I’ve been contemplating on what to do with my YouTube channel for the past few days; so far I’ve got a few general ideas, mostly dealing with photography and travel. Anyone with any suggestions as to what you think would be enjoyable to watch will help me out a ton. If I plan to do something with this channel I want to create useful and entertaining content that everyone will look forward to see more of. Over the next few days I’ll keep brainstorming ideas and come up with the best ones I like; if anything is good enough I’ll work out a first “episode” and see how people like it and decide to go from there.
As for other things I’d like to wish everyone an early happy holiday season! I’m working on some more photos to put up on Flickr and various stock agencies, so once I sort myself out a little more I’ll provide links and such. Thanks for reading! Hope everyone is well, and feel free to check back often for updates.
It’s been a little while since I last posted something, so I’ll feed you all in on what’s been going on, while trying to keep this fairly short. I finished editing my photos from Europe, many of which are on my Facebook; however, I’m holding off on uploading them to Flickr until I send in another batch of stock photos to Agencies just for the sake of organization.
In my next post I will provide links to my portfolios for various agencies just for convenience. Getting a large extensive portfolio of images online will be difficult due to my poor internet speed, so until then I’m sticking to relatively small but high quality batches of photos.
Last night I finally got home from Italy; it was quite an amazing time and there is so much I could talk about, so excuse me if I jump around a bit. The first five days were spent in Rome; I walked for about nine or so hours each day taking photos along the way. Rome is a huge city, so covering it in five days hardly did it justice, if I had my way I would have been there for two weeks. I hit all of the usual tourist hotspots from the Vatican to the Spanish Steps and even made my way down the shopping district boasting the high quality products of all of the highly popular designers. As for my favorite place in Rome I haven’t any one place in particular; it’s a beautiful city that everyone should have a chance to get lost in. It’s true too, getting lost and following your own path let’s you see a ton more than following a tour group.
The next city I went to was Florence, the home of the Renaissance. It too was a beautiful city, but the cloud cover from this season made some photo opportunities a bit drab so I had to make do with the natural lighting I had. My only complaints with that is with the lighting and overcast clouds made the gorgeous city of Florence look very dreary when that was hardly the case at all. Most of the time there was spent walking through the small streets and seeing beautiful Catholic churches and Cathedrals. For those of you who are interested in a slower city to tour I definitely suggest Florence; it’s got a very home like feeling and the people are very friendly while Rome is like the United States’ New York City.
The rest of my trip was spent walking through Lucca on a rainy day and seeing Pisa on the day before I left for home. Going to Pisa was quite a thrilling experience since seeing the leaning tower of Pisa has always been on my mental to-do list. It was such a fun adventure and incredibly amusing watching fellow tourists pose as if to be holding the tower up. Once you see it in person you really can take in how amazing the whole thing is and how far the tower is really leaning; in fact, it looks as if it may topple at any second!
There is a ton more I could write about, and in the coming days I’ll be posting some of the thousands of photos I took, so keep checking back if you’re interested! I really appreciate the feedback I’ve been receiving, and for those of you who have been to Italy feel free to tell me what you thought about your stay in the lovely country. I’d be very interested to hear your experienced!
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.