Last week we sent out our latest Exposed! photo newsletter.
In it, we explore creative passions and where they can lead. We also look at reality and those who preach based on their rocketing rise to success!
Follow your own path!
At the end of February we sent out our latest photography newsletter based on a question from one of our Online Program Members:
“… shouldn’t I keep the ISO low whenever shooting?”
My answer has steadily changed as the world of photography has re-invented itself.
Get the latest ISO details to know when to use what ISO:
A big thanks to our readers for the content of this edition of web distractions!
We have a long list this week!
• Librarian Portraits
A reader who prefers anonymity offers a whimsical look at the look of librarians!
• Sexism in stock photography?
‘Anonymous’ also offered this look about sexism in stock photography.
A while back I did some work for the Dentist in Commack who were looking to upgrade their online presence.
After consultation and some logistics I went to their office to capture the smiling faces behind the dental practice.
There were more smiling faces when I handed in the work. They were thrilled and so was I – this is my favourite type of photo work – a targeted stock assignment.
Last month I went back to Westboro Academy to continue my work developing their bank of imagery that they draw on for promo and other uses.
They’re great to work for – we’ve been working together for a few years now and they recognize the value of producing new stock every year to keep their campaigns fresh, lively and current.
Attached are a few photos from this years work.
Thanks for the fun!
Recently a reader sent me links to fabulous photo based websites devoted to bike commuting in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Thanks, Joel, for the tip!
In the early days of this business our main focus was stock, stock, stock and I shot lots of motion, sports imagery – like the city bike commuter, below.
Stock photography is the niche whereby people shoot imagery without specific buyers in mind, usually letting agencies find the sales. Below is a cross processed photo from our early days. I acted as model and photographer – yep that’s me on the bike:
My photo career started with a very narrow goal – to shoot and sell stock:
The stock aspect of my business continues through agencies and my office, but my business is more diverse now than I ever dreamed it would be.
Why? Partly because other photo work intrigued me and became commercially successful. And partly because the stock industry started changing in big ways in the mid to late 90’s:
My favourite stock subject – anything dynamic, fun, different- see swing above.
My biggest sale – fun, dynamic, different shot of a car in rush hour shot from above the driver’s window. Licensed in Columbia through AGEFotostock.com
My image with most sales – bowling pins being blasted by bowling ball – with motion. Licensed by FirstLight.com
Shoot what you enjoy – it’ll make a difference!
Researching some new ideas for stock was on the agenda recently. My girlfriend bought a scooter last summer and loves it!
We went on an exploratory creative ride with her scooter and my teeny Nikon P50 ‘point and shoot’ to test a few scooter ideas for my stock photo work – likely for my main agency, AGEFotostock. The scooter concept went well.
I was a little frustrated with a couple of limitations of the point and shoot – ie a short & frustrating delay. It IS a consumer based P&S that I do not know well… I was asking a lot – like asking a SMART car to perform like a Porsche 911.
The session gave me enough info to shoot the work properly with an appropriate camera and more attention to the set – clothes, etc.
This is a great part of my work – very fun for Harry!
One of my agencies has just uploaded some new imagery. AGE Fotostock in Spain licenses my work around the world. They do not sell photos – they sell “rights” to use photos for specific purposes. This is known as “licensing” the imagery. This industry is called “stock photography.”
See one of the images recently posted:
My Mum had had foot surgery and kindly agreed to model from her wheelchair. I took a dual role as photographer and model – that’s me in the red t-shirt multi tasking. The camera was attached to the wheelchair which gave the opportunity for some funky motion!
Stock photography is, in some ways, my favourite type of work and the initial reason I got into photography as a career! My work is now quite diverse but stock comprises a good chunk of my photo life.