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Film Vs Digital, Canon Vs Nikon, Mac Vs PC, Amateur Vs Pro… In the world of stock photography there’s always been conflicting arguments along the lines of mine’s better than yours with heated opinions in both camps and one of the latest in the long line of topics is: Camera Vs Phone.

 

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I have read the blog and its all fine and true.

I suspect many established contributors would like to experiement with "Stockimo" style using a traditional camera and the wide range of editing tools that are available but they are put off by the QC failure risk. There is no way of testing whether a new "creative or fashionable" approach is acceptable, so we don't submit. Then of course if we are going to "over" process it why does it need to be an approved camera - we could get the immediacy of a phone picture using an inexpensive compact camera.

Perhaps we need a separate "street fashion" upload channel for the main collection that use a Stockimo style QC regime. I would love to play with that route alongside my main submissions especially as I have an Android phone and no iPad so Stoickimo is closed to me.

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I have read the blog and its all fine and true.

 

I suspect many established contributors would like to experiement with "Stockimo" style using a traditional camera and the wide range of editing tools that are available but they are put off by the QC failure risk. There is no way of testing whether a new "creative or fashionable" approach is acceptable, so we don't submit. Then of course if we are going to "over" process it why does it need to be an approved camera - we could get the immediacy of a phone picture using an inexpensive compact camera.

 

Perhaps we need a separate "street fashion" upload channel for the main collection that use a Stockimo style QC regime. I would love to play with that route alongside my main submissions especially as I have an Android phone and no iPad so Stoickimo is closed to me.

 

 

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Too scared too play around too much with images for fear of QC rejection.

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What's needed is a way to mark images as digitally altered before uploading rather than after they've passed QC.

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This is a interesting and well timed blog post from Alamy I think, and makes me wonder why not more contributors take part with comments on the blog or forum?

 

When the basics have been covered, this will remind me that I must work to be more creative, and better the "creative" results I get when I search my keywords. And I will follow Alamys "advice" to study the Stockimo look.

 

I have loved working with Photoshop since i discovered it ( ver. 4.0 ) long ago. With Alamy however I have "only" uploaded retouched photos and worked to increase the numbers.

 

Darkness is all around us weatherwise now, and winter depression could be around the corner. Maybe winter is the time for creativity in the digital darkroom. If some of the results pass QC that is an added bonus of course.

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Perhaps we need a separate "street fashion" upload channel for the main collection that use a Stockimo style QC regime.

 

Awesome (time for a moratorium on that adjective) idea. Perhaps it's even possible to be "creative" (in the Stockimo sense) with a real camera.

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Perhaps we need a separate "street fashion" upload channel for the main collection that use a Stockimo style QC regime.

 

Awesome (time for a moratorium on that adjective) idea. Perhaps it's even possible to be "creative" (in the Stockimo sense) with a real camera.

 

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My more creative stuff tends to be dumped or maybe uploaded to Flickr as I feel that the QC failure risk is too great otherwise. You don't need to be using a phone to take imaginative or weird shots!

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I have read the blog and its all fine and true.

 

I suspect many established contributors would like to experiement with "Stockimo" style using a traditional camera and the wide range of editing tools that are available but they are put off by the QC failure risk. There is no way of testing whether a new "creative or fashionable" approach is acceptable, so we don't submit. Then of course if we are going to "over" process it why does it need to be an approved camera - we could get the immediacy of a phone picture using an inexpensive compact camera.

 

Perhaps we need a separate "street fashion" upload channel for the main collection that use a Stockimo style QC regime. I would love to play with that route alongside my main submissions especially as I have an Android phone and no iPad so Stoickimo is closed to me.

I tried commenting something similar on the blog but don't seem to have done it right as my comment is not there.  The penalty for a QC failure is too great to be worth the risk of experimenting.

 

Pearl

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I'd rather risk submitting photos that QC finds too manipulated than risk not submitting interesting, creative photos that I feel a prospective client might find useful.

 

(To be fair, though, that might be meaningless, since I mainly submit news, and I'm not remotely in the position of losing what a medium-to-big, successful contributor might if I suddenly earned a string of QC fails.)

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Maybe type in the keyword Filter and set tab to New. maybe even check Square.

Like this.

Ignore the cigarette butts and graduated photo filters.

wim

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Filtering out the butts and coffee filters, you still have quite a collection of heavily, and in many cases "creatively", manipulated non-Stockimo images here . . . hmmm, I'm arguing against myself here, having in the past bemoaned the fact StockIMO type images taken with dslr couldn't be uploaded.

 

Incoming rethink!!

 

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After looking at a lot of film scanned images from 35mm SLR's in the last few days, after reviewing the 'filter' search on Alamy, it certainly looks to me that editing digital images to match old film styles is quite a popular method. Whether it sells is another matter, however, I've personally steered well clear of this sort of editing due to fears of QC failures. 

 

I guess it's all about shooting/editing for the market in which these images are intended, and not editing an image in this style that doesn't fit the requirement. Stockimo's increased popularity is likely due to people being allowed to really express their design skills in their images and some do it very well. Another thing to add to the learning pool lol 

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