now, who would have imagined all these?

posted on 23rd of january, 2010

When I first started in micro stock , I received a really nice encouraging email from someone who was a well established best seller. He told me he reviewed one of my images and from there, he keeps checking in to my portfolio just to see how I was progressing as a contributor.

He said he was brought up in the city I was at that time based in,
and just felt nostalgic as some of my works had places he spent his childhood days. He also commented on how most of my works at that time were not studio works but mostly what he called "found" images.

He said from the arrangement and lighting of my images, he sensed I knew my "stuff" in lighting , exposure, composition, and seeing images from a different perspective.
It was quite encouraging , especially when his own work was entirely different from mine. He was a specialist in making awesome shots of the polar regions and many of his work were seen everywhere.

From then on, I kept remembering what he said about "found" images, but never spent too much time expecting any of them to get any downloads at all.
But now, after a couple of years in microstock, I see how these found images have appeal. It's even more interesting to note that many of these shots took no special techniques to shoot. Sure, I did a lot of work in commercial photography, gave seminars on view camera usage, darkroom technique, lighting,etc. in my later days of my wide photographic career. And yes, I still use a lot of them in my work outside of stock photography.

But I don't submit any of that sort of images here. Instead I made initially an effort of just submit what I shot during my free time, which was mostly during the weekends when I am not doing my own commercial assignments and paid jobs .

It's really interesting too, how a little bit of imagination can pay off to get the buyers to choose these seemingly everyday images that we all take for granted.
Perharps, that is just it. We all pass over lots of "unimportant" images that are presented to us as we walk down the street,
or cutting through a park,etc.

As I said, it's nothing incredible. My 9 year old nephew starting on his first camera, I bought him a P&S last christmas, could have taken it too.
Well, maybe not the composition, but that will surely come as he learns to use his mind's eye to see past the oridnary, dull, boring aspects of "found" images and try to make it something we forgot to see simply because we have walked by these objects so often we just didn't notice the potential it has as microstock images.

What do you think?
Who would have imagined anyone would have bought them?
Well, someone did.

Comments (7)

Posted by Porjii on January 30, 2010
ugh, if only my camera were freeze proof, I'd be outside right now taken photo's of our neighborhood, covered in snow. Great Images!
Posted by Bobsphotography on January 26, 2010
I also do a lot of "found" images. I am more a street and nature photographer than a studio one.

I like your photo's very much and they encourage me to look even more detailed when I am roaming the streets or the nature in Africa.
Posted by Rosedarc on January 25, 2010
So true, and that's in big part what makes it so interesting.
Posted by Creativei on January 25, 2010
Again I agree with Mani and Starblue,
Posted by Mani33 on January 24, 2010
Everything happens in Microstocks! Sky is the limit :))
Posted by Starblue on January 24, 2010
I think there is a good explanation. Magazines and catalogues do need a lot of such kind becuase the realistic text must be accompany by realistic images. Very realistic. I mnea for example - an article speaks about apple. I have seen a very beautiful image of apple with lightning behind, so just the edge was lit, on very old background... I can never forget the image, but the image was really artistic. The article about apples needs a very bright, clean apple... indeed, there are two markets of photography (artistic and "normal" documentary). I believe that both of them are needed. Because a text without a nice image is poor in our period. It is so strange to go on a web where is no picture... but again many webs are about life-style that needs a simple images :-) Nice blog for discussion!
Posted by Creativei on January 24, 2010
Yeah, I agree with you, these found image are what microstock all about.

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