Stockphoto 101

posted on 13th of march, 2013

Well taking a photo isn't hard? - Not at all. With today's technology everyone can pick up a camera and take images. A very common comment you get as a photographer

- "Your camera take very good photos" - What should i answer to that, c'mon :P
- "Well, thank you, i have learned it all i know" Technically it isn't the camera who takes the photos, its the person behind it. You set all the settings and compose your picture right?. You get the drift.

Is it hard to get your photos accepted at the agencies? - Sometimes. Some agencies are very picky, some are more "relaxed" and almost accepted every picture you submit.

What sells?- Everything, people, nature, editorial, sport, architecture, household items, animals, food


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Posted by Panayiotisdemou on March 18, 2013
i agree , it takes a lot of will power , and a never give up attitude to succeed!
Posted by Onime on March 17, 2013
lets learn from the best... someday we can become one of them ;)
Posted by Lenutaidi on March 16, 2013
We talk a lot about photos,but even more we need to talk about creativity,concept and niche topic that orient us.

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Winter = Inspirational problems?

posted on 17th of march, 2013

Is it just me or do you also get less productive during the cold grey days of the winter?.

What do you shoot during the winter months?.
I find it hard to find something interesting and beautiful to shoot. Here and there you may see some trees that look kinda interesting.

I guess you can shoot wintersports like skiing and snowboarding, but unfortunately i live where there's NO mountains around for miles and miles therefore that plan is out the door. And the landscape around here is just flat and kinda boring to look at in the winter. Nothing special at all. Im pretty sure it wouldn't sell, or maybe not even get accepted to the stock portfolio.

- I can't travel the world or cross country because of my full-time job in the security-business. And i can't bring all the mountains...

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Posted by Perstock on March 18, 2013
Why not bring the tripod and shot some winter-details or trafficproblems or some everyday thing like funny wintercaps.
In Stockholm we are still able to perform a lot of nice winter activities like this:
   Sailing DN iceboat at high speed   
   Two tour skaters on smoth ice   
Posted by Bradcalkins on March 18, 2013
Personally I find the lack of daylight the biggest factor in finding it tough to shoot. There just isn't any time between work and night to get outdoors for me except on weekends...
Posted by Inyrdreams on March 17, 2013
no mountains here... but I live by the great lakes and winter usually proves to be a challenge. this year I had lots of fun with it~! there was so much going on this year outdoors... from holiday festivals to carolers, outdoor sports, I shot people stuck in snow, shoveling off cars, park benches also waiting for spring and frozen light houses. ice fishermen.. people walking pets in the cold..we even had a local ice festival with ice carvers. winter was wonderful this year~! although.... I am more then ready for spring~!!!
   Kayak in the cold   
   Tourist and frozen lighthouse   
   Winter photographer   
   Plowing snow   
   Shoveling snow off the car   
   Winter blue park bench: shades of blue   
   Elvis snowman   
   Frozen man in ice   
   Snow shovel   
   Lake michigan dog walker ...(More)

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Models how?

posted on 18th of march, 2013

How do you get people to stand infront of the camera and let you take their picture and to sell them online to the whole world to see ?.

Do you ask friends and family to help you?. Or do you ask random people in the street to strike a pose and then let them fill out the modelrealese form?. And explain to them that they may see their own face on the back of a bus the next morning?. And they don't get any money of it, just you as a photographer?.
How do you do it as a photographer?.

- Do you hire real models? Sounds expensive?

- Ask friends and family?

- Random people outside?

I have never asked someone to stand infront of the camera for my stockphoto portfolio. I imagine its hard to convince someone to do so. People tends to get shy every time they see...

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Posted by Egomezta on March 19, 2013
I use friends, workers and family, I explain to them what is all about and they normally agree to pose.
Posted by Wisconsinart on March 19, 2013
The perfect model:

 Night woman 


Seriously, getting models is part of the learning curve. Use yourself, ask friends/family, or try ModelMayhem.com.

All options have their issues... and rewards.
Posted by Dark3y3s on March 19, 2013
Family and friends, as the others already commented below, are the best choice to begin with. I have plenty of friends that love to be photographed and are always willing to stand in front of the camera. The majority of them are also willing to sign a model release, after I explain them clearly what does it mean. But there's also the type of photography you do. I am, for example, into simple shots, happy friends, smiling people, that kind of stuff.

Randomly chosing people on the street is not an easy choice :) Hiring models is a great choice, if you make enough money out of stock to be worth the expense.

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