Articles by Mark Birks

The news can drive your photo's

Everyday you see the headlines of the impending doom of one sort or another and what goes along with them? photo's. If your running short on idea's for your next photo shoot, think about looking through the news.Try to spot some trending story, then think of a way to make an image connected to it. Think of it as a way to get an assignment. If it's a big enough issue that your getting a shot of then it could be accepted as at the very least, an editorial upload.Good luck. continue reading

To collage or not to collage. Designer opinions needed please.

I've seen several post in the boards about collages and I had a question. Would it be better to make collages of a single subject or have multiple single shots of different angles?I'm a little confused on this because I'm not sure what designers like more. Also since we're limited to the size of file we are allowed to upload, wouldn't that limit the amount or size of the images in a collage? In this respect a single image at a larger size would be better, right?If anyone knows please leave... continue reading

Keep in the loop

Uploading images and then waiting in line for the review for seven or eight days can be frustrating. Something you'll want to keep from doing because it can limit the amount of time you have to get sesonal shots done is waiting to upload new images until the old ones get reviewed.Get a routine set up and stick to it. The editors are doing there job so that we can do ours. So why sit around and wait for a review when you could be maximizing your time behind the camera getting the next batch ready.... continue reading

A different way to sharpen

There are several ways to sharpen your images. Some of these techniques re good and others not so much. I have found that using the unsharp mask filter is ok but can lead to an even more noisy image if overdone.So after doing a little searching I found a technique that is called, High Pass sharpening and you use it like this:1) Make a layer copy of the background layer and then make the background layer invisible. This way you can revert back to the original if a mistake is made.2) Do all... continue reading

I recently bought some equipment

Yeah, it might be a little late for Christmas but new stuff is always a present. For many years, I've done my photography with an on camera flash, kit lens 18-55 mm, and for most of the time available light.Now that I'm shooting commercial images rather than artistic shots, I've made the important decision to invest in my equipment. Within the next few days I'll be receiving a studio light and umbrella kit and and camera flash.Once I get a little cash saved I'll be investing in some prime... continue reading

I always do the happy dance

It's always a good feeling whenever I see my uploaded photo's numbers go up. Since I'm not use to shooting stock I have a sharp learning curve and a low A.R. but I'm learning. Slowly my numbers are climbing and eachtime I get a photo accepted I do a little dance ;)Little rewards like this make microstock fun to do. continue reading

Really look at the details

When it comes down to trademarks it is really important to look at the details. I found out just how much detail recently on a submission where a patent number, barely visible but still there, held things up.I never noticed it until I really got zoomed in on the image and there it was. little things like this will make or break a stock image. Two solutions are available for this problem.If it's a generic enough item in the photo then remove any identifying symbols, logo's, numbers, letters,... continue reading

New year and open possibilites

This year is going to be a big leap for me. I've been a contributor of DT for a couple of years but I haven't really done much. This year I will be adjusting my submissions to be RF stock oriented and being more involved in the community.I'm looking forward to seeing more of my photography accepted and talking with you all here at DT. Happy new year to all of you and best of luck for us all.May the sales commence! continue reading

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