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Photography Tips for Creating Stock Photos

Did you know that a photo, like the one above, could be an additional revenue stream for budding independent creatives? Even today, stock photos are an integral part of the internet. So much so that The Startup highlights how stock photography is a great way to earn passive income— the photos can be sold to millions of people on the internet who need images for their websites.

Given this, you might be interested in starting your own stock photography business. While it may seem simple, there are quite a few things you have to keep in mind outside having a good camera. I have some tips here to help you create your own stock photos.

Keep Up with Trends

The first thing you have to take into consideration when creating a stock photo is the subject. While you can take photos of random objects, this just isn’t an efficient way to go about doing things. To optimize this, you’ll need to keep up with what people care about. By keeping up with trends, you give your photos a better chance of being used.

One way you can do this is by using data that is readily available on the internet. TechCrunch’s article on Google Trends highlights how the website lets its users track the most popular searches on the internet. You can use these searches to make informed decisions on the subjects of your stock photos. Do note that these trends are constantly changing, so be sure to keep yourself updated.

Lighting is Key

If you’ve seen my article on the Free Public Domain Stock Photos, you’ve probably noticed that the wide range of photos all have one thing in common — they’re all lit properly. This is because aside from the camera itself, lighting may just be the most important element of a photograph. Nothing ruins a photo more than poor lighting.

While you could just use natural lighting, this option is very unpredictable. It is best to set up a shot yourself, lighting and all. Luckily, you’ve got quite a few options when it comes to lighting. The photography and lighting equipment featured on Adorama is a testament to the many choices you have as a beginner, with monolights being a good option. Monolights can work for both studio and outdoor settings. They’re the perfect combination of convenience and function, a handy tool that can solve your photography needs.

Choose the Right Platform

Lastly, what are stock photos if no one ever uses them? This is why choosing the right platform to distribute your stock photos is of the utmost importance. PC Mag’s varied list of sites that you can use to sell your stock photos, is an indication of how open-ended this choice can be.

So what is the most important thing to consider when choosing a platform? Well, the site’s commission plays heavily into the decision. Some sites take a bigger cut than others. Another thing to keep in mind is that the criteria for photos also vary so you may find your photos getting rejected more on one platform than others.

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