Getting Started Selling Stock Photography
Stock photography is one of the best ways to break into the online digital photography market. You’ll be able to sell your photos to others who need pictures for websites, newsletters, brochures, magazines, ezines and other media. By listing your unique images on stock photography sites you can add a fresh flavor to what is currently being offered.
Nowadays, being able to get high quality photographs for licensed or specific uses has become a great necessity for just about any business on the planet. Whether you’re a looking to advertise a big transnational company or you’re just looking for nice images for a website, getting the right image with the right format and size has become a daily need for many people.
Because of this demand, stock photography sites like GlobalEyeImages are always looknig out for talented new photographers. Stock library websites offer photo buyers a variety of photographs of every subject you can imagine. Most of the time, these photographs are produced by professional photographers working a wide variety of fields, so buyers much prefer to search a single stock library website than take the time to search dozens of individual photographer sites.
If you’re thinking about getting started selling your photography, you should first take some time to browse the stock photography sites and take a good look at the quality and content of some of the images available. If you start to feel your work isn’t at the same level just yet, don’t talk yourself out of taking the plunge altogether, but really consider the differences and decide what you need to do to get your work to the same level. The simple fact is, the subject or content of an image is quite often the deciding facvtor in a sale, so for better or worse, your images don’t need to be award winners to sell… and you never know when one of your photographs will make it big.
As you create a body of work, start a website or blog with links to the stock photography sites featuring your work. This will send more people to consider your photographs and may lead to other opportunities in the future. After creating an account on GlobalEye Images you will be asked to upload 12 images for initial review. Read the instructions carefully as their requirements are a bit different from other stock photography sites. They charge no commissions on your sales and they are not exclusive. In fact they encourage you to promote your works as widely as possible.
Perhaps most importantly, you’ll need to submit the type of images that are sought by the stock photography buyers. Nature, mountains, flowers? NOPE! Most stock library websites have plenty of these shots. Creative images of people, concepts, fashion, food, and sports are whats in demand. Just make sure that you have model releases from any and every person in your images (including yourself!). Photos of buildings may need releases, as well. Be careful, and be thorough. It is the mark of a true professional.
Digital photography and the explosion of reasonably-priced high-end cameras have democratized stock photography but also changed the entire pricing structure. The days when photographers could make a consistent big money from stock photography are pretty much over. The big rights-managed sales still do happen, but not as often as they used to. These days stock photography has gone the full circle and for prefessionals it’s mostly just one of many income streams that make up a sustainable photography business.
If you’re interested in selling your photography and serious about building a sustainable and profitable photography business, be sure to check out GlobalEye Images, as their total Photography Business Solution package could be just what you’re after.