Introducing new Stock image galleries: Istanbul IStockalypse 2014 shoots part 1

Last Fall, I took part in my 4th official Istockalypse after Berlin, London and Hong Kong. This one took place in Istanbul, where I spent two weeks in late October. Upon coming back, amidst the stress of relocating, finding a place to live, move all my stuff and rediscover my inner strength, I pushed over 250 images of this event, more than I ever did on the previous ones. I participated in 2 walkabout shoots organized by Getty Images, 2 pitch shoots also sponsored by Getty Images, and 3 side shoots. I also photographed the city whenever I could, in all its historic grandeur: mosques, markets, commercial streets and skylines of piled up apartment buildings. So, yes, lots of images… And I have tons more to go through.

Here are three galleries I put together today on Photoshelter. As usual, links to buy the images on IStock are provided on each image’s page in bright orange. Go ahead and splurge.

The first one, Turkey: Istanbul, is mostly street photography , travel landmark images and panoramic skylines, with some food images thrown in for good measure. You’ll see such images as this one:

The second one, Lifestyles: Two female Turkish Friends shopping regroups images shot during my first walkabout. Here’s a highlight:

The third one, Lifestyles: Business team in Istanbul regroups images shot during the second walkabout, later that same day. Here’s a favorite:

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #17: Contruction manager working outside

Stock Image: Construction manager working outside
Stock Image: Construction manager working outside

LogoBUYlogoISONLink to Getty Images

Uploaded: October 2012
Collection: Vetta

This is one where I tried to cram as much information as I could in one frame. I had the model juggle 3 props, placed him in an area with strong background information, a sense of place, story and season. Then I had him do a serious take and this lighthearted version. Well, as is usually the case, the serious one didn’t do very well while this one enjoyed some large sales. I’m still going to shoot both when I think about it, even though downer photos are a harder sell. Personally, I find them more interesting.

You can view all my work with this model in his lightbox.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #20: Contemporary worker with hands in pockets

Stock Image: Contemporary worker with hands in pockets
Stock Image: Contemporary worker with hands in pockets

LogoBUYlogoISONLink to Getty Images

Uploaded: January 2012
Collection: Sig+ / E+

After having dabbled with composites for a few years, I decided that perhaps on some cases having images isolated on gray might be easier to work with, especially when using white clothing. So when Jonathan came around for his shoot and I liked the accessible, attractive smarty pants look he gave when he had his glasses on, I gave him one of Ben’s white shirts and finally did some shots in front of a gray background as a contemporary worker. Unsure of how they’d do on the market, I added a gradient in the background on this one to catch the viewer’s eye. The shot has done well at Istock and even got a few sales at Getty, proving that there is demand for isolated portraits on that site.

You can view all my work with this model in this lightbox.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #29: Hispanic office worker in modern lobby

Stock Image: Hispanic office worker in modern lobby
Stock Image: Hispanic office worker in modern lobby

LogoBUYlogoISON Link to Getty Images

Uploaded: March 2011
Collection: Sig+ / E+

Back in early 2011, I did four series with this amazing model, just before he went into professional acting. I had worked with him previously at the Sutton minilypse. What is amazing with him is his restraint in expression and guy next-door good looks. He’s one of the few I found who can become this everyday worker with quiet conviction. This is part of the first series we did in the studio. I gave him a blue shirt, he wore his glasses and we created cubicle guy, as we liked to call this character. The photos were done isolated on white for the most part, but for this one, I decided to put a background I’d shot in New York City back in 2009. I’ve used it a few times since, but this remains the most successful shot.

You can see all my work with this model in this lightbox.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #40: Black businessman checking time in subway

Stock Image: Black businessman checking time in subway
Stock Image: Black businessman checking time in subway

LogoBUYlogoISON Link to Getty Images

Uploaded: October 2012
Collection: Vetta

And here’s one from the second shoot I did with this awesome model in the streets (and subway) of Montreal. As you’ll see, the combo between this guy and a tablet is a winning combo. Did you know I got that tablet just for this shoot – along with several other props? That was one investment that really paid off. Now this specific shot works on a story level, there’s definitely something real happening here, and maybe it works because it wasn’t one of the firsts done so we could explore less obvious actions. I like the suspense in it… is he about to spill his coffee? I was actually nervous about that during this shot. Well he didn’t. Good thing he didn’t – I didn’t have backup clothing and this was my good shirt. Oh and yes, this is another one that made most of its earnings from Getty Images – but you get the jist by now, this is just the way things are with new material in the high end collections these days, so I’ll shut up about that.

You can view all my work with this model in this lightbox.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #46: Businessman working outdoors in Montreal

Stock Image: Business man working outside in Montreal
Stock Image: Business man working outside in Montreal

LogoBUYlogoISON Link to Getty Images

Uploaded: May 2013
Collection: Sig+ / E+

Ah, the difficulty of shooting in your own town. When traveling, you tend to see everything with fresh eyes and find places to shoot all over. But in your home city, everything looks ordinary. At least for me. It’s terribly difficult to find a place interesting enough. Well on that day, we walked from place to place, trying to find all kinds of settings for this workaholic character who can’t stop crunching numbers even on a beautiful day outdoors. I wanted to shoot with Montreal buildings as a background and so went next to the City Hall, remembering there’s kind of a view here. I set the model up as best as I could, and shot this. Not quite what I had in mind, but it worked out well enough. And you see the Mont Royal, so it does have a sense of location.

You can view all my photos with this model in this lightbox.

My 2013 Top Earning Stock Images #49: Fashion designer explaining draping technique

Stock Image #44: Fashion designer explaining draping technique
Stock Image #44: Fashion designer explaining draping technique

LogoBUYlogoISON Link to Getty Images

Uploaded: April 2013
Collection: Sig+ / E+

A second one from the Berlin Istockalypse. This one was done in a tie factory, using actors/models in a variety of settings. I loved the interaction between these two models as I’d shot them earlier that day in the fabric section. We brought them to the larger sewing area, got a mannequin, some fabric and staged this in probably 3.5 minutes as I had less than 10 minutes left on my time. I didn’t have time to fiddle with the lighting and so shot at a very small aperture in ambient light, hence the reduced depth of field. I love working with pros, though. They just project that easy-going cheerful confidence on cue, which is extremely time saving. In regards to performance, well it’s another one of those low-selling files on IStock that made most of its money on Getty Images. It turns out there is a lot of these on this list. Hmmm.

You can view all of my Berlin Istockalypse photos in this photoshelter gallery with links to purchase on Istock.