It’s been quite a while since I’ve last written anything here, so it’s time for an update. I’d like to summarize my experiences from doing stock photography in my rare spare time, besides finishing my master studies in Information Technology and working at Infineon and Intel.
After now about 4 years of shooting, processing and uploading basically landscape, nature and travel photos, I have now
giving a total of 3.807 images online with all of these agencies. By looking at the stats of the top 3 agencies, I can’t really say I regret having started that. Of course it takes a lot of time, first planning to get the right images, which might return a few downloads, then processing, uploading and keywording everything, but anyway this feels less like work than doing my daily job.
In sum there have been 4.784 single downloads of my photos up till now, didn’t expect that initially and I hope the figures will continue to increase over the following years. More than 90% of all the downloads are generated by the 3 best-selling agencies, so that’s why I have focussed on uploading more to these, as the others are more or less just a waste of time.
My most popular photo, which got me the most downloads – already more than 2.500 – is still my aerial image, taken during a helicopter tour in NYC, back in 2012.
Right now I am still using my good old Canon EOS 60D, but I plan to upgrade to full-frame next year and the work and time invested the last few years in building up these online stock photo portfolios helps me a lot realizing this. I’ll try my best also the following years to enlarge my portfolios to hopefully return me even more downloads, so that maybe one day in near or far future I can invest a little more time in doing this, work less and travel more.
Thanks to everyone who is downloading my photos, for your support, I really appreciate this and if you like what you see, feel free to share with your friends or colleagues, who might can use my images for some of their projects, may it be for business or private use.
I also ordered me the RomaPass, so I was able to use all the public transport systems for free during those days and for the first two sightseeings the entrance was also included and I didn’t had to queue, which was pretty comfortable.
On Saturday morning my first way after breakfast at 7 a.m. was straight into the city with direction Colosseum and Forum Romanum. The weather could not have been better, but it was also pretty hot, so I had to drink a lot of water throughout the days. There are many public fountains in the city, where you can fill up your bottles with fresh and tasty water, so keep an eye on it before you’re running dry. The water quality is excellent, coming straight from the moutains around Rome!
As I exited the Colosseum the queue was like 300m long, so I think the RomaPass is really a must have. Instead of waiting hours you can walk straight in. After being hours out in the hot sun, where I’ve seen a lot inside the Colosseum and Forum Romanum, I wanted to cool down a bit, so I used the metro to finally find a shady place, the park around Villa Borghese. Had my dinner on this first day in the Hard Rock Café, where else, one of the best places to let a day end!
On Sunday morning I went with the metro up to station Lepanto and from there first to Piazza del Popolo. I took a walk down the river Tiber. There are many trees besides the river where you can walk in the shadows and it’s not so hot. I visited the park around the Castel Sant’ Angelo, where I just sat down and listened to some quitar player on the street and then went on to St. Peter’s Basilica. Basically I’ve spent the whole day by just strolling through the city and the streets. Of course also went down to the Fontana Di Trevi where close by I got me some delicious ice cream. There were some many people and decided to come back later this day before sunset to take some photos of this place. In the evening I went to the Pantheon which is extraordinary. A dome with a hole in the middle, wherelse to see something like this?! Nearby to the west there’s also the quite famous Piazza Navona. There’s a lot going on at this place and some entertainers try to keep the crowd happy. On my way back from Piazza Navona to the Pantheon I already felt pretty hungry so I decided to eat something at the Piazza della Rotonda in the restaurant Napoletano’s opposite to the Pantheon. Had Spaghetti Carbonara and Tiramisu as dessert.
On my way back to the hotel I stopped by once again at the Fontana Di Trevi to have some better light conditions. Handheld panorama consisting of 4 single exposures. A few days before I’ve read that the renovation work already started so I didn’t expect to get any good shots but this worked pretty nice, though I had to shot through the fence.
Especially for the next few shots I disassembled my tripod at home to fit into my bag and assembled it again in the hotel. Didn’t use it during the other days, cause it was too hot to drag it with me all the time. Always important to have a tripod with you, to take some long exposures at night. Perfect timing, right at blue hour I arrived down there in front of the Colosseum to take the photos I wanted.
