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Well DURRRR stock tutorial by lockstock Well DURRRR stock tutorial by lockstock
Most of you will say "WELL DURRRR!" but this might maybe possibly help some of the new stock models? Maybe? God knows my pics aren't perfect, but this is a pretty decent outline of the basics.

Feel free to disagree... IN SILENCE!!! :evillaugh:
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lazy-stock Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2006   Photographer
:clap: Very well done!
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Dandelion-lion Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
Hi...Silly question, but i thought you might know what colour background is best for someone with quite pale skin with a pinky tone to it? I want to start taking stock shots for my stock account, but i dont know what colour bg would be best. Im thinking white, but it may make me look too pale. Do you have any suggestions? I know i should experiment with different colours, but a basis to start from would be great. :)
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lockstock Featured By Owner May 30, 2006
Actually, a very basic medium gray works well. My background is supposed to be gray, but it actually has a slight pinky-purple cast to it, which is not so good, so be sure to pick a REAL gray (take the fabric to a window rather than trusting flourescent lighting.) Another option might be to try a sort of paper-bag brown color. Nothing too dark or too yellow. Just a dull lightish brown. I've never used it myself but I would suspect it would play nice with your pale skin. Give it a try!
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Dandelion-lion Featured By Owner May 31, 2006
Thankyou so much for the speedy adn extremely helpful reply. I will be sure to try your suggestions out asap and ill let you know how it goes :)
My stock gallery isnt very accomplished yet, no figure shots, just backgrounds and stuff, so i wanted to try posing out. You and lucias tears definately inspired me :)
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pdtnc-stock Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2006
and there's me thinking you just had to have a webcam and no clothes! :D
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Bldg88 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2006   Photographer
this was very informative as I am thinking about opening my own commercial studio soon:D thankyou:cuddle:
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DelightfulStock Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial - this is good, simple advice that anyone can understand and utilize :nod: I wish there was somewhere on the submission page that could pop up tutorials like this when people try to submit stock - or even just on the DA stock photos gallery page...a special place for stock tutorials that are easily accessible for people who want to create stock :)
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Senecal Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent advice from a pro!

This should be passed around to anyone interested.
Some cameras also allow you to "meter" for a custom white balance (which is what you are describing with the changes with backgrounds).
That is also an excellent point to bring up as it can add more mileage to a session.

Fantastic to see this!
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FateoftheGodz Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2006
Do you have a tripod then? Or do you use a dresser type thing? :D I don't have a lot of money to be buying a bunch of sheets and tripods and stools, things of that nature. That's why I'm discouraged to do full body shots.

Now you should make a tutorial on the things in your closet?
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lockstock Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2006
I have a tripod I picked up at Wal-Mart. I don't remember how much it was, honestly, but I got the cheapest one. A desk will work too, since the camera really only needs to come up to your waist. (also you can stack books under the camera to adjust the height.)


If you don't have a plain colored bedsheet, a blanket will work too. Or just a bare wall. Or stand in front of a plain door. Really, you just want to be sure you can be clearly separated from your background.

When it boils down to it, this should be something that you enjoy. Don't spend more than it's worth to you.
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Doitroygsbre Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
Thanks for the bulb tips and drapery tips. I didn't realize it made such a difference. The rest I learned only through a few crappy stock photos of my own and studying what I liked/disliked about other stock photos. I hope more new stock artists take some of this to heart. I see so many pictures that would be PERFECT to use except the lighting/background/perspective etc. ruined it.
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C00LB0Y Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
u are the best !
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MelGama Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent! :clap: :hug:
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lessthanhuman Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006   General Artist
Well written. Hopefully this will help others improve the quality of their stock!
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auralis-stock Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006
Very simple but very well-written. I like your stick figures, they're so cute. ;p But you're absolutely right in what you tried to portray, it's frustrating to see great proportions ruined by distortions (unless they're on purpose). I always set the camera at waist-height, and quite far away from me. :nod:
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Shiva-Stock Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006  Student
thank you soooooooooo much *hugs you*
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xoki Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
hehe I love it. It's great even for everyone. :)
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katapilla Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
it was helpful, i had a great read
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Hellwolve Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
It's Keep It Simple Stupid ;P But, it's a nice tut. I hope more stock artists will use it; I don't like to sift to tons of bad stock photo's to find one that'll work :)
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006
I know that, but I didn't want to be rude. :XD:
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Hellwolve Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Sometimes being rude is the only language they'll understand ;)
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crazy-bananna Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hopefully this will help to make more Stock Artist as great as yourself. ^ ^ IM Sure it'll be very useful.
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radioPooh Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
I really love this .. so many stock artist need these common sence rules .
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Elandria Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006  Professional General Artist
Brilliant tutorial - my other half wanted to say thank you :) since he takes my stock photos lol :hug: You are ever an inspiration!
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
Well he does a brilliant job, so I'm flattered he liked my lil tute!
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:iconjustinthymependragon:
Very informative and useful! Thanks much! :hug:
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Moonshadow1968 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent idea, making this tutorial. I agree with GrimAngel's comment's completely. Thank you for this. Saving a copy of this for future reference. Thank you again, Lock.
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enialadam Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
Awsome! Very useful :)
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drgutman Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
beautiful ... "coolness" or "pownage" ... i'll have to direct some of people that try to make stock photos here ... link saved
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jademacalla Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
Wonderful. You are a doll...and a half.
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caddman Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
...Very nice thoughts and a good help tip for sure Sophie...:hug:
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tonymec Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
Nice little tutorial, full of good handy tips. :) Hope you won't get too angry at me for adding my 0.02:

