Category: “How-to” articles

The best of my explanatory “how to do it” articles

How to manage stock video media workflow

My workflow for Video stock

I received a question in the Ask Steve a Question post about my workflow for video. I’m not sure if I have ever written about this, so here we go. First, the question: I know you dealing with both photography and Videos …and you mentioned that you use Ligthroom as your main program for photos – viewing and sorting ect – my question is how do you treat video ?? I mean do also use LR for viewing video ???...

More answers to your stock photo questions

Your stock photo questions answered…

Taking a break from some of my other work (and I did finish all my uploads of Portugal yesterday!) and so I decided to look at some of the questions I received but haven’t answered yet. The first one was via the contact page on my site and was: Thank you very much for your website, which is very useful. I wanted to ask you two questions. Bigstock belongs to Shutterstock ?. In the list of StockSubmitter agencies are separated....

New edition of getting started in stock now available

Getting Started in Stock Photography – 2020 Edition

After much effort, I have completed the updating of my eBook – Getting Started in Stock and published the 2020 edition. I’ve extended the title a little for this edition – adding the word Photography to avoid it getting mixed up with books about stocks and shares on Amazon! The book has been brought up to date and I’ve added my latest thinking throughout the book, including a new chapter on what to take and what to think about when...

Luminar 4 on sale for the holidays

I wrote about Luminar 4 and its AI driven sky replacement capability a couple of weeks or so ago and have been playing around with it from time to time in between other tasks! I am thinking of applying to Archangel book images (I will write about that if/when I get accepted) and wanted some moody images to go with their general house style. Not sure these are “winners” yet, but the ability to quickly change the sky alters the...

How best to keyword images for microstock agencies

Keywords – what is the best approach?

There were multiple questions about keywords in my recent post asking for questions for me to mull over. I’ve thought about how best to do this – copy the questions into this post, or just try to answer as many as I can and you can trust me that I took your questions into account! I think the latter is the best approach, but let me know if you disagree. To complete the circle, I’ll reply to each of the...

Problems with slow Adobe Lightroom performance

Lightroom and Avast Free Anti-virus

I’ll report on this even though it doesn’t have much to do with stock photography. I struggled for months with poor performance from Adobe Lightroom Classic, which seemed to get worse, the longer I used it. I also have the Avast Free anti-virus program running on my Windows 10 PC. I am an active user of Adobe Lightroom which maintains a large database of all the changes that you make to photographs as well as updating the image files themselves...

Ask me a question about stock photography or video production

Ask Steve a question!

A colleague of mine suggested that it might be helpful for people to be able to ask me questions and then I gather them together into similar subjects and provide my view on the answer. Sounds like a great idea so I will use this blog post to gather your questions. As it happens, I am also part way through rewriting my book on Stock Photography, and getting a good idea of what sort of questions you have will also...

How to automate food photography

Lessons learned from photographing food

I’d be the last person to call myself a professional food photographer – the detail required to properly style and light food so that it looks appetizing and delicious to eat is a real skill in its own right. But I’ve been making some progress via those Snapwire requests for photos of three images of takeout or delivery meals from local restaurants that I mentioned last month. Since I started, I’ve completed 7 of the assignments, have 2 currently in...

Nice little side earner with Snapwire

I joined Snapwire a few years back when it first launched. It was a bit like Image Brief where buyers could define their requirements and photographers would submit images that met that brief. Image Brief offered some pretty good commisions, and, unfortunately I don’t think there were enough buyers willing to pay and they closed down. Snapwire offer much smaller commissions and even with that there are not many requests for specific commissions. As a new contributor to Snapwire, you...

vote for article about color in stock photos on Dreamstime blog

Using Color to boost your sales

I’m trying, once again, to earn a little from the Dreamstime blog contest. Thanks to your help, I was successful last time with an article on Taking Nature Photos that sell and had $300 credited to my account at Dreamstime. This particular contest was all about color and how to use it in your photos. Being the business person, I immediately thought about how color can be used to make our images more attractive to buyers, rather that just more...