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
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.