Weekly Photo Challenge: “Horizon”

Haven’t participated in these photo challenges for ages. Anyway this week’s challenge is Horizon. Hope you like it.

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This is part of Weekly Photo Challenge (part of Post A Day). If you want to see some microstock photo attempts instead, please do check out my approved stock photos by clicking here.


Attempt to Venture into Shutterstock

Today I made my first attempt to apply for Shutterstock. Submitted the first 10 photos and waiting for the result. Below is a collage of the 10 photos I submitted:

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In truth, even if I get approved for Shutterstock as well, its not likely that I’ll be raking in the money at my rate of only producing one photo in about 3 months… haha. However, I might as well try to get into more platforms so that I will have more chance of selling the photos.

Well, let’s just say its the first challenge to an amatuer such as myself to try to get in to Shutterstock as well as iStockphoto. (According to a forum post*, there are about 35,000 contributors on Shutterstock (April 2013) and about 78,000 contributors in iStockphoto (June 2012)… so if I get in, I can probably call myself part of the 100k microstockers in the world… (albeit the one with the lowest productivity and profit… haha))

Anyway, we’ll probably have the result from Shutterstock in a few days time… I’ll update you guys when I get the result.

* http://www.microstockgroup.com/20179/20179/msg333681/#msg333681

Yay! My second photo sale (after a year!)


I’ve finally got my 2nd photo sale (from istockphoto) after over a whole year. Pathetic I know… but I still only have 10 photos in my whole portfolio. Talk about the laziest microstocker ever… haha 🙂

(Of course I’ve sold more times than that if you consider all the partner programs which is run together with iStock, but officially, its the second). Wonder how many years until the third? 🙂

Since the photo was sold just a day before the newest member of the UK royal family was born, I’m sure it was bought for something related. So I have to thank the little one… haha

I don’t think I’ve posted it so far, but my first sale a year ago was being used as some marketing material for an fashion site. Next time I’ll put up a post on it just to brag a bit.

Anyway, hope the person who bought the second photo would put it to good use (and hopefully use it online so that I can find it). 🙂

Some rocks, two walls and a lot of empty space…

Three more photos accepted for microstock. Although I don’t really foresee these selling, but at least it shows that the photos are of the minimum technical standard required. The next step is to take photos that are actually creative so that I can get actual sales. I do find that to get photos approved, you just need to leave a lot of copy space available and it usually suffices (but may not sell). Anyway, here are the photos below:

(BTW, so can you name the locations of the three photos? (*Hint, all are taken in England). At least one of them should be a clear giveaway, right?)

Photo 1

Photo 2

Photo 3

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Illumination”

Here are some photos I salvaged* from my London trip which kind of matches this week’s theme of “Illumination”:


My sister’s were in the way of the shot and wouldn’t walk out of the picture… oh well… (actually I didn’t really notice since it was raining at the time and my camera was getting soaked)


I have no clue what those buildings are… just attracted to the lights…


Well, when you travel over a few hours to get here and only have less than 30 minutes to take photos before the bus leaves… I guess you just have to make do with whatever lighting (or lack of) that you are given… here is my interpretation of the view of Stonehenge on 21st December 2012… winter solstice and coincidentally an important day in Mayan calendar…

  * For those that didn’t know, I had one of my memory cards wiped out so I lost a lot of valuable photos of places which I don’t know whether I will have another chance of going. Frustrating but there is nothing I could do once I’m back home. Oh well.

This is part of Weekly Photo Challenge (part of Post A Day 2012). If you want to see some microstock photo attempts instead, please do check out my approved stock photos by clicking here.

Which would YOU choose?

OK, here’s the deal… I know I have a lot to learn when it comes to photography so I need all the help I can get.

I like HDR photos but my wife always reminds me that I often end up abusing the effects too much and spoiling the photo instead. Here I tried two methods of processing and maybe neither are your cup of tea, but if you HAD to choose one, could you help advice which you like more, the top or bottom photo? Also welcome you to comment and add your link if you have your own HDR photos to share. Thank you.