Feeling cheated from not having much quality time in Portugal, I woke up early before my flight at sunrise. Venturing out with about 2 hours to spare, I made my way through town snapping pictures along the way. Seeing the city quietly wake up on a Friday and catching people going about their normal routine in a completely different country had a calming effect on me. What I learned by not having an agenda, being introspective, and peeking through a window into the local culture is you truly experience local life. I thoroughly enjoyed not having a destination and finding unexpected treasure around the bend. Remember, If you get lost, there is always Uber to take you home.
I decided whenever possible to do this on every trip. Here are a few additional pictures taken about three weeks later in Milan. I love the carefree picture of the boy with the pigeons. If you look closely at the next shot of the Duomo, you see the same boy with his hands in the air expressing himself passionately to his father. Great shots at dusk of Italian Architecture. Stumbled upon the celebration of a newly engaged couple popping champagne, their family and friends overflowing with happiness. You can’t get these images from a tour bus. Explore and document what you find.
If you have a true nterest in photography, there are some engaging apps to keep you developing your talents and extending your reach to potential buyers. This is a really Interesting way to score passive income when your photos are purchased for stock photo or individual use.
Here’s a few resources to explore:
- Smugmug – Customize pricelists for your clients. Charge them for an event and let them download every photo, or allow them to hand select their favorites for bulk download. Sell prints, gifts, and digital downloads seamlessly and securely with a fully hosted shopping cart and checkout. And you always keep 85% of the profits.
- EyeEm – The EyeEm app is the ultimate place to discover stunning photography, participate in photo briefs with top brands and sharpen your skills with daily tips, tricks and tutorials. Beyond inspiration, this is where you can sell your photos and earn 50% profit every single time. They also host pop up classes and events for photo enthusiasts to share work and learn more about the craft.
- Alamy – There’s a reason why Alamy has over 60 million images and videos for sale on its website. It’s because it offers photographers a 50% royalty payment on each photo sold and also allows photographers to sell their photos elsewhere (it doesn’t demand exclusivity).
“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud