Shooting for Stock Photography


Shooting for Stock Photography


Lesson Info

Location Scouting

The next video is about location scouting. So kinda getting an idea of what I was looking for at this location when I got there. Walking around, we'll get a little view of that. We're out here in Carkeek Park in Seattle, Washington. Pretty early today, trying to avoid some weather, get some good light. We're gonna do a couple outdoor shoots today. A trail running shoot and then more of a tourist shoot. So we'll start doing a little scouting, we'll look for some framing and see where we'll start this first trail run shoot. The first thing I notice out here is that the light is nice and flat. So I don't really have to worry about the shadows, shade and sun too much. The first spot that notice is this trail that's coming down out of the trees here. Looks like a really good spot to get different angles, and then this big open area that we're in here will also lend itself to some more locations and variations. I'm seeing these benches over here, you've got a cool, old rustic look, those wil...

l probably be fantastic for doing some warm-up and some stretches. Getting different angles there. Lots of options here, so go ahead and go over here and start framing some stuff up and getting some ideas. I've got two camera bodies with me and a couple lenses. I just have a 7200 F4 on this one. Nice and lightweight. I'm not sure what lens I'm gonna wanna shoot with so this just gives me a great idea. And then this one I gotta standard 17 to 40 F another lightweight wide angle lens. So I'm gonna start here and kinda get an idea of this space with a longer lens. So, let's start here at 200 millimeters. From here, it's pretty cool. I can get a lot of good negative space at 200. I can zoom out somewhere around 85 millimeter looks really good, can get a really good simple picture. I'm gonna switch over here and go vertical with it. And for this way I can get some good views, lots of different layers with the trees there in the foreground, the bushes, shrubs and then the stairs. One thing I'm seeing from here in the frame is this little sign down here in the right. I can probably move over one direction if I keep coming and get that sign kinda out and hidden, which I might do and honestly, if that's the only thing in there, that's a super easy fix in Photoshop to clone that out. So, I'm not gonna concern myself with that very much. So I'm gonna go ahead and start walking that way a little bit. So I like the way that the lines of this path come in, it gives a good feel. It's actually gonna be pretty good for a higher angle. Stand up here, let that path lead into the photo. So on this one, I'm at 28 millimeters. So I'm gonna go ahead and still walk up a little closer here. The wide angle lens is really good for some of this stock stuff because it gets you right up and close to the model and it gives the viewer the image, kind of a sense of being there. Almost like they're running with this trail runner. Where the longer lens stuff, you're off back. It's more like you're hiding out and taking a sport photograph where you can to be on the sidelines and it doesn't give you quite that same intimate feel. Alright, so what I'm seeing with this trail here at this wide angle, I'm actually kinda liking all the different angles from 17 or 20 millimeters. In a little tighter so I think I might actually just go ahead and keep this lens to shoot this with. I think on the other camera, I'll go to a more wide angle lens, and then I think I might to go the 135 or the 85, I'll probably bring both of those lenses with me to use. This will be the location for the first shoot. When I'm scouting the location, I usually don't talk that much. (laughing) So, that's kinda my process. I usually do like to scout, I like to go to a place beforehand. Sometimes I'll go a day before for any shoot that I do. Stock or pretty much anything else I'm kind of a person who wants to know and have as much preparation as I can before I really get in there. So, do you guys scout stuff out before you do it? Often, yeah. It's important, it's good. I think in that location, it lended itself I felt more to the wide angle's stuff there. The long stuff was okay, but I felt like a had a better chance with the wide angle coming down those stairs.

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!