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. Continue reading →

Clematis

It’s been awhile since I have set up some macro photography and also quite some time since this beautiful Clematis has flowered. Two years have passed and it hasn’t flowered once, not once at all. In fact all 4 of our Clematis plants have been struggling, so to see one of them flowering and the others showing far better signs of growth has been highly encouraging. Have we done anything different? No not at all, gardening can be such a weird thing at times!