Stock Photography Tips

December 27, 2011 by  
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Stock Photography Tips

Article by Chamberlane Altatis

Looking for some stock photography tips? You’re in the right place.

Because of so much competition, it’s really hard to find success in stock photography. Therefore, you must know what to do it order for your photos to be chosen by the buyers. Here are some of the stock photography tips to help you find success in this business:

1. Focus more on photographing people and business idea related photographs

When you’re going to see the top selling photos in stock photography sites, they are more of having people as subjects most of which are business in concept. There are of course other concepts but most are having people as subjects. I’m not saying that photos without people do not sell. It’s just that buyers will most likely buy photos that has people in it. It’s also good to have business related concepts because most buyers are making designs for business websites, ebooks, and others. Again, some concepts can also sell but business concepts sell better.

In photographing people however, you to submit model releases signed by your subjects. Well, this is not so hard since stock photography sites are provide one for you. All you have to do is grab them and have your subjects sign.

Having this in mind, I’m not forcing you to do people photography if you are really not into it. If you love really shooting natures, then so be it. It is better sot shoot subjects that you are really comfortable with. There are actually some who made success in nature photography in stock photography. It’s just that the number of those kinds of picture in stock photography sites are already very big so competition is really more challenging.

2. Narrow your concept and make that your area

The next in your list of stock photography tips is the narrowing of your subject concepts. With so many good photographers submitting their photos online, wide ideas are already chosen so have to make yours as narrow as possible. If almost everybody are into business people, try to think of a concept narrower than that. Maybe you only want to focus on business people in engineering, or doctors in the hospital, etc. These examples are pretty simple and I’m sure you can think of better narrow ideas.

3. Create quality photos

What more can you add in your stock photography tips than creating quality photos? Again, competition here is fierce so better do your best to improve your skills in photography. Learn also photo editing using softwares like Photoshop. This will help you a lot in fixing those imperfections in your photos. Having better quality photos gives you a better chance of selling more so invest your time in learning how to do it. Point and shoot cameras are also enough in this kind of business. But if you can afford to have one, you may also buy a more professional camera. Of course high end cameras is more capable of capturing more quality photos and also gives you a better chance of selling more.

4. Give your photos a highly searchable keywords and tags

I hope you’re aware of SEO (search engine optimization). You can do a little googling in case you’re not yet aware about it. In giving title and tags for your photos, try to think of those words or phrase that a buyer will type if he or she is looking for a photo like what you are posting. In that way, there is again a better chance that buyers will be directed to your photos and buy them.

Well, there are still more in stock photography tips but I leave some for you to learn in your own. Sometimes stock photography tips for some may not work for others so it’s up to you really. Just keep on selling your photos online and you can learn new lesson everyday. At the end of the day, you make your own stock photography tips.

Chamberlane Altatis
Photographer/Videographer/Photo and Video Editor/Writer/Businessman
Owner of Make Money in Photography and Video Production Tutorial Site

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