I received my camera for my birthday, which was in August, and it’s been glued to my neck since then (on it’s strap). I’ve taken pictures of everything in my sight. I’ve gone outside and snapped in the back yard, the front yard, the park, the street, at the store, in the car, on the bus… well you get the idea. I’ve hunted around my house for subjects (yes, my family hides from me) and I’ve taken pictures of chairs, tables, shoes, shirts, pants, glasses, bowls, food on the stove, food in the fridge, food on the table… Weird obession? No. I’m just trying to take good pictures.
Yesterday, I found the 365 photo challenge 2011. The idea is simple, take a picture a day, based on a predetermined list of themes. Yeah I know it’s the end of November. But I didn’t officially JOIN the challenge. I’ll sign up for the 2012 challenge. This is really a learning exercise for me. Practice.
This is a hobby, but I’d also like to make it a source of income. While many of my shots have been pretty good for a beginner, quite a few have been REJECTED by the stock photography vendors. Here’s an excerpt of my latest rejection email. The company’s name has been omitted:
“We regret to inform you that photo [id number omitted] was not accepted. Photographs… must meet high technical standards. The image contains one or more technical problems: Blurry or out of focus, Over/Under exposure, Framing problem, Over or under saturated colors, Problems with contrast, Noise or Pixelation, Quality of routing, Interpolation problem”
Nah, my feelings aren’t hurt at all. LoL.
C’mon! Is it THAT bad?
Maybe. Maybe not. But, I can’t sell my pics that way, can I? Well not to THIS company. So, I’ve been reading the manual, and going through the DPS library of tutorials, learning all about the “exposure triangle”, so that I can take sharper pictures. And once I get it down, it’ll pay off.
I’m on a mission to improve my skills and sell some of my work. In the meantime… I’m posting some of the rejected pics here in my photo diary. I’ll also post some random pics…items that haven’t been submitted.
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