EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
'If you are a full time stock photographer then riches and fame will elude you. A life of anonymity awaits and you have to get used to the fact that your blandest images will sell the most and much of the time you won't even get a credit for your images that are buried underneath a pile of poorly written text in some junk mail brochure that people consign to the recycling bin as quickly as possible.'
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Stock Photography - The great leveller / Do we need the latest model?

Stock Photography - The great leveller / Do we need the latest model?
'Because I can, I buy cameras and lenses I like using, but if I was making purely economic decisions about what I use I would probably still be using the Panasonic G1 and 14-45mm zoom lens I bought back in 2008, since that would still do the job now.
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Stock Video Clips - Day of the Tripods

Stock Video Clips - Day of the Tripods
'As well as selling still images, many libraries now sell stock video clips as well. One of the reasons I've been so busy recently is that I've started to take this seriously. I have a handful of video clips uploaded, but difficulties over formats and the time it takes to upload have always made me reluctant to really get serious about it. However, the library above has made things somewhat easier and I now have the option to upload 4K clips from my Panasonic phone which don't take ages to upload and are excellent quality. I'm going to write about the CM1 in more detail in a separate post.'
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THREE DAYS - THREE DIFFERENT CAMERAS - Panasonic FZ1000, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Nikon Df

THREE DAYS - THREE DIFFERENT CAMERAS - Panasonic FZ1000, Sigma DP2 Quattro, Nikon Df
'It's rare that I use the same camera / lens combination two days running. Firstly because I have rather a lot to choose from and secondly because it's a good idea to 'mix it up' in terms of what I shoot with, so that I have a varied selection of images available for sale on the stock sites that sell my work. '
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THE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHER - NEVER OFF DUTY

THE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHER - NEVER OFF DUTY
"It's also important to realise that what appears to be mundane and commonplace to us is far from that to someone from another country and another culture. It is sometimes difficult for us to see the familiar with new eyes, but in essence that is what stock photography is all about."
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STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY - 25 THINGS TO BE AWARE OF.

STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY - 25 THINGS TO BE AWARE OF.

"A while ago someone was just starting out i stock photography and was getting a lot of rejections. They asked for advice on a forum I put this together as a general outline of what to do and what not to do.

I make 90% of my living from this, and have been doing it for over 20 years, so here are a few tips that might make it easier if you're trying to get started."

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SHOOTING STOCK AT STATELY HOMES WITH A NIKON Df and FUJI X-T1

SHOOTING STOCK AT STATELY HOMES WITH A NIKON Df and FUJI X-T1

Somebody commented that certain places, i.e. stately homes, might have restrictions on commercial photography. However, the implications of that are somewhat confused and I generally leave decisions as to whether to accept or use the images up to the libraries and clients.

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