posted on 6th of march, 2009

I spent the last couple of weeks in Okinawa, which was a welcome break from the cold weather in Calgary. Although work filled the time, I did get a couple of hours last weekend to go to Bolo Point (Cape Zanpa) and take some shots. The skies were quite stormy, which adds some drama...

I love this photo - they are the stones of a garden. For some reason I love looking at them! The photo takes away all sense of scale, but the actual stones are about two cm across.

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Posted by Bradcalkins on March 09, 2009
Thanks for the comments everyone!
Posted by Eclecticelegance on March 09, 2009
Beautiful pictures! I love the "Lighthouse" and "The Cliffs by the Sea."
Posted by Sleiselei on March 07, 2009
Beautiful pictures!
I like the quiet place...

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Power of compounding

posted on 10th of march, 2009

Anyone looking into a retirement savings plan, or trying to pay down a mortgage knows the 'power' of compound interest. Compounding in general applies to stock photography to some degree.

If you maintain some growth in your uploading, no matter how small, you will benefit greatly and grow your sales much faster. Consider two brothers (all financial examples seem to have two siblings to compare!) - one uploads 20 images a month for 3 years. The 2nd uploads 10 a month at first, but promises himself to increase the uploading by 10% a month. At first the 2nd brother lags behind, uploading 10, then 11, then 12 images in the first three months, while the first brother uploads 60. But after 14 months they are dead even. After three years the first brother is...

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Posted by Bradcalkins on March 27, 2009
Gmargittai - I think that sales ARE roughly proportiional to how many picture you have online while you are small. If the database goes from 4 million to 5 million photos it has 'only' increased 25%. While I agree that to truly double your sales exposure you should need to keep up with the total number, meaning you need another 25% in reality. But keep in mind that the total number of photos is going up by maybe 10% a month. For a small portfolio it hardy makes a difference. If you have 20 photos you would have to add 22 in a month instead of 20 to actually double your exposure. BUT, you probably benefit from other factors like getting more accepted, better keywording, focusing more on what sells for you. All in all I think sales ARE roughly proportional to portfolio size until you hit thousands of photos online. My experience so far is that my # of downloads per 100 photos online has NOT gone down over time, it has gone up.
Posted by Gmargittai on March 27, 2009
Interesting article,
At the beginning I also thought that the sales are proportional with the amount of pictures one has on line. Big mistake. It would be true if you are the only photographer loading up pictures. In reality everybody is loading up pictures and you get ahead only if you upload faster than the amount of pictures online increases. If we assume that the market does not grow then the chance that your picture is downloaded decreases every day since there are more and more pictures the designers can choose from.
This does not mean one should stop uploading. Selling a picture is always a thrill, and the only way to improve your skills is do more, upload more.
Nobody should expect to get rich from stock photo. There are much better ways.
Just my two cents,
Posted by Reeddaigle on March 16, 2009
Thanks. Inspiring. And like Fultonsphoto, I wish I could compound my time, but that's one resource that's always fleeting. Especially since I'm always trying to do too many things at once. But going digital sure has sped up the process.

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Happy White Day!

posted on 14th of march, 2009

On a recent trip to Japan I walked into several convenience stores to find that Valentine's Day was still in action. I thought it was simply overzealous retailers trying to get rid of stock - but on closer inspection I found that they celebrate 'White Day' in Japan. It occurs today, on March 14 (although I guess it is already the 15th in Japan as I write this)...

White day is similar to Valentine's day, except instead of females giving males chocolates, the males reciprocate in kind. I'm no expert, but from what I read typical gifts are white chocolates, jewellery, marshmallows and cookies. The rule seems to be that the return gift is two to three times the gift received on Valentine's day.

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Posted by Eclecticelegance on March 16, 2009
Very interesting!!!
Posted by Reeddaigle on March 16, 2009
I live in Japan now. On Valentine's Day, women give men chocolate, and as Brad says, men reciprocate on White Day. Marketing genius, I guess. Split a holiday in two, and at least double the economic impact!
Posted by Fultonsphoto on March 15, 2009
Very interesting, in my culture, even on normal valenties day you better buy your lady of preference a gift on valenties day, Otherwise!!!

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