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Old 10-10-06, 12:39 AM
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Has anyone sold digital photos online? Stock photography, etc..

I saw this article on msn about selling stock photography online. And was wondering if anyone here has done it. Is worth it? How much did money did you make? And if the photos that sell are actually the best photographed or is it all just ansel adams dentists office crap?

http://tech.msn.com/howto/article.as...27843&GT1=8596
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I use SXC.hu to give and get free stock photography. http://www.stockxpert.com/ is the pay equivalent. The way to make money in stock photography is to have a lot of human models in your photos. Most free or cheap stock photography does not.
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I've been wondering about this, too, and have thought about submitting to istockphoto.com
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The aesthetics of stock photography are different from art photography. Pretty pictures of flowers won't cut it. The center of interest sometimes should be way over in the corner, instead of at a thirds.

Ansel Adams' work would probably not sell well as stock photography. A few companies would use it in calendars, and that would be it.

Think brochures, billboards, magazine articles, websites, and other advertising angles if you want to sell a lot of stock photos.
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Originally Posted by ben12
I've been wondering about this, too, and have thought about submitting to istockphoto.com

I like istockphoto, but shutterstock works better for me. A lot depends on the kind of pictures you have.
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I don't know what stock photography is. But I did buy a pic from our own zuffy a few years ago. Let me see if I have a photo still....


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That is an "art print".

I't a nice one, too!
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
I like istockphoto, but shutterstock works better for me. A lot depends on the kind of pictures you have.
Can I ask about how many photos on an average month do you sell? Do you make much money off the site?

I've taken photography classes and just got a really expensive camera and when I read the site it sounded interesting, but I wasn't sure if it was actually worth it. Most of my experience is of events and people though.

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Originally Posted by kvrdave
I don't know what stock photography is. But I did buy a pic from our own zuffy a few years ago. Let me see if I have a photo still....




That's cool. How did you get him to come and do a family portrait?
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Not the family portrait, you boob. The picture of the clock forever showing 10:56 AM. The exact time I won the ebay auction for the information that led me to DVDTalk.
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The more pictures you put up for sale, the more you can sell.

My income from shutterstock varies from $20 to $250 a month, but I only have about 300 pictures up, and most of them are "nature" shots. I need to do some people pictures, to boost my sales.

Be sure to carry business cards and model releases everywhere you go.
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
The more pictures you put up for sale, the more you can sell.

My income from shutterstock varies from $20 to $250 a month, but I only have about 300 pictures up, and most of them are "nature" shots. I need to do some people pictures, to boost my sales.

Be sure to carry business cards and model releases everywhere you go.
First thank you for answering all of my questions, it helps a lot, but I have some more stupid questions:

Model Release forms right? Do you need one if it's of people in public events/places though?

Also I assume you don't need a release form from public property landscape, buildings, etc but what about residential areas, business's, etc?

sorry if Im asking too many questions
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger
The more pictures you put up for sale, the more you can sell.

My income from shutterstock varies from $20 to $250 a month, but I only have about 300 pictures up, and most of them are "nature" shots. I need to do some people pictures, to boost my sales.

Be sure to carry business cards and model releases everywhere you go.

link?

or email me. You know I'm trustworthy.
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Just ran across this thread and figured I would post my experience with Stock Photogaphy. I started selling Stock photography back in college. My Art school's photography program had a connection with Comstock and I took full advantage of it. I ended up shooting a couple times a week specifically for Comstock and ended up making enough money to purchase all of my equipment the rest of the way through college which was around 50,000.00 in gear at that time. There is, or I should say was absolutly a market for Stock like 5 years ago. Its a very different market now with alot more competition on the net or so I am told.

I stopped doing Stock as I had started my own Architectural Photography business and all of my time went into that. If I were you I would first get to understand just what Stock Photography is and learn how to shoot it, I would then get in touch with all of the online agencies to see what thier terms are for buying pictures. You have to understand that some pictures are worth alot more than others and that comes with experience. Anyways you can make alot of money in Stock. I made around 50k in three years doing it part time while I was in school. If I had done it full time I dont know what I would have topped out at. I even thought about starting my own agency online as I literally had thousands of pictures from tons of different fields. Was just too busy with architecture to ever get around to doing it.

Anyways good luck to ya and whatever happens just keep shooting!!

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Resurrecting an old thread:

I was wondering about concert photos. Do you need an artist's release to sell a pic of them while in concert? I had a guy ask me about photos I took at a concert recently and he was willing to pay for some of them, but I just wanted to make sure of the legality in doing so.

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