How much post-processing is normally allowed for stock photos?
Levels adjustment, contrast and some saturation adjustments are welcomed but don't sharpen since most designers using the pictures will want to sharpen themselves and if you've already applied an USM, the pic is going to look awful.
Most agencies that I submit to will reject if you use the special effects filters on PS.
Here's a link on dreamstime that lists down the reasons why photos get rejected:
Besides that, I'd like to ask:
How would the models benefit if stock photos with them on it gets sold?
How much do you pay the model?
Besides the usual fees, like commissions if his/her picture gets sold.
but even you offer the commissions in future sales of your stock images, don't think they will be interested, cos no one is going to manage it for them.
get your friends like me..if not shoot them from the back
For stock photo, any face that can be seen must have model release.
Any famous brand can be seen , out right rejection.
Think of concepts and work towards it.
A lot of stock shooters will try to work with models on a TFCD basis, particularly if the model has little or no real modelling experience. In this case it is probably a pretty good deal for the model since they will gain from the photographers experience. For models with some experience, it is good and only right to pay them but of course, the less you pay the greater your end profit.
Some models like to see themselves in ads, others are horrified when they appear somewhere and it's not quite what they wanted to see. Well, if they sign the MRF then that is what might happen and they should expect it. I have found that friends who have volunteered and seen themselves in ads get really excited but models less so.
Going to agencies is not going to really be an option since the agency, once it knows it is for commercial basis, will really up the rate. And of course, sometimes the more 'normal' looking your model, the better it will sell. It is more important to have a model who can 'act' out different situations convincingly rather than a very fashion-orientated model.
Fotolia has been the most successful for me so far in the last two years or so.
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