Stock minded - boon or bane

Since I started to contribute photographs to dreamstime, I see a change in my shooting style.

Sometimes I wonder if I am deviating from a passion to one that is becoming a slight liability that I keep thinking that I shoot for what can sell.

My 'deleting' habit continues to strike me, right after a shot, reviewing the shots on my way home, and even more when I am doing the actual post processing.

In my quest for looking for what can sell and what is pleasing, I tend to blatantly delete what I think can't make it as a stock photo, or in many ways does not appeal to me.

Because of that, I don't take photographs of very simple things anymore. Things like a simple monument, a bridge or a scene in a place that I only first been to - all these I will tend to discard the pictures after taking them.

Am I losing interest as a photography itself or am I indulging too much into stock photography?

All dressed up!

What about this image taken during an event itself? My immediate reflex action was to take him without the face. Boon or bane?

Photo credits: Koh Sze Kiat.
Koh Sze Kiat
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October 01, 2007

haha, i got to hold back this disease of mine then! its getting the better of me..time for a cure, or maybe a slight one first *grins*


October 01, 2007

When I go out to take photos my wife now takes any holiday snaps and destination shots and I take stock. I bought her a point and shoot so she doesn't have to use "my heavy camera" anymore and now everyone's happy...


October 01, 2007

Hi couldn't agree more. I was struck by the same disease when I bought my new camera, then I realised stock isn't everything. Some of the most powerful and well known photos in the world would not make a stock selection. So if a picture says a thousand words, there are many stories to be told beyond narrow stock rules. Shoot for fun or it will loose its appeal for you. EnJoy!D