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Many photographers aspire to work in the glamorous and cutting-edge world of fashion. Whether it’s shooting live runway shows, working in studio or shooting in exotic locations, many are drawn to the high profile, earning potential and jet-set lifestyle associated with fashion photography.
Being a fashion photographer involves long working hours in often-tough conditions, but it can also be an extremely fulfilling and creative profession. There is considerable scope to specialise, find a niche and express your particular style.
Fashion photographers must have both artistic flair and advanced technical skill. Many shoots happen under high time pressure, so it’s vital to get the necessary shots as quickly and creatively as possible. Since there is a lot of competition in the field, it is essential that your images stand out and clearly characterise your unique style.
Professional sports photography is a very exciting career option for someone who loves sport. It offers the opportunity to get about as entrenched in your favourite sport as it is possible to be without actually being on the field, and to meet many of the players. If you work fulltime for a large news agency, you can earn a comfortable salary as well.
Doing it professionally is very hard work. It can be both physically demanding and mentally challenging. Not only do you have to be relatively fit in order to keep up with the action, but you will also need to be alert to catch the best moments of the game. If you are working for a newspaper, you will also need to be fast in selecting and sending in your shots in time to go to print – sometimes you’ll have as little as an hour in which to submit your work. While you won’t be working 9 to 5, and may have days of not working at all, the times when you are working can be exhausting. However, if you love photography and sport, it will be a career worth pursuing. Read more »
Because of the Internet, it’s now easier than ever for photographers to make money from their photographs. And you don’t even have to be an experienced professional. Some stock photo sites will accept your photos even if you’re an amateur or hobby photographer.
Below is a list of online stock photo sites where you can sell photos.
- 123RF – http://www.123rf.com/
- Big Stock Photo – http://www.bigstockphoto.com/forphotographer.html
- Crestock – http://www.crestock.com/quick-tour/sell-stock-photos.htm
- Cutcaster – https://www.cutcaster.com/register
- Dreamstime – http://www.dreamstime.com/sell
- Fotolia – http://www.fotolia.com/Info/Contributors
- FreeDigitalPhotos –https://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/sell-photos-online.php
- FreeFoto – http://www.freefoto.com/
- ImageVortex –https://www.imagevortex.com/
- iStockPhoto – http://www.istockphoto.com/sell-stock-photos.php
- PhotoStockPlus – http://www.photostockplus.com
- Shutterpoint – http://www.shutterpoint.com
- Shutterstock – http://submit.shutterstock.com/
- Stockxpert – http://www.stockxpert.com
- Zymmetrical – https://www.zymmetrical.com/
This is only a partial list of the most popular stock photo sites that help you sell your photos. Each site has its own submission guidelines and policies about how much your photos will be sold for, and what percentage of each sale you will receive.
You can visit each site on this list, or better yet, sign up for the free report, “How To Make Money With Digital Photography”. It’s got tips on how to get started with selling your photos to stock photo sites, which pictures are hot sellers, and even how to take better pictures. You could be making money with the photos you already have NOW. Here’s the link again: http://www.photosa.co.za/go/turnyourphotosintocash
All of us who are photographers would love to make a regular income from the hobby or profession we love. None of us want to be told that it is difficult, it takes time and not many people make it. These dubious dealers give the impression that anyone can make money from their photos. Rubbish! If you take a look at the stock sites and see the quality of images for sale, you’ll realise that unless you are really talented you will never produce the quality that the buyers are looking for. Do yourself a favour. Do a search on the name of the ebook author who makes all of these claims using Google and then go to the major stock sites and do the same. Where are these authors making their money? From you! If it was so easy why don’t they have thousands of images on the stock sites? I rest my case.
Take a look at the guidelines for submission on the stock sites. Every last one of them requires a camera that takes a high resolution image. Some even state that they’ll only accept images taken on certain mid-range to high-end digital SLRs. Don’t even think that you will be able to compete with your compact camera. You stand no chance. Your images are just not big enough.
10 Important Mistakes to Avoid When Submitting Photos to Stock Photo Sites
A quick and easy way to make money with your photos is by submitting them to stock photo sites online. You can start earning money with the photos that are already in your hard drive; you don’t even have to take new photos right away.
