Stock photography

Selling images

I have sold another image on Shutterstock, I am going to retire on the fortune I have made! £0.20p is it worth all the time I put in? But if I did not do the stock photography what would I do?

A £0.20p image! at least someone likes it.

A £0.20p image! at least someone likes it.

Moving images


I have over the last three weeks been doing some moving images! Not video! As Grant Scott a very well known photography editor says video is tape in a plastic box that plays on a video machine. So I make moving images and have had 20 accepted so far on BlackBox, an agency that take your moving images and distribute them to 5 more agencies, so I put the stuff on in one place and is seen in 5 places.

Editing the movies

Editing movies is a new thing for me to learn as the movie clips can be as short as 5 seconds and as long as a minute but they recommend about 15 to 30 seconds is best with no colour grading I must admit the clips I have shot look good straight out of the the Canon 5D MK2, so all I have been doing is shoot some bits for 35 seconds or 45 seconds and cut then in half and I have 5 seconds to play with, and it has been working out okay. 


But like all stock agency work you need a lot of stuff up loaded, they say about a thousand images and the same for movies before you see any return! so a long way to go with both.  

Doncaster project.

Doing more photo’s around Doncaster.

Another photo shoot around Doncaster, Martin and I had a few hours to go to the Hub college and Cusworth hall,  I managed to get some really good images of both. At the Hub it was sunny but very harsh and the trees around the place looked good. I did get to take two pano’s and after processing them in Lightroom I am very pleased with them.

One of the pano’s of the college.

One of the pano’s of the college.

Looking at the canal by the Hub I was surprised by the amount rubbish that is in it.



Some of the rubbish in the canal in Doncaster.

Some of the rubbish in the canal in Doncaster.

Time lapse.

I need! Or want to take some time lapse type of thing, I have seen a lot on YouTube! “I spend to much time looking at YouTube” so I get hair brain ideas And think about doing stuff, but not actually doing anything, as my get up and go went years ago! So now I dream a lot and get nothing done.

Shooting Video.

I have also thought about trying some video, as I have a Canon 5D mk2 and it’s meant to be very good at video, and I have had the camera 3 years and not shot any! So I intend to fix that in the next few weeks, nothing for YouTube but a bit of fun for me.

Cusworth hall on a moody night.

Cusworth hall on a moody night.

Doncaster project

Doncaster project.

Martin and I have started a project about Doncaster, I have some good images from our first time out shooting. We did the Dome first shooting from the front but I still think we could do more with the place! 

We also walked part of Lakeside and again got some good images.

When I was shooting I was also thinking about the stock agencies, so I know they don’t take buildings, so I went all arty and shot abstract things and I managed to get 24 images in all 4 agencies I send stuff to! So now all I need are some sales.

Front of the The Dome leisure park, Doncaster  More colour images  here

Front of the The Dome leisure park, Doncaster

More colour images here

Stock agencies.

I have been doing stock stuff for a year now and only have about 300 images in each agency, so not a lot, so sales are slow to none-existent so must try harder! And get a lot more images taken and sent.

I know to get anything back from stock you need thousands of images up not just a few hundred! So need to get out more.   

Arty black and white shot of some chains at Lakeside Doncaster. More black and white images  here

Arty black and white shot of some chains at Lakeside Doncaster. More black and white images here

Trips out.

York in the rain.

Went out to York at night a few weeks ago in the rain, to a small street called the Shambles, it dates back 100s of years, so it is pretty famous in England.

By the time me and Martin got to the street it had stopped raining and about dried up, so we did not get the refection shots we were after but I did get some good images.

Shambles in the rain.

Shambles in the rain.

Brighouse in the sun and rain.

The next trip we made a week later in the day, was to Brighouse as Martin had found a good place on Google earth, it was ok but not how it looked on the computer as I think the images Google used were a good few years old, but never mind I did get some good images of the Canal and an old mill, also got some iPhone images as well so all good.

Calder and Hebble Navigation in Brighouse.

Calder and Hebble Navigation in Brighouse.

Another stock agency.

Alamy.


I have been thinking about this and that, and I am not selling on Getty and Adobe sites enough, so I have started with another agency and it’s British based, so that should be good, called Alamy, so now I supply 3. But with just starting with Alamy I find it easy use. We will just have to see over the next few months. 


Out and about.


