Monday, February 28, 2011

Q. from CosteVlad :Vazand galeria mea crezi ca as avea sanse sa incep o cariera in stock si sa fac asta toata viata. p.s. Mi se pare ca stilul pe care l-am adoptate este asemanator cu al lui Yuri Arcurs.

Big changes in the stock photography industry so no one can be sure if this is something to make a living from and for the majority probably not but if you want it as a hobby why not.

About your gallery it is way to early to say. When you'll have around 500 images is more likely to say something about a style or anything really.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cum ai ajuns sa vinzi pe http://www.gettyimages.com/ pentru ca am inteles ca este destul de greu.

There are more ways to be a "Getty Images" images provider, but right now this would be the easiest way to have your images sold there: http://www.flickr.com/groups/callforartists/

In 2004 when I first realized that Getty is the best agency out there and I decided to see how stock photography would be for me it was a totally different story.
Since then things have changed immensely and changes are still huge today on every level and not only for stock photographers but for journalist too and photographer in general. Any way Stock Photography is not what it use to be and no one can tell you for sure what it's going to be like in the future.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sleepless Nation

I'll have to make some images about this thing.
I find plenty of friends and friends of a friend (that have to go work next day, really) on-line at 4-5 in the morning posting funny stuff or commenting and I know it for a fact that they were not just wakening up or something.
I know I am. I re enter a more normal program but sooner or later I find myself again working late. So late that is morning ! I thought it's just me and a few crazy once but I have numerous networking sites (not only facebook) to prove me that is not just me at all. Far from it. What's going on people?

unimportant stuff ? what do you mean ? what is really important and what's unimportant ?

This is a good one but at the time (when I said that I should concentrate only on important stuff) I was referring at stock photography to be honest and to the photography business in general.

At that point I didn't invest any more money then the semester's photography exhibitions (huge) expenses and the too many roles of film that I was using every day (like they were digital or something) . But important stuff it would have been to by a digital SLR camera that was already available (especialy that I had plenty of money from the real estates hobby I was doing back then).

Now, important stuff (business wise) would be kind of the same, only maybe its time for some video investments too.
See? I need the 10 years perspective again...

The truth is that always with investing like with giving it comes back to you ten times more :)

Ask me anything

If you could go back in time 10 years and tell your younger self something, what would it be?

Then I was a student at the University of Photography and Videography so I already knew which way I wanted to go. I had faith but I'd just say this:
"Get busy. Don't lose time with unimportant stuff!"

Ask me anything

Ce crezi despre galeria mea de pe shutterstock? http://www.shutterstock.com/g/costevladionut

I see you have a model that you can easily work with
I'm referring to her : http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-70866070/stock-photo-closeup-of-a-smiling-caucasian-woman-eating-a-chocolate-against-white.html

...and you could try some more concept like images. Think like a designer would to find out what type of images are needed out there and still missing. Try new things along with the usual style.

Think more careful about every little space in your frame so you include only what's important (good stock images must have a clear message no matter how small).

Good light !

Ask me anything

Friday, February 18, 2011

16 THINGS about me

16 THINGS reposted from my flickr account where I've been asked (severel times like most of us there) to say 16 things about me. Here it is:

Just a little bit of news for youmagic night

1. I have a daughter that I'm really proud of.
2. My husband is the best man I know.
3. I like nights more then I like mornings.
4. I find to be a powerful person someone who can afford to listen, forgive, forget, believe, understand and help those around and I consider to be a weak and desperate person someone who would give ultimatums, hide under party times or cool faces and destroy any glimmer of hope of others.
5. No question about it, I am not a serious person. I'm serious.
6. My kitchen wall is yellow. Still.
7. The only scary movies that I really like are the Scary Movie series ;)
8. My personal record number of films that I watched in a week was 38 (at home off course) and for one day was 7 and I really like to try harder next time.
9. My favorite comedies are Office Space, Parole Officer and Stranger Then Fiction.
10. I find philosophy, logic, emotional intelligence to be the best "tools" in life but with out faith and especially love, life would not make sense at all.
11. I know that a person with character is something that is very, very rear in real life. I also know that we don't judge our selves with the same eyes that we judge the people around us. All in all I don't put my trust in any human been including myself when it comes to expecting the right thing or stuff like that.
12. I am a perfectionist so if I have to write something (right) it will take a while. :D
13. I really love to dance and I think that you can tell a lot about someone if you watch them dancing....except me cose I know this so I pretend to be different then I actually am.
14. One of the things that I really don't like at all is the fact that clothes have that irritating tag inside witch will end up against the skin making me crazy and most of all that no one from the industry, no matter how famous/good or cool, would consider at least a soft material or some easy way to remove it without ripping the material off. Really annoying and surprising.

15. I have the believe that often real stories would seam so made up that is better not to tell them at all .

16. IF you happen to find any misspellings, contextual errors or any other kind of text-related mistakes, you can blame MS Word or little green men from Mars, but not me. Because I don't make mistakes. Because I'm perfect. That's all.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Let's talk prices for photographs

This saying describes perfectly how I always think. 

In my other post here , I wrote about the importance of knowing how to talk /deal with prospective clients and I mentioned that, I would talk more about the importance of the prices.

 When you charge a rate that you feel is underpaying you, you become a pain in the ass to the client and yourself. You begin to despise what you have to do because it feels like cheap labor. Your creativity suffers along with your work performance. Instead of focusing on the job at hand all you do is worry about the guy down the street making more money than you.

When you work on high standards every single detail matters, and for that reason only, and the task of explaining the client about certain aspects takes a lot of determination and confidence in what you say.
The photographer deals not only with the model (who can be or not be the actual client) but also with agencies, collaborators, artists (makeup, hair, styling, creative) and also his/her team. That's a lot of people to deal with but most important of all is the actual client and the relation between them all.

Usually the main priority of the client is the price and then the product/service to be acquired. Prices are very important. They talk about your business and they keep clients away or bring them back again.

There is no client who would say when do we do that photo session or when can we have those images before a "Request For Bid". No way ! That would be very rear indeed and I totally understand why. But asking the right price and knowing all about it would not make your client totally understand it as well. It's again up to us (our agent) to know how to talk about it.

When I started the photography business I was sure that shooting a Vogue cover would get me so much money and that the model on the cover are paid a fortune as well. Not always true. For instance a model could be paid even less then a hundred dollar for a cover if is not a super model when for a fashion show she could get hundreds of thousands. Advertising campaigns or a fashion designers would have huge budges. Editorials are more opportunistic then strategically planed so the final work is not that certain and prices ten be a lot lower for that. On the other hand, like I said earlier, ad agencies when contacting the photographer already know what they need and the price usually goes sky rocketing because they are always looking for bigger, better and more shocking then the last campaign so the price would do the same.

One might think that is all about the client but like in the magazine cover case there is not about that but about the type of work that needs to be done and the standards to be fulfilled.

Other type of works in the photography industry like the stock photography have quite exact ways of determining the price (agency type, license type, exclusivity or not, size, territory, time...) or it use to be like that, before the micro and macro stock were so much alike.

Interestingly enough only after Istock "created" the very very low prices for a download of the today's micro stock industry I've learned about photographers earning millions from doing just that.

I would be very interested to know how many millionaires are there from photography today .