Comfort zone, not as comfortable as I thought.
My first blog on Dreamstime.
I have been here just over a month, 76 images approved, no sales yet, but I am more inspired each day by what is possible in the future.
I am on a jouney here. Most of the images I typically take are not what I would consider stock oriented. In fact I would say that 70% of the images I have ever taken are of dogs competing in an agility trial, hence the Editor's choice being an appropriate one. I enjoy taking images of dogs competing. Everybody loves to see a photo of their own dog & re-live the fun they had on the day. The reality is that a mediocre image will still make people happy because of the personal nature of the subject.
On joining Dreamstime, I did a search for agility images. It seems there are not that many and the ones that exist have been sold multiple times. Great, I thought! I have thousands of them. I was horrified once I started going though my own images & examining them at 100% zoom. It seems I am not nearly as good as I thought I was. To be fair, it is not at all an easy subject to get perfect shots in. Many of the dogs move fast & erratically and getting focus as well as an appropriate DOF can be challenging. Sure, the images I typically take are fine for 8 x 10 prints, but not good enough for stock.
Of course Dreamstime does not need a huge influx of agility images, and it is not my intention to try to provide one. It does however, make me realise that not only do I need to change the way I see and think to create new images, but I need to concentrate on the technical aspect of my existing photography a lot more than I have been. I no longer want to make people happy, I want to excel to sell.
I need to move out of my comfort zone. Improve on what I thought I was already proficient (even good) at AND venture into a whole new world of subjects with the same quality goals in mind.
Stay tuned. Hopefully my next blog will be about my progress.
thanks for reading.
Photo credits: Vickie Priestley.