A Blog About Stock Photography. John specializes in shooting stock photos including a mix of funny animal pictures with anthropomorphized pets (including dogs, cats, cows, elephants, monkeys and more), and concept stock photos for business and consumer communications. John's site includes interviews with photographers and leaders in the stock photo community as well as numerous articles on photography, digital imaging, and the stock photo business.
Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Strong Woman's Back Showing Health, Fitness and Strength
A strong woman's back for illustrating concepts such as beauty, health, fitness and strength.
Beauty, Health And
A long neglected category for me is that of beauty, health
and fitness. But it was less my desire to tap into that category than my
appreciation for the particular woman in this shot that led me to create this
strong woman’s back stock photo.The woman whose back is the subject of this stock photo is an avid
indoor rock climber and an awesome example of physical fitness and I wanted to
capture her strength and beauty on film, uh, er…pixels?
A Strong Back And An
To create the shot I photographed her in my studio, then
isolated her back onto a separate sky image, then added a blue monochrome look
to make the image more artistic and less literal.I lit the image with soft but directional light to bring out
her muscles. I selected a pose that both showed off her musculature and the graceful lines of the female body and provided a more dynamic body position than a more traditional straight on shot of her back would have offered. Images with a more dynamic feel to them
generally sell better.
Women, Strength And
One of the beautiful things about this image is that it can
actually illustrate a pretty wide variety of concepts. Obviously this image can
work for health, fitness and beauty ideas but it also works for strong women
and for success. It fits well the new paradigm of women with strength and
And Copy Space
As with most of the stock images I create I composed it to
work well whether used as a vertical, horizontal or square image. Additionally,
there is room for copy on either side of the woman’s torso.
Variations And A
Royalty Free Licensing Model
I actually created this image ten years ago…that brings up
an interesting change in how I shoot stock. Had I done this image now I would
have created several versions…one with no breast showing (because Getty has labeled this image as "nude" and therefore remains unseen on the default settings).I would also create a version without the blue tint creating a more "commercial" image. In addition, I would make these Royalty Free images rather than Rights
Managed as is the current image.Matter of fact…maybe I’ll start working on that now!