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Taking Stock: Make Money in Microstock Creating Photos That Sell

Excerpted from Taking Stock: Make Money in Microstock Creating Photos That Sell (Peachpit Press)
By Rob Sylvan

As photographers, we’re all drawn to different types of photography. Certain subjects, locations, techniques, and styles exert a pull on our creative minds more than others and fit better with who we are in the world. I love to be outdoors as much as I love how photography helps me capture and share that love with others. Embrace and nurture whatever it is that pulls the strongest for you. Own it! Leverage those passions as you attune your mind’s eye to shooting for stock. The key concept to keep in mind when you shoot for stock is that you are creating the raw materials for someone else to use for his or her purposes. That is the whole point of stock photography. This may be a paradigm shift from what you are used to doing with your photography, so the sooner you can start seeing in that light, the more satisfying this process will become. One of the best ways to understand this point of view is to put yourself in the shoes of the people you are trying to serve.

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dedicatclr's picture
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very useful information

curiousthingks's picture
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I should try this :D~

will work for fun :))

shanewastone's picture
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I'm interested in selling some microstock on the side to make a little pocket money. Problem is, I'm 16, and all the microstock sites I've looked at are 18+. Do you know of any that would allow a 16 year old to sell images

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Good service, we use it all the time.
I am not Steve Ballmer pretending not to be me!

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Now where's my camera..

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