Think Tank

Its often hard to think of good stock ideas. Perhaps we can inspire one another? What works, what doesn't. Lighting ideas, that make or break photos. Ideas that are lacking, designers feel free to chime in as well.

Micro stock has been around for awhile, and it seems that its harder to find original ideas. It seems more about improving and taking a better shot of the same idea. For example isolated objects. How do new photographers break into the industry, when the sites are flooded with similar ideas and objects. Chances are your photos get lost in the sea of photos.

Any suggestions or thoughts?

Photo credits: Elena Ray Microstock Library © Elena Ray.

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Try to stay away from objects that are heavily covered (i.e. an apple) unless your picture is the BEST apple ever done. Otherwise, try to be creative in expressing concepts or ideas that are universally used .. these tend to be received the best. Good luck, K-


thank you for contributing. i'm sure many will benefit from your tips. i'm new at this, and is greatly in need of some pointers. i just bought my camera last fall, and would love to eventually take some photography and graphic design courses. But for now i'm just learning about a new hobby.




I have only been at this for a about 1 1/2 years but I have been happy with my sales compared to the size of my portfolio. Here are some of the tips I use for keeping it fresh.

1. Before shooting a topic or a location look on DT and see what is already there and try to take a different approach to shooting your topic.
2. Try and shoot a better quality photo than what is already in the database.
3. Try and shoot news or editorial photos that are tied to an event. There are always new things happening so there is a limitless possibility of capturing new material.
4. Try and shoot some conceptual images or combine images to make something new.
5. Get it out of your head that it has already been done before. Stop worrying so much about comparing your work to others. All that matters is that the DT reviewers like your work and someone is willing to purchase it.
6. Keywords, keywords, keywords.

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