I suspect that almost everyone who is serious about photography has had to decide among the major brands. Whether you ended up with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus or another brand (I'm talking DSLRs here) you probably entertained two of them seriously, and then took the plunge based on something. Some because they have friends with the same brand, or know someone that loves it. Others because it felt right in their hands, etc. I really do feel that your ability to actually use the camera you've chosen trumps any advantage one brand might have over another in terms of specs. Image quality may be one person's primary concern, while another must have an articulating screen, superior AF and high frame rates or wears glasses and needs a high eyepoint.
All you guys are now going to groan, but as a woman the weight of the camera and how well it fits into my hand are prime considerations. Some are just too big and bulky but Canon gets it right for me in this respect. Plus, of course, Canon has great accessible features, as you point out, which gives this brand the edge over others. I have tried a few Nikons, but they just didn't feel right....so for the moment I'm pro-Canon.
I can see that it isn't an obvious choice if you aren't exclusive, but I'm very glad I've participated in assignments. My shots are exclusive anyways, and they do much better than my average photo. I made a quick lightbox of my assignment photos, which allows me to see the total revenue. My assignments have brought in almost 10% of my total revenue to date, and represent less than 1% of my portfolio. My most recent entries this month already have a download:
With the new pricing structure, even a subscription download of assignment files nets you 3 sub credits. So I recommend considering submitting for assignments for the extra exposure. The 100 download 'credit' ranks you highly in a search based on downloads, and any credit sales are substantial...
I've got two accepted and one has had a download. This is my second assignment (I tried the summer one, but didn't have any really summery shots and my made up one didn't make it). So I'm just waiting to see how things pan out.
Brad, as always your photos are great -- I noted a marked increase in sales after my first participation in an assignment, and to date my most profitable images are assignment photos. As for the current assignment, I was unsure if people wanted to see a senior woman surfing, (remember I’m from California where “natural” beauty is uncommon and often unaccepted) but the image got a sale within a few days of being posted! I attribute the quick sale to participation in the assignment. Thanks for your helpful reminders and good luck to you in this assignment! Cheers Marilyn
I've posted a blog on making the best use of the sensor when taking closeups for isolation. Let me know what you think - I think I get visibly more detail when using this method. It only works for long skinny objects, though!
I appreciate the comments Jordan. I should note out that I'm interested in these points, as this is something I haven't used yet for submitting, just experimenting with. In the shot above, for example, it was shot on an angle. I think with a high quality macro lens there isn't much difference between the edge and corner, stopped down. Certainly with 'most' lenses it would be a concern...
I'm interested in the rotation affecting quality - in my example you can't tell on the web, but close inspection showed more detail on the rotated example. I'm curious in general on this topic, as many software and RAW converters offer rotation, horizon levelling, distortion correction, vignetting correction, etc. which clearly affects pixels. Does it make the image worse, or better?
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