Tips for Submitting Successful Stock Photos

posted on 24th of september, 2009

Ok, so I'm not THE most successful stock photographer in the world, but here are a few tips i have picked up whilst being involved in this fab world of stock photography!


© Scyza (Help)

Spend time before you go on a photoshoot thinking about what you want to convey with your images. Study other images in magazines, online, in adverts etc, not to copy, but to get inspiration. Take into account the colors, angle it was shot from, focus point. Keep a notebook and take notes to remind yourself while you are out shooting.

ALWAYS note the lighting before you start shooting. Even if you are shooting in natural light, make sure it is ideal for what you are shooting. If you have to move your model around, or wait an hour or two for more ideal natural lighting, do! It will be worth it!

Know Your Camera
If you have a DSLR, there is no excuse not to know about your camera settings. You can find so much info online to help you figure out what you are doing. the forums on here are so helpful too. Check your settings while you are shooting. Make sure you are using an appropriate ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance etc. By shooting on manual, you have full control over all the settings on your camera, and with practice, you can create the exact photo you want.

It's a Digital Era!

I know some keen film photographers don't agree at all with digitally editing photos, but this is a digital era, and photoshop was make to enhance your art work. Use it to do that!! In fact, most of the enhancing you do in photoshop, originated with film photography! If you can capture it perfectly with the camera first time, then fair play to you! But if photoshop will enhance the photo, I would use it!

Be Choosey
it is so easy with digital to be snap happy and take literally 100's of pictures. That is ok, provided you are picky with which ones you upload. Buyers do not want to have to look through 30 images of the same model, in the same outfit just shot from slightly different angle each time. Only upload your BEST images from each shoot.

Set Goals
© Moth (Help)

if you are really serious about making some money online with stock photos, be consistent. Set goals to upload so many photos each week / day and stick to it. It will pay off!

I hope this will help some of the new-bees looking for some advice on how to make some spare cash!

Comments (30)

Posted by Ferrerphoto on January 14, 2014
Good point about knowing the lighting before shooting. Most people will start shooting even with poor lighting but thinking about what you want to convey is nearly as important.
Posted by Joezachs on May 01, 2010
some good tips for future reference.
I have marked it
Posted by Freedomphotos on February 22, 2010
Thanks for sharing, great tips for everyone.
Posted by Rdproctor on November 22, 2009
Lots of great advise for us new people, thank you
Posted by Svisho on October 21, 2009
Thank you very much for the useful tips!
Posted by Sharkphoto on October 20, 2009
Thank you very much for sharing the tips.
Posted by Katz42 on October 13, 2009
Thanks for the advice. As a new photographer, I am always looking for tips and advice.
Posted by Murburger01 on October 07, 2009
yet again, a very informative guide - thanks
Posted by Creativei on October 04, 2009
Great article, thanks for sharing this.
Posted by Maczuga on October 02, 2009
Posted by Thunder6683 on September 28, 2009
Thanks.Very good.
Posted by Eclecticelegance on September 28, 2009
Thank you!
Posted by Akkshyam on September 27, 2009
very informative guide
Posted by Jameskho on September 26, 2009
Thanks for your great tips. very informative guide.
Posted by Rajhans on September 26, 2009
Thanks for advice. by the way what do u think about my folio? pl take a look and let me know.
Posted by Djk on September 25, 2009
Very useful. Thanks.
Posted by Arcobaleno on September 25, 2009
Very useful, thanks a lot.
Posted by Bradcalkins on September 25, 2009
Good advice - and thanks for using my photo!
Posted by Frantab01 on September 25, 2009
thanks for the advice :)
Posted by Sanshams on September 25, 2009
good advice thanks
Posted by Littledesire on September 25, 2009
Very useful! Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Asyan on September 25, 2009
Yap! Great tips! Not only for beginners! Thank you!
Posted by Maigi on September 25, 2009
This is great, Rebecca! Thanks!
Posted by Hlehnerer on September 24, 2009
Excellent advice! Thank you!
Posted by Irisangel on September 24, 2009
Good advice
Posted by Mani33 on September 24, 2009
Hi Rebecca! Thanks for the tips... I still have a big obstacle which is a good CAMERA. I hope next year I will over pass this! As for now the priorities are other things! Cheers ;)
Posted by Marilyngould on September 24, 2009
Helpful tips, thanks. I strongly agree that one of the most helpful tips is knowing your equipment! Cheers, Marilyn
Posted by Fultonsphoto on September 24, 2009
Something for us all to remember not only newbies, we sometimes forget the simple basics, especially as we are in the digital era.
Posted by Wildmac on September 24, 2009
Great advice! Thank you for sharing :0)
Posted by Justmeyo on September 24, 2009
Yes very good advices and will help a lot of photographers,best wishes

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