Fuji X10 - good compact for stock?

posted on 18th of november, 2011

I must confess that I'm on an endless quest - in search of a compact camera that has a few key requirements:

1. Portable. I want a zoom for unexpected situations, and it must fit in a pocket or purse when needed. I find cameras like the Canon S95 just a bit too small, without enough control or room to hold them. A Canon G12 is more my size...
2. Quality. I want it to have enough quality. I understand that a small pocket camera will usually be inferior to a dSLR. Occasionally it will be the only camera I have so I want to have the possibility of taking a shot for stock sales when I'm traveling.
3. No choice. I don't really want an interchangeable system for my compact camera. As soon as you have lenses you start having to decide what to bring. I have system cameras...

[ Read more... ]
Comments (17)

Posted by Bradcalkins on March 02, 2012
You're welcome !
Posted by Eternalfeelings on March 02, 2012
Good article!!!
Posted by Hunor83 on March 02, 2012
Good! Thanx for info :-)

Comments (17)

This article has been read 2817 times. 4 readers have found this article useful.

Shallow DOF for stock

posted on 30th of november, 2011

One of my latest images just sold, and it occured to me that I have very few images with shallow depth of field as a key feature. In some closeups it is enevitable, but I rarely use it as a 'focus' of my stock images. There are a few reasons for this:

1. Lens are a little less than optimal at wide apertures, leading to potential rejections. Macro lenses (such as used in my cookie shot) are exceptions, but most fast lenses will introduce color fringing in out of focus areas.
2. Maximum flexibility, more sales. If a designer picks an image that is sharp throughout they can selectively defocus areas, or isolate the background, etc. If you have blurred edges it is hard to do isolations after the fact. I think an image with thin depth of field has a more restricted market.

[ Read more... ]
Comments (20)

Posted by Imaengine on December 15, 2011
Congrats on becoming the featured contributor!!! Here's some images that I took using shallow DOF as a technique to focus on subject: [imgl]15015352[/imgl] [imgl]15824070[/imgl] [imgl]18352071[/imgl]

Usually, shallow DOF images are rejected for low potential reasons, but I like using this technique and don't let this bother me that much!
Posted by Verdelho on December 07, 2011
Here's a couple. Enjoy. Ken


Posted by Yellowind on December 04, 2011
Yeah, thanks for sharing thoughts and experience. I rethink my work on food and other shooting with bokeh.

Comments (20)

This article has been read 1940 times. 2 readers have found this article useful.

About me

Salmon Arm, CA

May (1)
January (1)

Stock Photography that BLOGS!

Interact, make friends, share tips and techniques, have fun. Dreamstime wants your ideas and thoughts whether you are a photographer, designer or regular user. Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite images and photographers, post tutorials or simply exchange opinions with your with fellow dreamstimers.

Don't forget words and pictures go great together so make sure you choose some Dreamstime favorite pics to brighten your article. For inspiration, check out the hottest or the most useful blogs on the left.

Create a blog to tell your story, promote favorite stock images and photographers

Create your blog

My favorite articles


More favorite articles

Related image searches

DOF depth focus selective field