Lucy...I'm Home! you got a lotta 'splainin' to do!

Well, here it is, January and I have been home from Iraq now for two months now. Even with the holidays, I have managed to add over 100 new images to my portfolio, and many more are on their way.

Being away from my family was absolutely NO FUN, but the extra money I saved being away has given me the opportunity to get new gear. So, for Christmas I got a new set of strobes from RPS studios. Not exactly high end equipment, but reliable and adjustable output, so I am loving it! Not to mention it comes with a wireless trigger system that makes me wonder how I ever did it with that silly PS Synch cord!

Along with that, I am also going to be ordering a brand new Canon EOS 5D body. With all the work I have been doing and having less and less "poor lighting setup" rejections and more "purple fringing" rejections, I have figured out that my 350D is just being pushed way too hard. I spend alot of time post processing images that would be fine for upload had I had a better camera. So, I saved up and should have it here in the next 10 day!

Dreamstime has always been a big part of the growing up process for me. I remember what it was like when I started here less than two years ago and all the silly, stupid mistakes I made and the ridiculous images I was uploading to pass off as stock. I am so thankful for this industry and all the people who are a part of it and are willing to give and teach. I couldn't have done it without you!

Now, make a quick comment and get back to SHOOTING!!! lol

Photo credits: , Jason Schulz.

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It's good you're back! About the new gear: AFAIK purple fringing is mainly caused by low quality lens rather than the body itself. Your 350 with a better lens would do just fine as well. Still, having a better body (5D) will not hurt either :)


Wow! Thanks for stopping by my blog, Ellen! It's great to be home! I can't wait to get more stuff uploaded. This place is a great site to really learn stock. There are alot of useful tools to help photographers succeed. All one has to do is get out there and do the work! ~Jay


The little girl in the picture frame is wonderful. Welcome home...and thanks!


Welcome back Jay and I too say thanks. You have some great shots and your interest and dedication to your obvious love in photography is evident. I am curious about your comment on how much money you saved being 'away', does that mean YOU are the one that goes to the mall? heheheh Anyways... keep those images coming.


We start to see the rise and rise of another great portfolio. It will not be for long when you will be called a photo veteran as well ;) Now let's grow that pending line!


well i have already told you this but YAY YIPPEE for you. can't wait for the magic you create with the new equipment... remember us little guys....;-)


from one veteran to another, THANK YOU !!!


It was an accident, I swear...ooooops,

Welcome home, Jay. I wish I were comfortable photographing people. I tend only to feel good around trees and rocks, so my portfolio isn't growing like yours is (I don't get to talk to the trees as much as I'd like). You're setting a good example. I believe the Army calls that leadership. Lead on!


Jay, glad you are back and safe ... you amaze me with the photography you are doing ... good luck


Welcome back and Thank you! I am so jealous of the new gear, I am hoping to change over to the Canon 5D...someday! Maybe this will be the year! I agree that Dreamstime has been a wonderful learning experience and I can't wait to see what I will learn this year. Happy New Year!


but ricky...

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