If you are like me, you are new to the Stock Photo Industry. I have been photographing for 13 years and have been in my short career as an art director on the buyers side of the Stock photo industry.
However, with a 500px license, I am very happy to participate as a photographer. Once we started, I jumped right in and uploaded a lot of photos. Here are the 10 things I learned about Stock Photography that might be useful to you.
1. Early versions received
I must admit that I do a lot of portraits and fashion photos (Follow me) and often ask my friends to model for me. When I decided to download these photos under 500px license, I had to ask for appropriate model versions.
It is difficult to find them on several continents and in many time zones. It’s much easier to download a Model Release app or have a Model Release expression ready in your camera bag when you’re on the go. If you ask for a model share before film, life will be much easier and your model will have more opportunities to clarify how the photos should be used.
2. Take the time to keyword your photos
I’m still new to this area, so I’ve made a lot of mistakes with Keywording. To help me and other photographers, our editors have compiled a List of practical tips on the keyword of your photos.
The key to Keywording is to think like a buyer. Whether you are looking for emotions (attachment, happiness, Empathy) or characteristics (individuality, simplicity, beauty), try to extract the words that your photo can express. According to some experts, the ideal number of keywords is 20-25, but they must be relevant. Spam keywords can actually harm your photos.
3. Photographers are their own Lowest Editors
I’ve noticed this before, and it’s even more relevant when trying to get into stock photography: photographers are usually their Lowest editors. In the past, the photos I hated were chosen for full circulation in magazines, but the photos I liked were rejected overall. The takeaway here is to upload more photos, good and bad, because what you think is bad could be perfect for The editor or creative director.
4. Either Supply on Demand
As a photographer, you market your photos to buyers. To succeed, it is important to sell what is in demand. This does not mean going against the line and film at something you do not believe, but the lack of supply in areas with high demand is a lost chance.
There is a lot of research on what is in demand in stock photography (authentic images, Instagram-style filtered photos, texture patterns, breathtaking landscapes) so you can be in tune with the market.
5. Pay attention to brands and Logos
I learned this a little too after, so it took me a few hours of work in Photoshop. For commercially licensed photos, make sure your photos do not contain any related marks, marks, or graphics. For example, my picture of a car was rejected because the brand and shape of the car is the intellectual property of the car manufacturer. The same goes for swoosh logos, Famous fruit logos, and so on.
Interestingly, some brands will add their Logos in post-production!
6. Was one of the Forerunners of
To successfully sell Stock Photography, it is important to market yourself. Every photographer who earns five to six figures a year with Stock Photography invests a lot in Marketing.
While spending money on ads might be a way to advertise on your own, marketing your specialty is a better way to get a good fan base and revenue. Write about your photo films, trips, tips and tricks that you have learned to do what you love. There are a number of photographers who successfully contribute articles and tutorials to 500px ISO and other Blogs. So while writing this blog, I’m also walking around