So I'm all for creative blur, flair and weirdness, but only if it serves a purpose and it is executed willingly or serendipitously. What irkes me to no end is someone who doesn't have the skill to shoot a "boring" shot, but claims that their "breaking the rules" is artistic expression.
My image above was consciously blurred and treated quite harshly. I'm very chuffed the Dreamstime saw the intention, and understood it not to be simply a checks like art image.
But, that is where the catch comes in - when doing creative breaking the rules stuff, there's always the chance that people will just perceive it for a bad photograph.
@lightart - I would imagine the context is commercial - for money - purposes, where context and multiple usability is considered. However, within that there is regional, cultural, niche considerations. That does make it hard!
Right. Sure it's fine to let your creativity take the wheel sometimes, provided that your personal artistic expression won't let you down when it comes to sales or low commercial value. While the catch is to keep being creative, leaving some part of it to customers still has a huge important role on this business. Stock agencies are not exactly art galleries, but surely we do appreciate some unusual shots. Some... :-)
Great insights - as a commercial (shooting for money)-photographer as a day-job, however, I am well aware that people's approval of my work is essential to my success, but when it comes to stock and my own creative work, I couldn't agree more with your comments.
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