Learn to Shoot and Sell Stock Photography
All of the information contained in this script is based on my own personal findings, research and thoughts over the past 10+ years about how to progress in stock photography.
There is no guarantee that you will earn your fortune or reach any level of success using these techniques but there is no substitute for hard work, due diligence, determination and persistence.
If you are reading this, then the chances are that you have yet to get started with stock photography or you have already started but only have a few images online with little or no “action” as yet.
Assuming that you are shooting stock photos as a sideline to your current career or profession for now, you can work this as much or as little as you want. Obviously though, the more you put into it, the more you will reap!
Since I started shooting stock in 2004, I have seen complete newcomers to photography enter the world of stock asking basic “newbie” and beginner questions in the forums.
I have then seen them take the world by storm and becoming some of the most successful stock shooters of all time with one in particular earning over $1 million per year so aim high in all that you do!
It is all about dedication, focus and determination…don’t let ANYTHING get in your way if you want to make a go of this. You really can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and the very least you will achieve is that you will improve your photography massively!
You see, as you research and practice over time trying to create highly desirable stock images, before you know it you will discover that your photography has dramatically improved. Stock photography is a great way to “fast track” your learning.
Of course, super fast progression just isn’t feasible for many of us due to time constraints, work commitments and family etc. So as I said, put in as much effort as you can, when you can and you will soon start to see a return on your investment.
I will try to give you as much information throughout this course as I can with regards to the “mechanics” of this business but there is one thing I cannot do for you;
- Take the photos
I can give you guidance, inspiration, motivation and assistance although you must also find those qualities in yourself. You need to be able to find new ideas and motivate yourself to follow through to completion, upload and acceptance at as many agencies as possible.
Stock photography is a living beast. It is forever changing and evolving and my advice is to leave any ego and preconceived (mis)conceptions at the door and do whatever is necessary to succeed at the level you wish to achieve. Nothing illegal now!
Just to explain my reasoning behind that last paragraph…when I moved over to “microstock”, I received some flak from family and other professional photographers who said I had “sold out”. The traditionalists said microstock was for amateurs and it was destroying the “art” of stock photography.
Well, many of those “amateurs” are now full time working professional photographers in their own right. They have applied what they have learned through shooting stock and made the simple transition to weddings, portraits, landscapes and so on. You can do that too!
You may be thinking at this point that is all sounds great but where do I start? Well, hopefully by the end of this course you will be buzzing with ideas and inspiration and will know exactly what to do to get going…stock photography is fun and totally addictive and well as a good earner!
One last point. You may be thinking that the whole industry is saturated and that there is no place for new stock photographers…wrong. I will cover this later but just think how much the world changes every day:
- Cities have new buildings and landscapes
- New products emerge
- New fashions and styles
- New concepts and current affairs (in the news)
- …and so on.
It is never ending. Now think about video.
Most modern DSLR’s have the capability to shoot high definition video and if your has, you are most likely “missing a trick”.
Stock video is currently in its infancy and there is a great opportunity to make good money from it. I plan to write a whole new section on this soon but for now, concentrate on building a library of great, up to date stock images.
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