I was uploading pictures for about a year, from 2010 until 2011. My last photo was uploaded on the 20th of October of 2011. Ever since I was completely inactive. For some reason this year I decided to log in again and see what changed. The website looked the same, the user interface looked the same. Even the contributors area which looked archaic 6 years ago was still the same(and still is). Then the current assignment at the time caught my eye. It was the WOW assignment, I submitted 5 photos I had taken recently not thinking much about it. But 2 of them where accepted. And that sparked my interest again. I begun uploading photographs, old and new wanting to keep up to about 30 accepted photos per month. So far I am able to keep uploading 50 per month even though I am studying. So far this little challenge I set up for my self significantly increased my creativity.
And now come the things that have changed. I uploaded pictures that I did not expect to be approved yet they were. I started uploading lower and lower 'quality' photos to see how low I could push it. And I managed to push it quite low. That was completely contrary to my expectations. I remember that when I started uploading pictures here I had to view the picture at 100% magnification and make sure that the subject was in sharp focus, there was absolutely no chromatic aberrations and no noise. No noise even in the shadows which is quite hard to eliminate completely if you are shooting at high ISO. Many of the pictures I uploaded recently were shot with 1600 ISO on my D7000, a quite old camera by now and they were accepted with barely any noise reduction in camera RAW. I noticed something similar with chromatic aberrations as well. I do try to eliminate them as I don't like them either. Sometimes though it is too much trouble and sometimes I just miss them, yet I had no picture rejected yet due to chromatic aberrations . the following picture for example was a mess. I shot this standing in the shade, and the sun was shining quite strongly outside the small cave, and to add to that there was a significant reflection from the sea. The lens I was using wasn't helping a lot either, so virtually all the edges in the photograph had chromatic aberrations. The best I could do was to decrease the saturation of the blues(since the aberrations were blue) and then apply a layer mask to try and hide only the aberration affected areas. I did that at about 200% magnification however the edges would not look natural. However this was another picture easily accepted.
I also expected some of the pictures I uploaded so far to be rejected due to not having any selling potential in the micro-stock world, yet again that did not happen. To stop my blabbering I will be short with the following few things. Overall the volume of pictures uploaded is much greater, possibly due to the lower acceptance criteria. I see pictures here that i would never expect to find 6 years ago.
I still have a long time to go, since the milestone I am aiming for is 1000 pictures online, but i will probably try to upload 100 per month during the summer months that I will not be as busy. I am still trying to figure on which areas of micro-stock to focus on, so far my most successful pictures were pictures relating to travel and landmarks. I am currently trying to upload a portfolio with as many different subjects as possible and see which ones are the most profitable and focus there in the future, in the future I also plan on trying food photography, as another member of the community advised me to do. However most of the pictures I uploaded after my return get little to no views, I am still unsure if this is because I am views unfavorably due to my inactivity or simple because my pictures are lost in the sheer volume of photographs. I can do nothing but wait.
Here is some of my new uploads(all of them cropped for the blog):
As you can see from the above picture I mostly photograph nature and wildlife, however you can check my profile for more stock-oriented photographs. I would appreciate any advice you give me.
Photo credits: Markos Loizou.
Nature and Wildlife Photography