This is the best I could do shooting through the low clouds we had last night. The good news is last night is not going to be the last full moon. I have a lunar calendar now hanging in my studio. I have also noticed that not too many weather people give nightly forecasts like they give daytime forecasts.
I shot a bunch of shots today when the sun finally decided to come out and play. For those of you that are as new as I am, and are trying to make a couple dollars through photography, don’t post any of your photos to social media, your blog or any other online source. People can get your images for free from these sites. If people can get your images for free, you will never make any money. Here is kind of list of order of operations that I am working on for the production of a photography project:
- Mis en Place – This is a french term I learned in culinary school. It basically means everything in it’s place. This is the first thing you should always do before you start any photography project (or meal). It is actually something you can always do, rain or shine, hours or even days in advance. To have everything in it’s place you would prep things like: charge batteries, have enough storage disc space, tripod and any other accessories you may need to complete your project. Having all your equipment ready to go at a moments notice allows you to leave in a hurry without forgetting anything.
- Set the Scene – Whether you are going to freestyle or have a specific shot in mind, do your best to setup your shots early. Doing this will allow you to shoot your scene with more variables lighting options while at the location.
- Shooting – When shooting, don’t settle for the first shot you think turned out ok on your 2.5″ display. Shoot, shoot and shoot again. When I go out, I bring a 64GB microSD card, which is more than I need for two full batteries of shooting. If I am heading out for a longer trip, I will bring the battery charger and my backup 64GB microSD card. You should never feel strapped for storage space when you are out shooting and the same could be said for the batteries. When shooting, if you use your zoom, you shouldn’t ever zoom in on something further than your camera’s maximum optical zoom length. Using the digital zoom only zooms in of the pixels of the image captured from it’s maximum optical zoom length.
- Editing – I recently found out about this and have some basic knowledge of editing. Almost every image I have found for sale on Adobe Stock have been edited in some way. When editing your raw image, to get ready for sale, right now I am only cropping and I use Photoscape. I do not resize the image at all to preserve the raw image quality.
- Uploading your Images – Once you have edited your photos to get what you were looking for, you will upload your images for approval. So the raw images I shot on the microSD card that I want to edit are copied to my computer, then edited and saved in another folder and then to the spot you are selling your stock images. This way you always keep your original image separate from the edited one.
- After Decision – Once a decision is made on the images you uploaded, you can now decide what you want to do with the images that weren’t accepted. You can try to edit them further and resubmit them, or toss them in the unapproved pile to upload to other sites. The images that are not approved can now be used for you social media sites, blog or simply the recycle bin.
- The Wait – Now that you have some images that are approved, you can sit back wait for someone to download a purchased image from you.
Of course this list of mine is sure to change and I learn more and more everyday!