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 123rf.com
And here's the most surprising sale yet. Rising damp. Yes, really!