How do I work with stock photos

On my main work, I'm sofware engineer in test, in other words I write programs to test different systems. It means, I'm used with automatization and don't really like to do a lot of work by hands. So, to the stock photos.

First I take my camera and used as it should be used - take pictures. It's hands work, but it's amazing and exciting. Then I take out my flash card from the camera and insert it into computer. Then the magic starts.

Photoes are automatically copied to certain folder. I keep them by date, so it would be Photoes/ Year/some-date folder.

Select is done by hands, because automation is not good for photos evaluation from poins of composition.

Then I have processing and saving script. It takes initial files, makes general adjustments, that I have come to by several manual postprocessings, takes a pause to receive keywords and saves me high quality jpeg.

First I tried to insert keywords at the beginning and process a big bunch of photoes from one set. But now i prefer to process one batch, where several series are present. So I insert keywords in the middle. And it is done =)

Of course, I review photoes and sometimes manually adjust or reprocess some photoes as I save TIFF files as well. But most photoes do not require more than what is done by script. And this saves time.


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January 26, 2013


Thanks for sharing...:)

January 25, 2013


Thanks for sharing!

January 24, 2013


Automation, such a positive word! I majored back in 1981 the so called "Automation and Computers" faculty part of Electrical Engineering. I do some SW development at work but mostly HW, I sit in front of a monitor most part of the day.

When it comes to photography and submitting photos to DT I do not do any automation especially in the field of post processing. Why rush? I open the RAW file in Photoshop, play with the RAW converter setting back and forth, then do some more tweaking, finally open it in PS. Then I go drink a glass of water and continue to stare at the photo. Do some changes then undo them. Takes me an hour sometimes more. Then I clean up the photo of all the clutter if it exists, using cloning, copy and paste then selectively sharpen areas. I take care of the saturation colors etc. I really enjoy this and consider it part of the creative process. I don't have that many photos to process.
The max amount I submitted in a month is maybe 20-30 photos. But usually less....

January 24, 2013


Great blog, thanks for sharing.

January 24, 2013


I've written a huge post on improving your microstock production workflow here.

January 24, 2013


I have got serious automation here too. Once a week my laptop reminds me to take backups to external disk.
Other than that I use the actions feature of Photoshop. Different actions for different types of photos (especially grouped according to saturation and shooting ISO). General keywords are put automatically and EXIF is wiped out automatically before it goes up the FTP.
Three folders are there: TIF, PNG and JPEG.
Once a week I delete TIFs of accepted files if they aren't reusable.

But whatever you do, NEVER NEVER delete the master file (the ones straight from the camera - the original stuff). Because whatever happens, you can always recover everything from master file. Take my advice and mark them read only. Otherwise you might over write it by mistake. (I'm a big fool. Done that so often!)
*By the way, it is "photos", not "photoes". Take care don't put incorrect spellings anywhere in keywords.

You have good photos. :)

January 24, 2013


teach me teach me :) at least the file placement and keywords part :))

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