Well this is quite exciting! In just a few days my family and I are going to be in Italy for nine days; we’re going on a special tour by a group of Legionnaire Brothers that we know through a close friend. Our tour will take us all over the Vatican and even into the Papal audience to see the Pope bless all who are in St. Peter’s Square. So for those of you back at home expect a ton of photos by the time I get back, my camera is going to be attached to me like a limb! Once we’re done in Rome we’re also going to Florence, Venice, and Pisa; since we’re driving we will see a lot over this small vacation.
I think my favorite place to visit and shoot some photos at is going to be in Venice; there’s so many textures and colors that it would be impossible to not take a photo that is in some way captivating. That’s the exciting thing about photography in my opinion; capturing something that people will find awe-inspiring. Luckily I have already seen that kind of reaction from friends who browse my Facebook albums of Crete; it’s nice to know what people think, and what they like best. Anyways, I’m going to cut this short and wanted to let you guys know what’s coming up here in the next two weeks; so definitely keep reading! You won’t be disappointed.
Although at the moment there are very few readers I feel it’s necessary to hit the ground running. So to get started I’ll talk about my current plans for the near future regarding my career. My first priority at the moment is assembling a portfolio of around 30 photographs of what I would consider decent Stock images. I’ve already been asked by a few people why so few pictures and why an organized portfolio for something going directly online to essentially a new portfolio. The key reason is because of how important understanding what the market needs and where my quality lies. If some photos are rejected then I can evaluate myself on what was wrong and make appropriate changes.
Once I’m able to get my hands in on the market and understand the flow of things I will set another goal; for example: upload 100 good quality photos a week. I’m really wanting to spend as little time possible playing catchup with everyone else and essentially inject myself into the group of successful Stock and Microstock photographers. With most competitive fields the most ambitious make it out on top, which is quite admirable when you see someone start from nothing and build a very stable foundation that they continue to build upon. Before just pouring images into the market I’m going to ease myself in and build that steady foundation from which I will work to gain great success.
To complete this first post I would like to provide everyone a link to my Flickr account which contains most of my non-stock general travel photography while living here in Europe. Once I start submitting photos to various stock agencies I will provide various links and post a few sample photographs from my lightbox.
Thank you all for reading, I hope you look forward to seeing what’s to come as much as I am; before I leave I would also like to let everyone know that I have been contemplating creating a YouTube show based around Photography and such, so I will keep everyone in the loop once I figure everything out.