As a photographer I wanted to do something with my old photos and with my free time as well. So why not sell them online. (This is what they were advertising on their websites so why not? 🙂 )
Microstock is a relative new segment for me as I opened my first account on Shutterstock towards the end of last year and I started to upload photos last winter(2013). Yes those who had already selling their photos since 4,5 years ago are having nice profits now but hey why not give it a try as well?!
I did some research about the whole concept and how it works and there is no exact formula for the success, basically you need to have as many photos as possible and be constant in uploading new ones.
As this segment is dedicated to whatever type of industry it is up to you to decide what photos you want to upload.
I also uploaded the photos on iStock, Dreamstime and Fotolia but not satisfied with them. Starting from the uploading process which is way easier on Shutterstock and ending with the overall results I prefer this website then the others. I get a response from them in maximum 2 days if the photo has been accepted or not, when with the other sites it took as long as 1 month.
As an overall opinion I think this can be a nice second income. As you will see from the bellow results I will not get rich : ) however in the long term once I will have a bigger and better portfolio the results will be better. Time is the first enemy and this is what stopped me so far to develop this segment.
I also wanted to give my opinion regarding an app which I use to keep track of the sales from all the websites. The app name is Microstockr. I tried a few others before I discovered this one and I am very pleased with it. Very simple an intuitive. Just log in to your accounts swipe down to refresh and you see your results. Great app and I recommend it.
I hope those little tips helps anyone who is interested in this field and I wish you best of luck!
A couple weeks ago I was going through some of my old photos and I wanted to try out some new editing techniques. In a forgotten folder I came across some raws of my hometown Arad that I took from the tallest hotel from the city center where I also worked for almost 2 years. It is a famous spot for most people to take photos of the old but beautiful city center.
The photo was taken with my old camera a Canon 400D with the crapy kit lens 18-55mm, crap lens 🙂 But I shot it in raw, correct exposure and good composition. So I had a solid starting point.
In the last period I was following a french photographer (Serge Ramelli) , living in Paris, France as he introduces himself in his tutorials 🙂 and I like his way of landscape editing technique.
So I said let’s try this on my photo. The result was higher than my expectations and I love this photo. I think it is one of my favorites. It stands out from the others that I saw taken from the same spot. This was my goal as well. I post it on my Fb page and from there it became the most shared photo from my page.
Thank you Serge 🙂
All this motivated me to recreate the photo when I will be back in May, climb higher on the building and try a panorama.
Enough talking and here is the photo.
Last Friday and Saturday (28/29.03.2014) I had the great opportunity to participate at a wedding photography seminar held by CM Leung, one of the top 30 Asia’s wedding photographers.
He has a different style, far from the typical wedding photography. As a person he is very down to earth, friendly and approachable. You can find more examples of his work here.
Overall the seminar was great, inspirational and motivating. It was a nice opportunity as well to meet other photographers and make some new friends.
Bellow you can find some insights and my personal results.
Yesterday I went in a small trip to the end of the island to capture the sunset. Got there and realized that in order to capture the sun going into the sea I needed to cross a small mountain (you can see it in the photos on the left) but unfortunately I had no time and decided to take the pictures from where I was standing.
It was not the most amazing sunset ever but this is the thing with the sunsets. Mother nature needs to cooperate and give you the best out of her in order to get amazing results. That day she was not in the mood and decided to give me something average. So I will keep on trying until she will be in a good mood 🙂
On the way back we were driving through some hills so it was a good opportunity to capture the city of Paphos from above. The sky was clear (from time to time) so I also took some great photos of the stars.
Man those people living up there have a great view!
Here are the results. Enjoy!