Submitting photos to Adobe Stock has just become a whole lot easier thanks to the new Contributor Portal. Most stock photo photographers will tell you that keywords are a very important part of their success in selling their images. Adobe Stock has just made the process even simpler in the new Contributor Portal and the Keyword Suggestion Tool. Although its Beta, I found it to be very effective: I uploaded several sample images - without any keywords in the metadata - and 5 keywords were automatically generated. It's pretty impressive how … [Read more...] about Adobe Stock Contributor Portal
There's a lot of misunderstanding about stock photography. This article is less for photographers and more for designers and out clients. With that said, I've heard many people use the wrong terms when describing stock usage rights. Royalty-free Does Not Equal Free Let's tackle the biggest misunderstanding. Don't confuse royalty-free and free. A royalty-free image must still be purchased. This is how the photographer and distributor make money. Royalty-free images can be a big savings because you can eliminate model releases, talent … [Read more...] about Sources for Stock Photos
A little while ago Adobe acquired the stock image website Fotolia and integration with the Creative Cloud was inevitable, but just how easy is it to get images from Adobe Stock to Photoshop? Finding an Image Right now images have to be searched and added to your account through a web browser. Although its easy to open thanks to a hyperlink inside Photoshop it does seem a little jaded but todays 1-click expectations. Searching Adobe Stock The front page of Adobe Stock is the search page which helps, and a quick search here gets you … [Read more...] about Adding Adobe Stock Images to Your Libraries
I attended a workshop tour put on by David Ziser a few days before my first DSLR arrived, and he got me hooked on hybrid slideshows. I used to use Animoto to make these, and more recently I prefer ProShow Web, but I also like to make my own productions using Photoshop (Richard Harrington has a good introduction for video in Photoshop right here). These hybrid slideshows are always a win for weddings and family and senior portrait clients, but I also make them for some non-profit clients. The thing is, nothing is more moving than powerful … [Read more...] about Bad Music = Bad Video & How To Beat the Shakes
Adobe just launched a new benefit for Creative Cloud members. It's available through the Creative Cloud for Desktop to all paid Creative Cloud members. (It's not available to the photography plan customers). Adobe says that iOS and browser-based versions of Creative Cloud Market are in the works and will be released in the future. What Is It? Creative Cloud Market is a collection of high-quality, curated content. This includes things like icons, shapes, brushes, reference images, patterns, and textures. The content is actually licenses from … [Read more...] about Free Stock Content — New Benefit to Creative Cloud Members
We live in an ultra connected world where the amount of media seemingly free for the taking is virtually unlimited. This is not a rant on stealing, fair use or copyrights for that matter. It's really some thoughts on creating and sharing work. Photographers are content creators just like musicians, writers, sculptors, painters and every other artist. Just as one kind of artist might not be skilled in another one's field, it doesn't mean they can appropriate someone else's work into their own. Done Often Doesn't Mean Done Right We all see videos … [Read more...] about Music Copyrights for Photographers
As many of you wind down for a few days off for the holidays, let us present you with a frivolous moment. While the "advice" given here probably won't help any of you with your photography, it may at least make you smile at the things we're often asked to shoot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEr2xcgwEVc Disclaimer: This is humor. As such some of you will laugh, some of you won't. ______ … [Read more...] about Ideas for Stock Photography (Humor)
Have you ever sat down and written a title for an essay with absolutely no idea how to complete the task? I thought that it would be fun to write a piece about just a few pictures that have become stepping stones in my life. Then perhaps other photographers who have made a career with photography could follow suit and write their story in 5 pictures. Maybe this will be the start of a chain of personal stories loosely strung around 5 photographs. Who knows? SHOT 1. The feature shot above is my first significant photograph and shows a mirage in … [Read more...] about Five Pictures that Charted my Career
This past week I had a chance to get reacquainted with one of my longtime favorite (but obscure) image plugins. The aptly named Film Stocks plugin from Digital Film Tools simulates the look of many classics. In fact you'll find 288 different color and black and white stocks that match photographic film stocks, motion picture stocks, and historical photographic processes. The package is $99, which may seem a little high at first, but its accuracy and depth are quite refreshing. The filter simulates the grain structure, response curve, and … [Read more...] about Need A Digital Film Stock? There’s a Plugin for That
You want to shoot stock? Then you better be creative, prepared and a very hard worker. That's just the beginning. There's a whole bunch that goes into shooting stock. You have to understand concepts and how they appeal to photo buyers. Once you have that all figured out, you need a great big bunch of wonderful people to make it all work. This post is a little case study. It gives you just a little flavor of what you need to make a stock photo shoot a success. First you need a good photographer. Rich Legg is a very good photographer in Salt … [Read more...] about So You Want To Shoot Stock?
Back in the old days, when the contracts were much fairer and you could actually audit the stock photo company that held your library, I made some money selling stock. Then things changed. iStock and micro stock became the new sheriff in town and my earnings fell like a rock through a plate of glass. So I started selling my own stock and have learned a few things you might find helpful. 1) Stock almost certainly won't make you rich - but if you're good and lucky and work hard, you might be able to earn a living at it. The key is SHOOTING FOR … [Read more...] about Five Things Photographers Should Know About Selling Stock
Many emerging photographers think they'll turn pro by turning to stock photography as an outlet. In the old days, that wasn't a terrible strategy. Back when rights-managed images were the rule, rather than the exception, stock fees could run into the tens of thousands of dollars for a big commercial job. The agencies took less from the sale than the photographer back then, and the Internet didn't exist so there was no iStock Photo. When I started selling stock in the 1980s, we didn't face the fact that there were 10,000 copies of a bald eagle … [Read more...] about Can You Make a Living at Stock Photography?