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03/21/2005 06:25:10 AM · #1
I'm voting on the Stock photography and after my first run. What's your point of view on the challenge entries ?

A few things comes to my mind, is it possible that some people have mixed up Open Challenge and Stock Photography. There is some perfect pictures, but the're just not stock material.

Let me know if it's just me!
03/21/2005 06:36:16 AM · #2
Let's turn this around ...
Name a style of photography that can't be used as stock.
03/21/2005 06:39:29 AM · #3
I agree. Some of these photos seem to be open challenge. I know that the first few photos I submitted did not seem as if they fit the challange. So Sunday, I redid my photo to what I thought should be a stock photo. Im not scoring great, But this is my first time in the challenge and I am still trying to figure out all the different settings of my Pentax *ist DS.
03/21/2005 06:46:37 AM · #4
There are really no bounds on "stock", except that the image should be salable. Often stock photos leave room for text to be overlaid, but that's not a hard and fast rule either. I personally will be voting it as an open challenge, and adding points for images that to me scream "sell me!"
03/21/2005 06:51:27 AM · #5
I'm just for the hell of it treating it more like I was a potential BUYER of these stock images. I'm considering myself as a buyer who's looking for illustrations for textbooks, cookbooks, whatever. These are a huge stock photo market. I understand that stock photos are also sold for more "dramatic" uses, but we got plenty of challenges for dramatic photos. I'm looking for well-done, workmanlike photos of the mundane, basically. I'm not gonna torpedo someone for having a stunning sunset, say, but I'm gonna score highly those photos that deal with the ordinary in a professional, presentable, but not overhelming manner.

It seems to me that more than a few people have confused "stock" photography with "product" photography, but that's another issue altogether.

Robt.
03/21/2005 07:24:13 AM · #6
I've scored 128 already (50%) and like most of what I've seen, quite a bit. In fact, I think it's some of the best work on the whole that met the challenge(for starters)and was most of all, with very respectable quality. I'm breezing through without too many issues...for a change.

Well done gang!!!
03/21/2005 08:15:10 AM · #7
Originally posted by kirbic:

There are really no bounds on "stock", except that the image should be salable. Often stock photos leave room for text to be overlaid, but that's not a hard and fast rule either. I personally will be voting it as an open challenge, and adding points for images that to me scream "sell me!"


The other major bound on 'stock' photography should probably be that there should be a person in it. 90% of stock sales have people in them. That and no visible logos.

Message edited by author 2005-03-21 08:15:45.
03/21/2005 08:20:28 AM · #8
Originally posted by Gordon:

The other major bound on 'stock' photography should probably be that there should be a person in it. 90% of stock sales have people in them. That and no visible logos.


You've got to kidding - right? Where in the world did that 90% figure come from? This has to be either sarcasm that I'm falling for, or someone is trying to sway favor for people shots. :^)
03/21/2005 08:34:52 AM · #9
Originally posted by glad2badad:



You've got to kidding - right? Where in the world did that 90% figure come from? This has to be either sarcasm that I'm falling for, or someone is trying to sway favor for people shots. :^)


Talk to a stock agent some time. Or notice the number of (non-product) pictures you see in any given day with people in them. People pictures are where it is mostly at. Maybe not 90%, but certainly the vast majority.
03/21/2005 08:39:35 AM · #10
Originally posted by Gordon:

Originally posted by glad2badad:



You've got to kidding - right? Where in the world did that 90% figure come from? This has to be either sarcasm that I'm falling for, or someone is trying to sway favor for people shots. :^)


Talk to a stock agent some time. Or notice the number of (non-product) pictures you see in any given day with people in them. People pictures are where it is mostly at. Maybe not 90%, but certainly the vast majority.


I was just looking through my Reptiles and Amphibians of the Eastern United States field guide and you know I failed to see one human in any of the images.
03/21/2005 08:48:25 AM · #11
Originally posted by Gordon:

The other major bound on 'stock' photography should probably be that there should be a person in it. 90% of stock sales have people in them. That and no visible logos.


Regardless of that 90% figure which is probably off, there are so many stock categories which don't require people (food, products, animals, nature, bathroomware...it never ends)that voting based on whether or not there are people in the image is way out of line.

