Take a look at this photo, from our recent Photo Expedition in Thailand. Is it in focus?
The truth is, you can’t tell when you view it at this size. You have to look at it at 100% to know for sure.
Here’s a section of the photo, blown up to 100%:
Nope, not in focus.
This is why it’s so important to always view your photos at 100% in your computer.
Luckily, I have another photo of this woman that’s in better focus. And if I want to use it as editorial stock (remember, I’d need a model release for regular stock, but not for editorial), I would definitely pick the one that’s in focus over this one.
Focus is one issue that you can’t fix in processing. So it’s really important to know which of your photos are in good, sharp focus before you submit them for stock.
And the only way to do that is to view them at 100%. I’ll send you a short video to show you how next week!
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From Ric Bauer: Huraah! And High Praise for the 30-Day Stock Success Program! Really was the “kick-in-the-pants” that I needed! Just received my first approvals from Big Stock – 5 out of 10 submitted! (In less then 5 days!) “Dogs bark and the caravan moves on!” Thanks Bonnie for putting together a great course! The feedback from Big Stock on my rejections was fair and instructive. I figure if I can get 5 out of 10 approved, right out of the gate, shots that were simply culled from a limited portfolio, that were NOT shot with stock in mind… there’s absolutely no reason I can’t get 5,000 approved! This is not rocket science, but knowing what the agencies are looking for is critical. The 30-Day Stock Success Program has made all the difference! Thanks big time!
From Deborah Kolb: As of today this is my first week or shall I say 7 day period I finally made the Breakfast Stock club goal of $20.00 in a week. Since Feb 1, I had 59 sales on SS = $19.93, 3 on IStock = $5.64 and 13 on Deposit Photo = $3.82 and 1 on Dreamstime = $0.35. I am holding the vision of getting a few licensed to get those #s at a respectable level!!!