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Share some of your progress since you've started uploading to iStock. Where did you start, where have you improved, where are you right now? Let's see one file from each period of your time here - beginning, middle, and current. Feel free to take the time to write and share where you'd like to be. (please don't bring examples from other members in)
Share up to three files. Don't forget a brief description to explain your files to us, especially for Google searches.
We are in need of some fresh ideas for Weekly Showcase! We appreciate you all taking the time to input, but a lot of what has been provided is very seasonal or not very "fun" topics. We want those suggestions too, but we want a good mix of fun and happy (games are great too!) along with the serious topics. Share your theme idea by filling out this form. Feel free to submit as many ideas as you can come up with! (one idea per form, please). I am the only person who reads these suggestions. You need not fear if your idea is crazy! I may contact you to get more info trying to understand how you see the topic working so I make sure it's explained here properly.
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Have a fantastic weekend all!
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At first I was all
And then I was all
But now I'm like all
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I started with a lot of safe and boring objects, like this Staircase isolated on white with clipping path
Then I figured out how to work with models, like this studio portrait of smiling hispanic mature man with grey hair.
Now I enjoy going in more artistic direction, like this Body art: young woman with metalic robotic bodypainting.
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At first I would shoot people as they came in their environment (I still do but with better lighting)
Then I would hink I might get more powerful result by compositing them into better concepts
And then I tried to really enhance my composites using all sorts of effects that would lift me out of the ordinary:
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One of my very first accepted images back in April 2009. (I think the inpsector was being kind) A bit dark and shot before I applied to iStock.
Early attempt at actually producing something "Stocky" in August 2009:
A recent shoot with models for a Valentines theme. I've become much better with isolations but still like collaborating with people.
Posted Sat Feb 16 4:01PM
Here is the progress of my people photographs over tha last few years.
2010 - My first shoot with models, not very sucessful, but I learned a lot.
2011 - Started shooting small business themed photographs.
2012 - Continued shooting small business themed photos and have gotten great downloads and files in the agency collection.
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Self portrait model progression...
In 2009, I was learning about stock and heard that "people images with blank signs" usually did well. Probably my least favourite photo I have!
In 2011, I decided to go with a trade/industry image with a model - and copyspace never hurts, right?
In late 2012, I had learned a bit about lighting and starting playing around a bit more with post-processing and got to this:
Posted Sat Feb 16 4:39PM
I started here in 2009, a few medicine vials here and there
Then I started shooting a few editorials like this one of a QR code.
Then in 2012 I attended a lypse and started shooting some models like this steampunk guy
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