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African Photographers Everyone Should Know

Image credit & written by PICHA’s in-house photographer: Mohamed Abdulrahman photography. Malick Sidibe Malian Photographer working primarily in black and white, his photographs captured lively portraits and scenes of celebration. His best-known works depict the burgeoning pop culture and nightlife of the Malian capital, prolifically documenting young people and their dress in elegantly posed studio …

What To Look Out For When Shooting Stock Images

Image by PICHA contributor Kat Grudko. PICHA’s in-house photographer, Kat Grudko, shares her top 10 things to keep in mind when shooting for stock photography. Make sure the images are sharp, in focus and exposed properly Keep the composition and background as simple as possible so text can be overlaid if necessary It helps potential …

10 Tips For Shooting In Direct Sunlight

Image and insights by PICHA in-house photographer, Kat Grudko. Always shoot into the light to avoid your subject squinting. This also gives a softer light, as well as a rim or backlight created naturally by the sun. If the light is still too harsh use a scrim (usually the inside part on most 5 in …

What Is Copyright?

“Sometimes the questions are complicated but the answers are simple.” Dr. Seuss Most people tend to shy away from the legal side of the creative arena because it all seems a bit too complicated. However, even as these creative works are made, most often than not, the creators of these works will seek to sell …

How To Get Models To Look Natural In Images

Cover image and valuable insights from PICHA’s talented in-house photographer, Kat Grudko. Posing Guides One of the quickest ways to level up your game would be to look for posing guides. Many photographers post these online and they are often freely available. These can be very helpful. Take The Time The thing that helps the …

Tell Your Story….

Photo credit PICHA/Mohamed Abdulrahman photography …because no one will do it for you and the competition out there is fierce. Many photographers, especially introverted ones, find being behind the lens a very secure place to be. However, it is essential to realize that with so many other creatives competing for work, you cannot just hope …

A Script To Help You Gain More Followers

Image credit: #PICHAcontributor Janet Orilua So you want to participate in the PICHA challenge but you’re finding it a bit hard to talk to people or choose what to say? We know it can all seem quite daunting but it does not have to be – people are more than willing to support your progress …

PICHA Podcast | Episode 1

Welcome to the very first episode of “The Business of Stock” series on the Afrofeaturism PICHA podcast! In this episode we chat with Guya, our resident legal guru and contributor relations manager about fine print and the dreaded red tape stock photographers have to deal with. Why do stock photographers need legal advice and how …

Grow Your Followers | PICHA’s Contributor Challenge

After months of hard work, PICHA 2.0 is here! Fresh-faced, dynamic, faster and more intuitive – the site welcomes you to a whole new afrocentric visual content experience. As part of our new contributors’ portal launch, we’re running a competition open to all PICHA contributors! Simply optimize your new contributor profile and spread the word …

Branding 101 for Photographers

A lot of photographers don’t realise that establishing a solid brand can multiply the success of their photography business considerably. Good branding connects with your ideal clients, giving them all the feels. It’s this that makes your brand memorable and often leads to word of mouth referrals. When done correctly branding lends a consistency to …

How To Take Stock Photos With Your Phone

By Josiane Faubert PICHA is now accepting phone/tablet photography submissions. As the quality of phone photography is getting better every day, PICHA is now accepting phone/tablet photography submissions. This is great – growing your stock photo portfolio is now easier than ever! In order to help you submit your best phone photos, please go over …

PICHA’s Top 5 Image Submissions For February 2019

While it was definitely a challenge choosing our best, here are the top 5 submissions for February 2019: Young Business Professional, Contributor: Mohamed Photography Good use of depth, lighting and composition make up this image by Mohamed Photography. The subject (Young Business Professional) caught in a happy moment after receiving a call results in an image …

Getting To Know Matilda Dogbatsey

As the first interview in the PICHA #BalanceForBetter Series, we get to know Matilda Dogbatsey (@kafuipraise) a little better. She is a Ghanaian photographer and filmmaker with the brand name – Kafui Praise and shoots documentary, nature and weddings. Currently, Matilda is working on her debut documentary film on a disability story. Why creative & …

#teamPICHA heads to fotofringe 2019

With February drawing to a close, the PICHA team gets geared up for fotofringe 2019, the single-most important event for image licensing! Currently in its ninth year, fotofringe London is a person-to-person networking event for designers, publishers and picture researchers to find the images and the deals that they need. Unlike a traditional trade show …