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lisafx

« Reply #25 on: November 30, 2012, 17:10 »
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My goals for past years have been money oriented.  I think the focus on money has dampened my creativity and enjoyment of photography.  This coming year I would like to focus more on shooting what I enjoy and what brings me personal fulfillment. 

That said, I would like to at least maintain my stock income.  :)
Back to why you picked up the DSLR in the first place. I am still in that zone because I am new to photography. I hope it all works out for you, in terms of personal and monetary satisfaction.

Thanks Poncke and Claridge for the encouragement :)

I have an interesting personal project in mind.  I take pictures for my church, and of family, friends all the time.  Over the last year four people whose portraits I had done at one time or another passed away.  In every case, my portraits of them were used for the memorial services, death obituaries, etc.  And also in each case the families told me how much the portraits meant to them and captured their loved ones personalities. 

I realize I know quite a few elderly people, and would like to start a project to take a beautiful, meaningful portrait of each of them who are interested.  Not a moneymaking opportunity, and not stock either.  Just for them to have a nice portrait of themselves as they look later in life, and something they can share with their families.   Sort of my own little charity enterprise. 


rubyroo

« Reply #26 on: November 30, 2012, 17:20 »
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That's a wonderful idea Lisa.  Wishing you well with it and with your fresh approach to the work generally.  I'm sure it will bring your heart back into it and reinvigorate you!  ;D

For myself... I just want to carry on as I did this year, keep focused on quality and always endeavour to improve on the last shot. 

Oh... and like Tyler, I also want to spend less time on the computer and get out more!

« Reply #27 on: November 30, 2012, 18:09 »
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I won't do a photo unless it interests me and is aesthetically appealing in some way. - nothing specifically for 'stock'.   

I'm not interested in new agencies unless prices and commissions make sense.  And any agencies that continually frustrate me, or patronize me, or stop selling my stuff - screw 'em, I'm pulling out. 

 Microstock - cheap photos sold by web companies -  has had its day; it's in a downward spiral that's only going to accelerate.   Something new has to take its place, but it hasn't emerged yet.


I'm going back to taking photos I like, period.   Actually I already have.  And I'm already experimenting with other ways to market them. 



« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2012, 18:11 »
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1. World domination
2. A huuuge Yakuzi in my bedroom
3. Learn to do the perfect Sushi california rolls
4. Eat the California rolls in the Yakuzi
5. Share the Yakuzi and the California rolls with some beautiful Models

I am a sushi lover, have tried to do it twice but nothing like in a good restaurant (too bad the prices), even in the market tuna is at 30 pounds >:(, that said I love meat too!

gillian vann

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« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2012, 19:15 »
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* My goal is to have myself published in Country Style magazine here in Australia. This isn't a monetary goal as magazines don't pay well I've found; it's just personal. I've always loved their photography and to be accepted would be a thrill.

* More corporate and high end work to help pay the bills.

* Increase stock, but it's not my main income. (Husband is the breadwinner so I have to help him in his business too... perhaps hiring a bookkeeper for him is my next goal.)  I had set myself a goal of 500 images by year's end and while I've probably got that many shot they aren't all edited and online, that part is just so time consuming, so I've fallen short. However, my graphs are all going up which is good. I'll still set myself a goal of 1K files by next December. We're spending two months at the beach this xmas so I'll have come up with some new ideas and find myself a niche.

* learn video. Most of my clients now want videos on their websites so I'm going to have to either buy a video camera or upgrade to D800.

* love my kids more and devote some time to them each week. Poor things whinge alot about how much time I spend on the computer.

Ed

« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2012, 19:22 »
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Another important goal for 2013 which I'd like to aim for is to shoot every week.  If I don't have a stock shoot set up then I'd be forced to simply go out shooting on the street walking around or in nature or something.  I find that my job is more and more at the computer / sedentary and that isn't what I really want, even if it is enjoyable and comfortable.   I like being 'out in the world' a lot and simply want to do that more.

I had this same goal last year....and it will be my goal for this year as well.

tab62

« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2012, 19:45 »
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My goal is very simple one for my 2013 Microstock Business- "Stop running my business as a hobby and start running it as a business"


 :-X

Cheers

Tom

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« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2012, 20:57 »
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Finish my Welding courses, get a job, gain experience then hopefully move out to Colorado to work and live. Shoot when I can or when the urge hits.

ruxpriencdiam

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« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2012, 22:42 »
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This is kinda like a new years resolution thread about what you are going to do next year right?

