It is the second assignment I have attempted. The previous one, apocalypse, was really something that I would have loved to get into...but unfortunately I had 50 uploads only when half the month was gone. Then I uploaded two files which were rejected anyway for being too simplistic. It was VERY annoying and discouraging because I had spent 3 days creating that illustration. It was a very detailed one. I just decided I'd not submit to an assignment again till I get 500+ files online. I told myself I've been into stock for only about 5 months, I don't have a DSLR, I have a stupid compact camera that causes rainbows on every edge with it's superb chromatic capabilities. I am only 18. Professionals have been shooting for longer than I have been seeing...
Who am I to even try to submit...
Well, it does matter what camera I have. Mainly because poor contrast/details and bad focusing abilities prevent good images being shot even if the photographer is skilled. Sometimes gear is very necessary. For example I have not been able to shoot a hummingbird in flight even though I have 10-20 of them in my garden all day. Reason? I can't get enough shutter speed. If I get a higher ISO, noise levels rise to unacceptable. Focus acquiring takes more than a second. So I can't shoot what I see all day. Very frustrating.
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My oldest photo of this bird served someone yesterday. I'm quite happy about this. This was probably the first or second photo online back then. My AR was something like 17% probably. Maybe worse. I don't remember because I don't want to. ;)
I also recently sold the second oldest photo. Good thing is both were level 1. I'm level 1 myself so far.
I have sold another photo of a pair of black winged stilts too which I believed was a really clumsy one with zero sales potential. My sale with the biggest revenue (around $5) was another file which I still think is not attractive at all....that clouds (no, just sky. It doesn't even have proper clouds!) photo. I don't know how it was even accepted without the "Your file doesn't exceed existing files in quality and composition" criterion....
I have noticed threads in the message boards from buyers who want to do simple things but don't know how to. So that is what this article is about. If you are a contributor, please skip this. I'm sure you know much more than the basics already. Share this article with your buyer if he/she is facing one of these problems.
True, this site has a lot of web designers who buy our work, but there are also those who want images for personal uses and are buying it from us. Quite a good percentage of them also know how to do simple editing. But just in case you are very new to this and you want to make simple modifications using the resources you already have, read on.
While writing this, I assume that you have Windows 7. The following would also work with Windows XP, etc. Might be a little different, but...
Most of you have Photoshop, don't you? If not Photoshop, at least GIMP? Both have capabilities that you cannot imagine. Many of us use Photoshop for retouching and post processing our photos, which is the most simplistic use of Photoshop. Brightness, contrast, hue-saturation.....and the "little" things. Have you ever thought of creating imagery that you can capture with your camera but never capture with your camera at the same time? Confusing? I'll tell you what I mean around the end of the article.
For those who have only done basic post processing so far, how long do you take to process a technically "unsatisfactory" 16 bit TIFF to a ready JPEG? 5 to 10 minutes? I take 15 seconds. My 15 second workflow works on all images ranging from compact camera photos to DSLR photos. The workflow includes dealing...
I don't know why I chose the title, but this method of lighting is quite nice and gives you studio quality shots. You could use a torch or candle for all I care. Use anything that produces light for around 15s.
Rich man method:
Get a couple speedlites and softboxes and strobes. Make it 1600 W and get a DSLR and shoot the photo. You can get some awesome food shots for around $1000 equipment.
I got this idea from light-painting. I use this method to get an uniform lighting without shadows. For the food shots, I used a simple daily use flashlight. You can buy the whole shop full of those flashlights for $500.
I set the camera of tripod and set exposure to 15s. I took the shot and within the 15 sec, I sort of "painted out" the food by moving the light around it, eliminating all shadows...
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