Stock Photography Resources
Welcome to Stock Photography Resources page. Here you can find links and materials useful to stock photographers ranging from various software programs to Model Releases and links to specific materials that should help you streamline your stock photography more efficiently.
1. Model Release Documents ----- When submitting images to stock agencies, Model Release documents are mandatory for every image which contains identifiable photo of a person. Generic Model Release can be downloaded here and Generic Model Release for Minors can be downloaded here.
2. Keyworder ----- Adding keywords to your photographs and separating them by comas can be very time-consuming. This little program automatically separates each word by a comma, organizes all the words in alphabetical order and also takes count of how many words you have entered when describing each photograph. Keyworder can be downloaded here.
3. Keywording program and IPTC editor ------ Another useful and efficient way to organize your keywords is Yuri Arcurs' online keywording tool. It's an HTML interface where you describe your image with just the essential keywords and then when you hit the search button, you will be presented with images that look like the image you are trying to describe. Then you just select the relevant keywords from those images and there you go, another image described with proper keywords. Check it out for yourself here.
4. Image downsizing ----- Have you ever wanted to downsize the images specific to iStock's definition of XS, S, M, L, XL,XXL, XXXL size in one click ? Then this set of Photoshop scripts and actions is just the right tool for you. Developed by Laflor from www.laflor.dk, it can be downloaded here. Also these actions can downsize the image not only in pixels, but in megabytes too. A really helpful tool that I recommend to everybody in a need for quick and simple way for downsizing in Photoshop.
5. Dropbox ----- Not actually a tool that is directly related to stock photography, but since it's invaluable to me in my everyday work, it is worth mentioning. Dropbox is basically about backing up data, sync'ing folders, files, and apps between multiple computers. It offers 2GB of free storage for anyone registering at their site, and more for an additional fee. I use it to back up pictures, documents, apps, sync them with my other computers and share them with clients and associates. Having no file size limit, it can't get any simpler.They even have an iPhone app, so if you are an iPhone owner, you'll never have to leave home worrying about forgetting some important pictures, document, etc. Dropbox can be downloaded from here