Today Scott focuses on travel photography, taking pictures and selling his images to stock agencies such as Corbis and Getty images. Now that I have photographed the horses a few times, I would have to say it’s really like no other photography that I have ever done. We hire the owners, some of them who are amazing cowboys, to put these horses in some incredible situations either in the ocean, in the marshes, or on dusty terrain and we have them run towards us at full speed. Running in different directions, we have our group photographing them Al Servo, which is predictive autofocus, with different lenses and different vantage points. We’ll also have the horses resting in different places as we capture them close up in different angles and lighting situations and it is like eye candy every single day. You have these magnificent animals, which are all white and so gorgeous, and every day we have them running through the ocean and in different environments and we’re all set up trying to capture them. We even had stallions on their hind legs fighting and we captured baby foals, which are born very dark, brown and black, and in time change to gray and then to pure white as they get older.
Just being around all of these amazing creatures is such a high, but being able to photograph them in the beauty of the South of France and with cowboys helping us set up amazing shots, well it is just insanely cool! Southeast Asia is on top of my list as it is just one unbelievable place for the culture and food, but especially the people. India comes in a close second as the photographic possibilities everywhere you go in this country are pretty much endless. I could travel there just to photograph the incredible cultures as this is one place where you really do feel like you’ve gone back in time and they are so incredibly sweet but humble…and love working with you and your camera.
But I also love places like Israel, for its amazing history and beauty and I spent five months there long ago.
I would also have to say that Europe, many countries in Europe, are really at the top of my list. You can buy a rail pass and travel by train to so many amazing places and come back with some of the best images of your life.
However, you can also stay close to home if you live in America, and the amount of one-of-a-kind places that the US has to offer is pretty astounding also. I always travel with my Really Right Stuff panorama head, L Brackets and also their ball heads, which are just amazing.
In addition, I also travel with my Benro or Induro carbon fiber tripods which are my favorite and I recommend to all of my students. Finally, I take my Intervalometer for time lapse photography and capturing the night sky, different flashlights for light paintings along with my headlamp, Pec Pads and Eclipse sensor cleaning gear.
All of this is packed into my Gura Gear Kiboto 22L backpack, which I think is the best designed backpack ever made for camera gear.
The image quality is beyond unreal for a telephoto zoom lens and you can also use a 1.4 extender on it without decreasing the image quality too much. The LCD screen was so similar to looking at those transparencies and I picked up my Peak 4x loupe and used it for years to evaluate my LCD image on the back of the camera. Back then, there were a lot of black dots on the LCD screen so it was harder to really see your image. Fast forward to now, and with over a million pixels on these 3 inch LCD screens, a good loupe is even more crucial. What really really messed me up the most was wearing Teva sandals, which are my favorite sandals, at the Pushkar Camel Festival in Rajasthan, India back in 2001.
I ended up getting Cellulitis in my leg, which swelled up and nobody knew what was wrong with it.
Thankfully, I ended up finding a foreign hospital called SOS and they put me on the strongest intravenous antibiotics available and I was able to finally get better. I had many friends  that were into stock photography long ago, and I just got excited about it because I saw the places that they were traveling to and the kind of money they were making.
I started to travel with them to some beautiful places like the Galapagos Islands and Southeast Asia…just all over the place, and then I realized I was building up a nice stock archive myself. It’s not that easy to make a living off of stock photography and I actually never have.
A lot of people are mesmerized by those who work in travel photography, and are supposedly getting paid for it. It has changed so much over the years when there was a much high-caliber amount of work out there being submitted and stock photographers were a little bit more prestigious. And then of course came royalty-free and micro stock, which in my opinion absolutely destroyed the stock industry. So that proliferated out and everybody joined the bandwagon and traditional stock photographers were really hurt by this. Nothing has hurt the stock industry like royalty free and micro stock, but on the other hand, it helps many people get into stock photography, although making a lot of money from it is often wishful thinking. In terms of street photography, it is actually a lot looser and you can take a completely different approach.
