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"The best camera is the one you have with you."

.....is a phrase you will see in photography gear forums all over the internet. However, it doesn't hurt if the camera you have with you is pretty damn good. The Galaxy S8 is one of the best point and shoot cameras I've ever had. It is right up there with the Ricoh GRIII (the camera I used to shoot almost all of my street photography). 

It's not just the camera itself that makes the the S8 a great everyday camera, it's that it comes with a smartphone attached. Having the computing power to not only shoot fairly high resolution images, but to edit and share them immediately, puts it above a lot of stand alone cameras for me.

All photos need a little post production love to really make them pop even if they were shot by big expensive DSLRs. In order to edit those images all you need is to do is download Snapseed. I've been using Snapseed to edit all of my cellphone photos for years. It was originally developed by NIK software which was purchased by Google. I highly recommend checking out the NIK Collection if you use Lightroom or Photoshop. It's now a free plugin. Snapseed is essentially the mobile version. It's just enough to bring out the details in images and color-correct. Not that you need to "fix" the color as it and the white balance is pretty spot on right out of the camera. Granted you can do a lot of what Snapseed can do in the Instagram app; Snapseed had the tools long before the Instagram app did and is continuing to improve on them. Plus, it offers a lot more options for saving and sharing and setting file sizes.

All of the these images were shot with the standard camera app on the S8 and edited in Snapseed. Often, they were edited right after I captured them on site which means the edits reflect the feel of the shot more so than trying to remember it later during editing. This may not be a big deal to some, but I feel images that capture the mood are usually better than ones that are simply "technically" correct. It's a more accurate sketch of a place.

I'm not talking about the overused faded crap you see on Instagram either. Anyone can do that, it's neither artistic nor inspired, it's simply trying to distract you from the fact that 99% of those are shitty photos with a filter added. Literally, filtering a turd. What I'm referring too is that the edits done on site use blurring and vignette because that's how I saw the shot, I was squinting due to the bright sun light. The highlights appeared to bloom and glow as a result and the finished images reflect this same character. 


The image below isn't so much an example of great landscape photography as it is an example of being able to take a decent picture in low light and edit it right on the phone. In this case, a sudden Thunderstorm appeared out of nowhere during a little league game. I was able to get the shot and edit it while we waited for the storm to pass. 


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The Dunes - Lavalette, NJ https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/7/the-dunes---lavalette-nj The DunesThe DunesDunes at Lavalette, NJ. 2017.

Shot from our beach house this summer in Lavalette, NJ. $1000 fine if you're caught on the dunes! But you can buy a print for much less ;) 

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Wedding at the University of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/7/wedding-at-the-university-of-pennsylvania-morris-arboretum


     I don't normally shoot weddings, but good friends of mine asked if I would shoot theirs. I decided it would be my wedding present to them. What I didn't expect was how much fun it was. Not that I'm going into the wedding photography business anytime soon, but I definitely would consider shooting another one. If the right person asked and if the venue was half as nice theirs, I would do it again.

These are some of the shots from Chris and Carolyn's wedding this last month at the University of Pennsylvania's Morris Arboretum.












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Mechanical Blossom https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/3/Mechanical-Blossom Mechanical BlossomMechanical Blossom

I’ve been playing a lot of Horizon Zero Dawn the last couple weeks and helping my son study for a science test. He was learning about the parts and functions of a flower. So here is a mechanical flower set in a futuristic landscape. I’ve been looking at a lot of painted movie posters and I think that the style has started to influence some of my decisions. Certainly with respect to grain and contrast.

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Polygon Plotter https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/3/Polygon-Plotter Polygon PlotterPolygon Plotter

Where do Polygons come from? This whimsical personal project comes from three places. I went to the Philadelphia Art Museum last weekend and wanted to create an art piece. A simple installation that you could place on a pedestal (literally, not figuratively).  Second, I was asked to put a plotter together in the office. A plotter is basically a large scale printer used to print architectural drawings. Finally, I’ve been paying around with VR in some architectural renderings the last few months. This week I started to integrate them with a physical VR viewer. I’d been working with Google Cardboard quite a bit. The demo offered has a tutorial and example content that is very low poly. The application is so low poly that the triangles were used as a visual element.


