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.
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...
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:
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~!!! ...(More)
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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...
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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