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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We are constantly asked by photographers to provide them with image ideas for shoots that will be relevant according to current market needs. Here you have one idea for which there is always a great demand.

¿Do you have kids in your family, close circle of friends or acquaintances? Yes? Then you are so lucky, not only because they sure make life more fun, but because the daily life of children, with their routines and activities can be a great source of very interesting moments to photograph, especially to make natural images that show emotions. The children don’t have to be the cutest ad-perfect-kids; you just need know how to bring out their expressivity, whether humoristic  or completely the opposite.

Take the following essential points into consideration before you get started:

  • Model releases, model releases, model releases!!!! Even if the kids are your nieces, godsons or your best friend’s first child, to make your images available for the market, and to avoid any legal complications in the future, make sure that you have the model releases signed by their legal guardian.  See the model release section of our Road Atlas  and pay special attention to the paragraph regarding minors Model Releases.
  • Be very careful of how the children are portrayed, as the most innocent of the images can be considered highly suggestive for some. And always remember this: ABSOLUTELLY NO NUDITY. Images of naked or semi naked children will not be accepted. 

So here is a list of ideas based on an ordinary day of any kid that we hope serve you as a source for inspiration.

  • Wake up is a beautiful morning! - Morning routines
  • Lunch time!- During the day 
  • Home Sweet Home -Afternoon/Evening
  • Winding Down - Night time

The gallery ADORABLE CREATURES is a sample of children images that can be found at age fotostock that we are hoping will serve you as an additional source of ideas.


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A common complaint among photographers these days is that that the cost of producing images has not decreased proportionally to the prices clients are willing to pay for their images. Let’s face it! People say that times in the stock photography industry are rough, but in terms of producing new images it is required to be more imaginative and determined than ever to make good images that differentiate and make you stand out from the rest, even while using fewer resources.

This Mind, Body & Spirit gallery shows a selection of images that have visual impact, but are low in production costs.  Although some images show productions made with models, there are others that concentrate on details, concepts and minimalism, putting conceptual value in the symbolic elements within the theme giving highly aesthetic results, and that are shot without elaborate settings and expensive organization.

If you are not ready to make big investments in production but still want to be shooting images for stock photography, we encourage you to follow the route of creating images with great conceptual value. Less money in big productions requires more creativity and imagination, but if your ideas and talent are there, you will do well!

 

 


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We estimate that over 70% of images produced by photographers are horizontal. This predisposition is natural: we see the world horizontally, as our eyes are positioned side by side and therefore we compose photos in the same way. Producing vertical images requires a lot more determination and effort, but the need for these images in stock photography is great, and the demand is not being met. Think that most on-line and off-line publications in the world are vertical. By simply shooting both a horizontal and vertical shot of your subject, you can easily increase the amount of images selected and significantly improve your sales opportunities. Give it a try!

VERTICAL WORLD. age fotostock


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Last week’s article on ways that stock photographers are missing out on sales mentioned “Imagery that is not relevant” among the top 5 reasons for low sales results.  What imagery is that?  And the moment of truth…Is your photography relevant? 

Frequently, we publish 10x10 portfolios of photographers who know how to shoot relevant images and have a clear and well defined style of shooting.   Surely those photographers that still haven’t reached those shooting levels must be analyzing what differentiates their not relevant photography to those 10x10´s in order to improve their photography, right? Wrong!

Editing today is sometimes frustrating when the “point & shoot” without the backing of relevancy is repeated time after time. If there is no idea, no intention and no reason for clients to use your images, shooting is playing lottery: you’ll shoot a lot and fortune may smile once in a while.  If there is an idea, an intention and a reason for clients to use your images, shooting is making an investment:  you’ll shoot a lot and will earn more interest the more images you have in the bank.

Admittedly, many shooters today are not trying to run a business, but even if just shooting images in your free time and placing them with a stock agency one would expect some regular sales… otherwise, why shoot images anyway?  However, if you regularly shoot images with little relevancy like these below, it is clear that your photography has room for improvement.


 
Here are some solutions though, because relevancy doesn’t have to be the lost grail!

5 Steps to Relevancy

  1. Think about what your images can illustrate.

  2. Consider whether you have seen better images of the same or similar situations.

  3. Try to analyze what your images are missing compared with other, better ones, of the same subject.

  4. Find one that you like and that is clearly better than anything you have done and decide if your photography is weakened by use of the wrong lens, poor lighting of the zone you are photographing, lack of a clear point of interest, a bad camera angle in relation to the subject or bad cropping.   Now try to take your next shot “marinating in your mind” the image you like.

  5. Try not to be a combination of Ansel Adams, Henry Cartier Bresson and Richard Avedon together in one image.  Instead, focus on analyzing and practicing one distinctive style.

The lack of a purposely practiced shooting style directly impacts the quality of the images that I see daily. I know that in the end, it triggers certain shooters to take their photos on these non-exclusive pilgrimages, from RM to RF and LBRF and then finally ending at microstock, because at 14 cents, almost everything can be sold, eventually.

Now, leaving aside the question of relevancy, image editors sometimes find another problem. Indecisive individuals with good photographic practices that use their imagination, have good technique, know what can interest clients and resolve well many photographic themes, but, ooh la la, at the last moment the photographer’s dilemma appears: which one of the 20 shots below is the good one?  Maybe my agency can resolve the dilemma for me, the photographer might think.


And there is a reason for that though, because for some portals with a few more millions of images than age fotostock (and less sophisticated searching software), the good trick is to send 5 or 6 equals because among so many millions with basically the same keywords (Italy, Venetia, dusk, blue, etc., etc.) how else will the images be seen if no miracle occurs and the photographer isn’t one sending images every week?  Quantity of equals is the key.

However, at age fotostock, 20 equal images will be returned with a note saying: “edit your work tightly…”  Therefore, it becomes just another way of delaying your images appearance on the web… which is another way of losing income. Because the faster the images go live on the web, the more sale possibilities you have.


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