Fotomoto – Valentine’s and beyond

As featured on Fotomoto!

Featured on Fotomoto.com!

Two images of mine have recently been picked as part of the Fotomoto Valentine’s collection, the “Ranunculus” image that is highlighted above from www.nicklewis.net and “Candles” from www.journog.com my photoblog project. This is really exciting news as I have been following the progress of Fotomoto very closely in recent months and use it on both of my sites to sell prints.

Valentine's tulip - well it's not actually called that but it could be for you? Why not buy a card or print for one of your loved ones?

So how is it going with Fotomoto?

I wrote about Fotomoto a little while back and this stimulated some interest through the blog comments with many people asking me about the service, how it works, how effective it is and whether I’ve made sales with it.

Since the answer to the last question is “Yes”, I thought I’d write a little more about how Fotomoto has fitted in with my site to date and above all how I plan to use it in the future. I must say the plans I have for it are really quite pivotal in the future of Nick Lewis Photography as a young and web-based developing business. It may also interest you that the very existence of Fotomoto has led me to see the future in a different way. I truly believe that it will (if it hasn’t already) revolutionise the way we photographers work. It has already enabled me to sell a few great quality greetings cards and a few prints to people in the US. It is a very rewarding feeling to think that some images of mine adorn people’s living room walls but this is only the start, as very soon there will be more to be excited about…

Selling digital images direct to clients

Traditionally I have depended on other sites and services to sell downloadable images for use in publications and on websites. I work with companies like Alamy, Getty and Photoshot to sell the stock images I shoot. Very soon I’ll be able to sell licensed images for download straight from my own site via Fotomoto. In other words just by uploading images to my site, as I have for this article, they’ll be available for clients to buy as licensed images. The marketing power this will provide photographers with has huge potential. Will it mean the end of the “middle-man”? It’s too early to say and it all depends on how well the new features that Fotomoto launch fit in with the way in which we work.

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I love cities and especially London and all offer the photographer a myriad of photo opportunities that are truly mind boggling, you could spend an entire life time discovering new material. I do have a penchant for walls of various kinds, be they the moss covered dry-stone walls of the North that have been beaten by the winds for centuries or the red brick walls of London that have no doubt withstood the blitz of the last World War. Walls are almost like faces, they have survived the long story of our human history, the very hand of mans’ influence on our land and how they blend with the natural fabric of the surrounding world. It’s a shame they are after all inanimate, if only they could tell the stories of time that has passed them by. Nature gradually wins back the land we claim from it much like our own bodies. Now I am getting extremely philosophical but my point is, photography can be used to translate this into some kind of context that us mere mortals can decipher.

This is one of the shots I have recently selected for my portfolio, please see the Buy Prints page for the current collection which I am going to be extending over the coming weeks. I am stunned to say that my image library now exceeds 10,000 possibly more than that images in total offline

Buy Prints: Hyacinth

 

Hyacinth

Ok wrong time of year for these flowers but that’s because I am writing a series of blog posts about the images that are now available for purchase under the Buy Prints page. I want to tell you a little bit about the images and the processes behind them. I start off with a macro shot, simply because I am a big macro lover, it has I’ve been told by various people become a speciality of mine and I guess they are right. I love to take my time over these shots and some images can take as much as an hour to get right. The United Kingdom is a great place for macro work because overcast weather is ideal for it and well, lets face it, we get that in plentiful abundance don’t we?

The Hyacinth you see in this photo had just popped up in our garden, a wildflower and I noted that this year they were very prolific around our area, growing around the edges of our local parks.

I used a combination of tools for this shot that included a tripod, a plamp and a reflector. Plamp? A great product from tripod makers Wimberley. Have a hunt around online for them, I found mine at Warehouse Express and it has been an indispensible tool. They can be used to hold reflectors in place or to hold stems of plants steady when there is a slight breeze. They cost just under £30 and are worth getting.

I love shooting fairly wide open, so that only an element of the subject is in focus and the rest is artfully blurred out to produce a wash of colours. Certain colours go well together such as blues, purples and greens. A shallow depth of field can also be used to conceal stuff you don’t want the viewer to see which can be very effective indeed.

I always manually focus as this gives you maximum control. Take your time, tweak the focus, step away from the viewfinder, take a breath, go back – Happy? Yes, go for it or if you are not happy, take your time and take a shot you will be proud of.

Later on in this “macroworld” series (see the tags over on the right), I shall reveal a few more things about why I love this branch of photography so much…

photos.nicklewis.net

I have rekindled my Imagefile account, for the purposes of offering people an easier facility to buy their prints from, be it for an event I may have covered or if you wish to order some of my fine-art prints to decorate your walls. The advantage of this site, is that you will not need to register prior to making an order, plus better still, the prints orders are handled externally and I don’t have to process them. Turn around times are therefore much quicker!

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