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20140105 95
 
© Carolyn Clark

20140105 95

Holiday Lights taken a couple hours after a snowstorm. Taken at night to show the melting snow around the lights. And also to enhance the actual colors of the lights.


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© Carolyn Clark

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Taken with Canon Canon EOS REBEL T3

  • 24 mm
  • 1/40
  • f f/4.0
  • ISO 2500
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I think it could be used for a Christmas Card, Background , or a Computer Background. I like to believe there are endless possibilities for every image, as it is what a person sees or feels from seeing said image. Thank you for your input, I appreciate it very much.

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I like to believe there are endless possibilities for every image, 

Well, you can believe in the tooth fairy but it won't help you sell stock photos here.

 

Let's leave composition aside, you will get a rejection for lighting. SS really doesn't like lighting going all the way from blown highlights to virtual blacks.

 

Let's face it, you liked the way the snow had melted around the warm lights and had turned red and green. You were thinking about your experience and capturing a memory. You weren't planning a shot for stock photography. 

 

When you do it your way round, you end up shoe-horning an image into some imagined stock need. I've had to learn this and now go out to shoot images specifically for stock purposes rather than just go and shoot stuff I like and then figure out which ones might work. They usually won't ,and a quick rejection usually slaps me back into reality.

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"When you do it your way round, you end up shoe-horning an image into some imagined stock need. I've had to learn this and now go out to shoot images specifically for stock purposes rather than just go and shoot stuff I like and then figure out which ones might work. They usually won't ,and a quick rejection usually slaps me back into reality."

 

Very well said John. 1000% correct. It does not work that way in the slightest. Folks who think it does 99.9% of the time there gone very soon. Shooting "commercial" stock Images that attract more than a few buyers is not very easy. and they get buried in a heartbeat. 650,000 new Images every single week....Think about it. I think it's amazing anything sells.

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Thank you John, you are correct, I shot the photo capturing a memory.

"When you do it your way round, you end up shoe-horning an image into some imagined stock need."

That is something I do need to learn : to shoot images specifically for stock purposes and less for "memories sake" if you will. I am indeed an amateur, and still have much to learn.

I am learning so much just from the input & critique you both have offered to me. Thank you for taking the time to offer honest critique. I need to change the way I think when shooting images.

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Aside from the obvious technical issues with this image (as others have pointed out) I happen to like your imagination and thinking behind this photo, C. Clark. 

 

Those are important skills to have as a photographer. Thinking about how you're going to photograph a subject is important. There was thought behind this image. 

 

Furthermore, you never know how an image may be used. Something like this image (without technical issues) COULD be sold through stock agencies.

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