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Smart Photo Editor Transformations

You can completely transform your images with Smart Photo Editor, here are some ideas of the transformations you can make, with links to the tutorials.

ballet before and afterBallet Dancer

Untitled-11Changing the background to black and white.

double exposure before and afterDouble Exposure

bear before and afterTriple Exposure and Mirror Effect

rhino before and afterBlack and White Wildlife 

polariod before and afterPolaroid

elephant before and afterWatercolor

org all threeSharpen 

Click here to download a free trial of Smart Photo Editor, to try this tutorials out for yourself.

When it’s cold and wintry outside, it’s time for photo editing

The temperature is dropping and the nights are getting darker, so why not spend some warm, cozy winter evenings with your photo editing software?

With a range of photo editing tools, you can now use Anthropics software to retouch any type of photograph.

If portraits are your thing, then PortraitPro and PortraitPro Body will have plenty to help you improve your portrait photography.

If you prefer any type of landscape or street photography, then LandscapePro will help you enhance skies, buildings, fields and water.

Downtown LA in Mist

Winter is great for capturing landscapes in different conditions; snowy landscapes, and misty mornings on the mountain-tops. They all make great images, but they do require you to leave the warmth and comfort of your sofa.

Getting up early and capturing some misty mornings or snow in the distance can be really rewarding; but if you just can’t beat the chill and need an evening curled up by the fire, then what better excuse than the photo retouching you need to do?

photo editing in cozy, hygge

Anthropics software makes everything so much easier, so you’ll have more time to just relax with your loved ones.  If you want to go beyond just enhancing your images and get really creative, you can add effects with Smart Photo Editor.

Try out all the Anthropics software today and see what photo enhancements you can make.

Photographer looking at the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco

Making an income from photography – Selling your photography from your own website

When you’re making a living as a professional photographer, there might be many ways in which you can use your photography to make an income.

We’ve talked previously about selling your photography to micro stock sites, keeping a travel blog, and selling your street photography, but it’s also important to maintain your own website.  Whether you sell through another site or not, it’s good to be found on your own page, and to have a direct way of contacting you and verifying who you are and what you do.

Your own website might be one of the main ways that your clients of any type will find you.  Perhaps you’re not a studio photographer in the traditional sense; perhaps you work entirely on location projects like weddings, or even travel photography.  If your clients are international, it will certainly be the best way to find you.

If you’re shooting landscape photography, travel photography, or street photography, one of the ways you might want to make money out of this is by selling your images online.  Photo editing software can greatly improve your images. It’s not always the case that you’re going to find the lighting and the landscape exactly how you want it, or that it will turn out in exactly the way you saw it.

There are several micro stock photo websites out there that you can use to sell your images, but the downside to this is that you lose a percentage of the sales to the website you use.

It may work out better for you to sell your own images through your own website. There are a number of ways to do this.  If you use a WordPress blog, there are plugins for the website that you can add to help you sell your images.

Another way to sell your own images is that you can set up a website that is already integrated to allow customers to order your photo print products from a print service.  There are a number of sites that will host your images and they each integrate with a different range of print labs. So it’s up to you to decide who works for you best, depending on the location of your customers, and your print lab preferences.

Whichever way you do it, you need to consider the costs involved. There’s the cost of setting up a WordPress page, and deciding whether you want your own domain name, and if you do, who is going to host it for you, and there’s a cost involved for that too. If you want something more bespoke, then you need to pay someone to do it for you, and you need a way of being able to update it yourself.

Photographer at Grand Canyon

If you’re keeping a lot of images on your site for customers to browse, then it’s going to need a lot of storage space to hold them all. Don’t forget to watermark your images if that’s your preference for dealing with image theft.

You can use your favorite photo editing software to enhance your images. Anthropics’ photo editing software PortraitPro, Smart Photo Editor and our recently launched, LandscapePro can all help you enhance your images in a professional way.

Download the free trials of each today.

10 Things to photograph on the last weekend of summer

Whether you want to escape the city, or head to the city this weekend, there are lots of things to photograph this weekend. If the weather’s good, it’s a great time to get out with your camera and shoot some last shots of summer.

