On March this year I had an idea to travel around Erhai, which is located in Dali Yunnan China.It was a sunny day. The skywas blue and the airwas fresh. I leased a car and drove with my wife. We were so happy because that was what we wanted. It was noon time when we stopped at the small restaurant near the lake. I found there is a curvebeside the restaurant and the yellow flowers along the road. The brown mountain is in distance. I thought it was a good place to shoot. I needed... continue reading
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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
In six Years I made sales just over 200. Do you think It is low? Well, maybe It is a great success who knows. I uploaded over 1100 photos to Dreamstime and waited for sales. Waited with patience. It is usually said, it is normal that contributor may not see increase in sales that quick. Contributor needs to be patient. Contributor needs to upload more to achieve. Sales dropped as I uploaded more. Well six years passed. I am still patient.Later It is usually added that if contributor cannot still... continue reading
I am recently feeling a little bit frustrated by the extremely low exposure of my photos (Portfolio exposure:0.05%; Database exposure:0.01%). I have 261 photos so far and have been here fore a little more than one year. However, I have only two sales. Luckily, the only two sales are from the California Sunset photos that I love. I recently moved to California and I have never seen such beautiful sunset before in my life.I am a huge fan of California Sunset and I want to share my photos with others.... continue reading
Action photography can include photographing and freezing the motion of anything that moves – and moves fast. There are plenty of situations that can come under the category of high speed action photography like sports and bird-in-flight situations, even rock concerts in dim light where the artists move at appreciably high speed. You may have heard that you do not need IS when working at fast shutter speeds.Does IS even matter when shooting at very fast shutter speeds?This article... continue reading
Hi all...I need your help.I've started the microstock adventure with Dreamstime in June... I have a portfolio of 38 photos with a low rate of approval (only 40%).In 4 months only 2 sales but I have more than 17 pictures with more than 50 views. So I do not think that the problem is in the visibility of my portfolio in the database.So... why only 2 sales?What's wrong with what I am doing?In other microstock website my sales are better...I have a lot of doubts...What do you... continue reading
There is a recent trend among agencies to shift the legality requirement to the copyright holder who is sending the work to the agent, aka the photographer.A lot of this is practical. The agent cannot certify that a model/property release is legal since the agent was not a witness to the proceedings of how it was obtained (proper signature, compensation, etc). Then there are trademark issues (as products get super savvy to commercial licensing globally) for the items contained in the images. For... continue reading
Night Photography – Shooting images at Night in low lightIts Christmas time and if you are like me you want to get out at night and get some images of the lights this time of year.I did some research to help me get better at shooting Night Photography and I found some great info I wanted to share.Use long exposures (time exposure). This makes sure you get enough light into the camera.You will need a camera where you can control aperture, ISO, and shutter speeds.You will also need... continue reading
Does anybody else has been really down on sales in two past months? Seems strange, because before these two months income was kinda steady, but now it seems like something is wrong.Somebody knows whats up or murphy laws is trying to get me bad time again? continue reading
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