Posts Tagged ‘photographers’

1230 STOCK IMAGES FOR SALE IN MY SHUTTERSTOCK PORTFOLIO…. WOOHOO!

December 16, 2011

16 December 2011: 15 days to go before yr 2012 of the Gregorian calendar creeps up on me. New year means new resolution! My first and foremost resolution would be to add more top quality images into my Shutterstock portfolio and second to expand my photography career beyond stock and into mainstream photojournalism. Yes, I will achieve it 😀

3 months have passed since I last update this blog! In that 3 months I have increased my stock images for sale in my Shutterstock portfolio to 1230 with 42 images dedicated to the Occupy London Stock Exchange protest in London:

This is the MIchael Flatley, aged by booze, trying to revive his Riverdance career, by giving a free performance at the Occupy London protest at St. Paul’s Cathedral HAHAHA 🙂

…And this is a David Cameroon, trying to tell the Brits that he is relevant, after being clueless is getting England out of economic woes! 😛

As for Christmas 2011: How about a bunch of dancing snowman! 😉

Ok! Go visit my portfolio at Shutterstock and buy, buy, buy 🙂

Meanwhile write to me and use my 1230th image as your mail box icon!

Shutterstock have and will always be the best micro-stock agency in the world. Try it… your images may be worth $$ on the agency rather than in your hard-disk.

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WHAT HAVE I BEEN UP TO LATELY…

July 23, 2010

On June 17 2010, I was accepted by Shutterstock, The microstock agency for stock photography. My submission of ten photos got the 70% pass rating needed! This was my fourth attempt and this are the photos that got me the approval.Sampan_River_02 Take_me_home Dilapidated Dilapidated_BrickWall Power_in_my_HandRice_Field_MountainRange Rice_field_bridgeThis photos have since been successfully accepted by the market and provides a motivating platform for me, someone pursuing a stock photography career (there are constant sales :)).

  1. The first image was taken in Kuala Selangor firefly sanctuary, those sampans are the boats used by the locals to give a tour of the firefly habitat. Old by safe… I hope.
  2. The second image is taken just off the Sentral Train station in Brickfields, KL! Sneaking onto the track is not what anyone should be doing but it helps getting some nice perspective of the railway track.
  3. The third image is off the coast of Sekinchan town. A graveyard of sorts for all those abandoned fishing boat. Not too nice for all those people that depended on the sea for a living to dump their rubbish in the sea. It’s akin to putting poison on ones on plate.
  4. The fourth image is from an old dilapidated building in the historic city of Melaka. Historic Melaka is an old port city with lots of old building. It surprises me that Melaka have got it right at least for maintaining its heritage.
  5. The fifth is a special original composition by myself! Plasma power hovering above my hand. Takes a lot of effort to generate enough energy to create that small ball of power. Trying rubbing your hands together for five hours straight! 🙂
  6. The sixth & seventh photos are different perspective image of rice field taken in Kedah, the rice bowl state of Malaysia. Hot & sunny… and got me burned to the hilt.

Shutterstock is the stock photography microstock agency that sets its standard beyond any others I have been with! (Note : I am with Dreamstime, Bigstock, Fotolia, 123RF, Alamy.… to name a few) Their quality standard may be slightly higher but once approved, it assures sales, a small price to pay for higher rate of rejections.

Shutterstock, required a photo resolution of a minimum size of 4.0MP, saved at the maximum quality of JPEG  format. A maximum file size of 25Mb is allowed for each photo. File size and resolution size should not be confused with each other. File size is the volume of data that is saved for a picture, this is usually depending on the complexity of the image, colours, etc. Meanwhile, resolution size is about the dimension of the image, e.g. a 2,000 x 2,000 size image is estimated to be a 4MP size photo (this does not mean that the image file size is 4MP, it could be smaller or bigger). Shutterstock’s standard for the hygiene of the photos is also extremely high, look out for the noise and artefacts, Shutterstock’s reviewer sees them! They see all of it!!

Anyway! I do strongly recommend to anyone wanting to try out stock photography to try out being a contributor to Shutterstock.

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CAN YOU FEEL YOUR IMAGES?

June 21, 2010

“There are stock photographers and there are artistic photographers, and then there are everyone else. How you feel about your creations determines who you are.”

Stock photographers feel their images for their buyers, the end-user of their images! They know what their customers want. They care about the needs of their customers and not about their own. They care even less in the effects of manipulating light as they go for the perfection of tack sharp images. Bokeh? Noise? What is that to a stocker! They are the “Wall Street” sharks that goes for the jugular, the extra twenty dollars to flatten the 70yr old auntie in Grand Theft Auto! They are the corporate men in black suit in the photography industry.

Earth_Asia STOCK!

Artistic photographers! This is the hungry type! I mean really biologically hungry as they starve (deprived of nutrition from lack of income to buy that sandwich in Pret-A-Meal)  because they won’t bow to mainstream photographic rules & regulation. This is the photographer that always intend to bend the imagination of an image by constantly attempting to manipulate light to reflect their soul. So, they call art. Who cares if the sky is grained out by noise!? Who cares if the subject is blurred out of focus to depict the tormenting agony!? Who cares if the colour temperature (WB & colour cast) is too cold to reflect emotion of the moment!? Artistic photographer don’t give a hoot if you purchase their photos or not. They want to show the world what they feel. They are the naturalist, the world is their canvas and they want to keep it pristine, so that they can paint on it over and over again with their film or sensor (in the digital world).

Reneweable_Enery ART!

Everyone else with a trigger finger, you are the happy lot! You care neither for the money nor the art. You care only for converting your memory into a tangible form, film or file. Nothing bothers you, you owe no one any explanation as you consume what you produce. May your image be derived from a 0.1MP Nokia 6230 or a 12.1MP Nikon D5000, it is the same to you. You aim, you frame, you shoot! And then its into your scrapbook or personal album. The memory, remembrance, that is what they cried out.

P1010596 SNAPSHOT!!

I love photography! I love it to bits!! I want to be part of all, to savour everything. I want to step into all boats at the same time and not fall into the river. Can I?

Wudang_unfiltered ART OR STOCK??

Of-course there are photo-journalist, fashion photographer, etc, etc! But are they actually any different than the two mentioned? Or a combination?

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