CHAPTER 3 What Sells and What Does Not

There is no point in taking the time and effort to shoot pictures for sale through microstock libraries if your chosen subjects are of limited commercial value. This is, after all, a book about making money from microstock photography. There is a difference between images that are of sentimental value to you and images other people will want to buy. In this chapter, I am going to give you an overview of what is popular and why. We’ll look in more detail at techniques later in the book.

It may not be obvious that images that might make great prints to hang on your wall or that bring gasps of delight from your friends might have limited value for stock. This is a hard-nosed business with little room for sentimentality. ...

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