Many of my shots that I submit to various agencies come from a 5-minute radius walk of where I live. Not only does this keep my costs down, but it saves me a considerable amount of time! In fact, the past few days I’ve been shooting time-lapses from outside of my balcony.
Anyway, in this short tutorial I’ll go through I shoot I did today at a basement! I’ll outline what was going on in my head and disclose all settings and lastly, where I’ll be submitting to and why.
Scary Dungeon = Photo Opportunity
On the basement of my apartment are rows upon rows of individually-locked storage rooms. I’ve been heading there a few times during the winter to pick up and drop stuff off and always kept a mental note to go back to do a fine artsy photo-shoot.
It was kinda cold and uncomfortable to head there during the winter, but with warmer weather today I decided to head downstairs and give it a go! I usually like to take Mondays off but I have to feed my photography obsession and pulling in a full day’s work…no rest for the wicked…
Who’s my audience and why?
Before I even pressed the first button I asked myself for which audience was I shooting for? Was I shooting for:
- Wall art prints?;
- Book covers?
- For fun (yea right lol).
I’ll reveal the answer at the end!
I noticed some orange marks on the walls. Placing my tripod symmetrically down the stairs & corridor, I grabbed this shot. RAW version below:
Down the corridor a kinda scary/freaky corner with locked doors. I cloned out all the logos on the padlocks, opting to leave the numbers on the doors to make it look more like a prison. Do you like it?
I liked the look of that fluorescent light and focused on it. while giving it a really contrasty-look. It’s such a generic scene that could even be in a submarine, thus adding potential value. Here’s the before version:
Third and Last Scene
The last scene was focusing on the padlocks and doors.
Then my favourite from the padlock series:
Where will I be submitting these and why?
These will go to Arcangel Images, a boutique agency specialising in thriller/horror/suspense type book covers. You probably guessed it by my clever use of copy space and grain++ (at least in some images)! As for fake lens flares, not this time haha
I’ve been quite tough on them lately, since after three years I was getting frustrated at the lack of licenses. But it turns out this last week I had two! So this gave me some fresh motivation to work for them, in addition to such licenses being RM-exclusive and book covers…the royalties are certainly interesting.
The shoot took me about 30 minutes, then one hour of post-processing. Arcangel will then do the keywording in-house.
I’m quite happy with the results and let’s see if they’ll sell. Perhaps most importantly is that I didn’t have to travel anywhere to get these shots. So may this be a lesson to you when considering stock photography options to shoot. Venice? Paris? How about your basement!
Until next time – Alex
I’m an eccentric guy on a quest to visit all corners of the world and capture stock images. I’m determined not to waste my life away as a corporate drone and have devoted five years to making it as a travel photographer and freelance writer. I hope to inspire others before it’s too late.
I’m proud to have written a book about my adventures which includes tips on making it as a stock travel photographer – Brutally Honest Guide to Microstock Photography