I found my brothers DLSR and manually set it up for the environment we were in. I then got my mum to hold a fog light up to even out any shadows. I found that behind the camera was most effective towards the better results. I then asked my girlfriend to simply press the shutter button, once it was sat on a tripod and I had configured my own manual settings.
This is an example of my stock photography, taken with a DSLR. The one on the left was taken with no tripod; note how it houses some motion blur, making the image hard to bg remove and therefore a poor choice of stock imagery. The one on the right uses a tripod and is a lot sharper and would be a much better choice for a stock image. As a stock image it isn’t very interesting but it is well lit and sharp.
I then made a Contact Sheet with all my stock images. Contact Sheets are good way to identify the best pictures from the worse ones, although what I’ve found is that pictures you may think are good quality, are actually not as good as they seem as a thumbnail.