And let's say that the 90% figure is accurate, the other 10% is still perfectly valid to qualify as stock and should be voted on equally. No?

Message edited by author 2005-03-21 08:50:03.
03/21/2005 09:05:02 AM · #12
as it sits right now, I most likely will not vote on stock...as the comments and scores given to my pic prove I have no clue what it means.... I guess working on a few different newspapers for several years taught me nothing!
~~SiSi
03/21/2005 09:09:27 AM · #13
My 2 cents is to try to imagine a campaign, brochure, publication, etc where the image might be used. I have seen stock shots with too many different subjects including abstract, to define by subject.
03/21/2005 09:20:09 AM · #14
Stock can include most things / subjects...

03/21/2005 09:23:01 AM · #15
Originally posted by BruB:

A few things comes to my mind, is it possible that some people have mixed up Open Challenge and Stock Photography. There is some perfect pictures, but the're just not stock material.

Let me know if it's just me!


It's just you. It is an open challenge. As the stock photo industry is open to just about any image of any subject so too should this challenge be.
03/21/2005 09:24:21 AM · #16
Originally posted by bear_music:


It seems to me that more than a few people have confused "stock" photography with "product" photography, but that's another issue altogether.

Robt.


And where could a line be drawn between the two?
03/21/2005 09:25:06 AM · #17
You're right nsbca. I voted with this in mind, A good picture is a good picture.

03/21/2005 09:26:50 AM · #18
Your thoughts on borders? I noticed that in the challenge some photographs are better photographs because of them but aren't they a no-no? Seems a few of my early shots to stock sites were rejected bacause of them.
03/21/2005 09:27:47 AM · #19
Originally posted by Gordon:

That and no visible logos.


Where do you see a problem with logos? Since when is the lack of a logo any kind of qualifier for stock images?
03/21/2005 09:29:06 AM · #20
well, I have to use stock photography all the time in designing ads and internal promotions for print and video. (Ocasionally i can take my own pictures but time just doesn't allow that) anyway, I see a million different things on stock photography, so it really could be absolutely anything. BUT what i would probably go by is how sellable it is. Is there a big market for it?, Is it such a great and interesting photo that people will want to use it to represent that topic in whatever they're doing? well done food shots, anything relating to business or topics that are used alot. . . It sure could get tricky. I mean if you have a great sunset or beach shot, it may not look stock, but it may be the shot that every travel agent or resort or tanning shop is looking for. (just an example, i missed the deadline, so i'm not swaying the vote, in case some were wondering) Here's what i missed by seconds, tear it apart if you want (pun intended) . . .:)
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03/21/2005 09:30:11 AM · #21
Originally posted by admart01:

Your thoughts on borders? I noticed that in the challenge some photographs are better photographs because of them but aren't they a no-no? Seems a few of my early shots to stock sites were rejected bacause of them.


If you were sending an image in to a stock photo agency the image would definatly lack a border. However, some of the entrants of this challenge may have the finnished product in mind.
03/21/2005 09:31:24 AM · #22
Originally posted by nsbca7:

Originally posted by Gordon:

That and no visible logos.


Where do you see a problem with logos? Since when is the lack of a logo any kind of qualifier for stock images?


Not lack, presence.
03/21/2005 09:31:57 AM · #23
Originally posted by mk:

Originally posted by nsbca7:

Originally posted by Gordon:

That and no visible logos.


Where do you see a problem with logos? Since when is the lack of a logo any kind of qualifier for stock images?


Not lack, presence.


????
03/21/2005 09:33:19 AM · #24
Originally posted by mk:

Originally posted by nsbca7:

Originally posted by Gordon:

That and no visible logos.


Where do you see a problem with logos? Since when is the lack of a logo any kind of qualifier for stock images?


Not lack, presence.


Since when is the presence of a logo any kind of disqualifier for stock images?
03/21/2005 09:33:53 AM · #25
Originally posted by Gordon:


The other major bound on 'stock' photography should probably be that there should be a person in it. 90% of stock sales have people in them. That and no visible logos.


That being said, my photo should be getting a 7...but I'm getting slammed at a 4.7.

I can't wait to repost it here to find out what the flip went wrong!

Stephanie

Message edited by author 2005-03-21 09:38:38.
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