Like with most endeavors, there are things that can stand in your way when it comes to taking great stock photos. Some of these things you have limited control over, like which items the market in photography is interested in. Other things you have much more control over, like the overall quality of your pictures, and the subjects that they contain.
Choosing what to shoot is important, but not as important as how you shoot it. What you shoot will affect the market that you sell it to, but not necessarily how well it sells within that market. Thus, the most important thing is to choose a subject that tends to have a lot of interest, and shoot it well. This will get you the largest pool of interested parties.
People are very popular subjects and pictures of them tend to sell well. Any number of poses or action shots are appreciated by the advertisers and designers who purchase the most pictures. Single-item images are also very good sellers. These are pictures which contain only a single item, anything ranging from a lamp to a cat, on a contrasting but simple background.
Uncluttered backgrounds allow the eye to focus where it should, which is on the subject of the image. People are not likely to purchase pictures with cluttered backgrounds, because this will not draw the focus to the item that they are trying to place front and center. Adding variety by using different backgrounds, however, and clothes on models, does not go amiss.
Doing some research into what makes a quality photo as well as practicing until your pictures come out more like you’d like, is important. Sharp, well-lit pictures without any of the common problems are more likely to sell. This means that you need to learn to take pictures that are not over or underexposed, that are well-lit with appropriate color brightness, and have good composition.
Taking a picture with sharp clean lines and good lighting is important if you want it to sell. Taking a good picture comes from the combination of experience and knowledge, combined with decent equipment. A camera is obviously required, though top of the line probably isn’t. However, it should be better than the camera on your computer or cell phone.
Editing your photographs is part of getting them ready to sell. There are many modern photo editing programs, and they can provide assistance like brightening or darkening the picture, removing red-eye, adding contrasts, or changing the color ratio. Most image photos will also benefit from being cropped well, so that the focus is on the item that is supposed to draw it.
Taking great stock photos comes from a combination of factors, including using a good camera, learning what you are supposed to be doing, and having the experience to do it correctly. Buying the camera and spending some time doing research on techniques will help you with the first two, but you’ll need to put in the hours to learn how to make it all come together.
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