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ranplett
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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2005 8:41PM
Inspired by this thread I decided to make my own.

Please don't flame for the title / subject, as I know the word 'snapshots' isn't too popular on a professional stock photo website.

However, some snapshots make their way through to stock photo success. I want to see them.

Long ago, in a time of orange buttons, istockphoto was a lot more accepting of common everyday snapshots. These days, it seems that if you want a successful, lucrative stock image, you need to do a lot of planning, setting up, pre / post production. Snapshots are often useless.

So, please post your most successful photos that have required little effort, minimal p.p. that you took during a walk or outside of your window or whatever. I'm talking about pointing and shooting and producing a good stock image.

Here is mine at 14.4 DLs / month:
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(Edited on 2005-08-07 20:44:04 by ranplett)
sjlocke
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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2005 8:57PM
Not too sucessful, but it was just used in a really nice design. My son in a porthole on the Disney Magic before breakfast.

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nano
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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2005 9:07PM
Ok, ran, here ya go.
I got out of my car one day and noticed the blue of the sky and said hmmm, I'll bet that would be the perfect angle to catch a piece of it... 189 dls later, 14.6 ratio.

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zerocattle
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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2005 9:13PM
The irony that it's my most successful photo is not lost on me.

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(Edited on 2005-08-07 21:14:09 by zerocattle)
dgilder
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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2005 9:14PM
Worse than a snapshot, its a vacation photo from before I even knew what stock photography really was:

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279 downloads, 15 per month
dissolvegirl
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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2005 9:28PM
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Was taking pictures of my daughter in her halloween costume for my husband who was overseas and missing his kid's first trick-or-treating. Almost deleted this one in camera because she was running away from me. Then I almost didn't upload it, until someone saw it over my shoulder when I was downloading from my CF card and flipped out.
aabejon
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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2005 9:50PM
Here's one I almost didn't even upload. I followed my husband out of a restaurant to find him taking pictures of the sky. I told him that if he was shooting that for stock, then it would be a waste because Istock doesn't accept cloud shots anymore. He told me to just try it anyways. I slightly adjusted the hue and uploaded it. I am so glad I did. Now, it's my 2nd best seller with 21.2 DLs/Month.

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kevinruss
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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2005 11:14PM
I was taking pictures of these old signs:
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and after I was done I decided to walk down the street a little bit, and looking into the store windows I instantly noticed the floor in this old beauty salon. So I walked in and asked if I could take some pictures. Then I tried to give it away as a FIOTW, but instead it became an IOTW.
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tacojim
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Posted Sun Aug 7, 2005 11:20PM
I believe this was one of the first pics I took with my last camera (a Digital Rebel). Just snapped it on a whim and it's sold 74 times so far. Later, I got the bright idea to add some clouds digitally, and that version is up to 109 downloads! This is also one of my best sellers on another site. Strange...


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urbancow
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 12:30AM
This shot was of a house we stayed in on the south coast of devon. Just snapped it for memories sake, sold 177 so far.


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subman
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 3:10AM
Here is mine.




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ranplett
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 3:19AM
Nice shots guys! Good inspiration for turning everyday shots into successful stock.
Art-Y
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 3:23AM
I was waiting outside the local police station to get a set of new licence plates... it was the day before easter, and I had to wait 2 hours. Good for me I had my camera with me, and snapped a few just to kill time.

This one of the police station swing door sold 78 so far...

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(Edited on 2005-08-08 03:24:18 by artydanmark)
nano
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 6:58AM
I really do think that stock is everywhere. These are some great pix.
What this thread demonstrates to me is that it's how you see something and choose to depict it

I see composition, color, light, pattern, shape, form and angle in these shots.
So they might be termed "snapshots" but they were thought out when taken with the eye of the creator in how they decided to show what they saw.
KellyT
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 7:03AM
What a fun thread! I love these threads since I get to see everyone's work.

This one is probably my most "successful" snapshot of late:

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I was assisting at a wedding and shot the rehearsal dinner setup. At the urging of a fellow iStocker, I cropped out the annoying windows and uploaded the shot. It's doing fairly well for a shot in my portfolio.
photolace
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 7:21AM
I don't have too many shots here where I wasn't actively thinking compositionally and 'does it work for stock'...

Then there's this, which I'm surprised whenever it's purchased.
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Of course, I'm not one of the more popular photogs, perhaps it's possible to overthink...?



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JSCook
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 7:42AM
This was taken after we completed a wedding and the couple were walking back to the cars. My hubby thought it was a useless photo... but I liked it... and so it seems do many others.

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(Edited on 2005-08-08 07:44:31 by JSCook)
diane39
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 7:46AM
This one is my favorite:
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A beautiful evening at a beautiful spot...how could you miss?
matthew_hullCLOSED
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 8:18AM
Taken during swimming lessons:


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It was a pleasant surprise when I reviewed the photos later that week, and has sold well (for me).
lisafx
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Posted Mon Aug 8, 2005 9:19AM
Great idea for a thread

This is my third most successful shot and it was a total snapshot - hubby was working on some project or other and I just snapped a couple of shots of him. I NEVER thought it would do as well as it has...

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