First Sales and First Blog Entry

posted on 8th of december, 2008

Hello, I'm Reed Daigle,

First of all, I'd like to thank my first customers on Dreamstime. During the past week and a half, I've had 4 sales. I appreciate your using my photos. If you don't mind and are able, please message me with links to where I can see the photos used. And thank you Dreamstime for a great way to get my photography to customers. I really like the site design and usability of Dreamstime. The only problem I have is the one at a time uploading. Then again, maybe I should just use FTP!

I signed up with Dreamstime about 4 months ago. I wish I had discovered microstock a little earlier, but in any case I am pursuing it now. As of now, all of my work was shot on film with a Canon AE-1 camera I received from my mother about 14 years ago. As of this posting, I have 23 photos in my portfolio here at Dreamstime. I love film, but I'm not anti-digital. In fact, I hope to get a DSLR soon. Then perhaps I'll have more pictures accepted! Nearly all of my photos were scanned at 2400dpi (target size: original - 35mm) on an Epson Perfection 2400 Scanner. Many on an Epson PM-A750. I almost decided to scan at 1200dpi when I started scanning a few years ago, but I sure am glad I went with 2400. Otherwise, I wouldn't have been able to upload at all. If anyone has any suggestions and/or questions about shooting film and scanning, please let me know.

I still have many more photos to clean up, keyword and upload. It is a tedious and time consuming job. Besides grain and noise, one of the biggest problems I've had with my images is "artifacts" (or at least that's what I think they're called). It's a result of scanning I think. Many images, especially those with "busy" areas have a lot of pixelized areas which are hard to clean up. I mostly use the stamp tool in Photoshop, but some images have too much. Does anyone have any suggestions?

In the meantime, I'm cleaning up those with no or little "artifacts" and working my way to those with a lot. So, during the next couple of months, I should hopefully be able to add many more. Then, when I have a DSLR, I'll increase my portfolio even more.

Well, that's all for my first post.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all.

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