Selling for Stock Photography

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by swwack91, Sep 16, 2007.

  1. swwack91 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    I've got some excellent, print quality photos that I'd like to sell as stock photographs.

    As photographers, which sites do you suggest as being reputable?

    Also, do most stock photography resellers/databanks/whatevers pay a flat rate for the photo or give the photographer cuts from each sale?
  2. grafikat macrumors 6502a


    Dec 5, 2003
    I've only had experience with istockphoto, which is good for the beginner and/or for photos that get rejected by the larger houses like corbus, getty or jupiter.

    I'm sure some more experienced folks will stop by with better info.
  3. swwack91 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2007
    New Jersey
    what about getting photos in print?

    like in a photo store that sells wall-photo sized art to be framed?

    how would i go about getting into a catalogue or something along those lines?
  4. seenew macrumors 68000


    Dec 1, 2005
  5. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

    Clix Pix

    Oct 9, 2005
    8 miles from the Apple Store at Tysons (VA)
    Not to burst your bubble, but most of the professional stock agencies have specific requirements in terms of equipment, resolution, etc...... A DSLR with excellent lenses and decent resolution is a MUST.

    As has been suggested, try first.....
  6. redrabbit macrumors 6502

    Aug 8, 2006
    Not sure if the shots you took were with the "Panasonic Lumix FZ7 Camera" in your signature, but I don't think stock photog companies would be interested in photos taken by that camera.
  7. srf4real macrumors 68040


    Jul 25, 2006
    paradise beach FL
    It's worth a shot - I have some photos taken with the Panasonic Lumix FZ50 that hold their own compared to a dSLR... but bigger resolution is better money. And the noise factor/ image clarity would rule out most images from any p+s available at this time. Point in case: the images from my 7.5 megapixel Pansonic L1 blow away anything the FZ50 can do with 10 megapixels! Better sensor, superior lenses. Gotta sell some pictures just to pay for it, tho.:p
  8. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The way you make money in stock photography is to have thousands of images. Basically you get pocket change when one of your iimages is used. But if that happens a few thousand times it adds up. The trick is to shoot the images that sell. These tend to be people (modles) in profesinal situations, Medical people, bussines people. Construction workers, package delivery,... all with model releases. And, they need to be in a style that people want. Many times you have to compose in a way that let's the end user have a place to pt text over the image.

    I think a lot of those cheap prints you see are just stock photos. The higher priced fine art photos, I think, are sold much like other fine art.
  9. Doylem macrumors 68040


    Dec 30, 2006
    Wherever I hang my hat...
    Shooting stock is not the easy option. And folk who think a picture library is somewhere to park second-rate images will either have their work rejected... or find that it doesn't sell. There's some good photographers out there, who can shoot large quantities of saleable pix, and who know the potential markets inside-out.

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