When learning something new, takes you back to be able to advance
Stock photography is completely new to me and I’m glad I found it. It takes me back to when I was a photography student. When all we talked about was getting it right in camera. I miss that! I’ve been influenced by all the wrong photographers over the years, the ones that are self-taught with thousands of followers on Instagram. The ones who proudly tell other aspiring photographers that it doesn’t matter if the focus isn’t there, it’s all about the feelings. They are right to some point, but I don’t want to be one of them. I want to get it right in camera, with feelings and all.
“Technology has eliminated the basement darkroom and the whole notion of photography as an intense labor of love for obsessives and replaced them with a sense of immediacy and instant gratification.”― Joe McNally
With these photos, I got it right in camera. They are developed carefully in my digital darkroom, which is Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop. There is no heavy editing. I’ve only done what the camera/cellphone do for you, when you photograph in JPEG. I photograph in RAW and therefore need to develop the photograph myself and turn it into JPEG.
Let’s get it right in camera
I want to go back, back to being a professional photographer who gets it right in camera. Back to who I was as a photography student, when I did my own thing, when a fashion photographer absolutely loved my work. But how do I stop comparing myself to those who get heaps of likes and comments on every photo they post on Instagram? I don’t know how, but I am going to do what I want to. Right now, that is learning the business of stock photography and maybe you do too?