Photographers in the stock photo industry have to navigate as both creatives and as business professionals in order to succeed. These nine pros offer their best tips to emerging artists.
Stock photographers are artists and business people at the same time. In addition to creating unforgettable images, they also have to understand the market. A great stock photographer has a distinct voice and perspective but is adaptable to trends. Over the last year, we’ve interviewed hundreds of Shutterstock photographers, and we’ve learned that they find inspiration everywhere from art galleries to the pages of glossy magazines.
We wanted to know the secrets of some of the best stock photographers around, so we asked nine of them to share some basic “Dos and Don’ts” for emerging artists. By far, the most popular “Do” was to be unique and stay true to yourself. A common “Don’t” was giving up or phoning it in. Read on to see what each of them said.
1. “A stock photographer should not only grow professionally but also expand his, her, or their knowledge in various fields.”
Image by Pressmaster. Gear: Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera, EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens. Settings: Exposure 1/128 sec; f2.8; ISO 400. Words by Ilia Trudenov, the art director at Pressmaster.
Do grow and evolve. Development is the key to success. A stock photographer should not only grow professionally but also expand his, her, or their knowledge in various fields. Stock photography covers all aspects of life, and you should be a kind of “information sponge” to make true-to-life images that will attract clients.