I am sick of taking photos of things that are isolated on white. I am sick of large flat light. I am sick of uploading mass amounts of dull, lifeless photos, even when they sell. I am simply sick of the rut I am in and I am aching to see and create images that are powerful and unique and use creative light.
As I reviewed my portfolio recently I discovered that only a few of my top selling photos are of items isolated on white. Rather, many of my top selling photos involve using creative light. Here are some examples:
As I think back about these images I have fond memories of the experiences involved in creating these photos. I took these photos when the stress of stock photography and making money didn't exist. In fact, I wasn't trying to make money but was simply trying to create powerful images. Most importantly, I was having fun. None of my isolated on white photos were fun, and none provide me with any good memories.
Since the very definition of photography is "painting with light" I challenge you to look for and capture creative light in the stock photos you take in the next few weeks. I am giving up creating any isolated on white images for a while and I know as I do this that I will be creating unique and sellable images rather than the same old photos.
I look forward to this challenge of creating many new and unique creative light photos in the future and to seeing those that others create as well. Good luck and I hope I see you out shooting!
Photo credits: Lane Erickson.