Inspiration?

At this point in my exploration of Dreamstime, I've hit a wall: I've combed through my existing photos for shots that might have commercial value, and submitted most of those.

I have no travel on the immediate horizon, and so, for now, my subjects are limited to my immediate area.

For better or worse, I live in Washington, DC. The better: There are many, many iconic buildings here, from the Capitol to the White House to all the Smithsonians. The worse: These might just be the most photographed buildings in the country, with everyone from tourists with disposable cameras to the most accomplished pros capturing images of all the settings, in all seasons.

So, how do you get started? How do you make that break between re-purposing existing photos to creating photos for stock? I've got a bit of time, and decent equipment--it's the familiarity of my surroundings, not only to me, but to the rest of the world--that is the issue.

BTW, attached is a shot of the interior of the Library of Congress that I took a couple weeks ago. This wasn't a deliberate photo-expedition, but the building is so amazing that I couldn't resist taking several shots.

Photo credits: Charles Sichel-outcalt.

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January 24, 2008

Charlesoutcalt

I understand. I did a quick search for crowd and found many that exemplify this idea (such as this one)[imgr]3296243[/imgr]. Thanks for the idea.

January 24, 2008

Dcb

If you shoot from far enough, in order to show that there is a reeeealy big crowd I don't think that anybody would be identifiable, or try to shoot from behind when the crowd is watching a speech, or when marching.

January 24, 2008

Charlesoutcalt

All good ideas, DcB, and I will definitely add the Korean Memorial to my list.

What about those crowd shots, though? How do you avoid the identifiability issue?

January 24, 2008

Dcb

DC is a beautiful city, I think you just need a new angle. First of all maybe you should try avoid the National Mall, although I've found only about 10 images with Korean Memorial. Another idea would be to shoot when special events take place. I've been around during the immigrants protest 2 years ago, man... what a crowd in front of the Capitol. Looking on DT most of the crowds are from concerts or sport events, not so many protests.
And there are many other areas of the city worth exploring. Maybe things like the city development in ares like H Street, where you can find a really shabby building near a shinny new shop/pub, etc. I really didn't have the time to shoot anything during my last trip to DC, but next time I'll try to make some time.

January 24, 2008

Notebook

Charles, i posted a response to your "skull" question in my blog (I'm not sure if you'd get messaged about it...). I am in the DC area too.

We should plan on a DC photo safari around Cherry Blossoms!!!

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