None of these things were on my mind when I created this image. This started as a 3d doodle. Just making shapes and materials and playing with studio lighting. I wasn’t thinking about them at all consciously. Only after I finished did I step back and see all the influences from the past week come together in this image. Almost the same way your dreams can be influenced by the things you experience while awake.

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Photobash Sketching https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/2/Photobash-Sketching castle landscape PhotobashSearching for Princess Buttercupdigital sketching

I’ve always sketched digitally through manipulating pictures going back to the late 90’s. Today it’s called “photobashing”. It is exactly as it sounds, taking photographs and cutting, masking, rotating, and scaling them to fit together to create a new composited image. I never really thought of it as a finished product though it has been used widely in architectural visualization and concept art for quite awhile. It does come in handy for pre-visualization discussions and to alleviate creative blocks when you just can’t seem to come up with something.

I’m not sure what this scene is…. I had a few photos lying around from Colorado and started manipulating them. Halfway through, I thought it would be interesting to see a castle or ruins somewhere in the scene which then lead to the horses. I’m Not a big fan of fantasy type stuff, like at all. So it was very different to see this develop. But then again, that’s the point of sketching and doodling.
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Eraser Heads https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/2/Eraser-Heads Eraser HeadsEraser HeadsComing to a pencil case near you....
Eraser Heads started as a quick 3d sketch of a generic character. Originally, it was one small character. After noticing the character kind of looked like an eraser, I changed the color to pink and added the wood of the pencil. He looked a bit lonely so he got some friends. Not sure why they look so scared / surprised. Perhaps there is a pencil sharpener behind the camera?
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Philadelphia Skyline https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/2/Philadelphia-skyline philly skyline vectorPhilly Skyline

This piece is an illustrated landscape of the Philadelphia skyline. The view is from Belmont Plateau.

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Comparing Renderings to Photography https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/2/Comparing-Renderings-to-Photography  





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As I’ve also mentioned in other posts, it is not often I get to see the final results in a project as I am usually involved early on in the process. When an opportunity comes up it’s good to see how close I was able to get it.

The project shown here was an in house project for our new showroom in our west coast office. The renderings are on top, the final photographs on the bottom.






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There are a few differences in the images.  First off, the rendering was completed a few months before construction began. It was created using only the CAD drawings provided by the designer. Changes were made in the interim between when I completed the rendering and when the final photo was taken. The design of the space, the furniture, placement, and materials were affected by these changes.

The “final photography” (was not shot by me) it was shot with a cell phone by a sales-person. The format is slightly different, the white balance is off, and the verticals are not vertical. The rendering was adjusted for all of these as part of the process.

Regardless of the sight differences, the two images are quite similar. Important things to note in the comparison is the color and scale of the materials as well as the lighting. These are areas that need to be correct in order for the clients and designers to make decisions. Often times when looking at renderings we get lost in the artistic aspect of the image itself forgetting that the point of the image is not only to convey information, but to convey that information accurately. Architectural renderings really should be extensions of the architectural drawings themselves, in that they are as useful as a plan, section, or elevation.

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Simulation Theory https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/2/Simulation-Theory  

Simulated reality

The hypothesis that reality could be simulated—for example by computer simulation—to a degree indistinguishable from “true” reality. It could contain conscious minds which may or may not be fully aware that they are living inside a simulation.    –Wikipedia


Pretty crazy, right? I’ve been reading quite a few articles about this theory lately. It’s been around for a while, but I think with the advancement of computer graphics, it’s starting to make its it way into the mainstream news cycles. The average person these days can experience Virtual Reality through VR headsets like Oculus Rift and even using their cell phone.

After reading a some of these articles the last few weeks, I decided to play around with it and use it as a prompt for this image. The image above is the illustration that resulted from reading the articles. It illustrates a few of the ideas theorized in the text, such as we are a simulation created by humans in the future. Yeah…. just going to let that sit there.

