Guide for new (and advanced) Steemians in 2018

Got tired of explaining Steemit for my friends all the time, so i decided to put together a guide for new Steemians. This post is still work in progress, I’ll update it as I learn

I’ve noticed that many new Steemians, and 50+ rep Steemians, don’t know exactly how Steemit works and how to utilize it fully. I’m putting together a guide that I will improve in time; about upvoting, Steem power, bots, other dApp-s, curation.

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Where does the money come from ?

Steem is built on inflation, that means that every day, Steem generates new cryptocurrency and redistributes it between it’s users. Users who have more Steem power have a bigger voice on redistribution. Price of STEEM is determined same way as Bitcoin gets its price – on open market, where people buy and sell it with desired price.

 

What is Steem power ?

Steem power (SP) is what gives you influence on Steemit, if you upvote somebodys post. It also gives you higher curation rewards. SP has basically same value as Steem. Only thing is that it’s locked and you cant withdraw it right away. It takes about 13 weeks(1/13 of STEEM every week) to convert your SP to STEEM – that is called as powering down. Reasons for that can be many, but i think it is to control the market and not let it crash when something big happens.

Powering up is process where you convert your STEEM to SP and that can be done instantly. You can buy other cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and trade STEEM for them.

 

How to get curation rewards?

By upvoting new quality posts that you believe will (and should) get famous. You will get a % of all the upvotes that will come after you. The percent you get depends on your SP. To increase your reward you can repost/reblog it, in hopes that your followers will also upvote it. There’s also a curve when you will earn less curation rewards – best time to upvote post is when it’s 15-90 minutes old. BUT if you find really good post that you feel will get a lot of votes after your, but is hours old, then theres a chance that some curation community will pick it up and share it with its community; thus increasing reward pool significantly.

 

How much should i vote ?

Every time you upvote a post or a comment your voting power decreases 2%, but don’t worry, it also recharges 20% a day(0.83% per hour). That means that voting more than 10 times every day, is not sustainable.

 

What effect reputation has ?

In part of looking like cool-guy, it doesn’t have much effect. It’s only job is to regulate downvotes/flagging, to make sure low reputation users can’t flag users with higher reputation. This was put in place, because people would create new accounts and downvote people who they disagree with.

 

How to tag your posts properly

 

Do you have wordpress blog ?

Definitely use @steempress plugin for wordpress to post your stuff to Steemit. They manually upvote most of their posts with 1-10$, using curation trail of big qurators like @curie. That means that if @curie upvotes you, Steempress will give you even bigger upvote.

 

What are dApp-s ?

DApp – Decentralized application is an app that is built on blockchain (like Steemit), meaning that everybody can use the same source and build another front end website on top of that. DApp has its backend code running on a decentralized peer-to-peer network. All DApp-s use the same data, but the outcome how you see it, can be different.

If you have Steemit user, then you can use the same login in other DApp-s that use STEEM blockchain

 

other DApp-s built on STEEM blockchain

In all these DApp website you can earn STEEM money and use your STEEM credentials to login.

Steemit – you probably already know about it.

Busy – is very similar to Steemit. I personally prefer it, because it displays more information and just looks better 🙂

Steepshot – aka Steem’s instagram

Bescouted –  place for professional photographers, models, make-up artists, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists and retouchers with an aim to connect them in their projects.

Musing – Question and answer where you can earn by answering and asking questions

Steemhunt – a very unique approach where users find new products on the web and earn STEEM for it

dMania – place for MEMEs, funny pictures and videos

dTube – very similar to youtube, where you can upload your videos

dLive – can be compared to Twitch where you can live stream

dSound – for music

 

Useful tools to use with Steemit

Steemd – displays all the information on what’s happening on STEEM blockchain. To view your user go to https://steemd.com/@yourusername

SteemBotTracker – if you want to pay for bots to upvote your post, head here first.

UnderSteemed –  to find posts that are new and might have quality content

SteemPlus – chrome plugin that displays extra information on Steemit

 

One-time-fee upvote bots

Art Turtle – if you create art, you definitely should join him. Upvotes and reblogs your art with 0.08 every 24h

MinnowSupport – with a small fee of 0.001 STEEM or 0.001 SBD you will get 0.1 upvote every 30 hours

Steemchat – registration is 0.1 and you will get 0.01 upvote every 24h

Qurator – registration is 4 STEEM and you get upvotes every 24h. They have tier system

 

 

 

I learned to create artificial sunflare on photos, heres how

I never knew its that simple to create nice sunny feel in Lightroom.

Here’s my sun flare preset. You can use it with Adjustment  Brush,  Radial filter or with Graduated filter(my favourite). Use same stats and save it as your own preset, that you can use later on. Only thing you HAVE to adjust is exposure, according to photos lighting.

 

To make thing easier for your, grab a preset here. On PC, copy it into folder:

C:\Users\*YourUsername*\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Local Adjustment Presets

Worth noting is that you need at least some light source to give it a “legit” look. Use that preset to amplify that source.

