Touch the Shore by Eric Christopher Jackson

Welcome to EyeEm

To continue the thought from the previous Blog post, Don’t Give Up on Me Now, I will talk about the third Spot where I see potential for my Career to grow.

I created a Profile on EyeEm. They have a Magazine and give Photographers a chance for their Work to be Licensed. An EyeEm Profile is broken up into three Sections:

By the looks of it, I can upload as many Photographs as I want. Some Profiles include well over a thousand images. Fellow Photographers can leave Comments and “Like” images on my Profile. Right now, I have uploaded 34 Photographs. So far, “Fading Light” has received the most “Likes”…

Fading Light | Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

Fading Light (2012)

While I don’t want to upload a thousand images 🙂 this does give me an enormous amount of flexibility to choose what images I want to add to my Profile. I don’t have to be too picky…

However, as I continue to upload images, each one is Reviewed by the EyeEm Curators. They decide whether or not a Photograph is suitable for Licensing through their website. As I sift through my Photos, many of them still read: “Under Review.” On the other hand, quite a few others read: “Photo not Selected for Market.” Bummer. Yet, this also helps me determine what type of images they’re looking for.

Another handful of images read: “On Market,” which confirms the Curators Selection to make your image available on Licensing through EyeEm. (Yay!) A separate detail is Editorial Use and Commercial Use. Some images cannot be used Commercially, so each Marketing image will List that information, as well. One of the scenes the Curators chose pretty quickly is:

Touch the Shore by Eric Christopher Jackson

Touch the Shore (2018)

This is from the Vilano Beach Series captured earlier this year. Probably in the Top 3 of the best scenes I’ve taken to date.

Once an image is approved to be Marketed on EyeEm, it also has a chance to be distributed through EyeEm’s Partners, which includes Getty Images and Adobe Stock. This expands the reach of your Work because of the added Exposure of these various Networks. Curators are even more selective to what they share with their Partners. The quality of the work has to be solid along with any Model and/or Property releases needed for Licensing the Work.

At this point, only 3 of the 34 have made the Cut:

Coming Up for Air | Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

Coming Up for Air (2012)

Because I’ve seen this Capture many times, it doesn’t have the same feel of excitement for me. Yet, even six years later, when people see it for the first time, it almost immediately rockets up to one of their favorites in my Collection. It’s new to them… and refreshing for me.

This Way | Artwork by Eric Christopher Jackson

This Way (2012)

Captured on the same day as Coming Up for Air, this scene has continued to gain momentum and start a rivalry between the two Photographs. I used to Submit one or the other, but both have been strong enough to hold their own in the Review process.

Edge of Light | Art by Eric Christopher Jackson

Edge of Light (2018)

One of the best scenes from the recent Jacksonville Beach Series, “Edge of Light” is just beginning to draw the attention of Curators. I cropped this scene to improve the overall Composition. The image fits its Title well. Also, because the individuals in the shot are not recognizable, I do not need a Model Release Form to be granted permission from them to License the Work.

When capturing scenes like this, I try to keep the identity of people private especially because they’re on their own free time. When choosing to Edit scenes, if someone is clearly scene, I don’t use the shot at all. Ever. If someone is in the frame, I want to keep their personal features as vague as possible.

Many photographers travel with Model & Property Release Forms in case they want to License or Sell their Work outright. It’s difficult to travel all the way back to a Location and find a stranger that ended up in your shot. Remember, always be mindful of your surroundings and who’s in your frame.

For this particular shot, I was shooting almost directly into the sun (which all of my Professors told Students not to do). Long term, it’s not good for the Camera’s Sensor. Well… I do make a few exceptions. 🙂 Point being, I couldn’t see much of what was in the frame. I tried to line up the Composition the best I could and captured quite a few images using the LCD Monitor to figure out how I needed to adjust the Camera.

EyeEm also have a Section where Photographers may Enter their Work into Competitions to win Awards. This month, Entered the EyeEmNewHere Mission, which highlights the Work of New Community Members. I recently Joined EyeEm, so I definitely Qualify. 🙂 Each week in December, the Winners will have their Work featured on EyeEm’s Social Channels (a big deal). Check out their Instagram Feed. If I’m reading their Page correctly, 1.8 Million Photographs have been Submitted to date. The Deadline is December 30, 2018.

The EyeEm website still has more Sections for me to explore as I continue to sift through my Collection and consider what to Upload.

’til Next Time.
Eric Christopher Jackson

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