In the fields of marketing, advertising, innovation and idea building, flexibility refers to requirements that can be adapted when external changes occur.  For age fotostock, flexibility is the ability of our company to respond to potential internal or external changes when uncertainty creates both risks and opportunities. Our flexibility enables us to adapt our images, videos and services to meet your needs and demands in a productive and cost effective way. We help you to incorporate the balance, adaptability and coordination needed to achieve success in your most creative projects.

Elastic, extensive, following your needs:  our latest gallery of images and videos represents the flexibility that we offer in order to help you work faster and easier. Are you ready to roll?

 

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It’s less than a week before the sports event of the year starts! We won’t be in London covering the action but we’ve already begun warming up, doing all the stretching exercises required to prevent injury while watching the competition from the comfort of our sofas.

Sports Images are always in demand, not only to illustrate pieces related to one sport or the other, but also to illustrate all the concepts and values that sports encapsulate. Sports images are visual resources which communicate an endless list of positive and popular concepts related to topics such as motivation, achievement, action, energy, contentment, leisure, success, team work, risk (in adventure sports) or healthy and active lifestyles.

Here is the latest gallery of images that we’ve sent to our clients, containing sports images that can be found at age fotostock. Check it out, enjoy it - we hope it gets you inspired and motivated to go out and shoot some great images! And remember, there are images everywhere…photographers’ eyes only need to discover them!

 


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Recently, we introduced the Inspiration collection to clients, partner agencies, agents and to you.  The interest has been high and the feedback positive.  And so let’s give thanks where thanks are due; to the creators of the images in Inspiration, to you, the age fotostock photographers.  Without your ideas, creativity and technique, we wouldn’t have the material to create Inspiration.

One of our photographers, excited to see some of his images marked for Inspiration, commented: 
This sounds very, very interesting! I think this is a good idea to communicate images to customers like this. Would it be an idea to inform photographers somehow which of their images were selected for inspiration? It might cause these photographers, like me, to make more of these, premium quality photographs? Stimulate their learning curve, so to say?!

And that question is the perfect introduction to today’s post, the Photographers' Profiles.  The answer is yes, we do share this information with photographers.  You can see which of your images have been tagged for Inspiration (along with other cool stuff) in your Photographer’s profile. We have had these public profiles in the works for a few months now, holding off on an official announcement until we could work out some of the bugs of our “beta” version.  There might still be a bug or two left, but we feel that the profiles are ready to roll, and many of you have already created one.  Last week we started sharing a Photographer Profile of the Week via twitter, and we plan to continue sharing the profiles that have been filled in by our photographers.

The profile shows statistics on photographer activity at age fotostock, sales/viewed images activity, and also allows a photographer to present him/herself with a self portrait, a bio, “About Me,” and a selection of up to 20 images of the photographer’s choice.  You can find your profile on the website by clicking the link that appears beside the images in the age fotostock, Pixtal and easyFotostock collections.  You can enter your bio and other information and opt to hide certain information by accessing the Profile section within the Photographer’s Corner.  The images shown in Editor’s Choice are the images which have been marked for the Inspiration collection or else were at one time (past or present) shown on the New Images section of the website. 

Why we photographer’s profiles?

It gives age fotostock clients and agents interesting background on the creators of the images that they are buying. 

Clients will be able to find your profile by clicking "See profile" beside any one of your amplified photos, as shown in the screen capture below of Kristina DeWees' image of a hibiscus.

We get to know you better!

It’s another way to search out and show the best work that our photographers are doing.

Promoting you helps us promote ourselves.

It’s a great reason to tweet!


Why should you your profile?

You get to talk about yourself.

There is a lot of valuable information on the popularity and sales statistics of your images that can enable you to make a deeper analysis of what is working for you and what isn’t.

It’s another way to promote your work through Facebook and elsewhere.  Get your friends to “like” away.

If you don´t have a website (from this decade) you could even use this link to present yourself to potential clients by preparing a custom selection of relevant images in Photographer’s Choice and filling in the requested bio info.

