Pixels Away http://blog.pixelsaway.com royalty free pictures - stock photography Tue, 30 Aug 2016 17:00:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.9 Royalty Free Pictures – July 2016 Update http://blog.pixelsaway.com/royalty-free-pictures-july-2016-update/ Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:42:16 +0000 http://blog.pixelsaway.com/?p=2244 In July 2016 I added 137 images to my stock portfolio. Here are some highlights:
Missouri and Kansas travel
Every year I participate in Missouri River 340 race. It is a nonstop paddling race from Kansas City to St Charles. I didn’t shoot any pictures during the ...

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New royaty free images – July 2016

In July 2016 I added 137 images to my stock portfolio. Here are some highlights:

Missouri and Kansas travel

Every year I participate in Missouri River 340 race. It is a nonstop paddling race from Kansas City to St Charles. I didn’t shoot any pictures during the race this year, but spent 4 days shooting while traveling back – mostly landscape including aerial photography: Old Chain of Rock Bridge and Canal, Mississippi and Missouri Rivers confluence and Columbia Bottoms, historic KATY railroad bridge at Boonville, Katy biking trail including the tunnel near Rocheport, Castle Rock and Monument Rocks in Kansas, and, finally, Rainbow Bridge over South Platte River at Fort Morgan, CO.

Colorado 4WD Trails

4WD trails in norther Colorado including Old Flowers Road, Sand Creek Road and Seven Miles Road, Sand Creek National Natural Landmark. Also, several pictures of Toyota 4 Runner (2016 trail edition) on dirt roads and mountain trails.

Studio work

Concept images using sticky notes, quotes and word clouds on napkins, word abstracts in letterpress wood type printing blocks.

Within a few days, new pictures are available for licensing from stock agencies including

With a longer delay they are showing up on 123RF, Dreamstime, iStock, and several smaller agencies. Selected images are also available for licensing directly from my own website Pixels Away Stock, and Fine Art America (prints, cards, and other artwork), and 500px

In addition on working on my stock portfolio, I am also available for custom orders. My typography images have been always popular, especially, for web banners, logos and greeting cards.

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Royalty Free Images – June 2016 Portfolio Update http://blog.pixelsaway.com/royalty-free-images-june-2016-update/ Tue, 05 Jul 2016 16:02:36 +0000 http://blog.pixelsaway.com/?p=2222 Every month I am producing from 100 to 200 stock images. There are mostly created in my home studio, some are shot on locations in Fort Collins area and during my longer trips, finally, some pictures are results of digital manipulation and compositing.
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Every month I am producing from 100 to 200 stock images. There are mostly created in my home studio, some are shot on locations in Fort Collins area and during my longer trips, finally, some pictures are results of digital manipulation and compositing.

Within a few days, new pictures are available for order from stock agencies including

With a longer delay they are showing up on 123RF, Dreamstime, iStock, and several smaller agencies. Selected images are also available for licensing directly from my own website Pixels Away Stock, and Fine Art America (prints, cards, and other artwork).

I have the largest portfolio on Shutterstock. I just passed 11,000 images online.

Marek Uliasz stock photography

Selection of June 2016 Royalty Free Images

In June 2016 I added 181 images to my stock portfolio. Here are some highlights:

Napkin series

Writing, sketches and doodles on a napkin with cup of coffee, tea, juice or fruit. New pictures include word clouds on a variety of subjects (web design, Pareto principle, search engine optimization, synergy, positive thinking, myth vs reality, story, real food), inspirational phrases, reminders or proverbs.

Aerial landscape

North Park, Pawnee National Grassland, Poudre Canyon. Pictures shot with DJI Phantom 3 drone.

Paddling

Paddling is my favorite outdoor activity. June pictures include paddling SUP (stand up paddleboard) and expedition decked canoe.

Typography word abstracts

A long series created with vintage letterpress wood type printing blocks. Single words, phrases, acronyms and questions. Recent pictures include some props like cup of coffee, tea, apple or a propeller in the case of the drone regulations image.

Boats on white

I am working on a series of kayaks, canoes and packrafts isolated on white together with paddles and other gear. Last month I added a green tandem canoe and blue whitewater kayak to that series.

Sticky notes

Single notes and sets with motivational reminders. I am trying some new setups with Nepalese lokta paper as a background.

Colorado landscape

North Park with wildfire plume and smoke, wind farm at Pawnee National Grassland, Cache la Poudre River at Poudre Falls, local lakes and foothills.

Hiking

Hiking and landscape pictures from Red Mountain Open Space, and also from Fort Collins natural areas like Riverbend Ponds or Arapaho Bend.

Travel

I am still processing pictures from trips I did earlier this year: Great Sand Dunes National Park, Paint Mine near Colorado Springs, Moab.

