Therefore i was thinking to myself, if that kind of pictures can be used to generate revenue, then a lot of people who are better can do it too.
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and why would stock shooters still need to advertise their stock images? ain't agencies suppose to market and sell their images for them? since agencies are taking the commission between 55%-85% from the sales of each image sold.
anyway, non of any type of photography work is easy, if it is so easy, who still need to pay money to hire a photographer, people can always shoot on their own or ask somebody with a camera to do a free shoot for them.
FYI, I have been shooting commission works for many years and I'm still doing it now, start shooting for stock image only this few years.
hmm 1 thing i find it puzzling..i dont understand why so many people thinks its easy or have the thinking they can earn money from photography. hmm..
I lost $ cause of a Virus named BBB, I have gained knowledge to shoot good pictures.
If you want to earn the extra $, you will have to be really good in what you do and also work hard on your reputation.
Well said...Originally Posted by catchlights
sorry to bring up this thread. i decided to try sell my photos to stock photography sites. So decided to share my experience here so far with them.
Signed up with dreamstime (previously I bought photos from them before for web development and design purpose)... submitted 24 photos but only 8 got approved (approval rates of 33% for me so far...). They are particularly strict in composition skills, lightings+other techicalities, human subjects appearing on the photo (need model released even if only 1/4 face or back view shown!).
Thanks for sharing!Originally Posted by sinned79
Only found this thread after you dug it up. Very useful information. stock photography really isn't as easy as people think esp you have to do alot of research on what sells.
Thanks for sharing,
shooting for stock images takes a few years to build a sizable portfolio, you won't able to see results in short term,
if you do not plan to go exclusive, can sign up with a few agencies,
and yes, you need to do your own research of what to shoot, cause not all sellable images you able to shoot, or shoot well.
btw, congrats for being accepted by DT and have uploaded your first batch of images successfully.
IIRC, DT have quota of how many images you able to upload every week, and it is tie with your approval rates,
don't be dishearten for images being rejected, look at the brighter side, it will help you be a better photographer,
pay attention for what are the causes of being rejected, avoid making the same mistake and you will improve your approval rate,
rework on the images if there are re-submittable,
keep it up, you will able to upload more images in no time.
At times, I really think that stock libraries are trend oriented/driven. If you have what they need at that moment in time, your in luck. Your photos can be technically and aesthetically sound but if its not what they are looking for.....