#603 “Unusable stock photos”

Brian sent me a link to some “unusable stock photos” last week.


Stock photos are photos shot by photographers for the purpose of editorial, commercial or other use and usually marketed through a stock agency. The photographer usually spends a lot of time thinking about metaphors and building a photo around the theme.

Back a few years when stock produced better $sales I spent much of my time creating photos that had potential for sales. Some had good success. Some never made it.

The “unusable stock photos” have problems! Technically most are ok. They are exposed ok and are in focus but they lack in other ways – what do YOU think?!

Thanks Brian!

Stock photo

Harry Nowell.com Stock photo

#602 Canadian Geographic Contest Winners

In November I judged Canadian Geographic‘s Heritage Treasures of Parks Canada Photo Contest with Suzanne Morin, CanGeo’s Creative Directror and a rep from Parks Canada.

We spent much of the day narrowing the short list of ~350 submissions down to ~10 winners in three categories. The final selections were tough. Have good photos? Pitch them in one of Canadian Geographic’s contests!

The winner’s photos appear on the CanGeo contest page.

Canadian Geographic Photo Assignment

Past Canadian Geographic Photo Assignment