Learn Stock Photography

Click on any of my stock photography sites below to view my gallery of photos.

Adobe Stock Photography Gallery

Shutterstock Photography Gallery

Dreamstime Gallery

Getty

BigStockPhoto

What is stock photography?

If you’re looking to make a little extra income and you love photography this may be something you might want to try.

I was looking for a stay at home job and didn’t find anything that fit for me.  When I ran across stock photography I was cautious and thought it was another scam.  The more I looked into it I found it might be a perfect match for me.  I was taking photos all the time anyway, why not upload them.  True there are a lot more people doing this now than there was 5 years ago when I started but if you can find your niche you can make some extra income.

Here’s the quick breakdown of what stock photography is.

You take a picture, edit it on a Photoshop program, upload it to a stock site, add keywords, (landscape, tree, environment, blue sky, pretty etc. ) wait for their approval and they post it for you.  When you get to a certain amount of money earned you request a payout.  The best part is that once it’s up you continue to earn money from that image.

I designed this blog to help the new person just starting out.

Stock photography is not difficult to get started in. All you need is a decent camera, some knowledge of a Photoshop program, keywording and a good eye for images.
I purchased my first camera without any intent to use it professionally. I shopped for a good basic camera body and the best lens I could find. For me, 5 years ago it was the Canon 60 D camera body and the Canon lens “L” 70 – 200 Zoom 2.8. What I liked about the 60 D body is that it had a movable screen. It was so easy to get a shot on the ground without having to get down on the ground myself. What I didn’t know is that it was not a full frame camera. Still it was good enough to get accepted into my first stock site, Dreamstime. The Canon “L” 70 – 200 2.8 lens that I purchased was and still is my favorite lens. It just makes everything look beautiful. It’s perfect for portraits, landscapes and action shots.  _______________________________

The Canon 60D camera body has since updated to the Canon 80D with loads of new features. For sale on Amazon.

The new Canon 80D camera body.
• 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
• DIGIC 6 Image Processor
• 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
• Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
• 45-Point All Cross-Type AF System
• Dual Pixel CMOS AF
• Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 7 fps Shooting
• Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
• RGB+IR 7560-Pixel Metering Sensor

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About 2 years ago I upgraded my camera body to The Canon EOS 5 DS R 50.6MP. I was selling stock photography and thought it would be a good investment. It was a tough choice with all of the new cameras that had been released since my purchase of the 60D. What I liked about it was the 50.6 M size. I can crop half of the image, if needed, and still be the same size as the other full frame cameras. That can come in handy. Because it shoots 6 x 10 feet in size (when set to do so) it also has the advantage for customers that need an extra large image. I was worried about a motion problem because of the fine detail and thought I might not be able to shoot without a tripod. That hasn’t seemed to be a problem. It still has great quality with an increased ISO. It is my all around go to camera, action, portraits, landscapes, still life etc.

 

 

 

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