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I want to shoot for stock photography!!!

August 12, 2008

Recently I have been spending some time figuring out why some photos are better than other photos and why and how can I know if the photo I take is good enough or not.

Offhand, my photography, I think, I repeat, I think is technically sound.  Its the aesthetics which I think I am challenged.

So like the true student of the arts, I tried to surround myself with inspiration.  So I did an exhaustive search of the net for photos of the masters.  When I mean exhaustive, I mean until I was xhausted.

Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams…. the list goes on and on.

In a nut shell, and because I am a nut, I can’t seem to get the point in some of the photos.

I also “planned” to get feedback on my work by posting on blogs and joining associations for maybe a thought that I can show my work and get some honest feedback on the photography I make.

So far… very little progress.  So, I have decided to go a different route… I will apply on the great world wide web’s heaven of all photographs… the stock photography heaven.

There are many photos stock photography websites.  Istock, the imagebank, corbis, getty images, etc.

So now my plan is to try to get into one of these sites and try to get my photos approved for sale.

First of all, I have a day job… My job pays the bills, puts food on the table, clothes on our back, roof on our head and most of all it lets me spend some time with my photography.  I do not need the money.

Now I do believe that stock photography and fine art photography are two different worlds.  But like many things in life, when one is out there thinking they have to buy something, they tend to think about it carefully first.

I do not plan to sell millions on these sites, but it may be the affirmation I was looking for.

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the Generic Asian

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2 comments

  1. I think you should try. I am thinking the same myself, I dont need money…but some extra cash won’t bother me either.
    When I tried a while ago I couldnt pass their scrutiny. My images were either too cropped or too noisy or oversharpened. Then again, I wasnt shooting for stock, I was using photos I shot a while back. So , my advice, or at least what I will do, is to keep in mind all of these things when I am shooting…and having a precise Idea of what I am going for with that shot.
    Good luck.
    Luci


  2. HI Luci:

    Just a quick update… I am now a certified Istock contributor….. they have approved me.

    Cheers,

    the Generic Asian



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