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The Little Things Make All the Difference #Photography

July 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Sometimes it feels like all the work I'm doing is a waste of time. I spend hours editing and retouching images. Then I spend more hours uploading and key wording images hoping someone, anyone cares. Once a week I check to see how many visitors my website has had, and when the numbers haven't changed, my heart sinks.   

Then out of the blue something happens. Someone buys and uses one of my images. Just one, but it's a start. 

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I was surprised this one was the first to sell. I took this image while on a cruise. We were leaving Boston Harbor and there were lighthouses everywhere. 

Shooting on a boat isn't the easiest. Your view is changing every second. The boat is moving forward and up and down in the water. Holding steady was almost impossible. At least the sun  was still strong even though it was almost sunset.

I also had several other passengers watching me and asking questions about my equipment. I think I had my monster size 2.8 L 70-200 lens on. It always attracts attention from amateurs because it's so big. 

My battery indicator was also blinking so I knew any second my camera would shut off on me. I had just spent the whole day shooting downtown Boston, Quincy Market, the Cheers bar, etc. 

I had my camera in a muti frame mode and was shooting off frames rapid fire, hoping at least one would be sharp. I was lucky. Many of them ended up being sharp and useable. It's a technique I use at weddings a lot when I have to hand hold at slow shutter speeds.

I'm so happy to make my first official sale as a brand spankin new stock photographer. It gives me hope that I'm not wasting my time sitting in front of my computer for hours putting family time off. It's my dream and I've put it off in favor of the safe road too long.


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