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s to keep you going to use in Illustrator. The one for finding and closing open paths I have already talked about but there are a few others on this site.

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but with a C. I had a great talk with Steve about how he uses his Macs and about photography, seeing as he is a photographer. He is well know in Canada and has spent time working other places such as New York. Obviously more detail in the podcast.

Steve is running a Mac with 2 GB of memory and from what he tells me about the applications he uses, he needs to get 4GB in there. Photoshop along with a good few other apps all at once means that he will notice a huge difference when he has the 4GB.

Using the social media networks such as , and the to get the word out there about his photographic work Steve is branding himself and his business, which is a vital thing to do if you are aiming for world domination of your industry. He will let his followers know when he is going to do a shoot through Twitter and then film some of the process and broadcast it directly through Quick. Steve also gets videos up on of course.

Steve recommends looking at the work of photographer, and .

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CS3 is the preferred software for the photography and he says he may upgrade to CS4 at some point. I was surprised that he doesn’t use either Aperture or Lightroom for sorting out his images, preferring to use Bridge which comes with CS3.

I talk with Steve about the photography business and how it is changing, the effects of events such as the World Trade Center event and the effects of the Micro Stock photography model on traditional photographers. He tells me about the Speck model of selling photos to magazines. I kind of wonder how it is all going to turn out with the down turn in the advertising due to the Worldwide financial crisis. Surely anyone that can keep a business going in these trying times deserves to be successful.

Steve Carty will be amongst the winners as evidenced by his ebullience and go get ‘em attitude to making his photography business work. Personally I really enjoyed my conversation with him and I know you will too. Enjoy the podcast.

Please leave me a comment in the comment section of the post. I am really looking forward to hearing from you. I want to know what you have to say about Photography and the Mac.

I have just watched the video of Yur Arcurs out on a shoot. Interesting video and if you are going to learn about doing the microstock thing then you have to learn from the best and Yuri is without doubt the best in the business. He will shoot 2000 photos himself in an 8 hour photo shoot and his assistant will shoot another 1000. He will have a huge base of photos to choose from from that session.

I saw that the camera he has is large and probably very expensive with big expensive lenses on also. I noticed also that he was not using a tripod much, when he was it was a monopod. I wonder if that is normal for a days’ shooting and if maybe he does photo shoots that he will use a tripod more.

Here is the video – Enjoy

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I was pleased to see a photo sold of a hydraulic hoist  lift thing with big wheels on. I was at the in laws one day and I shot a picture or two while I was hanging around of one of those hoists that builders use to get up high on the outside of a building, or could be used by those workers that fix the street lighting.

Definitely a great idea to always carry the camera as you never know when you might be able to get a photo.

With this photo I did some photshop work to clean things up both in the background and on the hoist too. There was a logo on the metal work and I removed some ugly dirt on the tyres.

Wacom Cintiq 12WX drawing tablet

I have bought a new Wacom tablet so that I can pass the one I have now, an A5 wide to my son, it wil be good for his art studies. The new tablet is a screen as well as a tablet. It will be like having a digital sketchpad. I will be able to draw directly on the screen and according to others that has such a device is a joy to use.

Today i have been working with the old tablet and I made a design which is a repeating pattern. I have uploaded it to a few sites but I have to wait to see if it is accepted.

On the subject of images being accepted you really need a thick skin because sometimes files get declined for a variety of reasons. I have found in the past that the vector files I would have more or less total acceptance rate on the microstock sites. Today though I had 2 file rejected by Fotolia and the same files added to my portfolios at Featurepics and photo. Weird – lets see what happens with the repeating pattern I just sent to Fotolia.

Maybe the reviewer was having a bad day. One of the files was a reworking of a file that sold multiple times for me on already.

I have also just sent in 2 files to iStockPhoto. Both were files that I used to gain acceptance on that site as an illustrator so theorectically they should go on without problems, though I was somewhat annoyed with the whole prcess.

With you have to get accepted as an illustrator first. They make you jump through a pile of hoops to get you you verified on their books. The size of the file has to be just right for both the JPG thumbnail and the EPS vector image too and you have to put the vector inside a zip file and send it all in via the web site. What bugs me is that when it comes to the actual sending in the files again to submit them to your portfolio the sizes are all different and the procedure is different also. Why???? I would have thought that the idea of the hoop jumping would be to train people into doing it a certain way so that it would be correct for submissions.

and on the other hand are super easy for submissions, you only have to upload one file – the vector file and their system makes the thumbnail for you. You still have to do all the keywords and the categories though.

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Fotolia has always been my best Micro stock site for selling photos. Today I had a sale of a photo of an accordion player. It sold through the subscription model of sales on Fotolia so not much in terms of cash but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

It is all part of the micro stock way of selling photos, the thing is that you can sell a photo many times over and if you have a large portfolio then you will get a nice income from many micro sales of your photos.

I do now someone that has a decent income from micro stock and has a portfolio not that much bigger than mine. Where he scores better is having more photos of people. People in business situations which convey a concept well well on line in this arena. I think I need more models to take pictures of.

While we are talking about models you should know that you have to supply a signed model release for any persons recognisable in your images. You can use a generic release form with most of the sites which is good if you submit to more than one. It would be a pain having to get a model to put a separate signature on a sheaf of release forms. Getting models from within the family is one place to start but some photographers make enough from the microstock sales to be able to hire models.

Yuri Arcurs being one such person.  He is a Danish photographer that does this to such an extent that he employs 12 people and hires models for photo shoots when he does them. Click on one of links for the micro stock sites in the side panels and you will find that he has done an interview or two and you can have a look for his work to see what sort of images he makes and sells.