Want to know how to make money with stock photography? - Stock photography is becoming increasingly popular as a way of making money online. The following are some tips that can help you succeed in the competitive stock photography industry.
1. Research stock agencies
Compare different stock agencies to establish which one would be best suited for your photos. Once you identify agencies that would be a good fit, contact the photo editors and find out what needs they have. This information will enable you to prepare your first submission in accordance to their needs. There are some agencies who even offer such information on their sites.
2. Get a model release
If you submit a photo which has a person in it, your image needs to be accompanied with a model release. Without one, most stock agencies will not take an image which includes a person. Therefore, every time you are taking photographs, make sure you have a release with you.
3. Understand the value of stock
Make sure the images you submit have stock value. Usually, agencies have an oversupply of photos in categories such as sunsets, flowers and mountains. If you choose to submit photos in these categories, you need to make sure that they stand out from the ones already in the agencies’ database.
Find out what is marketable when it comes to stock photography. Look at the photos used in magazine ads to get an idea of the kind of images which are popular. Most stock agencies have a need for a wide range of images expressing concepts such as freedom, global communication, romance, stress, poverty, victory, loneliness, fear, humor, joy, aggression and success.
Therefore, before submitting a photo, make sure it expresses a concept which would be of interest to photo buyers or agencies.
4. Use keywords to index your photos
If your photos are not indexed with keywords, then they are unlikely to get good exposure online. You need to realize that you are competing against thousands of other photos added weekly to various sites. Therefore, it is important to take time to select the best keywords. Quality photos which are accompanied by great keywords will get maximum exposure as well as downloads.
5. Pay heed to technical requirements
Many times, images are rejected due to technical factors. Before submitting photos, you need to prepare them to ensure that there is no pixel distortion, underexposure, overexposure or excessive image noise. A basic understanding of photo-editing software is therefore important.
6. Be patient
When it comes to stock photography, there is no way of predicting when your photos will be bought, if at all. However, as you continue submitting quality photos to agencies, you will increase your chances of making money.
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