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FROM THE EDITOR
at the end of year 2006 this issue of Stock Photo News
brings an article about how to make the best out of photography
during Christmas. You can make use of it for your own audience,
online or in print (or for your family or friends).
But else SPN focus on pictures and marketing with a special
interest in the stock photo industry as usual.
trend of changing prices of the stock photos continue:
General types of pictures are becoming much cheaper, carried
forward by the many sites offering so called microstock
photography from amateurs for a dollar or two.
the other end the well established professional picture
agencies are earning higher prices on creative stock imagery
mainly with people included and full model release.
Royalty-free stock photography is overhauling traditional
licensed or rights managed stock photos because of its
comfortable open use.
number of pictures in the stock photo collections are
taking new peaks: Alamy.com is now with 7.4 million stock
images online and AgeFotoStock.com has nearly 4 million
strongly edited stock photos available online.
the microstock photo industry has to be taken seriously
was underlined when Getty Images acquired iStockPhoto on
February 9, 2006, for $50 million USD.
the end of this issue of SPN I give a glimpse of my own
involvement in the changing world of stock photography.
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PICTURES WITH A DIGITAL CAMERA
is a time for strong sentiments, gatherings of family and
friends, good food and nice traditions. Learn to make the
best out of this memorable time in pictures for old and young.
simple point-and-shoot cameras have a great potential for
family pictures during Christmas and they can also produce
most other kinds of pictures during this important annual
event. Small digital cameras aren’t that intrusive as
big professional cameras.
I offer some basic photo tips and some more advanced photo
tricks. If you follow just a few of them you will probably
make much more memorable Christmas pictures during the Christmas
days – and may be even before Christmas day.
prepared for photography
your digital camera in reach during all Christmas. Make sure
your battery is fully recharged and your memory card has plenty
of space for new pictures. Have your battery re-charger available,
too, as you will take many photos with flash.
the responsibility for taking pictures
some Christmas events you might be quite busy serving the
guest or helping older family members or being the one who
should talk with everybody. Then just give your camera to
another person and ask for him or her to take a lot of pictures
during the event.
Young people will often be very good at picture taking, not
least because the availability of camera phones has facilitated
that habit to even very young people.
close when taking pictures
as close as you can what ever you are shooting family members
or Christmas things and symbols. Most digital cameras include
more in the photo than what is displayed when you frame it,
unless you only use the digital display screen. You can always
quickly check the result and take a new picture if needed.
be afraid of arranged picture taking
situations around the Christmas tree are quite messy. Don’t
worry of arranging a fine scene like grandfather in the big
chair with the youngest family member on the lab with a big
Christmas present in the small hands.
an all family members group photo
have a picture taken if all family members get together for
Christmas is an opportunity you shouldn’t miss. If possible
beforehand of a functional locality – indoor or outdoor
with enough room for all, including the space for the photographer.
Use a tripod to have your self included. Take at least three
several shots of the most memorable situations
you have a very nice situation don’t spare your shots
but take at least 3 alternatives. One picture might turn out
much better than the others, and the first shot isn’t
the best shot very often.
pictures without the flash turned on
Christmas in the northern hemisphere is happening in the dark
wintertime many pictures will be taken with the flash on.
That is fine for many occasions but the strong flashlight
will often remove the nice special Christmas atmosphere. Learn
how to manually turn the flash on and off before any important
Christmas gathering. Increase the sensitivity to say 400 ASA
for natural light photography during Christmas events.
pictures are a rewarding approach to Christmas photography
as they generate a special atmosphere of old time and traditions.
Include one or two faces in the frame together with the candle.
You have to switch off the flash of the camera and improve
If possible support your elbows on a table or the like to
avoid camera shake.
