Thursday, November 30, 2017
For the past couple of months, I have been experimenting with giving up my WordPress powered website, and moving to the Blogger platform. After several months of use, the decision has been made: Goodbye WordPress.
There is nothing wrong with WordPress. I moved to it more than 10 years ago, and successfully built many different sites for my photography (as well as for some other ventures). WordPress is solid, and it works.
But as I continue my work as a stock photographer, WordPress takes too much of my time. I decided that I could produce more images if I were not bogged down with maintaining a WordPress powered website.
My chosen solution is Blogger. Here's why:
1. It is quick and easy to setup. Within a few minutes, I was ready to post.
2. It is powered by Google. Do I really need to say more? My posts are in the Google search engine within minutes, and not days.
3. It is free. Does the price get any better than that? WordPress, although free, was getting more and more costly - from hosting fees to themes, to add-on code that is becoming a necessity.
4. My custom domain name URL, www.georgesheldon.com, is working seamlessly with Blogger. I even have two other domains pointing here (www.georgesheldon,net and www.georgesheldon.org).
Blogger is not perfect, but so far, for everything I want to do, it is close enough to perfect for me. It has templates and enough features to keep me happy. I am even building a portfolio page (all photographers need an online portfolio).
So I say good bye to WordPress, my old friend.
And here I go on Blogger.
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Here's my latest picture, a quick headshot taken for this blog a few days ago. It's time for me to finish this site and to start contributing it to on a more regular basis. I suppose there is no better place to start than with a fresh look of me - George Sheldon, a stock photographer based in my hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
One of my most popular stock photos, taken in Philadelphia, Mickey and Minnie are dressed as pilgrims to celebrate Thanksgiving. This image is particularly popular this year, especially on Shutterstock.
Monday, November 20, 2017
CNN says you can make money on your phone by selling them as stock photos.
According to CNN,
"Most of us keep hundreds of images on our phones. But not many people are making money off of them.
"I think of it as investing," says Megan Betteridge, 23, a recent college graduate who started selling stock-photography last January as a side hustle. "Your pictures are just sitting on your hard drive. Why not put the pixels out there and make a little money at the same time?"
You can see the entire article here.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Former President Bill Clinton, during a campaign appearance, became the subject of a series of stock images for me.
This image is one that is now in my portfolio. When I had the opportunity to photograph the president, I took my time to compose the images I wanted to create, Of course, I wanted the former president in focus, but I wanted the crowd somewhat blurred. I waited for the opportunity for the image I imagined, and when the opportunity presented itself, I was ready.
Sometimes, you have to be ready - especially when you know what kind of stock photography image you really want to create.
Saturday, November 4, 2017
While visiting Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna river town that is the seat of Union County, I happened to spot some peace protesters quietly exercising their right of free speech on Market Street in the downtown area.
I asked if it was okay if I took their picture, and they readily agreed. They look colder than the temperature was, but I suppose they were there for a while.
One of the group asked me, "Are you with the FBI?"
I told them no, and then asked if I even looked like I might be with the FBI. He told me in the past, the FBI have photographed them.
I liked the look of this hearty, aging group. I took several shots of them, and I also grabbed some images of some of their signs.
This is just an interesting slice of America, and I was fortunate to create some images of these Americans exercising their right to express their opinions and concerns.
My images of them are being uploaded to several of my online stock photo portfolios and will be available for licensed used.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
As is so often the case, I never planned this image to add to my stock photo portfolio. It just happened when I saw the way the bright sunlight illuminated the blue shopping cart that someone had abandoned in the parking lot. I captured this image without planning, and added it to my online catalog.