Photography is not just an assembly line producing cheap plastic smiles. It is a craft; sometimes it is Art.  Take a look at the work of these age fotostock photographers to see what we´re talking about...


Do you agree?
Is the craft of photography still relevant in the stock photography industry today?


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Things aren't always what they appear to be. So it’s best not to take them for granted.  What could be more well-known than the Statue of Liberty?  Well, let’s see…

Choose which of the following ladies loves cheesecake and shops at B&H Photo. In other words, which of the following statues of Liberty is the “true” one, located in New York?

Replicas Statue of Liberty by age fotostock photographers

Answer: None of them.

These replicas are located in: Georgia, Tokyo, Paris, Chicago and Las Vegas.  If confusion can occur with a famous face like Lady Liberty, imagine how easily it can occur with less known places and things!

A complete image description, including location information, is absolutely essential for images of geography, nature, botany, zoology, research, industry, medicine, science, world locations or travel, etc. Even images of street scenes, common people, street furniture or equipment and so on, will often benefit of some information about where they have been taken. See more in our complete keywording guide.

You may think this kind of information is not relevant for images which don’t fall in the World Locations topic, but keep in mind that many potential clients will need to know this information. If your image doesn’t have it, they will probably buy another image that does have the information. If you’re lucky, they will take the time to ask us for the information, and we’ll ask you, and by the time the client gets your answer, if you’re really lucky, they’ll still want to buy the image.  To put it simply: Specific location information = a more complete caption/image description = better chance of sale!

There's another reason that accurate location information is important.  Imagine that a happy-go-lucky British photographer on a whirlwind tour of Spain makes a mistake and captions an image "Plaza de Sol in Madrid" when it really is "Plaza del Rey in Barcelona."  Later, an ad agency in Chicago licenses and uses the image for an printed travel piece on Barcelona.  When a savvy customer complains, the ad agency is not happy.  And "not happy" in the U.S. might mean "going to court."  If there is litigation, the buck will stop with the source of the inaccurate information, the photographer.  Caption errors can produce unhappy clients or worse, lawsuits, so it´s very important to maintain accurate and complete caption information.  Here´s how...

7 Ways to keep track of detailed location information:

  1. For $200 or less (depending on your camera type), invest in a photo gps unit that will allow you to “geotag” your photos.

  2. When out shooting, carry a small notebook and jot down notes about the places being photographed.

  3. Take a photo of any informative signs or maps to document the information.

  4. Try to carry a detailed map of cities/areas where you are shooting so that you can trace your route, and know the streets/neighbourhoods/etc where you shot each image.

  5. Use Google-earth for the same, to pinpoint addresses or road and building names.

  6. Search Wikipedia for additional information on places and buildings. Do not copy and paste entire entries! Choose only important, concise details.

  7. If you have photographed a place, caption your images as soon as possible, while your memory is still fresh.

What’s your secret?  If you have a tip for how to keep track of location info, we´d love to hear it.   


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You might finish your shopping the night before Christmas, but image buyers don´t!  Image buyers preparing for Christmas campaigns have already started looking for photos.  What will they find?  Your fresh images of sandcastles and bikinis or your one year old images of the children opening Christmas gifts? 

This photo was sent at the end of August.  Good job, Franck!

Our expert photo-researchers recommend submitting your seasonal images 3-4 months before the actual season, so that they appear on our website right when the buyers are looking for them.  It’s not easy to plan and shoot so far ahead, and in some cases, it might be impossible or too expensive, but there are many seasonal images of objects or models which can be made in advance and released into the market right when the buyers want to buy them. 

The following calendar can help you transform from a procrastinator to a strategic planner:

JANUARY - Submit for Mother's day
Photos of gifts, homemade cards, hugs, kisses & other affectionate moments between mother/grandmother and children, spending time together (cooking, playing, talking, sports, crafts) portraits of mothers.

FEBRUARY - Submit for Father’s day & a Birthday Party
Like with Mother's day, photos of gifts, hugs, kisses and affectionate moments between father/grandfather and children, spending time together (sports, talking, playing, cooking, etc) & portraits of fathers.
Also, you can shoot a kid’s birthday party or one for a senior with photos of balloons, candles, cake, gifts, games, surrounded by family or friends etc.

MARCH - Submit for summertime
Show models with summery clothing/sandals, preparations for the summer like putting sunscreen on kids, sunglasses, drinking water, etc.
Also, make images of couples/families preparing and enjoying vacations.

APRIL - Submit for summertime
Photos of a family on a picnic or outing in a park, relaxing on a picnic blanket, details of the picnic food.

MAY - Submit for “Back to school”
Photos of children preparing/going back to school and details of school materials of all kind. This subject was fully covered in this blog entry.

JUNE- Submit for Autumn & Halloween
Photos of people dressed in fall clothing, hats, scarves, etc.
Also photograph pumpkins that are finished or being carved, children in costumes, candy for trick or treating, autumn fruit.

JULY - Submit for Thanksgiving
Photos of traditional food like the turkey, pies, etc and a family eating together at a table full of food. 

AUGUST  - Submit for Christmas and Winter
Photos of Christmas ornaments and tree, gifts, mistletoe, hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies and other traditional foods.
Shoot excited/happy kids, adults and kids opening gifts, playing with new toys (the kids at least).

SEPTEMBER - Submit for New Year
Photos of champagne, toasts, clocks striking 12 o’clock, people kissing each other and dressed for a party, lists of New Year’s intentions, illustrate the most common intentions (quitting smoking, diet, etc).

OCTOBER - Submit for Valentine's
Photos of couples holding hands, kissing, hugging, talking & giving gifts, hearts, chocolates, romantic gifts, ring boxes, love letters or a kid’s Valentine.  Make portraits that convey happiness and excitement.

NOVEMBER - Submit for springtime & "Operation Bikini"
Images of spring cleaning, cleaning equipment and products (natural)
Also, you can shoot healthy foods to get in shape for the beach and people exercising.

DECEMBER- Submit for Easter
Easter eggs, baskets, chicks, rabbits, sweets, stuffed animals, spring flowers such as narcissus, children with flowers, bright colored clothes, etc.

Nowadays, any photographer who is serious about making a living in stock, must plan strategically to make the right photos at the right time.



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Are you using color in your photography?

Red is considered to be a symbol of energy, passion, violence, happiness and danger.  It literally makes the heart beat faster.  Red items appear bigger, brighter, stronger and heavier.  Use red to catch attention and provoke a response the way our age fotostock photographers did in this gallery…


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We didn´t know just how soon Colin´s next storm would come...  Those of you who read photographer Colin Monteath´s bio, posted Friday, might have noticed that Colin is based in Christchurch, New Zealand.  On Saturday, Christchurch suffered a major earthquake (magnitude 7.1), sustaining serious damage to buildings and infrastructure, but fortunately, no casualties. 

We were relieved to know that Colin and his house made it through without any serious damage.  He wrote: It's been a hell of a day...but overall, considering what many are going through right now, we got off very lightly. We have bottled water plus extra food for my photo road trips and have dug toilet in garden...just had extended family here for venison stew...so all well. After checking neighbours, delivering cups of tea in the dark etc it was a sobering day taking pictures downtown…very sad to see steeples of very old Churches down through slate roofs etc. Still smiling....Colin

Like we said, an individual who knows how to weather a storm… with camera in hand.


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