 

Here some photos I beefed up

 

 

 

Anyone know what these last 2 mushrooms are ? I suspect its Leccinum scabrum, but not sure. Anyway, i boiled them properly and made kottlets out of them. 2nd day in and i haven’t died 😀

If you got better way to make sunny glow, let us know 🙂

How to deal with scorching heat wave ? GO BIKING | ULOG #1

Here in Tallinn things are getting out of hand and my cheap 30$ ventilator doesn’t do the trick anymore. For every situation there’s always a solution; for escaping burning sun, it is to dive head in, flip the sun, and bike around.

My first intention was to go out, bike with my bud and consume cold beverages, so I didn’t really capture everything I saw, sorry for mediocre reportage.

First stop was Paljassaare (naked island) reservoir near Tallinn. For our surprise it had new inhabitants. Cows were brought here recently to get rid of excessive reed in the coastline and keep people from entering birds protection area. Cows of course were really curious to see creatures from other side of the fence.

 

Some looked very cute and goofy

 

 

Some just friking weird

 

 

After some adventures we found an abandoned building. No idea what it’s purpose was, but I took this odd photo of 2 kayakers

 

 

Road that lead us there

 

 

After that we saw some interesting places, but beverages were kicking in and I had too much fun so couldn’t think about making photos. 4 hours later we landed in park near Tallinn University of Technology and started to burn some “greenery”. In some point I saw small brave evergreen tree and thought I have to record this cutie to blockchain

 

 

Another 4 hours later, sun was setting, but it still was warm, so we decided to continue drinking outside near a cool hipster bar F-hoone (after 10pm the only way to buy beer is in bars).

 

3 hours later none of us had energy left and we decided to HFS (home-fap-sleep)
Good night 🙂

Advice on how to sell your photos online on microstock websites: 12 tips

When about a year ago, I submitted my first pictures to shutterstock, they rejected them all and for a good reason – they were just bad! I don’t claim to be an expert in this area, I’m still merely an amateur, but I have picked up some tips and tricks. Main thing I learned is that EVERYTHING CAN SELL, even your mediocre travel pictures can sell!

 

Your photos have to be IN FOCUS

This is the most crucial requirement, if you want to sell your photos. If possible use narrower aperture(f/8 – f/20) to keep everything in focus. Your future clients will blur out background, if they need to. Only use wide aperture, if it serves the purpose (like bokeh background or blurring out faces).

 

Over- and underexposed PHOTOS are mostly a big no-no

Learn to use your camera’s histogram. If you make photos at daylight, and you are not aiming to be artistic, then histogram is your best friend. Histogram comes useless only at dark, when exposing every detail doesn’t make sense.

Histogram of well exposed photo looks like this:

Notice the spikes in the center, this is where most colors situate. Left side of histogram represents dark colors (black), and right side – bright colors (white). It shows you what colors dominate the photo.

 

Here’s a sample of a badly exposed histogram:

Overexposed means that you have too much white color in your photo. This is acceptable, if you make a photo of a model and a light source (sun) is behind him/her. Then you have to expose on the model and as a result the sky will be blown out and will appear white. Underexposed means that there is too much black color in your photo. This is acceptable, if you make photos at night, where black is dominant color and serves the purpose.

 

 

 

Okay, now the basics are covered, and here are my tips and tricks for new button pushers

  • Combine, combine, combine. Don’t just make picture of grill, use something in the background. If you are grilling with friends, choose them for background/foreground. Images with diverse groups of people sell more.
  • If you want to sell picture with people on the background, but you don’t have a model release from them, then use wide aperture to blur them out. You can also do it in post-production.
  • Try to avoid registered trademarks and logos. These can be removed in post, but it will look unnatural. Here is where wide aperture also helps.
  • Think like a blogger/web designer/youtuber. Choose your favourite topic and think about people in this area: what they are selling? do they have etiquette? how are they selling (based on facts or feelings)? what is their culture?
  • Your pictures don’t have to be spectacular, they must have details and objects wanted by your future client.
  • If you find a good spot/object, keep shooting! Find more angles, add more relevant objects, turn it around, shoot it from above etc.
  • Use whitespace! Leave some room to left/right, where designer can add their promotional text.
  • Put an effort to tagging and naming your photo. Use at least 5 words in title, the more, the better.
  • Always shoot RAW.
  • Avoid excessive noise. If you shoot with ISO 400+, always use noise reduction in post-production.
  • Set up your own studio. If weather isn’t pleasing for you, then it’s time to stay home and take some product photos. For me, those ones sell the most. Possibilities are endless!
  • Be authentic! Stock photography nowadays is very much different from what it was 5+ years ago. Buyers want to see real life, and are avoiding fake smiles and unrealistic situations

 

My stats in Adobe stock

TOP 6 most sold photos
My TOP6 sold photos on Adobe Stock
adobe stock earnings chart
My earnings from Adobe Stock

 

Software I use

Use a software like XPiks to upload your photos to multiple stock websites in one click. It saves your time tenfold – no need to insert titles/description/tags manually to every single site.

 

 

Lightroom is very intuitive and simple way to process your RAW photos. Highly recommended!

 

Thanks for reading, you are now ready 🙂

Head over to my next article to find microstock websites where to upload your amazing photos: MY HONEST OPINION ON TOP 7 STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY WEBSITES IN 2018 

Last thought: It took me couple of days to forge this article, all kinds of shares and feedback on content and writing will be highly appreciated 🙂