Creative Light

posted on 30th of april, 2011

I am sick of taking photos of things that are isolated on white. I am sick of large flat light. I am sick of uploading mass amounts of dull, lifeless photos, even when they sell. I am simply sick of the rut I am in and I am aching to see and create images that are powerful and unique and use creative light.

As I reviewed my portfolio recently I discovered that only a few of my top selling photos are of items isolated on white. Rather, many of my top selling photos involve using creative light. Here are some examples:

As I think back about these images I have fond memories of the experiences involved in creating these photos. I took these photos when the stress of stock photography and making money didn't exist. In fact, I wasn't trying to make money but was simply trying to create powerful images. Most importantly, I was having fun. None of my isolated on white photos were fun, and none provide me with any good memories.

Since the very definition of photography is "painting with light" I challenge you to look for and capture creative light in the stock photos you take in the next few weeks. I am giving up creating any isolated on white images for a while and I know as I do this that I will be creating unique and sellable images rather than the same old photos.

I look forward to this challenge of creating many new and unique creative light photos in the future and to seeing those that others create as well. Good luck and I hope I see you out shooting!

Comments (25)

Posted by Lio2012 on March 01, 2013
I totally agree with you. Very nice work
Posted by Akulamatiau on September 20, 2011
I totally agree with your take. I do sometimes felt the pressure of producing typical type of stock photos that sometimes limits my creative ability.
Your article is a timely reminder that at the very least I should enjoy taking those shots I love the most.
Posted by Voytekj on May 30, 2011
Thanks for sharing... Great pics.
Posted by Bluwarrior on May 19, 2011
yeah,I can understand the feeling. I "hate" pictures of things isolated in white..so typically photo stock(but I think that's also changing). I agree that the best photos/pictures happen when you are "free" of limitations,following your vocation/interests. You got nice pictures
Posted by Markosloizou on May 08, 2011
Thanks for your response
Posted by Eric1513 on May 08, 2011
Thanks Markosloizou for the comments. In the mountain bike photo I was using a fisheye lens. It was the 10.5mm F/2.8 Nikkor. I had a remote release and took the photo of myself with a Nikon D70. I did this shot several years ago. I've got some new mountain bike photos planned and am waiting for good weather to create them.
Posted by Markosloizou on May 08, 2011
Awesome shots, in the mountain bike photo how did you get that "fish eye" effect?
Posted by Swh147 on May 03, 2011
I hope you get much!
Posted by Yelo34 on May 02, 2011
Beautiful shots. Congrats!! I liked the part of having fun.
Posted by smartview27 on May 02, 2011
Beautiful concepts! Congrats for your idea!
Posted by Eric1513 on May 02, 2011
Thanks to everyone for their comments and feedback. I invite you to show your creative light and images.
Posted by Dmccale on May 02, 2011
good luck I agree with you about memories.Great port
Posted by Antoinettew on May 02, 2011
I like them very much
Posted by Markosloizou on May 02, 2011
I agree with you. I hate pictures isolated on white (and i haven't got the equipment to do it properly). Photography is supposed to be an art, I don't believe that taking pictures with flat light and white backgrounds is much of an art.
By the way great work
Posted by Joezachs on May 02, 2011
I agree with what Ericson says and there is market for these type of pictures too as there is market for isolated objects, and as someone said below, both don't cross the path and are independent of each other.
Posted by Mariaam on May 01, 2011
Amazing photos!
Posted by Davidwatmough on May 01, 2011
Smart thinking.............. very sensible plan of action. David.
Posted by Nero67 on May 01, 2011
Beautiful images,great job!!!
Posted by Virgilxxn on May 01, 2011
It is a combination of skilful use of right equipment and a keen eye, I guess. So much harder to get it right on some occasions. Nice shots!Regards
Posted by Davulcu on May 01, 2011
Great images. Congrats but isolated images are needed in the market also.
Posted by Halilin on May 01, 2011
Posted by Tamarabauer on May 01, 2011
Well said - and a great set of shots for examples. There is of course a market for objects on white, but they'll never be more interesting than a good shot with great light!
Posted by Viktor50 on May 01, 2011
The first is not an obstacle for the second... Good luck!
Posted by Egomezta on April 30, 2011
I agree with you. Thanks for sharing.
Posted by lzf on April 30, 2011
beautiful images

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