Before starting your journey as a stock photographer, you need to make sure that you have the right set of technology, tools, and equipment to get you started. You need to invest in a good quality digital camera or DSLR. The camera must be able to shoot sharp images.
2.Knowing your capabilities and limitations
Let’s be real, we all have our own set of capabilities and limitations. So before venturing into the world of stock photography, it is always better to make a self-study about the strengths and weaknesses and how much money and time will you be able to invest initially for the same.
By properly searching for the stock collection, which you plan to submit will help in a great way to make money from stock photography. There are always gaps in the contents which need constant updating. So they offer an excellent opportunity for stock photography.
Creating a diverse portfolio of photographs is very essential. You need to set an objective of a number of pictures that you will be uploading on a weekly, monthly or annual basis.
Networking is very important in stock photography. The commercial potential of the photos can be only be taken advantage of if you have plenty of connections with people from different industries. The social platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter offer a great way of interacting with potentials and learn their requirements by directly interacting with them.
A great way to start earning through stock photography is by creating your very own website and showcase your photography talents over there. It may sure have some budget constraints but it will be very cost effective in the long run.
You can register yourself as a contributor in one of the many microstock sites like Shutterstock, Dreamstime, iStockphoto, Canstockphoto etc. Microstock sites work by charging a micropayment to customers who download photos from their site and pass a percentage of revenue to the photographers who took it. So it all depends on the quantity. Higher the number of times your photos are downloaded the more revenue you get.
Like we said earlier, there is huge demand and a gap of proper photographs of all forms. By stock photography, you can license your photographs to different sources, individuals, channels and to sources who would pay license fees for using the pictures. After the end of the license period, the picture can again be licensed to a different vendor.
It is often said that the first 1000 pictures you take are a total mess. Stock photography does have a learning curve. But to successfully earn in stock photography you need to do what you do best, i.e. capturing, uploading and repeating the process over and over and give lots of efforts.