For those of you who work full time, how do you find time to constantly shoot and upload for stock. I would like to be able to upload 100+ images per month like some of the big dogs, but I can't seem to find the time.
Yes, it's tough. I work 9 to 11 hours per day plus drive-in and home time. Thus my upload rate is quite low compared to many. I hear yah. Although i still tend to be, for the most part, a capture as you see it kinda guy, it seems to me the most efficient method would be to take your shots within your home. Keep a log book of ideas, gather the props/people ect and then make a couple of hours here and there to take the shots at home. You'll spend a lot less time 'searching' for photos. Doing it my style will take you much, much longer to get a decent number of photos uploaded. I have yet to really practice what I preach here but...i did read it on the blogs here once :) And, carry your camera with you wherever you go. I do that when my wife and I go out bicycling, walking, shopping and so on. Half my stuff comes from that. There are others with much more experience who I'm sure will chime in with ideas. ttfn
I do not upload that many a month. I know some people who upload large amounts of images have occupations where they travel all over the world and gives them the opportunity for some great editorial shots in between meetings etc. I unfortunately do not. I always carry a canon s95 with me and as it is so small transfer it with my wallet, phone etc to whatever I am wearing. Although not as good as carrying my full size camera it means that if and when an opportunity arises I am "armed." The photos do get accepted.
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We consider ourselves as ‘weekend warriors’ because of our daytime jobs during week days. Other than that we make use of public holidays available at our side. By ‘we’ I meant me and my wife.:) I liked the idea George mentioned above but unfortunately we don’t have enough space in our flat to set up a decent ‘home studio’ or similar set up. But I do like his suggestion of carrying a pocket camera while going out (in our case we carry our Prosumer cameras:). You never know what you would find on your way. As for uploads, we do between 50-70 per month and so far sales have been good, thanks to all those generous buyers and the greatness of DT. :) I'm sure this thread will be a interesting one with inputs from various members of DT. :)
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I've always been a part-time photographer. Somehow, I always found the time to travel and take pictures during. My problem is finding time for post-processing. With limited time, I had to learn to take good images straight from the camera to minimize post-processing. I also spend more time in selecting only a few from a series to make them count.
Now I'm trying to set up a small studio at my house and do some collaborations with local photographers (to get access to larger studio and some professional models). I started studio work, as it appears I am getting less chances to travel recently...
I'm a full time office worker, too. I work 09:00 - 18:00 and it takes 1,5 hour to reach home. I had the same problem, so I tried to carry my camera with me. But altough I live in one of the biggest cities of the world and my office is at the most crowded part of the city; the path from home to work is always the same and the opportunities are limited. I tried my best, changed ways etc, but it's always crowded and stock photography don't like random passengers :)) I'm still looking for a solution. I will try an ND filter to wipe out people walking around. Yes I know a way to get rid of people walking in a photograph. The problem is, it needs too much patience and time :))
All great ideas!! My drive is pretty boring too. Maybe I need to push myself to get up a little earlier to take a scenic route to find some opportunities. Unfortunately, photography isn't allowed where I work. It is a giant warehouse, so it would be awesome if I could. :)
I don't have much room for a studio either, but I am able to move the dining room table and use the (nearly) white walls. If I have a flash on the walls, it looks like seamless white background in captures. (and not blown out!!) I just need to utilize it more!
Thanks everyone for the ideas! If anyone else has any more, please feel free to chime in!
James, with all due respect... 20 uploads in two years? Think about it. If you just uploaded four images a week and got two accepted each week you'd have hundreds of images for sale right now. I'm not writing this to be mean, I'm writing this to inspire you! You and your wife (or girlfriend) in your profile pic are an attractive couple. Use yourselves for lifestyle shots. Check out portfolios of contributors like Bradcalkins, one of his most sold shots is a photo of a brown paper bag. Stock photo possibilities are all around us. Put aside three or four hours each weekend and just do it!!
I work every week also more then 50 hours and i have still time to upload images. For me it is like 70 images per week.
I also think it depends what kind of images you like to shoot. I give me as example. I like to shoot street life a lot. So my key is that i have all the time my camera with me. It is not so big deal for me because i am shooting with a Sony Nex 6 mirrorless camera. So when i am in the city and i see a interesting topic passing by i take my camera and shoot. I easy get my 70 images. Next to that it is important to shoot quality. Try to get acceptance rate as high as possible. It is pitty if you spend time with shooting and editing 100 images and only 20 will be accepted. If you spend more time with having the best images you will see that at the end you win much more time. You can spend 2 hours uploading 100 images and get only 10 accepted. You can also choose to spend 1 hour to upload 40 best images and get 35 images accepted.
My tips to win as much time as possible without loosing in quality: - Shoot directly the right images. I mean think before you make the shot. Check directly afterwards if it is sharp. Like this you will have less images in your memory card and will not loose time with deleting and looking for the right images. - Try to think before (even at work :) ) what you want to shoot. Make a plan like every weekend 25 images. - Learn from rejections.
Quoted Message: James, with all due respect... 20 uploads in two years? Think about it. If you just uploaded four images a week and got two accepted each week you`d have hundreds of images for sale right now. I`m not writing this to be mean, I`m writing this to inspire you! You and your wife (or girlfriend) in your profile pic are an attractive couple. Use yourselves for lifestyle shots. Check out portfolios of contributors like Bradcalkins, one of his most sold shots is a photo of a brown paper bag. Stock photo possibilities are all around us. Put aside three or four hours each weekend and just do it!!
Quoted Message: James, with all due respect... 20 uploads in two years? Think about it. If you just uploaded four images a week and got two accepted each week you`d have hundreds of images for sale right now.
Mike2focus, you are absolutely right, thanks! :) I wasn't as motivated then and I wish that I would have been shooting and uploading the entire time since I signed up, but I didn't. Now I am shooting and uploading. Over half of the images that I have online were uploaded in the last month.
hello, I work a lot and I also have to look after my family. I try to write them all, but all the ideas that I look around and then put them into practice during the weekend . I photograph a lot of food, so I decide in advance what food cooking ... but often my daughters eat it before I have photographed! also try to get tips from the cookbooks, making ftografie they do not need a lot of post-production using a small set home.