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4 hours ago, cpaulfell said:

Going downtown should be a life adventure and not a chore. Taking photo's is just a bi-product of the trip and not the reason for...

 

An excellent way to look at it, there is nothing to recoup if the stock picture is a happy extra to something you are already doing. Kind of why I do (or did) food stuff mostly, I have to eat. :)

 

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14 hours ago, Autumn Sky Photography said:

You know, it can always be worse.  Certain agency that publishes contributor earnings once a month (as opposed to real-time on Shutterstock)  today had a couple of real gems in my statement:

 

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I don't care who says what, this is downright disrespectful.  So, parking or no parking, 25 cents looks like a pot of gold compared to this ;=)

 

Ya wanna make Money AND get respect? boy, your greedy.....LOL

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13 hours ago, cpaulfell said:

Going downtown should be a life adventure and not a chore. Taking photo's is just a bi-product of the trip and not the reason for...

Ok, just for the record: I'm not crazy enough to drive an hour to downtown because I got excited that I sold a photo for $1.88. I was working in SD that day anyway. $500 day rate by the way. With "going down there" I meant looping by Seaport Village.

 

Incidentally, sold the second of the batch today, so now only 30 more downloads remaining til ROI. 😉

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LOL when I started out I bough a few props. A wooden background, a few plates, silverware, small stuff for food photography I wanted it all to look new and not have to retouch it in post-processing. It took me almost one year to have that paid off! And now, I use them over and over again. Not buying anymore!

I also don't do anything I would not normally do just for stock, unless it's free and walking distance. I do a lot of food, which I can eat afterwards; things around the house; and since I am a hiker I carry the gear and snap shots during the hike. Lately, I have been doing a lot of long exposure photography too, with friends, to learn. Not a problem to upload those, but taking them just for stock would not be wise. 

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12 hours ago, farbled said:

An excellent way to look at it, there is nothing to recoup if the stock picture is a happy extra to something you are already doing. Kind of why I do (or did) food stuff mostly, I have to eat. :)

 

 

that's the spirit. 

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2 minutes ago, AlessandraRC said:

LOL when I started out I bough a few props. A wooden background, a few plates, silverware, small stuff for food photography I wanted it all to look new and not have to retouch it in post-processing. It took me almost one year to have that paid off! 

Thats a very Common Mistake. But....If your  or you wanna be a specialist in a certain Genre' your gonna have to spend some Money My pardner and cousin had a fortune in Props for His High End food work. actually a complete garage full. I did Very High End product work Long Before microstock and had rooms full of stuff. My Product work has evolved into Catalog work for High End Furniture Makers and we Have sets. Like Movie sets of bedrooms we use. We have 3. If Micro is what you wanna do and you can't be cost effective or understand it. Your gonna be going Backwards for a very Long time.

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3 minutes ago, AlessandraRC said:

 

that's the spirit. 

Correct....IF. Micro is where your goning to stay. High end food work is quite a different BallGame.... Farbled Knows that. If you wanna take your work to that level and actually get paid. It can't just be your dinner. Look at the High end food work and I don't mean Stock food work. The rustic,Farm to Table on a beat up wooden table with a window light is so Old now. 2/3 years ago Offset.... stock work is not known as cutting edge anything. Like the instagram Junk that the Great shooters were doing 5 years ago. Get out of the bubble Guys. Easier said than done. new folks are still doing Apples They call Isolated which aren't.

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1 hour ago, mandritoiu said:

Nice! Good to know that Bellevue and drone shots are selling so well.

Thanks! :)

It's not Bellevue. Bellevue is on the other side of Lake Washington and not a drone shot. This is waaaaaay to high for a drone. I charted a plane and went flying with my SIL. The photo is a byproduct of that little trip.

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55 minutes ago, cpaulfell said:

It's not Bellevue. Bellevue is on the other side of Lake Washington and not a drone shot. This is waaaaaay to high for a drone. I charted a plane and went flying with my SIL. The photo is a byproduct of that little trip.

Thanks for the additional details about your successful photo (although the wide angle of a drone would most likely give you a similar field of view, without pushing it too high up)

FYI: you have Bellevue among your keywords

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11 hours ago, Laurin Rinder said:

Correct....IF. Micro is where your goning to stay. High end food work is quite a different BallGame.... Farbled Knows that. If you wanna take your work to that level and actually get paid. It can't just be your dinner. Look at the High end food work and I don't mean Stock food work. The rustic,Farm to Table on a beat up wooden table with a window light is so Old now. 2/3 years ago Offset.... stock work is not known as cutting edge anything. Like the instagram Junk that the Great shooters were doing 5 years ago. Get out of the bubble Guys. Easier said than done. new folks are still doing Apples They call Isolated which aren't.

