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« on: February 05, 2007, 09:57 »
I have to share this I'm so excited!   Here I am at my desk... it was a record breaking -53C  with the windchill last night and I have to check if the school busses are running... of course not!  On Saturday we went to hockey and the power steering hoze snapped it was so cold.... (Global warming?   Hardly feels that way).  This time of year is tough in Canada!

I'm here to check the school board - but I can't resist checking stats.  My portfolio is pretty meager, mostly agriculture and nature shots.  Everyone always discusses earnings and I clock in at about $10 per month (pathetic I know, but I still click my heels every time I get a sale).  I was expecting my first payout shortly...   

Over Christmas I model released family and went to the school for a series of teacher/student shots.  They were approved on Dreamstime on about Wednesday.... I couldn't believe it: 12 uploads in 3 days.   Feeling pretty good about myself.  And then it happened.   

An extended license sale.  These pics have been up less than a week.  I can't believe it!

Okay... any awkwardness I had about model releases is now over!  Thanks for hearing my ramble.  Had to tell someone!

« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2007, 10:10 »

Can you provide a link to the photos that you are talking about?  I would love to see them.

« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2007, 11:24 »
Sure, happy to!  I guess a link to my Dreamstime portfolio?  They are the most recent uploads. 


This was the e/l sale.


This is a great way to start off a Monday.  I'm still grinning a couple hours later.

« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2007, 13:26 »
Congrats! Photos with people sell well.

« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2007, 13:28 »

I can see why they are selling.  At first, I thought that they let you take photos during real classes (and I couldn't believe that they would allow that), but then I realized how you did them.  Very smart use of your resources.

« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2007, 14:28 »
Hey, wow! That's incredible. Congratulations.

And you've got great lighting. It's tough, I know, in big open room like classrooms. It's wonderfully even. How did you do it?
« Last Edit: February 05, 2007, 14:29 by Bateleur »

« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2007, 16:06 »
Thanks for the congrats. 

With the kids in the classroom I sat two Nikon flashes on desks - SB 800 on the right and SB 600 on the left and used the pop-up flash on my D-200 as commander.  I bounced the flashes off the ceiling.  There was still a lot of glare off the laminated map on the back wall that I had to clean up.  Also - the overheads were on so there was a lot of yellow in the pics.  Did best I could to remove it, but they still have a bit of a yellow cast.  I felt like it would be too dark without the school lights on.

Most people wouldn't have 2 flashes, but I do a bit of youth sports photography and discovered how important it is to have backup equipment when I broke my D70 in half!  (That's another story).  I had agonized over buying such a good second flash.  I've found having two decent flashes that I can set up on command very useful in different situations.  I now actually use them both in the hockey arena for player portraits.    It's almost like having a mini studio that I can bring in my backpack.

« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2007, 17:07 »

Congratulations.  Very good series, lighting is perfectly even and colors are great.


« Reply #8 on: February 05, 2007, 17:20 »
Well done indeed!!

That's the way to do it - "take the bull by the horns" and  go in.

Result - ripe rewards.



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