Briefs, Trends and Inspiration
Briefs, Trends, Inspirations. But what is needed for the agencies to put into a catalog that is selling. This is an important part of stock. And this is what really getting into an agency, how it really helps you is, are these trend reports. So if you're not in an agency, you can find these, you can go online, you can search for them. In the bonus materials, I have a few links to some of them, and you'll actually get the gallery stock one that Jen talks about. It's actually being given to everyone who gets the course as a PDF. What they are are they are a bunch of images, and a little synopsis of different areas where photography is needed. So one of them might be on, I know one of them was on millennials, so this millennial generation. So the idea is we want to capture young adults, late teens, early 20s, out there in their social groups, interacting, using their devices and kind of give examples of those pictures that are selling. So it gives you a reason inspiration to go out and sh...
oot these pictures. And what happens at these agencies as you get a trend report, they ask for these pictures. You go out and shoot a bunch of them. They like them, they love them. They put them into these curated galleries, and they send these out to different agencies and advertisers and magazines, and these magazines this is what they've been wanting, so they get this collection of these pictures that are just curated shown to them. So it's like freed advertising for your pictures, and those are the ones that are initially seen. So they'll see one of your pictures that you took and love it and would be oh we need to use this one. So it's a great way to keep shooting and actually seeing your work have a better chance of being sold, so these are kind of the idea of getting into an agency. If you're not in an agency, there's plenty of other places to go out there and get inspiration. The internet is definitely one of them. I like to pick up a magazine, and foot through magazine, look at all the pictures. I'm sure you guys do that too. That's what photographers like to do. Next time you're flying somewhere, show up to the airport 30 minutes earlier, go to that newsstand, all those magazines. Just pick them up and just flip through. It just gives you an idea of what is being sold and what's being used out there. And then also take note of kind of the style, the color toning and the feel of it. All that stuff it's even more relevant now. And more important. And these briefs will and trend reports kind of show you that, give you an example. So right now, this sort of kind of low-fi look, that's like the Instagram filter look on pictures, is really popular. And we'll talk about how to do some of that later on, when we get into the retouching and toning part. But keep an eye on that. If you see a picture in a magazine, that kind of inspires you, has the look you like, take your phone out, take a picture of it. Only use it for your personal use and then delete it, but use it as inspiration for how you want to take some photos. If you have an idea for a photoshoot, and you see these pictures that are toned and these really cool muted tones, then go ahead and do that processing to your pictures. It helps, it helps a lot. And you learn all of this, in these trends, and just by staying out there and watching. One of the links I put on there for looking at stuff, is Vivo, which is music videos. I don't know if you guys watch music videos, maybe not. It's always been sort of an inspiration for me. A lot of times I watch the videos with the volume off, because I don't like the music, but the visual part of a music video is always kind of fun, because it's an area where people who are really creative are kind of trying new things and doing new things. And so I take a quite a bit of inspiration off the looks of music videos, so it's something that, I'm sure everybody has their favorite places for inspiration. That's one of them. I'm sure people hear of Pinterest. Pinterest boards, yeah another good way. There's some people out there who are fantastic at curating Pinterest boards of like visually awesome things and have a look to them. Those people maybe they are photographers, maybe they're just people who really have an eye for visual stuff, and they're sharing that eye with you. And you get to kind of see that and then you can use that as your inspiration for creating these new looks. The trend reports and staying up with what is out there is super, super important. We'll talk a little more kind of in the production part of it about finding subjects and we'll reference going back to these to find where your actual subject matter should be about. Definitely, keep being inspired. Just as we finish this part up, one thing to keep in mind with stock photography is the goal is to make money. Absolutely that's the first goal. But a goal that's almost as important is that it's a way to keep you shooting what you want and shooting new stuff. That gets you out there trying new things. When you see these new pictures that are doing well and selling and what an agency is asking for, it makes you think okay let's go and try something new. Let's evolve my photography. What you're taking for a stock shooter, what you're kind of testing and trying out is not necessarily gonna go on to your portfolio. It might not even really work. But it gets you trying different things and it gets you thinking about different things. And all it does is better your own personal work. And makes whatever other photography you're trying to do even better. So if you can make a few 100 dollars to a few 1000 dollars a month off of stock photography and you can just dump that back into taking more pictures, it's just a snowball effect. Your pictures just keep getting better. You'll keep getting more stock. It'll keep generating more money. Your portfolio will get even stronger and bigger and better and you'll get big ad jobs. And you will be able to buy your own island somewhere. (audience laughing) So we'll talk about these trend reports a little more, when Jen comes she'll talk about them. Do you guys anybody out there have a place where they like to draw inspiration from? Anybody want to share?
Instagram. Yeah Instagram is a good one. It's so fast, it's so quick. It's like instantly looking at stuff, but yeah there's tons of motivation, inspiration there. I wish I was better at social, but Instagram is definitely the one that I like to at the end of the day just scroll through and see what's out there.
I just work for a digital marketing agency, and we often had to look for stock photography for our clients, to send out just a list of what we thought were the best for kind of the look and feel they were going for. And I found a lot of inspiration on Stocksy actually. I think they do a great job with their collections.
Yeah that's true. Yeah Stocksy is a good one. There's a lot, you will see on the list that I gave. There's a lot of agencies out there and the big thing now are these curated galleries that these places are doing. I know, yeah Stocksy does that. A lot of them do that where yeah they kind of give you a sort of topic, and then they curate a gallery of awesome images, like 25 to 150 of them. And then it's like the best of the best. And it's yeah definitely a great place of inspiration. It's where I look for inspiration all the time. I have a couple of tabs in my browser that are always open and I'm always just looking at them. There's a few other ones out there. Behance is pretty good for people who are trying different personal projects from all around the world. That's on there. 500Pixels is another site that's got tons of stuff coming up on it. So those are definitely ones to check out. Those are on the list of inspiration points that I give. Anybody else? Any other inspirations?
Flickr, yeah. I haven't used Flickr so much. I wish Flickr was so good but they're still good, but it's just I don't know, I feel like they haven't quite kept up with some of the other sites in the coolness. But Flickr is also great. Especially for like the sub genres, if you're aerial, underwater, there's so many people sharing what they do on there and it's a great place to kind of see what other people are doing and get inspirations and ideas to make it even better. That's just a cover of an old one from 2012. That had no pictures on it. So I figure it'd be okay to show here. This is kind of the front of it. So normally you open it up and it will be lots of pictures, some type describing what's looking for. And sometimes it will be one topic. Sometimes it will be 10 topics. Any question?
Can I ask a quick question, really quick about model releases?
What do you do if the person you have a photo of has passed away? Like I have a picture of my grandpa that I want to submit to stock.
I would ask your agency. That stuffs a little tough. If it's a family member, if there was rights to given to an estate, then the estate executor would probably have to sign off on that. If it's a family member and there was none, then it's probably okay to use, it's probably fine. Check on it. I don't know, if you have a real dysfunctional family that fights over everything, you might want to be a little careful on that, but that's a really good question. Something I really don't have an answer for. Maybe reach out to some other people, lawyers, agencies, see what they say.