Stock photography is fun, because it gives value to your photos.
Just remember that it’s only one style of photography , that is not necessarly reflecting what you love shooting. Sounds controversial? Stock are photos that are used for advertising, magazines, websites. Just open any magazine you have , and look carefullly at the small prints at the side of the pictures. This will give you a good idea what is good for stock.
Stock agencies have high requirements, when it comes to approving photos. You will learn this by trial and error. The everyday photos you take, may or may not make the test. It depends how good you are.
The thing is, if you start to think “low noise, low noise, low noise “, you will stop taking photos most of the time, or will be missing great moments. Admit it that shooting with ISO 100 is not something that is appropriate in most of the lighting conditions outside of a studio or on a bright sunny day. Neither do you always carry a tripod around to avoid camera shake. Nor is “harsh shadows” a main concern when taking photos.
As a matter of fact I like to shoot at high ISO – this gives me grain, but also alot of detail both in background and subject while avoiding to use flash that I so much dislike. Some of the best wedding photos I’ve seen are shoot at high iso and small f aperture and they DO HAVE grain. But who cares about grain, when the captured scene is simply stunning…
Stock images need to be carefully thought about , keeping in mind many aspects and details. They are not spontaneous shots but well directed , set, lit and captuted scenes . And I am not there yet with my photography.
One day,I would like to give it a a try with a photo studio. On the other hand I like to make photos on the go, with the situation I have and the light I have. I like to make candid portraits and generally candid shots. Studio is too much pre-set for me.
Paula said “Shutterstock will make you a better photographer.” But how if I don’t get some of the rejection reasons?!!!
Am still not getting even close to my goal of 100 aproved images. Just to get the last 2 approved, I got 19 rejections. This makes me feel more and more insecure about how appropriate my photos are for shutterstock. Irony of it – they rejected most of my best captures for one or the other technical reason.
I have been featured in today’s post of Photography Blog by Nicolas McComber. He is is working exclusively for stock photography and is doing good with it. Thank you, Nicolas, for the nice words , and encouragement . “Does it get easier with time? It sure does. Good habits settle in, and once the technical aspects become less of a hurdle, it’s all about thinking like a customer.” Check out his shutterstock gallery had 25 pages!!! I cannot imagine how many rejections will it take me to have even one full page approved!!!
UPDATE – he recently deleted ALL his galleries on other stock sites to go EXCLUSIVE on istock.
Does stock photography really help you stay creative or by learning those good habits it handicaps you to think in stereotypes….
what is shutterstock? > “With a comprehensive library of more than 15 million stock photographs and vector illustrations—and thousands more added daily—Shutterstock is the world’s largest provider of royalty-free stock images by subscription. …” > read more
“EDIT IMAGES WITHOUT EMOTION
Stock photography is about developing a sharp sense of business acumen. It’s crucial that you learn to wear different ‘hats’ and develop a detachment from your artistry. This is business. Become a visionary behind the camera and an unbearable critic at the computer. Edit your work by detaching yourself from the memory; no one else can feel how special your life may have felt at the point you pressed the shutter release. To an editor it’s just another image that must tick certain criteria or it will not sell – that’s all that counts, it’s nothing personal. “
If you are from the more creative type of photographer ( vintage, pin up, tattoos), try www.triggerimage.co.uk
If you want to give it a try and sell your photos on shutterstock , you can register here. I would be glad to help if you have questions on your first 10 photos to submit.
To download , you need to subscribe to the shutterstock site by clicking here. The subscribtion itself is free.You can download one free photo and one illustration or vector per week, but if you want to download a specific picture tho, you will have to pay for it.