If you have been around stock photography for any amount of time and paid attention to forums and blogs you undoubtedly have seen the phrase "Stock photos are created, not taken". Does this mean that you have to set up every situation and spend a ton of money of props and models? If you are like me, you don't have a large budget for creating amazing sets and hiring teams of models.
Here are some ways you can get some stuff accomplished on little or no budget!
1) There are generally local models that want to build their portfolios almost everywhere. It seems like it has been a fair trade, I generally require the signing of a model release for a "TFP" shoot with a model. They get shots for their portfolio, I get stock photos. 2) You can make a set almost anywhere! The night,...
This is a theme that you hear not only in photography but in stock photography as well. I can attest that this is the case if you put forth the effort.
Things were rocky when I started about two years ago. My first month were all rejections, but I kept at it and here is the results two years later.
Q3 2011 Acceptance Ratio 31.7%
Q3 2012 Acceptance Ratio 64.5%
Q2 2013 Acceptance Ration 91.0 %
743 Images on line.
I still need improvement, I am still learning all the time. Improve my lighting, improve my composition, and most of all pursuing creating images that convey concepts and ideas better. Still, the adage holds true, keep shooting, keep improving.
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