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Guide to Stock - Part I by AttempteStock Guide to Stock - Part I by AttempteStock
full title: "A Guide to Taking Good Quality, High Resolution Stock photographs - Part I - All About Cameras"
In this tutorial I'll explain tons of stuff. Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, focus, mega pixels, self-timers, etc.

(This is made for figure stock artists, but all sorts of stockers and beginning photographers can learn from this)

Full-view (zoom in) to see the actual tutorial. WARNING: Very large image! There's a somewhat printable version here: [link]

edit: Oh gods! I just signed on quick before I had to go to work and wasn't able to say thanks (no time), but now I'm back.. and wow! :faint: Another DD! Thanks so so much to `thespook for suggesting and ^bleedsopretty for featuring it.. :blushes:

And thanks to you for looking. :glomp:

I have used camera symbols belonging to well... I've seen a few companies use them (Canon, Nikon, Pentax). But I've used them for educational purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended. Please oh please don't report me, I certainly don't make any money off of this.
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Given 2006-06-16
Guide to Stock - Part I by =AttempteStock gives stock photographers that extra bit of technical knowledge they need to produce more usable resources for the artists of deviantART, with an emphasis on high resolution stock for use in prints. ( Suggested by thespook and Featured by bleedsopretty )
comicscomixcomikz Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Another WOW! THX.
Rubiconia Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an amazing tutorial. Thank you so much for posting it! It's really helped me understand what I'm doing a lot better.
PumpkinPhotography Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer

I featured this tutorial in my journal here [link]
smurlin Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG thank you. I've been trying to use my new camera for stock, but it's impossible to find a simple guide to f-stop and aperture and all the other settings my old point and shoot never had.
If you ever have the time to make another tutorial, a lighting one would be greatly appreciated!
StateOfKaos Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2011
Thank you, that will help me a lot. Very hard work, thanks for sharing :)
WolfehMaster Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there any reason why we should avoid manual zoom?

This tutorial was soooo helpful o/ I took a graphics class and dabbled in ISO and aperture and stuff in that class, but with my digital camera I've stuck with more automated modes... But this tutorial is very good at explaining all the terms I had trouble learning before :D
BloodPigs Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010   General Artist
GREAT tutorial. :clap:
jendeelinn Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for this wonderful, useful tutorial!
Im have had my camera for 4 years, and Im just now starting to really get into stock and art photography.
thanks again!
Adzuma Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is awesome, i have been looking for just this information for a long time. Thanx so much for your submission. I can now play with the manual settings on my camera and experiment with more shots in the future.
QuietlyDreaming Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That was helpful to read, thanks!
Samiira-Sikuriina Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010   General Artist
looking good :)
RKGrafixx Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Oh dear, we will see what happens with this new feature and if it is useful. When I remember on publishing my new artworks, within a few seconds dozen of other arts in the same category are published and my work is lost in nirvana.

I think, the same will happen with this. Every person will try to earn money with this feature and we will have a lot of crap among really useful stuff (which will be hard to find then).

Best option is to have some guys sorting out ununseful crap and choose the really good stuff.
RKGrafixx Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
In between: great tutorial, really helpful
mxgirl199 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't do stock photography, but a lot of the Shutter Speed, mega pixels, etc. is really helpful as a beginner photographer.
LittleRavenStock Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
thank so much! I've just started doing stock, and want to take pictures with stock in mind. this will be a big help :)
Peristrophe Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2010
I had already adedd this to my favs so that more people get to know about this tutorial and improve their stocks


