Photography is the science, art and practice of creating durable images by recording light or other electromagnetic radiation, either electronically by means of an image sensor, or chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such as photographic film.
After returning from a four week trip in Asia, in which I took around 3000 photos (yikes I know), I got home and wanted to shoot some closeups for blog posts. After getting the light box and fill lights setup, I realised that the test images where not as sharp as I would have liked and that there were some issues with the depth of field and general focusing. I immediate started frantically checking lenses, settings and everything that I though could be causing the issues. It was then that my wife reminded me that the camera had taken a fall in our hotel room.
As an amateur photographer with some pretty decent gear, it is a horror story in the making just thinking that my gear was damaged. The fall (from a chair to a carpeted floor) seemed inconsequential at the time, but now there was this looming possibility that it was enough to cause some damage. So, I did some Googling and to my suprise, the Canon 7D is rather indestructible.
Stock photography is one of those things that probably 99% of the world knows nothing about, yet sees it in action probably everyday of their lives. From tiny (annoying) online banner ads to gigantic roadside billboards, in boring company brochures to trendy magazine articles, stock photos are an essential part of our modern, visually saturated life. Basically, stock images are the alternative to sourcing images directly from a photographer or agency.
Service providers like iStockPhoto, Shutterstock and 123rf all essentially provide the same stock photo service with most images available, fitting a generic temple of sorts. Boring. Predictable. Sterotypical. Overused. That about sums up the bulk of the stock photo industry in my opinion... and then you have to pay for the images and then there are restrictions on how you may use 'their' images. However, I think there is a sort of 'Renaissance' taking place in the stock photography industry and it is being lead by Unsplash.