Master Class in Stock Photography

I gave an hour’s presentation to the Winchester Camera Club last summer and recorded the audio of the presentation. The video I created overlays the audio soundtrack on the presentation slides to give you a solid overview of the stock photography business, my approach to finding subjects, some of my best sellers and my thoughts on how best to make money in this increasingly difficult business. This has been available on subscription for a while, but I decided to make it freely available to all my readers. I hope you find it helpful!

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8 Responses

  1. loslos1 says:

    Thanks Steve, much appreciated.

  2. lakshmiprasad S says:

    Thank you very much.

  3. Vlad Savin says:

    Thank you very much. This will be a good addition to your book.

  4. khellon says:

    Hi Steve

    Firstly, thanks for providing your master class which I will look forward to viewing in due course.

    Hopefully you are able to answer my question.

    My best selling image on SS is of a an Austin Healey 3000, an iconic car which I uploaded with a white background. If you will pardon the pun, it has sold HEAPS!

    https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/classic-blue-white-austin-healey-300-36034024

    I recently tried to add a VW camper van also on a white background. However this was rejected by SS for the following reasons:

    Title / Keyword Trademark: Title and/or keywords contain trademark issues (e.g., brand name, company name, etc).

    Intellectual Property: Image potentially infringes on another person’s intellectual property rights (e.g., image contains artwork, writing, sheet music, or objects protected by copyright).

    I seem to remember that I also tried to upload a similar image of an Jaguar XK120 with the same rejection.

    I was wondering if you could cast any light on why I have the rejections but also why it seems ok for an old image to remain on SS which continues to sell well which also has trademark keywords and is potentially intellectual property.

    regards

    Kevin

    • Steven Heap says:

      Hi Kevin
      It might be to do with the isolation against white. That VW Camper is a very iconic shape and perhaps VW have a trade mark as well as copyright. Taking one in the street might be OK using the fair use type of laws in many countries, but isolating it against a white background might be seen as getting too close to the VW trademark. Of course the agencies play safe a lot of the time and VW may never complain, but the agencies make the rules! The older ones may not be accepted now, of course!
      Steve

      • khellon says:

        I also uploaded the original image and that too was rejected so it was nothing to do with being on a white background but as you say the agencies make the rules so not much I can do about it!

        Kevin

  5. J. Ross says:

    Hello Steve:

    This was very nice of you. I think you have a future as a model ; ) My wife overheard me watching the video and said; “I love that accent!”

    Anyway, here are a couple of questions:

    1. When showing he picture of the surfboards against the sky, how did you find out where they were used?

    2. Is your self-hosted site on Symbiostock? I have never heard of that company.

    Thanks again!

    J. Ross

    • Steven Heap says:

      I’m not sure about the model bit! The voice might be good, but the face….
      I use Google image search from time to time on some of my images. There is also a neat feature in Microstockr Pro where you can click on one of your best sellers and in the pop up window, you can click a magnifying glass over the thumbnail and it automatically submits that image to Google search. I can see the usage of at least some of the photos there.
      Symbiostock is actually a wordpress plugin and theme and uses WooCommerce in the background. It works well, but as I have written in the past, selling images on your own site is not easy! You can find details here: https://www.symbiostock.org/
      Steve

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