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How to take profiatble skyline pictures

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Simathers
My favorite subject to take pictures of are skylines of various cities. Unfortunately it seems like they aren't a big seller in stock photography. Are there certain tips that would increase there sales? I would greatly appreciate if you would look at my portfolio and give me specific details.

Thank You all very much!!!
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Posted: 08/05/2013, 16:06:00 PM
Wisconsinart
Never stop taking pictures of your favorite subjects.

If you want to SELL pictures and MAKE MONEY, then you need to take pictures of BUYER favorite subjects.

That may sound like a riddle, but there are no Cliff notes in stock. Sweat and hard work is the only way to get there.
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Posted: 08/05/2013, 16:21:11 PM
Pulsar124
If in doubt, always look for bestselling photos here on the topic of your liking.

I looked at your photos. I am not a skyline expert, but it looks like you are shooting at the wrong time of the day. The most spectacular city shots I've seen are all made in the dusk, when the sky is dark blue, in comparable brightness to city lights . This time is fairly short - probably 15 minutes or so, so you should be well prepared for the shot in advance.

Something like this:

   Chicago Skyline at Night.   
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Edited: 08/05/2013, 19:00:59 PM
Simathers
Thank You Wisconsinart! I'll keep that in mind
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Posted: 08/05/2013, 17:17:04 PM
Simathers
Thank you Pulsar 124! That's very good advice and I look forward to trying it!
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Posted: 08/05/2013, 17:55:11 PM
Afagundes
Hi Sam, the tip on the twilight is good, it lasts for about one hour after sunset and the best images are after the lights turn on.
Another tip is to use an ND filter to darken the sky, or take multiple exposures merging them later, some of your skies are too light as compared to the foreground.
Skylines are not poor sellers, if you make a search you will find images with more than 200 downloads!
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Posted: 08/05/2013, 21:14:13 PM
Alvera
Of course, name of the city does matter too.
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Posted: 08/05/2013, 23:51:41 PM
Kinsjeroen
another thing: your Impatiens picture is not Impatiens, but Surfinia Million Bells, the 'beautifull flower' is a normal Surfinia, and the unique flower is Coleus
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Edited: 08/06/2013, 03:20:52 AM
Miraclemoments
As correctly mentioned you need to get those best selling images after sunset of before sunrise. The lights are what makes the city. If you are taking photos in the golden hour use an ND filter to balance out. Using an ND filter will not only balance out the sky and foreground but make sure you retain detail in both sky and foreground/ground.

A soft grad ND is usually best. If you are going to be shooting during the day and there is no other way try using a CPL to eliminate glare of the buildings and glass. The CPL will also give you better colours.

good luck!!
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Posted: 08/06/2013, 06:25:31 AM
Simathers
Thank You Afagundes, Alvera, and Miraclemoments. I'll definitely look into those filters! And thank you Kinsjeroen. I'll rename them immediately!
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Posted: 08/06/2013, 09:20:38 AM
Fengshang520
Right, about half an hour before sunset time.
That is the best time to it!
Posted: 08/06/2013, 10:15:26 AM
Amdizdarevic
Here is one that I shot. No tripod but it turned out okay and it was accepted by DT. no sales though.    New York City Skyline   
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Posted: 08/06/2013, 10:47:34 AM
Pulsar124
This discussion thread made me interested in this kind of photography, and my first experiment at "blue hour cityscape" photography was just accepted by DT. What do you think? Many people think it is HDR, but it is not - it is just a single shot, f/5.6, 20s exposure, shot ~30 minutes after sunset, with careful adjustment of white balance, black levels, contrast, and saturation in PP.

   Hamilton, Canada, at blue hour   

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Posted: 08/16/2013, 08:28:42 AM
Alvera
excellent!
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Posted: 08/16/2013, 16:55:59 PM
Afagundes
Great image Pulsar124, congrats
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Posted: 08/16/2013, 18:11:29 PM
Simathers
Beautiful images Amdizdarevic and Pulsar124! Hamilton actually has a very nice skyline and of course NYC does
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Posted: 08/16/2013, 18:26:23 PM
Pulsar124
Thanks!
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Posted: 08/16/2013, 20:08:57 PM
Amdizdarevic
Thanks!
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Posted: 08/17/2013, 22:18:55 PM
Doubleclick7
On city skylines are company names on buildings OK?
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Posted: 10/22/2013, 10:58:35 AM
Simathers
No, I try to blur them out in photoshop, but at night the name typically isn't readable so you don't have to change it.
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Posted: 10/22/2013, 15:31:55 PM
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