Well it's been a very interesting journey I must say and one full of highs and lows.
I certainly have to thank Dreamstime, who have helped me develop my photography, providing me with a platform that gets my works seen and sold. It has paid for all of my photography gear and some, 10,000 sales equates to nearly $25,000
In the last few years I have been lucky enough to win my first Dreamstime assignment, national (UK) and international photography awards. These successes led to an invite to a garden party at the Palace here in the UK and an appearance on a daytime TV chat show. Have to admit it's been pretty mad but fun.
So how did I do it? I read pretty much every single thread in the forum here on DT, which took ages but I found tonnes of valuable advice and ideas. I studied the best selling images, to better understand different compositions, the use of light and colour in my works, the importance of diversity and concepts.
I now see every photograph I take like a painting, if you were to paint a picture would you paint distractions from your subject, I think about the direction of light. I don't just concentrate on a subject in the center of my image, I use my compositional skills to frame an image, think about the foreground, background, the subject, framing, colour, light and shadows.
I have also spent time learning how to process and edit my images, the difference here is massive, it can make or break an image. I do try to get as much right in camera but shooting in RAW allows me to tweak my images without damaging the quality. I now use Lightroom 5 for my basic editing and Photoshop for the more elaborate post processing. These skills do not come quickly, well for me they didn't. There are many free tutorials on the Adobe site and Youtube is just jam packed with great videos.
So that's about it, easy? Just never stop learning, have fun and keep uploading, and the sales will take care of themselves :)
WOOHOO! Impressive and motivating ! Pictures are amazing, top class! Thank you for good advice about forum i will definitely look in to it. Beauty about photography is that there is no limits this topic is endless and so awarding, it gives you satisfaction, emotions, memories and money ;)
Thanks all, the exciting thing is that the best is yet to come, it's like chasing the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. You may never get to the end but it's about how much fun/success you can have on your journey :)
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