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Shooting stock photos – family vacations

Recently I wrote up a post about on shooting stock photos while on a business trip. For a family vacation the preparation might be the same, but execution is quite different for me. I recently had a week-end “Up North” in the northeast part of Michigan, including a day at Mackinac Island, with my boyfriend. … Continue reading

Shooting stock photos – business trip to Indianapolis

I traveled to Indianapolis on a business trip and took advantage to take some stock photos. Steps I took to prepare: – Made sure my equipment was ready – Camera lens clean, battery and back up batteries charged, lots of space in the memory cards – Searched for stock photos of Indianapolis – It was … Continue reading

From DPS – Learning about ISO, shutter speed, aperture, aka the Exposure Triangle

I mentioned Digital Photography School as an excellent resource for tutorials. They recently celebrated their 8th anniversary and posted their 15 most popular tutorials. Three of these are some great tutorials about ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, which are the three settings that determine how sensitive the camera is to light (ISO), how long your … Continue reading

Macro shots make it into Shutterstock

Uploaded many photos to Shutterstock over the week-end. I was delighted that my two favorite photos from Mike Moats Macro Bootcamp just got accepted by Shutterstock! Workshop participants will recognize these props: Peacock Feather Watch Parts You can see my review of the workshop here. Thanks for the lessons, the guidance, and the confidence, Mike!

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My workflow for editorial photos of classic car shows

Just submitted some editorial photos of some classic cars to Shutterstock, thought I’d share my workflow. You can see my classic car show photos here. Taking the photograph is of course the most important part. For classic car show photos, such as this one from last summer’s Woodward Dream Cruise: I can easily spend 15 … Continue reading

Becoming a small business person

So I had been going along making some money with my photography hobby, then a bit more, enough to buy new equipment, and of course I was paying taxes on that money, but was not keeping track of expenses. I also decided to put in a proposal for the gifts of art program at UM, … Continue reading

Review – Mike Moats Macro Bootcamp

I recently attended Mike Moats Macro Bootcamp. It was everything I hoped it would be. A tell-it-like-it-is description of how he takes his wonderful photographs, to the level of detail that you can do it yourself. He covered lenses, accessories, camera details, the keys to flower and critter photographs, what buyers want, taking photographs at … Continue reading

From the beginning…

So in this section I intend to chart my continued adventures into photography. I’m starting with this post that will bring you up to date as to how I got here. You can see my suggestions in Getting Started in Stock Photography, but this is more of the personal story. I took some photographs when … Continue reading

Getting business cards

I have found having business cards to be very helpful as a stock photographer. My latest version has one of my photos as the background, the URL for this blog, my Shutterstock portfolio address, and my email address, which I’ve obscured in this photo: They’re useful to have when I’m photographing an event, so I … Continue reading

Glad you stopped by!

Hi, glad you stopped by! Check the About page for some background and a little tour around the categories, check out the photo gallery, or read the most recent posts. Hope you find some useful information to help you with your photography adventures! Susan

Uploading your photos to stock photo websites

When you first get start you might not be comfortable with accessing your photography information, so you’ll probably upload your jpeg photo through the website’s photo loader and then enter the description, title, key words, etc. through the stock photo website itself – at least that’s how I started. As I got more comfortable I … Continue reading

Beware of copyrights and trademarks

When you shoot a non-editorial stock photo you have to be very careful to not have any copyrighted or trademarked objects in your photos. That means no logos on clothes, no easily identifiable copyrighted buildings. I was going to write more about copyright but I noticed this great entry at Media Bakery Design that does … Continue reading

iStockphoto submission page and training manual

It took me years of trying before I finally got into iStockphoto, but it was definitely worth it! They currently make up 28 % of my monthly sales. Read their training manual very carefully and heed it. Then get inspired by their most downloaded photos. I wrote “inspired” on purpose, don’t be intimidated, everyone started … Continue reading

ImageCollect submission page and FAQ page

I was all excited when I got into ImageCollect, a website of celebrity photos, but I haven’t had much luck with them, probably because my celebrity list isn’t all that… Someday I’ll get a real biggie and maybe then things will turnaround for me. You can check out their most popular photos and you’ll see … Continue reading

Alamy submission page and resources page

Alamy is the eleventh stock photo website I got into, in 2013, and I have yet to make a payout, but when a photo sells the commission is significant, plus they’re very easy to add to so I keep at it. Read their excellent Resources page, with submission guidelines and even Photoshop tutorials! Then check … Continue reading

Veer submission page and guidelines

Veer is the tenth stock photo website I got into, as part of that spurt in 2012. It has been a bit of a dud and they take forever to get back to you on acceptances, or maybe just me because I’m not a big moneymaker for them… It’s interesting to see what my most … Continue reading

Panthermedia submission page and quality standards

Panthermedia is the ninth stock photo website I got into, also in 2012. I had nothing for a while, then an exciting sale of $12 that I thought was the start of something big, but since then not much. Their top photos page seem to include a lot of landscapes, so you nature lovers, give … Continue reading

Photodune submission page and guidelines

Photodune, part of Envato Marketplaces, is the eighth stock photo website I got into, as part of that spurt in 2012. Read their Introduction to the Marketplace for Authors, which has a particularly in-depth section on copyright. Then check their top sellers. When you are ready to submit your photos, head over to their author … Continue reading

Deposit Photos submission page and tutorial

Deposit Photos, a German site, is the seventh stock photo website I got into, in 2012. They’re easy enough to add to, as long as I remember to change the language to English! Check out their tutorial, a very detailed set of guidelines of what they like to see. When you are ready to submit … Continue reading

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