Friday’s Bits and Bobs
Well, another week has passed, and it has been a strange week of sorts. Really very quiet and I don’t have much news for today, but I thought I might talk about some things.
I’m done with it. I think I just need to write off the month of August. It is another full moon this weekend and chances of clear skies is almost zilch. Seems we can expect dry days and evening showers, “that doesn’t help Mother Nature, please send us some nice weather”. We had a glimpse of lovely days earlier in the week when the sun was shining for two days, it was glorious. I even got hot outside. Hopefully spring won’t be wet like it usually is.
I told you a couple of weeks ago I was considering getting some filters for my lenses that are 77mm, at the end. I have been looking at the prices of them in Australia and it is another one of those cases of where we pay far more for everything than countries overseas. It is so frustrating. Then when you ask the companies that sells stuff here you get this massive run around. No real answers.
So I said I would get them from overseas, then I was accused of being unAustralian, and not supporting local businesses. Apparently the Australian way is to rip off people and we, the people, should be glad they are doing that to us. It makes me so mad. The excuses you hear companies giving us is unbelievable. I heard one company saying it was because our economy is stronger, so apparently it is okay then. I’ve heard that the head of Ikea, when they first came to Australia wondered why things were so high, and was told that Australians are used to paying more for goods. We were used to it, how about, we had no choice. So Ikea sells things here for more money than anyway else.
Luckily these days we do have a choice, and we can get things from overseas. Though, deals are made to make it harder for us. Try and buy anything on Amazon that is photographic and you will be told that it doesn’t ship here. It seems there is a conspiracy going on that is determined to make Australians pay more for everything. It is just disgusting. Though there are always ways around this.
The other thing I was told from the company about the filters was that I had to be careful that I was actually getting what I was paying for. So the scare tactic. I told them that the company I wanted to get them from was very reputable and that I knew I would be getting what I was paying for.
I hate being made to feel guilty because I don’t want to be ripped off. It seems we should feel good that it is happening, afterall isn’t it what has been happening since, forever. The government also sees nothing wrong with it. I would love to shop locally, I don’t have a problem with doing it, but when I know I can buy something overseas, and pay for shipping and still save money, then why would I get it locally?
500px and Selling Photos
I have been talking to Laura Macky about SmugMug, she has it and is very excited about the possibilites of it and what you can do via Lightroom. I’ve had a look, but can’t get the plug-in or add on so I can do the same in SmugMug. Though, with SmugMug, I believe, you have to pay for it. I have a host for my website, and I also have my own photocart, which I set up a few years ago when I was selling cycling photos. I still have it, and I don’t use it much, as I don’t think there is much market for selling photos.
I have done it in the past tried to set up things to sell photos and then sold nothing. The truth is, with millions and millions of photos out there on the internet to sell, what are the chances anyone will buy one of yours? I think to sell images you have to put in so much effort and do so much marketing, and I have to ask if it is worth it? I did get asked about selling one of the milky way shots, but I don’t think it was serious. It is such a hard thing to do. In the 4 years I’ve been blogging I’ve only ever sold one thing through the blog, and I made $1 from it, really didn’t pay for all the effort I put in. I know others have sold photos, but I don’t. So I don’t think I am going to worry about SmugMug.
I have been playing around with 500px, and it is fun. The goal seems to be to get to the front page of Popular, and I got to the third page once, will just have to keep trying. There are some amazing photos on there. If you look at Popular, then you can see the best photos that are on it. I like the idea that it was created by photographers for photographers. It isn’t a place to put all your photos and really is best if you only put your best work up there. It can be free, or you can pay for it to get extra benefits, though not really sure what they are at this stage.
I was told the other day that the videos I’ve been doing for processing are too fast. I told the person that I do that because I don’t really want people to see exactly what I do, just get an impression of how an image can be transformed.
I said that I don’t like just doing the whole video so people can see it, because, while I tell people what I can do, it seems unfair that I have spent hundreds of dollars learning how to use photoshop and that I should just give away my knowledge.
So a plan was hatched, I would still do the sped up videos of my processing, but I would also make available the original version that people could pay a small amount of money for to see. I’m not hopeful that anyone will pay to see it, but who knows, you have to try right. I know it seems selfish, but generousity doesn’t get the husband off the back when he is telling you you need to contribute to the expenses, or when you want to get something, him saying have you earned enough money to buy it.
Over on my other blog, on my website, I will try it out and see what happens. I want to do an image today where I have to get rid of people in the opening of a building, so that should be fun. I will put up a sped up version and the photo later today.
I think that is about it this week. Sorry, very whingy. I think I might be getting a bit depressed from the weather and that no one is doing any classes with me. Two courses have had to be cancelled from Eltham because there has been a lack of interest. It is a shame that people don’t realise what a great opportunity winter is to take photos. Oh well, I just have to hope that things will pick up soon.
The photos I have chosen today are because they were taken on a very grey overcast, rainy day in Kyneton last year. It is great to see how moody the images can be and how you don’t have to have sun to get great images. Have a great day, I hope the sun is shining where you are.