It was a starry night with also the moon at the right position to enhance the photo a little bit. As I went around the Colosseum a bridal couple and phtographer came across as well a big family of Japanese with professional photographer were down there to make family portraits!
At the last day on Monday I took the metro up to station Cipro and took a guided tour through the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. The tour took from 9:30 a.m. till 01:30 p.m. First I thought, maybe it works for getting to top of the dome, but I had to be at the hotel again at 4 p.m. and the queue in front of the entrance was too long.
For these few days, not even three full days in Rome, I have seen quite a lot from west to east, north to south, of Rome and maybe, who knows, I’ll be able to see some more things once again in future, cause it’s absolutely impossible to see everything on a weekend!
A selection of my best-of photos I’ve taken during those days is also available to be downloaded in high resolution online on my stock photo portfolios. Feel free to share if you like!
My parents heard about a bus tour to Italy from some of their friends in early 2014. As I took a closer look on the information written in the travel catalogue and seen some photos of the area there, I wanted to see all this on my own and decided to come with them too. In the following two images you can see the route as well as a topview of the area around Pietrasanta.
Our Hotel, the Hotel Milton, was located in Marina di Pietrasanta very close to the sea, from where we started our daily tours. The weather was pretty cloudy and also rainy, but we were able to do everything what has been planned for us. Been the first time for me to be so close to the sea for a longer time and we have really seen a lot during those days. We started our trip in Radenthein with a bus from the local travel agency Bacher Reisen on Thursday, May 1st 2014 at 6 a.m. in the morning. Our busdriver was Heller Bernd, who knows everything about this region. It took us ~10 hours to reach our destination, but on tour we had two stops for about an hour each. As we arrived in Marina di Pietrasanta a big market was going on in all the streets, where one could find everything one wanted, starting from flowers to food and craft.
I’ve never been on a ship at sea before and this one had the full power mode on. Really had to spread my feet into the planks to be able to take sharp photos and to compensate the shake of the ship. Our tour guide, named Anna, showed and told us all we need to know. From Riomaggiore we took the train back to La Spezia and with the bus back to our hotel. I’ve never been on a train with so many people. I was surprised the train had the power to transport the masses, a lot of tourists were visiting these cities.
On Saturday we visited the marble quarry in Carrara and had a local guide named Mario who was an police man before he retired and he turned 90 three days before. For that age he was in fabulous shape and a really funny guy, who told us about the quarry and the people there!
In the afternoon we visited Lucca which was also quite interesting, we took a two hour guided tour through the city and we’ve seen a lot of churchs and all the architecture there.
On Sunday morning it was the one and only day with more or less blue sky so I used an hour in the morning, before we were leaving, for taking some shots of the Pontile di Marina di Pietrasanta.
Hope with these pics you can enjoy a little bit as we did and if so feel free to share the links or download photos from my stock photo portfolios and maybe I can show you something more soon.
I have started digital photography back in 2006 with a Canon PowerShot S80. As I wanted to go a bit deeper into this topic, I got myself a Canon EOS 60D in 2010. First I started to upload my photos to Flickr and also to 500px. After a few years a few shots got selected by Getty Images. As no downloads came in after a year I quit. At the end of 2012 I decided to upload my images to agencies like Shutterstock, Fotolia and iStock to see what happens there.
Now, after a bit more than a year, I can say it worked better than expected. By now I have exactly 1000 downloads worldwide from my small Shutterstock portfolio with 115 photos where my most popular photo is the New York City Sky View with more than 600 downloads. I took this photo during a heli tour back in May 2012. This tour has already paid off by all the downloads of this single but absolutely unique and high quality photo.
Actually I am also uploading to Depositphotos, Dreamstime and 123rf. In sum there are already more than 500 of my photos available to be downloaded in high resolution on all this 6 agencies.
I am looking forward to how this journey continues over the years and will try to keep you up to date from time to time also here. I will visit Italy two times the next few months and hope I am able to take a few good shots in Cinque Terre in early May and in Rome in early June, which will hopefully look good in my portfolios.
Right now I am doing this just in my rare freetime besides my studies in Information Technology at the Alpe-Adria University in Klagenfurt and my part-time work at Infineon Technologies in Villach, but anyway I really like to see a few downloads coming in day by day and to get a little feedback that some people can use my photos.