Starting off and eager to learn

I always loved taking photos and over the years I think I have created a great portfolio. The problem was that before this year all my photos were taken with a basic point and shot camera. I worked very hard and saved all my money to buy myself a DSLR and some important lenses. It certainly was the best purchase I have made (besides my house of course:)

I first got into stock photography because I just love advertisement. Like I am literally obsessed with it and so I guess I am trying to make this my career. This isn't really a informational article but its more to hold myself accountable for setting goals and keeping up with this to a point where I can actually say that I am a stock photographer. I am not big on people photography, but I love nature so I am making my niche nature and wild life. This niche will include gardens, flowers, foods, and etc.

Every stock photography tip has said to have a goal, my goal is to have 5 images per week that are accepted. Every tip also said to keep within the niche, therefore I have decided on what I know best: nature.

Another tip I have seen a lot is to keep an idea book close with me. I started with that and its great!! I mean ideas literally pop up everywhere and I have to be ready to write them down before they disappear. I used to use sticky notes but it gets messy and they get lost. The idea book is an excellent way to keep all my thoughts together.

Tip 3 is practice, practice, practice and learn photoshop. This goes without saying but I have my camera with me all the time now. I have not used photoshop at all, but from my research I do see the necessity. Even the smallest touch ups make ALL the difference. Better lighting and noise reduction cane be the deciding point whether a image is selected or not.

With those three tips in my, I will keep to my goal and make a break into stock photography.

One thing I have not decided on is if to be exclusive... just not sure. I mean when I read about Yuri Arcurs, he is ALL over the stock world and it really pays off for him, but then again he is on a way different level.

I included my first sold photo. It was such an amazing feeling and I hope there will be many more to come.

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May 17, 2013


Hi, I love to photograph nature and landscapes too. Try to follow your goal and succes will come. Good luck.

May 16, 2013


welcome to dt! congrats on first sale! keep uploading.

May 16, 2013


Nature? Good but it is an extremely competitive field with millions of images. I hope you get new things to do and shoot with nature. :)
I'm still at the compact camera stage, struggling with poor quality output. But I have sold quite some nature images. :)
Good luck! Keep in touch with me in case you need someone to share joys and sorrows of stock. Haha it's an interesting hobby and job!

May 16, 2013


Welcome here and good luck.

May 15, 2013


Welcome to DT, Tee! I started off almost exactly like you. I had never worked with photoshop at all either. But I have learned a lot over the last few months, and everyday I learn something new I can do with it. Congrats on your first sale, looking forward to seeing more.

May 14, 2013


welcome to DT. Nice start.

May 13, 2013


Wish you much success!

May 13, 2013


Ewapiz, Such a Great feeling!

May 13, 2013


Welcome to DT!!!! Congrats on your first sale!

May 13, 2013


Congratulation on your first sale. Great feeling, isn't it!

May 13, 2013


You're on the right track, good luck with your goals!

May 13, 2013


from me too: Welcome to DT - already like your snow pictures - so I hope to see heaps more :) -- regarding Photoshop - I haven't even started with using that yet - so if it really makes all the difference I might be missing something ;)

May 13, 2013


Welcome to DT,enjoy and good luck in sales!

May 12, 2013


Thank you all for the nice welcome! Already feel part of the community and very excited for the journey

May 12, 2013


Welcome to DT ! I hope you enjoy the journey, learning, highs and lows.

May 12, 2013


Great blog, welcome to DT, enjoy your time here, and learn from all of us.

May 12, 2013


welcome to DT. you will find a wonderful group here ready to help with any questions you have. good luck on your goals and happy shooting!

May 11, 2013


Good luck on your goal! I love your idea of carrying around a notebook. I do the same thing and find it's such a huge help!
Knowing photoshop is good, but focus on your photos first. The better the picture, the less editing needed.

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