Keep your stock photo work consistent and you won’t go far wrong
If you really want to make it as a stock photographer and start to earn good money, you need to be consistent. You can make this a full time career if you knuckle down and get on with it.
Try to produce consistently good work and make time to upload each image to all agencies before moving on and shooting more. It is all too easy to shoot, shoot and shoot until you have a huge backlog of thousands of images waiting to be processed like me (although I have a website or two to maintain as well).
Here is a rundown of an efficient stock photographer.
- Set yourself a weekly output target and make it realistically achievable in the time you have.
- Plan each shoot and work out the number of images you wish to upload for each theme, topic or subject and the time it will take to complete.
- Form a system for processing, keywording, uploading and filing that suits you. Again, get a separate, external hard drive for your stock images.
- Upload all images by the end of each week to all agencies you submit to before planning any other shoots.
- Do not start any other projects until you have done this.
- If an image gets rejected at any agency for whatever reason, unless it is seriously a bad judgement call on their behalf, accept it, forget it and move on…don’t go “blubbing” on all the forums about how hard done by you are! Sorry to be so blunt but I see it quite a lot from newbies.
- Maybe train and pay someone else to do the processing, keywording and uploading for you to free up your time once you are established and earning money.
- Whilst you get started, you will no doubt have other paying jobs to do so why not reinvest whatever money you make in stock photography into new gear or equipment that will help you progress. I know a few people that do this and find it motivating to think that in a few downloads time they can afford that new camera or lens or studio lights.
- Keep on top of what is happening in the world and record it to sell as stock. Join in discussions on the forums and learn what is hot and what is not.
- Keep on keeping on. I see far too many people give up because the 10 images they uploaded haven’t made them enough to buy that new car yet! Use any spare time you have to keep shooting and uploading and before long, you will see that you have a growing, popular portfolio that consistently brings in the $$$’s every month. A very nice feeling and it only gets better the more work you put it, almost like a pension of sorts.
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