Tips on photographing people for stock photography
With family around for the holidays, it’s the perfect time to grab a few stock shots of people. Grab your family and friends and see if you can put together a few scenes.
Think: togetherness… walks outside… cooking and hanging out in the kitchen… family.
Generally speaking, photos with people in them sell best in the world of stock photography.
Including a person in your frame helps to quickly communicate emotions, ideas, and concepts.
Now I’m not saying that every shot has to have a person in it. I’m just encouraging you to experiment with adding people in to more of your images.
I know it can be a little scary to photograph people if you haven’t done it much. When I was first starting out, I was super intimidated to point my camera at somebody. But just like anything, the more I practiced, the more comfortable it became.
Since it’s a holiday weekend, try starting out with people you know.
Once you branch out to strangers, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Make small talk. Ask your subject questions about him/herself. Get to know the person. Chatting casually helps everyone relax and build trust, which will create more natural looking expressions.
- Direct your models. Tell them what your vision is and what you’re going for in the shot. (Make sure YOU know what concept and emotion you are trying to create.)
- Watch your background. Look out for distractions such as tree branches and powerlines.
- Bring model releases. If there is a person in the shot, you need to have a signed release to sell it as stock.
- Watch out for logos. Ask your subjects to wear clothes that are free from logos and designs. These are a no-no in stock photography.
Last but not least, have fun! Don’t take it too seriously. Don’t be afraid to experiment and play — I bet you’ll come up with some great new stock images!
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