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About CrowingHen

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  1. Uploading lots of images is my main goal. I understand it's a long-game here. I figure uploading a handful of images a week might get a sale in two to four years. Which is fine because I'm here more for the practice: practice taking better photos, practice learning how stock photography works, and practice with keywords. My thought is, that it would be easier to get all the boxes checked correctly while there are only a few photos. Going back over hundreds of photos to make sure everything is correct seems like a lot more work that getting it right from the start.
  2. I originally wondered if copyright could be the guide. It's impossible to copyright the concept of bowls or even wooden bowls, but I understand some bowl designs or colour patterns are copyrighted. But that criteria doesn't really fit for this because it's one bowl. At this time, only a handful of people could recognize who made it and it would be hard to distinguish between this and hundreds of other handcrafted bowls from apple-wood with a waney edge. Is that still recognizable property? ... My background is artisanal, so it's important to me that I respect the person who crafted an item if I use it in my work. If I know the artisan that made an item, I'll get a release from them (thanks to this conversation for helping me discover this). But I also use a lot of vintage or second hand props, so I'm not sure what to do about those. Maybe for those it's better to click that I don't have a release? I broke my tradition and took some photos of humans over the weekend. Now I need to know how much of a person is in a photo before I need a release. It's mostly hands and feet. I'll be talking with the person for verbal permission to upload the photos (or not depending on her decision). Most magazines I've worked with in the past only required I get verbal consent from the individual in the images so long as the person is over the age of majority. Minors needed complicated paperwork.
  3. In a way, I'm glad it is confusing. I would hate to be this confused about it if was simple. But it's becoming clearer. Thank you so much for your help. The biggest question in my mind is if I have to make my own release form or if the Alamy one will work. Cloth is an interesting area. We can't copyright designs nor specific yarn/design combinations (with a few exceptions like some tartans that it's better not to weave unless your family name begins with Mac.). But the text and images used in a pattern that describes how to make the cloth are heavily protected by copyright. This is good to know. It gives me the most joy to take photos of things I'm doing. Images that could fit into a story. The winters are really dark here so I going to spend that time playing more with my light box and taking photos of individual items on a white background. I'm guessing that's more editorial?
  4. Thank you so much for your replies. The release thing is still a bit confusing to me. I've been very careful to only submit things that I make or own, but I'm not sure I got everything right when I labeled the photos. Alamy has some good tutorials on releases - one includes a picture of a phone and some plates. It says the phone and the app icons need releases, but says nothing about the plates. I like to buy beautiful handmade plates for my photos... so I was a bit confused. The theory in my head is it needs to be 'recognizable property'. For example, my blackberry (berries, not the phone) photos I uploaded are not in a recognizable location (even though they are on our farm) but the bowl is hand turned and by my father and gifted to me (with permission to use it as a photo prop and would be willing to sign a release if necessary). So I'm worried I didn't choose the right boxes. I'm at a place where stock photography is new to me and I want to make sure I start out well. I suspect I'm overthinking everything and the real goal at this time is to upload lots of content. But I don't mind playing the slow game and waiting a few years before my first sale. With one of those micro-stock sites, I'm going for quantity but with Alamy, I wan to aim for quality and getting things right. I'm keeping my best images for here. It will be a long time before I take photos that are good enough for people to want, but I love the practice of finding relevant keywords and discovering if my images will meet quality control. It's probably a good thing that I figure out this release thing early so I can carry around the right forms in my camera bag.
  5. If I'm taking a photo of something I own or made, on my own land, do I need to get myself to sign a property release form? How about something generic made by someone else that I bought and am using as a prop in a photo (example a mug)? From what I've read, logos, art, and identifiable property belonging to other people need releases. But I'm a bit confused in the fuzzy areas.
  6. Hello everyone, There are so many beautiful photos and skilled photographers here that I feel very small. But full of inspiration. I started taking photos to go with my writing, but lately, I've been focusing more on photography and finding beauty in mundane tasks. After working on composition for a few years and finally felt that my skills were enough to invest in an interchangeable lens camera (I also needed better quality files for magazines and printed material). I love it! There is so much more to learn that I feel a huge sinkhole has opened up in front of me and I just want to jump in. Having the dials on the outside of the camera so I don't have to navigate through half a dozen menus just to change the shutter speed fills me with joy. There is so much more to learn before I can make a photo good enough for someone to buy, but I'm enjoying uploading them and learning about keywords and stuff. A small question - is there any crop ratios that are preferred? I'm using 3:2 because that was the default setting. I'm wondering if I should expand my world and try some other numbers... but there are so many to choose from. Can you suggest a reference I might read?
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