First hurdle!

Well I have just managed to get over 50 uploads accepted after a few weeks of being a new member. It was one of my first goals - now all I need is sales! The past few weeks have been really interesting and I have been trying to learn as much as I can about stock photography; which still seems a bit alien to me.

Last weekend I went to Whitstable on the Kent coast armed with my camera and an aim to take some stock photos rather than my usual attempt at "pretty pretty trying to be creative" images! In some ways I succeeded, I started noticing objects and scenarios that I wouldn't have looked at before and took a few shots of things that I thought mights sell but wouldn't necessarily hang on the bedroom wall!

I uploaded about 30 images when I got home and waited with anticipation to see if they would be accepted. Quite a few were, I am happy to say, but again I seem to have got it wrong with quite a few shots. My composition lets me down somewhat. I think it is because I still try and go for what looks nice rather than a balance between that, creativity and usefulness. I also have difficulty with exposure on my sunsets - which seem too dark for stock. Still a lot to learn...I am having fun doing it though.

Whitstable is a beautiful place to visit by the way.

Thanks to all the useful blogs and articles on the site for giving such great tips.

Photo credits: Charlotte Leaper, Richard Thomas.

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February 26, 2008


Thanks Aryanimagery! I do agree that creativity shouldn't be ignored. I think it is just that I need to watch out for my technical choices and improve this to make good stock shots. What I sometimes think is a creative, nice looking image isn't necessairly good for stock as the exposure can be too dark or the composition is not suitable etc. Thanks again for your kind comments!

February 25, 2008


Exceptionally good portfolio, keep it up. Only suggestion, there is no fight between creative photography and stock photography. My personal standpoint.

February 25, 2008


Nice portfolio. Good luck and keep uploading.

February 25, 2008


Good luck on this travel ! I've been at 50 uploads not so long ago too :).

February 25, 2008


Congrats and good luck!

February 24, 2008


Thanks! You've got some great shots so making it to 50 won't take long!

February 22, 2008


Congratulations on making it to 50! I'm still working towards it. I agree though that my learning on this site has really taught me about the difference between stock and "pretty". National Geographic had nothing to fear from me anyway, so stock may be the way I make some money from my photographs.

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