How to get ahead in stock photography

posted on 20th of september, 2013

Like a few others here, I'm skeptical of the benefit of using social media to promote your stock photography. While there may be some benefit, one has to also consider the opportunity cost. How much time spent on social media could be spent on producing more images?

In any case, there is one aspect of social media that I think is invaluable to the stock photographer - and that is blogging! But not necessarily for any exposure it might get you, but rather just the act of trying to illustrate your own blogs with your images gives you a sense of what might be useful to have as content for sale. So get out there are blog, as a learning exercise. Also, read other's blogs to get ideas on what kinds of things might be useful to bloggers who buy images online.

This shot is one I came up with trying to think of a way to illustrate a sun burn, and the need for sun screen. Some cells were harmed in the making of this photo, but rest assured I waited until someone accidentally got a sunburn!

Just doing this blog helped me find a subject with only 114 results in a search!

I suppose if I'm going to say one should blog, I should pass on my actual blog as well: High Fidelity Compacts

Comments (13)

Posted by Williamsphere on June 09, 2015
Pertinent points. I have a science-based blog and use some of my science images there. (I take them with my personal camera periodically at my day job.) I also know some bloggers who solicit images at ******** and other places. I have been suggesting they check out DT.
Posted by Antonio1962 on March 03, 2014
Thanks for share your ideas.great advice.
Posted by Jianbinglee on October 15, 2013
Thanks your advice for us. I will try it.
Posted by Bradcalkins on September 27, 2013
LOL, I thought you were going to tell us how not to spend more on camera equipment than we make!

This is good advice, too :)
Posted by Peanutroaster on September 26, 2013
LOL, I thought you were going to tell us how not to spend more on camera equipment than we make!
Posted by Alvera on September 24, 2013
Thanks for advice. So I must upload more and more. Another myth busted, some people think that old images will grow in level and more money will come...
Posted by Bradcalkins on September 24, 2013
Thanks for the comment - Alvera. I have to agree, my friendships on DT are often more meaningful than 'friends' on FB :)

The 'Wall' is a factor in that you tend to increase you uploads linearly, but the database is growing exponentially. However, if you are in more niche areas I think you can break free from that and at least keep your earnings growing linearly...
Posted by Alvera on September 24, 2013
I agree with you about the time consumed. This reply is also a time consumming thing, because I am not a native english writer :) I also agree about "there may be some benefit". Please allow me to make a full report: I have a blog for about two years with more than 400 posts (DT photo with some words related). I have also an Facebook account from about one year, also a G+ account. The only thing I noticed are some referrals. But they are lazy. They register on DT and never uploaded or buy photos. But, maybe, one day they will start this business and one of them will become the next Yuri. :) Hope this will be within the first 3 years :)
And now my own conclusion: Earnings graph is a flat line in the last 2 years. I don't know, maybe only social media prevent the line to go down?! :) Who knows?! Maybe is that "wall" thing, many people described this phenomenon in stock business, when you continue uploading but the sales are the same.
Another thing: on fb and g+ I have lots of friends, but...(More)
Posted by Unteroffizier on September 21, 2013
Too much advertising may not be good. Unless you are there with a mark a notch in the industry, otherwise your photos and ideas might just be good material for people to copy, modify and claim as their own.
Posted by Lenutaidi on September 21, 2013
Nice idea.Good concept.Well done!Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Angelaostafichuk on September 21, 2013
I agree, blogging is an excellent way to challenge yourself and pass on helpful information. I'm still trying to reconfigure mine. :)
Posted by Arim44 on September 21, 2013
Great concept image, well done!
Posted by Davidwatmough on September 21, 2013
Very creative idea............ thinking might prevent brain disease as well !

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