One of the things all aspiring photographers think about eventually is selling their images as stock photography. Just imagine visions of easy uploading, quick selling and dollar signs. About 2 years ago, I had the *brilliant* idea I would be come a stock photographer on the side.
How easily my bubble popped.
Creating a stock photography business is not an easy task. It’s not all shooting photographs and uploading. You also need a tough skin for rejection. Not to mention, your style of photography may not translate well to the needs of stock photography buyers.
At the time, it only took getting rejected by 2 of 3 major stock photography resellers to make me rethink my decision to start… there was also the amount of web development work I had at the time and what I felt was an enormous amount of time to prep an image for upload by keywording and titling each image for sale. I stopped after uploading 4 images. How pathetic, right?
Recently, I decided to go back and give stock photography a try. With several thousands of photos a year, I figured I had to have at least a few hundred photos I could immediately submit to stock agencies, starting with the one I am already a contributor to – Dreamstime.
Since it had been over 2 years since my first failed “experiment”… and I use the word experiment loosely, since I never even really gave it a good go… I decided earlier this week to really try it for a month. My plan is to upload as many images as possible. I already have 100+ set aside for uploading, with my total count today at 7. (A potty training party derailed my upload plans yesterday…)
© Photographer: Ywickham | Agency: Dreamstime.com
And as if just to bolster my resolve, I was surprised to see that one of my initial images finally sold yesterday. It’s been over 2 years, but…
I finally got my first stock photography sale ever yesterday!
While it wasn’t much, as the photo has fallen into the lowest tier ever due to the length of time it’s been on the site, it was something. It was encouraging. Consider this my project for June.
What project are you starting this summer?1
Tags: Canon Rebel, photography, stock photography
Categories: Stock Photography
Congratulations! I would love to get into stock photography, and had a bunch of images selected by getty but I procrastinated and with all the flickr/getty changes, I'm going to just hang back for a bit. Hope you sell many more <3 Reply