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.
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.
I always carry my camera. There are many pics in my portfolio too, that I have because I saw an opportunity and I had my camera with me. I have a huge tote bag that I carry it in and everyone knows me because of that bag, and they all know there is a camera in there. I get laughed at sometimes, but I don't care! Being prepared is my last laugh. :)
Countedsorrow2 your question is a good one. By the time I arrived, all of the medical personnel and the inured people were already gone. All that were left were the firemen who were cleaning up. I used a 70-200 f2.8 lens and shot from accross the street, and although I did get some looks no one said anything to me. I suppose they might have thought I was a photographer from a newspaper. I took pictures for about 10 minutes and then left. I've been shooting photos for about 20 years now and sometimes people watch you, but I'm pretty much used to it and just ignore the looks. I want to be clear though, that if there had been any injured or deceased people on the scene I would not have shot photos. I respect life and my fellow man too much to intrude.
Great Post! Just a question though - how did you feel getting out and photographing that accident? I have had a camera when I have seen accidents before and I have always been afraid of peoples reactions. Did anyone notice?
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