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Month: August 2017
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Stock photography for beginners from a beginner
Step One: Take Pictures
- I am assuming that you already know how to use a camera and take pictures.
- Right now I am shooting with a Sony a6000 in a RAW format which gives me great photos.
- Take as many photos as you can of one scene.
- If you shoot a photo of a recognizable person or building you must get a signed release forum. Ultimately this is a permission forum so you can sell the photos that the person or building is photographed in.
- Videos and vector illustrations can also be sold through most sites.
- Flowers are photographed most therefore it is suggest to avoid them.
Step Two: Edit Pictures
- Remove any imperfections and dark corners.
- Bach Edit: edit multiple photos at a time to make for a quicker processing time.
Step Two: Register yourself on one or a few stock photography sites.
- Shutter Stock, Fotolia/Adobe Stock, Dreamstime, Alamy, 123rf
- The only differences seem to be in usability and the interface of each website. Alamy was my favourite to sign up with. Shutterstock and Adobe stock are also easy to use. Dreamstime was my least favourite, it seems the most outdated.
- Some require photo ID depending on the site.
- The most variance is with the percent of payout and amount that must be earned before you can get a payout.
Step Three: Upload Photos
- Upload using the website uploader or an FTP (File Transfer Protocol) uploader.
- FTP uploader allows you to upload large qualities of files at the same time.
- The most common FTP is FileZilla.
- Each stock website will provide you with the link for the host, username and password.
- Once connected you drag and drop the file which you want to upload from the left (your computers files) to the right (your account on the stock website).
- Each photo requires a Title, Description and Tags
- Don’t write words which are irrelevant, this will make your photos less valuable as they won’t correspond to the search field correctly
- Keep the most relevant tags first, usually these are what are used to categorize your photo.
- Some stock sites decrease the value of each tag the more you have.
- Quality over quantity works best in tagging.
- Each stock site has a different percent of payout for each photo sale.
- Each stock site has a different amount of income that must be reached before you get paid.
- For identifiable persons, buildings and products a release forum must be signed and uploaded with the photo
- Photographs where you can clearly see a face or even recognizable tattoos and scars
- Crowds of people are an exception
- Multiple recognizable buildings in a skyline will not require a release.
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Stock Site Reviews
- Website easy to navigate, easier to read and engage in
- Setting up the portfolio was fairly easy
- Twitted about learning on shutter shock and was replied to instantly
- Uploading photos I find more
- My favourite stock site so far.
- Home page was overwhelming but lots of relevant information.
- Really easy to upload and quickly add a title, description and tags.
- Recommends tags, which leads to a quick upload.
- Very basic.
- Poor interface.
- Awkward tagging function.
The first bulk of research was most frustrating. At first, I wanted to upload to as many sites asap, which was confusing to learn on so many separate platforms. Therefore I would recommend becoming a contributor on one stock website. I would recommend Adobe Stock. Check out my account here.
Editing the a lot more photos is also required. This can be time consuming. I recommend editing the photos the same day they have been taken. Also set an amount per day or time in the week to get your editing and uploading done.
Learning how to use the FTP uploader was difficult. I used FileZilla when uploading on 123rf. Once connected, the uploading the photos took awhile and I couldn’t add the title, description or tags until they were all uploaded. Furthermore, I wasn’t able to connect on some sites and gave up. I would recommend this method when uploading 50 plus photos at a time and do something else wait for them to upload.
The most frustrating part is adding the title, description and tags. So far I haven’t had a bulk of similar pictures to upload. This will definitely be easier if the photos share a similarity when uploading.
Signup and understanding the process was the most stressful and overall it is time-consuming. I have now decided to focus on Adobe Stock and build that portfolio before building a portfolio on additional profile.
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My travel anniversary has come and gone for when I left on my solo backpacking trip around the world. I took off on July 13th, 2016! Wow, I can’t believe it has been over a year. Looking back I had been planning my escape for years. Backpacking has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. To know that my dream was fulfilled is amazing, I made a dream come true.
My journey started off in Amsterdam, then I went to Tomorrowland, did a week long cruise in Croatia, worked in Bulgaria, partied in Ibiza, surfed in Portugal, fell in and out of love, played with elephants in Thailand, climbed lookouts in Hawaii and Swam in warm Australian waters. It was hard and exhausting yet also a few of the best months of my life! As soon as the end of my trip was insight, I was planning to hop on the next plane once I could afford it, but “reality” set in.
positions, I worked hard preparing for interviews, yet none of them came through. In the mean time I worked at my old bar job, then as a PSW and finally as a cashier. Finally getting out of debt and was starting to save again.I now see not getting those jobs was really a blessing. I was always secretly hoping that I wouldn’t get each position. They all terrified me. I didn’t want to feel trapped somewhere not knowing what I was working towards except a bigger day check. I wanted to be travelling around the world and find a way to make that my lifestyle.
On this blog you will find Travel, Lifestyle and Artistic guidance. I shall share my passions for different countries, cities, people, food, art, culture and scenery around the world. I am going to share my travel experiences to show you how to and how not to travel, with all the places to go and things to do. I am going to share stories of growth and change through this experience. I am going to share guides as I learn how to become a digital nomad. I hope through this blog I can connect with people who like myself have a million reasons not to follow their dreams but do so anyway.