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Adobe Illustrative Editorial Stock Images

Adobe have recently started accepting editorial images from contributors with more than 1000 lifetime downloads, but what does that mean? What is an illustrative editorial image? Firstly, what is an editorial image? It is an image that is intended to be used to illustrate or help explain an “educational” or news or commentary article rather than be used to promote a product or a point of view. To take an extreme for clarity – a picture of an Hispanic person...

Steve answers more of your questions about stock photography

More answers to your stock photo questions

I’ve been taking a break from stock for a few days to get ready for Christmas, although I did take the opportunity to photograph my grandchildren in front of the Xmas tree. I rarely use them as models for stock photos – there are possibly too many ways that images can be misused, but certain shots are less likely to be taken out of context and so I do upload those with a model release. This one really caught my...

Luminar 4 on sale for the holidays

I wrote about Luminar 4 and its AI driven sky replacement capability a couple of weeks or so ago and have been playing around with it from time to time in between other tasks! I am thinking of applying to Archangel book images (I will write about that if/when I get accepted) and wanted some moody images to go with their general house style. Not sure these are “winners” yet, but the ability to quickly change the sky alters the...

Shooting for Snapwire on Doordash restaurant take-out food

Food Photography with DoorDash

I wrote about my experiences with doing the paid shoot with DoorDash using take-out food from local restaurants, and ended up shooting 11 restaurants (I think…) for $385 in fees, plus obviously I got to eat the food that they paid for. The shoots are organized by Snapwire and you need to have a certain level in terms of points before you can apply for these sort of shoots. You get points by submitting images to their various challenges that...

How best to keyword images for microstock agencies

Keywords – what is the best approach?

There were multiple questions about keywords in my recent post asking for questions for me to mull over. I’ve thought about how best to do this – copy the questions into this post, or just try to answer as many as I can and you can trust me that I took your questions into account! I think the latter is the best approach, but let me know if you disagree. To complete the circle, I’ll reply to each of the...

Problems with slow Adobe Lightroom performance

Lightroom and Avast Free Anti-virus

I’ll report on this even though it doesn’t have much to do with stock photography. I struggled for months with poor performance from Adobe Lightroom Classic, which seemed to get worse, the longer I used it. I also have the Avast Free anti-virus program running on my Windows 10 PC. I am an active user of Adobe Lightroom which maintains a large database of all the changes that you make to photographs as well as updating the image files themselves...

Ask me a question about stock photography or video production

Ask Steve a question!

A colleague of mine suggested that it might be helpful for people to be able to ask me questions and then I gather them together into similar subjects and provide my view on the answer. Sounds like a great idea so I will use this blog post to gather your questions. As it happens, I am also part way through rewriting my book on Stock Photography, and getting a good idea of what sort of questions you have will also...

Which stock agencies make the most money for photographers in 2019?

Review of Stock agency sales in November 2019

After I published yesterday’s post about earnings in November from stock photography, I realized that I hadn’t mentioned how the specific agencies had performed in the month. So this post fills that gap (and also reminds you that those sales on Edelkrone, Jixipix using code BLK40 and Luminar are still on today!) Shutterstock really performed well in the month with total earnings of $1101 of which $317 came from videos. I talked about some of the bigger photo sales yesterday...

Earnings from stock photos reaches a new record

Making money as a stock photographer Nov 2019

Yesterday I published my video earnings for November 2019, but what was the rest of the story? As I expected, yesterday was a very slow day (which makes 3 in a row as Thanksgiving in the US makes a big dent in my sales). However, the month as a whole was great – I ended up with $3418. I have to recognize that there were a few one-offs this month. A sale on Fine Art America earlier in the month...

Edelkrone products are on sale for Cyber Monday.

Edelkrone 30% off for Cyber Monday

Very quick post to say that I noticed that the DollyOne that I discussed how I used it in my review of November video sales is actually on sale for Cyber Monday – with $140 off the normal price to bring it down to $559. Not cheap by any means, but it is expertly made and as you have seen, I get great results from it! You can buy it using my affiliate link (which helps me by providing a...