New To The Game

posted on 2nd of august, 2010

One of my photos has just been added to the upload file of Dreamstime. This is exciting but also very humbling, as 14 other files have been rejected. I relize I have a lot more to learn about what makes a good stock photo and I also realize now that my hands aren't as steady as I thought they were. My new tripod is about to get a well deserved workout.

I like challenges and this new venture seems to be just what I need to start taking better pictures. I just have a question for whomever wants to answer it...how much photoshop are we allowed to use in the images?

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Posted by Thanatonautii on August 02, 2010
Great photo! I had the same problem at the begin with PS! I didn`t know that we combine pictures, use the all program without ruining the photo! That it`s true, you can use PS as much as you want as long you keep the picture beautiful and close to it`s natural look!
Good luck!
Posted by Williamardrey on August 02, 2010
I was lucky it was a very vivid rainbow and was seen as far away as 30 miles. The sun has to be very bright and the dark clouds in background have to be dark. I've seen a rainbow like this only 2 other times.

Thanks for the tips. I will make the most of your information
Posted by Zenpix on August 02, 2010
Very nice photo, i never did catch a rainbow pic. I will try next time i see one, anything special you have to do to get it good in camera?

Rejections~ dont take it personally and learn from them! Just like u now know your hands are not as steady as you thought.

Photo Shop: Use as much as you want, As long as you dont damage the pic. Too much and you could introduce noise and a bunch of other digital nasties causing your pic to get rejected.

Best you can do is get it as close to perfect in camera and us PS very delicately.

For example most all my pics get the following adjustments~ levels, brightness and contrast, sharpening, cropping. the color also gets bumped up slightly. i often use cloning and sometimes dodge and burn, care full with this it degrades the pic quickly.
Good luck and try to keep it fun.

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What Does it Mean?

posted on 5th of august, 2010

I just looked at my most recent rejections and the reasons for the rejections. I could understand most of them, which were things like: "poor lighting setup", "poor contrast or incorrect exposure", "white balance parameter not correctly assigned"...and then there was this one: "poor optical performance due to low lens quality."

A lot of my files were rejected because of lens fringing and chromatic aberrations. I researched what lens fringing was and apparently the lens I'm using does not have the capability of focusing all the colors at the same spot in space at the same time. I have the ability to correct the other shortcomings in my files, but because I have an "inferior" lens, does it mean that I have to go out and buy a $400 or $500 lens so lens fringing doesn't happen in...

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Posted by Williamardrey on August 06, 2010
Posted by Antoinettew on August 06, 2010
William here is a link to a site about the E-510 and how to set everything in the menu in the right way.
Maybe this will help. And, like the others said: watch the light. Good luck.
Posted by Williamardrey on August 06, 2010
Thanks for the encouragement

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Learning Curve

posted on 5th of august, 2010

© Artefy (Help) I'm learning so much from reading other contributors' blogs. I almost feel like I should be paying for this. One contributor summed it up nicely by saying it's quality that will get you noticed and as someone else said: everyone can improve.

I think that will be my mantra from now on: everyone can improve. (and keep learning) which is what I plan to do.

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Posted by Keki on August 06, 2010
Very true :) I love reading the blogs and getting lots of tips :)
Posted by Maddrew on August 05, 2010
That is so true. I started coming here to buy affordable stock images years ago and now I'm contributing and learning alot from these pros. They are some of the best in the business.
Posted by Dmccale on August 05, 2010
yep I learn something new all the time.Thanks for the blog

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Investing inThe Future

posted on 6th of august, 2010

© Artefy (Help) I just discovered a site that sells quality professional lighting equipment that's very inexpensive (not cheap). I think I'm going to make the investment and get the primary and secondary lights, the two backdrops, the reflective umbrellas, stands,etc. I can get all of it for under $200.00 and I think it would be money well spent. Even if I never sell any stock photos, the lighting system will make me a better photographer...which is what I'm really concerned with in the first place.

