Getting into stock photography – an introduction and my experience
Getting into stock photography – an introduction and my experience


Hello, its Thomas from Iscotlanda Photography and I’m here today at Newhaven Harbour which is in Leith close to Leith, North of the city of Edinburgh For this video I wanted to talk a bit more about my experience of getting into photography as I’ve not had a traditional photography background or doing photography studies but it’s been more of a hobby that emerged into something bigger and Iwanted to talk specifically about stock photography my experience of that and why you should maybe consider it for yourself, if that’s something you would like to do and talk a little bit about the process of that So I started off in photography probably like other people, which is that I had a camera that was a decent camera but nothing exceptional and just my phone that I would be taking pictures with and that’s something I really enjoyed – I would make cards and photo calendars for people at Christmas and I suppose it’s something which I always really enjoyed doing as a hobby I’ve had a lot of hobbies, not many that really sticked but photography has always been one of them. And one day, I remember seeing on my Facebook timeline, a commercial for Shutterstock, which is one of the largest stock companies saying “become one of our contributors”, so I decided – having looked into it – I decided to jump in so that was really how I jumped into stock photography So covering what exactly is stock photography? Stock photography is essentially a collection of websites where photographers will upload their content – it could be photography it could be videos, for illustrators it could be illustrations as well They upload their content onto these websites and these websites will then sell their (photographers etc…) content for a license fee to buyers, who will use that content for, for example for news articles, using pictures for that using it to do flyers using it for promotional videos and the like Photographers will get a royalty fee for each purchase so, in a way, rather than photographers selling their pictures directly to their customers stock companies act as intermediaries whereby they will have a huge collection of photographs from all over the world, lots of different content and then it makes it easier for customers to find their content There’s two schools of through about whether this is a good or a bad thing One the one hand Some photographers feels it devalues the work of photography because this model means that photographers actually get very little royalties from from their individual pictures because it’s a bit of a mass market exercise – so that’s one way of looking at it. and I recognise that. The other way of looking at it which is where I came from is – I’m not a professional photographer by training but I want to do something more and stock photography is a way for me learn photography because, by submitting pictures, you will get feedback because some of your pictures will be accepted, others will be rejected and you will also get a feel for what people are looking for in terms of photographs as well, so if you have pictures which are getting licensed, then you get a personal sense of satisfaction, but you will also get feedback from people in terms of – ok this is what people are looking for, this is what people like in terms of pictures. And what do you need to get started in stock photography? Well really not very much. Provided you have a camera and I would say most modern cameras would do most stock photography websites have a requirement that pictures need to be 4 mega pixels that’s 2000 pixels by 2000 pixels so if you’ve got any phone camera that’s been produced within the last few years, you should be more than ok with that There are no high requirements But of course, tech and gear is one thing, it’s another thing to have quality, to produce quality pictures and pictures, which people would like to purchase So that’s just a quick overview of what stock photography is In the next video, I’ll be covering tips and tricks about how to get into stock photography but also talk a little bit about all the different stock photography websites like Shutterstock, Istock, Adobe Stock Dreamstime, and my experience of uploading with them and what is good and not so good about the process. I hope that’s been helpful and I look forward to seeing you in the next video!

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