When Stock Images Don't Meet the Brief...
Many believe that travel photography in New Zealand is an easy job. Admittedly, the country does have a magnificent canvas with which to work with. However, the same challenges exist in every country of the world that I have photographed in. These are the lighting, the timing, the location, the weather, and having a tame subject helps too. Master these five things and you will get the perfect shot.
Rob Stone Photography offers you breathtaking travel photography from behind New Zealand’s closed borders. The world is at your fingertips, you just can’t get to it in the COVID world we live in today. Let Rob Stone Photography take the assignment for you.
This photograph was taken in the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya in 2017. When you have seen a lioness resting peacefully in the early evening warmth, it is all too easy to forget that these are wild, untame animals in their native habitat. My camera and I are the interlopers and we could easily be the next meal.
I appreciate that the photography stock libraries already have on file every known landmark, from every conceivable angle in perfect lighting conditions. My problem with this model is that there isn’t any creative license allowed from the commissioning editor. You need photographs that tell your audience about your time in New Zealand, Kenya or India, it is your story the photographs are documenting.
The other advantage that New Zealand photographers have is that we are based in New Zealand, which is recognised as being a long way from anywhere. If you want a picture of a New Zealand scene for your business or wall, and can’t find it in a stock library, why not commission a locally based photographer to do it to your creative brief. This takes the guess work out of the equation, and if the weather is against us, I can always pop back next week.
New Zealand is such a beautiful country from skiing in the Southern Alps around Queenstown, Otago in winter (June to October) to beach retreats in Piha, Auckland in summer (December to March). If you are missing that one, must-have image for your project then I am sure that I can find it.
This website is about more than promoting Rob Stone Photography. We can’t thrive as a business without other partners, companies and organisations doing well too. I want to be able to point you in the right direction for other goods and services that we are not able to excel at.
Living in New Zealand is a photographer’s dream. The skies somehow seem bigger, the landscapes wider and the mountains reach higher. A great resource for tourists in New Zealand is the national tourism board. They have everything that a photographer needs to research great photographs before they leave home.
In the post-COVID-19 world, I suspect that we will all be travelling far less than we did previously. Flights will be more expensive as the economics of fewer tourists forces the airlines to adjust their business model. Air New Zealand does a fantastic job as our national flag carrier airline. Their customer service is the best I have ever experienced and their Koru loyalty programme is a relationship-building machine, and we know that people buy from people.
If you do want to go down the stock photography route then there is no shortage of choices. It really depends on your budget and how you want to use the image. As a photographer, my livelihood is dependent on people paying me for my copyrighted work.
When you use a stock agency to download a photograph, in reality, you are buying a licence that gives you the right to use that image on your project. The photographer has agreed with the agency what the terms and conditions are beforehand.
On Getty Images, all creative images and some editorial images are royalty-free, which means their price is based on the file size and you can use that file on multiple projects. Rights-managed editorial images are priced by usage since the photographer wants the agency to manage the image on a project by project basis.
Wild New Zealand west coast weather washed away the old bridge to Frans Josef so we had to build a temporary one very quickly to serve the community.
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