It’s great watching other photographers grow and able to support themselves full time. In Portland, I have a little family of photographers that are involved with iStockphoto. Today, three of us from Portland were featured on their HotShots Top 8, including myself. My other two buddies are Isaac Koval and Ryan J Lane. Both are excellent photographers and great fellas. I’m truly happy for them! It’s been awhile since I’ve had the honor of appearing in the HotShots, so thank you iStock for remembering me. This email is sent out to clients, buyers, and contributors via iStockphoto.
Often times I like to find a precise location for my photoshoots, but there will be times where it’s not possible. So I resort to compositing images together to get the scene that I want. If I wanted a scene with the Eiffel Tower in the background, I can buy a ticket and fly there, or I can go and buy a royalty-free image from a stock photography page. There are a ton of stock photography sites out there and I used to frequent them a lot as a freelance designer for ad agencies, but the one that I keep coming back to is iStock. Their collection is amazing and it just keeps growing. The quality of their images are second to none. Take a look around and decide for yourself. In fact, their giving away 10 free images if you sign up with them (sign up is free).
If you’re a photographer, take a look around there are plenty of images that will inspire you and perhaps get your creative juices flowing.
I’ve known Rosen for quite some time now. I met him about four years ago through one of iStock’s Steel Cage battles. If you don’t know what it is, check it out here. And the rules for the battles, here. Basically, you get a series of images to create “scenes”, whatever is in your head, but you have to keep some of the elements in the same spot.
“Every volley except the first must contain some recognizable visual elements from the the one before it. The Steel Cage is all about taking what your opponent has done and reworking it, both by manipulating the previous elements and introducing new ones. Elements can be moved around and reworked at your discretion, but they must be recognizable. A volley that has no visible carry-over is called a wipe. The judges give low, low scores for wipes.”
Rosen is one of those guys who has great vision and can express himself using the powerful tool, Photoshop. He creates whole scenes from multiple images and most of the time, I’m just amazed! Here’s one of Rosen’s matches.
Later this week, I’ll sit down with Rosen for a little interview. Check back here for the transcript.