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« on: July 22, 2013, 21:47 »
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I'm basically a semi-retired Web designer with a camera.

Okay, here's a little more detail. As a designer, I often had trouble finding suitable pictures for some of my sites, so I started taking them myself. Then I started taking pictures  for other designers. Then I submitted a few to stock companies. And then I sold a few (both privately and through microstock). Then one day it dawned on me that I was a photographer.

It's still a very part-time thing for me, though. It's  basically a hobby that helps pay for itself. But I've decided to start working  seriously on developing my skills. I don't know that my income from it will ever be more than lunch money, but because this is not my primary source of income, I do have the luxury of being able to have a bit more fun with it than if it were.

I'm going to try to attach small versions of a few of my recent shots. That does seem the thing to do on a photography forum, don't you think?

I'm eagerly looking forward to learning from all of you veterans, more about photography itself than the business end. I have nothing but respect for anyone who can make a living in what I've learned is an extraordinarily challenging business, but at this point I would just like to take better pictures.

Thank you very much for having me.

-Richard


CD123

« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2013, 23:39 »
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Welcome Richard. You pictures looks great. A lot of us here are not Pro photographers and use it to supplement our income, or like you, as self paying hobby. Hope you find the forums helpful and learn quickly to turn a blind eye to the not so friendly members.  ;)

Charl
« Last Edit: July 22, 2013, 23:45 by CD123 »

Beppe Grillo

« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2013, 02:08 »
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Hello Richard.
Your images look good.
Maybe little lighter shadows will help. You lose a lot of interesting details in insects I think.
« Last Edit: July 23, 2013, 02:11 by Beppe Grillo »

Donvanstaden

« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2013, 04:50 »
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Hi Richard,

Firstly I am not the best in the business but can give you some advice based on my experience as a nature/wildlife photographer. These types of pictures are niche in the microstock industry which can be a good thing but they need to compete with the best if you want to make decent sales. Have a look at the top selling images in the same genre to see what you are up against.

Try to avoid distracting backgrounds and allow clean space for text. The grass in the 'frog' image is too distracting from the subject and if it was a 'clean' blurred background the buyer could have more options how to use the image.




« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2013, 05:12 »
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Thanks for all the kind words and advice.

I do agree that I have to work on lighting and backgrounds (among other technical and compositional issues) to make the pictures better and more commercially viable, especially if I want to dwell in the niches. I don't mind being there, but I do understand that if I want to live in a niche, my work has to really stand out from the rest.

Just as an aside, I don't only photograph nature and wildlife. That's just what I've been doing recently because of various time- and weather-related reasons. It's either been pouring rain or horrendously hot and hazy for the past few weeks, and I also was busy with a big project for a Web design client; so I haven't gotten out much. All of the pictures above were taken right outside my own home.

Thanks again.

-Richard


 

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