Well, it’s taken me a while to finally contribute some video footage to istockphoto/getty. Now that I finally have capable gear, I’m curious to see how this does. Here is my first contribution…
I was really excited about the recent work I produced at the iStockphoto.com minilypse event – Raleighlypse. Istockalypse events bring a group of photos to a single city with a pool of models and locations and your group rotates from station to station and you have a brief time “at bat” to create something amazing. This makes for an interesting challenge because you are short on time, so you have to work quick and get the shot before the clock runs out. Luckily, you have the rest of the photographers in your group to photo assist you (and then you assist for them.) The costumes, locations and models at Raleighlypse was absolutely incredible (and I would love working with my group again, go team.)
I felt like I’ve created some of my best work in a while. And when someone recognizes stuff you are pleased with, that makes it even better. I was honored to get a “Sir Walter Raleigh” award at the “first annual” Raleighlypse. My wife thought I was being silly for being so proud of a trinket trophy. But as I was telling her of the amazing talent at the event, she started to understand that it was more about the honor of it and not the headless skeleton that now sits proudly on my desk.
After sharing some of the preview images on Facebook, they earned the most likes I’ve seen on my photos in a long time. Tonight, I got an email from my 500px.com account that my “Sir Walter Raleigh” image from the event earned “Popular” and “Upcoming” status. Now I just need to get these images on iStockphoto and hopefully the image buyers will find the image equally as interesting.
Thank you everyone for you help in creating the photo, and everyone that appreciates it.
It isn’t as bad as it sounds… harmless fun (self-portraits that is...). Istockphoto.com turns 10 on April 7th and they are asking their members to submit a headshot to build a gallery of the people who helped make it what it is today. From the forum thread on the topic:
Faces of iStock
To kick it all off we're creating a massive online gallery and we need your help. We want to see everyone out there involved in the iStock world: all you photographers, designers, illustrators, photo-retouchers, scrapbookers, video editors, musicians, Flash coders, marketing execs, iStock Inspectors, Steel Cagers, Australians, forum hanger-outers - everybody. And yes, you’ll get to see what we all look like as well.
So, I took the time and did a few self portraits of my own. I have a bunch of self-portrait headshots already, but why not take the opportunity to shoot a new quick one. But I had to do SOMETHING a little unique. I didn’t want to just do a “pretty face” pic. So, I used my motorcycle as a prop, and not just because I enjoy motorcycling, but because motorcycling is what caused me to adopt my online moniker: Motoed (pronounced: moto-Ed).
I narrowed the choice shots down to these few. I have a fav and my wife does as well. I’m curious to get the opinion of my audience as well. Which shots do you prefer? Add comments below, please.
Just did an iStockphoto Minilypse in Arizona (Desertlypse IV). The trip was awesome. The weather was outstanding. It made it hard coming back to the "coming winter" about to hit this area. Aside from great models and locations a few trip highlights included:
- Being picked up at the airport by SnapFactory's Mark Wallace and having a burger and a beer.
- A near-miss with a javelina
- A pre-lypse hike in the desert (see pics below)
- Fellow photographers I haven't seen in one year or two years.
- Harrassing photographers I just met (you know who you are, lol)
- Phoney mustaches from grocery store kids toy vending machine
- Hectic, but fun shooting schedule
- Ending it all, with a sunset shoot and giving a shot at some HDR technique.
It’s been a while since I “lypsed” (is that really a word?). My last istock event was last summer in Toronto and I’m excited to be visiting some place new this time. My friend Ethan Myerson is putting on DesertLypse 4 in November and fortunately, I made it off the standby list.
This will be my first time to “the desert” region so it should be fun. I’ve been to Las Vegas on a previous trip, but I never made it off the strip. So it wasn’t much different then any city.
Time to get my thinking cap on and start visualizing what I’m capturing!