Questions from our listeners
In your lesson of the course where you talk about hyperlapse, you explain that you have to constantly "point and follow" a subject to create a good video. However, I also saw some hyperlapses filmed moving along narrow streets within historic centers like Venice. Under these conditions, it is impossible to point to the same subject from the beginning to the end of the sequence.
Can you help me understand what I have to do to get a smooth movement on the final video?
How to shoot perfect hyperlapses
A hyperlapse is a time-lapse in motion. To shoot it properly without the same reference points from the beginning to the end of the sequence of shots is a challenge that requires a lot of practice.
In my opinion, in those cases, you should work with devices that have an integrated tool that detects the vibrations and the inclination of the camera and then passes the data to software that stabilizes the sequence based on the position of the device.
The old GoPro 7 has something like this integrated, but it is certainly not the kind of camera that I recommend for selling content in microstocks.
Otherwise, you would have to work with a gimbal, with which you would also have the possibility to create smooth real time footage.
Having neither the GoPro nor the gimbal, the only good practice I can recommend to you is to keep the camera constantly parallel to the ground, using the indicators inside the viewfinder.
Upload images created with shareware software
As a newbie, I have a question. Can I upload images / videos edited or created with shareware software.
For example, I edit an image and export it with a watermark; can I crop it and upload it to microstocks?
Once I upload material to microstock sites, can I still publish it freely on social media?
Let me say this, dear friend: it does not seem to me that you have the right mentality to make money, not only with microstock. If you are 18, it is not a problem. If you are 44, as I am, then there are many problems, and I recommend that you solve those first, rather than throw yourself into the microstock business yet.
Answering your questions: if the photo is yours and it portrays non-copyrighted subjects and does not infringe on anyone's privacy, you can do whatever you want with it.
Instead of cropping the image to avoid the watermark, you should seriously consider purchasing that software, since with stock images you should make a profit.
If you publish your stock image on any microstock, it remains your property and you have no usage limits. You can re-publish it wherever you like, including social networks.
Teachers who tell the wrong things
My old photography teacher was an iStock exclusive, and he wanted me as an iStock exclusive too.
IStock is now dead. So I am of the idea to keep using 5 to 10 agencies. Do you think I am right?
I recommend Stock Submitter and Microstock Plus, which allow you to upload to 30 agencies with little effort and low costs without having to write titles and descriptions every time.
That’s the best strategy. Don’t listen to your old teacher, because not all the guys who know about photography also know about microstock.
Actually, in my book, Sell your photos and videos online, I explain how, starting from the subscription to Stock Submitter and Microstock Plus, you can scale your business and increase your earnings exponentially.