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Experimental photography

When you are supplying stock agencies or editorial clients, you get very little creative license. Alamy, who I supply, prefer standard stock imagery as opposed to artistic or creative images. It can stifle the artist within you unless you dedicate time to being creative. Some stock agencies notably Millennium welcome “off the wall” images and I’ll be looking to supply to them soon. The Getty Flickr collection is equally diverse and is showing signs of real variety and a unique market position. I like to experiment with photography and hope to develop an artistic style as well as the conventional style that currently runs though my work. I think I’ve just got bored with taking standard pictures. I want some excitement and to produce something very different.

I scanned a couple of images today and played with reversing them, changing the colours, contrasts and much more. let me know what you think !

They are certainly different !

Hasselblad H4D 40 and H4D 50 Launch at The Pro Centre, London.

On Wednesday the 10th of February, Hasselblad launched their new range of cameras at 50 locations worldwide. I attended the launch at The Procentre, one of London’s largest rental companies and was immediately impressed with the new range of cameras. The launch was very well attended and everything was laid on to have an enjoyable and informative session. The build quality of the cameras was everything you would expect from Hasselblad. There were no noticeable differences between the H4D 40 and the H4D 50 and they both handled equally as well. The main new feature of the cameras was the True Focus button which is situated near the shutter button. Hasselblad’s revolutionary “True Focus” has made the camera much easier to handle and the focusing was as fast as a top of the range DSLR but obviously the picture quality is twice as impressive due to the sensor being twice the size. I love working with the large files that medium format digital provides. The ability to crop into an image, without rendering your file too small for stock library submission, is a major plus point. I’ve done most of my stock work on a Nikon D2X but I’m unable to crop satisfactory, due to stock submission guidelines and image quality. Serious stock shooters will be looking towards medium format digital in increasing numbers I believe.

Below are some of the example’s of images I took at the launch. A couple of the images have been cropped heavily and all have been slightly tweaked in the Phocus software that Hasselblad provided. Phocus has also improved and is becoming one of my favorite pieces of software. You very rarely need to use Photoshop now, which is testament to how good Phocus has become.

This still life was with the H4D 50

This was with the H4D 40.

The following set of images were of the model, Zoe Cornwall, who was excellent to work with. It must be very daunting for a model to perform at an event where there are so many photographers but Zoe was at ease immediately and proved to be a fantastic model for the day.

All the model shots were on the Hasselblad H4D 40. The H4D 50 was in great demand elsewhere !

Hasselblad will be staging further “hands on days” in the future and I’d advise all photographers to have a play with these great cameras.

ffffound as a creative resource

My good friend Steve is always trawling though the website http://www.ffffound.com looking at a marvelous multitude of creative imagery.

It’s a creative hub of like minded people sharing all that is good in photography, design and the arts. It’s amazing to see how imaginative people can be, so I thought I’d share a few of my personal highlights.

Image by I Anton from Flickr.

Image by Kurare

Tornado made of steel wool, cotton, ground parsley and moss

Image by Matthew Albanese

Veer drops RM and goes the RF route

Veer

Veer, the stock library owned by Corbis has dropped all Rights Managed images in favour of Royalty Free, it was reported in the British Journal of Photography. The RM images currently on their site will be relocated onto the Corbis website.

” We launched microstock-priced imagery a year ago in response to customer demand,” says Nairn Nerland, senior vice president of marketing and general manager of veer.com. ” It’s been very successful and we’ve decided to make it more scalable and extend our proposition in the value-based sector of imagery.”

Veer admits that the stock image industry is evolving, with microstock taking increasing importance in the market.

I think it’s becoming increasingly difficult for photographers to make a regular income from the stock industry. Too many images are driving down the prices and many pro photographers on stock forums are complaining about diminishing returns. I’m currently with Alamy for my editorial work and I’ve noticed that the prices are dropping. Wether this is due to the current economy, competition, microstock or my bad photography time will tell. It does all seem to be on a downward trend.