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I was browsing DA's list of stock art in the Women category and found very little that interested me.

Beyond the common things like bad lighting and low resolution. As a photoshop artist I can offer some pretty specific advice.

1.Give us an option.

Leave it up to the photoshop artist what gets left out. Most important is the fact that I see a lot of good pictures with parts missing. ie. the lower body is cropped out. Leaving it very hard to make "more" with the image.

2. Simplistic and minimal clothing.

Good clothes is nice, but it's my experience when you wear too much of a good thing, the picture becomes about the outfit and nothing else.

3. Flat?

This might sound odd, but the flatter the picture, meaning the flatter the angle. The easier it is to be ambitous in the photoshop aspect.

For example. my picture Black Rose 2 Has a unique angle, but made it hard to do much with for the sake of adding to the picture. Yet Siren's song has a simple straightforward shot so it is easry to match.

4. Consistent simple directional lighting.

Adding to a picture and making it beleivable means it needs to be consistent. So if say the light happens to be coming just from one direction, with maybe some ambient light for filler. It would be easy to take a picture with similar lighting to add to the picture.. Get it?
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shanghai-STOCK Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2004  Professional Photographer
It's true :) Some of these things don't really cross my mind. I'll refer to this whenever I shoot my next set of photos.
Nightingale666 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2004
:nod: Awsome advice...
drackar Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Logic escapes most of these people, I think. I think this should be like...part of some help file. and on the submision page. and tattoed on there forhead backwards
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September 25, 2004