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Hi, don't think I'm trolling with this, just something to think about:

The stock photo galleries are filling up with some really high-quality, high resolution stock these days - a far cry from the tiny grainy jpegs of a few years ago. Brilliant! However....

... the amount of actually USEFUL stock is still a bit low. So here is my wishlist/plea to stockers (that is, people who take photos specifically for stock, not stock that is a byproduct of something else)

1) Variety: if you take 200 photos in a shoot, don't post all 200 of them! Pick the 3-5 best ones, and just post them.
2) Do Something: pulling Vogue model-poses is ok for the occasional shot, but next-to-useless from an artists point of view. So don't just stand there, hands poised, gazing into the distance with a pout - do something! Grab a broom and start sweeping. Act like you're falling off a bicycle (real or imaginary). Grab a phone and talk on it while making various faces (happy, sad, concerned, disgusted). Grab a hairbrush and do your hair. Clean your teeth. Flip pancakes. Concentrate on your next chess move. Slouch on the couch in front of the tv, remote in hand. You know, NORMAL stuff. Everyday stuff. That is what is most useful to an artist. It fires the artistic imagination. Sure, posing in a floaty gown in a field of flowers is ok for the occasional manip, but there's only so many ways you can depict someone posing in a floaty gown in a field of flowers.
3) Just post the original, out-of-camera jpeg, at the highest rez you can (without being raw). 2000x2000 or similar. Don't pre-cutout, or remove backgrounds, or "neatimage" skin, or any of that other stuff. Let the manipulator do that. (For the sketch artist, it's kind-of hard to make out hairs or muscle tone if the skin has been blurred to blankness).

That's it, simple things. You don't need to travel to exotic locations, buy expensive gowns or suits of armour - the artist can provide those ;) Just basic shots of people being people, doing people stuff, is what is most useful to learners/sketchers/cartoonists etc. And there are some fantastic stockers doing just that on here, kudos to all of you for the time and effort that goes into providing these for free. They're just... not the majority, let's say. But they can be! With a little thought.

Just my 2c. Don't attack me, because it's a waste of yours and my time and energy, when we could be doing better things :)
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Al Iguana
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United Kingdom
Current Residence: Wales, UK
Favourite genre of music: 4AD, 80s, Goth, Psycho, Ukulele ;)
Favourite photographer: Holly Warburton
Favourite style of art: Dark, Gothic, manga/anime
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stalk Mar 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
:icongrin--plz::icondevwatchplz:
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mackie85 Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the watch. :)
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Thanks very much for the Watch! :salute:
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UrsulaDecay Mar 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for watching  meeeeee  ^ u ^  <3 
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KahinaSpirit Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you a lot for watching me. =)
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syccas-stock Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi, thanks for watching my stock-account - I hope you find some interesting pieces you can make use of.

While I have you here, I'd like to take the chance and mention the mythology-contest I'm currently hosting. If you're interested, maybe have a look: [link]
Deadline is May 8th, so there's plenty of time to enter ;)

Thank you and have a great day,
Lydia
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ken1171 Mar 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Just came to say hello and thank you for +devWatching my 3D Animeness work! I appreciate the time you have spent browsing my gallery and hope you had fun! :hug:
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absurtd Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist
thanks for the fav
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thank you for the :+devwatch:
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