Two Stock Tricks That Utilize Larger Megapixel Cameras

We amateurs struggle to find time to work on stock, especially when you can upload only a small number of images every month. Every rejection hurts. Trying to grow the portfolio a handful of images at a time is a daunting task for making any real progress.

I am the proud owner of the new Nikon D800, a 36 megapixel behemoth, so of course, I have been out shooting with the camera. It's a huge leap having used a D100 for the past nine years.

In working with these large files, I have discovered two tricks that might be of benefit to others. The best part is, you don't need 36 megapixels either, these tips will work with virtually any newer model digital camera.

Trick Number One: The two pictures here of a knee scrape are really the same picture. (The Reviewer flagged them for content filtering so you may need to turn that off if you don't see them). One picture is the leg, the second is a cropped version showing the detail.

I don't know if it's an issue where you're virtually uploading the same image twice, but a Buyer is going to make a snap judgment based on the thumbnail. It is doubtful if a Buyer will click on an image to view the properties and size. There are Buyers who don't want to edit images and thus may be a reason to pass on the image.

Because the original image is large in size, I was able to crop the image in order to provide a close-up detail. It's obvious this little trick isn't going to work for most images, but the option is there. Being able to crop an image and still have a final product that meets DT specifications is something to take advantage of.

Trick Number Two: When I got the camera I went to the local zoo to take photographs. The zoo provides both indoor and outdoor situations and plenty of subjects to shoot. One situation I ran into was shooting the marine wildlife on display. The fish are in a huge aquarium and you can view the various species through a large window.

You're inside a building that is not lit very well, the fish are moving, you don't have a tripod, and the glass itself is dirty and not completely transparent. Needless to say, shots of these creatures were always slightly blurred or a little noisy despite cranking up the camera features in order to compensate.

However, when editing the images, I noticed there was nothing wrong with them until they were viewed at 100%. I reduced the image to a smaller size and in doing so, reduced or compressed the distortion. Yes, you no longer have a 36 megapixel image which defeats having the large sensor, but you still have an image that will be accepted by DT.

I never thought of this before; even with my old D100 trick #2 might have worked. Some images have too much noise where photo editing software is not able to resolve the problem without over filtering. By reducing the image and compressing the distortion, there will be opportunities to salvage the image and upload into your portfolio.

I'm sure I'm not the first person to discover the tricks above, but it's always nice to read about new ideas that save time from learning the hard way. :-)

Thanks for reading and I hope this will help some of you with getting more images into your portfolio.

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May 09, 2013


Thank you for the useful tips!

May 21, 2012


nice tips

May 11, 2012


Thanks for the tips. I also have a new camera and have been experiencing issues with noise as well as not being able to upload my images to my website because the files are much too large. I will definitely try these tips ;)

May 09, 2012


Definitely a trick I use sometimes when I'm unsure about noise in my photos. Useful since a large number of images are downloaded as small or very small format.
One thing I don't understand though, is why some of my old images are upsized by the system (I uploaded them at about 6mp and they appear at 12mp). Do you know anything about that?

May 08, 2012


useful tips

May 07, 2012


Cropping and reducing megapixels is just two of many reasons why full frame cameras are worth the prize. Now I just need to convince my wife ;)

May 07, 2012


Ahhh now we know why you went back to work recently. Had to pay for that new camera! ;-) BTW - Are you using online storage?

May 07, 2012


Thanks for sharing, My next camera will be the D800 congratulations.

May 07, 2012


I totally use your trick 2. If I have a 21mp file that even after noise reduction I still think it will get knocked back due to noise I thought it better to reduce it's size and get it up for sale rather than not using it at all, especially very low level night shots. Also trick one is now easy with 21mp and must be a dream with 36mp. The chance to look at your shots post shoot and not only work on the original but to be able to totally recompose a shot to come up with something different.

May 06, 2012


File sizes are definitely an issue right now but that's another blog. :-)

May 06, 2012


Have fun with that new beast of a camera ! You might need more storage capacity... Had a D100 as well, was a good camera in it's day.

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