Creating Professional Stock Photos with Amateur Models

posted on 6th of march, 2017

I’ve shot micro-stock with both professional and amateur models; there are pros and cons with both.

Theoretically the professionals hit the ground running; they know how to pose, aren’t shy and understand the photo shoot dynamic. But there are also disadvantages. You tend to hire pro models on the strength of their online portfolios which are sometimes misleading with older photos. I’ve had my fair share of ‘surprises,’ shall I say.
But I’m making the case here for shooting with amateurs, something I’ve done often and usually it’s with people I know. What amateurs lack in modelling experience they make up for in enthusiasm and often that’s the winning ingredient for stock. When you choose people you know you probably already have a good idea of their energy levels, plus you’re...

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Comments (4)

Posted by Shahmeiraj198139 on March 08, 2017
Nice blog
Posted by Darrinhenry on March 08, 2017
Thanks Vladimirkz and Glynisquinlan. Good luck with your shoots. Don't forget some wardrobe :)
Posted by Vladimirkz on March 07, 2017
Thank you!!!

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Today I’m primarily a photo-blogger with ‘What The Saints Did Next’ but after that involved in a range of photography ventures, including micro-stock. Micro-stock has definitely improved me as a photographer since submitting work in 2009. Back then my first pictures were rejected - I complained, huffed and puffed, then calmed down and set about learning how to get more images accepted. Lifestyle stock dominates my portfolio although I’ve been adding more editorial travel stock since I started blogging in 2015. Please check out my photo-blog for more of my work. My advice to new micr... [Read more]

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