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Beginner Selling Pictures, I submitted my Photos, Now What?

Updated on June 2, 2011

I Submitted my Photos, now what? Will They Sell? What I Learnt This Week

Last week I decided I would try and sell my photos (How to Sell Pictures for Beginners) and today I am happy to share with you that the first step on this project is complete; I have submitted my photos to Bigstock Photo.

The big question at this point is will my pictures be accepted for inclusion to the site? I think so, and this is why:

My pictures are just great! Well maybe not but I think that they are at least comparable to others available for sale on the site. You can see one of the pictures I took here (this is similar to the ones I submitted), and this is what I learnt and can share with you this week:

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  •  Experiment; play around with your camera. I had purchased my DSLR a couple of years ago and used it occasionally because I really never took the time to figure out what to do with all those fancy buttons. Reading the instructions manual couldn’t hurt!
  •  Pictures on the camera screen look different on the computer screen. This was huge for me, the first few pictures I took looked quite acceptable on the small DSLR screen but once I viewed them on my PC I noticed that some pictures were blurred, others had dark corners (vignetting) and others showed colors that weren’t accurate.
  •  Blurred pictures: this happened because I was holding my camera while taking pictures with a shutter speed that was just too long for me to hold the camera still. I could decrease shutter speed so that the shutter would be open for a shorter time but then my pictures would be too dark. A tripod did the job; placing the camera on a tripod completely eliminated the blur from my pictures.
  •  Another factor that contributed to my pictures being blurred was that when I pressed the shutter button I moved the camera slightly so I started using the remote control that came with my camera, no more shaking!
  •  The dark corners (called vignetting) went away too when I started using the tripod, I was beginning to think that there was something wrong with my camera, but no, my camera is fine.
  •  Sometimes the colors weren’t right, so I decided I would try and figure it out why, it turned out that you can adjust the white balance, this is very important because you can adjust the white balance in your camera so that it can produce accurate colors under daylight, and artificial light of different types.

I learned these things just trying to figure out what was wrong with my pictures and looking for information on the net. I am currently reading The Digital Photography Book, How to make your photos look like the pro’s! by Scott Kellby and I already know what I am going to be shooting next and how I plan to make my photos really look like they were taken by a pro.

If you are considering starting to take and sell your pictures, based on what I have learned this week I would advise you to:

1-      Familiarize yourself with your camera, read the manual and see how playing with different settings will produce different results. The digital file holds all the information about the picture such as F-stop, ISO, focal length, and aperture (you can view this info on your camera and on your computer) this is great for comparing which setting produce the best images for specific light conditions/objects.

2-      Don’t Photoshop your pictures too much; if you need to make big corrections to your files you should try taking another picture.

3-      Use a tripod or place your camera on a surface to avoid blurred pictures whenever possible.

4-      Use your camera’s remote control or set the delay function from the time you press the shutter button so that your camera is perfectly still.

5-      Read The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kellby.

6-      Get a Photo Light Tent for great looking pictures.

7-      Keep shooting till you really like your pics.

I will be posting a new hub as soon as my pictures get approved (or rejected), they have been on Bigstock’s approval queue for about three days now.


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    • G.Uriarte profile image

      G.Uriarte 7 years ago from San Francisco

      @Busy Bee, thanks for your comment, I am looking forward to reading some of your hubs.

      @TexasT, thanks for your comment, I have not submitted anything to Istockphoto yet, but plan to do it sometime...

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      TexasT 7 years ago

      Have you also submitted to Istockphoto? I submit to both and purchase from both Istock and Big Stock. Good luck and I hope you "sell" lots of photos.

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      Busy Bee 23 7 years ago

      Thanks alot for this hub- I am a Photographer and currently only do Nature and Stock type images.

      Lots of compliments and published in a few books so I think I am doing pretty good.

      Thanks for this again-

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      G.Uriarte 7 years ago from San Francisco

      @TheJiggins: playing with your camera can be a lot of fun, you just need to find a spare moment, which can be difficult sometimes.

      My pictures just got approved... but I will be writing a new hub about that!

      Thanks for your comment.

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      TheJiggins 7 years ago

      Excellent hub, I'll be saving this link and playing around with my camera shortly!