Welcome to BioStock Images!

BioStock Images features the work of biologist Olin Feuerbacher.  I am a former professional photographer from the days of film, turned biologist and scientific illustrator.  I do not sell images directly from this site – sales are handled through a variety of agencies.  I just don’t have the time to provide good customer service as my life as a scientist takes precedence.  However, there is one exception – All images are available free of charge for use in academic, research, conservation, or educational applications.  If you see images that you feel would be a benefit to your organization, please contact me directly so I can get you the images you need.  Even if you don’t see it in my online galleries, feel free to ask.  I have thousands of images yet to be digitized.

So what then is the purpose of BioStock Images?  Well, there is the obvious; to provide exposure to the images I have for sale at other agencies, and maybe make a few bucks from advertising.  Just being a scientist doesn’t mean I am entirely altruistic!  But also, I hope that I can help other aspiring photographers find their niche, both in art as well as sales.

I have recently begun exploring the world of microstock.  When microstock first crept into the market, I felt it was abhorrent, a complete devaluation of “real” photography.  My attitude has slowly changed, and I will discuss my change of heart in the Microstock Blog.  I am still undecided as to whether microstock is for me.  It’s a tough way to make a buck; a far cry from the promises of a few years ago, “dump your hard drive on one of these sites and let the loot roll in”.

Animal and nature shots are a particularly hard sell, since the market favors slick, highly stylized commercial shots.  As I continue testing the waters, I will share my findings as to what works and what doesn’t so other scientific photographers can decide if stock is for them.  Hopefully I can help others make it into this field with fewer bumps along the way.

I love science and I love photography.   I feature some of my favorite images from other photographers in the Photo Features Section.  I’m also a hopeless gear head and do-it-yourselfer, so I have devoted the Tools and Techniques section to these pursuits.

Welcome and enjoy!

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