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Things I learn while shooting for stock - Part 1: out on the streets

When I first handled a digital camera, I did not know to surf the internet for information on camera operations, nor how to look for information on understanding the concepts and relations between shutter speed, aperture and ISO. The internet wasn't saturated with such information back then. It was 10 years and more long time ago.Even when I got my first DSLR, making full use of the camera's setting was alien to me too. I had joined group outings to shoot photos of people but that wasn't fruitful... continue reading

Moving from technically right to artistically interesting

I started to learn photography in January 2013 with a 3 months intensive school, when I learned the basics, and after the school I kept learning from different tutorials and books, trying out what I learned. Finally, after I changed entry level croppedframe Nikon to full frame Nikon, I started to get pictures I want. It was a constant effort and learning.Now I got the technical side, but still am in a process to understand, what makes pictures attractive and interesting. I know some basic composition... continue reading

Understanding Camera Flash

From one of my recent articles for someone...Frequently wondered points about flash photography (basics and advanced):1. They say pop-up flash ruins photos. It is true?Yes and no. Pop-up flash eliminates all shadows as seen from the camera as it is located right above the lens. It can flatten up texture of a food image and ruin it. But it can provide a vivid and proper image when used on a non-reflecting surface with no texture. For example, shooting images of watercolor artwork on paper.... continue reading

World Pinhole Day

This is just about an interesting aspect of photography.Actually about photography stripped right down to its bare minimum, recording material (film or digital chip), a small opening and light.Put like that, what is all the fuss surrounding this photography lark anyway?Honestly, pinhole photographs are probably never going to make it on to DT or any other stock photography site, because they will more often than not be blurred (camera shake due to long exposure time) and too "soft" (no... continue reading

The crux of micro stock

I was able to get about 30 shots accepted the past 7 weeks but without any sales. It is a bit demoralizing after you have put it a lot of hard work. Although I love landscape and water scape photography I have decided not to proceed with it because it is so difficult to communicate a clear message with landscapes. If your shots do not communicate a clear message you can rather relax at home with a nice drink.The commercial value of pictures is determined by emotion, concepts and lifestyle. You... continue reading

New Blog (in french)

Hi everyoneI finally started blogging about photography and microstock. My blog is in french though ;). My first post on microstock agencies is about Dreamstime since it's my favorite one :)You can check it out at http://ericcote.squarespace.com and let me know if you like it. You can let comments in the blog articles too, people seems to be shy at the moment (although it's still new).I update it almost everyday. I'm talking about photography basics but also about advanced notions, microstock,... continue reading

The Photography side of Microstock-beginner to Masterclass

Call this,if you like, a "Photographer's Notebook" -these are lessons learned in almost 50 years of photography-aimed mainly at the beginner in the game of stock; But hopefully more advanced practitioners may pick up a trick, or wrinkle here and there. Regards, KenI believe it is best to take baby steps- So before you do anything, take these Three steps:A)Set your Focusicons - detach lens, (so you are adjusting focus on focus point, not image) - adjust dioptre (next to viewfinder)... continue reading

Getting back to the basics

In the last month I have uploaded over 200 new images to Dreamstime.With an acceptance ratio that is near 85%, I thought I was doing rather well.ITHOUGHT I was doing well.When I first starting doing stock, I would have been exstatic!My acceptance ratio was horrific!Problem is that now I measure my success by downloads.There were only 600,000 images on DT when I started.Since then, the numbers have grown exponentially.So, although getting an image accepted is an accomplishment... continue reading

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