Yup, I had and have no desire to shoot high end. Like fashion, there is such a range from Paris runway to Walmart catalogue, same with food. Everyone wants to be in Bon Apetit mag, which is fine, but selling common place ******* sells over and over and over again. :)

Besides, Laurin's partner is the only one I know shooting high end who doesn't doctor up their food. If you can't eat it after the shoot, its not food, its art. ;) 

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2 hours ago, mandritoiu said:

Thanks for the additional details about your successful photo (although the wide angle of a drone would most likely give you a similar field of view, without pushing it too high up)

FYI: you have Bellevue among your keywords

You can rent a Cessna 172N for $150/hours and that is much more exciting than a drone. Bellevue is in the keywords because you can see it on the other side of the lake. The bridge is the 520 floating bridge...supposedly one of the longest, if not the longest, floating bridge in the world. You are more than welcome to go ahead and see if you can do a similar.

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1 hour ago, cpaulfell said:

You can rent a Cessna 172N for $150/hours and that is much more exciting than a drone. Bellevue is in the keywords because you can see it on the other side of the lake. The bridge is the 520 floating bridge...supposedly one of the longest, if not the longest, floating bridge in the world. You are more than welcome to go ahead and see if you can do a similar.

Although, once in a while, I must travel to Seattle for business purposes, I doubt I'll be able to replicate your shot ;)

So your bragging is rather immune to copycats, indeed, as opposite to @Mirco Vacca's :P

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2 hours ago, farbled said:

Yup, I had and have no desire to shoot high end. Like fashion, there is such a range from Paris runway to Walmart catalogue, same with food. Everyone wants to be in Bon Apetit mag, which is fine, but selling common place ******* sells over and over and over again. :)

Besides, Laurin's partner is the only one I know shooting high end who doesn't doctor up their food. If you can't eat it after the shoot, its not food, its art. ;) 

Dave gave up. he's doing high end magazines now. One day pays more than a month of 38 cents.

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2 hours ago, farbled said:

If you can't eat it after the shoot, its not food, its art. ;) 

OMG, looking at your pictures just made me so hungry! Great pics.

Question to the more enlightened among the stock photo crowd: what's up with people shooting pictures of regular old commercial food in it's packaging? Like a plain Barilla package of spaghetti. I'd have thought that if Barilla wanted an image of that, they'd have their own photographer. And who else could possibly need such an image? I don't get it.

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Good for Dave! He has the eye for that.

Thank you Simone. Anyone writing an article would potentially license a product shot like that. I don't shoot editorial though, so I will defer to those who do if I am wrong.

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2 hours ago, Simone Hogan said:

OMG, looking at your pictures just made me so hungry! Great pics.

Question to the more enlightened among the stock photo crowd: what's up with people shooting pictures of regular old commercial food in it's packaging? Like a plain Barilla package of spaghetti. I'd have thought that if Barilla wanted an image of that, they'd have their own photographer. And who else could possibly need such an image? I don't get it.

Those pictures, and others like it, are mainly used in blogs. Blogs about food, health, or whatever

I don't know how they sell now (i don't do that kind of thing), but I do remember when SS came up with this "Illustrative Editorial" a few years ago, things like that sold like hotcakes (and I am sure there is a picture of a hotcake too somewhere lol) 

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On 4/20/2018 at 9:46 PM, Laurin Rinder said:

Correct....IF. Micro is where your goning to stay. High end food work is quite a different BallGame.... Farbled Knows that. If you wanna take your work to that level and actually get paid. It can't just be your dinner. Look at the High end food work and I don't mean Stock food work. The rustic,Farm to Table on a beat up wooden table with a window light is so Old now. 2/3 years ago Offset.... stock work is not known as cutting edge anything. Like the instagram Junk that the Great shooters were doing 5 years ago. Get out of the bubble Guys. Easier said than done. new folks are still doing Apples They call Isolated which aren't.

 

 Yes what we post here to sell for .33 cents is going to be low effort work. High end food photography is not for stock. A waste of time. 

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1 hour ago, AlessandraRC said:

 

 Yes what we post here to sell for .33 cents is going to be low effort work. High end food photography is not for stock. A waste of time. 

There are a million ways to do stock, but I agree with this. For me, I do almost zero edits. Just key and upload. My "shoots" take place in about a minute, between kitchen and dinner table (because I don't want my supper to get cold). I don't check and see what is accepted or rejected, I just upload and forget about it. 

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My shoots take a little longer than that, but agreed, not much of a budget in micro for a dedicated stylist, art director, specialized props, multiple stand ins for tweaking before the hero, etc.. For micro the key is to make it look as good as possible, as quickly as possible, and for as little investment as possible.

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