Monday, 28 March 2016

Stock Photography

Theres going to be a bit of change in direction on this blog. 

My long term ambition, for about 20 years, is to shoot stock photography, especially travel and concepts. Way back before the days of digital, I got as far as putting together a collection of transparencies, (remember them?) but never managed to amass enough for a submission. The minimum requirement was in the region of 500 images, and they were seriously picky!

Last year I went to PTO and one of the speaker was the redoubtable Mr Dave Wall, who was talking about his stock images and experiences with libraries. He gave me enough confidence to dip my toe into the water, and I now have about 500 images with 3 different agencies.

There doesn't seem that much helpful information out there, and a lot of people seem to think its not worth bothering with. So this is my attempt to share a bit of what I have learned.

There's a great buzz from selling photos. Even a small sale of say $0.50 gives me a thrill. It doesn't even cover my costs yet, but I think about how much money I  would have to deposit in a bank to generate it, and suddenly the small sum looks a lot more! The buzz however, is priceless. It has given my photography a new lease of life, it gets me out of the house, and its a massive learning curve.

It wouldn't be a blog post without a gratuitous link, so have a look at my stuff on

And here's the most surprising sale yet. Rising damp. Yes, really!

Rising damp and salt crystal salination Stock Photo - 41492456

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Microsoft Surface Pro4 With Pen Editorial Photo - Image: 64520476

Microsoft Surface Pro4 With Pen Editorial Photo - Image: 64520476

Anyone who has this new tablet will absolutely love the way it integrates with any existing windows workflow.

The touch sensitive screen and pen stylus also means windows 10 works as it should. The tablet has a detachable keyboard (available separately) which means it is also a very capable laptop.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

2016 new year approaching, old years fade away.

2016 new year approaching, old years fade away.

2016 new year approaching, old years fade away.
© Photographer: Jeanette Teare | Agency:

Love this kind of work, but it means I'm thinking ahead of whats actually going on around me. Next images? Valentines day? Mothers day? The referendum? Anyway, if anyone sees this image, please give me a shout!

Saturday, 24 October 2015

On losing ambition and getting a life

What's all this talk about bucket lists? What is the point? At the point of kicking the bucket, who the hell cares about ticking things off the list. The problem with giving up that sort of ambition is you're left living for the moment.
Is that such a bad thing.?

One key ambition I have left is to retire at 60. That's not such a grand ambition, up until about 10 years ago it was the normal retirement age for women in the UK until the government decided women should retire at the same age as men ie 65, and then to rub salt into the wound they put up the retirement age all round.

So anyway that means I've got a few years of work life left, then a fair few years of non working life to enjoy. Reaching my potential is possible, but does it matter? If I do my best all the time, I can't do any better.

Friday, 23 October 2015

Stock photography. Bland, uninteresting or a challenge?

I've spent the last few months seriously chasing a dream. For many years I've been talking about stock photography, shooting for stock, chasing the dream of unlimitted travel and excitement and opportunity. Great, you may think. I've been on the case for several months now, and as you may have gathered, I'm not inexperienced as a photographer, but it has been a massive learning curve for me.

Watch this space for a bit more on the adventures of a dreamchaser. Meanwhile here's one of my recent offerings to a stock library.

Piazza San Marco loggia with cafe tables
© Photographer: Jayemm | Agency:

Thursday, 21 March 2013

More photography work!

Just when I say I'm hanging up my camera, I get even more photography work. Off to photograph stainless steel stuff tonight at Yes, its another glamour job for me. The next on the agenda is placentae. Hmmm...

Monday, 4 March 2013

It seems its a year since I did a blog post. Since then I have been a bit more active on twitter - microblogging, as they say. I do have to restrain my tweets sometimes as the temptation is to use twitter as a vent for anger and frustration. Anyway, if you want here more from me, you could follow me on twitter! @abbeydaleweb