Stock Photography ...

12 Oct 2011 4:50PM
I have been looking into this one to see if I can sell off some of the photos I have taken - I find it very odd that one site would take certain photos and other sites wont even touch them.

I am looking for some photos that is hot on the stock photography front.

I do have some photos approved on some stock websites - I am now just waiting for the first sale!!

is there anyone out there doing stock photography that might have some pointers?

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Georden 8 11 England
12 Oct 2011 5:12PM
I have a few on iStockphoto, but no sales yet. They do have a manual you can access that tells you what they are looking for - the easiest way to see this might be to "pretend" to sign up, you see all the details before you need to actually join. Also, Alamy have a list of what they are looking for at
I'm sure there is another, but I can't remember the link!

Good luck!

12 Oct 2011 5:19PM
I have 9 images up on - and I am waiting for my first sale on this site - I have some images up on as well - just waiting on the first sale there too ...

it is hard to find the image that people want these days - since there are millions up online for people to look at already.
Camairish 14 1.4k Scotland
12 Oct 2011 7:58PM
You'll need hundreds of images - thousands more likely - to see any kind of return from stock. It's a tough business and getting tougher by the year. Specialisation in both subject matter and library choice will help. There are several stock forums online which may be worth visiting for more specific advice.

meercat 10 278 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2011 10:45AM
It used to be said that to make one sale you need 100 photos on a stock site (on average, obviously there aome who will do better than others) so it really is a numbers game. the guys who can actually make a living from stock photography have tens of thousands of photos up. But that being said it is often down to how well you keyword your images (easier to be found etc.) as to how well they will sell.

As for subjects it is usually images of people that are in most demand, especially things like office workers, as a lot of companies use images like these in the pamphlets or yearly reports etc.
13 Oct 2011 3:21PM
What websites out there are easier to start posting online??
User_Removed 9 4.6k 1 Scotland
13 Oct 2011 4:31PM

Quote:You'll need hundreds of images - thousands more likely - to see any kind of return from stock.


Definitely thousands from what I have read and observed.
peterjones 17 4.9k 1 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2011 5:12PM
definitely 000's.
Hugo 14 649 United Kingdom
13 Oct 2011 5:46PM
Georden 8 11 England
13 Oct 2011 8:43PM
How odd is that? After reading this thread, I checked my stock site & found that I sold my 1st image today - I am now $0.22 richer Grin I guess I'd better start adding a few hundred more then...
14 Oct 2011 1:57PM
Tell me something which site do you think it is easier to get your photos online to sell?

I have photos up on all three these places and I want to see input from those who maybe selling already on other sites that might be working better for them.

Camairish 14 1.4k Scotland
14 Oct 2011 3:31PM
You'll find that successful stock photographers might be reluctant to share the details of their hard earned successes online!!!

Personally of the above three sites I only have experience (good) with Alamy. I cuurently have about 2500 images with them and make regular sales on a monthly basis. It doesn't make commercial sense to have the same images obtainable at lots of different sites, and it doesn't make cents (ie 22 of them) to sell your work via a microstock site if income generation is your principle aim.

14 Oct 2011 4:05PM
I find out of the three sites - they all seem to take different images - they don't seem to accept the same images ...

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