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Bowman’s Hill Tower & Wildflower Preserve https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/1/Bowman-s-Hill-Tower-wildflower-preserve Bowmans hill tower 2Bowman's Hill TowerLooking North toward New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ.
I spent most of this past week working on editing some photos. One of the groups of photos I edited was from Bowman’s Hill Tower in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Spent a few hours this past fall climbing the tower and hiking in the area, mainly in Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.  This isn’t the first time I’ve been there, but the first time I’ve made it there during Autumn to see the fall colors.


I was not expecting so much yellow and was hoping for a little more variety in color. This may be a reflection of the drought we had this year as across the county the color were not as vibrant or diverse as in years past.


Caught this turtle basking in the sun on a log in the new pond at the wildflower reserve.


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Balloon Morph https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/1/Balloon-Morph  


It’s been a long time since I used particles in 3D Studio Max. For this image I wanted to get back into particle effects and use them to generate some forms for the image. Particles work best in motion and so this image is more motion graphics project than still image. However the feature image was generated from a still of the animation. The image and animation were rendered in V-Ray.

Since I wasn’t planning on making a motion graphics piece to start with the final is a bit slapped together. I threw in my logo for some purpose behind the movement of the balloons. As a transition it could be cool and I may revisit this idea in the future.


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Winter Island https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2017/1/Winter-Island winter islandwinter islandDigital Painting in Photoshop

Working on developing my digital painting skills using a Wacom tablet. This started as a sketch in my sketchbook originally done during Inktober.

Still looking for / need to create a custom brush set. This was done using a number a different downloaded brushes from the internet. Far more than I needed or would use if painting in real life. I think this will end up getting developed further in 3D eventually. 

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Recently started taking advantage of Facebook’s built-in ability to recognize 360 degree panoramic image files. The idea and concept has been around for years. But, Facebook just made it possible to load a simple panoramic jpg into a post and have it be interactive.

It works by reading the EXIF information attached to an image file. This happens usually without you having to do anything. The Camera will embed this info when you take the photograph.

However, rendering a panoramic image is another story. There is no EXIF info to embed. Adding this information manually allows the image to trick Facebook into thinking it was made with one of the new panoramic cameras that recently came on the market.

This is great for less tech savvy clients. There are no viewers that need to be installed or downloaded. It just works. You can simply give them the image and they can upload to their Facebook page. I created the one above for one of our clients. They intend to use it on their page to advertise the design of their newest location.

Clicking on the link with take you to my Facebook page to see it in action. If you’re on a mobile device, it will work either with your finger dragging around the image or rotating the device.

If you’re interested in seeing more of the 360 panos, like my page and follow, as I will not always post here when a new one is uploaded.

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Cuttalossa Farm & Mill https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/9/Cuttalossa-Farm-Mill
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The Cuttalossa Farm is located in Solebury Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Sometimes you just have to take a day off from work and go for a drive down a winding dirt road.

I had seen many photographs of this mill over the years but never knew the name. A few months ago, I came across an article about the mill with a tiny photograph and finally had a name and a location. Thanks to google maps I was able to add it to my list of places to photograph.

I found myself with a day off of work and decided to spend the morning shooting some landscapes. The weather was not ideal, but since this location is surrounded by trees in a valley, I figured it was worth checking out.

Before heading out, I checked the sun angles just to see if there was anything interesting the sun might do that day.

A great free resource to do this is the website The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE). Even if you don’t have the opportunity to shoot at the best times of the day, it’s still good to know for reference where and when the light will be optimal. If nothing else, it helps to have this info in the back of your mind as you’re walking a site. This allows you to take note of geographical features and how they make work with the light in the future.

Cutalosa MillCutalosa MillCuttalossa Farm | 2016 The road leading to the mill is gravel. As you cross over the Cuttalossa Creek, the forest opens to reveal the spring house sitting in a small field. Though the mill and the estate are the focus points of the site, I found myself drawn to the little spring house. The bare tree trunks connected the tiny house and the green grass to the larger canopy bursting with green leaves above.

