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 use the camera and start shooting.
But what to shoot? I needed to do a bit of research of DT database before exploring. December is traditionally a festive season so there are many areas to explore. In doing so, I learn so much.
What have I learnt?
Research DT Database
Do a search and see what is uploaded and selling. Those things may not be applicable where I am but at least it gives a fair idea to explore.
I love blue but it does not look good to see the same color in every photo. A dash of colors add variety and spice.
Hobbies and Favourite Things To Do
I have many other hobbies like jellewery making, going to the movies and window shopping. So these areas are a good place to diversify my portfolio.
Learning Own Strength and Weak Points
What I learnt about myself is that studio works is not for me. Many, many ways to learn before I head in that direction. But I love the outdoors and going to the mall. For now, I am focusing on what I know and learning new things as they come along.
Bring The Camera Everywhere
I bought a point and shoot camera that is small and fit in my handbag. It had 12MP and came in handy when unexpectactly I came across a Thaipusam procession which I did not realise happen to be that day.
Look at Current Events
Looking at the newspapers for current events is a good way to plan a shoot. Maybe somewhere a place is having an opening ceremony. It is a good idea to head there with a camera. You never know what you may stumble on.
Each Camera Has it's Good and Bad Points
In bright sunlight, all my cameras work fine. But in low light and night shoot, I realised that my DSLR worked best. So next time I'll bring it along when I have something planned, the point and shoot camera is for standby or unexpected situation.
Practice, practice, practice
I have been shooting almost everyday now, though not all photos end up here. Some I used in my travel blog. By practising regularly, I think each person discovers his or her own style and improve their techniques.
But most of all I think is to have fun. I love photography, money is secondary. Catching that moment in time in photography is such a joy.
So, have fun shooting!
Photo credits: Haslinda.
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