How to Photograph Art (part 1)

Getting a great photograph of your art is easy with today’s great digital cameras. All you need to know are some basics about lighting and you can have professional quality pictures for your web-site or brochure. Years ago, when I photographed art in my studio for an artist, we used special daylight balanced light bulbs; they had to be 5500 Kelvin. You also needed a special table to keep the art flat and positioned perfectly for the camera.Now, keeping everything simple is more important than getting it perfect. All you need is a cloudy day or a couple of white sheets to get the perfect lighting you need. When the sun shines through the clouds it creates perfectly diffused lighting. This is what you need to spread the light evenly over your art.When there are no clouds and the sun is shining bright, this creates very harsh lighting with many shadows. You can diffuse the light by using a couple of white bed sheets spread out over some lawn chairs or saw horses. Try to create a tent light structure to let the light shine through the sheets. This will simulate a cloudy day. There are also special lighting tents that you can buy for product photography. I have seen many different sizes at very reasonable prices on e-bay.When photographing a product inside, I pull out my daylight balanced construction lights. These inexpensive lights work great! I usually pull off the protective grill on the front, so that I don’t get any shadows from the grill. They also come with sturdy tripods that you can move around easily. The lamp is usually a 250 or 500 watt halogen lamp. This is plenty of power for any indoor photography project.Halogen lamps give off a higher color temperature compared to a non-halogen incandescent lamp or a fluorescent lamp. My first choice in lighting is using my yellow colored construction lights with their tripod for all my indoor photography projects. You can buy them at any Home Depot at bargain prices, compared to what you would pay for professional photography lights.You can also use daylight balanced fluorescent lights. These energy efficient lights will screw into a standard reflector and distribute your light evenly. However, they lack the luminance of a halogen bulb, and would require you to use a tripod or your pictures may be out of focus.Here are my three steps for getting great pictures of your artwork.1. Wait for a cloudy day before taking any pictures2. Lay your art flat on a table or have someone hold your art parallel to your camera3. If photographing your art inside, position your lights on each side at the same distance, and at a 45 degree angle to the art work. Use a tripod for your camera on all indoor photography and you can avoid getting pictures that are not in perfect focus.

Fine Art Nature Photography – Consider Using Canvas For Hanging on Your Walls

If you are a nature-lover then you would have seen and admired the multitude of colors, shapes, textures and shades that nature has on offer. All you need is an excellent high-resolution digital camera to record the wonders of nature and trap them on your chip. On the other hand, you might love specific animals such as lions, tigers, leopards, etc but might not have the means to photograph them in their natural surroundings. You might also love to photograph rare flowers or insects that might not be present in your country. There is a simple solution to all your problems. You can easily buy your desired photographs and get them printed on canvas before framing them, if you cannot engage in fine art nature photography by traveling half-way around the globe to click your favorite animal, bird or flower.With the entire world now going green, you too can easily bring the wonders of nature into your home or office by printing your favorite photographs on canvas and then framing them in the required size. There are several online stores that will also help you out by offering a wide range of photographs based on fine art nature photography along with various sizes of canvas over which they could be printed along with framing materials. You could now order an entire photograph printed on canvas and framed to your satisfaction in one single package. Alternatively, you could upload your desired photo clicked on your own camera to a particular website that specializes in printing and framing such photos. Either way, you will receive a memorable photograph that will enhance the looks of your wall while bringing in the warmth of nature into your room. Your office or store too can now present an atmosphere of a well-designed art gallery when you hang your favorite photos of nature on the walls.You should ensure that your own photos are clicked with a high-resolution camera so that there is no dilution of pixels once it is enlarged to fit the canvas. If you are ordering a readymade frame then care should be taken to ensure that the glass is packed with great care so that it arrives in one piece. If the photo will be exposed to the sun’s rays then proper UV protection should be provided to the photograph to prevent fading. You should rope in professionals that have a keen eye for fine art nature photography so as to get a better choice of photos and also get prints that are extremely sharp, along with sturdy and elegant frames. A well-clicked and well-framed photo will certainly catch your breath each time you look at it.Each photo has a story to tell, and you can now frame an entire story when you hang up these wonders of nature on your home or office walls. Fine art nature photography is the art of clicking the true wonders of nature, and you can surely bring in the outdoors by adorning your walls with these canvas beauties.

What Is A Travel Agent, Tour Operator, Or Online Travel Agency?

