Always Carry a Camera
Some might think that stock photography is only made up of controlled or contrived images. Indeed many stock photographers, myself included, spend time planning and setting up stock images. However, not all great stock photos are planned. On Dreamstime, for example, my best selling stock image is of a car accident that I happened upon just as I was beginning to take images to submit to Dreamstime. In fact several of my top ten selling images came from that car accident. I happened to have my camera with me and was able to capture images from the scene as the emergency personnel were slowly cleaning the debris.
If I expand and look at my top 20 selling images, about 70 percent were possible simply because I happened to be carrying a camera and saw potential so I took a photo. Here are some examples.
Most of these images were taken with an SLR but not all. After some success, I began buying high quality point and shoot cameras (right now I use a Canon G10). I always carry at least a point and shoot camera with me now everywhere I go. I am constantly finding new and exciting things to explore with these cameras and I am always glad I have one with me. Here are some of the images that I’ve captured with these point and shoot cameras that are doing well.
Based upon these experiences, my advice is to always carry a camera. You just never know when the stock photography fairies will put an amazing image along the path of your life.
Good luck and I hope to see you out shooting!