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  1. After having a word with one of my former classmates, I decided I'm going to move on with freelance work in software development. As much as some of you do recommend I go out and get a part-time job, unfortunately that'll be too much work. I know Shutterstock Forums isn't really the best and appropriate place to discuss, but this is what I mean. Some goals I have right now are as follows: Keep on applying to so many job openings. Start some courses on LinkedIn Learning to learn some new skills, especially for demanding roles in software development. Market myself to various recruiters on LinkedIn, and establish connections with various software engineers / developers. Help out my parents with their businesses by finding some people who may like my parents' services from a business standpoint. Work on my technical interview skills for my full-time job interviews, as they are a lot more complicated than interviews for internships. Take advantage of LinkedIn Premium Business as I'm subscribed to as much as possible. Right there, that's already at least 8 hours of work each day. Even then, I'm pushing myself so hard to reach them, because I am in an industry with a lot of demands for software engineers. The truth is, this is a whole ton of work, and excuse me if I sound like I'm comparing apples and oranges in a rude way, but I think it's a lot more complicated to understand than stock photography alone. Please don't mind me if I share a bit of personal details indirectly: Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo is one of the hardest programs in Canada, and is extremely difficult to get in. I spent already one month on job applications alone, and I sent out 234 applications. That's because I couldn't really apply for new grad roles while I was finishing my degree this winter; for that, most of the New Grad teams are full. I have to persist anyway because some recruiters are flexible enough to make exceptions. Even then, I am in intense competition with thousands of software engineers across the United States and Canada.
  2. Please don't mind me if I go completely off-topic, and that this thread will probably be locked off to prevent anymore replies, with me blocked from putting on some new threads because of spamming. People, I really hate having to share my personal feelings right here, but I am feeling extremely discouraged from having to move forward with Shutterstock as a whole. I don't have a driver's license, I have to be careful not to spend too much money, and even worse, when I get a full-time job, I need some help with moving. If my job ends up being in the United States, such as San Francisco, that's going to run me $2,000. I have to be ready to pay back my student loans by the end of October. And I still need to sign up to TransUnion for security on my credit file because Equifax alone from what happened with the Desjardins data breach is definitely not enough. I'm recalling what happened two years ago when Equifax experienced a massive data breach. See, I'm pushing myself so hard because I already spent one month and over 200 job applications looking for a full time job. And while I'm at it, I don't have some pocket money income to help me with TransUnion and a little bit of how much I'm paying for food. Writing numerous blog posts through Blogger is going to take me too much time in order to have a substantial income, and I got some comments saying that I need to have a very consistent theme with my blog, which I unfortunately don't. Although I would put together a bunch of tutorials, what scares me is the amount of tutorials that already exists. I don't have something innovative to write and show in a blog post. Getting a part-time job is not going to help me much; besides, software recruiters do not want to see that, as they'll think that I am retiring from the software industry. Although one alternative I'm thinking is to do some illustrations instead, I'll need to take a course first on how to create illustrations before I even get to work and start uploading them onto Shutterstock and so on. Ebooks will take way too long for me to make a small income. I would also have to put in so much work into getting 4,000 subscribers and 1,000 viewing hours first before I can make money off of YouTube videos I would make; some comments even discouraged me from doing so. Whatever the response will be, I'm reaching out to Shutterstock staff for some help, because I really don't know what to do. 😭
  3. I took 540 photos of different plants and trees at the Sugarbrush Park in Waterloo, Ontario. I think once I go through all of them to find out which ones to pick for upload (for commercial use and not editorial), I think I'll have something like 270. Problem is, the photos I have consists of so many plants I can't really describe what they are. That's a problem, as commercial photos still need consistent descriptions and keywords for search engine optimization and so on. What is it I need to identify the types of plants I have to write down in my description and keywords? This is an example I have (and yes, there seems to be some areas of overexposure / underexposure I'll need to adjust using programs like paint.net). It's a bunch of trees that obscure the view of the sky above. There are so many species of trees aside from maple that I can't quite tell which is which. What kinds of trees do I need to mention in my description when I upload an edited version of this onto Shutterstock as a commercial photo? If you folks need to see the full resolution picture because this forum post picture is too small, please send me a message and I'll send it to you.