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My time at Cuttalossa was peaceful, not a single person was around. It’s easy to see why so many have been drawn here and inspired by these surroundings. This place has a sense of being that changes with the seasons. Because of the timelessness of this place, there is no “best time”, each season will have it’s own character. The stillness of the mill and the permanence of the water will be a constant contrast to the surroundings.

Definitely going to make an effort to return throughout the year.


Cuttalosa Spring HouseCuttalosa Spring HouseSpring House | 2016
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Sailing Class on the Bay https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/7/sailing-class-on-the-bay Sailing ClassSailing ClassOn the bay in Lavalette, NJ 2016. Spent a few days in Lavalette, NJ this past week with family. Didn't get to shoot as much as I'd hoped, but did find my way over to the bay while a sailing class was being held.  Buy Print

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The Blueberry Thief https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/7/the-blueberry-thief Fawn Blueberry ThiefThe Blueberry ThiefFawn running away after being caught blue hooved stealing blueberries from our garden.

In the last post I mentioned shooting a fawn (with a camera) a couple weeks ago. He / she? is the prime suspect for stealing our blueberries. I saw him laying in the yard and wanted to see if he was okay, it was late in the morning and he was alone. I guess he was just waiting for me to go back in, so he could finish off the rest of his breakfast.



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Morning Walk at The Churchville Nature Center https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/7/morning-walk-at-the-churchville-nature-center churchville nature centerTrail of LightHiking trail at the Churchville Nature Center.



The other morning while running errands, I drove by the Churchville Nature Center and decided to stop for a few minutes to check out the garden area. I always end up here in the colder months and the garden area is pretty bare as a result. I had only planned to stay about a half hour, but I had my camera with me and well......Two hours later, I was on my way. The above shot was on one of the nature trails. Most of the trails are handicap accessible. This particular trail I have shot before during the first snow of the season, see below.



First SnowFirst SnowFirst Snow of the Season. Churchville Nature Center, Bucks County, PA. 2012.


The garden area is filled with native plants and habitats. This includes several ponds complete with resident wildlife. I captured the Bullfrog peeking out at me after several failed attempts to sneak up on him. Dragonflies and butterflies were quite plentiful, though I wasn't able to shoot any on this trip. 


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I don't consider myself a nature photographer, but after hanging out in the garden stalking this frog and a chance run in with a fawn last week, I might start to get into it a little more. 


These were all shot with a Canon 70-200mm F4L lens. Coming from a street photography background and shooting 24mm and 28mm primes, this lens feels like telephone pole. But, even at 200mm, I still needed to be right on top of the poor frog. Now I have a whole new appreciation for nature shooters and their giant lenses. Not to mention their patience. 



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2016 Catalog Renderings https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/7/2016-catalog-renderings 2016 Catalog Renderings2016 Catalog Renderings2016 Catalog Renderings

Recently wrapped up the renderings for our new 2016 catalog. The images were created in 3ds Max and rendered in V-Ray. Post production compositing and editing were done Photoshop and After Effects.

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The catalog is almost entirely digital. Every scene, feature, and detail is 3d modeled and rendered. Existing products from other manufactures, such as the pendants and sconces in the cover shot, were also re-created digitally in order to achieve a consistent visual flow.

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The lines of furniture we specialize in are applicable to many styles of retail environments. The visualizations of these spaces represent complete designs in order to allow the client to understand how the different collections can be used. Styles range from classical to modern with transitional pieces also available. 

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Residential Exterior Rendering https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/4/Residential-Exterior-Rendering Residential ExteriorResidential Exterior

New residential exterior rendering of a single family house. Set in suburban Philadelphia, the rendering is being used to showcase a house design for a new suburban development.

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Billboard Rendering https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/7/billboard-rendering Billboard Concept RenderingBillboard Concept RenderingBillboard Concept Rendering

Recently, I was asked to render a couple concepts for billboards that would appear to blend in with their surroundings as opposed to just being placed on site. The following images were created to show what landscaping the existing site would do to create this effect. The ads were just place-holders as their was no end client at this stage. 

The first concept rendering above shows the site coming up to meet the signage. There is a neighborhood in the background that would also be exposed to the advertising so consideration was taken to hide the signage from their perspective while giving them a barrier both physical and visual between their property and the road. 

