Answer = Have a BIG portfolio of high quality images and in ALL different categories.
What images sell in stock then? - Almost everything. People, food, nature, animals
I have sold images of open doors.... Yes, a open door, a few times.
The stock image market is NOT about having a "great mind-blowing" shot, its about simplicity and versatility. How many companies and magazines need a beautiful waterfall with a nice sunset in the background? - Not so many actually, its a small market.
Who do you aim images for?
How many companies and webdesigners need a nice looking male smiling for their website support page? - A lot i'd guess.
Shoot conceptual images, images that can be used for MORE then one purpose....
I think we must learn to think from the perspective of customer.And the customer who comes here wants cheap and affordable images immediately.Time has passed when an image banal,simple and uninteresting like a banana on white background or tomato,or an apple generates a lot of sales.The site is full of such images!The world is changing.We are a consumer society, we should not forget that.Everything you eat,dress,etc. sells!Of course you can continue to shoot what you love but not always what you like and sell it.And I gree with you:"Shoot conceptual images, images that can be used for MORE then one purpose."Conceptual and commercial images,not beautiful and sweet or cute images for stock if you wanna sell.:)Cheers:)!
I certainly agree that all kinds of things sell. For me, I've found that the things I love to shoot, like travel and especially nautical images, have made a lot for me. So have abstract backgrounds. There are over a million hits for "abstract background" which would have discouraged me if I thought about it, but since I love playing with macro lenses, lights, textures, etc., I've continued to produce them and they sell nicely for me. On DT they have earned me more than any other category.
My next best category is travel, especially nautical images. There are nearly 25,000 lighthouse photos here on DT, so the competition isn't quite the same as for people and objects isolated on white, or for backgrounds, and one of mine is currently on page 1 if you simply search "lighthouse." My best-selling one has over 300 dls between DT and other micro sites, and most of them topped 50 DLs in a short time. I've found many of these travel images in magazines, on travel websites, in newspapers here...(More)
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