If you want a step-by-step guide to monetizing your digital photos through stock photo sites and other ways, check out Turn Your Photos Into Cash.
Meantime, you can get started right now. But do make sure you don’t make these 10 mistakes when you submit photos in stock photo sites:
Digital photography could see the death of creativity in photography in general. Why such a harsh statement? Here’s why:
1. Lack of thought
As a film photographer the consumable costs of photography were much higher. This forced us to think and carefully consider each shot. There was a greater thought process. Using a motor drive for taking multiple shots was for the press photographers who could afford take thirty six images in a few seconds. For the rest of us we had to think more before pressing the button.
2. The Shakespeare effect
This is the evolutionary idea that if you give a roomful of monkeys a typewriter each and enough time, they will eventually produce a work equal in quality to Shakespeare. There is a similar mindset among digital photographers that if they shoot enough photos, somewhere amongst the thousands will be quality images. You have as much chance as that happening as a monkey.
3. Drive by shooting syndrome
This is similar to the lack of thought in taking a photo. Because of the multiple shot feature in digital cameras and the low cost of digital photography, it’s quick an easy to take an image. Just like a drive by shooting the camera is pointed in the general direction of the subject and a bunch of images is taken. Then you move on to the next target and fire away again.
Photoshop is one of those programs the modern photographer just cannot go without. It is the most powerful image editing software on the planet.
I know many people are looking for a good Photoshop courses or tutorials and that some people stay to far from major cities to attend a proper course.
I found Lynda.com's Photoshop courses and tutorials to be very good. I started using it for DreamWaver courses and then also tried some of the PhotoShop courses. There are hundreds of courses you can attend online.
Give Lynda a try, visit them at http://www.lynda.com
by Udo Kieslich, senior lecturer at the College of Digital Photography
Prepare an equipment checklist – this will help make sure you don’t forget essentials like tripod, lenses, extension tubes, batteries, filters, memory cards, flash, Lenspen, camera manual etc.
Be prepared – always have your camera and lenses ready, and make sure all your equipment is working. The night before your game drive check / reset your camera settings (White Balance, ISO, exposure compensation, file size, quality setting). Make sure your equipment is clean and that the batteries are fully charged. Always have spare memory cards and ideally even a storage device to download your images onto. You can never predict when something amazing might happen.
Be patient – it is very difficult to speed up or slow down nature, and without patience you will struggle to get good results. You often need to remain very still for an extended period of time before the animal starts behaving naturally. Very occasionally you’ll capture something unique at your first sighting of the animal, but most of the time you just have to be patient.
Research the area you’ll be visiting – check the sunrise and sunset times so you can decide on the optimum locations for each time of the day.
Photograph normal behaviour – wildlife photography does not always have to be of spectacular animal behaviour. Just seeing normal animal behaviour in a natural environment can make a great photograph.
The pupil of the eye becomes bigger or smaller in order to control the amount of light it allows through. When a person is standing in a dark room, the pupil of his eye will be large to allow more light to enter. The camera also has a mechanism which controls the amount of light moving through the lens – the aperture.
The aperture controls not only the amount of light moving through the lens but also the depth of field. The f-stop is the unit in which the opening of the lens is measured. The f-stop number is inversely proportional to the size of the lens opening. This means f22 is a very small lens opening, with a large depth of field, and f4.5 has a wide lens opening with a shallow depth of field. With a wide lens opening and shallow depth of field, more light will reach the film. Thus a large lens opening is more suitable for photography in bad lighting conditions, but unfortunately with a loss in depth of field. Also see illustrations below. The f-stop number is equivalent to the diameter of the opening of the lens relative to the diameter of the front lens unit. An f-stop of f16 will therefore be 1/16 (one sixteenth) of the diameter of the front lens unit.
Tip: If you have a SLR camera with removable lenses remove the lens from your camera. Hold it in a position to enable you to look through it from the back. Now turn the f-stop ring on the lens from side to side. You will see the opening of the lens changing as you turn the ring.