Final Image Review


Shooting for Stock Photography


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

"I really enjoyed Geo's course. I am now much more encouraged about stock photography."
CL Student, Coastrbc

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!