets

Happy Great Outdoors Month!

June, the month before the extreme heat starts, is the month of the great outdoor! In honor of the end of June is approaching, here are some awesome pictures that feature our beautiful mother nature from different destinations among the world.

 

 

Grand Canyon, Arizona, US.   

Grand Canyon, Arizona, US. 

 

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.     

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. 

 

 

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.  

Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

 

island Koh Lipe, Thailand.  

island Koh Lipe, Thailand.

 

Godafoss waterfall, Iceland.    

Godafoss waterfall, Iceland.

 

 

Now, go out and explore some amazing outdoor scene before the summer heat hits!