Finding my way
As I reach 24 accepted photos on Dreamstime I feel like I’ve climbed Mont Blanc. I set out with my little 350D a year or so ago and thought, ‘this will be easy; point, shoot, submit and perhaps earn a fortune.’
In reality I have faced raging storms (of frustration) and avalanches (of rejects). And of course, my Mont Blanc of 24 photos has turned out to be a mere mole hill. Forget the fortune though, my overriding motivation has been that I love taking photos.
Which leads me to something I want to share. As I slowly gained my photography skills, I developed something of an obsession with taking what I thought of as ideal stock photos. I bought myself a light box and flashes and set about trying to isolate all manner of frankly dull objects on pristine white backgrounds. Many hours evaporated in my kitchen-cum-studio with tables and chairs rearranged, sheets pinned to walls and so on, all to the extreme annoyance of my girlfriend. Further countless hours evaporated with me in front of my laptop trying to edit out the various flaws and defects resulting from my poor photography and limited, cheap equipment.
After a while I got bored and stopped taking photos. My 350D sat in a draw gathering dust for a couple of months. One or two of my photos had been accepted, but somehow I had lost interest. Here are two of my more succesful attempts:
It was only when travelling to Japan a few weeks ago that that I found myself shooting again at every opportunity. It was automatic, a reflex; I just couldn’t help myself. So I have come to a conclusion. I’m not a professional (yet). It’s a hobby. I do it for fun. Therefore if a shot takes me more than a few minutes to set up, or if I have other things to do, or the photo is getting in the way of things, then forget it! More opportunities will come by and I will always have my beloved camera to hand. And if as a result my photos are more for art and my own pleasure than stock, then so be it. Afterall I always have my own website to showcase these ( hiblaze.comuf.com)
But that won’t stop me from submitting and learning from Dreamstime comments and grinning each time I have an accepted shot. I’ll just be a happier photographer!
Here are some travel photos that I loved taking:
Photo credits: Kim Deadman.