I always loved taking photos and over the years I think I have created a great portfolio. The problem was that before this year all my photos were taken with a basic point and shot camera. I worked very hard and saved all my money to buy myself a DSLR and some important lenses. It certainly was the best purchase I have made (besides my house of course:)
I first got into stock photography because I just love advertisement. Like I am literally obsessed with it and so I guess I am trying to make this my career. This isn't really a informational article but its more to hold myself accountable for setting goals and keeping up with this to a point where I can actually say that I am a stock photographer. I am not big on people photography, but I love nature so I am making my niche nature and wild life. This niche will include gardens, flowers, foods, and etc.
Every stock photography tip has said to have a goal, my goal is to have 5 images per week that are accepted. Every tip also said to keep within the niche, therefore I have decided on what I know best: nature.
Another tip I have seen a lot is to keep an idea book close with me. I started with that and its great!! I mean ideas literally pop up everywhere and I have to be ready to write them down before they disappear. I used to use sticky notes but it gets messy and they get lost. The idea book is an excellent way to keep all my thoughts together.
Tip 3 is practice, practice, practice and learn photoshop. This goes without saying but I have my camera with me all the time now. I have not used photoshop at all, but from my research I do see the necessity. Even the smallest touch ups make ALL the difference. Better lighting and noise reduction cane be the deciding point whether a image is selected or not.
With those three tips in my, I will keep to my goal and make a break into stock photography.
One thing I have not decided on is if to be exclusive... just not sure. I mean when I read about Yuri Arcurs, he is ALL over the stock world and it really pays off for him, but then again he is on a way different level.
I included my first sold photo. It was such an amazing feeling and I hope there will be many more to come.