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!


Old Notebook

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.


Lighting Equipment

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

Camera mode dial

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!

Digital camera

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

Focus on target

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!

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January 14, 2014

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.


May 01, 2010

some good tips for future reference.
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February 22, 2010

Thanks for sharing, great tips for everyone.


November 22, 2009

Lots of great advise for us new people, thank you


October 21, 2009

Thank you very much for the useful tips!


October 20, 2009

Thank you very much for sharing the tips.


October 13, 2009

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


October 07, 2009

yet again, a very informative guide - thanks


October 04, 2009

Great article, thanks for sharing this.


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September 28, 2009

Thanks.Very good.


September 28, 2009

Thank you!


September 27, 2009

very informative guide


September 26, 2009

Thanks for your great tips. very informative guide.


September 26, 2009

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


September 25, 2009

Very useful. Thanks.


September 25, 2009

Very useful, thanks a lot.


September 25, 2009

Good advice - and thanks for using my photo!


September 25, 2009

thanks for the advice :)


September 25, 2009

good advice thanks