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The landscape grows to support the structure. Retaining walls were used to step the site and raise it to a level just below the sign. The site for this project was yet to be determined, but it was planned for suburban Philadelphia. This houses are used for context to understand how the design would effect a typical suburban Philadelphia community. 

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The second option revised the initial concept in a more compact and less organic design. The landscape is still terraced, but incorporates more natural materials. Both options utilize water elements.

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Above, the smaller footprint of the second option can be seen in the aerial rendering. The use of two renderings per concept allows the viewer to see a perspective of the design as it would be experienced in real life. The use of aerial renderings provide context and allow the viewer to engage the design by quickly orienting them. This is especially useful when explaining your design to people that may not be able to read elevation and plan drawings. 


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Architectural Rendering & Photography https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/7/architectural-rendering-photography Classics SceneClassics SceneRendering highlighting a Classics line of furniture.

Architectural visualization and Architectural photography are very similar. Creating an interior rendering is basically shooting an architectural photograph of an interior. The only real difference is that in the case of the rendering, the artist is building (digitally) the space and the objects in it. Both artist and photographer light the scene and stage it to create a visually appealing image.  Both need to understand light and form in order to bring out the subtle and essential details in the design. 

These days photographers are more digital artists than photographers. Taking as many as thirty shots of the same view, in order to composite them together in post production. The photographer is spending more time "creating" the image than "capturing" it. There is no right or wrong to this approach, however there is something to be said for being able to get the shot right "in camera". This means that little post production work is needed other than basic image adjustments similar to what one would do in a dark room.

Rendering too can sometimes rely heavily on post production work to create the image. In some cases this approach can be quicker, however it often locks the artist into one view. In many cases trying to change the view during the revision process can mean essentially starting over. Getting the rendering right in the render engine is not unlike getting the photograph right in camera.  A new angle means placing a new camera and generating a new render, but knowing it will turn out identical in feel and look to the original means that there will be less work in post production.

Below is another image showing a featured piece from the collection.

Classics Feature Classics FeatureFeature rendering highlighting a single furniture piece from the Classics collection

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Churchville Nature Center https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/1/churchville-nature-center Winter IslandWinter IslandWinter Island

No Matter where you are in Bucks County, you're only a few minutes from a great outdoor space. I had planned to get up and shoot the sunrise, but the weather didn't cooperate. Completely white sky, no clouds, no sun,  just a lot of wind, so, I went back to bed. An hour later the weather had changed (slightly) and though I had missed sunrise, I still wanted to get out and shoot. 

My original location was no longer going to work. Instead, I drove 5 minutes over to Churchville Nature Center. The preserved space is on Springfield Lake in Southern Bucks County. There are a few trails, but nothing difficult. There is a boardwalk that can accommodate a wheelchair and most of the trails are flat with very little obstacles. Great for kids, but no dogs allowed.  

The nature center itself is pretty cool with a lot of info on the local wildlife and plantlife. Behind the center is a bird blind. I don't know much about birding, but there always seems to be a few people hanging out with binoculars and little bird identification books. 


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I walked around the top half of the lake to get the shots shown here. All were taken on the opposite side of the lake from the nature center. The boundaries of the preserve are not that well marked and if you keep going, you run into "no trespassing" signs. I think I wandered along a game trail that may not have been part of the trail system. Looking at satellite images of the area there is a lot to explore, but it's not clear what is public land and what is private. 

I found a deer skeleton near where I was shooting and incorporated the skull in one of the shots. I've seen a few of these in this area over the years.  Elm Ave runs along the northern border of the center's trails. Deer get hit by cars and stumble a few yards into the woods before falling near the edge of the lake.


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When the light is still good, but there is not much color, black and white images can bring out the details and textures.  

david@davidoakill.com (DAVID OAKILL) Black and White Bucks County Churchville Churchville Nature Center Hiking Reflections Springfield Lake Visit Bucks County Winter landscape photography photography skull https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2016/1/churchville-nature-center Fri, 22 Jan 2016 03:44:28 GMT
Indian Run Reservoir https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2015/12/indian-run-reservoir Gordon Nagle RailGordon Nagle RailIndian Run Rail. Schuylkill County, PA. 2015.

