I’ve noticed that my keeper rate is abysmal, as in 10% or less, abysmal. That’s a bit discouraging, which points to a problem in how I’m taking photos. Why do I end up with so few good shots? (And it is a problem when you spend hours taking photos, and in post-processing, to end up with 19 out of 100 shots.)So why? A few reasons came to mind. Reasons 1. Taking way more shots than I’ll ever keep. I err on the side of more is better, which adds to time in post-process, but I figure... continue reading
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If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try againA few months ago I signed up to Dreamstime as I have 1000's of images collecting digital dust on my hard drives.Choosing my favourite photos, and reading the rules and regulations, I uploaded 7 only to have them all rejected.However, the good thing with having photos rejected is that here you also get feedback as to why they were rejected which is great as the feedback can only improve your photography if you take on board what was said.Although... continue reading
I haven't checked my stats in a while and went on today and saw that I just made my 300th sale. Right on the nose. It was this photo which just made Level 4:This summer, I caught up on a project I started ages ago, making contact sheets from my various shoots and keeping track of which images sell best - and where different images sell best.This image, and a group of similar backgrounds I shot with my lensbaby when I first got it, have been big sellers for me here on Dreamstime and elsewhere.... continue reading
I'm learning so much from reading other contributors' blogs.I almost feel like I should be paying for this.One contributor summed it up nicely by saying it's quality that will get you noticed and as someone else said: everyone can improve.I think that will be my mantra from now on: everyone can improve.(and keep learning) which is what I plan to do. continue reading
Tax season is upon us. If you're anything like the typical creative type you've been hiding behind your camera, your computer and yes, even your children avoiding the dreaded number crunch. While there are a rare few moments of clarity in my year for numbers I used to dread the necessity of keeping books.A few years ago I resolved to tackle my avoidance and really get organized. I had heard from a friend that a tax diary was a fantastic thing to help you keep track of your yearly expenses. I looked... continue reading
I'm very curious how many photo's people take before they have a keeper?O.K. Here's the thought. Years ago in the film world an instructor once told me for every keeper you can shoot thirty photos.Now with programs like photoshop I wonder how many get changed now into a keeper? continue reading
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