Successful in stock photography?

posted on 18th of august, 2013

How do you get successful in stock photography?

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....

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Comments (14)

Posted by Edosaodaro on August 29, 2013
Great blog!
Great tips!
Posted by Lenutaidi on August 21, 2013
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:)!
Posted by Wordplanet on August 20, 2013
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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Check out my talented friend !

posted on 22nd of august, 2013

Have a look at my friend's images, he has just gotten in to the stock business, give him some support.

He is a master of macro i think, I really enjoy to see what he's uploading. And I'm very excited yet to see he's first sale =).


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Posted by Laurasinelle on September 02, 2013
Great images!
Posted by Egomezta on August 30, 2013
Those are amazing images.
Posted by Suyerry on August 28, 2013
Very Nice! Good luck!

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