What is Stock Photography? Make Money From Photography

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Stock photography is one of the best ways to make money from photography, that too by simply uploading your photos online. Some of the trusted stock photography websites such as Shutterstock, iStock by Getty or 123RF allows you to submit your stock images for free.

You might have thousands of images lying idle in your storage device, or you must have been deleting images that you assume would be of no use to you. Let me give you an advice, stop deleting your images right away and re-visit your images again. You never know you might end up with multiple images which can be used to sell on stock image websites.

What is Stock Photography

Stock photography is all about capturing the essence and emotions of the subject in the photo, then be it human beings, a coffee mug, a building, or any random subject. This form of photography is mostly about clicking photos which the advertising agencies or publishing houses would like to buy.

Websites like Shutterstock are known globally and they help you showcase your creative image in exchange for a commission. You can earn a huge amount of money just by selling your stock images online, but remember it is not only you who would be uploading stock images on such websites, there would be many photographers doing the same.

Tips on how to do Stock Photography and make money from photography

  1. If you are planning to click stock images with people in them, then you will have to get a model release signed by each and every human whose face is visible in the photos.
  2. You might also have to get a release signed by the authorized person, in case you are clicking a private property such as a house or a building.
  3. Leave some breathing space around the subject as the agency or individual who buys your stock image might want to add some text to it. Think like an advertiser.
  4. Take multiple shots of the same subject from different angles, you never know which one is chosen by the advertiser.
  5. Uploading bulk images is a better idea as it increases the chances of an image getting selected by the buyer.
  6. Explore stock image website and check their best selling images, then plan your shoots around those images for better sales.

To get started with Stock Photography, register yourself on Shutterstock

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Kunal Malhotra
Kunal Malhotra is a socially renowned photographer with 10+ years of practical photography experience. He started his journey as a photography enthusiast in 2011 while pursuing Mass Communication. After working for 5 years as a Digital Marketing professional, he quit his job to become a full-time Photography Mentor. Kunal is currently associated with Canon as a Canon Maestro, and is also working with Amazon to generate photography-centric informative content. He is also a staff writer at Digital Photography School, a leading Photography blog read globally. Kunal specializes in teaching, influencing and motivating photography enthusiasts by the means of his Photography YouTube channel ‘The Photography Blogger’, one of the biggest in the country. His aim is to spread the knowledge about photography across the country, by making videos in Hindi language. Kunal has conducted 50+ photography walks and workshops on various genres of photography. Kunal holds expertise in multiple genres of photography in order to further share his knowledge with 500,000+ people connected with him on digital platforms. Street, Fashion, Wedding and Product are among his favourite genres of photography.

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