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David Buzzard

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  1. With those kind of shots, a graphic designer can change the letters to spell whatever they like, so really there isn't much difference.
  2. For straight up sales and downloads, model released photos of people will sell the most. they're also the most expensive (models, locations, etc) and labour intensive to produce. The problem is you still only get $0.10 per shot, maybe a few dollars at best, so it's going to take forever to recoup your costs. If you just take nice photos of stuff that interest you, you'll probably do pretty good.
  3. For portraits and anything with fine detail, you'll notice a big difference with a full frame camera. For landscapes and whatnot, you probably won't see much of a difference.
  4. Start by flipping the umbrella around and using it as a reflective modifier, that will give you a totally different look. That's one of my favourite light setups. A lot of the round modifiers, especially the long ones, are highly focused and will give you a pretty hard light. Most of my location shoots are dine with either a small 12x16" or a medium 24x32" softbox. Anything larger isn't getting you very far outside, and really needs a pretty large studio space inside.
  5. I use a program called Photo Mechanic, which is designed for news photojournalists to rename and caption photos on deadlines. It has a built in captioning engine where you can put pre-set strings of keywords in. Makes keywording a snap. As an aside, I've noticed on my list of top sales, many don't have any keywords shown, so I'm figuring that it's probably more important to get a well written caption.
  6. I use a program called Photo Mechanic which is designed for photojournalists. It has a really good caption and keyboarding engine built in lets you apply pre-made strings of keywords and then apply them to multiply photos. Usually my keyboarding is done in minutes, not hours. It's totally work captioning and keywording your photos regardless if they're with an agency or not. That way you can find them and know what's going on if you revisit the photos.
  7. All the graphic design shops and agencies ramp down and send their people on vacation in August, same with most consumer magazines. The only thing still going full speed are newspapers, which why everyone's sales are only $0.10. It will pick up in September and October ahead of the Christmas season.
  8. I just started contributing in March, and since I had a lot of dead time this spring, I went through my back files and uploaded about 500+ photos. So far my lifetime average is $0.24, but every single image sold in August has been $0.10. July was $0.36, and I think June was about $0.14. My average sale on Alamy, where I've been a contributor for about 15 years, is about $40. I have to say that I pretty much don't put any effort into stock photos, it's all just out-takes from my editorial and commercial photography, plus whatever I get when I'm travelling around. At best, my stock inco
  9. That's how you get 52,000 photos on SS.
  10. Hey why not? The worst that's going to happen is that they don't make it through QQ. You never know what will sell.
  11. I believe they have an in-house photo lab that will send the prints directly to the client. Personally, I get my own printing done, but that's just me.
  12. Colourful things sell way more than muted colours.
  13. Get a Photoshelter account. It's like $10/month and you can also sell your own stock through there, as well as prints. I still make more from that than I do from all of my stock agencies put together.
  14. The video looks pretty good. If I had anything to add, it would speed up your tracking shots by 20% to 50%, the ones you have aren't very dynamic. What I usually do with these is crank up the frame rate as high as it will go, 60fps or 120fps, run the track at full speed, then slow it down in post. It makes it easier to control and you get a way smoother shot. With the photos, what jumped out at me are all the wired phones and modems. That's basically a dead technology. Keep an eye out for how marketable the photos are, how would somebody use this to sell a product or illustrate a
  15. Really interesting breakdown. From my experience as a newspaper and commercial photographer, I find graphic designers are overwhelmingly looking for background images. When I do a commercial food shoot, I often photograph the dishes on a plain grey background, then it's stripped out and plated onto a background image, or often several background images. As for regular photos, the most used stock photos seem to be business oriented team photos. The "two men in suites shaking hands" genre. Back in the day photographers made a fortune off these shots, but today I don't know how you make
  16. Some nice graphics, but stock really is a time and numbers game. I'm on the photo side of things, but I find that you need hundreds of submissions and at least a few months for the gears to get moving before you start making any kind of income.
  17. I always use H264 at about 32 bits per second. I also use the two pass processing, which is noticeably cleaner.
  18. I've had that same problem for South African city and town names, like the townships KwaMashu and Umlazi. The AI can't handle it.
  19. I've heard terrific things about the DJI Mavic S2 and it's only USD $1,000
  20. Hey why not? Who knows? I suspect that the photos are far too general in their subject matter to be of much value, but you never know. You also need to get way more specific in the image descriptions. Just "national park" isn't going to get you very far. For example, something like "Olympic National Park on Washington's Olympic Peninsula in the Pacific Northwest." will get you a lot more traffic. Somebody might need a photo of that specific park and maybe you have the only photos.
  21. Just download directly from the SD card via a quality card reader, like a Lexar, or you might have an SD slot built into your computer. Transfer the files manually into a folder, not using some app import feature. Make sure to format the card when you put it back in the camera.
  22. They still need a model release for the rest of their body.
  23. As a commercial photographer, my workflow starts in Photo Mechanic, which is a very simple and fast piece of software designed for photojournalists, to make an initial selection of of phots which I then export to another folder, then I import that folder into Lightroom. In Lightroom, I have it set to automatically apply Adobe Portrait picture profile, and slide the highlights back about 30% and the shadows forward about 30% 90% of the time, that's all the basic processing the photos need. Once I have the photo basically there in LR, I export it to Photoshop for final bit of processing. LR
  24. Probably fine. Texture is more about lighting and processing. Make sure to use a hard light source, and if you're in Photoshop or LR, pick a high key image profile, like Adobe Landscape.
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