Here are our top 5 interesting cities to see this weekend:

Philadelphia

In the City :  Climb the Rocky steps, pay what you wish on the first Sunday of the month, and pay a visit to the Art Museum, for some great, iconic images of the city too. This is one of the best views of Center City. 

Out of town: Head to Longwood Gardens for Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience. Get some great images with light and dark.

Chicago

In the City: For the best architectural views of Chicago, take the Architectural River tour. Afterwards, stop off at Millennium Park to see the Bean. There’s always something interesting to discover in the Park.

Out of Town: Not so far out of town, you can hit the beach. One of the great things about Chicago is that you’re so close to a beach. Walk up Michigan Avenue to find Oak Street beach.  It’s not the ocean, but it’s still a great place to soak up the sun and get some great images of the sky scrapers in the background. The kids will love it too.

New York

In the City: In the city that never sleeps it’s hard to choose what to do, but on Labor Day Weekend,  most of the usual tourist destinations will still be open, all the restaurants and shops will still be open too. Live like a tourist for a day, even if you’re not. Check out the view from Top of the Rock, for the best view of the Empire State Building!

View of Empire State building from Top of the Rock

Out of Town: It’s a long way to go to leave NYC behind you, but with Central Park right in the middle, why would you need to escape to the countryside? You can manage to pretend you’re away from it all, sunbathing and taking in the greenery.  Take a picnic, and check out the Carousel too.  The city’s so big that there are several parks to choose from, but Central Park’s almost 6 times bigger than Vatican City, so there’s plenty of space to escape the bustling crowds and find your own place to relax.

 Washington D.C.

In the City: With flight and gas prices down again, it’s a great time to discover the capital, and the museums are free to visit too. Check out the National Gallery of Art, across the street from the National Archives. Visit all the museums, they’re all free!

Out of Town: Why not visit the University of Maryland’s Dairy for some handmade ice cream. As the end of summer arrives, you can capture some portraits of people eating their ice creams.

Milwaukee

In the City:  Check out the Harley Davidson Factory this weekend at the Custom Bike show event. There’ll be lots of people willing to pose with their bikes and there’s music and food too, so there’s something all the family can enjoy. Further down 6th street, you can take in another tour, Milwaukee’s hidden gem, Great Lakes Distillery, Wisconsin’s first distillery since prohibition.

Out of Town: Take a trip to Leon’s frozen custard on South 27th, for some typical Wisconsin frozen desert, and that retro 50’s feel. Supposed to be the inspiration for the diner in Happy Days, Leon’s still has it’s original signage.

Wherever you are this Labor Day weekend, look for some interesting portraits. Take the time to look around you and see what interesting images you can find. PortraitPro will  help you with your portrait retouching, so you always get the best images. Try it for free today.

Motivation with Goals, Support, attitude

Motivation for photographers

We’ve talked about the importance of goal setting, and goal setting goes very well with motivation.

Goals tell you where you’re going, and working towards achieving them keeps you motivated.

But what is motivation and how is it important to a photographer and their business?

Motivation is the forces that cause a person to behave in a particular way or move in a particular direction.

Motivation is important to a professional photographer because if you’re in the situation of working for yourself, which many are, then you are your own motivator. If something doesn’t go so well, you have to have the inner drive to keep going despite any setbacks.

If you’re running your own business and employing more staff than just yourself, then you may find it useful in the workplace to consider a variety of motivational theories for instance, Herzberg’s two factor theory, which is an extension of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. These theories help us understand what helps people to stay motivated, or why they do what they do.

Staying motivated is important to people working in creative businesses. If you’re working alone, you have to have a great amount of self-esteem in order to keep promoting yourself. You are your product, your creativity is your unique selling point, and you have to believe in yourself so you can sell your work at a fair market value.  As Pedro Aguilar  told us last year, it’s important to also spend some time working on your own creative work, doing things not just for clients, but for yourself, and you’ll often find that you’ll get a commission based on something of your own work that captures the attention of a new client.

