A stock image must have ...

As far as I experienced in a short time , I believe that stock images must have these three properties;

1 - Quality ..

I mean technically it must be perfect. Focusing and lighting must be correct.

If isolated than background must be properly removed and edges must be clean and natural looking.

2 -Concept..

Image must have a concept. Ask yourself what is the message you want your picture to deliver to the viewers

3 - Keywords...

Choose your keywords which describes your image best.

And finally, always learn from refusals and criticise your images before uploading them.

Thanks for reading

Serdar Tibet

Photo credits: Serdar Tibet.

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March 16, 2010


I do not mind elswhere couse I am working as exclusively for DT. Every agency has different target market I suppose .

You do not need luck. All you need is to make a plan and work hard. Build a big portfolio with conceptual images. Sooner or later your work will make you earn money. I have 261 images now. I earned 100 a month. If I had 2610 images surely I would have more income.

This is my philosophy and of course it is personal :)

March 16, 2010


I'm new to this but I think you missed out - luck! Images I'm selling here have been rejected "elsewhere". Their loss.

March 14, 2010


I can not agree more!

March 13, 2010



March 12, 2010


Thank you all for sharing your ideas with me. Yes concept is one of the most important thing. Instead of capturing only isolated images it is better to think what this image means for a user. A book shot might be a nice image but it is better to give the book to a kids hand and / or make him read it to a dog or grandmom.

March 12, 2010


Speaking about concepts, I like this pic of yours
 Lady on the books 

March 10, 2010


I do agree. Moreover photo ( picture ) should be somehow eye catching to stand out of such numerous photos..

March 10, 2010


I agree and that's what I've been trying my best lately. In the beginning I shot just about anything but I soon relised it was a waste of time and now I shoot only what I think is worth spending hours editing, keywording and uloading. :)

March 10, 2010


yes you alright !

March 10, 2010


Thank you very much for your ideas. I am not a big seller either. But I believe that every image has a buyer sooner or later.

The important thing is to work hard and produce more and more hi quality stock images. The bigger your portfolio is the more you are going to sell.

March 10, 2010


yes, i agree with Mani. composition counts a lot too.
but even more so, esp when you're competing for attention against 7 million images, A LOT OF LUCK!

i say that because many top sellers have said that many of their top sellers are not necessarily their "best" images.. but more so, their "luckiest" images.
i tend to agree... even though i am not a "top seller"... no, NOT YET ,LOL. but yes, my best images are still waiting to be downloaded .

i am just waiting for my "lucky BIG buyer" which was forecasted for 2010, year of the tiger :P

March 10, 2010


Well done shots :)
Don't forget about the composition of the images as well! Cheers ;)

March 10, 2010


Great ideas, Serdar!

March 10, 2010


Thank you for your useful tip. Yes, you made a good summary of the qualities that a stock oriented image must have.
Nice pictures.

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