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The Shop is Open

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I declare the Sarah Barnard shop open for business!

The shop is now open again, and linked to the lower of the top menus.

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I decided to reactivate the shop, and have the greeting cards back on for sale. They sold reasonably well when they were available before, so it makes sense.

All the images used are my own. Cards are A5, 340GSM card stock folded in half to make a landscape card that is A6 in size. Each card is supplied with a plain white envelope for your use. Every card is blank inside for you to write your own message for any occasion.

These are my own designs, printed and supplied by me directly to you.

If you are interested in my images for sale for digital use, my Shutterstock portfolio might be a good place to look.

Maybe it’s a bag, mouse mat, or t-shirt you’re looking for? Then my RedBubble store would be the place to start.

You can find my work in these places in different forms, and as an independent artist I value every view, review, and sale. I appreciate all your interest. If there’s nothing you want to buy right now, I’d love it if you could share something on your own social networks.

Helping small business

You’d pay for the latest mass produced Kardashian perfume, or Beckham merchandise, right? Small businesses need your support. All it might take is a few moments to share something you like, tell people about what you found. It’s not just for me, it’s for all the small businesses out there. Lots of us are working online, trying to get some exposure, and we all need you.

You are vital to the success of small, local, business. Every time you interact with us online, every like, every share, it helps. If you’d think about buying something that would be even better.

Thank you!

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Preparing images – Focus

It’s been quite an eye opener, the different requirements for the various photo selling sites, and there are numerous “How to” guides littered around the internet. This isn’t one of them, this is an anecdotal rambling about part of what I have learned as I started out.

First take some images that you are really proud of, that you think are the best you can take, considering where you are on your photography journey, and the equipment you have available. Don’t worry too much about having the right camera, tripod, lenses etc. These things will help, but they’re expensive and you can gather things like that as you find you have a need for them.

Take your images with the highest resolution you can, get a nice large file – several mb size is best. Most of mine start out over 10mb.

The first thing I do is to check if it’s an image I like, and is worth the time to work on to prepare for submission. I skim through using the Photos app on windows 10 which gives a nice viewer where I can zoom in and have a good look at each image. I delete loads at this stage.

Is it in focus?

Examine your chosen image in detail using something like photoshop – there are plenty of image manipulation softwares out there, some are free, some cost, but you will need to use something.

Look at your picture at 100% – yes, it’ll be so zoomed in you can only see a small fraction, but you need to go over it with a fine tooth comb, so to speak. Check that every detail in the main subject, or main area, is in crisp, sharp, focus. If it’s not, the image will be rejected. Pick a different image, or take more pictures. But trust me, some look beautifully sharp until you zoom in to 100%, then you can see the blur.

That rose, looks lovely at low resolution, looks great in print on a greeting card, but zoom in to the original image and the petals are fuzzy. This is not one to blow up to hang on the wall.

Yellow lilies with water drops

Whereas, these lilies (which have been passed as good for shutterstock, are beautifully crisp even at 100%.

So, first check your images are in focus throughout the subject area, and I’ll ramble on about other things to check and look for, another day!

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Approved Shutterstock Contributor!

Close up of Bee on Allium flower

With the idea of expanding my potential customer base, and widening areas of trade and sales, I applied to become a Shutterstock contributor, and I was approved!

The process was relatively easy, and after a few rejected images – for various reasons – I have a small portfolio available for sale.

https://www.shutterstock.com/g/Sarmorrow

I can’t find a way to link to a gallery of the images, but I’ll keep looking for a way. There are a variety of images there, but mostly wildlife and flowers – which I love. Do go and have a look, and let me know what you think!

Tiger

I’ll be researching other stock photo sites and will link to them when there’s a portfolio available.

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