Altlanta Microlypse Group

Altlanta Microlypse Group

So, my addiction with iStock is in full force. I’m tracking different members to see if they are selling well, and if I’m making the right choice to push this hard and spend this much time working on stock. The $$$ is slowly coming, but I’m still a long way from making a living at this. I did, however, see that there are some people making a decent living shooting for iStock, so it keeps me pushing on. Through the iStock forums, I found another Nashville contributor who had roughly the same amount of downloads as I did.

Sean Warren and I became friends and helped push each other to work towards our goal of becoming Diamond Members  (25k downloads) on iStock. Both of us saw in the iStock’s “Meet Ups” forum that there was going to be an unofficial get together in Atlanta so we decided to go. This was my first get together outside of my Chapped’Lypse group. Member Marilyn Nieves hosted the event and it laid the groundwork for some future friendships.


Grab Shot Sells on Getty Images

The weekend started with a meet up for dinner, it was cool to be meeting more iStocker’s and see that we all had a similar addiction. This “addiction” ties us all together through the things that we do daily. Member GreenPimp dropped by the dinner unannounced. To Sean and me, GreenPimp was an admired iStock Rock Star, and we were pleased to be graced by his greatness. A few years later I really got to know GreenPimp, and he is the real deal. If you’re lucky to call Tom a friend, you are in great company!!!!

Bible Concept

Bible Concept ©dieterspears

So, now for the weekend. I found out that I suck as a photographer, I was out of my element and I was surrounded by real photographers. They knew how to use lights out in the field, reflectors (what the hell is a reflector???). “Be cool and don’t let them see you sweat,” I thought. 🙂 Well, I was sweatin’, I’m fat and we are in Atlanta in the middle of summer. I ended up becoming friends and doing business with iStock members: Cadcave, JeanellNorvell, and Inkstudios. Marilyn Nieves is a Senior Inspector and is one of my guardians as an iStockphoto Inspector, Sweet!

I didn’t get too many images that I was pleased with, but the weekend was a total success. The two above images were successful enough to pay for the weekend!

Here is the iStock Lightbox for the images from that weekend.

Dieter Spears is a Nashville Photographer, He shoots Royalty-Free Stock images for and Getty Images. He is an iStockphoto Inspector.

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