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Marcus J. Ranum
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(Update August 2012)

"I hereby grant all DeviantArtists permission to use my stock in any and all Deviant Prints without restriction."
Since I no longer have time to track and +fav every use of my stock, you are encouraged to post a link to your use of the stock on the comment area of each image, so others can see your work.

Email is the best/only way to reach me. Do not email me unless you are sure it's important! I am mjr@ranum.com

MY RULES ("'Do as thou will't shall be the whole of the law")

You are required to give me appropriate credit as photographer where and however possible. My stock is free; the way you 'pay' to use it is by crediting me. It doesn't need to be in big letters on the image, it can be in text or a link or in liner notes, or whatever - but it's your responsibility to acknowledge if my work contributes significantly to yours. If you post a link, I prefer it to be to my personal website ( www.ranum.com )  My real name is Marcus Ranum please use that instead of "mjranum" because I occasionally amuse myself for google image-searching for my name. :)

If you violate any of these rules or violate any of my copyrights you are prohibited entirely, forever, from using any of my stock in any way, shape, or form - commercially or otherwise. No appeals and no amount of begging will help; decisions are final.

You may use these images as you see fit except as follows:
1) If you can't read my rules, or can't be bothered to read my rules, or can't be bothered to find and read my rules, you are too lazy or illiterate to use my stock and are permanently banned from doing so. If you email me asking 'what are your rules' you are permanently banned from using my stock, unless I tell you otherwise.
2) You are required to give me appropriate credit as photographer where and however possible.
3) You are allowed to post works based on my stock in other places (RedBubble, Renderosity, Facebook, personal websites, contests, whatever) but please maintain a credit to me where appropriate and possible.
4) Do not simply upload my stock to a pay site; if you do that, you'll get a DMCA request from me and possibly I'll sue you for damages. These images are for photocompositors and artists; they are not to be used as content in and of themselves.
5) If you want to do something commercial with my stock, go ahead. Please don't tell me "I am thinking of doing something with your stock, what do you think?" because I can't tell you what I think of what you're going to do until you've done it. Go ahead and use the stock; unless you manage to do something shockingly awful I won't have a problem with it - and it takes a lot to shock me.
6) The models in my images are real human beings with real feelings. Please be considerate of how the models might see themselves and be thoughtful of their feelings. I consider comments like "she's too skinny" or "she's too fat" to be rude and you may be banned from using my stock if you make such remarks.
7) These images are mostly un-retouched - though they may be color-corrected - and are at high resolution. I did not go and remove dust-spots, skin blemishes, etc. Please clean that stuff up in post-work and make the models look good! Also: I do know how to produce a good photo; these are intended as raw stock.
8) I often forward copies of pictures to the models if they aren't on DA and have expressed an interest in seeing what you do with them. Some of the models may choose to repost your images noncommercially in their personal portfolios.
9) If you use my stock as a reference for a hand gesture or a fabric-fold or something like that, you do not need to credit me. Use your own judgement as to how important my stock's contribution was to your work.

If you have any questions; ask via Email.
If you ask me a question that is already answered here, I will not answer unless it's "See Rule #1"

Update History:
(Update of Aug 2012)
- Removed the request to be notified of commercial use. New rule: "just go ahead"
- Added explanation at #9 regarding use as reference material
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Q: "Why do you mark everything you do as 'mature content'?"

A: Because I do not support censorship or self-censorship in any form. It is, of course, DA's right to require that some images be flagged 'mature' or not, it's their site and they can make the rules for it. In the past, I had problems where people would complain to DA admins that an image was inappropriate -- at one point someone apparently complained about an abstract fiberglass mannequin being "nude":
Mannequin - 2 by mjranum-stock
and it was at that moment that I realized that there is someone out there who will take offense at anything. That was when I decided to flag everything I do as 'mature' with all the options. Because, that way only someone who is willing to see anything, will ever see my work.  I don't want people who support censorship to see or use my stock; they don't deserve to. The 'mature' flag is there to protect my stock from the prudish, easily offended, and immature.

Q: "Why do you say please do not give me DA subscriptions??"

A: Because DA supports (and thereby encourages) censorship. If you're thinking of giving me a subscription, please donate the money to the EFF's blue ribbon campaign:
supporting freedom of self-expression.

Q: "Isn't it hypocritical of you to use DA's resources and then speak out against them?"

A: No; I have a site of my own and could host my stuff there, or in a variety of other places. I feel that my making stock available is a benefit to the DA community and DA's users, not the other way around. It is contributors that add whatever value DA has; without contributors this site would be empty and pointless. In return for my contributing artwork to the community, I feel free to express my views about how that community is run and I reserve the right to leave at any time.

Q: "Isn't 'censorship' when someone prevents expression? DA does not prevent expression by requiring a 'mature' flag - artists on DA still have a wide range of expression, don't they?"

A: What DA and other sites do is called "self censorship" - forcing the artist to decide whether to become part of a regime of censorship, or to not express themself at all. The fact is that the 'mature' flag is a filter that is put in place to separate "good, clean" art from "naughty, icky, offensive, obscene, or erotic" art - the value judgement is implicit within the system. It forces an artist to flag their own self-expression as less good, or offensive, compared to another artist's. It also insults the viewer's intelligence by implying that they are not 'mature' enough to make up their own minds. In many ways, a regime of self censorship is a greater attack on artistic creativity than totalitarian control would be; it forces the artist to victimize themself.
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mingled at last
the ashes of faiths
flutter like the feathers
dropped by a concrete
How to Shoot Stock
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I've replaced this with a linkable version here: How to shoot stock tutorial by mjranum-stock

The "shoot stock" tutorial has a number of illustrations of the kind of set-ups I use for lighting, as well as pictures of my studio.