I've noticed that my photos have gotten more beautiful and artistic since I joined the Dreamstime community. I've learned a ton of new stuff and have even discovered that my camera can do things I didn't even think it could do. I'm getting out of my comfort zone and it is very liberating. Now all...

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Posted by Williamardrey on August 06, 2010
The website is cowboystudio.com. They seem to have good equipment and they sell replacements too. (I should ask for a commission)
Posted by Bradcalkins on August 06, 2010
I think it is really your interest in the lighting equipment that will make you a better photographer :)
Posted by Thanatonautii on August 06, 2010
Go for it! That`s a good price for such equipment! Maybe I will buy some if you give us the adress! Thanks!

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Back From Vacation

posted on 15th of august, 2010

My wife, my son and I just returned from vacation in the Eastern Caribbean. We saw Grand Turk Island, Half Moon Cay and Nassau in the Bahamas. I think we all had way too much fun, but I did manage to take some good pictures...none of which I plan to submit here.

As I have already learned, there is a stark difference between "snap shots" and stock photos. I will continue to take better photos, whether they are snap or stock, but I have already noticed better compositions and quality in my vacation pictures, thanks to Dreamstime.

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Posted by Joe1971 on August 16, 2010
Posted by Mariaam on August 16, 2010
Welcome back! :)
Posted by Keki on August 16, 2010
sounds like an amazing holiday :)

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posted on 23rd of august, 2010

I have been having trouble with accurate focusing lately. I have the Olympus Evolt510 SLR digital camera and mostly use the kit lenses it came with for most of my pictures. I did buy a Zuiko telephoto lens last year to complement the other lenses. I'm trying to discover why the camera doesn't seem to focus evenly in the center of the photo. I generally use auto focus because I don't trust my eyes to tell me if the image is focused correctly.

It may be the lenses I'm using, but I'm not sure. Has anyone else had this problem? If so I would be glad to entertain suggestions. I would like to get the sharpest image possible.

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Posted by Williamardrey on August 24, 2010
Thanks for the tip Pati. I just did what you suggested and will shoot a series of shots to see how well it works. You sound very knowledgeable so I'm sure my focus will be a lot better
Posted by Patl on August 24, 2010
I shoot with Olympus. Read you manual and make sure that the aout focus is set on centr focus. You can push the buttot marked [...] then turn the front wheel that moves the focus points right to left or move the back wheel that moves the focus points top to bottom.
Posted by Williamardrey on August 24, 2010
Thanks Cadmonkey33. I'll give it a try!

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Enlightenment from a television show

posted on 30th of august, 2010

Last week, I was surfing through the television stations and stopped at one that was showing old reruns of Bewitched. It used to be one of my favorite shows and I had a few minutes to waste, so I watched it.

The show was about one of McMahon and Tate's clients who was an Italian beauty who was a rich vintner. In addition to trying to get the firm to come up with a new slogan for her line of Vinitto wines, she was also trying to steal Darrin away from Samantha. Samantha took the high road and didn't "zap" her, but her cousin Serena didn't have any problem with this, and turned the Italian beauty into a beautiful monkey. She felt the client was trying to make a monkey of Samantha.

The monkey escapes and after much ado, the client is turned human again, but there's still the...

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Posted by Wildmac on August 31, 2010
Great blog! Good luck with your new concepts :)
Posted by Maigi on August 30, 2010
Nice blog! It's great to find inspiration from the life around us. Discovering new concepts and fresh ways to express old concepts can bring lot of joy! Have lots of beautiful creative moments with your camera! :)

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About me

In my photos, I try to capture the true essence of the object I\'m photographing. I have completed a course of study with the New York Institute of Photography,but I\'m still learning. I hope to greatly improve my photography skills in the future. I also plan on continual upgrades of my equipment, and on trying different techniques for achieving the look I want my pictures to have.

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