We all know (universally, I think) that stock photography is not the most exciting kind of work a photographer can do. But these days, stock photography does not necessarily mean shooting the same subject in the same conditions in different poses for hours. Many websites, magazines, publications or even news outlets are constantly looking for photographs to make their content look better in the eyes of their readers. And what better way than to spice it up with a couple of  photos they downloaded from Adobe Stock?

I think most photographers have done some stock photo work. Well, here are a few links to my portfolios for you to check out!

Shutterstock, one of the more popular stock photo websites. You can view it by clicking here.

iStockPhoto, smaller version of Getty Images, and not as prestigious. You can view it by clicking here.

Adobe Stock, originally created after Adobe decided to merge Fotolia into their own brand. You can view it by clicking here.












The closing of a real estate transaction is its final step, concluding the the ordeal. It is usually set weeks after the offer for the property is formally accepted. Or is it?

Just last month in July of 2017 a local loan originator from Arlington Heights, Illinois, Pavlina Braykova set a record for the fastest closing of a real estate transaction from the day when the buyer's offer was formally accepted by the seller. It took her just 6 days to accomplish the job, and even though the lawyers involved in the transaction scheduled the closing 3 weeks in the future, she did the unthinkable - she influenced the change and sped up things herself. The reasoning behind it? Her client had a scheduled trip overseas and wanted to close this deal before leaving the country for a vacation.

Next time you're in a hurry to buy a property in Illinois, you should definitely contact her - she will get the job done quickly if you desire her to do so. Visit her Facebook page to find out more information.
The quick answer is yes, you can. Although most people probably want their $80K a year salary with dental insurance that working for Uber as a software engineer provides. Driving with Uber however, is a a blue collar job, a job that doesn't offer any benefits whatsoever apart from the occasional trip that takes you to the side of town that you've never been to (I'll give you a hint - roll your windows up and lock the doors), but it can be rewarding in other ways - mostly financial, to people who otherwise would be working the register at the local Walmart.
Nikon's AF-S DX 18-200 f3.5-5.6 ED VR2 is really a remarkable lens, yes I admit it. I know it was released more than five years ago, but it is the only lens from this OEM's offering that provides such a big reach: going from wide angle to telephoto. Its aperture is an OK offering - it's not as fast as 24-70 f2.8, but then again, it offers a longer reach. The question is: is it worth suffering quality issues just to get this extra reach in a lens?