A photographer needs to have a portfolio to grow in the industry. Instead of simply creating an online portfolio, you can now earn money with your portfolio by selling the digital images you have developed as a stock photographer. While going through your profile and browsing the photos that you have created, allow your praisers to buy your stock photos for their use. Selling stock photos is an excellent way of earning some extra buck while becoming a known face in the industry. Here’s a mini-guide to provide you with a walkthrough of the basics of the stock photos. 

What Are The Popular Stock Photos?

Before you start creating stock photos, it is important to research to know which stock photos are in demand. Listed below are the three most popular stock photos which are purchased online.

1. People in aesthetic settings

High-quality stock images do not give the feeling of a pre-planned and pre-designed setup. Most of the buyers prefer to buy images that feature people in their natural environment looking natural. However, these images should have a beautiful background to serve as an Aesthetic Wallpaper. If you are planning to have a person’s face in the image, you need to get a model release form for a proper license to sell the image.

2. Seasonal Events

Seasonal events are a huge hit in stock photography. You can choose a niche of your interest, for example, Christmas. You can capture an image depicting Christmas morning. While capturing images for seasonal events, ensure that you capture the right moment and mood. While buying an event image, buyers look for an emotional element and connection in it.

3. Niches

You can also research to find the most searched keywords for the stock images with little supply of images to earn more money. There are many unexplored areas like cursed images, which, when explored carefully, can provide you with a great opportunity to fill the gap that exists between demand and supply of stock images. 

Do’s Of Creating Stock Images

1. Create a concept

Random clicks are seldom great clicks. For capturing a great image, try to create a concept by knowing the mood. For instance, if you want to create a stock image to show a complex idea, a dark environment can be a good choice. Similarly, for capturing a happy vibe, go for a well-lit background.

2. Create a good thumbnail

When a customer is browsing through stock images, they will scroll through the thumbnails of numerous stock images. Capture your stock photo in a way that looks great in a thumbnail and is attractive enough to capture attention at the very first glance.

3. Always carry a camera

As a photographer, it goes without saying you need to have a camera always. You never know when you will encounter a fantastic moment that can become your next great stock photos when captured. Ensure that you create high-resolution images to get the best image quality. Buyers tend to get attracted to high-quality images. 

Don’ts of Creating Stock Images

1. Do not show any logos

Stock images are for serving commercial purposes, which means that your pictures should not carry any logo. Until and unless you want to promote or highlight a specific product, try to keep even the product’s logo hidden.

2. Do not recreate the same images

Even when you have found a niche of your interest, try to diversify the images you create and capture. Try to keep each of your stock images unique and avoid repetition of using the same object and concept.

3. Don’t upload simply because you have captured an image

Upload an image on the website online when you are satisfied with the image that you have captured. Simply because you have captured an image does not mean that you need to upload it. A lousy shot will only dampen your online portfolio. 

Where To Sell Your Stock Photos?

There are numerous microstock websites where you can sell your creation after the website is accepting them. However, it is essential to note that these websites will take a commission for each sale that you make. The other option of selling your stock photos is on your website by creating a blog.


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