Tuesday, 17 January 2017

A bunch of roses

Following on from the idea of love and hearts, I went out and bought a bunch of roses from a supermarket. Cheap, pretty, should be good for a couple of days.

Let's see what we can do with them.

Red roses on wooden background
© Photographer: Jeanette Teare | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Another quite successful image, using led wire fairylights:

Fairy lights in heart shape
© Photographer: Jeanette Teare | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Monday, 9 January 2017

Working to a theme

Inspiration and frustration

On a cold wet January morning, all freelancers seem to fall into two camps - the frustrated and the really frustrated. You'd have to be seriously inspired as a street photographer or landscape photographer to go out on a day like this. Winter wonderland? I don't think so.

My first love is travel photography, but apart from a short trip to Venice for the start of the Carnivale, for family reasons I'm going to be confined to home environs for the next few months. No, I'm not pregnant, the husband is having hip surgery, and will need some TLC.

Shooting to a theme

This means I can focus my efforts on conceptual photography for a while. Thinking seasonally, I've decided to try shooting on a theme of "Love and Hearts" thinking Valentines Day is approaching, and I may be able to get some onto the stock libraries in time for a few quick sales. Its a subject which easily lends itself to props -

Anything heart shaped eg cookie cutters, wooden heart, heart bowl

Anything that can be shaped into a heart eg fruit, food, flowers,

Anything with the word "love"

Here's one I did earlier. I bought the letters in a charity shop, my lovely husband insists on re-arranging them into "VELO" as his first love is cycling. Do you think he really deserves that TLC?

Love spelled out in sunshine with shadow
© Photographer: Jeanette Teare | Agency: Dreamstime.com

Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year, New Start

A brand new year - 2017!

A lot of people are saying 2016 was a terrible year - but thats just about their point of view.

Certainly a lot of celebrities seemed to die in 2016, but they were mostly getting on a bit . Even David Bowie was 69, and let's face it, the rock and roll lifestyle doesn't really lend itself to living to a ripe old age!

There may seem to have been a lot of deaths, but thats probably because there are a lot more people in the public eye. Average life expectancy at birth in the UK, for people born in 1947, such as David Bowie, was about 67, so thats about par for the course, and very good for a rock'n'roller.

Photography directions

I'm hoping to do loads more photography in 2017, and quite a bit more blogging - so watch this space.

The key areas I want to concentrate on to improve my photography are about creating the images that simply can't be done with a smartphone.

1) Night photography

2) Capturing speed and movement

3) Macro - although this can be done with a smartphone

I haven't had any sales in 2017 yet, but 2016 was a record year and I took my first paycheck.

I'll post the sales here as they occur.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Some landmarks in stock photography

I've had some successes and some failures with the stock photography, and I'd like to share my findings.

The first success is selling an image on Alamy for $30 it may not seem much, and Alamy sales do seem a bit thin on the ground, but this one was my highest so far for one sale, so I'll count that as a success. I like Alamy and the way they work. I particularly like the way news editorial photos go live almost instantly if you get the format right.

This particular image has sold several times with Alamy.

The second success was total sales on 123rf.com now totalling over $100 so I shall reward myself with a payment request.

Here's the landmark image:

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 123rf.com

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: Dreamstime.com

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!