So here it is plain and simple.

First thing is dont plan on anything because life happens and there is nothing you can do about it you just have to be like water.

Live and enjoy the day because you may not make it to the next, it can all change in the blink of an eye.

Work to live never live to work, it will ruin your life and you will loose many never to be had again first moments in your journey not to mention the time lost as well.






rubyroo

« Reply #34 on: December 01, 2012, 03:21 »
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A wonderful and wise post ruxpriencdiam!   I'd like to give you ten hearts for that one, but the system won't let me.

That's very meaningful for me to read.  Particularly this morning.  Thanks.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2012, 03:33 by rubyroo »

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« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2012, 12:38 »
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A wonderful and wise post ruxpriencdiam!   I'd like to give you ten hearts for that one, but the system won't let me.

That's very meaningful for me to read.  Particularly this morning.  Thanks.
Thank you.

And you are welcome.

« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2012, 13:34 »
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Im just going to make a photoshop action.
Thats not much.

I have one already that tempers the pics for shutter.
Now I want one more, that can isolate  things in just one click. Also hair.

« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2012, 15:48 »
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This is kinda like a new years resolution thread about what you are going to do next year right?

So here it is plain and simple.

First thing is dont plan on anything because life happens and there is nothing you can do about it you just have to be like water.

Live and enjoy the day because you may not make it to the next, it can all change in the blink of an eye.

Work to live never live to work, it will ruin your life and you will loose many never to be had again first moments in your journey not to mention the time lost as well.

It's a one man operation over here, so if I don't make the plans... nothing gets done.

tab62

« Reply #38 on: December 01, 2012, 16:14 »
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I forgot to mention not to go to jail as well for 2013  ;D

gillian vann

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« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2012, 16:43 »
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This is kinda like a new years resolution thread about what you are going to do next year right?

So here it is plain and simple.

First thing is dont plan on anything because life happens and there is nothing you can do about it you just have to be like water.

Live and enjoy the day because you may not make it to the next, it can all change in the blink of an eye.

Work to live never live to work, it will ruin your life and you will loose many never to be had again first moments in your journey not to mention the time lost as well.
sorry, I have to disagree also. The world's most successful people don't just drift along enjoying the ride.

There is great enjoyment to be found also in working hard, achieving your goals and enjoying the fruits of your success.

Each to their own of course, and you can tread your lifepath however you choose. 
:)

rubyroo

« Reply #40 on: December 01, 2012, 17:03 »
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That's not what he said at all.  He's really talking about responding to misfortunes that are out of your control and setting priorities in the right order to keep your heart and sanity.  There's nothing in there at all about not working hard - it's about working hard 'enough', and not working so excessively that it destroys you (which renders all goals redundant anyway). @ cthoman, there's a subtle but important difference between 'plan' and 'plan on'.
« Last Edit: December 01, 2012, 18:33 by rubyroo »

« Reply #41 on: December 01, 2012, 17:12 »
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That's not what he said at all.

What did he infer then because I happen to agree with vanphoto, although Barry's comments do have some real meaning if you place them in the right context.


rubyroo

« Reply #42 on: December 01, 2012, 17:17 »
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I was adding to my previous post as you were writing that, sorry.  See above for my take on it.  I think I'm reading it from the same sort of mental space that he wrote it in.

ruxpriencdiam

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« Reply #43 on: December 01, 2012, 20:16 »
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I was adding to my previous post as you were writing that, sorry.  See above for my take on it.  I think I'm reading it from the same sort of mental space that he wrote it in.
Yeah your on track :)


RacePhoto

« Reply #44 on: December 01, 2012, 21:10 »
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It's still a bit early for this discussion.  Let's have another thread late on New Year's Eve when I'm sitting at the computer with a glass of bubbly.

Sounds good but my answer will be the same.

Microstock or otherwise, what are your goals for 2013?

Live to see New Years Day 2014  :)

I do agree with Lisa's discovery. I figured the same for myself a few years back. (and why people here sometimes criticism me) Everything isn't about how to monetize and market everything you take. I was driving down the highway thinking, can I shoot that, will that be good stock. And I said to myself, I'm not seeing things anymore. I don't enjoy nature, and the fresh air. I'm not enjoying the scenery or the ride. I'm only thinking MONEY!

