Digital Downloads – yes or no?

In this day and age, having one’s photography more readily available thru on-line venues (stock photography, Etsy, photo providers, etc) is essential. Not only does it help boost credibility but lends to expanding the bank account when you least expect it!

Lately I added digital downloading to my photography Etsy account. Even tho my sales show low numbers, I’ve had several requests off-line for my photographic items. The competition is fierce with photography. Some photographers have fantastic work and make lots of $$ selling photo cards, prints and framed pieces. The majority have great items mixed with OK. What I’ve come to realize over the years is that no matter how good of a photographer one is, we all want someone to appreciate our work. But let’s face it, we all can’t have our mother’s buying all of our inventory! All I can do is to strive to improve my images and what I let the camera lens see.

I’ve been posting a lot more to flickr than Etsy, simply because of ease and time. I struggled with the concept of Digital Downloads – was it a sell out to the almighty dollar at hand instead of selling the actual print at a gallery or show? Would I loose inventory control? 

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This weekend – June 6th – you can find me down at the Artist Garage Sale in Everett from 9am until 3pm. [This is a FREE event – but a fundraising event is from 8am to 9am with early bird tickets.] Print this post out to receive a FREE Artisan Photo Card from my inventory!

Take a peek at a few Digital Images posted on Etsy. If you see anything you happen to like, let me know. Yes, it can be for sale. Feedback always welcome. ~Enjoy!

Ephesus - copywright Red Door - copywright Stormy Lighthouse - copywright Tree of Life - Venice Cathedral - copywrightBoots and Flowers - copywright ETSY Castle interior - - Split - copywright ETSY Red barn n geese - copywright Masks - Venice - copywright Patriotic Space Needle - copywright Street Carnival Masks - Venice - copywright

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Weekend of “Parts Unknown” & thoughts of travel

As the sun sets tonight, I sit in front of the key board to type a couple thoughts – Anthony Bourdain’s CNN show [http://www.cnn.com/video/shows/anthony-bourdain-parts-unknown] in the background.

As I watch several episodes, my thoughts wander to traveling. Oh how I love to travel. Traveling to me is food for the soul. New sights, new smells, new perspectives. And I love to document travel thru photography.

Over the past 30+ years of taking pictures, I can literally catalog thousands of pictures taken all over the world – Europe, the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Canada, Mexico, and all over the United States.  There’s nothing better to catapult me back into the moment. It’s so true what has been said about a picture is worth a thousand words.  Below are a few of my favorite pictures.

 

Am super thankful for the invention of better cell phone cameras. Now my husband has joined me in the photographic adventures. Our last trip to Hawaii going snorkeling has me thinking about more under-water photography.  Stay tuned for that expansion. Set us loose on the world, baby!

Take a look a the re-launch of the Photography Etsy page and let me know what you think!

http://www.abiznessdigital.etsy.com

Enjoy!

~Angie

 

 

Technology as your babysitter?

Back in the 70’s we used to read a book or play a game, build houses with blocks and ride our bikes to stay busy as children. Nowadays I watch our girls play games on the computer or watch Barbie videos on Youtube to keep busy. Yes, they still ride bikes and play with real Barbie’s when at home… but when they have to go to the office with Daddy & I, technology becomes their babysitter. Did you know that you can get a degree as a chef and become a Salad Bar Attendant in the game called “City Girl”? Neither did I; until 2 weeks ago.

Speaking of keeping busy as a child… we now have a new member of our house-hold who has taken up a lot of time and attention. He is a 10 month old grey bob-tailed kitten named Bob – yes, how apropos. He came with the name -but it really works for him.

He has rejuvenated our 7 yr old kitty (Domino) to play and be less dependent on “momma” for company. The two race around our home, chase laser lights, dig in the flower pots on the deck, and generally have a great time being cats. The girls love little Bob. Our youngest has taken it upon herself to carry him around, over feed him treats, and brush his fuzzy coat.

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Bob the cat rides home from the Feline Rescue calmly.

Bob realllllly loves my husband. Funny thing is, before Bob, my husband wasn’t really a cat kind of person. He tolerated Domino (the needy, mamma’s-boy) and was starting to warm up to our other kitty-boy (sweet Sparky) before he passed on to kitty-heaven  unexpectedly. I have to admit, there’s something really ‘cool’ about Bob. He just kind of ‘owns the place’ with the way he struts in and takes rest on the couch. He has a calming presence. You can tell he likes people and wants to be part of what is going on. He has become our focal point lately.

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The other event that has been taking up some of my time is readying for the Artist Garage sale in downtown Everett. Rain or shine, hundreds of people come out to walk Hoyt and inside Shack Art Center looking for Artist supplies and deals on inventory sales from local Artists. It’s a fun event and something I’ve been doing every year for the last 6 years. If you look closely at this picture below, you can see my booth on the very end – left hand side. (I’m in the jean jacket and have red table cloths in my booth.) This year they will have a whole new way for us to set up, so not sure if I’ll be in that same spot. Sniff. But any spot is a great place to be selling. Do stop on by if you’re in the area! [click on picture or here for more details!!]

Everett Artist's Garage Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time!

~Angie

Letting the internet do it’s job!

First of all Happy June 1st everyone!! Can you believe we have crossed the 6th month mark today? We’ve seen a lot of changes this year. Artist friends of mine have been busy creating some fantastic pieces. Small businesses are coming to life again. And the internet is buzzing with changes in the social media area, as well as retail sites.

Anyone loving Pintrest as much as I do?? I really enjoy how visual that site is. It’s simple, straight forward, and it works form someone like me who wants to “pin in & leave it”.

 

Speaking of visual, here’s my newest images on iStock — you may recognize the Bear from the Olympic Game Farm! I’m letting the internet work for me & my photography these days:

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup_edit.php?id=20414705

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup_edit.php?id=20414642

http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup_edit.php?id=20414628

 

Now your turn:

I’d love to hear about your new adventures. Drop a comment and include some links to your internet site &/or Social Media posts.

 

~Angie

The 18th Day… still pressing the button!

Am into the 18th day of my 30 Day Challenge. I seem to be carrying some sort of camera with me everyday. What have I learned so far? To be looking rather than seeing. Hmmm, that sounds so esoteric, doesn’t it? Like something your English or Art Professor would say as he/she assigned you a 500 word paper due the next class!

We do spend a vast amount of our time (at least I do) seeing the world for recognizable items. I found myself looking for shapes & interesting angles of things I ordinarily look at out the window of my car, or in my home, or at the office. Light has a big part of the way we see items, too. Sometimes there’s a fun shadow adding to the size or color of something. Or maybe we miss what’s behind the item because it’s too dark. I’ve also learned that I really like to take pictures of texture… like the round, smooth surfaces of those bottles on April 5th; or the razor sharp edges of the paper petals on April 14th. ZLooking back, I wish I could have zoomed in a little bit more on the wool in Shaun the Sheep. Something to work on, I suppose.

So, you’ve seen one of two images so far. What have you been seeing in these images? Share with us!!

~Angie

Bottles

Bottles by AbiznessDigital
Bottles, a photo by AbiznessDigital on Flickr.

Ah, the sights & sounds of a food truck. My husband & I worked a bit late tonight, so a quick stop at the neighborhood Taco Truck was just the trick for dinner.

Thought the contrast between the glass bottles & metal tops was cool. Bumped up the effects for a pseudo HDR look.

Keep checking in and get ready to vote on May 1st for your favorite image!!

~Angie