I used to moutain bike to the dam at Indian Run as a kid. The distance between the trail entrance near the road and the dam itself is much longer than I remember. Being on foot didn't help either. I never made it all the way to the dam that day, but did manage to take a few shots on the walk. 

The photos were all taken along the Gordon Nagle Trail in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. I haven't seen trains on the tracks often but they do run occasionally. The area has seen quite a bit of development over the last few years. The shot below of the hillside being clear cut and excavated is somewhat concerning as the area was great for hiking. 


Indian Run CraneIndian Run CraneIndian Run Excavator. Schuylkill County, PA. 2015.

Though it was late December, temperatures have been higher than normal and there is quite a bit of green still visible. 


Orange And GreenOrange And GreenOrange and Green. Schuylkill County, PA. 2015.

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Selling Prints on Fine Art America https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2015/12/selling-prints-on-fine-art-america Art Prints

Over the years, I've belonged to many different websites related to photography. Most of the websites were portfolio based sites designed to showcase your work. Sites like Photoblink500pxFlickrTumblr, etc. You get the idea. During this time I've also had my own portfolio website (no not this one) …...this one: dgoakill.com   It is a Zenfolio site I created back in 2008. I still have it and it's undergone many transitions over the years, mainly because it's so cheap compared to a lot of the other options on the internet. One of the big advantages of the site is that it has print on demand options and a very good payment system. Visually, that's another story for another post.

Back in 2008, there were not a lot of options like SquareSpace and the dozens of others that have popped up in recent years. But, a lot of them don't have the same robust back-end when it comes to selling images or making prints. What Zenfolio lacks in looks, it makes up for in brains...for the most part. However, though my site has been there and on the web for almost 8 years, I don't rank very high in search engines (mostly my fault SEO wise) mainly do to the fact that my work is all images and not text. Even my blog is all images. Posts like this will do more for rankings than only posting images which is common sense these days. I've just always had a problem writing gibberish in order to get ranked. Getting noticed and making sales is tough in photography in general, even harder when most of your work is of regular people who didn't even know you were taking their picture.

Most of my sales are through word of mouth and random luck (or so I think) as I do nothing to really promote myself. Sites like Zenfolio and others don't do much to help in that regard either, as they are a service, not really a community or a hub. That's where sites like Fine Art AmericaSociety6, & Red Bubble come in. While I've belonged to all of these sites, the most success I've had has been through Fine Art America. I've had more sales than the other two combined. Again, doing little work to promote. Mostly, just uploading my work and dropping a note here or there on Twitter & Facebook.

While all of these sites have vibrant communities with targeted audiences, Fine Art America has, or at least seems to me, to have a more diverse group of users. The site also has a very noticeable presence on the web, and if you belong to it, you can get the benefit of that presence. Of course there is a lot of competition on the site itself, and just being on there doesn't mean much in general, it does at least put you in a better position to be found.

I still sell through my old (main ?) website, but I've had more exposure through Fine Art America. The prices I charge are much cheaper than through my old site, but the quantity of sales has evened out the price difference. So if you're looking for a place to try and test the market for print sales, check them out. It's free to join with some limitations, but premium accounts are only $30 a year. I waited until I made a sale to upgrade, so it paid for itself. Literally.

Here's a link to the membership plans page: http://fineartamerica.com/membershipplans.html

My gallery is here or through the “Buy Prints” button in the menu.

Good luck!

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Rushland Rd Sunset https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2014/3/rushland-rd-sunset Rushland Rd SunsetRushland Rd SunsetSunset along Rushland Road in Bucks County, PA. 2013.

Sunset along Rushland Road in Bucks County, PA. 2013.

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Planes, Cupcakes, and Automobiles https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2014/2/77908121976

Stuck in traffic because of the snow, again.

david@davidoakill.com (DAVID OAKILL) automobiles cupcakes planes snow traffic https://archives.davidoakill.com/blog/2014/2/77908121976 Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:45:12 GMT