The ultimate insider guide to creating stock shots that
sell from a veteran iStockphoto inspector
An iStockphoto inspector since 2002, author Rob Sylvan has spent nearly a decade as part of the team that decides which photos get sold on one of the largest, most popular microstock sites in existence. He’s also made tens of thousands of dollars off of his own microstock photography. As a result, no one knows better than he does what it takes to get your photos accepted to stock sites—and what to do to make those photos sell. In Taking Stock, Rob shares his hard-earned insider knowledge on how to shoot, edit, and tag photos so you can earn while you learn, regardless of which microstock agency you’re using.
In this book, you’ll learn how to look at the world through the eyes of designers, photo editors, and stock photographers. You’ll also learn the importance of focusing your energy on creating stock content that resonates with your passion for photography. But we all know time is money, which is why Rob explains how to set up an effective digital workflow—the real key to making money in the high-volume, low-cost microstock market. By the end of this book, you’ll look at your work with new eyes, enabling you to make more money doing exactly what you love: shooting photos that sell.
You will learn:
How to license photos as stock
What photos are in demand
The components of a successful digital workflow
How to use titles, descriptions, and keywords to give yourself an edge
Specific tips for shooting food, people, places, nature, objects, animals, and more
Editing techniques that will make your shots sell
Table of Contents
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- 1. Is This Book for You?
- 2. What Is Stock Photography?
- 3. Getting into a Stock Frame of Mind
- 4. Of Rights and Wrongs
- 5. Tools of the Trade
- 6. Shooting Tips from the Pros
- 7. Setting Up Your Digital Darkroom
- 8. Digital Editing Basics
- 9. Avoiding Rejection
- 10. Seeing Like an Inspector
- 11. Putting It All Together
- 12. Moving Out into the World
- Title: Taking Stock: Make money in microstock creating photos that sell
- Release date: August 2010
- Publisher(s): Peachpit Press
- ISBN: 9780131385023