CHAPTER 15

Stock Photography

Almost everyone who puts a substantial amount of money into cameras and lenses would like to recoup their investment. Becoming a full-time professional may not be in your plans, but there are ways to make a little money in photography. One of these ways is by selling stock photography. Making and selling stock photography can be as easy as taking photos on your family vacation or as ambitious as hiring models, finding sets, and creating your own photographic scenarios.

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Nearly any type of image can be used for stock photography. Exposure: ISO 1200, f/2.8, 1/200 second using a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G lens.

Stock Photography Overview

What exactly is stock photography? Stock photography can encompass every type of photography that's out there, but the short answer is that stock photography is a collection of images that is available to art directors, editors, and advertising agencies for use in books, magazines, ad campaigns, brochures, or thousands of other mediums ranging from print to Web. A buyer can purchase these images outright for a one-time fee and use them however she wants for however long she sees fit (royalty-free), or they can be leased for a usage fee (rights-managed). This section explains the different types and uses of stock photography.

Basically there are two different types of uses for stock photography: creative and editorial. Creative stock ...

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