Most e-book authors are not rich and famous and need their covers to attract readers. A cover design must give a clue to the content without giving away something the author wants the readers to discover in the reading process. I avoid artsy-fartsy modeling poses. I pick key character traits of the hero and examine hundreds of pictures looking for one that will motivate a reader to buy because the photo depicts that core of the person the reader will find in the story. I want photos that show the... continue reading
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As i sit here uploading numbers 98,99 and 100, in the hope they take me to the magic one hundred,it suddenly hit me.They are photos from nearly 3 years ago,photos that i took on our holiday to my second home. Pictures i had overlooked and not even thought about until now.And that got me wondering how many hidden gems (as long as they pass the test) we all have hidden away. how many holiday photos we have all taken and never even looked at when we got home,and yet somewhere out there there... continue reading
Three reasons to rethink the photos you submit.1. I have found those I think are the best are the ones being rejected.2. People are looking for easy to the point subjects to use for their publications.3. Those photos I work harder at editing are being rejected but those I submit straight from my camera are being accepted.comment with any tips or ideas. continue reading
I was lucky enough to have a day off from work a few days ago, (as this is not yet a full time job for me yet) and decide to go somewhere local with my camera and see what i could find.I went to a park in Solihull, which i had been to many times before, but never with my camera.There i discovered in the woods down a little road a beautiful little church.Yes i had seen the signs for it before but had never bothered to walk down there.However after having my first sale, i tend to take my camera... continue reading
I've tried to get images selected for assignments, but had never succeeded. Until now. The "Retro Look" call for assignments was of great interest to me. This was like an open invitation to get iphone or android app processed images or even Lomo-ish images out into the competition, something I'd dare not venture to post otherwise.I tried a couple of times and got rejected and hence was looking for a good subject. While on a trip to the UAE, I thought it would be a good idea to shoot either the brilliant... continue reading
Four years ago, when I start uploading stock photos,I upgraded my Panasonic bridge camera to a dslr, special for this kind of photography. I would not believe that, four years later, I have one photo made with a phone, in assignment! I am very happy, but also a little worried about the future of stock photography. What do you think?This is my photo, a pure snapshoot, but look at her look, perfect timing, one second later and she would have changed her eyes! I think that this kind of photos are... continue reading
I have been a victim of the economy; I've been working but doing consulting which means the jobs are temporary. As my most recent assignment was ending, I began to look for another job and have landed a permanent position. My start date is April 30 and thus have a few days to play with my new Nikon D800.Two days ago I arrived at my parents house, located 30 miles south of Green Bay,Wisconsin, USA. Yesterday morning I was up before the dawn, driving through the dark to be at a specific location... continue reading
Yesterday was a big day.I hit 1,000 sales.Interestingly, what made the difference in reaching this milestone more quickly is that over the past months I have re-looked at, and uploaded, several images I “passed” the first time around.Previously, I either did not appreciate the stock value of an image, or my Photoshop skills were such that I was unable to process the image the way I wanted.I have inserted some of these images into this blog—all have sold:)I mention this as a reminder... continue reading
On a recent visit to London, I was heading to the river Thames to photograph some landmarks, most people are familiar with the famous views of the capital.However, walking through the commercial district I was amazed at the modern architecture, the stark mixture of concrete, glass and steel. The sun was still quite high and I had to position my self to avoid lens flare. The number of possibilities of angles, positions to shoot from, D of F and shutter speeds, using filters etc etc is endless.... continue reading
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