stock photography?

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  1. toofarjimmy

    toofarjimmy TPF Noob!

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    hey i'm traveling to India next month and going to take heaps of photos, I have a great eye but no business sense and wondering how to go about selling the images as stock photos. Any suggestions?
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    If you want to sell your images directly to stock image users, you'll need a web site and an advertising campaign to let them know a new stock image source is available. You'll be competing with Getty Images, Corbis and all the microstock agencies.

    If you want someone else, Getty, Corbis, or microstock, to market your images, you first need to decide if you want your images available as Rights Managed (RM) images or Royalty Free (RF) and then submit your images to the appropriate type of stock house, and hope they are of sufficient technical quality to be accepted.

    Any Stock image user and/or stock houses will require properly executed/witnessed model and property releases for each image as appropriate, before they will buy/accept.

    Getty Images has blank versions of their model and property releases online in a variety of languages. Carry plenty of each.

    Did you see the recent story about the amateur photographer whose stock image was used on the cover of Time magazine? His cut of the usage fee was $30.

    Have a good time on your trip.
     
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    Do you have a link to this ? or know where it was published ?

    Writing a dissertation on Microstock and this would be pretty handy
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Google is your friend. Ironicly, the Time edition was about "the new frugality" and they paid $30 for a cover image, which would normally be in the thousands, if not tens of thousands.

    http://images.mediaite.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/times-new-frugality.jpg

    Image owner post on MM:
    http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=480730

    Link to the image:
    http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-6465698-coins-in-the-glass-jar.php

    Articles:
    http://open.salon.com/blog/future_of_journalism/2009/07/29/photog_thrilled_to_get_peanuts_from_time
    http://www.mediaite.com/print/times-30-cover-photo-cheap-now-expensive-later/

    Interesting comments:

     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Time paid much more than $30 for use of the image. $30 was the photographers cut from the sale.
     
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    Jimmy, check you PM as I sent you a message.

    They used an iStock image so they paid a lot more then $30 as Time bought an extended license. I am sure the user got paid more then $30 too for that image....although typical images sell around a $1 a piece.
     
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    If you're not sure what "Rights Managed" and "Royalty Free" mean for you as a stock photographer, this article does a good job of explaining the basics.

    Competing with popular stock photography sites is no easy feat. You'll want to make sure the stock photo website you create looks professional, and the quality of the stock photos are very good. If you aren't familiar with SEO (search engine optimization) and what keywords to use with each of your photos, consider getting help from an SEO professional. Optimizing your website and stock photos for search engines means your site has a better chance of showing up in natural search rankings on relevant search engine results pages - i.e. when people search for a stock photo relevant to a stock photo you have on your own site, a link to your website comes up high enough in search rankings that a potential customer will see and click on it (most Google users don't look beyond the 2nd page of search results, some stop at the 1st page - which means you want your website to show up in the top 20 search results).
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Since the OP last visited the thread in 2009, he may already have the needed answers... ;)
     

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