Stock photography

I’ve been a contributor to Alamy for some years and currently a very lapsed one at that! I am going to start submitting again just through a simple exploration of my county and its neighbours. I used to enjoy it because it’s different to my day job and it gets you out in the fresh air. Gets the photographic brain in gear as you go on the hunt for eye catching images. Thing is though quite often the simple “editorial” stuff is all that you need to make sales. I’ve done fairly well on sales some years and fairly badly other years. Some say it’s a numbers game, the more you have on offer the more likely you will make sales. Still that said, you’ve got to think like a buyer would think. This photo will work well in a gardening magazine because it shows a set of garden tools propped against a shed. It’s not necessarily the kind of thing you would frame and put in the wall. Think of those magazine pages and the sort of stuff you read on a frequent basis.

Whilst I’m here, talking of gardening and gardens, a quick rummage through my phone reveals some nice pictures captured recently that I’d forgotten about.

I love a nice wheelbarrow and spotted these at Kingston Lacey in Dorset quite recently. I was visiting my parents who live down that way and we took a walk around the grounds of the old house.

Spotted by Dad this machine was similar to one my Grandfather owned whilst he was Head Forrester of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. Had to take a photo! My Dad was fascinated by it. I wished they made these nowadays, we’ve got some stubborn stuff in our garden that I want to destroy!

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