Monthly Archives: May 2016
It’s hard not to enjoy the beauty of nature and wildlife. Even animals that are fairly common in your area can be fun to watch and great subjects for wildlife photos. Of course, the problem with photographing wildlife is if you’ve never done it before, it can be difficult to know where to start. After all, it’s the basic fundamentals that will help you build a solid foundation for wildlife photography success.
Steve Perry is a long-time wildlife photographer, and he offers up 10 essential wildlife photography tips in the short video below. Each tip addresses the basics of photographing wildlife such that when you have an opportunity to capture an image of a wild animal, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to do so. Have a look, and learn what you can do to be a more successful wildlife photographer.
You’ve done all the hard work of getting there early and painstakingly setting up the ideal shot. Then what happens? Another photographer gets up in your space to try and replicate the shot you’ve tried so hard to get. What’s even worse is when the offender proclaims that they’re a photographer too and that you should check out their work!
For many of us, photography is a fun activity that we do to relax and unwind. For others, photography is a job that requires the utmost concentration to get the shots that are needed. But that’s hard to do when a Chatty Cathy arrives and talks your ear off. Whether it’s a friend on a photo walk with you or a random stranger that wants to shoot the breeze about photography, the result is the same – it’s hard to concentrate on taking high-quality photos when all you hear is chatter in your ear.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been discussing image copyrights. In previous articles, we hit on the facts about copyrights and myths about copyrights. We’ve also discussed how to protect your images from being stolen and what to do in case someone uses one of your images without permission.
Now we move on to the subject of monetizing your images. In the past, amateur and enthusiast photographers relied on stock photography sites or selling prints locally to make money off their photos. But now, there’s a new way for you to make money off of your images that could prove to be quite lucrative. Let’s look at each avenue of selling your images in more depth.
It used to be that stock photography sites were really only for professional photographers. For the everyday amateur, the professional-level gear and training needed to take top-notch stock photos was simply out of reach. But that simply isn’t the case anymore. There is an insatiable need for stock images in today’s image-heavy world, so stock photography websites have opened their doors to all levels of photographers with all sorts of cameras, from iPhones on up.
Obviously, you first have to take high-quality photos. Otherwise, they won’t be accepted by stock sites. What’s more, there is stiff competition for buyers, so even if an image is accepted, it still needs to stand out from the crowd to catch a buyer’s eye.
In that regard, trying to sell images on a stock photography site can be a daunting task. Consider all the crucial steps needed to make it more likely that your images will be purchased:
Conduct Research – You can’t just upload whatever images you please to stock sites. Instead, you need to do a little research to learn what sort of images are in high demand. Having a clear understanding of what people want will help you tailor your images to the needs of consumers.
Sizing Appropriately – Stock photography websites have strict sizing restrictions, which, if not met, will result in your images being rejected. As a rule, the larger the file size, the better, as it opens up a wider variety of applications for the end user. For example, uploading images at the highest possible resolution allows buyers to shrink it down or blow it up based on their specific needs. Having that kind of usability will lead to more sales for you.
Tagging Images – Once you have your images uploaded, you need to use keywords to describe the image such that potential buyers can find them. This can be a tricky task, however, because using the wrong keywords might mean buyers that are interested in your image can’t find it. Alternatively, using too many keywords or adding keywords that have nothing to do with the image as a way to draw more attention to it might cause your image to be removed.
Maintaining Your Collection – Your stock photography collection must be maintained, just like your website or your portfolio. Old, outdated images should be removed and fresh ones added on a regular basis.
Creating a niche – Though it might seem like a better idea to cast a wide net and try to have images in your stock photography collection to fit every need, doing so will only muddy the waters and probably lead to a lot of subpar images. Instead, creating a niche in which you cater to one or two specific and popular needs will often get you more sales.