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David P. Smith

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About 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. Tak
  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 obje
  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 pos
  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 comp
  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 appellat
  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
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