Category: “How-to” articles

The best of my explanatory “how to do it” articles

How to automate food photography

Lessons learned from photographing food

I’d be the last person to call myself a professional food photographer – the detail required to properly style and light food so that it looks appetizing and delicious to eat is a real skill in its own right. But I’ve been making some progress via those Snapwire requests for photos of three images of takeout or delivery meals from local restaurants that I mentioned last month. Since I started, I’ve completed 7 of the assignments, have 2 currently in...

Nice little side earner with Snapwire

I joined Snapwire a few years back when it first launched. It was a bit like Image Brief where buyers could define their requirements and photographers would submit images that met that brief. Image Brief offered some pretty good commisions, and, unfortunately I don’t think there were enough buyers willing to pay and they closed down. Snapwire offer much smaller commissions and even with that there are not many requests for specific commissions. As a new contributor to Snapwire, you...

vote for article about color in stock photos on Dreamstime blog

Using Color to boost your sales

I’m trying, once again, to earn a little from the Dreamstime blog contest. Thanks to your help, I was successful last time with an article on Taking Nature Photos that sell and had $300 credited to my account at Dreamstime. This particular contest was all about color and how to use it in your photos. Being the business person, I immediately thought about how color can be used to make our images more attractive to buyers, rather that just more...

Can you make money selling your own images on your own stock agency

Do Self-Hosted stock photo sites ever work?

It is the dream of every stock photographer – host your own images on your own site, set the prices you want for the licenses and cut out the ridiculous percentage that agencies take out of the payment. What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, quite a lot! This post is a run through of the history, and the results, of my own efforts in this space. And, of course, my conclusions! I started this venture way, way back in 2013...

EyeEM – making it better!

I wrote earlier about my experiences of what sells on EyeEM, and since then I have been thinking of how it could be improved. Of course, some of these things are only developments that EyeEM can make, but if they are not described then nothing is going to happen! EyeEM sells in two main places – one is their own site, although it has been a while since I got some direct sales there. The main source of income for...

How to build a DIY slide and 35mm negative film copier

DIY 35mm Slide and Negative copying

Like many of you, I have a large collection of 35mm slides and negative film that I have taken over the years that are currently pretty much invisible. I ditched my slide projectors with the last house move (they were 240V and hadn’t been used in 20 years!) and so all the slides were stored in their boxes for some sort of future viewing! In my early years I took a lot of black and white films and so have...

EyeEM stock agency and how to work with it

EyeEM – issues to avoid when uploading

EyeEM is an interesting site for photographers with some real negatives, but some positive signs on the earnings. I have been with them since early 2018 and I think I saw my first earnings in April of that year. In 2018 I earned $407 and 2019 so far has been $767 for the month through June. So it has become a steady middle of the road earner – certainly beating many established sites with a much larger portfolio. So that...

Making money from stock photography

With more than 10 years experience in selling my photos online, you can get up to speed quickly and learn from my mistakes in my step by step guide to Stock Photography. Join the fast track to making more money from your photos and really increasing your earnings! It isn’t always easy going, but you can have a lot of fun learning how to turn your hobby into a business!

Recent sale on Society6 of a wood wall art print of San Diego

Jixipix – new sale on right now

I don’t want to turn into a shill for Jixipix, but I do like playing with them and when I saw that their discount this week is 35% I treated myself to the full Pro Bundle. I’m sorry to those who bought when it was 30% off – although I have an affiliate link, I have no insight into what they are planning. I was playing around just now with the Pastello application and made (what I think is a...

How much effort should you put into an image for a stock agency these days

Crazy Photoshop work pays off

I wrote about the photoshop work I had put into an image taken in Athens earlier in the month, and so far, nothing much has happened to that image (it was accepted by all agencies, but no sales). One I worked on way back in 2013 finally got its fame today with a sale of $30 on Shutterstock to bring its total sales to $60. Bearing in mind the effort (I still can’t believe I did it!), I guess this...