  4. I'll need to save up at least $130 to afford a tripod and an attachment that lets me mount my cell phone onto it before I can do a retake. The tripod needs to be at least a metre tall, something like 1.5 m for consistent results.
  5. NOTE: I'm still fairly new to Shutterstock and stock photography in general. Yesterday, I uploaded and submitted 24 images consisting of various buildings at the University of Waterloo as editorials. Most of them have been rejected for the same reason, which is how the subject of the image is not in focus. From reading through the guidelines of photos, I am pondering about fixing this in two ways: Crop the image to get rid of unwanted content, although that results in making the image be smaller and not be as big as people would prefer. Change the description to a more consistent one. This is an example I have: a view of Engineering 5 and 7 (two buildings joined together with a central hallway down the middle). Description: Engineering 5 and 7 at night from the north end with a pedestrian bridge connecting to Engineering 3. Shot at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, on May 25, 2019. Keywords: architecturebluebuildingcanadacivileditorialengineeringexteriorgaragehangarlandmarkmechanicalmodernontariooutdoorpost secondaryschoolingskytechnologyuniversityurbanviewwaterloo What I wound need to do is remove a lot of the sky that makes up the top margin, and remove the bottom to where the parking spot touches on the image. Still, I'm wondering if there's something else that may be causing this to fail validation.
  6. I'm still not familiar with taking pictures and labelling them as "Commercial." Even then, that's a challenge because I don't have a professional camera like a Canon. Instead, I'm using my phone. What do I need to do to find the right angle and place to take a photo such that I can tag it as a commercial one? In addition, as my front camera can capture 12 megapixel images, what filters will I need to use to make those more vivid? I got Inkscape and paint.net. By the way, earlier this week, I went out for half an hour and took a bunch of photos of Sugarbrush Park.
  7. I never tried the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest. Depending on where my full-time job lands, I may or may not have the opportunity to go check it out and take some public photos.
  8. Ah, okay, cool. I don't expect myself to sign up to a rights managed agency anyway, so I'm definitely in the right place. Thanks!
  9. It's probably going to take way too long for me to do so many photo edits on my shots, and even learn them to begin with. I'll need to introduce a bigger variety of photos instead of making quality ones.
  10. On stock photography websites, where would I usually find out whether the images I'm uploading to become royalty free or rights managed? With these UWaterloo images I'm uploading here, as you can see in my portfolio recently, they are now royalty-free. I need to find this out with Adobe Stock, Getty Images, and so on.
  11. I took a look at some photos in your portfolio, Mike, but the only thing I see is that each one says it's "royalty free." To me, it sounds like no money is being made from them.
  12. I'm actually done with my bachelor's degree. What I'm mainly doing is looking for a full-time job in software engineering. I didn't really take pictures of my assignments, labs, equipment, and so on during my program. To me, if I was to describe a software engineer / software developer visually, I would take photos of actual code, the tools I use to write it all out, the programs I built those out of, my end results, and maybe the results of using testing tools. That doesn't look visually stunning from a buyer's point of view, though, because I don't think they want to spend a lot of time taking pictures of me coding or drawing diagrams on a whiteboard.
  13. Test my understanding: on one site, if I have the image for free, I can't upload it on a separate website that actually sets a charge on it.
  14. I'm not sure what you mean. See, the kinds of pictures I took of food include meals from university residences, those I made myself with store-bought goods, catered foods, and some restaurant foods. I even got a couple of photos of dishes served in the Cora Restaurant food chain (for those of you who don't know, it's a brand of restaurants originally from Montreal). This is an example of one; a BLT sandwich served at B & J's restaurants while I was out for an on-site interview back in January in Redmond, Washington. Because I think this is a trademarked dish, although the ingredients are not, this can't be submitted as commercial. Plus, since it's in a restaurant, I still need a property release from it.
  15. What about uploading the same images onto other stock photography websites such as Getty Images and Adobe Stock? They don't necessarily work the same way, but the truth is, I can't necessarily expect people who are looking for stock photography to search only Shutterstock alone. It sounds like spamming, except what I'm doing is opening these photos up to different people in different markets so that it's within their comfort zone. What one buyer trusts with Adobe Stock may not trust with Shutterstock.
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