For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, that means it’s winter.
And winter means the days are short and the temperatures are low.
Hearing words like “polar vortex”, makes you just want to crawl into a warm bed and hibernate until spring, not grab the camera and go outside to shoot stock photography.
But that doesn’t mean we can’t make these cold and snowy months productive ones. To help you do that, I’ve put together my
“Top 10 Things to do when it’s Cold Outside”
#10 I've got one word for you - Studio. If you have one, plan on spending some time in it. Use these days to try new things, organize equipment and props and give it a good spring cleaning (at least it will make you think warm thoughts). If you don't have one, think about setting one up. You don't need thousands of square feet of empty space to have an effective home studio. Mine is in my basement, but a blank wall in a room or an empty closet can do the trick as well. You can even set up an effective table top studio. And while you don't need to invest in all the latest equipment, this might be a good time to rent something new to try in these homebound months. You never know, it may lead to enough income to allow you to actually purchase it later! Google "home photo studio" for tons of YouTube videos and blog posts on how to inexpensively set up your own.
#9 KeyWord Mentoring. This can help you hone your talents while helping out your fellow contributors. While you're at it, think about spending some time cropping and saving your Timeline Images to help increase sales on that platform as well.
I don't just mean your garbage. Look back through your old pictures. Are there some that you were going to submit but never found the time to process? Are there ones that were rejected that could be corrected and resubmitted? Can you use portions of old pictures in composites for new ideas? Would collecting a number of images together that were rejected based on relevancy and making a montage out of them be worthwhile? Spend some time sifting through the "trash" to see if you can find some hidden treasures.
Even a quick sojourn to sunnier climes can lift the spirits, and produce some quality stock images.
#3 Bundle up - suck it up - and get out there to shoot. Mother nature provides us a resplendent showing this time of year, and we only need to go outside to enjoy it. There are certain activities, such as snow sports, that are only possible when the mercury dips low. One of my favorite memories of all times was dog sledding in Minnesota in February. Yes, it was COLD, but I wouldn't have passed the opportunity up for anything! Look for cold weather festivals and annual traditions. Trust me, you will always be warmer than the brave people participating in Polar Bear Plunges in communities around the world - why not reward them by getting out to take a few pictures?
#2 Write a Blog! It is a fun way to spend an hour or two. I never fail to come up with creative new ideas for images while I'm putting fingers to the keyboards, and hopefully it will bring a little ray of sunshine to your fellow contributors as they slog through the long, hard winter.
All in WHITE!!!!!!!!!!
Dive on in there and get your white-themed pictures!