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What do you need to produce good stock?

...just a smartphone with a decent camera
3 (5%)
Whatever medium DSLR or system camera is on hand
28 (46.7%)
A full frame DSLR or very high end system camera...at least...
6 (10%)
High end stuff. D800, mk III and a whole bunch of lenses and strobes....
7 (11.7%)
I think I stick with my Hasselblad :-)
0 (0%)
I am a Illustrator
6 (10%)
None of the above...
10 (16.7%)

Total Members Voted: 52

Author Topic: What do you need to produce good stock?  (Read 3681 times)

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Tror

« on: May 21, 2014, 11:18 »
+1
What do you need to produce good stock? :-) Just curious.... ::)


« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 11:25 »
+1
You need a 'none of the above' choice

« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 11:26 »
+2
Pencil, paper, scanner, Adobe Illustrator and a computer. I guess that would be the bare minimum.

Tror

« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2014, 11:27 »
0
You need a 'none of the above' choice

Done

timd35

« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2014, 11:29 »
+4
You are missing "imagination"

Tror

« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2014, 11:35 »
+1
You are missing "imagination"

I tried to upload pure imagination once, but SS rejected it for "missing focus" :D .... you still need tools to incarnate "imagination".

« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2014, 11:40 »
+2
You are missing "imagination"

I guess I need hands too. I forgot those.

« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2014, 11:40 »
+3
None of the above.
What you need is imagination, research abilities and a nice looking girlfriend.

You can even do it with a dog, if you dont have a girlfriend, or a butterfly.


timd35

« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2014, 11:40 »
0
You are missing "imagination"

I tried to upload pure imagination once, but SS rejected it for "missing focus" :D .... you still need tools to incarnate "imagination".

lol!!! :D

Ron

« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2014, 11:45 »
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People who voted non of the above, what do they think is needed in terms of equipment? I dont see much choices left.

« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2014, 11:49 »
0
People who voted non of the above, what do they think is needed in terms of equipment? I dont see much choices left.

There's a lot more to producing good content than just the equipment. Any of those options above can produce crap or dynamite work, but it is the creativity, knowledge, skill, management, resources, contacts, assistants, breadth of talent, etc. that go into the output (results). The cameras are only a tool of many.

Ron

« Reply #11 on: May 21, 2014, 11:51 »
0
I think the gist of the question is about the camera used, no?

Tror

« Reply #12 on: May 21, 2014, 12:01 »
0
I think the gist of the question is about the camera used, no?

Exactly...

farbled

« Reply #13 on: May 21, 2014, 12:04 »
0
Every agency has its minimum requirements. If your camera can do that, technically its good enough. But like everything else, its your eye and imagination that counts.

The question is kinda similar to "what kind of hammer will build the best house". :)

« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2014, 12:04 »
0
I think the gist of the question is about the camera used, no?

Exactly...

Then you should have specifically said hardware.

« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2014, 12:07 »
0
Never mentioned lights. Very amateurish.

Tror

« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2014, 12:18 »
0
To all the folks who can create images magically just with their minds or are missing their favourite strobe brand in the poll: i thought it was quite obvious that the poll focusses mostly on the camera type (with one exception which includes further equippment). my apologies if thar was not clear enough. if you have further concerns i suggest you just leave a constructive comment since i am seriously interested in the opinion of you guys...


« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2014, 12:21 »
0
To all the folks who can create images magically just with their minds or are missing their favourite strobe brand in the poll: i thought it was quite obvious that the poll focusses mostly on the camera type (with one exception which includes further equippment). if you have further concerns i suggest you just leave a constructive comment since i am seriously interested in the opinion of you guys...

I thought my comment was pretty constructive, but even that isn't satisfactory to you. Carry on.....

Tror

« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2014, 12:23 »
+2
To all the folks who can create images magically just with their minds or are missing their favourite strobe brand in the poll: i thought it was quite obvious that the poll focusses mostly on the camera type (with one exception which includes further equippment). if you have further concerns i suggest you just leave a constructive comment since i am seriously interested in the opinion of you guys...

I thought my comment was pretty constructive, but even that isn't satisfactory to you. Carry on.....

mpf...i havent had a problem with your comment specifically...just relax...

« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2014, 12:52 »
+1
of course you need a camera, or something that can get pixels into the frame.
The better camera the easier. But it is not about the camera, it is about the vision the artist has.
You can in fact just scan a picture of your last train ticket or what your girlfriend wrote this morning.
it is not about equipment but about knowing the market and in some way be able to come up with a digital file that the crowd will love..

Cameras are easy though, they provide you with many million pixels and if you point in  the right direction, you will get an advantage over those who paint everything with paintbrushes.


« Last Edit: May 21, 2014, 12:58 by JPSDK »

Ron

« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2014, 13:03 »
+3
I think the OP is well aware it takes more than a camera, he just happened to be interested in the camera part and created a poll for just that. Lets not make it more complicate then it is.

« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2014, 13:04 »
+1
I think the OP is well aware it takes more than a camera, he just happened to be interested in the camera part and created a poll for just that. Lets not make it more complicate then it is.

Well then, he could have and still can clarify that in the thread title. Simple. Why guess?

Ron

« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2014, 13:16 »
-1
Fair enough

« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2014, 13:41 »
+2
You don't need a top end camera. Almost all the newer entry level DSLR cameras can do 10 times more than the "professional" digital cameras that came out in 2008. You definitely don't need strobes. It's nice to have them, but many buyers prefer more naturalistic, authentic lighting nowadays. If I can get an image without strobes or flash, then I will go that direction first. I prefer results from window light or a reflector.

The best investment is on good lenses because of image sharpness requirements. If you can't afford top dollar zooms, then good fixed lenses will get the job done for less money.

If were going to put together a beginner startup kit, it would be something like a Nikon D3300, 35 1.8 or 50 1.8 lens, used Tamron 90 mm macro, SB700 flash with modifier, a 5 in 1 reflector and a Vanguard tripod.

That's just an example. You do something similar with a Fuji, Sony or Canon kit.

Lucadp

« Reply #24 on: May 21, 2014, 14:25 »
+1
i love my virtual studio.
i can choose the light setup or lens with a click of the mouse, tweak the reflections, don't worry about the iso...and hit the render button :)
Ok, just kidding, it's not so easy to make a good 3D image :D

« Reply #25 on: May 21, 2014, 14:41 »
0
None of the above.
What you need is imagination, research abilities and a nice looking girlfriend.

You can even do it with a dog, if you dont have a girlfriend, or a butterfly.

can you upload pictures with your eyes? don't you have to photograph it somehow?

fritz

  • I love Tom and Jerry music

« Reply #26 on: May 21, 2014, 15:32 »
+2
Genuine ideas!


 

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