Still remember to take some alternative shots. Many Christmas
symbols are also fine in candlelight.
series of Christmas pictures
number of Christmas pictures showing a process or an event
from the phase of preparation, through the main activities
until the final stage of saying goodbye or cleaning up can
be very interesting later. This can be a fine task for a younger
family member to take care of and it is so nice with digital
cameras that we don’t have to worry of the cost of pictures
that become failures. Such a series of Christmas pictures
is excellent for a digital slide show later.
special interest in the oldest family members
time goes by it often turns up that the last pictures of an
old family member that passed away was taken at Christmas
time. Without exaggerating keep that in mind and make sure
you get really nice portraits of the oldest family members
in good mood – every Christmas.
the best of the newborn and babies
there will be taken a lot of photos of babies and the smallest
children and that is a good tradition. Just pay a little attention
to how to link the pictures of the children to symbols of
Christmas and activities of other family members or friends
during the Christmas event.
for Christmas – also a photo option
children the waiting time to Christmas might be felt like
For us grownups the time might slip away because of all the
preparation for Christmas combined with our other duties.
Shopping in the decorated streets, preparing presents and
cooking food etc. are all fine options for your Christmas
away the bad pictures quickly
Christmas or just after go through the Christmas pictures
and weed all the bad ones out. When you have taken three alternative
frames of the same situation, only keep the best one for the
future. Be tuff, when editing your Christmas collection of
pictures – that will reward you in the long run.
Google’s Picasa picture organizer is a fine help and
it is free
your Christmas pictures
is easy to share your Christmas pictures with family members
you will find many options.
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SINCE LAST SPN
last SPN I have spent countless hours sorting stock photosfrom
me and other stock photographers of Biofoto.
I co-founded Biofoto with some colleagues in 1981. Biofoto
is now a section of Scanpix,
the biggest picture library in Scandinavia, and the stock
photos are available in Scandinavian languages at http://www.scanpix.dk.
Biofoto archive of analogue color slides amounted to 500.000
photos, all filed in individual and special designed cardboard
frames with sleeves to function as individual index cards
with all the necessarily information and stored vertical in
30 special designed huge cupboards with drawers.
haven't been involved in running Biofoto for many years so
it has been a very nostalgic kind of work. For many picture
agencies the stock photos are getting too old very quickly.
All kinds of pictures with people, cityscapes, cars and similar
items will after a few years look antiquated because the pictures
will show signs of a former time.
for stock photos of animals, plants and the natural environment
such signs aren't obvious. Here, only the technical aging
might kill the pictures: Fading colors and new better equipment
for the production of new - but completely similar - pictures
become available. In the case of Biofoto the quality of the
stored stock photos are surprisingly up to date.
Biofoto archive of analogue stock photos are the accumulated
efforts of +100 stock photographers and an enormous investment
in time, money and engagement. Only because of the photographers'
passion for nature and photography it has been possible to
make such a huge collection with precise data of all the species
from the natural world.
started as a specialist picture library and through the united
efforts of the photographers and the employees Biofoto became
the dominating picture agency in its area in Denmark with
10% of the turn over in foreign sales. When Biofoto was functioning
at its peak we had around 50.000 pictures in circulation at
the customers for their decisions of what to use every year.
physical work with picking these pictures from the drawers
to fulfill orders from customers, to mail these original and
valuable pictures and to keep track of their use - and not
least to get them back and re-file them was an ongoing huge
task of the employees.
that has changed dramatically with the online availability
of stock photos on the web where customers are doing the research
more or less by themselves and only get the pictures they
want to use.
Biofoto the process of converting the most saleable pictures
on film to digital files has been a process going on for a
number of years.
This scanning process is a big work, too, and most of the
photographers of Biofoto are busy with their professional
digital cameras to add to the online archive.
I have had to realize during last week is that of the original
500.000 stored original pictures in Biofoto around 50.000
will never be sorted and taken care of by their photographers.
Not because the quality is bad in any way, but because some
photographers have passed away and
nobody cares for their pictures or are able to do it. Or because
some of the most active photographers find it much more satisfying
to put all their efforts and time in producing new pictures
with their digital equipment.
this process of loosing stored analogue pictures is going
on all over the world these years. An enormous amount of information
is disappearing - for obvious but rather sad reasons.
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