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Here is my all-time top-5 run-down… (I’ve had a massive stock break, not uploaded anything in about 2 years! *which also means I’ve been brewing for 2 years!)
This shows which my consistent sellers are at the main stock sites. (Grunge ahoy!)

iStockphoto

In at number one is ‘Black Photocopy background Texture’ selling 164 times, 5093 and earning $268.68

At number two is ‘Coffee Cup coaster ring stains’ selling 119 times,  4092 views and earning $119.06

At number three is ‘CT Scan Skull Slices’ selling 116 times, 25345 views and earning $59.52

At number four is ‘Acorns from an Oak tree’ selling 111 times, 4388 views and earning $131.53

At number five is ‘Paper Airplane’ selling 97 times, 5494 views, and earning $177.12

Dreamstime

In at number one is ‘Canvas texture Element’ selling 49 times, 1900 vies and earning $60.32
Canvas Texture Element
At number two is ‘Cup Stains Set’ selling 48 times, 2138 views and earning $58.92
Cup Stains Set
At number three is ‘Photocopy Texture Element’ selling 39 times, 2150 views and earning $80.29
Photocopy Texture Element
At number four is ‘Paper Airplane’ selling 35 times, 54239 views and earning $59.89
Paper Airplane
At number five is ‘Cup Stains set’ selling 33 times, 1342 views and earning $41.13
Cup Stains Set

I’d do Shutterstock & Fotolia too but they don’t give image specific stats, I could do Fotolia sales and views but it doesn’t show the image earnings.
You can sort by ‘downloads’ at my Fotolia Portfolio to see the current sales & view stats and see the most popular downloads from my Shutterstock Portfolio.

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I like the way this site works, its pretty sensible and works logically, the upload procedure works well and editing image details is simple.
This is how the profile page looks, Its pretty concise and usable:

The Image portfolio page is just as easy with albums for organisation that work by drag and drop, and looks like this:

I have just completed uploading my portfolio of 1324 images, all accepted due to there being no inspection procedure to go through (the closest acceptance to that was 979 images at CanStockPhoto).

Earnings and referrals
Royalty-free images: earn 50% of the total price, which is €12.50 per sale.
“We offer you 1 Euro for every sold image by a referred photographer and an additional 1 Euro
for every image bought by a referred customer. This means you can earn up to 2 Euro every time a transaction is made between your referred friends”

All there is to do now is organise a few albums and site back and wait…. we shall see!

Looking at the ease of upload and getting images online I thought this place would be good to have a go at.

There is a good write-up at www.microstockdiaries.com so I won’t write much more untill I see some results after I get my full portfolio online.

Light Painting in Dark Places

After seeing other peoples shots of dark places such as drains and tunnels, I decided to have a go for myself.

So experimenting with long exposures, 30 seconds and longer, and a mid range aperture in a couple of disused railway tunnels.

Queensbury Rail Tunnel - July 08
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Setting the Camera

With long exposures you need to keep your camera shake free so the use of a Tripod and cable release is essential, I picked my shot and set my camera in the dark getting focus manually on long shots and shooting off a flash shot to attain focus on closer in shots (Switching to manual focus once happy so as to lock it at that distance).

I was shooting in the camera’s Manual Mode so as to set exposure time to the ‘BULB’ setting, I chose an aperture of F8 so depth of field would be mid range for my lens, I set the camera ISO to 100 so as to keep down the possibility of digital noise showing up (Other ISO setting could be used while practicing and getting the hang of how long the exposure would take).

So I’m focused, my camera is on the tripod cable release attached, my camera setting are locked, it was time to click and lock the shutter release and start using the torch to light the scene.

Lighting with the Torch

Using the torch its a case of literally painting the subject with light where you want the camera to ‘see’ and capture what you want, it takes some experimenting and can be an interesting way to be creative with lighting your photograph. Its important to keep the torch beam moving on your subject so as to avoid ‘hot spots’ where too much light could over-expose, paint evenly and try not to miss the bits that interest you.

I started with 30 second exposures and went up to 2 minutes 30 seconds on some shots where I didn’t want to use to much direct light so I could get a more creative effect, this will all depend on the brightness of your torch or torches.

A handy tip would be to leave a small dim light under your tripod so you don’t go walking into it while making a shot.

Using more than one torch can give you the option of back lighting an object and also painting the foreground with the other torch, coloured gels can be used over the torch beam if you fancy adding a little extra colour to your subject.

Light trails are fun, and can be a happy accident while lighting your subject and add a bit of excitement and movement to the scene, though if you don’t want the trails be careful that the line of sight between your torch beam and your camera is guarded and you wear dark or black clothes so you don’t show up in your own shots.

For most of my experimenting I stayed behind the camera, though I started venturing out further to see what else was possible which is well worth it.

Safety and Darkness

Standing in almost complete darkness with just a flashlight might be an eerie experience for some people so its always best to take a friend and tell someone else where you are going and how long you will be there. For me the excitement of creating some amazing photographs out weighs any fear I might have had, I found the darkness and torch light quite calming with the silence only broke by the dripping from the ceiling of the tunnel and its ventilation shafts. It always good to watch where you are putting your feet while setting up shots as uneven floors and obstacles could trip you up, so be careful, safety first!

Ravenscar Tunnel 12.06.08
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Equipment

The Camera equipment used was as follows; Canon 400D, Sigma 10-20mm lens, Tripod, Remote shutter release cable. The Torches used were; Maglite 3D-cell with Terralux LED upgrade, Fenix TK10, and some other cheaper LED torches, I also took a couple of Glow-sticks.

Links

More of my tunnel photos are at www.flickr.com/photos/pdtnc

If you liked this and found it useful please go vote for it at http://www.jpgmag.com/stories/6108

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I have had a front page image for a while now over at StockXpert.com 🙂

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