Iphone images as Stock photos

Stock picture agency Alamy have fairly recently announced their new smart phone App aimed at those of us shooting images on our Iphones.  The app - called STOCKIMO - allows anyone with both an Iphone and an Alamy account to upload images direct from their phone onto the Alamy site.  So all those amazing images we shoot with our Iphones now have route to market with Alamy.

STOCKIMO works like this...  You shoot an image. You think hey that's a great shot, someone must be able to use that in an advert or an article.  Load the app on your phone and upload the image to Alamy adding caption and keywords as you go and that's it..  The images are then reviewed by a number of editors and rated out of 4..  As long as the image has an average rating of mare than 2 then it's accepted and joins the millions of other images on sale with Alamy.

These were the first few images of mine to go up - I guess they take a couple of minutes each to caption and keyword properly. At the moment there is no facility or procedure to batch upload/caption/keyword or upload from anything other than Iphone or Ipad which makes the process a bit long winded.  Great for doing the odd image here and there as you shoot but for uploading your back catalogue, hmmm that might take a bit of time.

Alamy is also an enormous library so chances of getting your images seen is pretty low but nevertheless worth a go if you've got nothing else to do on a long journey or whilst bored in the dentists reception.  I know I will be slowly loading up images one by one for a while - I might not get rich doing it but at least those lovely vibrant images get to see the light of day.

Iphone photojournalism - NZ letterboxes

My new Apple Iphone 5s has a really great camera - ideal for general day to day snapping when there's no real need to carry around a big DSLR.  On my recent travels to New Zealand I became fascinated by the Kiwi's personalization of their letterboxes - every one seemingly different and each showing something of the character of the owner.  This was a great opportunity to just use the ever present Iphone loaded with Hipstamatic and shoot a series of images as piece of simple photojournalism.  As always with these series each individual image is not necessarily great - often very quickly composed from the window of the van as we passed by - but as a piece of documentary photography they show something of New Zealand's quirky character.

Hipstamatic is a really useful app although having shot the images you are pretty much stuck with the lens and film styles you've selected.  The great advantage of it is though that it's instant - the images processed and ready to go straight away.  With more time available I would probably choose to shoot in something such as VSCO camera which gives the option of having easily controlled focus and exposure rather than the automatic features in Hipstamatic.  Export the images from VSCO into a manipulation app such as Snapseed and suddenly you have full control of the image.  To be honest though there is something very satisfying about the immediacy of Hipstamatic that is hard to beat.