I wish I could do that! But we all know time is money, which is why Rob explains how to set up an effective digital workflowthe real key to making money in the high-volume, low-cost microstock market. Strategies for coming up with concepts? I liked it, but never thought to continue the development beyond travel snapshots. Nailing a proper exposure is really all about capturing as much of the data as possible in a given scene. Learn the technical side of your gear so you understand its limitations. This will cause an automatic rejection at iStockphoto. The legal issues that relate to what subjects can be used in commercial stock photography can be a source of frustration to many contributors because the clear examples of what you can and cannot use tend to reside at the extreme ends of the spectrum. Lightroom stores all of these in the Presets panel on the left side of the interface.
Each brightness level in a given channel tells Photoshop how much of that color to include when combining the three channels to create the color image recall R133, G141, and B203 from the color sample in Figure 7. Note You can download the photo in Figure 9. It simply depends upon the photo, and it is your job to make the right call. As a rule of thumb, I try to never resize my photos smaller than 6 megapixels. That is the whole point of stock photography. Make a practice of taking a photo of the model holding the release. I look for an area of pixels that should be a neutral light gray, such as the white water in that example.
Confusion, overcoming adversity, overwhelming odds, and so on. Again, hold the Alt Mac: Option key and click on the Detail slider to see a grayscale preview. Pan around the image as you make your adjustments to evaluate different areas. In this book, Rob Sylvan shares insider tips on how to shoot, edit, and tag photos so that they sell well. Sylvan is an iStockphoto inspector and well-respected member of the iStock community, so picking up this book might be a good idea for those who need to brush up on their stock photo skills.
The result of increasing contrast—pushing some pixels toward white on one side and some pixels toward black on the other side—along the edges creates what are called sharpening halos. Invest your postprocessing time and energy in only the keepers, and make notes about how to best reshoot the clunkers at a later date. In my experience, most people new to submitting work to microstock sites start by using people who are closest to them: Friends, family, and self-portraits are the norm some of the most successful contributors use themselves as their primary model. In the binary language of computers, that translates into 2x2x2x2x2x2x2x2, or 256 different values or shades of gray, ranging from 0 black to 255 white. Migration brings to mind transitions and change.
Trying to expose properly for the bear, salmon, and the white water of the falls was a continuous challenge. One last thing to add, and this is an important one. We do see color casts depending on the light we are in, and those casts are intrinsically linked to how we feel about the scene we are viewing. Let them see the point, easily. While no one, and I mean no one, likes having his or her work rejected, there is much to be learned from the process. Recalibrate monthly to ensure everything is in top shape. However, depending on where you live in the world, the amount and quality of useful sunlight varies with the seasons as well as by the day.
For a closer look, download from www. That is what I like a lot, because it stops moments of life for eternity, and that is amazing, because nothing else can stop it like this. It is important, though, to read them in full to get the complete picture. Your job is to use just enough and possibly a little less noise reduction to minimize the appearance of noise in the worst areas, while maintaining sharp details. The E-mail message field is required. Now there are millions upon millions of stock images sitting on virtual shelves across the Internet being searched, downloaded, and used by people with a variety of needs and uses in mind.
The way these models work have a big impact on how you get paid. I think the shot has been successful because there is just enough of the location to show that it is a warehouse, but little enough that it remains generic. Leaving room for text and other design elements makes a stock photo more useful. Some photos, because of the subject matter, will have a histogram that weighs heavily toward one end or the other of the tonal range without it being wrong. Are you going for a neutral look? That being said, in Chapter 3 I discussed the importance of leaving space in your photos as a selling point for designers who might want to put copy there, and that still holds true. I like setting up for people shoots, directing the models, trying to get emotive responses to the setup, and then seeing them eventually used in an ad or article. In the Info panel, we 107 108 Chapter 7: Setting Up Your Digital Darkroom can see that sampler 1 shows R133, G141, and B203.
People will suddenly start dancing, and your shoot will be excellent with amazing results. I uploaded the photo to iStockphoto that same day, and it was approved by the next. There are people who have started with a high-quality point-and-shoot, and have gone on to build complete photographic studios. The right equipment will improve your odds. If not, you may be missing out in seeing important detail in your highlights or shadows. Click the Presets drop-down menu Figure 8.
You can see what I mean in Figure 5. In the normal course of business, in a transaction that involves the copyright holder i. The goal is always to maximize the capture of the important visual data in the scene. One of the functions of your computercamera is to arrange all the pixels in a given capture according to their brightness levels, from shadows black to highlights white , and display them in a graph, called the histogram Figure 6. The company was happy to allow me to use some images from the day for stock in order to have a reduced project rate, and the employee shown was happy to sign a model release. What will its core message be? You want your data stored on at least two different drives to protect against the eventual failure of your primary storage device. That will depend on how large your photo is to start, how much help it really needs from this process, and what is the smallest size you want the photo to be for licensing.
We hid the entire corrected layer, so that we can now bring in only the corrected edges while preserving all the good color in the original. Are you noticing any problematic content that it would be easier to remove from the scene than to remove with software later? Press L again to go to Lights Out and leave only the area inside the crop rectangle visible. It was just before 7 a. Tip It is tempting to buy the largest-capacity memory card so you can fit more images on a single card. I need detail in the waterfall to avoid rejection. Sharpening for Stock It is common to refer to a photo that is nicely in focus as a sharp photo.