The profile sets your images apart from the images of our image providers since it is only available to age fotostock, Pixtal and easyFotostock photographers (with at least 50 photos online).

Obviously these profiles are the best thing since sliced bread!  What are you waiting for?  Go to the Photographer's Corner and get to work!

 


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What is inspiration? Wikipedia (who else do you turn to when you need reliable information?) tells us:
Inspiration may refer to:

  • Artistic inspiration, sudden creativity in artistic production
  • Biblical inspiration, the doctrine in Judeo-Christian theology concerned with the divine origin of the Bible
  • Creative inspiration, sudden creativity when a new invention is created
  • Inhalation, the movement of air into the lungs

Well, hold the presses, there’s another Inspiration in town.  Inspiration is the new collection at age fotostock of our best creative, authentic, imaginative, artistic, relevant and all around inspiring images.  It is a collection of images chosen to awaken creativity and to inspire you.

We believe that now, more than ever, clients want to see images that are different, images that stand out from the stocky masses, images that show artistic, creative and technical excellence.  We aren’t in a utopia, we know that the market will continue to consume predictable, mediocre and unoriginal images (especially if they’re cheap), but we think that they need to find the Inspiration images too.  Up till now, those images weren’t always easy to find among the others, but now there’s Inspiration.

Inspiration is good news for our clients and it's good news for you, our photographers.  This collection is made up of carefully chosen agefotostock RM and Pixtal RF images which are branded “Inspiration.” Some of you might have noticed the new green “Inspiration” mark appearing below some of your images.  Congratulations, that means you’re in.  This collection only contains the work of age fotostock photographers, so your images will enjoy a special showcase that doesn’t include the millions of photos of our image providers. 

What more to say?  How do you see which of your images have been chosen for Inspiration?  We’ll talk more about that next week.  What does Inspiration look like?  Be sure to try out the “Inspiration only” search on our new and improved homepage and take a look at this book.  Turn the page.  Be inspired...


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Don´t say cheese!   Please say and do something different!  For all of you photographers and clients out there who are getting tired of seeing yet another photo of a sacharine-sweet-smiling stock model, take a look at this gallery.

age fotostock Portraits

 

Stock portraits do not have to be predictable and generic.  In your next session with a friend or a model, why don´t you explore some new expresssions?  Ask your model to express different emotions, to go beyond just a smile or a silly face.  Some of the initial images might be too posed or "forced" to work, but as your model relaxes, and you communicate with him or her, the true expresssions will emerge.  Encourage natural acting and avoid overly theatrical poses and faces.  Keep it real! An expressive portrait can be very effective at communicating a concept, or catching the viewer´s eye.  

Stock models do not have to be all "pretty" people.  One of the most frequent requests of our clients is for "real people."  Real people might be less than perfect, they might be slightly overweight, they might not be young.  Especially look for models with interesting, expressive faces like the people in this gallery.  Avoid overly made up models, unless the make-up is integral to the shot (a goth teen, for example).  

Let your motto be "Extraordinary images of ordinary people."    Do not mistake our call for real, less than "perfect" models to mean that sloppy, less than perfect images of those models will be successful.  Look for the best lighting for every situation.  Be sure to create images with ample copy space (neutral space where the designers can add text and other design elements).  This is especially important in your vertical shots.  Consider how the photographers of the images in the "Portraits" gallery left copy space on the top, bottom or sides of the images.

Still in need of inspiration?  Don´t just copy the micro and/or stock photographer of the moment who boasts in the forums of big earnings (if any of them still do).  Look at portrait photographers outside the stock photo industry or go back to the classics, such as these masters of portraits: Julia Margaret Cameron, Yousuf Karsh, Arnold Newman and Irving Penn.  Their images might be old, but they have lost none of the visual impact and expressive force that first enthralled viewers.  And learn an important lesson from those pioneering photographers; Don´t be afraid to experiment!


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