If you don't mind, I have a technical question: how did you manage to submit an image and make a PREVIEW using another image?
Thanks in advance :*
theArconian Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010
Unbelievable job on this tutorial and a big thank-you!!!
Ruki-momo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now this IS great <3 Thank you!
Singarl Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2010  Student
thanks for uploading! it's so much help! ^^
rguitarboi2 Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
haha wow i think this is really usefull :) thank you author!
desinspiration Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2009
Thank you so much for posting this up! (:
TheWalrusChild Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2009  Student Photographer
Well fml... i guess i dont need to do my photography 2year a-level nex year.. *sigh* oh well... i need the qualification anyhow..
thanks this guid was great!
Onthoudbaarst Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2009
Really helpful!
I love it!
Melody-Hikari Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
This is awesome. A friend and I are thinking of opening a joint stock account, and I just learned how shitty my camera is for stock. xD [2.0 or 2.4 MP Canon A20.]
Now I know what my goal is. XD
Sergeant-McFluffers Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2009
This will really come in handy for me! I want to start doing stock photos not to mention I wanting to major in photography in collage! Thank you so much for this, this is something I really need ^^
SnookyPooky Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
YAAY! So awesome! Thankyou thankyou thankyou! I'm buying a DSLR soon (Canon EOS 1000D) and this will help me very much! Yaay I got in the 'great' section! (Canon EOS 1000d = 10.1 MP [I think])
mooshu17 Featured By Owner May 12, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hey thanks for that. I bought a decent little camera, but I'm just really figuring out how to use it (aka get frustrated by it). Very helpful tutorial :D
SepticWings Featured By Owner May 11, 2009
omg thank you for this.. wow, this is what I've been looking for. I've just started taking pics and using them for stock images. this helps me a lot.. thank you for sharing this.

GloriaGypsy-Stock Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2009
Linked to this tutorial here [link] in my journal :)
Elswyth Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
What a wonderfully informative tutorial! I'm not making stock images, but it came in helpful nonetheless. I've had my digital camera for a couple months now and I've never known what those little symbols or letters were for. Thank you so much for clearing it all up! ^_^
Nosfist Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
great tutorial thanks!!!!

Flavren Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, thank you so much for posting this. :]
I have a 12.2 mega pixel camera and I really want to start making stock.

Thank you so much for making this. :D It wasn't a waste of my time. I did learn a couple new tidbits of knowledge. <3
conai Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
thank you for your patience in writing this tutorial. it was filled with useful information but written with understandable english! i really appreciate it and hope you keep taking wonderful pictures.
drianis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Soooo helpful!

I have a 3.2mp cam, so probably will never make a stock with it. But many of your tips are helping me to do better with the stuff that I have! =D
Hyoko-x3 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2008  Student Digital Artist

I just got a new cam a casio exilim z-200 and I'm wondering where to change the shutter-speed and the aperture. I can't find the option =/ do you know if there is one?
Justicex Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2008
As a noob to digital photography, I just skimmed this and was greatly helped. Can't wait to see how much I am going to learn!
Ryoko004 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, thanks a lot for doing this! It made a lot of things a million times clearer!
xXsomeoneoutthereXx Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2008
how do you change the ISO and aperture modes?
im rlly confused. lol. help please? =[
No-Reason-At-All Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
When will part two be up?
Blassther Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008
thx for tut :) im totally new to photography aaand i find your work useful.
Kiwipainting Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2008
Thankyou for a great tutorial
Banished-Dreams Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2008
Thank you so much for this. :] <3
Tatooine92 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2008  Student Writer
Oh wow! This is so incredibly helpful! I photograph mostly as a hobby, but I hope someday to be able to sell my work. This helps me out a lot! Thanks!
Evfrosinija Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
Very much to the point. Thanks.
dzonivejin Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
thanks pal very helpful ! :)
flishbones Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2008   Photographer
ah this is really helpful! :D
xStitchMeUpx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2008   Photographer
That was really helpful (:
Thank you
znow-white Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2008
Your wonderful Resources have been featured here.[link]

Thank you for providing the gallery with such awesome Resources.:heart:
mirai Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is very helpful thankss!
i was just wondering about your light source. in using natural light, do you ever use the camera's built in flash?
Apathetic-Nymph Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2008
Thanks, this is really helpful. :) I'm not a stock photographer/artist, but the info on shutter speed/ISO was great. :D
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