Thursday, 27 September 2018

Take the pain out of posting to stock footage agencies.

I have recently started to use a service called Black Box Global to take some of the pain out of posting to stock footage agencies.

What Black Box Global do is allow you to upload your footage the there site and they take care of offering it to Shutterstock, Pond 5, Adobe Stock and Story Blocks currently but be sure many more will in time be added to the list.

They also allow you to collaborate with other members to complete tasks like editing and keywording on your behalf for a percentage of the sales all managed on the Black Box Global member portal, a percentage of a sale is much better than 100% of no sales.

The only downside is your footage is posted under the Black Box Global name and not your own.

On the plus side Black Box Global sells a ridiculous amount of images and so qualifies for a higher percentage on the stock footage sites so this goes a long way to covering the small fee they take for the service.

One piece of advice I hear a lot is 

"shot what no one else can, everyone can shoot grass and trees."

So with this in mind I decided to make a series of videos showing how my partially amputated index finger does not stop me from doing normal things and how I have adapted to normal life, something I never thought I would do at the time of my accident.

The title of each video starts with "Male with a partially amputated index finger on his right hand" followed by the action I am undertaking.

Actions included in the series currently are buttoning up a shirt, opening a jar, tieing a shoelace, writing a todo list, peeling a potato, tieing a tie, cutting up a potato with many many more to follow.

At the time of this blog I have 19 videos in this series online with many more to follow.

Here are a few examples

Male with a partially amputated index finger on his righthand peels a potato.
This video can currently be found on StoryBlocks


Male with a partially amputated index finger on his right hand sat down on the stairs tying his shoelaces.
This video can currently be found on Story Blocks and Adobe Stock

Male with a partially amputated index finger on his right hand sat down holding a pen and pad writing a todo list.

This video can currently be found on Story Blocks and Adobe Stock


If you are looking to purchase stock footage for your project but you can not see what you are looking for then please feel free to E-Mail me and if I can I will create stock footage to suit your needs.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Instagram

Some of you will already know I love Instagram, for me it's a visual Twitter.


Its the place where I share my collection of coats and jackets with you.



and talk about why I like them and what they're good and bad points are.

Its a place I can not only talk to other collectors but help people select whats right for them.



Its also a place I share what I'm up to, where I've been and what I've seen.




So if you like any of the images in this post there are plenty more on my Instagram, either click the link at the top of the page or click HERE



Sunday, 29 July 2018

Just what Is Normal?

Just what is normal?



I thought I was normal for a good 40 years then suddenly I was told I was not.

I was told I had severe anxiety but to me this was normal, I knew nothing different and thought this was how to do life.

What did I know?

I remember watching a video on YouTube with the title "Anxiety Attack Caught On Video" I watched and was underwhelmed, I was left asking what's out of the ordinary here?

It was not until I had a fullscale mental breakdown that I was assessed and properly diagnosed with severe anxiety and mild depression.

I have since been taught coping methods that are helping me to calm my head down and stop it get ahead of its self but it is a constant struggle to overcome what I thought was normal for so many years and accept this new way of doing things.

I find it so strange being able to think and not struggle to do so before it was like my head would run out of space like a computer's hard drive and could not process any more.

I still have good days and bad days but the struggle will continue until I have mastered how to do this relaxed chilled out way of life.

Obviously, I have missed out some of the details but what I will say is don't allow yourself, dare I say to get anxious about being anxious. I'm not going to go as far as asking you to be proud of yourself but at least accept yourself for what you are.

Once you accept yourself you can then push your boundaries slightly each day. The more you do this the quicker you will find you can cope with more and more.

No, this practice is not going to cure you but it has certainly helped me. 

What do you find helpful when tackling anxiety?

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Shutterstock has accepted more of my videos as stock footage.

Fantastic, Shutterstock has accepted more of my videos as stock footage.

I have been teaching myself the art of stock footage and believe I now have the basics down.

Now all I have to do is get more commercial so that I get more sales.

A link to all my videos is HERE

But the ones just accepted are...



       



You can buy my videos HERE and my photos HERE

Sunday, 10 June 2018

We have house guests of the black and yellow stripey variety.

We have bees living in the fabric of our house, as long as they don't damage anything or become a nuisance I'm fine with that being a Mancunian and all.

This is one of our guests about to knock on the front door.
It appears that the mortar between two bricks has dropped out and this is plenty big enough for them to use as a door and I've seen all sizes of bees going in and out at frequent intervals.

I want to make sure they are healthy and thrive as much as possible so if anyone knows what variety of bee these are id appreciate it if you let me know so I can ensure there stay with us is of a 5-star accommodation level.



I know to leave them well alone and let bees be bees but if I can put anything like food IE plants they like, near the entrance to the hive I will do as these guys are so important to us and our survival.

I put my phone onto burst mode and before I knew it I had taken in excess of 1500 photos, I have tried to go through them and I'm now down to around 200 but some of these need removing as they are similar or simply do not show our guests. If you would like to see all of them they are HERE.

Some great places to learn more are...
The British Beekeepers Association https://www.bbka.org.uk/
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust https://www.bumblebeeconservation.org/

Take the pain out of posting to stock footage agencies.

I have recently started to use a service called Black Box Globa l to take some of the pain out of posting to stock footage agencies. What Bl...