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Old 06-02-2006, 09:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey All,
I have a question. I will be really jumping on the stock band wagon this year in conjunction with starting a food styling company with a local web design company here in FL. My question is...for those of you that shoot stock...how much editing if any do you do to your stock images? Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
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Here is an image I am working on...not done cleaning it up yet..but this is the first time I have played with duotones..thoughts please.....the rest are just for sharing...thoughts on those are welcome too....God made canon....and it was good.....lol.



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I worked as a digital editor for a stock image company and most images were not retouched by the photographers. Some photographers said that they do their "own retouching" but that always ended up a nightmare for the retouchers. My suggestion would be to keep as many Brands/logos out of the image and make sure it's well color balanced. Let the company do the retouching, they have 25 million guidlines to follow and it is easier to let them deal with them. As for a Duotone, nothing with 'EFX' would ever make it's way in as stock where I worked.

From the thousands of images I retouched none of them felt like the image you have just posted, but maybe stock photography has changed a bit over the past few years? I will leave that up to the stock shooters on G1 to answer about the content.

Anyway, nice model and fun images. I would have her work on facial expressions. Also, on #3 I would turn her face a bit for the nose shadow doesn't run past her lips. My favorite image is the last one, I would say 'lose the ring' and it's solid. Only my silly suggestions.
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Hey Joshua,

Thanks for the input man! You mean to tell me that the stock agencies usually do the retouching? I didnt know that. Any suggestions on some good agencies. I know of a few but they pay pennies for an image. Is that what I can expenct? The duo was just me experimenting...thats all. But good to know that anyways. Are you still doing image retouching? Do the agencies do the "rez'ing" up of the files to get them to the size to meet their specs or is this something I do? Thanks again for any input.

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I left retouching stock photography 2 years ago to work for a master photographer in a portrait studio, so yes, I still retouch a ton daily.

Sure they have their own retouchers. Having their own gives them the power to change the final image to a better 'sellable' image. If a shirt is a bright annoying red, we would change it to blue, a stronger more trustworthy color choice to sell an image.

Some of the bigger stock agencies are probably Ghetty, Corbis, Creatas. (again, 2 years ago they were the giants/leaders, I know Ghetty still is #1) As for smaller ones you have things like istockphoto.com (which I heard Ghetty bought out...go figure)
They usually have many rules and need bigger file sizes. They will not accept smaller file sizes. I would suggest starting with at least a 5 megapixel camera shooting in RAW. If you shoot film, they should take care of getting the images scanned at high quality.

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