Commerical Photography

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by fredick, Oct 24, 2006.

  1. fredick

    fredick TPF Noob!

    Oct 24, 2006
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    Hi Guys,

    I am new to this forum and photography in general.

    I wanted to know whether a 'commerical photography' is the same as 'stock photography' and 'commerical video' is the same as 'stock video'. I assume that it is since any photography/video that is taken and then sold is 'commerical' in nature?


  2. fmw

    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Sep 30, 2006
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    As a former commercial photographer, I would define the discipline as photography that is done for paying clients who are primarily businesses. It can involved almost any type of photography. I did executive portraits, product photography, advertising photography, images for annual reports, even sports photography for my business clients. I've done advertising shots for educational institutions and government agencies as well but it falls into the same category.

    Stock photography is the business of image rentals. One places images with a stock photography service. Clients can then rent the images for a stated purpose - usually commercial in nature. The photographs can be rented over and over by different clients.

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