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Dereje Belachew

Dereje Belachew



Photography is much more than a hobby for me. It allows me to express myself artistically. Being able to beautifully capture a moment in time, and share that vision with others, is deeply gratifying. In my opinion, photography is not a profession you become an expert at with a fixed term investment of your time, but a life long quest of mastering the art of beautifully capturing life through your vision. I am currently a part time professional photographer with most of my time dedicated to stock photography and project work.
  • Sony A7RII
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
  • Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens
  • Samyang 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical IF
  • Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro
  • Sigma 19mm f/2.8 DN
  • Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN
  • Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS
  • Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
  • Lensbaby Composer Pro With Double Glass Optic
  • Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro Lens
  • Sony FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS
  • Sony Underwater Housing for RX100-Series

Stock Picture Workflow Automation

Published March 8th, 2012

I recently stumbled upon a website which took my thoughts right out of my head and made them a reality. It was one of those crazy things that you wish for when the status quo doesn't quite cut it, but wouldn't think someone would bother to implement as it seems so tailored to your specific needs.

I have always been quite annoyed at the numerous hoops I had to go through to submit my images to the different stock agencies that I subscribe to. Most of them have ftp access which made things a lot easier, but managing which of the files were successfully submitted, and which didn't make it became a task on it's own. I tried to sift through different ftp clients to make my life easier, and I found fileZilla to be the top contender which was free to use and fit my needs for the most part. It still didn't relieve me from the confusing part of managing the overall progress of each image on each stock site.

The other problem is the actual file transfer itself. If you don't have unlimited hig ...

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I wish I had more time in Rome

Published January 11th, 2012

Rome is a very beautiful city with so much history to show. Walk around downtown Rome and you will feel like you went through a time machine which fuses the present with the past. Rome certainly has character. It is very photogenic and I would encourage anyone who happens to pass through Rome to take a day or two to explore the city.

I was a transit passenger connecting through Rome and instead of picking a flight which only had a two hour connection, I chose to stay over for one night and see Rome with my very own eyes. The one thing I regretted was the fact that I only had one day to view this magnificent city. I now have a new favorite in my bucket list of places to visit before I depart.

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Stock Agencies

Published October 27th, 2011

Hello Everyone

This is my very first blog, and I am not sure where to start, so I figured I will begin with my new obsession, Stock Photography. I am not sure what I am trying to get out of it. I know it is not money since the amount of time I spend on it when compared to the very little earnings I have received is comparable to a drop in a bucket. Never the less, I still am trying to get as many pictures accepted into as many stock agencies as I can find. I have set a first goal of reaching 2000 on the easy sites and 500 on the sites that are very picky. I have between 100 and 300 images on the sites that I really care about, and close to 500 on the once that are not as critical but still showing some potential. There is one site which I have not managed to get a single image accepted into, and another one which has only accept about 10 of my images, and both these agencies have almost no market share in the stock photography world.

There are a few sites who are very very strict in ...

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