That's when I decided I'd upload one new photo a month and stop thinking about "can I sell that" Now I take what I like and some days I actually get something for Micro.  ;D

It's a trap. When art or enjoyment and why I started taking photos in the first place, becomes all about work, money and business, I lost the energy and love for making pictures. I do admire the people here who have worked so hard and fought through adversity (yes there is that, the agencies, the cuts, the reviews, the standards and more) to make a good collection that produces some useful income. Good work!

So go ahead call me a hobby shooter. It's true. I'm not offended by the truth.

When I'm going for a walk down a hillside, through a tunnel, and across a stream, just because I want to see "what's on the other side", some of you will be lining up lights, standing inside, behind a tripod, worrying about any tiny flaw or shadow, that will cause the image to be rejected. I'll come home and laugh, show my photos to friends, and maybe print a couple. Does anyone print their Micro and hang it on the wall. Probably not much or often.

So enjoyment trumped money, I'm back where I was in about 1968. Wide eyed and Snap Happy, just looking at things and being amazed at the world around me.  [ Oh yeah and taking pictures of stinky, loud, gas guzzling, tire burning race cars! And railroad equipment. ] I always liked that since I was a kid. Hey, maybe it's just a second childhood, or third or fourth in my case.


« Reply #45 on: December 01, 2012, 21:51 »
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Live to see New Years Day 2014  :)

I do agree with Lisa's discovery. I figured the same for myself a few years back. (and why people here sometimes criticism me) Everything isn't about how to monetize and market everything you take. I was driving down the highway thinking, can I shoot that, will that be good stock. And I said to myself, I'm not seeing things anymore. I don't enjoy nature, and the fresh air. I'm not enjoying the scenery or the ride. I'm only thinking MONEY!

That's when I decided I'd upload one new photo a month and stop thinking about "can I sell that" Now I take what I like and some days I actually get something for Micro.  ;D

It's a trap. When art or enjoyment and why I started taking photos in the first place, becomes all about work, money and business, I lost the energy and love for making pictures. I do admire the people here who have worked so hard and fought through adversity (yes there is that, the agencies, the cuts, the reviews, the standards and more) to make a good collection that produces some useful income. Good work!

So go ahead call me a hobby shooter. It's true. I'm not offended by the truth.

When I'm going for a walk down a hillside, through a tunnel, and across a stream, just because I want to see "what's on the other side", some of you will be lining up lights, standing inside, behind a tripod, worrying about any tiny flaw or shadow, that will cause the image to be rejected. I'll come home and laugh, show my photos to friends, and maybe print a couple. Does anyone print their Micro and hang it on the wall. Probably not much or often.

So enjoyment trumped money, I'm back where I was in about 1968. Wide eyed and Snap Happy, just looking at things and being amazed at the world around me.  [ Oh yeah and taking pictures of stinky, loud, gas guzzling, tire burning race cars! And railroad equipment. ] I always liked that since I was a kid. Hey, maybe it's just a second childhood, or third or fourth in my case.

I agree, but...

I took a break from stock for a few months in 2009 and realized I missed it and really enjoyed making new images. Also, I've worked on the other side doing freelance and working a 9 to 5 doing illustration and design. I find creating stock has a lot more freedom to do whatever you want. I think it is really about finding a balance between what you enjoy and what sells.

gillian vann

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« Reply #46 on: December 01, 2012, 22:51 »
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That's not what he said at all.  He's really talking about responding to misfortunes that are out of your control and setting priorities in the right order to keep your heart and sanity.  There's nothing in there at all about not working hard - it's about working hard 'enough', and not working so excessively that it destroys you (which renders all goals redundant anyway). @ cthoman, there's a subtle but important difference between 'plan' and 'plan on'.
I think something in that resonates very well with you.


rubyroo

« Reply #47 on: December 02, 2012, 03:29 »
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I think something in that resonates very well with you.

Indeed.  ;)

« Reply #48 on: December 02, 2012, 13:01 »
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Since I just turn 86yrs. old, my number one goal is to survive another year.
Also it would be nice if I could continue to fly and take aerial photos.
Making a little more money from my microstock port would be icing on the cake

Smiling Jack

« Reply #49 on: December 02, 2012, 14:01 »
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Since I just turn 86yrs. old, my number one goal is to survive another year.
Also it would be nice if I could continue to fly and take aerial photos.
Making a little more money from my microstock port would be icing on the cake

Smiling Jack

I hope so too. It's great to have you around here Jack


 

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