Articles by Haslinda

Let's Go Shopping - at the Malls!

Anyone love shopping? It is the weekends, y'all. Let's have fun!Why do I have so many pictures of shopping malls? Simply an obsession with shopping. While online shopping is convenient and saves time, there is nothing like being there physically in the stores checking out clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.If you are heading to the big cities, don't forget to photograph shopping malls. Each mall has unique architecture and lighting. It can be quite challenging capturing the people and the stores... continue reading

Surviving Ups and Downs of Microstock

In life, things can go up and down. Just like any market, sales in microstock comes and goes too. Over time, I think you can see patterns and trends here and there. Those that are here from the beginning will have a lot more insights. This article is to offer some bit of cheer if you are experiencing a bit of a slum or just feeling down.Portfolio Diversity and VolumeIn the long run, this will certainly helps in maintaining continuous sales. There are many people here who's portfolio I am simply... continue reading

Vertical or Horizontal Photos?

Do you like to shoot photos vertically or rather horizontally? My initial preference was to shoot landscape or horizontal photos. But for some strange reason I find my photos shot vertically sells better than those done horizontally.As an example, this was the latest sale. Yes done vertically. Compared this to the horizontal layout.I noticed a few things on a recent photo shoot. When the camera is tilted sideways, the actual colors captured, as seen through the viewfinder, is much closer... continue reading

No Tripod? Use body parts...or whatever...

This really does not sound as gruesome as the title implies.Well a tripod is particularly useful when taking photographs to reduce the inevitable camera shake. But sometimes it is just not possible to drag that tripod along. Especially in places like shopping malls, museums, places of worship, etc. Continuously practicing using the camera helps over time to get better quality pictures.For a steady grip, hold the upper arms as close to your sides as possible, dig those elbows to the ribcage.... continue reading

5Ps of Microstock

When I was studying Marketing in school, the 4Ps were drilled into our brains. Let's go into the world of microstock and apply this.Product - Photography/IllustrationAs contributors, we are the suppliers. So make the product unique and of good quality and buyers will remember. Make them repeat visitors to your portfolio and there is a ready audience for new images in the future.ProductivityUpload regularly. Built up a portfolio of diverse products and thus inviting new potential buyers.... continue reading

Learning from Experience and Observation

I am still a newbie, in many ways. It has been an interesting journey here, up and down. Just a few observations and experiences for sharing.First Month – Importance of Acceptance RatioAll fire-up to upload all your pictures? Remember the excitement and trepidation in waiting for pictures acceptance? Then, the rejection. One by one. Quite a morale buster. The initial action plays a heavy price in the future. Acceptance ratio dictate the number of images each photographer can upload each week.... continue reading

Expanding Portfolio - Learning Along the Way

It was a chance internet search that point me in the direction of microstock and DT was the first agency that I signed up and gotten a sale.In the beginning, my uploads are all mountain landscapes. That is what I love and the purpose why I bought my Olympus DSLR in the first place. Looking back I realised that I needed to expand and diversified my fortfolio.The last time I used that camera was in Jan 2009 and I signed up with DT in Oct 10. By Dec 10 I realised that I needed to relearn to... continue reading

5 Reasons for Visiting Saas Fee, Switzerland

I love making lists and I hope you enjoy reading them.One of the main reason for visiting Switzerland is the beautiful mountains scenery. In winter, the snowy landscape takes on a special glow and everywhere here is simply spectacular. While many things have been said about famous winter resorts in Switzerland like Zermatt, Grindelwald, Venier and San Moritz, let's focus on somewhere much overlooked - Saas Fee.Saas Fee - The Pearl of the Alps - is located in the Valais region. 1800 metres... continue reading

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