For anyone who has ever dabbled in the world of microstock photography you quickly would discover how imperative it is to be organized. Often times those lacking organizational skills will quickly fall out of the commercial photo field. Along with the stress of coming up with creative ideas that will translate into profit you also are working around the clock to improve the speed at which you produce these high quality images. As the old saying goes, “Time is money.” In the stock photo world this couldn’t be any truer.
So how does one create a workflow? This isn’t a question a single person could answer; we each do things differently and tackle each task from a unique perspective and in a unique way. What I suggest is to simply find out how other photographers do things and try out various methods until you piece together one that suits your personal needs. A lot of what has made me so weary in producing more stock images is the lengthy process of uploading, naming, describing, keywording, and submitting each batch of photos on multiple sites. The more I do this the easier my work flow becomes; most importantly the higher my profit margin.
There are a ton of tools and guides out there that list ways to make your life easier, so I definitely suggest setting some time aside to research and take notes; get a feel for various methods and apply them in your own routine. One important bit of advice I can offer that most overlook is that you must look at selling stock photos as a secondary job. For those of you with self-motivation troubles (We all know that feeling) you really need to organize yourself, put the time aside, and most importantly remain determined. Since you essentially are your own boss it is your responsibility to create a work schedule that you must strictly stick to; imagine if you spent 3-4 hours each day producing images and uploading them by the end of the week. If you work 5 days in a row you are putting in 15 hours worth of productive work that essentially will turn into profits.
Anyways, I hope this post can be found useful to some in a very similar situation as I am. If you have any questions feel free to ask! I love collaborating and sharing ideas; you can always expect a quick response.
Ok everyone, big news! So with Microsoft developing their upcoming Windows 8 OS those of us who want to test it before the official consumer release. So what made me want to try it out? Well other than obvious intrigue and the promising new features for tablet users, I really wanted the opportunity to see how it cooperates with my Photography workflow. There are multiple new features such as the ‘Start’ menu that can be accessed by pressing the ‘Windows’ key; (Woo! It finally has a decent use!) this menu contains a tiled list of apps and programs that are currently installed. Not only can you add or remove tiles, but you can rearrange them in a fashion that suits your personal habits.
I won’t go too much further into it, as I’ve only just scratched the surface in this awesome candy coated OS of awesomeness, but I definitely see a bright future for Windows 8!
The past week has been quite a busy and fulfilling one. Tonight I finished updating my FAFSA so I can continue my college education while living here in Crete, Greece. I’m enrolling at the University of Phoenix for Information Technology with a focus in Networking. Jobs in that field are pretty stable and very promising! With Stock Photography on the side I’ll be able to support myself and have extra money while doing two things I love. A big goal for my right now is to finish school before my two years here in Crete are up, so that way when my family and I move back to the states I’ll have the college requirements for a good job, hopefully with the Federal Government. So far my dad has been extremely helpful with explaining things and helping me set up appropriate goals so that way I can make it a reality.
As for my YouTube channel, I’m still unsure of what I’d like to do with it. Like I said previously, I’m going to continue to brainstorm and gather ideas; my main goal is to have it figured out within a month or two. It’s not too much of a priority with everything else going on. Plus I’d rather spend a long time pondering great ideas and making them happen than just pump out a lame video or two that won’t be well received. The good thing is at least I have the channel set up and organized, so all I have to do is start uploading videos; that’s what happens when you have spare time and a slight case of OCD.
Another big event coming up quickly here in the near future is a trip to Milan, Venice, and southern Bavaria with my family and grandparents. That’ll be quite exciting! As the date gets nearer I’ll be sure to talk more about it and provide solid travel plans for those of you interested. That trip isn’t the only exciting thing though; my grandparents get to go with us on a trip of their dreams, and they’ll be staying with us for a month here in Crete. It’ll be quite a wonderful time, especially with how much I miss them. I’m so used to living close to most of my family and closest friends; just about everyone was within a short 30 minute drive, so you can only imagine what 6,000 miles is like.