Happy to report I just had my first sale with an old picture I took in Granada, Spain, when learning to use my beloved Nikon D40.
It's a great feeling not only for the monetary reward but somehow seeing someone appreciates your skills.
Looking forward to being able to add more and useful pictures to the stock.
Thanks all and good luck.
Alright, so I have some nice pictures or at least I like to think they are, of people fishing, fixing nets, kayaking,, etc but I don't have a MR for them as I took most of the pictures abroad and I never suspected some day I would be uploading them to a micro-stock site. So what can one do with them, are they completely lost?
Also in the same topic I just don't feel now like going out asking people to sing a MR for, I feel too embarrassed to ask...is this also an issue for any of you that it refrains you from taking some kind of pictures?
Thanks for comments.
Excellent, that's what I should start doing, askign friends and family to model then see. There are some other casual pictures that you cannot go asking people to sign a MR, when there are too many people in a place, fairs, markets, etc. I suppose they qualify as editorials by default, right?
to answer your latest impression : 1) editorials are merely anything that is of interest to newspapers,etc. fishing is relevant, as it can be used in hobby editorials. 2) models are not always "not free". you have friends that you can invite to pose as models in exchange for photographs. you can easily get them to sign a MR.
in my early days of photography, i got my first models at the local drinking hole..via getting my drinking pals to model for me in exchange for a pint at the pub. you will be surprised how willing your friends or family can be.
I'll answer the second part of your article. At first, I felt as well a bit akward when requesting the models to sign the release. This occured because they didn't exactly understand why I was asking that and because I was new I didn't know how to explain it clearly. But now I ask each and every model to sign an release, even if I don't upload the photos to microstock sites, just as a safety measure. If they agree to upload the images for sale, I ask them to sign 2 or 3 more releases, corresponding to each site. And this is how I got used to giving model releases to be signed :)
In conclusion, you should not feel embarrassed. Talk to the model beforehand, tell him/her what you expect from the photosession and ask if they agree to see the photos on commercials, sites and so on. If they agree, explain them why do they have to sign that model release. It's not something to be embarrassed about. :)
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