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« on: October 28, 2012, 12:28 »
Hello All:

This is my first post, I'm also new to photography, Im trying to learn by myself but it will be great to hear a critique of my technique, Im aware that maybe some of my pictures are not stock material, if so please point it out but Id really appreciate advise on composition and technique, if you need any information about my photos dont hesitate to ask.

Thanks guys!!!

Red fruits in B&W background: **
Small insect of flower: **
Drop of rain in yellow flower: **
Drops of rain in B&W: **
Green leafs in rain forest background: **
White Roses: **
Volcano steaming from far: **

« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2012, 13:33 »
sorry but no!

1. no BW
2. no selective color
3. no flowers
4. try faster shutter speed/higher aperture because I see many pictures OOF

see what agencies have already and see if you can manage pull a few yourself, good luck!

« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2012, 17:04 »
I would suggest to do what Luis mentioned last:

Goto to the agencies and look through their best selling images. At Dreamstime, Fotolia, Canstock you can register and use the zoom feature to see how sharp the details are in those images.

This will help you understand what the quality is for successful images.

You might not be there as of now, just try to understand the technical aspects of stock (or better microstock) photography.

So besides the technical parts, you also have to learn how to create photos that contain a clear concept.

You can argue that there are successful images of flowers already at the agencies and that's true, BUT, there is more than flowers and there is a lot of money to be made with OTHER concepts besides flowers, petals and landscapes.

If you thoroughly don't enjoy taking pictures of people, isolated objects and the like then microstock may not be the right place for you.

Not everyone can just pick up a camera and be making a living off of it if their heart isn't into it.

It takes years of learning and improvement of skills to become and stay successful!

« Reply #3 on: October 28, 2012, 17:43 »
If you're 'new to photography', there is no reason you need to worry about stock shooting.  Go and have fun with your camera.

« Reply #4 on: October 28, 2012, 23:47 »
In addition to the guidelines Luis gave you, you need to work on lighting - even outside you'll need a reflector (white card if you don't have one) when the light is putting parts of your image in unattractive and distracting shadow. The lighting in the flowers/leaves images isn't OK.

There are probably better places than this forum to work on improving your basic skills (i.e. you won't get much specific help here with those sorts of things). For lighting with very little gear, the Strobist blog is excellent; look through Lighting 101. Adorama has some good basic tutorials you can look through here.

« Reply #5 on: October 30, 2012, 17:22 »
I can't you enought for your help, I might be a little off on the concept, but I'll review the sites mentioned.
I'm sure I can find a concep suited for stock, I enjoy taking pictures of people and objects, but sports are quite fun as well.

I'd also like to get more comments in the like of: "try faster shutter speed/higher aperture".

Thanks: jsnover, sjlocke,click_click and luissantos!!!


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« Reply #6 on: October 30, 2012, 19:02 »
Use lowest ISO.

Learn to use selective focus and DOF.

« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2012, 05:15 »
The vulcano is the best stockwise.
The rest have huge problems.
You need to be able to get rid of noise, - or not produce it, and you need to be able to produce a sharp picture in 100%.


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