It’s been a while since my last post, I don’t see the point of updating too often because then it just means I have less to talk about. Anyways, I go back from my trip this past Tuesday and had a wonderful time! Just to recap for those who don’t know or had forgotten I took a week long trip to Milan, Vicenza, Venice, and Verona, Italy; and up into Garmisch and Munich, Germany. It was wonderful seeing everything that I did; the change in culture, language, and way of life seen from place to place is interesting to see.
I have finished pulling the photos off of my camera and did any small necessary edits so the next step is just to upload to Flickr. Since I shoot in RAW it always takes a little time to adjust the whitebalance and colors to exactly what I feel fits the image best; then I have to save it has a PNG. Doing this a few hundred times can be tiring, especially since I also am sorting through photos I like, hate, and don’t necessarily need. So what can you expect in the next few days? The photos I want on Flickr should be up tonight, then I’ll post back with a link to any stock images I’ve decided to upload. I didn’t focus too much on stock photography on this trip and made it easier on myself by worrying about just taking good photos for everyone to see. Thinking about stock photography concepts while walking about a foreign city essentially lost or busy seeing things can be quite overwhelming. I’m sure there are a few candid travel photos in there that will make it online to some agency. Anyways, take care everyone and thanks for reading!
It has been quite a while since my last post but I do have my excuses, I promise! First things first, I started my online college a few weeks ago and I have been taking the time to get adjusted to a new schedule. So far I really am enjoying it, and finishing school will be extremely easy!
We also had our internet speeds upgraded from a measly 2.5Mb/s to 24Mb/s with a 1Mb/s upload rate; this means I can now upload huge photos without spending all day waiting for a small batch of 10 photos to upload. 1Mb/s is still generally slow but it’s more than double of the previous speeds. I definitely won’t have any complaints there!
Now that my workflow can change I will focus more on taking stock photos over the upcoming summer. I will be traveling a lot next month, but do expect to see more photos online before then. I also plan to figure out what I want to do with my YouTube channel, but I’m in no big hurry yet; these other things need to be sorted first. Anyways, I’ll keep this short, and wanted to let anyone who reads this know that I still am working on stock photography.
It has been a while since I’ve last posted, so pardon for my negligence. With the holiday season finished up and people’s lives returning to their normal routines I can also get back to work and stop being so lazy. What’s in the works? Well right now I’m just sorting out some college admissions things so I’ve also been tied up with that. I begin my classes in early February so that will definitely be keeping me busy 15 hours out of the week, while the rest of my time can be spent doing other productive things.
As for my stock photography people may be wondering why I haven’t uploaded more photos other than the original batch of 10. My excuse for that is the internet here; although you’d think uploading 10 photos (times 4, since I upload to different websites) wouldn’t take long, but I will assure you that it can take anywhere from one to three hours depending on my wireless connectivity quality. So what does this mean? What I plan to do now is batch around 50-100 great photos over a week-two week period, then spend a day uploading them and filling out keywords/descriptions. Most stock photographers would probably disagree with this workflow since it’s not exactly the most efficient, but for my current conditions it’ll have to do. Especially since uploading steals a lot of bandwidth from the rest of the people in the house, so if I sporadically upload photos no one would be very happy. At least this way they’ll know when the Internet will get to crawling speeds.
Now onto good news! You know that tradition when someone starts a new business it’s customary to frame your first dollar? Well the other evening I decided to check the progress of my current batch of photos on Dreamstime and noticed I had made my first sale! It wasn’t exactly a whole $1.00 and by no means did I expect to hit the jackpot with my first sale; but heck, $0.41 is definitely something to be proud of. I can say that I reached my goal of selling stock photography, even if it’s just one at the moment; now it’s time to set an even higher goal.
Anyways, I’ll finish this post on the high note of being happy I made a sale; stick around and expect a ton more stuff!
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.
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!