Location. Location. Location. Locations play a huge role in conceptual portraiture. The setting for the concept is integral to the story. I’ve had quite a few story images that, had I not had the perfect location, the story would have fallen flat on its face. Any photographer who has tried scouting locations will tell you, scouting takes a LOT of time. Taking that time may not be … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Into the woods we go!
One of my favorite themes in conceptual portraiture is fairytale. I have a soft spot in my heart for children’s storybook themes. I have found myself collecting a lot of stock with those themes in mind. I seem to come up with little girls themes easier than the boys so whenever I find something for a boy, I … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! This stock is sure to be a treasure! ARG!
For a long time, when I ran across images that had light and fire effects, my mind was completely blown. How in the world were these Photoshop Artists and Photographers making an object look like it was fully engulfed in flames when it was actually all done in post? I knew the artists creating it were taking images of real fire … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! How to light a fire in Photoshop!
How many times have you heard a metaphor using keys? One of our universal, iconic metaphors is the key. I love working with items that not only have universal recognition but no matter where you go or what country you are in, it carries the same message and it represents the ideas and concepts for everyone. Today’s stock photo is … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday! Today’s theme? Keys!
It’s Stock Saturday! Today’s free stock is from my personal collection. I took these images of giant tortoises last summer, during a trip to our local zoo. If you ever want to take some images at your local zoo to use as stock, make sure you look into their policies first. Some zoos are very strict … Continue reading It’s Stock Saturday! How’s about a giant tortoise!? 🙂
Rocks are great for creating reusable backgrounds. If you are striving to build your photography business around conceptual portraits, you want reusable backgrounds. Backgrounds that are simple and do not require much manipulation to place your subject in them. Quick and clean. So… here’s a big, fat, cool rock… From two different angles. Free to use, with … Continue reading It’s Free Stock Saturday! Here’s a big, fat, awesome rock…
Time for some free stock and a little inspiration! Today I have giving away a nice little green lantern. If your style is fantasy, story-book, fairy and nymphs then you will LUV this one. This would work for so many portraits, with children and women. From making it a fairy house to putting it in the hand … Continue reading It’s Free Stock Saturday! What is the theme today? The Green Lantern!
Today’s free stock is a wonderful demonstration of how the “Sharing It Forward” mindset elevates artists as a whole, and creates a supportive, inspirational artist community. Three members of our “Sharing It Forward” community have donated today’s stock from their own stock libraries! All the images have a Creative Commons Attribution License and you are free to use them in commercial works. (As always, no … Continue reading It’s Stock Saturday and bird, bird, bird… bird is the word….
Is using stock photography cheating? I would like to start out this post by saying, the use of stock photography is somewhat of a controversial topic. Some camps feel you don’t really create your artwork if other people shot everything in the image for you. Some camps think it’s okay to use stock for small segments of your … Continue reading Stock Photography: Should you use it? Where to find it…
It’s Free Stock Saturday! I am always looking for truly FREE stock I can use in my conceptual portraits. There are just some things you can’t shoot yourself because you don’t have access to them. Every Saturday is now officially known around here as “Free Stock Saturday”. I go through my personal stock library and try to … Continue reading Free Stock Saturday!