Shooting stars in the summer and what i learned from it #Ulog2

Decided to spend a week at friends summer-house near Tartu, where the whole small town is built around the observatory. Quiet and mostly with low light pollution, it was one of the best places in Estonia to shoot stars in summer.

 

center of milky way galaxy and Tartu-Tõravere Meteorological Station

 

tartu weather station
Weather station with center of Milky way galaxy

 

When I was done with camera set-up, the telescope turned on and directed itself to Milky way

 

telescope and milky way
Tartu observatory and outer side of the Milky way galaxy

 

On Other side of the telescope, you can see what it was investigating

 

Center of Milky way galaxy
Center of Milky way galaxy

 

Wanted to try some light painting with bike flash, but it was too damn dark to position me to the center of telescope. That’s the closest I got 🙂 Next time I’LL use my portable flash so it will catch less movement and get sharper shot of the model

 

Small telescopes
Small telescopes near Tartu observatory
This was my first try on capturing night sky and i’ve learned a lot! I’d list them here for readers not to repeat my mistakes

 

  • Use highest ISO possible(not max, highest that doesn’t have too much noise). For my Canon 6D it was ISO-6400
  • Don’t focus to infinity, turn back the notch just a little bit.
  • If possible don’t use wide aperture, my f/2.5 didn’t keep everything crispy and sharp. Next time I’ll turn it up one step.
  • Make panoramas for WOW effect.
  • Dont go over 30 sec shutter, it will leave trails. Best results were with 25-28 sec
  • Lightroom has a Dehaze slider, use it to make stars pop up even more 🙂
  • Don’t drink and/or smoke grass !!!

 

 

 

Tartu observatory in Tõravere

The Tartu Observatory was founded at the Imperial University of Dorpat as it was reopened in 1802. At one time it was one of the best telescopes in northern Europe

Walk on the shadowline

Grandma called and needed help to carry her new plants that she bought to her garden.To make things more interesting, I grabbed my camera with me.

 

No idea what flowers they were, but looked very nice 🙂 Anyone got any idea what they could be ?

 

Both shots were actually taken in a huge greenhouse

Category: #naturephotography

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 24 May, 2018
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
  • Location: Kiisa, Estonia

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  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 6D
  • Taken: 24 May, 2018
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 105mm
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

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 🙂

 

 

My honest opinion on top 7 stock photography websites in 2018

I’ve been uploading my photos to stock agency’s for a year now, mostly as side hobby.

This is my list(in order of preference) of the ones i use, where ive uploaded 100-200 photos:

 

Adobe Stock

By far the most profitable and generous is Adobe. They offer 40% and if you go exclusive 50% of sales

Shutterstock

Was one of the most difficult to get in(my pics were pretty bad), but they sell a lot.

Gettyimages

aka bully in the yard who only gives you 15% of the sales you make! BUT they sell a lot, i mean shitloads.

Dreamstime

I’ve heard good things about them, but the time when i joined, it has gotten very quiet. During 6 months i’ve sold only 9 photos and earned about 7$.

123RF

Despite the awesome domain name, they rarely sell.

Alamy

Alamy uses different angle, with very high prices, they sell very rarely, but when they do, you earn 10$+ per sale!

Pond5

My recent find. Hasn’t produced anything positive, but probably mainly because their focus is on videos.