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Photography Quickie Tips: How to Sell Your Art Online

How to Sell Your Art Online

Published on Mar 29, 2015 by Life After Art School

How to Sell Your Art Online,
A simple checklist for artists to learn how to market their art online and make money selling their art online. This system works! This video will discuss how to easily start selling your art online. In the video he touches base on marketing and selling your art.

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Photography Quickies with Chase Jarvis: Unleash the Genius Within

Unleash the Genius Within ‬| Chase Jarvis RAW

Published Jul 13, 2016 by: Chase Jarvis

Landscape Photographer Chase Jarvis interviews renowned mythologist Michael Meade. They both explore the idea behind finding our own creative genius and the myth that genius is only reserved for a special few.

Photographing Fireworks this Independence Day Weekend

Firework dissplay reflecting off of the glass of a buildings windows; photograph by Landscape and Nature photographer Melissa FagueThe 4th of July weekend has arrived and its time to celebrate and watch the firework displays. That also means cool pics! Everyone can create them, all you need are fireworks, a camera, and a little bit of planning and preparation.

The Place

Find out where your local firework displays are going to happen and arrive early to scope out the area. There is going to be a lot of people, children and possibly pets moving around or seated near you; so you want to make sure that the other spectators and your gear will be safe during the event. I personally pick a location where I can create broad landscape views, close-ups (with my telephoto lens)  and offers the potential for foreground elements like spectators; so I usually go to the back of the crowd. Secondly, pick a spot upwind from the firework display launch site, once the show begins there will be a lot of smoke in the scene. If you set up downwind from the firework display you’ll be battling smoke of the scene and soot on your lens the whole time.  Fireworks 2, landscape photograph of building and firework bursts captured by landscape and nature photographer Melissa FgaueThe Gear

Capturing fireworks can be accomplished by almost every camera, the trick is to have the camera as steady as possible. Shooting fireworks is hard to do hand held, so I recommend a tripod or a solid stationary prop. I also recommend using a cable release or remote trigger, the less you touch the camera the better your photographs will be. Hand held shooting is possible but your ISO setting will need to be high as well as your shutter speed; you’ll be running the risk of noise in your image.

Image Variety

Capturing fireworks is cool but honestly, there is just so many firework bursts against a black sky that can be seen before it becomes boring in photography. So when I am out photographing fireworks displays I like to have a little variety of views with my images. Scouting locations early offers versatility to your photos for a nice photo series of the events at different perspectives.  This past year I went the Riverfront in Wilmington Delaware, it is a really tight location in the city with a large crowd and buildings. So I chose to incorporate the buildings and the people into my photographs; doing this also helps show scale, size of the firework bursts, for the viewers of the photographs.

Close-up of Firework bursts, captured by landscape and nature photographer Melissa FagueAnticipate

When you are shooting the firework display early your settings will be easy to control and will more than likely remain the same through most of the show. But be mindful of the brightness of the fireworks, the colors will burn differently, especially blue colored fireworks. White and green colored fireworks will be the brightest and require less exposure time; blues may require you to exposure a little longer than any other color because it is the darkest hue. If you look at the image above you’ll see a variety of colors; you’ll see that the blue doesn’t appear nearly as bright as all the other colors. As the mortars climb through the air you should be able to judge which color it will be in order to calculate your exposure time for the burst.

Manual Focus and Vibration Controls

Autofocus is great except when you are shooting moving subjects at night. When you are photographing moving subjects at night the autofocus tends to get confused on the focal point of the scene; this increases your risk of blurry photographs. Its recommended to turn your autofocus off and set your focus to infinity.

Vibration control is not needed if you are shooting with your camera on a tripod or steady surface. I recommend turning the setting off; if it is left on you may get a slight blur from the function’s motor in the lens.

Finally, have fun and enjoy the event for yourself.

Quick Tip Rundown For Photographing Fireworks

  • Pick a location early
  • Be Upwind or to the side of the launch site so the smoke and soot doesn’t disrupt you or your shots
  • Use a tripod or stable surface
  • Use a cable release or wireless remote to trigger the shutter.
  • Turn on Long Exposure Noise Reduction (check your manual).
  • Shoot the highest quality file you can, NEF (RAW) is ideal.
  • Set the camera to a low ISO, such as 100 or 200.
  • Turn off the autofocus, manually focus your lens at infinity.
  • A good starting point for aperture is f/11.
  • Set the camera to Bulb (B), this will allow you to keep the shutter open as long as you want. Play around with the duration that shutter is open but exposing for the entire fireworks burst is usually best.
  • Have fun!

Moon over Pagoda with Fireworks by landscape and nature photographer Melissa Fague

Share with me! I would really like to see your results from your firework displays this year. To share your experiences, pingback to this article by copying and pasting this link to your post:  FIREWORKS 2016

Thanks for reading and I hope you have a safe and happy holiday weekend!

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About the Author and Photographer:

MeMelissa Fague is an emerging nature and landscape photographer from Bear, Delaware USA. In just a few short years her work has been published over two dozen times and she has won multiple national and international awards for her beautiful photographs. Melissa is passionate about the art of photography and nature. Exploring areas and creating photographs is her form of stress relief and art therapy, but she also loves to share her visions so that others can enjoy. All of Melissa’s nature and landscape photographs are available for purchase, visit Pi Photography and Fine Art.

Join our VIP List for exclusive offer, notification for upcoming events and more. To read Melissa’s full story on how she became a nature and landscape photographer please visit: In the Beginning.

