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Photographer John Lund flips his wig in this humorous self portrait and stock photo.
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Stock Photo ArticleCreating A Conceptual/Fine Art Stock Photo with Adobe PhotoshopPicture of the Devil - Creating a Stock PhotoFire Breathing DragonsConceptual Stock Photography - Sell Stock PhotosShooting People and Location Stock Photos AbroadRoyalty Free - Rights Managed - Micro Stock - Stock Photography PricingHindu Gods - The Hindu God Ganesha - Picture and StoryStock Photos…the Highest Form of Commercial PhotographyPictures of Dog Breeds - Shooting Stock Photos of Miniature PoodlesDominatrix Pictures - Photo Shoot and PhotoshopFemale Photography - Photographing the Human BodyPicture of a Wrecking Ball Produced with Adobe Photoshop ToolsPictures of Cows - Being Creative Taking Pictures of a CowPictures of Lions - The King of BeastsTaking Pictures of the Great Wall of ChinaShooting Stock Photos in the Himalayas – A Travel Adventure Photo-ShootPictures of Snakes - Taking Stock Photos in Mumbai, IndiaGetting Started in Stock Photography: Choosing Your Stock Photo Equipment CorrectlyStock Photos - Selling and Marketing Your Stock Photo ImagesPictures of Money - Lots of Different Kinds of Money PicturesUsing Sailboat Stock Image and PhotoShop to Make a Unique New Hot Stock PhotoSelling Your Photos as Greeting CardsFunny Monkey Pictures - Stock Photos and Pictures of Monkeys or BaboonsTiger Pictures - Shooting a Tiger for StockStarting a Stock Photo CareerFilling Small Business Needs in Stock PhotographyCreating Stock Photos with Strategic AlliancesPhotography Tips from a Pro on Shooting in Low LightThe Power of PositiveFunny Pictures - Funny Pics of Animals and PeopleBumbles, Blunders and Bad Luck!Crowd sourcing, Micro Stock and MoneyCreating a Conceptual Photo ImageThe (Information) Road to Stock Photography SuccessUse Your Photo Shoot Estimate as a Selling ToolHow to Generate Effective Ideas for Stock PhotosBlend Images - A Modern Day Stock Agency Photo Success StoryTaking Pictures of Backgrounds For Producing Great Stock PhotosHow to Shoot Successful Lifestyle Stock PhotosDiversify Your Stock Photo Business - Selling Photos on Mugs, T Shirts, and Printed Merchandise!Beginner Photography Tips - Understanding the Role of ApertureFive Quick Tips For Great Pet PhotographyTurning Doctor Visits Into Hot Selling Medical Stock PhotosSelling Stock Photos to the Largest Market of AllCreating A Successful Concept Stock PhotoChoosing the Right Stock Photo for Your Small BusinessMaking A Living At Stock PhotographyChoosing the Right Concept Stock Photo For Your BusinessHandshake Pictures and Images in Advertising and Business CommunicationsBeautiful and unusual Pictures of Lighthouses and Lighthouse Images with Beacons and Stormy SeasAnimal AnticsMotion FootageMassage Cats ArticleJohn's Galleries of unique stock picturesJohn's Stock Photo ArticlesFunny Pictures Of AnimalsPictures of Cute Cats Doing Funny ThingsFunny Pictures of Elephants Doing Extraordinary Things! Flying elephants, Disco ElephantsFunny Animals - Pictures of funny animals like cats, dogs, cows, and MoreFunny Dogs - Cute Puppies - Cute Dog Pictures - The Funniest Pictures on the Net.
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Making A Living At Stock Photography

A sampling of stock photos for small business to use for their advertising.

Man struggling to ride a bicycle with square tires
Picture of bicyclist struggling to ride a bike with square wheels

Picture of social networking - image of many hands shakiing concept
Picture Social networking - hand shake image

picture of an injured ethnic african american business man
Injured ethnic business man

Picture of suprised peoples faces - men and women - multi-ethnic
Picture of surprised faces multi ethnic women and men

Picture of a business man standing on an escher-stairyway sticking up through the clouds
Picture - man on a Escher-Stairway

picture of simultaneous hand shaking
Group hand shake Sealing A Business Deal

Making A Living At Stock Photography

To make a good living at creating and licensing stock photography you need two things.  You need a body of high caliber images that are relevant to the market place, and you need effective distribution. It has never been easier to get started in stock photography, but in recent years it has also become increasingly difficult to earn a good living from it.  The market is simply saturated by images with literally millions of additional images becoming available each year.  There are more images available online at this time than a person could ever look at.  The premier problem becomes getting your images seen by those who are looking to license images.  That is where distribution comes in.

As I see it, the biggest challenges in earning money from stock photography are getting your images seen by potential customers and dealing with the licensing of those images. In both cases I believe stock agencies offer distinct advantages over licensing the images your self.  Generating a substantial amount of traffic to a stock site is deceptively difficult.  It takes huge amounts of both time and money.  There is also the question of creating an infrastructure for sales.  If you are selling Rights Managed images then either you or a sales person will be needed to handle negotiations.  Handling sales, negotiating, billing and collecting money all take time, time that could be devoted to creating more images.

It is, however, important to research the agencies and find the ones most appropriate for you and your work.  If you have an unusual specialty then a niche agency might be most appropriate.  Carefully weigh whether your images are better suited to Rights Managed, Royalty Free, or Micro stock.  Check the forums, talk to photographers with the various agencies, and make an informed decision on who should handle your distribution.  Don’t just choose the first agency you come across.

With or without the advantages of working with a stock agency you will be competing with an immense number of images.  I believe that it is increasingly important to post your images on your own website to help supplement agency sales.  By utilizing Search Engine Optimization you can increase the number of prospective clients who see your work. You increase your sales and thusly your income without the overhead and hassle of direct sales.  With my own site prospective clients who want to license an image click a button and end up on the individual image page of the stock agency handling that image be it Blend Images, Corbis, Getty or Kimball Stock where they can immediately price and license the image.

Another way to effectively compete with the vast sea of stock photos out there is to create quality images that are relevant to the market place and fill the holes in agency collections.  Create images that are in short supply rather than in needless over abundance.  When possible check with your agencies on what their needs are.  In addition, you can come up with photos that illustrate concepts that are needed for stock images, concepts such as Teamwork, Success, Freedom and so forth.  Then check your photo ideas against the agencies images to see where the “holes” or needs are. 

Additional questions to ask yourself to help insure that your images will be successful include:

Can the images be read quickly even as thumbnails?

Do they have a clear and succinct message?

Do the images make an emotional connection?

By creating quality images that fill the agency holes and are relevant to the marketplace, by making informed choices for your distribution, and by bolstering your sales by driving more buyers to your images through your own web site, you can indeed make a very good living with stock photography.

If an image is entertaining and makes an emotional connection then there is a very good chance it will be a good selling stock photo.

This picture fills a need for images illustrating social media and networking.

Images that can illustrate traditional concepts (Here, the difficulty of getting ahead) in new and different ways are always needed.

Humor used to portray concepts create some of the best selling stock photos.