July was the month I finally bit the bullet and got serious about my photography. I’d had a stock photo archive at Alamy since last June, and a Twenty20 archive since roughly last November. Stock photos was never going to be the limit of trying to get my photography out there. I’d been toying with ecommerce since my workload became light in the spring.

After trawling through several thousand images during that quiet time, I found a about 100 that I thought people might like to buy as prints or on products. Looking at my options, I chose Smug Mug and began the month with a free trial. At the end of the first day, I had more hits to my Smug Mug galleries than I ever had at Red Bubble. I closed that site about a week ago to concentrate on Smug Mug.

It’s early days yet, so I can’t really claim to offer any long term trends for my photos and I’ve yet to make a sale. These are the top viewed images for July 2019, counting down from 5 to 1.

Click the images to go to the individual picture’s page on the Smug Mug site.

Number 5… Rolling Waves

Rolling waves on the ocean blue
Rolling surf at St Ives in February this year.
Copyright MG Mason 2019

You might be forgiven for thinking this is another summer shot, but it isn’t. It was taken in February at St. Ives on a mild sunny day. There was some nasty glare (I didn’t yet have any polarising filters) which I was able to remove in Photoshop and enhance the blue for a lovely ocean shot.

Number 4… As Graceful as a Swan

A swan gliding on the water at Swanpool Beach
A swan gliding on the water at Swanpool Nature Reserve
Copyright MG Mason 2019

Taken in at Swanpool Nature Reserve in April (so not the same day as the third most popular image) I love the clarity and colour of this gorgeous swan. I can’t remember if I used a polarising filter for this, though I probably did.

Number 3… Beach Huts at Swanpool

Beach huts at Swanpool Beach
Beach Huts at Swanpool Beach, Falmouth
Copyright MG Mason 2019

This stunning summery image is of a row of beach huts at Swanpool Beach, Falmouth, Cornwall. The reason the colours are so bright is that I used a polarising filter to take the inevitable nasty glare off the sand. This was one of the first tests of my polarising filters and I was very happy with the results.

Number 2… Sunset over the Sea (Perranporth)

Perranporth Sunbeams over the ocean MG Mason creative
A cloudy sky at Perranporth, sunbeams through the clouds.
Copyright MG Mason 2019

I love this photo. I think, so far, it’s my favourite coastal landscape shot and I’m not really surprised it’s so popular. I would buy it if I didn’t already own it and print it off at any time. If you look really closely, you’ll see the head of a little person off to the left 😀

Number 1… Tulips!

Pink tulip close up - my most popular image in July 2019
Pink tulips – my most popular image at Smug Mug for this month. Copyright MG Mason 2019

Taken during our spring holiday in May at a tulip flower bed, I love the striking colour and detail of the flower yet to open. Only raindrops would have made it a perfect spring image 🙂 It would look great on a living room wall, wouldn’t it? Or a bedroom wall.

I’m interested in the statistics as I feel it’ll help me work out what sort of images people like to look at and consider buying. This monthly countdown I hope will be fun for readers too so this will likely be an ongoing thing.


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I'm Matt, a freelance writer, writing mostly about education, early career recruitment, tech, B2B and professional services. Dabbling with landscape and nature photography too. For this content , please look at my main site linked below. I'm also a self-published author, creator of the quirky crime comedy book series Salmonweird. If that's what you're looking for, then good news! The village has its own website listed below.

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  1. I like SM but found photoshelter to be a bit better for selling (altho less user friendly). I must admit I’m not great at keeping my website updated; blogging seems a better way for me to get exposure (pun intended). Good luck, your images are terrific

    1. Hello Tina, thanks for your comments and thanks for the compliment about my photos! I’ve been doing this a year now so very much at the start of this journey but pleased with progress so far. I bought a wide angle lens this week so hoping to take my landscape images to the next level.

      I just had a look at your Photoshelter site. Nice images and a very slick design. I also notice it’s cheaper than SmugMug

      1. Hello back MGM (where have I heard that before😊. Sadly, I pay for both and use SM for personal and family photo sharing so not taking advantage of the price difference! Thanks for visiting the site and my blog. Been blogging 5 years and enjoy the creative outlet. Hope to see more of your work. Off to check out your site next

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