Nikon D200, Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens, 1/250 sec @ f/11, ISO 100
This weekend I’ve been pushing to edit a bunch of images I have sitting on my computer, most of them back-logged from earlier in the year and I’m finally taking the time to finish them and get caught up with my work. I still have quite a ways to go (more than 300 images still to edit and upload) but hope to have them all done in the next few months. My goal is to have over 5,000 images in my iStockphoto portfolio by the end of December.
This is one set of three images I thought was so cute … I really miss this little girl and her brother! They are the children of my good friend who I knew while I was in the Navy, and they just loved being photographed. (I have a whole collection of their images here in my iStock portfolio.)
Wow, it’s been a busy week, but I thought I’d sneak in at least one blog post before the weekend. :)
I was notified by iStockphoto about an image of mine in use (the designer submitted it to the “Design Community” section on iStock). They used several photos but it was cool to see that they used one of mine at the very top of the website.
Click here to view the original design, and here to see the design on iStockphoto.com.
If you are at the grocery store and see a copy of Woman’s World at the check-out, pick it up, turn to page 12 and you might see a familiar face. :) In August when I was at the iStockphoto “HQ’lypse” event in Calgary I was asked if I would do an interview for the magazine, and of course I said yes. The article was nice (maybe just a little bit corny, lol) and it is definitely strange to see my face in a magazine instead of just one of my photographs.
A friend of mine recently pointed me to an image of mine in use … on a book! (Here’s the link to the book on Amazon.) I see my photos used all the time and most of them are found in use on the web some where (like in a blog or a news article) but it’s always a much bigger deal to see them in print.
So, I went to the local bookstore to buy a copy that I can add to my collection of “images in-use” (doubt that I will read it … lol). They did do some Photoshop work to the image on the shirt – here’s the original so you can take a look.
Yesterday I received an email from someone telling me she found one of my images used on the NPR.org website! (Thanks, Kathryn Ware!) I have sold close to 30,000 images through iStockphoto but it still doesn’t get old seeing my photos in use. The great thing about this image is that it was one of my favorites from that particular photoshoot, and I also would have never seen it “in action” if not for someone who was kind enough to send a quick email my way.
Click here to see the original image.
A week ago I had the pleasure of meeting up with some wonderful people and taking part in a contributor-organized iStockphoto event in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event was fun, energetic, and a crazy weekend of non-stop photography. I decided to bite-the-bullet and rent some gear (a Nikon D700 and 14-4 f/2.8) and I am sooo glad that I did. I have a few photos posted on my Flickr page, and there is also an official iStockphoto lightbox that will slowly be filled with images from the event … check it out here.
For those of you not familiar with this type of event, a “Mini”-lypse is a scaled-down “unofficial” version of an iStockalypse (which is an official iStockphoto event held a few times each year throughout the world). With that being said, I don’t think that this event could be called “mini” … it was more of a “Macro’lypse”, IMO. ;) Todd and Renee did a very impressive job of setting this up from start-to-finish and went way beyond what was expected!
Also, keep on the look-out next month for a few videos of the event. Because I rented a different camera, it left my D200 free to sit on a tripod and do some timelapse shots. I’m still in the process of piecing it together (and still need to get some more footage while I’m in SLC again next week) but I’ll be posting it here as soon as it’s ready. There were also some videographers who volunteered their time to interview and document the event from start-to-finish. More on that when it’s available.
I want to give a huge thanks to Todd & Renee for putting this event together, and it was also great to see again and meet up with all the other awesomely talented photographers, models, makeup-artists, designers, and everyone else who took part in the event. All of this would not have been possible if not for everyone involved … I feel very blessed to be a part of such an enthusastic, open and caring community of people. :)
Today I reached upload #3,000 in my iStockphoto portfolio! I’ve been with iStock for two full years now, and have really come a long way. My photography skills have improved immensely and I couldn’t have asked for a better blessing than to find iStock and be part of a great community. :)