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Shooting for Stock Photography

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Final Image Review

Geo Rittenmyer

Shooting for Stock Photography

Geo Rittenmyer

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19. Final Image Review

Lesson Info

Final Image Review

I think just to end this, we've got a few, I took a few of the pictures from the shoot and just kinda quickly fixed them up. There's one, that was on the 17 to 40, that's zoomed out, zoomed all the way in at 40 millimeters, that was F4 1/160 of a second, ISO 640 for you guys who interested. I like this one where she looks up at camera a little bit, she has real blank look on her face, as if she really is concentrating on that run. The graphics in it are pretty nice, it was a nice morning, I like to go out early in the morning and take pictures, evenings are good too. I like mornings 'cause they're quieter, there's usually less people, but it's also harder to get people to participate. So there's that one, let's see what's next. Cool, that's the kinda similar angle. This one, it's the same 17-40 lens but this is all the way out at 17 millimeters. This one, like both feet off the ground, it's kind of an action, the way the hair is falling, her head just kinda hit that empty spot there to...

o which worked out, made for kind of a nice, a nice frame, a nice, a nice moment. This is one when she's actually warming up. This is the 50 millimeter. This was shot at F2 12/50 of a second ISO 500. So again, this is one of those, direct people, but at the same time, take a break, tell them to just do what they would naturally do, and just take some pictures. Some people you get really good stuff by that, they just have that kind of natural look. I like her sort of contemplative, serious look that she always carried with her. So this was kind of a fun one. Again, she's looking off the page, it gives a lot of room here. This one's actually nice also because this could be cropped squared, this could be cropped vertical. When people who work in design, they see an image and they see how they can use it, where when a photographer is takin' a picture we're kind of seein' the picture in the camera and how we want it to be seen. So these ones that have more space, it's kinda cool because a designer sees it in a different way. So they'll lay it out different, gives good options. What's next? We got, it's kinda one of those fun ones. The red hat was a prop that I brought. It worked really good with the blue sky. The whole day before I was just really hopin' the sky was gonna stay nice and it wouldn't be raining and it turned out to be pretty good. So I like the blue shirt and then just add that red hat, keeps it real clean. Something Jen had been talking about, having these minimal photos. There's that one. No props, no nothing, she just kinda looked back at camera. This is one where you can be the person, you are her boyfriend and she's lookin' back at you, and it's kind of a good little moment there. And then this one, another detail shot. I really like the way this one turned out, just the colors in it were nice, you get that kinda little sunrise warmth in there, just a little bit of face, she's got this kinda cool tattoos, gives it a modern feel, tattoos are popular these days. Her finger nails all just kinda lined up. So this was another 50 millimeter, this one was shot at F5. so you get a little more depth of field in it, 5/100 of a second, ISO 160. I think where everybody who's watched this, your next goal is to get your archive in good order and just keep taking pictures and keep building that archive and looking back into it. Start looking at stock agencies. Find stock agencies that you maybe think are a little bit, a little bit bigger, a little bit better than your work, and strive for those. Put your goals up a little higher. Start reachin' out to some of these agencies if you do have a good body of work right now, but in the next year or so, see if you can have 50 images that are stock worthy, if you don't have that already. Go out and try to do a shoot at least once a month and never stop shooting no matter where you go, no matter where you are there's always, always a picture to be made. So stay inspired, keep lookin' at stuff, and keep takin' pictures. Alright, and where can people follow you after the class? Follow me? If they wanna follow you. (laughing) It's just my name, Geo Rittenmyer. Everything's pretty much Geo Rittenmyer, I'm active on Instagram more than anything for those. And you can find my work if you go to Gallery Stock, you can see my stock pictures there. Just search my name or if you go to the photographers, I'm one of the ones that pops up there also. Check that out, website, feel free to reach out to me. I'm pretty good at givin' advice and answering questions, that's why I'm doin' this course.

Class Description

The world of stock photography can feel complicated, but commercial and editorial photographer, Geo Rittenmyer, will show you how to create and sell stock photography from any situation. In this course, he’ll cover the essentials of stock photography, the differences between royalty free or rights managed, as well as where stock is utilized in today’s world. He’ll also be interviewing an art director at a top agency to better understand what types of imagery stock agencies are looking for. 

Topics include: 

  • Techniques for shooting when traveling and what to think about when taking a photo 
  • How to set up a low-cost stock specific studio shoot 
  • How to utilize Adobe® Photoshop® & Lightroom CC to organize your catalog and keywords for easy access 
  • How to find a stock agency for your work 
  • When and where to use model or property releases 

Stock photography can allow you to shoot for your clients, as well as your passion. Get back to shooting what you love and make money at the same time! 

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

2017 Gallery Stock Trend Report

Sample Model Release

Sample Property Release

Stock Agencies List

Ratings and Reviews

Student Work

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Amy Vaughn

Personally, I really liked this class, but I can see why it wouldn’t be for everyone looking for information about stock photography. I’ve already researched and started doing microstock, but now I’m looking for more information about other options. This class was a good fit for me. Although Geo seemed new to public speaking and used too many fillers like “uh” and “um”, I found him likable and surprisingly relatable considering our different photographic niches. This class may be best suited for: Learning more about boutique galleries, rights managed stock and alternatives to microstock Seeing how this particular stock photographer works, gets inspiration and has been successful Getting ideas about current trends and sources for inspiration Getting the perspective of a creative director for a boutique agency Those interested in lifestyle photography May not be as suitable for: Broader and more in depth information about the variety of options in stock photography Those who want to focus on microstock New photographers who want detailed information about getting started and meeting technical requirements Those who prefer a more polished speaker

Carol Totaro

I thought this was a great class and have to disagree with some of the comments from the hands down viewers. The audience was listless and did not seem to be interested in being there. Do you know how difficult it is to stand up in front of a bunch like this and keep your mojo racing? Very difficult. Hardly anyone asked questions and they all just gave a lot of nods most of the time. If your read ahead of time the info on the class, you would see that he was going to go into Lightroom and workflow. Yes, some of it was a drag especially all those pictures taken from the condo at a FL panhandle beach. But nothing's perfect. Maybe I got a lot out of this because I am newer at photography. I was glad to know about his equipment. Everyone's personality is different and for all the talent and success Geo has enjoyed, he remains a humble and very likeable guy.

Christina Biasi

I loved this class! I cannot agree with some other reviews below at all Geo gives so much valuable information, and in fact I love his style much more than many other over-self confident speakers. He is sympathetic and likeable, and most importantly give very much valuable insights into stock photography. I just started with stock and got all my questions answered. I watched it already three times. The only part which I did not like so much was the post-processing part, because he could have explained better his workflow and why he chose certain actions. But that does not impact on the overall quality of the course. I can only highly recommend this class