Best Stock - Photography Contest [107 entries]

Stone Man Picture

Winning entry, with a score of:
By EmiK
Contest goal:

It's time to take some stock photos for others to use. It's not as easy as you might think to take a good stock photo. There is a reason why some pictures get picked over and over again to be used in art work.

Remember to take in to account the light, the background, the focus and subject for your photo. You should also vote for pictures you would really want to use. As a reward the first place winner of this contest will be featured as the next week photo to use in the photoshop contest. Have fun and good luck!

Status: finished. Check out the winners below!
Suggested by: EmiK

submarines: I can't put my photo in this contest. ( 5 years and 1648 days ago )
solkee: submarines, check that the file size is not too big. Make sure it is under 5meg. ( 5 years and 1648 days ago )
MnMCarta: Hmmm... Best stock photos... Guess I'll have to submit 3 shots of myself then! ( 5 years and 1648 days ago )
robvdn: maybe some tips: a good contestsuggestion for PS and stock photo does need a sharp focussed object (or more), DOF makes it hard to use, colorshifts are a nono, useally simple objects are good, landscapes and faces are also good subjects. A good suggestion doesn't have to be the most artistic shot you can take.

I'll make honest comments on the entries (from the perspective of a PS member). ( 5 years and 1648 days ago )
EmiK: Thanks Rob, that's what I meant when I said to take in to account light background, focus and such. For example if you are shooting an object it helps I found if the background is simple. Also strong sunlight creates strong shadows, and these can be harder to take out if need be. But it's easier to add light, then take out shadows (at least for me). And of course it helps to have a sharp picture, because dof is easy to create, but harder to remove. Well I hope that makes sense. And MnMCarta now you at least have to submit one, and you know good woman stock photos are very desirable = ) ( 5 years and 1648 days ago )
submarines: I don't understand, it's just 1,42MB. hmm. ( 5 years and 1647 days ago )
jawshoewhah: I think I already have a pretty good idea what they want, since Frank's used so many of mine. Off to find the weird pulbic statues that were constructed by insane artists. ( 5 years and 1647 days ago )
cairn: I really do not understand what this is all about
( 5 years and 1646 days ago )
rbsgrl: I am not real sure what this catagory is looking or either but I am going to try! Who knows, may actually figure it out! LOL ( 5 years and 1646 days ago )
rbsgrl: So I just looked at the stock available here (under pictures on the top menu bar) and it seems to me that this is one of those wide open themes. But now I have an idea, along with the comments above, of what to do! ( 5 years and 1645 days ago )
cabldawg71: this is cool contest for sure
( 5 years and 1643 days ago )
MnMCarta: Question for Mods or anyone that can answer... Ok so the winner gets used for PS contest but can the other pictures in here be picked from as well without sending them through the suggestions area? Just curious... ( 5 years and 1643 days ago )
kyricom: I would assume that after the contest is over, you are welcome to use any of your own photos as stock in the "suggestions" area under the contests "link." Or, you could put a notification in your contest description giving other people permission to use them if they wish without suggesting a specific theme, but minus that I don't think they're supposed to use them. ( 5 years and 1642 days ago )
MnMCarta: ok here's another thing I'm not too sure of about the whole "STOCK" photos... I look at them as two differet things... 1. pictures to use for ads in mag's, tv', newspaper, etc or 2. chop stock - pictures to use to create something else
So you have pictures such as the "coffee" one (which i LOVE) which would be good for ads but not so sure about chopping and then you have those pics where there's a bridge or path or hallway which would be good for chopping. So I really don't know how to think of this theme... ( 5 years and 1642 days ago )
MnMCarta: oh and thank you kyricom ( 5 years and 1642 days ago )
kyricom: While I'm certainly not even CLOSE to being any kind of expert in chopping, I did do for a while in one of this site's previous incarnations (when they added photography I gravitated more toward that). Generally, I think there's kind of two directions to look at these entries: 1). a shot of something they could cut out (or cut out parts of) and put on some other background or manipulate into something else, or 2). a shot of something that would serve as an interesting background to put things (or combine with) from other sources onto. ( 5 years and 1642 days ago )
MnMCarta: so we're looking more for stuff to chop and not use to advertise? ( 5 years and 1642 days ago )
kyricom: I guess that could be a spin too. But when it said the winner was going to be used in next week's photoshop contests, I kind of took the "chop" spin. Doesn't mean you have to. You could go for advertising if you'd like, I guess. ( 5 years and 1642 days ago )
EmiK: Just do you best MnMCarta, it doesn't really matter how you could exactly use the stock. But my main thought behind this contest was to get some new pictures to play with. Some are definitely easier thus better to use then others, but that's just probably because I luck the imagination or skills to use every picture that's in here. It definitely helps when the picture is unique, but every picture is probably good for somebody. At the end the picture that wins is the one that most of the voters (if they read the description) would like to work with next week. Not necessarily the best, cause in this case the best is different for everyone = ) ( 5 years and 1642 days ago )
MnMCarta: ok that makes since. I went more with the CHOP STOCK idea anyway so hopefully I can get a better idea of what ya'll PSers like to use. I might be gettin the CS5 soon!!!!!!! So I might try my hand a chopping since I'm not allowed to play with knifes! ( 5 years and 1642 days ago )
Geexman: As a chopper IMO human models are by far the most used, mjranum stock (deviantart) is most frequently used on the ps side. Dont get me wrong, we can make lots of things from shiny objects and landscapes but the things that get most used are humans, grass & sky. TIP: For human models give your model & background different contrasts, it gives us a much better edge for cutting. ( 5 years and 1641 days ago )
jawshoewhah: You know it's easy if you just use photos that look like they have fun, colorful shapes to cut up. These seem to make for the best stock photos. ( 5 years and 1640 days ago )

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Stone Man - created by EmiK

Stone Man
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I hereby give permission to use this photo in your artwork under the Creative Commons law. Here is a link for more details. (5 years and 1648 days ago)

Brass dragon - created by ibmaxed

Brass dragon
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Herkermer - created by jawshoewhah

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That's just what I named it. I believe this a result of cloning oranges with humans. :-D (5 years and 1647 days ago)

Georgia lotus - created by emilymnewell

Georgia lotus
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sea monster - created by agthakurtas

sea monster
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