Oct 13 2010

Sell Stock Photography — There Is A Lot Of Room To Experiment And Be Creative Too.

Published by at 9:57 pm under General

I will tell you the best images to create and the best place to sell stock photography.

The most important thing to know before you sell stock photography is not to waste your time making images nobody needs. There might be exceptions to this.

Unless they are incredibly unique you should not waste your time on things like creating sunsets and clouds. Stock sites have more than enough of them.

Originality is what you want when getting started with stock sites. How come? Already they have archives of millions of photos. In this abyss of photos you must do your best to stand out from the crowd, and be different, original, and great!

If you can be conceptual this is the best way to go. Concept photos, which are original, is what a lot of stock sites are seeking.

If you want to sell stock photography here is a list of some things to avoid:

Forget About Sunsets & clouds

Don’t Waste Your Time With Forest Snap Shots

No Need Of Your Dog Or Cat
A big no no for pets.

Flowers
The most obvious thing, and these sites have enough of them.

Flags
No flags.

Photoshop Backgrounds
Are not stock.

Now these are the things to focus on if you want to sell stock photography:

Eatables And Drink-ables
Get people to hold it.

Corporate Photos
Dressed properly.

Groups or Teams
The more the merrier, get people into the group.

A Tough One: Concept Stock
Yes this is the hardest and most creative, and challenging category for most people.

Sports

Illustrations
Vector.

Seasonal Themes
Christmas, Valentines, Easter, the usual.

Yes, if you do it the right way, it is really not hard to sell stock photography. If you follow my suggestions it is more likely that you will sell stock photography. You have to give costumers what they need and want.

Be creative and don’t be afraid to to experiment.

There are two places to sell stock photography: Shutterstock.com or Istockphoto.com. I think these are the best and most popular sites. They will reward you for your effort.

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