Well I have been out a few times this month with Martin, the first place we went to was Barnsley Main, an old colliery in Barnsley. I just like the place, and the shape of the old pit head is very photogenic.

The old front of Armley prison

The old front of Armley prison

The next was Leeds, as on a wanted list on the Alamy site, they wanted some images of the prison at Armley! So me and Martin went dressed in black with balaclavas!, and I took some. It was harder then I was expecting as there were a lot of cars parked by the old entrance, but I did manage to get 13 images to send, and all of them were excepted by Alamy. I have not yet tried Getty and Adobe as I don’t think they will.   

 

Cancer.


Sue has now finished Chemo in Doncaster, and has started with Radium in Sheffield, so it’s a trip to Sheffield every weekday for three weeks, then it’s a wait for 2 months to find out if the Cancer is gone.  

Rotherham again

Depression in a bastard

I think I am losing my mind, I have had 4 really bad days. And I try not to show it, but I am losing. I feel sorry for Sue with everything she is going through and she has me not talking just sat in my room deep in my thoughts.

It seems to be the tiniest things that get me going down, and I have no control I just go down, I am trying very hard not to go deep down but it’s very hard.


Back to Rotherham.

Last week Martin and I went back to Rotherham to shoot, to start off we were looking for a very old crane that was in an old coal stocking yard near the centre of town, but it’s now in a private yard and you can’t get to it, so we just had to improvise and shoot from the road and over the river, I did manage to get a few good shots.

After that it was a very short drive to another part of the canal in fact it was just the next lock down from the last time out, but this section had some great bridges and the railway so very good for photography.

Technique.

In town I used aperture priority like last time out, and found it ok as I was shooting fast, but I found that shooting by the canal and some of the bridges it didn’t work as well so reverted back to full manual because the light was harsh and very contrasty and I kept getting the wrong exposure so manual was the way to go.

New talk/lecture.

I am making a new talk/lecture for the camera clubs, but instead of prints it’s going to be digital images, so I have been looking back at my old stuff and found from about 2002 when I first went digital to 2013 it was mostly motorcycle racing images and not a lot of anything else. So it’s going to be a short talk! 

I have worked out I need approximately 130 to 150 images to last for a 2 hour talk and at the moment I have 3 so looking good!


One from the road.

One from the road.

Touch of colour by the railway.

Touch of colour by the railway.

Use the camera more.

Going out.

Not been out taking images for 2 months, the last time was in the church yard, but on Thursday Martin and me went to Rotherham to the canal by some scrap yards, the sun was shining, big blue sky and a good walk.

We did that in the morning and to warm up as it was very cold, we went to the pub, a small village pub that sells Sam Smiths beer “My favourite” So a very productive day.


Practice.

I usually shoot fully manual on the Canon 5D mk2 I have, but watching some YouTube videos a lot of the top landscape photographers seem to use aperture priority, and let the camera sort out the shutter speed. 

So I had to give it go, I used to shoot the bikes back in the day! In manual or shutter priority, so you have control of the wheel movement and the blur of the background.

I did enjoy shooting like this, and was not using my tripod, so shooting faster then I normally do. I did get some interesting images nothing outstanding but just good! I think I can use about 6 or 7 for Getty out of 126, so my hit rate is not good “Need to get out more and practice”.

One of the better images. Still not sure if I like it!

One of the better images. Still not sure if I like it!

I am very lethargic!

I did some images for the eldest granddaughter for her living school prom the light was very harsh, and I took them at 5/6 pm, I thought about using flash, but the style of photography I was doing was candid and was shooting from a foot up to 10 feet away so instead of getting the shot I would be constantly playing with the settings, so I just took a simple way and shot no flash and AV aperture priority and I got some very good images.

Apart from that, I have only been to Sheffield and some locks on the Chesterfield canal Nr Worksop. A very enjoyable day, shot a lot of graffiti and odd bits, the graffiti is no good for Getty, so it was looking for the odd bits! I did quite a few shots of an old wheelbarrow that I like. 

I am having productivity problems at the moment, I have all the time in the world but the brain just won’t go in gear and do stuff, so the images from the Chesterfield canal remain untouched, I think its the heat and I am very lethargic! Just no go.

Also, my dad has been ill and at 83 it’s a bit of a worry, and Martin my friend who takes me out is not feeling his best and is undergoing tests at the Hospital.

At least the days are getting shorter and in a few weeks, the temperature will start to drop, as I can not take the heat.