Tip for 1: Mr and Mrs Japanese Tourist ask you to take a photo of them on Main Square and you don't have a camera stand handy. What should you do? Answer: After stepping back far enough to bring them full-height into frame, stand on one knee. This way, your head will be at about the right height to take a full-height shot of the couple without tilting the camera.

Also: Don't forget to try both portrait and landscape orientation. Maybe turn the camera several times to compare them both. Then hit the trigger button in the orientation which gives the best result.
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
Great suggestions! Thanks!
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ToxieFox Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
Wonderful little tutorial- I hope it helps stock artists so I can use their art to make mine! :grin:
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AssPain Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvery usefull!!
I'll fav to spread it.. meh preeeeeeeeeeeeahderrrrrrrr jjjlolololololjjj
(yes I'm nuts thanks for asking)
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DemonHearts Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
Absolutely WONDERFUL! This will certainly help me... I need to get a good stand. >.> -lol- Thanks a lot! :hug: :heart:

~Blood~
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Ilfirin Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
It should be useful :)
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seirarelur666 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
Great! Perfect timing! We just started doing photography in my multimedia class! ( I'm in it right now :evillaugh: ) Thank you very much! :glomp:
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madnessism Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Professional General Artist
THANK YOU FOR THIS. :hug:
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bloodollie Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
This is a wonderful idea and I think it will really help some of the stock artists out there!
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drwhofan Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
Well done! Speaking as traditional artist, and not a photomanipulator, you have hit the nail on the head. Lighting type, background color, and to some extent the reflected light from objects not within lens view, all have impact on the interpretation of colour and temperature of the subject. Admittedly, there are times when I prefer stock taken outdoors, utilizing foliage and/or abandoded structures as a background, but that is a rarity.

But even more so, camera position is so important, and least understood. I find this especially true in reclining poses, even with professional photographers. The camera is kept at the same height and stance for a standing or sitting model, which gives some serious perspective distortion that can be difficult to work around, especially without a great deal of experience.

There are times when doing complex figurative work that you have extreme perspective issues for the periphery subjects. If, like most illustrators, the artist is relying on photographic references, it is far easier to use a photo that has proper lighting, and perspective and make the adjustments on the piece, that it is going the other direction.

I hope this tutorial comes as great use to many stock providers.
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lockstock Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
Thank you for a great comment! I use stock in my other account and #1 is my biggest beef.
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whisperelmwood Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
there are more stock artists out there who need to read this than there really aught to be.
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You should wear royal blue more often! :D Great idea putting out a stock tutorial. :clap:
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GrimAngel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
it's about time someone put out a stock tutorial! this is wonderful and I hope a lot of stock artists start using this to increase the quality of their stock. great job and that last picture was amazing the difference in your skin tone that a background makes.
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Bark Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Professional Writer
i hope many will read and PAY ATTENTION!
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:clap: i hope it will be read by many ;)
thanks for sharing hon! :hug:
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lotalara Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
Original Idea i haven't seen a guide to stock photos. :worship:
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Ludwig1300 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
good job!
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Luincir Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2006
It can be useful, thanks for sharing :)
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