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11 Ways to Get Started Creating Concept Pieces

 (This is the #1 result for "big fish in a small pond." But it's a shark. How could you benefit from creating concepts?)Can I let you in on a dirty little secret?A lot of designers out there don't want to admit it, but, well...There are a lot of us who have "concept" lightboxes.We don't like to talk about it because it's almost as bad as having "miscellaneous" lightboxes in which to dump all sorts of weird stuff that doesn't make sense to a more specific category.I think the... continue reading

The key is to monetize

I hope most of them would agree when I say Photography is not showing things as it is but to add the special touch to it wherein a normal photograph portrays what the eye behind the lens wants to see. This key differentiation is what an idea is. But wait however unique an idea is as long as it is not monetized its all gone in drain. I recently heard a great entrepreneur say that its not a ideator who creates a business but the person who is able to monetize it.I am sure if monetizing was not... continue reading

Self-advocacy and rejected images

Self-advocacy refers to an individual’s ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert his or her own interests, desires, needs, and rights.It involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions. (VanReusen et al., 1994)Over the past two years with DT, I've taken almost all of my rejections laying down, not complaining. However, recently I decided to stand up for my belief in the usefulness of my own images.I shoot mostly editorial type images.... continue reading

Complete Collection of Refusing Reasons Vol. 2

How many kinds of reasons have you received about refused files? Did you really understant these reasons and do a well job to avoid receiving again? Undoubtedly, reading these reasons carefully is very helpful for you to avoid refusing and improve your acceptance ratio. Here is the complete list of refusing reasons which I collected before when my pics are refused. And some reasons are added for this time. So I call it vol. 2:) Maybe, some of them are too old to use, but I still hope this can be helpful... continue reading

Isolated in Stock Language

I'm not a big fan of photographing isolated objects, but from my experience as a buyer for three years, I feel pretty qualified for writing on this subject. So here it is:"Isolated" in Microstock Language means plain, shadowless, easy to remove background. So, when you're using this word in your title, description or keywords, you must ensure that you have submitted a well-lit and good contrast subject on a plain, solid color background."Isolated" means that the... continue reading

Give It Away

The idea of free images makes the budget minded sing and some artists cringe. How can it be a good idea to give away what you are trying to sell? On the one hand is the sanctity of the copyright. On the other is the spirit of the Internet and an age-old marketing ploy: the free sampleWay back when in the dark ages of flight when planes were choked with cigarette smoke, everything was free…food, drinks and on every meal tray, a slim package of cigarettes provided for after meal enjoyment... continue reading

What size is....?

The past couple of weeks found me in New York just as Fashion Week was ending and last week in Southern California for a seminar. Perhaps because NY was filled with fashionistas and models, I noticed a lot of very, very thin women in the park and on the street.A jogger along Central Park South could have posed in an anatomy class in lieu of a prepared skeleton. The prevalent look in California, even on the most fashionable streets, is slightly heavier.Fashion models in the 1960’s were about... continue reading

What Made The Cut

In my last entry, I talked (and complained!) about the 26 lb weight limit I faced for a safari trip to Africa.After much weighing of my options, literally and figuratively, here's what made the cut:Canon 1D Mark III bodyCanon 30D body as backupCanon 300 mm f/2.8L IS (heavy as heck, but I love it)Canon 70 - 200 f/2.8L IS (also heavy, but again I love it)Canon 17 - 40 f/2.8LCanon 1.4 teleconverterGitzo carbon fiber monopodBlower brushMacBook (which I consider essential... continue reading

Avoiding Refusals – Part II Rejections that could be fixed:

I have started a series that I hope will help newcomers, and perhaps even give a little different perspective to seasoned vets in avoiding refusals. Due to the volume of submissions, I am sure that you have sat and waited for many days for your images to be reviewed, only to have them bounce back to you because of the following reasons:1.“The image contains a large amount of noise artifacts. Please fix this issue using noise-removal software and resubmit.”2.“White balance parameter was... continue reading

Subscriptions? Yes, thank you!

Sometimes I happen to read posts on the Message Boards talking about subscriptions and the disappointment of seeing your own image sold at only 0.30$ or 0.36$. I always consider every sale with satisfaction, like a personal success – my picture was chosen among 3.000.000 of images online! From this point of view it doesn’t matter if it’s a “normal” sale or a subscription.I sold many images via subscription and I want to point out the usefulness of these sales with an example.This... continue reading

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