One lesson you should take to heart – you never know when a chance shot will turn into a nice little earner and so you need to always be ready (with your camera) for those chance encounters. What do I mean by this? I was driving down a small road near my home when I saw a burned out cabin by the side of the road. I’d never really noticed it before, but now it was a burnt out wreck surrounded by yellow tape. I pulled off the road, got my camera out and took both wide and close shots of the damaged building. I removed a few company names on the yellow tape and submitted to all agencies in July this year. Well, early results were not great! One image sold for $0.22 on iStock in August and it looked like they were destined to sink into the “useless shots in my portfolio” collection! Then, early this week I saw two sales of the images on Shutterstock:
The two images sold for $75 each as Single Sales!
More than compensation for the small amount of effort to take, process and upload them! I must admit that I don’t always take these opportunities and sometimes kick myself for not doing so. I was driving through the desert in Southern California earlier this month and saw three men on horses with cowboy hats riding slowly into the distance across the desert floor. I thought about the opportunity – rear view so no model release issues, bit of dust from the horses hooves – but by the time I decided it would have made a good shot I had driven too far and so I ignored it. Probably a mistake, but I will never know!!
On another trip to a local waterfall, I saw this collapsed house:
As you can tell, this time I did stop and will get this online soon – you never know when someone will want some storm damaged or water damaged home pictures!