In the lecture theatre we had a guest lecturer come in called Jamie Beeden, he presented to us about his work as a freelance music and portrait photographer, photographing many different famous people from Ronnie Barker to Dizzee Rascal. I really liked his portraiture as they’re of famous people that I know of due to the media they’re in, whether it’s music, tv or radio so when it comes to seeing his portraits I can tell straight away who they are and what they’re famous for, I think it’s that recognisition that catches most people’s attention when it comes to seeing the photographs. Some of Jamie’s clients include: Q, NME, Spin, The Sunday Times, The Word, Nylon, EMI Universal, Sony BMG, Island, Virgin, Beggars Banquet and Atlantic, so you can tell by the amount his professional, well-known clients how good of a photographer he is.
A lot of them are in black & white so those photos capture or detail and texture in the person’s face which I think also helps the photos stand out. Those that are in colour rather than black & white I think still work really well as the composition of them are really good and the way he frames his photographs in the surroundings also works really well and creates very creative photographs.
Kings Of Leon
Lee ‘Stratch’ Perry
I especially like the photograph of Kings of Leon because unlike the black & white portraits he takes this photo is different in that there’s background to the image rather than a close up shot and I think that the way it’s taken he’s framed every band member really well in the rusted metal. His black & white portraits are also really good because being in black & white there’s more texture and detail in the model’s faces and clothing.
As well as showing us his own work he spoke to us about stock photography and the various stock photography websites there are, for example iStock, Getty, Stocksy and Decisive Images. It was really interesting to find out about stock images as before I always saw stock photographs online but was never really sure what they were so from his presentation I gained a better understanding and knowledge of stock images.
When talking about stock images he told us about how he uses stock websites, mostly iStock but sometimes a few others that you could post images up on there and the website would have to agree to post them before they get posted onto their site, this is done because of copyright. Stock images can’t have any brand logos in them at all, even if they’re small and not very visible. Also stock images can’t have people in the shot that aren’t meant to be, if there is someone in the background or wherever it may be in the shot that could cause issues as they wouldn’t of agreed to be in the photo and they may not want to be seen or want photos being sold with them on it.
Like property release forms for photographing houses like Anthony Harrison does there are also release forms called model release forms, this form is an agreement that the person you’re photographing has agreed to being photographed.
Model release forms would usually look a bit like this, it’s basically just filling out the basic details, ticking the agreement and the photographer and model will sign their names so that the photographer has the agreement to photograph that person.
What I found interesting about stock images was that the photograph you post will get credits from the amount of downloads and sales and the photographer would get a certain amount of money for that images being sold. iStock take 70% of the payment and the photographer will get the other 30% so the website takes a lot of the earnings but depending on how many photographs you post on the site and how many get sales stock photography could be a good way of making a bit of extra money here and there when your photo makes sales. You can also make yourself exclusive to iStock which means you’ll be able to earn more and have many other benefits for being exclusive with iStock which non-exclusive iStock members won’t.
There are two different options for the licensing of images, royalty free which means that you can use the image for as long as you wish, there will be no time limit associated with usage of the image. Royalty free images are purchased by image size (the smaller the size, the cheaper the cost) or as part of an album without a price negotiation or any knowledge of how the image will be used.
Although royalty free images seem to give the designer more freedom they still have limitations. The other option is rights managed which means the images are essentially rented from the photo agency or individual photographer and a price for a specific use is negotiated, an additional fee will be added to the cost of the image rental if it is used for any other purpose.
When purchasing rights managed images the designer or agency is paying an extra cost to have the photographer or photo agency manage who has the rights to the image. This option provides extra comfort knowing that a direct competitor or any other industry won’t be using the same images on their campaigns.
While talking about stock images Jamie said that when filling out the image information on Photoshop or/and iStock when uploading an image you shouldn’t need to use more than 30 works, 20-30 should be the maximum. Also you can upload 40-50 photographs of the same subject but the photograph will have to be of a slightly different set-up every time, whether that’s the position of the subject or the style that the subject is being taken.
He also spoke about somebody called Yuri Arcus who is the world’s top selling stock photographer and has been since 2009, he is also the owner of PeopleImages.com. He works mostly on stock images and has the most stock image sales on nearly every stock website there is. I may look into Yuri Arcus more as I think it would be interesting to find out more about him and see what his images are like and how and why they sell as much as they do.
After the presentation Jamie Beeden also gave us some examples of how to retouch images in Photoshop to make them acceptable for uploading to iStock or whatever stock website you may want to upload your image to. Retouching would be making slight tweeks to the image to make it stand out that little bit more and also to remove any branding labels on the photo as well as removing any part of the photo that you don’t want to be seen, for example if there was a subject or object in the photo that wasn’t supposed to be. Also, to stay on the safe side of things you should edit out any people that aren’t supposed to be in the image so that you don’t have people complaining at you for being in the photo without being agreed to be.