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January 11, 2018
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Photo – Belly Dancing Cloth

I found this bundle of cloth at one of the belly dancing tents at the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

You can purchase this, and many other photos, at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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January 10, 2018
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Make Money With Your Mobil Phone Photos

For years, stock photography was a large part of many professional photographer’s income. They would offer photographs to stock agencies, who would license them to clients for a specific use, and the photographer would receive 30%-50% of the licensing fee. These fees could range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Then along came digital photograph and microstock sites. Companies could license photographs for just a few dollars, and use them over and over again while only paying that one time. It destroyed the traditional stock photo business, and forced many photographers to delay, or come out of, retirement.

In 2009, Time magazine paid $30 for a stock photo to use on the cover of one issue. They usually pay several thousand dollars for a cover photo. Time saved a lot of money, while a photographer somewhere lost a lot of money.

But now, things have changed again. Well, at least, a little. Over the past couple of years, as cell phone cameras have improved, microstock agencies started accepting photographs taken with phones. And why shouldn’t they? In the past, most photographs were used in full-page spreads in magazines, on billboards, and in other large formats. Now, most photographs show up on computer or phone screens and are just a few inches in size.

If you take good photos, and want the chance to make a little extra money, you need to submit your photographs to the stock agencies. It’s pretty simple, since you do it through a phone app.

However, there are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Photographs with people in them must have a signed model release from each recognizable person. The exception is if the photo will be used along with a news story. But any photo used to promote a product or service will need a release. The app I use for model and property releases is Easy Release ($9.99)
  • You will also need a release if your photo includes a company’s logo or a recognizable building. Yes, it’s a real pain.
  • Compose your photographs properly by deciding if it should be shot horizontally or vertically. Use the same rules of composition as you would for a camera.
  • Choose one, or more, apps that will let you make adjustments to your photos. You may need to crop, adjust exposure, straighten and more.
  • Be sure that whatever app(s) you use to submit photos, that the company lets you keep the copyright to your images. That way, you can offer them on other sites and license them many times.

Once you start to submit images, don’t expect the money to come rolling in. You are one of thousands of people doing the same thing. Most of the commissions you receive for a sale will be in pennies, not dollars. Making money in microstock is a long-term project. But money is money, and I’ll accept it from anywhere I can.

Below are five popular stock sites that have phone apps. There are more out there, but these are a good place to start. The information in the chart was current at time of publication.

If you find other good stock sites with apps, post it in the comments section so other people can check them out.

I would also love to know what kind of success you have by posting in the comments section.

Have Fun,
Jeff

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January 9, 2018
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Business Tip – How To

People love to read How To articles and watch How To videos. Show your clients how to use your product/service. Don’t only show the normal uses, but show the unconventional one’s too.

For example, if you sell spray paint, don’t limit yourself to showing how to use it on outdoor furniture, but show how artists can make beautiful paintings with it and how hobbyists can use it with their crafts, or some other unique use.

There are more business tips on my blog at www.TheCreativesCorner.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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January 4, 2018
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Photo – Lightning

I was hoping to get some winter storms in my area so I could get more pictures like this. So far there hasn’t been any storms. Not one rain drop or snowflake, and winter is almost half way through. I don’t want the kind of winter they’re having back east right now, but a little something would be nice.

You can purchase this, and many other photos, at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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December 28, 2017
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Photo – Iris

I photographed this Iris at the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden at CSULB, my Alma mater. The Garden is a remarkably relaxing place. I could have spent all day there.

You can purchase this, and many other photos, at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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December 27, 2017
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Business Tip – Local Business

Many small to medium size businesses rely on local or regional customers. This can be very helpful, as long as you don’t misrepresent yourself.

Don’t say you make genuine Vermont maple syrup, when you’re located in Florida. Or be like the Irish cheese I buy, that’s really made in New York. This can get people upset and cost you sales.

If you have a product or service that relies on a special local, promote that and it can increase your sales and put you ahead of your competition.

There are more business tips on my blog at www.TheCreativesCorner.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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December 21, 2017
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Photo – Stone Wall

This is a stone wall in the Atrium of the La Brea Tar Pits in California. The sunlight was hitting them perfectly as I walked by. I played around with it a little to give it a nice soft look.

You can purchase this, and many other photos, at www.JeffColburn.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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December 20, 2017
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25 Places To Sell Your Photographs – ebook

Are you looking for a way to make money with your photography? If so, check out my ebook, “25 Places To Sell Your Photographs.”

This ebook will not only tell you where to sell your photos, but the pros and cons of each of these markets, and important business tips.

It makes a great gift too.