Keeping your ideas fresh when you’re working on your own initiative can be a challenge to anyone working for themselves. In a creative business it’s particularly important.

The Support team at Anthropics is here to help you keep your software up to date, and help you learn new skills with your software.

Want to learn something new with PortraitPro? Check back here!

Check out the blog on Smart Photo Editor for new ideas on getting more out of your photo editing software.

Don’t forget to share ideas with other PortraitPro users on our Facebook page too.

Photographing Street Art

Noticing the details is what street photography is about; capturing the essence of a place, or a person, to really give an insight in to the soul.

One of the often overlooked details in a place is the street art. So often graffiti is unsightly but it’s becoming a more recognized art form, and artist’s works such as Banksy (if they can be removed,) are selling for hundreds of thousands.

Many cities have specially designated places for street art and murals. One place that has a good street art project is the Mural Arts Program in Philadelphia.

Street art, South Street Philly

Street art on the corner of 6th and South Streets, Philadelphia.

An image search for Mural Arts Philadelphia will find many, many more images like this.

South Street Philadelphia is particularly famous for its art. It’s off the beaten track, away from the tourist spots and the historical landmarks that Philly is known for; but for those in the know, South Street is a great place to capture the essence of the City of Brotherly Love.

As with any city, do your research before you go. Check out any particular points of interest and make a list of things you want to find, and then you can be more focused in your wanderings.

In San Francisco it’s Clarion Alley, and in London, you want to check out the East End, Shoreditch, Hoxton and Brick Lane, although Camden and Soho are also known for their street art too.

There is street art in every city, but some cities have really embraced providing legal space for the artists. Whatever kind of art you produce, whether it’s photography, paintings, paintings on walls, we’ve all got an opinion to express, and photographing the work can help its message to be transported even further.

Check out our Pinterest Board for more Street Art around the world.

If you’re photographing in a large city, it’s often hard to capture the image without people in the photo. You might want to keep those people in your images; they are all part of the urban landscape.  You can use your portrait editing software to ensure that these people look their natural best.

Smart Photo Editor can give you some great effects to really enhance your images.

Download a free trial of PortraitPro here, and Smart Photo Editor here.

Philadelphia Skyline taken from the Art Museum

Making an income from selling photography – Keep a travel photography blog

There are many, many travel photography blogs out there. It’s a really competitive environment, because it is such a sought-after, idealized job.

Who wouldn’t want a job where they can combine the things they love, travel and photography, and earn enough to keep themselves safe and well, whilst working for themselves, with no big corporation or news outlet to please?

But it’s not as easy as it sounds. You’ve got to have a number of things in place; you can’t just drop one job and expect to make a living from travel photography straight away. Either you’ve been doing it part time for a while, or you have a healthy savings account to keep you going for the first difficult few months, or longer.

Here are 9 things to bear in mind:

  • Only practice will make you a better photographer. As Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” Keep traveling and keep taking photographs.
  • You need to really get to know an area to take interesting photos of it. When you stop taking the obvious photo, the tourist postcard shot, then you know you’ve really got it.
  • Getting to know people and finding out the traditions that they have in that area can give a true sense of the place. Go to a small café and order the special on the menu. Traveling is about eating the same as the people that live there, not trying to find what you like from back home. It’s about discovering in the back streets of Barcelona that most restaurants are closed at lunchtime for siesta, and then stumbling on the one busy little place in the Barri Gòtic with the menu in Catalan.
  • Have several ideas of what you might do with your images to make you some income. Be open-minded about your sources, and keep having new ideas.
  • Become a good writer too. If you can write clearly and succinctly about the things you’ve photographed, you get to tell the story yourself, instead of allowing someone else to do it for you. Just as taking more photographs will make you a better photographer, the more you write, the better you will become.
  • Learn how to promote yourself on social media. Contacts are made through Twitter, and Facebook, and LinkedIn. It gives both parties a chance to consider each other’s work before they contact each other, and sometimes a partnership can work without ever needing to meet in person.
  • Don’t be afraid to do a bit of everything. If you’ve learned how to use social media and design your own website, then why not use your skills to help other businesses or freelancers?
  • Don’t forget that your home town is distant and exotic to other people. If you need to take a break from traveling and return home, don’t despair, keep looking for the adventure nearer to home. It’s the place you know the best, and there’s always someone out there who wants to visit.
  • Keep learning new things. Wherever you are, whether on the road, or taking time out, there’s always something new to learn. Why not learn some new photography software skills and try out PortraitPro today. If there are people in your images, it’s the fastest way to enhance their look. For all your other travel images, whether it’s street photography, or beautiful landscapes, Smart Photo Editor can give you some fantastic creative effects. Finding a new way to edit your images can give you an edge over all the other people who do the same things that you want to do.
Philly Skyline taken from Art Museum, using a Smart Photo Editor effect

