Shall I search before shoot

Usually,when i have a good idea,i just make a plan and shoot with pleasure.But this has just changed after I registered here on dreamstime.I will search the web to make sure that it's a unique idea not being covered yet.I don't know whether it is a good or right habit to do this.But it do reduce my enjoyment truly.

Well,suppose we don't do this job before shoot,how can we guarantee no similar images uploaded before or how can we say you didn't steal from others if you both upload a similar image?

Susan Sontag,the American scholar used to say,the existence of everything on earth end themselves in pictures nowadays(mainly like this).

We have so many pictures already and are producing more and more.If we'd rather think of our work as a document more than an art work, shall we shoot everything include shit?

Do you search before shoot?

Shall I?

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December 26, 2007


I think, the question is … should you search before every shooting? Does it worth the time you gona spend in searching? Where to search & how many one you will search? !!!

If you keep this idea in you mind (searching), will you be able to concentrate on making a professional shoots?

Throw is idea behind you, & concentrate on making a perfect shoots. Creativity can’t be the same between people.

December 07, 2007


I think that you need to browse. You should not focus on what object to shoot, but to explore the best way to shoot an object. I agree with Scubamann. The same object looks totally diferent in another environment.

December 06, 2007


This is a good question, should one search before shooting. A duck is a duck but the presentstion of the duck lighting, water color, background, and action are what makes a shot art.

December 06, 2007


I sometimes recommend searching before you shoot but not so that you will begin to think of your work as tedious. And besides, it's usually a better image if shot with a fresh eye that hasn't been jaded by looking at lots of other's images. If you want to see what sells and design your image around themes that are selling, that can be good. It's true when you look at other's work and try to think of ways to improve and impose your own style, it starts to get to be very hard work. But I find that sometimes the hard work does yield the best work too.

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