Every once in a while I have an idea that takes some time to pan out, arrange and execute. This image, of tying a tie is one of those. I've been thinking about it for some time and finally got around to doing it. I'm happy to see it was accepted today and is now online.
What are your favorite shots that you planned ahead of time and made happen?
Winter has finally arrived in Calgary (Canada). We had a pretty warm November, and it was starting to look like winter would never get here. Then we got a huge dump of snow. It was the great snow perfect for building snowmen and packing snowballs. The temperature was around zero so it was still warm enough that the kids could have a good time in it without getting frozen fingers and toes :)
Winter really set in this weekend! The temperature dropped below -30C at times, and wind didn't make it any better. It really makes me appreciate my home when I spend a lot of time indoors. It is nice to be 'forced' to spend some time around the fire with family. We had our piano tuned and are all ready for the grandparents to arrive for Christmas...
I wrote a blog over a month ago and it seemed to be well received. Here is a follow up with some more tips:
1. Acceptance ratio. Keeping your acceptance ratio high has many advantages including the ability to upload a lot and higher ranking in searches. As well, it just saves time - there is no point in submitting images that aren't accepted. There is a balance between trying to make your portfolio bigger and risking rejections. If you are at the point where you are struggling to figure out how to get your ratio higher I have the following suggestions:
a) Take a set of submissions and rank them in terms of whether you think they will be accepted or not. Label the ones you feel the best...
As if there weren't enough things to think about, I recently started thinking about yet another aspect (pun intended) of stock photography: aspect ratio. I got a compact camera this Christmas and discovered that it was 4:3, rather than 3:2 as I'm used to with a DSLR. This has more impact than I would have thought:
1. Taking pictures. I find myself taking a lot more photos in the 'landscape' orientation rather than 'portrait'. When taking photos of people I find the SLR ratio too wide unless you want lots of background (environmental portraits, etc.). 2. Cropping. I find that I crop some photos down to a more square format for stock photography. Ellen Boughn pointed out in one of her blogs that a square format optimizes the use of the thumbnail enlargement. You get 100%...
I personally for my own pleasure prefer 4:3. But this is a very good question, and it also relates to another question. How tight should one crop? Tight crop makes pictures with more impact but leaves less room for the designers to put text etc. I am sure there is no absolute correct answer and I would be content with some guide lines from somebody who really knows :) BTW are you guys setting up your photos upfront leaving space for the designers?
Looking at this from the computer side: Most photos are used on the web. Newer monitors have a form factor of 1920x1200 or 1600x1080 as opposed to older ones 1600x1200, 1280x1024. This would suggest that 3:2 is a better ratio for the future. On the other hand this does not mean too much since the windows that open up do not necessarily have the same aspect ratios as the monitors.
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