Philadelphia Skyline taken from Art Museum, using a Smart Photo Editor effect

Download your free trial today, and take PortraitPro and Smart Photo Editor on the road with you.

 

Mime with Van Gogh style editing

Making an income from selling photography –Street Photography

There’s a whole host of ways to make money from your photography; it doesn’t have to be your portrait studio work that makes you money.

If you’re keen on photographing people then street photography could be one way to learn more about portrait photography; to get a chance to learn about other cultures and places and perhaps venture into a different area of interest.

Perhaps you might find a way to sell your street images, but be sure you get a model release for any images containing people. You also need to check out the local rules and laws on street photography.  Some countries and regions are stricter on privacy, and you should always respect the privacy of individuals. If someone doesn’t seem to want their photo taken, then don’t do it. Some communities, like the Amish, don’t like to be photographed. Be respectful of their wishes and don’t take an image of a person who wouldn’t want to be photographed.

There are plenty of other people and places where you can take photographs without offending anyone, and people usually don’t mind you taking photographs of their buildings, it’s usually recognizable images of real people that they don’t want to be taken.

You may often find that people are very happy to have their photo taken, but all you need to do is ask. A smile and a nod is all it takes.

If a street performer allows you to take their photo, then they usually expect a payment, and can be quite insistent on their payment if they realize that you’ve taken one without paying them. This is after all how they make their living.

If you do get permission from the street performer to take their photo, then portrait editing software would also work on their painted faces, and would perhaps help to make them even more flawless than the costume on its own.

These images would also benefit from some additional effects, such as the watercolor effects in Smart Photo Editor, making them very artistic and interesting portraits.

Whether it’s just your annual vacation, or you’re trying to travel on a more regular basis to earn a living from your photography, then it’s probably worth investing in some industry standard photography software, at a very affordable price.

Get Smart Photo Editor here and PortraitPro here.

Merry Christmas to all our PortraitPro users!

In the final preparations for the Holidays, we wish all our PortraitPro fans a very Merry Christmas!

If you’ve still not been able to find the perfect gift for the photographer in your family, then don’t panic, you’ve still got time to get them some professional-quality, photo editing software.

PortraitPro and Smart Photo Editor are both available as an instant download, and can be received as a gift certificate that can be emailed anywhere in the world.

Now it’s time to sit down, relax, and enjoy the festivities.

Season’s Greetings from the team at PortraitPro!

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Give Thanks Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

This Thanksgiving, we wanted to share with you some of the things that we’re thankful for:

  • The wonderful work of all the photographers who use our software, and their artistic talent.
  • The loyal support from our users.
  • All the journalists and magazines who support us with their reviews.
  • Every single one of our (well over) 200,000 Facebook fans.
  • The opportunities we’ve had this year to meet with some really great people. The pro photographers we’ve met this year have really given us an insight into the fantastic creativity that our users have, and the diverse range of things that you do with PortraitPro.
  • For Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and all the ways we can share our tips and ideas with you all.
  • All of our lovely blog readers.
  • Turkey dinners and fantastic family portraits.

While you’re relaxing with friends and family this Thanksgiving, why not try out Portrait Pro, or Smart Photo Editor?

Happy Thanksgiving from The PortraitPro Team!

Thank You - Happy Thanksgiving