My Shutterstock activity

Well it has been just over two years since I opened my account with Shutterstock and by the end of today, I should have just over 500 images uploaded. This number, although seeming huge to me, is apparently, just a tiny handful for those contributors who seem to be most active.

This is one from the batch I shall upload later today. I can’t even imagine if it has a commercial value and if it will sell as a stock photo. It may do better on a site that sells contributors images as canvases – I have yet to look at that properly. I barely spend enough time doing what social media I already do (and that is another discussion).

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I can’t say stock photography seems to be all glamour – my most sold photo (and my hardest working because it usually sells for minimum return) is a photo I’m not particularly proud of being the author of. But, it has made a fair contribution to my sales, and it does seem to fulfil a commercial need for users all over the world:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/romney-marsh-sheep-on-marshland-408242065

And the photo with the best average returns (least sold for most money) is another non-glamourous image that I snapped quickly on the quayside in Folkestone:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/fresh-plaice-wet-fish-on-dockside-473630443

This was an early photo that I thought might have some value to show the gender differences between boys and girls but it has never sold. And now, I wonder if it is not such a good photo:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/hastings-england-27-july-2015-children-331029362

 

There are a couple of early photos that I do like, and I thought they might have a commercial use but they have never sold. Maybe I need to review the keywording and titles of these images as I feel they should still have potential:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/spaniel-wearing-pink-elizabethan-medical-collar-332049143

 

 

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/pumpkin-patch-333401099

 

I’m pleased to say I think the quality of my photos is vastly improving as time rolls on. It doesn’t necessarily mean the most recent photos outsell ones that have been there longer – yet. I hope this one does well:

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https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/free-range-chicken-on-tropical-beach-674880838

 

It is a very mysterious game but it is a game I quite enjoy… checking everyday to see what has sold. Having the occasional jolt because nothing sold that day or, the euphoria because a single image sold for a good sum of money. I shall never make my fortune with it but, yes, it’s a good game.

After reading this, if anyone is tempted to get involved in the challenge that is stock photography, there is a reasonable referral scheme. Why not message me and we could talk about how that works.

 

 

 

 

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Low tide at the pier

I cannot believe it has been so long since I was on the beach. The pier at low tide will always offer an interesting play with light, lines and space.

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Circles and angles looking cold even from the cafe
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Deceptive skies
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Playing with DOF
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When the reflections scream
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geometry
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No sunset then
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More reflections
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The seafront properties are looking more and more cared for.
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Playing with ICM (intentional camera movement)

Winter wildlife

I made the most of a sunny, crisp winter’s morning to get over to the  Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne wildlife park and see how the animals, many more used to a warmer climate, were coping with this cold spell.

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Maybe feeling a bit bolshy at having her breakfast disturbed?
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An early morning snort.
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This one is indigenous
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Waiting
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Impatient for a feed I think
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The silverback
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Learning the morning song
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Family unit

 

 

Whitstable Bay

It’s always interesting to go to Whitstable for the day. Not only because the seafood lunches are fabulous but also because the north facing coast is enjoyably disorientating, putting a different view on the sunset. And, my oh my, have the sunsets been glorious this autumn.

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Groynes
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Oyster shell debris
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Oyster beds at low tide
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Victoriana elegance
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Boats
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Beach huts
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Seaside home
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Boats at sunset

 

 

366 Week 24

Can’t believe I’m keeping this going – much more consistent than my normal self.

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Roxy, my nephew’s funny dog.
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Yes, it is what it says on the label. The Crazy Golf World Championships – only in Hastings could they hold this.
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Local park after the rain.
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Long exposure at the beach.
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The continual quest to get a good shot of under the pier.
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New footpaths around new link road.
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Bottoms Up!!!

 

Photoshoot on the beach

A BIG thank you to Conrad Lee who I happened to encounter on a few of the local Facebook photography pages and whose photo shoot he allowed me to gate crash.

Self taught over the past few years, not only does Conrad have imaginative concepts for different shoots, he is also making wonderful contributions to recording the town’s heritage with his portrait photos of local celebrities and trades people which are published by the local magazine Hastings Voice.

On this particular shoot, he had organised a make up artist: KW Make Up, a model: Katie Gould (who had never before modelled so big well done to her) and a videographer: Kastiel Wilkin. And, although I had gone with the idea of just watching to see how a shoot is conducted, I was encouraged to get my camera out – which I did. And, although a little different for me, here are the results.

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Make up and stylist
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Photographer and videographer

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First time model
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A little awkward at first
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But soon warmed up
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Looking very pensive
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Abandoned?
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Ah, yes. There he goes.
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All ending in smiles and flowers.

 

Revisiting f-stops

I assume there will come a day when depth of field becomes a controlled variable rather than pot luck. This image was taken from a close point of view – about 18 inches from the main subject which was as close as my Nikon 18-55 would allow me to get whilst maintaining auto-focus. How focused would I want the background bicycles to be? And what about the focus on the pebbles? I hope with practice, these variables will become purposeful.

From the darkroom

PICT0101bsmIn my quest to learn all about this photology magic, I have taken a workshop to learn how to use the darkroom. I recently found out that a small charity who have set up a community darkroom in town were holding an introductory workshop for amateurs. I went and since then, I’ve been back a couple of times, on my own to practise what I learned. The results leave a lot to be desired but I want to record here, my first attempts at processing my own film.

To convert the negatives to digital, for the sake of keeping record of what I have (the eyesight is not what it was and those negatives are pretty small) and to blog about it occasionally, and hopefully see some progress, I have treated myself to a little, stand alone negative scanner (Veho VFS-008 Smartfix) which, although the file sizes aren’t very big, is perfect for what I want to do with it.

Here are some of the negatives I then had a go at making prints from. I have to say making prints on 8×10 paper is VERY satisfying. Now, I want to buy a better printer to print off some of my digital images… And so the cost goes on.