To sell stock photos you must first have an idea, then execute it properly.
The Images below are a few examples of conceptual stock images that the author has created.
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To sell stock photos you must first create the images. This article explains how to develop an idea and how to implement it for a profitable image.
To sell stock photos you must first create them. Here is how by an expert.
Focus on stock that sells
To succeed at selling stock you need three things: Ideas, execution,
and distribution. We will save getting distribution channels for another
time, but in the following I will outline my step by step approach to
coming up with ideas, determining if they are appropriate for my stock
efforts, for and insuring that I get the ideas done and off to the
Finding Ideas for Stock Images
Ideas are all around us. I find my
ideas in magazines, newspapers, the internet…in life around me…even on
the radio. I was driving in heavy traffic one day when the traffic
reporter used the term bottleneck…and it popped into my head to create
an overhead view of several roads merging into one lane…a bottleneck.
That image has earned me thousands of dollars now. It is a conceptual
image that can be used to illustrate themes about communication, the
internet, bandwidth and so forth. The essential component for coming up
with ideas…is intention. If I set the intention to come up with ideas
then I can almost always use any situation or stimulus as raw material
to come up with stock ideas.
Keep a master list…forever.
When I get an idea I write it down. I have lists all over the place. I also keep a master list. Whether the ideas are good or bad…I write them down. Some ideas seem great as they pop into my head…but later seem pretty lame…and then yet even later they seem great again. So I keep a master list…and when I create one of those ideas I mark it…but still leave it on the list. The list can serve to prompt additional ideas and variations of ideas…it is an invaluable creative tool for success in selling your stock images.
Ideas are great…but with out
execution and distribution ideas aren’t worth much…and you certainly
won’t sell stock images! So how do I execute? I sit down and mentally go
through the process of creating the image. This is a crucial step and
done diligently it provides me with a list of the materials and steps
that I will need to take. I write these steps and materials down. Then I
take each step that I will need to do and put it down on my calendar …
from finding models and locations to what work I will need to do in
Photoshop. If I miss a deadline I simply give that particular task a new
deadline. And I keep at it until it all gets done.