In different countries around the world, from African tribes to children sitting by the Taj Mahal, you just have to be careful that your not stepping on any toes and upsetting you any of them, including any parents nearby, and not have cameras in anyone’s face. It is very much like the paparazzi and how actors and actresses do not like cameras photographing them without their permission. How important is it for a photographer to connect with his subjects to bring out their true self?

I photograph people all over the world and although many people, especially with travel photography, try and capture people from a distance, being a stock photographer I always have to get up close and personal.
I love trying to capture the real person inside of them and so you therefore have to almost become their friend as having them loosen up is key. What advice can you give to those looking to sell their work via stock photography outlets?
I think the number one thing that can help anyone selling their photography in any way, shape or form, but especially with stock photography would be to buy The Photographer’s Market. This $25 book is probably the gold mine for making money with your photography as it is updated every year and lists pretty much everyone out there all around the world who wants to buy photographs from people. You can contact many of the stock agencies out there also and look at their requirements and if you feel you have enough of an archive, and you might want to contact them directly. So many people have inspired me throughout the years, but I would have to say the work of my good friend Melvin Sokolsky is just unbelievable. Melvin has been a family friend for years and helped guide me so much throughout the years.
Of course, I know so many great photographers and am so lucky to know them and also travel with them all over the world. Working with one of my newer models, her face always seems to be broken out and takes a tremendous amount of time retouching. Some images definitely take a lot longer, but when you know they are going to be used for advertising or displayed in someone’s home or a hospital, then I really have no time limit and I want to make them the best possible as I am incredibly fussy. Many times I will come back the next day and look at them all over again… and see if I’m happy with what I did or if I can finesse than even more. Post processing plays a big part for me and is very similar to when I had my darkroom as a kid. One of my friends whom I used to travel with asked me back in 2000 what I thought about going to Burma. I started shooting monks much more seriously than ever before and I just fell in love with the people and the way of life, and especially the temples and the little children with their face paint. We went everywhere and shot so many amazing things, but it was a totally different place back then.
With so many tourists, I decided to stop doing workshops there for a while, but I’m now thinking of going back possibly next year with a group. It’s hard not to miss this amazing country as to me, it is the crown jewel of Southeast Asia. Scott Stulberg is a travel and stock photographer who journeys often to distant lands looking for unique stock opportunities. Scott has led photography workshops to many places around the globe and he also teaches digital photography and Photoshop at UCLA Extension, the Los Angles Center of Photography, the Art Wolfe Digital Photography Center in Seattle and the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona, where he lives with his fiance.
Scott is the author of Passage to Burma, a photo pictorial of his favorite country and also is the co-author of The Digital Photographer’s New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins. From Microsoft, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Royal Caribbean cruise ships and ABC News to greeing cards, calendars, bill boards and book covers, his images are used internationally.
His photographs are in collections all over the world, including on permanent display in the United Nations and the new UCLA Medical Center.
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He also teaches photography courses and workshops across the globe and is the author of the book, Passage to Burma. You are in such a gorgeous environment in the south of France on the coast and there are these beautiful horses in different farms all over the place. The colors are beyond belief, the transportation, architecture and of course the people are just off the scale. And although I love photographing the animals more than anything, my favorite part of photographing in Africa is capturing the tribes. This is also a place that feels like you have gone back in time as the sights and sounds of the animals everywhere….on so many of the islands are just mind-boggling. Blue-footed Boobies, these gorgeous birds, are all over and right in front of you while you’re hiking and they are not scared of humans whatsoever.
I also love shooting in Hong Kong with its amazing views of the harbor and Japan, with a culture like no other. From the idyllic Tuscany and Florence landscapes to the mountains of Switzerland and countryside of France, Europe really has no equal. From Death Valley and Monument Valley to the fall colors of the East Coast and everything in between.

