Articles by Danie Nel

Editorial can Work

I've always been a bit skeptical about shooting non-hard-press editorial imagery, since I underestimated the amount of editorial publications that need images of a more commentary and information type of style.Dreamstime, I'm glad to report, are one of the few agencies (ok, the only one in my experience) that has a holistic approach to editorial imagery and can see value in images that are not "hard" news.I sit with a decent archive of images of personalities and issues, that I'm gladly... continue reading

500!

I finally have 500 images online. Initially the goal was to have it on by Xmas 2011, but had to extend the deadline by 6 months. Now aiming for 750 by December.I find the only way to really get lots of images up is to have a daily upload schedule. The now and agains just don't work. I submit to 12 agencies, (DT is my fav), so it takes good co-ordination to try and spread my uploads properly.Currently I'm sitting on more than 1000 unedited images that still needs to be finished, nevermind... continue reading

Xmas starting

It seems that the Xmas crunch of money is an issue early this year already. I'm not complaining, since my images cover this topic. Very glad to report that 3 Xmas images already sold this week.I'm not sure if I should shoot more of these, and cannabilise my own images possibly, but I would imagine it would be more detrimental not to have. So I think I'll be taking out the Xmas props again this year! continue reading

My biggest earner

As a guy who shoots a lot of food, it stands to reason that a lot of my fall-off images from commercial work would be food related. I'm very chuffed with this little earner. It's brought me home $20.77 so far. In just more than a year. Now I realize there are guys who's turning that per image every two months, but bear in mind these are "recycled" images given a second chance on earning after their commercial licenses went redundant. If I can have about a thousand of these....Note: I'm not a exclusive... continue reading

Xmas, Money and the Significance of a Microstock portfolio.

So I actually got my pics uploaded as well! There are still some left, and some are under review, but should have the full compliment of Xmas pics up for Xmas. Which is actually a bit late, but hey, next year is only 1 year away!Who knows, by next year I might be earning enough from my Xmas portfolio to pay for Christmas presents!! I think that's a neat goal, don't you think? Or my Easter Eggs?In fact, the way I've viewed my microstock portfolio (I'm a full-time commercial and wedding photographer)... continue reading

Christmas piccies ready?

Wow, I actually managed to get some new Xmas piccies shot for Xmas 2010. I think I might still try and put some up of non-model images, but will see if I can fit it in. Generally, how has the seasonal images worked for you?I find that a lot of Valentine's images are selling lately?? Also, my Easter images did ok last year. What's encouraging is that Christmas images from last year has started picking up again. Hoping for a loooooong long-tail effect from them.What I have found is really... continue reading

Image nr 200 is up

Finally image 200 is up. There is about 400 waiting to still go up, but one thing at a time! continue reading

Get handsome friends

As a stock and commercial photographer who often works with clients with small budgets, I've learned it's a good thing to have good looking friends. They come cheap, the look good, and they don't mind signing model releases.Take my friend Ridge here. He's in construction, but you won't say it looking at his suave exterior. Or my wife's PA - C - she looks more glam than a R&B singer!But if there is one thing I've learned - no matter what your models look like, don't skimp on a make-up artist.... continue reading

Coffee with no milk, images with no filter

Ok, so on my homeopath's orders I have stopped taking milk in my coffee. 9 years ago another homeopath booked me off sugar in my coffee. So what is my finding after 3 weeks of black, bitter coffee?What have I been missing! It seems like coffee has REAL flavour now. Can you imagine? That by diluting it, I've actually taken the real beauty out of the drink.Now the question is: do I do that with photography? Do I dilute my work with commercial cleverness to make it more susceptible to the buying... continue reading

Photographic

It's very ironic, that I would shoot an image depicting my very situation a month or 2 later. I've been shooting lots of Easter images as well, so I hope that bodes well!However, I've never felt so close to images like I have to the above after the last financial year-end in February! Business has been good, but overheads terrible. Planning on supplementing and cushioning a bit with microstock this year, and already seeing promising results.Wouldn't it be great if my studio's overheads could... continue reading

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