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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Who said stock photography has to be all business teams and smiling families?  Admittedly, those images are the stock photographer´s bread and butter, but it´s okay to have a little fun with fashion for stock every once in a while too.  After all, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...

easy top 10 Hottest Style Musts

Let yourself be inspired by these "stylin" images submitted to our easyFotostock collection.


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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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The images in this gallery are quite different from the documentary images by Ton Koene in our previous post.  However, images of healthy and happy lifestyles are important because they are part of the bread and butter of a stock agency.  We hope that more of you will be inspired to send clean, communicative images that provide designers and viewers with plenty of copy space and transmit messages that are easily understood, like mother & baby love or feeling at peace in the outdoors, etc.  Notice how easily these images can be achieved by using an adequate lighting (usually soft and luminous) and finding a natural, uncluttered setting. 

These images are from easyFotostock, our low budget RF collection, but we need good lifestyle images for the age fotostock RM collection too.  So what are you waiting for?!


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Do you remember how we asked for Christmas images a few weeks ago in our Stock Photographer´s Calendar?  Here’s what we do with seasonal images:  we create a special gallery for clients to tempt them with the perfect images at the right time.

All of the images in this Top 10 come from easyFotostock, our Low Budget RF collection, which has grown exponentially this year with quality content from long-time age fotostock/Pixtal contributors, new photographers from the microstock world, such as Yuri Arcurs, and partner image agencies too.


easy TOP 10 Holiday Moments

Photographers that are interested in easyFotostock should consider how to produce good images on a low budget.  As you can see, most of these Christmas images involve minimal sets and props, which is one way to keep the costs low.  If you are interested in sending images for easyFotostock, download the easyFotostock contract  here (bottom of the page).

Otherwise, enjoy our holiday moments and start thinking about your wish list for Santa… a new camera with full HD Video ability maybe?


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