Getting Started in Stock
This is a question we all ask ourselves, having spent hundreds (thousands) of dollars on our hobby! I asked myself that question over 4 years ago, and decided the answer was to sell my images. After a slow start, I have increased my income to a run rate of more [...]
I blogged about this a couple of weeks back, but Leo (the designer behind the Symbiostock network) has been making remarkable progress and we now have a very substantial and flexible stock agency developing using WordPress.
Two things of note – the first is that the site design is now much more professional – I [...]
An eye-catching title…but what can we do to increase our earnings potential from images already in our portfolio and online. I was thinking about this recently when looking at some of my better selling images on Shutterstock. One that caught my eye was this one:
Good seller on Shutterstock
This is a nice clean [...]
I came across an interesting earnings calculator on Yuri Arcur’s site. It takes account of annual variations of stock sales (ie Late December/early January is not good for earnings) and also that weekends are lower than weekdays to calculate the likely monthly earnings from any point in the month. You can find the Stock Earnings [...]
One of the issues of normal “stock” photography – especially studio and people/lifestyle images – is that they tend to remove the opportunity to add an artistic flair to the image. Pure white isolation, room for editorial copy, deep depth of field – all these are part and parcel of a stock image. Photographers are [...]
Lightroom 4 introduced a new (and not well publicized) feature – the ability to edit 32 bit images using the sliders and tools we know so well! So what, you may say!
However, a 32 bit image, created by combining the exposure values from a number of shots taken at different exposure levels, contains [...]
Every so often, when I think I have enough good and different images, I create a calendar of a location or country on Zazzle. My early attempts of a calendar about Kauai sold very well, and I keep updating it with a few new images and change the cover page (and dates) each year. It [...]
Everyone is probably familiar with green screen technology – look at some of the fantastic movies and even the weatherman to see green screening (or chroma key) in operation. Stock photographers can use it to extract an object from a background by taking the image against a green cloth and then getting rid of the [...]
One of the smaller line items (but still significant!) in my monthly sales tables is Pond5. This site is one of the leading agencies in stock footage – and since I uploaded my first movies in 2010, I have earned over $850 from the licensing of short video clips. The sales are a bit intermittent, [...]
I cover both of these sites in detail in my eBook, but a couple of updates that will be useful if you are uploading to these sites.
Fotolia: When I upload to Fotolia, I now click on the “State” heading in “Manage Files” before starting to edit the uploaded images prior to submission. This keeps [...]