I am a newbie in stock photography, so naturally I have a lot to learn and for me it is a very challenging and at the same time inspiring process… I read lots of articles about what sells best in stock photography, how to take better pictures and so on, but I guess what really intrigues me and inspires me to keep trying is not only the financial side of the issue, but even more the creative one.
And talking about creativity I think that concepts are the best example. In my opinion conceptual photos are the most challenging and interesting ones… That’s probably because they are closer to design work than other types of photos and actually present a completed idea or a finished product. If successfully accomplished, concepts are supposed to send a clear message and be used directly by the designer, without too much further effort. Or at least that’s how I imagine it.
Well, it’s probably a lot more difficult to think of an original idea than to shoot an apple or an orange for example, but I suppose that in the end it’ll turn into an even more pleasurable and fascinating experience. Not to mention the fun in creating something new and the thrilling anticipation to see whether it will be well accepted. Maybe I should just look at it as a kind of a mind stimulating exercise, as far as it does not influence my daily job too much…
I've found the challenge to be that the more creative ideas take a lot more time, and rely heavily on keywording to get noticed - unless you snag an editor's choice. The trick with a great idea that is new is getting the first few people to notice it. That is why it is good to do the 'safe' shots as well - they keep the sales coming in and bringing views to your portfolio.
I think it's the really good idea and really great challenge. Coming up with new ideas is very rewarding. Designers like new approaches to popular subjects. But if you have a great idea, you have to accomplish it in the best way, and make most of it. Cause it gonna be copied in a flashlight. That's the sad side of stock photography. Polish your new ideas until the are perfect and then publish them, then you might see lots of DLs. :) Good luck!
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