Do your research, get inspired but do not steal!
Look at the above image…it makes a lot of sense with stock photography.
- What are you passionate about?
- What do you love doing?
- Where do you love to go?
There is no better thing than spending your time doing and seeing all the things you love whilst photographing them and possibly making money at the same time…lovely!
There is a lot of competition out there so my biggest piece of advice is to keep yourself to yourself when it comes to your portfolio. Never brag about your biggest sellers and don’t join in the “show me your best selling image” threads on any forum. Stay cool, help others, work hard and generally keep yourself to yourself.
Of course, be inspired!
Wherever you go, look around at magazines, posters, adverts, book covers, billboards and anything else that has any form of imaging on it.
Work out what makes it “tick”, how did they achieve that “look”? What lighting did they use? What depth of field? how could you improve it or make it different but keep the impact it has?
Make a note of it and try to better it yourself. Get inspiration from these images and think of new ideas for a shoot.
You should regularly check out other people’s work and portfolios and again, think up your own ideas or takes on their images.
Not just stock photographers either, look at wedding, portrait, commercial, nature and travel photographers websites too. Think about how you can not just mimic those shots, but make them your own and sell them as stock.
If you worry too much about what other people are doing and how much they are earning, you will never make it. Be yourself and work hard!
Next Page – Setting Up a Studio