First sale, 50 accepted images, becoming exclusive, 100 accepted images, and now 200 accepted images. Little, but significant milestones for a newbie in stock photography. To honor the 200th accepted image I decided to do what I promised myself for the other newbie-milestones: sharing my first experiences in a blog. The coincidence wants that I can announce my 200th accepted picture with a salute of gunshots as this picture is a cannon I shot
I’ve been taking pictures since I was born, at that time analog, mainly slides. A decade ago I became digitalized and last year I started to share my photographic experiences with students and started to teach with a friend. He proposed to have a class on Stock photography in our series, so I was introduced to it as well… DT, here I am!
I was blessed by a life in which I had to travel a lot, so I had loads of opportunities to practice photography. Unfortunately, making high quality digital pictures out of analog slides which are valid for stock is a daring and time consuming task, not only because I took pictures with a different eye. I always liked to have some people in the frame, but at that time I was not aware that something like a MR-form existed… however, after digitalizing and removing the dust from the scanner, some were accepted, and even sold,
other ones are less successful in sales uptill now
As every newbie I went through my collection and uploaded them… with variable success. Some became successful and were sold several times
meanwhile other pictures hardly got any attention
. I also started a first Collection
, on World War one, which started 100 year ago next year, a historic to be remembered.
My next step was a quest to get myself into commercial stock photography. I tried to make a diversified portfolio by taking pictures that surrounded me
and sometimes I isolated these
which seems a good strategy, with thanks to a blog on DT I read about isolating images.
At the same time I was trying to get a MR-form signed from models I did shoots with in the past
and I spent a few days longer in Venice when I visited the Biennale di Arte
to take some pictures to upload on DT. I hoped to create some divers images of La Serenissima, which succeeded if the number of accepted images counts. In Venice I realized that DT and shooting stock chanced my way of looking and taking pictures, not only conceptually but also taking care of technical details in the picture. Of course I had some classical pictures from Venice
, some isolated objects
and some details from buildings on the San Marco Square
. I was lucky the yearly festival of Redentore took place when I visited the city, so I took some editorials
. But I mainly focused on taking pictures as good as possible and I took the time to make some nightshots
and some stitched pictures
. These became the basis for a second Collection
And finally I crossed the 200 uploaded pictures after organizing a shoot with several models and concepts. I thought of a sports-shoot and the models that participated could have a shoot in the style they would like, and all of them had a different and sometimes challenging idea:
. Soon after I had to give the IRS office in Paris a visit to obtain an ITIN number... of course I turned out in an additional shooting day in Paris
. More pictures of the shoot and Paris are pending for acceptation, so hopefully when you read this, I crossed the 200 :).
We had some fun days, learnt a lot of the forum, blogs and from the reviewers. Now up to the 500…