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Stock Photography cont’d

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.

nyc

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.

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4 Days In Italy/Cinque Terre/Pietrasanta

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.

This represents the shortest path from home to our hotel there in Pietrasanta, not sure if the busdriver exactly took this route .
This represents the shortest path from home to our hotel there in Pietrasanta, not sure if the busdriver exactly took this route .
A Topview from the area around Pietrasanta ss seen in Google Earth
A Topview from the area around Pietrasanta as seen in Google Earth

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.

Marina Di Pietrasanta Street Market
Marina Di Pietrasanta Street Market, took place all the days we’ve been there.

On Friday we took a ship tour from La Spezia to Porto Venere and onwards to Cinque Terre. In Porto Venere we had a stop for an hour and took a look around. We went up to the Chiesa Di San Pietro and down to La Grotta Di Lord Byron. Was pretty exciting, sadly no sound on the photos, but mabye you get a feel how the waves crushed to the coast.

La Grotta Di Lord Byron, as it was a rainy and windy day some breakers rolled in, that’s where my facial expression comes from 🙂 Not felt that safe, cause didn’t want to get washed away!

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.

Monterosso & Riomaggiore, we stopped in Monterosso where we had ~3 hours, time enough for lunch and sightseeing
Monterosso & Riomaggiore, we stopped in Monterosso where we had ~3 hours, time enough for lunch and sightseeing

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!

Marble Quarry Carrara
Marble Quarry Carrara, pretty impressive there. also took some presents with me from the shop up there. Our guide told us a lot about history and that decades ago they delivered a marvle block 600t heavy to rome pulled by oxen.

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.

Lucca
Lucca, impressive architecture everywhere

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.

Pontile Di Marina Di Pietrasanta
Pontile Di Marina Di Pietrasanta, at least on Sunday, the day we left, the weather got me some blue sky for taking some beautful seascape photos, taken right before breakfast

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.

 

My Stock Photo Portfolios

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.

This is a selection of my most popular photos from my Shutterstock portfolio as it looked on April 15th, 2014.
This is a selection of my most popular photos from my Shutterstock portfolio as it looked on April 15th, 2014.

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.

This is a selection of my most popular photos from my Depositphotos portfolio as it looked on April 15th, 2014.
This is a selection of my most popular photos from my Depositphotos portfolio as it looked on April 15th, 2014.

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.