Thursday, May 21, 2009
It may take a few days to find out if they accept your photos or not. Be prepared for rejections. If you read the reason why they declined a photo(s) you can use that to improve on your future photos. Don't upload everything you got! Take it slow and easy.
After a while, you will have quite a collection of approved photos on their site, and hopefully by then you will see the money coming in. The more photos you have on that site, the better your chances on making money.
When you've been with them a month or two, and you aren't quite earning as much as you thought you would...remember that you are making money on pictures that would have been sitting in your computer taking up valuable space.
Keep submitting, building your number of available photos. Don't get mad and quit. One day you could be making enough money with stock photo agencies that you will be able to quit your day job. But you have to stick with it and be in it for the long haul.
In the meantime, you can put the money you earn to good use. Pay down that credit card balance, save up for a better camera, make an extra house payment.
How and why would you do that? You steel yourself for the criticism and revel in the praise. You need the criticism in order to know what areas you need to improve on. If they tell you your picture isn't crisp enough, sharp enough, or your highlights are blown....whatever it is, you read up on that and you apply what you learned to future photographs.
That is how you take photos that are good enough for someone to be willing to pay you for it. If you want it bad enough, you keep going and never give up. Do that and you will succeed.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
1. Raise your ISO to let in more light.
2. Lower your shutter speed.
3. Open up your aperture.
That's the fast, cheap, and easy way to get around the problem. It's a starting point that will bring you to the conclusion that there must be more to it than simply that. Don't worry, there is a whole lot more to it.
Okay, if this makes you feel sorry for the photographer--I'm with you. But if you agree with the visitor, then you simply don't understand that there's a whole lot more to it than simply having a great camera.
You can take great photographs with a cheap camera if you know how its done. And that my friend, is how I started out. Cheap camera's, no money, no knowledge, and no skills. But along the way I did manage to get in a few lucky shots. And I had a lot of fun.
But now it's getting more serious. I want that excellent camera and I will obtain it by learning to take really great photographs with a cheap camera. And I'll share with you what I've learned every step of the way. Sound good?
Friday, April 24, 2009
Does white balance really matter? I didn't always think so, but other people did. They don't mind telling you about it, either. After someone complained about the white balance being off in my former picture, I went and did a Custom White Balance on my camera. It's really easy to do!
Now my colors are true and my background is more acurate than before. Which only goes to show that sometimes your camera needs a little more help from you to do the job right.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
You probably enjoy being able to take many more pictures without the burden of having that film developed. You enjoy the instant gratification of seeing the picture without having to wait a week for it to come back.
There are a lot of advantages to digital over film, it's true. But you go through a lot of batteries? And the one(s) that came with your camera lasted how long? One day?
Here's what I did. I bought a couple of battery chargers. My favorite is the 15 minute charger. I can carry the charger with me if I plan to take a lot of pictures. I have the quick charge batteries because when I'm needing to take a lot of pictures, I can't wait 8 hours for a charge.
The batteries are rated NiMH 2000mAh and the package said they were good for cameras and other high energy users such as games. The higher the number is, the longer the battery life and the better for your camera. The 8 hour charge batteries will give you more charges and last longer in camera, but you have to consider your needs.
Think about the old days when they came out with those alkiline batteries and you paid the extra money because they lasted more than a day. This is similar. Go for the higher NiMH rating and you'll notice a big difference, too.
Your camera needs more energy to perform at its highest level. Whether you choose to buy disposable or rechargeable is up to you.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
But it did give me my very first experience with digital photography, and that was worth far more than what I paid. One very important lesson was that if you drop your camera on the floor it probably will not work anymore. That was my experience, anyway. Very important lesson, that was.
My goal is to share my ups and downs in the process of learning the craft and developing the art of photography. My hope is that you might gain from my experiences somehow. If you have little or no money but a desire to take better pictures then you and I have something in common.
I plan to make this fun, enlightening, and most of all--interesting.