Your photo of the chipmunk is a good reminder to lighten up and not be overly serious in our pursuit of images that will appeal and sell. You seem to be on the right track finding subjects readily available to you, yet purposeful. Wishing you much success.
I think these are the same question we all ask ourselves. I am hoping to hear the answers also. I like the angle you shot the tomato plant. :) My only suggestion is to keep doing what you love, you will never get bored and you will have a lot of fun doing it. :)
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I like the "Hungary cows". Concerning your's question may be you can find some answer in https://blog.dreamstime.com/2012/12/21/photography-ideas-evaluation-for-better-selling_art38530 . Good luck & have a lot of sales!
Lovely photos. You are on the right track when it comes to the idea of finiding a niche, but you need to remember that nothing is really a niche anymore when it comes to stock photography. Shoot things that you enjoy, but also do your research for things that sell. Why not use some of your plant pictures and turn them into food photography? Can you fram the things you love differently? The only way to get better at this is to keep practicing, and seraching, and wondering and practicing. Good luck on here, you are off to a great start!
If you do a search for "nature" you'll find there are over 2 million nature photos on Dreamstime. A hard niche in which to sell. I focus on editorial business images (and business related images in general) and have found they are my best sellers. There are over 1 million business images, but there seems to be a lot of business image buyers. I didn't start out years ago with that type of image in mind, but found over time that those were the best selling for me. That's my personal experience with Dreamstime. Upload a variety, and find out what sells for you.
You can not upload tomato or onion photos as editorial. Editorial images contain identifiable brands, locations, trademarked products, or people for which property or model releases have not been obtained.
Solidsdman are editorial pictures used for magazines and books and etc but commercial stock cannot be used for thus purposes? because I feel that a lot of my pictures would be better used for editorial purposes such as magazines, paper, books rather then commercial? Or can a commercial picture still be used in a magazine article? Sorry for all these questions :)
Commercial images can be used anywhere. An editorial image means two things FOR BUYERS: 1. it can only be used to illustrate truthful articles in print and electronic newspapers/magazines/journals/blogs and 2. they are not to be used in commercial designs and/or advertisements. For US CONTRIBUTORS, an editorial image is an image that we wish to submit with an identifiable brand or trademarked product, like an AT&T smartphone, a credit card, or a Walmart store front, or a celebrity AND we can't get a model or property release for that image. I hope this answers your question.