Gaining & Losing with Stock Photography
I have lived in England all of my life, and in London for much of my adult life, but it has only since I have gained an interest in photography that I have started to notice many of the interesting details that are all around me.
I have always enjoyed 'looking' at interesting things,
However, in developing an interest in photography, and stock photography specifically, whilst you gain a greater awareness of the world around you, you also lose something. Whereas my wife and friends will see our children and pets playing for example I see the need for model releases for the children and feel annoyed that I forgot to bring a tripod to blur motion of the animals. Whilst stood at the top of a hill watching the world go by everyone else will enjoy the stillness whilst I will be wondering whether my ND filters will be sufficient to enable me to avoid blown highlights and finally, when we return home and whilst others watch TV and play games I will be furiously editing and uploading photos.
Am I worried that I am slowly losing the ability just to look at something and not think about whether it is suitable as 'stock', the lighting, what camera settings to use and the best angle to view it from? Well, the answer is clearly no as my portfolio slowly grows and, hopefully, improves. Like any serious hobby or vocation, photography requires an element of experimentation and continuous learning if you want to be successful and for that I am thankful for the direct feedback from reviewers and the indirect feedback from the wonderful people who purchase our images.