PICHA’s in-house photographer, Kat Grudko, shares her top 10 things to keep in mind when shooting for stock photography.
- Make sure the images are sharp, in focus and exposed properly
- Keep the composition and background as simple as possible so text can be overlaid if necessary
- It helps potential buyers to compose the image by placing the subject off centre
- Shoot with space on sides or above the head for text
- Remove all logos
- Remove anything that can be trademarked (a pattern or symbol that is recognized as part of a brand)
- Tattoos. They can be a part of the image if the model can prove they designed it themselves. If not it is best to remove them just in case.
- Graffiti and signage (if commissioned) may also need a property release form
- If the building or location is recognizable a property release will be needed
- Always be ready. A good photo can happen at any time. So, if possible, make sure to take your camera with you as much as possible.
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