All that really need to be said! I've been thinking of posting something similar on my stock site. I want to add "despite the temptation, don't dress your models in black unless you can supply enough professional lighting to see every fold perfectly in the final photo". I see so many stock pics with poor lighting, the picture taken from too high an elevation, etc., on and on. The black clothes in many stock photos tend to look like one flat dark blob.
Rad, I just discovered your tutorials section, Im so happy! Thank you for taking the time to help other artists in the community. (And Ive totally been wondering what the unspoken "rules" are on stock photos. Glad to finally see it laid out somewhere.)
Excellent little tutorial. A lot of stock on here especially should be placed in the snapshots category. One thing I would certainly suggest to stock photographers is inputting keywords into the metadata of the actual .jpg so that people with programs like Adobe Bridge can search it out on their own computers without having to rely on the filename. I just wish this would be required on iStockphoto or StockXChange where files are assigned a number code.
Also, concept, concept, concept! Oh, and white backgrounds!
Oh, do you ever find what would make a great stock picture, but the person has too much makeup on that ruins the effect?
I find that often and i'm not too great at photoshop so I can't remove the makeup without wrecking the picture. Any tips?
I always have troubly with my stock. My camera is getting old and it doesn't seem to like the memory card I have in it. Even on the highest res it still comes our grainy in the full size. It's ok when the picture is made smaller, but I think people don't expect that to happen when they see it on my stock site >.<
You bet it is useful! Should be a big pointer to all that did not understand the purpose of stock. Dammit, I just wanted to upload all the cool pics of my grandma sleeping in her rocking chair I shot with my mobile 320 pixel cam while it was total darkness... guess I'll keep them for myself now!