Along with my Canon 5D Mark III and Mark II as a backup, I bring everything from a super wide lens to a telephoto lens. And of course, my blower as you never know when dust in the sensor is going to ruin your shots.
But I would have to say that the one that has helped me out in many situations is my 70-200mm 2.8 telephoto.
When I got my first Canon D30 DSLR back in March of 2001, I realized that the LCD screen on the back of the camera was similar to what I had been looking at with my slide film on my light tables. You can’t just push the zoom button on your camera and expect to really see the entire image zoomed in.
I stepped on something that went into my heel and I ended up getting a terrible infection while I was traveling through the country weeks later. It was so painful and scary – I could not get a flight to Bangkok where there was an amazing hospital (also where my bags were) because the Red Army had taken over the airport in Bangkok, so I was stuck in Yangon, Burma. My friends actually helped me decide on which companies to try and get into after I felt I was ready and the rest is history. That’s only for the select few that really work tremendously hard at it and pursue it with full force.
Photographing closer to home without spending a lot of travel costs is definitely important to everyone whether they are beginners or seasoned veterans.
Everybody has a cell phone, everybody has a digital camera and they go all over the place and pretty much try and submit their work for stock. It allowed people to buy images for just a few dollars that before were selling for hundreds of dollars. With travel photography, we work so hard and spend so much money trying to get the special images. And then other people photograph similar things, and then end up selling them for almost nothing. I will be leaving for Paris in a few days and I actually do a lot of street photography in cities like this because they are perfect for capturing so many different types of images with different kinds of feelings. Other times, people might be sitting and eating or having coffee outside and I often do not ask them if I could photograph them and I just shoot the scene. These shots I wouldn’t submit for stock unless I had already asked them if I could photograph them and if they will sign a release. You do have to be respectful as more often than not, people do not want to be in your images. Dealing with different people for so long, you get used to all the nuances from how uncomfortable they are in front of the camera to how amazing someone can be captured.
They list what they are looking for, how much they will pay and how they want to see your images. Probably no better money spent in buying this book and it is without a doubt the number one resource out there. Most of them want to see a good website as they don’t really want images sent into them randomly. A good website is key and that’s actually what got me into some of my agencies long ago.
He is a fashion photographer and has been since he was on staff with Richard Avedon at Harper’s Bazaar when he was twenty years old. I just got back from Antelope Canyon, shooting the slot canyons over there which is not far from our home in Sedona, and sometimes I want to completely change the look and feel of an image. I actually loved using Topaz Adjust so much, on so many of my images from there because it gave me exactly what I was looking for. I have to make it look as good as possible so I don’t mind spending the time, and I could easily spend an hour or two just on one image…or maybe longer.
I loved watching images come to life and now Photoshop has taken us all to a whole new level. Back then, it was a little scarier thought than today but we decided to do it and we planned an incredible trip in early 2001 to Thailand and Burma and that started my love affair with Burma. I was so thankful that my friend asked me to do this and he and I and his wife had the trip of a lifetime. Was nothing like it is now and with what is going on with the huge boom in tourism because democracy has finally taken hold…well it is still absolutely amazing, but you now have to deal with a lot more than what we dealt with.
The photographic possibilities in this place are mind-boggling and my relationship with the monks and the most masters has always been extremely special. He is represented by many stock agencies including Corbis and Getty Images and is a contributing writer for both Shutterbug and EOS magazine.
And the amazing Frigatebirds are constantly flying overhead and look exactly like pterodactyl birds from prehistoric days. From portraits all around the world to moving objects like the white Camargue horses, rushing towards me at full speed, this lens is simply irreplaceable. I always used different loupes, from 4x all the way to 10x to check out sharpness, composition and everything else on my slides.
It makes you really appreciate good medical care wherever you can find it as third world country medicine is so scary! There are people that make good money doing this and that’s all that they do but most of us do many other things including workshops, selling our work other ways, teaching, writing for magazines and just so many other venues for making money.

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