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

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.



From my last post, out of the five photos I submitted, the two which I liked more have already been rejected. Sigh. Once all five results are out, I will post the reason for the rejections.

Could you guess which two I had slightly higher hopes for?

Now, to be honest, since the ones I had slightly higher hopes for have already been rejected, the rest should have no chance. However, if they were to pass, then it means that actually I have no clue what the inspectors are looking for. Haha… oh the dilemma, should I hope for the rest to pass and fail? 🙂

Microstock attempts… will any survive the inspectors review (onslaught)?

Well, to be honest, I personally don’t think I stand much chance, but since I’ve been lazy for so long, I thought I’ll just submit a few that I took recently. Actually these are all just snapshots from dinner outings and one was from the photomarathon I mentioned before where I took a bunch of random photos, so I don’t really have high hopes for them to pass.

Does it look likely that it will pass? What do you think? How many will pass / fail if you were judging based on what YOU think the standard of microstock photography is? Regardless of whether my photos actually pass or fail, this is probably a good gauge of whether YOU are overestimating or underestimating the difficulty of microstock. Try guessing and do let me know your prediction. (Of course, if it fails for technical reasons, then it is another matter since you cannot judge from such a small photo, but I think it will more likely fail for composition / creativity)

Who knows… if you are overestimating the difficulty, then probably it is high time you started stock photography on your own (click on the sign up button on the top right corner once the page loads) 🙂

(P.S. it usually takes max 2 weeks to get to know the results, so do check back to see if your guess is correct)