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Tripod or not? Learnt my lessons!

Basically I am not very fond of tripods. On rare occasions you need one and still you have to carry them around all the time. Another reason for not liking them is the lack of flexibility in positioning the camera (for example, horizontal or vertical, or the position I want to take). So, I never take a tripod with me.Coming back from Xi'an in China I noticed that in the hall of the Terracotta Army quite a few pictures had an ISO value of 6400 or close to it. And that the Shutter Speed I choose... continue reading

Learning with every image accepted and rejected

I like how they let you know when an image is rejected what problems they had with the photo. I am learning so much. I have read other blogs and I am totally looking and everything differently. Things I never considered taking pictures of are now getting my undivided attention. Please comment with your best lesson you had learned from this site.   continue reading

How my dog photography has grown in quality with Dreamstime

Hi everyone, since I am a Dreamstimer I submitted a lot of my dog photography with tips on how to take decent shots on non cooperative models such as dogs... and I have to say, each refusal note was teaching me to perform better shots me too... This was one of my first, but on adult dogs it's easier: they're teached to stay and more collaborative. With puppies it's a real nightmare! If they stay, then you have a lie-down image that is not more different from a million similar ones,... continue reading

Lessons from The 100

 The 100 is the name of a post apocalyptic show on the CW network. Survivors return to Earth after a hundred years on a space station only to discover that they must battle against harsh environments and warring tribes. Getting one hundred images approved wasn't quite that difficult, but I do feel that it was a major accomplishment. I learned a few lessons along the way.1.) I didn't have to go far to find images. I already had six years of viable digital images collected from family photos,... continue reading

Trapped inside: How cabin fever caused me to expand my photography

 With snow and extreme cold weather still pummeling the Northeast, there is not much to do but stay inside these days.Unfortunately, this prevents me from photographing one of my favorite subjects -- landscape and nature (as saturated as it is in microstock, I know!)As an amateur photographer, primarily to microstock, this has allowed me to explore areas of photography I am less familiar with and spend less time photographing.It has allowed me to appreciate the beauty of things around... continue reading

$10,000 earned to date: lessons learned

In May 2009 I joined DT after meeting another photographer who said he earned $480 per month on micro stock sites.It was sometime after I joined before I knew what I was doing.................... even now there's much to learn. The feedback from editors is probably the most valuable aspect of micro stock. If you listen and learn your photography should improve.I made so many mistakes to start with submitting too many images and damaging for ever my acceptance ratio. Thinking landscape was more... continue reading

Teaching Photography

It's that time of year again. Christmas has come and gone and many peoplethat got a digital camera for a present have given up in frustration, their dreamsof being the next Ansel Adams or Steve McCurry gone out the door.Just because Santa dropped a camera in their stocking didn't mean he dropped a load of talent in as well.So as seasoned photographers, this is where you can step in to help the community. Here are some great (but brief) ideasto supplement your income as a photographer... continue reading

Photography Lessons in Hunting

So I happen to be a hunter and a photographer. After reading a discussion regarding sharper images in the forums I thought I would share a few tips that hunters use that also can easily be applied to taking sharper images.When a hunter wants to sight in their rifle prior to a hunt, they use a vice to hold their rifle to eliminate shake for the best accuracy. A tripod is your ultimate gun vice. It will give you the best, sharpest photos.However, just as a hunter don't take a gun vice out... continue reading

Oh no, he's back!

I haven’t written a blog for a while now.Things have been rather hectic for the last month or so.The sad thing is that I haven’t had that much time to pursue any of my interests that actually make me feel alive.The days just fuse into each other in a mundane and seemingly never-ending routine that hungrily saps my vital life force, leaving me spent and resembling an empty shell of a body.The frustration of having to face perfect incarnations of “mindlessness” and “self-importance... continue reading

Mr. Henry Wessel says...

Welcome to the latest installment of my uneducated ramblings on the thoughts of accomplished and successful photographers.Maybe I should start compiling a collection of my own sayings, one never knows maybe in ten years’ time some pimply faced kid is going to be putting up a blog illustrated with MY quotes.Though, I must admit that “Crap, I forgot to change the ISO setting on my camera yet again” is not going to be the most awe-inspiring pearl of wisdom to set the photographic world on fire.... continue reading

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