In addition on working on my royalty free images portfolio, I am also available for custom orders. My typography images have been always popular, especially, for web banners and logos.

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Good Morning Monday! http://blog.pixelsaway.com/good-morning-monday/ Mon, 01 Feb 2016 16:05:56 +0000 http://blog.pixelsaway.com/?p=2201 A new Monday, a new week, a new month …
As a self employed stock photographer I really don’t see much difference between weekends and week days. I depend more on weather for my outdoor pictures. Of course, there is a new weekly cycle in pictures ...

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Good morning Monday

Good morning Monday in vintage letterpress wood type blocks with a cup of coffee

A new Monday, a new week, a new month …

As a self employed stock photographer I really don’t see much difference between weekends and week days. I depend more on weather for my outdoor pictures. Of course, there is a new weekly cycle in pictures sales from microstock agencies, and new analytics graphs in StockPerformer.

The picture above is from my new series of letterpress typography images called Power Words. I am combining text in old wooden printing blocks with a cup of coffee and other props.

Related posts:

Royalty Free Pictures: Power Words in Wood Type

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Love, Romance and Happy Valentines in Vintage Letterpress Typography http://blog.pixelsaway.com/love-romance-and-happy-valentines-in-vintage-letterpress-typography/ Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:23:32 +0000 http://blog.pixelsaway.com/?p=1040 Valentine’s Day greeting cards
Valentine’s Day is coming! So, I opened a gallery in my stock photography portfolio dedicated to love and romance. You will find there mostly pictures created with vintage letterpress printing blocks – words like love in different languages, romance, flirt, and, ...

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Valentine’s Day greeting cards

Valentine’s Day is coming! So, I opened a gallery in my stock photography portfolio dedicated to love and romance. You will find there mostly pictures created with vintage letterpress printing blocks – words like love in different languages, romance, flirt, and, of course, “Happy Valentine’s Day” wishes. The gallery is not limited to words and phrases in wood type. There are several images created with chalk and blackboard and handwriting on sticky notes, and even a heart version of the classic Chinese tangram puzzle. And what about love as a cryptex password?

These pictures are ready for licensing as royalty free digital downloads starting at $2. I am also available to work on custom typography images. I have added several sets of vintage wood type to my collection. The love word abstract below shows a variety of letterpress wood fonts I can use.

Fine Art Prints, Posters and Cards

A few selected pictures from this series can be also ordered in the form of fine art prints, posters or cards, and other products, e.g. iPhone cases. If you are interested in printing any other picture, please let me know. I can add it there.

Love, romance and Happy Valentine's Day in royalty free images

Love, romance and Happy Valentine’s Day in royalty free images

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10,000 Royalty Free Stock Pictures in Shutterstock http://blog.pixelsaway.com/10000-royalty-free-stock-pictures-in-shutterstock/ Sat, 30 Jan 2016 03:01:18 +0000 http://blog.pixelsaway.com/?p=2179 I would love to sell my royalty free pictures directly from my own website, but most of my sales comes from stock agencies. Shutterstock is the best performing agency for me followed closer, and closer by Fotolia.
8 years, 10,000 pictures
I joined Shuterstock in March ...

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I would love to sell my royalty free pictures directly from my own website, but most of my sales comes from stock agencies. Shutterstock is the best performing agency for me followed closer, and closer by Fotolia.

8 years, 10,000 pictures

I joined Shuterstock in March of 2008, and after almost 8 years I just reached 10,000 pictures in my portfolio there. Of course, not all pictures were accepted. As of today, I have got about 10,700 pictures created specifically for stock. It is a real challenge to keep a balance between production and creativity here.

To put things in a perspective, Shutterstock has over 70 million stock photos, vectors, videos, and music tracks online.

Credit to photographer?

I visit quite often my local Barnes & Noble bookstore to sit with a cup of coffee and browse through books and magazines. Almost every time I am finding one of my pictures somewhere inside or even on a cover like last time in Ancient Healing Secrets book. Unfortunately, if the picture was bought from Shutterstock the credit goes to the agency, not to me. That’s a not so nice side of being a microstock photographer.

Lightroom catalog

Screen shot of my recent stock images from Lightroom catalog on my computer

Sales in microstock agencies

I upload my pictures to several microstock agencies, but these 7 provided more than 90% of my revenue within last 12 months:
35.7% – Shutterstock
18.8% – Fotolia
16.3% – iStock
8.0% – Dreamstime
5.5% – BigStock
5.1% – 123RF
4.1% – DepositPhoto
Fotolia contribution is growing (29% in January 2016) while iStock is going downhill. My results are somewhat differ from the monthly poll in microstock group.

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