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Shooting for Stock Photography

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Gear on Location

Geo Rittenmyer

Shooting for Stock Photography

Geo Rittenmyer

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Lesson Info

15. Gear on Location

Lesson Info

Gear on Location

Okay so the next part is gonna be fun. This is some videos they edited together of me out in the field last Friday taking pictures of a model, did a couple different shoots. And then I talk about I what I think about when I'm shooting. So the very first segment here is gonna be kind of an extension on what we just looked at here. It's the gear that I brought out and also some of the props that I brought out for the shoot. I'm gonna show what I would pack for a shoot like this. I wanna keep it pretty minimal. I'm gonna have two bags only. Backpack, camera gear and then I just have a duffle where I threw props and extra stuff that might be needed. Super easy to carry around, I can carry both of these myself. So I brought two cameras today, 5D Mark IV camera it's the higher megapixel and I also brought out the 1D X. Shoots faster, more of a waterproof sports action type camera. I use that for the trail run. So two camera bodies for different options there. Lensing I brought out some prime...

lenses and a couple zoom lenses. 50 millimeter standard lens, I usually have that with me pretty much no matter where I'm shooting. 17 to 40, my favorite lens for these type shoots. I brought a 70 to 200 F4. I didn't really think I wanted to shoot with the 70 to 200 zoom, I use it more for scouting. This F4 lens is fantastic for scouting stuff or shooting in daylight. It's not as fast as the two eight lens but it weights almost nothing, it's so easy to pack, easy to carry around. Brought the 135, that was my telephoto lens that I shot with today, a fixed lens. I like shooting with fixed, it doesn't really matter if you shoot zoom or fixed. Fixed just allows me to concentrate more on the framing the subject and not have to think about the zooming. Brought 85. Set that one there. Here's the 135. I brought a 20 millimeter and the 100 millimeter fixed. That is all for the lenses that I brought. I did bring this 500 millimeter mirror lens. It's a manual focus lens. A little artsy, this morning when I first got here, the Olympic Mountains were out with the sunrise hitting them so I threw on the camera and took some pictures of that. Put the M Camera in, this was more for a prop. It gives you a nice file and it can work just fine for stock. I've got an on camera flash so I brought this out in case I wanted to add a little supplemental light, a little flash. CF cards, always a good idea. I threw in a pack of some filters, neutral density and polarizing filters. I didn't use them today. If I stuck around a little longer and more sunlight came out, I'd probably put a polarizer on. There was one more lens that I didn't use. It's a 35 millimeter fixed. I've got some lens shades to fit on the different cameras. A roll of gaff tape. Always a pair of sunglasses, need those. A little pack of gels. So when I bring the flash I usually throw this in. Can just pull off a gel, tape it on the front of your flash. Here's a quarter CTO straw, adds a little warming effect. A little extra juice for the iPhone. And cable release. Sometimes cable releases is useful. And tripod, I carry one of these, a tripod with me pretty much anytime I travel anywhere I go. Use it for virtually anything for the camera. I can go ahead and actually just put this on here and it becomes a light stand for my flash. So it's real versatile. And then over here in the duffle, stuff I brought. I threw in another modifier because there was room in the bag. Very similar to this one, just put a little speed light in it and you have a small beauty dish. Clothing, we saw this was used for the model. I actually went to the store and picked this up specifically for the model to wear. I liked the colors, I knew that this was gonna work well with all of the deep greens that are out here. So couple different options for clothing. Brought a rain jacket, really lucky that I didn't have to put it on today. The rain stayed away. Couple other props. Running hat, water bottle. Another item I like to carry with me, a GorillaPod. Again you can put your camera on this so you have a tripod and it's also great for mounting a flash screwed in. Wrap it around a tree limb if it's just you and a model and you don't have somebody to hold the flash for you. So very useful. Threw in trash bags. When you're working in the rain, trash bags are great. Just put it down on the ground, put your equipment on, kneel on. You can cover up equipment real quick with them. See in this side, we got props, sunglasses, the sun comes out, you want the model to have sunglasses. It's an easy way to accessorize and also sunglasses are fun because it'll kind of block eyes and it makes a person a little less noticeable, a little more generic. I also brought some headphones. A nice little accessory for the trail run, have the model throw on the white or black headphones. And this side, couple other props. Old 35 millimeter camera. Some funky old Rollei 35 millimeter camera. So this one worked well. So you can kind of prop it with old school camera, new school camera, both kinda hip. And then there's some other accessories. Red hat and scarf, the model was wearing. I brought a denim shirt that I found that I thought would kinda fit into this tourist, millennial theme. She's wearing those right now. All these options, all this gear. Didn't use all of it, used a little bit of it. But it's all compact and all fits into two bags and all the options are there. Any questions about the equipment that packed? So how many lenses did you actually use in that photo shoot? So for that photo shoot I used three lenses. I used a 50, a 135 and the 17 40. That shoot was a little compressed because it was a demonstration. If it was my actual real shoot, I'd probably would've used a little bit more, but I didn't shoot a whole lot of it, because it was more of a demonstration. But three of those lenses. Like I said, everything that I try to bring to these shoots they fit into one bag so I can carry it myself. I don't have to have somebody else there carrying stuff so a duffle bag with the props, kinda just throw that down, pull out what's needed, take my backpack off, grab the equipment, zip it back up and shoot.

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