Tips for Submitting Successful Stock Photos

Ok, so I'm not THE most successful stock photographer in the world, but here are a few tips i have picked up whilst being involved in this fab world of stock photography!


© Scyza

Spend time before you go on a photoshoot thinking about what you want to convey with your images. Study other images in magazines, online, in adverts etc, not to copy, but to get inspiration. Take into account the colors, angle it was shot from, focus point. Keep a notebook and take notes to remind yourself while you are out shooting.


ALWAYS note the lighting before you start shooting. Even if you are shooting in natural light, make sure it is ideal for what you are shooting. If you have to move your model around, or wait an hour or two for more ideal natural lighting, do! It will be worth it!

Know Your Camera

If you have a DSLR, there is no excuse not to know about your camera settings. You can find so much info online to help you figure out what you are doing. the forums on here are so helpful too. Check your settings while you are shooting. Make sure you are using an appropriate ISO, shutter speed, aperture, white balance etc. By shooting on manual, you have full control over all the settings on your camera, and with practice, you can create the exact photo you want.

It's a Digital Era!

© Mikdam

I know some keen film photographers don't agree at all with digitally editing photos, but this is a digital era, and photoshop was make to enhance your art work. Use it to do that!! In fact, most of the enhancing you do in photoshop, originated with film photography! If you can capture it perfectly with the camera first time, then fair play to you! But if photoshop will enhance the photo, I would use it!

Be Choosey

it is so easy with digital to be snap happy and take literally 100's of pictures. That is ok, provided you are picky with which ones you upload. Buyers do not want to have to look through 30 images of the same model, in the same outfit just shot from slightly different angle each time. Only upload your BEST images from each shoot.

Set Goals

© Moth

if you are really serious about making some money online with stock photos, be consistent. Set goals to upload so many photos each week / day and stick to it. It will pay off!

I hope this will help some of the new-bees looking for some advice on how to make some spare cash!

Photo credits: Alxpin, Brad Calkins, Mikael Damkier, Joanne Zhe, Stefanie Leuker.

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Good point about knowing the lighting before shooting. Most people will start shooting even with poor lighting but thinking about what you want to convey is nearly as important.


some good tips for future reference.
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Thanks for sharing, great tips for everyone.


Lots of great advise for us new people, thank you


Thank you very much for the useful tips!


Thank you very much for sharing the tips.


Thanks for the advice. As a new photographer, I am always looking for tips and advice.


yet again, a very informative guide - thanks


Great article, thanks for sharing this.




Thanks.Very good.


Thank you!


very informative guide


Thanks for your great tips. very informative guide.


Thanks for advice. by the way what do u think about my folio? pl take a look and let me know.


Very useful. Thanks.


Very useful, thanks a lot.


Good advice - and thanks for using my photo!


thanks for the advice :)


good advice thanks


Very useful! Thanks for sharing!


Yap! Great tips! Not only for beginners! Thank you!


This is great, Rebecca! Thanks!


Excellent advice! Thank you!


Good advice


Hi Rebecca! Thanks for the tips... I still have a big obstacle which is a good CAMERA. I hope next year I will over pass this! As for now the priorities are other things! Cheers ;)


Helpful tips, thanks. I strongly agree that one of the most helpful tips is knowing your equipment! Cheers, Marilyn


Something for us all to remember not only newbies, we sometimes forget the simple basics, especially as we are in the digital era.


Great advice! Thank you for sharing :0)


Yes very good advices and will help a lot of photographers,best wishes

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