Most of the time I tend towards taking images of the world around me, but sometimes I also have concepts that I want to turn into an image. Watching my son playing with some nesting dolls I had an idea last week, and this was the result. It is a cool feeling when you have an idea in your head and the result comes out pretty closely.
I find more and more since I started doing stock photography that the list of ideas is growing faster than it used to :)
1. Get to wear cozy sweaters.
2. Getting close around the fire to keep warm.
3. No bugs!
1. Better chance of getting rained on.
2. Swimming in mountain rivers isn't nearly as much fun.
3. Shorter days.
Our family likes to make an excursion for the labor day long weekend each year. This year's trip was out to Kananaskis Country. It is a beautiful area of Alberta, Canada. One of the great things about camping is the chance to see some wildlife!
After almost six months on Dreamstime I am very happy with how things are progressing. It takes some time to get the hang of what will be accepted, what will sell, etc. There are some surprises along the way, like finding out what the market judges as your best stock photo. Not surprisingly this differs wildly what your own favorites are. My top seller so far, is a relatively mundane subject - a toilet! It is important to keep in mind the difference between a beautiful photo, and a top stock photo seller - two totally different goals...
I'm headed towards 500 photos online by the end of the year, and expect to have over 200 sales by next week. As well, I've finally got an editorial photo online so I'm excited about that.
Good work Brad. After reading your blog last week, I took some time reviewing your portfolio and saw many potentials for the future... Good luck reaching your goals and a small reward is a reward indeed!
Great job Brad. Congratulations on your best seller -- as you pointed out we must keep in mind that a "beautiful" photo does not necessarily make it a good seller. As toilets go, the photo of yours is very nice -- thanks for putting the lid down. :)
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I have managed to get an image accepted that is scanned from some of my old slides. I lived for a year in Bangladesh and took quite a lot of photos there, as well as during some travels in India. Scanning is a little frustrating as you have to deal with a number of issues:
1. Dust and scratches. Hopefully there aren't scratches, but all the blowing in the world seems to leave a few particles behind that you need to take care of.
2. Color balance. Colors fade at different rates so the older the slide the more you need to handle color cast. I find my slides tend towards blue.
3. Grain. You can't get away from grain, but I find it is difficult to get good sharpness without enhancing the grain that is present.
4. Technique. There are a lot of variables to consider. You can...
I have one or two pictures in my portfolio here which were scanned from slides. One of these pictures is a very good seller - my bestseller here: Ice and Sun The picture was published many times in books and magazines. It is very nice that DS admits such pictures unlike other agencies.
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