It's strange, in my line of work. And I suppose yours too, that the coming Xms holidays to me often sparks a blast of shooting and creativity that brings more and more work with me once I get to the office.
I find the freedom to just shoot my own things, my family, my surroundings (I'll be traveling through some remote and beautiful parts of South AFrica to some family) makes me trigger happy to the extreme. Nevermind that I am a commercial photographer, because it seems the freedom to just take pics of anything makes me even more a photographer than doing it for a living.
I love shooting. My wife kids and I took an hour train trip to Simon's Town on Saturday and I came back with 150 images of us on the train. Hehe.
I've ranted and raved about the benefit of this career,...
I agree, I think Ill shoot people at bbq's, as we're in the southern hemisphere and we have summer Xmas, but then again...who'll want to buy? I think I'll just shoot what I like. I think I'll get away from commercial shooting and shoot for myself. For my "art".
So, just an update on my Xmas shooting schedule...
So, I've been updating some of the images I took on the 16th (a public holiday in South Africa), and then I went back to studio just to finish off my year on the 17th. My assistant was by then already river rafting on the Orange River!
The 18th we were on the road at 4am. By 7pm that evening, I had shot more than 100 images already, and traveled 800km's. By the next evening, a further 500km's and about 200 images, and the third day only about 30, but then we arrived at our destination close to the Swaziland border. I think the tally is at about 500 now. I think I'm indeed taking a break.I shoot what I like, how I like, when I like, and it's MY memories.If some of them ends up selling as stock, amen, but if not... I'm already...
Hi Danie, sounds like you and your assistant are having good South African style holidays. Good luck with the travel images, they do sell but maybe not as well as your commercial images. Enjoy the holidays.
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I like this image, because for once, I shot seasonal images ON TIME! I got it online in November, early, and it (the whole shoot) has done well on most of the platforms I submit to. Also, the model is a mate of mine, and we had lotsa fun in my studio.
So my good friend books me for a shoot at my studio for his corporate profile (he is an executive coach - www.outerboxthinking.com), but apart from his fierce looking corporate portraits, he needed some fun shots, to use to create some repoir with his clients in presentations. He's an avid fly fisherman, so we cut a deal whereby I could use his images, and he got them to use for free. TIP - when styling a stock image, make sure that the gear,and parephernalia are correct, real and applicable. Nothing puts off...
Keywording... mmm, not sure. It seems that too many keywords are penalized by search engines, yet too few as well. Trying to find the most and basic search terms. Not sure about the outcome yet. Could be that I need more.
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