You can purchase this, and my other ebooks for photographers and writers, at www.CreativeCauldron.com

Have Fun,
Jeff

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December 19, 2017
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Pompeii – The Exhibit

Do you like volcanic eruptions, natural disasters and history? If so, you’ll love “Pompeii, The Exhibit” at the Arizona Science Center. We went to the exhibit last week, and it’s amazing.

On August 24, 79 A.D. Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and many of its inhabitants. The display at the science center lets you see what it was like before, during and after, the eruption.

The first, and largest, part of the exhibit shows what Pompeii was like. You get a real feel for everyday life there by seeing displays covering food, clothes, medical instruments, glassware, fishing, gladiators, art (paintings and sculptures), gods, jewelry and more. You are allowed to take all the photos you want, but no flash photography. What I found interesting is that if you remove electricity from the equation, the 2,000 year old town of Pompeii was almost, and in some cases completely, as advanced as we are today. They had central heating, over 300 fast food booths, slaves who earned a salary and could buy their own freedom, surgical techniques and medicines that are still used today and more.

Next, you go into a 4D theater where a film lets you see what happened to the town over the last day and night of its life. This takes about five minutes, and to enhance the experience there’s smoke and a floor that vibrates in synch with the explosions. That’s the 4D part of the movie.

You then go to the rooms showing several of the body casts of the citizens of Pompeii. It’s a chilling and sobering experience.

I highly recommend seeing this exhibit. It’s enlightening when you see how advanced they were, and humbling when you see how precarious life can be.

Here are just a few items on display at the exhibit.

Have Fun,
Jeff

This statue greets you when you enter the main display area.

This female and male bust are from the 1st century B.C. and are made of bronze and glass (the eyes).

A wild boar attacked by two dogs. Bronze statues from the 1st century A.D.

This style of painting was seen everywhere. Usually painted on plaster.

This portable brazier was used to provide heat on cold nights or mornings.

This Glirarium (large pot) was used to hold dormice, a culinary delicacy. It was covered to make it dark inside so the dormice would hybrinate, to fatten them up. Your looking down at the top where you can see a spiral shelves and two food shelves.

These are all samples of oil lamps. Two faces, a bull’s head and a multilevel lamp.

Scalpels, medical tweezers and a 4 compartment container for medicine. Bronze from the 1st century A.D.

Blue glass bottles, 1st century A.D.

Mirror made of bronze and silver foil, 1st century A.D.

Gold necklace and earrings, 1st century A.D.

Gold bracelet, 1st century A.D.

Marble sculptures of theater masks.

Marble statue of Caligula. About 8 feet tall.

A gladiator’s helmet.

Cast of a child.

Cast of a mother and child. The “boxer” pose happens when a body is exposed to extreme heat, like the pyroclastic flow that hit Pompeii.

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December 15, 2017
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Have A Happy, And Slightly Twisted, Holiday Season – 2017

Following are some of my favorite Holiday videos. You’ll find the entire spectrum from traditional to shall we say, unique. I hope you enjoy them.

Do the decorations on your home look like this? Neither does ours.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnL0_CsXncI

Here are some great Holiday commercials from around the world. Be sure to have a BIG box of tissues next to you before you watch them. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAlT6hfZpbE

Lindsey Sterling is an amazing hip-hop violinist with some great moves. Watch, and listen, to her perform Carol of the Bells, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Christmas C’mon feat. Becky G.

Next is Pentatonix, an acappella group whose voices blend beautifully. Listen to their versions of Deck the Halls and Away in a Manger.

I’ve always been a big fan of Jewel’s music and poetry, and was fortunate enough to see her in concert once. Listen to her amazing voice as she sings Ave Maria.

There’s always someone who thinks Christmas us just a bunch of Bah Humbug. This video is for you. I hope you enjoy Carol of the Old Ones.

My favorite irreverent Christmas song is The 12 Pains Of Christmas.

Karen Carpenter was an amazing singer, and left us all far too soon. Listen to Merry Christmas Darling by The Carpenters.

I’ve always liked Gloria Estefan’s voice and music. I was even a member of the Press when she dedicated her statue to the Wax Museum in Buena Park, California. I have some great pictures of that event too.

Christmas is more than presents and parties. It’s about reaching out to those in need, righting the wrongs in the world and putting the Christmas Spirit in all we do, all year long. In this video you’ll see wrongs that need to be righted, and successes that have been achieved. We can all do something, big or small, to help others. Go out and help others. Listen to Silent Night by Gloria Estefan.

Many years ago there was a great Christmas special called “A Claymation Christmas.” It shows the amazing things that can be done with this form of animation. I hope you enjoy these videos, and remember, it’s all done with clay. Rudolf The Red Nosed Reindeer and Joy To The World.

Is it really Christmas without hearing Madonna sing Santa Baby? You can also listen to the original 1953 version by Eartha Kitt.

Have a Great Holiday Season! Party on!!!

Have Fun,
Jeff

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