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04-16-2015 08:11 AM
Grumpy Old Man Stock photos are all over the internet. Try Shutterstock.com, or 123rf.com and others. Licenses often vary according to use as well as size, so read carefully. You can also do a search for 'free stock photography' or other terms, but, as a rule, photos there are not as high quality as pay sites.

Be specific when you ask for hi-res photos. Let your customer know the file size you want as well as the resolution and type (.jpg, .tif, raw, etc).

If you'd like a couple hi-res photos to practice with, let me know what subjects you prefer and what size files you like, and then I'll send you a couple. I shoot in Nikon's raw format then convert to whatever format is necessary for use. Doing it this way keeps a lot of details lost in the internal conversion process.

Good luck.
03-15-2015 08:14 AM
cjm1972 Ha, the bane of every portrait artists life, the poor ref photo.

High resolution images can be searched for via the Google images search tools/size.

As far as customers go, they will never understand the pain they out us through with substandard ref's, I find it best to show them examples of photos and point out what makes it a good photo. Failing that, if possible, take it yourself.

I often envy the abstract artist, being able to draw/paint whatever's going on in their restless minds, with no reliance on customers to comply to standards.
03-14-2015 09:12 PM
SherylG I have done pet portraits for decades and find this to be a constant problem. I paint from photos, paper or digital. I tell the customers from the start that I need close up, high resolution, detailed photos in good light or I can't do it. I have, occasionally had to take these pics of the subject myself if they live close by. I have also, but rarely, had to refuse a job until they could give me good photos to work from, but if the pet has passed away, that's difficult. Sometimes I just do the best I can with what I have.

I would rather turn down the job than give someone a substandard painting.
07-03-2014 03:01 PM
Sarah
Photo references?

Hey. I'm kind of struggling to find photo references to draw from.
Photo's that are very clear and detailed. Does anyone know of any website I could maybe find some good clear photo's of people to draw from?

Also I'm trying to get some commission's and every time someone asks for a drawing, their photo is not clear or large enough for me to actually draw from, and the outcome when I do actually try, isn't very good to me personally.
This is usually over Facebook so I was wondering if anyone know's maybe where I could present my work and try to get commission's?
Or if at my stage I should just keep doing them for free at the moment, although I would LOVE to make some cash from this.

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated.
Thank you

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