• Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Getting into stock photography isn’t really that hard, so if you already have the skills to take photos in good quality, then you have to consider selling your stock photos online because you can potentially earn a great deal of money from this sideline. There are many companies and individuals in need of quality images for use in printed and electronic publications, and you photographers can sell their works to the consumers directly or market their products through stock photography companies. This career is just recently being explored online so there are still many opportunities to take, but first you will have to create your own portfolio.
The very basic thing is to take your own pictures. Investing in a DSLR is always a good idea for aspirers since quality is very critical to get your images accepted in stock photography websites. They are often used in magazines or ads and thus they will need their materials to be of high-quality. Use the highest resolution setting in your camera because images in high resolution can be shrunk and look even better, but pictures that are enlarged could look blurry. After taking a few pictures that you think would do well enough to pass standards, the next step is to build your own portfolio.
People who are looking to buy stock photographs on websites and will always expect them to be in an organised manner so they can easily access it and see which shots they would like to use in their projects. In the past, professional photographers are specifically asked by the companies to produce pictures that they need, but things are different now: they will look through portfolios to see if you have the photos that they have in mind. There are many websites whose services are focused on stock photography, and many companies and individuals can both benefit greatly from them. You can be a contributor but first you will have to submit your sample photos so they can see if you can become a part of their community. You can also sell your pictures with your own website. These two options both have their own advantages and disadvantages, so you can choose which one suits you more.
The next thing that you should think about is your target audience and how to make them look through your work. Make your stock photos accessible by attaching keywords that are related to the images that you have and organise them in such a way that they are easy to view and easy to get. Also, think about what kind of pictures they be looking for, because companies usually buy pictures that will reflect their own businesses. Being professional is one very important thing in stock photography, and you should always think that you are working for men in suits because they are the ones likely to be looking for photos to buy them on the internet anyway, and they wouldn’t want to have experimental materials on their own projects.
• Wednesday, May 16th, 2012
If companies are always going to hire professional photographers to take pictures for use on creating brochures, postcards, and basically any product that needs images, the cost would have been too large and if there are any good alternatives they would surely go for it. Online stock photography websites are the place to go through to acquire photos now, and many companies and photographers are trading benefits to each other. There are however, limitations as to how extensive you can use the pictures that you buy or sell on online portfolios, so read on to know the common licensing information about stock images. Licensing reserves original works only to the creator’s name, meaning that credit goes where it is due. Almost every photo distributed online is protected by some form of copyright that will prevent the unauthorized usage, redistribution or modifications to the product for a set period of time.
For image licensing, there are four main types that are commonly used for the individual who generated the photos to have control over their works and choose how people can obtain or purchase it. One is Rights Managed copyright licenses, where the picture that you acquired from a stock portfolio becomes exclusive to you or not depending on the agreement, and you can only use your purchased product for one project. New licensing agreements will have to be made for other uses and it could be expensive depending on the size of the image as well as its usage.
Another copyright license is Royalty Free which will allow you to use the photo for more than one project, and you only have to pay for the image once. RF images allow the user to utilise it for as many times as needed and for no limit in terms of time. Even though these kinds of photos can be used more extensively, there could still be some kind of restrictions that you must be aware of by reading the guidelines of the website where you obtained the photo. Again, the prices of these images vary depending on size and resolution, but some of them could be found and attained for the very low price of free.
Yet another licensing technique is the Creative Commons license which is usually used by artists to publicize their works for free and is used just to prevent the costless photos to be “stolen” by other people and receive the credit for the products, or even sell them as their own property. Flickr is one such website that offers hosting for creative commons photos and is home to thousands of free pictures that can publicly be viewed and enjoyed by internet users. Lastly, the photos whose copyrights have already expired or were not copyrighted in the first place are referred to as Public Domain, and such photos have been used by individuals and even government websites over the internet with confidence of not committing any violations. Licenses may be confusing, but understanding them will surely help you in the long run.
• Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Photography is something that you don’t learn in a day, so for your efforts of learning how to master the art, you can make money for taking pictures by selling them. The internet is a great tool for anything, and this goes for photographers too because nowadays, there are a lot of websites that host stock photographs so companies or even individuals can easily get the photos that they need. There was a time when customers had to hire professional photographers to get the needed pictures for projects like banners or advertisements, and this certainly cost them more, but now the internet offers a wide array of photos to choose from, and both the company and the photographer benefit from online services.
Photo albums could easily be started by individuals and upload them to online websites that display stock photography, and the people in need of these pictures can easily access them and acquire them. There are two ways where a photographer can earn money: one is for royalties, another is a one-time purchase. For royalty-based licensing of photos, you can earn every time your picture is used in the internet. Payment for each usage is relatively low compared to a one-time purchase of the picture, but it could potentially become more profitable if a lot of people decide to get it. For one-time purchases, you can pay at different rates for the picture’s quality, and this may range from a few dollars to a few hundreds. Customers can also get the picture for free, although it would only serve as a sample and watermarked.
You may see a lot of pictures on advertisements or articles, and chances are they were taken from stocks because they are more accessible and more affordable. You still own your images and the one who bought your pictures are only given limited rights depending on the money that they pay you.
There are many subjects for stock photos like family, animals, and nature to name a few. Each picture can be used in many different ways so picture-takers need not worry about not making anything out of your talents. If you are not familiar with photography yet, there are websites that offer hints straight from the professionals’ minds so you can start your own albums. It’s already a hobby that you can enjoy, but you can also make money from it, and who wouldn’t want to earn for something that they always did before just for fun?
Individuals who want to take advantage of this opportunity might want to explore more about how to sell their photos, and the internet is indeed a great advisor that can share which method is more profitable? Photography is indeed one of the most expressive careers out there, and being appreciated for your creative work is sometimes enough for you to continue on with this job. But since there are already a flood of pictures on the internet, you might find it challenging to create a unique photo to show to the netizens, and when you do succeed with creating something that has never been seen or thought of before, selling it as a stock photograph could really make you benefit.