Friday Five – Stock Photography Edition

I’m doing something a little bit different with this weeks “Friday Five”. A few days ago I got an e-mail from Photoshelter that just blew me away. It was an introduction to their “School of Stock” section. I have dabbled in stock photography in the past with no real success. I’m used to clients telling me what they want shot and going out and shooting it. After reading a few of the articles I have a much better idea what stock buyers are looking for and where to concentrate my shooting efforts if I want to have a better chance of success.

If you are considering shooting any type of stock photography, you must read the articles there. Even if you just learn one thing, it will be worth it.

Here is my list of, more than five, articles from “The School of Stock”

  • The Production Values article is listed as “required reading” and I agree. They even go as far as to show poor examples along with good examples of what they mean.
  • If you are completely new to stock photography, the “What is Stock Photography” article is a great place to get a basic understanding.
  • The “Lighting: Lifestyle” article is worth a read for basic lighting techniques and tips.
  • Lighting: Silo” is worth a read for shooting with flash on a white background.
  • Figuring out what type of shots are needed and when is covered in “Editorial Calendar/Cyclical Needs“.
  • Lifestyle: Overview gives you a general idea about lifestyle photography and what is needed.
  • Model and property releases are covered very well, and there are even examples showing when you need a release and when you don’t.
  • And finally, “keywording & Captioning” are covered in detail to help get your images to appear in appropriate searches.

There is so much information on the School of Stock section you really need to spend some time reading through it all to truly understand how much of a resource it is. The best part is, it looks like there are many sections and areas that will be added in the future. Whatever you do, don’t forget to bookmark that page, or better yet subscribe to the RSS feed.

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