There's always something to photograph
I don't know about you, but photography is something that gives me real pleasure. It's nearly always on my mind: planning the next project; scoping out new places to shoot; reading as much as I can about new techniques; appreciating other photographers' work; checking out the window to assess the light; scouring a well known auction site to look for my next longed-for piece of equipment.
But, as is true for many of us, the "day job" can be a major obstacle to growing my photography portfolio. Add a 3 year old child into the mix, and the very wet weather we have in Cornwall, then you can probably guess I don't get out to photograph my much-loved landscapes and nature as often as I'd like.
The really great thing about microstock photography, though, is that you don't have to step outside of your front door to make amazing, phenomenal and creative imagery. Life happens all around us, all the time. Assuming you can produce an image that is technically sound, of high enough quality and that successfully communicates a multitude of messages, then your photographs should find a place in microstock.
Take the image above, the one of the red shoes. I took this on what was probably to most hectic day ever: after a full day of work, attending to household chores and playing with my toddler. But there was still enough good quality, natural light coming in through the window to make this shot viable. It took minutes to get the photo I wanted. Fair enough it sat on my hard drive for another week or two (or three, or four...you get the idea) before I had time to keyword it, but it is now one of my best-selling images on another site.
My point is this: yes, time is pressured and short. Yes, it can take a while to build up a productive and versatile portfolio. Yes, it can be a struggle to find the time to keyword your images properly. But there is no reason not to be adding to your image library regularly. Never give up. There is always something to photograph.
Photo credits: Jennifer Jordan.
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