Saturday, September 24, 2016

Art of the Day - September 24, 2016

One of my favorite things about fall is that it is the only time of year you can get scuppernong grapes. Native to the southern US, they grow both wild and in cultivated vineyards. Usually you find the bronze variety, but I happened to run across these bodacious black muscadines the other day at the store.
Bowl of black scuppernong grapes, native to the southern US
Incredibly, out of the millions and millions of photos on the popular Microstock sites, I did not find any for scuppernong grapes. Who would have thought it? It reminds me that there are still plenty of subjects that haven't been covered, so it pays to keep shooting, I guess.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Art of the Day - September 20, 2016

I've been taking a lot of pictures, but it seems like the amputee pictures are doing better than any others. Who knew?
Amputee man with prosthetic leg, standing, detail

On Microstock, a lot of the amputee photos depict people who are either elite athletes or very sick looking. There don't seem to be a lot of pictures of normal people hanging out doing their normal life stuff who also happen to be amputees. So I plan to fill that gap a bit.

I haven't figured out exactly what torturous real life stuff I will make my husband do, but it matters not. Gotta keep shooting.

You can license this image of amputee legs on Shutterstock, Dreamstime, or Fotolia. Thanks for the support.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Art of the Day - September 16, 2016

Seated amputee man with prosthetic leg outstretchedContinuing on from my first class assignment, I did some pictures of my husband, who is a recent amputee. Here is my shot from down low looking up.

I chose to do these shots in the concrete bleachers of a local high school because it was reasonably easy for him to get up and down via the stairs, and it afforded me the opportunity to get down low and up high easily.

Amputees were all the rage in tv commercials during the paralympics, so hopefully this shoot will yield some good revenue.

Revenue in Microstock seems like a difficult thing. After looking on several sites, it would appear that one only needs about 40,000 pictures out there in order to secure about $10,000 per month in income from Microstock.

Yeah, I don't think I'll be quitting my day job any time soon.

You can license this photo from Shutterstock, Fotolia, and Dreamstime. Someday, you may be able to find it at 123RF and iStock if they ever get around to reviewing it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Art of the Day - September 14, 2016

Old style white phone with kinked phone cordI am taking a Photography 101 class at my local community college. We are working this week in aperture priority mode, which is to say we decide how much or little depth of field we want. Our first assignment, aside from the exhortation of our instructor to have fun, was to shoot something from above looking down, something from below looking up, and a phone.

He didn't specify what kind of phone. So I dug out an "old school" phone with a somewhat kinked cord and took some shots. I kind of like the imperfect nature of the cord, and since all the Microstocks are full of perfect cords, they seemed happy to take this much less perfect model.

I like the way it divides the space. You can license real sized versions of this at Fotolia, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Art of the Day - September 10, 2016

When is a bowl of apples more than a bowl of apples? I've been struggling with a tasty dilemma over the photographing of food. There are more than enough pictures of bowls of apples out there from which to pick. How could I make this more interesting?
Three apples in a bowl surrounded by fall leaves on a weathered wood table

I played around with many ideas, but finally, with inspiration from Replacements Ltd., I settled on this simple plate and bowl with three apples, surrounded by a halo of late summer and early fall leaves.

It took a couple of tries and considerable lightening in Photoshop, but it has made the cut with the Microstock judges, along with a host of other foods I photographed similarly that day.

Note to self: Don't go grocery shopping while you are hungry. You can license this picture from Shutterstock, Fotolia, and Dreamstime.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Art of the Day - September 6, 2016

On one of the Microstock sites, I can't remember which one, it suggested that you need to leave your house at some point and venture out into the world to take pictures.

I can see their point. I tend to feel somewhat self conscious about going out into public to take pictures. I suppose in the back of my mind, I'm afraid someone who actually knows photography will look at me and be able to tell that I have no clue as to what I'm doing.
Faded green peeling deck paint revealing weathered wood

So I decided the best thing to do was to pony up and take a photography class at the local community college. If nothing else, I may at least know what all the parts of my camera do, and it's even possible I will be able to make better pictures as a result.

To the point of leaving my house to take pictures, I took this peeling paint picture of my front porch. Not exactly far out into the world, but out into the world a little bit.

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Friday, September 2, 2016

Art of the Day - September 2, 2016

I know I need to be more strategic about my photography, but I'm really just learning how to work the camera at the moment, so I suspect strategy is going to take a back seat for the moment. Right now, I'm still in point and shoot mode.
Baskets on fresh peaches at a local farmer's market

And I'm OK with that.

I'm surprised by what I find once I open my pictures up in Photoshop, because I really can't tell very well how the picture is going to look from the tiny preview on the back of the camera.

Still, this is much better than the old days, when you had no idea what you had shot until after you paid for your pictures and got them back. At least with digital, you can shoot to your heart's content and never worry about the cost of film.

I shot this picture of boxes of peaches while at the flea market. Nice enough to eat, huh? License this on Dreamstime, Fotolia, and Shutterstock.