Today I posted another tutorial on "photographic lighting". It's a workthrough of experiments with lights ranging my my expensive pro studio flash pack to some $55 light heads I bought on Ebay. In it, I try to demonstrate the way I like to think about photography; a synthesis of intuitive play and methodical trial-and-error by varying a single parameter.

It is here: Photographic Lighting by mjranum-stock
Open Stock Request Thread
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(For my stock usage rules, see mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/j… )

Is there something you want?

Bear in mind that:
a) I am super busy and will not have time to respond to comments here; but I'll read them (I read fast)
b) I can't guarantee I'll be able to do any or all or even some of what you suggest
c) Other stockers also read my journals :wave: so if you post an idea here, you're posting it where other stockers might pick it up and run with it. How cool is that?
d) You won't have an exclusive on anything you ask for or see here; any stock I do that's not commissioned for a specific artist is going to wind up public. If you have a precious idea you want to keep, don't post it here.

Yes I know it would be nice to see more male stock. I have 2 really buff guys coming in, hopefully in February. Generally I don't shoot guys because, um, well, I like how girls look better. My plan for the guys is to shoot them dressed up as pirates (arr!) and in classical wrestling poses, as well as some body part studies. What actually happens may be very different.

I'm also planning on shooting more stock with Sarah Ellis - the Bodice Buster Project was a lot of fun for us, and if the weather is good we may try some "highwayman and village girl" stock. I've got this microscopically small sexy Mrs Santa Claus outfit and I'm going to try to get some last-minute Mrs Claus stock of Sarah for you.

Remember that my budget and patience for props is somewhat limited. I have lots of swords and costumes and stuff like that but I sometimes get requests like: "I want a shot of Sarah Ellis leaping out of a refrigerator waving a chainsaw while wearing a block of gouda cheese on her head!" - don't complain if it's cheddar, OK?

So, what do you want to see?

:heart: you all (well, most of you anyhow)

PS - my stock image "Death Rides a Pale Trike"
( mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/a… )
is vying for the top slot all-time for DA stocky goodness. I'm not asking you to fave it or anything, but if you dig it and want to make me happy, show it some love.




...Right now I have 615 notes in my in-box here. If I were to go someplace with high speed internet and sit there for 3 solid days, I could probably clear my in-box. By the time I'm done typing this, I'll probably be at 620 notes. And, because I don't respond fast enough, some of you (it's OK, I'm not complaining) note me over at my art account, or Email me directly. I don't know what to do. :( I've removed the "please note me" part of my "how to use my stock" and I gave up long ago and stopped following the tags on my top page. Anyhow, something's got to break. I can't make reviewing art-works my full time job and I don't want to stop post

March 20 - one year

March 20 - one year

...and I am nearly at the 1,000,000 page view mark. I'm not ASKING you to do anything to help me get there. I'll just post a bit more stock in the next couple of days and that'll do it. (EDIT) https://www.ranum.com/linkedimages/1million.jpg (thanks to !Arden18 (https://www.deviantart.com/arden18) who did the millionth hit and sent me the screenshot) As I suspected, posting my secret stash of Carly nudes hammered my page-views over the top in under 24 hours. Thanks, Carly! :) It's been an interesting year! I've greatly enjoyed posting stock and seeing the madness that you create with it. A few of my friends have pointed out to me that I'm crazy to just be giving this s

Stock News: Feb 2008

Stock News: Feb 2008

Sometimes I feel as if my inner mental landscape is getting cluttered: pirate wenches, harem dancers, witches, beautiful zombies, ninjas... Wait Did you say "ninjas"??  Yes, you read that correctly. My next offering is a bucket-load of new stuff including - gasp - the results of my first shoot with a male model. I managed to book a shoot with a local model, Josh P, who is a very athletic and scarily well-built young man with a good sense of play and a good sense of humor. Exactly the kind of person I need. And, he particularly liked my insane collection of prop weaponry. So, over the next week or two I am going to try to upload respectively



And, apparently, hundreds of you agreed with me!!! I'd like to thank you all - it's been an interesting experience running my first contest. The response was, to put it mildly, overwhelming. Without further ado... First Place :thumb60691216:  Flying - by Cutteroz Significant comment from judges: "Did I see this on a book cover someplace? It should be!" and: "Flying" is innovative - daring like Dali, bizarre like Dali, too. Cutteroz wins an iPod, Wacom Art Tablet, or iPod Touch; artist's choice. Congratulations!!! Second Place :thumb69136228:  Unhappy - by Stefano83 Judges say: "Unhappy" is a brilliant statement on body-image, and the



Ladies, Gentlemen, and Others - here they are: :thumb60691216:  Flying - by Cutteroz :thumb58804464:  Universal Embrace - by Tearran :thumb69628936:  just training dad - by hellron :thumb69136228:  Unhappy - by Stefano83 :thumb64314298:  Fata Morgana - by D-StruktIV :thumb69296038:  Mowing - by grunta-nz :thumb69767612:  Lost Wonders of the World-1 - by Fangfingers :thumb70611388:  Hands off the Chest - by heteroerectus :thumb66750289:  The untitled scenes XCI - by funerium :thumb71165691:  Cordula - by Jumprabbit My Deepest Thanks ...to everyone who entered my contest. I hope you can imagine how hard it was to pick 10 finalists!!