Photos for Fun and Profit
Photos for Fun and Profit
Taking photographs can be quite a bit of fun. We often take family outings of photograph snapping. Sometimes, the subject is planned. Sometimes the object is to just look for interesting subjects. And, sometimes something unexpected happens, and that image taken at just the right time becomes a classic. So, if you are looking for a great G-rated family activity, just get a camera for everyone and go to it.
INTRO IMAGE: This is our own image. We have the rights to use it.
Check Twice before Starting Out
An impromptu photography outing may seem to be a fantastic, spontaneous event, but only if all is prepared. We use digital cameras. I have been out looking for photographic subjects, and when I went to snap the first image got the message there was no memory card. Another problem is that we take many photographs, and I have already had just a few that could be added before filling my memory card. Download your card before leaving. Another problem is a dead battery, which means I did not charge mine. My son uses AA batteries, so he buys a large pack and has them available. Whether you use rechargeable batteries of throw away batteries, be ready.
Storing Your Images
... And Not in Your Camera
Computers can handle pictures, but as the number of Megapixels increases, that number or images capable of being stored becomes fewer. And, the more Megapixels your camera is capable, the better images it will produce, so you would not want to give that up. Another problem is many images slow computers. The solution is an external hard drive. Not only can it handle many images, they now can hold Terabytes of data, but it can be used to back up your computer.
Color Steam Engine
Black and White Images
Some images, not all, are better in black and white. And with digital cameras this could be a simple setting, or even done later. I have two images of the same steam engine up on Zazzle and cafÃ© Press. One is in color, and the other is in black and white. Which one sells better? The black and white image attracts more sales. Why? When steam engines were widely used, there was only black and white film, or very expensive color film. To use color makes the image look too modern, it should look like something from the period.
Black and white can also give a stark contrast, and might be used for emphasis. Another possible reason for choosing black and white is to capture the essence of the look of fog. Yes, it still has its place.
Which do you prefer?
Comparison of Digital Cameras and Those That Use Film
The Choice Is Yours
Digital cameras can capture a nice image, and that image can be sharpened, changed to black and white, and corrected for some defects. This is easier than with film. Yet, no matter how many Megapixels you have, there is a maximum size an image can be made before pixilation occurs. Film is continuous, and does not suffer from pixilation. One could argue the size of the molecules would eventually cause pixilation, but the molecules do not arrange themselves in neat columns and rows. So, if it is a huge image that you need, opt for film.
This image our own image.
Do you insist on digital cameras?
Better cameras usually have a higher price.
Less expensive cameras are just right for children to use.
Make It Profitable
We use our images on both CafÃ© Press and Zazzle. Why both? Zazzle is easier to work with, but CafÃ© Press has a wider product line. I suggest you use both if you are interested in profit.
Learn the Basics f Photography
Street Musician - Notice it does not show a face!
If I Take the Picture, I Can Use It, Right?
Well, not always. Zazzle will pull images with names of buildings on them. We had an image pulled that was taken in the New Orleans French Quarter because the neon sign House of Blues was visible. We also recommend common sense, such as not getting people in your shots where they can be recognized. We also make it a point of never publishing an image that shows a license plate number.
One that we did publish, because it shows the essence of the New Orleans French quarter, was of an artist selling his art on the fence of Jackson Square. In this case, out of respect for his original work, we shot the picture from a distance at an oblique angle, so his pieces cannot be copied by others. We also got the back of his head.
Another problem is when the image your are photographing is protected. The Royal Caandian Mint requires permission to use the images of their coins commercially. They own the image on the coin itself.
Publish carefully, and respect others.
Impromptu Shot of Riverboat
Artist - Notice the Angle.
Do you agree we need to respect others when photographing?
Our Zazzle Store
Most of the images we have shown here have been used to make a multitude of products on Zazzle, Cafe Press, or both. Please visit the site below for many other images, and more thousands of great products.
- Blackspanielgallery | Zazzle.com Store
My Zazzle page.