I thought the image looked familiar, a quick search through my stock collection and I found it. It’s one of my pictures from my Getty images portfolio. It’s always great to see my work in use.
A little bit about the shoot.
This Photoshoot was part of an event hosted by gettyimages.com in London, November 2013. It was a three-day event in Shoreditch.
I loved it.
On the third day, I was one of a group of photographers and videographers who had been chosen to attend an event at a country estate outside of London.
Each Photographer was assigned a group of models and had a 40-minute slot to shoot the models assisted by an Art director from Getty Images.
The atmosphere at the house was great, a real buzz of creatives all working on their project.
The tension mounted as my 40-minute slot was due, but my models were late due to a travel issue.
It was great fun and the 40 minutes went by in no time.
I have developed a fast style when working with models and can get quite a lot of content from a short shoot. However, the editing, retouching and colour toning takes me weeks, wish I could get faster at that : )
A little bit about the shoot.
Surfer Lifestyle Stock Photography photo shoot.
Late September early evening, no wetsuit for the photographer : )
We shot a few images with a surfboard around the cliffs above Fistral Beach, Newquay with the Nikon D850 + 24-70 f2.8, then switched to the Fuji X-T2 with Meikon underwater housing for the sea part of the shoot.
There wasn’t a big gap between waves, and it was difficult shooting in these conditions. Shooting mirrorless with face detection certainly helps in blind shooting situations like this. I made the mistake of only putting one UHS-II card in the camera, missing many shots because the buffer in the camera hadnt cleared and it wasn’t ready to shoot.
If you are looking at a Fuji X-T2 and want to shoot rapid movement, lifestyle etc., I recommend using UHS-II cards over UHS-I. However 64gb Sandisk UHS-I 90mb’s 17 pounds, UHS-II 300 Mb’s 99 pounds.
Plastic Pollution in the Oceans Stock Photographs.
I shot various Plastic bottles, plastic bags etc. in the sea, under the surface and on the sand for use in stories highlighting the worldwide Plastic Pollution problem.
No pollution caused during the taking of these photographs : ) though a few times as the waves hit I did lose the plastic bottles for a while.
For the photography shoots I used A Fuji X-T2 with the 18-55 lens in a Meikon underwater housing.
Licence exclusively at istockphoto.com.
A little bit about the Photoshoot.
This couples lifestyle shoot took place at Fistral Beach, Newquay, Cornwall on a late September afternoon.
My second time working with more than one model, the first time was with gettyimages, and they arranged the models, wardrobe, locations, art directors etc.
On this photo shoot, that was all my job. Production is a job in itself.
I’d worked with the male model two days previous on a surf-themed photo shoot, but neither of us had worked with the female model.
I was a little worried the models would feel uncomfortable pretending to be a couple. However, they both were relaxed and nailed it.
These images are available for licence exclusively at Istockphoto.com.
Gear used; Nikon D850 + 24-70 f2.8.
The sad state of stock photography.
I remember when I saw this image on the advertisement for flights to Newquay, quite excited to see a picture in use. I emailed the model a copy, and he’s already seen it at Newquay airport.
So then the next question is, how much did I earn from my image in a national ad campaign? drum roll . . . . .
$0.78, so about 50 pence.
Stock Photography, get rich quick : )
A little bit about this photoshoot.
Yoga Lifestyle Stock Photography Shoot.
I had one week in June to create stock images. Unfortunately, I’d chosen a week with 40+ MPH winds and four seasons in 15-minute intervals.
I had to make the best of a bad situation.
I had two Photoshoots with this model; he’s versatile, a surfer, lifeguard, yoga instructor.
I decided to use a new camera, the Fuji X-T2. My trusty Nikon D800 had excellent image quality, but it’s wasn’t good at quick lifestyle photoshoots. Poor side focus hit rates, slow FPS meant a lot of missed shots.
When we arrived at the beach, torrential rain, so we waited, 15 minutes later, blazing early evening summer sunshine.
The Fuji X-T2 didn’t perform as well as hoped. It struggled to focus on the backlit model, and at the end of the shoot, it crashed.
The little Fuji is a good camera, but I did hit a few weaknesses with it on this shoot. Small buffer, struggles to focus in heavily backlit situations, prone to crashing (now fixed with firmware updates).
The images can be licenced exclusively at istockphoto.com.
View the shoot here.