Stock photography can be described as a supply of photographs that are licensed for specific use. Stock photographs are used to fulfill creative assignments without having to hire a photographer for the work.
The lower prices of higher quality DSLR cameras combined with increasing internet bandwidths and speeds, has led to stock photography becoming a second stream of income for many photographers.
If you are interested in generating an income from selling stock photography, there are a few things that you will need to get started.
The Right Equipment
When you first start trying to sell stock photos you may discover that your images are constantly rejected for low image quality. This is typically caused by using a cheap lens or because lighting is of poor quality. It is important to upgrade to a high quality camera with good lenses. Remember, designers only want the highest quality images that are tack sharp.
When choosing a camera it is also important to consider file size. One struggle advertisers often have when searching for stock images is finding an image that is large enough to use on a billboard or a large wall at a trade show without losing the quality of an image. If you are trying to get started selling stock photos, having large files that are of very high quality is going to give you an advantage.
In addition to having the right equipment you are also going to need to find the right niche for you. If you want to become successful you will want to find the perfect area to focus on. Take some time to research different areas and view the competition for each area that you are considering. Most stock companies will provide a list of the types of photos they are looking for as well as ones that they are not. Choose one or two topics and stick with them until you have a large portfolio built up.
When it comes to selling stock photos it is important to remember that volume is key. The more photos that you upload, the more chances that you have of selling them. When selling photos on microstock sites you are typically earning less than a dollar per sale. This means that you need to make a lot of sales in order to earn a decent income.
While it is important to upload as many images as possible to build up your portfolio, it is just as important to not sacrifice quality in order to get the quantity that you want. Take your time to make sure that you are uploading high quality images to your portfolio if you want to make sales.
Finally, when getting into stock photography it is important to read all of the legal stuff that is provided on the sites about your work. There are different ways to go about selling your images and you want to make sure that you are aware of your rights as an artist.