Goal: To Sell Images Not to Capture Reality

posted on 9th of december, 2014

I love all aspects of photography especially learning new things and challenging myself to create new images. When I first began in photography about 25 years ago, it was very difficult to change or alter what you captured. I shot mainly slide films for publishing. Pretty much what you shot is what you got. There were no second chances.

When I first started selling stock photos, I was to a small degree, still in this same mindset. I mean, I would occasionally clone out a distracting branch or trash in the photo that I hadn't seen before. Other than that, and small adjustments to contrast and color, the photos I submitted were pretty much exactly like I shot them. There is nothing wrong with this approach. I've sold thousands of these types of stock photos.

As the years went on...

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Comments (18)

Posted by Jslaterphotos on December 19, 2014
I enjoyed this blog. I'm trying to figure out my footing in this industry, and it may just be my approach that needs figuring out. I appreciate the time you took to write this.
Posted by Amitai on December 19, 2014
I don't like post processing and mixing color with b&w and other techniques and as a personal choice I refrain from it.
I totally agree with you that shooting for DT is shooting for selling and not to capture reality. I like your images, I like the original concepts you bring (much better than another smiling minorities shaking hands images that plague DT and the Internet these days). I am very happy that you highlight our goal in DT - sell sell sell.
My images are shot with DT in mind. I found what works for me - which is landscape shots or panoramic landscape shots.
Ansel Adams may not approve my approach, but DT clients do and that's the bottom line. Concepts equal reality in micro stock market and your way to portray it, is very interesting and original.
Posted by Phopic on December 18, 2014
Great, this blog has opened a new dimension...

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