Has anyone had any success with stock photography?
I've been thinking of investing in a cheap SLR camera and shooting some stock photos. Has anyone had any success with this? I know it can be a great way to earn some extra cash from images.
I've tried, but I've been rejected every time because of white balance. I just can't get it right!
Well, there was this one time I had a perfect photo of a tree. The only problem they could find with it was that they already had too many tree photos. It's surprising hard to get your pictures on a website!
Yup. That's how its go.
The admin has the authority to do so. Different stock photo company will have different guideline. Find one that suit you.
If you have a camera which shoots RAW, always use that. Then you can adjust white balance later.
If you're having a a hard time with white balance use Lightroom 4. in the basic develop tab there is a white balance selector eye dropper. Just place it over a known white spot, black spot or 18% grey spot
Until you learn the basics like ISO and White Balance don't try to compete with professionals and experience amateurs in a competitive business environment. Learn how to become a photographer first and develop your artistic eye and camera skills.
How you define success? I been years in stock photography and gaining passive income even not working on it for nearly a year. So, keep trying and never give up. Same goes to HubPages.
I guess it all depends on how you gauge success. When I was first accepted to some of the sites, one in particular, I felt like that was a moment of success. My first download, my first payout etc... all moments of success for me. I set reasonable goals and attempt to meet them, when I do, I consider myself successful.
A few things to keep in mind when shopping for a camera that you plan to use for stock photography. There are size requirements for photos that certain sites will accept, so make sure the MP of the camera meets the requirements of the sites you are planning to utilize. I stand very firm in saying that stock photography sites will be the most critical client you will ever work with as far as creative demand, technical requirements and personal ambition.
Most importantly, unless you are planning to use the camera for things other than stock photography, please be sure to check out the site forums. I know that ShutterStock.com has a great forum set up where you can talk with seasoned "stock" professionals, get critiques on photos and even show them your "first 10" and get their input on whether they will pass the test. These guys are very honest and their main concern is helping you get photos accepted but not holding your hand. If this process does not deter you, your chances of being successful are good.
All in all - the amount of success will solely be dictated by how much work you are willing to put into it, how much criticism you can swallow and most importantly the creative demand from the buyers.
Stop right at the word "cheap" and "SLR". First off, a cheap camera is not going to cut it in stock where you find lots of competition and very high standards. Microstock has the highest standards of any stock market.
A SLR is not going to cut it as the world is digital, hence a DSLR is required plus Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom to tweak out the best quality of your images. If you want to see what good stock looks like check out http://www.dogfordstudios.com
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