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David P. Smith

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    Bloomington, Illinois
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    Travel, Cooking, Reading

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  1. Thank you Warren. I did stop coming to the forums for a long time then just popped in every now and then. But when this latest thing happened I decided it was enough. Best of luck to you and if you ever need a question answered please don't hesitate to ask.
  2. Yeah Lauren and I are cousins. And yes what an odd couple. An old rocker and a retired police Lieutenant. Lauren is doing well. He started up another band of old time rockers and he is living the dream LOL
  3. Thank you Jeff. I am glad we could help in some small way. I wish you the best of luck in your photographic journey. If you have any questions still feel free to contact me.
  4. I've been thinking about this and I will still come to the forums from time to time. My bone of contention is with SS and their policies and not the contributors who work hard to make some extra money for them and their families. So, yes I will check in to help out where I can. But I have disabled all of my images and videos.
  5. You are more than welcome. Glad I could have been of help. All the best to you.
  6. You never know, I may just pop in every so often to see what is going on and maybe lend a helping hand. It used to be that the Admin people really appreciated the help we gave. Doesn't seem like that any longer. Plus those that know me know that I will be more than willing to help them if they write to me. Best of luck to you.
  7. Thank you. It was one of my favorite things to do. Sorry to see it all go.
  8. The title says it all. It's something we used to say back when I was young letting people know we were leaving. And so it happens again. Due to the new policy of SS on payments I can no longer hang around and be insulted by the greed this company has been showing for the past several years. To those I have tried to help along these 15 years thank you for the opportunity to help. I have enjoyed it. Many of you went on to help others who came after you. But, my part will have to end here unless and until SS changes its policies. Within the next few hours I will be deactivating my portfolios. Take care everyone and keep the pride you have for your art around you at all times. Bye Bye.
  9. A few years back some of us made comments that since Shutterstock went public and it was turned over to the bean counters that they were messing with the rules and algorithms to make them more money and pay us less. Many said we were nuts and just starting conspiracy rumors. Well I wonder what they have to say now. One more way for them to make more money on our backs. I have reached the end of my rope with them and I will be de-activating all of my images and videos as well. All I can say Shutterstock is thanks for nothing.
  10. A few years back some of us made comments that since Shutterstock went public and it was turned over to the bean counters that they were messing with the rules and algorithms to make them more money and pay us less. Many said we were nuts and just starting conspiracy rumors. Well I wonder what they have to say now. One more way for them to make more money on our backs. I have reached the end of my rope with them and I will be de-activating all of my images and videos as well. All I can say Shutterstock is thanks for nothing.
  11. One other thing to remember when it comes to depth of field and images for most stock work is to make sure that the image is done in such a way that the eye of the viewer falls first on the object of attention. In your case, the cat. The problem with your shot is the chimney on the roof is so large that the eye goes to that. This can be fixed in a couple of ways when taking the shot. First, to use a DOF that is sufficient to properly blur out the background and not just make it a bit blurry. Second, is composition. Compose the shot in a way that other objects do not compete with your object of intention. To answer your basic question, SS does take images with a shallow DOF without problem. I have been doing it for over a decade here but as I said it needs to be done properly. What the others said about the focus on the cat is true as well. The object of attention needs to be properly focused. I always suggest zooming in 100% and check the focus that way. Many think their images are in focus when they are not. OOF images is one of the biggest problems many have with taking images. OOF images can be caused by many things; improper tripping of the shutter, too slow a shutter speed, improper holding of the camera which can cause camera movement when the shutter is tripped. Good technique will go a long way in helping get the focus just right.
  12. I have been doing food photography for about 15 years here on Shutterstock. The returns generally are not what they used to be. As to your images I think you are on the right track. I would watch your lighting a bit especially on your white background shots. You are getting some gray tones in there. I would also think more about different props you can use. Different plates, bowls, flatware etc can help elevate a shot. Do some where the food is represented in the way you would find at home or in a restaurant instead of just putting it on a base. Good food photography (when going for a posed setup) is very detailed orientated. Little things count such as how the food is cut, how it is garnished etc. Understand that food will look different depending on how it was prepared. Over cooking vegetables can make their color darker and muddy. Over cooked proteins can look mealy or gray. Understanding the science of food can help a great deal. Overall though I think you are on the right track. Just submit as many quality images that you can. With the hundreds of millions of images in the database you need a lot of them to get noticed. As mentioned good keywords are vital to being seen. Good luck to you.
  13. A couple of things that I would suggest is to pay close attention to your lighting and composition. Lighting is so very important when it comes to photography. The word photography actually means the capture of light. Watch the angle of the light as well as its intensity. Always pay attention to how the light interacts with the object you are photographing. Pay attention to your light source. Different types of artificial light give a different color cast to your images. This is where white balance can come into play. Learn to really "see" the light and how to use it properly. As for composition watch things like your horizon. Some of yours are tilted some. Watch the placement of the object of the shot. Try to keep it out of the middle of the frame. Learn about the rule of thirds. Learn to look at everything in the viewfinder because it is all important. All to often people get tunnel vision and just look at the object of the shot and not the negative space around it. Photography is a craft where the details are all important. Slow down, really look at your shot and by using the different principles of photography such as lighting, exposure, composition, scale, perspective etc create the best shot you can. Just don't take a picture. Good luck to you and if you have questions feel free to ask.
  14. I might as well jump right into this. I have been a food photographer for over 12 years. 98% of the food I photograph is made by myself but I have taken shots in restaurants that I have used here. I have also photographed food for the menus in restaurants. When you talk about copyrights you are talking about a very fluid thing. When it comes to law it is open to interpretation (I was a police officer for 30 years retiring as a Lt. Commander). Laws are created by legislative bodies and are enforced by the courts. Court decisions are also open to interpretation thereby the need for appellate courts at the state and federal level. Because small changes can be made in how something is produced, is why its legal standing can be subject to change. Now up to this point the general rule is that recipes cannot be copyrighted unless it is published it a book and because of that the recipe and any accompanying photo can be protected against unlawful copying and use. The way food is styled also is not generally protected because small changes can take place from the time it is plated till the time it is served. If you take a shot of food in a restaurant and you happen to capture something else in the shot that can be protected then the overall shot can be subject to protection. Now the crazy part is that what one court says is protected another court may say it is not. The courts may have created a legal precedent and later courts generally will follow that guidance but it is not set in stone. So, the answer to the OP's question is....generally no but who the hell really knows because of different situations and conditions. Would I be worried about it generally speaking? No not really. Keep your shot organic with no protected items in the shot and don't loose any sleep over it.
  15. One other thing that I would like to add is one of the things that takes you from someone who just takes pictures to someone who creates images and that is to be aware of the light. If you look at many of your shots you will see that the sky is washed out and the images are rather flat. A part of this is due to the hazing that has been discussed but some also has to deal with what the light was like when you took the image. Many people new to photography think that light is light and as long as it is light out you get the shot. But if you learn to really see the light, its properties and how it effects your surroundings you can elevate your photography. Light changes throughout the day. It can be warm, it can be cold, it can be stark or it can be soft and comforting. Pay attention to the direction of the light and how it interacts with the object of your shot. Watch the shadows that the light creates. Shoot when the light best compliments your subject matter. Remember that the word Photography actually means the capture of light. Google photographic lighting, or how does light effect photography. things like that and you will learn a great deal about the subject. Good luck to you.
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