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Sneaking into Stock Photography

posted by TsuDhoNimh, Aug 28, 2006 11:09 PM — 2 comments

Stock is exaggerated: the fruit has to be fruiter, the bums shabbier, the leaves either worm-eaten or perfect. If you have average kids in the shot, they have to be more average-looking than average!

Needless to say, it has to be well-focused, or deliberately artistically blurred ... the usual not quite focused snapshot is going to be rejected.

And it's a good thing to think of at least one magazine or ad your photo could be used for before you upload it, and leave room for ad text.

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1. posted by cx_ed, Aug 29, 2006 9:31 AM

Quite right. It is sometimes difficult to remember all the requirements, especially when working in the graphic design field. The one time I did get it right was for a magazine cover. Check out http://www.sxc.hu/photo/399473 . There's space for the title, straps and even barcode. I remember being not-so-confident before this shoot as my professional photographer was on leave. But I did learn a lot with experimentation and a dash of post-editing.


2. posted by TsuDhoNimh, Aug 29, 2006 9:47 PM

Interesting! What magazine?


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