Having trouble with stock concepts? Here's a tool for you!

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kcline
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:20AM

Stock Photo Concept Generator is here!


I am so gassed that I get to be the one to break the news on this to you folks, but all the creative credit goes to Rasmus Rasmussen, otherwise known as theprint here at here iStockphoto.  He's been working his butt off on this for everyone.


theprint has developed a fun tool that randomly generates Stock Concepts for you.  It will get your creative juices flowing... and for those who lack the juice, well it pretty much hands you ideas to shoot on a silver platter.


It's free, it's fun and it's for you: Stock Photo concept Generator
adamkaz
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:22AM
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/I can't wait for this shoot:


"Provocatively dressed obese person singing in the rain"


edit: Very cool tool, btw!

(Edited on 2009-04-17 11:23:00 by adamkaz)
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:25AM
Brilliant - 'Unkempt elderly man singing in the rain' - it's pouring and my husband is in a foul mood because he's struggling with home insurance quotes. (But how to get him outside...?)
ProArtWork
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:26AM
I just saw that on Twitter update. Pretty cool!
tshortell
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:27AM

Brilliant!  I love it!


This one could get strange...   "Unkempt group of women playing with a pet."
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:31AM

"Provocatively dressed elderly woman using a tool."      Hmm, what tool to use.
theprint
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:36AM

You guys crack me up. Thanks for having the forethought to post this, Kelly.


It's based on a few lists of stock stereotypes and clichés, randomly stuck together. There are thousands of combination possibilities from the ludicrus to something with actual potential. Feel free to use it for laughs, inspiration or what have you.
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:41AM
hehehe, very cool.
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:45AM
I love it!! Thank you for sharing this Kelly, and Ras you are brilliant for coming up with this. What fun.
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:47AM
I wanna do this one! "An overjoyed religious figure in a serious meeting."

Looks great Rasmus
Gewitterkind
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:04PM
Didn't we have something like this way back? With an image of bitter on the background?
sylvanworksCLOSED
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:06PM
Nice one Ras.


Posted By Gewitterkind:
Didn't we have something like this way back? With an image of bitter on the background?


Yeah, that was Ethan's Slightly Insane Photo Editor (or something like that ... definitely insane though). Not sure if it is still online though ... off to look.
dorioconnell
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:08PM
I will go for either "A sad elderly woman being creative" or "A sad elderly woman exercising" and when I ran out of grannies I will shoot "A sad blue collar worker enjoying a cool beverage"

great! Thanks Rasmus!
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 12:44PM
nice work! love it! fun and useful all at the same time!
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:00PM
love it ma
theprint
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:14PM
Posted By Gewitterkind:
Didn't we have something like this way back? With an image of bitter on the background?

It's still around, but quite a bit different. Ethan's is hilarious and very iStock (read: attitude), whereas mine is actually meant to spark ideas (and be somewhat funny). I had forgotten about the old one, but it's still pretty dang funny. You can find it here: http://www.myersonphoto.com/private/istock/randomIdeas/
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:17PM
So, screen capture your idea page and then go shoot the three images and them post them here....
Gewitterkind
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:26PM
Thanks for the link, Ras! Both pages are great in their own way : )
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:37PM

hehe... cheers Ras...
looking forward to fixing up a costume-wearing retired couple watching the sunset.
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Posted Fri Apr 17, 2009 2:32PM
Love it, Ras! Nice work. The cool thing about using something like this (and to a much much much lesser degree, the one I wrote) is that - silly as random ideas may be, they often provide the spark for a much cooler or more practical idea. And the cool thing about that is that when you start off with a strong concept for the subject and setting of an image, the keywording practically handles itself. Keywording can be difficult if you just walk around shooting things. But if you come to stock photography with intention in your concepts (whether that intention was sparked internally, through Ras' tool, or some other way), the keywords write themselves.
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