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Minnesota Musing: How to Create a Stock Photo That Will Attract Downloading

Updated on May 6, 2017

Where to Apply

My daughter has had some success with Zazzle, and I have been attempting to join Shutterstock for years.

Success! I finally have my pictures accepted. Whew!

Focus Focus Focus

The first thing that I have learned is that when you snap that photo, that the object that you are shooting should be in the center of the photo. There should be some sort of focal point and it should be a sharp, clear photo.

Never mind cleverly posed photos. Never mind art. The purpose of a stock photo is to provide good content photos to a someone who needs one. Perhaps they don't have the luxury of finding a dandelion that is just popping out of the ground. Perhaps they are looking for a picture of Devils Tower in Wyoming. Or a picture of onion rings that are fresh out of the deep fryer.

Whatever it is, it needs to be a clear, concise picture.

Enjoy Your Subject

I delight in finding unusual things to photograph. I have photo's of earthworms foraging for food and eating leaves. I have pictures of baby birds in nests. Birds pecking at suet on a feeder. Squirrels chewing on corn.

Squirrels backed out on a branch by another squirrel.

A close up of a bug on a flower. There is nothing more exciting than finding something ordinary and getting real close. One time, I took a photo of a moth at super close range. It had the cutest look on its face. Almost comical.

Sometimes I have to be careful. I had a photo of somethings glued together and it was supposed to look like a butterfly, but it ended up looking more like genitals. Gotta be a little careful about that.

Have fun with your photos.


The worst thing is when you have a great photo opportunity and you take the photo through a window and all the camera sees is the screen in the window.

How disappointing! But, on the other hand:

Now that I think about it, if you were planning on making a counted cross stitch picture, taking that picture through a screen would be ideal. The cross marks would exactly map out your design. That might work great for someone like that.

Night Shots

I had a photo of a frog stuck to the glass on my window. It's super hard to take a picture from inside. The picture looked really interesting with the frog belly stuck close to the glass and the underside of the feet were stuck to the glass and you could see the frog pads.

Gotta work on that one. Perhaps some day it will fly. That day will be so thrilling!


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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      18 months ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for your comment, Larry Rankin!

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      Larry Rankin 

      18 months ago from Oklahoma

      Wonderful tips!

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      18 months ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for your comment, Jason Mackenzie!

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      Jason Mackenzie 

      18 months ago from Perth WA 6000

      It's great to hear that your pictures have been successfully posted on Shutterstock.

      I agree that lighting is really important when it comes to professional photography. It is also vital to properly categorise your photo to attract your target audience.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      18 months ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for your comment, MsDora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      18 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for the tips. I've also been putting off my photography interest. Congratulations of having your pictures accepted by Shutterstock.

    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      18 months ago from Minnesota

      You're welcome, Coffeequeen, thank you for your comment.

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      Louise Powles 

      18 months ago from Norfolk, England

      That's a good idea. Although I do take quite a lot of pictures, I've never thought about uploading them or making money from them. Definitely something to consider. Thankyou.


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