Posted Fri Jun 7 8:18AM
I've seen there is a call for photos taken from mobile devices which have been "doctored" up to look vintage. Why not the real thing? It's odd to me that istock prefers 'fake' old photos over authentic photos taken with authentic old (pre-70's 'cheap') cameras.You know, the Coronet you received for Christmas in Birmingham in 1957. Or the 1907 Brownie you found in your grandmother's attic in Iowa. Or the Chinese Seagull you found at the Goodwill.
A friend of mine collects old cameras and his photos are the real thing. Maybe they exist in istockphoto but I was unable to find them.
Posted Fri Jun 7 1:38PM
iStock welcomes all good quality stock images, regardless of what device was used to create them. So long as the files meet the minimum technical standards, there is no issue. We have a separate queue for film submissions with its own inspection criteria. If people want to shoot retro shots on retro cameras or whatever, then they are free to do so. If you want to submit that kind of content, please do.
Posted Wed Jun 19 6:54AM
Why not give it a go. Some contributors have uploaded scanned polaroids and got vetta love so anything is possible.
Posted Wed Jun 19 2:59PM
You were alive in 1957? LOL,.......( jus joking' ya)
Posted Thu Jun 20 9:21AM
I use cameras as old as from the 1920s, I've got both a Voigtländer Avus (LF) from 1924, a Voigtländer Perkeo II from ca 1955 etc etc.
I also develop my own film and make prints in my own dark room.
The fact of the matter is, you need to be EXTREMELY perfectionistic to do this work all by yourself and still meet up to the quality standards of iStock. All I get is a bunch of dust - I get nowhere near the quality standards as far as lighting and grain/noise is concerned. And the competition in the photography section (especially if you compare it to sound/music and illustration) is just too big.
If I could get away with something like "oh I meant to put those dust particles there", and "I made the lighting harsh for purposes of it seeming genuine", then maybe, but otherwise - working in film and doing your own work is for the select few with methods of production far more than just a few cameras and a Durst m601.
I took this one with a Voigtländer Perkeo II on medium format BW film:
And here's one I took using a really old Kodak 6X9 MF camera:
And finally, here's one I made with a Mamiya 645 on BW film as well:
(Edited on 2013-06-20 12:20:11 by kelvinjay)