Monday, May 25, 2009

Stretching Ourselves

I loved the Color Week challenge, and find it's important to keep trying new things, and looking around at our environment in new and interesting ways. This is one of the reasons we like to take photo workshops, and classes.

I am currently finishing up an Online course, through the Picture Perfect School of Photography, on taking images for Stock Photography. This is an interesting business, which I was totally clueless about. A member of our camera club has been selling stock images for a couple of years and did a presentation on the process, and results. Intriguing. Basically you take a certain "type" of photo, depending on the agency you're interested in, upload a few images for approval, and once you're "in" then they handle sales, taking a cut of the profit. The idea is to sell your images multiple times, so your sales increase over time. Interesting.

Here is a sampling of one type of image. I have noticed that the white background is important for a lot of stock images. Not something I typically shoot, this has been the most difficult. But I enjoy the challenge so will keep working at it, I think:).

What are you trying that is new and different?


Christine said...

MOM! You must take some pics of Chase like this one you took of Kailey!! Too sweet!

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Fascinating! I never knew about that - yes, the white background would be oh, so hard!

Kamana said...

i have to admit, I know NOTHING about photography. But seeing so many great photo blogs out there has got me inspired to learn about the art myself. i am at the moment looking into good online courses that i could follow. in the meantime, I am trying to include some photography in my life everyday.

Sandy K. said...

It's good to see so many people trying to create visual images of their world - personal or large scale. I have been amazed, as well, at how many talented photographers are in this blogosphere:).

Yes, daughter, I have thought about borrowing your child for these types of photos. Maybe next visit:).

Wildflower Studio (Michelle Dransart) said...

I wondered how the stock photography market worked. I have no idea, just sounds like a nice way to make some extra $ with photos. That would be so hard for me to have a white background! How do you do it?
Did you like your class?
To answer your question about trying something new and different I will be taking an Adobe Illustrator intensive class this summer! Always interesting trying to take an online class, run my business, create, restock stores and cook, clean and do laundry and childcare! Yikes!!
Have a great rest of your week!

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Oh I think it's hard too shooting with white on the background. I wanna follow classes next season too, still so much to learn. But your do a great job here. Hurray for you.