Stock photography?

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    Ccarver80 TPF Noob!

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    I been hearing about stock photography I registered on alamy.com and I think I have an account on istockphotos.com.

    I know there's a quality check before you can start submitting photos I submitted four to alamy.com still waiting to hear back.

    I'm relatively new to this, is it better to submit photos unedited or is it okay to touch them up a bit in Lightroom?

    Also what images do the best I'm kinda into landscape and wildlife right now but that's kind of my only options living in rual Montana any advice would be nice thank you!


     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    IMO, stock is more effort than it's worth these days. The market is so over-saturated, which, combined with the huge decrease in quality requirements by end users means that everyone and his dog's dog is in the stock game now. Most good stock agencies will list the sorts of images that they want, but in general 'people' and 'tech' are categories that do very well. As far as processing, you should only be sending images which have been optimized to the best of your ability.
     
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    welcome to the site.

    I know nothing about alamay but I am a contributor to iStock. I process all of my images that are submitted for review. I wouldn't dare submit a photo SOOC to them.

    Good luck, it's a tough road.
     
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    SOOC?
     
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    Straight Out Of Camera.
     
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    Ok sweet thanks!

    My main goal I guess is I would like to make $$ with my camera just as an additional income (expecting our first child March 2016 :D)

    would I be more profitable with stock? Or selling prints on etsy.com or ebay or locally?

    It's been a hobby that I would like to see a return on
     
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    JacaRanda Hobbyist Birdographer

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    Straight Out Of Compton :) :icon_rr:
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Good luck with that.
     
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    BananaRepublic No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You have to have a gun, hat, spurs, a horse, whip, and at least 1000 head of cattle. You then go out a photography each animal in there journey from field to abattoir.
     
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    You know how to make a million dollars in photography???

    Start with two million dollars.
     
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    Yea I know.... it's a long shot but even $50/month would be nice....
     
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    I'm not saying that I've been trying too hard with it, but I barely got $50 in six months of being on iStock and you need $100 to cash out.
     

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