Saturday, August 31, 2013

What kind of stock photography do I sell, and what's the volume of sales?...

I get asked this quite a lot and there is no cut and dry answer or formula since each month's sales period has a diverse set of conditions that drive the sales of certain types of image. Seasonal, news, trends, are just a few of these drivers. So for the month of August, here are the unique image sales I made.
A number of these images enjoyed multiple sales which made a month total of 71 image sales. Because of the spread of libraries I work with sales are routinely made all around the globe.

One of the images shown here has been sold close to 500 times so far. If you can guess, send me a description of which one you think it is and I'll be happy to gift you a lab produced print of one of my photos that you choose at any size up to 11 x 14 inches.

You can choose prints from any of the following sites:

Entries accepted up to September 20, 2013.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Had my camera bag stolen in the street today...

Just a few days ago I was having a conversation with a fellow photographer and all round creative, about the importance of keeping physically fit as another tool for a photographer.

So I was in the Mission today doing a Senior portrait session for a young lady who had traveled to San Francisco with the rest of her family for a few days of vacation time. While shooting I had rested a camera bag on the ground containing a spare camera body and 2 very fast lenses including an 85mm f1.4, and some other goodies. My client was really inspiring to work with and we got some great shots including backdrops such as this one in 18th Street.

The family went off to their car to drive to the next meeting point. While changing a few camera settings before I grabbed my gear, out of the corner of my eye I saw a guy ride pass my bag on a bicycle and grab it. 

He pedaled out into Mission Street heading toward 16th. I gave chase but he was really cranking and I couldn't catch him. I had a really strong sense of where he might go to quickly check his newly snagged bounty so I moved up a gear and kept on sprinting.

I stopped running just as I got 16th and Mission by the BART and walked into the space as casually as I could, still holding a very conspicuous camera in one hand, and the gold and silver foiled case of my reflector cover hanging from a strap at the back of my jeans. Behind a bundle of belongings on a supermarket cart a man had just stooped down and was about to open a bag.

As he reached out to lift the flap, I reached in from the side of him, grabbed the handle and said, "that's my bag" picked it up and walked off. I don't know if the shocked look on his face was because I had dared to reclaim what was mine or that he wasn't expecting I could have got to where he was so quickly.

Another workout at the gym for me tomorrow and all's well that ends well.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

I was recently engaged...

I really enjoy engagements sessions in San Francisco when the couple is from outside the city. We often end up doing a mini tour depending on the budget and always have a lot of fun.

It also keeps me searching for interesting locations and angles in and around San Francisco and the immediate area which benefits my photography in general.

These are a few of the photos I did with a couple who were so much fun to work with and found giving them a mini photo-tour to be extremely rewarding.

On the day, San Francisco was playing peek-a-boo with the sun. Even though it was mainly overcast, we still managed to make the natural brightness of these two people light up the shots!

And while I'm here, these are the first and last stock image sales of July: