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Nov 27, 2006 21:54 |  #16

I'm going to jump in and say...

I don't see Stock Photography as anything very creative at all. I don't really think of it as a real form of photography. It's just photography of simple objects, for eventual commercial or public use, and it doesn't seem to take much skill or creativity compared to nearly everything else I've seen on the forums.

What do you guys think of my thoughts? Not trying to bash Stock Photography (ok I sorta am), but it to me it just seems like an easy way to make $$$ from photography, which doesn't take alot of skill.


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Nov 28, 2006 00:58 |  #17

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but it to me it just seems like an easy way to make $$$ from photography, which doesn't take alot of skill.

I think the point the one gentlemen is making is 'Statically Speaking' you have a greater ROI from micro because of the shear volume. However, I have experience in neither so what the heck do I know =)

I have to disagree with the skill factor. Post-Processing is an art in itself. It's one thing to pull a picture off the camera and VOILA! But it's another to touch it up and make it look great! Plus it takes a little vision. Sure, ANYONE can throw photo's on there, but not everyone is making a tun of cash.

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Nov 28, 2006 01:34 |  #18

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So very true... LOL!




  
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Nov 28, 2006 01:36 |  #19

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I have to disagree with the skill factor.

Indeed, you need skill. And also, stock *can* be very creative.

In fact, buyers are looking not only for boring product images, but also for creative angles, new views for the same subject.

Graphics designers and editors want images with impact. And making these is quite a challenge. I know for sure I am a better photographer now than before I was doing stock.

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Nov 28, 2006 08:25 |  #20

I can see the work and creativity put into stock photography, now that I did a bit more reading. It definately seems like it takes a bit of work.

I think what I mean, instead of saying it doesn't take skill or creativity, is that the actual shots lack creativity and soul. They just seem like pictures, that do not nessesarily convey thoughts, ideas, or feelings of the photographer.

I am excited to get into stock photography though. I think it will be able to help my editing and more technical skills, which as of now, I have none of heheh.


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Nov 28, 2006 12:31 |  #21

jcw122 wrote in post #2322170 (external link)
I'm going to jump in and say...

to me it just seems like an easy way to make $$$ from photography, which doesn't take alot of skill.

And what's wrong with that?? Do you have something against money? If you do send some my way, I could use it to buy more equipment.


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Nov 28, 2006 14:27 |  #22

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And what's wrong with that?? Do you have something against money? If you do send some my way, I could use it to buy more equipment.

Read my second post too, I'm basically just ranting.

I'm going to try Stock Photography...a 17 year old needs funds for this expensive hobby!


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Nov 28, 2006 23:28 |  #23

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Read my second post too, I'm basically just ranting.

I'm going to try Stock Photography...a 17 year old needs funds for this expensive hobby!


I'm 30+ and married. Aka I need to smuggle/laundry my funds for this expensive hobby *laffs*




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jcw122 wrote in post #2322170 (external link)
I'm going to jump in and say...

I don't see Stock Photography as anything very creative at all. I don't really think of it as a real form of photography. It's just photography of simple objects, for eventual commercial or public use, and it doesn't seem to take much skill or creativity compared to nearly everything else I've seen on the forums.

What do you guys think of my thoughts? Not trying to bash Stock Photography (ok I sorta am), but it to me it just seems like an easy way to make $$$ from photography, which doesn't take alot of skill.

then I would do more research on the subject.

stock can be any kind of photo. you really need to shoot with it being a stock photo in mind, as there are certain things you need to do to make it sellable, but it is in every way as creative as any thing else in the industry.

It isn't a easy way to make money, as it requires not only a lot of knowledge on shooting for it, but also managing the images, releases, payments, copyrights etc.


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