You can take stock photos with a compact camera, but using an SLR is of course preferable.
But remember the best camera is the one that you have on you. Do you spot a suitable stock shot and are only carrying a compact, then shoot it. If you are lucky, the quality is good enough (good enough to be corrected in post anyway). If you are not, well then it was worth a try.
In his book, "Microstock Photography" by Douglas Freer, he displays one of his successful stock image, and that was shot with a compact, but with post processing in Photoshop.
But of course, just as you should learn to master an SLR, you should also learn to master the compact.
Canon EOS 500D, Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM, Canon 50mm f/1.4
I also have point and shoot camera. I always noticed that it produced a very good color. One problem always is noise...visible when image viewed 100% especially when the image taken under low light but always good under bright days. Also, with this type of camera i found out that image was getting blur when zoomed in especially 100%. I think it is something to do with precision of the zoom gear inside the camera.
Best of luck to you...
IS, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS, Canon EF 50mm f1.8, Sigma 150mm f2.8 Macro...
Compact cameras have tiny sensors, which produces high noise levels on higher ISO values. BUT...thanks to the small sensors, they have a huge crop factor, which gives you an incredible depth of field. Which is great when it comes to macro and landscape photography. In my opinion, if you get the quality, DoF is a great advantage.
i have a canon 450D with standard 18-55mm and 100mm macro. i also carry my Nikon coolpix around just in case. the nikon is a 12mp, takes great photos even though it doesn't match my slr, but knowing your camera means better shots. i used to take the worst photos in history, i mean really bad but with practice i improved.
i started on a 3.1mp camera (not sold in stock lol but sold as a community reporter) then moved onto a 7.2mp (which produced photos of fireworks that even my slr can't).
so i'd say look through your photos, there could be some money lying there :-).
Canon 650D, 100mm L IS USM Macro, 50mm f1.4
Samsung NX300, 18-55mm, 3...
To start out I have a Canon T2i. For this investment I did a TON of research as to what to start out with. I've been very happy with my choice although I need to get more lenses. But at the time I got the camera my computer just wasn't up to par to ANY standard. I waited a year to get my new iMac and now I'm finally just beginning. My next step is to buy more equipment for my camera. I need a lens or two most importantly. But for now I'm limited, but at the same time I'm a lot further than I was when I just "decided" this was what I wanted to do. My passion. Photography.
I'm stuck doing a 40 hour retail job which also limits my time along with my 2 children and very supportive husband. But such is life and I'm happy to be where I am today, because all I've done is improve and learn and I can only go up with hard work and patience.
Anyone please feel free to take a look and my first few photos and please make any comments or suggestions. I see myself as student here and I love to now be a part of this vast community where I can learn from others with every step I take. When I got my camera I made a critical decision to only shoot RAW and go from their. But I learned here now that maybe all my photos from my old point and shoot may not be at a total loss. But mostly I plan to move forward and learn from my past.
Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Camera with Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS lens
SLR allows you to better control aperture and shutter speed, so you can do more fancy tricks on it. But it does not necessarily mean better pictures. There are plenty of good pictures, especially for stock, can be taken by just a P&S. It's the technical quality that gets your photos in, and it's the good concept that sells. Of course if you have a dSLR and having fun along the way, that's more important :)
I also currently have powershot sx 10 and I must tell that it is really difficult to get your photos accepted. Most of the photos get rejected with the following reason 'poor optical performance due to low lens quality'. Even though you use photoshop to remove chromatic aberration, it's still very difficult get photos accepted. Of course I have managed to sell a couple of photos, but I think if you have a DSLR it would be easier. I hope I can get my DSLR as soon as possible!
Well I get the impression an DSLR is practically a minimum requirement. At this point although I've had some of my digital artwork accepted so I haven't totally wasted my time :) I'm yet to have any photos taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ100 accepted.
The main reasons given have been have been things like low optical performance, image noise, and over filtering e.g. too much sharpening. Actually as a designer myself I probably do over filter things a bit which is fine for my own print design but is probably a habit I need to get out of for stock. So a bit of a learning curve there.
However it has surprised me how high the expectations are because I've not had any problem getting pictures from all sorts of cameras to look good in print and as long as you don't push the size too much and use images within their limitations practically anything is usable even a phone camera lol well it depends on the nature of the design some times you want low quality photos taken with a real toy camera because this has more artistic integrity that trying to achieve this with filters and creates qualities which can never really be substituted.
But unfortunately it does seem like my Panasonic Lumix FZ100 may not be up to producing stock images. Well I've had images rejected which look perfectly fine to me and know would look good in print but if the best JPEGs this camera can produce are getting rejected because the camera's own default noise reduction and sharpening is considered too much filtering it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence. That said at this stage I'm trying some images created from RAW files with no noise reduction or sharpening because I'm being asked to re-submit the "original" and this is the nearest I get to the original, but I don't feel very confident.
All this leads me to suspect I may be wasting my time submitting any image taken on this Panasonic Lumix FZ100 camera which incidentally is also sold for around 300 more as the Leica V-Lux 2 which doesn't really give one much confidence in other Leica/Panasonic cameras, maybe I should have bought a Canon lol
I've got some stuff in my accepted portfolio taken with a Powershot SX10 IS. Great colour with those. Couldn't really get decent low-light stuff though, so I've upgraded, but still not all the way to an SLR. Using a micro four-thirds Olympus. Size matters for my shooting style... On the other hand, my best-selling image was an indoor shot taken with a 3.2 pixel point and shoot Pentax!
Well I gave up on submitting any more photos taken with my Panasonic Lumix FZ100 here. However on another site I managed to pass the test submission first time with many of the same photos rejected here and have already made a sale, I also managed to get some HD video footage taken with the FZ100 accepted on another site, so you can never tell. Although the FZ100 seems better at video than it is at still photos.
That said by the time I submitted images elsewhere I had at least learned not to over sharpen things and minimize noise, so I dare say they looked better than they did when I first submitted them here.
However realising the Lumix FZ100 images are noisy even at 100 ISO and at higher ISOs images literally look like sand paper (no exaggeration) I decided I need a better camera so I've just bought a Canon EOS Rebel T3i (600D) with the 18 - 55 and 55 to 250 twin lens kit. So hopefully that should improve my chances of getting images accepted. :)
Quoted Message: Thats a very good camera, it can vastly increase your potential, good luck with your new images and the first experiences with a DSLR.
I should have got a DSLR before really, I've used manual 35mm SLRs in the past and still have a collection of vintage 35mm SLRs. One thing which should be fun with the Canon is you can fit M42 lenses to it via an adapter so I'm looking forward to fitting my old Russian Helios 58mm f2 and Pentacon 135mm f2.8 apparently both these lens produce excellent bokeh and are quite sought after particularly for video, so it should be fun to use them again I knew there was a reason I hung on to them for the last 30 years lol :)