Every great travel company has to determine what type of travel company they want to be. Below we discuss the different ways travel is sold and the associated business operation name/description.1.) Tour Operator – Traditional company that contracts hotel rooms, transportation, and additional excursions/events for its guests. Tour operators market directly to their guests and allow travel agents to re-sell their tour packages for a commission. The tour operator is the vendor and the travel agent is the sales agent selling to the general public. Start-up capital needed – minimum $20,000.002. Traditional Travel Agency – A traditional travel agency arranges travel for their guests and re-sell tour operators products. An example of a travel agency business model is Liberty Travel They re-sell prearranged hotel and flight packages arranged by tour operators. Traditional travel agencies normally sell face-to-face with their clients, over the phone, or via email. Start-up capital needed – minimum $6,000.003. Online Travel Agency and/or OTA – These agencies are 100% online. They contract hotels directly or through a third party wholesaler. They then use a direct connection with the airlines to package flights and hotels together. Typically they offer a contact/call center to aid people booking online, however in most cases they book 75% of their business online. Examples of this model include Expedia.com, Booking.com & CheapCaribbean.com. These companies started very small and have grown to be massive companies, and seem to be the largest sale of travel related products worldwide. Start-up capital needed – minimum $100,000.004. Travel Affiliate Programs – This is the newest model, with the least amount of capital required to start, and zero direct customer interaction. Online travel agencies and tour operators pay affiliate websites to advertise their travel deals/specials and when a potential customer visits the affiliate travel website and clicks on an offer, the tour operator or online travel agency pays the travel affiliate between $0.10 – $4.00 for the “click” when a potential guest leaves the affiliate site to be taken to the tour operator or online travel agencies website. Some tour operators and online travel agencies offer up to 10% commission if a guest gets to their websites via an ad they clicked on located on your travel affiliate site and completes and pays for a reservation. Start-up costs – $0 – $4000.00We’re not partial to one model over any other. However we should point out that the affiliate model is the best way for someone with limited resources, who wants no customer service liability, a simple (nearly hands off) approach, and the fastest way to earn money. If money is your motivator and you want to earn it quickly, the affiliate model is the way to go.In our next articles we’ll talk about developing your travel business idea and which of the four models might work best for you.Learn more at http://www.yourtravelstartup.com/travel-start-up-blog

Online Travel Deals – Tips to Save Big on Your Airfares and Hotels

Are you bitten by the travel bug but are reluctant to travel more frequently due to rising travel costs? Do not worry, as there is a plethora of attractive travel deals online that are a big help in reducing various travel costs so that you can save more money for your next trip.There are many reasons why service providers and online travel agents want to offer such deals to their customers. Among these reasons are relatively low demand, weather and climate conditions and the rolling out of brand new promotions.Whatever their reasons, there is no better time than now to start going online to research and take advantage of these cheap travel deals as the Internet has made it much easier to search for and compare the rates offered by different sources. I shall now offer some tips how you can go about finding the best deals for airlines and accommodation, two travel components which often take up a huge chunk of our travel expenditure.The first step in getting the best deals for travel is to allocate your budget for hotels, airfare and other aspects of your travel. To do this, you have to be clear what the purpose of your travel is and how much would be appropriate to spend on each aspect so as to fit your travel purpose neatly. For example, if you are planning a fun-filled resort break, you would have to apportion more funds towards the hotel and recreation categories.Hence, adjusting your expectations on what kinds of deals on specific travel components are low enough for you will go a long way in ensuring that you would not be disappointed with your chosen deal. This would also depend on whether you are geared more towards budget or luxury travel.To find discounted rates for hotels and airfares, you may want to visit a travel website that offers travel discounts for these aspects. This is to save you the trouble of having to visit multiple sites for them, and help you plan your bookings for both components in a hassle-free manner.Next, look out for any seasonal offers that may arise due to either low demand due to off-peak seasons, such as winter, or festive season promotions. However, be sure to check out the weather forecasts to make sure that your trip will not be ruined by harsh weather conditions.Many airlines and hotels also do not want to leave their seats or rooms empty hence they may offer last minute deals which can net you attractive savings. Last minute bookings, however, are generally only advisable if you are sure that the airlines and hotels are not overbooked during the period which you will be travelling.If you are travelling during peak seasons instead, you may want to book in advance as the best deals for the cheapest seats and rooms will be quickly taken up if you wait till the last minute to place your booking. Being flexible with your travel plans will certainly help as you can run a search for room rates or ticket prices spanning a greater range of dates. This will often reveal more travel deals than if you search for a specific date only.