Technology and Social Media, Is It Making Us Forget About Copyrights

Copyright SymbolIn the fast paced world of technology and sharing, are people forgetting what a copyright is and why it exists? The more our business grows and the more exposure we get online, the more we are dealing with copyright issues. We are two weeks into June and we’ve had three issues that we have had to deal with; all of the individuals were cooperative and we are thankful for that. However it’s disturbing to know that people are forgetting or disregarding the fact that another person spent time creating that work that they are sharing. Is it because of the easy access to digital versions? Have we lost the human factor on how things are created? Or is it much worse, a lack of caring? So, this article is about the Copyright Law in plain English to help refresh people’s minds or give an easy to understand definition for those that are unsure about the law.

What is a Copyright?

“Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device.” US Copyright

In plain English…having a copyright means that the artist of any type of creative work is protected by law in the United States against fraudulent reproduction of the work.

Works of authorship include the following categories:

  • literary works;
  • musical works, including any accompanying words;
  • dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
  • pantomimes and choreographic works;
  • pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
  • motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
  • sound recordings; and
  • architectural works. US Copyright

We all have a creative side, some people however are more in tuned to it than others; enough so to make a career out of their creativity; the operative word is career…meaning they get paid for their work. Artists take time away from their families to create; just like other people taking time away from their own families to go to work every day to collect a pay check. Being an artist (as laid back and cool as it sounds) is still a job; it’s just a job driven by passion for creativity. Just like you, artists need to eat, have bills to pay and have wants in life too. When an artist’s work is reproduced without their knowledge it is essentially taking food off of the artist’s table. It’s the equivalent to going to work every day but you’re working for that business for free.

Take for example writer Ernest Hemingway; he would spend months at a time away from his family to write his novels in solitude to entertain his readers. Even though his novels are essentially words on paper (the same words used by you every day) he is known for the way he strung the words together to create a captivating story. Song writers and musicians spends hours compiling musical notes and words together that flow beautifully then more time practicing it. Photographers spend hours, months and even years perfecting their eye and enhancing their technical skills…the same for painters, pencil artist and so on.

Do you think any of them would like to see someone else getting credit or making money off of their hard work without getting compensated for it? Or lets put it this way, would you like to hear of a coworker getting credit for a project you preformed at work?

Sharing Copyrighted Work   

The internet is buzzing with creative work. Photographers are posting hundreds, maybe even thousands of photographs a day online. Writers are sharing snippets of novels or poetry to peak your interest in the full book or story. Musicians and producers are uploading audio and video files. Artists do this because they love what they do and they want to share their creations with the world, with you their audience. Having others appreciate our work and share it with their friends and family is a great honor and it helps our audience grow. It lets us know that the time away from our families is enriching someone life. However, it’s recommended that if you’re sharing work created by another person to give credit to the artist and if possible use a link to where you saw the piece. With all of the social media share buttons now days it’s really simple to add the links of your favorite pieces of artwork to your social media feeds.

Manipulation of a Copyrighted Piece Artwork

In this digital era it’s easy to save or download versions of a photograph or piece of artwork; even audio and video footage. On our own profile pages and blog we share small  versions of our nature and landscape photographs daily for people to enjoy. We don’t add watermarks because it is a distraction to the subject in the photograph. I can’t speak for all artists but we are honored that another creative person sees something more with our work and wants to expand on it. However, using the work of another individual without their consent or giving an acknowledgement to the original artist is copyright infringement…especially if you’re adding your own copyright to the new creation. If there is any part of the newly created artwork, photograph, audio or film footage the original artist must be accredited; compensated if the newly created work is being sold. We all remember the Marvin Gaye estate Vs Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copyright law suit. Ultimately, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were found guilty of Copyright Infringement; they had to pay the Marvin Gaye estate 7.3 million dollars.

Copyright laws, when read can make your eyes cross and bore the tears out of you but they are in place to protect the artists. If you are unsure of the laws simply contact the artist directly and ask for permission; I’m sure most would be honored to known that they inspired another person into sharing or creating something new…at the very least give the artist a credit in the caption.

Share with me your thoughts and experiences about this topic, I would really like to know how others deal with copyright issues.

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About the Author and Photographer:

MeMelissa Fague is an emerging nature and landscape photographer from Bear, Delaware USA. In just a few short years her work has been published over two dozen times and she has won multiple national and international awards for her beautiful photographs. Her most recent accomplishment is her first published photograph in an international publication with a worldwide distribution, “Landscape Photography Magazine”. Melissa is passionate about the art of photography and nature. Exploring areas and creating photographs is her form of stress relief and art therapy, but she also loves to share her visions so that others can enjoy. All of Melissa’s nature and landscape photographs are available for purchase, visit Pi Photography and Fine Art.

Join our VIP List for exclusive offer, notification for upcoming events and more. To read Melissa’s full story on how she became a nature and landscape photographer please visit: In the Beginning.

Small Business Help for Artists and Photographers

Marie Forleo on CreativeLive | Chase Jarvis LIVE | ChaseJarvis

Published on May 4, 2016 Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis welcomes Marie Forleo as his guest on 30 Days of Genius, a special series of Chase Jarvis LIVE featuring the world’s top creative + entrepreneurial minds of our time. Get more actionable insights: http://cr8.lv/1O4kezw

Marie Forleo has built a digital empire on her massively successful career as a life coach. Learn about Marie’s own frustrating search for fulfillment and financial independence, and how she can help you become the person you most want to be.

Creative Mastery with Robert Greene | Chase Jarvis LIVE | ChaseJarvis


Published on Nov 29, 2012 by: Chase Jarvis

Chase welcomes best selling author Robert Greene to The Garage to discuss creative Mastery.

Get Off Your Ass & Get Noticed with Gary Vaynerchuk | Chase Jarvis LIVE | ChaseJarvis

Published on Dec 9, 2013 by: Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis welcomes author and social media marketer Gary Vaynerchuk to his Seattle studio to discuss how to stand out in a noisy social world.