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The image of the week… is all about enjoying your photography!

Carer pushing woman in a wheelchair in the English countryside UK

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From all the images I reviewed this week, one definitely made me stop and this is usually the moment when I realize this might be the image of the week. It’s called Male carer pushing woman in wheelchair and it’s been uploaded by Peter t.

He uploaded more and I had to reject several pictures for Trademark issues. I sent him a short message about the need to remove the brand names. I am a contributor myself and I know how it feels to have images rejected, after spending valuable time with uploading and keyword-ing. But Peter t answered politely asking for more information. Then I realized what stood behind the image of the week: good manners, a different attitude and a will to do things better!

Obviously, I wanted to know more and I found out that Peter t is actually Peter Titmuss, featured in the British Press Photographer of the Year award and World Press Photo Exhibitions!

He has been a photographer since leaving college, working in Fleet Street for many years and has been concentrating on producing stock images for the last ten years. His library extends beyond 40,000 images.

But let’s see the way he describes this image:

The plan was to shoot the female model sitting in a wheelchair, alone and looking out into empty space. It was shot on a hilltop within parkland in Hampshire England.

Planning the shoot was easy for me, the male model, a friend and chairman of a charity which loans and supplies equipment for disabled people wanted some images for a brochure. These were shot , and in exchange he loaned the wheelchair for the shoot.

The female model, Susan Parks, and I have worked together for many years and she knows just what I am thinking setting up a shot (must be woman’s instinct)! Best model in the world!

Arriving at the location the shoot plan started to change, for the good. Spotting a ‘disabled’ only car parking space was too good an opportunity to miss. We were able to shoot the mresized Peter Todel erecting the wheelchair from the boot of the car, then with the disabled markings on the ground, disabled markings without model were taken also. A few shots in the can already.

Male model then starts to push wheelchair to the designated site, it was uphill and quite a climb. Another opportunity for some shots, man exhausted pushing woman in wheelchair were soon obtained, oh joy!  The shot that we had struggled up this steep hill went without a hitch, I used a low camera angle to keep the ‘empty space’ feel.

Swapping the model’s roles,  shots of the female model, now a carer, pushing the man in wheelchair were also obtained.

We had some fun, took lots of pix and had a great day, that is just what it is all about, enjoying your photography and earning a living at the same time.

Peter Titmuss

What’s so great about this picture?

  • It is a great lesson about what means to live with disabilities and even with people with disabilities.
  • It uses an unusual angle, letting our imagination free to read a life story. The faces are not really visible letting more space to the feelings, just perfect for this kind of topic.
  • The background gives us a feeling of serenity and hope but it speaks also about the loneliness of the disabled persons and about their dreams and their aspirations.
  • It’s simple and natural. The models don’t seem to pose at all!
  • It really makes you stop and think too!
  • It has copy space in order to allow adverts or inspirational quotes.

How could we use it?

  1. Adverts for professional medical services dedicated to people with disabilities.
  2. Inspirational posters about marriage, suffering, illness, determination, unity and not only…
  3. The very image of a campaign for a charitable project or a foundation where more volunteers are needed.
  4. Outdoor billboard advert for health and life insurance.
  5. Cover book for publishing useful information about care-giving.

 

 

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The image of the week: Be the winner!

The image is available for sale at: http://www.yayimages.com/stock-image/winner/8180784

The image is available for sale at: http://www.yayimages.com/stock-image/winner/8180784

We’re all born winners, some of us just don’t know how to tap into that power of winning yet. We have our wins and our fails and the attitude to fit both situations. Winning give us that boost to continue fighting while struggling with life’s challenges. The key to a winning attitude is determination. As soon as you realize this is absolutely necessary, then you have to think about getting yourself tuned up for competition. Humans are competitive animals and driven by a constant need of power. Of course there should always be some kind of a balance to keep, in order to succeed without losing your morals. Make plans of what you are going to make out of your life then work as hard as you can to achieve that goal. Ronald Reagan said: “We never lose – somehow we win out.”
What i most liked about this image made by Adam121 is that it has a positive message, but shows also that the road to success is a difficult one (the hands are dirty from the struggle). One thing i try to remember each day is that if you don’t win, you are already a winner because you gave your best and the experience made your life richer with knowledge.

What i so great about this image:

1. It shows the hands of the people dirty, not hiding the fact that to win means you have to try hard, make sacrifices and struggle with yourself to keep going.
2. It has a positive message that helps you focus on determination.
3. It has plenty of copy space. You can write your own message/slogan on the sky.
4. Great isolation, the hands with the trophy can be cut out from the background and used separately or put on a different background.
5. The colors are bright and warm.
6. It’s simple yet it hides a very complex message and process.

How could we use it:

  • Inspirational posters to put in offices in a multinational company, but also in your own house as a constant reminder to never giving up.
  •  Motivational campaigns.
  • As a main image in an advertising campaign for the services of a bank/stock market investments. Using their services you will be the winner.
  • As a layout/background for a company that offers training on personal development.
  • As part of an advert for all kinds of products from cars to pharmaceuticals, etc. Choose this brand/product and you win.
  • As a billboard for any sports competitions.
  • As an advert for the national lottery.
  • As part of an advertising for casinos.
  • For a recruitment company/website.
  • As book covers and also interior of magazines, etc. I can already picture it as a cover for a very familiar business magazine.

 

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The image of the week jumps out from the crowd!

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The image is available for download at: http://yaymicro.com/stock-image/jump-from-crowd/4280407

As microstock agencies have now millions of pictures, some might feel discouraged and give up before making a try. Comparing to the famous top sellers it’s absolutely normal to feel like you don’t have any chance to compete: when will I have money to hire 10 models to shoot business images? when will I have my own studio?

I think the real challenge is in fact to go on in spite of all odds… Where there is a will, there is a way! Hard work is the best strategy on long term. More, look at the bright side of the street: the lack of some resources might stimulate your creativity and help you discover an original vision of many interesting topics.

The image of the week speaks by itself about being different in a good way! After all, creativity will always be needed! It comes from Jakub Danek and it is called “Jump from crowd“!

What is so great about this image:

  1. It’s catchy as it makes you stop and look at it instinctively. Even if you see it on a billboard passing by, you will automatically pay attention to it.
  2. It’s funny as it illustrates a saying mot-a-mot! By the way, what a great idea to illustrate proverbs literally! I can already imagine some funny pictures for: “In one ear and out the other”; “Nobody can serve two masters”; “Every man has his price”…
  3. It fits to lots of topics, from corporate and business to commercial promotional offers.
  4. It has copy space. You can easily add any text on the black low side or even thought or speech bubbles next to every man in the picture!
  5. It’s an original way of making a group picture with only one person. So, it’s a great example of how you can cut costs! :)
  6. It is dynamic as the man is literally jumping out from the crowd.
  7. It has a positive, optimistic message!
  8. The description of the image is already a start or a title for an article.

How could we use it:

  • an inspirational poster on the wall of a multinational company
  • outdoor adverts for “winning” products like: bank credits for business start-ups, online games, visa lottery
  • any topic regarding getting hired by a prestigious corporation: from international study programs and recognition certificates to interviews and jobs
  • advert for any product that brings you happiness, at least in certain moments: good internet connection, sport competitions, car/life/home insurances
  • motivational campaigns about social behavior and about the dare to be different and responsible

 

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