Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Taking Stock of Stock

I've been looking into stock photography a bit more lately and while the idea of shooting what I want and making money at it is exciting it is also pretty scary and intimidating to be honest. Right now I have two images on iStockphoto.com. No sales and just 400 or so views together. Those kind of numbers aren't exactly inspiring. 

I think the biggest obstacle is me right now though. I want learn how to do the research into what sells so I can produce marketable images and maybe raid my existing shots for potential candidates too.  I have shots that could make me a bit of money and maybe once I make that first sale I'll be confident enough to try to sell some more. In that vein, I am going to try to submit ten image to iStock by the end of the month. Its an attainable goal and it will be a step in the right direction.

I think stock photography will fit in with my overall game plan. (I have one of those???)  One of the things I've read and heard from pro photographers is to diversify. I think selling stock, doing some weddings and family shots, and selling the occasional fine art print would be a great start. 

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